Five on Friday: Empty Beauty Products (1)

I love reading beauty reviews online and seeing what products people are using on a daily basis and loving. Sometimes, however, it seems like bloggers share a product they’ve used once and then the product disappears forever. This makes it pretty difficult to trust the review, and honestly, I don’t know how they find enough things to say about a product used once to fill a whole post. I was originally inspired by Stephanie’s posts and thought it would be more interesting to post short reviews of the products I’ve actually used, once I’ve finished with them.

Empty Beauty Products (1)

1. Bath and Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in Apple Mandarin

I love trying new hand soap scents from Bath and Body Works and the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps are always my favourites because they always leave my hands feeling clean without drying them out too much. The Apple Mandarin scent was a lovely spring-like scent that smelled fresh and fruity. I would definitely purchase this soap again.

2. Exact Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover

I purchased this eye makeup remover when I ran out of my go-to Neutrogena eye makeup remover and there was none left at my local Loblaws with which to replace it. It was sitting beside the empty Neutrogena shelf, was cheaper, and I have had luck with Exact products in the past, so I thought it would be worth the try. Unfortunately, this product is not a good replacement for my Neutrogena go-to. First, the pump barely worked. Second, it irritated my eyes a lot more than any other eye makeup remover I’ve ever used. I will never buy this product again.

3. Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Conditioner

I’m pretty sure this product has been discontinued by Herbal Essences (if you know otherwise, please please please let me know where I can get it because it’s gone from my Loblaws!), but during its too-short life, it quickly became my favourite conditioner. It smells so fresh and yummy and conditions amazingly well. I’ve been cycling through this product every other conditioner bottle since Herbal Essences release it in 2015 and would have continued using it if I could still find it.

4. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat-UV Protective Primer

I honestly believe that this hair primer is the only reason my hair survived being outside in the sun all of last summer. The bottle I just finished was a sampler sized version that I believe I received in a Bumble and Bumble sample kit from Sephora. I have already purchased a replacement full-sized bottle because I absolutely love this product. Anyone who knows me knows that I am addicted to my heat tools (trust me when I say my hair just does not behave well without it). I need something to help protect my hair from all that heat. This product does that, while also having the bonus of protecting my hair from the sun because of the UV protection in it. I also like that it’s a spray on primer that is easily used on wet or dry hair because I usually let my hair dry naturally and then style it using a curling iron (or rarely a straightening iron). As an added bonus, it smells pretty good – very tropical. (There is coconut oil in it – which I have an allergy/ sensitivity to – but it’s one of the last oils listed, and I seem to be okay spraying it on my hair)

5. Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

I’ve been intrigued by the concept of this product for ages. My brows are fairly light compared to my hair colour, so I fill them daily using powder. Quickly swiping a brush through them and getting full tinted brows? Sounds perfect. The sample I received was the #3 medium colour, golden blonde to medium brown, which to me sounds like the colour I should pick up. The colour, however, was very dark. It successfully filled and shaped my brows nicely and quickly but was just too dark for my liking. I would maybe try the lighter colour, but I think I’d want to test the colour out before spending the $32 on it. I like to define my brows, but I don’t want dark black caterpillars above my eyes. 

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