Empties #1

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To repurchase or not to repurchase, that is the $504 question.

A lot of these items were bought when I went a bit skincare-mad while living in London last year. Some of these products expired before I finished them and that’s very telling of how much I liked the product. Here are the products I’ve finished or have expired in order from most to least expensive:

Omocorvicza Queen of Hungary Mist $90 – The hype around this spray was real last year and thanks to a very spendy impulse I found myself walking out of Liberty London with it in hand. This spray lasted me almost a year because I used it so sparingly, but in the end I think it is beyond expensive for such a simple, fragranced face spray. Repurchase – No. Ain’t got that kind of money, honey.

Tracie Martyn Amla Cleanser $65 – Another Caroline Hirons influenced purchase was this costly cleanser. The scent of this cleanser is amazing. When I use it in the morning I can smell it on my hands the rest of the day and it relaxes me the entire day. However, this foaming face wash seems to irritate my skin and when I use this I find red bumps on my cheeks the next day. This is probably geared towards older skin in need of the extra lactic acid exfoliation and can tolerate essential oils. Repurchase – maybe in the future?

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub $75 – This exfoliator is intense. The small ruby crystals in this scrub mimick microdermabrasion and thoroughly clean and exfoliate the surface of the skin. After using this my face is beet red and looks super angry but the eventual results are smooth and soft skin. Since the grainy texture in this scrub is made of perfectly round crystals and not jagged pieces of nuts or volcanic rock, it won’t create tears in the skin and will evenly smooth the surface of the skin. This is the best physical exfoliator I’ve ever used and I can’t be without it! Repurchase – Yes!

Ren Glycolactic Mask $55 – This mask has been raved about all over the blogosphere for years now, but despite having repurchased this once in the past, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again. This mask promises to resurface the skin with a combination of glycolic and lactic acids and reveal bright and smooth skin after 10 minutes. I love the smell and texture of this mask, but it hasn’t increased my skin’s clarity or evened out my skin tone so this will not be making a comeback in my top shelf. Repurchase – No

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask $55 – I’ve written about my love of the limited edition version of this mask before, but I love the original version almost as much! The jelly-like texture of this mask is similar to the Ren Glycolactic Mask, but I find it is much more effective at exfoliating and improving my skin tone. I also love that this is a natural way to fix problem skin and is the mask I reach for the most often. Repurchase – Yes. Forever and ever.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask $48 – I bought this mask when I was traveling between London and Vancouver a lot last year in hopes that I could wear it on the plane. I love the smell of this but it is so incredibly sticky that I couldn’t bear to wear it on my face for very long. The hydrating effects are also very minimal so if you have truly dry skin, this won’t be nearly moisturizing enough for you. Repurchase – No.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter $35 – I bought the mini version of the body butter when the Citrus scent was the only one available. I love the texture of this cream and how quickly it absorbs but I don’t love the sweet grapefruit scent. I’m so excited that there are 3 new scents available and I will be running out to get these soon. Repurchase – Yes, but in a different scent!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo $24 – I bought this travel sized mini in the aisle of doom at Sephora. I’ve never tried anything from Living Proof before but if it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it must be good enough for me, right? This is a great everyday option for most hair types. It gently cleanses the hair without stripping it or drying it out, but it is a bit difficult to work this into a lather so if you love super foamy shampoos, this isn’t the one for you. Repurchase – Yes!

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover $28 – I bought this eye makeup remover after hearing of its magical removing abilities from Vivianna Does Makeup. I’ve recently started wearing very heavy duty Japanese waterproof mascara and I have been testing every makeup remover I can get my hands on because nothing takes this stuff off. This does a decent job of removing the majority of the mascara but i know it’s not all completely gone after using this. Repurchase – No.

Lancôme Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover $29 – This one is equally as powerful as the Clarins Instant and removes the majority of my waterproof mascara. I have found that most bi-phase eye makeup removers I have tried have worked the same and I’m still waiting to be wowed by something special. Repurchase – No. Still on the hunt for the perfect eye makeup remover.

What have you finished up recently? Are you going to try any of these products?

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