Tuesday, August 16, 2016

beauty tuesday: empties review (to repurchase or not to repurchase?)

I love beauty and skincare review posts, but I love "empties" review posts even more because I think to fully judge if a product is good or not, you really need to use the product for some time. I also think the sign of a product being good or not is 1. getting through the whole tube and 2. if you are willing to repurchase it. So therefore, I'm hoping to do one of these posts every few months so please let me know what you think!

Living Proof's Dry Shampoo: This is actually my second bottle of this dry shampoo. My initial impression when I purchased this a few months ago was that it was good, but I didn't really notice much of a difference between it and other dry shampoos I've used (...and I've used a ton!). I slowly noticed that my hair was staying grease-free longer and that I could go longer between shampoos, so when my first bottle was empty, I repurchased a second. Now that my second bottle is empty, I already have the third waiting. The Living Proof dry shampoo is on the more expensive side for sure, but I have found it to be very much worth it. I plan on doing a more thorough review in the next few weeks. Highly recommend!

Vanicream: I mentioned this cream a few months ago in my post about my experiences with tretinoin cream. The Vanicream was recommended to me by my dermatologist for the period of time where my skin was super  dry from the tretinoin cream. I found this moisturizer to be helpful - it's very thick, it's specifically made for senstive skin, and free of dyes, lanolin, fragrance, parabens, and formaldehyde - so at its core, it is just a really simple thick moisturizer. Now that my skin is pretty much used to the tretinoin cream, I won't be repurchasing the moisturizer just because I don't really need it anymore! I do recommend it for those of you with very dry and sensitive skin, and can see myself repurchasing this in the winter if my skin acts up again. At around $8 for 4 oz, it's not a huge commitment.

Kiehl's Heat Protection Smoothing Cream: If you've read any of my hair posts, you know that I'm obsessed with this cream. I've been using it for years and years (at least five), and have gone through probably more than a dozen bottles. I love it for several reasons: it protects your hair from styling tool's heat, it's almost like a leave in conditioner in the sense that it detangles your hair, and it definitely helps with the frizziness. The $17 tube lasts me about 5-6 months... I already have my next one waiting.

Belif's Moisturizing Bomb: When I was in NYC last October, I stopped by Grace's apartment, and she sent me home with a ton of PR products she's received but hadn't used. One of them was Belif's moisturizer, and as soon as I finished that jar, I purchased my own. I very rarely repurchase moisturizers because I'm always looking for a better one, but I've been so pleased with this product that this is another one I already have the next jar waiting. It's made for drier skin, and it definitely delivers on the moisturizing side without leaving you greasy or sticky. I haven't had any issues with dryness since I started using this moisturizer, so if you've been looking for something for your dry skin, I highly recommend this one as well!

Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara: I've been using this product for years now - my mom gave me a tube for my birthday three years ago, and I haven't used a different mascara since! Once I started using it with the Urban Decay primer, I was pretty much hooked...until now. I wish I could remember which blogger recommended trying out this Bobbi Brown mascara (to give them credit), but either way, when my last tube of the BTS mascara was getting to the end, I ordered both the Too Faced mascara and the Bobbi Brown mascara - worst thing that happens is that I hated the Bobbi Brown mascara and just returned it. Turns out, I really really like it. One of my biggest issues with the BTS mascara is that it was always just a bit too wet for the first few weeks of use. The Bobbi Brown mascara is a bit on the drier side (not dry, just drier than the BTS mascara), so it looks good from the first use, and builds up the eyelashes beautifully. Overall, while I am still a fan of the Better than Sex mascara, I'm going to take a break from it and use the Bobbi Brown mascara for a while. I also plan on doing a more thorough comparison in a few weeks!