May Empties and Reviews

by - 13 May

I've been on a skincare kick lately on my blog so I wanted to follow it with some (mostly) skincare empties.

These are products that have been in my empties bin in a while. Most of them have even been in here for more than five months. I actually have a couple of stuff that I finished but I deemed them not worthy enough for a post. Because all of these (except one) I actually really like.

1.) ZA Cleansing Foaming Gel

I really really really love this cleansing gel. It's a cleanser/makeup remover that removes even waterproof mascara. I kid you not. Even my hard-to-remove bases —you know the ones that just emulsify on your face but are still there —are removed easily.

To make sure it removes all of my makeup, what I do is wet my face a little take a small (but I usually overdo it, what else is new) pea-sized amount, massage it on my whole face for more than a minute, let it sit a minute more then rinse. It leaves my skin clean and not-taut like some heavy-duty cleansers tend to do.

2.)  ZA Hydration Fresh Lucent Toner

I bought this along with my gel cleanser in one of my hoard-everything hauls when ZA had that 50% off sale (see post here). And I do not regret getting this at all. I kinda feel bad for not getting more.

It's not one of those revolutionary toners, I mean it even has alcohol (which I tend to avoid in toners) but I love it because:

  • It doesn't break me out
  • It feels refreshing and gets rid of other traces of makeup/dirt my cleanser missed
  • It has Hyaluronic Acid which is the magic word if you want to increase hydration and improve skin elasticity plus it works on all skin types — oily, dry, normal and combination.

I'm currently using a non-alcohol toner but I might get back to this if I get the time to get my ass out of the house.

3.) Baviphat Green Tea Mist

Mists are my absolute indulgence. These types of mists aren't really good for anything other than refreshing the face so they aren't particularly used for setting makeup but I use it anyway for that apart from its intended use.

This one doesn't have the fine mist that I like but the smell and the way it feels on the skin is really nice. It wasn't that pricey either. I think I bought this for around Php 200 - 250.

4.) Etude Eye & Lip Remover

Funny name but good product. It removes eye makeup well. For waterproof mascara I tend to go back a second time but sometimes it's not that big of a deal. I much prefer the Maybelline eye and lip makeup remover though but this is an ok alternative and cheap too - less than Php300. (sorry I don't have a close-up shot of it!)

5.) Fashion21 and Darkness Auto Eyebrow Pens

For eyebrow makeup, I'm not that picky. Well, actually I am. But I'm not brand conscious. If it works. It works. And these two are fantastic. Fashion21 is harder in texture, the type I gravitate towards. The color is a cool-brown with no traces of red in it and the packaging is simple, sleek and sturdy.

Darkness is another Korean brand and much softer in texture compared to Fashion21. It has more leeway if you want a softer brow look since you can easily brush out the color because of its texture. The color is also a cool-toned brown and perfect for dark brunettes. The shape of the "lead" is flat and angled which made it easy for me to draw on my brows. But if I had to choose, I'd go for the Fashion21 because good hard eyebrow pencils are hard to come by, most of the time they're creamy and/or too waxy for my taste.

6.) Instant Argan Oil

Aka the super expensive pure Argan oil that wasn't really pure. I bought this for Php 1000 and during that time Argan oil was just being introduced to the Philippine market, so everybody was clamoring to get one. I didn't have proper information about it at the time and bought the bottle on a whim.

It works okay I guess, as a face moisturizer but I like it better for the hair and body. The thing I'm pissed about here is I thought I was getting PURE Argan oil not some heavily perfumed watered-down version of it. The consistency was thick like maple syrup and smelt like talc. It reminded me of those vanilla body sprays from Victoria's Secret.

Argan oil, I learned,  is supposed to smell woody or "medicinal" in a way not powdery and sweet. I blame the SA who said it was pure. It was my fault though for not reading the bottle. It didn't have PURE written anywhere on it.

That concludes my empties post. Have you tried any of these? And what're your thoughts about Sales Assistants "bending" the truth just to get a sale?


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  1. I am now curious about ZA skincare and face mists. I feel like they might help prevent/correct my makeup from getting cakey by the afternoon. Any recommendations? :)

  2. Oh my gosh Jhen! Hi! ZA skincare works well for me (Oily tzone with dry patches). Makeup is ok, their true white foundation is nice and light - good for everyday also has spf. For face mists I've tried Deoporce , Nature Republic, Jason C which is actually a toner, Baviphat. All of these are mild. The ZA toner here can work as a mist as well (I've used it as that), just buy a know the thing that sprays it. Haha forgot the term.

  3. Your photo, CJ! So pretty! ♥ I think you mean a spray bottle? I'll check the brand out. Thank you! :)

  4. I better get myself that ZA Cleansing Gel! Haha! And where did you get that Baviphat face mist? I'm a fan of face mists too. :P

  5. YES GO! Makati ZA only has the eyeshadows left :( Super ubusan na talaga. I think it was Kkochipida or Han Ryu. I forgot!!! :):P

  6. I was looking for the word atomizer haha. Di ko maalala that time :p

  7. Nice empties! The green tea mist sounds sooo refreshing! That must be annoying that the sales person led you to think you were getting pure argan oil! Not cool.

    Would love if you check out my blog! Just followed you on twitter and instagram :) I just wrote an empties post too!

    Raincouver Beauty

  8. I like Instant Argan Oil as a face moisturizer and also bought it at the time when Argan was like a mythical creature to the Philippine market. (As in, parang scavenger hunt sa paghahanap.) It's a nice product and brightened my super puyat skin, but I agree that the SAs have to stop claiming that it's pure. It's a serum already, so making claims about its purity is actually detrimental to the brand. Sayang, since it's a good product, in all fairness. Magmumukhang shady.

  9. Yeah!!! Super. I don't mind spending that much but it would've been nice to get actual info.

    Thanks followed you on instagram too!!! See you around pretty!

  10. Yeah I know. It's not bad per se sana hindi na lang sha nagsinungaling.


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