EMPTIES: August 2015

by - September 02, 2015

Is it weird that I get really excited when it's time for empties because it means that I'm actually getting through some of the things in my ridiculous collection? I feel like the answer is probably to stop getting new things... but let's be real, that's not going to happen. Recently, I considered giving myself some kind of reward for actually getting through products and I feel like that's going to come on the horizon. Maybe I'll even do a no buy for a while and they release the shopping Krakken once I get through a certain number of products. ... Gotta tell you, "Release the shopping Krakken" might be my new favorite phrase. Anyway, I got through a decent number of products this month, so if you're interested in reading about them...

Keep reading to take a look at what I got through this month - and one makeup product that I literally only got to use 3 times.

EVA NYC Soften Up Conditioner
I got this in a set from Costco at a ridiculously good price, but I've only used the conditioner so far because I can't stand the shampoo. The conditioner, though, is pretty good. It does a good job of moisturizing my hair and leaving it really soft. It also smells really, really delicious. I would definitely repurchase this conditioner - but like I said, avoid the shampoo!

Whish Shave Cream - Deluxe Sample
I received this travel size of the Whish Shave Cream in one of my first Birchboxes, but I didn't pick it up until I needed a travel friendly option when I went to Toronto in July. I think I actually really like this, just because it leaves my legs feeling so soft and silky after I shave. I'm not sure I would buy it again, just because it's quite spendy for a shave cream, but it definitely is a good product.

Bath & Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset Aloe Gel Lotion - Travel Size
I picked this up one a B&BW shopping trip towards the beginning of the summer because I needed one more item to get me to whatever dollar amount I needed to use a coupon, but I'm so glad I did. I love the gel lotion formula and I loveloveloved the scent of this. I actually got a full size bottle of this same formula in a different scent that I'm still working through, so I'm not too sad to see this one go. Will look for it again next summer!

Cellbydate The Real Galacto Zero Essence
I got this in a Memebox ages ago and once I got to the bottom third of the bottle, I slowed way down on using it because I was sad that it was going to be gone. I used this after my traditional toner step and before my serum and I definitely did see a difference in my skin when I was using it. Would definitely repurchase this again if I ever saw it online.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
This travel size mask came in a set last Black Friday and I absolutely loved it. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of my skin care samples that I have to have on hand in the winter, because it just does wonderful things for my skin when I use it. Will absolutely repurchase.

Miracle 10 AHA Gel I
I'm very, very sad to see this one go, but I'm glad to have had it because it definitely let me know that I need to be using some kind of AHA or BHA for my skin to be at it's best. Because I want to dip my toes a little further into that pool and try some other things, I won't be repurchasing this in the near future but I will definitely keep it in mind down the road because I really loved it.

MARCELLE Duo Eyebrow-Pro Slanted Waterproof Pencil
So. This is the product that I used about three times and it is in my empties. Why is it in my empties? The pencil fell out. One day I opened it and there was nothing in there and a few days later I found the escaped pencil crumbed under my vanity. I am NOT happy, because this was expensive for drugstore, so I will absolutely not repurchase. Ever.

Maybelline FIT ME Concealer in 115 Fair
FAVORITE! This has been in empties before and it will be in empties again. I actually have already repurchased this and will likely grab a backup the next time I see it on sale. If you haven't tried this yet, what are you waiting for? I only use this to conceal darkness under my eyes, because I feel like it's a little too creamy for use on blemishes. But for under the eyes? Aces!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Matte Cinnamint
Oh man, I have been working my way down this lip balm for AGES and it's finally gone. Well, finally is a bit of a stretch because I don't know where to find this again and I want a back up. This is a very thick lip balm that I liked to use every night before bed to keep my lips moisturized all night. It had a scent and flavor like a cinnamon gum, which I loved. I am so so sad to see this go and you best believe I'll stock up if I see them anywhere again.

Essence Eyeliner Brush
This brush is MANGLED. I've had this for ages and I hadn't actually used it in a while, but I gave it a good cleaning the other day with the intention of using it and the bristles fell out. Considering it's such an affordable brush and it was over 2 years old, I'm not really surprised. I'm not sure this brush is still available, but I probably wouldn't repurchase just because I'm so obsessed with the eyeliner brush I mentioned in this month's favorites.

Shiseido Facial Cotton
These are my favorites, which I'm sure you'll know if you've been reading this blog a while, and always a repurchase for me in spite of their spendiness. They're just better than everything else, period.

THEFACESHOP Vita C Hydrogel Mask
I actually really liked this mask and had a GREAT skin day after wearing this the night before. Definitely will repurchase.

SEP Face Lifting Mask
This is a very fancy mask that I got in a Memebox and held off using for ages. It has a beautiful lace print to the mask and is just lovely. However, I believe it's very expensive and I definitely don't find it worth more than a couple of bucks.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask - Kelp
This mask was pretty good, I would probably repurchase.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask - Cucumber
This mask was very, very refreshing and cooling on my skin and I would probably repurchase it for using on a hot day or when I'm feeling under the weather.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask - Rice
This is my favorite mask from THEFACESHOP and I want about a dozen in reserve for the future. I find this mask really refines the look of my pores and gives me a bright, even look to the skin's surface. Yes, repurchase.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask - Blueberry
Just a nice, relaxing mask. Might repurchase.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask - Bamboo
Again, just a nice, relaxing mask. Might repurchase.

LIFE Brand Pore Cleansing Facial Sheet Mask
This is my favorite LIFE Brand mask and the one that I reach for when I really want to have a great skin day. Will definitely repurchase.

LIFE BRAND Tightening Facial Sheet Mask
I didn't really like this mask, though I can't really pinpoint why. I feel like it made my skin look a little.. funny. Won't repurchase.

FREEMAN Rose Brightening Facial Mask
Didn't really like this one or see any brightening effects with it. Not my favorite, wouldn't repurchase.

3W Clinic Fresh Potato Mask Sheet
So, I actually kinda really liked this mask. I don't think it did a ton for my skin, but my skin felt and looked pretty good after. I believe I got this as a free gift with a K-Beauty order and I wouldn't be mad to get it again, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase.

... Are the sheet masks becoming too much? Eventually I plan on doing a whole post about my favorite sheet masks, because not all are created equal.

Another month, another batch of products on their way out. Have you tried/loved/hated/coveted any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

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