Trash Talk: Products I’ve Used and Abused

Hey guys! How’s it going? Hope you’re doing well despite everything going on. 2020 really is a piece of work, isn’t it?

Anyhow, today I got an empties post for you. I haven’t done one of these in ages as I’ve just been tossing my empties without even thinking of keeping them aside until I accumulate enough for a post. But this time I’ve remembered and I got some things to talk about.

So get comfy and let’s get going!

Dove Pistachio Cream & Magnolia Body Wash

I forgot how good Dove body washes are. I picked this up on a whim and was immediately hooked. It smells AMAZING. It creates a nice, rich, creamy lather. Makes me feel clean and my skin feels soft. Did I mention it smells AMAZING? I’m currently a different Dove body wash right now (I forget the scent), but if I find this pistachio cream one again I will totally repurchase.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

I tried this for the first time last year to see what the hype was all about, and was hooked. I blew through two travel size ones like nobody’s business and decided to go for the full size. I love this primer so freaking much. It’s a primer with a touch of skincare. It makes my skin feel silky smooth (pun not intended) and it works wonderful with every foundation I’ve tried it with, from matte to more natural finish foundations. This primer made them all look great. I’m currently on my 2nd full size of this and it’s the only primer I use now (besides a little pore filler on my nose thanks to large pores).

Coty Airspun Powder

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’ve gone through several of these. This is my favorite drugstore setting powder. You get a TON of product for the price (around $6). It does a great job setting my foundation (I use the Translucent Extra Coverage, which does give a little extra something). I know a lot are put off by the smell, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ve mentioned this many times, but I remember my grandma using this powder (I always saw it on her dresser at her house), so the smell reminds me of her.

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer

This is just a travel size, as I only use this on my nose because my annoyingly large pores (the curse of being an oily girl). This stuff does a great job filling in/blurring out my pores and also helps keep my nose area (the oiliest part of my face) matte. I have a fresh tube I’m now working through and I’ll keep repurchasing this as long as Smashbox makes it as it’s the best pore filler I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a lot).

LA Girl Setting Spray

This is my new favorite drugstore setting spray. It smells really good (the scent is light & not too overpowering) and it does a great job setting my makeup & helping it stay in place all day. I’m currently on my 3rd bottle of it.

Giovanni Facial Replenishing Prime & Set Mist

I’ve tried a few of the Giovanni facial mists and they’re quite nice. You can use them as a spray primer, as a finishing step to set makeup or throughout the day as a face/makeup refresher. This one is for the oily girls. It contains activated charcoal & some kind of volcanic ash as well as goji berry to help keep skin matte but not flat. Not sure if I’d repurchase this one again. It was nice, but I like the others I’ve tried a little better.

Lancome Teint Idole Foundation

I’ve gone through a few bottles of this. This is one of my top 3 high end foundations. I currently use shade 210 Buff N, which is a great match for me. I love the coverage (medium to full), it’s matte but not flat finish, and it lasts all day on me, so it plays well with my oily/combo skin. I plan on repurchasing eventually, but I have some other foundations I want to get through first, plus this is not a cheap foundation by any means (retails for $47 US), and I like getting it at a discount whenever I can, either via a sale, gift card or at the outlets.

L’Oreal Infallible Freshwear Foundation

You know I love this foundation. One of my top 3 from the drugstore and I have gone through multiple bottles. I currently use shade 420 True Beige. Lots of people rave about this foundation, and for good reason. It seems to work for every skin type as I’ve seen everyone from super dry & sensitive skin to oily greaseballs like me sing its praises. It has great coverage (medium to full), it lasts all day, it’s super lightweight and it never looks cakey. If L’Oreal ever discontinues this, we’re going to have to have words. Harsh words.

Almay Get Up and Grow Extreme Length Mascara (waterproof)

Almay is a brad that’s normally not on my radar much (though that’s changing). This is another thing I picked up on a whim. It’s not a bad mascara, but it’s also not mind blowing. Nothing special about it, but it’s decent enough that I used it up. Not sure if I’d repurchase it though.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner

I love this. I never thought I’d get the hang of liquid liner. But this one I really love. It’s super black, it doesn’t fade, smudge or bleed. It doesn’t come off until I take it off at the end of the day. I just opened a fresh one as this one finally dried out on me or I just used it up because I grab for this one at least a 2-3 times a week.

ColourPop Precision Brow Pencil

This was my 3rd one of these. And I just opened my 4th, I think that says it all, really. One of the best micro brow pencils out there. It’s pigmented (you need a light hand or else you can go overboard) & while it’s not smudge proof (but really who goes touching their brows after you do them?), it lasts all day on me even in Florida summer heat & humidity. I use the shade Cool Cocoa, which is a great match for my dark brown hair. I wish this was the CP brow pencil they sold in Ulta stores (I do not like the Brow Boss pencil). I need to order a few more backups from ColourPop soon. My only complaints are it’s super fragile (another reason why you need a light hand when using) and once you twist product up, you can’t twist it back down, so only twist up the bare minimum needed).

And that’s everything! What have you used up recently?

As always, thank you all so much for reading. I’ll see you again soon in my next post!

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