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The empties series is back with four full installments! I have learned that I go through WAAAAYYYYYY more skincare than I do any other category of product. Due to the fact that I have 18 products here, I’m going to break this post into two parts. I’ll do seven products in this post, then another eight in the next post — that doesn’t add up because one product has a total of 4 empty containers. Read on to find out.

I suppose I have so many because I have travel versions of products I use (that I know will not irritate my skin) on the go or on a trip. For example, the It’s Potent eye cream, Caudalie cleansing water, and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light lived in my everyday makeup bag in my handbag. You never know when you need to redo your whole face or take it all off — like before a workout or pre-happy hour after a long work day.

So, let’s just dive right in and get started!!

1. Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH

Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size
Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size

I have gone through 4, yes FOUR, containers of Angels on Bare Skin in the last 8 months, as this one is always in my travel bag. It’s one of those products that I will always have in rotation. Here’s why:

  • It’s all natural and fresh
  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive (yay for me and all my sensitive skin girls!)
  • Has kaolin clay, ground almonds, lavender flowers, lavender oil, and rose oil
  • Ground almonds and lavender flowers are both great for exfoliation (even after your regular cleanser. bonus!!)
  • Lavender oil smooths and calms the skin
  • Rose oil reduces redness
  • It smells heavenly, or what I imagine heaven smells like

I love using this as a cleanser on its own, or as an exfoliator after I cleanse. It always leaves my skin soft and looking super healthy. It does have a gritty sort-of mealy texture, so don’t expect a lotion, gel, or foam here. It’s more like damp brown sugar. (TIP: I keep a pack of Popsicle sticks in my bathroom for this. They’re cheap and come in handy for all types beauty maneuvering!) If you don’t have a LUSH store where you live, you can always order online.

2. Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks by LUSH

Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each
Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each

These fresh face masks are available at LUSH in their refrigerated section. They are so fresh that you must keep them refrigerated. Why? They do NOT contain any preservatives, but DO have an expiration date. However, each one is 2.1 oz and usually gets me 4-6 masks. These are 2 of my 4 favorite go-to masks!

Love Lettuce

A great choice for all skin types, so definitely a winner in my book! This one also smells so good because of the lavender oil in it for soothing and calming, but it also contains ground almonds for exfoliation. It’s more dense with the ground almonds than the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, so it really gets into the pores to wash away dead skin, scoop out dirt, and force out unnecessary oil. It also contains honey, which helps to nourish and soften skin, and seaweed, which balances oil production in the T-zone. Personally, this one is my absolute favorite LUSH mask! My skin is usually at its best when I’m using Angels on Bare Skin in tandem with this mask and coconut oil steam treatments. (If you’re curious about that, you can get that info here.) LUSH is super affordable, so at $6.95 per pot, who can say no???

BB Seaweed

I love to use BB Seaweed when my sensitive skin starts freaking out. This mask is specifically formulated for sensitive skin to calm, soothe, and moisturize. Each batch of BB Seaweed made contains seven pounds of seaweed! Seven pounds! Seaweed is known for its soothing effects, and I can attest to its almighty green power! This mask also contains finely ground almonds for ultra gentle exfoliation. In addition to that, the copious amounts of aloe vera gel and rose target sensitive spots while the honey and olive oil surge the moisture into your pores. This is one of those masks that saves me if I try a new product and have a less than favorable reaction.

3. Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer by Anatomicals

Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com
Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com

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First, let me say that I love the cheeky (and adorable) way that Anatomicals names and labels its products! Nearly every product in their line is just super catchy. I think this one is just so clever, and it makes me smile. But, I do really like this little product. Basically, they are jelly filled collagen stickers to help decrease under eye puffiness. I’ve gone so far as to wear them on my way to work after a night of intense ugly crying…and they WORKED! I kept them in the refrigerator to add a little chill to enhance the de-puffing process, and while cucumber slices always work, this is great for the girl on the go. And, it contains grape seed oil, aloe vera, collagen, green tea extract, and plum extract — all fabulous ingredients for hydration, soothing, and de-puffing. I’d say these are useful when hungover, having an existential ugly cry meltdown, during allergy season, or whenever you just haven’t had enough sleep and need to look rested. You can purchase them through Glossybox.com here for $11.00, or from Asos.com here for $11.37, or on Amazon, where they sell the full individual Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer overnight eye mask! (Seriously, I now want this overnight mask!) Here’s a little example of my trial with Puffy and her minions.

On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.
On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.

4. Glam Glow Youth Mud Facemask

Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com
Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com

This product is one of those cult beauty products that took off like a rocket earlier this spring. I received a free sample of the Youth Mud (there are several GlamGlow varieties from which you may choose to suit your skin type/target issue). The Youth Mud is designed for all skin types and claims to have you movie-star-camera-ready in just minutes. Yes, it’s AMAZING, and does make your skin look incredible afterwards. It lives up to the hype…almost. But first, let’s chat about the ingredients. Youth Mud contains kaolin clay, green tea extract, chamomile, marigold, cucumber, ivy, comfrey herb, lavender, and volcanic rock. The combination of these ingredients makes this mask a superstar. It exfoliates, nourishes, plumps, soothes, smooths, and gives you that all over glow, hence the name. The volcanic rock serves as the exfoliation agent while the French sea clay (kaolin) detoxifies, purifies, and leaves good natural oils in place. The herbs and tea extracts provide antioxidants to boost skin’s plumpness and revitalize it. While I absolutely love love love this mask, I did find the tingling sensation a bit harsh (but I do have pretty sensitive skin), and at $69.00 for 1.7 oz, I find it to be a tad on the pricey side for a face mask. I was able to get two masks out of this sample if that’s any indication. Therefore, I’d recommend this one wholeheartedly (a) if you have the extra cash to spend or (b) if you’re willing to splurge for an upcoming event (i.e. wedding, prom, big interview at your dream job, etc.)

5. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
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This packaging has taken a bit of a beating. I apologize.

When I first saw this in Walgreens, I knew I HAD to try it. I’m a huge fan of naturally occurring oils as a makeup remover (i.e. coconut oil or olive oil), and this one contains jojoba and macadamia oil. I’m OVER THE MOON about this product. It’s all of $5-7, depending on where you purchase it. When I stumble upon amazing, and yet affordable products, my inner couponer gets insanely excited. Nonetheless, this is probably the BEST product launch of the skin care year for me. So, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Cons first — I like to end things on a positive note. The packaging could use a little help. I’d pay an extra $5 for Garnier to up their game on the packaging. I love the pump, so I hope they don’t change that – EVER, but it leaks at the seal. And when I say leaks, I mean you will have cleansing oil on whatever you put it in, and you will find it EVERYWHERE! I traveled with it on a road trip and everything in my overnight kit was just soaked in this stuff. BUT, I use it every single night to take off my makeup. Two pumps takes off everything, including eye makeup, and just feels so nice on the skin. I do use my regular face wash after, though. And while this is my only empty of of this, I’m almost done with my second bottle and I have another one ready to go under my counter. I have recommended it to every girl I know because it is an insanely fabulous product. The oils not only clean your skin, but they also nourish your skin.

Jojoba oil is giving coconut oil a run for its money. It’s great at fighting acne as it dissolves the bad oil in your pores that cause breakouts. How cool is that?? (I have noticed less breakouts, especially hormonal breakouts since I started using this product.) Jojoba oil also functions as a moisturizer, antibacterial, and anti-aging oil due to its superfluous amount of natural antioxidants. Sold. On the other hand, it’s companion, the Macadamia oil, is a lesser-known oil in the beauty industry (at least to me), and its greatly known for quick absorption for deep moisturization. In addition to that, it contains a ton of good fatty acids which help in repairing skin damage from sunburn or age. Basically, it gets in quickly and fights the good fight. Sold.

I’ve spent some time on this product in this post because I believe in it. My skin loves it. It’s great for all skin types, including oily (don’t forget – like attracts like – the proper oils on oily skin is OK!). Garnier has really really nailed it here, and I truly hope they leave the formula alone because it’s brilliant, but I would like to see stronger packaging.

6. It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

It's Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com
It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com

I often find myself going back to this eye cream, specifically keeping it in my everyday makeup bag to apply just before my foundation. It’s really great at noticeably decreasing dark circles. It contains botanical extracts and a peptide complex that aids in brightening to combat dark circles. Out of all of the eye creams I’ve tried that claim to reduce dark circles, this is the ONLY one that actually performs. It’s not going to completely erase your dark circles, but it certainly does decrease them. While it is a tad on the pricey side, at $34 for 0.5 oz (which is much larger than the travel size pictured in this post) I still find it to be worth the money. It’s very light and airy in texture, and moisturizes well. I will continue to purchase this product, but since it’s not my night and day eye cream, I like the travel size for my makeup bag.

7. Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com
Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com

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I tried this product after trying the Josie Maran Argan Oil, which I love, but felt to be a tad on the heavy side. If you have never used an argan oil product, it’s such an awesome oil. It can be used on your skin and on your hair! I like the the lighter texture of this oil from Josie Maran’s line. I tend to use an oil after I’ve cleansed my face thoroughly and before I apply moisturizer. Of course, you don’t need an oil and a moisturizer, but you can substitute an oil for a serum. It’s 100% argan oil so don’t let the “light” notation fool you. Light, here, refers to it’s quicker absorption rate and, as a result, less sticky feel after application. Similar to other naturally occurring oils, argan oil hydrates, decreases sebum production, and helps reduce fine lines. I keep the travel version of this in my everyday makeup bag for application just before my foundation (and along with the It’s Potent). I find it to be a great skin prep for makeup allowing my skin a hydrated smooth canvas on which to paint. The packaging is super sturdy, and it comes with a little dropper. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face so it lasts for quite some time! It ranges in price depending on what size you purchase – $16 gets you 0.5 oz (pictured); $48 for 1.7 oz; and $96 for 4 oz. I love that you don’t have to splurge to try it! Grab the 0.5 oz bottle and go for it. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Even more, Josie Maran’s line is just so giving — she seeks to empower women, give back to communities in need around the world, and really tries to create products that are both good for us and good to the Earth. Who can argue with a mission statement like that? Right now, if you head over to her site, you’ll find that 50% of the Argan Oil Hair Serum sales will be donated to the More Than Me Foundation which is currently helping to fight Ebola. Natural beauty that gives back? Count me in every time!

Please come back next week for the next installment, where I’ll walk through all the other products shown in the first photo! It’s been a skincare year for me and I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favorite skincare product of the year? Let me know in the comments! My number one favorite that I purchased this year will be in the next post. Can you guess which one?

Until next time, Stay Glittery Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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