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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[JOLSE] HIDDENCOS AMERICANO or LATTE MASK 5Sheet

Jolse selected 30 bloggers to review either the AMERICANO or LATTE MASK sheets from brand HIDDENCOS. I selected to review the latte mask sheet in the hopes that it wouldn’t have a strong coffee scent. I assume Americano would be more harsh in the coffee department, right?

Here are the features of this sheet mask, according to the Jolse website:

  • The premium arabica coffee extract provides rich moisture and nutrition to the tired skin.
  • Anti-aging adenosine and whitening niacinamide tends the skin clear and elastic.
  • Patented Phyto Oligo ingredient protects and tends the skin smooth with moisture.

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The package came in a bubble mailer. If you’ve purchased from Jolse before, you’ll know they package their items really well! I’ve never received damaged items from them before.

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There were 5 sheets to use, so several opportunities to experience this new Latte mask.

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I never drink coffee, but I do like the smell of lattes even though I don’t drink them. When I opened the first sheet mask package, I was surprised by the strong latte scent. It was a sweet scent, reminding me of a mocha frappucino. The scent was a bit off-putting at first since it was so strong, but when I placed it on my face, the essence felt lush and I quickly got used to the scent.

Most sheet masks are relaxing, but this one was exciting and invigorating! Perhaps it’s that sweet coffee scent that wakes you up…! Too bad I don’t have time to use this sheet mask in the morning.

We can’t forget to talk about the packaging. Look how cute it is! I love how it looks like a cute to-go cup for a coffee. The packages were easy to tear open too; I never had a problem opening them up. After using two of these sheet masks in the same week, I noticed my skin felt more moisturized despite its exposure to harsh New York City wind and cold.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Have you ever tried any Hiddencos products? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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Review: Klairs Moisture Rescue Skincare Line

WishTrend sent me a set from the Klairs Moisture Rescue line to review! This is my first time reviewing skincare products, so I’m very excited to share this review with you. Here are the products that I will review:

– Rich Moist Soothing Mask

– Supple Preparation Facial Toner

– Rich Moist Soothing Serum

– Rich Moist Soothing Cream

You can buy the toner and serum together as a set here: Injection of Moisture Kit.

The skincare set was shipped in a sturdy cardboard box. All of the products were safely tucked away in bubble wrap:

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Everything was safe and sound! The Klairs Moisture Rescue line is used for intense hydration, which makes it great to use during the dry winter months.

What is my skin like?

I have combination skin: dry skin in some areas, but my T-zone is usually oily and prone to acne. My skin is also very sensitive, and I’ve been dealing with bouts of eczema all my life. Eczema comes and goes… Luckily, I haven’t had too many cases of eczema on my case this past year (although I have eczema on my legs and arms fairly often). Let’s see how well these Klairs products worked on my problematic skin…

Onto the review! 

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I will review the products in the order I used them. First, I used the Supple Preparation Facial Toner after washing my face with my normal cleanser. This toner promises to hydrate skin, neutralize skin surface impurities, and reduce skin inflammation (and therefore reduce redness).

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The toner bottle even comes with a handy stopper that prevents leaking. This stopper is easy to remove, and it is easy to moisten a cotton ball by tipping the toner bottle. I love the packaging of this toner!

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This toner has a soothing scent that reminds me of freshly watered plants, and it has a smooth texture and feels like water. I applied it all over my face with a cotton ball.

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After applying the toner, I used the Rich Moist Soothing Mask! This mask is made from 100% pure cotton and contains half a bottle of Rich Moisturizing Essence.

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When I first placed the mask on my face, it felt nice and cool and had a pleasant fragrance. There was a lot of liquid on the mask, so I wiped the excess liquid (that was on my hands from the mask application) onto my neck. A few minutes later, I felt a slight tingling sensation. I kept the mask on for about 15 minutes. When I took off the mask, there was no stickiness. My skin felt smooth and moist, and by gently patting the remaining essence into my face, the essence was quickly absorbed. It was a very refreshing face mask experience! I highly recommend this face mask.

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The next step: the Rich Moist Soothing Serum. This was my first time using a serum! On the WishTrend website, this serum is described as a “magical skin care serum that makes your skin softer and replenished with moisture.” It is recommended for sensitive skin, dry skin, red and/or irritated skin, and flaking/peeling skin. It may also prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing.

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The container for this product has a pump for easy sanitary dispensing. The pump even comes with a cap that slips on and off smoothly!

DSC_0023The serum itself is a thick clear liquid that feels like gel. It feels cool upon application and absorbs quickly into my skin. My skin immediately feels soft to the touch! Since this is my first serum, I have nothing to compare it to. In any case, I have no complaints with this serum and I love it! It also has a nice light fragrance. 
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And now this brings me to the final step: the Rich Moist Soothing Cream. This rich moisturizer is formulated for normal to dry skin. It is marketed as a cream that has a calming and soothing effect on irritated skin. It can be used as a night cream, or as both a day cream and a night cream. There is no SPF in this cream though, so if you use it during the day, wear sunblock too!

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This moisturizer has a creamy texture that does not feel oily. When I apply it to my skin, it absorbs easily and makes my skin feel so soft! It has a mild fragrance, which I think smells lovely; it’s not too strong of a scent.

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After using this moisturizer for a few days, I know for sure that I have no reaction to it. I have extremely sensitive skin, so this is a great discovery! (I’ve had reactions to well-known drugstore brands such as Maybelline and L’Oreal, so I have to be careful when trying new products.) Thanks to this cream, the skin on my face does not feel too tight and dry, despite the terrible New England winter winds. If you want a great moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and hydrated, check out this cream!

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