As a beauty blogger and lover, I’m constantly trying out new cosmetics, skincare and hair care products. However, over the past 2-3 years, I’ve been attempting to reign in my shopping and work through what I own through a comprehensive inventory system, periodic No-Buys, and yearlong Project Pans.
The below products included in my Fall Beauty Empties 2019 Roundup are beauty items that I am happy to have finished over the past 3 months. Although the total number of products finished is not greater than the number of new items that entered my collection, I still view these finished products as a small victory. Please keep reading to see what I used up this Fall!
Fall Beauty Empties 2019 | Cosmetics Empties
Benefit Precisely, My Brow (4) | $24.00 USD
Although many younger consumers or consumers new to makeup credit Anastasia Beverly Hills for making brows a “thing” for makeup wearers, Benefit actually held that crown for many years. Personally, Benefit was the brand that convinced me to sculpt my brows. Precisely, My Brow is a micro-fine brow pencil akin to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ beloved Brow Wiz. I would consider repurchasing the Precisely, My Brow in the future, but not until I finish what I currently own.
Note: it took me nearly seven months of almost daily wear to use up this brow pencil, so it is well worth the money.
Benefit…They’re Real Mascara Mini | $12.00 USD, CF
At one point, Benefit’s…They’re Real Mascara was my holy grail mascara because of its ability to lift and lengthen the lashes in the most effortlessly natural-looking way. This is a perfect mascara for “no makeup” makeup days, but I have far too many mascaras to justify purchasing a new one of these at this time.
The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Treatment is an ultra-hydrating nighttime balm meant to lock in moisture and leave the lips feeling supple. So far, this is the only lip treatment that compares to my Fresh Lip Therapy Treatment. This tiny tube lasted me 9 months!!
ColourPop All Star Setting Spray | $10.00 USD, CF
I received the ColourPop All Star Setting Sprayfree with a ColourPop purchase earlier in the year. Although the brand has been expanding its range of complexion products, they’re still most well known (and loved) for their eyeshadows. This setting spray does live up to the claim to keep my foundation locked into place all day, but the spray itself doesn’t feel as nice as some of my other setting sprays. Nor do I think it blurs perfections like it claims.
ColourPop BFF Mascara – Black on Black| $8.00 USD, CF
I tried the ColourPop BFF Mascara after watching Kathleen Lights try on video where she demonstrated the look of each colorful mascara in the line. I’ve been on a rollercoaster with this mascara. At first, the formula is far too wet and painful to get in the eyes, but after a month or so the mascara dries a little and the formula performs much better. I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase this mascara again unless I wanted to grab something in a fun color.
Laura Mercier – Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara Mini | $12.00 USD
The Milk Makeup KUSH Lash Primer was a product I was stoked to try this year because the KUSH Mascara is my favorite mascara. I enjoyed the lash primer, but I needed to push myself to use this product.
Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara in Blackest Black | $20.00 USD, CF
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer | $39.00 USD, CF
The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer may be the surprise hit of the year for me. I love the soft matte finish this primer gives the skin and how it prolongs the life of my makeup – read my full thoughts in my Smashbox primer review. Given that I am on a No Buy, I will not be repurchasing this until I work through my other matte primers.
Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner | $20.00 USD, CF
Packaging aside, I hate theTarte Sex Kitten Linerbecause of how difficult it is to apply on the eyes. Swatched on the hand, it looks deep black infused with glitter and it lasts for days. Applied on the eyes, it skips over eyeshadow, it applies in a runny way, and is uneven in application. I have ruined countless looks using this liner. My goal was to finish this liner, but I refuse to torture myself any longer. I’m glad I received this for free in a subscription box and did not pay for this outright.
Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation has been my favorite foundation for the last two years. It is long-lasting, lightweight, and looks like my skin but better. The soft matte finish looks quite natural and plays well with most cheek products and primers. Given the rules of my No Buy, I will not be repurchasing at this time, but I am glad to have the newly reformulated version of this foundation in my collection.
Oddly, I had never tried the Perversion Mascara before receiving this free sample from Urban Decay. Previously, I would always give the freebies I received to friends or family. This mascara is very reminiscent of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara because of the length, separation, and color this provides the lashes. My lashes looked naturally beautiful with this mascara, so I would consider repurchasing.
Fall Beauty Empties 2019 | Skincare Empties
Fresh – Soy Face Cleanser Mini (X2) | $10.14 USD
At this point, I’ve lost count of how many Fresh Soy Face Cleansers I’ve gone through over the years. In my humble opinion, I’ve never tried a cleanser that is as good as this one. Not only is this extremely gentle, but it works so well at removing oil and grime. (Note: I remove my makeup before washing my face.) I may try cleansers from other brands every now and again, but I always go back to this one.
It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream | $48.00 USD
The Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream is magic for dark circles under the eye. There is a noticeable difference in my under eyes when I use this cream. My eye area immediately looks lifted and bright. I am currently testing out a new eye cream, but I will certainly purchase this in the future.
Y’all… I honestly and truly do not understand why Korres is not more hyped. I’ve loved all the skincare that I’ve tried from this brand and the clean ingredients that the brand uses. Fans of Fresh would likely enjoy this cream and I do want to repurchase the Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizerwhen I am done with all of my facial moisturizers. It works so well for a daily moisturizer for acne-prone and oily skin. However, this has a strong rose scent.
Palmers Cocoa Butter – Daily Skin Therapy Solid Jar Mini | $1.17 USD
Like so many of the products I’ve finished throughout the rest of 2019, the Palmers Cocoa Butter Daily Skin Therapy Solid was a free product I received at Beautycon. Fans of cocoa scents will love this; however, I struggled with this product because I felt like it didn’t sink into my skin.
I am so satisfied with the Ponds Cold Cream Cucumber Cleanser because of how gently, but effectively this removes makeup. Unlike some makeup removers that strip the skin, this cold cream actually leaves the skin feeling nourished and supple. There is so much product for such a low price point and lasted me over a year. It likely would have lasted longer, except I started using this for wiping away arm swatches.
Buyer beware: if you have oily skin like I do, you NEED to double cleanse. Your skin will feel greasy and your pores will get clogged if you fail to wash your face afterward. I have another gel makeup remover from Ponds that I am currently working on, so I am not planning to repurchase the Cucumber Cleanser at this time.
I received Ren’s Glycolic Radiance Renewal Mask as a free Sephora Insider perk earlier this year. This mask definitely lives up to its claims to leave the skin looking brighter and fresher; however, I am not planning to repurchase this mask at this time given that I own two full size brightening masks from other brands.
Sol de Janeiro – Coco Cabana Deluxe Mini | $6.67 USD, CF
If you’ve been keeping up with this series, then you already know that I do enjoy the Coco Cabana Cream from Sol de Janeiro… despite the tingling sensation that occurs when it is first applied. I would consider repurchasing the newly reformulated version of this cream, but not at this time since I have two other body butter pots to work through.
I purchased a travel size version of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub over the summer after realizing I forgot to pack face wash for a weekend away. The St. Ives Scrub was the only option I could find at the grocery store so I picked this up. I was impressed by how well this scrub exfoliated my face and used this up fairly quickly this fall when my skin needed some extra love and attention.
10/10 recommend the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment to anyone with scalp issues. As someone with an itchy scalp that is prone to build up and hair fallout, this treatment has been a wondrous find. It calms my scalp on second-day hair days and calms my irritated scalp. Plus, this bottle lasted me an entire year. I have already repurchased a back another one of these treatments.
Dove Intense Repair Conditioner | $4.99 USD, CF
To be honest, I completely forgot that I owned this conditioner from Dove. Rather than tossing this conditioner out, I decided to use it up.
Maui Moisture is a new brand that I tried in 2019. The Curl Quench Shampoo & Conditioner added definition to my curls without weighing them down or making my hair feel greasy. The Curl Quench line is advertised as being made for thick, curly hair, but it worked well on my thin, wavy hair.
As someone with a sensitive scalp, I am always cautious about the hair products I use to cleanse my scalp. The Ghost Shampoo & Conditioner cleanse and hydrate my hair without stripping it or weighing it down. Best of all, this line doesn’t irritate my scalp.
Fall Beauty Empties Total
Products Used Up: 29
Product Value: $456.23 USD
Final thoughts on my Fall Beauty Empties
Weirdly enough, I finished more makeup items than skincare items this season! As always, the bulk of my cosmetics empties consist of base products and mascaras. It is extremely difficult to work through other forms of cosmetics due to the sheer volume of product in each individual pan or tube.
I was let down by the number of skincare empties this season. Normally skincare comprises the bulk of my seasonal empties roundups, but this month I finished fewer products than I anticipated. I have 3-4 skincare products that I thought I could finish in December, but it looks like I’ll carry these into my beauty collection in 2020.
Although seeing a huge empties roundup is weirdly satisfying, I never want to become one of the Project Panners that I see digging into product and wasting it. (Disclaimer: not all Project Panners do this but sadly I still see a lot of this going on.) I anticipate that my first 2020 Beauty Empties Roundup will be much larger than my Fall Beauty Empties 2019 roundup.