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?

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?

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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.

May 2016 empties

may 2016 empties

Time for some trash talk!

Some things I managed to finish last month:

Nature Republic Green Tea Real Nature Aqua Gel mask – I’m very skeptical of products labeled as “all natural”, and “real nature” is no exception. Still, it was a nice, relaxing mask. No idea if it did anything other than add extra moisture, but I didn’t expect it to anyway.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz – I used this after powder makeup, and it worked well when I was in London, However, when I used it here, it made my face oily and sticky. It did have a nice smell, though, like freshly cut carrots. Overall, it didn’t wow me so I won’t be repurchasing.

The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter – I finally used this all up after years of sitting in my fridge. It worked well to soothe and rehydrate angry, sunburnt skin.

e.l.f. fan brush – This brush is too floppy and the bristles are too long to be useful. It doesn’t flick away powder fallout well, and it barely applies anything when used for highlighter. Skip.

e.l.f. Shine Eraser oil blotting sheets – On the other hand, these work well and are super cheap. I’ve gone through multiple packs of this. I won’t be including them in future empties posts.

KISS Looks So Natural lashes in Hot – These were just okay. I cut them in half to make them easier to apply and I’m sure I could reuse them a few more times, but I’ve since bought other lashes that are easier to work with and I had to make room for them. So, out these go!

may 2016 makeup empties

e.l.f. Eyeshadow & Eyeliner in Beauty, Beast – I bought these limited edition shades with the promise to myself that I’d write about them on the blog. Well, here they are! Womp womp. The formula was pretty good, albeit a bit melty. Last summer was a scorcher though, so that probably was a factor. I really liked Beast, the taupe color. So why am I throwing these out? They started to smell rancid.

Laura Geller Off With It makeup remover – This is a sort of empty. My sister left it behind in the bathroom’s medicine cabinet and there was less than a fourth of it left. I used it up for her so we could clear out some space.

Shiro Cosmetics tinted lip balm in Why Not Zoidberg? – I love this color so much! Unfortunately, the formula got weird and melty, with odd little bumps. As a result, it was quite difficult to apply without a lip brush and I never reached for it. I hope to find something similar one day.

tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Exposed – This was given to me by a friend. The color was just okay, and the packaging was starting to get sticky. Since it was technically free, and I have other nude lipsticks that I like better, this one got the boot.

Prestige Waterproof Lipliner in Diva – One of the first lipliners I ever bought. Also one that I never, ever used. It started to smell like crayons, so I cleared it out.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil – Another lipliner that I never reached for.

Julie G nail polish in Canary Islands – The formula got thick and sticky, even after I added nail polish thinner, several times. The color isn’t as flattering on me as I’d like.

Sephora by OPI in Already Famous – One of my favorites. The mini bottle is more than half empty, and I’ve since found Sinful Colors in Supernova, which I like better.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 2 Cool Medium – I know, I bought this not too long ago. However, it oxidizes like crazy and looks straight up peachy. Not a great color match. I wish this line had a better range of colors, because the coverage on this was seriously impressive.

NARS blush in Deep Throat – Just as I predicted, the entire blush cake fell out of the pan. I’m still hemming and hawing over whether to buy a replacement duo with Laguna off eBay, but given the size of my blush stash, I never need another blush again for the rest of my life.

VS Beauty Rush Wet/Dry shadow in Gold Rush – I grabbed this from my sister when she was going to get rid of it. It’s a very pretty color if not unique, but it’s not very pigmented. I kept forgetting that I even had this.

I haven’t been doing very well in sticking to my no-buy. I keep breaking it to buy little things here and there. However, I am getting ready to do my very first blog sale, to get rid of some gently used, neglected items that I think deserve some love. If anyone has any tips, especially how to price, what to charge for shipping, shipping supplies, and PayPal procedures, please let me know!

March and April 2016 empties

I didn’t post my March empties in a timely manner, so I’m bundling it with April’s empties. Yay for consolidation!

march 2016 london empties

Here are the things I managed to finish before leaving London.

Yes to Cucumbers Calming Night Cream – I have a hard time finding this in stores now! I only ever see the day creams. :(

Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream – Nothing good or bad to say about this. It’s just okay. I don’t have sensitive skin so I can use pretty much anything.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – I used this to cleanse in the morning, and to take off light makeup. I really enjoyed this one, but it’s way more expensive in the States than in the UK. I bought a Garnier one instead. Neither are cruelty free, though. If anyone knows of one, please let me know!

Clean Eau de Parfum – It was a nice, but I don’t think I’ll buy a full size. As I get more into perfume, I like to try as many samples as I can, but also be as discerning as possible before buying a bottle.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm – This was limited edition, and I really enjoyed it. Not too waxy, nor too thin. I recently found one on clearance at Target for $1.64 so I bought it despite still having a number of lip balms to go through.

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