Empties: 5

December 16, 2019 | Beauty, Empties | 37 Comments »


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This is my last empties post of 2019. It’s also only my second. Which means I haven’t really been trying to put a dent into the mountains of makeup I have surrounding me. To be fair it’s been a challenging year. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been great! But that hair situation really set me back. I did manage to try out most of those mascaras from the Sephora Favorites Lash Party Mascara Sampler that I purchased last year. Let’s see which ones I liked…

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara $25.00
I actually ran through this one rather quickly. It did a great job at lengthening my lashes, but I wasn’t really getting that volume. The brush was also very easy to work with.

Repurchase: Probably not. I did like it, but I didn’t love it.

Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume Mascara
Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume Mascara $14.00
I was surprised by this one. Out of the bunch this is the one that stood out the most. It did a great job and lengthening my lashes and even left me with some extra volume. The brush could be a little tricky to work with, but I wonder if that’s just the sample size? Either way this little gem turned out to be perfect.

Repurchase: Yes! I already have.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinishing Loose Powder $36.00
I’ve actually mentioned this finishing powder in a previous empties post. I purchased a full size and everything was going great. Suddenly it started caking up. As soon as it touched my skin it would cake up and looked all kinds of horrible. Before I decided it was going in the trash I tested it out with other foundations, primers, even moisturizers. I knew it was the finishing powder when I reached for another and my makeup was set beautifully. I really don’t know what happened. I used half of the new jar before I started experiencing issues. Odd.

Repurchase: No. Seriously, what happened here?

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner $22.00
When I ran out of my go-to liquid eyeliner I reached for one of my many samples. This one stood out the most. I really loved it at first. It glided onto my eyes with ease. It was a nice intense black. But by the time I got to the other eye it had dried out. I had to put the cap back on and wait a few minutes. Then I noticed the tip started to mess up. That fine point was no more. When I went to use it again I of course had a difficult time getting a perfect line because of the warped tip. I know samples can dry out a little faster than the fuller sizes so I can overlook that. But the warped tip is a big problem.

Repurchase: No. And this was a hard one too because I truly did love how it applied before the tip messed up.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Rose
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Rose $28.00
I actually purchased this cute little bottle a while back. I held onto it afraid to use it because the last time MAC released the rose scent it was only for a short time. Once I saw that they brought it back and in the full size bottles, I finally caved and used it. I absolutely love it! It smells like rose, but I didn’t find it to be very strong. It was nice and refreshing and set my makeup beautifully.

Repurchase: Yes!

I’m really hoping to have a bunch more empties posts next year. I’d like to be able to do them quarterly.

37 Comments on “Empties: 5” »
  1. I really like that Benefit mascara. I must add the Sephora one to the wish list! x
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  2. Will surely try to get that sephora mascara. What eyeliner do you recommend instead? Thanks for your honesty !

  3. I will need to get the mascara for sure. Mascara is always hit or miss so I am glad you did a review on it.
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  4. Thank you for this! I need to pick up some of these. The MAC Prep sounds helpful. I’ve heard great things about the brand.
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  5. This sounds like a good makeup product. Finding a massacra that you love can be hard.
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  6. I always hear such great things about the Sephora brand. Good to hear they’re living up to their reputation.
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  7. These all sound like amazing products. I would love to try the MAC and Stilla.
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  8. WOW. You use some awesome makeup!! I want to try that mascara!!!

  9. I love that mascara! I bought it when I was last in America and, since finishing it, haven’t had the heart to buy another one because the postal to the UK is killer! But it’s a great product.

  10. I need a new mascara, so I will definitely try it out the one from Sephora!
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  11. I love reading your honest and detailed reviews! I will be buying the Sephora mascara next! Thank you.
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  12. Thanks for the honest review, looks like I have some shopping to do! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!
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  13. I love that mascara, I usually use it. it is an outstanding brand
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  14. I love all Mac products and I love that Benefit mascara too!I try to use products as much as possible but never emptied a single makeup product till date!

  15. ohmummymia

    Benefit mascara looks good I would like to try it but I decided to go with cruelty free brands so I’m not surebut you have here a really good products

  16. All these are great products.Glad you shared your honest reviews on all these products.
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  17. The mascara looks great will be buying for a few occasions

  18. This is hugely useful! Love how honest your reviews are!
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  19. i need to try badgirl mascara but it sounds okayish :)
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