Beauty Products I've Used Up

Beauty products, Beauty review, Empties, Products I've used up, Skincare

This empties post has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure if I wanted to start an empties series but I think it will be useful for me to have as a record of products I've tried and finished as well as provide a manner of quick reviews for your information. These products were all purchased by me and I will only be including products that I bought in these posts.

Cremorlab White Bloom Floral Cream $72
I picked this cream up at last year's Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. Cremorlab is a natural Korean beauty brand. The foundation of their products is a rare and mineral rich thermal water that is known to help boost radiance, vitality, and hydration. Don't be fooled by the look of this jar, their packaging is gorgeous. This had lovely floral scent and a lightweight, silky texture. Although it worked well as a moisturizer, it did not live up to it's claims to boost radiance or correct hyperpigmentation. And you don't get much product at all for the straight up retail price.
Repurchase: No

Dr. Brandt Laser Fx Bright Serum $78
I actually first tried this when I received a press sample at a launch event with Dr. Brandt himself (RIP). Here is my review of the serum. It should tell you how effective and how much I like this product that I've since bought it twice. This serum delivers visible brightening results and it's one I go back to when I'm in between trying other brightening serums.
Repurchase: Yes (2x already)

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask $25
I already raved about this mask in this post. It is totally my skin saver whenever it's irritated but I also love to use it ahead of my chemical exfoliators. I'm already on my fourth jar. It gets bonus points for smelling just like strawberry yogurt! This product was briefly unavailable at Target and I almost considered hoarding when it came back. I should probably buy a few backups just in case.
Repurchase: Yes (3x already)

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment $105
Good Genes is a high potency purified lactic acid exfoliating treatment which is generally liked in the skincare circles. I saw some good results within the first month of using it and then I experienced a bit of a drop off. It would burn at times and then there's the awful scent. I believe it comes from lemongrass but it smells like feet to me. And this was something I never got over. I think it works fairly well but it's not a life changing product. And then there's the price. I'm using an AHA treatment at the moment that works better for my skin and costs around $20. I'll be talking about that in an upcoming post.
Repurchase: No

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule $49
Ampoules are a Korean skincare mainstay and can best be described as an amped up serum because they contain a concentration of ingredients that can target specific issues. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is considered a dupe for the Estee Lauder Night Repair and if you compare the ingredients, you'll notice that they're incredibly similar. One notable active is bifida ferment lysate, a fermented yeast that repairs and protects the skin. This was a pretty good skin treatment. I didn't see any amazing results but I also wouldn't say it didn't do anything for me. I'd say it was serviceable but I've since used products that've made more of a difference.
Repurchase: Maybe

May Coop Raw Concentra Day Cream $48
This was another Korean skincare buy at the Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. I was curious to try another May Coop product since I was really impressed with the May Coop Raw Sauce. This cream is made with 90% maple water and 7 different types of red plant extracts including pomegranate, dates and Chinese magnolia. It had a pleasant texture and was adequately moisturizing even when it was cold. I'm just not really sure if it provided any other benefits other than hydration though.
Repurchase: No

Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream $85
I actually received this eye cream in a $15 Allure Beauty Box which made it a pretty incredible value. The active ingredients in Restorsea's Vibransea complex is Aquabeautine XL, an enzyme released by baby salmon when they are born and Hesperidin, a natural ingredient derived from citrus fruits, which helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles by stimulating blood circulation. This eye cream hydrated nicely without feeling heavy or greasy but it did little else. For the price, it should do a lot more.
Repurchase: No

Have you tried any of these products? What were your results? And do let me know if you find this type of post helpful.

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Lenya said...

Great products, Rowena, I need to try the Laneige mask, tho. Sunday Riley products are always a good choice, although they are a bit pricey.

Paola Lauretano said...

A lot of interesting products Rowena!
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Anonymous said...

The Laneige repairing mask really sounds amazing.

Lilli said...

Lots of great products Rowena, u are tempting me a lot! The bright serum from Dr Brandt is the first Id get, u are using it from long and repurchase it so it must be truly effective and amazing! Happy Monday dear! xo

Jackie Harrison said...

To bad the first product did not work as it claims will like to try the yogurt one need to go to target.

Elle Sees said...

Loved this post!! Laneige is a afave of mine--glad to see you like that too. I see more things I want to try. I love the SR but I'm all for something cheaper!

Stanislava E. said...

To be honest, I have never liked "empties" posts, but they indeed can be an useful record. I like that you will only be including products purchased by you, because that's fair. What I noticed is that most of them are a bit pricey, but they didn't work as they claim which is a disaster. I can't even imagine spending a fortune for something that won't work for me. I haven't tried any of these, and to be honest they sound unfamiliar to me. But it's good to read about them in case I decide to purchase any of them. Happy Monday, Rowena! xo

Hena Tayeb said...

wow.. sound like some great products. thanks for sharing


The only thing I have used is by the Laneige brand, but a bank hydrating cream. I have not used any of the other products that you've mentioned. The Missha brand Time Revolution Night Repair sounds interesting, but a pity since it wasn't an amazement for you. I've thought about empties posts but never do them, however lately they have been somewhat helpful, especially for a few higher end products that I've been thinking about purchasing. Saves me money! :) Happy new week to you!


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Kasztanowy Domek said...

Interesting products!!! Happy new week!:))


Shireen L. Platt said...

I love this post and am glad that you decided to start an empties post. I decided to not start one because I know I won't be able to keep up with it. Thank you for the reminder of Laneige Multiberry Yogurt mask, I re-read your original review and it seems really good of the skin. I also just checked Sephora and they have a introductory set which has both Water Sleeping mask and Multiberry Yogurt mask so I might pick that up to try and see if my skin will get along with the yogurt mask.

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Marcela Gmd said...

Wow great products!!! I like it!!!
Have a good week, dear Rowena!!!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥︎

Doctor Anne said...

I actually love Good Genes, but I agree on the smell. It is horrific.

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Emmylou said...

Oh my gosh! I will definitely be adding that Laneige mask on my to-try list for sure now! And of course, the May Coop Raw Sauce. And you know, I've been using the Missha Night Repair for awhile and was loving it, but then suddenly, I broke out.:( I'm not too sure if it was just the combination of products coz I started using something new right around the same time as I started the ampoule and maybe, the combo was something my skin couldn't take doing bare bones skin care right now until everything clears up.

And yes! Love love love Lee Shi Eun in W! He's so freaking hilarious, and his character Park Soo Bong is one of my faves on that show:)

ALLIE NYC said...

Eye creams that actually work are a tall order. But brightening serum sounds excellent I just may try this when I am done with the one I am using.

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love an empties post! I haven't tried of any of these, but the yogurt mask sounds great :)

Unknown said...

This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

Yiota said...

So many great but unknown products for me. I have yet to try Korean products, I see plenty of posts and I add Korean products to my wishlist all the time, I wish I could afford to buy all of them :)


Beauty Editer said...

Nice post! I love this!

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Blackswan said...

You've got 2 of my fave brands covered - Dr Brandt & Laneige! xoxo

Unknown said...

Amazing, I definitely have to give some of these products a try! You seem so lovely too, I would love to follow each other and stay in contact, it is always nice to make new blogger friends! Let me know. x

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Hi Rowena, they are very interesting products.
Thank you for sharing
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Kelsey&Kenecha said...

I haven't tried any of these but the serum and the repairing mask sounds great!


Jane said...

Such a informative post! Thanks so much for sharing!! I wanted to try the Laneige product but wasn't too sure so I was holding off.

Anonymous said...

I see that you surely love the Laneige mask! :) Wow, I am amazed how you have so many beauty products, including those that you review regularly, and you are still able to keep track of them all, i.e. know the brands, the range, the products and all. I haven't tried any of these but I will remember the Laneige mask!


Beauty Unearthly said...

Interesting beauty products. We keep in touch. xx

Ileana said...

It was great reading this! I love reviews once the actual product is finished... as once it is out of the box, one doesn't fully know how good it is :)


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Corinne said...

The bright serum sounds amazing! You try so many lovely products, thanks for sharing.

Corinne x

Kate said...

These all look super good. I really want to try the Laneige Mask...I have heard so many good things about their brand!
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A Very Sweet Blog said...

Rowena, this post is VERY HELPFUL! LOL It tells me what to stay away from and why. I want to try that Laneige mask! Strawberry yogurt? Yes please! LOL It sounds so refreshing. When you first started talking about Laneige a couple of years ago, I went to Target but didn't find the same thing. So I never revisited looking again (online etc). I need to go back. Thanks for this list.

Coco said...

I've meant to try Dr. Brandt serum for a while but I'm always wary about clarifying serum. Now I'm trying a newly launched serum from a French brand, which I'm reviewing at the end of September. Anyway, I'm definitely trying your "repurchase" products. Hopefully I will find them online :-) Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW OUTFIT POST

Ivana Split said...

I'm really glad you decided to start an empties feature on your blog. This one is really interesting! I think that these kind of short reviews can be really useful. I decided not to do an empties post because I'm really bad at keeping track of things.

j said...

I actually really like empties posts. I review mine on a group site and like to know how fast I'm using things up and like to remember what I think of them. It's nice to see what you're using and will or won't repurchase.

I haven't tried anything you've listd, but I tried a foil sample of the May Coop Raw Sauce and didn't like the fragrance much.