Skincare Empties: The Good and the “Meh”

This is my first “empties” review post! I found this post idea rather silly, but now I think it makes a lot of sense. It gives me a chance to review multiple products I’ve recently finished, all in one post. A bunch of birds, one stone.

So let’s start with the MEH and move on to the EH?! (That’s a happy, Canadian-sounding Eh)

Lush American Cream Conditioner

Positives first, then negatives:

Okay, so this scent at Lush — American Cream — is incredibly delicious.

I personally find the majority of Lush’s scents to be very odd and sweaty. But now and then, I find a musky gem that happens to be more delicious than just musky.

American Cream is a warm, savory concoction of vanilla and strawberries. It comes in a conditioner, and shower gel (which I have reviewed here). Apparently, it is also a limited edition perfume and is available in Hong Kong. Make it available in Canada, Lush. Eh? Please? Sorry for begging.

Now, unfortunately, much to my utter dismay, the American Cream conditioner really, truly sucks.

It’s too runny and thin to be a proper conditioner, particularly for thicker hair. It takes way too much product to get it through my hair and make any difference. I also lose a load of hair every time I use it. As such, it’s a waste of money.

Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner

This toner has been in my routine for quite a long time now, and I’ve been pretty happy with it.

To be honest, I used to think toner was so useless, but that’s because I didn’t quite know what it was good for. I have since learned of the many possibilities a toner presents.

Thayers Rose Petal Toner was the first in showing me what a toner can do. It can of course be used to pick up leftover crap and dirt after you’ve cleansed, but it also helps serums to absorb faster.

Now that I have more experience with toners, I want something a little more interesting and versatile than Thayers. Sure, it’s a solid toner, but meh. I want a toner that can do more…perhaps give me some extra moisture like Dr. Jart’s toner?

As such, I will be moving on from Thayers.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is one of my favorite serums, and this is probably my 3rd empty bottle. Read my full review here.

It gives you an extra boost of moisture, which can be very helpful if you suffer from dry skin.

I have used it for a long time now, and will continue to do so because it is so affordable (~$6 CAD for 30ml).

Now, for $6 it’s pretty damn impressive, but it’s not a miracle-worker on its own, so don’t expect that. Expect it to help out your moisturizer as well as everything else you use in your routine.

Have you guys tried these out before? What are your thoughts? And you know I’m always looking for moisturizing toner recommendations!

Thanks for reading ❤

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7 thoughts on “Skincare Empties: The Good and the “Meh”

  1. Where do you buy the Ordinary from? Is the only places online or in a Sephora store? My cousin has actually recommended the exact same product to me, and I just never purchased it because there’s no Sephora in Northern BC. But now that I’ve read this, it’s like a second sign from the universe that I should try it, right? lol

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    1. Sephora is the easiest way to get it! There’s also and the socialite beauty site. There are Deciem (Abnornal Beauty Co) stores around, but idk about Northern BC.

      I think it’s definitely a useful serum for extra hydration! You should try it out. Just make sure you apply it to damp skin, or at least with dampened fingers.


  2. Thanks for the heads up on the American Cream conditioner. My hair takes loads of conditioner to detangle so I like to purchase one with good slip to glide through my curls easily without emptying the whole bottle with one use! I like Thayers cucumber toner but if I’m not having an acne moment and use it on my skin, it breaks me out but it will clear up my acne on the days I have pimples. I do like Pixi Glow Tonic toner, it never fails me 🙂 Fun post, thanks for sharing ❤

    Natonya |

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  3. I love the ordinary!! especially that serum! I order from their website (free shipping after $25 which is like 5 things and if they don’t work they give you a refund {I think!! don’t quote me haha}) 🙂

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  4. When I first started blogging I always thought these posts were silly, too but, they really are a great way to review & share what you’ve gone through. They’ve become my favorite to read & write now. 🙂

    I’ve never tried anything by Lush. You’re the first one to say their scents are odd & sweaty LOL. The conditioner sounds terrible! & I love Thayers! I thought it was giving me extra moisture? Dang. If not, I’ll be looking for something else when mine runs out, too.

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    1. Hahahah I don’t get how other people don’t smell it?!?? Like just walk into a Lush store and try smelling some random products. They will most likely have a weird musky scent to them lol.

      And yeah I feel like empties posts make sense because once you’re finished a product, you can make a clearer judgment and decide if you’re really gonna buy it again or not.


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