January 2018 Empties – Makeup & Skincare

January 2018 empties

Hey everyone! I wasn’t originally planning to post my January 2018 Empties because I didn’t really finish up a whole lot of product, but for Nova’s January Beauty Instagram Challenge the prompt for Jan 31st was January Empties. Sometimes I start thinking that more product in my empties/favourites/hauls/etc is better, but then I realize that when I read posts I like when they’re kept short. Sometimes reading super long empties posts can be a bit tedious, and then I worry over which items to comment on. Blogging gets in your head sometimes. This post will be short and sweet compared to my December Empties!

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January 2018 Makeup Empties

January 2018 Makeup Empties

Ugh, I was SO frustrated that I finished both my Essence Make Me Brow Gel AND my Benefit Gimme Brow Gel. I have literally no products for my brows right now! Both links are too my reviews so I won’t go into detail on the brow products. Repurchase? Yes to the Essence, No to the Benefit.

Essence Gel Liner This gel liner is amazing for the price! In Canada it costs me $4.99 and applies so smoothly. I reviewed it over a year ago and it’s dried up since then. Repurchase? Yes.

DR. G Daily Safe BB Cream This BB is meant for sensitive skin and helps to combat redness. I have linked to my review if you want to know more! While I really liked how this worked for me the only way for me to get it is to order off amazon.com to my in-laws’ house in the US and wait for them to bring it back, and that’s way too much effort. Repurchase? No.

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream I received this sample from ipsy in November and got quite a few uses out of it. This CC cream gives me smooth light coverage and my makeup blends nicely on top of it. Repurchase? Maybe once my other foundations are empty. It’s a little expensive for me to buy on a whim.

January 2018 Skincare Empties

January 2018 Skincare Empties

Lush Assorted Bath Bombs/Bath Melts I love Lush bath bombs, but I don’t think I’ll try a bath melt again. I felt so greasy afterwards!

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream This came in the Sephora Favourites Beauty Sleep Set. I liked the way it felt on my skin, but it didn’t help renew my skin at all. I started using it when I got a bad sunburn during my time in Lima, and I hoped it would help restore my dry skin but to no avail. Even when my skin was healed I found it drier than usual when using this cream. Repurchase? No.

L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands Cream This mini came in the L’Occitane 2017 Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, as did the next two products. I really like the texture and absorption of L’occitane’s hand cream formula. Unfortunately I don’t really like the smell of the Almond line. I typically love the scent of almond but this hand cream doesn’t smell like it to me at all. Repurchase? Not this scent, but the hand creams, yes.

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream This is a skincare product I can get on board with. I got about two weeks use out of this face cream. It’s light and soothing on my skin and smells nice. Repurchase? Yes, if I ever have $62 sitting around!

L’Occitane Ultra Rich Light Comforting Cream This cream isn’t great for me. It smells like bug spray lotion and didn’t do a lot to hydrate my skin. It’s more intended for normal/oily skin than dry, so this is the wrong formulation for me. Repurchase? No.

January 2018 Makeup Declutter

January 2018 Empties Declutter

This Bellápierre Stay Put Brow Gel came in my January Ipsy Bag. Instead of a spoolie it has a little paint brush that pulls out of the cap. The shade is completely wrong for me, I’m a natural blonde with dark brows so light brow products look fake on me. This is getting tossed.

I’ve also decided to rid myself of this Dose of Colours Lipgloss. I won it in a giveaway last Summer and wanted to love it so much. I tried applying it on it’s own, over lip liner, over lipstick, but nothing I did made it work for me. It smells plasticky and while the formula is opaque it still manages to show my natural lip colour underneath in streaks. It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t work for me. Dose of Colours just launched a new lipgloss formula and this formula is currently discounted.

Did you guys have better luck adding to your empties stash this month?

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  1. February 8, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Love your short and sweet empties! I’m definitely curious about the Essence gel liner! I have never used gel liner before but I have been interested in learning more for a while since I hear so many Youtubers talk about it. Maybe I will check this one out. Love how affordable Essence is! Really, it’s unbelievable.

    • February 9, 2018 / 1:33 am

      Make sure you have a great liner brush if you’re going to use gel! I didn’t at first and it was such a pain haha
      I like that the essence one is affordable so if you end up not liking gel liners you haven’t wasted a lot of money.

      • February 9, 2018 / 1:34 am

        Do you use an angled brush or a straight liner brush? I just happen to have a straight one, but maybe angled would be better. Tell me all your gel liner secrets lol

        • February 9, 2018 / 1:49 am

          I’m not very good at applying eyeliner so I don’t know if I have any real secrets haha, BUT I use a small angled liner brush when I apply gel liner!

          • February 9, 2018 / 1:57 am

            Any information helps ☺️

  2. February 1, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a gel liner and have bought many in my time, but every time I purchase one, I never end up using it because I can’t be bothered with having to apply it with a brush πŸ™

    The IT Cosmetics CC cream is on my list of foundations/BB/CC creams to try, but it takes me so long to use up a base product that it’ll be 2020 by the time I actually get to it, haha.

    • February 1, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Haha needing a brush is the worst part. You need a really good one with a sharp edge, and then you need to clean it after each use. So annoying!

      I know the feeling, it can take so long to get to new products and still use the ones we have up πŸ˜₯

  3. February 1, 2018 / 11:56 am

    Kind of crazy how both your brow products finished up at the same time. I need to give the Essence Make Me Brows a try. And I agree, the Essence gel liner is SO GOOD and really rivals even higher end gel liners from MAC or Clinique.

    I have a few samples of the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream and I’ve been saving them. I know that I’ll fall in love with it!

    Too bad about the Dose of Colours lipgloss – you gave it a valiant effort!

    • February 1, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Haha yeah, I was surprised. I just ordered some new brow products from ColourPop but I hate having to wait to do my brows again πŸ˜†
      I haven’t tried any high end gel liners to compare but the essence one is great! I’m glad to hear it rivals Macs liner!

      The precious cream is so hydrating, I hope you’ll love it!

  4. nadjaklaparevic
    February 1, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Hey, I just ran into your blog, you’re so inspiring ❀️
    I love that l’occitane cream, actually, I think I love l’occitane everything, I wrote a whole post about it πŸ˜€
    Also, if you want, I would love you to take a look at my blog I think we have pretty much same interests πŸ™‚
    Xo Nadja

    • February 2, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! Which one, the precious cream or the comforting cream?
      I’d love to take a look at your blog πŸ™‚

      • nadjaklaparevic
        February 3, 2018 / 6:04 pm

        Oh the hand cream, I forgot to write πŸ˜„
        I haven’t yet tried the other one, but I sure will do πŸ˜„

        • February 3, 2018 / 6:32 pm

          Oh lol! Well I hope you like them when you do 😁

  5. January 31, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I really want to try the essence gel liner 😍 I’m in love with their brow gel. It’s probably the best from the drugstore (and better than some high-end ones)!

    • February 1, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      I haven’t used a high end gel liner before to compare but I liked this one a lot before it dried out. I need to go pick up another bottle of their brow gel! ☺

  6. January 31, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I love empties posts! I would totally do one, but it takes me forever to finish something (which I guess is a good thing?) <3

    • February 1, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Haha yes it does, it normally takes me at least a few months to finish anything and then I finish everything all at once πŸ˜„

  7. lipstickdenimandcoffee
    January 31, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    That Lip color is beautiful !

  8. amandapleasee
    January 31, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I love the Essence make me brow! And I really want to try the Dose of Colors Lipgloss 😍😍 love this post!

    • February 1, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Essence rarely disappoints me! I’d be interested to try the new dose of colours lipgloss formula πŸ™‚

  9. January 31, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I have been wanting to try the It Cosemtics CC Cream for so long now! But I agree its expensive and that is whats holding me back! I think for this summer I need to take the splurge and get it!

    • February 1, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      I wish it was more affordable, Sometimes you’ve got to treat yourself though! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading!

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