Beauty & Fragrance Empties + Reverse Rouge Update

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Here lay products I have finally used up. It’s not an excellent showing, but progress is progress! Keep reading for a toner you should consider if you have oily skin, some Byredo fragrance mini-reviews, and a face wipe you may want to invest in if you just can’t be arsed to wash your face at night.

Full-Size Products = Full-Size Reviews!

Ole Henriksen Truth on the Glow Cleansing Cloths

These smell wonderfully of some type of orange candy. I’ve used these to remove eye makeup, lipsticks, and cheek products just fine. You may have trouble with waterproof mascara. I don’t often wear a full face so I can’t speak to their efficacy with layers of primer, foundation, powder, and sunscreen. Mostly I like to use them when I can’t be arsed to wash my face at night. I’ll swab these on, use a chemical exfoliator of some kind, smear on a facial oil, and go to bed.

Repurchase? Yes. I already have a couple more packs. It would take a fantastic cloth to replace this because I am a huge fan of Ole’s Truth line. The only downside is that you should never buy the 100 cloth pack because they are dryer than the cloths in the 30 count pack. This drier cloth business makes NO SENSE. Also, since the package change, they seem different, I can’t put my finger on why. I wish I had an old package to compare ingredients.

Korres Pomegranate Toner

I bought this toner when I didn’t understand my skin type. The one I have is so old the packaging has changed! I have dry skin so now I know to avoid words like “tightening” and “mattifying.” Once I realized it wasn’t great for my face, I used it to freshen up my chest and neck area after walking the dog or yard work until I could hit the shower later that night.

I won’t be repurchasing, but I have read three separate reports that, for oily skin, this Pomegranate line is aces. So keep it in mind if oil control is a primary concern. They have a holiday set out now, and I heard the resurfacing mask is an acceptable dupe for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial.


Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap No 21

A great soap in that it leaves no residue after rinsing. A clean rinse is my number one criteria with hand soap. The second consideration is the scent. Any fragrance product with “wood” in the description catches my eye immediately. I purchased this during a PopSugar sale at 75% off, so I have no complaints except I expected more woody scent and got 100% rosewater. So, I will not repurchase.

What I’m using now: Driftwood by Method (I saw two on eBay if you’re really desperate to try them) and Black Pepper & Pine by Bath and Bodyworks (a holiday scent from last year that they sadly didn’t bring back).

Byredo Eleventh Hour – piney while also being sweet. Then something terrible happens. It dries down into a power. Every time I rolled over on my pillow and smelled it, I got angry. What a letdown!

Byredo Bal d’Afrique – this is also piney and sweet. But unlike Eleventh Hour, it doesn’t turn into a powdery scent after an hour or two. It has more depth and warmth than Eleventh Hour and is muskier.

Byredo G*psy Water – the warmest of the three. More pine, more sex, more heat. This fragrance is Bal d’Afrique’s older sister who smokes under the bleachers and wears a little black dress with a leather jacket.

I have both Bal d’Afrique and G*psy Water in the hair perfume sprays. My only complaint with those is that they are sweeter than their Eau de Parfum formulas. I expected the same scent. Is the propellant in the cans altering the scents? I don’t know. Would I buy either of the EDPs? Nope! Not while the next entry exists!

Tom Ford Oud Wood – the GOAT! (greatest of all time) If I am to pay a pretty penny for a scent, it won’t be Byredo. Those fragrances last five hours or less. Tom Ford lasts for days. I am trying to find something I like just as much for cheaper, but am not having luck. So far Dyptique Tam Dao is kind of close, but too much cedar. It also makes my eyes water. You know what also makes my eyes water? The price of Oud Wood!

Beauty Minis + Foil Packets

If you have a mountain of deluxe samples and foil packets to get through, come to play with us on Sephora’s Beauty Insider Community to get inspiration and tips on how to get through your samples in the Use Your Foil Samples Challenge 2018 thread.

Would Purchase Full-Size

Son and Park Beauty Water – already have a full-size of this. It’s a solid cleansing water with mild exfoliation. I’ve used it as a cleanser and a toner and an essence. A true multi-tasker! I like that it has a clean scent.

Josie Maran Argan Oil – I used to have that huge, $100 bottle of this oil. I will never do that again because one time it tipped over, and I almost cried while the dog tried to lick the spillage off the carpet. Josie Maran’s Argan Oil cleared up an angry eczema patch on my leg single-handedly. It is light, absorbs well, and I am always thrilled when I get samples this. I will wait to repurchase because I have other oils to get through.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist – I almost thought I was going a bit crazy when I first started using this. Is it making my face smoother? It turns out it was. Hibiscus is known to be a mild exfoliant. I hate rose. I hate it so much. So, I need you to understand how much I love this product to keep using it. I have several more of these minis that I hoarded with promos and a couple of big bottles as well. I’ve tried a lot of mists. This one is my favorite. Moisture, exfoliation, refreshing fun!

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – this is empty because it leaked in my travel bag. There is no excuse for a travel size to leak! Travel packaging should be super-duper fortified against that kind of thing, yeah? The BHA liquid has a very, very light oil consistency. It makes my skin plump and glossy, the little time I got to use it. I already bought a full size, so we’ll see if it helps with sebaceous filaments.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover – never irritated my eyes, never left a yucky taste on my lips. I think it got reformulated and renamed; so, I can’t rebuy it even if I wanted to. Lucky I have two full-sizes left!

Would Recommend But Won’t Purchase

Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Oil – this cleansing oil was thick, viscous and delightful to massage on my face. I won’t repurchase solely due to the scent. If you like florals though, I highly recommend it if not for the price. It is even more expensive than my current favorite cleansing oil, Bobbi Brown’s.

Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Foam – a luxurious, fluffy cleanser with fun, inexplicable beads. I can’t take the scent. Again, too floral and too expensive for me to purchase a full size. My skin felt fantastic after using it though.

Tarte Maracuja Oil – thick, unscented and in a pretty purple bottle. I’ve had a giant bottle of this and liked it quite well. It’s a great winter moisturizer for those with dry skin. Unfortunately, I enjoy the Drunk Elephant Marula oil a bit better. But if that DE price tag makes you recoil, this is an acceptable substitute.

Josie Maran Argan Cleaning Oil – my first cleansing oil ever!  I use it when my skin is angry, rough and dry as a first cleanse.  Sometimes I mix it with a powder exfoliant.  It never strips my skin.  My issue, because it is so thick, is sometimes it is hard to remove cleanly which is why I only use it in a double-cleanse process.  I have a few more oil cleansers to try, so this one goes on the back burner for the foreseeable future.

Won’t Purchase

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist – uneven and splotchy spray, doesn’t moisturize enough for my dry skin. Smells nice though!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads – this came empty essentially. This sample had a plastic collar and a sealed foil top once you unscrewed the lid and the pads were still dry as a bone. I can’t trust this product enough to buy a full-size! What a shame.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – is SO WHITE. I have tried the tinted version, and I think I liked it okay. I hate sunscreen. Don’t @ me! I know all the pitfalls with that line of thinking. This product is just so thick and so uncomfortable, and I was practically glowing in the dark when I put it on. It eventually eased itself into a human skin tone, but it was just too noticeable on the skin (heaviness-wise), for me.

Briogeo Rosarco Repair Shampoo – for using the word “Repair” in the name, it sure was a bland product. I didn’t like the scent, and it wasn’t particularly moisturizing.

Klorane Color Enhancing Conditioner – usually color-enhancing formulas are super creamy and moisturizing.  This one was as thick as pudding but didn’t leave my hair feeling loved in any way.  I also didn’t like the artificially perfumed scent it had going on.

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil – it felt light, it was runny, and it sank in well. There wasn’t nearly enough in this foil to get a bead on it.

Reverse Rouge

I talked about Reverse Rouge a bit in this post. But basically, I am assigning a value to the things I am using up in an attempt to hit the $1000 threshold for Sephora Rouge. I want to use up more than I spend.

This installment’s products total $97.28

All products in this post were purchased by yvettemypet.

In the comments below, link me to your empties posts! I love reading them.
Or if you are also doing Reverse Rouge, I’d like to hear about your progress.


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