May was one of those months that flew on by. I can’t believe it’s already June!
As far as purchases, it was my birthday (month) and I went overboard. I bought La Prairie Light Fantastic Concealing Treatment and Armour Lip Gloss in Candy (an opaque lavender named after Candy Darling). I impulsed bought some cheap crazy color lipsticks at a hair supply store. I bought more crazy colors with Inglot Freedom System Lipsticks in a variation of this. I bought some drugstore perfumes to review (I guess that counts). I also bought Mugler shower gels because it’s practically summer. I needed a new shampoo so I went with the new Shea Moisture Peace Rose stuff because it smells amazing. I also bought the new Anastasia Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette because those shades speak to me. It’s a gorgeous palette.
I had a custom Bite Lipstick made. I went for something that reminds me of a true morel. If that wasn’t enough, the new Amuse Bouche shades speak to me more than any other collection of lipstick shades ever. I ended up with Kale (a “cavolo nero” dark green) and Taro (like ube cake). I can’t wait to get the others.
Oh, and I was on an ipsy waiting list and then wasn’t and they sent me a bag. I thought I’d try them since I haven’t done any of the beauty sub things like this in 4 years. It was good for $10 (bag, lip treatment, black eyeliner, shadow brush and a little bronzer).
So, as you can see, I went a little overboard with the purchases in May. But, hey, it was my birthday month.
Here’s what I emptied in May:
I emptied a lot of skincare products. It was the month of TonyMoly and brightening products:
L’Oreal White Perfect Fairness Control Day Cream SPF 17 PA ++ – I bought this in Hong Kong because the name is so absurd and I think L’Oreal may be truly evil for launching a product with this name AND I NEEDED THE PHYSICAL PROOF. I mean, “White Perfect”? Isn’t that terrible? And then “Fairness Control”? Fairness Control isn’t offensive; it just sounds like a setting I wish I could enable in my own life. Anyway, this cream doesn’t play nicely with others. It beads up over every serum I use. It won’t layer under sunscreens or foundations without beading. It leaves a white tint on the skin (which is intentional because “white is perfect”…ugh). It has a low SPF. And it did nothing for dark spots. It was demoted to a hand cream.
- Repurchase? Never.
Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm – This stuff is legit a balm. That’s not a marketing term to make it sound thick and luxurious. This stuff is an oil-based salve that is greasier than any old fashioned cold cream. It does an awesome job at removing makeup and grime without drying out my skin. My biggest complaint is the strong bergamot fragrance. I wish they would have left the potentially irritating essential oils out of the mix. I wash this off and usually follow-up with another cleanser so I’m not leaving those oils on my skin, because my skin is fussy about citrus oils.
- Repurchase? No. If there was a fragrance-free version, I would.
Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment – I realized that I’ve used so many Asian drugstore brightening products but haven’t bothered with the US market. This is an unscented serum with a weightless feel. It took FOREVER for me to see any difference but I eventually did see some fading.
- Repurchase? I don’t know. I don’t have patience for slow stuff.
Laneige Lip & Eye Remover – DO NOT WORRY! This did not remove my lips and eyes! It’s a dual-phase eye makeup remover. It’s a fine eye makeup remover that even removes waterproof formulas. For a Laneige product, it’s excellent (because I tend to dislike most Laneige items).
- Repurchase? Probably not. It was OK but there are some other brands/formulas I’d like to try as well.
TonyMoly Bubble Donkey Milk Foam Cleanser – I told you I’m into weird shit. There are Mexican soaps like this and this is South Korea’s take on that. It’s a great foaming cleanser with a “clean” fragrance. There’s a lot of product in the bottle and it lasts forever.
- Repurchase? Probably. I like it in hot, humid weather.
TonyMoly Changing U Magic Mask in Hyaluronic Acid – This was a free gift of masks with this most offensive marketing (or the most honest marketing) ever. It claims to change me from ugly to pretty. This one will change me from The Thing to a Disney Princess. The deal is I actually like this serum mask with a barely-there fragrance. It does leave my skin moisturized and “plump”.
- Repurchase? Maybe. I love this mask but they sell them in a box set. And TonyMoly knows that this marketing will not go over well at all in the US of A.
TonyMoly I’m Real Pomegranate Sheet Mask – It has a tart fruity fragrance. I really can’t say the results differ much from the other masks in this line.
- Repurchase? Probably. From the “It’s Real” line, it’s one of the better ones.
The Face Shop Real Nature Lily Sheet Mask – First time I’ve tried this brightening mask. It’s half serum/half oil. Smells like fancy European skincare products. It’s OK. Left my face a little sticky but I expect that from products like this.
- Repurchase? Probably. They’re cheap.
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream (deluxe sample) – In May, I had a facial done at Osswald with La Prairie products. Afterwards I was given samples to extend my facial results (which lasted about 2 weeks when used nightly). I’m usually in this Cult of Paula that scoffs at expensive skincare. But, OMG, this stuff made my skin look amazing. It’s fragrant (like lilies) but my skin wasn’t fussy with it and looked great.
- Purchase? I wish. I loved it but it’s expensive.
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (deluxe sample) – See above. I add a few drops of this to the cream. My skin is left looking radiant. It really is a “dry oil” and a little goes far. It’s less fragrant than the cream that I used. It’s magical.
- Purchase? I wish! $500+ for a night cream routine is steep!
I’ve been into rich hippie scents:
Green Tree Incense in 7 Chakras (sample, 2 sticks) – This scent sort of reminds me of nag champa. It’s like a sandalwood/woodsy scent with white florals. This brand is hit or miss. For this brand, I like this one but honestly, I’d rather burn Nag Champa.
- Purchase? Probably not.
- Purchase? If I had a lot of monies, I’d buy whatever I want. But, I don’t. I have to be realistic, yo.
- Purchase? Probably not just because I have a few more samples of it and I have so much stuff.
CdG Daphne EDP (sample) – There’s something about this tuberose and incense that reminds me of a überglam headshop. Review here.
- Purchase? Fun fact, I’ve only bought two decants in my entire life. One of them was Daphne and that wasn’t because I didn’t want a full-size bottle. It was because I wanted it in a roll-on bottle to give it even more of that headshop oil feel. The decanter (a fellow fragrance friend, not a website), kindly put in a roll-on bottle for me to make my dreams come true.
I FINALLY emptied some of these scented body products I’ve had around for what feels like forever:
Historiae Soap in Rose de France – This is like the Jayne Mansfield of soaps even though it’s inspired by the Renaissance. It’s a pink heart-shaped bar of soap that smells like roses and magnolias over a musky base. It’s super “girly” and sort of reminds me of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Á la Rose meets Narciso Rodriguez EDP but all in a soap form.
- Repurchase? I would if I saw it around again.
Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Soap – It’s one of my favorite fragrances and one of my favorite bar soaps of all time.
- Repurchase? Yes.
C. Booth Egyptian Argan Oil Body Butter – This is a cream that absorbs quickly and feels “silky”. The scent is Egyptian Musk that leans more musk than floral. I bought it in the winter when I wanted everything white musk. I have noticed there’s new packaging so I don’t know if the formula is the same as the one I used.
- Repurchase? No. It was fine but I prefer unscented body moisturizers.
Innisfree Perfumed Body Cream in Daphne Blossom – Every country in the world has daphne bath/body products except for the US. It makes me angry. This is is a fresh, lemon-y daphne blossom that smells good (the entire range does). The cream has that nice bouncy thing going on – the sort of tech I expect from Korean brands!
- Repurchase? Maybe. I like unscented body products and I’m using up the scented stuff that I have. I will buy the shower stuff in this line. I liked it.
Anfora Rosa Body Oil – This is one of those products that I bought because I haven’t seen it in years! My grandmother always had it around but I never saw this Spanish body oil in Washington…ever. It’s a basic bath/body oil (mineral oil based) with a sharp green rose scent. Personally, I love the scent. But, every night David asks, “Did you spray bug spray?” and I basically tell him to shut the f up because he knows it’s Anfora.
- Repurchase? Yes…even if it may cause me to get a divorce.
Nature Republic Hand Cream in Acacia – This is my favorite Nature Republic scent. It’s a honeyed floral somewhere between jasmine and mimosa.
- Repurchase? I want to go all scent-free with hand cream but I love this fragrance, so I’ll probably repurchase.
With a help of my spouse, I finished a hair product:
ABL Brands Condish Creme Cleanser – This is a moisturizing shampoo/conditioner made from natural stuff. It smells like nourishing butters and a bit of lavender. I have dry hair, so my hair was all about this (even used alone). To my surprise, this is one of the products that David “stole” from me. It really did make his wavy hair look great.
- Purchase? David says if I don’t, he will.
I emptied boring, basic makeup:
Clinique Color Surge Soft Shimmer Eyeshadow in Sugar Sugar (deluxe/GWP item) – I felt like for years, this was the only shade they’d include in GWPs. It’s discontinued. It’s was a basic pure white shade with a subtle shimmer. Like most Clinique eyeshadows, it was sheer and designed for pale people that don’t want to look like they are wearing much makeup. I used it under the brow bone. It was practical shade but not that great of a formula.
- Purchase? No.
TonyMoly Long Kinny Gel Pen Eyeliner in Black – It’s one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used. It’s long-wearing and doesn’t budge until you remove it. The color is shiny dark black. It applies smoothly and the brush is perfect for my technique. And yes, that’s really its name.
- Repurchase? OK, I love it so I probably will BUT I feel I should try the Kat Von D one that everyone loves before committing to this TonyMoly one.
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay-On Lip Liner in Risqué – A few years ago, this was a shade in a limited edition summer (I think) collection. I bought one. I went back for the rest of them because this shade was perfect for me. This dusty mauve matches my lips exactly and the formula really does stay-put. I use it as a “base” to make product stay on longer. Alas, it’s gone now.
- Repurchase? It’s no longer available and it’s time for me to move on.
Total: 24. 17 full-size, 3 deluxe/travel size, 4 samples.
It seems like in May, it was all about TonyMoly and Korean products.
What about you? Which products did you empty in May? Did you buy anything new?
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