Empties June – December 2019

Makeup and skincare empties June-december 2019

I’ve been keeping tabs on what cosmetics and skincare I’ve used up between June and December 2019. You can read my last empties post here and what’s in my project pan here

Cosmetics that I’ve used up

  • It Cosmetics – Bye-bye undereye concealer (shade Light)
    • Details: A high coverage undereye concealer. 
    • Review: If you have very dark undereye circles and need extra high coverage (for reference: if I don’t wear concealer, I’d get comments like “you look tired/sick”), I would definitely recommend looking into this product. At the time, this product only had 3 shades or so in total and this shade was actually a little too light for me. The concealer is also very thick so you need so little that I spend a good three (!) years using it before it went off. The tube is still more than half full…
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? The colour range has since expanded immensely, I might look into purchasing it again.
  • NARS – Soft matte concealer (shade Custard)
    • Details: A balmy, matte concealer with buildable coverage.
    • Review: A less thick concealer than the It Cosmetics one. I tried the Radiant Creamy concealer in the past and found it very drying on my undereyes, this one seemed like a more balmy version. I also liked that it was matte and not illuminating or shiny. If you have dark circles, the last thing you want is to draw attention to them. A matte concealer seemed better for that. I really enjoyed using this concealer. It was my go-to concealer until I noticed that it started to smell off after 2 years of use. 
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes! 
  • HEMA – Waterproof eyeliner (Black)
    • Details: Waterproof liner from a Dutch retail store. I’d say their makeup line is about drugstore pricerange and quality.
    • Review: Not much to review since I actually don’t really use liquid eyeliner. I’ve kept this in my drawer for when I felt like experimenting. Since I didn’t use it, it dried out.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? No. Not because it’s a bad product, but because I simply prefer using eyeshadow to line my eyes.
  • Dior Fix It Colour (Yellow)
    • Details: A colour correcting stick with a moisturizing core. 
    • Review: This was actually a faulty purchase on my part. I got so confused with the whole colour correcting hype of a few years ago and bought this on impulse. I think I actually wanted to get the blue one for sallow skin but got confused and got the yellownone instead? I ended up using it to cover up some redness around my nose and forehead. Since it’s a very sheer corrector, it didn’t take long to finish it up.
    • Part of project pan? Yes.
    • Would repurchase? Nope.
  • Heroin Make – Long and curl
    • Details: Mascara from Japanese brand Heroin Make
    • Review: I’ve raved about asian mascara’s before and this one is no exception of course. Really sad to see the last one of my backup stash go.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes!
  • Nyx – The skinny mascara
    • Details: A superthin mascara wand to catch even the tiniest lashes.
    • Review: I love how precise you can get with this mascara. The downside is that it doesn’t take long to dry out and will feel like you’ve done absolutely nothing to your lashes by then. But because of the price, I’d say it’s a good dupe for It Cosmetics Tightline mascara. The It Cosmetics has a slightly bigger brush and doesn’t dry out as fast.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? No. I have found other mascara’s that suit my eye shape and lashes better.
  • Unknown – brow pencil
    • Details: A brow pencil I bought in a Japanese convenience store in a pinch. Can’t even remember the name nor shade.
    • Review: This did absolutely nothing for my brows…
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Nope.
  • Chanel – Vitalumière Aqua (20 Beige)
    • Details: A lightweight foundation with sheer yet buildable coverage.
    • Review: My everyday (and only) foundation. I used to love this foundation for it’s subtle coverage and for how lightweight it is. But lately I get the feeling that it ‘sits’ on top of my skin instead of blending in. Sometimes I’d see it wear off in the middle of my forehead in the afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s the foundation reacting to something else in my skincare or makeup routine or if my skin has changed. Either way, I still like this foundation (I just have to powder more during the day) but I’m open to other foundations.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes, but i’m also looking for something better.
  • Sleek – Brow pencil (Deep brown)
    • Details: A brow pencil with a slanted triangle tip for easy application
    • Review: This used to be my go-to for a while but I’ve since discovered the ABH brow pencils which are far easier to use (which can also be seen in the price, but ok)
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Nah.
  • Kiko – Kiss Balm (Berry)
    • Details: A tinted lip balm based on coconut oil.
    • Review: Definitely more on the opaque than sheer side of tinted lip balms. By the end I had grown tired of the berry colour and found it a bit cheap looking on me. I might have liked to try another colour though.
    • Part of project pan? Yes.
    • Would repurchase? It’s discontinued.
  • Muji – UV Lip Color (Pink beige)
    • Details: A very sheer lip gloss with SPF
    • Review: What I liked was the added SPF and how the colour perfectly matched my own lip colour. What I hated was the sticky formula and how the twist-up mechanism would not allow you to twist the product back down. So there was no way of telling how much you had left.
    • Part of project pan? Yes.
    • Would repurchase? I’m not sure if this is discontinued or not. I didn’t find it anymore the last time I was in Japan.

Skincare that I’ve used up

  • Hada Labo – Gokujyun Milk
    • Details: Hada Labo’s Hyaluronic Acid lotion in the thicker, ‘milk’ formula.
    • Review: I love this lotion. Since I have normal skin with an oily T-zone, I use this as my daily moisturizer. I don’t like thick moisturizers, they’re usually too heavy for my skin. This is quite perfect on its own.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes.
  • DHC – Lip Cream
    • Details: A deeply moisturizing lip balm
    • Review: This is one of the few lip balms that seem to moisturize my lips properly. I like to use it as my night treatment before going to bed.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes.
  • The Body Shop – Hand lotion British Rose
    • Details: A rose scented hand cream
    • Review: I don’t like artificial rose scents, they remind me of bathroom air fresheners. The Body Shop’s rose scent is one of the few I do like. The lotion itself is not exceptional but does the trick.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes.
  • Sailor Moon – Lip Cream (Strawberry)
    • Details: Sailor Moon themed lip balm
    • Review: Let’s be honest, I bought this for nostalgia and the pretty packaging. The product itself is just a regular lip balm.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? No (I wouldn’t go out of my way to collect the other wands)
  • One by Kosé – Moisture Rice power
    • Details: Moisturizing lotion based on rice water 
    • Review: A shop clerk recommended this one instead of the more expensive Sekkisei lotion. I loved how light it was and how quickly it absorbed in the skin. Though I didn’t notice much difference from my Hada Labo lotions.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? No.
  • The Body Shop – Amazonian acai face mask
    • Details: A jelly texture face mask to energize and reawaken your skin
    • Review: I wanted something less aggressive than the Himalayan Charcoal mask (which is great for a deep cleansing feel) and something a bit more pampering. I was drawn by the scent of this mask. It’s a great relaxation treat and I might repurchase it. Though I do feel inclined to try more masks of this line.
    • Part of project pan? No.
    • Would repurchase? Yes.
  • Bioré – UV Water essence 
    • Details: Lightweight SPF for the face
    • Review: This has been my go-to SPF for years. I love how lightweight it feels and how quickly it sinks in. However, due to the high alcohol content of this product, it tends to dry out my skin. I’m currently using Shiseido’s Anessa Perfect UV instead.
    • Part of project pan? No
    • Would repurchase? No, unless I really don’t find other and better options.