Empties: Products I’ve Used Up

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Minimalist. I wouldn’t define myself as one. However, I do try to keep a lot of aspects of my life simple. My predominantly black and white wardrobe is relatively sparse. I always go through a major declutter every few months or so to get rid of unloved items. My skincare and makeup collections are, honestly, basic. Four mascaras, three foundations, two eyebrow gels, one primer, etc… You get the gist. I don’t have an overflowing medicine cabinet or wardrobe. When it comes to beauty products, I try to only buy what I need. I’m also very dedicated to completely using each up. I hate wasting products! Even if I don’t love something, I try not to toss it into the bin. Less is more, folks!

Today I thought I’d run through my latest round of empties. During winter, for whatever reason, I tend to use up a lot of my skincare and makeup items. I’ll give a mini review of each and let you know if I’d repurchase it or not!

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

My current obsession with facial oils started after I discovered the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate over a year ago. Before, I hadn’t given much thought to using oils on my face. During my late teenage years and even my early twenties, my skin was much oilier than it is now. At the time I was afraid adding an oil to my skincare routine would only make my greasy face worse. Looking back I realize how ridiculous that fear was! Once I started using my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate regularly, my opinion changed and so did my skin. This lightweight oil sinks into skin quickly, leaving it not only nourished but also smooth, clear and bright. This facial oil, as the name would suggest, is meant to be applied in the evening after cleansing and toning. You can use it on its own or apply a moisturizer afterward depending on how dehydrated your skin feels. My skin looked healthy and glowy every morning whenever I used this! I adore this facial oil and haven’t found an adequate replacement! Nothing else transforms my skin overnight. I’m already heavily considering repurchasing it even though I’d like to explore other options simply because it’s just so damn good!

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Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Gel

My love for the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense runs deep. Before this pink tub of goodness came into my life six years ago, moisturizers always felt like a chore. I always switched between drugstore brands, unsatisfied with their results. I didn’t know moisturizer could be life changing! Applying moisturizer was just another step in my then very basic routine. Turns out spending a bit a lot more money on a high-end moisturizer can make a huge difference. Buying this Clinique moisturizer was a big deal!  It was my first high-end skincare product. Back then no one online talked about this moisturizer. I don’t even think they talked about Clinique products period! I nearly started a beauty blog a few years ago just to review this because the world needed to know how fab this was! Now I hear more about the Moisture Surge line.

Ok, back to the review! This moisturizer is my holy grail. Nothing that I’ve tried has come close to topping this! I love the gel-crème formula. Personally, I’m not a fan of full-on thick creams. They feel heavy on my skin. Gel and gel-crème textures are where it’s at. The Moisture Surge Intense is oh so soothing! This was a godsend when my cystic hormonal acne was at its worse. My painful pimples would reduce in size overnight. This cream is rich but not too heavy. It’s intensely hydrating! No issues with dry patches. My skin is always plump after using this moisturizer. This also isn’t scented (thank god). I highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone suffering from dry skin! I’ve already repurchased this multiple times over the years and I’d repurchase again without hesitation.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Unlike the last two entries on this list, I don’t have as much to say about the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I did enjoy using it every night. Kiehl’s says this is fine for day and night, but I find this eye cream too thick and heavy for daytime usage. It’s a non-greasy creamy formula that sinks into skin rapidly. This eye cream did a great job of keeping my under eyes hydrated. That’s its one job. In a way, I wish it did more considering its hefty price tag. This is perfect for younger people who don’t really need to deal with fine lines. My issue is that at almost $50 this should do more. Even though I enjoy using this and find that it does a great job, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this simply because of the huge price tag.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Drugstore foundations are usually big disappointments in my experience. I’ve tried countless affordable foundations, yet none have wowed me. Besides, finding the right shade is a nightmare. I’m always in between two. I remained faithful to my high-end foundations for years. Sure there were hits and misses along the way, but I always found them to be much higher quality. Then I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in London over a year ago after hearing loads of British bloggers rave about it. It quickly became one of my all-time favorites! The shade, 52 Vanilla, is a perfect match for my skin, a rarity. It gives my skin a natural, healthy finish. Not too dewy, not too matte. A perfect balance! This foundation has light to medium coverage so it’s ideal for everyday use. It evens out my often red, blotchy skin beautifully, although it won’t cover any major acne scars or pimples. I don’t mind that because with my NARS concealer I can cover up the major skin issues. The packaging gets two thumbs up. It has a pump! *gasp* A lot of drugstore foundations don’t. It’s travel safe, too! The packaging is plastic, not glass so it won’t shatter. It’s also small and slim enough for easy travel. I’m head over heels in love with this foundation! I would repurchase this in a heartbeat, but unfortunately, Bourjois isn’t readily available in the U.S. You can get this at Feel Unique, but there is a $3 shipping charge.

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer is to die for! I literally wrote “forever and always <3” below this image on the first draft. It’s a godsend. My biggest beauty insecurity is my naturally dark under eye bags. There’s nothing I can do to change that, but thankfully a highly pigmented concealer can cover up the worst of the darkness. Surprisingly there aren’t that many concealers that can do that but the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer can. I won’t dive in too deep with this review since I just posted an in-depth review of the NARS concealers last week. I’ve repurchased this over and over again so it’s no wonder that I’ll repurchase it yet another time.

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Soap & Glory Hand Food

Nope. Never going to repurchase the Soap & Glory Hand Food. If you read my Soap & Glory brand focus post, you’d know that I don’t see the point of hand cream. This one is really nice. Most of you would enjoy it. Maybe even love it? The floral scent is gorgeous! It’s non-greasy and absorbs into skin fast. This hand cream keeps your hands hydrated perfectly well. I just don’t care for hand cream and rarely use it so there’s no point in repurchasing this. Sorry! Moving on…

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Ok, I admit to cheating a bit by including this on the list. I haven’t used up my Origins GinZing Eye Cream, but it’s getting old. Origins doesn’t even have this packaging anymore! It’s way past its expiration date so its time for us to part ways. Much like my thoughts on the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment, the Origins GinZing Eye Cream does its one job of depuffing perfectly well. Not so much on the brightening part, but that’s a hard task to fulfill when you have crazy dark under eyes like me. However, I’m not wild about it. I use this in the morning to wake up my under eyes. I like how lightweight the formula is. It doesn’t sit weirdly underneath my makeup either. I don’t know why but this eye cream never won me over. For that reason, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this.

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Love Liquid Eyeliner

I will never get over how good this liquid eyeliner is! No other liquid eyeliner has come close to topping the Love Liquid Eyeliner (Or Love Liner Liquid? The name is confusing). I’m dying to repurchase this again, but it’s not readily available here since its a Japanese drugstore brand. I bought this over three years ago when I visited Japan. It has long since dried up but I’ve kept it in my collection to remind myself to repurchase it. I don’t want to forget the name! I think it’s finally time to say goodbye, though. This is the easiest liquid eyeliner to use. It has a long, thin brush tip that makes precise application a breeze. Plus it gives the pointiest cat eye flicks! Another thing I love about it is that not too much liquid comes out of the tube. It doesn’t get runny or bleed like my Stila eyeliner. This is also long-lasting and never smudged or creased on me! I have the black eyeliner, which goes on opaque. As I said, I’d repurchase this, but it’s hard to get!

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

Most facial exfoliators are too gritty and harsh on my delicate skin. I didn’t think I could find one that didn’t feel like I took a piece of sandpaper to my face. Then I took the plunge and bought the massively hyped Kate Somerville ExfoliKate last spring. It changed the way I think about exfoliators. They can be gentle, yet effective! Maybe claiming the ExfoliKate is gentle is a stretch, but I’m talking about the physical scrubber beads. The exfoliators I’ve tested in the past usually have chunky beads, but the ones in the ExfoliKate are so small that when you massage the green paste into the skin for the first time you wonder why you can’t feel anything. This exfoliator works in two steps. There’s the physical exfoliation, but there’s also the chemical exfoliation afterward. After massaging this in, you leave it on your face for two minutes to let the chemical exfoliation do its magic. Wash it off to reveal baby soft skin! Goodbye dry, flaky skin! I know this is expensive AF, but the ExfoliKate is worth it! I would without a doubt repurchase it!

And there you have it! My first roundup of beauty empties. I feel like a proper blogger now. This won’t be the last empties post. Every two or so months when I run out of enough products, I’ll post another empties blog post.


      1. scatteredstars

        Oh wow I didn’t realise what a lack of shades they have, thats really bad!! I have noticed that Bourjois in general only seem to cater to lighter skin tones, they’re not the most inclusive which is such a shame x


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