Here is my latest empty post! This month’s beauty products center around hair and skincare.
(Note: This post is not sponsored, and all products were purchased myself. No affiliate codes are present either. As always, my opinions are my own.)
Empty #1: Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
Where: Walmart, $5.97 each
I decided to try out a sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, plant-derived shampoo. This one is all of that and more. Instead of the primary ingredient being water, it is aloe vera juice, and so on.
For the first week, my hair seemed to love it. But after that, my hair began to lose its shine. My hair also became brittle, and began to break quite a bit, which was disappointing.
I haven’t tried any of the other shampoo and conditioner duos in this line, and I don’t intend to. I am trying a different shampoo & conditioner from the Garnier Fructis Whole Blends line. You can read about it in my November Buys post.
Rating: Bottom of the Waste Basket!
Empty # 2: L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 103 Natural Buff
Where: Walmart, $8.97
I loved this foundation. It lasted all day on me, which was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the even, flawless coverage, and that it was light enough for my freckles to still peek through. Without primer, I found it a tiny bit drying. With primer, it gave me the perfect demi-matte skin that I prefer.
Tip: I bought this foundation two shades too dark, so I used bronzer on my neck until I was able to finish it up.
I am a big fan of L’Oreal products, so I’m not surprised this one was a big hit for me. I will definitely buy this foundation again, just not now. This month, as I am trying to save money, I bought the Wet ‘N Wild Photo Focus foundation. You can read more about it in my November Buys post.
Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!
Empties #3: Wet ‘N Wild Photofocus Matte Finish Setting Spray
Where: Walmart, $4.68
I love setting sprays. They are so helpful in keeping makeup looking fresh all day long. This one in particular helped keep my eye shadow (especially glitter eye shadow) looking flawless all day. The mist isn’t as fine as I wanted, but that only affected the experience of using the spray, not its performance. It kept my eye shadow, blush and contour on, which is what matters.
I do have to say that when looking at price-per-ounce, the L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray is the same price. So, next time I buy a setting spray, I will try the L’Oreal version. That said, this is a great setting spray -and is the perfect size for travel!
Verdict: A (Cheap) Beauty Musthave!
Empty #4: OleHenriksen Truth Facial Water
Where: T.J. Maxx, $12
This spray smelled refreshing and lovely, but made no difference on my skin what so ever. Since, this is a Sephora-level skincare brand, I was hoping that it would at least help my skin look a little more refreshed and quenched. Sadly, it only made my face look wet. This mist was very harsh too, which made using it a little jarring. It did smell good, and didn’t burn my skin, which is a plus…
I will definitely try a difference facial water spray next time.
Verdict: Bottom of the Waste Basket
Empty #5: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
Where: Sephora, free luxury sample (Full Size: $58)
I absolutely loved this hydration gel. It was the perfect moisturizer! I loved applying it underneath makeup, because it didn’t cause my foundation and primer to slide, or look too cakey or oily. Over the time of using it, my combination skin looked more balanced.
Due to the price, it will probably be a while before I buy it, but I do definitely think it is worth the cost. Perhaps as a birthday splurge.
Verdict: A (Luxury) Beauty Musthave!
Empty #6: Phoera Liquid Eyeshadow in 101 Cream
Where: Wish.com, $3
This metallic liquid eye shadow is meant to be a knock-off of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eye shadow. I have tried both, and this one is nowhere near the Stila version. That said, it is still very pretty. If applied with an eye shadow primer, it lasts a long time, and the glitter is beautiful, if a little chunky. I was worried that being so cheap, it would sting my sensitive eyes, but it was actually very gentle.
I am trying out another wish.com liquid eye shadow, which you can learn more about in my November Buys post.
Verdict: A (Cheap) Beauty Musthave!
That’s it for now!