It was one of those months where I needed to replenish boring things. I repurchased some The Ordinary for this household and some French pharmacy skincare basics from Beautyhabit (they had an amazing GWP). I also bought MAC Gentle Makeup Remover. For the rest of the month I did pretty good at controlling my impulses. But, then one Saturday shopping day after a much needed haircut, I felt like treating myself. I picked up a couple Innisfree items (repurchases) and some stuff from Harmon: Maybelline Big Shot Primer (surprisingly, really good), Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Liner (haven’t used it yet – I have a problem), L’Oreal Infallable Eyeshadow (omg, these are amazing Armani dupes and why don’t I own them all?!) and Maybelline Powder Matte in Concrete Jungle (a gross “my lips but deader shade”; formula is a good Dior Kohl Powder Lipstick dupe). And I bought Olaplex 3 in hopes it will fix my hair.
I already failed at my Goals for 2018, but I’ll be OK. It’s always difficult to break old habits.
Here’s what I emptied in January:
I made it a goal to use up some bottles of stuff that were almost empty and taking up space. You’ll also notice I emptied many cleanser samples. Spoiler alert – I didn’t like any of them. Oh, and I was also about the ceramides in January. It has been soooo cold and dry.
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – After trying their popular Vitamin C Suspension 23% in HA, which is gritty, I decided to give this one a try. For my skin, this one is much better. It doesn’t burn, it has a pleasant texture and it provides results.
- Repurchase? Yep. I already have.
The Face Shop Rice Ceramide Moisture Emulsion – This provides a lot of moisture in a thin layer. I love it layered in the morning. It has a nice, light fragrance and lots of ceramides.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Lotion with SPF 30 – This moisturizes but it has a strong perfume and a low-ish SPF. It layers wonderfully over their Ceramide Capsules.
- Repurchase? No. I can find something like this for cheaper.
Yves Rocher Riche Creme Comforting Anti-Wrinkle Day Lotion – This was a GWP. It’s an OK lotion but I didn’t really notice any pros/cons after using an entire bottle.
- Purchase? No.
Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Skin-Calming Gel Mask – This smells like coconut/cucumber. It says “cooling” and omg, it burns my skin but I don’t know why based on the ingredient list.
- Repurchase? Nope.
Labello Original Lip Balm – My favorite lip balm formula.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (travel size) – It does a good job getting the stubborn stuff off.
- Repurchase? I may.
Omorovicza Reviving Eye Cream (sample) – Ugh, I need to stop sampling expensive things! This is a lightweight eye cream that smells like cucumbers. It was excellent for me as a morning eye cream.
- Purchase? Ugh, I’d love to. I really do love this.
Omorovicza Gold Night Drops (sample) – Very luxurious but out of my price range.
- Purchase? Not in the US; too expensive here.
Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap (sample) – I have never hated a cleanser so much in my life. It smells like a fishmonger bathed in cheap hotel soap. The scent lingers and lingers. It’s terrible.
- Purchase? Never.
Laneige Multi Cleanser (sample) – OK.
- Purchase? No.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam (sample) – Smells nice, but too drying.
- Purchase? No.
The Saem Marseille Olive Cleansing Foam (soap) – Probably has a high pH (left my skin feeling sensitive).
- Purchase? No.
MASKS (wouldn’t repurchase these):
My Beauty Diary Natto Mask – <meh>
La Prairie Swiss Cellular White Intensive Illuminating Mask – I love these overpriced things that make me feel poor. Reason for no repurchase – I’m poor.
TonyMoly Floria Nutra-Energy Mask with Argan Oil – These are my favorite from TonyMoly so of course they are impossible to find because they’re not cute/gimmicky.
I made it a goal to use up some candles that I have that were close to the end of their lifespan. I emptied 5! I didn’t really empty that many perfume samples since I’ve been craving things that I own in full-size bottles.
- Repurchase? Only when I want pumpkin spice again and that’s going to be a long time from now.
NEST Pink Jasmine Candle * – I love NEST’s florals. Review.
- Purchase? It’s been discontinued but they have plenty of other nice florals.
- Purchase? I bought a travel size that I still have. Now I’m burnt out on gourmands.
Malie Organics Pikake Island Ambience Room Spray * – It’s a pretty floral. Hubs thinks it smells like bananas. I think it smells like pikake, so go figure.
- Purchase? Nah. I do love their body stuff though.
- Purchase? Yes.
Project Perfume Sample Empties: Samples I would not re/purchase:
I was really into white florals and shower oils. AND MOISTURE.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Midnight Tuberose Bath Gel (huge bottle, 32 oz) – I love the smell of this stuff (tuberose!). The formula has coconut oil but it manages to lather well without drying me out. I love it but geez, this bottle is too huge for a product flirt like myself. Review.
- Repurchase? Yes, but I’d love to have it in a smaller size.
Baïja Creme Moana Fleur de Tiaré – This is a thick but creamy body lotion with an amazing tiare floral fragrance. It was a gift.
- Purchase? Maybe if I’m in France. Meanwhile I can substitute it for Yves Rocher Tiare Line.
Historiae Hameau de la Reine Soap – It’s a green heart soap dedicated to Marie Antoinette that is a green floral.
- Repurchase? No.
Skin & Co. Roma Umbrian Truffle Shower Oil (travel size) – I am absolutely obsessed with this product. It emulsifies and moisturizes. The scent is a green fig with fig fruit.
- Purchase? Yes! I love it.
L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil (travel size) – My other obsession of the month. This is an emulsifying oil that smells like almond blossoms.
- Repurchase? YES!
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion in Vanilla & Oats (travel size) – To my surprise this line smells great (like a soft, warm, powdery vanilla). This cream was good too.
- Repurchase? I may buy the full-size.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash in Vanilla & Oats (travel size) – See above. I like it.
- Repurchase? Probably not because there are other vanilla-scented shower gels I like better.
For me, this was a good month for hair empties. It was boring drugstore stuff.
Suave Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner – Not bad. It does make my hair less frizzy.
- Repurchase? Probably. I need to try it with the shampoo too.
Pantene Intense Repair Conditioner – I like how this stuff smooths my hair.
- Repurchase? I did but I bought the “Age” one because it says it’s for color treated hair.
Yves Rocher Radiance Shampoo – This was a GWP and it is too drying for my hair so it was demoted to brush cleanser. Smells like lemons.
- Purchase? Nope.
Giovanni 2Chic Blackberry & Coconut Oil Hair Serum (travel size) – My hair really, really liked this. The coconut scent wasn’t overpowering.
- Purchase? Yeah.
Not a great month for makeup empties but not a bad one either. My input is still more than my output in this category…
Shiseido Stick Foundation in 120 Natural Light Ivory – It’s easy to use with a natural looking finish.
- Repurchase? Probably not. I like the NARS one better.
im Avocado Mascara – I bought this in Mexico. I don’t like it. The brush it too huge for my face…which is saying a lot because my face is huge.
- Repurchase? No.
Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion Highlighter in #1 Mother of Pearl (sample) – This is so pretty and actually really subtle on pale complexions. It just makes me look fresh and dewy.
- Purchase? Yes, but after I run out of a similar one from Nature Republic.
Total: 41. 21 full-size. 7 deluxe samples/travel size. 13 samples
This number is higher than I expected! I did focus on emptying some full-size items and it felt good to use them up, especially the candles I’ve been hoarding.
What about you? Which products did you empty in January? Did you buy anything new?
Disclaimer – If there is a /*/ next to an item, it was provided by PR/the brand. All other items were purchased by me or are samples/gifts with purchase/subscription box products.
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