Feb 26, 2014

February Empties

I have quite a few empties this month and I am happy that I committed to use up the products and some of them were products included in my beauty subscription boxes.

Wella Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray was included in one of my beauty subscription boxes. Probably it is from my Topbox. This is a fairly good heat protectant for my hair but there is a distinct scent which I am not a big fan of. 

I use La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel every morning. It is made for oily sensitive skin and I find it perfect for my morning skin care routine. It is not drying and gentle enough in the morning. Have re-purchased already.

Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is one of my favorite makeup remover. It is effective and remove all my eye makeup even waterproof mascara. I got mine at Walmart last summer. I tried to find it at a few drugstores but had no luck. So I will be going back to my other favorite Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover.

I received the Dior Huile Douceur Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil deluxe sample size from Sephora. I either redeemed 100 BI points for this or it came in the deluxe sample makeup bag with purchase. Starting in January, I tried to minimize my use of makeup wipes. This oil is very gentle and does not sting my eyes. But it is not totally effective in removing my eye makeup.

Origins United State Balancing Tonic is my second finished bottle. This is such a nice toner. Does not dry my skin or break me out.

Finished burning 2 Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles this month. Pineapple Creampuff is such a nice scent. I love pineapple scent and this one is perfect. Not too sweet and overpowering. Frosted Cranberry is from their holiday season collection. At first, I thought the scent is so nice. But as I burn the candle, the scent is just too strong and give me a headache.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes will not be a constant staple in my monthly empties as I try to cut down on facial wipes and use cleansing oil instead.

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl luminizing body butter was included in my Ipsy bags from last year. I love Pacifica products and this one is no exception. The coconut is just amazing.

Elf Makeup Remover Pen is my second finished tube. I use this to clean up my smudges from mascara. This one dries out fast though so I won't be buying any more. I guess I will have to use q-tip with makeup remover to clean up my mess.

em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Waterproof Mascara was included in my Ipsy bag a few months back. This is such a pleasant surprise for me as I have stubborn lashes and only a few waterproof mascara would work on my pathetic lashes. It keeps my curls and gives my lashes length and volume. However, on the second month of use, this one starts to clump up quite a bit. em Cosmetics is a new brand from the States and they finally offer international shipping. Unfortunately on their website, this particular product along with products with SPF are excluded from international shipping. For SPF, I get since US and Canada have different SPF guidelines. But for waterproof mascara, I don't know what ingredient is prohibited from coming here.

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser is such a wonderful makeup brush cleanser. It gets everything out from the brushes so effortlessly. Only downside is the price tag.

Tarte Smooth Operator is my holy grail finishing powder. It keeps my skin matte all day long. It is a very fine powder which does not look cakey at all. It just gives my skin a natural look. Have re-purchased already.

I am a big fan of GlamGlow skin care products and I received the BrightMud Eye Treatment sample from Sephora. This is quite pricey so I want to try out the sample before getting the full-sized. This eye treatment is quite nice. Each "pocket" is for each eye but I find it too much. If I buy the full-sized product, I would probably just use one side for both eyes. It claims to help with dark circles, brightening, lines, tired eyes, puffiness, hydrating and plumping. I only used one application so I didn't expect the result to be immediate. 


  1. great job with the empties this month! my february is shaping up okay, not my best month but i'm working on it :)

    1. it's so hard to commit to using products up when the stash is so big. I admire your commitment to it too.

  2. Almay makes some nice q-tips that have makeup remover in them. Very cheap too.

    1. thanks so much for letting me know. I will get those instead.