April was a very busy month. I spent weeks in Tennessee to help with my mother’s recovery. As you can see, this impacted my “empties”. I wasn’t home to use up products. Products, in general, weren’t on my mind.
When I stay with my family, I usually buy cheap products when I’m there instead of packing stuff. Overall, I was doing really well this month not buying things. At the end of the month, I went to Home Goods/Marshalls because David keeps breaking every one of our wine glasses. I’m sick of buying nice ones at their retail price so I ended up at this discounter. This resulted in some retail therapy as well. I ended up scoring some deals on stuff I really wanted like a 3.4 oz bottle of CdG x Pharell for $24. And The Body Shop Smoky Poppy body products for $3 each (Seriously buy this stuff if you see it. It reminds me of vintage YSL Opium).
And then I made an Ulta order for sunscreen and ended up buying other stuff I didn’t need (like a wash-off mask and an Essence lipstick). And then I went to Face Shop and bought sheet masks and an eyeshadow in the perfect shade of oxblood.
Here’s what I emptied in April:
My skincare was very minimal in April. I miss using masks!
Olay Gentle Clean 4-in-1 Facial Cloths (not pictured) – With all of the travel I’ve been doing recently, I bought these. They are great for removing eye makeup. I wouldn’t normally use these but for travel they are convenient. They do what they claim to do and surprisingly remove eye makeup well.
- Repurchase? Maybe.
Hurraw! Almond Lip Balm – I love the juicy, cherry-like almond flavor of this balm. It became my favorite from Hurraw!
- Repurchase? Yes.
Neutrogena Fine Fairness Sheet Mask – I think this was my last one. It’s one of my favorite sheet masks.
- Repurchase? If I see it around, I will!
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Serum (deluxe sample) – As far as the brightening claims, I’m certain this does nothing or if it does, it takes half a year. It’s an OK lightweight serum with fine mica in it that does look good on my skin. It’s good for that effect, but so is makeup.
- Purchase? No.
Coola Matte Tint in Unscented (travel size) – This is one of my favorite mineral sunscreens because it has such a smooth finish that is actually matte. I had a full-size that I gave away to my sister. It’s one of the best sunscreens that I’ve ever tried for oily skin.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Lioele Intensive Time Reversing Snail Cream (sample) – I honestly can’t remember anything about this other than it had a ‘cone-y feel like a makeup primer.
- Purchase? No.
It was a month that needed “comfort scents”.
White Barn 3-Wick Candle in Lilac Blossom – Obviously, I’ve been in a lilac mood. I bought this candle on sale last summer. I really like it. It’s an indolic lilac with powdery undertones. What it lacks in packaging, it makes up for in scent.
- Repurchase? Yes, either this one or one similar to it. I need another lilac candle in my life.
Temptation Body Oil in Egyptian Musk – It’s the sort of thing you pick up at a headshop for nostalgic reasons. The name is dumb; the packaging is dumb but it’s Egyptian Musk.
- Repurchase? Maybe not this one but my life always has room in it for Egyptian Musk.
It was the month of emptying shower gels and hand creams.
LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel (smaller bottle) – This sweet rose is one of my favorite shower gels.
- Repurchase? I do when I can. I still have a full-size bottle left.
- Repurchase? Yes. However, the bottle is really small.
TonyMoly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream – I bought this because it’s cute. It really was a surprise that I like the formula so much. It’s the perfect weight. And it smells like white grapes.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Nature Republic Hand Cream in White Musk – These were BOGO, so I picked this one up because I liked the deer on the package. This is one of those crisp, aldehyde white musks with a powdery rose. It reminds me of like a simplified Estee Lauder White Linen fragrance. The cream is lightweight.
- Repurchase? Probably not. Or maybe, I will. Going into these stores makes me do weird things.
Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap in Patchouli (not pictured) – Sometimes you just want to smell like a clean dirty hippie. That’s what this is for.
- Repurchase? I usually do.
Look at this, I’ve actually used up a hair care product even though it was tiny!
FAR Botanicals Verde Oil in Cocoa Rum (deluxe sample) – My hair really responds well to this brand of hair oils. I can tell an immediate and lasting difference when I use these. This one smells like spicy cocoa powder. Review here.
- Purchase? I’ve really enjoyed the set with the different scents. When I run out, I will decide on a scent and buy a full-size bottle. Or maybe I’ll just buy a sampler?
It was run out of everything “Physicians Formula” month.
Physicians Formula BB Balm Stick in Light – If you are the 5% of people in the US that actually match the shades of Physicians Formula foundations, this is a great product for you. It’s really convenient for travel or touch-ups. And I love the finish because it’s dewy and buildable. It also has SPF 30 and no scent.
- Repurchase? I may. I just really wish this brand would offer more than one or two shades of their complexion products!
Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation in Natural Beige – I bought this powder because it has SPF 50 and the shade actually matches my skin. I use it as something to set concealer under my eyes. In the summer, it was used on the face more like a powder because it was convenient for touch-ups and had some SPF.
- Repurchase? Probably not and not because it is a bad product. I rarely use powder and it’s been discontinued.
Total: 16. 11 full-size. 4 deluxe/travel samples. 1 sample.
For me, that is not a lot of empties.
What about you? Which products did you empty in April? Did you buy anything new?
BONUS: The stuff I bought and left in Nashville:
Tone Radiant Glow Body Wash – I bought this because it said it had “Diamond Dust” and because the floral scent was inoffensive. To my surprise, it was shimmery. Overall, not a bad product but I probably won’t repurchase.
V05 Moisturizing Conditioner in Strawberries & Cream – I usually use this as a shave cream; this time I actually used it as its intended purpose. It’s a sweet strawberry vanilla scent that is a little too juvenile for my tastes but it’s not terrible. I do want to give V05 props for having a pretty darn good product that doesn’t test on animals and sells for 75 cents. That’s amazing.
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel – Basically, I’m not happy unless I’m a greasy oil slick. This is the best product for this. It’s oily and leaves me looking glossy enough to compete in a body-building competition. This comes with cons like possibly staining your clothes or your sister’s towels, but hey, it’s worth it to me. It also smells amazing, like chocolate. I do think most people would rather use this mixed in with their usual body lotion. I apply it after bathing and pat off with a towel.
Neutrogena Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser – I have learned a very valuable lesson in that I need to read all ingredients. I assumed this would be a good Clinique-ish dupe that would be gentle on my stressed and allergy-riddled skin. This stuff burned like whiskey down a minor’s throat. Ends up there is menthol in it! WTF? This was one of the worst products I’ve used in years. It’s truly terrible.
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