September 2017 Empties

September Empties
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Hello comrades! Apologies for being missing but I took an unexpected trip! I haven’t traveled in 10 years, so it was a great opportunity. Perhaps I will post about it, but I’m playing catch up, so here’s my next empties post. It’s been a couple of months, but I’m still a little surprised that I’ve used up enough products for it. But it is also a relief to finish and be able to get rid of them.

Assured Witch Hazel

I first sought out witch hazel because I think I saw people using it as a toner and thought it’d be a great follow-up after trying coconut oil as a makeup remover. It’s also an astringent, so hopefully I could also use it to clean my makeup rather than have another bottle for rubbing alcohol. Unfortunately, I can’t really judge the oil + toner treatment at the moment, or the specificity of this Assured brand. It seems like witch hazel should be witch hazel, right? The only problem is that it’s a pretty small bottle, so you might just want to spend the extra $2 to get a bigger bottle from Walmart.

e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer

I used to be a lot more enthusiastic about this lightweight item. It’s a moisturizer and has SPF! But my skin has been freaking out lately, so it just hasn’t provided as much coverage as I want. It’s actually (finally!) getting cooler now, so I shouldn’t need SPF, right? I just read an article that said SPF 20 isn’t enough anyway 😦 And this stuff always smells like butter, so hopefully, I’ll find a substitute by next summer.

CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers Foundation

Is this an old product? I can’t really find a modern review. Maybe it just seems like I’ve had it forever because I got 2 when I more into couponing and got them on sale. Like the e.l.f. moisturizer, I liked this more when I first got it. I think it has light/medium coverage and matched my skin tone pretty well (I got 730 Classic Beige). But it is for cooler undertones. Reviewers with acne seem to like it, and it claims to hydrate for 11 hours, but I would only recommend if you find it on sale too.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner

I don’t want to say I was disappointed by this product, but… I feel like I used it twice, and then it broke! The brown color was very beautiful, and it comes with a sharpener on the end, so if you’re good at eyeliner, I’d say go for it. I am just going to have to try a felt tip.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

This was also on sale! It’s usually $11, and I got it for $4! I have to say, everything in its name is true; I wasn’t expecting how liquid it is. I thought it must’ve melted or something, and that’s why it was only $4 😅 This was the opposite of the usual, thicker liquid foundations: I didn’t like this at first and ended up loving it! It feels so sheer and light while still giving good coverage.

I don’t remember if the shade I bought matched my exact tones, but since it is kind of like a foundation and powder in one, it’s hard to blend after putting it on. Redness may be easily covered, but any sort of texture problems will still be there. Since it is so fluid, I’m not sure if this will be good for dry skin.

These items weren’t as much as a bust as my last empties, but I’m still glad to be done with them. It’s like how I’ve started Twin Peaks, but I’m finding it really boring, but I’m also not a quitter? LOL. It will be fun to find new foundation and eyeliner. But I’ve been mixing foundation and moisturizer, sometimes with concealer and contour. Is this an acceptable substitute for BB/CC cream? Maybe in the summer, I can throw in some sunscreen!

Spring Nails

Spring Nails

In effort to try to update some of my older posts, I wanted to share some of my nail polishes but didn’t to just post them randomly. I noticed most of them are actually pretty bright, so why not a spring theme? Easter’s just past (hope everyone had a lovely one!), and these colors work well!

This batch is Revlon’s purple Impulsive, e.l.f.’s Mint Cream, and a light pink from Charlotte Russe’s brand, love, Charlotte.

Easter Polish

I used my mom for a hand model and told her she looked like an Easter egg. 😉 As you may be able to see, the e.l.f. polish says that it’s free from toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. The Revlon polish is also free from toluene and DBP.

When it comes to application, the Charlotte Russe is my least favorite because the brush is long and skinny and more prone to show streaks. E.l.f.’s brush is short and spreads well, and Revlon is somewhere in the middle. However, I’m not sure if it was this polish or another e.l.f. bottle I had where the brush fell out of the actual top part.

Nail Stickers

We also tried out some nail stickers that I received in a gift a while ago. Unfortunately, perhaps we waited too long because they did not stick even with a top coat.

All polishes retailed under $10, although you might have a hard time finding them now. I did find the Revlon on Walmart’s website. If you like similar colors, might I suggest Sally Hansen’s Mint Sorbet and Petal Pusher?

Do you have any similar colors?

Spring Nails