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Empties (Or: A Review of My Trash)

Please enjoy a critique of the empty bottles and jars I’ve accumulated over the last few months. I thought this would be a simple way to show what beauty products I actually use on a regular basis. (Let me just say, it was actually fairly difficult to fight the urge to recycle or trash these while I collected them.)

La’dor Wonder Hair Oil:
  • Pros: This bottle is only $23 for 100 ml, and I got it when Soko Glam was having a site-wide 30% off sale. My thick, coarse hair drank this up. It has plant-derived squalane along with plant oils to be moisturizing without feeling too oily. The smell is lightly sweet and herbal (if not a little plasticky).
  • Cons: I HATE hair products that come in a dropper bottle. It’s so tedious to apply when you have a lot of thick wavy-curly hair that needs a lot of product. This oil also works best with heat styling, but I do heatless styles more often.
  • Would I buy it again? Maybe, but only during a big sale. I have other oils that work better for heatless styles.
Skinfood Peach Jelly Soothing Gel 90:
  • Pros: A large 300 ml jar of this is only $8. What a steal for this soothing and lightly hydrating gel. It gave me a soft glow that is perfect for summer days without making me look oily or sweaty. Also, it has a wonderful peach scent.
  • Cons: It is definitely not moisturizing enough for dry winters in Vegas. The packaging is so messy, and the plastic disc they use to prevent leaking makes this more annoying to open. I ended up decanting it into a clean pump bottle.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, absolutely!
Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray:
  • Pros: I LOVE this stuff. I’ve even featured it in a previous blog! I go through so many bottles of this because I use it to rehydrate my skin, prime for makeup, and refresh cakey makeup.
  • Cons: I do wish the mist was finer. Sometimes, it sprays out big droplets that I have to blend into my makeup.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, I already have 2 backup bottles!
Some By Mi AHA-BHA-PHA 30Days Miracle Toner:
  • Pros: Despite having 3 types of exfoliant, this toner was gentle enough for me to use daily, and it made my skin so smooth and bright.
  • Cons: It is apparently a cult favorite that sells out constantly, so it can be a bit difficult to get your hands on.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, absolutely!
Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum:
  • Pros: I’ve featured this in a previous blog! It is still one of my favorites for healing breakouts and treating my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  • Cons: This is another cult favorite that frequently sells out, so I’m not always able to restock it for myself.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, if I can get it!
Good Light Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion:
  • Pros: This toning lotion simultaneously exfoliates and moisturizes, making it perfect for cold, dry nights in Vegas. Every time I used it, I woke up with softer and more radiant skin. The milky texture also feels extra luxe somehow.
  • Cons: The smell is a little odd, but (thankfully) it’s not that noticeable.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, I already did! I even want to try more Good Light products because of this toner.
Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon:
  • Pros: This is another favorite of mine that I’ve featured in a previous blog. It makes it so easy to customize my vitamin C, while also eliminating the chance of having to throw out an oxidized vitamin C serum. Lately, I love using it with Beauty of Joseon’s Ginseng Essence Water.
  • Cons: It is, admittedly, a tad bit tedious to measure out a scoop of powder every time. Then, it has to be mixed with a liquid for application. The packaging is also pretty bulky and annoying to travel with.
  • Would I buy it again? Yes, I already had a backup jar!
Sephora Firming Sleeping Cream:
  • Pros: It is thick and richly moisturizing, which I desperately need during Las Vegas winters. (I also got it for free from my friend who worked at Sephora at the time.) My skin definitely felt softer after use.
  • Cons: Although the product says to apply every evening, the fruit acids in this are not gentle enough for daily use. I used it every night for a week, and my skin felt over exfoliated even though I wasn’t using any other exfoliating products. It also has a thick, cloyingly sweet smell that is difficult to ignore.
  • Would I buy it again? Maybe, but I got it for free and still didn’t like it that much.

Have you used any of these products? Do you want to try any of them?

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