Many beauty bloggers do this thing called “empties”, where they focus on the products that they used during the month. I admit my reasons for doing this are rather selfish. This is a good way for me to keep track of what I’m actually using and what I actually like.
*I tried to be cool like the beauty bloggers by showing you a pic of all of the used up items. I could not do this. I had about two bottles and then I felt like a crazy hoarder. I live in a small studio with a husband and two dogs (plus we moved this month!). I can’t be hoarding empty bottles, ya’ll. Straight to the recycling they went!
This was one of those months where I ran out of many of the basics.
Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – It’s a decent makeup remover but it struggles with heavy eye makeup like long-wearing eyeliner. There’s no greasiness or fragrance. And it doesn’t irritate.
- Repurchase? Probably not. I think I can find something better. Oh, I’ve just made some of that DIY olive oil eye makeup remover…we shall see.
Olay Foaming Face Wash Sensitive – I bought this because Paula told me too. I think it sucks but for some reason I kept using it until it was gone (looking back, I should have thrown it out). It’s fragrance-free and it didn’t break my skin out. But, I found it drying and it didn’t foam. Why name something “Foaming Face Wash” and not foam?
- Repurchase? Nope. Never.
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Washable Mascara – This is a good mascara that really makes lashes look thicker at the base because of the wand. My only compliant is that it has as super strong rose aroma. But, other than that it’s a great mascara.
- Repurchase? Yes. But, I’ll probably flirt around with other stuff first.
Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo (travel size) - I will never understand the hype for this shampoo. It seems expensive for what it is. The fragrance is OK, the formula is OK, overall, it’s just OK. I can do better.
- Repurchase? No.
Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub in Rose City (mini jar) – This is an awesome “scrubby” soap that smells like jammy roses and damp patchouli.
- Repurchase? Hell yeah! And they better have the full-size in stock.
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Lotion in Unscented – I’m always on the hunt for a good unscented lotion. This one wasn’t bad, but not excellent. So I’m still looking. My husband has oilier skin than me and really liked this. My dry skin wants some thick and heavy shea butter stuff. I actually like to feel greasy.
- Repurchase? Probably not. David may repurchase for himself.
Merlot Hydrating Toner – Finding a drugstore toner is difficult. Paula would be so mad at me for using a witch hazel toner that is heavily scented with citrus…and is the color of Kool-Aid. This toner was too drying for me which is a bummer because it is labeled as “hydrating”.
- Repurchase? No. Too drying for my super dry skin. I just need to accept toner as something I’m going to have to splurge on.
- Repurchase? Yeah. I love bar soap and I really like this one.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream in Fragrance-Free – This thick ointment-like cream is great. I love that it is unscented and won’t interfer with my usual fragrance picks. It’s a great value.
- Repurchase? Yes. I’ve used this stuff for years.
Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia EDP – Wow. I finished a perfume! Can you believe it? This is a gardenia soliflore. The only reason it got finished is because I’ve been using this manoï oil at night and spraying this very, very liberally.
- Repurchase? Probably not. I recommend it if you are looking for a cheap and decent gardenia. But, I’ve got a lot of other stuff in my collection that I should be wearing.
Dr. Hauschka Revitilizing Mask (sample) - I was actually surprised by the amount of alcohol in this “redness reducing” mask (which dried my skin out). And it smells too herbal for my tastes. I can’t believe it retails for as much as it does.
- Repurchase/purchase? No. I was not impressed with this.
Total Empties for May – 11. 8 full-size. 2 travel/deluxe. 1 sample.
What were your Empties for May? Anything that you’ll repurchase? And of course I want to know if you had tried anything that was so bad that it made it to the garbage before it was empty!
*Images are from each of the brands or drugstore.com. Post contains affiliate links excluding MSC Skincare.