Thursday, December 7, 2017

November 2017 Empties

November 2017 empties

Elf single eye shadow- This is discontinued. Worked great for a white highlight shadow under my brow bone

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer- I didn't understand the purpose of this product since it was so orange. I made it work just to use it up.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer- It worked pretty great as a peach corrector under my eyes. I wouldn't repurchase because it's a small amount of product for the price.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain- This is a unique product idea but I wasn't the biggest fan. It was messy and I didn't like how it would start to run down my cheek before I could even get a brush to blend it out

Covergirl Outlast 3 in 1 Foundation- My holy grail drugstore foundation I have used multiple bottles of. I most likely won't be repurchasing it because I have heard that the formula is different with the new packaging and it is not cruelty free

Covergirl Clean Matte Foundation- I think this foundation might be getting discontinued. I bought 3 earlier this year on clearance at Ulta. This works well for everyday running errands or going to class but I would wear something different for going out

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara- This was a very hyped up dupe of  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I thought it was just okay. Didn't really give me much length or volume.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara- I really liked this mascara a lot. It was very comparable to Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara that is my holy grail. I have a couple backups of the L'Oreal mascara that I received free from an event so I'll be using those but I won't be repurchasing because it is not cruelty free

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate- I doubled this as an eyeliner and brow pencil so I went through it pretty quickly but luckily it was cheap. I may repurchase in the future

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eye Liner- This is still my holy grail liquid liner and I have several backups

Wet n Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana- I originally bought and used 80% of it as a neck bronzer to match my neck. The last 20% I used as a face powder  to make a foundation match my skin better. I loved the slight glow. Once I work through a few more powders and bronzers I will repurchase.

CloSYS Mouthwash- I have been using this brand of mouthwash for years. I'm taking a break and using up some small bottles from other brands but I will repurchase CloSYS. I love that it doesn't burn my mouth.

Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy Therapy Cream- I used this on  my arms every night before bed. The tub lasts for ever. I have discovered I don't like things in pots because they get under my long nails. I wish this came in a pump bottle instead.

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizing Cream- This was the third and final deluxe sample I finished. It was nice but it didn't blow me away enough to pay $$ for a full size

Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover- I honestly thought this eye makeup remover would have worked better at removing my waterproof mascara

Chanel Multi Protection Daily Defense Sunscreen- I think I got about 4 uses out of this. I liked it but with it being Chanel I know a full size would be pricey

Clean & Clear Ace Triple Clear Cleanser- I enjoyed this cleanser. I have a few backups I received at an event

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion- I loved the smell of this cleanser. I would repurchase in a sale at Ulta

Acure Ultra Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner- I have never hated a shampoo and conditioner so much. It made my hair look and feel terrible. It left a film on my hair as if I hadn't washed it in weeks. I tried several different ways to make them work but it was a fail

Decluttered items

xoxo Sarah Vega
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Monday, November 13, 2017

October empties and eyeliner declutter

In October I started seriously panning and decluttering my makeup. I finally realized that I have way too much makeup and instead of buying new makeup constantly I either need to use it up or give it to someone who will. Expect to see a lot more empties than usual in upcoming months.

2017 October empties

Rimmel  Lasting Finish Kate Moss lipstick shade 107- A great color and great formula. I highly recommend even though I think Rimmel is slowly discontinuing this Kate Moss line. 

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick- These are a great formula and I love the metallic look but these were pretty old and started separating so I was sad to throw them out. I will consider purchasing a new KVD liquid lipstick in the future.

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in shades 02 and 03- This use to by one of my favorite concealers and I have used up several of these. I don't know if the ingredients changed or what but it now breaks me out and I feel it doesn't have that great of coverage anymore.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - At first I didn't like this concealer but then I figured it out. The key to this product is when you first apply the coverage is not that great but it actually gains coverage as the day goes one. That might sound crazy but it is very true with this product. 

Elf Zit Zapping Concealer corrective green- I know this product is discontinued from ELF. This is a good idea in theory but it made my acne worse and the green is too pigmented to cover up with foundation. 

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eye Liner- My holy grail eye liner that I've talked a lot about and will continue to purchase over and over again.

Maybelline Master Smoky- I don't think this product was sold for very long. It was sort of a good idea with the idea to have an attached smudger. However, the liner was fat so you really didn't need the smudger and it wasn't the blackest of black

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner - I am honestly not sure why this is called "no-tug". I thought it was dry and hurt to use as eye liner. I finished this product by using it as a brow pencil. 

Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara- My holy grail bottom lash mascara that I will continue to repurchase. 

Elf All Over Color Stick- For $1 this is actually a great cream highlighter/blush. I do recommend checking out this hidden gem. I have way too many cream blushes and this one was quite old so it had to go. I might rebuy in the future.

Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter- Personally, I just thought this was an average liquid highlighter. It was nothing special

Benefit Posietine Cheek & Lip Stain- This is a unique idea but I wasn't a big fan of the color. I finished this product but the color was too bubblegum pink on me

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint- These are discontinued and mostly dried up. I much prefer this wand application vs a jar/pot for cream eyeshadow

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow- These were all the rage a couple years ago. These have dried up and with my long nails I really don't like using these since they are in a jar. They didn't apply that well with a brush either. 

Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads- My holy grail eye makeup remover. Almost in every empties post there is a container of these because I love them so much

Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate- This is actually one of the two primers I actually like and doesn't break me out. I don't have good luck with primers but I'm glad I found this one. It is more illuminating than blurring. I will keep this in mind for the future but I want to try to find a cruelty free primer that works just as well if not better

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Facial Wash- I wash surprised by how much I loved this face wash. I loved the smell and looked forward to using it everyday. 

Raw Sugar Raw Coconut Mango Natural Body Wash- I loved the smell of this body wash. I will probably repurchase in the future. 

Eyeliner declutter

xoxo Sarah Vega
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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.

xoxo Sarah Vega
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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.

xoxo Sarah Vega
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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.

xoxo Sarah Vega
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