Sunday, April 19, 2015

February and March Empties!

February and March Empties!

Hey Dreamers and Creators!

Helen and Michelle here again. We are back for a joint Empties post. The two of us were surprised to find that although we tried a lot of new products in the past couple of months, we still don't have that much empties per month. So we decided to combine the empties from February and March together for this post. We'll share our thoughts on these empties below and if we will purchase them again or not.

Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Treatment Pack

Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Treatment Pack

This was a favorite for both of us. (We each had one of the Treatment Packs, although only 1 is pictured.) We have a couple of Mise en Scene products, which we love and will review in the future! This treatment pack was the first we tried and loved it. Not only does it have so many oils to nourish hair, like argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil and so on, it can also help with damaged hair. We love the scent of this treatment pack. It might be too strong for some people, but to us it's just perfect, especially for hair. It smells sweet and perfumy but the scent lightens once you apply the treatment pack to the hair. Although neither of our hair needs any damage repair, we both love the moisturizing effects this pack provides for our hair and how soft our hair is after we use it.

Generally, we leave the treatment pack on for 15 to 20 minutes. Much longer than the advised time, but we find that we get the best results with this time frame, plus we can do other facial masks at the same time. The hardest part for this perfect treatments pack is to find a good site to order them because they are so hard to find. However, we know for sure that we will order it in the future because we love it a lot!

Banila Co. Clean It Zero

Banila Co. Clean It Zero

Helen: When I was introduced to the double cleanse method, this was the first oil cleanser I tried. I liked it. So I went and bought the full product and used it ever since. I have a couple of mini ones I got from my daughter that will last me until my new one arrives. I love this sorbet like oil cleanser because it's so easy to use and not messy at all. It's a lot easier to travel with than a bottle of oil cleanser and a little can do a lot. The packaging is sleek and the product comes with a spatula as well. It doesn't exactly have a specific fragrance, but it does have a light fruity floral scent. The Clean It Zero have consistently removed my makeup with ease and although you can use it to clean eye makeup as well, I prefer to use a separate cleanser for my eye makeup. This is mainly due to personal preference. I find that if I accidentally get the Banila Co. Clean It Zero into my eyes, it blurs my vision for a couple minutes. Although it doesn't sting, I still don't like the burred vision effect, which is why I use a separate eye makeup cleanser.

Innisfree Eco Sience White C Skin and Lotion

Innisfree Eco Sience White C Skin and Lotion

Helen: These were samples my daughter (Michelle) got from Innisfree when she made her purchase. At the time, the only Innisfree product I knew was their Jeju Volcanic Clay mask because we used it during our mask night. When she offered me to try some of those Innisfree samples, these were 2 of the few I picked out. These samples lasted me almost 2 weeks, which makes them deluxe samples despite their pouch like appearance. I can't say these did much for my skin, I prefer creams on the heavier side because I have normal to dry skin. Although these were moisturizing when applied, the moisturizing effect didn't last.

I picked these 2 to try because I thought it can help lighten my sun spots (take my advise, use SPF, it will help you worry less later on in life), since its name says White C, which I thought meant whitening effects and vitamin C. However, it didn't do that. Or at least, I didn't notice any changes in the short time I used these products. I did like the citrus scent these 2 products have, it's light but noticeable. I don't think I will purchase these in the future but I was happy to have tried them.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Regular and Candlelight

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Regular and Candlelight

Michelle: I didn't really use the regular Shadow Insurance but I came close to finishing the Candlelight. I had issues with both of them but if I had to chose, I would pick candlelight over the regular. My biggest issue with both was that the anti-crease effect they promised did not last for 24 hours like it was advertised. At best, it would last for 6 hours. Both products had this chemical scent that I was not found of. Candlelight's scent was lighter than the regular one, which was one of the reasons why I used it more often. I kept using this product because it was expensive and I didn't want to feel like I wasted my money. Although I have to say, for $20, the quality should have been way better.

I'm not sure if my regular Shadow Insurance was defected or not, although, when I brought it in after I first purchased it, the sales lady said it was fine and still usable. Which I think she was lying... Because my regular Shadow Insurance came in 2 liquid forms, one was clearish and oily the other was thick paste like. I felt like the 2 liquid forms probably should have been mixed together to create the product inside the tube, but instead it separated some how. Needless to say, I didn't end up using it at all. That's $20 down the drain.

It might be obvious, but clearly I won't be purchasing either of these 2 in the future. I like a lot of Too Faced's products, but these 2 just felt like a waste of my money. There are plenty of other eye primers with a less than expensive price tag that will work a heck a lot better than these 2. So, I am sure I can find one that I'll like.

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

Michelle: The Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner has been my go-to liquid eyeliner for a long time now. Although I personally prefer gel eyeliners over liquid, I still use these once in a while. The formula is okay (I'll explain below) but what keeps me coming back to this liquid eyeliner is its fine tip and how easy it is to use it. I'm no expert when it comes to makeup (still much to learn) and one of the many things I have issues with is drawing the 'wings' with a liquid eyeliner. It's never even! Plus, it's harder to fix than gel eyeliners. The fine tip on this liquid eyeliner makes it easier to use and easier to maneuver, which helps with the application. Plus, you can control the thickness of the lines by using it vertically (thinner) or tilting it (thicker).

I mentioned above that the formula is just okay. For semi-oily to oily eyes, the formula can flake over time. I often found that the ends are the first part to become flaky. It's not super noticeable and it only happens when you apply too many layers. Which is quite a few times for me because I'm always trying to make the lines look nice and even, which ends up being me applying multiple layers of the liquid eyeliner. I do think the Dolly Wink liner is on the expensive side for its simply okay formula. I am always open to trying new liquid eyeliners, however, for now the Dolly Wink will do. Not sure if I will purchase it again in the future because I have a couple of new ones on hand that I'm going to try.



What were your February and March Empties? Did you like them? Disappointed in them? Share in the comments below~


Until next time~

~Helen and Michelle    


Disclaimer: These products were purchased by us with our own money, all opinions are honest and our own. This post contains affiliate links, full disclaimer here

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