The first month of 2016 is coming to an end, so what better way to bid it farewell than with a bunch of empties?? I have quite a few to talk about since I’m combining both December and January, however it should be exciting because I finally panned a couple of products that were taking me a life time to go through. If you would like to read my thoughts on them, stay tuned!

girl & vanity empties december 2015 and january 2016 reviews korres wild rose serum benefit roller lash too faced chocolate soleil bronzer l'occitane vanilla hand cream NARS pressed powder mountain MAC false lash mascara

Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum

I got this serum in a set with the Korres Wild Rose face cream which I previously reviewed in this post. I believe I started using it in November, however I used it up by mid-December, so it definitely did not last very long. Before I get into how it performed, here’s a description of its claims:

An ultra concentrated serum enriched with baobab-tree polysaccharides that provide an instant firming and line-smoothing effect. An active agent derived from wheat proteins is clinically proven to considerably reduce the number, depth and length of wrinkles. Wild rose oil is a natural source of vitamin c, which demonstrates significant repairing activity to skin colour disorders, adding brightness and radiance to the skin.  contains: wild rose oil, vitamin c, baobab gel, ginseng extract, quince extract, provitamin b5. Dermatologically tested, mineral oil free, silicone free, propylene glycol free, ethanolamine free

I was intrigued by this serum mainly because I am such a huge fan of the accompanying moisturizer, and because I wanted to see if it would improve the look of the fine lines I’m beginning to develop on my face. The texture of the serum was quite nice; it wasn’t overly moisturizing but it was just enough to keep my skin hydrated without looking too greasy. Sadly, after using it religiously for a month and a half, I have to say that it didn’t do much. It didn’t diminish the look of my fine lines whatsoever, and it didn’t improve their appearance over time either. Since it has vitamin C as an ingredient, I also expected it to lighten some of my dark spots and scarring, and I suppose my skin did look more radiant, but it could also be because I was using this product in combination with other things that have those claims as well. Overall, I don’t think I would repurchase this product considering it retails for about $40 CAD and only lasted a month and a half, which is very unusual since products typically last much longer than that for me.

L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream

This was a repurchase after receiving some samples of a different “flavour” from the same line (which I reviewed previously). I really liked the scent of this hand cream, and I found that it was moisturizing enough for my hands without making them too sweaty, however I don’t think I’ll buy this product again since I went through it so quickly. I guess my hunt for a decent hand cream (that is reasonably priced) will have to continue.

NARS Pressed Powder in Mountain

I bought this product in April 2014, used it religiously for about a month, stopped, and rediscovered it a few months ago. I remember wanting to try this product because Lauren Curtis would always rave about it. In all honestly, it’s a good powder. It keeps me matte, but not too matte, it provides some level of coverage which is great for days where I don’t really want to use foundation, and the shade works perfectly for me all year round. However, it was quite expensive (around $37 CAD at the time) and I already hit significant pan on it after using it for almost 2 months. It also doesn’t do much in terms of “blurring” my pores, which is something I appreciate in powders. To me, it just wasn’t worth it for the amount of product that came with it for the price. Alas, it has been discontinued, however I’ve seen the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder on Sephora recently, so perhaps that may be its replacement which I’m totally willing to try.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Where do I even start with this product? I guess I should begin by saying that it is one of my favourite bronzers ever. I bought this deluxe sample size which came with a mini brush waaay back in November 2013. At first, I was a little disappointed in how tiny the product was, however all those doubts became a thing of the past the moment I began using it. It blends into the skin like a dream, leaving behind the most beautiful bronzed look. It is also very pigmented so you don’t need much product to achieve the look you’re going for. And to top it all off, it smells like chocolate! Every time I use this bronzer, it seriously feels like a treat. It smells so good and it leaves you looking perfectly bronzed. I initially tried using it as a contour shade, however I think that it is way too warm for that purpose. I’m always so confused whenever I see people contouring with this product, because trust me, it doesn’t look good IRL.

I used this product religiously from the moment I got it, and hit pan on it, until 4-5 months later, when I stopped for a good while (why? I have no idea). Then I recently discovered it again back in September and decided I wanted to use it up once and for all, since it had been two years since I bought it. Let me just say that this stuff lasts forever. It took me 4 continuous months of using this bronzer generously to finally pan the entire thing, and that was after about half of the product, of a deluxe sample size, was gone. I think that’s quite impressive, and I’ll definitely be purchasing a full-sized product in the near future.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

This mascara is one of the better ones made by Benefit, it my opinion. I find that it separates and curls my lashes quite well if I don’t use an eyelash curler, however I find that it doesn’t hold a curl if I do use one. It definitely isn’t one I’d go for in terms of building volume. I currently have a full-sized version of this product, however I’m just using up my travel-sized ones before I crack it open. Overall, I like it, however I don’t think it’s necessarily worth its price tag.

MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara

This is also a sample size, and I enjoy using this mascara for my bottom lashes. It separates them well and makes them look nice and wispy. I don’t think I’d ever buy a full-sized version just because I only use them exclusively for my bottom lashes, however I will continue to select this item as my complimentary sample every time I order online from MAC.


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