EauMG’s May 2015 Empties

May 2015 Empties


May was a really busy month for me too. I had to fly down to Nashville to get my car and the frugs. This trip turned into a much longer trip than expected (over half the month). I was doing well with my purchases but being there for so long, I had to pick up a few staples. And then there were a few bored trips to Ulta where I bought some really weird stuff like body stamps and colored zinc for my face. It was also my birthday month so I received a few beauty-related gifts (like a Clarisonic Mia 2).

As far as Empties go, I didn’t empty too many because of the traveling. And then there was a season shift which had me trying new things.

Here’s what I used up in May:

May Skincare Empties


Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour – I absolutely love this eye cream and it’s been my “go to” for years. It does everything I want it to do. It’s one of my HG eye creams.

  • Repurchase? Yes. But, sometimes I get distracted by other new, shiny stuff.

Reviva Labs Collagen Serum – This serum is probably for people with more lines than me. It did smooth my dehydration lines.

  • Purchase? I don’t know. I liked it but didn’t love it as much as other Reviva Labs serums that I’ve tried.

TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Moist Face Mist – This is one of those things that ended up in my hands because of the packaging. It’s an “essence” like face mist with a faint floral-peach aroma. I use it before applying BB creams for an even more dewy look.

  • Repurchase? Maybe. Or I may just reuse this spray bottle by adding some rosewater.

Nature Republic Apple Mango Sheet Mask – This is a serum mask that is super-soaked with serum. It smells like mangoes. It’s also sticky which I don’t know if this has to do with the formula or just how much serum this mask has.

  • Repurchase? Well, of course I bought like 5 of these and I’m not crazy about them. BUT they do fit perfectly and leave my skin looking good. It’s the stickiness and the mango-ness of it all. That’s a turn off.

Innisfree It’s Real Rose Sheet Mask – This is a serum mask with a faint citrus-rose aroma. This one is for smoothing and brightening. Really don’t recommend this one for sensitive skins because it has a lot of lavender and grapefruit. But, I like it.

  • Repurchase? Yes. I have repurchased this one a few times.

TonyMoly I’m Real Skin-Purifying Seaweed Mask – It’s a serum mask with a light “mineral aquatic” aroma. It smoothed and soften the skin.

  • Repurchase? Yeah. I like this one.

Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer – This is a really basic unscented moisturizer. I’d compare it to Clinique Dramatic Differently Lotion. It’s extremely basic so really not worth using unless you’re using an amazing serum (which I try to use). It’s not bad but it’s not a game-changer either.

  • Repurchase? I doubt it. I like CeraVe better for my skin. But, it’s cheap and not heavy feeling. So, that’s a bonus, I guess.

Atomy Healthy Glow Brightening Base – I’ve tried a lot of products from this Korean brand and this is by far my favorite. It’s a lightweight base with SPF 30 that smells like perfect lilies. It actually does make my skin look naturally glow-y. It’s applied after foundation which isn’t how the U.S. uses “base” but man, it looks good.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

La Colline Moisture Boost Cellular Perfect Hydration Serum (sample x 2, not pictured) – The Swiss are all about the moisture. And this is a really moisturizing creamy serum.

  • Purchase? Shoo, like I can afford Swiss skincare.

Ziaja Natural Olive Cream Light Formula (sample, not pictured) – It’s “light” but it’s still a thicker cream (no clue what the “non-light” formula is like). The scent is a clean, green scent. It’s a good basic moisturizer.

  • Purchase? Probably not.

Summary – Now why is my skin being so dry? My skin is sooo thirsty.

Florida Water


Laboratorios del Pueblo Florida Water – It’s already time to bust out the colognes. Because this stuff is so cheap, I use it in the bath.

  • Repurchase? Yes. It’s a great “linen refresher” too.

Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne EDT (sample, not pictured) – I’ve reviewed this before and don’t get why it’s “Homme”. It’s just a sheer neroli and white musk.

  • Purchase? Nah, I think I can live without it.

Summary – It’s boring citrus season and I’m roll’n with it.

Cococare Stick


Whipped Manicreme in Majestic Rose (not pictured) – This is a shea butter based hand cream that feels amazing and is very moisturizing. The scent is like a rose and Egyptian musk. I think it’s been discontinued which is a shame because I love this stuff.

  • Repurchase? Nope, can’t.

Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter in Tabac (not pictured) – Tabac is a limited edition autumn scent that is meant to smell like tobacco, vanilla and cedar. Technically I should have loved this scent, but I didn’t. It’s more of a sweet cedar in the butter format. And for some reason a sweet cedar isn’t what I want my lotion to smell like. In my opinion, this would have made a better scent for a home fragrance.

  • Repurchase? No.

Cococare Cocoa Butter Stick – For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a stick of this around. It smells good and it works for about everything. Plus, it’s really cheap. Love it.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Summary – I love butters.

L'Oreal Total Repair Hair


L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm – This is a deep conditioner. I used it every time I washed. It’s OK, wasn’t too heavy for my hair. But, I think the brand promises more than what they can deliver.

  • Repurchase? No.

TonyMoly Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Mask (sample, not pictured) – I was given this sample in Hong Kong. It’s a hair treatment mask with a coconut and lemon aroma. Does a pretty good job.

  • Purchase? Yeah, if I can find it here.

Summary – And my hair is dry too.

May Empties


AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact in 204 Tan Gold – I really love this stuff even if it is rather perfume-y. It provides a sheer, dewy coverage. And it has SPF 50. Color selection is lacking, but this shade works for me.

  • Repurchase? Yes. Do they sell additional refills for these?

Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara – I love this mascara. It works for me and it retails for under $5.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Summary – When it comes to makeup, all I really use up is mascara and complexion products.

Total: 21 total. 16 full-size. 1 deluxe/travel size. 5 samples

What about you? Which products did you empty in May? Did you buy anything new? Throw anything out?


I’ve been doing this sort of post every month for a year now. In a year, I’ve emptied 267 products! Isn’t that wild? Yes, many of these were samples or one time use products such as a sheet mask. I’m also a blogger so I try a lot of products. I’ve noticed that I definitely empty more skincare and bath/body products than I do fragrance, makeup or hair.

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8 thoughts on “EauMG’s May 2015 Empties

  1. I’m such a sucker for packaging so I’ve been let down by TonyMoly before. I got the lip-shaped lip balm from sephora and I could not get over the smell. It worked just ok but that packaging was so cute!

    1. I haven’t tried that one but in general, I haven’t been impressed at all by their lip products. As my Korean friends have explained to me, it’s not a bad brand but “young” like, I don’t know, Bonne Bell or something.

  2. Happy belated birthday! I’ve been really curious about cushion compacts, but I haven’t found any locally other than Lancome, and it’s hard to work out shades for my pale olive skin.

    1. With cushion compacts in general, colors are really lacking. Most lean extremely pink or extremely gold 🙁

        1. Awesome! I was curious about that one because the price is more fair. I *may* be able to find this locally so I can try the shades before buying.

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