September and October 2013 Empties

Another two months have passed and a fair bit of empties have been accumulating in the corner of my room. Lots of skincare was finished up recently and only a handful of body care and makeup products bit the dust. Let's dive into this mess!

I finally used up the giant bottle of c. Booth's Walnut Shell Body Scrub & Cleanser which was a cheap and halfway decent scrub. It was too light and didn't moisturize at all whereas I prefer a thicker scrub that leaves some oil on my skin (yes, I'm probably the minority in this respect). My boyfriend and some friends who have smelled this product in my shower love the sweet, baked goods scent although it's nothing to write home about for me. The L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil is a really popular product and I can see why. The creamy oil is very luxurious and heats up when it mixes with water and foams. Sadly I didn't like the scent much at all and will not be purchasing a full size. I thoroughly enjoyed the L'Occitane Peony Shower Gel because it's one of my favorite scents from the brand. While I'm more of a bar soap kinda gal, I'd definitely purchase the Peony Body Milk again one day. I'm happy to bid goodbye to the Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Gel Cream Moisturizer which wasn't do anything for my skin. I ended up using the last quarter of the jar on my hands before bed.

The Yves Rocher Pomegranate 3 Minutes Mask was quite bleh and I'm not sure why I wasted my money on it. I used it on my body instead as a moisturizer just to get rid of it. I actually have another one in a grape flavor which I need to use up as well.... I always go through the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream because it's one of my favorites and the brand regularly has free offers. The Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream is less moisturizing but has a nice light, scent. I used up a Softlips Lipbalm in Raspberry but the packaging has completely worn off so you can't really tell what it is. Many times my boyfriend thought I had pulled out a cigarette when it was actually just my Softlips.... I'm totally against smoking, just so you know. I also finished a mini Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment from last year's Sephora birthday gift and I really enjoyed it. The high price tag means I won't be repurchasing though. My tube of Essence's All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara was getting kind of dry so into the garbage it goes.

I also used up a few base makeup samples and these usually last me ages so I'm counting these in my empties (not sure why I threw out on of the sample containers...)! I used up a sample of the Origins CC Cream which was okay in that it didn't oxidize and evened out my skin alright but it had very poor oil control. The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation was a really good coverage, dewy foundation which I enjoyed using. But my favorite sample had to be the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. The Hourglass foundation is holy grail stuff and ticks all the right boxes. It gives medium to high coverage with the smallest drop of product and blends seamlessly into the skin. I wore it to Electric Zoo and through more than 10 hours of dancing and sweating in the summer heat, my foundation still looked freshly applied! So far, this is my favorite foundation that I have ever tried and am really interested in purchasing the full size.

I really enjoyed the Bourjois Express Eye Makeup Remover which I bought in Amsterdam but can no longer buy in the states. The Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray is decent but not as great at cleaning my hair as the Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo. The Korres Pomegranate Mask is too heavily scented for my liking but it is quite gentle and seems to soften and tighten my skin ever so slightly. I have liked all the Avene products I've tried so far and the little sample of the Avene Rich Hydrating Cream was no exception. If you seek no-frills skincare for sensitive skin, Avene is a good choice. I really loved the Origins Plantscription Eye Cream because it was ultra hydrating yet easily absorbed into my skin. This is my favorite eye cream that I have tried so far and I would consider buying the full size.

I used up two tiny samples of the Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence, a slightly sticky serum that didn't make a whole lot of difference in my skin. I couldn't wait to finish The Face Shop's White Mud Nose Pack because I wanted to try something new but now I can't wait to repurchase it. The peel off mask is really affordable (around $6-7?) and works so well at removing gunk from pores. I really like the Origins Checks and Balancing Cleanser, especially in the summer, and would repurchase this. The Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away Cleanser came in my Influenster SweetHeart VoxBox and I highly disliked it. The scent is akin to drugstore shampoo and the formula left a weird residue on my skin after rinsing.

Watch the video below to hear more about what I've used up!

Since announcing my spending ban at the end of September, I have not purchased any new makeup items so I pat myself on the back for that. I'm glad I'm getting through a lot of the products in my beauty stash and my bodycare shelf is actually really empty now. But using up makeup is still a huge challenge and try as I might, it's so hard to get a dent into anything! Hopefully I'll have some more used up makeup products to show you before 2013 is over!


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