July 2017 Empties Love it, Like it, or Leave it

I wasn’t able to finish too many items last month since I barely wore any makeup. But I was able finish quite a few skincare products, unfortunately  I’m saving  a bunch of those for my upcoming blogs. Definitely keep an eye out for those. Now onto the empties!

Cargo Blu_Ray Activating Face Primer
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-$32 @ Ulta
-One of the worst primer I have tried
-Barely smooth out my skin
-I was still able to see my pores
-Leaves a slight tacky feel
-Doesn’t help my makeup last any longer, if anything it shorten it. My makeup just slides off my face
-Overall: LEAVE IT!

Clinique High Impact Mascara & Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

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-Clinique High Impact $18 for full Size
-MUFE Smoky Extravagant $12 for deluxe size and $24 for full size
-I like to use these two mascaras together for remarkably long and voluminous lashes. Each mascara is great on their own but together they are just amazing!
-Overall: LOVE them both

No7 Boots Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator

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-$18 @ Target
-Makes my skin smoother and more radiant
-I wouldn’t say I look younger like it claims but fresher
-I use this 2-3 times a week and it didn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: I Like it. It works great and it’s an affordable alternative to the Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment, $48 @ Ulta and Sephora.

 

 

Murad Clarifying Toner
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-$24 at Ulta
-Great for those with acne
-It kept my acne at bay
-It eliminates oil and tighten pores
-I used this 2 -3 times a day and it doesn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: I like this toner, this was actually my second bottle. For those with acne prone skin or really oily skin, definitely try it out.

 

 

 

 


Tony Moly Natural Green Moisture Foam Cleanser with Shea Butter

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– ~$20 for two @ Ulta
-Lathers up nicely
-Easy to wash off
-Has a nice scent
-Didn’t see any difference in my skin
-Overall: LEAVE IT! It didn’t help moisturize any of my dry patches. Also I didn’t like how it left my skin feeling rigid. There are way better cleansers out there for a better price.

 

First Aid Beauty Skin rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
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-$12 for deluxe size and $24 for a full size @ Sephora
-Has a fresh/invigorating scent
-Help remove excess oil
-The deluxe size lasted about 2-3 weeks of use
-Overall: I Like it. It does a great job cleaning my skin. Also it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I’m planning to purchase the full size whenever I finish all of my other cleanser.

February 2017 Empties: Love it, Like it, or Leave it!


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Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

-I got this from Ulta last year as a free gift when I spent a certain amount online.
-I can’t find the exact price for this but it was pretty pricey
-The packaging looks nice but not very sanitary, I would have preferred a squeeze tube
-Goes on very smooth, smoother than Benefits Porefessional primer
-A little goes a long way
-It does a great job filling in my pores and helping my foundation last all day
-One jar will last you a long time (took me around 6 months or more to finish it)
-Overall: I really do like this primer. It’s very similar to Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer.

20170224_180711_001.jpgUrban Decay Ink For Eyes waterproof precision eye pen

-$20 on the Urban Decay website
-Contains 0.02 fl oz
-Sponge tip applicator
– The tip is small, great for more precise lines
-Rub proof when dried but not quite when wet, stay away from this if you have watery eyes
-Dried out rather quickly, usually a liner can last me 3-6 months but this one only lasted me about 1-2 months
-Overall: Leave it! Don’t waste your money on this, it dries out too quickly.

 

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Agave Oil Treatment 

-The picture shows the sample size, containing 0.1oz each (I had 4 of these and I made sure to used them all up back to back before doing this review)
-$24 for a 2 fl oz  on Amazon
– Smells great
– Works wonders, I saw a difference just after one use
-Mades my hair smooth, soft, and shiny
-I use this 2-3 times a week
-Overall: I love this hair oil! I will be purchasing the full size once I finish up all of my other hair oils.


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Murad Clarifying Cleanser 

-$30 for a 6.75oz at Ulta
-Contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid
-It doesn’t have a harsh chemical scent
-Keeps my acne at bay
-Doesn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: This is my go to face cleanser. No matter how many cleansers I’ve tried, I always go back to this one and the Mario Badescu one. It’s pricey but it’s worth it.

 

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Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar

-$4 at Ulta
-Smells great
-The first few times I tried this I couldn’t get it to work. It didn’t apply evenly, it was all clumpy and mess to deal with. Also it wouldn’t stay on the skin, it would just drip off.
-In order to make it work, I had to use it in the shower. It applied at lot easier and more evenly.
-I really like the exfoliating aspect of the mask. The sugar isn’t too harsh, it simply melts away while you scrub.
-Overall: I do like the mask and it’s a great value. But for me personally, I rather have a mask that I can use outside of the shower.

 

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Skin Food Peach Sake Toner

-$15 at Ulta
-Claims: Eliminates shine and excessive sebum
-The bottle is super cute, it resembles a glass sake bottle. It feels very luxurious.
– Smells exactly like peach
-Works great, my skin was less oily and my pores seems smaller
-But the toner was a little drying. I got a few dry patches in my T-zone area from using it too much.
Overall: I would definitely repurchase but only use it during the summer when my skin isn’t as dry.

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Dermalogica Clean Start- Black Head Clearing Pore Scrub

-Has a chemical scent
-Has the same consistency and look as the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser except with fine microbeads/scrubs. Also this cleanser isn’t as harsh as the clay cleanser
-Skin feels smooth after each use
Overall: Leave it. It wasn’t anything spectacular.

Jan 2017 Empties: Love it, Like it, or Leave it

Bio Miracle Makeup Cleansing Towelettes 
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– 60 Towelettes
-$5 (at Ross)
– Does a good job removing my face makeup but struggles removing my eyeliner and mascara
-It has a weird scent
-Overall: I like it, it’s cheap and does a good removing my face makeup and it doesn’t irritates my sensitive skin. Also it contains 60 towelettes for only $5 compare to other brands where you would only get 25-30 towelettes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac Fix+

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-I don’t know what is exactly in this thing but  it works amazingly
-Keeps my makeup from looking cakey
-Helps my makeup last longer
-Overall: I Love this product, the only thing I don’t like is the packaging. It doesn’t spray the product evenly. But it’s a problem that can be easily fix if you just transfer the product into another bottle like the Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
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– $18 for an 8oz bottle at Ulta
– Contains 2% Glycolic Acid
-Alcohol free
-Claims: A solution for wrinkles and pigmentation. Helps exfoliate, refresh, and stimulate dry congested skin.
-It works great for my sensitive skin, it didn’t irritate it in any way (unlike the Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion)
-I did see little improvements on my acne scars, it’s not as dark
-Overall: I really do like this toner, it’s not harsh and it does what it says. Definitely grab yourself a bottle but wait until they have a sale at Ulta.

 

 

 

Garnier Fructis Style Flat Iron Perfector

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-About $4 at Walmart for a 6oz bottle
-Has a really strong alcohol scent, can be very overwhelming
-I honestly don’t see much of a difference when using it
-It took me forever to use this up, and not in a good way
-Overall: Definitely leave it! I hated this product. There’s nothing great about it.
I’m still on the hunt for a better heat protectant spray. If you guys have any suggestions please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

Biore Charcoal Pore Strips

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– About $6 at Walmart
– I’ve done a whole review on this in one of my other blogs, Worth it? Charcoal Skin care products, you can check it out on there if you want more details about this product
-Overall: I absolutely love it! It’s my go to pore strips. I’ve tried other charcoal pore strips from Ross and Burlington Coat Factory and nothing can compare. Just pay a few more dollars to get a better quality pore strips.

 

 

 

 

 

Stila Lip Glaze in Mango Berry

20160530_180037-I got this in a set with an eyeshadow palette I believe
– It taste really sweet (for those who likes to lick their lips a lot like me)
– It’s a little tacky, which helps it last longer through out the day
-Overall: I like it but I don’t love it. It looks great on the lips but I’m not a big fan of the tacky feeling.

Lorac Cobra Mascara 

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-Gives great volume and some length
-It doesn’t clump up
– Easy to apply
-Overall: I really like it. If I didn’t have my favorites on hand this would be my next go-to mascara.

 

 

L’occitane Hand Cream
20160530_180114– I got this in one of my Sephora Subscription box
-I had extremely dry skin during the winter and this did nothing
– I felt like I had to constantly reapply
-This tiny little tube only lasted a few days
-Overall: Leave it! 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016 Empties: Love it, Like it, or Leave it

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RETINOL ADVANCE BRIGHTENING SERUM

-Has an awful scent to the point it was unbearable
– I didn’t see much difference in my skin
-I honestly think the regular Retinol Brightening Serum is better
-Overall: LEAVE IT!! 

 

 

 

 


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ORIGIN GINZING

-Help refresh the under eye areas
-Gave some tingling sensation
-Easy to apply
-I don’t have any dark circles to begin with so I didn’t see any difference
-Overall: I still LIKE IT! I like the tingling sensation.

 

 

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ENERGIZING CREAM

-Too watery
-It’s not even a cream, it’s just water
-Has a weird scent
-I didn’t see any difference with my skin
-Overall: LEAVE IT!!

 

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-It’s a heavy serum so it’s thicker than regular hair oils
-Leaves the hair greasy
-Weighs down the hair down
-Overall: LEAVE IT! I was very disappointed with this product.

 

 

 

 

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-Texture is almost like Vaseline
-Gave off a tingling sensation
-Soften the lips after the first few uses
-But afterwards, the more I used it the drier my lips got
-Overall: LEAVE IT! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20160417_203112-1CK ONE FOUNDATION – SAND (deluxe sample)

-Easy to blend
-Buildable
-Light to medium coverage
-Starts breaking apart after a few hours, especially if you have oily skin
-Overall: LEAVE IT!! Not worth it, I was expecting the foundation to perform a lot better for a high end brand.

 

 

 

NYX FINISHING POWDER

-Finely milled
-Goes on smooth
-Smooth out the skin
-Easy to blend
-Light on the skin, doesn’t feel cakey at all
-Can give a white cast if you use a lot
-Overall: LOVE IT! It’s a great finishing/setting powder. It’s even better than the Rimmel Stay Matte setting powder.
-It’s a good Dupe for Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

TARTE LIGHTS, CAMERA, LASHES PRECISION LONGWEAR LINER

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-Sponge tip applicator (not a big fan of)
-Tugs on the eyelid
-Not the darkest black liner out there
-Semi buildable, Stops building up after the 3 swipes
-Lasts all day
-Dries out too fast!! Lasts around 1 month to 1 1/2 months
-Overall: LEAVE IT!! The short life span of this liner just kills it for me. All of my other liquid liners last around 3-6 months with continuous use.

 

April was full of disappointing products but hopefully May will have better products.