Twelve Days of Empties: DAY 2

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Welcome back to the Twelve Days of Empties! Today’s post features some makeup products that have made it to my empties.

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First, let’s start off with the Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural. As you can see, it’s not empty, but I have had this for about 5 years now, and I used it daily for a long time when I first got it (I think this was the first blush I had ever bought, actually). It gives your cheeks a nice flush of colour without being too bold, and the brush that came with it was actually decent; I used it for the longest time before I bought any actual brushes. I have barely touched this in the past two years though, and my blush collection has grown a lot since I first bought it, so I think it’s time to go.

I received the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep from an Ipsy bag a couple of years ago. It’s actually quite a good bronzer; even though it’s for a medium/deep skin tone, I found that I could get away with using a light hand, and I quite enjoyed it during the summer. However, mine broke as you can see, so it’s a toss. I think I will purchase the Milk Chocolate shade during the next Sephora sale.

The Essence All About Matte! Compact Fixing Powder is one of my favourite drugstore powders. I actually think I have finished and repurchased more of these than the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, just because it’s a bit of a finer consistency compared to the Rimmel one. It doesn’t keep my face matte for quite as long as the Rimmel one, but it looks less cakey. I have already panned another one of these, so you may see it in another empties soon.

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The last two products are lip products. The picture above (from left to right) shows swatches of the Kanebo Coffret D’Or in PK-312, the Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist, and the Physician’s Formula blush in Natural.

The Kanebo Coffret D’Or Lipstick in PK-312 was a sample I received from a random salesperson who was handing them out in the shopping district of Osaka. I regretted not trying the sample while I was in Japan because this lipstick is AMAZING. It feels like a balm going on, but it leaves your lips looking so fresh and juicy. I really want to purchase the full size if I ever go back to Japan.

The Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist is again, one of the first makeup products I purchased. It was an easy beginner lip product, because it wasn’t tinted enough to need any skill to stay in the lip line, it was moisturizing enough that my lips didn’t look dry and cracked, and it left a pretty tint on the lips. I would recommend this product for a beginner’s makeup kit, except I don’t think they even make this any more.

That’s it for today! See you tomorrow for more empties!

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Review: Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze

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This is another YouTube-inspired purchase – the drugstore bronzer that everyone is raving about. I picked this up in April after months of hearing good reviews about it, and it took me a while to really get around to trying it for the sole reason that people warn you about – the scent.

I knew going in that there was a strong scent associated with the product; every single YouTuber who reviewed it mentioned this, but it was described as a coconut scent, like that of a pina colata or a tropical sunscreen. Here’s my problem – to me, it doesn’t smell like any pina colata I have ever had, nor any sunscreen I have ever used. It’s a distinct, sharp smell that I don’t even know how to describe. It radiates from the product too; when I open my makeup drawer, I can immediately smell it. Maybe I am just sensitive to smells, but for, it’s a very in-your-face scent.

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Barring that, the product itself is great. It picks up easily on the brush and blends in like a dream. I picked up the shade light bronze, which is the newer of the two shades, but I think it suits my current skin tone quite well.

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The underside of the packaging has a mirror and a sponge applicator. I have tried using the applicator, but it doesn’t blend very well, so I prefer using a fluffy brush to blend it in.

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The above swatches are the butter bronzer in light bronze, Benefit’s Hoola bronzer, and Tarte’s Park Ave Princess bronzer. As you can see, the butter bronzer is lighter and warmer compared to the other two bronzers. In fact, I think light bronze might be a closer match to Hoola Lite, but as I do not have Hoola Lite, I can’t say for certain.

All-in-all, I like the shade and the application of the Murumuru Butter Bronzer, and I am gradually get used to the scent of it. For those with sensitive noses, you may want to pass just based on the scent alone. Otherwise, a great option from the drugstore to get that summer bronze.