The installment of this series has been a long time coming. I’m revealing the past four months of beauty products I’ve finished and what I will be re-purchasing and replacing.
I liked how this cream was fragrance-free and cosmetically elegant. However, the ingredients didn’t agree with my skin, and I re-purposed it as a hand cream. Avene has also renamed it Tolérance Contrôl Soothing Skin Recovery Cream.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$35.50 – 50ml Standard-Size)
My favourite thermal spring water spray.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$21.95 – 300ml Value-Size)
My favourite micellar water.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$19.99 – 500ml Value-Size)
My favourite eye makeup remover.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$11.49 – 177ml Standard-Size)
My favourite hydrating gel serum.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$63 – 50ml Standard-Size)
My favourite facial cleanser.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$29.95 – 400ml Value-Size + c$23 – 200ml Standard-Size)
My favourite hyaluronic acid serum.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (2x c$12.20 – 60ml Value-Size)
Benefit Cosmetics makes some of the best eyebrow makeup. This pencil is pigmented and has a precise application. That packaging is also cool! I may re-purchase it. However, drugstore makeup brands have been releasing new eyebrow products that I want to try first.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$32 – 0.08g Standard-Size)
I like Burt’s Bees lip balms; however, I will not re-purchase this one because the wild cherry scent is more natural than a candied cherry scent.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$5.99 – 4.25g Standard-Size)
CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara is one of my favourites, but I’m curious about trying others after finishing six tubes consecutively.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$12.49 – 9ml Standard-Size)
Similar to the CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Peach Punch, the heavy scent in these eyeshadows bother my eyes and I will not purchase eyeshadows from CoverGirl again.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$14.99 – 8 Eyeshadows)
I received this sample from Sephora and was curious about the brand Ilia. This serum highlighter has a gorgeous champagne finish, but it doesn’t sit on top of my base makeup well.
Purchase? No. (c$54 – 15ml Standard-Size) *Sample
This Maybelline lipstick in Fuchsia For Me was the first lipstick of many that I bought from their Made For All Collection. I bought this bright fuchsia shade to wear to the Ariana Grande concert in 2019, and I’ve only worn it a handful of times since. The concept of the Made For All Collection is fantastic, but I rarely wear fuchsia lipsticks anymore.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$10.49 – 4.2g Standard-Size)
Lover is the first shade of Super Stay Matte Inks that I bought years ago. To this day, I believe they’re the best liquid lipsticks both in the high-end and drugstore market. I will not re-purchase this shade because I have another lipstick in a similar colour, and I still have four other Maybelline Super Stay Matte Inks to finish.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$12.49 – 5.0ml Standard-Size)
I bought this concealer in 2017. At the time, I wanted to conceal my blemishes and thought this pigmented concealer would do wonders. I used it sporadically till 2019 when I re-introduced wearing makeup every day. I like the comfortability of only spot concealing my blemishes instead of wearing a foundation every day. I recommend this product if you want to use a cream pot concealer versus’ a liquid concealer because it’s one of the best.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$39 – 6.2g Standard-Size)
The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is the most comparable liquid eyeliner to my favourite KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner. Now that Kat Von D has been separated from the brand and does not receive financial compensation from KVD Beauty. I feel comfortable repurchasing my favourite liquid eyeliner and finally leaving this one behind.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$29 – 0.5ml Standard-Size)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara is the first high-end mascara I’ve used in while that gave my dry-sensitive eyes no reaction. I feel like it’s a great mascara and the sample from Sephora was exciting to use, but I don’t feel the need to purchase high-end mascaras when there are similar drugstore mascaras out there for a fraction of the price.
Purchase? No. (c$30 – 7ml Standard-Size) *Sample
My favourite foundation.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$52 – 30ml Standard-Size)
At the beginning of 2021, I decided that I would only wash my hair twice a week and incorporate dry shampoo. Batiste Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo Plus With a Hint of Colour Beautiful Brunette was the first dry shampoo I used in a while, and I prefer it to the Batiste original. Still, the brunette colour did transfer on clothes, and that’s why I will not re-purchase it.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$10.99 – 200ml Standard-Size)
I received this sample at a 5KM run and was excited to try this Batiste No Rinse Shampoo Waterless Cleansing Foam because it’s recommended in the fitness community. I feel like a no-shampoo cleansing foam is innovative, however, I felt like the foam took a while to dry on my hair.
Purchase? No. (c$10.99 – 125ml Standard-Size) *Sample
This is another sample I received from a 5KM run and I don’t recommend many drugstore shampoos, especially Herbal Essences, because their ingredients are not always the best for your hair.
Purchase? No. (c$8.99 – 400ml Standard-Size) *Sample
Years ago, I started to put more effort into my hair and added this cream into my routine. I will not re-purchase it because it felt greasy on my hair and there are a couple of ingredients that I don’t like that are featured in it.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$12.99 – 115ml Standard-Size)
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (First Review)
My favourite anti-dandruff shampoo.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$20.99 – 120ml Value-Size)
Three years ago, I took myself to the nail salon and got a coral-orange gel manicure. The process of removing a gel manicure can be taxing, so I remember buying Essie’s Bare With Me afterwards and promising myself that I would only wear neutral nail polishes. I’ve broken that promise multiple times, but I still love this Essie nail lacquer. I may re-purchase again after I finish other neutral polishes I own.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$10.99 – 13.5ml Standard-Size)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Going Incognito
Essie’s Going Incognito was my first green nail polish and I purchased at a L’Oréal Paris Warehouse Sale. Going Incognito was a limited-edition colour and it’s now expired and streaky.
Re-Purchase? Discontinued. (c$10.99 – 13.5ml Standard-Size)
Essie’s In Stitches is my favourite berry pink nail polish and it’s no surprise that I finished and will be re-purchasing it.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$10.99 – 13.5ml Standard-Size)
A ceramide-infused base coat that fills uneven surfaces on the nail. There wasn’t a noticeable difference, and Essie has since released a new basecoat that I’m using now.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$12.99 – 13.5ml Standard-Size)
L’Oréal Paris Nail Color in After Hours 550
I have memories of my mom in elementary school and high school forbidding me from wearing dark nail polishes. So, in my first year of university away from home I bought this navy-blue nail polish and wore it handful of times. L’Oréal Paris doesn’t even make nail polish anymore.
Re-Purchase? Discontinued. (c$? – 11.7ml Standard-Size)
I finished this neutral pink polish after having it in my collection for years. This is the first Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish I bought and it’s still one of my favourite formulas of nail polish from Sally Hansen.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$10.99 – 14.7ml Standard-Size)
Here is an example of Sally Hansen’s formula that I will not re-purchase. Although, Make it Snappy! is a pretty shimmery pale pink polish, the formula is difficult to apply and streaky. Budget-friendly lines within nail polish brands are not worth it because they typically are packaged in smaller bottles with a lesser quality of nail polish. Instead of purchasing a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish (9.17ml) wait for Essie (13.5ml) or Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (14.7ml) nail polishes to go on sale.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$6.49 – 9.17ml Standard-Size)
I wear perfume every day, and when the first quarantine began in March 2020, I wanted an inexpensive perfume to wear at home. I wore Aquolina Pink Sugar throughout elementary and high school, so wearing the sugary sweet scent all last year was nostalgic for me. I want my next scent to be more mature and feminine.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$22.86 – 50ml Standard-Size)
Bath and Body Works Champagne Sparkle Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
The ‘champagne’ scent in this anti-bacterial hand gel smells like apple and I liked how the gold glitter shimmered on my hands. Bath and Body Works comes out with so many new anti-bacterial hand gels, I feel like it’s impossible to re-purchase the same scent.
Re-Purchase? Discontinued. (c$? – 29ml Standard-Size)
Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel
Bath and Body Works is always a trendsetter in seasonal scents, and I have a hard time resisting pumpkin scented products. I liked this shower gel and may re-purchase it again in the fall or whatever new pumpkin scent they’ve released.
Re-Purchase? Discontinued. (c$? – 295ml Standard-Size)
I’ve tried other Beekman 1802 products that were gifts, and the Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream in Vanilla Absolute is now a favourite. I love the rich consistency of the cream and how natural the vanilla scent is. I will not purchase it because Beekman 1802 products can only be purchased via The Shopping Channel in Canada.
Purchase? No. (c$38 – 236ml Standard-Size) *Gifted
I was intrigued by this Degree dry spray antiperspirant because I like how it was catered to people who like to work out. Like the other Degree dry sprays, it is long-lasting and clear. However, the scent in the Workout Series Endure is too overpowering.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$6.99 – 107g Standard-Size)
I purchased this travel-size Dove dry spray antiperspirant last summer to keep in my handbag. The drugstore I purchased it from only carried the Cool Essentials (cucumber) scent and it was handy for active summer days.
Re-Purchase? Maybe. (c$2.99 – 28g Mini-Size)
Due to the pandemic, I feel like I’ve been using hand cream less often. This pomegranate and acai scented hand cream was a gift and it felt moisturizing; however, I will not purchase it because it’s not compact enough to travel with in a handbag.
Purchase? No. (c$9.49 – 95g Standard-Size) *Gifted
Live Clean Gingerbread Latte Liquid Hand Soap
I bought this gingerbread latte hand soap on a whim, enjoyed it, and it lasted way beyond the holidays. I feel like it has opened me up to trying more scented hand soaps instead of buying fragrance-free ones.
Re-Purchase? Discontinued. (c$? – 500ml Standard-Size)
My favourite SLS-free toothpaste.
Re-Purchase? Yes. (c$7.79 -75ml Standard-Size)
Buff and Ready Coconut Body Scrub is the second body scrub I’ve finished from Soap & Glory. I was not fond of it as much as their Flake Away Body Polish, and I prefer physical exfoliation with apricot seeds to microbeads with a coconut scent. I will not re-purchase because I am using another Soap & Glory body scrub.
Re-Purchase? No. (c$18 – 300ml Standard-Size)
Due to most of my readers being in the United States, the links I’ve included in this blog article are linked to US websites. If you’re from Canada or a different country – search the product names in search engines, and they will lead you directly to them.
What beauty products have you finished?
Let me know.