Monday, October 9, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

August 2017 empties

Where did August go? It sure was a busy one for me with Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, Elvis Week, and going back to college. Even though I was busy I did manage to use up some products.

August 2017 empties

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara- I love this brow mascara. Whether you want to use this by itself in a rush or over the top of another brow product it works great. Another plus it that it is actually dark enough for my nearly black hair.

Wet n Wild Come Correct Concealer- I talked about this in the last empties post. This one is about 80% use up but the remainder is just a oily mess. I do love this very full coverage concealer. 

Maybelline Master Conceal- This concealer lasted forever. It was just okay. It was more on the liquidy and light/medium coverage side. I probably won't repurchase. 

ELF Lip Primer & Plumper - The primer side was AWFUL. It made lipsticks look terrible. After a couple uses it actually broke off so I just threw it away. I used the plumper side totally up. It did tingle but I'm not so sure it really plumped my already voluminous lips.

Avon Color Trend Lip Liner- I think this may be discontinued or was limited edition. I actually really enjoyed this lip liner because it just glided on like butter, except I have had it a long time and since it's so little it gets lost.

Maybelline Mineral Power Blush- This product is discontinued and is really old so that's why I am getting rid of it. There's still plenty of product left but I just never reach for a loose powder blush. In fact, I think this was the first blush I ever owned. 

BareMinerals Original Foundation- Powder foundations are not my cup of tea but I did use this as a setting powder to add coverage to light coverage liquid foundation and it did work okay. 

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer- My go-to daily moisturizer I have been using for years and will continue to use. I highly recommend

Biore Baking Soda Cleanser - This sample lasted me through several trips, however, the last 1/4 of the bottle was just straight up watery liquid that was a waste. I felt like this was a good cleanser. I might repurchase in the future

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Body Lotion - It had a nice smell and worked good but not worth the full size for $18 for only 8oz

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizing Night Cream- This is the second container sample container I have used up and I have 1 more left. It's nice and moisturizing but personally I wouldn't buy a full size for $52

Laura Geller Spackle Treatment Even Tone Primer- I was pleasantly surprised by this primer. Primers and me don't usually get along but I'm actually considering buying this product in the next Ulta sale

Dr Brandt 3D Filler Mask- These little foil packets for skincare are a joke. With the 2 uses I can't tell a difference. 

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night Cream- This was a good product but didn't do anything special for my skin. I would never purchase full size for $80

Equate Nail Polish Remover- Works great to remove hard to get off polishes and glitters. 

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid- Wow I could definitely tell this deodorant worked a lot better than the previous Secret gel one I was using. I will continue to purchase this Clinical Strength version. 

Hello Extra Whitening Flouride Toothpaste- I wanted to like this so bad but no it is not good at all! As soon as you start brushing your teeth it literally just disappears and you are brushing with nothing. My teeth don't feel all that clean afterwards either. 

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Firm Control Hairspray- My go to hairspray especially for traveling.  

Pantene Air Spray Hairspray- I received 4 of these travel size bottles at an event. I had used up my TRESemme so I decided to use this. First let me say it works great as a hairspray. What makes me not like it is the day after when you are washing it out it leaves your hair looking like it has dandruff. I am not sure what I am going to do with the other 3 bottles. 

Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask- There are several uses in this packet. It had a weird texture but did work well to exfoliate. For only being $2 I will buy one for the winter months when my skin is really dry and needs to be exfoliated. 

Yes To Argan Oil Mud Mask- This packet had about 3 uses in it. I don't think it made that much difference in my skin. I probably won't purchase again. 

Tan Towel Self Tan Towelette- I'm very pale so I was a little hesitant to use this tanning towelette but it worked better than I thought. It had a nice smell and within a couple of hours I could see a that my arms and face had some added color. I might repurchase to keep on hand for special events

Up & Up Sheer Sunscreen Lotion- This spf 100 is discontinued unfortunately, but I did link to a spf 30. I am very pale and work at car shows so I need sunscreen. I totally HATE the chemical smell of sunscreen so I literally stood in Target smelling sunscreen to see which one had the least smell. This was the winner and I really enjoyed this sunscreen

Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport spf 30- This sunscreen has worked well. I haven't gotten any sunburns when I have used it. The biggest plus to this particular sunscreen is the tropical smell. 

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes- These are just okay. They are not as "juicy wet" as the Neutrogena ones so you have to rub harder and follow up with micellar water on a cotton pad to remove the remainder of makeup.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes- You've seen these in almost every post of mine. I love them. Highly recommend.

xoxo Sarah Vega
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

June & July 2017 empties

During June and July I was gone on 3 different trips so I wasn't home very much but I did manage to finish quite a bit of products.
June & July 2017 empties

ELF Clear Brow & Lash Mascara - I have gone through a couple of these over the years. At first I used the clear mascara as a primer but now I use it on my brows after I use up the brow side. I will continue to purchase.

Wet n Wild Come Correct Concealer- I'm going to start off by saying I hope this concealer isn't being discontinued. Last year my local Dollar Tree had these and I stocked up. It is my all time favorite drugstore concealer. The coverage is unreal and lasts all day. 

NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brown Pomade (shade espresso)- I loved this pomade because it was pigmented and very easy to work with. However, it quickly dried out. I revived it many many times for about a year and I'm done with it. I'm currently trying ELF's brow pomade now. 

Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer (shade light)- My holy grail concealer. You only need a tiny amount so this product will last a long time. For me a tube lasts a little over a year with daily use. I have bought several of these and will continue to purchase.

ELF Eye Refresh - I have had this product for a long time and actually forgot about it. It does feel cool (temperature wise) to apply under eyes but I'm not sure if it really does alleviate under eye puffiness and dark circles. 

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick (shade 01 Always Red) - I have yet to find another liquid lipstick that is as comfortable as this one. I love red lips and I have bought another one. I might check out more colors in the future. 

Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer- This lash primer is very overpriced. Since it is tinted this basically acts like a low quality mascara.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- I had been wanting to try this mascara for a while and I finally received a sample of it. I LOVED it but it is very similar to the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara, so I will continue to buy the Jordana for $4 instead of Perversion for $23 (full size) 

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara- My holy grail mascara that I will continue to repurchase forever because it is only $4. Perfect amount of length and volume for my lashes. 

Jordana Best Volume Extreme Mascara- Not the biggest fan of this particular Jordana mascara. For some reason it smelled like bad chemicals when I first opened it so I didn't use it for very long. The brush was massive size too. 

Jordana FabuLiner Bold Eyeliner- I love this eyeliner and it is super easy to do a cateye wing. I will repurchase along with the normal size (non bold). 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - I have talked a lot about these in previous posts. They work great for traveling.

Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads- Another product I have talked a lot about in previous posts. These work great and I've been using them for many years and will continue to do so.

Belief The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb- I love this moisturizer because really feels like it works even though it is heavy. This was my second sample. I would like to buy a full size but $38 is quite expensive for a moisturizer.

L'oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask- I am definitely going to buy a full size when I go through and use up more of my mask collection. This is the first mask that I actually can see results after using. My acne is more calmed down and my face clears up. Great product!

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Cream- I enjoyed the light rose scent. This is a nice product but I don't think I'll repurchase mainly because of the price but I do recommend.

Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap- I actually liked the smell of this body soap. It came in a set with the foaming cleanser and two other products. I might purchase a full size.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser- I liked this cleanser and feel it did help my acne. I might purchase a full size in the future.

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser- I honestly don't feel like this cleanser did anything to improve my acne. I doubt I repurchase.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture- This foil packet sample is way to small to see if I actually like this product but it was moisturizing.

Lulu hair color remover wipe- I bought several of these on clearance at Ulta. They are basically a wet wipe with some kind of liquid....maybe acetone? It works okay but a lot of scrubbing is needed

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Firm Control Hairspray - My go-to hairspray when traveling because it comes in this convenient size and works well for my hair

TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Pre Wash Conditioner - I was not a fan of this backwards conditioner before shampoo system. I feel like it made my hair feel dirty faster and it actually made my hair shed more.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

May 2017 Empties

May was a stressful month in my life/house but all is well now.....thankfully.
I did a major cleanout of my collection where I sold some products that weren't used and throwing away (showed here in this post) old products that are long expired.

Elf Eyeshadow Stick- I think these have been discontinued from Elf's line. I owned almost every color of these and even had backups. I sold the blue and purple as I never used them. I use the black quite a bit. This nude color would be great if it didn't have an insane amount of glitter

Wet n Wild Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof- This is a great eyeliner and very waterproof. It is only in this post because it is too old as it is a liquid eyeliner. 

Rimmel Scandal Eyes- This was a good eyeliner pen. I still prefer Jordana though. 

Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara- My go-to mascara for my bottom lashes. Tiny brush and the the formula lasts all day without smudging or flaking 

Ulta Plush Drama Mascara- I was surprised by the mascara and I purchased another one. Great for length and volume.

Elf Eyelid Primer- This use to be my favorite eyeshadow primer that I used for years, but for some reason this one was a dud

L'Oreal Gel Liner- This came with a great eyeliner brush. I will admit I didn't use this liner all that much because it was dark brown and I prefer black. When I did  go to use it, it was dried out. I tried to revive it but it was too far gone. 

Essence Gel Eyeliner- The best gel/pot eyeliner I have tried. Highly recommend and will repurchase.

NYX Full Coverage Concealer- I love the "skin shades" of this concealer formula but I am pretty sure this yellow shade breaks me did the green version. 

Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in shade Too Cool- A great metallic white to use as a base for any look especially on the brow bone. This is the second one I have used up. I probably won't repurchase as I don't like things in jars with my long nails and brushes don't really work to well with this. 

Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzer- I used up the bronzer a long time ago on my neck but the blush has only hit pan. I tried for a long time to use it up but it isn't very pigmented and I'm over the color. The formula is very nice and now Elf has this combo in different colors. 

Make Up Forever Camouflage Cream Color Correct and Concealer palette- I have had this for a very very long time....It should have been thrown out a long time ago but I loved it. At that time it was the only color correcting palette of its kind and worked great on my pale skin. Part of me wants to repurchase but I don't know about spending $40 on it again....but I do highly recommend. 

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in shades Think Pink and Cinnamon Spice- I have many shades of this lipstick and they all probably need to go as they are getting really old. I love the formula and will repurchase my favorite shades

Make Up Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick in shade #40 - I bought this for a photoshoot a long time ago and it's the only orange lipstick I've had. Since it was so pricey I tried to use it all up but it is long expired and tasting terrible.

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in shade Tantalize - This lipstick had a very cheap crayon smell but the color was great for everyday. I used about 75% of it before it turned bad and started tasting awful. 

Maybelline lip gloss- All the writing has totally worn off and this is really old. It was a really pretty color.

Nyx Butter Gloss in shades Cherry Cheesecake, Sugar Cookie, and Devil's Food Cake - These were pretty nice but didn't blow me away.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer- I had received a sample of this and loved so I bought a full size, which I also loved. This works great and I will repurchase.

Curel Hyda Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer- This worked good but I think the Jergens was better.

CeraVe Foaming Face Cleanser- This was just okay. I won't be purchasing a full size.

L'Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate- I really enjoyed this but $50 for a full size jar?....nope!

Lancome Bienfait Multi Vital Night Cream- I somehow ended up with three travel sizes of these. It is really moisturizing and I enjoy using it. I'm not on the second jar.

Sephora Instant Moisturizer Cream- This moisturizer was great and I got 3 uses out of this foil packet. I'm really considering purchasing the full size.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

February, March, & April 2017 empties

Long time no see! 
I was away traveling for most of February and March so I mainly used the same products over and over again until they were gone. April just flew by but I was home more so I was able to finish off quite a few products. 

So many products!

Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation- I've raved about this previously. It is still my favorite drugstore foundation. Full coverage, lasts all day, etc
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation- A really good foundation but not my absolute favorite. It has a mousse/cream feel and the shade range is excellent. It wears really well throughout the day. I'd say it is a high medium coverage though.
Tarte Maracuja C Brighter Eye Treatment- It is a great moisturizer for under eyes but I don't think it lives up to the claims. Luckily this was a sample size because I don't think it is worth $38
Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel- I wasn't a fan of this primer. Unlike the name blemish remedy, I'm pretty sure it broke me out. I'm glad it was a tiny size sample. 
Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer- I've talked about this before. I love it and it works great but I wish it wasn't as pricey. 
Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara- I'm not really sure what to think about this mascara. It was a very wet formula but it did provide a lot of volume for my lashes. 

Lulu hair color remover wipe- These were on clearance at Ulta (maybe being discontinued) so I grabbed several because every time I get my hair dyed black there's always a few little places that need to be wiped away, This is basically a wet wipe with maybe acetone as the liquid. It worked okay, lots of scrubbing is needed.
Marlowe Body Butter- As the name suggests this is definitely a body butter, aka a very heavy and thick lotion. I enjoyed this sample and feel it did work pretty well. I would recommend if you are looking for a body butter. 
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash- I couldn't stand the smell of this at all! I was so happy it was gone. 
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser- I picked this up when I was in Vegas since it works for face and body. It worked well. There's a ton of product in the bottle so I took it with me for my New Orleans trip as well.
Belief the True Cream Moisturizing Bomb- I needed a heavy moisturizer to use after I used an intense mask that sucked the life out of my face....this was absolutely perfect. I love this stuff. I think it is a little too heavy for summer but will be perfect in the winter. I'm not sure if I'd buy the full size for $38 though.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil- This foil packet was pretty messy but this argan oil was nice to use because my face was drier than usual.
OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum- I could only could two-three uses out of this and that's not enough to tell if this really made a difference. I did enjoy the smell. 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes- I have talked about these a lot and they work great for traveling.
Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads- I have also talked about these a lot and I use them every single day.
Avon Eye Makeup Remover Lotion- I have had this a long time and it also took a long time to use up. It works okay. I won't be repurchasing. 
Up & Up Maximum Strength Acne Medication- I wasn't aware that there was an expiration date and it was a couple months expired so it didn't work all that great. I will repurchase to try again.

Up & UP Pomegranate Hand Restore Dish Soap- I have talked about this soap previously but it works great to clean my brushes weekly. 
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser- I really enjoyed using this charcoal cleanser. When I was traveling I even pumped some into a small squeeze bottle. I recommend if you have acne and I have already repurchased.
Jason Sheer Spray Lotion- I like spray lotions because I enjoy the feeling of rubbing in "normal" lotion with my hands. This spray lotion is really good on my legs. The cocoa butter smell was really nice. 
Secret Outlast Xtend Completely Clean Invisible Solid- I enjoyed it was a travel size but I don't think it worked too well. I also didn't like the white residue left behind. 
Secret Outlast Xtend Unscented Clear Gel- I much prefer the gel formula deodorant because it works better all day and stays clear.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 empties

First empties of 2017!! 
I have deemed this year as the year to use up a lot of my "stash" before buying new products. I have tons of samples and a lot of products nearing expiration that need to be used. Let's hope I have good luck with this. 

January 2017 empties

Nyx Above & Beyond Concealer shade fair- my go to concealer! I have gone through many of these over the years. Great for spot concealing and under the eyes. 

Elf Flawless Face Powder - My opinion for this powder went back and forth. Some days I liked it some days I hated it... all depended on the foundation I used and how my skin was that day. For the price I do recommend it especially to keep in your bag for touch ups on the go.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation shade L44- One of the best full coverage foundations on the market. This L44 is just slightly too dark but I made it work and saved it for "important" days since it is pricey. I repurchased this in L42. 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation shade Porcelain. I'd say this is the second best foundation at the drugstore. The only downfall, for me personally, is that the lightest shade is still about 2 shades too dark for me. I mix it with Manic Panic's Dreamtone and it works great. Maybe someday they'll release some more shades. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow shade silver strike - This worked great as an eyeshadow base. I have long nails so I have to use a brush to get the product out instead of using my fingers....which I found out I'm not a big fan of. This shade is really pretty. 

ELF Flawless Eyeshadow - This is basically what you expect a $2 eyeshadow palette to be...just ok. I used it for days where I wasn't doing much like just going to the grocery store. You can see I still haven't hit pan but I am just over this palette and would rather use nicer quality shadows daily. If you are just starting out with eyeshadow this would work well for you. 

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer - This sample lasted me forever! It worked really well and with it's tiny size was perfect for traveling.  

Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara - I use this mascara everyday on my lower lashes and it is fantastic at lengthening and separating. Highly recommend and super cheap

Covergirl Super Size Fibers Mascara - I received this product for testing purposes and you can read my review here

Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer- I've been using this moisturizer for years! I have tried other but always keep coming back to this one. 

EOS Lip Balm - Worked wonder on my lips and lasted forever. I already repurchased.

Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads- My absolute favorite way to remove eye makeup. My mom and I have both gone through tons of these containers over the years. I even have a couple little containers for traveling....they are the best!

Ulta Fig & Honey Body Lotion - I liked the smell of this but just an average lotion 

Clean & Clear Persa-gel - I don't like the way it dries crusty but it helps clear up my acne. I've been using it for years and sometime's switch it up with Target's version

Nubian Heritage Abyssinian & Chia Body Lotion - At first I didn't like the smell but then it grew on me. I got about 3 uses out of this sample and it was very moisturizing. I probably would purchase a full size.

Dr Jart BB Dis-a-Pore Beauty Balm- I couldn't really tell much from this little foil sample but it seemed to be pretty good quality. Not sure if I'd purchase a full size. 

Wet n Wild Makeup Remover Wipes - These were not any better than a cheap wet wipe. Took a lot of work to remove makeup. Luckily I got this package at the $1 store because I would not recommend

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - These are soooo much better than Wet n Wild. I use these packets when traveling and they work perfect.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

October & November 2016 empties

I used up a lot over the past 2 months... which is good because I own way too many products. Here is a quick review of everything...

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation (Porcelain 110)
The shade was too yellow for me and it was less coverage than what I like. I mixed this with other foundations to lighten them.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (805 Ivory)
My go-to drugstore foundation. I'm very pale and it is super tough to find a shade light enough....this one works and doesn't oxidize on me. It is full coverage in just one layer and lasts all day on my combo skin. If you are looking for a new foundation, check this one out!

BH Cosmetics Liquid Foundation (Light Olive)
Not a fan of this foundation. The color was way off and it had a weird liquid (oil?) that would separate in the bottle. At first it looked okay on my skin but after a little bit it looked like it was just sitting all cakey on my skin even though I used a buffing brush to apply.

Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder
My go-to powder! I have have been using this consistently for a couple years and have multiple backups in case it gets discontinued. This powder really keeps me matte all day and works great for setting undereye concealer.

Essence Forget It 3-in-1 Concealer  *discontinued*
I'm pretty sure this concealer wheel is discontinued which makes me sad :( The pink shade was great under my eyes and the green worked great on red acne spots. The skin tone shade was too dark so I didn't use it too often.

Good for everyday. Nothing outstanding. The brush provided good separation which I liked. I didn't notice smudging or flaking. 

I really liked this mascara and I actually bought it in full size. The brush really does a good job curling your lashes. Plus the packaging is cute ;)

Just average. It was almost dried out when I got it but overall I'm not a big fan of mascara primers.

Can't go wrong with this eyeliner. It is great to use on the lower lash line. I like that it comes in several colors.

Nyx Cream Eyeshadow (18 Silver) *discontinued*
I am sad this is discontinued this as I love a silver lid for an eye look. I hardly hear anyone talk about these but I had these in a couple different colors. 

Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick (X202 Forever Burgundy)*reformulated*
Before I discovered Besame Cosmetics, this Avon lipstick (which has now been reformulated) was my go-to red lipstick. There's actually still some left in the tube but it's old and a mess so it was time for it to go.

I love love love this lip primer. I mainly used it when wear red lipstick since that color is usually high maintenance. This primer worked great to keep the lipstick on longer and not feather. I have this in the full size which is almost used up also. 

Bare Minerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair
Didn't notice anything special besides that it was moisturizing.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
This was my second bottle which I went through both pretty quickly. I like this Simple one but you get double the amount in the Garnier bottle so that is probably what I'll buy from here on out.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Charcoal Mask
Exactly what it claims.....a heat mask. It is actually a really cool feeling. I got two uses out of one pouch (4 pouches in box). My face felt very clean after.

Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads
I have been using these ever since I started wearing makeup so I've gone through tons of these containers. I will forever use these and I highly recommend them for removing eye makeup.

Cutex Nail Polish Remover Pads
I was impressed by these little guys. The pad is fully drenched in remover. It worked on removing both normal polish and thick layer of glitter.

Up & UP Pomegranate Hand Restore Dish Soap
Cleaning your makeup brushes is very important. This soap works well to cut the grease from cream it smells good.

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer
I don't know about you but I hate the feeling of rubbing lotion into my skin.....that is why this spray kind is great! You just spray it on then rub it in which I like a lot better because it is thin and not goopy like traditional lotion. I don't spray tan anymore but this is great to moisturize in the days after a tan to maintain it.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant
Spray deodorant is a new concept for me. This one was just okay. I tired it by itself then layered it with a normal stick deo which did work better.

TreSemme Tres Two Extra Hold Aerosol Hairspray
A great hairspray and perfect for traveling. I have purchased several of these over the years.

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