Blune Day 19: Empties the second

As a first point, I didn’t use all of these up this month, this has been accumulating since my last empties post. Most of these products were good, some not so great and others were just meh. I thought I would take you through a few items that I’ve used up and give a wee review on some of them.

The Marcelle Gentle Cream Cleanser, I am on the hunt for a basic face wash but this was too basic. I don’t know if it was the bulky packaging or the just okay texture, but it just wasn’t my favourite at all. It did the job but it wasn’t the best and I won’t be repurchasing. I also finished a Thayers Witch Hazel Lavender toner which I have already repurchased and LOVE and I finished the Rice Water Clarifying toner from The Body Shop which was beautiful and I would consider repurchasing as a clarifying toner for those days my skin needs a bit of extra help. I finished the rose water from Amazon that I used in my DIY toner water. Yet another Body shop favourite the camomile cleansing balm. I really like this alot, but I am lazy and want to have a makeup remover I can use in the shower and this isn’t one BUT it is amazing and doesn’t blur your eyes if you get it in them. I also finished two moisturizers including (yet another) Body Shop tea tree oil  night lotion and the Sukin hydrating Rosehip day cream, both of which were really nice. The Sukin one I found didn’t sit well under makeup but the Body Shop one is definitely something I want to repurchase I have the chance.

Body Shop CC cream, Pur Setting spray, The Body shop lash hero, Annabelle highlighter, FAB coconut primer,

Rose water, Marcelle Extra Gentle Cleanser, Rice milky cleanser toner, Camomile Cleansing balm, Thayers Lavender toner, Tea Tree night lotion, Sukin Rosehip day cream

Makeup. I have finished and am decluttering a few items. First I have a few glowy primers. One of the First Aid Beauty coconut skin primer which was great and I would repurchase but when I ran out of these ones I replaced them with the Physicians formula spotlight primer. The second glowy product was the Tarte Brighter days highlighting moisturizer, which I didn’t really find all the moisturizing but it was nice to have in my arsenal. The Body Shop CC cream in fair glow. This was alright, I think it went bad near the end so it was starting to irritate my skin but overall it was a nice glowy base and I would repurchase. The Annabelle strobing drops (no longer available), I don’t know if I actually ran out of these just strangely dried out but I can no longer get them out of the bottle so alas I’m calling it an empty. The body shop mascara, this was really nice, a bit flakey and again I just had to get rid of it because I have had it for way longer than 6 months. Currently I have a few mascaras I love but I would be interested in trying more. My favourite mascara for dramatic lashes is a Maybelline one (Meghan Markle’s fave in fact but it is great) so once I’m done that one I would love to try more Body Shop ones. I also finished the PUR setting spray which lasted me quite awhile and have since replaced it with the Joe Fresh one which is almost done and now I have a few of the new Body Shop ones that I’m liking so far but will report back when I’ve used them more.

Schmidt's Deodorant, Tom's, SweetSpot cleanser, Lush Dream cream

Body care. I have a few items including my favourite and staple Sweetspot Labs body wash. This is a PH feminine hygiene product and is honestly the best thing I’ve ever done for my feminine areas. I get the unscented version and I love it. I have already re-purchased this. I also finished two Schmidt’s deodorants. I really like the Tea Tree Sensitive Skin one because it didn’t irritate the old pits, but the charcoal and magnesium one I found a bit irritating. The mini of the Lush Dream Cream, this remains to be my favourite hand cream and body lotion, its light and airy and soaks in immediately. Last but not least the Toms mouthwash, it’s pretty good but I like the Jason one better because it actually purifies my mouth where as this one just felt like flavoured water.

Have you used up any products lately?


Project pan update the second

Ah the second update is upon us. I am so excited to share my progress with you! I also wanted to clarify the project pan concept. Basically, there are items I want to use up but that doesn’t mean I am not going to add items into makeup wardrobe while participating in a project pan. It just means I’m going to be more thoughtful then I used to when purchasing products. For example, I have added a few things since starting but not nearly as much as I last year. For eyeshadow palettes, I only want to add 4 into my collection in 2018 and I already have added 3 so far and love them! Also forgive me, I forgot to photograph my 100% Pure lip caramel in truffle but it is definitely being used up as I can see in the tube more from the outside. This lives in my purse and work bag and I used it everyday.

The thing I am most excited about: I finished my Pur disappearing act concealer which you may have seen in my previous empties post. I am so excited this honestly took a year to finish. Granted, I switched between this and other concealers but when I started the project I focused on it. In honour of this, I am rolling in two concealers, my Wet n Wild photo focus one (found this at superstore for all the Canadians out there) and my Nudestix concealer pencil in light 2 which admittedly is almost done but I am gonna focus on it.

Colourpop Highlighter Lunch moneyButter-bronzer

The next thing I am excited about: I fricken hit pan on the butter bronzer! I can’t believe it I have had this for about two years. Granted, I did switch between bronzers last year but I really wanted to focus on this one because I have had it for so long. Fun fact: this was my very first bronzer ever, other than those Revlon shimmer strip things which technically was my first one but this was my first ever REAL bronzer. I know, crazy. I got it summer 2016, courtesy of my dad and I finally hit pan. I actually jumped for joy when this happened.

My Colourpop highlighter. Again, got this in 2016 with my BFF. I used it on and off but at first was really confused on how to us it. Now I just used my fingers and really blend it in. I think the pan has slightly expanded compared to the last update which is exciting because it is getting older and I want to use it up!

Covergirl Nudes Palette

The Covergirl Nudes. Frankly, I am getting a bit bored with this palette and honestly haven’t really been using as much as I could. I definitely have expanded the pans quite a bit compared to the last update but I am really excited to use this up finally because I love me a good nude palette, but once I got the Anastasia palette and of course my Urban Decay Naked heat  that I got in December, my Covergirl palette has taken a back. I also find myself  gravitating towards those two palettes or my Colourpop singles. But I’m glad this is in my project because otherwise I might just neglect it all together!

NYX Dark Circle corrector

My NYX dark circle corrector. Omg, I have actually used so much of this and I’m so happy! It kind of broke as I started using it more but it is really effective, when I am looking tired I used this, the Nudestix and then the wet n wild concealer (I know its a bit extra but I love the combination) and I look super awake.

Are you doing a project pan? Let me know your progress!


Product empties

I have seen these on YouTube and perhaps they are better suited to that platform BUT I have accumulated so many products that I have used up over the past I would 6-8 months. These items range from body care, skincare, and makeup (yay!). I thought I would take you through a few items and give a mini review.
Skincare items: the Ordinary squalane, Physicians Formula glow booster oil, Burt’s Bees radiance cleanser, Sukin exfoliator, Avalon organics exfoliator and a point perk Fresh Black Tea face mask and a Lush fresh jelly face mask. Okay, most of these items were good, but not mind blowing, just average products. A standout was the Physicians Formula Glow Booster facial oil. This is one I plan on repurchasing because it is beautiful. It is a blend of oils and actually (in my opinion) does boost the brightness of you skin and its an oil serum which is good to add to your routine. The Ordinary Squalane oil was alright, I have another one my mom recently gifted me but its not bad, it does boost hydration but I think I’d repurchase the oil serum before this. The other products, including the exfoliators were great but not things I would readily repurchase again because I love trying new things.

Schmidt's deodorant, Physici

Avalon organics lavendar scrub, The Body Shop Bronzing dome, Sephora Dry clean brush cleaner

Body care: There are more things in this category than I originally thought I had. The Schmidt’s deodorant in bergamot and lime which is a great scent and works well. Okay, I am on a journey friends, A JOURNEY, to find a great natural deodorant. This was good but I prefer the sensitive formula as mentioned in my March things I liked and did. I also threw in my Tom’s whole care toothpaste. I like this one a lot more than their sensitive teeth one. This one was a good and I really like the flavour and it actually works. It does have fluoride which I’m fine with! I have already purchased this one and also got the Jason Powersmile toothpaste (thanks Morerebe). The Cake Beauty body lotion was delectable (as the name might suggest) and its smells like a tropical vacation. I will definitely purchase this again.

Cake Beauty, Fresh beauty, Sukin Pur concealer, nudestix mascara, Toms toothpaste

Makeup: This is the most exciting category. There are only four things. I know not super exciting for the normal person who only has a few makeup products but for me this is so exciting. I finally finished my project pan concealer the Pur disappearing act concealer and its finally done! I really liked this but I don’t think I will repurchase because I am still on the hunt for the perfect concealer. I also already have two in my collection to use up so I have to get those bad boys out my collection before I purchase anymore.

My body shop honey bronzing dome in champagne. This took me roughly two years to finish. TWO YEARS. Which is terrifying because I also own a million more powder highlighters and cream highlighters so I can only imagine how long those will take to use up. I also finished my Becca shimmering skin perfector in the travel size that I got during the VIB sale in April last year so it’s about a year old. I finished this a while ago probably in February but it wasn’t great honestly. It’s not a bad product at all, its gives  a nice glow to the skin but it made my face quite itchy so I finished it for the sake of finishing it and won’t be repurchasing simply because of my skin’s reaction. The Nudestix mascara was the last product I finished in the past months. It was a really beautiful mascara – I loved it. It was the perfect day to day mascara and I would repurchase if I didn’t have so many mascaras to get through. A random but the Sephora dry brush cleanser is AMAZING. It’s the hidden gem of Sephora, it cleans your brushes instantly and is convenient to have on hand. Highly recommend.

What have you used up lately?