Products I Finished – July & August 2019

The last two months of summer have flown by and now I’m tempted by every pumpkin spice scented product in stores. In July and August, I finished up some skincare, eyebrow products, and a variety of haircare. 

Here are my beauty empties!


Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (Product Review)

My favourite face mist.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$21.95 – 300ml Value-Size)

Beekman 1802 Honeyed Grapefruit Goat Milk Hand Cream

This hand cream smells like grapefruit and feels moisturizing on the skin. It’s impossible to find in stores though.

Re-Purchase? NO. (us$15 – 59ml)

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (First Review)

My favourite gel serum. 

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$68 – 50ml)

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (First Review)

My favourite hyaluronic acid serum.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$6.80 – 30ml Standard-Size)


L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Ultra-Fine Tip Shaping Pencil

I went from using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil and switched to this drugstore alternative. This L’Oreal Paris brow pencil is long lasting, has a deeper pigmentation, and is much more cost effective.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$10.96 – 90mg)

L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Volumizing Brow Mascara 

I bought this brow mascara to find a less expensive version of Benefit Cosmetics’ Gimmie Brow+ Volumizing Eye Brow Gel. It’s not a dupe but it does work well and the applicator is precise.

Re-Purchase? NO. (c$10.96 – 3.2ml)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (First Review)

My favourite makeup sponge.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$8.04 – 1 Sponge)


Bumble and Bumble Bb Thickening Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

A luxury shampoo and conditioner that promises to add volume to your hair. One sample doesn’t produce a noticeable difference and I don’t like how the shampoo has sulfates in it. 

Purchase? NO. (c$37 Each – 236ml Full-Size)

Clinique iD Moisturizer + Concentrate For Fatigue 

I picked up this sample at an Ariana Grande concert and think the idea of the moisturizer is innovative. It’s not a moisturizer I would buy but I would recommend it to someone who is new to skincare.

Purchase? NO. (c$47 – 125ml Full-Size)

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

I chose my Sephora 2019 Birthday Gift to be the Drunk Elephant samples and this facial cleaner is one of them. It’s clear, unscented, and I will not buy it because it’s too expensive.

Purchase? NO. (c$42 – 150ml Full-Size)

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream 

This is another sample from the Drunk Elephant Sephora 2019 Birthday Gift I chose. It’s a gel moisturizer that promises to brighten your skin-tone. I recommend it to someone who wants to indulge in a luxury moisturizer from a credible brand. 

Purchase? NO. (c$89 – 50ml Full-Size)

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Shampoo and Conditioner

A plant based shampoo and conditioner that protects your coloured hair. I like the company’s values but I don’t like how the shampoo has sulfates in it.

Purchase? NO. (c$8.97 Each – 400ml Full-Size)

Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots Treatment

I received this hair mask sample from a promotional person and noticed no difference when I used it on my hair. It’s better to use one hair mask weekly rather than using a one-time rescue hair mask.

Purchase? NO. (c$4.97 – Pack of 3 Full-Size)


Essie Buy Me A Cameo Nail Lacquer

A rose gold metallic nail polish that was limited edition in 2014 and is now expired.

Re-Purchase? DISCONTINUED. (c$12.95 – 13.5ml)

Miniso Japan Watermelon Nail Polish Cleansing Wipes

These nail polish cleansing wipes work so well and take off the toughest nail polish. Except, I haven’t found them in the Miniso Japan stores.

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (c$? – 48 Pieces)


Dove Derma + Care Scalp Smoothing Moisture Conditioner (First Review)

A drugstore anti-dandruff conditioner that didn’t uphold its promises.   

Re-Purchase? NO. (c$6.97 – 355ml)

L’Oréal Paris Ever Pure Sulfate Free Iris Blonde Conditioner (First Review)

A drugstore sulfate-free blonde conditioner to protect your highlights and bleached hair.

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (c$9.98 – 250ml)

Remington Silk Ceramic Elliptical 1-Inch Curling Wand

My curling wand that I’ve used to do my hair stopped working after six years. When looking to replace it, I looked at both salon wands and then settled on a Remington one. This is because the Remington ones are affordable and keep my hair curled for up to three days.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$34.82)


Bath & Body Works Sweet as Strawberries PocketPac Hand Sanitizer

I liked this strawberry scented hand sanitizer but Bath & Body Works releases so many new ones it’s unlikely that I’ll re-purchase it.

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (us$6 – 29ml Pack of 5)

Dove Advanced Care Go Fresh Revive 48h Protection Antiperspirant

A reliable traditional antiperspirant with a pomegranate scent.

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (c$3.96 – 45g)

Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste (First Review)

My favourite sulfate-free toothpaste.

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$5.76 – 110ml Value-Size)

Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel Lotionized Vitamin E Dry Skin

During the summer months I switch to a shave gel to get a closer shave. The scent on this shave gel is light and feels moisturizing. I look forward to trying the more fragranced ones. 

Re-Purchase? MAYBE. (c$4.99 – 198g)

Systane Lid Wipes (First Review)

My favourite eyelid cleansing wipes. 

Re-Purchase? YES. (c$10.97 – 32 Wipes)

The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel

A strong scented rose shower gel. 

Re-Purchase? NO. (c$10 – 250ml)

What beauty products have you finished?

Let me know.

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto Music Teacher, Social Media Specialist, and Public Speaker. Founder of Laurel Musical.

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