beauty, makeup

Beauty Review: Empties!

Today I’m sharing some makeup and hair products that I’ve used up recently. I love empties posts because it gives a good indicator of what did and didn’t work out since you’ve used it all up!

For makeup, I really enjoyed the ELF Flawless Finish Foundation. This gave medium but build-able coverage. I have dry, acne prone skin and this did not cling to dry patches nor did it break me out worse. The finish isn’t as luminous as I usually prefer, but it is not fully matte either, so I really like that aspect. It’s super affordable (only $6 at Ulta) and is an all around great foundation. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is my favorite eyeshadow primer of all time. It helps keep my eyeshadow from creasing and makes shadows seem more vibrant. The Tarte Maracuja Oil is one of my favorite skincare products. I apply it at night and it soaks in beautifully to my dry skin without clogging my pores or leaving me greasy feeling. I didn’t like the Julep Length Matters mascara- I love a dramatic, volumizing mascara and this just didn’t give me enough drama in my lashes like I prefer. The Anastasia Clear Brow had great hold, but left my eyebrows feeling too crunchy. I absolutely LOVED The Browgal Instatint brow gel. This has microfibers that add fullness to your brows plus holds them in place all day. This is definitely my new favorite brow product and I will be buying a new one as soon as I use up another brow product I’m currently using. The Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner is really nice for cleaning your brushes and beauty sponges. It comes with a little rubbery scrubber to really get your brushes clean without leaving a film on the bristles. The Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment is fantastic. It really helps with bumps and texture on my skin. It stinks, but does such a good job I force myself to over look that aspect! It is super expensive so I am currently on the search for a dupe, so let me know if you have any ideas!

As for the hair products, there’s only two standouts, and the rest I would not repurchase. The Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco hairspray is great. It has a smooth, strong hold without being crunchy feeling or leaving you looking like you have helmet hair! It also smells nice and you get a decent sized bottle for under $5! I didn’t like the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo-it smells too strong and it left the flaky white residue that I couldn’t brush through my hair. The Batiste Dry Shampoo-Brilliant Blonde is my favorite dry shampoo ever. It gives volume and soaks up any oil but blends in with my hair and doesn’t leave a flaky white residue. The Hask dry shampoo was decent but I didn’t love it more than the Batiste. The 12 Benefits spray didn’t do anything noticeable. I did like the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair leave in conditioner but this small bottle didn’t last long and the full size is pricey. It didn’t wow me enough to pay $28 for it.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!