Skin Care Empties + Mini Reviews

· A quick round up of my skin care items that made it to the finish line. ·

February 27, 2017 4 Comments

Is anything more satisfying than actually finishing a beauty product? I’m happy to say I’ve gotten through quite a few skin care items and thought I’d do a quick run through of what I liked and didn’t like from the bunch. Empties also make me happy because now I can try out some new products without feeling guilty!

My empties include items from Paula’s Choice, Aveeno, Peter Thomas Roth, Garnier, Nip+Fab, The Body Shop, Almay, Neostrata, Reversa and COSRX.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Toner – $9.98CDN

This is an amazing hydrating toner that rebalances the pH of the skin after cleansing for a soft, refreshing feel. It also preps the skin to better absorb the products you apply after it. Positively radiant is alcohol free, oil free and hypoallergenic. It uses soy as the main ingredient for skin soothing. This toner is a must during the cold, winter months and is by far the most hydrating toner I’ve used to date. It has a mild fragrance to it, which doesn’t bother me but could bother people sensitive to fragrance. I recently transferred it into a spray bottle so I can mist myself with it!

Would I repurchase? Yup – already on my second bottle.

The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion – $20CDN

An essence is a skin care product popular in the Korean skin care regimen. It is normally a thin, watery lotion that is thinner than a serum and is applied to the skin after cleansing, exfoliating and toning to add another layer of hydration and prep skin for what you apply next. The Body Shop’s Aqua Boost is the first essence I’ve tried, but I really love it! I use a splash of it morning and night, mixed in with a drop of my hyaluronic acid serum, to keep my skin soft and hydrated all day. The ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which is essential to the skin for moisture retention.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme – $17.50CDN

I posted a review of this on the site here, so I won’t go into too much detail in this post. The tub includes 60 pre-soaked facial pads that are made up of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid, for good measure. The pads have a light citrus scent and are great for deep cleaning pores, removing dead skin and getting a smoother, brighter complexion.

Would I repurchase? Yes – on tub #2 right now.

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream – $33USD (for full size)

I bought the sample size of this eye cream because I needed to spend a certain amount of $$ to get free shipping on the niacinimide I ordered. This is a light-weight, fragrance-free cream that keeps the eye area soft and supple. The product worked well enough for me, but I think I could find another eye cream that is much less expensive. As this stuff is costly, I made sure to cut open the bottom to get every last drop out!

Would I repurchase? No, only due to the high cost of the product.

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid – $18.78CDN

I posted a thorough review of this miracle toner here and anyone who read it will know that I love this stuff! It is a Korean skin care product that includes 4% betaine salicylate, (similar to 2% salicylic acid) to deep clean pores and destroy blackheads. It’s alcohol free and super gentle on the skin. I recommend this to anyone dealing with blackheads; it’s the only product that has drastically reduced them on my nose.

Would I repurchase? Hell yes – already have bottle #2.


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water – $8.97CDN

I use Garnier micellar water at night as my first cleanse to remove my face and eye makeup. It removes everything yet is still gentle on skin and is cheaper than the Bioderma micellar water which is so popular these days.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads – $9.46CDN

These pads are awesome for removing even the heaviest eye makeup. They are soaked in oil and gently breakdown makeup on contact while moisturizing the sensitive eye area.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Reversa 8% Glycolic Acid Solution for Oily/Acne Prone Skin – $37CDN

I’ve used this glycolic toner for about 5 years religiously and it always gave me great results. The high glycolic acid content is perfect for revealing smoother, more even skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface. It has a bit of a tingle once applied to skin, but nothing painful and doesn’t have any funky fragrances in it.

I recently stopped using it only to try out some new products, but I didn’t have any complaints with this product. It does include alcohol as its second ingredient, which can cause dryness and irritation in some skin types. Be aware of this before purchasing!

Neostrata Night Repair Cream – $42CDN

I reviewed this cream in more detail here. It is made with 6% glycolic acid to brighten and smooth skin, while keeping it soft and hydrated. It has a mild tingle that disappears after it absorbs into the skin. Great for someone looking for an acid exfoliant in a non-toner form.

Would I repurchase? Yes (when it’s on sale! Currently on sale now at Shopper’s online beauty boutique).


Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel & Reveal (discontinued)

I’ve had this exfoliant for a verrry long time and I believe it’s been discontinued now. The closest PTR exfoliant available that seems to be of a similar formula is the FirmX Peeling Gel Exfoliant ($60CDN).

The original exfoliant was made up of enzymes to chemically exfoliate the skin and aluminum oxide crystals to mechanically exfoliate as well. I used this exfoliant about once or twice a week and found it left my skin super soft and smooth after use. PTR products are on the pricier end, but I would definitely try out one of their newer exfoliants based on the results of this one (I wish this version was still available dammit!).


What are your current skin care empties?

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  • I love Nip+Fab Extreme Pads too and half way done with mine now and the Cosrx toner is on my list to try!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • To be honest, I think I have a slight addiction to their citrus smell 🙂

  • Ela

    I’m using the CosRX Skin-Returning solution as a toner and I’ve yet to see results 🙁 When this runs out, I’ll definitely buy a bottle of that blackhead-busting one!
    Ela |

  • I just bought the Nip+Fab pads a few days ago & I’m so excited to give them a go! I’ve heard a ton of great things about them!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge