Empties #1: Skincare

Hey everyone, this will be my first post reviewing products I have used up! These are usually my favourite types of posts/videos to read, because it’s a final opinion of products that have been fully tried. This Empties post is dedicated to my favourite kind of products: skincare. Hope you like the read!

Ciracle CC Powder & Red Spot Cream

Ciracle is a small Korean skincare brand, well known for these two products. The CC Powder for current bumps, and the Red Spot cream is catered towards hyper pigmentation and healing recent acne wounds. Here’s a simple list of how I feel about the products:

CC Powder

  • Reduced the size of breakouts.
  • The Skin coloured powder actually covered very well, so I could put it on during the day time.
  • My family members also used it, and I ran out very fast :/

Red Spot Cream

  • Enhanced the healing process of the popped pimple and reduced redness.
  • Cools current breakouts.
  • Not sure if it’s the sole reason my hyper-pigmentation cleared up, but I would say it was a great contributor in the recovery time.

I recommend both the CC Powder and Red Spot Cream. I find them very effective on current and post breakouts, and feel like the active ingredients soothe the skin more than irritate it. I have personally repurchased the Red Spot Cream for I find it a one of a kind product, whereas I opted for the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion because it’s more easily available, and I wanted to compare it (it doesn’t compare).

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Rose
I bought this from all the hype on the internet about castile soap and how it’s so multi-purpose and effective. Here’s a list of how I used it:

  • Face wash – Lathers very fast and removes makeup well.
  • Body wash – Standard, nothing too special. If your back has bad breakouts I can see it helping, but I use black soap once in a while for that purpose.
  • Toothpaste – I’m not too crazy about it, but it’s good for camping trips because it’s biodegradable.
  • Dish Soap – Cuts oil well, but again I find it more useful on camping trips.
  • Shampoo – DON’T DO IT. I had to put conditioner all over my hair because it leaves it so tangly. There are better products out there to deep clean your hair without stripping it.
  • Makeup Brush Cleaner – I feel like I need to use quite a bit to thoroughly clean my brushes, but it does the job and doesn’t leave them feeling dry.

I have already repurchased castile soap, though not in this particular brand. I wouldn’t say Dr. Bronner’s is the end all of castile soap! I like to keep it in my bathroom when I need to clean my brushes, as well as clean the little bowls I use when I make a mask. I recommend Castile soap for the most part, because it’s very handy to have, but you don’t need to use it for everything people suggest to use it for – it doesn’t mean it’s good for that purpose.

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate

True to it’s title, it is a bronze concentrate. Here is how I’ve used it:

  • Straight onto the face – when I was really tan (medium-dark), this did even out my skin tone well, however it is not meant for tan complexions, or any complexion, lighter than that because the undertone is mostly red.
  • Mixed in with moisturizer – This is when I found out that this product has a powerful red tint. It didn’t make my skin look like a natural bronze glow, it made it look like I spray tanned.
  • As a liquid bronzer – It was fairly nice as a bronzer, but again, the tint is very distracting and I could not get over that.

I do not recommend this product. It has an off smell and I wasn’t happy in any of the applications I have used it for. A way better alternative is the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, your skin looks like skin and provides the right undertone.

Estrosmart By Lorna Vanderhaege

(I am working on a post dedicated to this product, tackling it in more detail. For now, here’s a brief blurb about it)

This is a nutritional supplement containing ingredients that detoxes the liver of synthetic estrogens, helping your natural estrogens balance. The heavy inflammation I was experiencing from multiple breakouts on my chin subsided, and I have not had any continuous breakouts since using it. I still breakout when it’s the time of the month, but not as severe. My cramps are not as painful, and the flow not as heavy. So far I have taken up to 3 bottles of this product (half a year), and onto the Estrosmart Plus (extra ingredient is zinc). I definitely recommend this item, for it is a natural alternative to birth control (which I have taken for almost 2 years). It does not provide synthetic estrogen, but rather helps with your own estrogen to achieve balance.

Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk
This is the first creamy type of cleanser that I have tried. Evan Healy is a brand that focuses on providing quality products given from mother earth herself. I loved, loved, LOVED, the smell of this product, however it didn’t do much for me other than that. It says it’s for all skin conditions, especially sensitive, irritated and sun damaged. My face is not that sensitive, and I used it at a time when my skin was well behaved. I personally won’t buy it again, but I will recommend it to those that do have a hard time finding a gentle product that shows healing results; you may like this.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser w/ FAB Antioxidant Booster

This was a very simple, gentle, effective cleanser meant for sensitive skin. Here’s what it’s done for me:

  • Great at removing leftover makeup after the first cleanse, and pairs well with my Clarisonic Mia 2.
  • It has a light foam consistency once lathered, but not too much that it causes your skin to dry out.
  • Has a faint, baby powder-type scent, but nothing that bothers me too much.

Overall, I do recommend it, however I will not repurchase it, simply because cleansers come and go for me.

Lavanilla Healthy 
Deodorant Pure Vanilla

Straying from the conventional, aluminum-filled deodorants at the drug store, I opted for the deodorant that has good ingredients. I would say it has a soft scent with great lasting power, even when I work out or work all day. I recommend it to whoever is looking for an alternative to aluminum deodorants, for it has superior ingredients and is a great formula. I have already purchase the larger size of this, and am planning on trying the sport one they have.

Pretty Organics Cosmetics Tea Tree & Aloe Purifying Beauty Mud (Reviewed)

It is a gentle clay mask that helps detox troubled skin. I did not like that you had to use a lot of product for what it provides. I will not repurchase because I found it so gentle for my skin, it barely looked like it did anything, and that it is not a long-lasting product in your bathroom drawer for the price. However, I will recommend it to those that have super sensitive, red, irritated type skin, for gentle might be the way to go.

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner Alcohol-Free Rose Petal

This is not the first empty bottle of this toner I have thrown out. I have repurchased this toner religiously for 2 years. Only recently I have purchased a different toner for the sake of trying something new. Why have I continued repurchasing it?

  • It is very gentle.
  • My face feels fresh and not dried out.
  • The rose petal smell is divine.
  • It has soothed my face after using a potent product that caused irritation on my skin.
  • Can use it for “toner” facials (soaking multiple cotton pads, laying it on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin).
  • A 12oz bottle for $10.
  • Minimal, yet effective ingredients.

I have convinced many friends to buy this, and all love it. I’d say the one “negative” comment on it is that is may be too gentle. But hey, to each their own! A high recommendation from me, and I’m probably going to repurchase this once I run out of the “other.” I have tried their Lavender one, but the smell was too…. let’s say “mature” 🙂

That’s all for my skincare empties, and I can finally throw this stuff out! I do have a few makeup products on the side, but I’m waiting for the bag to fill up a bit more to make a decent, diverse post. Hope this helped you out in deciding what you’d like to try out!

Any recommendations?

xo, M

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