#Finish5 for June 2016

It’s been another month and I am happy to report that I was able to finish up 3 of the 5 products! I am very excited by how fast I am flying through some of these products because it just means that I get to. Try even more products out for you guys. I hope you’re excited about it too. 

The two products I didn’t finish are definitely on their last legs. The Smashbox Photofinish Primer is one of my favourites and only has a few days worth of product left. I have been opting out of wearing primer this week since I have found a BB cream I have been loving, but I am sure this will be in my Spring empties post (coming soon)!

I have been using the Rimmel Borw This Way in blonde for just about a year now. It is easily the quickest and easiest way to do my brows since it provides a lot of coverage and keeps the brows in place. This is very close to being empty but I think I still may have a month to go with this product. 

It seems that I am quite good at using up my sample sized products. I was able to finish up the Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel which incidentally wasn’t the product I planned to use up. Initially, I wanted to use up the toner from this line but the day after posting my #Finish5 for May, I spilled the toner all over the sink. Luckily, this cleanser was comparable in size and I was still able to finish. Both the cleanser and toner didn’t really impress me. I am in love with the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox as you may know so I did have pretty high hopes. They worked but they were no where near the miracle product that the night cream is.

Another product from Vichy would be the Vichy Idealia BB Cream in light. I don’t know if it was this shade or what but I noticed it seemed to really bring out my freckles and dark spots. It didn’t provide much coverage and also felt very cakey with a powder on top. That being said, I did like how light and moisturizing it was when worn by itself. I would wear this on no-make up make up days or if I was heading to the beach for example. It’s not perfect and if I were to recommend an alternative, I would say the Derma E BB Cream works just that much better.

As for the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay, I did really enjoy this. It was a light exfoliating mask that seemed to help draw out oil and dirt as well as exfoliate. I feel it is worth a try if you haven’t already.  

This month, I am focusing on all the major categories: face, eyes, skin, hair and nails. I hope to finish up the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals shampoo and conditioner duo and the Fresh Rose Face Mask. These two are sample sizes and running on empty. The remaining three products are full sized but I think I can make a rather large dent. The Rimmel Scandaleyes eye liner in Nude will be the biggest challenge. The Covergirl Trublend concealer in Light is about half way gone but I love using it on my under eyes as an initial concealer. I am on a bit of a nail art and nail wrap kick right now so before these Sally Hansen nail wraps no longer stick, I want to see if I can get a few wears out of them. 

Wish me luck! I have been thinking about switching this #Finish5 post around and simply pick 5-10 products I plan to focus on using that month. Which format do you prefer?

Til next time, ttfn x  

Even More Trash: Winter 2016

I’m here with Part 2: the make up, nail and hair portion of this Winters trash! If you’re interested in what skin and body care I used up, head over here.


For make up this season, I did a bit of a cleanse and got rid of a few things where not worth the hassle to make it work. I also managed to finish a couple of things. Out of all of this makeup, the only product I plan to repurchase is the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Medium. This is my go to brow product that ends up in ever single empties post. I totally love it and now have it in Universal Light to try out! The products I am tossing are the Benefit Watts Up, Bite Beauty Violet lipstick and MAC Mocha blush. These are all products I could use and muddle around with but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I have a second Watts Up, the blush doesn’t look or feel right and though I like Bite lipsticks, I don’t have the patience to pull out a lip brush and use the product that’s stuck in the lid or tube.

If you follow my #Finish5 series, you know I’m not a fan of the Benefit Gimmie Brow mainly because I need something with more umph (like the Rimmel Brow This Way). For that reason, this is my first and last tube though I may give the Essense dupe a try. For the elf liner in Brown, it was quite dark and easy to use. Though that’s my favourite kind of applicator, I also really enjoyed the Jesse’s Girl black liner. The reason I don’t plan to repurchase at this point is that the brands are readily available where I am and I have enough liner to last me for months (maybe years). The one product I would repurchase (if only it were a CF brand) would be the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation. This was serious perfection.


You might have seen that I recently decluttered to clean out some of my nail polish but I passed on about 99% of the product that I decluttered from my collection. Here are a few that I did use up. First, a staple in my nail world, the Quo Nail Polish Remover. I pick these up for about $3 (2 for $6) at Shoppers and run through them pretty quick. Also pictured is the Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat which I did like but like many other polishes, it became quite gloopy near the end. The final two here are nail wraps: one from Essie and one from Sally Hansen. Since these company’s are not cf, I will not be picking any more up.


I went through quite a few hair products this season including some amazing Dry Shampoo from COLAB. This is the COLAB Sheer Invisable shampoo in Rio (my favourite scent) and the COLAB Extreme Volume shampoo in Toykio. Dry shampoo and I are taking a break but this is a brand I will be pretty faithful to. The two foil packets in the front are the Drybar Sake Bomb nourishing shampoo and conditioner combo. I may be one of the few people that find “better quality” shampoos are just way too rich for my hair. It becomes so greasy and stringy within a day – sometimes, it doesn’t look like I have washed my hair at all after it dries. For that reason, these just didn’t work for me. I actually typically stay away from typical conditioners except for the Ion Anti-Frizz leave in conditioner here. I have had this for years. I love how it smells and feels. I have a few conditioning products to go through but hope to come back to this soon.

You may have seen my review of the uhaircare Native Mint shampoo and though I like it, I am not too likely to purchase it in the future. If I do happen upon it at Winners again through, I may scoop it up then. The final empty I have here is the KQC Thermal Shine heat protector shine spray. I love this stuff and already have another on the go. It makes my hair feel so healthy and soft without making it feel like there is additional product or anything greasy. I use it even on days I don’t use heat because it just feels so nice. It is available on nailpolishcanada.com for under $15.

We’ve come to an end! I realize it is just about time for a spring empties post (stay tuned! I promise, it won’t be quite so long) but I hope you enjoyed this review. 

Til next time, ttfn x

Taking Out The Trash: Winter Skin Care 2016

I have fallen way behind on empties so far in 2016. I planned to do videos for these instead but that idea kind of fell through so things piled up. I am here today with way too many skin care products that I finished up this Winter (and a little bit into spring). I have decided to split it up between skin care and everything else because I didn’t want this to take an hour to read through. Seriously, I went through a lot so buckle up because this is a long one.


As you can see, I went a little nuts on the masks this season. The first three are your typical masks: 2 retexturizing sample sizes and a full size charcoal mask. The Ren Radiant Renewal mask and Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask are pretty similar but I feel like the PRT mask was harsher and had a much heavier fragrance. I wont be picking either up until my mask stash goes down though! The Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal mask isn’t news: this was pretty big at one point when I purchased it but I didn’t actually like it at first. Roxanne and I ended up finishing it and by the end of the tube, I did like it enough to pick up a mini.

My skin has been changing and becoming a tiny bit dryer so this winter, I went wild with hydrating skin care. That’s how I became newly addicted to sheet masks. Here, I have 7 single use masks (6 of which are sheet masks) and every single one of them is different. I have a full review coming in the Face Shop Real Nature sheet masks so stay tuned for that. Of the four there, the clear winner for me was the Lemon Brightening mask. Just a heads up!

The two other sheet masks are from Skin Factory: the orange is moisturizing and the olive green is anti-aging. These two were the most similar of the bunch but I did notice a bit more of a difference with the moisturizing mask. I found these at Winners for $4 and I don’t think I will repurchase.

Finally, there is a 7th Heaven Green Tea peel off mask which I love and have literally used all my life. I really have to pick up some more soon!
  

The rest of this is a little bit of a mix up of products but we will start with the three sets of make up wipes I used up. The tried and true Life Brand make up wipes are in just about every empties (you can barely see the white package in the picture but they are there). They aren’t perfect but they are easy and inexpensive. Speaking of which, these 5th Ave Fashionista Blueberry make up wipes that I pick up whenever I head to Winners are similar to the Life Brand Wipes. 5th Ave isn’t perfect and they are a little dryer but inexpensive and cruelty free. My favourite but the most expensive are the Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth wipes which smell amazing and work pretty well. I do prefer the Grease Relief cleansing clothes from Ole Henriksen but I use them more as a treatment over basic make up removal.

I used up a few cleansers this season including the Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser. I wanted to try a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and this was the most readily available. I did really love how it made my skin feel. It was refreshing and creamy but I will not be picking this up again since it is not cruelty free. I’m sure you’re getting sick of me saying that! The same goes for the Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Treatment which was the oddest cleanser I ever tried with a very frigidity pump. It acted like a clay mask and turned into a milky cleanser after adding some water. I actually did a review of this plus the Supermud mask if you’re interested. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser was such a gentle formula and I already have a second tube being used as we speak. Again, not cf so I will not repurchase.

The rest are all different so I will start with the Face Shop Clean Face Intensive Anti-imperfection patches. If anything, this slowed the healing process for my spots. It would be a good solution if you were afraid of popping a pimple in your sleep or what have you, but otherwise, they didn’t really work for me.

The Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick is my favourite lip balm ever. Both Roxanne and I use it nightly and it finally ran out! I have already picked up another tube from Nail Polish Canada.

Another product I adore is the Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone skin**. I was so close to finishing this before Christmas but was trying to hold onto it as long as possible before picking up a second tube. This can be used as a toner or a spot treatment that you NEED if you have acne. It works magic and is the only toner I have ever used that gave me real results. Reversa is available at Shoppers and is cruelty free!

The No 7 (Boots?) Overnight Revitilizing Eye Balm didn’t really do it for me. I have yet to find an eye cream I love if I am honest but this was nice while it lasted.

This final product breaks my heart. I fell so hard for the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox moisturizer just over a year ago but now that I am making the switch to cruelty free, I have to say goodbye. I do have a tube or two here that I plan to finish up as I need it but out of every single brand and product that I am saying goodbye to, this one hurts the most.


I really wasn’t sure where to put these bath/body products but I think there is enough skin-care type products that they fit nicely here. We’ll start with the amazing and disgusting Peeling Foot Mask from THE FACE SHOP. This was extremely effective but I am hoping to find a cruelty free version that works just as well. I also have some deodorant that I don’t plan to repurchase but I did love while it lasted. The Dove Men Clean Comfort deodorant formula is so soft compared to, for example, the Lady Speed Stick deodorant also pictured. Also pictured are the Demeter Fragrance in Laundry which was super fresh and the Tony Moly  Banana hand milk which is seriously divine. A tool that I finally have to part ways with is the Revlon tweezers simply because they were starting to get really loose and dull. I strongly prefer the scissor type tweezers because I feel like you can go much faster without making mistakes. I have repurchased a pair.

Back around Christmas,  I also got a set of I Love… bubble baths and the Lush Festive Friends holiday pack. I’m surprised I finished the Chocolate and Oranges scent first since it is not my favourite of the bunch but I have since finished a few more. I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed with the Lush products. They smelled phenomenal but I didn’t really enjoy my bath being so full of product. I guess I could have broken them up a bit more to use them over a series of baths but I think this is my first and last set from Lush. Their face masks have me intrigued though…

If you have made it all the way through, congrats! There is a shorter, make up related empties coming up soon! I hope you enjoyed going through my trash with me!

Til next time, ttfn x

#Finish5 for May

I feel pretty accomplished this month. Though I did totally bomb and forget to use 1 of the 5 products, I did actually finish 4! Any guesses?

  
I completely forgot to use the elf Eye Refresh the entire month. You know how sometimes you just can’t for the life of you remember something? No matter how many times it comes up or you google it or whatever, you just can’t? I swear I referred back to my Finish 5 blog post over 10 times to try and remember what to use up and I still managed to forget.

It did do me some good though because in the end, I completely finished the Murad Essential C serum, the Marc Jacobs nameless lipgloss, all three of THEFACESHOP Real Nature masks and I dipped into the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Face mask. My skin was extremely hydrated as you can imagine.

I actually was able to finish off the Murad serum within a week. I love the Murad Essential C line – the smell, the feel, the results. The only thing I am not such a fan of would be the price. If I were to recommend one product from the line, I would go for the moisturizer over the serum.

I had a bit of a fail moment when I threw out the two out of three sheet mask packages that I was using for this Finish 5 but I did get to use them and I have a full review coming soon. The one thing I will say is the Red Ginsing mask is my absolute least favourite. I wouldn’t recommend!

  
Though I didn’t completely empty it – perhaps I will tonight – I do like the PTR Cucumber Gel mask. It feels amazing on the skin, makes me face feel soft and plump afterwords. I do like it but will likely not purchase it since it is not cruelty-free.

Lastly, I did finish my Marc Jacobs lipgloss. It isn’t sticky, it feels lovely, but for a lipgloss, I would look to a less luxurious brand personally.

For the next round of my #Finish5, I have a good mixture of skincare and make up. I picked these 5 non-cruelty-free products because they are already running low and I want to finish up what I can that isn’t CF!

  
For skincare, I had the Vichy Normaderm toner but funny story, I spilled it last night so let’s just pretend this is a picture of the Vichy Normaderm cleanser. I also have an Origins Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay to use up. Both are sample/travel sized as is the Vichy Idealia BB cream in Light which I received as a sample from Shoppers last year. I am so heartbroken that Vichy isn’t cruelty-free since I do love their skincare products. 

Finally, the two full sized products are the Smashbox Photofinish primer and the Rimmel Brow This Way brow gel in Light. Wish me luck!

Til next time, ttfn x

#Finish5 for April 2016

Hey all! It has been a minute since I did a #Finish5 post and I am kind of unsure whether to keep ‘er going but today, I was feeling a little inspired to talk about the 5 products I had been using in February/March and pick out 5 new products for April.

If you’re not following me on Twitter or Snapchat where I have been complaining about it, my eyes are leaking. They just frequently water and I haven’t been able to figure out why. It’s been about a month now that I haven’t worn eye make up (and when I have, it’s been a mess). It isn’t an eye infection so I do still feel safe wearing make up on occasion, but it can be a little frustrating.

  

The reason I feel the need to explain this is that I pretty much have only been wearing brows since they wont be messed up by the river flowing out of my eyes. Because of that, I was able to finish up one of the two Annabelle Skinny Brow pencils in Medium Brown and the Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Medium. I have a lot of brow products so I am stoked to get through a few so that I can finish up others. I will always love the Annabelle Skinny Brow and have been through several before. I have picked up the Universal Light shade to try (as you might have seen in my most recent haul…) and I will report back! As for the Gimmie Brow… I don’t really see the hype. It was okay but I am not in need of a gel or length in my brows.I like the brush but otherwise, I wont be picking it up again.

  

I did not finish the other 3 of my finish 5 products simply because barely used any face products. The Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer and Temptu highlight I barely used for sure, and then the Balm Plump your Pucker lip gloss I did infrequently use but simply not enough to finish the tube.

  
Because I am not sure whether my eyes will behave for the coming month (so far, so good), I have picked a few skin care bits to use up. Firstly, a serum that I quite like: the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum which is running low as it is but I wanted a little bit of variety in skin care. With this, I also have the elf eye refresh because my under eyes need some major TLC.

What is skin care without masks? I have three Real Nature sheet masks from THE FACE SHOP that I am counting as one since they are single use masks. Review coming soon. Keeping with the theme, I also hope to used up this Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. Finally, just to throw in some make up, I have this nameless Marc Jacobs lip gloss that is running on empty.

That’s all folks. Let me know whether you’re interested in these type of posts! It is motivating to me to finish up some product but I don’t know how much other people care about them.

Til next time, ttfn x

#Finish5 for January 2016

Hey all! It’s the beginning of the month, it’s time to take a look at what I did and didn’t get through this past month and it’s time for favourites. Today, let’s tackle the 5 products I tried to finish up this past January and there was a pretty major fail here. Oops.

If you weren’t here for my #Finish5 from last month, let’s recap. I have the Rimmel London Match Perfection Highlight and concealer in Fair, the Temptu Pink Pearl highlighter, the Annabelle Skinnybrow pencil in Universal Medium, the Balm Plump your Pucker tinted gloss in Passion my Fruit, and the Benefit Gimmie Brow gel in Light/Medium. Do you see the fail?

   
So I discovered I have TWO Annabelle Skinny Brow pencils and only noticed about half way through the month that I was switching between them. I have talked these up quite a bit already but to reiterate, I think they are the best best best eye brow pencil ever. It’s inexpensive, cruelty-free, Canadian and there is a great variety of colour. I plan to try and use them both up in the next month and really, I don’t have a whole lot to get through still. The Temptu Pink Pearl highlighter is not going anywhere! I feel like I have had the same amount for months and months but I keep using it and using it. I am not overly crazy about it between the colour and it requires some extra care depending on what foundation I use.

   
 The final three you can’t really see how much is remaining, but I really think the Benefit Gimmie Brow gel has pretty much nothing left in there. I plan to keep the brush when I’m done. It’s great as a spoolie but the product gets so clumpy for me. I also can see the Balm Plump your Pucker tinted gloss is running low but I am using it up pretty well I think! I have swatched it over on Instagram and gotten a lot of love for it but it is quite old (I am not sure they even sell it anymore).

Number five is the Rimmel London Match Perfection Highlight and Concealer 2 in 1 which I forgot to use most of the month. Another fail! I like this for brightening my under eyes quite a bit but it is a little dark for me (yes, I am that pale) right now.

February is quite a short month but I am confident I will have a few of these 5 finished by then. Probably not the concealer but the rest, I am really aiming for. Wish me luck!

Til next time, ttfn x

 

#Finish5 for December 2015

Hey all! It’s time to chat about the 5 products I aimed to finish this past month. Every month, I challenge myself to get through 5 products over the following 28-31 days and see how it goes. If I’m honest, most months, I am unsuccessful but I still like to do it to motivate me to use some products that need to be cleared out. That being said, I feel pretty good about December because I managed to finish two products.

finish 5 december
Finally, I have finished up the Boots or No 7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising eye balm. I have had this for a while now and I wanted to move on to a new eye cream. This was alright but it didn’t target any of my under eye problem areas, namely, darkness. It was supposed to help dry and puffy under eyes and I don’t have a problem with that typically. Because of that, I wont be picking this up again but it was a nice product while I had it.

I also finished the e.l.f. brown eye liner. This does still have product technically but it has become chunky so I am tossing this sucker. I liked this a lot as a dark brown liner for days I wasn’t feeling black. It was very easy to apply and looks lovely through the day. It is also easy to remove and I may pick another up but for now, I don’t really need another liquid brown eye liner.

no 7 overnight revitalising eye balm elf brown liquid eye liner
The remaining three products I have left are the Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Medium, the Temptu highlighter and the Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Highlighter and concealer in 125 fair. I do feel like I am very close to finishing the Benefit Gimmie Brow but how many months have I said that? It is starting to dispense less and less product onto my brows so I will be trying to use this up through January. I am not sure whether I will pick this up again or not. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this thing.

During December, I don’t think I touched the Temptu highlighter in Pink Pearl even once because I find it doesn’t mix very well with my favourite Benefit foundation. However, in the early days of January, I have tried applying it with my fingers and find it works much better. Hopefully, I will finish this up this month as well. I have very little left in here so we shall see!

The Rimmel Match Perfection concealer I use frequently under my eyes but it takes a lot to go through a concealer! I really doubt I will finish this over even the next month or two but I will certainly try. It is a lovely concealer option but I do find you have to set it to make it stay put.

benefit gimmie brow temptu highlighter pink pearl rimmel london match perfection concealer
For January, I will be adding two new products to my #Finish5 rotation: the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Medium and the Balm Plump your Pucker lip gloss. I need to get through some lip and brow products as I am a bit overstocked and I already know I love the Annabelle brow pencil to death. I want to give the Universal Light shade a try sometime but I am going to wait until I am down a few brow pencils first.

I have had the Balm Plump your Pucker lip gloss for an embarrassingly long time and I am over half way through it now. Hopefully, in the next couple months, I will see this dwindle away so I can make room for even more lip products… I mean…

benefit gimmie brow temptu highlighter the balm plump your pucket rimmel londom match perfection annabelle skinny brow
My January line up is the Benefit Gimmie brow, the Temptu Hightlighter in Pink Pearl, the Balm Plump your Pucker lip gloss, the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer and the Annabelle Skinny Brow pencil.Wish me luck!

Til next time, ttfn x