Today I thought would be a good opportunity to finally share a few products that I’ve tried, tested and truly enjoyed. I’ve been stockpiling my empty bottles and containers just to do this blog post! And I assure you, there will be more to come in the future once I can get through more stuff! So here I have for you, my first instalment of Product Empties:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark
This has to be my most favourite powder/setting powder of all time. I’ve been using this for about 15 years now — no, not THIS particular one that is in the photo, gross! On and off, I’ve tried other powders, but none seem to compare to this. I think this has been a bit of a cult product for most women, MAC being probably one of the first higher-end make-up boutiques to make a scene on the mass market. The colour match for me is perfect. I find the powder to be quite finely milled and doesn’t leave my face cakey even if I layer it on — not that I usually do, one light dusting is more than enough to blend out any blush I may have packed on too heavily and to keep my T-zone shine free for up to a good 4 hours I’d say. As you can see, I’ve “hit pan” on this compact, first time ever on any powder compact. This one probably lasted me a good 3 years, so definitely worth the $35Cdn I spent. The cool thing about MAC too, is that if you save any 6 empty MAC product containers and bring them back to the store, you get your choice of a free lipstick or eyeshadow. I’ve had the opportunity to get a free lipstick once — this empty compact is the first of six MAC products that I will save up for another freebie! (Which inevitably means I will have to treat myself to more MAC in the future!)
I give the the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: a STANDING OVATION!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
I don’t particularly have an issue of dark circles under my eyes, however, I’ve heard rave reviews of this product and thought I’d give it a go. You can see from the container that there’s a bit more product left stuck around the sides, which is the only downfall of this product. I’ve tried prying it open to salvage the last bits, but I haven’t found a way to open it up – darn it! This has a soft sponge tip applicator and with a few clockwise clicks of the top half, the product comes up through the sponge. The texture of this is quite creamy but light and smooth. I use this under my eyes and just above my cheeks to blend in for a brightening effect. I use dabs of it around the redness of my nose and also to conceal any dark spots I have randomly on my face. This doesn’t crease, is easily blendable and conceals any imperfections quite nicely, however I wouldn’t say it’s full coverage. As for “age-rewinding” properties, I can’t honestly say I haven’t seen any difference in the fine lines around my eyes — I actually just enjoy using the product for it’s coverage, not really concerned about any age-rewinding claims it makes. I believe this comes in Light, Medium, Dark and Brightening. The Neutralizer shade I have here is great for lightening up around my eye area for sure — I’d like to try the Medium concealer shade and Brightening shade to see how those work out for me, but the Neutralizer shade is a good match for my skintone and needs. I can’t recall how much I purchased this for, but I’m thinking no more than $7Cdn on sale at my local drugstore and it probably lasted me about 3 months with almost every day use.
I give the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in #50 Neutralizer: a HIGH-FIVE!
The Body Shop Beautifying Oil – Dry Oil for Body, Face and Hair in Cocoa Butter
I won’t go too much into this one – I have an entire blog post on this product that you can read about HERE!
All I will say is that I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT.
The Body Shop Olive Oil Body Scrub
This is a little sample size (50ml) container and my first introduction to body scrubs by The Body Shop. I have to say, I really enjoyed using this product. I am always on the hunt for a good exfoliator — I’m one of those gals that like to give my bits a good scrub down once in a while and this definitely did the job. As the formula suggests, it contains olive oil and while the grains give me the full-on scrubby I need and like, once rinsed off, it leaves a very moisturized feel to my skin – not greasy, but oily in a good way. This is meant for the body, but I actually used a tiny bit of this every day on my face before my regular cleanser and this just seemed to make my face feel very cleansed and hydrated at the same time. It smells fresh and green as one would expect from such a product. This is something I would consider repurchasing and most likely would use it on my face rather than on my body for the most part. This retails at The Body Shop for $6Cdn, but I got it on sale for 50% off.
I give The Body Shop Olive Oil Body Scrub: a HIGH-FIVE!
L’oreal EverCrème Sulphate-Free Nourishing Leave-In Spray
I purchase this on a whim one day as it was on sale for around $5Cdn and I was interested in trying out a new hair conditioning product that was “better” for my hair, in terms of being sulfate-free and having more natural ingredients. By no means is this an organic product by any stretch, but we all hear that sulfates are one of the worst things you can use on your hair, so I thought I’d give this a go. First, can I talk about the smell? OMG. The smell itself sold me! It smells of a soft powdery vanilla — very comforting sort of smell. In the store, I’d imagined spraying this into my hair and just knew I would love it. I opened it up and to my surprise what I found was that it was a very light lotion formula — I guessed that’s what would make it nourishing. And I was right! On my damp, towel-dried hair, I’d spray this all over, massage it in and comb it through. It worked awesome as a detangler. I let it sit in my hair for about a minute before blow-drying. Funny enough, this product seemed to cut my blow-drying time in half (always a good thing!). It left my hair feeling soft, detangled and very easy to work with. This bottle lasted me a good 2-3 months I’d say and I am just waiting for it to go on sale again so I can repurchase!
I give the L’oreal EverCrème Sulfate-Free Nourishing Leave-In Spray: a HIGH-FIVE! (If I can ever find this somewhere regular priced and cheaper than $6 I would put this in the STANDING OVATION category!)
The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream
I bought this full size (250ml) bottle after simply falling in love with the smell. It has a quite earthy, nutty smell — very comforting and robust scent. I tended to use this on showers in the evening before going to bed as it had the scent quality of something similar to lavender — very relaxing. And I finish off with the shea body butter to give me even more hydration just before bed. Normally, I like feeling squeaky clean after a shower, but this left my skin very moisturized and feeing like I had a layer of moisturizer left on my body. But in a good way! A little of this goes a long way on a loofah — about a tablespoon of this and it provided me with loads of suds, even though it is soap-free! With spring and summer around the corner, I think I will stick to my coconut scented shower cream, but once fall comes around, I think I will have to repurchase the shea scent to satisfy my senses! This retails at The Body Shop for $9Cdn.
I give The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream: a STANDING OVATION!
And there you have it — my very first Empties blog post! Have you tried any of these products? How did you like/dislike them?
Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!