Monday, May 26, 2014

May Empties

The month is almost over and I have a nice little collection of products that I have used up. I love seeing these posts and videos because if something is used up they either really loved the product or they used it long enough to have a good idea on if they will repurchase it instead of quick reviews after the product was only used a few times. 

We only have a couple of things in the makeup department this month. I'll start off with Chanel's Inimitable mascara. When I am using lighter makeup this is one that I like to reach for to make sure that my eyelashes aren't too intense that it looks weird on minimal makeup. It gives me the right amount of volume, length, and curl and it perfect for getting at those bottom lashes. I find that there isn't much product in the tube which would not be a problem if I didn't have to wipe off excess every time I used it because the wand picked up too much product. I also find that with more than 2 coats it gets very heavy and clumpy on the lashes. No issues with flaking which is another plus. If you want that fanned out, lots of long lashes look this is not the mascara for you. Worth picking up a sample from the counter if you can to try it. I love this mascara so I will purchase it again but I think it will be a hit or miss product for most of you. You can pick this up for $30 so it's not the most bank friendly. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is a big miss for me. This foundation is thick, smells horrible, and gives me the most unnatural, cakey finish no matter what I do. I used it up because I always tried different ways of applying it including diluting it with moisturizer. I will not even question repurchasing this foundation and I'm keeping it around and empty to use for back to MAC.
First in my empties for hair is Toni&Guy Seal Salt Texturising Spray which is my favorite salt spray that I have tried. No matter what, salt sprays are going to be drying on the hair but this one isn't a big issue. My hair is not left crunchy or too sticky, it helps give me perfect disheveled waves or messy, straight bed head. I love the smell of Toni&Guy products and this is no exception. You can pick this up at Target or Ulta here in the states for $14-16 and many online retailers carry it for around the same price. There are a few salt sprays I am interested in trying out so I will be picking those up but this is still a definite repurchase at this point. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo & Conditioner is one of my favorite repair lines for damaged hair that you can pick up in the drugstore. I've repurchased this a couple of times and love it. It smells great, leaves my hair soft and manageable, and after repeated use I did notice less breakage and less frizz from damage. It does not weigh my hair down which I have found that some repair lines tend to do. If you are looking for an affordable repair line I would check out this one. You can even buy small travel sizes if you want to just try it out before purchasing the full size. You can buy it in most drugstores, Target, and Ulta for about $9 each.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse has become my self tanner of choice. This little bottle of bronzed magic leaves you with even, natural looking color. The days of human Doritos are gone! I purchased the smaller size and got a lot of applications out of it which is always a concern with the pricier self tanners. The color fades evenly, doesn't have as strong of a self tanner smell as others, and I don't have any issues with it staining clothing or bedding while I sleep. Pick this up at Ulta, Sephora, or online for about $32. I usually pick up the starter box with the mit, mousse, and gradual tan moisturizer because I save money getting all 3 together that way since I use all 3 products. Sephora makeup brush shampoo is a great deep cleaner for your brushes. I would use it weekly and use the spray daily cleaner every day to keep my brushes clean. I find my brushes are left soft after cleaning but it does take a lot of work to get them clean with this even with regularly using the daily cleaner. For $7 it's pretty good and does a great job of washing and taking care of your brushes.

I'm hoping to do empties posts monthly or every couple of months to let you know what I think about products once I have finished them! 

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