Empties | October 2015


Another month, another bunch of empties for October 2015. I really look forward to using up my stash in order to make these posts, and I’m finding it to be a great way to really explore some of my neglected products. This month was mostly skincare products, which is good because I haven’t really written about any of the skincare products I use in this blog as of yet, which is a HUGE part of my routine. There aren’t too many empties this month, but they have been quite satisfying.

Sephora Collection Intensive Instant Moisturizer

I purchased this moisturizer in January 2015 because my skin was insanely dry that winter. It was about $25 CAD for 1.69 oz, which is a very decent price compared to other moisturizers available in Sephora. I am very particular with my skin since it is quite sensitive, however I wasn’t looking to spend too much money at the time and the reviews seemed good enough. It is described as this on Sephora:

This intensive formula hydrates and nourishes skin for 24 hours. Perfect for dry, and even sensitive skin, it helps prevent the first signs of aging while smoothing and refining skin’s texture. Light-reflecting pigments even skintone and illuminate the complexion while antioxidants protect against environmental agressors to keep skin looking beautiful—even without makeup.

So, I will say that I used this moisturizer in the evening along with the Tarte Maracuja Oil in the winter months so I definitely don’t think it moisturizes enough on its own, especially if you have extremely dry skin. However, it is a really great moisturizer if you have normal to dry skin and need that extra bit hydration. It feels very soothing once it is applied and it doesn’t leave that greasy feeling that most heavy moisturizers leave behind. I will say that I wasn’t able to wear this during the day without breaking out a tiny bit, but that’s only because I tend to get much oilier in the day time so it may be a little too rich for people with combination skin that leans more oily. It does have a scent to it which is fairly strong but pleasant, which is surprising since it is geared toward sensitive skin types, but it didn’t cause any sort of irritation for me. I can’t really say that the claims about the antioxidants and complexion illumination were valid since I didn’t really notice that my skin looked any different after using up the whole jar, but I can say that this made me skin feel very soft and supple. I definitely would repurchase this as soon as winter hits. It does the job and it comes at a great price.

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream

I’ve been using this moisturizer for the past 2 years, and I have to say that it is definitely one of my HG products. It retails at $45 CAD for 1.35 oz, and is available at Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart if you’re from Canada. I first bought this when one of the most horrible break outs I’ve ever had finally ceased but was left with terrible scars. I was looking for something moisturizing enough to calm my skin (I had started using Benzaclin which really dried my skin out), and stumbled upon this moisturizer. It is described on Sephora as such:

This cream is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. Imperata-cylindrica extract, derrived from a desert plant, is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.

I loved this cream for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is very moisturizing and did not break me out. I usually use it as my day-time moisturizer in the winter and my night-time moisturizer for the summer. Secondly, it has a scent to it which I happen to like, but I think it can come off as a little strong for some. It doesn’t really smell like roses to me, but it’s definitely a floral type. Thirdly, I’m pretty sure this cream helped a lot with my acne scars. I was only using it for about 6 months until I noticed that my scars weren’t as prominent and red as they used to be. At that point, it hadn’t even been a year since my break-outs stopped, so I would definitely say that a combination of time and (mostly) this moisturizer really helped with the appearance of my skin. I don’t think it really does much with fine lines since my nasolabial folds (laugh lines) are just as prominent as they’ve ever been. Overall, this has to be one of my favourite moisturizers and I will continue to buy it until I no longer can. The only issue I have with it is that it is a bit expensive, however the results that it delivers is completely worth it in my humble opinion.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

This was a sample I used up since opening it at the end of August for my trip to Chicago. I have a love/hate relationship with this mascara. Here’s the description on the Sephora website:

This breakthrough bestseller reveals lashes you never knew you had! The specially designed brush features staggered bristles that grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The custom-domed tip uses precision bristles to lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. With a glossy, jet-black, long-wearing formula, you’ll flaunt luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out.

I always think that my lashes look great while using it, but I always regret buying it because they make my lashes look so spidery. I would say that it definitely does make my lashes look more voluminous and lengthy, however it clumps like crazy. I do like how this mascara actually holds a curl since mine usually end up straight unless I use a waterproof mascara. I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s a waxier mascara. I also like how it isn’t impossible to take off. I started to enjoy this mascara after I started brushing my lashes in between coats with a spoolie, but honestly, it isn’t one of my favourites. Would I repurchase? Probably not. Will I continue to get sample sizes? Most likely.

And that wraps up my October 2015 empties! I do wish I had more, but I am getting real close to finishing a decent amount of products, so hopefully by next month I’ll have a longer list to use up and review!




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