Empties

First Beauty Empties of 2018

I don’t know about you, but I feel so damn proud when I get to the end of a makeup product. I know lot’s of people do Empties and post mostly shampoo or lotion, but everyone goes through that fairly quick, so it’s kind of cheating. I’m talking about MAKE UP! Lipstick, mascara, blush, etc. If you can get to the very end of a lipstick tube, then you deserve some sort of award, in my opinion.

I’m going to be honest and admit that I didn’t exactly go through all these products at the same time. I have been accumulating these for a few months so that I can actually have something to write about, but one of my goals for this year is to shop my collection more often and I have been even been putting aside some products I want to pan (future post coming), so I hope that I can have a few more Empties post in 2018.

So, without any further ado, I present you my EMPTIES!

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara. This should come as no surprise to anyone. I ADORE this mascara and use it almost daily. It leaves my lashes feathery, long and curled. I get zero clumping and it costs $15 on the Marcelle site. If you wait for a sale, you can get it even cheaper.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation in Creamy Natural. Another product that I use very regularly. I think I got this bottle in an Influenster box back in August or so and it’s definitely a bit too dark for me now, so I have been mixing it with my Burts Bees Goodness Glow Foundation to lighten it up a bit. I recently bought my third bottle of this in Classic Ivory and I totally recommend it. It’s definitely dewy and medium coverage, but buildable if you prefer something more full coverage. It smells lovely and when set with powder, lasts all day. Also, there are always tons of coupons, which means that from time to time, you can get it for about $9/bottle.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I can’t believe that I actually got through almost all of this stuff before it dried out on me because when I purchased this off of Birchbox using some points I had, I accidently got one shade darker than I usually buy and then shortly after, I cancelled my Birchbox subscription and felt weird asking to exchange it. However, I always went in with a  light hand and was able to fill in my brows and deepen the overall color to match my hair. As a girl with blonde eyebrows, I always appreciate a product that pulls double duty.

Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde. Another I can’t believe I used all this stuff up product. As a girl who relies on above mentioned pomade to fill and color her brows, I find pencils can only fill, but not exactly darken to my liking. However, this pencil is creamy enough to do both. The tip is wide, which gives you the ability to apply color in larger sweeps and when angled just right, carve and fill in those sparse parts well. Also, it comes with a really nice spoolie, which I still use even though I used up all the product.

Ok, so I’m about cheat just a bit and showcase two non makeup empties, however, don’t judge. I usually don’t get to the end of face products that quickly either:

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I actually purchased the travel size of this serum thinking that I would never get through the larger bottle, but boy was I wrong! I love this stuff. First off, it smells like orange or maybe grapefruits, which I love either. Second, I apply this in lieu of my moisturizer and primer before I put on makeup and it is the perfect base. It doesn’t sit on the skin at all and leaves your face all nice and glowy.

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Cream. I got a deluxe sized sample of this to try from Influenster and I really enjoyed using them. I actually wrote a dedicated post to this product, which you can read here. I would say that I was able to squeeze out maybe one more week from these tubes and if I had $180 hanging around probably buy them, but since I don’t, just going to have to jump back to my Olay Revitalist.

I hope to bring you more empties this year. My goal is at least once a quarter, so wish me luck!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Clarins · Influenster · Skincare

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Cream – Review Time!

About a month ago, I was lamenting over the fact that I needed to get a new moisturizer. My skin was just not feeling the ones I was using, which, admittedly, where a bunch of subscription box samples that weren’t working for me. My skin is moistly oily, but I had been getting these dry patches on my forehead and around the mouth area and nothing that I was using was making that better. I must have thrown some sort wish out there, because a few days later, I was sent a nice little box from Influenster with two deluxe size samples of the Clarins Day and Night Extra Firming Moisturizer.

Thanks, Universe!

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If you want to read product details, head on over to their website here  and read up on all the good stuff. I don’t think you come here for an ingredient list, but rather to get a real user opinion and review.

The samples lasted for exactly two weeks, which is just the time frame Clarins states you will begin to see your skin become firmer, tighter and rejuvenated and I’m going to start off by saying that it’s true! My favorite out of the two is the Night Cream.  I could tell that my skin was in desperate need of a change and some intense moisture, because after using it one time, it felt like my skin blossomed overnight. The first thing I noticed was how soft my it felt to the touch. It didn’t exactly feel silky, but soft. Like as if you were running your finger back and forth on stick of butter. That’s a really weird comparison, but just go with it.

Both creams are thick and smell like you walked into a expensive department store. However, the scent does not linger, but even if it did, I wouldn’t mind. It’s pleasant, like a soft, floral perfume. While, I appreciated the thickness of the Night Cream, I feel like that is the one thing about the Day Cream that I fault. It takes FOREVER to sink into the skin and wasn’t very compatible with some of my foundations, especially the dewy ones. It made my skin a little shinier than I liked, no matter which primer I used, and had me reaching for the setting powder a little more than usual. However, on make up free days, I just lather some of this and go about my day, mindlessly touching my face to feel how soft it felt.

After about 2 weeks, I can honestly admit that I see a visible difference about my skin. This includes my neck and decolletage area. Are my wrinkles gone? Absolutely not. However, there is a definitive blurriness about them, particularly the really fine ones around my eyes, and even some of the smaller forehead wrinkles. Along with blurred wrinkles, my face just looks plain nicer, brighter and plump. Kind of like you came back from a nice jog and all your blood is pumping and making everything look healthy and pink.

So the big question is, would I buy this duo again? SURE! If I had $180 ($93 for Night & $87 for Day) laying around, I would jump on that like no tomorrow. However, I don’t and even though I LOVE what this does for my skin, that is a A LOT of dough to drop. You do get a decent amount of product, 1.7 oz per jar, so that does offset the cost a bit and trust me that a little goes a long way. You don’t need a lot a day to make this product work. However, broke mortals like me might need to head on over to the drugstore for a cheaper dupe if that’s not a manageable monetary commitment for skincare.

Any recommendations for a good cheap dupe? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

****The product above was provided to me complimentary for testing.****