If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I am looking to change things up, whether it be changing the way I style something or wearing an accessory a different way, this blog isn’t an exception. Since I am a big fan of reading Empties posts, I decided to write one for August (as always please tell me if you like it down below). For those of you that don’t know an Empty is the place you can talk about the products you used up and how you felt about them. I go through so many products all the time – between beauty subscription boxes or just picking up something that looks good off the shelf, this girl tries a lot of products. So today will be my first time talking about some products I used up, or just decided weren’t even worth the trouble, and how I feel about them. Now, just to be clear, this is going to be the good, bad and ugly of reviews, not just a therapeutic ranting session on dollars flushed. Some of these are what I have been calling “holy grail” products that I use all the time.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – I don’t even remember how this product ended up in my vanity but I know I’ve had it long enough to gather some dust. My love affair with sleeping masks definitely started with this one. Think about it, not all of us have the time to apply a mask and sit around for 30 minutes waiting for it to do its job so the option of just applying a mask and letting you do what a lot of people do best (sleep) is wonderful. But, you must be careful with this mask – a little goes a long way and applying too much of it will quite literally ruin your night. I remember, I tried to apply it with a mask brush once and clearly applied too much. No joke, I kept sticking to my pillow all night. Never doing that again. I apply this mask with my fingers and using a small amount. I wash my face the next morning and it feels so refreshed and smooth.
Would I Re-Purchase? Yes
Price: $25 for full size
Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream – This product is meant to block humidity and its affects on frizz while simultaneously smoothing and conditioning your hair. This cream is step 2 of my blow out process – first, comes leave in conditioner, second comes this styling cream, third is shine cream and then my Argan Oil Spray that speeds up the blow drying process. This product does a great job prolonging my blow out as well. For reference, I have thick, curly hair that I blow out pretty frequently aka it is in constant need of moisture and frizz relief. It is weightless and doesn’t have any overbearing scent and comes in three different sizes at Sephora. So if you’re afraid of commitment, grab the 2 oz bottle.
Would I Re-Purchase? Absolutely
Price: $15 for 2 oz bottle, $27 for 4 oz bottle and $37 for for 8 oz
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – First of my two holy grail products I will be talking about today. Currently, I do not believe that I will ever find a better liquid liner than this, although my friends tell me I might be surprised. I am obsessed to the point that I usually have a backup before it ever dries out. This liquid liner is super black, super precise and super easy to use. Your wing will never come to you easier than when you are using this liner. It is waterproof and has a super flexible brush like no other liner.
Would I Re-Purchase? Already did
Price: $20 for full size
Benefit They’re Real Mascara – Here comes the second of my holy grail items. This mascara is hands down my favorite mascara in the entire world, and that’s saying something because I’ve probably tried out at least 30 mascaras. This gives me the longest, fullest, vavavoom lashes and is 100% going to be used as my wedding day mascara ( I decided to say no to falsies for the occasion). This is probably my 10th tube of the mascara as I’ve pretty much been using it since it came out on the market. Nothing beats this mascara. Nothing!
Would I Re-Purchase? Already did.
Price: $24 for full size, $12 for travel size.
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara – This one was bought due to amazing reviews from YouTube and other bloggers but I was personally, not a fan. This mascara wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t anything special. I’ve used many drug store mascaras before that were far more impressive. The formula is very black which is a plus but I did not see much difference in length and volume than I would from any other mascara. Maybe I just had too high of expectations for this one.
Would I Re-Purchase? No
Price: $6-8, depending on where you go.
Catrice Lash Boost – Last one in the mascara category. I did not finish this one because of how much I disliked it. This is one of those lash extension products that attaches fibers to your lashes after which, with a coat of mascara on top, makes your lashes look longer. The problem is, this makes your mascara clump and the fibers fall off onto your cheeks. What’s worse is that unless you are constantly looking in the mirror, you won’t realize those fibers fell off and end up walking around with black fibers around your face. No, thank you.
Would I Re-Purchase? Hell, no.
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil – I am typically not a fan of eyebrow pencils that are in more like crayons in either form or consistency but this one is an exception to that rule. The shape makes it easy to shape your brows and the formula stays on all day. I would typically fill in my brows with it and finish off with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Clear Brow Gel. I do like my powder eye brow products a bit more or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Perfecting Pencil but this product is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for something new. The downside has to be price comparison since it more than those products I use daily.
Would I Re-Purchase? Probably not
Becca Backlight Priming Filter – Last but not least, let’s talk about this foundation primer. For those that like their skin glowy and a dewey finish to their foundation, this is definitely a primer to check out. It has a slight shimmer to it, but it doesn’t look sparkly making it a great primer for summer. It blends very easily and does not cake up with any foundation I’ve tried, and trust me I have tried A LOT.
Would I Re-Purchase? Probably
Price: $18 for 0.5 oz and $38 for 1 oz
There you have it for my August Empties. I don’t expect this to be a monthly post since it takes me some time to go through products (didn’t I mention how many products I try?) but every other month is likely by popular demand. Let me know if you agree or disagree on any of my assessments.
As always, thanks for reading!