September Empties with Mini Reviews!

September Empties!

September Empties!

How was everyone’s September? New schools? New jobs? September was a hugely busy month for me, full of workshops and interviews, and next month will be even busier as I am to be starting a new job with long hours. I think I will only be able to post on weekends, sadly. I did manage to get through some items this month however! I will go through them one by one as numbered in the photo below, left to right, and add in some mini reviews and applicable links to previous reviews and the like.



1) Coppertone SPF 60 Continuous Spray Waterproof Sunscreen

Not that anyone should need any extra reasons to wear sunscreen at all times, but I am allergic to the sun. A few minutes of unprotected sun exposure and I’m stuck with an itchy hives reaction that can last for weeks (this is known as Polymorphic Light Eruption). So I keep my face, hands, and any other exposed skin covered at all times. I grabbed this one as not only was it on sale, but I liked the idea of a waterproof formula to make sure it sticks on during a potentially sweaty summer day when I am unable to reapply. The product was an easy to use spray on. It did leave a sticky feeling however, presumably from whatever ingredient in it makes it waterproof. I didn’t mind this until I noticed every speck of dirt and dust I walked past stuck to my skin and was hard to wash off! The scent was also somewhat strong to me, something typically beachy with a splash of light floral and a side of chemicals. If you’ve smelled Jennifer Aniston’s first fragrance, which supposedly was also intended to be beachy, it smells like that. Due to the stickyness and scent, I would not rebuy. I did like the spray on aspect, but I think I will stick to cream formulas thought winter. Will not rebuy.

2) Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

This, for reasons that entirely escape me, has been discontinued in Canada. I believe it is still available in the US. This has been my HG mascara for for twelve or thirteen years maybe. It builds well to great volume and length, doesn’t flake (until the tube gets a bit old and dried up), leaves my lashes soft and pliable with no spiky, spidery lash attributes, and is in fact waterproof. Not too hard to wash off. I am down to one last stashed away tube, after that there’s no more here to be found in Canada. I will miss it! If there are any US readers who would like to enable my Full ‘n Soft addiction I would be more than receptive to the idea! I would rebuy but it doesn’t exist here.

3) Bath & Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel

A zesty, sparkling citrus scent with notes of ginger and water lily. A slight musky base. I liked this enough to use as a shower gel and diluted in my foamy hand soap dispensers as detailed in this post. It was nice and refreshing. I don’t think I liked it enough to rebuy. I think this would make a great scent for a laundry detergent or a room spray or candle.

4) Pantene Sheer Volume Weightless Shampoo Sample

This shampoo has an interesting texture in that it is more of a thick, gel like formula and not at all liquid. It didn’t pour out. I used this by squeezing out little jelly blobs. I liked this far more than I usually like Pantene products, probably because the formula was so, so different. I did a good job, and my hair didn’t feel limp afterwards when dry. Even the scent is better than usual Pantene offerings, reminds me more of something Fructis might make. Worth noting is that sodium laurel sulfate is it’s primary surfactant, which some people can have sensitivities to. I’m usually ok with it if I don’t use it too many days in a row, otherwise my scalp gets itchy. I would consider buying this if I found it at a great price and needed shampoo at the time.

5) Pantene Sheer Volume Weightless Conditioner Sample

Like it’s shampoo counterpart, this formula was completely different than Pantene’s other conditioner offerings. In fact, the formula reminded me a lot of Tres Emme’s, which is my go to every day conditioner and has been for years. This did the job well and smelled pretty good. I would consider buying if it were at a great price and I needed conditioner at the time, but I can’t see it ever being any better or cheaper than my $4 a liter Tres Emme. But good job an this new shampoo/conditioner, Pantene.

6) John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo Sample

I didn’t notice any lightening. The formula didn’t lather well, and had a strange chemical undertone to the scent. Would not buy. Seemed almost indistinguishable, aside from the colour from it’s purple tone correcting counterpart I reviewed in my last empties post. Says it’s ammonia and peroxide free. How is this intended to lighten?

7) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream

Also known as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream Night depending on where you buy it from. This is a retinol treatment I have used for a year now and do not intend on stopping, unless I upgrade to a higher dose of retinol. There is still a couple of uses left in this tube, but I felt it would be an important addition to my empties post to demonstrate how long this little 40ml tube lasts. My last empty tube made an appearance in my debut empties post back in May, so I get at least four months worth of use out of one tube. I buy this when it’s on sale for about $16-17 Canadian, so I get my retinol treatments and results for less then $5 a month. Amazing. I’ve done a very in depth full review as well if you’d like to check it out. I will rebuy this until they stop making it, which I hope is never.

8) Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Makeup SPF 25 Sample

I don’t have the little Sephora bag that had the label on it, but I believe this was in shade #010. I went into Sephora asking for samples of foundation of longer wearing, SPF bearing formulas, and this was the winner. It is basically perfect. Coverage was impeccable, it lasted all day in humid weather, no smudging, smearing, or transferring. I found I only needed extra concealer on my dark under eye circles when I used this. The finish is skin like, and just matte enough. I would buy this, but at the atrocious price of $49 Canadian that won’t be happening. I won’t feel too bad about asking for more samples however, after what Sephora put me though, and use it on occasions I need my skin to look nicer.

Hope everyone had a wonderful and productive September! I’m looking forward to October and all the spooky stuff (and candy) it brings with it!


Elf Liquid Eyeliner Swatch & Review!

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

I found this unassuming little treat at a new local dollar store for all of $1.50. It was hidden way up high in a wall crammed full of miscellaneous beauty accoutrements, trying hard not to be seen. Elf (eyes lips face) cosmetics are another one of those things that I have a hard time obtaining locally, so I was pretty eager to try this out, especially at that price. I tried it out today with a very simple eye look for a test run to see how it would hold up, as I’ve found mixed reviews online.

The bottle itself is a pretty standard liquid eyeliner container in that it has a tapered wand with a wider base. The brush is thin with fine hairs, and is not a felt tip. This might prove a little more tricky to handle for someone new to liquid eyeliner but others should have little trouble with it.

elf liquid eyeliner brush

elf liquid eyeliner brush

I noticed the back of the package carding noted “smudge-proof liquid liner” twice. Perhaps a printing error is what landed this batch in the dollar store as liquidated salvage stock? It also noted on the card that elf is a charity supporter (didn’t mention which) and that they do not test on animals.


The product applied smoothly, was fluid enough to spread easily but not so liquid as it got everywhere. It dried reasonably quickly for me but I only used a thin coat. The colour was a deep black and dried to a semi matte finish. Just barely shiny enough to not look flat. Definitely not glossy. Below are single swipes on my arm, one with a light hand, one heavier.

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, wet

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, wet

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, dry

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, dry

I applied this product with a simple eye look for a trial run for the purpose of this review. I made sure to pick a few favourites that I already knew would perform well so I could give the elf eyeliner a fair shake. Products used:

-Wet n Wild eyeshadow single in Brulee on browbone

-Maybelline  Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe in crease

-NYC City Curls mascara in Extreme Black (a lovely, velvety plush finish that wears well, all for less than $3 so of course it’s suddenly not available here anymore >.<)

-Revlon Satin eyeshadow in Nude Slip on lid (a beautiful shimmery peachy neutral with a gorgeous, buttery texture, so of course it’s discontinued and in my Holy Grail Graveyard)

-Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in a small foil sample pack I received in a magazine. I’m a little on the fence with this one. I like the texture but I am unsure about the finish, coverage, and wear time.


Other products used

I’ve been wearing this a few hours now, no smears, smudges or flakes. I have oily eyelids and wasn’t expecting it to perform this well! After it was well set, I ran the swatches on my arm under water, and it didn’t move. There was still residue after using soap, but it removed easily with a makeup remover wipe. I will update if things go south with this eyeliner before the end of the day! EDIT: My Color Tattoo eyeshadow faded before this eyeliner, which was still going strong somewhere past the 12 hour mark. I am pretty damn impressed!

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

Final verdict? LOVE IT. It is well worth the crazy low buck fifty. I plan on buying the rest of the stock – if there’s any left – as it seems everything I like is discontinued or impossible to find immediately after I declare my undying love. Why do I keep scaring these great products away! *dramatic sigh*

I also wanted to share this card that came in a recent ebay purchase with you 🙂