Wednesday, September 2, 2015


beauty blog product empties review

I'm assuming most people don't hoard their empty products, but what can you expect from a beauty blogger?  My loves aka "trash" have been piling and it's time to get down and dirty (quite literally, some ample leakage occurred) and get to these reviews.  There are some goodies this time around along with a couple disappointing products and one new found holy grail item.  Don't forget to check out VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 and stick around to read my thoughts on these products.   More importantly let me know in the comments if you've finished anything recently you love!

body l'occitane body shop bobbi brown beach oil

The items in this category were hard to let go.  The Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil was so lovely and so expensive and that when I finished the last drop a little part of me died.  (R.I.P. best body oil of summer, I will always love you.)  This stuff was moisturizing, the packaging was beautiful, and the best smart was it smelled AMAZING.  To use this product I transferred the oil into a cheap spray bottle I snagged at target and when getting out of the shower would spray on my limbs.  After rubbing in I would follow-up with a little generic vaseline body lotion to even out the oil and add an extra kick of moisture.  With that process, I'm telling ya, the result was the softest my skin has ever felt.  
Next was this amazing Almond Shower Oil by L'Occitane.  This works wonders used as a shave oil and the deluxe sample size featured here still lasted me months as a result of only needing the tiniest bit of product (a quarter sized amount covered both legs for me).  It can also be used as a standard shower gel, but when used for shaving your legs it's magic and works better than any shaving cream I've ever used.  Love this stuff and it's made holy grail status in my books.  Next is a body butter from the Body Shop in the Argan Oil variety.  This stuff was ok, but wasn't crazy about the scent and found this variety a bit heavy and thick.  Love The Body Shop Body Butters, but much prefer the Satsuma and Strawberry scents.  Last, but not least of the body care items was this Sally Hansen Cuticle Pen.  I thought this worked perfectly fine as a cuticle oil and got the job done.  Didn't think there was anything special or extraordinary about it, but hey it's a cuticle oil do I expect it to bake me a cake?  The answer to that would be no. 

mascara eyeliner lancome clinique tarte

I feel like this round of empties was where bad eyeliners went to die.  Two liquid liners from the drugstore definitely left me unimpressed.  The first is the Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner.  I really like the formula of this one and once my eyeliner was on it didn't budge throughout the day, but the applicator was awful and reaching cat eye status was a struggle.  It was an awkwardly long felt-tip nib that didn't evenly distribute pigment and made it difficult for me to make a wing, just did not work on any level for me.  Next was the L'Oreal Precision Liquid Eyeliner.  This was the oppose problem; loved the applicator, but the formula was lacking.  It looked great the moment I put it on but flaked and faded throughout the day.  The last eyeliner was this MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice.  This eyeliner was featured in my disappointing products post and was one of the driest pencils I've ever used.  It dragged on the lid and lacked in pigmentation leaving a more grayish hue than the jet black we desire.  Switching paths into the land of adored products I loved these three mascaras.  I  have talked about the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara again and again, but it is really just that good.  It lengthens and separates my bottom lashes, gives beautiful definition, and stays put all day.  No raccoon eyes here.  Next are two of my most favorite mascaras I have tried in years.  The Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes and Lancome Hypnose Drama are both all-stars in my book.  They're great multitaskers at lengthening and volumizing and make my lashes look the best they can look without falsies.  These two formulas stay in place all day and I love that they both wash off easily with my nighttime face wash (Purity by Philosophy), no additional eye makeup remover needed.  If you are in the market for a mascara I would highly recommend checking either of these out.

skincare neutrogena lancome khiel's

And how could we forget about the skincare??  I am putting together a skincare series that will be coming up on Brazen Brunette soon and I have been testing out so many new skincare products lately.  Hence there are only three empties this month.  First is an Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub by Neutrogena.  I was not that impressed with this because of it's tough & gritty texture and found it irritated my skin.  No lie, after using this a couple times on my face I switched it up and bused the rest as a scrub for the heels of my feet.  Worked wonder as a foot scrub, not so much as a facial exfoliator.  Much prefer something gentler such as this Tatcha Enzyme Exfoliator recently featured HERE.  I also finished a Khiel's Ultra Facial Cleanser.  This was actually given to me by a friend when she was visiting and at first I didn't like it, but then ended up loving the stuff.  This ph-balanced formula didn't further dry out my parched skin and was effective at taking off the day's makeup.  I only had to use the tiniest pea sized amount to wash my face and it was one of the gentlest cleansers I've used.   Lastly I finished a Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover.  I didn't realize how much I missed this stuff until it was gone.  I usually use the Almay Eye makeup Remover pads to get my eye makeup off at night, but for heavy duty eye makeup I would always reach for this.  After it was gone I went out and bought a couple eye makeup removers to test out from the drugstore and they were awful.  I had to rub and rub to get even basic eyeliner off and the stinging!  The fact that I even have sight right now is a miracle.  Safe to say Lancome's Bi-Facil is the best eye makeup remover on the's effective, non-irritating, and the formula is gentle on the delicate eye area.  Dear Lancome Bi-Facil I'm sorry I didn't appreciate you while you lived in my bathroom, please return to me.  

And that is it! Until next time... Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful week!

xoxo Nicole

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