I’m going to try something a little different this month and combine both my empties and favourites of the month. There were so many things I’ve used this month that I wanted to discuss on my blog, so I figured why not just wrap it all together? If you’d like to learn more about my November 2016 favourites and empties, please keep reading!
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
I picked this up during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale earlier this month, and I’m glad to say that I’ve really been enjoying it so far! I’ve had this product in my basket for a while, but it took me a while to jump the gun only because I was so in love with my Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it to death, however the NARS powder works so much better for setting my dry and sensitive under eyes. The powder is very finely milled and soft. It gives a very soft focus look under the eyes and it definitely brightens up the area. I find that using this powder does not emphasize the dryness under my eyes. I was having a huge problem with the Laura Mercier powder making my skin look very crepey the past month or so due to the weather, so I’m glad I have an alternative for the cooler and drier months. I will say, however, that this powder has crazy flashback while using flash photography, so if you have an event to go to where your picture will be taken, I do not recommend using this powder at all. I think the “light reflecting” in the name should be a dead giveaway for that! But for every day use, it is very beautiful and works well.
This product has been my saving grace ever since I started using Retin-A. I was so afraid to slather it on my face because I was convinced that doing so would result in mass breakouts. To my pleasant surprise, it ended up being a miracle worker! I am currently using very intensive moisturizers and face oils in the evening to deal with the irritation, dryness, and sensitivity I’ve been experiencing, however after adding the Vaseline to my routine, my skin has been completely under control. I no longer experience the scaliness, flakiness, or irritation that has been plaguing my skin for the past couple months. So if you find that you’re using a ton of moisturizers but it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick for you, apply a thin layer of Vaseline overtop your moisturizer at night. By doing this, the Vaseline seals the moisture in so that your skin can be better hydrated. Seriously, give it a try!
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Makeup Bronzing Base
I recently wrote a review on this product, and I’ve been using it non-stop ever since I bought it about a month ago. I’ll keep this short since I already went quite in-depth in my review, but it is just so natural-looking, easy to use, and it looks beautiful on the skin! I cannot recommend it enough.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
If I’m going to be honest, this mascara wasn’t quite as good as I remembered it to be when I last tried it. I received a deluxe-sized version of this mascara a while back, and I thought that it was the bees-knees. However, after finishing this full-sized version, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it. When I first opened it, the formula was so much thinner than I remembered. It took a few weeks for it to be more waxy and to actually start thickening my lashes as much as I’d like. It also didn’t give me as much volume as I thought it did when I first used it. It’s unfortunate that the formulas differ so much. These mascaras are not cheap so it makes it even more disappointing when it doesn’t work the way you’d think it would.
Urban Decay Primer Potion
I cheated a bit with this product in the sense that it’s not actually empty. It is, however, very very old. It has passed the 3 year mark, so I think it’s time to let go. This was the first primer I ever tried, and while I like it, it does have some faults. For example, I think it can sometimes be a little too drying. I have to prep my eyelids very well before using it otherwise my skin can dry out too much and the shadows will look quite patchy underneath. But once the primer is on, the shadows do not budge. I don’t know if I’ll repurchase this product only because I currently have so many samples of it along with some other eyeshadow primers from different brands, so I think I’m set for now. That said, it did me good these last few years. If you’re in the market for a very heavy duty eyeshadow primer, look no further!
What were your November 2016 Empties and Favourites?