I have a ridiculous amount of empties. It’s become an issue. Can I really justify throwing my used up beauty/household products in a container until it is overflowing because “I’m going to write reviews on them soon!”? So, instead of reviewing every single empty I currently have in this post I picked 6, which I will continue to do with each beauty trash review post. If I have a product I really have no opinion on, if it was honestly just “meh”, it’s going straight in the recycling/trash.
I have something to say about each of these, in no particular order:
DR. BRANDT POREDERMABRASION™ PORE PERFECTING EXFOLIATOR
This is a hard product to decide whether or not I’d recommend. It worked beautifully for so long- my suggestion would be if you’re going to shell out the money for this to maybe use it on days where you are going to a special event or just want your skin to look extra pretty. If used sparingly, instead of routinely, maybe your skin will not get used to it. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to products, so for others maybe the pore perfecting exfoliator will work miracles every time.
L’Oréal TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE POWDER
I wear this in the lightest shade in the cool range (L’Oréal’s True Match range comes in warm and cool tones- distinguishable by a W or C before the name of the shade). I use it in many different ways- on minimal makeup days I will use my ELF Kabuki brush and buff it into my skin after using a pore blurring primer. On full makeup days, I will load the same brush up fairly heavily (lightly shaking off excess) and press it firmly into my skin in a motion similar to how you bounce a beauty blender/sponge to apply foundation. I even use the little round pad it comes with to touch up throughout the day- never sweeping or buffing but pressing the product into areas that have become shiny. The only powder application I do not use this for is setting my undereye concealer; for some reason, it has a tendency to react badly under my eyes and turn dark and immediately look crepey no matter what concealer I’m using.
I can not recommend this product enough. At a Christmas party this past December I pulled this out to powder my nose (that phrase always makes me feel like a fancy housewife when I use it), a male friend of mine immediately commented, “that powder is the best”- I thought he was joking, but he informed me it was the powder he used to keep his stage makeup set during his performance as Prince Charming/The Big Bad Wolf in “Into the Woods”. This is another testament to this powder’s staying power.
I advise making sure you know your undertone before purchasing a warm or cool shade. If you aren’t sure, it is always a better bet to go for neutral as more people are likely to be neutral or warm than cool, and warm tones tend to be more flattering as it is. I am very pale and have predominantly pink undertones, even leaning towards being ruddy. If you really aren’t sure and the whole undertone business scares you, purchase this product at a store like Rite Aid that has a return policy that will allow you to get your money back even if an item has been opened and tried out (as long as you still have the receipt).
This powder is super inexpensive and can be found at nearly every drugstore- if you’re in the market for a pressed powder, I really feel you can’t go wrong with this one!
THE ESTEE EDIT PORE VANISHING STICK
I like this better than the Porefessional. The main reason being its ease of use. It comes in a twist up tube and glides on the skin so easily with absolutely no mess. On no makeup days, I carried it in my purse and would swipe it on any areas that were becoming shiny. It does work very well under makeup as a primer, but I really did love this more for the days I did not want to put a lot of products on my face but still wanted to look polished.
I will almost definitely be repurchasing this at some point. My only complaint and this is very nit-picky, is that it’s hard to tell when the product is almost empty. One day I went to put it on and there was like a millionth of a centimeter of product left on a piece of plastic. It was a sad day, indeed.
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CLEAN FREAK DRY SHAMPOO
If I had the means, I would use Living Proof‘s or Amika‘s dry shampoo every day. They are both holy grails- Living Proof has a very clean scent while Amika smells so damn good you do not even need perfume. This mini review isn’t about those two dry shampoos, though- I wish it was.
The clean freak dry shampoo is just okay. It doesn’t leave a white cast, which in my opinion does make it far better than almost all other drugstore dry shampoos. I think my point is after having used the Living Proof and Amika dry shampoos I’m ruined for life from using drugstore options.
CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING LOTION+
This product is amazing if you have dry or normal skin. My skin type has changed as I have aged; when I was younger this was my favorite moisturizer as I had normal to dry skin that rarely ever broke out. Now that I’ve unfortunately developed oily and acne-prone skin, making the switch to gel moisturizers was a necessity.
This moisturizer lasts forever, even when used in the am and pm. It is by no means a bad product, it just isn’t the right moisturizer for anyone with oily skin.
BURT’S BEES RUBY GRAPEFRUIT SOY WAX MELTS
I can only think of one reason to recommend this product: if you happen to have some visitors in your home you just desperately want to get rid of, put these wax melts in your warmer. They will be rushing out the door in no time.
As always, I love feedback! If you have used any of these products and agree or disagree with my opinions, let me know! Suggestions and recommendations for other products you’d like me to try or think I might like are always welcome, as well.