I’m just going to go ahead and start adding volume numbers to the end of post titles haha. I need some way to track this. Especially since I’ve accumulated quite a bit of beauty product empties lately. Plus, adding volume numbers makes me feel all professional.
If you are new around here, these posts are exactly what the title implies. I’ll just go through any products I’ve completely used up, do a quick review & share whether I’ll repurchase or not.
I’ll have at least another beauty product empties post coming soon. Between Christmas, my birthday & getting the Sephora Play Subscription I’ve been using a lot of different products lately. I’ll focus primarily on full size products today and save all the Sephora Play empties for a future post.
Kate Somervile’s Eradikate Acne Treatment – $26
I believe this is my second bottle of this? It’s essentially an acne spot treatment. Each bottle has a pink mud at the bottom and clear liquid on top. You use a cotton swab and dip it to the pink mud and apply to a breakout.
Since I’m allergic to benzyl peroxide, and salycidic acid doesn’t seem to do anything for me, this is the only spot treatment I can really use. Although I wouldn’t agree with others that this is a miracle worker, or with it’s claims to make zits disappear, it certainly prevents things from getting worse. It’s particularly good if you use it early in a zit’s life. As in, as soon as you get any indication that something may be surfacing: apply. When in doubt, I just apply it anyways.
Be cautioned, one of the main ingredients in this is sulfur so the smell is quite strong. Like I can even smell it on my pillowcase the next day. I can bear the smell, but it is definitely not pleasant.
Will Repurchase? Potentially. Mario Badescu has a very similar product for a better price. I’ve already ordered the Mario Badescu one to try out. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll go back to the Eradikate.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All In One Cleanser & Makeup Remover – $8.99
I got the Garnier Micellar water a while back at Dallas BeautyCon. I’ve been using it on and off for about 9 months now. I don’t really have much to say about this one. I’ve tried a few micellar waters including the Simple Micellar water and the super popular Bioderma Micellar Water. Don’t kill me but, honestly, they all feel the same to me.
Generally micellar waters are really convenient to remove makeup or just refresh the face. I tend to use them when I’m wearing heavy eye makeup. I’ll just pour some on a cotton round and gently press it on my eye lid. This usually helps fake lashes slide right off.
I haven’t noticed better or worse results from any of these.
Will Repurchase? Yes. I like to keep at least a bottle of these around and the Garnier one is the most affordable. Keep in mind there is one for waterproof makeup – I have not tried that one.
Simple Micellar Makeup Removing Wipes – $7.79
Obviously from my thoughts above, I like micellar waters. AND I like makeup wipes. These wipes are essentially a nice hybrid of the two.
My usual problem with makeup wipes is that they irritate my skin or my eyes. I don’t have this issue with these particular wipes which makes them a winner in my book. Plus they are affordable.
Will Repurchase? Yes!
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – $45
I wrote a whole post on the Bum Bum cream (here) so I’ll spare you most of the details. One tub lasted around 5-6 weeks? Keep in mind I used it every day all over my body – not just the bum bum. I’m basically obsessed with the smell. And obviously I’m not the only one since they recently came out with a fragrance mist that goes with it. It says you can spray on your body, hair and lingerie. WHAT? Is this a thing? do people spray stuff on their lingerie? wth.
Anyways, I don’t know about all the firming claims for the Bum Bum cream, but the texture is soft, buttery & whipped at the same time. It’s moisturizing and smells delicious. It made me happy every time I used it.
Will Repurchase? I already did… I know I said in my previous post that I probably wouldn’t repurchase it again given the price, but I love it. I bought the set that comes with the shower gel again.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil Roller – $26
One of the most frustrating things about my cystic acne situation last year was having to stop using many products. Somehow I developed an irrational fear of oils which is unfortunate considering I had quite a few really expensive facial oils hanging around. I guess it wasn’t so unfortunate for my mom & sister since they ended up getting all the oils I was no longer using…
Anyways, after months of staying away from oils, I gave rosehip oil a chance. It did not go well (you can read about that here). So, I stayed away from oils some more. That was until I saw a smaller version of the Herbivore Botanicals Lapis facial oil on sale. The oil claims to be anti-inflammatory & antibacterial. It’s formulated specifically for acne prone skin so I bought it.
The roller version is quite small & I actually found the roller ball to be super inconvenient and unhygienic. Why would you want to roll it around your entire face potentially contaminating the rest of the product? I ended up removing the roller ball and just dripping a little product on my palms.
Thankfully this did not aggravate my skin or cause any new breakouts which is awesome! However, the little rollerball version only lasted a couple of weeks.
Will Repurchase? I don’t think so. Although the product itself was nice, it didn’t blow my mind, and at $72 for the full size product, I can’t quite justify it.
L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Cream – $34
The name of this face cream is so appropriate. It really is a comforting cream. I tend to turn for this product when my skin is extremely dry. Those moments when nothing else alleviates the discomfort of extremely dry skin – this little cream has provided comfort. It is a very thick & rich cream. Definitely not something I would ever use during the warmer months, or even under makeup since the formula is 25% shea butter.
I love the smell & I’ve already gone through two bottles of it. However, I’m hesitant to use it now in the days of PCOS induced breakouts so it took me a long time to get through the second bottle. I can’t say for sure whether it would aggravate breakouts since I’ve only used sparingly the last few months.
It would be best for those with dry or normal skin.
Will Repurchase? Although this has been a Godsend when my skin is dry, I probably won’t repurchase at this time. I feel like my skin is constantly on the verge of massive breakouts. I need to feel a bit more in control of the breakout situation to use a product like this.
Stay tuned for another empties post in the next few weeks.
*The product pictures above are linked within the product name