Here’s the damage I did in October. I bought like $40 of stuff at a Harlem hair supply store. I also bought too much Colourpop because I was on the hunt for the perfect terracotta lipstick. And I found it with Mama .But, I wish more than anything it wasn’t a liquid lip formula. Those are so drying and I’m over them. Why do they keep making all the cool colors in these inferior formulas?!
I had this weird pumpkin spice craving and made a Bath and Body Works order. I bought the scents unsniffed (online) and they smell nothing like the note list or like the reviews described. So, I ended up making a Haus of Gloi order too. The Haus of Gloi was even sweeter than Bath and Body Works’ so I give up. I don’t get why brands can’t make something that smells like spice. They all want to overdose on the amber or cupcake accords.
Let me warn you. October was a boring month for Empties. The season has changed and so has my skincare. I’ve started using new stuff (as you can see from my September haul). It’s also boring for Empties because I’m trying to use up things that need to be used up. In my opinion, this was the most boring month for Empties ever.
I apologize for how boring these are. It’s a lot of stuff I don’t like and then using up samples of stuff that I have in full-size.
LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub – I have no clue why I keep buying mint products when I hate mint products. But, I like mint juleps. Overall, this is a basic natural lip scrub. I like the formula.
- Repurchase? No. I don’t like mint but I like the formula so I may try another flavor. I know I could totally DIY these. But, I’m lazy.
Nature Republic Real Nature Honey Ampoule – I could really write a lengthy review of this stuff but nothing said would be very nice. It does moisturize. But, it’s sticky af. Like sooooo sticky. It leaves my skin impossibly shiny which I love but for real, lint will stick to your face. I’m certain putting actual honey on your face would be less sticky than this. It smells like the honey note in Prada Candy Florale.
- Repurchase? No. Unless I want to buy a bottle to use as a highlighter for dewiness. I love the effect but the feel of this stuff is too much.
LLang On the Skin Truffle from France Sheet Mask – I have no clue why I’d believe that truffle would do anything for skin. This is a lotion-based (actually shea butter), thicker cotton sheet mask with some decent, basic ingredients. It smells perfume-y. Overall, it’s probably best for dry skin. It helped my skin recover after I went AHA crazy the night before.
- Repurchase? It was a $1 so it’s totally possible that I will.
Leaders Too Much Fun in the Sun Sheet Mask – I totally get why Leaders is one of the most popular sheet mask brands in South Korea…they’re superior. Even their regular ‘ole sheet masks are better than average. I used this one in Mexico and loved it. My skin breathed a sigh of relief when I wore it.
- Repurchase? Yes.
The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Sheet Mask – Just like I realized that Leaders is superior, I think I finally realized that The Face Shop‘s sheet masks are inferior. They have great products but their sheet masks are lacking in formula. The cotton isn’t luxurious. The serum is liquid-y like water. It smells like alcohol because it has too much alcohol in it. And it leaves a sticky film on the skin. I’ve tried much better in this price range.
- Repurchase? No.
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum (deluxe sample) – I thought this lightweight eye serum with subtle shimmer could be a good replacement for Andalou Luminous Eye Serum, but it’s not. I noticed no difference in appearance or feel with this product. However, it’s unscented which is a big deal when it comes to Kiehl’s products.
- Purchase? No.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream (deluxe sample) – Rant awaiting…this product claims to be fragrance free which it is. However, it’s packed with potentially eye irritating essential oils like lavender and jasmine. It smells strongly of lavender so it was demoted to a cuticle cream. And it even made my cuticles dry until they cracked. No way I’d put this near my eyes.
- Purchase? No way.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 Tinted Fluid Sunscreen (sample) – I love this weightless sunscreen. It’s a new HG for me.
- Purchase? Yes. I actually bought a full-size because of this sample.
Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Watery Cream (deluxe sample) – I love this stuff. I actually have the full-size but used the GWP travel-size when I traveled.
- Purchase? Already have.
Glyderm Gentle Face Cleanser (travel size) – Once you start caring about pH in your cleansers, you realize that other people don’t. There aren’t many pH balanced cleansers out there. This non-foaming cleanser is. It makes a huge difference on my skin as far as acne is concerned.
- Purchase? I already did.
My new and hopefully achievable goal is to use up all these almost empty samples I have around. I have all of these beautiful perfumes and I’m not wearing them. WHY?!
Botanicus Fig Room Spray – It’s an aquatic fig room spray that I’ve had forever. I’m a hoarder and I should be ashamed.
- Repurchase? No.
- Purchase? No. I’m too poor.
- Purchase? I actually purchased a full-size bottle of this. Why I’m using the sample instead? I don’t know.
DSH Perfumes Pretty & Pink EDP (manufacturer’s sample) – This smells differently than I remember. I always thought it smelled like a fruity shisa. It still does but these days I notice the cozy musk base more. Full review.
- Purchase? No. I like it but I’m in no position to buy everything that I like.
Really a collection of very boring products except for the Hermès soap.
Neutrogena Dry Touch Ultra-Sheer Sunscreen SPF SPF 45 – I like that this stuff actually is dry and doesn’t transfer. It’s not luxurious but it gets the job done.
- Repurchase? Yes. I keep coming back around to this one as a daily body sunscreen.
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash – This is so boring but sometimes it’s good to use an unscented body wash.
- Repurchase? Maybe. A cheap unscented body wash isn’t that easy to find.
Hermès Bar Soap in Eau de Narcisse Bleu – And sometimes you want something highly fragrant like Hermès. I love this soap. It’s so luxurious.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Cream – So, so meh.
- Repurchase? No.
- Purchase? Probably not.
It takes me forever to use up hair products.
- Purchase? I plan on it.
I feel like I sure use up a lot of powder for someone that claims they don’t use powder.
Golden Rose Compact Foundation in 05 Soft Beige – I use this as a setting powder with a brush. It does the job.
- Repurchase? Probably not. It’s Turkish and not so easy to find in the US anyway. It’s just like any other drugstore powder foundation.
- Purchase? If I wasn’t too lazy and actually used primers, I would.
Total: 22. 12 full-size. 5 travel/deluxe size. 5 samples
If my skin keeps being good, I’m set for skincare for the next few months. My goal is to use up all this stuff I’ve been hoarding and not buy anything EXCEPT for the essentials that I use. I’ll buy those during the November sales. After that, mark my words, folks, I’m going on a serious beauty no-buy.
What about you? Which products did you empty in October? Did you buy anything new?
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