Note: I apologize if the formatting on this is a little wonky; WordPress just rolled out a new layout and I’m still getting used to it! 

Now that I have a job and a regular income, I’m so excited to start trying tons of new products again- from makeup and beauty to skincare and vitamins! These are all of the products I’ve been loving lately that have now reached the end of their life. You’ll probably notice a lot of familiar names, because I’ve mentioned several of these products before on the site. I hope you guys find this informative and helpful for your future summer picks!

Damage Remedy Hair Repair Serum | AVEDA

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me raving about this hair serum before. Because my hair has been bleached and color-treated so many times, I really have to rely on highly nourishing products to keep it looking healthy and bouncy. I received this product in a Fab Fit Fun box a couple of seasons ago, and needless to say, I’m sorry to see it go. My hair always felt like I had just visited a salon after I used this serum, and it didn’t feel too thick or sticky, either. I may very well go out and buy this product at retail price on my next Ulta trip. 

Vitamin C Face Wash | Soap & Glory

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It’s no surprise I ran out of this face wash quickly, because what I essentially bought was the sample size of this product. I have to say, even though I really love the idea of Soap & Glory and I think their aesthetic is adorable, I’m not sure if I would purchase from them again. I’ve noticed that a lot of their products are highly fragranced and packed with ingredients, and when you have sensitive skin like I do, that’s not always a great combo. However, like I said, I really think the brand itself is super cute, and I do think their products would be perfect for someone out there- just not someone with my skin type.

Brush Bath | It Cosmetics

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I feel like I mention this product every time I post a Product Empties article, and that’s because I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s a brush cleaning solution that works easily, quickly, and doesn’t leave my brushes feeling damp or stripped. Because I love to use so many different, vibrant shades on my eyes, I essentially have to clean my brushes every time I use them. This product allows me to do that in seconds, so cleaning my brushes doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The Brush Bath also has an extremely unique smell- citrus, perhaps, and it’s absolutely invigorating. This product is a must if you find yourself wearing a lot of eye products and constantly cleaning your brushes.

Setting Spray | Morphe

Morphe Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist | Ulta Beauty

The Morphe setting spray is another “regular” product I purchase every few months or so. Because my skin is so naturally oily, my foundation starts to look really slick on my skin if I don’t use a good setting spray. Wet skin can sometimes look very flattering, but trust me, not in this case. I normally purchase the regular setting spray, but the one that I’ve used up this time is actually the pink setting spray from the Jeffree Star collab with Morphe. It worked just as well as the original, but I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artificial strawberry smell. I will be purchasing this product again, but this time, I’ll be sure to buy the original. 

Prep Rally | Drybar

Hair Detangler Spray - Prep Rally | Drybar

Last but not least, I have reached the end of the glorious Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This is normally not a product I would have bought for myself, but I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box (per usual with my hair care) and I absolutely love it. It’s no wonder Drybar has such a high, professional reputation- this stuff made my hair both look and feel fantastic. If Fab Fit Fun gives me the option to choose this product again in an upcoming box, I’m definitely going to take them up on that. I also work right next to an actual Drybar salon, which could be very dangerous for my wallet.

Anyway, those are all my product empties for the summer! I’ll be sure to update you guys on what else I’ve used up towards the end of the fall. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before, and what your thoughts were!

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Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

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.


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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!

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“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! 

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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.


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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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