In Rotation – Current Faves, Recent Empties

Leslie here! Have you missed me??

I know I’ve been slacking on this blogeroni, but I’ve actually been kind of boring lately. I’ve been on a ‘no buy’, and just trying to use up the products I already have in my stash. It’s kind of satisfying finishing something! And getting to use an entire product to the end, you get a clearer picture of what the product can offer you. I am really loving my skin these days, and I think its due to the combination of products (and consistency!) that I have been using.

These are some of the things I am PLEASED about having to completely use up. As well as a few (ok a lot of) items that I have recently used up (with mini reviews!) Let’s go!


Paula’s Choice, if you didn’t know, is one of my favorite skincare brands. My first real ‘expensive’ skincare purchase was her Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, and the love affair began! I used all mine up and really never repurchased- I was trying other BHA options. But I recently (before my no buy!) decided to pick it back up, and girl. That stuff is truly the sh*t. If you are struggling with texture, large pores, breakouts, uneven tone, blackheads, dullness – TRY THIS. Promise, swear, do it.

My current FAVE line up for daytime is the SkinFood Peach Sake Pore Serum followed by Origins Zero Oil. First of all, let’s talk about this damn serum. I was skeptical for so long, but finally decided to pick this up, and I do not regret it! It mattifies the skin, but is not drying. Creates a silky, velvety smooth finish, and makes my pores virtually disappear. I don’t know how it affects pore size overtime, being that it is labeled as a serum. Maybe I’ll do a full review on it? Maybe.

Following the serum for daytime, I have been really enjoying Zero Oil from Origins! In fact, this is all around one of my favorite basic moisturizers. It is oil free, as the name suggests, and contains pore refining and minimizing ingredients like saw palmetto, mint, and salicylic acid. It gives my skin a very lightweight veil of moisture, while also working to refine my texture and pores. I have noticed generally smoother skin over time as I continue to use this. I love it! And it smells great too!

I can’t say the same for my current fave eye serum. It smells like dirt… But I do love everything else about it! Shea Terra Organics Argan & Green Coffee Eye Serum has been my go to for AM & PM. My under eye gets verrrry dry, and this serum is really more of a fast absorbing oil. It keeps my peepers hydrated and awake looking!

And lastly, I have been putting The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2% to the test. I cannot actually speak to the effectiveness of this product YET, but we can call this a teaser that I’m going to be doing a full review! I will be focusing mostly on the changes I see on my forehead creases. Will this be the answer?!

Empties, empties, empties. I love watching empties YouTube videos. I think it gives a better review of the product because someone has entirely used it up. So I thought I would quickly let you know my thoughts on some of the things I need to throw away now, because I’m just starting to look like a trash hoarder…


Tarte Maracuja Oil ($48)- two empties, no surprises here. I have NOT repurchased, because I’m trying not to buy anything new. BUT, I will likely repurchase this ol’ faithful.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($16)- This was my GO TO makeup remover. I have been using the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, but this is honestly just as good and about half the price. So yes, will repurchase.

Paula’s Choice RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42)- Listen. I had to force myself to finish this. I do not like the watery texture, it makes my skin dry and itchy, and I don’t notice anything drastic from using it. I prefer The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, which is inSANEly less expensive. (I go more in depth here.)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum ($42)- This was a deluxe sample I got with my last purchase. I don’t know if I had it long enough to see full benefits of it. What I do know is I enjoy the texture, it did not irritate or dry out my skin, and it did not cause any breakouts! So I would be willing to purchase the full size and give it a full run to see the results! After my no buy of course….

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum ($21.99)- I’ve been on the hunt for a HIGHLY effective, deep wrinkle reducing/plumping product. I have lines on my forehead that I just want gone. This had ok reviews and was not terribly expensive. But, after using the entire bottle, I see no changes. I will be moving on from this and do not recommend.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($68) – Hands down BEST eye serum I have ever used. I started to notice crepey, saggy-ness on my already hooded eye lids. And I have definitely noticed a difference after using this. I won’t be repurchasing yet because I have other eye serums to use up, but I will likely have this again because it WORKS!

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum ($60)- Hopefully at this point, you know this is my holy grail. See my full review here. And yes, I already had a backup for this empty!

Perricone MD Chloro Plasma Purifying Mask ($80)- This was a travel size, so it wasn’t $80, but it didn’t blow me away enough to shell out 80 for the full size. (See a mini review here.)

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Setting Spray ($12.99)- THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SPRAYS I HAVE EVER TRIED. I really love this setting spray – it mists beautifully, it sets down without over drying, and it helps makeup last longer. Oh, and so inexpensive! **I did repurchase this once this one was empty, and the sprayer on the new one is just awful! So I was all “I’ll just switch the old nozzle to this new bottle.” NOPE. The damn thing won’t come off! So you will love this IF you happen to get one with a good nozzle. Because other wise – it’s gonna be a shit show.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea ($7)- Repurchased, holy grail (along with the Rosewater version) and ITS ONLY SEVEN DOLLARS. Done and done.

Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream ($68)- This was a nice night cream, and smells AMAZING. I didn’t notice any drastic firming/lifting/antiwrinkle shenanigans. But it did a really nice job at hydrating and plumping the skin. I’d love to try other items from their Black Pine line!

Hydropeptide LumaPro-C ($148)- I did really enjoy this serum. I felt it helped even out my skin, and kept breakouts at bay. Would I repurchase for the hefty price tag? Likely no. At least not until I try other things that are less expensive. (See my full review here.)

Holy cow that was a lot – I hope you found something helpful in my ramblings! Thanks for reading!! xx


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