Emptyland: Summer Edition

I’m calling this my Summer Edition of Emptyland because it covers all my empties from June, July, and August. To be honest, I’ve been lazy with skincare over the summer because I just moved, I had some tough times times with my chronic illnesses, and was generally short on time and sleep. And yet again, a very late Empties post; this series should be called Alice in LATE-land, haha.

I’m definitely trying to take better care of my skin now, and not skipping my skincare routine steps!

Instead of listing out every single product and rating each one, I’ll divide them into categories and highlight my favorites and point out if there’s something I’m tossing without finishing. Ratings will still be provided for samples and whether or not they will be purchased. This is in the interest of time, and also my own personal preference. I am keeping track of what I’m using up to hold myself accountable to actually using up products before opening up new items (and to halt my terrible habit of hoarding products forever).

Skincare

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During a Buy One, Get One Free sale at the Saem store, I bought a bunch of products from their Urban Eco line. I love these products so far! The only thing I disliked was the cheap packaging; my toner bottle cap broke when I was only half way through the bottle (and I never dropped it).

In addition to these Urban Eco products, a calendula product from The Face Shop and my first Boscia product made their way to my Emptyland.

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Above, you’ll see all the makeup wipes/cleansing wipes that I used up. These are all repeats since I’ve repurchased both of these products before. They don’t remove eye makeup that well, so I use both of these as daily cleansing wipes before I shower, and to remove BB cream or tinted moisturizer.

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And of course, I need to group my lip care empties together! My mom gave me those Chapsticks a year or so ago, and I finally used them. They give average moisture; it was fine during the summer, but I don’t think they would hold up well in the winter when my skin is so much drier. The Blistex lip serum was a decent product, but I don’t think I’d ever re-purchase because I didn’t notice any significant benefits.

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I didn’t use sheet masks as much as I usually do since I started trying sheet masks… I do want to use them more often, but it’s already November now and I can tell already that I’m barely using sheet masks as it is. I think part of the issue is time: I feel like I never have enough time. I’ve been using sleeping masks more often because I can apply them after my moisturizer at night, and wash my face in the morning.

And of course, you see my one empty packet of the Acne Pimple Master Patch from Cosrx. Love it!

Bodycare

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For body care, a highlight is the Dove shower foam: I love the feel of this foam, and you don’t need a pouf or sponge! Also, Aveeno is a great body lotion.

Haircare

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For haircare, I wasn’t a big fan of the Garnier Whole Blends leave-in conditioner. I used it up, but it didn’t do much for my hair pre-bleaching or post-bleaching.

For the Aprilskin Turn-Up Color Treatment: I thought it worked great for replenishing the pink in my hair color, but it was expensive (over $10 for a tube that only lasts 1.5 applications). It’s also not a dye, so it washes out. If you have longer hair, one tube may not even be enough for you to apply for your whole head. The second time I applied it, there was only enough for me to apply around my roots.

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The results of the hair treatment

Sample / Travel Size

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And the only empties from my samples are the Caudalie La Crème Yeux and the Dr. Jart Dis-a-pore BB cream. I didn’t finish the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion product because it irritated my skin. It’s so hard to find an exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin… If anyone has recommendations, let me know!

Also, that BB Cream really needed to be tossed because I’ve had it since THIS POST from 2016.  Took me forever to finish it since I was using other BB cream products too. Oops.

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[Review] Dr. Jart+ BB Creams

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Hi everyone! Today, I’m going to review four BB creams from Dr. Jart+. I’ve been using these BB creams for the past month, and it’s my first time trying products from this company.

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Here is a quick review that encompasses all of the BB creams in this sampler set:

~ Pros ~

  • Packaging: I like how they all have the same tube packaging, and the different colors make it easy to find the BB cream I’m looking for. The label is easy to read.
  • I like the consistency of all these BB creams! They’re not too thick but they’re not watery either. It’s a light cream that is easy to blend.
  • Decent light coverage.
  • Non-irritating. None of these BB creams caused a negative reaction in my skin.

~ Cons ~

  • None that encompass all of the BB creams, but there are some things I dislike for specific ones.

Read on to learn about the specifics of each BB cream!

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Dr. Jart+ Dis-a-Pore

Description from Dr. Jart+’s US website:

“What it is:
An innovative formula to moisturize, protect, and correct pores for a beautiful, radiant complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
– For combination to oily skin, this powerful formula conceals and treats enlarged pores and blemishes
– Features SPF 30 sun protection
– Comes in one universal shade

This all-in-one, innovative pore tightening formula delivers flawless coverage, sun protection, and hydration benefits. The perfect mixture of smoothing powder and elastic silky polymer gives tight adherence and covers blemishes and pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone. It helps to smooth and clear skin by treating large pores while herbal extracts control excessive sebum and present a fresh look all day long. The multifunctional BB cream brightens, provides antiwrinkle benefits, and protects the skin from harm UV rays, leaving the complexion smooth, beautiful, and natural-looking.”

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Evens skin tone (both color and texture)

Cons

  • Can’t think of any outright cons, but it doesn’t feel like a perfect fit for my skin. I think the color is off, but I still love this product!

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox

Description from Dr. Jart+’s US website:

“What it is:
A purifying face cream that provides age defense, and hides uneven skintone and blemishes.

What it is formulated to do:
– Botanical Formula to purify and calm blemish prone or sensitive skin while also combating dark spots and pollutants for an enhanced radiance
– Features SPF 25 sun protection
– Comes in one universal shade

Perfect and protect skin instantly with this all-in-one multifunctional Beauty Balm. This triple-action formula naturally covers blemishes and uneven skintone, and contains botanical actives to purify and calm blemish-prone or irritated skin. Arbutin works to erase unwanted dark spots, while caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants for an enhanced radiance. Lightweight with sunscreen protection for simple, one-step neutralizing coverage, this soothing cream delivers optimal results for both women and men.”

Pros

  • Matches my skin tone
  • Easy to blend
  • Evens out my skin tone (my acne is less noticeable since the BB cream covers up the redness, but the bumps are still visible)

Cons

  • My skin is slightly sticky to the touch after application.

Other information

  • This BB cream has a slightly dewy finish, but it’s not shiny. I usually prefer matte, but I’m okay with this level of dewiness.

Dr. Jart+ Premium

Description from Dr. Jart+’s US website:

“What it is:
A one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors.

What it is formulated to do:
– Bio-Peptide Complex infused with white gold to provide antiaging properties and promote natural collagen
– Features SPF 45 sun protection
– Comes in one universal shade

A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties. Ideal under makeup, its natural looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone. Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. This lightweight formula features mineral sunscreens to provide broad spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Skin is left looking smooth, perfect, and natural.”

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Highest SPF

Cons

  • Has an unpleasant smell (it reminds me of stale chips…)
  • Doesn’t cover up my red spots (from irritated acne)

Dr. Jart+ Radiance

Description from Dr. Jart+’s US website:

“What it is:
A one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors.

What it is formulated to do:
– Next generation, multifunctional formula for radiance, brightening, hydrating, and firming benefits
– Features SPF 30 sun protection
– Comes in one universal shade

This innovative BB cream enhances your natural beauty in one simple step. Radiance capsules help even skintone and highlight skin’s natural radiance while the moisture-rich formula provides buildable, natural-looking coverage. Snow lotus and vitamin tree fruit brighten the complexion, transforming dull skin into a head-turning luster glow. It moisturizes and protects skin from harmful sun damage and conceals and treats uneven skintone. Skin looks smooth, flawless, and healthy.”

Pros

  • Relatively easy to blend (more difficult than the other ones for me)
  • Absorbs into skin quickly
  • Hides redness
  • Buildable coverage

Cons

  • Accentuates dry spots on my skin unless I apply multiple layers
  • Slightly dewy finish that looks shiny even in natural light (more dewy than the Black Label Detox one)

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Conclusion

Overall, I like all of these BB creams. My favorite is the Dis-a-Pore one, and my least favorite one is the Premium one. I will definitely finish using all of these products because I never want to waste anything. Would I repurchase this? I won’t be repurchasing this sampler set since I’ve already given each BB cream in this set a try. I might purchase a full size tube of the Dis-a-Pore BB cream someday, but I don’t think I will for a long time. I still want to find the perfect BB cream for my skin, so the next BB cream I purchase will be a different one to try. Even though I do like the Dis-a-Pore BB cream a lot, it’s still not a perfect fit for my skin.

The quest for the perfect BB cream continues…

Have you found the perfect BB cream yet? What’s your favorite BB cream? I would love to hear your recommendations and opinions!

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[Review] Laneige BB Cushion

Hi, everyone! It’s now 2016, and I hope you all had a happy New Year. ❤ This year, I hope to blog more often. There are some new changes to my blog, such as my new banner and some new ideas. I decided to use brackets for each title showing which category the post belongs to. Do you like the idea of using brackets for my titles? I also will try to watermark my photos from now on. Please let me know your opinions! ❤

Now, I’ll start the review for the Laneige BB Cushion.

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Here is the description for this BB Cushion from Target’s website:

“The revolutionary 5-in-1 BB in a convenient compact. Go beyond your regular BB cream. Broad-spectrum SPF 50 blocks harmful UVA/UVB rays, while skin perfecting Optimal Mineral Water cools and hydrates upon application. Prevent shine and brighten skin by visibly reducing dark spots. Patented air cushion distributes just the right amount of BB cream. Apply whenever and wherever you want, with no buildup or bother. All day flawless skin is just 1 step away with BB Cushion.”

I actually bought this (along with another Laneige product) a year ago but somehow forgot about it until now. I was shocked when I saw Laneige products at Target, and when I bought this, there was a sale going on so I got a free product. I paid for the Laneige BB Cushion, and got a cleanser for free (which I will review later!).

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~ Pros ~

  • No negative reactions
  • Fantastic packaging
  • Easy to apply

~ Cons ~

  • Shiny finish
  • Sheer coverage

Read on for more details…

The BB Cushion comes with a refill, which is great! I’m not sure how long this will last, but I’ve been using the product for a week now and you do not need to use much to cover your face.

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The design is so sleek and sophisticated! I love this packaging. This is the second BB Cushion I’ve tried; the first one I tried was the Ossion Secret Total Cushion, but I wasn’t satisfied with that one since it was way too light for my skin tone. The packaging of the Laneige one also looks nicer than the Ossion one (which is ironic since the Ossion one was ridiculously expensive).

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The Laneige cushion comes with this lovely dark blue applicator sponge! It sits on a tray that separates it from the product. There’s also a handy-dandy mirror! This mirror is so nice… It’s way better than my current compact mirror.

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Ah yes, that feeling when you remove the film from the product… There’s no turning back!

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The air cushion has tiny little holes to enable product distribution. I haven’t had any issues with getting excess product; when I press down with the applicator sponge, only a little bit of product comes out at a time. This is ideal since if I need more product, it’s easy to press again and continue.

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I tried the product on my arm first, and was disappointed by the shininess.  Do you see that shimmery spot on my skin? That’s the BB cream. I hoped it would be less shiny on my face, and it wasn’t too bad. This BB cream would be fine for daily wear since it gives a light coverage. It doesn’t cover up much, but evens out the skin tone. Sadly, my pores still look huge with this product. I was also hoping this BB cream would be matte, but it’s not. There was no mention of shimmer or shine in the product description, but oh well! I’ll still use this product up.

Here’s a close-up photo of me wearing no makeup except for the Laneige BB Cushion:

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As you can see, the product doesn’t do anything for my giant pores. It does even my skin tone though, so my acne scars (and that chicken pox scar from forever ago) blend into the rest of my skin. The color of this BB cream is lighter than my skin tone, but it’s not as light as the Ossion one.

I don’t think I will repurchase this, since I would rather find a matte BB cushion. I will try to use this daily and see if it offers any skincare benefits.  If so, I’ll write about it!

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