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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Recent Empties!

Hi everyone! I wanted to do a post on some products I've finished the last few months. Most of the products mentioned are definitely some of my favorite items and it's no surprise I've repurchased a few of them already! I love the feeling you get from using up a product--it really feels like I got my money's worth!! :)
Sorry about the camera phone quality! 
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua: This is definitely my "holy grail" foundation! I seriously love it so much. For such a lightweight, glowy foundation, it covers amazingly well and evens my skintone out flawlessly. It looks so natural. I have oily/combination skin--I set my tzone with a powder and lately have been setting it with an Urban Decay setting spray and it helps it last all day. I just love it and would recommend everyone give it a try--especially those who like natural looking coverage and a dewy finish. It's wonderful. My bottle lasted a good four and a half months---definitely repurchasing as soon as I finish some other foundation samples I'm working through!

Paula's Choice Lip and Body Treatment Balm: Best. Lip. Balm. Ever. (Kristina if you're reading this, THANK YOU!) My lips have never felt so amazingly smooth and hydrated. I apply it every night before bed, every morning when I wake up, and throughout the day. I have already repurchased and will definitely be stocking up the next time they are on sale on the Paula's Choice website!

Nars Rue Bonaparte Eyeliner: For my NC25(ish) skintone, this color is the perfect nude for the waterline. It covers redness around the eye and makes me look more awake! I think this is a great eyeliner to try if you want a bright eyed look--especially if you've tried a white eyeliner pencil and found it to be a bit too intense. The nude is perfect. I have already repurchased!

Laura Mercier full blown mascara sample: I've been using this once in a while over the last few months and while I am a huge fan of Laura Mercier products, I don't think this mascara is particularly special. I definitely prefer my Covergirl mascaras from CVS. The length it gave was nice but it didn't give as much volume as I'd like. It also became flaky after a few hours. I liked carrying the mini mascara in my purse to have for touchups or if I'm in a rush and don't have time to apply at home. Overall, not something I would purchase and am glad it was a free sample!

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser: After using Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facewash for nearly 3 years (and one of those years with a clarisonic), I felt like I needed a change. My oily/combo skin was feeling oilier in the tzone and dryer in the cheeks and I felt like my cleanser was not doing much for me. I had read great things about Cerave skincare products so I decided to give it a shot! I absolutely love this cleanser! With my clarisonic, it removes all traces of makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and supple. My cheeks don't feel dry and tight like they used to feel after washing my face. I was initially afraid of the "hydrating" aspect, as I do have an oily tzone--but I personally think this cleanser would suit many skintypes, especially oily skin that feels dehydrated. Love it and have already repurchased!

What are some products you've used up recently?! Let me know in the comments!


  1. Nice assortment of goodies! Rue Boneparte sounds really fantastic- I'll have to check this out soon!


  2. I am interested in trying out the paula's choice lip and body treatment balm. I am experiencing chapping and peeling lips and I am really bothered about it. I will give a try on this product and see it works on my sensitive skin lips.

  3. The cleanser sounds amazing! I will have to try it, great post!

  4. some great items! would you like to follow each other in gfc? let me know!

  5. XxxLoveIsBeautyxxXJanuary 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    followed you back :)

  6. I have not used any of these...will have to try and get in the next US trip:)

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