Friday, February 28, 2014

Shiseido Lacquer Glosses: Barely There or Bold Lips for Spring

Over the last few seasons, Shiseido has been working really hard to update their makeup line by introducing new formulas and an impressive number of shades to choose from. For Spring 2014, Shiseido not only brings us new shades of the Lacquer Rouges but a totally brand new range in the form of Lacquer Glosses* as well. I received four shades to test out and they're definitely a top notch gloss range. 

First off, the packaging of these glosses is more convenient than the Lacquer Rouges because the partially clear tube allows you to easily see which color you're grabbing and you can gauge how much product you have left in the tube. Each tube contains 7.5ml (.25oz) of product which is a bit more than a standard .2 oz lipgloss and retails for $25. The applicator is a long, thin doe foot applicator that picks up a nice amount of product on both sides. I like that the tip is tapered because it makes tracing the corners of the lips and cupid's bow area very easy. There is no scent to the lipgloss.  

The inspiration behind these glosses is suki-urushi (transparent lacquer). The glosses are supposed to have a very glossy, transparent finish while providing moisture and pigmentation. The four colors I was provided were Nebula (VI207), Debut (BE102), Lust (RD305), and Plum Wine (RS306). From the swatches above, you can see that Nebula is rather transparent while the other three are very pigmented for glosses that claim to be transparent. There are very fine shimmers in all four glosses but they are only noticeable in Nebula once applied. 

Nebula is the most sheer and natural looking gloss. This shade gives a cool tint to my lips and provides a lot of shine. It's a great topper for a nude lipstick and the shimmers are very, very fine so they are not at all gritty or uncomfortable. 

Debut was surprisingly pigmented and it's a great all around nude shade. I found this shade to be a little difficult to work with for some reason. It was a bit thicker feeling than the other glosses and I had to work a bit more to get application to be even. I also think Debut is one of the less unique shades in the range but that might be a personal issue since I have a lot of nude lip products. 

Lust is a vibrant red and probably my favorite color of the four. There must be something about red lips that I've been really liking lately. The shade is very similar to Pomodoro from the Lacquer Rouge line but the finish is different. Lust is more glossy and almost jelly like whereas Pomodoro is more flat (but not in a bad way). I have to admit red glosses can be difficult to maintain sometimes but this formula is thick enough so that it does not migrate easily. If you want the lips to do all the talking, Lust is a great option.

Plum Wine is a mauve rose shade that looks very sophisticated. It was surprisingly easy to wear even though it has purple undertones. The formula was very easy to work with like Nebula and Lust and I was surprised at how little gloss I needed to yield a rather opaque look. Plum Wine is a beautiful office appropriate shade that I think would be ideal for the fall.

The formula is on the thicker side so the gloss lasts maybe three hours without eating or drinking. The glosses don't feel uncomfortably sticky but I can't say they're not sticky at all. They have a bit of cling to them which I think helps with the pigmentation. These did not leave behind that dreaded white residue that some glosses produce on the inside edges of my lips. My lips were comfortable and not dry after these glosses faded away and topping up is effortless. Opacity and comfortability differed slightly between shades so I would recommend swatching these at a counter before purchasing. All in all, the lacquer glosses are a solid line with a nice range of shades to choose from. 

*This product was provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bourjois Bronzing Powder: A Sweet Touch of Sun

Over the years I've heard of many cult favorite bronzers such as Nars Laguna and Chanel Bronze Universal but one that really stuck out to me was the Bourjois Bronzing Powder. The candy bar emulating bronzer that supposedly smelled like chocolate was affordable but out of reach unless you lived in Europe. Well, you bet I searched high and low for this when I was in London and quickly grabbed it up with a 3-for-2 offer!

This product retails for £6.99 ($11.60) at Boots but people who don't have Bourjois in their local drugstore can purchase this bronzer for about $13 from Asos. The packaging is a lightweight but sturdy cardboard box that magnetizes shut. The bronzer has the cutest chocolate bar pattern that I really fancy. The scent is not quite chocolate in my opinion but definitely smells sweet.

The product is made in Italy which I thought was interesting even though Bourjois is a French brand. Above is the ingredients list for those who may be curious. You get 16.5 grams of product which is double that of Nars' Laguna (which is already quite big). The amount of product you get is actually a lot despite the pan not looking so big.

I have the shade in 51 which I believe is the lighter of two (52 being the darker color). The color is a matte yellow brown that does not look quite orange (a good thing). The powder is soft and smooth without being powdery. The formula reminds me of the Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder although the color is lighter than the Deep Bronze shade of the Catrice bronzer. You can dust a light layer on the face for a subtle contour and illusion of dimension or build up the color for a more sculpted look.

I am very pleased with the Bourjois Bronzing Powder and think the raves for this are sincere. I really love the matte finish because it's not too easy to find inexpensive, high quality matte bronzers. With the warm weather slowly, very slowly approaching, I can't wait to use some more bronzer to add life to my sallow complexion!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Sahara Treasure: Worth the Search

This is one of those stories about a wonderful product that you can't wait to get your hands on, get it, fall in love, and proceed to forget about it because you have 9217346 new makeup things to oogle at. I really enjoy the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow formula and had Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe in my collection in 2012. I had seen pictures of Sahara Treasure, a shade not sold in the U.S., and dreamed of owning it. It looked stunning on other bloggers and looked like the perfect taupe gold. Well, I happened to spot it at Douglas in Cologne, Germany and bit the bullet and paid something like €11 for it.

It is every bit as gorgeous as I imagined and am so glad I found it in Europe. I thought the price was a bit much since I can find the same shadows at home for less than $8. This particular shade was the very last one in the display and I held it in my hand while walking through the whole store, contemplating if I should get it.

Sahara Treasure is one of the most unique eyeshadows in my entire collection and I have nothing quite like it. It is a neutral gold color that does not lean too yellow and has a tinge of silver and green in it. The metallic finish is stunning and so true to pan. Like the other L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows I have tried, Sahara Treasure has the same almost-creamy powder formula. If you haven't tried these, you definitely need to because the formula is so interesting. The closest thing to describing this is a pressed pigment.

As much as I love Sahara Treasure, I've only used it a handful of times despite having owned it for almost a year now. I featured it in my 'A Tempting Gaze' Fortnight Face but really want to add it to my makeup rotation more this upcoming spring and summer.

Be on the lookout for this if you're in Canada or Europe and I really hope they release this shade in the U.S. I have no idea why they have make most of the shades the same worldwide but choose one or two colors to make exclusive to certain regions. Sahara Treasure would surely be as buzzed about as Bronzed Taupe and Amber Rush if it was available stateside!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shiseido Lacquer Rouges: Spring 2014 Color Additions

This month, Shiseido is adding seven new shades of their Lacquer Rouges to the existing 18 shade lineup, making for a rather impressive selection of colors. I received three of the new shades during the Spring Preview Event which was very exciting since I had my eyes on these since their release. Who wouldn't want a gloss that claims to have the rich pigment of a lipstick combined with a long lasting shine of a gloss?  

I received three shades: Pomodoro (RD319), Ebi (RD321) and Hellebore (RS723). You wouldn't be able to tell what shade is in which sleek black tube because there is no window or swatch sticker. You only get the shade code on the bottom of the tube which is rather troublesome for me as I have a hard time remembering the difference between RD319 and RD321 just by the codes. It is impossible to see how much product is in each tube as well. The plastic packaging is sturdy and feels secure without being heavy. I like the beveled edges and the simple Shiseido type is classy. I really wish there were a small clear window to differentiate the colors. God forbid you love this formula and want to buy a bunch of shades and have to open each one up to find the one you want to wear....

The lacquer rouges are meant to be a quick fix for busy people and one coat yields high color payoff. This is definitely true as you can see from the swatches above. The finish is very glossy and vinyl-like. Each of these colors has a tiny hint of shimmer in them but it's virtually nonexistent once applied on the lips. There is noticeable scent to this product either which is nice. Applying this lacquer is not the easiest because it is quite a thick formula. I prefer to wipe off some of the product from the applicator onto the inside of the tube and slowly build up layers of color to prevent depositing too much color in one area.

Pomodoro is my favorite of the three because it is a classic neutral red that looks very glamorous with minimal eye makeup. I applied the sheerest layer on my lips but you can definitely build this up a bit to get more full coverage.

Ebi is a very spring shade and is a wearable bright pinkish red. This is a nice shade for those who want to branch out of neutral shades and add some color to their lips.

Hellebore was honestly the hardest color for me to wear. It is a dark brownish purple and it honestly looks quite bad on me. It has the same pigmented and glossy formula but the color was just more difficult to pull off for me. If you like purple toned lips, you might like this shade. 

Shiseido claims that the lacquer rouges are supposed to improve dry lips because they contain Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE which "actively pushes moisture into lips and effectively retains it for hours." While I didn't wear solely these glosses for days or weeks at a time, I did find them to be comfortable and non-drying. I don't feel the need to wear lipbalm before applying these and don't experience lip peeling after these wear down. These last about three to four hours before they need to be reapplied and I had no issues applying additional layers. If you have very dry or flaky lips, you probably would want to exfoliate and moisturize as a precaution but for normal lips, you're good to go.

Aside from the packaging issues, the Shiseido Lacquer Rouge is an impressive formula with a nice array of colors to choose from. I would urge those of you who love a bold, classic lip to try one of the many reds in the line. Pomodoro is really a beaute in real life and my swatch doesn't do it justice. I have my eyes on Nocturne, a gorgeous deep vampy red, but I know in my heart I don't need another lip product....

*This product was provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Etude House Jojoba Seed Hair Pack: The Easy Temporary Fix

After dying my hair in December, my formerly virgin locks became noticeably more brittle and I needed something to revive my splitting ends. While in Korea, my friend who dyes her hair a lot saw the Jojoba Seed Hair Pack and Serum and thought she'd give it a shot. I was persuaded by her purchase and impulsively added one to my basket as well. Looking back, I wish I grabbed a few more packs and maybe some of the other types as well.

The Jojoba pack is supposedly the second strongest formulation. Hair that needs more TLC should opt for the Argan or Avocado varieties and less damaged hair might favor the Camellia. Each two step packet retails for ₩950 which is less than 90¢. The hair pack could last me two washes but the serum can last way longer. Honestly, I wish they gave more of the pack and less of the serum. 

The packaging is also super adorable and a small detail I really like is that the tabs are pre-cut so it is very easy to open a tiny portion of the pack and control how much product you want to pour out. It's a minor detail but it really makes a huge difference when you're dealing with plastic disposable packaging like this.

The pack is like a conditioner that you leave in for a few minutes before washing out. It looks and feels like a typical conditioner with a white color and a nice fragrance. I could feel my hair immediately soften when I applied the pack and my locks were definitely more smooth and easy to manage after it dried. The serum is a slightly runnier consistency like a gel cream. It is also scented and I use about a pea sized drop mostly on the ends of my hair. The serum has less of an effect on my hair and honestly, isn't very impressive. I don't feel a difference whether I use the serum or not and I don't like to put a lot of product in my hair.

If you're in Korea, pick up a few of these hair packs if you have damaged or dry hair and need a weekly pick me up. These are also really good for traveling or if you have a lot of gym days or sleepovers. It's not a must have nor mindblowingly good but it's something I would repurchase.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In My Stash: Rose Gold Eyeshadows

Everyone seems to be fussing over red lips this Valentine's Day so I thought I'd mix things up and talk about eyeshadows instead. Now I don't exactly think red or pink eyeshadow is the easiest to pull off on the eyes so the closest shade in that warm, rusty family that I wear often is rose gold. The perfect blend of pink, bronze and shimmery gold looks flattering on my warm complexion and gives a romantic aura to a look. Here are eight (four drugstore and four high end) rose gold eyeshadows that you might want to add to your stash!

The drugstore has quite a few rose gold shades that are very nice for what they cost. The cream eyeshadow from the Revlon Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow in Skin Lights, which is showing some pan, is a veteran in my makeup collection. I like to use this as a base under powder rose gold shadows to bring out the gold sheen in them. The L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush is one that looks great alone without anything over top. The Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Copper Chic contains a lovely shade that leans quite bronzey. Then there's the Wet n' Wild Single Eyeshadow in Penny, the most inexpensive shadow out of the bunch but it seems that it's discontinued because it's not on the Wet n' Wild website.

Amber Rush actually looks very brown next to the other shades whereas Copper Chic and Penny look very orange. In real life the colors are more three dimensional and reflect a bit differently depending on the lighting. You can see that Copper Chic and Amber Rush are the most saturated and work perfectly by themselves whereas Skinlights and Penny might look better paired with one another.

For the high end rose gold options, it's quite funny but I didn't specifically purchase any of these particular shades. The Clinique Strawberry Fudge Duo was a GWP and contains one of my favorite eyeshadows ever. The rose gold shade leans very pink and made it to my Top 5 High End Eyeshadows post. Lancome Kitten Heel is also part of a GWP quad and I used this palette in a tutorial for my first Fortnight Face post. Mac Melon Pigment was part a holiday set I scored at the CCO ages ago and it's always nice for the summer or holiday times. Lastly is theBalm's Hot Mama! Blush which can also be used as an eyeshadow. I bought this in a set with theBalm's Bahama Mama Bronzer at Marshall's just because it was a good deal.

Strawberry Fudge and Kitten Heel are the lightest shades out of the bunch and ones I find myself reaching for the most. Melon is crazy metallic and has a strong gold sheen that looks lovely on darker skintones. Hot Mama is a truly pigmented rose gold that I honestly use more as blush than eyeshadow but it would definitely look stunning on the eyes.

Check out the video to see better swatches! You can tell the difference between the shadows much better in the video than you can from the pictures.

Rose Gold eyeshadows are a favorite all year round but especially in the spring and honestly, I can't wait until this brutal winter is over. What are you wearing for Valentine's Day? Are you looking forward to spring and temperatures above freezing point as much as I am?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad: A Luxurious Letdown

For Spring 2014, Clé de Peau Beauté is going for a "La Bohème" theme with soft, romantic shades to evoke classic beauty. I was gifted their new Eye Color Quad in Peach Brown (211)* to test out and truth be told, I stared at the palette for a good three days before even allowing myself to touch the shadows. The beautiful gold overspray atop the shadows rubs away to reveal four complementary, easy to pair shadows. 

The packaging is black plastic which reflects navy blue when held to the light. The edges of the palette has a touch of gold as well as the dainty Clé de Peau logo. The palette comes with a little cloth dust bag which is common with high end shadows such as Dior and Chanel. You also get two sponge tip applicators, one which has a brush end. Honestly, I do not use sponge tip applicators but if you don't mind them, these will do in a pinch. The top part of the compact has a generous sized mirror which is great for traveling or touch-ups throughout the day. 

Clé de Peau eyeshadow palettes are sold with the refill and case separately. The refill snaps in and out of the case quite easily but always makes me a bit nervous that I might smush the shadows with my fingers or chip them with a nail. The refill costs $55 whereas the case is $25, making the total price of one palette $80. Yes, it is incredibly expensive for 5 grams (.17 oz) of eyeshadow. This is the most expensive palette that I own by far. Even Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes are only $78 and contain 10 grams, double the eyeshadow in the Clé de Peau quad. It looks appealing that the shadow pans decrease in size from left to right for some odd goemetric reason but in terms of practicality, I do not like being told which shades I should use more in a look. The last pan is pitifully small and I think it contains the most interesting and unique shade out of the palette.

The shadows are buttery smooth and almost creamy to the touch. Unfortunately, they seriously lack in the pigmentation department. The shadows are very sheer and the three lighter shades pretty much look like nothing on my eyes once applied. Clé de Peau claims that the shadows are fomulated with argan tree oil for "fade resistant color" but the brown shade blends out into a muddy color and looks just plain meh. The first three shades have a very subtle shimmer in them and nothing remotely close to sparkle or glitter. If anything, they are satin finishes and not even shimmer. The last rose matte shade which I thought was very unique but it hardly translates at all when swatched. 

I was very disappointed in the Clé de Peau Peach Brown Eye Color Quad. The shadows were very smooth and the packaging is beautiful though the shadows are totally lackluster and a huge setback considering the price is so high. I can imagine a small minority of people who want the most smooth powder eyeshadows who want a barely there look to possibly enjoy this but even then, I can't recommend this product because it's just not worth the money.

*This product was provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Aritaum World Glam Coating Tint in New York: A Sheer and Glossy Peach Lip [Updated 4/2/14]

Lip tints are one of my favorite makeup products at the moment because they're effortless and comfortable to wear. Glossy lipgloss tints are the new "it" innovation and Korea is in no short supply. I picked up two Aritaum World Glam Coating Tints because SunnyDaHye highly recommended them. I chose the "New York" shade just due to the name but after second thought, I'm not too sure I'm fond of light pastel lip tints. 

The small fuzzy applicator is easy to use and picks up a good amount of product for one application. The packaging claims to contain 9 ml which seems like a lot (Mac lipglasses contain 4.8 ml for reference) but the black casing makes it impossible to tell how much tint is left. Each tube retails for ₩9,000 but Aritaum was having a 1+1 deal on the tints so I purchased one for about $4! The scent is a very specific fruit scent that I can't quite put my finger on. It's not my favorite scent but it is not too overwhelming nor chemical scented in the slightest. 

New York is a light peach shade that is pigmented but still translucent enough to let most of your natural lip color peek through. On my lips, the tint barely mutes out my naturally pigmented lips but adds a hint of peach and imparts a sheer, glossy finish. There was no staining properties so I think the tint name is misleading. On the upside, the formula is very light and non sticky. This is a pretty shade for everyday and possibly better for those with very pale lips.

If I were to make a lip tint called New York, the shade would be an electric fuchsia or dark berry, not a muted, tame peach. Nonetheless, it's a pretty color and I can't fault the price or formula. I also grabbed one of these glosses in Seoul, a brighter orangey red, which shows up a lot better on my lips. A review and swatch of that shade will be up once I get a chance to photograph it....

[UPDATE 4/2/14] Not willing to let this lippie slide on by without some love, I wore it a few more times and have to say it's really grown on me. It still doesn't stain or anything but I find the peachy shade can be built up and intensified, especially if you apply this on bare lips sans lipbalm. This is actually becoming a favorite MLBB shade for spring since it gives my lips a noticeable orange tint. I feel quite bad about judging this so quickly and slamming light shades of glossy tints. Just because it's sheerer than the other glossy tints isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How I: Prevent, Treat and Heal Acne

For regular readers of my blog, you probably  know that my skin is temperamental and more often than not I have a few pimples here and there on my skin. For more than 10 years, I've struggled to keep my skin clear and at this point, I'm convinced I probably won't ever be completely rid of acne for good. But that doesn't stop me from hoping to find great skincare products to prevent, treat and heal the inevitable spots. The following four products have been very good to me and I am hoping they can help some of you who have acne prone skin like me.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask - This Korean clay cleansing mask is what I use on a weekly basis to deep clean my skin of impurities and keep my oily combination skin in check. When I have active break outs and cystic pimples under my skin, using this mask helps the spots go away faster without being harsh. There is no stinging sensation and no scent which makes it very non-irritating. I would repurchase this mask again, especially for the winter time. Sasa sells this for $16 which is still reasonable although it costs about $10 in Korea.

Avene TriAcnéal - This is essentially Avene's answer to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo but I enjoy Avene's version a bit more because it never irritates my skin like the Effaclar Duo sometimes did. This product is supposed to reduce breakouts and prevent scarring while offering anti-aging benefits. I use this for mild acne and tend to cover a generous area that has small bumps, whiteheads and congested pores with the product. The formula is gentle enough to be used over a large surface of the skin. TriAcnéal helps keep larger pores clear as well and I tend to cover my nose with this after doing a pore strip so that I can tackle the bacteria and dirt within my pores. I bought this in City Pharma in Paris for only $12 but it retails for $60 on Dermstore which is a shame because this is a really good product.

Origins Super Spot Remover - You know that I love a beauty product if I repurchase it and I'm already halfway through my second tube of this concentrated acne tackler. I use this potent gel on particularly angry pimples that are below the surface of the skin, ones that are ready to burst (gross, I know) and ones that I have just popped. The formula is laced with alcohol which is usually a skin no-no but in this case, I feel that the alcohol is good for disinfecting the skin and cleaning the area. A little goes a long way and I'm happy to shell out $15 for this over and over.

Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum* - Even when my skin is pimple free, the scars of previous spots linger for what seems to be ages. Acne scarring is perhaps more frustrating than an active spot because they take much longer to fade and ruin one's complexion. I've tried a handful of brightening and dark spot correctors to little avail but the newly reformulated Shiseido White Lucent Serum surprised me. I was given a bottle of this serum at the Shiseido Spring Preview a few months ago but only started to use it mid-January. I had a dark mark under my left eye that was the result of a blemish and after two months, the mark was still visible under concealer, BB cream and powder. But only after a week of using the Shiseido serum at night time before bed, the scar was visibly reduced and can confidently say my overall skintone has become brighter. Shiseido claims that ProBright 4MR, an exclusive brightening complex, is responsible for the results. While I'm no scientist, I honestly can say that this serum has improved my skin in that my acne scars fade faster. The caveat is that a 30 ml bottle is $125, an exorbitant price for a single skincare product that will last only a few months with daily use. If you're looking for a spot corrector that actually works and money is not a problem, give this a go.

With these four products, my skin is by no means flawless but this combination has definitely prevented breakouts as well as sped up the recovery time of past breakouts. What products do you use to prevent, heal and treat acne?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

November, December and January 2014 Empties

I see more and more bloggers doing empties posts now which is great to see. Not only is it a good way to share reviews of products you've thoroughly used up but it's a good log for keeping track of what's leaving your stash. I was on the verge of finishing quite a few tubs and tubes in December so I thought I would just wait until the end of January to include those.

Pictured above are the things I used up in Korea and tossed before returning home. The Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner was an effective hair treatment that softened my color treated hair. I can't say the same for the L'Occitane Aromachologie Shampoo and Conditioners which cleaned my hair but didn't quite repair it in any way. The conditioner was especially light so I had to use quite a bit of it to untangle my hair. After towel drying my hair I use a bit of the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil which was a basic hair oil. It was pretty much undetectable in my hair and I think it added just a touch of shine and moisture to my hair.

I polished off The Body Shop's Honeymania Body Butter which I love and will be repurchasing in the future. I've raved about it a few times already so I won't go on and on about it here. I used the Lancome Genifique sample as my nighttime serum while in Korea and it was comfortable and easily absorbed but I don't think I will purchase a full size. The Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Mascara is a repurchase and one I will continue to buy as long as they make it. Maybelline waterproof mascaras hold a curl like no other and give me great length and just enough volume. Someone even asked if I was wearing false lashes one day when I was wearing this mascara by itself! I also finished the KIKO Soft Focus Concealer which is a highlighting concealer. It gave very light coverage but I truly enjoy the ease of pen style concealers. A few quick swipes under the eyes and on key areas of the face, a few swirls with a brush to blend out the edges and my skin looked instantly better.

Here are the things that I had waiting at home for me to finish as well as a handful of products that I finally had the nerve to toss due to old age. 

I have a bunch of mini Lush tubs from purchasing their holiday gift sets. These were all products that were new to me so I wanted to get small versions to try before investing in the full size. Ocean Salt is a good body scrub and I have another little pot of this but I don't think I'll be buying a whole tub soon because it's quite pricey. Dream Cream is a really nice soothing lotion for sensitive skin. I would consider buying a full size of this because my skin is very dry and irritated during the winter and this moisturizes without being too greasy. Celebrate was a limited edition lotion for the holidays and I love the smell of this with Rose Jam Shower Gel (also LE) so I already bought a full size of this back in December. I finally finished the L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair Hair Mask that I bought ages ago in Amsterdam. I really liked this hair mask as a conditioner and felt that it softened my hair a lot. I'm using another L'Oreal hair mask that I bought from Amsterdam (with a yellow cap) but it's just not as good.

I really love the Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water for the beautiful scent but I don't know if it's that much better than just rose scented witch hazel to justify the price. The Za True White Prismizer is a whitening toner that I bought in Singapore. There is a bit of alcohol in the formula which I know is taboo for beauty bloggers but I thought it was a decent product that didn't sting my face. The Phyto Soothing Treatment Shampoo didn't lather much and had a somewhat unpleasant scent but it still cleansed my hair. I only bought it because it was cheap in Paris but I wouldn't purchase it again considering the Sephora prices in the States. I used up yet another bottle of the Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover from Target which is the cheapest eye makeup remover that does a good job. I already had a back up bottle in my stash and will continue buying this until they stop making it!

The Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream was a disappointment because the scent is way too cloying and strong. I only used about a quarter of the tube and passed it to my mom who likes the scent. The Yves Rocher Grape Aqua Mask was a fail like the Pomegranate one I talked about in another empties post so I used it as body lotion. I used up the Kiehl's Rosa Artica Cream and Kiehl's Abyssine Cream+ when I traveled and I also kept them in my gym bag. Both were decent moisturizers but nothing impressive that would warrant a full size purchase.

My trusty Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner finally dried up and I was almost sad to see it go. The firm felt tip was super easy to maneuver and it suited my eyes very well. I would consider repurchasing it. I used The Face Shop's Auto Eyeliner as an eyebrow pencil due to it's waxy formula and am happy to bid it goodbye. I think it was the second eyeliner I ever purchased and I don't want to think about how old it is.... I'm binning a sample of Benefit's They're Real Mascara because I've had tried using it for over six months probably and it doesn't do much for my lashes. It can't hold a curl at all and that's the most important criteria for me in terms of a good mascara.

I rutted through my lipgloss collection and scooped out a few very old products that are probably past expiration to throw out. I have a hard time throwing out makeup because I can see my waste first hand but I guess it's consolation knowing the Smashbox and Lancome glosses were gift with purchases and the other lipglosses were drugstore ones. I'm also tossing a Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer because I got it when CVS was doing their clearance sale and I think the concealer made me break out due to being old. 

One of these days I WILL have an empty blush compact or eyeshadow pan to show you.... One day.... But until that day comes, feel free to share what products you have finished lately!