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?

Korean Beauty Haul 2016


I realized recently that I still haven’t showed you my tiny little Korean beauty haul!

The hotel we stayed at in Seoul was smack dab in the middle of famed shopping district, Myeong-dong. Every street I walked down, every corner I turned was full of well-known Korean beauty brands: Missha, Laneige, Club Clio, Etude House, Holika Holika, etc. Sometimes there were three or four of the same brand on a single street!

However, since I’ve been unemployed for over a year, I had to put on my big-girl pants and exercise restraint. Despite my desire to haul everything in sight, here’s what I settled on.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder – This gets glowing reviews as a translucent powder good for oil control. I’m not particularly oily, but my T-zone could use some help. It was quite cheap, probably less than the $7 on the webshop I linked. It smells faintly of mint. I’ve used it a few times, and I like it. However, I am the worst when it comes to checking in and touching up my makeup, so I don’t find it to control oil any better than my current translucent powder, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish. It does give a lovely, soft finish, though.

Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in #12 Sunset Star – I’m slowly rebuilding my shadow stick collection. This is a peachy rose-gold color, with glitter. I noticed it went on a bit patchy, and when I blend out, it left glitter particles. I’ve only used it once so far, so I need to play around with it a bit more.


It’s a twist-up stick, which is nice because I’m loathe to sharpen my pencils. I’m just lazy, okay?


Etude House My Lash Serum – I only just started using this. It’s been about two weeks. I don’t expect to see results, if any, for at least a month. The serum doesn’t sting if you accidentally poke yourself in the eye with the brush. Thumbs up for that. :P

Holika Holika nail polish in Grass’s Dream –  Wore this once so far. It’s not as flattering on my skin tone as I’d thought it’d be when I bought it. Oh well, it was ridiculously cheap. The next time I wear it, I’ll snap a pic. Side note: What do grass dream about? Do they dream of electric sheep, too??

Holika Holika Transformer Mascara – The concept of a changing mascara brush wand is quite novel! Have yet to try it, since I’m trying to use only one mascara at a time. Link goes to the Canadian site.

There were so many other brands I wish I could have tried. Do you have any experience with Asian/Korean beauty brands? Any recommendations on what to buy, if ever I go back to Seoul?

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