Empties for Winter 2015/2016

Here is my list of empties for Winter 2015/2016 (Dec., Jan., and Feb.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

All Things Jill Lovin’ That Lanolin Cuticle Gel. I bought this last January on sale for $5.24 (reg. $6.99) at Well.ca. It’s a local Canadian brand, so I thought it’d be nice to try it out. Unfortunately, I never noticed that it did anything much for my cuticles that a regular moisturizer wouldn’t have done, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly tacky feel of the lanolin gel. A year on, the consistency has turned so it’s stickier—time to toss.

All Things Jill Lovin' That Lanolin Cuticle Gel

The Body Shop Body Scrub in Vineyard Peach. I bought this on a whim when I saw it for half price ($10 instead of $20) in-store. I actually rarely go into The Body Shop, but I was there to pick up some nail polish and thought the Vineyard Peach scent smelled pretty good. Upon using it for the first time, though, I found that the scent kind of developed an “afterscent”—you know, the way some foods have an aftertaste? Eh. The scrub was sort of ineffectual, as well, and as one who showers, I found I went through it pretty quickly, too.

The Body Shop Cream Body Scrub in Vineyard Peach

Cake Beauty be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash in Lemon & Cream. I reviewed this body wash back in April last year. I’d have finished it up five or six months ago if I wasn’t constantly switching up my body washes! (This isn’t in the group shot above, because I tossed the tube. D’oh!)

Cake Beauty - be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash in Lemon & Cream
Image: cakebeauty.com

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 (GWP). I have a half-use left in this GWP-sized tub, so it’s basically empty! This moisturizer claims to brighten and even skintone, but I didn’t notice any difference, personally. It’s also a bit thick and heavy-feeling for my preference. It doesn’t break me out and moisturizes my dry skin pretty well, but overall I feel like I can find something better.

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (GWP). I finished up another one of these last year, and liked it reasonably well. This second GWP, for some reason, got dry and clumpy really fast—it’s possible that I’ve just had it for too long. Oh well. I got a few uses out of it until I decided it was too dry to keep using. I don’t like this mascara enough to shell out for the full size ($23), but it does stay on all day, doesn’t leave smudges, and generally lives up to its claims, so I always like getting it as a GWP!

Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Custom-Wear Volume Mascara in Hypnôse Noir. It was dry and clumpy, as soon as I opened it. I picked it up from Winners (sealed in a case) so it’s possible that it was a bit old, but other online reviews I’ve seen indicate that even tubes purchased directly from Lancôme can be dry from the start. Performance-wise, it’s just OK: it doesn’t do anything especially well. I’ve definitely had better luck with drugstore mascaras. Glad I didn’t pay full price ($32) for this one.

MAC Lipstick in “O” (Frost). Honestly, I bought this over ten years ago! It was one of my all-time favorite lipsticks, and I seem to remember wearing it all the damn time, but for some reason, when I took it out again recently, I saw I’d only used up about half a tube! (Incidentally, back in the day, I wore three lipsticks almost religiously: MAC O, Vasanti Italy, which was a great office lip color, and Cargo Plume, which is, sadly, long discontinued.) Now, it’s finally turned: no more nice vanilla scent, and a tacky consistency. RIP, beloved MAC “O”! It’s going into my Back 2 MAC stash. I’m unsure about whether I’ll repurchase in the near future; I currently use MAC Sophisto, which gives me a similar, albeit less opaque, look as “O” does.

Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black. I got a recommendation for this over at MUA last year, and I’ve been using it a lot! It is a wetter mascara, but still holds a curl well (this is my main issue with mascara, and why I can only use waterproof mascara, or at least I need a waterproof layer applied first). It’s actually a pretty great waterproof mascara: the only drawback is that I find it smudges more than I’d like, probably because it’s a wetter formula. Le sigh. I probably would not repurchase due to this issue. The curved brush is also a little fat for my taste.
Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, brush

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Nude (150). I used up another one of these last summer, and did a write-up then. This shade is a teeny bit dark for me in winter, but I still managed to use it up, anyway! I’ve got about a million backup bottles of this stuff.

Yves Rocher Yria Perfumed Body Lotion. Embarrassingly enough, this has been sitting under my sink for probably over a decade. I got it free from Yves Rocher, and was just never a huge fan of the (now discontinued) perfume, Yria. I usually like amber scents, but Yria just seemed a little overly sweet and bland to me. The body lotion has held up fantastically: it was made back in the days when parabens were used, I guess! Hahaha. The scent still smelled the same, and the lotion worked fine. Lotions are not my favorite, simply because my dry skin requires heavier duty stuff, but I forced myself to use this up. I couldn’t see using this in summer, when lotion would be effective enough, because the scent just feels like a fall/winter scent. Anyway, so long, Yria! (Though I might still have a mini bottle of the perfume stashed away somewhere…)

6 thoughts on “Empties for Winter 2015/2016

  1. Great empties! I also find “The Falsies” mascara to be on the wetter side..I usually like using it once its dried out a bit. After a few weeks I love it all over again, although, it’s been quite some time since i’ve bought it..too many mascaras to try out!

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    • Haha, yes, I know exactly what you mean about too many mascaras! I think I have several (both purchased and free GWPs) that I need to use, so I have quite a backlog. There are so many mascaras out there, it almost feels like you have to try them all to find a HG 🙂

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  2. I know what you mean about the afterscent of that Body Shop Peach! It smells SO nice in the pot but ick, I dislike the lingering smell afterwards.
    I’ve had MAC “O” on my “maybe” list for ages! I remember when that and Sophistio were all the rage.
    So impressive you FINISHED a foundation! I’m nearing the end of a Yves Rocher one and I’m so proud of myself, woohoo.
    And that’s incredible the YR body lotion held up for over a decade! 😮

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    • Ugh, yes, I was so disappointed with the scent of the Vineyard Peach! IDK, I feel like TBS’ fragrances were better back in the 90s.

      I would have said you need MAC “O”, but the frost finish is holding me back! It’s a beautiful, chameleonic shade, but frost seems so dated now. (I wanted to try New York Apple for the longest time, too, but it’s also a frost.) Go with Sophisto 😀 It’s sheerer, which I don’t like as much, but also not frosty.

      I finish up foundation pretty fast – probably because I am usually too lazy to use the beautyblender. :p


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