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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September and November 2016 empties

The last empties post I wrote was in August. In September, I traveled a lot and it was tough to keep up with and keep track of my trash. Also, apparently I didn’t use anything up in October and December? *shrugs*

Asia trip empties

I took the pictures as I finished them, so I didn’t have to pack empty bits and pieces. Because that would be silly.

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream – These eye cream foil packets are always so huge. It takes me forever to get through eye cream because I apply a small amount each time. Anyway, I don’t remember how I felt, if anything, about this eye cream.

Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Water – This was an adorable sample that Beautylish sent me with my very first order from them. The green one is for those with oily skin. I have normal skin, and on me, all micellar waters perform about the same for me.

Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel – I received two of samples with a purchase at a Holika Holika store in Korea. I like it better than the Nature Republic equivalent that we currently have at home. It was non-sticky and absorbed well. I used it when I got a little too much sun on my shoulders and chest, and it prevented peeling.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – Err, I don’t remember anything about this. Sorry.

Atelier Cologne Cédrat Envirant – This reminded me of a delicious gin and tonic with a squeeze of fresh lime. Great summer scent. Here’s the Fragrantica page on it, since I’m a total n00b when it comes to scents.

Boots No. 7 Velvet Lash mascara – This was released shortly before I left London in April last year. It was a pretty good mascara, but not my favorite. The formula was too dry for me, and it left my lashes feeling a bit crunchy. I think it’s a fiber formula too, which I’m not a fan of. I wouldn’t repurchase.

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August 2016 empties

august empties

Whee, things I got rid of! Some of these I actually finished in the first few days of September, but we’re splitting hairs here.

LUSH Cup o’ Coffee Face and Body Mask – This was pretty pleasant, but I’m not sure I’d repurchase it. I’m moving away from manual exfoliation to chemical.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist – The second ingredient in this was alcohol. o_O No indication of whether it was a “good” alcohol or not. In any case, I’m keeping the bottle because the spray produces a nice fine mist, which is more than I can say for my current setting spray.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum – I actually quite liked this. It was light and pleasant. However, packaging design FAIL. The tube of the pump didn’t reach all the way to the bottom, so there was still a good deal of goop stuck to the bottom. I gave up trying to scrape it all out.

Pureology Reviving Red Oil – Obviously, my hair is no longer red. I just kept using this because why not?

august empties 2

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation samples 3.25, 3.5 – Neither of these were a great match. However, due to the nature of the sample pots, they may have oxidized a bit. I wasn’t impressed with the formula either. Sigh. Finding a good foundation is such a chore.

Be a Bombshell eye base in Submissive – This is actually a nice color. I don’t know if the pot is old or what, but the formula is annoying to work with. It doesn’t blend or spread well. It was a gift, and I rarely reached for it, so whatever.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – It started to smell rancid. I like the concept of it, but I think I prefer a lip scrub in a pot. Or just using a washcloth.

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu eau de parfum – There’s nothing memorable about this scent for me. Here’s a link to the description on Fragrantica.

Nature Republic Super Origin Complete Control Cream – Hated this. It emphasized dry flakes like whoa. It’s a tinted moisturizer, so the coverage was sheer. It was also greasy, and looked a bit ashy on me, even though I’m about light/medium. There was enough left for another application, but I didn’t like it enough to bother.

July 2016 empties

july 2016 empties

Since we’re already halfway through August, I’d better write some words about July’s empties before September is upon us!!

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – I bought this mainly because it’s cheaper than Simple’s version, price per ounce. It does leave a bit of a sticky residue that the Simple one does not, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve already repurchased, and plan on buying this one from now on.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue – First off, this perfume sample was gorgeous:

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard back

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard back

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine packaging

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine packaging

Keep in mind that this was a free sample from Sephora. The attention to detail and presentation is astounding, and I love it. I don’t plan on sending the postcard; I’d rather keep it and put it up on a wall or something.

The scent itself smelled like juicy, freshly cut oranges. Nothing sweet or candy-like about this. I once smelled this on a customer in The Body Shop, and since I couldn’t place it, I had to ask her what it was. She pulled out this sample from her bag. That’s how memorable this scent is! Here is a perfume review by Kafkaesque, and here is one by Bois de Jasmin. Perfumes are a very personal choice, and I’m only just starting to dip my toe into it. Both blogs I’ve linked are great resources and the writers are far more experienced than I am!

As for me, I’d love to add a small bottle of this fragrance to my collection one day.

The Body Shop baked eyeshadow in 02 Moonstone – A very old eyeshadow. I bought this when it first came out, years before I started working there. It doesn’t have much pigment and it’s rather glittery without being interesting. Not a fan of this particular color. I do have another, 01 Copper, that I like much more.

Makeup Academy Intense Color Eye Liner in Snow White – I bought this while in the UK because I needed a white eyeliner to do the skull makeup I wore for Halloween. It’s okay, nothing to write home about. The cap has a built-in sharpener, which is useful. However, it also leaves the pencil exposed to the air, which will probably cause it to dry out faster than I can use it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Underground, Gunmetal, Uzi, Binge – I actually love all of these colors. Unfortunately, I got caught up in buying a lot of Urban Decay’s eyeliner sets. I have a lot of them, and most of them are drying out now. They’re harder to apply, and don’t smudge well any more. In the future, I will be buying eyeliners piecemeal, especially since I use the same colors frequently.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone – I used this clear lip liner whenever I wanted to prevent highly pigmented lip colors from bleeding outside of the lip line. This is another old pencil, and the entire core of it has been pulled out of the wooden casing. Oh well. I intend to buy a cheaper, drugstore version.

Jouer lip gloss in Cherish – Started to smell bad. I’m not much of a lip gloss person anymore, either. Formula-wise, it was comfortable to wear, and not too sticky. Cherish was a soft, flattering color and I used it whenever I wanted a quick slick of something on bare lips.

Still continuing this seemingly hopeless battle to shrink my collection! Of course, it doesn’t help that brands are constantly coming out with shiny new things, all of them pulling at our purse strings. Additionally, fall makeup is my favorite, so the temptation is all too strong!!