Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Empties - Round 1

 I've been back to work from maternity leave for a little over six weeks and I've been crazy busy at work trying to remember everything and get back into the swing of things. As well as we have had a lot of org changes so I've needed to step it up and really try and take on as much as I can. But I've been plotting this post for awhile (as well as some other ideas) as I've been saving some of the products I've recently finished or almost finished up to write about and whether or not I would repurchase. I see some YouTuber's make videos so that's where the inspiration came from.


So the first items on my list are my brow pencils. I have recently finished up two of them. First up was my desert island brow pencil from Colourpop in the shade Dope Taupe.  I loved the color of this item because it isn't too dark. Sometimes when I use a brunette colored pencil my eyebrows look like I took a sharpie to them. This pencil was just the right color to fill everything in and make them look quite natural. And at $5 it is a steal....the only caveat is free shipping doesn't start until $30 with Colourpop. So it would bring the pencil to $10.99 with shipping for just one. And these did break a bit the more I used this one even if I over advanced it a tiny bit. And once the product was out of the tube it did not go back. (I may have to revoke it's desert island status). And lately I have not been feeling much of my single Colourpop shadows and have destashed almost all of them. If I do make a Colourpop order - I definitely will pick up another.  But right now I've moved to trying out the NYX Micro Brow Pencil because ULTA had a B1G1 sale on NYX and using up the rest of the brow gel pot that Colourpop has...also in Dope Taupe!  



The other brow pencil I finished up over the last couple months was one from BH Cosmetics Studio Pro HD Brow Pencil that I picked up a long time ago and kind of forgot about. It was in the shade Brunette and I was a little concerned that it could be a bit too dark but I found that it wasn't especially if I blended it a bit with the spoolie. I did like this product and would repurchase if I was making an order to get the free shipping. (I'm all about free shipping and like to make my online purchases worth my while. Standard shipping on BH Cosmetics website is $4.95-$7.95). The pencil itself is $6.99 so again it's a great price and a good product for that price if you don't look at the cost with shipping. It went on very nicely and it was retractable which scored points with me.



Now this is one of my favorite primers and I'm so sad the indie company that made it is out of business. But AFK Cosmetic's Paladin Face Primer. It was on par with Benefit's Porefessional. The tube was .5 oz and only $12 (and her shipping was reasonable at $3). I'm ready to cut the tube open and get the last little bits out. This stuff blurred my pores and was so comfy. And it spoke to my inner geek. Paladins are awesome! Sad that I won't be able to repurchase this particular one. /sadCat But I've been using up my Porefessional samples that my awesome friend Janel sent me as well as trying some new ones out (Hourglass and Becca).



I've never been good about using setting spray...but I've made an effort to start using it so that my foundation lasts a bit longer. I had 2 Deluxe sample sized bottles of Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (I have the old bottle styles). And it works. I felt that when I took my makeup off at the end of the day there was still a lot left on my face. (I have the bad habit of resting my chin on my hands or just touching my face in general). It didn't make me break out which again is a huge win for me. Once I run out of all the other samples of setting spray I have this would be on the short list to repurchase. Only thing I didn't like is that when I got down to the dregs the spritzer didn't work as well and it didn't have the fine mist I was expecting. It's not the end of the world but it was a bit annoying having a giant drop in some areas versus the fine mist in the others and waiting for it to dry. I did end up combining the two sample bottles but I think it's time for it to go and move on to the next setting spray I have.



I was bound and determined to finish up this face cleanser - I bought it a long long time ago. (I'm so bad about finishing stuff up. I just get bored). The Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. It has a distinct coconut smell but it definitely isn't off-putting. (I like the smell of coconut...I just don't want to eat it or taste it). I don't think it did a good job removing my eye makeup but it did okay removing my face makeup or just cleaning my face in general. It didn't make me break out. But I'm not completely sold on this one. I have some others that I'm using that I'm enjoying more.



And last but not least - I've developed an obsession with anything Bobbi Brown. (I seriously want all the things...including items from her glasses line. The packaging is just so sleek). I got a deluxe sample of the Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm when you purchased the full size during one of the beginning of the year sales. I used up the deluxe sample and I really enjoyed it. It does have a scent to it. It smells a little earthy but it doesn't last long. It makes me absolutely glow. It's great for no makeup days. There are only two things I don't like about it. It does accentuate my pores if I put it too close to my nose. But I love this stuff anyway. And it has a pretty steep price tag at $65 for only 1 oz. Beauty is pain....for my wallet. But my skin has not looked this good in a long time since I've been diligently trying to take care of it. And it doesn't break me out! /happyCat Once I finish it up I am on the fence about repurchasing it. If I can snag it during a sale (either on Bobbi Brown's website or Sephora) I will probably repurchase.



That's all for now! It takes me forever to go through anything because I get bored and want to try new stuff all the time.