EMPTIES (drugstore + high end)

WASSUP. I usually do my empties posts in video form nowadays, but my channel is turning into an empties post every other video lmao – I’m not having any of that. I want variety over there, so I’m bringing the empties post HERE. Why? Because I know we all love a good empties review blog post.

Below you’ll find TEN products I have completely emptied and are going into the trash as we speak. That means I’ve tried the entire packaging. I have full reviews, some of which I’ll rave about… others, meh. Let’s dive in.

Let’s start with mascaras, because I have a fuck ton of ’em.

  • Essence Volume Stylist 18 hr Lash Extension
    Of the two drugstore mascaras, this one is going to be my favorite. I’d highly recommend this over the lash princess (see below), as you can achieve feathery spread lashes that will last throughout the day.
    The best part? It costs $4.99
  • Essence Lash Princess Volume
    This mascara I could pass on. I likely won’t repurchase. It was very liquid-y, which more often than not led to goopy, chunky lashes that didn’t spread nicely. If you’re looking for thicker lashes, you might like this. I prefer mine spread evenly and full of volume.
  • Lancome Monsieur Big
    YOOOOOOOOOOOO this mascara is FIRE. I love it so much. Like, false lashes worthy. Use a lash curler before going in with this mascara and you will boost your look x 100 – I swear.
    Better yet, the travel size is $12.00 and it’ll last you awhile. Run!
  • Clinique High Impact
    I wasn’t a fan of this. Just didn’t impress me. The formula is very lightweight; if you’re into super natural (barely there) mascara, you may like this! For me, it wasn’t enough volume.

Moving on, shall we? Next up, powders…

  • Coty Airspun loose setting powder
    THE GOAT. My favorite. Hands down. The best powder to *blot* the earth. Lol. ALSO – it’s $5.97 on Amazon. SO like, hello. It sets makeup incredibly, does not move foundation underneath. Keeps me matte throughout the day. HIDES my pores entirely. Banging product.
    The only con: you’ll smell like your grandma’s perfume from 1954.
  • IT Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder
    This was not a favorite for me. I’d say hard pass on this one. There was nothing special about it and I don’t feel a need to spend $29.00 on a powder that didn’t “wow” me. If anything, the Coty airspun blurs my pores + stays matte WAY more efficiently.

Two more makeup-related products.

  • Tonya Crooks TheBrowGal instatint brow gel
    I actually really loved this product. It made it SO easy to define my brows. Quick swipe swipe, and you had some pigment (for a badass brow), plus it was easy and not messy! I’m not good with pencils or pomades so this is a bomb product for me. I’d use it daily. I also don’t think $22 is unreasonable for this product. 10/10 recommend!
  • Soho buffing powder brush
    This is my ALL TIME favorite bronzer brush. I picked it up on a whim at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx years ago. It was time to retire it. Lol. It’s a solid brush, but it’ll definitely shed as you wash. Doesn’t phase me as it’s the PERFECT bronzing brush lmao. I’ll keep an eye in the future at TJ Maxx’s bc I’d love to snag it again. Otherwise, it’s available on Amazon. Distributes products well and made it look like I was a bronzing PROFESSIONAL. Super easy to use.

Lastly, skincare!

  • Origins energy boosting gel moisturizer
    This was a SUPER fresh and hydrating moisturizer. I am a big fan. I’d consider buying this (if I want to spend a little extra ca$h money) because I do find the quality is THERE with this product. Origins does skincare right and ever since my friend got me started on them, I’m hooked.
  • Alba Botanica hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
    I am a MEGA fan of this moisturizer. If you are ballin’ on a budget and want a super rich and lush moisturizer (daytime or nighttime), this is your option. My esthetician recommended this to me when my skin was going through it, and I’ve never looked back since. It’s an affordable option with skin benefits and hydration that sinks into your skin. I’ve purchased around 5 of these at this point. When I run out… I notice a difference in my skin! It’s parched without it. Big fan.

So those are all of my recent empties – I live for a good empties post! I hope you enjoyed and found a review of something you were interested in. Let me know your thoughts. Have you tried any of the above? I’m v curious to hear from you.

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes with One Item from the Drugstore

“Hint: it’s baby soap! *gasp* That’s right, I said it – and I put it to the test.”

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That’s right, people. I washed my makeup brushes with baby soap. And guess what? It’s a flippin miracle. Forget $30 brush wash or spot treatments. You can clean an entire set of brushes in less than $4. MULTIPLE TIMES.

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I really should be able to end this post right here, because I’m sure you’re convinced. I don’t see how you couldn’t be. However, allow me to explain and go through the method of cleaning so that you can also do this at home! Ballin’ on a budget, amirite???

  1. Gather all your dirty brushes – big and small, face and eye brushes, we don’t discriminate here. You can start with bigger brushes first and then we’ll move onto small brushes. My reasoning here is because you will dispense similar amounts of soap depending on the brush size and it would be annoying to go big, small, big, small, etc.

2.ย Wet the tip of your brush under a slow and lukewarm stream of water from the sink.

3. Dab a dime-size amount of soap into your less dominant palm.

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4. Begin to swirl your brush into the palm of your hand to create a lather. Be as careful as you can with your brush, doing your best to not turn it right side up (with the bristles in the air). We don’t want the water seeping to the base of your brush hairs – this will cause rust and shedding.

5. Run the tip of the brush back under the stream of water just enough to wet it again. Gently squeeze out excess water, this is when you will see the color of foundation and powder on the bottom of your sink.

6. Repeat with the lathering and “rinsing” until your water excess runs clear.

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One of the most important steps: let your brushes air dry against a cloth to absorb excess water or off the side of a counter (as mine are pictured above). You don’t want to ruin these beauties. Lay them bitches out to air dry.

This will probably take overnight – so I’d recommend washing them in the evening.

And that’s it! Easy, simple, and AFFORDABLE. I also have an affordable way to wash your beauty sponges too, if anyone wants a little blog post on that.

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Xoxo,
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