Hey guys! How’s it going?
I have a long overdue empties post for you today. My empties basket has been seriously been overflowing and I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore. I went ahead and already tossed the products I’ve mentioned in past empties post a bazillion times already. No sense in repeating myself over and over again. Some products, like makeup wipes and my usual hair care staples, I just repurchase those same ones as I like them and I don’t stray from them. But I will be talking today about some products that aren’t part of the group of usual suspects.
So grab yourself a snack and let’s jump into it!
Going to start things off with the bath/skin care & hair care stuff.
Salon Selectives Argan Oil Hair Mask – My friend and YouTuber Kaily Baute has mentioned this hair mask in some of her videos. She really likes it, so I picked this up at either Dollar Tree or Big Lots (regardless it was $2 or less) to try for myself. This might be the 2nd one I’ve used, but I can’t remember. I do like this hair mask though. I’ll use it once a week and it helps my hair feel much smoother and managable. It’s sulfate-free, so it’s totally safe for color treated hair.
Suave Essentials Sweet Pea & Violet Body Wash – I went back to using body washes earlier this year instead of just bar soap for everything. I still wash my face with Dove bar soap (it does the job and doesn’t dry out my skin or break me out), but I use a body wash for the rest of me. I like this one a lot. I’ve also tried the Cherry Blossom and Mango Mandarin scents. I like them all really, and just purchase whichever one I’m feeling at the time. They smell amazing and do a good job of getting me clean and feeling clean. Best part is it only costs a couple dollars for a big bottle.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner – I do switch my toner up every now and then. Dickenson’s Witch Hazel is a classic. It’s been around for 150 years. Witch Hazel is truly a “one size fits all” product as it works with every skin type out there. It will nourish flaky, dry skin without removing essential moisture. If you have oily skin, it eliminates shine, helps control oil, and balances skin. It helps unclog enlarged pores, calms sensitive skin without over-drying… you get the idea. And it’s inexpensive! This huge bottle is only like $5 or $6. I like it a lot and I’ll probably repurchase again sometime.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – This is the green cap one that’s mattifying and best suited for oily or oily/combo skin. I’ve tried all 3 varities of the Garnier micellar water now and while I did like this one, I think I like the pink cap one (which is suitable for all skin types) is my favorite. I’m on my 2nd bottle of the pink cap one right now, but I would repurchase this green cap one again sometime.
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – I’ve finally found my Holy Grail moisturizer. This is formulated for oily/combo skin and it’s so good. The hype surrounding this brand is legit. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way, so the jar will last a long time. I got this jar last November and it lasted me until the middle of this past June! You really just need like a pea-sized amount for your entire face. I’m on my 2nd jar now and I’ll repurchase again once it’s used up. It makes my skin feel hydrated but also helps control oil. It’s a gel formula, so it absorbs fast into the skin, which is a must if you have oily skin.
And now onto the makeup stuff!
Coty Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage – This is my favorite drugstore setting powder. I’ve mentioned this bad boy in previous empties posts. It has a strong scent, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ve tried both the regular Translucent and Translucent Extra Coverage, and the latter really has a little extra… something. A jar of this will last me close to a year because it’s so huge (and I also have other powders I use in rotation). As long as it’s around, I’ll repurchase it.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation – This is the old formula with the red cap. It’s sadly been discontinued in favor of the newer version they released late last year/early this year that has a silver cap and a “breathable” formula. The red cap version provided full coverage, whereas the silver cap one only provides medium coverage. I like both, but the red cap one was one of my favorite drugstore foundations. The coverage is great, blends out so beautifully with a sponge (a brush makes it look a bit cakey) and has great staying power. I luckily have a couple more bottles in my backup drawer when I found some at my local Big Lots for like $3 each earlier this year.
Tarte CC Undereye Corrector – I got this at Ulta when they had it on sale 40% off. It’s a nice peachy/salmon colored dark circle corrector. It did a good job canceling out the blue of my dark circles and it lasted a long time. But it’s expensive (normally retails for $25). I’d buy this again if I could get it at a good discount, but I would not pay full price for it. My NYX dark circle concealer works just as well for me and only costs $6.
42 Dubonnet The Fringe Mascara – This was included in my press goodie bag at last year’s Makeup Show Orlando. 42 Dubonnet is an indie brand that launched last year. They’re based in the Miami area and is run by an awesome mother-daughter team. This mascara is really nice. It’s infused with keratin, so your lashes feel nice and soft instead of stiff and crunchy. The formula is more on the wet side, but it’s one of the few wet formulas I actually like. I have another I’m using that was sent to me as PR, but I would repurchase this mascara with my own money when this one runs out.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – I like this little micro brow pencil a lot. The shade Medium Brown is a perfect match for me. I’ve gone through a few of these. But I finally found a dupe that has the exact same shade that works just as well (the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brunette). I’ll purchase this again if like Ulta features it during a 21 Days of Beauty sale, but I doubt I’d pay full price for one again since I finally found the right dupe for me.
Jack Black Lip Balm in Natural Mint & Shea Butter – I love these lip balms. I’ve gone through several, but I think I like the mint one the best. They do a great job making my lips feel hydrated and don’t feel waxy. Around the holidays, Ulta usually has a set that includes full size of the regular squeezy-tube and stick versions of the lip balms for $12. They normally retail for $7.50 each, so it’s a great way to get a couple and save a few bucks at the same time.
And that’s everything! Have you used any of these products? What have you recently used up? Tell me all about it below in the comments.
As always, thank you all so much for reading! I’ll see you again soon in my next post!