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Beauty Empties vol. 2

Let’s kick off this Monday with a little trash talk, shall we?

I’ve recently used up several hair, skin and beauty products – some that are staples in my routine that you’ve heard me talk about numerous times and others that I’ve been working through for a while to provide honest feedback and reviews for all of you.

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo | I inherited this full bottle of dry shampoo from my mom during my last visit. She gave it to me because it didn’t work for her hair, and it surely didn’t work for me, either. This probably is one of, if not the worst, dry shampoo that I’ve ever used. The product is a very wet formula, which took several minutes to dry on my scalp before it left a heavy white powder finish that took several more minutes to massage into my head and brush out. Not only was my hair not left feeling clean and refreshed, it was limp and oily a few hours later.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + | This bottle of moisturizer lasted me a little more than a year, which I consider pretty impressive since I used it on a daily basis. Although I didn’t like it as much as the moisturizing gel, this certainly helped keep my dry winter skin hydrated and flaky spots to a minimum. I can’t say I’d go out of my way to repurchase it anytime soon, but if you’re in the market for a creamier, thicker moisturizer, I’d recommend this one.

Up & Up Oil-Free Acne Spot Treatment | This product is the Target generic version of the Clean & Clear blemish spot treatment that I’ve used for years. I was having a lot of trouble with breakouts the past month, so this tried-and-true staple was a lifesaver. I typically apply it to any spots right before I go to bed, and more times than most, the problem areas appear significantly better the following morning. For someone with sensitive, acne-prone skin, this product is a must!

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo | I won’t waste any time talking more about this product. It’s my holy grail of all dry shampoos. I love it. I can’t live without it. The end.

NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray | First of all, I am thrilled that the drugstore finally is offering affordable setting sprays. As much as I love the Urban Decay ones, the $30 price tag can get pretty steep when you use setting sprays as frequently as I do. Anyways, this NYX setting spray is a great product, and it kept my face matte and fresh all day with hardly any touch ups. It’s not as fine a mist as the UD setting sprays, so the key is to hold the bottle about elbow’s length from your face to avoid feeling like you just splashed water all over yourself. I’m currently trying a different setting spray, but I will be repurchasing this one in the future.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | After what seems like forever, I hit pan on my all-time favorite pressed powder. I have yet to find a pressed setting powder that works as well as this one, and it never irritated my skin, which always is a plus. You can bet that I will be repurchasing this in a couple weeks when my mom and I go shopping for my birthday. By the way – does MAC still have the program where if you bring in 6 (I think?) empty products that you get a free lipstick? Let me know in the comments!

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream | Again, I’m embarrassed to admit how long I’ve had this concealer, but that just means I got my money worth, right? Seriously, for using this product every. single. day, it has lasted a ridiculously long time. It’s thick, creamy and waterproof, which makes it perfect for covering up blemishes and dark spots. I’ve tried it under my eyes for quick on-the-go touch ups, but it dries a little too heavy and matte to my taste for that area of the face. I’ve recently discovered a great drugstore alternative to this product, so although I won’t repurchase this in the near future, it always will be on my go-to list.

Maybelline New York Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner | This used to be my go-to liquid liner back in college, but I think the formula has changed. I don’t find it to be the “blackest black,” and it’s a rather hard formula to work with. Most of my lines ended up streaky, and the product smeared midday. The tube also dried up rather quick, only a few weeks after I purchased it.

Maybelline New York Define-a-Brow | Again, you all know this is my favorite drugstore eyebrow pencil, and I always have one on standby in my vanity. Enough said. 

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in EastEnd Snob | This is my all-time favorite pink lip liner – it’s not too light and not too dark, allowing it to go with nearly any shade of pink lipstick. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it at the store to repurchase! Anybody else use this particular shade that can recommend where I should look?

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray | Like I said previously, although this probably will forever remain the holy grail of makeup setting sprays, I’ve been using new drugstore versions of the same product with the same results. This probably will become a product that I only purchase for special occasions, such as weddings, etc., when I know for certain that it will get me and my makeup through a whole day with no issues.

Now that I’ve written the longest empties post known to mankind, it’s your turn to talk to me!

What products have you used up lately?