Hello, everyone! Today is an empties post where I’m sharing with you all of the products I managed to finish in the last half of the year. If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that it takes me three times as long to finish my beauty products compared to the average person, which means I don’t go through a lot of products each year. This is why I group them into January-June empties and July-December empties, whereas most people have enough finished products to do monthly empties! You can read my first empties post here.
This blush (which I use as a contour powder) was featured in my first Project Pan, and by the end of it, I declared this finished even though there were some crumbs remaining from when the powder crumbled up after I hit pan. However, I was determined to finish off the entire thing instead of just throwing the crumbs away, so I used the rest of July to fully pan this. I really, really liked this as a contour powder because it’s a nice cool taupe that doesn’t look muddy on the skin, and it’s inexpensive! Currently I’m using the contour shades in my Tarte Pro Glow Contour palette, but I will eventually repurchase this.
This is the final Jack Black Lip Balm I have in my stash! It was included in my first Project Pan of 2018, and I finally polish it off around August. For what it’s worth, these lip balms have been my favourite for probably what is going on 10 years. I just need a break from this brand right now, is all.
Sorry for how gross this looks; in my defense, I already tried washing it one last time before taking this photo! This H&M makeup sponge was sent to me by the lovely Stashmatters because she knows I don’t have access to the beauty line at H&M. This sponge got the job done, but it’s not my favourite because it’s more dense and firm – I still prefer the Quo Makeup Sponge, which was another sponge that she also sent me a few years ago! The Quo one is a lot softer and spongier, and I’ve repurchased it myself a few times since Stashy sent me the first one.
I probably should not have been using this concealer for as long as I did, but to be fair, I did disinfect every once in a while and never got any eye infections from it, so it must have been okay? I realized the colour was too orange on me after buying it, so I couldn’t use it as a concealer. Instead of returning it, I decided to use it as an eyeshadow primer instead, and it worked just fine for that purpose. The formula is on the dry side, so you don’t get creasing with this. I’m planning on Back to MAC-ing this!
BODY CARE/HAIR CARE
Finishing this guy off at the end of the summer was a little bittersweet. I’ve mentioned this cream several times on my blog already – it smells absolutely divine, but I don’t find it to be moisturizing enough.
This was featured in my most recent Project Pan, where I mentioned that this has zero lasting power on me, most likely because it’s a body spray. This means I won’t be rebuying it, even though it’s a nostalgic product because I bought it at the outlets when we were in Orlando with some friends a few years ago! The scent is lovely and fresh, though.
This was also in my Project Pan for the first half of the year, and I managed to empty it at the end of June. It smells nice and is a decent leave-in conditioner, but I much prefer the product beside it, the Bumble and Bumble Heat/UV Primer.
Although this is called a heat primer, my hairdresser told me it also doubles as a leave-in conditioner because it’s so hydrating. I love that it does double duty as a heat primer and a leave-in conditioner, so that I don’t have to buy two. I’m already halfway through my second bottle of this!
Repurchase? Already have!
Finishing three hair products in six months (other than shampoo and conditioner which I totally threw out without taking photos of) is unheard of for me. I don’t have a photo of this because I accidentally threw it out, but this was another Project Pan item that I polished off. I mentioned in that post that I don’t particularly like this dry shampoo, or any dry shampoos, period. They don’t feel like they do anything for my hair when I don’t plan on washing it but my hair is starting to feel greasy. Am I just using them wrong?? This one was made in collaboration with Elle Henderson, and I don’t think they make it anymore.
This brand was everywhere on social media for a while last year (maybe due to PR/Influenster packages? I don’t know), so I tried it out of curiosity when I ran out of my huge stockpile of shower gels. This didn’t smell tropical to me at all – I don’t really know how to describe it except it smells like old-timey soap to me. Not like bar soap smell, but something oddly specific and not very helpful of a scent description – this reminds me of the soaps I used to buy for my mom for Mother’s Day/Christmas at school craft fairs when I was in elementary school.
Bath and Body Works body showers are a staple in my shower, and I usually try to buy different scents all the time. This smelled really nice and fresh in stores, but as I was using it in the shower, I realized it had a musky base scent that I didn’t like.
These hand creams were featured in my Best of Beauty 2018 Post, and in the last half of the year, I finished up two of the five scents that came in a set. The Clementine scent is nice; it reminds me of the Satsuma scent from The Body Shop. I thought I wouldn’t like the Sweet Mint scent because I thought it might be like smearing toothpaste all over my hands, but it’s surprisingly nice. The name of the scent is pretty accurate, because it’s a toned-down mint with a nice sweet scent to it. I love these hand creams not only because they’re inexpensive, but they’re also the most hydrating formula I’ve tried in a long time. These are handbag-sized tubes, and I have two more half-empty tubes that I’ve been keeping them on my desk at work and on my bedside table. I’ve had a hard time finding more of these creams in this size in stores, so I’ve decided to buy a set of larger sizes to replace the ones on my desks while I save these smaller ones for my handbag.
Repurchase: Already have!
I bought this as part of a set of 4 hand creams during the Sephora VIB sale in November of 2017, and this scent is my favourite BY FAR. The Crème Brulee scent smells SO warm and yummy, I am so tempted to eat it right out of the tube even though it’s probably a bad idea. However, in terms of keeping my hands smooth, this hand cream falls behind the Delectable one, as I only find it mildly moisturizing. These are pricey little things, and while you’re paying for the luxury brand, I would expect something this expensive performs better.
I really enjoy the products in the “Water Bank” collection. Most of the products in this range are very lightweight, yet still hydrating, and this serum was no exception. It also has a really light fresh scent that is not offensive. They’ve now changed the name to Water Bank Essence instead of Water Bank Serum.
I really love the performance of this hyaluronic acid, even though it smells bad. It’s hydrating, it didn’t pill on my skin, and I would have happily continued using it had I not started using another hyaluronic acid that I prefer (the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist). Unfortunately, I was a little trigger-happy when I bought this from The Ordinary’s website and bought a backup of it, so I’ll have to use that up eventually.
This came in a Clinique set that was part of a giveaway hosted by Tigritsa. It’s the first Clinique product I’ve used in a really long time, and I really enjoyed it! I found it moisturizing enough for both day and night use, but I preferred it for the night because makeup doesn’t sit as well on top of it as it does on other eye creams I’ve tried.
I tried the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer and I quite liked it, so I wanted to give the Ultra Facial Cleanser a try. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me. This is a gel formula, which my skin just doesn’t love. I prefer cream cleansers, which are more hydrating and make me feel like it’s cleansing my skin better. However, I do think it’s quite a gentle formula for anyone who has sensitive skin.
I wanted so much to love this, but I didn’t. Everybody raves about this AHA, which is why I decided to give it a try, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Although this was my very first product containing actives, I have pretty hardy skin, so I think the 5% glycolic acid was too weak to do much good. I didn’t see any positive effects, nor did my skin react negatively to it. The scent is a little floral and grandma-smelling for my taste, although it wasn’t a dealbreaker. I do think for the most part that this is a good introductory product for most people trying AHAs for the first time, though.
I never have much luck with sheet masks – I just feel like they don’t do anything for my skin?? Anyways, I used a few in the last six months, and I found they were all more or less the same.
L’Herboflore Sheet Mask
L’Herboflore is a Taiwanese brand, and this is the only face mask I’ve ever tried from them. This mask was smaller than any mask I’ve ever tried, which I LOVED because it meant it actually fit my face (well it was kinda still big, but it fit better than the rest of the masks I’ve ever tried). The formula itself was nothing special, though. It felt nice after I took the mask off, but there were no long-term effects.
Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule Mask
This sheet mask was memorable to me because it was a cotton sheet, which felt thicker and different from the sheet masks that I’m used to. I also found this sheet mask to be a more hydrating than any other ones I’ve tried. Still, I feel like the long-term effects were pretty minimal.
My Beauty Diary Squalene Sheet Mask/Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask
These My Beauty Diary sheet masks seriously throw me back to my university days, when my mom and I were both obsessed with sheet masks from this brand. In fact, this was the brand that first got me into sheet masks! My Beauty Diary is another Taiwanese brand. I find these to be fairly standard sheet masks – nothing crazy amazing, but not bad either. The masks are well saturated with serum and have a gentle scent.
The Creme Shop Animated Animal Face Masks
I’ve seen the sheet masks with animal prints on them for a while now, but it was my first time actually using one myself and I found it hilarious! the “racoon eyes” made me look like a robber. I also found these to be well saturated with serum, but it felt stickier than most of the serums after I had taken the sheet mask off.
Clinique Chubby Lash
This came in the same set as the Pep-Start Eye Cream. I have a friend that swears by her Clinique mascara (although I don’t think it’s this one particularly), but this did absolutely nothing for my lashes. No volume, no length, no curl, nada. At least it didn’t flake or smudge on me.
Purchase in full size? No
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
I was so stoked to get a sample of this because Drunk Elephant is so expensive. I feel like this wasn’t really moisturizing at all, but I also feel like these packets aren’t great for testing products out because the foil packets make the products inside dry out so quickly after they’ve been open. I probably won’t be trying a full size of this until I get to use this again and have a better experience.
Purchase in full size? No
Farmacy Honey Potion
I really enjoyed this sample. This is a mask that feels a lot like honey – a bit sticky and thick, but it spreads out evenly and heats up as you massage it into your skin. I think it would be a particularly nice product to use in the cold winter months! Not only that, but it always made my skin feel really soft and smooth after I washed it off. I have a lot of masks to get through right now, but I might eventually buy the full size of this.
Purchase in full size: Maybe
I also finished a sample of the Fresh Rose Face Mask – I have no idea where the little mini tub of it went, though! I enjoyed this because it felt quite moisturizing and felt nice, but I don’t think I liked it enough to buy a full size.
I finished off 24 full-sized products and 4 samples from July-December, and in the first 6 months of the year, I finished 19 full-sized products and 6 samples. This totals up to 43 empties and 10 samples…I mean, some people finish this many products in two months 😂 but I think this is a personal new record for me!
How many products do you usually finish in a month?