November Empties: Mini Reviews 2016
Hellloo loves! I totally forgot that I hadn’t posted my November empties what with having finals in the first of week of December and all. So, even though it’s a little late, I figured I could do a few mini reviews of some of the things I’ve emptied and then finally throw my beauty trash away. Let’s get started shall we?
November Empties: Skincare
Pixi Glow Tonic
My first November empties product is a really exciting one. I finished up the ever so popular Pixi Glow Tonic which was arguably made famous by Caroline Hirons. Before I read her blog, I actually didn’t know the importance of acid toners. But I’ve been introduced to the concept for a while now. And even though I haven’t tried too many acids, the Pixi glow tonic is honestly a fantastic acid toner. I won’t go into the details of it because Ms. Hiron’s blog post will be a much better source of knowledge. But I’ll share my quick thoughts. The glow tonic is an exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid. In a typical routine, you would use this after you have cleansed your skin. I take it on a cotton pad and sweep this all over my face. This toner ensures that your face is absolutely squeaky clean and there is no remnant of makeup, dirt or anything else on it. It also ensures that all the subsequent treatments and lotions you apply afterwards are going to sink into your skin properly. The Pixi Glow Tonic in particular is a very gentle acid toner. I really loved what it did for my skin. When you use this, it won’t do anything dramatic for you. However, from the day I started using this, my skin was just getting better and better in its look and health everyday. And I think that that is an amazing feat that a product can just improve the quality of the skin like that. I was always secure knowing that when I go to bed, my makeup is completely taken off my skin and that there is no gunk clogging my skin thanks to this. I absolutely love this. I haven’t repurchased it because I’m trying out Nip and Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Pads which I’ve also heard good things about. But at some point in the next couple of months, I will probably repurchase the glow tonic again.
Miscellaneous: This can be found at Target for $15.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle.
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Keeping to the theme of acids, I finished up a different kind of acid. I have a full in depth review of the Sunday Riley Good Genes that I think you’ll enjoy reading so I’ll link that here. This is a lactic acid treatment (note: not acid toner which you’re just supposed to swipe on the face). In a typical routine, you would use this after cleansing and toning and use during your treatment stage of skincare. When I put this on and wake up the next morning, I literally feel like I’ve been born with new skin all over again. Again, I don’t want to ramble too much so I’ll just encourage you to check out my review of this. All in all, I will never live without this product in my life if I can help it despite its astronomical price tag.
Miscellaneous: This retails for $105 and can be found at many places including Sephora.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
Continuing with expensive skincare in my November empties, I have emptied another stellar product that, along with the other two above, is quite a game changer. I sound like a broken record, but I do have a proper in depth review of the Kate Somerville Exfolikate treatment that I think you’ll want to read. This is basically a scrub that is both a physical as well as a chemical exfoliant. So along with beady particles, it also has chemicals in it that work to exfoliate the dead skin off of your face leaving an unbelievable brightened glow on the face. I’m not kidding. If you have an event to go to, use Pixi Glow Tonic and Sunday Riley the night before, and use Exfolikate the day of the event and trust me, you will experience good skin like you never have before. I’ll leave a link to my full blog post on this product here.
Miscellaneous: What is it with these people trying to rip us off for wanting good skin? Sighh. This retails for $85.00 for 2 oz and can be found at several stores including Sephora. I could only afford to buy the mini (retails for $24.00 for 0.5 oz) and I’ll keep repurchasing the mini because holy crap, I don’t have 85 bucks to spend on a freaking scrub every few months.
Let’s switch gears and talk about some affordable skincare.
Purlisse Pur Delicate Soy Milk Cleanser
I received this cleanser in an Ipsy bag quite a while ago. Since it was a deluxe sample, I hadn’t used it until I went away for a trip. And oh my God, I ended up loving this cleanser so much so that this was all I used until I basically finished it. And don’t be fooled by the size, you would be surprised at how little product you actually need. This cleanser lasted me a good amount of time. So basically this a milky-jelly consistency cleanser. The winning aspect of this for me was that it felt ahmazing on the skin. It was always such a joy using this cleanser. It smelled phenomenal, so subtle and so clean. I honestly have at least a dozen cleansers sitting in my cupboard. If it weren’t for that fact, I would’ve repurchased it the minute I finished it. It takes your makeup off so gently and almost like slides the makeup right off the skin. But more than that, I loved using this as a my second cleanser or like my morning cleanser. Just using this on my bare skin and having the cool jelly caress the skin was an amazing experience. Honestly one of my favorite cleansers of the year. If any of you have sensitive skin, rosacea or just extremely dry skin and dread using cleansers due to that horrible dry tight feeling they give, please try this one. It will change you.
Miscellaneous: This cleanser retails for $22.00 for 5 oz which I think is an amazing price point. This can be found on their website.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Writing my November empties and revisiting these products is just making me want to repurchase all my favorites. But I can’t because – hoarder problems. Speaking of favorites, I have raved and raved to anyone who will stop and listen about the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This is again one of those products that has made such a visible and amazing difference to my skin. Have you ever had a day when you’ve worn a full face of makeup and at the end of the day your skin is so angry at you for putting it through hell? Well after you’ve cleansed and done your routine, use this gel as your last step. The moment you feel the cold gel hit your face, you know that you’re going to wake up with the freshest and plumpest skin you’ve ever experienced. The amount of hydration that this product injected on a daily basis into my skin is beyond belief. At this moment, I’m trying out the Olay Overnight Mask and seeing if that is a dupe of this. In any case, since this is also pretty affordable, I’m going to repurchase it the moment I finish up my Olay one. Also, I have a full review of it here 😀
Miscellaneous: This retails for $24.00 for 70 mL. This can be found at Target.
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
The only crappy product in this November empties is the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel. This is supposed to be a night time eye cream and claims to firm, lift, cool and depuff the eye area and have you wake up with younger looking, wrinkle-free under eyes. What a load of crap. Thank goodness I got this in a set and didn’t actually purchase the full size worth $42.00 because I would’ve strangled myself. This eye cream is horrible. Not only does it not do anything for your eyes at all, the gel is so STICKY to the point that the skin under your eyes folds up on itself and the folds stick to each other making for a very odd experience. Imagine leaving that overnight under the eyes. Eughh. I hated this product so much.
Miscellaneous: This retails for $42.00 for $42.00 for 1 0z. What a bloody ripoff.
November Empties: Bodycare
The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue
So I only have one bodycare product to talk about. The Body Shop peppermint foot treatment is a good product for those of you who don’t have severely dry, cracked or hard heels. I loved the cooling sensation that occurred due to the peppermint and I loved the consistency of this product. It was a little bit of a ‘wet’ consistency which I liked because it made the product that much more intense and suitable as a foot treatment. All in all I loved using this and it lasted me for more than a year! However, I won’t repurchase this because I need something that’s going to be stronger and better for healing my slightly hardened heels.
Miscellaneous: This retails for $18.00 on The Body Shop website. TBS always do 40-50% off sales constantly so wait for one of those. I’ve never bought anything full price from them.
There you have it loves! I hope you enjoyed my quick and much belated November empties post. This month was basically full of skin care related empties and I’m actually happy about that. I really like using up my skincare so that it just doesn’t sit around and eventually go bad. Please let me know what you guys have emptied recently, I’d love to chat with you! I hope you have a wonderful upcoming week ..