Twelve Days of Empties: DAY 2


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


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.


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!


June Empties

Hello friends! I’ve had a busy few weeks, filled with birthdays (mine, my dad’s and my mom’s) and Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, but I have managed to use up a lot of products this month.


Starting off with skincare, I finished the Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl, which I reviewed a few months back. It did help brighten my undereye circles, but was not hydrating enough for my liking.

I finished my second sample size of the Neostrata Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser, which contains 2% salicylic acid. I actually enjoyed using this cleanser in terms of the texture and feel of it, but I am currently using the corresponding 2% salicylic acid leave on treatment, I don’t really feel that a cleanser containing the same ingredient is necessary at this point.

The Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner was a product that I really wanted to try out when it first launched, so when it came out as a 100-point perk at Sephora, I snatched it up. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its hype; it was an interesting consistency going on, but I don’t feel like it did anything for my pores or keeping my face matte.

This is my second sample of the Tarte Maracuja Oil, and I didn’t like it as much as I remembered. I had used this oil a few summers back and I remember it feeling great on my skin at night, but this time around I felt like it left my skin feeling greasy, with the oil sitting on top of my skin instead of absorbing into it.

The Olay Touch of Concealer Eye Regenerating Cream is a tinted eye cream. To be honest, I have had this sample for maybe 5+ years? I haven’t even used it in the last few years, so it’s more of a toss than an empty.


I finished two micellar waters, a travel size of the Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water (for oily skin) and the Garnier Micellar Water. I did a comparison between the Garnier and Bioderma micellar waters a few posts back, and in a head to head comparison, the Bioderma won, but I’m not averse to repurchasing the Garnier option because of the price difference. I didn’t find much of a difference between the Sebium and the Sensibio versions of the Biodermas either; both worked great in cleansing my skin.

I picked up the Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Essence on a whim a while back, and I really liked it. I’m not sure what it really did for my skin, but it felt really good applied to the face, and worked great as a base under my sunscreen. I think this product was recently replaced by the Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence, but I probably wouldn’t have repurchased it anyway, since that it didn’t work any miracles on my skin that I would have expected given the price tag.


I also finished the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, which I reviewed a few months ago. I felt like it did brighten my skin quite a bit, but the fact that it leaves a slight white cast and takes a few minutes to absorb into my skin throws me off from repurchasing it immediately. I have also picked up another niacinamide product that I have been testing, so I’m not in any rush to repurchase immediately.

The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is very hydrating. I used it mostly on my legs, which were super dry during the winter months. It did a good job, but I didn’t like the fact that I had to dip my hands into the huge pot. I think I will purchase the lotion formulation instead, which comes in a pump bottle.


The L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in 339 Stone Crystal is actually a product I received in a grab bag. I have barely used it, but it’s getting tossed because 1) the colour makes my lips look dead, and 2) the texture of the product feels like sand on my lips. It is a light pink metallic shade that is terribly unflattering on my skin tone, and when applied on the lips, it feels very gritty. I have tried to make this work, but it is a lost cause. It also smells like old lipstick, which doesn’t make me want to purchase any other colours from this line.


The Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in tbt was part of a set that I bought with the Tartelette Tease Palette and the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. I think I have used this product less than 5 times since I got it. The colour was very unflattering on my lips, and made my lips look dried out and cracked. I actually took this product out to swatch it to compare it to the one I got as part of my Sephora birthday gift this year, and found that it was dried out, which honestly is no loss for me.

The Benefit Roller Lash and the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascaras are supposed to be dupes for each other, and I did a comparison of the two here. I liked the Maybelline one better, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite drugstore mascara, and I probably won’t repurchase either.

The NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara is actually a repurchase. I received my first tube in an Ipsy bag and loved the effect on my lashes, mostly because of how wet the formulation is. This time around, I did still enjoy the formula, and as you can see in the picture below, it hasn’t dried out any. I have had this tube for too long though, but I will consider repurchasing this in the future again.


The Essence SuperFine Waterproof Eyeliner was a terrible purchase. I have heard great things about the Essence eyeliners, but this particular one flopped hard. The whole selling point is the felt tip that’s supposed to draw a super fine line right? Well, that would be great if the product actually would get to the tip of the liner. The tip is super long, and the liquid would get stuck in the middle of the tip, so when you try to draw a line, nothing comes out. It was such a frustrating experience, and I don’t think I even go a single use out of this liner. Don’t waste your money on this, folks. Get the dip liner if you want to try an Essence eyeliner.


Last but not least, I finished another box of the Shiseido Cotton Pads. These are the Japanese ones that I picked up during my trip, and they are 100% worth it. They go for $3-4 CDN in Japan, which is a lot cheaper than the $11 CDN that they sell for here. If you have a chance, stock up in Japan.

There we have it, folks. Another month of beauty trash. Hopefully the trend of working through my stash will continue, though I have picked up several new skincare products recently…

Talk to y’all soon!

Love, B