Products I’ve Used Up

Prouct-Empties-headerWelcome back for another Beauty Talk Tuesday. Today I’m going to show you the beauty products I have used up recently or what I’ll be throwing away even if they’re not completely empty. This is where things get real. It’s where I tell you if products are worth the hype, or simply don’t waste your money on. It takes me ages to finish a product up completely, so this type of post will probably be going up semi-annually.

Let’s jump right on in.

Miracle-WorkerPhilosophy Miracle Worker eye cream: It will take me 6-8 months to finish an eye cream when applying it each morning. Miracle Worker was first introduced to me when I went to Toronto for a philosophy event at Sephora, and I was hooked on the consistency as soon as I felt it. This will continue to be a staple in my makeup bag, as I’ve alrady gone through 2-3 tubes of this in the past. I do like to take breaks from products and switch them up, as I have more than one favourite of certain products. Right now I’m using my other #1 eye cream, the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair, which is a completely different in texture, weight, and feel to the under eyes. Miracle Worker is more of a silicone feel, and Extra Eye Repair is more hydrating and sinks into the skin.

Jouer-BronzerJouer Bronzer: After using up two of these bronzers I have finally decided to go on and try something else. I apply bronzer heavily to my skin, year round due to personal preference — I like the healthy glow year round. I would continue to buy it again, it’s not too gray or orange and it lasted me a good 7 months. Unfortunately my local Nordstrom doesn’t sell this brand, so I have to order it on Amazon, or on the Jouer website.

Equate-wipes Equate-wipes-bonusEquate Makeup Remover Wipes: I’m going to lump these two facial wipes in with one another. The more blue packaged one is what I had been using regularly to remove my makeup, so I picked up a similar 2-pack when it was on sale. Out of the blue, the only thing that I had changed in my routine was using the whiter package set of wipes and the next morning I woke up with swollen puffy eyes. I’m not sure what happened with these since I had last used them, but they do not work with my skin any longer. 3 for 3, I tried them (all within a few weeks of each other because I wanted to clarify it was this and not another product). Sure enough, every time I used one of the two wipes above, puffy, flakey and sore under eyes the next morning. Not a nice sight! These are going straight to the garbage. I’m disappointed because I kept repurchasing the blue package one’s above, without fail — now they irritate my skin.

Dior-diorshowDior Diorshow Mascara: One of the most fantastic (yet expensive) mascaras I have for volumizing and lengthening your eyelashes. I prefer a drier mascara formula and this one is fantastic. I’ve gone through countless Diorshow mascaras, and I’ll continue to buy this product.

principessa-dry-shampooPrincipessa Beauty Dry Shampoo: I first found out about this coloured dry shampoo powder when I received it in a beauty subscription box a number of years ago. It was a small sample sized tin at the time, and I love enough to purchase this 4oz full sized tin for $24 at The Bay in Canada. You only need a light sprinkling of this to soak up any oil in your hair, and the tin has lasted me for 2 full years. I panicked when I ran out of it down here in the USA, but luckily found it on Amazon and what do you know — this product is Canadian-made in Vancouver! Represent! :)

purity-made-simplePhilosophy Purity Made Simple: Saving the best product for last. I can’t count how many times I have purchased the purity facial cleanser. This product will never leave my sink side, and if I have less than a quarter left in the bottle, I’ve already stocked up on the product at the store. I will never go without this, it’s gentle enough on the eyes (never stings) and removes all of my makeup. Occasionally I’ll use my Clarisonic Mia 2 with this to get a nice deep clean.

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  1. I tried a sample of Miracle Worker from Sephora and fell in love – the price was too much to stomach at the time, so I never did end up buying a full bottle but you’ve just reminded me of how much I loved it. May need to go back and purchase :)
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  2. That tube of eye cream looks really promising. I’ve been looking for a really effective eye product that will brighten up and hydrate my under eyes. This has to be a must-try for me. Is the Dior Diorshow Mascara also waterproof?

  3. I’ve literally never used eye cream, or bronzer in fact! I’ve had people tell me that eye cream is really helpful, but I hate getting ready in the morning, so that just adds another step to my day that I don’t want!! Haha. But in recent years the skin around my eyes has been the one thing that shows that I’m getting older. Maybe I should start using eye cream!
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  4. LOVE this post!!! AHHH!! My fave. :)

    On the wipes- it totally looks like one is for cleansing the whole face when the originals were actually makeup removers! WHAT A BUMMER. I have to use different wipeys for each- the face cleaning wipes can NOT be used near my eyes AT ALL.

    1. @Carla (@charliesue): Well they both say for removing makeup (the second one shows it in small print lol), so I don’t really get it. I’m bummed out that I can’t be lazy when removing my makeup for the next little while haha. Fooie.

  5. I would be so bummed with the eye wipes; I have had it happen before with shampoo before. I don’t get why they need to change things that work well. You have a lot of amazing beauty products in your rotation.

    1. @Tammilee Tips: I’m not 100% it was the wipes that made my skin go wonky, but I definitely won’t be buying them again soon. I ended up throwing away anything that went under the eye area after this…lol

  6. That really sucks about the makeup wipes. I got some from Kroger seems to be the only ones that work best on my skin. I don’t use makeup, but I use them to keep my face clean, may be weird, but I like the smell of them, lol. I’ve never used dry shampoo but I hear a lot about them, I gotta get em a try.
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  7. Isn’t using up products the best thing ever, I love using things up – strange I know! I’ve heard so many great things about the Philosophy range, I really want to try it for myself. The Diorshow mascara is amazing, if expensive like you said.

  8. Oooo – that Dior container is soooo nice – love the design! Question: So, when you take breaks between two products, do you find any responses in your skin? I’m always afraid of having some type of reaction if I stop using a product like an eye cream (or something similar). That’s kind of scary about the Equate makeup wipes.
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  9. Great reviews. Now that sucks that those facial cleansing wipes broke you out like that. It’s weird they are all by equate. Well I guess you just have to stick to what you know. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the dry shampoo. I may try that out.

  10. I use Purity Cleanser too! It is just great for just about everything! It doesn’t dry my skin out and the scent is mild. I have heard some great things about that Dior mascara but I am still contemplating this one and the Overcurl variety. Thanks for sharing your empties!

  11. I received the Dior mascara in a beauty swap I did recently and absolutely loved it! However, I have been meaning to try Philosophy products for the longest time but I never got around to figuring out what I wanted to try first. Now that you mentioned it, I think I’ll start with the Miracle Worker. I could use something “miracle” on my eyes these days.

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