I never thought in just a month and a half I would have ANOTHER box full of empties! But here we are. Some of these products I loved, others not so much. Most of it is skin care and a few makeup items but not too many. So Let’s get started!
First up is the Josie Maran Bear Naked wipes. I like makeup wipes because they are quick and easy, but these wipes didn’t do too much for me. I wear a full face of makeup 5 days a week for work so I need wipes that will remove all the makeup from the surface of my skin before I use my cleanser. I don’t expect my face wipes to deep clean but I do expect them to remove all of the toughest makeup and these just didn’t cut it for me.
The next product is another makeup remover, the Tatcha Pure cleansing oil. I love cleansing oils because a lot of them remove excess dirt, oil, and makeup that get deep in the pores. That is exactly what this cleansing oil does. It removes the toughest waterproof makeup and cleanses the skin while leaving it silky smooth!
My skin is oily and very acne prone, so I tried out the Clinique Acne Solutions Serum. I didn’t care for the serum during the day, it didn’t do much for me then. But at night, now that’s a diffeeent story. At night your skin starts to repair itself, the serum worked wonderfully. When I woke up in the morning, my skin was clear but not dry at all. It’s also anti aging so it fights fine lines and wrinkles as well! If you struggle with adult acne and want something hydrating, anti aging, and acne fighting all at once, I highly recommend this product!
Oh how I love moisturizers! If there is one brand that I am a die hard fan of, it’s Ole Henriksen. Ole himself is such a unique person and he shines through his amazing skin care products. There are two moisturizers that I’ve tried and the first one I’m going to tell you about is the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. (INSERT HEART EYE EMOJIS HERE) This moisturizer has AHA’s in it to Control oil and mattify without stripping the oils your skin needs. It is so light weight and beautiful under makeup.
Another Ole Henriksen moisturizer I ran out of is the Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer. This was the very first Ole Henriksen product I ever tried, I have had 3 of them, I just can’t get enough of it! I love the antioxidant rich, oil free formula, it protects and hydrates the skin wonderfully.
I like to save up my points at Sephora because the 500 point product boxes are amazing! I very rarely spend my points unless its a great skincare box or fragrance mini’s. The box I last picked up was a Caudalie gift I was very impressed with the products it had to offer, especially the Vinosource Creme Sorbet Hydrator. This moisturizer is SO hydrating and creamy but it absorbs into the skin quickly leaving it supple and hydrated. Chamomile is a key ingredient in the formula, it helps reduce redness and calm the skin.
Origins came out with a foaming cleansing mask called By All Greens. This is the perfect mask for truly detoxing and purging your skin. It pulls out toxins, dirt, oil, pollutants, makeup and so much more deep within the layers of your skin that we can’t see. Just as a juice detox cleanses your skin this mask does the same thing. It’s great as a mask but when I used it as a cleanser all it did was continue to cause the purging but no clarifying. Great as a mask just not as a cleanser.
I am a sucker for a good eye cream but this one was not for me. Algenist Power under eye cream is supposed to fight off dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. I used this product for about 2 months and didn’t notice a difference at all. My undereye area is dark purple all the time, I am still in search of a life changing eye cream. I have one that I’m trying out now but I won’t mention any names just yet!
There are 3 setting sprays that were sitting in the empties box they are all hot items on the beauty market right now. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea setting spray is nice and hydrating and sets my makeup beautifully. You can prime, set, hydrate, and refresh makeup for up to 12 hours! The algae in the formula helps fight off aging, who doesn’t love the sound of that?! I did have one issue with this product, it wasn’t the formula but the pump was constantly getting stuck and because of that I wasn’t able to spray it all over anymore. I did however sprits it on my beauty blender instead of using water, and it helped keep the glow in my skin that I wanted.
We all know how iconic the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray is. I have had several of these guys, and it never lets me down. I work up to 9 hours a day 5-7 days in a row. I also live about 45 minutes away from my job so I have to get ready 2 hours before I have to clock in. I need something to keep my makeup on for 12-14 hours and the All Nighter does exactly that.
Oh Tatcha, how I love you! The Tatcha Dewy Skin mist is the perfect prep and set spray. It is packed with anti aging and deep hydrating ingredients. You are never to young to start taking care of your skin, why not start now?
Now for makeup!
Eyeshadow primer is a must have in my daily makeup routine. More specifically the Too Faced Shadow Insurance is a daily must have for me. I have had 3 tubes of this primer and I never grow tired or bored with it. Eyeshadow just really holds on to the thin formula and stands out. I have never had a problem with my shadow creasing or fading throughout the day.
Of course we can’t live without a little mascara! I have two in my empties box, Too Faced Better than Sex waterproof and the Tarte Tarteist. They both worked pretty well but my favorite of the two is the Tarteist because of the brush. I don’t like my lashes super thick, the spikes on the non fiber brush separate my lashes like no other!
Oh my brows! It took me a long time to use just a brow gel or even use it as a final touch for my brows. This brow gel is a great for natural makeup days and to lay down unruly brow hairs!
Last but certainly not least is a hair care product for that everyone MUST HAVE! Living Proof Restore spray detangles and treats damaged hair. It’s a great leave in product that doesn’t make your hair oily throughout the day.