Thursday, December 5, 2013

Squeezed: November 2013 Edition

I've used up some products here and there, but to be honest, I think I've been buying WAY more than I am currently using. My usual face is (gasp!) sans fards (no makeup) so it's been slow going in terms of scraping the bottom of beauty products.

  1. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash: This is a Holy Grail item that has popped up on this blog more often than I can count. I've experimented briefly with other facial washes, but the fact that I keep coming back to this product that I've been using steadily for the past 3-4 years is pretty telling. I've already purchased another.
  2. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Hair Masque: Every time I take a bath, I take gobs of the hair masque, run it through my hair, roll the gooey result into a bun on the top of my head, and soak in the bubbles for a good 30 minutes. Since it's gotten chillier, I've been taking baths about twice a week regularly, so before breaking the bank on the pricier options like my MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask, I thought I'd pop out to the local drugstore and get this Herbal Essence version. I can honestly say that my hair doesn't feel the difference in prices, and regardless of which product I use, the silky smooth results are the same. 
  3. The Body Shop Body Butter (50mL) in Coconut: Little widdle pot of delicious smelling body butter. I've purchased these in 5 different scents but cracked through the coconut and strawberry first. Excellent texture and sinks luxuriously in. Perfect for the winter! Coconut will be repurchased. 
  4. The Body Shop Body Butter (50mL) in Strawberry: The strawberry smell is strong but artificial. I think I'll try other scents first before repurchasing this one. 
  5. MAC LiquidLast Eyeliner: Another Holy Grail item that took me a little longer this time around to use up. I've been eschewing such a wet, black look for something quick and easy to apply during the day. I've only been using this for evening/weekend looks. Still doesn't budge- when paired with the YSL Mascara, those two items would probably stay on the entire weekend for those so inclined to wear their makeup nonstop for 48+ hours. 
  6. YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara in Black: No surprise here that I would use up another one of my Holy Grail mascaras. I've picked up quite a few mascaras like the MAC False Lashes and Benefit's BadGal Lash but all of them give me panda eye. This YSL mascara is still the only one that will last all day, even through saunas, beaches, salt water oceans, and chlorinated waterparks (I personally have done extensive research on this!). The only negative is that the tube dries out within a month and a half and gets quite clumpy right around that time, so you've got to be snappy about using it. 
  7. Nars Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base: I've used up the last bits of this eye primer that I brought with me from Korea. When I was running low, I thought I would just pop into a Nars in Germany to restock, only to find out that there IS NO NARS in Germany?! What kind of tomfoolery is this?! The closest Nars being in Switzerland or the Czech Republic, I decided to try out Benefit's Stay, Don't Stray Eye Primer that I got in a mini version on a recent haul (see here) until I got to Korea and picked up a lifetime supply of my beloved Nars eye primer. 
  8. Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Black: I bought this liquid eyeliner in the hopes of being able to throw it in my mini makeup bags and do touch-ups here and there when out. There are two things you need to know about this liner, only two. The first one is: it is definitely not waterproof- it lends to easy removal when you can just rub it off. The second is: it is the easiest eyeliner to use to make perfect cat eyeliner flicks to the outer edges of your eye. I'll be doing a repurchase of this when I find a Make Up For Ever store (probably in Seoul). 
  9. MAC Wipes Cleansing Towelettes: What with such waterproof, unbudging makeup like the previously mentioned items, you need some heavy-duty help to take it all off at the end of the day: these wipes are a lifesaver. They will take off everything. I love to cut the towelettes in half and use half for my eyes and use the other half for my face. I literally have not used any other makeup remover since I discovered these. 
Whew. Using products up is hard work. Any products you think I shouldn't be without?

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