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*
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 back
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!!
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
The stash of mini samples I had back home could barely fit in the little cup I had for it, so bringing a few to London to use up made perfect sense. As of right now, I’ve already used up four of the little vials. Go me!