As much as I love trying out new products, I make sure that every single item I purchase gets at least a few uses every now and then. Since I have an irrational fear of things expiring and not being able to use them to their fullest potential, I was inspired to begin a monthly Empties post, one that will be filled with reviews of each product and whether I will be repurchasing said items. There have only been a few this month that I managed to rip through, and hopefully these will be the first of many more.
Tarteguard 30 sunscreen
First up is the Tarteguard 30 sunscreen by Tarte. I purchased this item in June and have been using it every day since, so it took me about 3 months to finish the bottle. I was drawn by this product because it is a physical sunscreen (one that uses zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide), and for some reason, it is almost impossible to find a decent physical sunscreen for the face in Canada that doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount of money. I also have sensitive skin, and while I’m not one to buy into the whole “natural ingredients is better for u” bs, I have used products by Tarte and they haven’t irritated my skin, so I figured this one would be a safe bet. Overall, this sunscreen wasn’t that bad. It was quite moisturizing, maybe a little too moisturizing, especially if you have combination-oily skin and live in a warmer/more humid climate. I purchased this foundation when it was summer in Canada, and while my face wasn’t an absolute grease ball, it was still a little too moist for my liking. I would much prefer to use this sunscreen in the winter months, however another aspect of it that I strongly disliked was the fact that it left a raging white cast on my face. Being a tanned-skin individual that has no choice but to wear physical sunscreens, it’s obviously expected, however this one was a little more apparent than I would have liked. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is on the paler side with normal to dry skin. Another gripe I had with this product was the packaging. It comes in a bottle with a pump, and the little straw doesn’t go low enough to get the remaining product at the bottom, so I had to store it upside down to scrape every last bit of it out. It’s not a terrible flaw, but it’s something to consider if you’re one of those people who cannot stand to waste product.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
I purchased the mini version of this item in May and received a baby sample of the product as well. I was extremely excited to try this primer out since I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about it, but I didn’t want to bite the bullet and spend $60 for 1 oz of the damn thing. So, I put it on, expecting it to work miracles, and I was pretty underwhelmed. I will say that the primer makes my skin feel quite smooth, presumably from the cyclopentasiloxane, but that’s about it. I guess my foundation did glide on my face quite smoothly and it did make my foundation last longer than it would’ve without a primer, but it didn’t really keep my oil at bay on my T-zone and it didn’t really reduce the visibility of my pores or fine lines around my mouth. I believe this product also has some sun protection (SPF 15), which may be the reason why it leaves a very faint white cast on me, which is very annoying considering the sun protection in the product essentially does nothing. It took me about 4 months to finish 0.14 fl oz of product, which is indicative of how little this product impressed me. Personally, I think this product is mediocre at best, and you can definitely find something similar for a fraction of the cost. I heard that the NYX Angel Veil primer is a dupe for this product, however I cannot confirm that since I haven’t tried it myself.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream
I received a tiny sample of this product in a bag of goodies from a Sephora event in August. To start, I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with hand creams. My hands are in either of these two perpetual states: Sahara desert dry or snack cake moist – there is no in-between. So when I tried this hand cream and found that it doesn’t make my dry hands sweat rivers, I knew it was the one. The only thing I disliked about it was the perfumey scent, however there are so many other ‘flavours’ available that I’m sure I can find a satisfying substitute. 10/10 highly recommend.