Every time I type one of these posts I wonder how long I could go on with beauty product empties posts. Are we going to get to Beauty Product Empties Vol. 100 on day? Probably.
Since it’s Friday and I’ve already accumulated enough empties for another round of Five on Friday we’re onto another volume in this series. As usual, I’ll break down my thoughts on the product and whether I would repurchase it or not. And, on that note, before I get started, you need to keep in mind that I don’t often repurchase beauty products. I’m not the type of girl that sticks to what she knows. There is always a new launch or a product reformulation that I just HAVE to try. So anything that I repurchase isn’t just something I love. I pretty much have to be obsessed to repurchase anything. Just look through my empties history for the evidence.
Maui Moisture Vanilla Bean Shampoo & Conditioner – $8.99
Although the price on these came up as $8.99 when I searched, I want to say I actually got these for $6.99 at Target. Maybe I had a Cartwheel coupon? For some reason the Maui Moisture range was all over my Instagram and blog feed a few months ago. Probably because it was a new launch at Target. Even though I didn’t know much about these, they caught my eye at Target due to the distinct packages. If I didn’t know better, I would think these were bottles of BBQ sauce. For real…
Their whole range has Aloe Vera Juice as the first ingredient. They are free of: silicone, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, SLS, sulfate surfactants and synthetic dyes. The Vanilla duo is the Smooth & Repair version for frizzy & unruly hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner truly smell like vanilla bean, but they also have a slight scent that reminds me of cigarette smoke. It’s really strange.
Not at this moment. Although I liked these, and I can get behind more natural products, they didn’t blow my mind. My hair didn’t feel healthier or even less frizzy from using these. The conditioner itself doesn’t feel as conditioning as I would expect from something that claims to be for frizzy hair. The texture is actually very, very light (i.e. it didn’t weigh my hair down at all). I think my hair probably needs a little silicone in it haha.
It seems like regardless of how many shampoos and conditioners I try, I still think the Living Proof Perfect Hair range is the best.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser – $45
I got a deluxe sample size of this cleanser in one of my Sephora play boxes, and now that I look at the full size price I’m really glad I got to try a smaller size of this.
This is a a skin-balancing cleanser that purifies the complexion while visibly tightening the appearance of pores for clear, healthy-looking skin. The packaging says it has French green clay & lava clay and is for normal to oily skin. The product itself is a gray liquid that lathers up on the skin. Every other clay based product I’ve tried is actually a mask so it’s interesting that this is clay based but only a cleanser.
Definitely no. I don’t think I would buy this if it cost half the price. I mean, it’s just a cleanser that’s on my skin for 40 seconds. Did it clean well? It did, but there’s nothing about it that would justify the price. There were no changes to the frequency of my breakouts or the size of my pores. It’s actually ridiculous to me that a face cleanser would claim to “visibly minimize pore size”. I know that may sound harsh, but when something costs $45 it has to be judged at a higher standard.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel – $22
The amount of alternatives to this product that I’ve tried is actually pretty ridiculous. I’ve tried almost every single drugstore brow gel, and several high end brow gels trying to find something I like even just half as much as I like this.
This gel fills sparse spots on my brows, add volume and holds all the little hairs in place. Unlike all other brow gels I’ve tried, the finish of the Anastasia Tinted Brow gel is actually a shiny/satin. If you think about it, your hair isn’t matte either so I’m always confused when brow gels dry down to look matte.
YES. I’ve already repurchased this gel several times. It’s ideal if you don’t want to put in the effort required by using a brow pencil or pomade, but still want something that will fill in a bit and slightly help shape the brows. However, that being said, if you have very thin or sparse brows, this isn’t the product for you. It won’t take the place of a pencil and you definitely won’t be able to alter the shape of your brows using a gel. I.e. if you’re wanting Instagram brows, a tinted gel is not the right product. If, on the other hand, you are good with the general shape and fulness of your brows and just want a little help, this product is for you.
This was another deluxe sample from a Sephora Playbox. When I read the product description, I thought I wouldn’t like it since it’s a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer. I’m more of a full coverage or nothing kind of girl. However, it does have physical sunscreen and and is free of a ton of yucky ingredients that are pretty common in skin care products so I gave it a go.
Overall I’m really surprised by how much I like this. It’s a water based formula so it’s extremely light weight. Although the coverage is truly very sheer and light, there is still a little something something. It will definitely help even out skin tone and minimize redness, but it will not cover hyper pigmentation. I can’t really deduct points for this considering it is a tinted moisturizer and labeled as sheer coverage.
This is essentially the type of product I would throw on before going to the grocery store and running errands on a casual day. I get a little bit of coverage (so I don’t scare anyone) and I get 20 SPF. It’s so light and sheer that it doesn’t feel like makeup to me.
I’m torn about this one since I don’t really have anything like this in my collection. Even my CC Cream is pretty full coverage so this is perfect when I just want to get a little bit of coverage and run out the door (I just apply this with my fingers). However, the $36 price tag is a little high for what it is. I would go for a drugstore alternative if it weren’t for the fact that most (if not all) drugstore BB creams have chemical SPF. So, final verdict? Yes, I will repurchase, BUT during the next VIB sale or when I get an Ulta coupon.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – $6.80
Last, but not least is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid serum. As many of you may know, hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients for hydrating the skin as it can attract up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water. I’m not even going to attempt to describe this in my own words, so from The Ordinary’s description: this product “combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration”.
So far my experience with The Ordinary’s products has been extremely positive, so in my last order I threw in this Hyaluronic Acid along with a Retinoid. Any type of retinoid is likely to cause some dryness, so I figured for less than $7 I could also use this to hydrate.
The formula is a thin and clear serum. It’s not completely liquid like water, but it’s not even as close in thickness as a cream. Once applied to the skin it’s absorbed VERY quickly and doesn’t leave any residue or oily feeling. It’s almost like you didn’t apply anything. In the morning I used it after my vitamin C serum, but before lotion. At night I applied it after the retinoid serum and before a night cream.
Yes, I already have it in my cart. Although this product isn’t life changing, it does help keep my skin hydrated. It also helps slightly plump up the skin so fine lines are just a bit less visible when using it. At a $6.80 price tag, I think it’s worth it.
Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your recent empties?
As always, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
Have a great weekend!
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