Empties Review | Makeup, Skincare & More

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Before my bag of empties grows anymore, I thought it was time we took a look at everything I’ve used up. I always use products for a few weeks before reviewing them, so consider these ones super tested. There’s a pretty good variety of products, but they are all nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty free.

Makeup

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100% Pure’s Long Last Concealer in shade light matches my skin tone well and the compact has a mirror, but the pros end there. It has a very creamy borderline oily consistency, which I’m not fond of. It tends to pull away from blemishes and just doesn’t last through the day. Because it’s not full coverage, I had to layer it, so I hit pan very quickly. It’s not a horrible concealer, but I think the Hynt Beauty concealer is much better.

My W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation isn’t completely empty, but it is definitely expired. Please note, this foundation is not vegan as it contains beeswax. I purchased it well before I transitioned, but for some reason I still have it around. They’ve recently repackaged and reformulated, so there’s not much I can say on this, but I do want to say I don’t understand why green beauty brands aren’t completely vegan. It just seems like they’re losing potential customers.

Skincare

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If you saw my review, you know I love my Leven Rose oils. I’m on my fourth bottle of jojoba oil, which I used to adore as a daytime moisturizer, but recently I began using it to oil cleanse. I want to give it a few more weeks before sharing my experience, but so far my skin loves it. I’ve also used up bottles of rosehip oil, carrot seed oil and argan oil. The first two are winners and make lovely nighttime moisturizers, but I wasn’t impressed by argan oil. Whereas as the others help brighten and even my complexion, it didn’t really do anything for me.

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I’m almost through my second bottle of the Acure Seriously Glowing Facial Serum. I use this in my nighttime skincare routine and I really enjoy it. It’s a fairly light oil, but I wake up to plump and hydrated skin. Once I finish it, I’m going to try another serum because I love testing products, but I would repurchase it in the future.

I’m desperate to get my hands on the Silk Naturals Lash Serum again. This $6 magic serum gave my brows a nice boost by making hair grow where it never did before. Now that I’ve been out for a couple of months, the front of my brows are thinning again. It also thickened my lashes, but brows are greater than lashes in my opinion. I do have some cringey before and after pics, but just trust me, it works. Are you team brows or team lashes?

Oral Care

I featured the Hello Fluoride Free Toothpaste in natural sweet mint in my last haul and everything still stands. It gently whitens and cleans without being too intensely minty. Though it’s made with clean ingredients and certified vegan and cruelty free, it performs like a conventional toothpaste. You can find it in major retailers, so even if you’re in a rural area, you should be able to find it in store.

One of the simplest changes we can make to lessen our environmental impact is ditch plastic toothbrushes. I made the switch to the Dragonfly Effect Naturals Sustainabrush. Not only is it made of bamboo and recycled nylon, but they donate a toothbrush to a child in need with every one sold. It works just as well as any other toothbrush, so it’s good all around.

Deodorant

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I picked up the Every Man Jack Deodorant in citrus because it was on sale for just $5, which is a great price for natural deodorant. This is marketed to men, but I thought the scent was really nice, so I tried it. It has a gel-like consistency that melts onto the skin. This means you can’t see it, but it feels wet for about thirty seconds. The downfall is typical; It’s only wears for a few hours. The less active you are, the longer it will last, but don’t expect it to last all day. I won’t be repurchasing.

The Kiss My Face Cucumber Green Tea Active Life Deodorant and the Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Deodorant can be addressed at the same time. Both have unusual scents for deodorants, which I enjoy, but they also contain baking soda, which led to a very uncomfortable red and itchy experience! The Desert Essence one was particularly unpleasant because even when the scent wore off, it left a sticky residue. If you don’t know if you’re sensitive to baking soda, don’t find out. It’s not worth it!

 Bonus

I want to include the Garden of Life B-12 organic spray too because I know I have a lot of vegan readers. This is a nice B-12 supplement that is certified organic and vegan. Unlike some other liquid supplements, it doesn’t burn or taste bad, which makes for a more pleasant experience. If you’re finicky about B-12, I recommend this one although it’s a little pricey. If you have any recommendations, please share below.

 

If you’re tried any of these products or have recommendations for alternatives, please share in the comments. This was my first empties post, but I enjoyed putting it together, so expect another one in a few months. In the meantime, I’ll be back on Thursday.

Savanna

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