It's nearly August and I haven't even posted my April, May and June empties. I've been accumulating this clutter for way too long so I'm hashing out this post even though it's 1:30am and I really should be sleeping instead (just flew in from LA so my brain thinks it's earlier than it is).
On the whole, I found a lot of things I liked in this pile of used-up products. On the SPF front, the Shiseido Future Solution LX SPF 50+ was really good - a nice, nourishing sunscreen that prepped the skin nicely for makeup. For the body, I like using creams and lotions and then topping up with a spray to catch any areas I might have missed. I finished the travel sized Hampton Sun SPF 35 that I got in a SpaceNK gift with purchase up when I was in Tulum and would consider getting the full size. The spray was very fine and it just felt like a more luxurious mist. A sunscreen that missed the mark for me was the Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35*. There's still a bit left in the tube that I can't even bring myself to use because there's nothing about this I like (besides the packaging, because it is undeniably pretty). It just feels like I'm wearing sunscreen when I put this on so I used up most of it as a body sunscreen. I think I'm the only person who was sent this sunscreen and who didn't like it.... The Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel was passed on to me from a blogger friend who found this moisturizer made her skin sticky. I didn't get the sticky feeling but this gel moisturizer didn't stand out to me at all. I also think the gold shimmers very gimmicky and not very practical in terms of seeing real skin benefits.
A skincare product I really did like was the Aromatica Tea Tree Balancing Toner which I purchased from Peach & Lily. I felt that this toner really helped calm my skin and kept it more clear since I regularly get pesky pimples and whiteheads. I just purchased another toner to try but I'd definitely repurchase the Aromatica toner in the future. The Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil was another favorite because it made my skin glow every time I used it. I only used it at night a few times a week and every morning after my skin would look so good. The Tata Harper Purifying Mask was a nice sample to try. I liked the mask - just strong enough to feel like my skin was detoxing but not too much stinging to the point of pain - but not sure if I would splurge on the full size. I always somehow end up with travel sizes of the Lancome BiFacil Eye Makeup Remover and Fresh Soy Face Cleansers - both are nice products to travel with though I won't purchase either in the full size because there are better, less pricey options.
I didn't finish the bottle of Lush Grease Lightning - there's still about half of it left - but it's already expired. This was a repurchase because I like using this on congested pores over a wide area of my face. It's gentle and non-irritating but does seem to help clear up small acne issues. The Malin + Goetz Intensive Hair Conditioner was fine but I'm not sure what is so "intensive" about it. It's way too expensive for what feels like a normal conditioner so I won't be repurchasing.
Out of the skincare things I picked up from the Peach & Lily sample sale last year, the Maycoop White Water Cleanser was my favorite. It's a nice micellar water that removes face makeup well and the pump packaging is really convenient. I think dry skin types would like the Maycoop Raw Moisturizer but it was too heavy for my skin for most of the year. I couldn't tell a difference in my skin at all when I used the Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence which was disappointing (my favorite essence water is still the IOPE Bio Essence). The IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel should have been tossed ages ago because it's been sitting in my bathroom cabinet for years.... I just don't find it strong enough to do anything. These days I'm all about acid exfoliants which are just strong enough to make a difference without tearing up my skin. Although the Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips has a very weird name (they've since changed it to "Miracle Balm") and is totally overpriced, it will hold a special place in my heart because it introduced me to the genius idea of using lanolin as lipbalm. Whereas Dr. Lipp is $16+ for a tiny tube, I purchase essentially the same 100% lanolin in a bigger tube from Target (Lansinoh brand) for a fraction of the price. If you have very finnicky, dry lips, try lanolin!
On the makeup front, I used up a couple of favorites including two tubes of my HG L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara, the Laneige BB Cushion (this is the Korean version - I still have another compact and refill in the American release when it was sold at Target), and a sample of the MUFE Soothing Face Primer. I also used up a sample of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach which I really like using under my eyes. I have a bunch of those samples from various Sephora online orders and I have several almost empty tubes lying around.
I didn't use much of the Mac Select Cover Up Concealer at all even though there's nothing wrong with it. I just don't use a separate concealer from my under eye one anymore because I don't have time to pin-point conceal and I expect my foundation or tinted moisturizer to do a good enough job. This concealer's been sitting in my collection for too long and it's started to separate so into the Back-to-Mac pile it goes. I also didn't fully finish the Benefit Powda Wowza Palette but I hit major pan on Hoola and some pan on Coralista. I named this a disappointing purchase awhile back and it was because I thought these were going to be the best powders ever due to all the internet hype. While I still don't think they're the best bronzer or blushes around, Hoola is an easy bronzer shade for me to wear and Coralista gives a pretty peach glow. The palette's quite old at this point and I have so many other beautiful bronzers and blushes to use so it's time to retire this trio to the bin. The black compact in the corner is the Mizon Correct Combo Pact which has a weird packaging where you push a button and the product comes out of little holes in the plastic. I impulse purchased it for $3 at the Peach & Lily sample sale but never really used it so I've passed it onto a friend.
It's now past 2:30am and my eyelids are starting to droop. If I glossed over anything that you're curious about in my pile of beauty trash, drop me a comment below!