EMPTIES | April 2016

This month it felt as if I ran out of everything at once, and honestly, I felt really excited because I knew I would have a lot to share with you all! Most of it is skincare and a couple of them are some items I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, but the ones I haven’t mentioned yet are some of my absolute favourites. If you would like to know my thoughts on my April 2016 empties, place keep reading.

empties 2016 korres philosophy kat von d nip + fab NYC liquid liner

Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

These two little guys are ones I have previously written reviews on, also in “empties” posts. I clearly adore both since I have gone through my second round of them ever since I started this blog. If you would like to check out the reviews for them, please click the following links: [x] for korres, [x] for KVD.

Purity Made Simple by Philosophy

I have been using this face wash religiously for the past 3 years and don’t plan on changing that any time soon. Here’s the description from the Sephora website:

Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser is an award-winning cleanser that melts away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced. Formulated for all skin types and gentle enough for the sensitive eye area, it deep cleans pores while natural oil extracts help condition skin.

The description is a perfect representation of what the product does. It is very gentle, cleanses very effectively, and doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry afterwards. I used to use the gel version of this cleanser, and I found that it worked very well with removing waterproof eye makeup (i.e. I never needed to use a separate eye makeup remover), but that one dried my skin out way too much, therefore I much prefer the original version. It doesn’t have any other special ingredients to treat specific skin concerns, however I already use other medications to treat my problems, so having an effective cleanser that just cleanses is all I need. I used to think that every single skin care item I used had to work against a specific problem I had. For example, when I used to have regular breakouts when I was a teenager, every single product I used was meant for acne treatment. I didn’t even have terrible skin back then, and it was years later when I realized that using all those harsh products was making my skin worse. Ever since I got into the regimen of simplifying my skin care and avoiding using too many harsh products, my skin has never looked better. I will keep repurchasing this cleanser until I find something better (which is highly unlikely), and will also continue to recommend it to others. So if you’re struggling with your skin care routine, I suggest trying out a gentle cleanser like this one and see how you like it. As for the price, it is definitely pricier than the ones found in the drugstore, however I find that it’s a much more effective cleanser than the ones that are less expensive so you’ll end up using less product. It also comes in a variety of sizes, so the larger you go, the better the value.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads

A couple years ago, I was looking for products that would help fade my residual scars from a horrible breakout I had. I read that exfoliation was key in order to stimulate the surfacing of new skin by removing the upper layers of old skin, however I wasn’t a huge fan of scrubs since they are quite abrasive and would just irritate my sensitive skin. Then, I discovered chemical exfoliators. They do sound a bit scary at first, but they are supposedly a lot more gentle than physical exfoliators. After months and months of researching, I settled on this product and hoped for the best. Here’s the description from the Nip + Fab website:

Unveil younger-looking skin with our innovative Glycolic Fix. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.

I used these about a couple times a week in the evening, and after I had finished my first tub, I was amazed with the results. My scars improved significantly, and my skin texture looked and felt a lot smoother. Of course, I can’t give all the credit to this product alone because I was using it in combination with other products, however I think it definitely helped in giving me that “glow” which was a result of it evening out my skin tone. I’ve been using it ever since, but not as often. Now, I’ll use it before a night out in order to help my makeup go on more smoothly in case I’m having any texture issues, whenever my skin is dry and flaky (usually in the winter), or once a week in the summer to make sure my pores don’t get clogged since my skin tends to get oilier when it’s warmer. Using this product every now and then keeps my skin smooth and radiant. I personally can’t use the pads on a daily basis since my skin starts to get a little irritated, so it’s important to make note of how your skin reacts if you ever decide to try these kinds of products.  I think it’s a great introductory product if you would like to try chemical exfoliators since it has such a low concentration, however now that I’ve been using it for a while, I think that I’m ready to try something that’s a little stronger. Another thing to keep in mind is that you must wear sunscreen if you use products with alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid because they will make your skin more photosensitive. So if you don’t want a nasty burn, dark spots, or premature wrinkles, lather on that SPF.

NYC Liquid Eye Liner

This is absolutely one of my favourite eye liners ever. First of all, it’s dirt cheap and can be found at practically any drugstore. This product isn’t actually empty, in fact, there’s quite a bit of product remaining, however I’ve had it for over 6 months and figured I should toss it to avoid getting any styes. Besides, it’s only a few dollars so I don’t feel as bad chucking it. Secondly, it’s pitch black – probably one of the blackest liners I’ve ever used. Thirdly, it has a matte finish. Nothing pisses me off more than using an eye liner only to realize that it doesn’t dry down. And lastly, it’s so easy to use! Well, for people who have had previous experiences with liquid liners, that is. It’s not the best product to use if you want a crisp wing since the brush isn’t very precise, however I think it’s so easy to use when you just want to line the upper lash line since the brush can be made flat and will glide so effortlessly along the lash line. I love it and will absolutely continue to repurchase it. One things to note, it isn’t waterproof, however I haven’t had any issues with it transferring or running whenever my lids get oily and sweaty. It’s also a breeze to take off.



Have you tried any of these products?

What were your empties or favorites from April 2016?


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