Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

For those of you who frequent Breakfast @ Kiki’s then you know I am obsessed with skincare and beauty products.  And I almost exclusively shop at Sephora, yes, there is the occasional drug store find, gift, or exclusive department store splurge.  And I try to keep it to a minimum (who I am kidding, I made Rouge in April!).  But in all seriousness, this is a post I have been wanting to put up for a while now.  Over on the Sephora message boards (Beauty Talk) there is a thread about empties, a lot of patrons (Beauty Talkers, BTers for short) go through what they’ve used on a monthly basis and talk about what they liked and didn’t.  This thread is one of my favourites.  I’m addicted to reading about what everyone has used and their thoughts.  I love reading reviews, especially before trying something new.  And I feel as though I can’t write a helpful review until you’ve trialed a product for at least a couple weeks.  So I thought I’d share some of the products that I’ve used up recently. So here goes!

Empties:

Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Gel – Fresh – Okay, I liked the smell and how cooling it was, but even with the smallest amount of product, it made my eyes tear.  I’ve moved on to L’Occitane.

Translucent Pressed Powder – Shisiedo – Easy to use, convenient size, reusable compact, not long lasting, I think I went through it in about a month.  Will continue to search.  I just started using Besame Violet powder (which smells divine, BTW) and have had good results so far.

Texas Tea Shampoo – Drybar – Smells like booze, does not lather, and I don’t feel like my hair is clean, I’m sticking with my tried and true Pantine.

Texas Tea Conditioner – Drybar – Also smells like booze, not very thick, I also don’t feel like it’s conditioning anything, again sticking with Pantine.

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover – Lancome – Good basic eye makeup remover, I got this as a deluxe sample, I’m sure I can find a less expensive alternative.  I just started Sephora brand and so far it’s working well.

Visionnaire – Lancome – I got this deluxe a long time ago, and I loved it.  Then I went on the great Visionnare  search of 2015, early this year, only to splurge on full size and hate it.  I’ve since moved on to Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and I’ve fallen hard.

Sensitive Brush Head – Clarisonic – I started with the sensitive head, I think it’s too harsh, switching to the delicate head, we’ll see how that goes.

Seaberry Oil – Fresh – I love this stuff, I can’t get enough.  I use it all year round.  This was my second bottle.  I also use it as a moisturizer and on my elbows an knees when they get dry in the winter months.

Eudermine Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo – I feel this is a basic toner, with that being said the smell is amazing, it is refreshing and the bottle is drop dead gorgeous!

Face Finishing Moisturizer – Perricone MD – I got this deluxe sample as a point perk, and I’m not impressed.  I don’t like the smell, it feels heavy on the face, the consistency feels a bit balmy, and I feel like it makes my skin red and blotchy.  Not for me.

Bad Gal mascara – Benefit -This mascara made my lashes look amazing, but then it melted and I had raccoon eyes… Very annoying, it’s not gone, but I’m trying something else.

Definicils Mascara – Lancome – I was first introduced to this mascara as a teenager, my Mom had a GWP and she doesn’t wear a lot of make up so she gave it to me.  I feel like it’s a solid basic mascara, it coats my lashes well, it doesn’t clump too bad, and it doesn’t smudge terribly.  It’s also really easy to remove.  It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst.  My one big downside: I feel the product dries in the tube super quickly.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I just opened a deluxe sample mid November, and by the end of November, it was completely dry by the end of the month.  But if I’m going to spend the money, I’d rather spend it on Diorshow.  

Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Aveeno – I have been using this lotion on and off for the past few years.  It is very thick and it hydrates well.  I prefer it during the winter months when my skin is moist dry.  I feel like I get a good value for the price.  It has a pump, but my bottle fell and it broke off, so I found that to be annoying, even though it was totally my fault.

Dry Nail Drying Spray – Formula X – I bought this spray because I do my nails myself and I hate waiting for them to dry.  I really wanted to like this spray, but I don’t think it works well for me.  I have already switched to the Nail Drying Drops and I like them much better.

Express Wipes – Sephora – I love these make up remover wipes, they take everything off!  When I am really lazy and I don’t feel like washing my face these are a go to.  They are reasonably priced, smell nice, and when I say they take all of my make up off I am not kidding.

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer – Nars – I got a sample of this primer a few years back.  And I loved it.  I decided to revisit it mid this year, and I was not impressed.  I don’t think that it was nearly as good as my sample.  I’m sticking with Benefit POREfessional.

Complexion Rescue – BareMinerals – I tried this after my summer time love affair with Shisiedo’s BB cream.  My intent was to find something cheaper.  Yes, this is cheaper and the shade matched decently to my colouring, but I don’t really like it.  I fell like it melts off, oxidizes a lot, and I feel like I need to wear a ton of it just to get my skin tone even.  For the winter I went back to my tried and true Clinique foundation.

Perfectly Real Makeup – Clinique – This is my go to foundation.  I have been using it for years and I have had very good results.  I try to keep a couple of backups just in case.  I feel that the price is good for the quality, and it takes me at least 1-2 months to get through a bottle.  I haven’t had a reason to switch, I really like this foundation.

Ceramic Slip Cleanser – Sunday Riley – Sample from Sephora, I got this to try on a whim.  I only had enough for one try, I can’t say how I feel either way after using, but it is out of my price range for now.

Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser – Sephora – I use this everyday to decontaminate my concealer and foundation brushes.  I like this product a lot and I have been using it for a few years now.

Old and Gross:

Makeup Forever Lipstick #9 – The colour and formula were great, but it started to smell a bit weird so it’s time for it to go.  I may repurchase in the future.

Clinique Lipstick Black Honey – A perfect sheer berry, it’s supposed to be universally flattering.  I really liked it, this was my second tube.  I may repurchase.

Clinique Lipstick Angel Red – This shade is beautiful, more of a blue red, but again it began to smell funny.  I probably won’t repurchase.

Nars Eye and Lip palette from 2008 or 2009 (I don’t remember) – This was the best thing since sliced bread in my just getting into the high end makeup world circa 2007-2008.  It had four lip colours, four eye shadows and two multiples.  This is where I was introduced to Ondine eye shadow, a plum colour in perfect complement to my green eyes, Nightclubbing eye shadow, black with gold glitter, great for a smokey eye or liner.  I also met lip faves like Dolce Vita, a dusty rose, and my beloved Gipsy, a sheer berry red.  Anyway, this palette was so old and gross that the outside of it was sticky… It should have been tossed long ago and therefore it is not pictured.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
-Kiki

Title from: Closing Time by Semisonic

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