Beauty Empties: Makeup Primer, Toner, Moisturizer, and Top Coat

There’s a certain kind of thrill when you finish something down to the last drop. I’ve accumulated enough empties to merit a post, so here we are. Sharing some beauty products on my shelf that have served me well.

Becca First Light Priming Filter

This was part of a PR package and I’ve since repurchased once my bottle hit the 1/4 mark. I love that I can just wear this without any foundation and instantly look made up. Under foundation, I feel like it brightens up my face even without highlighter. It’s got a slight fruity scent, so if you’re averse to fragrance, it might need some getting used to. It doesn’t really bother me though. I apply it after I’m done with skin care. I rub this between my fingers before applying on my cheeks and massaging it all over my face, including my eyelids.

I rarely retouch my makeup except for lipstick when I’m out, so I find that applying primer really does make my makeup last longer especially my blush.

Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Toner

This has lasted me a long time. It took a backseat when I was finishing other toners. But when I transferred it to a spray bottle (my old Glossier rosewater one when it ran out), I regularly started using it as part of my evening routine. I like that it’s alcohol-free, so it doesn’t dry out my skin. I spritz it on after double cleansing and I wait for it to sink in before moving on to serums and my nighttime moisturizer.

Not sure if I’ll repurchase this since it’s quite pricey, but it does last you a long time. Maybe when I run out of my other toners. I kind of want to try that COSrx gel to cream one first.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light

My brother got this for me in Germany and this really works better for our weather. The regular kind is way too thick and best for cooler climates. This one is lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It’s great under makeup (no pilling at all) or just on its own. No SPF though, so you need to apply that separately.

I was able to pick up the Quince Day Cream (which is supposed to be lighter than the regular Rose Day Cream) from Whole Foods. I’ll report back if it works better in our weather.

Nuxe Nuxellence Detox

I know some people don’t like their beauty products with scents, but I love how this smells. It almost feels like a spa experience every night when I’m applying this. I always pop by a Beauty Bar if they have this on sale, but they never do. Haha! I’m too stingy to splurge on it, so if you see it on sale, please let me know. 😛

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Got this from Beauty MNL after running out of it years ago. It’s currently sold out, but I don’t think there’s any other glossy top coat that’s as good as this one. I’m currently on a matte streak (don’t sleep on the Bobbie one which is under P50 a bottle), so I’m not stressing out about not having a bottle of this. Will definitely repurchase though once they restock.

What are your tried and tested beauty staples?

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