Beauty Empties : Hits and Misses Pt.1

Over the last couple of months I’ve accumulated quite a few new beauty products that are finally being finished up and thought it would be fun to do an empties post with some of my thoughts for each of them (would I buy them again? Was it worth the price point? Ect). Since there is 13 products on the list, I’ll be breaking it down into 2 parts to avoid the post from becoming too long.

Farmacy – Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner with Moringa + Papaya ( $37 @ Sephora)

I’m still on the fence about this one. I’m not used to using a toner without alcohol in it, so I kinda have it in my head that it’s not working because I don’t feel a burning sensation. But whenever I use this, the cotton pad is clearly picking up a lot of dirt on my face that I thought was all removed when washing it. Clearly it’s doing some kind of magic since I’ve never had any other toner pick up this much debris. It makes my skin feel fresh & moisturized, but I haven’t noticed a big difference in the size of my pores after finishing the bottle. In the end, I did order a 2nd bottle as I want to see if I’ll get better results after longer usage.

GLAMGLOW – SUPERMUD Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask ( $108 @ Sephora for value size )

This has been a beauty staple of mine for a couple years now, but I never had the time to sit down and write a proper review. I had one finishing up around the same time as all of the other products and thought, why not? This mask works wonders as it helps clears my pores and I’ve noticed a significant change in my complexion since I started to use it regularly. It also works great as a spot treatment when you feel a pimple emerging. The only downside to this would be the scent. I love the smell of black liquorice, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ( $13.97 @ Walmart)

My friend, Clarissa, turned me to this product when I was looking for a facial sunscreen. Before I was using a sunscreen stick, but found it to be too heavy. The CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion is perfect for every day use and is easy to just add into your morning routine. I found the lotion to absorb quickly into my skin, and I didn’t have to worry about it leaving white marks like some of the other sunscreens I’ve tried. It’s very light and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily, you won’t even remember that you’re wearing it.

The INKEY List – Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment ( $18.99 @ Sephora )

I was so excited when I saw a product that specifically targets hyperpigmentation, and it was under $20! But unfortunately I was really disappointed with this. You’re supposed to use this treatment at the end of your skin care routine and rinse it off the morning after. I found the product left my skin feeling very sticky for quite some time and when the morning rolled around there was nothing to wash off as it had all absorbed into my skin. When I reached the end of the bottle I didn’t see any difference in the dark spots on my face.

The Ordinary. – Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% ($12.99 @ Sephora )

My doctor recommended this to me when I was looking for something to help lighten the dark spots on my face, and this has worked wonders. It’s surprisingly light and only get sticky if you apply too much to one area, but after finishing up a bottle I did notice my dark spots starting to lighten. I also noticed that it seems to have helped evening out my skin tone overall.

LANEIGE – Water Bank Moisture Cream (not pictured)

I had about a week’s worth of this in sample packets, and I think I’ve officially found my new favourite moisturizer! It’s very light, absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves your face feeling fresh. I had a couple of dry patches when I was trying this out and they quickly became smooth as well. A little goes a long way with this cream, I was able to get 2 nights worth from just one of the sample packets and I also really enjoyed the refreshing cucumber scent. I can’t wait for the full sized version I ordered to arrive.

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Kat is a Content & Social Media Editor at Live in Limbo. She enjoys photographing concerts, travelling to see her favourite bands, and testing out the latest cosmetics. You can follow her adventures over on Instagram: @thewanderingkatx || @k.wsphotography