It’s not easy to use a product until it’s gone. At least it’s not when you love all the nice smelling, shiny, pretty new things out in the world of beauty and makeup. I’m enabled to buy things when I read thorough reviews from my favorite bloggers who’ve taken the time to properly vet a product, so I’ve saved up a stash of things I’ve used to the end- some you can find in my first empties post, but surprisingly, there are several makeup bits in this one. If you are looking for my thoughts on a specific item, here is the list of things discussed in this post. Feel free to skip ahead.
1. Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex leave-in treatment
2. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer spray
3. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
4. Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm
5. Clinique Take the Day Off Balm
6. Sephora Waterproof retractable eyeliner in Black
7. Sephora Waterproof retractable eyeliner in Matte Brown Black
8. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 15
9. Maybelline Lash Sensational in waterproof very black
10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
The haircare stuff is pretty simple: I buy what my stylist recommends. Right now, I’m sort of in hair purgatory. I had the idea of getting back to a natural brown for my new driver’s license and passport photos. I had a brief stop at pink before now living in a brown roots, bleached ends no-man’s-land.
As far as the Bumble and Bumble products go, I’m of mixed opinion. I love the oil primer. It’s like a leave in conditioner that smooths my bleached hair without weighing it down, and it’s soft without being oily or greasy. I can still use it now that my hair is really starting to grow out, and it doesn’t build up or make my hair too “producty” feeling.
Would I recommend: Yes. If you hair is heavily processed, and you need a great leave-in conditioner to supplement and support your routine- go for it.
Value for money: You’ve got options. I buy the smaller size because I never know when my hair routine will change due to circumstance.I think $11.00 makes the two-ounce size affordable and it lasts me 2-3 months at 2-3 sprays per day. If you have lots more hair, or particularly thick hair, the larger size may be the way to go.
Did I repurchase: Yep. Still using it every day.
The mending complex, on the other hand… I don’t know. It smells GREAT. Like, amazingly great, (as most B&B products do) but I have no idea if it helps. Or what it does. I put it in my hair as instructed after wash and condition, before the oil primer, but it doesn’t condition as far as I can tell, and I don’t notice a difference if I don’t use it. I’m also afraid enough of the bleached hair turning to feathers, that I use it regardless and probably will continue to do so until I no longer have bleached hair.
Would I recommend: Ehhhh. Maybe. Super bleached hair? Probably won’t hurt, and probably will give you some benefit to the overall texture and health of your hair. Probably.
Value for money: I can’t make a great case for the cost/benefit.
Did I repurchase: Yes. See feathers reference above.
The skincare use-ups are the old reliables in my collection. I talked about the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence in my first empties post and if you want my thoughts on it- here you go. Same applies for the Clinique Take the Day Off balm. I won’t reiterate my thoughts again, but I just want to say about the balm that if you love wearing makeup, and you wear a lot of it (as I do, no shame) then YOU MUST USE THIS. (You should also be double-cleansing but that’s a thought for another day.)
The Nuxe Reve de Miel ultra nourishing lip balm has been mentioned on this blog (here and here) but I’ve never properly reviewed it. It’s a super thick balm that goes on and stays on. There are so many great things about it, I don’t know where to start. It makes my lips soft and smooth. The thick texture means it really adheres to your lips providing long lasting protection and comfort. It sits BEAUTIFULLY under lipstick. Love matte lipstick and liquid lipstick? I do! Love peeling, crumbly, patchy matte lipstick? Gross- me neither. This helps my lipstick apply evenly, and keeps even the driest of lipstick formulas from sucking the life out of my lips. The final and unexpected bonus is that it is matte. The balm isn’t shiny. Guess what that means? My husband uses it. It means if his lips are particularly chapped, or he has some irritation around his mouth and nose from shaving, he can apply a nice thick layer on, and it’s invisible.
Would I recommend: Absolutely. If you have any issue with chapped lips, or you wear lots and lots of lipstick, then this is the product for you.
Value for money: Yes! $19.00 is hardly outrageous (see all Fresh lip products to compare.) If you look closely at the photo, you’ll see that I didn’t even use it all up before calling it empty. That’s because I’ve had that same pot for a year, and despite applying it morning and night, I still have some left in the pot. I started to worry enough about contamination that I went ahead and ordered another one.
Did I repurchase: This is a holy grail product. It’s not going anywhere.
The Sephora eyeliners were an unexpected discovery. I bought one when I was searching for a waterproof formula that didn’t need sharpening (for travel) and after trying the black one and loving it, I bought the brown. They smudge nicely, but once they set, they set. I’ll be honest, they don’t work great for tightlining. I still prefer my gel eyeliners for that, but when you need easy, quality, and consistency- these are what I reach for. Just a coincidence they both ran out at the same time.
Would I recommend: Yes. Especially for anyone just getting started with their eyeliner game. The brown is a deep warm brown, and the black is a true black. They are super user friendly, and with the retractable feature, they are great for on-the-go.
Value for money: Definitely. I haven’t found a drugstore formula I like as much, and eyeliners, like most other beauty products, can get exorbitantly expensive. This is a perfect middle ground at $12.
Did I repurchase: Not yet. I have my gel liner still going, and black eyeliner pencils are handed out like candy if you order beauty products regularly. I’m going to try and use up a few others before I repurchase, but I definitely would!
The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer was used in this tutorial for highlighting. I use it primarily in that capacity. The shade 15 is just light enough that it really brightens up my under eyes and the tops of my cheeks when I’m trying to be particularly careful about covering shadows and discoloration under my eyes. I haven’t found a great color match for the rest of my skin so I don’t use it for covering blemishes. But the consistency makes it a great candidate for doing so if you can find a match that better suits your skin tone.
Would I recommend: Yes. It sits beautifully over foundation, and is a great product for highlight. It’s very pigmented- especially for a drugstore concealer.
Value for money: I don’t know if it gets more value for money than $6.99. I used it daily for 6 months before I used it all.
Did I repurchase: Yep. Wouldn’t be without one, and wouldn’t pay $30 for something else.
Maybelline Lash Sensational is my new favorite mascara. I know. I know. I say that a lot, but mascaras are my #1 most valued makeup product. If I could only wear one product for the rest of my life it would be mascara. This particular formula is wet, so it takes some building to get the lashes looking just so. It’s worth it. And just like many of the wet mascaras, it’s best after about a week of use and it dries up just a bit. My lashes stay locked in place with the waterproof formula, and it doesn’t flake or smudge as the day goes. One word of warning- even with the Clinique balm and another oil cleanse, this mascara can be difficult to remove entirely. But the lashes.are.so.worth.it.
Would I recommend: To any waterproof loving, dramatic lash kind of gal. It’s not for the “soft and natural” lash crowd.
Value for money: Yes. All drugstore mascaras are good value for money, and it’s one category I REFUSE to pay top dollar for. The formulas are too good and I blow through them too quickly to spend $25 or more a tube.
Did I repurchase: I’m addicted. I think I’m actually on my third tube.
And finally, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. I finally got my eyebrow game started after realizing that my brows needed me to wake up, and get with it. I’m lucky because I don’t have any shortage of brows, and right now that’s in. I’m also lucky because I didn’t over pluck them when it was trendy (who am I kidding, I didn’t pluck them at all. See: every high school picture of me, ever.) Now, I use the pencil to fill in patchy areas and define the top brow line to give me a bit more arch. The brow wiz is famous for good reason- easy to use, decent color selection, and long-wearing.
Would I recommend: If you have no brow game-get this. Get on YouTube and watch a few tutorials. I think this is a great product that lives up to it’s hype.
Value for money: For sure. It’s $21, but I use mine every.single.day. and it was close to six months before I had to replace it. Even if you have more brow work to do than me, you would still see your value several times over.
Did I repurchase: I just started a new one. I’m so paranoid about running out that I may have to buy one more to have in back stock just to help me sleep at night.
Ok. I know that was a marathon. I didn’t include it, but I do want to give an honorable mention to the NUDE Skincare Omega Cleansing Jelly– I clearly love it.
Three empty tubes is a pretty good measure of reliability and quality.
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