MASSIVE List of Product Empties + My Favorite Makeup in 2019!

2019 has been a fantastic makeup year for me, filled with tons of exciting new additions and reviews here on my blog. Today, I’d just like to summarize all of my favorite products from the year, what I’ve used up, and what I’d like to continue buying in the future. I have a TON of products on this list, including my empty bottles, my favorite products, aaand my least favorite products. Rest assured, the favorites list is much longer than the least-favorites. 

It’s also noteworthy to add that I have mentioned many of these products before in other beauty reviews. If any of these sound familiar, that probably means I’ve written about it before.


My Empties:

Superfood Cleanser | Pride to the People | $36

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: I purchased this face cleanser in NYC while on a short vacation with my mom and grandmother. Although $36 is pricey for a face wash, I bought it with the intention of it being a one-time souvenir to remember my trip. I bought this cleanser in mid-august, and now it has finally reached the end of its life at the end of October. It was a pretty good cleanser, and I’m glad I bought it, but it certainly wasn’t mind-blowing and didn’t improve the normal condition of my skin. That being said, it didn’t make it worse either, so I don’t have much to complain about. Because it was a tad pricey and it didn’t do anything incredible for my skin, I probably won’t buy another bottle, but I still don’t regret giving it a try! It’s a very gentle, natural formula, and I love the ethical goals of the company.

Perfect Finish HD Powder | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I use this powder every single day over my wet foundation, and as you can see, it is very loved. As someone with very oily skin, I rely heavily on powder to keep my foundation from breaking apart and getting shiny throughout the day. I love this powder because it’s affordable, long-lasting, and doesn’t my foundation look super cakey. Of course you could go for a high-end powder, such as the Too Faced Born This Way powder, but why not save your money and use something five times cheaper for the same performance? E.l.f. has rarely disappointed me in the past, and their setting powder is no exception to this.

True Matte Lip | Ohii | $10

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite red lipsticks I’ve ever used. This tube has lasted me FOREVER, and I’m so sad that it has finally run out. This lipstick is a liquid formula, and applies more like a stain than a cream. For that reason, it’s extremely long-lasting and stays on my face all day, which is something I appreciate as a lady on the go. For those of you who have never heard of Ohii, it is actually the official makeup brand for Urban Outfitters, so stop over there to pick up your own true matte lip! Ten dollars honestly isn’t bad for UO, and considering how great the product is, I consider that to be a really good deal.

Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation | Becca Cosmetics | $44

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I’ve tried a LOT of foundations in my life, particularly of the full-coverage, liquid variety. The Becca Ultimate Coverage foundation is by far one of my favorites, if not the favorite. The only downside is that it’s quite expensive, and now that I’ve used up my third bottle, I’m going to have to take a break until I have a better income. The pros of this foundation, however, are truly amazing if you can afford it! It’s extremely full-coverage without being greasy, it’s blendable, and the company itself is one of the more ethical high-end brands on the market. I know the bottle may not look empty, but believe me, I have reached a point of scraping the product out with a brush, just to savor that thin layer left. 

Continuous Setting Mist | Morphe | $16

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Before using this setting mist, I always used a super cheap Ulta setting spray that basically pelted my face with giant alcohol droplets. It wasn’t a horrible spray by any means, but this Morphe one is SO much nicer and luxurious feeling in comparison. It feels like I’m standing in front of the ocean and a gentle breeze is blowing in my face, so you’d best believe me when I say I went ham on this spray. Even better, it does a great job keeping my makeup in place! I’d like to continue buying this product in the future, but this time around I think I’ll try the Morphe x Jeffree Star version. If it’s anything like the original, I know I’m bound to love it.

Soothing Face Primer | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I wish e.l.f. made mega-sized bottles of their primers, because they work like wonders for me and I whip through them like crazy. For only six dollars, this product does a fantastic job keeping my foundation in place and preventing a buildup of oil on top. As someone who struggles with oily skin, I rely heavily on this product every single day to keep my face looking fresh and matte. It’s also great for folks with sensitive skin, which is another condition I have to take into consideration when shopping for skincare. You could probably find an even better primer for $40, but if you have to start small, definitely start with e.l.f. 

Motion Lotion | Kevin Murphy | $27

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Though this is not a makeup item like the rest, it’s still something I wanted to include in my collection of empties. I got this bottle of curl cream from a salon I used to work at, and I have to say, this is definitely one of the better curly hair products I’ve ever used. It does make my hair feel a tad greasy, but I used it adamantly because it really did a great job keeping my curls in shape throughout the day. I absolutely HATE frizzy hair, especially in the summer, so I used tons of this product in the warmer months to keep my curls looking smooth and shiny. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this product online anymore, so I’m afraid it may have been discontinued. Kevin Murphy, please send me 10 more bottles of your Motion Lotion.

Brush Bath | IT Cosmetics | $18

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This is now the second bottle of Brush Bath I have purchased, and it’s definitely an iconic staple in my makeup drawer. I can’t be bothered to remember to wash my brushes every week with soap and water, so instead, I clean my brushes directly before I use them with this spray. It does a great job removing any residue of old product, so it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on my part to clean. The bottle also lasts forever- about twelve months- so it’s not even really a hefty investment to make. If you’re looking for an effective way to clean your brushes, this magical bottle is the way to go.

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Product Favorites:

Blue Blood Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $52

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: To me, Jeffree Star palettes are a novelty item that I absolutely love to collect. I do, of course, wear the makeup itself, but I also love to buy his makeup just to have it. The packaging is absolutely stunning, and it looks so beautiful sitting up there on my desk. Call me a weirdo, but sometimes I take this palette out and open it just to look at it in amazement. Being a Jeffree Star palette, the color payoff and performance is obviously amazing too, and there are so many creative looks I can make with it! It’s certainly a bit of an investment, but like I said, I view Jeffree’s makeup like an artisan collector’s piece. I promise you won’t be disappointed with this palette. (By the way, at the time of writing this, Jeffree has not released his Shane Dawson palette yet, but I’d like to order that one as well closer to the holidays!). 

Jawbreaker Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $58

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Going off of Blue Blood, of course I had to buy Jawbreaker as well. There’s something about this palette that is absolutely fascinating to me, and similarly to Blue Blood, I just can’t stop taking it out to stare at it! Although the colors may look impractical to some, I’ve actually used almost all of them in my eyeshadow looks. My favorite colors in this palette are Fuck, Snack, and Orange Juice, which are all very warm-toned colors. Even if you’re not into doing crazy, avant-garde makeup looks, there are still a lot of practical eye looks you can create with both Blue Blood and Jawbreaker. I’m not a makeup artist by any means, but if you’d like me to post some practical makeup looks using these colors, let me know!


“Sparrow” Matte Liquid Lipstick | Lime Crime | $20

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I know there are a lot of conflicting opinions about Lime Crime as a brand (their owner is shady and some of their products are allegedly not safe), but I can promise you that this liquid lipstick is both safe to use and stunning in application. I think that blood orange is a universally flattering color on all skin tones, and this particular shade is so rich and satisfying to me. Of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, I think Lime Crime has the softest consistency and the best appearance on the lips. It doesn’t stain my lips as much as the Ohii lipstick, so this one is much easier to take off my lips before or after a meal. The way some people have a signature perfume scent, “Sparrow” is my signature lip color at the moment. 

Body Souffle | Human + Kind | $18

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This body lotion is actually a surprise I received in my fall Fab Fit Fun box. The consistency of this lotion is super creamy, and the smell is a unique, fruity concoction that I’ve never smelled before in a lotion. It’s truly a unique scent, and I love that the company producing this lotion is also all-natural and cruelty free. If you’re not into really strong, fruity scents, you might not like this, but I personally love how invigorating it is. Good job, Human + Kind, and good job Fab Fit Fun, too!

“Rose Petal” Witch Hazel Facial Toner | Thayers | $10.95

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: I firmly believe that each and every one of you should incorporate witch hazel into your skincare routine; specifically this one. Witch hazel is like a renaissance man of skincare- it helps with acne, skin sensitivity, inflammation, sun damage, and it works as a natural primer! The particular variety of witch hazel I buy from Thayers is the rose petal version, but there are three other scents that you can try as well. I use this stuff constantly, morning and night, and it does a really wonderful job keeping my skin feeling soft and fresh. I can’t say it’s made my acne disappear, but my skin does feel significantly softer after using this on my face. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite skincare products for folks with sensitive skin.

Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair | AVEDA | $30-40

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This is another product I received in my Fab Fit Fun box which I have continued to use frequently. As someone who has been regularly color treating my hair since early high school, my hair could definitely use some extra love and attention. You know that amazing softness your hair possesses after you leave a hair salon? That’s exactly how this product feels if I apply it after a shower and let my hair air dry for the night. I swear my hair has never been so unbelievably soft, luscious, and bouncy, so I once again commend Fab Fit Fun for picking some awesome products this fall. I’m looking forward to my winter box, which bills December 3rd and should arrive some time at the very end of the year.

Alyssa Edwards Palette | Anastasia Beverly Hills | $45

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: This palette is a bit different than the other ones I’ve talked about, because a majority (if not all) of these colors are pressed pigments instead of eyeshadows. The difference between pigments and eyeshadows is that the former is usually much more intense in color payoff and intensity, making it ideal for very theatrical, bright eye looks. I was not disappointed at all when I used this palette, and that bright pink shade in the top row is one of my all-time favorite pressed pigments. Keep in mind if you do decide to buy a pressed pigment palette that temporary eyelid staining is very common, especially with pinks and reds! 


Product MISSES:

Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen | Blue Lizard | $15

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: For months, I scoured the internet tirelessly to find a sunscreen that was cruelty-free, ethical, and wouldn’t clog up my pores and cause acne. This sunscreen seemed to be working alright for the first few days, but by the end of the week I had tons of new acne popping up on my face. If your skin can handle sunscreen without breakouts, this product would probably be fine for you, but mine is unfortunately way too oily as it is. I’ll continue to stick with liquid foundations that contain SPF as a way to get my sun protection, and of course, I will keep using my witch hazel toner to protect from sun damage as well. If you guys know of any facial sunscreens that probably won’t cause acne, let me know below!

Cake Pop Lippies | Beauty Bakerie | $14

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I’ve mentioned the Cake Pop Lippies before in another beauty review, so I’ll try not to beat a dead horse by bringing it up again. In a nutshell, I found these lipsticks to be overpriced, chunky, and difficult to apply. I was a bit shocked by how small they were, considering I paid $14 each for them, and the packaging was essentially just a flimsy cardboard that would get destroyed if it touched by water. That being said, I did think the shade range was beautiful and I love that Beauty Bakerie has an established aesthetic for their brand. Perhaps I’ll try some more of their products in the future, but I’m not banking on it.


Hydrating Face Primer | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆

My Thoughts: Lastly, I was not too impressed by this hydrating face primer by e.l.f. I usually enjoy their primers, as many of you know, but this one just wasn’t cutting it for me. The consistency was very slippery and oily, and kind of felt like that packet of oil that comes with instant ramen. It did not look good on my skin once I rubbed it in, and my pores felt so clogged, I immediately had to wash my face. I guess if you have super dry skin, you might like this, but even then it looked way too shiny and wet to me. I would say save your money and try another e.l.f. primer, as there are so many better ones to choose from for the same price. 

Anywho, that’s the complete list of my product empties, favorites, and misses. I had so much fun putting this list together, and I’m looking forward to reviewing more products in the future! What do you guys think of this new review layout? What would you like to see me review next? Let me know below.

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