March 2014 Empties (& Purgings)
Not a whole lot of empties this past month but quite a few lip products I've finally decided to purge from my collection after months of trying to make them work and getting nowhere.
I finished up the Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum* and I was so sad to see this go. I truly enjoyed using this serum and now that I've switched to an even pricier Shiseido serum, it simply isn't as good for fading dark spots. I also love the Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo which I have finished multiple times. I tried to make this travel size last as long as possibly but it goes fast when I use it a few times a week! The Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel is fun to use and the scent is very nice but I probably won't repurchase since I prefer bar soap. The Malin+Goetz Neroli Hand and Body Lotion sample was too light in texture to really moisturize my skin so that was underwhelming. I recently reviewed the Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask and highly recommend it for combination oily skinned people! I would repurchase this in the future for sure.
Surprise, surprise! I finished up a few makeup products this month. Well, sort of. I hit pan on the Physician's Formula Gel Liner in Black (it comes in a trio) and I've had this for so many years that it's pretty dry so I figure it's time to move on. Another tube of Maybelline's The Falsies Flared Waterproof bites the dust. I love Maybelline waterproof mascaras as you've probably heard (or read) a million times so it's no surprise that they creep into my empties. I just picked up a new BeautyBlender at IMATS so I figured it would be a good time to toss my super old one. As you can see it's not a vibrant hot pink anymore and there are quite a few dent marks that are a result of being impatient when cleansing the sponge.
I couldn't wait to use up the L'Oreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Hair Mask because it was quite awful in that it didn't make my hair very smooth or soft at all. I finished the mini Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose which was the Sephora birthday gift from 2012. I love the Fresh lip treatments but they're so pricey! When I have a stable income, I'll probably indulge in a few shades because they're one of the best lip products I've tried. I rutted through my stash and found that the Alima Pure Lipbalm in Rhubarb looked quite gross so it's time to bin it. I've had the Nars Lipgloss Duo in Dolce Vita and Striptease for years and although I like Dolce Vita a lot, it's probably past it's shelf life.
I feel quite proud of myself for finally letting go of six lippies I've had been disliking and debating on getting rid of for months, if not years. Simply put, the colors either clash with my skintone and lip color or the formula is not to my liking. Watch the video below to see what shades I'm giving to my friends along with some rudimentary swatches!
I want to conclude this already lengthy post with a mini update on my personal life. Whenever more than three days goes by without a blogpost going live, I am racked with guilt over neglecting this blog. It might sound corny or dramatic but this blog truly is a project I care about deeply because I've written for so many years on it and shared my thoughts with so many great readers. The past few weeks have been very hectic and lately I've even been hard pressed to have time to update my Instagram. Graduation is right around the corner which has been a long time coming and the pressure to find a job is very real at this point. Searching for my next venture is taking up a lot of my free time as is spending more time with my family and friends so that is my reason for not blogging as much as I would like to. My goal is to post ever other day or every third day and I have a lot of ideas for reviews so hopefully I can get back on my game! Thanks so much for reading and hope you guys stick around for awhile!