8 months worth of trash, part 2

Let’s power through in our time machine and maybe by the end of this post we’ll catch up to February.

Almost immediately after moving to London, I landed a really great job with a furniture company called Adventures in Furniture (shameless plug!) Predictably, settling into a new job took up all of my time. Instead of documenting my empties each month, I just kept throwing all my trash into a bag in the hopes that I’d get around to it “someday.”

Here we are!

September – December 2017 empties

COLab dry shampoo in Rio – I think Superdrug stopped carrying this? This brand was my favorite so far… I’m currently using a (gigantic) Batiste one, but I find it’s *too* drying and I don’t like the way it makes my hair feel. The COLab one was so nice… Apparently it’s still available at Boots, yay!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – Started using this more frequently as winter moved in and heaters came on. I’d probably die without this, no joke.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Jumbo sized! This works well on any zits I have, and they usually dry up by the next day.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream – I liked this, used it as a night cream. I wish it came in a more hygienic packaging, though.

Pixi Glow Tonic – Also liked this. This was my first foray into chemical exfoliants. It stung at first and my skin felt quite sensitive the day after. But I loved how soft my face felt after using this. I’m currently using the Glow Serum, and then I have to use up the Drunk Elephant AHA. But I might come back to this one.

Simple Micellar Water – Still my favorite micellar water, and the cheapest too.

Makeup (and one lone perfume) empties

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle in Almond Milk Parfait – I bought this off Hautelook and took a guess at the color match. It wasn’t great, to be honest. It was a bit too pale and yellow. The formula also looked chalky on my skin, so I had to mix it with a liquid highlighter and a liquid bronzer to make it work for me.

I ended up making a DIY cushion foundation to use this up. I mixed this, The Body Shop’s Oils of Life facial oil, LUSH’s Feeling Young Skin Tint, and The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. I put it in this empty cushion foundation container that I found on Amazon.

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye primer – This was a decent primer. It’s really old and started to separate towards the end. Also, my eyeshadow would still crease by the end of the day, but I have oily eyelids and a hooded eye.

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ By the Fireplace – Lovely winter scent. Warm, woody, and vanilla-y. I just wish they’d release smaller bottles and price them accordingly! Here’s the Fragrantica page on it.

Etude House My Lash Serum – I bought this in Seoul on a whim. It’s supposed to condition your eyelashes. Not sure if it promises thicker and longer hairs, but it was cheap and I thought I’d give it a try.

However, if you know anything at all about me, it’s that I am horrible at establishing new routines. I tried to use this whenever I remembered, but the tube has gone off and smells weird now. Definitely don’t want to be putting spoiled product near my eyes, so out this goes!

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8 months worth of trash, part 1

Welcome back to this regularly updated blog!

Remember when I used to diligently keep track of my empties every month and showed you what I used up? How about we just pretend that the last 8 months JUSTHAPPENED and that this isn’t embarrassingly late, at all? Cool?

June 2017 empties

Look, things I threw away before moving from Honolulu to London! In June! 2017!

The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel – This took me a long time to use up. It sat in my fridge forever, and I’d use it after running to soothe my muscles. It worked fairly well for that, but it was a bit sticky. I wouldn’t repurchase, simply because I haven’t gone running in about as long as I haven’t done these empties post, and I don’t miss this leg gel. Also, it’s cold here.

L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – These were also just okay. I don’t normally have strong feelings or opinions on shampoo and conditioners, unless they’re especially awful. I don’t spend nearly as much effort into research and care of my hair as I do for makeup. :P

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Another just okay. Wasn’t the best at oil control or volumizing. I did like that it was unscented, though. I don’t think I can find this brand here in the UK, so whatever.

Perfume samples! I had made it a point to spray a bit every day before leaving to go to work, in order to whittle away at my stash of little perfume samples. I don’t remember any thoughts I had about any of these, though.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce
Givenchy Dahlia Divin
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
Dior Miss Dior
Gucci Guilty
Balenciaga Florabotanica
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée

No idea if these were eau de toilette or eau de parfum. #notaperfumeblogger

Foil packet samples. I find these really annoying to use.

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil – Case in point. Have you ever tried to use a foil packet sample of a facial oil? It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Now, it’s probably the most cost efficient way to send out a little sample, but it is messy as hell. Plus, even when I called it done, it leaked all over everything else in my empties bag. Boo.

The product itself had a weird smell, and I didn’t notice that it did anything magical for me. It was really oily too, like it never fully sunk into my skin. I guess I’m used to drier feeling oils? (I know next to nothing about different facial oils.)

Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel – wat. I have no recollection of what I thought about this. I think I liked it better than The Body Shop’s peel that I had sampled around the same time?

This is probably why you should write empties post in a timely manner, Jen. Otherwise, it’s all useless, unhelpful gibberish about trash. Why even.

Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment – LOL. Um, I think I used this for my armpits, and it was enough for one use. Did I notice anything? No, not really. Apparently it’s for men’s beards. Hahaha, k.

Clarins Double Serum – Drawing a blank for this one too.

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April and May 2017 empties

Seeing as we’re already halfway through June, I’d better get these up now-ish.

This will most likely be rambly and boring, so feel free to click away. *shrugs*

April empties

e.l.f. Shine Eraser blotting papers – I could have sworn there used to be 50 sheets per pack, but now there are only 30?? As a result, I’m going through these faster than before. Also, now that it’s summer, I’ve been using 3 sheets a day.

Nature Republic Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Collagen Solution – I like these gel masks more than paper ones. They feel more substantial and soothing. I enjoyed this one and have one more that I need to use before I leave!

Jouer lip gloss in Sunset – Just tired of this one. I don’t use lip gloss much anymore, and I have no feelings one way or another about this.

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – It’s okay. I know there are better spf moisturizers out there, but I’m kinda cheap when it comes to skincare. Mostly because skincare ingredients etc. intimidate me.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry eau de toilette – It’s a sweet, one-note fragrance. I liked it, but I bought it only because I used to work there and needed to wear a company fragrance.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05 – FINALLY DONE WITH THIS MOTHERFUCKER. This foundation just wouldn’t die and I started to really resent it. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still being sold. It wore horribly throughout the day, looked greasy, and clung to dry patches. Blech.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – HG status. I will forever repurchase this hand cream. Again, the scent is not for everyone, but it is the best hand cream for my perpetually thirsty paws.

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February/March 2017 empties

Yay, empties!

In February, I only used up a mascara. I didn’t think it was worth writing an entire post on one item, so I grouped it in with March’s empties.

There was a lot this month, but I still have plenty to get through!

Makeup empties

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Concealer sampler card – There was only enough product for a jawline swatch for color-matching purposes. None of the colors matched me. I’m not even remotely interested in learning more about this foundation or trying a larger sample. Sorry, Smashbox.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara – I finished this in February. I really like this mascara. It smudged a bit in the beginning, but as the formula dried out a bit, it became perfect. I’d consider repurchasing this. I’ve seen it at the Keeamoku Walgreens and Salt Lake Target, for any Oahu readers who are curious about the UK brand.

Innisfree Natural Oil Control paper – Picked this up in Korea over the summer. I had run out of my e.l.f. ones. These are pretty decent, and I like the dispenser. However, all blotting papers perform are more or less equal in my eyes, so I’ll just use whatever’s available.

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale – I really liked this fragrance. It was juicy and fresh. It’s spicier than the company’s other citrus offering, Orange Sanguine. I wouldn’t mind a mini of this one day. Here’s the Fragrantica page on Mandarine Glaciale.

Skincare empties

The Body Shop tea tree oil – I’ve been using this for years. Although I said I wouldn’t be including it in future empties, this was a jumbo size and it feels like a bigger accomplishment? Plus, I’m trying to get rid of as many extras and backups as possible before the big move. I still have way too much stuff.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (And the longest product name in the world goes to…) – I’ve had this bottle for years. It’s supposed to be a deep clean product: you slather it on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. It did a good job of bringing any gunk in my pores to the surface, and it also worked well for any flakiness. However, when I say deep clean, I mean DEEP. My skin felt squeaky after this — too clean. It definitely strips everything off and I had to moisturize almost immediately after stepping out of the shower. The consistency of the product was weird too, kind of goopy and runny at the same time. I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – I love this makeup remover. It gets off every last bit of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, you name it. The only gripe I have with it is the packaging. The pump leaks, and it gets messy. I actually prefer the solid cleansing balm, because the results are the same but the product is neater. Still, I’d repurchase this if the balm happens to be sold out (which is why I bought this one in the first place).

Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – This is a pretty standard bi-phase makeup remover. It does its job and doesn’t leave a film around the eyes.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil – I really like this oil. This was a gratis when I was still working there. I’ve already bought another one. First, I spray a face mist, which helps this oil to spread better. Then, after it absorbs, I pat on some moisturizer.

Bodycare empties

This is kind of a creepy picture. I also used up a jumbo shower gel, and a body butter, both from The Body Shop. Not sure why I only decided to include this one? Whatever.

Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Peeling Foot Mask – The first time I used this, a lot of dead skin peeled off. It was both gross and satisfying. But the past few times I’ve used this, I didn’t get as much peeling. So, it was mostly gross but less satisfying. I want to try the Baby Foot one next.

What have you used up last month?

January 2017 empties

It’s my first empties post of the year! Starting off strong, riding the high of determination to stick to my New Year’s resolutions. I made it a point to use up both deluxe sample sizes, and foil packets. Here’s what I managed to get rid of this past month.

Makeup empties

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland – This has surprising coverage for something called “skin tint.” It’s more like a medium-to-full coverage foundation. I didn’t like it very much on me. It clung to dry patches and made my skin look very flat. To compensate, I added copious amounts of highlighter. I’m wearing it in this FOTD here.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard – This had a lot of mixed reviews in the blogosphere. Some people found it too drying for the under eye area, and the finish too cakey or “makeup-y.” Other people love it and found it covers well and still looks natural. From what little trial and research I could do based off this tiny foil packet sample, I am one of the latter. I used to use the now discontinued dual pan concealer in Ginger/Custard, and I was pleased to see that this iteration of Custard still more or less matched me. I might consider purchasing this after I get through my army of concealers.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Sheer Anarchy – From the card sampler from Urban Decay, marketing their new Vice line of lipsticks. The blister pack is filled with a generous amount of lipstick; more than I can get through in a day. However, I’m not very diligent about reapplying. It took me several months to get through this tiny thing, mostly because it’s a pain in the ass to apply lipstick entirely with a brush, and even more of a pain in the ass to touch up throughout the day. This led to the formula slowly drying up and becoming tacky and sticky. Additionally, application was streaky.

Despite user frustration and laziness, I will say that the color is nice. I like bright pinks on me; they contrast nicely with my neutral leaning warm skin tone. Wearing it here.

Nordstrom retractable lip brush – It broke. I bought a very cute and tiny replacement one from MUJI. Thinking about splurging for this Chikuhodo one for my birthday. (I probably won’t do it. I’ve been unemployed for too long and am hoping to move halfway across the world. Now would be a good time to start being prudent, Jen.)

The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in Brown – It’s dried up. I tried to revive it twice with Inglot’s Duraline, but it’s still not as creamy as it was when new. It was a great color, though. Deep chocolate brown with a matte finish. The cap includes a little brush, which was surprisingly very useful. If you can finish gel liners faster than I can, then I’d recommend taking a look at this one. It’s much darker and less red than the packaging would have you believe, though.

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