glossier moisturizing moon mask // i’m so impressed with this mask. i started using it probably exactly a year ago when i was at the height of my acne and really didn’t get it. but as my skin got better and drier from the topical creams i started using, this became an instant refresh for my skin (it did burn slightly at the beginning of each application since i was so fragile, but this quickly went away). now i love using it alone or after a more drying mask – usually the origins charcoal or friedman’s mint and lemon clay masks – as well as a restoring hand mask. i haven’t gotten around to purchasing a new one but i already miss it so i’m going to get on that. verdict: will definitely repurchase, visible effects.
evan healy lavendar hydrosoul // can you believe this is my third finished bottle of this stuff? it is my favorite facial spray ever. the lavender is ultra soothing and hydrating, and gives my skin the oomph it needs. i use it as a toner as well as a make up setter and refresher. at first the scent super freaked me out but i have grown to love it. this is pretty pricey as far as mists go, but i think it’s worth it. i have tried a sample of another evan healy hydrosoul – can’t remember which one unfortunately – but there’s just something about the lavender that i can’t get enough of. i just purchased a new one the other day! verdict: will always repurchase, great ingredients, great effects.
too faced hangover primer // i have mentioned quite a few times (my bad) that i got a travel size of this product at ulta in the fall. i had never used a primer before, so this was a great entry point for something extremely hydrating and that would make my makeup last longer throughout the day. this performs beautifully and i love the packaging! the travel size is a perfect option if you just want to try it or don’t think you will use it very much. i went through this pretty quick because i’ve taken to adding it over my moisturizer, even if i’m not wearing any makeup that day. anyways, when i realized i was almost done with this and wanted to save the rest for an upcoming trip, i upgraded to the marc jacobs coconut primer, which is basically the too faced with a little more oomph. the too faced, however, is more travel friendly in terms of packaging and better for the wallet in terms of price. verdict: might repurchase in the future, high price, good benefits, bad ingredients.
mario badescu facial spray with rosewater and herbs // this is an ok facial spray. it’s refreshing and soothing to the skin, and the heavy rose scent dissipates quickly. the packaging is travel and purse-friendly, it comes in multiple sizes, and the price point is great. is this comparable to the evan healy hydrosoul? no not really and the ingredients in this really aren’t great. but this is a good choice if you are traveling or need an inexpensive but reliable and simple spray. it just strikes me as rather chemical-y. i am, however, currently trying out the new mario badescu aloe, cucumber, and green tea spray, available only through ulta at the moment, and while again the ingredients aren’t great i like it better than the rose version for sure. verdict: won’t repurchase, great price point, ok ingredients.
aveda hand relief hand lotion // it really doesn’t take much time for me to completely use up a hand lotion if i’m honest. i liked this for the majority of the time i was using it, but then i went to use the last few drops the other day and it was just so greasy. if i’m going to spend this much on hand lotion, i’m going to get the kiehl’s hand salve or the elizabeth arden 8 hour hand lotion which both sink into the hands immediately and take away redness and cracks extremely well. verdict: won’t repurchase, too greasy, high price point.
weleda sea buckthorn hand lotion // i really like the weleda brand and this hand lotion is no exception. i learned about this via celina of the celution (this post specifically) and i’m glad i picked it up. the scent, in my opinion, is incredible. it has very earthy, natural tones which i personally love, and it brings to mind memories of southern california family vacations. this product sinks into the hands beautifully and doesn’t feel greasy. i just picked up the pomegranate regenerating hand lotion to try next! verdict: will repurchase at some point, great ingredients, great price, great results.
lashfood sample size // i got this 1-month supply size of lashfood lash serum at ulta. it came with their eyelash/mascara primer as well, but i haven’t been as consistent in using that since i was mostly purchasing for the serum itself. i was really looking forward to trying this so the sample size was kind of the perfect tester. i have actually seen some results mostly in thickness of my lashes, but i’m not sure if i really want to spend almost $80 on the full size product. but i’m glad i tried it out and now i know for the future! verdict: may repurchase in the future, decent results, high price point.
shea moisture hibiscus&coconut body wash and body butter // ahhh i love these. i mentioned them here in more depth. i’m definitely more partial to the body wash than the lotion, which was nice but not necessarily worth a repurchase. i’m moving back to my fave dr. bronner’s bar soap for the shower, but i will definitely repurchase from the shea moisture line. plus, these rate pretty ok on ewg, a 2 if i remember correctly. verdict: will repurchase at some point, often on sale, aromatherapy, pretty good ingredients, fair trade.
pixi hydrating milky mist // another day, another spray. i tried this pixi spray since it has such amazing reviews and felt ok about it. the spray is extremely fine which is part of its great reviews, but i actually didn’t like that! i decanted this in a glass spray bottle and i much preferred it with a little bit of a stronger mist, for whatever reason. this is nice and i like pixi a lot, but nothing that special in my opinion. verdict: probably won’t repurchase, good price point, no visible benefits.
these last three items are not empties per say, but they are going into the trash for various reasons that i will explain below:
benefit hoola bronzer // ah an oldie and a goodie. i have been wearing hoola bronzer since high school and it was definitely one of my first sephora purchases. this particular container is older than i care to admit and i have a sizeable dent in the middle. i’m just over it i guess!! i’m really trying to not only edit down my makeup but also move into cleaner formulas, and i’m ready to let this guy go. the w3ll people bio bronzer is such a perfect bronzer for me that i don’t feel like i’m going to reach for anything else for a very long time. and if i do, it is going to be a lot better for me.
nars laguna bronzer // most of the above is true for laguna as well. as much as i want to continue using laguna since i’ve already hit the bottom, the bio bronzer has a similar look on me. and this guy is OLD, like older than hoola i think. i do have a mini version of laguna that i keep in my purse in case i need it for some reason throughout the day – i will probably keep that around just for emergencies. or maybe i’ll decant some of my w3ll people bronzer since it is in mineral form. anyways, bye guy!
phsyician’s formula butter bronzer // i love this bronzer, but i can no longer stand the smell. it’s so strong and so artificial, and it’s like a constant reminder that i’m putting shitty artificial ingredients all over my face. gorgeous, but it’s gotta go.
finally, a not-quite-but-close-to-being-empty:
hylamide low molecular ha serum // i am actually shocked/impressed that i am almost finished with this already. but i am pretty heavy handed and use this morning and night. i have only tried the glossier super bounce so i don’t have a lot of reference for hyaluronic acid serums, but this is absolutely great in my opinion! it sinks in fast and doesn’t leave a sticky residue, plus i really do feel like i’ve seen positive effects from this. i am looking into more eco hyaluronic acid serums, so depending on what i find and the price points i’m seeing, i may or may not return to this. but i have to say, i looked up all the ingredients on ewg and almost all of them are pretty good, except for the inclusion of phenoxyethanol which is a preservative that is often used as an alternative to parabens. it’s not good, but it’s also not as bad as parabens. this ingredient is included in a lot of those products that say they don’t have parabens that are also not completely eco – glossier and milk makeup for example – but it worries me more in this because it is literally sinking into the deeper layers of my skin. you know? so basically i am going to look for something better, but won’t be terribly worried if i go back to this. verdict: may repurchase in the future, great price point, great product, pretty good ingredients.
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