June Empties

Earlier this year I participated in a 100 Days, 100 Empties challenge. That challenge is long over, but the concept of using things up instead of trying something new and setting it aside has stuck. I’m still accumulating samples from Birchbox or GWPs, but they’re all getting used up instead of piling up like garbage waiting to be thrown out. I’ve found it helpful to write brief reviews of everything I finish, so that I can either avoid the product in the future or acquire more if the opportunity arises. Instead of 100 empties at a time, I’m keeping track of one month’s worth of empties, and then trashing/recycling them. Here’s what I finished in June:

  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream foil: I forgot to write down what I thought! I remember liking it but I can’t remember anything specific about why. I didn’t like it enough to put on my pre-approved non-impulse shopping list.
  • The Body Shop Shea Body Butter DS (DS = deluxe size): I like the formula: it feels like it’s totally absorbed, but somehow shaving in the shower is really really easy the next day. Don’t really care for the scent; luckily there isn’t much scent to this one.
  • Butter London Scrubbers: one pad took off a glitter manicure really easily.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch No. 1 foil: I thought this was a highlighter, but it’s not. Or maybe it is, but it’s not pale enough for me. There’s no shimmer or luminosity like I expect in a highlight, and it’s not paler/brighter than my skin. I used it as a concealer, and it worked about as well as a buildable foundation would work.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch No. 2 foil: same thoughts as above. 1 and 2 are clearly very different shades, but they look exactly the same blended out. I did half my chin in one and half my chin in the other, and as soon as I blended there was no difference between the two.
  • Marcelle Hydra-C Energizing Hydrating Gel DS: Obviously the “energizing” claim is bullshit, but I really like this as a moisturizer. Effective, absorbs quickly, isn’t shiny at all.
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish DS: fine-grit exfoliant, nothing particularly special about it.
  • Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer DS: AMAZEBALLS. I was shocked at how effective this is. I also seemed to plow through it quickly. I’m glad I have another sample; I’ll have to watch exactly how long it lasts to see if it’s worth the price.
  • It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product DS: I like the product alright, but I prefer leave-in sprays to be more of a misty spray so I can get all my hair without weighing down any one section. This spray nozzle sprays way too much at a time for me. Not sure if it’s because of the sprayer or if the product itself is heavier.
  • Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil FS (full size): So great! I already own a backup. I plan to keep repurchasing this forever.
  • Mybody Calm After the Storm Soothing + De-Puffing Eye Cream FS: My first eye cream. I have no strong feelings about it one way or another.
  • Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz FS: Crap packaging came unglued. The color is good for me, but there’s barely any product in this and it’s expensive for less than a month’s worth of eyebrows. The only benefit brow wiz has over pomadeĀ  is that in theory it’s travel friendly. Unless, like me, you get a broken stick of product (like my previous brow wiz), or crap packaging, and then you just have to deal with your overpriced finicky brow pencil until it’s used up. I’ve learned my lesson this time. Will not repurchase, even on sale.
  • Phytorelax Argan Nourishing Mask (jumbo size jar, poured into a Briogeo bottle for ease of use. Original container was recycled already): Got it at Ross, and while it did its job fine and was worth the $5 I spent, I dislike the scent. It quickly became a chore to use. I was able to finish it up by using it as shaving cream.
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics Cheeky Soft Focus Blush sample: This was a free sample, so I used it as a learning blush to figure out how to get better at loose indie blushes. My application improved, but this is still much brighter and more pigmented than I prefer.
  • Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine sample: Made my hair look oily, even when I only used a little bit on the ends when my hair was still damp. Thumbs down.
  • Clean Warm Cotton sample vial: This is exactly what I assumed EVERY Clean brand scent was: laundry detergent. I only use unscented laundry detergent, so when I wear this its a weird feeling of “awesome, my laundry is done!” and “Someone else does my laundry FOR me!” and “It’s kind of weird that someone else is doing my laundry for me?” and “It’s nice that someone is looking out for me and taking care of shit.” It’s a weirdly comforting thing to wear at bedtime.
  • Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo foil: I don’t think there is anything special about this besides the scent, which I love. So summery! I wish I could get it in body wash or perfume.
  • Bumble and bumble Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner foil: pretty meh conditioner, still like the scent though.

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