17 August 2015


Time to go through my trash! Empties are one of my favorite posts to read, so it's about time I share mine. I don't tend to finish things I don't like, so many of these are products that I repurchase often.

First up, so many mascaras! Waterproof is my preferred formula since they are the only thing that hold a curl for me. Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash really brought the drama, it was tricky to apply evenly but gave thick, dark lashes once I got the hang of it. No length though, and actually smudged a little throughout the day. Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara is one of the most lengthening mascaras I've found, it is a fiber mascara so it can get a little out of control if you aren't careful. Not a lot of volume unless I layered it, which can be problematic with the fibers, and it left my lashes a little crunchy. Throughout all of these, I was using Maybelline Lash Discovery on my lower lashes. Worked well, but the extra time to use two mascaras just isn't worth it for me. Essence Lashmania Waterproof Mascara was a cheap one that had caught my eye. It did the job but nothing remarkable, it had a really large brush and smudged a little by the end of the day. L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof was a favorite for a while as you can tell. Great daytime mascara that gave both subtle volume and length. This is the most truly waterproof mascara I've used, you can go swimming with this and not end up with raccoon eyes. My current favorite is actually the Carbon Black Waterproof version of this, it's a little more dramatic and doesn't leave my lashes quite as crunchy. I had a free sample of Lancome Definicils mascara which I didn't like at all. Surprising since it's such a cult favorite, but then again I should have known better than to try a non-waterproof.

Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press is absolutely incredible for curling or straightening my hair. The curls will hold for two entire days. This is a must have for me, and this is one of probably three bottles I've gone through. MoroccanOil Medium Hold Hairspray is another must have, I've probably gone through five of these. I'm really picky with my hairspray, I can't handle the smell of any from the drugstore and they don't have the lasting power I demand. This one has that amazing signature scent, lasts all day, and doesn't get white or flaky. L'Oreal Elnett is another cult classic that I didn't get along with. I found the smell to be unbearable, and it lingered all day long.

BareMinerals Pressed Mineral Veil is still a favorite as you can see, however I started running into some trouble when I got really pale last winter. I started to notice a slight pink cast on my skin. From there I tried the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder which is incredible, it really helps my foundation last longer and gives a diffused look to the skin that is hard to explain. The only problem is that it is really pricy for something that I finish in about a month. I found the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Glow powder at Target, I think it is supposed to be a dupe for the NARS powder at 1/3 the price. It performs similarly, but it has a more visible powdery look than the NARS one. I've been using the Sonia Kashuk for every day and saving the NARS for special occasions. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is another must have, I use this every day to set my under eye concealer. It brightens and prevents creasing all day, but never looks dry or powdery. I didn't realize how essential this was for me until I ran out!

Clinique Air Brush Concealer sat unused for a while because the SA convinced me to get a color that was a little too dark at the time. I ended up using as my under eye concealer when I had a tan last summer and it was fine. Not a lot of coverage which is to be expected from this type of concealer, but quick and easy to use. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is another must have for me. This was probably one of about three that I finished. I use Custard normally, and also have it in Ginger for when I have a tan. Creamy enough for under eyes, but dry enough to use on my face as well. 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is one of the few face primers that doesn't make me break out, it's very lightweight and gives my skin a really nice soft glowy finish. I went through several samples and travel sizes before I finally broke down and bought a full size at TMSLA. NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray was my go to during the winter when my skin was a little drier. Actually, this reminds me that I have wanted to try the matte version now that I have oily summer skin.

I'll keep this one simple, Urban Decay Primer Potion is the classic, but NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is significantly better in my opinion. My eyeshadow looks the same at the end of the day as when I first applied it. Almost done with a second tube right now.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is just the perfect bronzer and contour shade for my skin. I finished the sample size and have since bought a full size version. Bonus points for smelling like cocoa powder! Fresh Sugar Mini Lip Balm in Rose was a really nice everyday tinted pink balm, until it melted and squished into an unusable disaster. Perhaps the full size ones are more durable, but I'm just not sure that it would be worth it for the price. Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner is the best pen-style eyeliner at the drugstore. It had a nice opaque deep black color, and that perfectly bendy felt tip that helped to get a thin black line.