May and June 2014 Empties

Everyone is doing empties posts nowadays which makes me feel like I'm on some sort of bandwagon even though I've been doing these "Products I've Used Up" posts for much longer than most of the popular vloggers. I like being on trend but too much of something makes me feel iffy about it.... Enough nonsensical rambling, let's see what I'm tossing out!

I used up three big tubs of bodycare in the last two months. I feel like I finished Lush's Celebrate Body Lotion ages ago because I can't remember the last time I used it. It was limited edition for the past holiday season and I loved the bright citrus scent and creamy consistency. I also used up an entire jumbo bottle of Lush's Rose Jam Shower Gel which I treasured when I first got it but after a few months grew a bit tired of the scent. The rose jam scent is probably my favorite Lush scent but too much of a good thing makes it less special for me. I was glad to finish up the Tree Hut Olive & Shea Sugar Body Scrub because it was nothing amazing and I love trying new body scrubs.

In terms of skincare I finished the Innisfree Rose Clear Skin Toner which was too heavily scented and not particularly effective at anything. If you've been reading my blog for the past few months you'll know I love the IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning so it's no surprise I used up the half size trial bottle as well as a mini travel sample. I already bought a full size bottle and am currently using it. I've gone through yet another Up&Up Eye Makeup Remover which I repurchase regularly because it is the most affordable and effective eye makeup remover. I finished a sample of the Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum which felt nice but I will not be repurchasing. I like a select few products from the Origins skincare lineup but tend to stay away from the serums and moisturizers. Even though I use sunscreen pretty much everyday, it still takes me a lot of time to go through one bottle. The Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen is a liquid sunscreen so it applies easily and doesn't leave a white cast but it can feel a tiny bit oily compared to Shiseido's sunscreens which I prefer. Also, you can see the red text rubs off and the bits of letters end up on my face and it is ridiculously difficult to pick off the tiny flecks after my makeup is done. The Clean Well Natural Hand Sanitizer isn't exactly skincare but I featured it in my makeup bag so I thought I'd reiterate that I really like this sanitizer and prefer it to the alcohol laden gel ones. A Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey Lipbalm also bit the dust this month and was decent but nothing worthy of a repurchase. 

I have a bunch of aging makeup products that need to get binned. I finally threw out an XL tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion which is embarrassingly old. This was my first tube of eye primer ever and there is still tons of product in it despite me using it almost everyday when I put on eyeshadow. There is probably a lot of bacteria in the tube so it's about time I got rid of it. My latest tube of Maybelline's One By One Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara is dried up so into the garbage it went. I enjoy the One By One formula but it doesn't beat The Falsies or The Colossal for me. I have a super old NYX Eyeshadow Trio in Sahara, Suede and Chocolate that I no longer reach for and should throw out. This was one of my first eyeshadows ever and was much loved as I did my eyebrows with the brown shades years ago. I don't know why I bought the Yves Rocher Pastel Cream Eyeshadow but it absolutely sucked. The shadow applied patchy and the iridescent lilac pink clashed with my warm skintone. The formula dried up so there was no point in holding onto it any longer.

The Revlon Beyond Natural Blush and Bronzer in Pink Rose was a disappointing product from the get-go but I somehow managed to hit pan on the bronzer a long time ago. The product lacks pigmentation so I had to pack on the color on a brush and build it up. That is the only reason why there is so much pan showing. I haven't reached for this duo in years because I have so many better blushes and bronzers that I don't see a point to keeping this in my collection. Into the garbage it goes! Lastly I have a few Revlon Lip Butters in Gumdrop and Creme Brulee as well as the old Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses in Lilac Pastelle and Peach Petal. It's funny that these lip colors match each other because I bought them at totally different times and I never really paired these products together. Years ago I loved the look of nude lips and now I rarely wear them. I never got on with the Revlon lip butters and these glosses washed me out completely. I passed these onto my little cousin who pulls of nude lips better than I do.

That's it for my May and June empties. I actually used up some more products when I was in Hawaii  but I threw those out before jetting back to New York (because why would I take up precious luggage space with empty containers?). Have you used any of these products I mentioned in this post? How often do you go through your collection and throw out or give away unloved makeup?


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