Empties | November 2015

As we say goodbye to November, I’m proud to say that I have a few products which will be biting the dust as well. I wish I had a few more things to ditch this month, but anyone who has ever owned a bronzer or face powder knows that it takes an eternity to finish those suckers up. Hopefully they’ll make an appearance for next month’s empties post, but for now, I would like to present my modest empties from November 2015.

November empties 2015

Bumble and bumble Thickening Conditioner

I bought this conditioner from Sephora back in August 2015 for $29.50 CAD. I’m not really one to splurge on hair products, so for me, this was a pretty steep price for a fairly small bottle of conditioner. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and trust me when I say that my hair was desperate for some serious TLC. It has been very thin and frizzy lately, so I knew that it needed more moisture and a little more oomph. I read somewhere that using silicone-free conditioners did wonders for curly hair types, and it just so happened that this specific conditioner was also silicone-free, i.e. it was exactly what I was looking for. It is given this description on the Sephora website:

This conditioner moisturizes, protects, and separates strands to make fine hair look and feel fuller. It’s ideal for thinning, limp, or flyaway hair.

Well, hot damn, I thought that sounded absolutely wonderful. So I bought it, used it, and was very disappointed. Soon after washing my hair, I realized that the reason why it’s a thickening conditioner is because it gives your hair a ratty texture and appearance in order to make your tresses to look more voluminous, similar to how your hair would look and feel like after teasing it. Sure, this conditioner made my hair look bigger, but it did not make it feel soft and moisturized by any means. As dissatisfied as I was, I thought that maybe if I used it a few more times it would look and feel better. After all, I was used to conditioners made with silicone – the main ingredient in conditioners that gives hair that smooth and silky feel, so I continued using the damn thing. Honestly, it was a colossal waste of money. It just made my hair feel even more dry and damaged, and even though my hair did look fuller, it didn’t look very healthy. When it came time to wash my hair again, my hair was so ratty and tangled and just unbearable to deal with. I’m just happy that I finally finished it (with the help of several oils to make my hair not look like a burnt tumbleweed sitting atop my head). So would I repurchase this? Absolutely not. Do I recommend this product? Hell to-the-mothaflippin no.

Olay Fresh Effects {Bright On Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream

I bought this eye cream from Shoppers Drug Mart for about $11 CAD a little over a year ago. When I first used it, I absolutely hated it because I thought that it was the culprit behind a gigantic cystic pimple I developed, so I put it aside. I returned to it a few months later because I completely ran out of the eye cream I was using and was in dire need of one. The second time around, no zits popped up, so I kept using it. It is given this description on the Olay website:

This formula is Oil-free, absorbs fast, and won’t clog pores. And it’s infused with honeysuckle, white tea, and cucumber Extracts, so you feel bright-eyed and ready to seize the day. Add it to your skin care routine to brighten and hydrate:

  • Reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles

Given that this was a regular drugstore product, I wasn’t expecting miracles. Eye creams in general are known to be useless and ineffective for whatever claims they make, so I took these claims with a grain of salt. My suspicions were true, however this eye cream wasn’t that bad. It was moisturizing enough for the spring and summer time, and it comes in a little squeeze tube with 3 roller balls at the tip which give a cool, soothing effect when applied to the under eye area. While using this cream, I did not notice that my dark circles were any less apparent, and my eyes don’t really get puffy in the morning so I can’t speak to those claims. All in all, it was decent, but I’m sure I can find any other decent eye creams from the drug store for a lower price. Repurchase? Nope. Recommend? Maybe. The packaging is really cute so if that’s what you’re into then go for it.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

This is my second time purchasing this eyeliner, meaning that this is a product that I actually like. I purchased this item either some time in July or August 2015 from Sephora for $23 CAD in the shade Trooper, which is described as an “ink black”. It is given this description on the Sephora website:

Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray.

This product happens to be my HG eye liner. Having said that, I don’t necessarily agree with its claims. First of all, it’s not the blackest liquid eyeliner I’ve ever used. Compared to the Stila liquid liner, it’s a little more sheer, however I like how the KVD liner is more matte whereas the Stila liner, although black as night, gives more of a vinyl finish. Secondly, the KVD liner is not the most waterproof formulation I’ve ever come across. It certainly doesn’t have the staying power that the Stila liner has, however I prefer the fact that it isn’t extremely budge proof, only because I hate having to scrub the shit out of my eyes just to get the remnants of my eyeliner off at the end of the day. Now that I’m finished nitpicking at the cons, the reasons why I love this liner so much is because of the brush tip. It makes applying winged liner so darn easy because it’s just so precise, and they’re absolutely right when they say that it doesn’t fray. Because of that, I highly recommend this liner. Anything that will save me from this all-too-familiar scenario is good in my books. Luckily I don’t have to repurchase this liner for a bit because I have a few samples I received in Sephora goodie bags, but once I run out of those, you can bet your ass that I’ll be buying this again.

And that’s it for my November empties! Hopefully these reviews were useful.

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