It’s only been a month since my last empties…I’m burning through things quickly! Like last month’s I’ll keep this one short and just hit the highlights, along with one giant fail.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum: I am so in love with this serum! It disappeared for awhile and I was so thrilled when it came back (they just redid the packaging). It adds an extra boost of lightweight moisture, making it the perfect addition to your skincare routine or prepping the skin before makeup.
e.l.f. Cleansing Cloths: These makeup wipes have truly changed the game for me. I have never been a fan of makeup wipes – most are either scratchy, irritating or don’t actually take enough makeup off to make it worth my while. These are the opposite of all of my previous complaints with makeup wipes.
Redken Blonde Idol Shampoo: This shampoo makes your hair so soft that you can skip on the conditioner if you really want. It makes a great lather and smells amazing. My only problem with it is that the slight purple tint isn’t enough to really counteract any brassiness that comes through, so you’ll need something more potent if you’re trying to keep your hair cool.
Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream: I used this moisturizer on vacation and it kept reminding me of another skincare scent I used to use. I couldn’t pinpoint it until I read “floral stem cells” on the packaging. Immediately I knew it smelled like Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. If you want the luxury of rose without the crazy price tag, this Pacifica moisturizer is for you.
e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Sponge Trio: NOPE! These sponges are absolutely terrible. I feel so bad saying that, but they are. Despite being extremely hard, they still manage to absorb all of your product and remove it from the skin, leaving you without anything to blend. Just go for the Real Techniques sponges and you’ll be fine.
If you have any questions on some of the other products you see above, let me know in the comments down below!
Throwing away a big bag of empties is such a satisfying feeling. Over the last 10 Empties I’ve done, I’ve started to shy away from very in-depth reviews since I talk about a lot of these products so often. I’ll give you the highlights:
Sephora Avocado Eye Mask: I order 3-5 of these a month. I switch between the Avocado and the Pomegranate, both are wonderful for plumping and moisturizing.
SinfulColors SinfulShine Step 2 Top Coat: I’ve raved about this top coat on Instagram, but in case you need to hear it one more time, this is the BEST top coat I’ve ever tried. I only switch out my nail polish because of outgrowth, not because there are any chips.
CoverGirl Clump Crusher: *repurchases 50th tube*
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: Not only is this scent a deliciously sweet margarita dream, it also has a great lather, perfect for shaving.
Milk Makeup Micellar Water Makeup Remover Wipes: Nope. These smeared my makeup around but didn’t really take anything off.
I’ll review a few more of these products in an upcoming spring-themed blog post!
I’m currently in major cleanup mode trying to use what’s in my “extras” drawer in my beauty chest. I haven’t done one of these since April, so you can check out my last one HERE.
p.s. – whenever you see a product name, make sure you hover over it to check if there’s a link 🙂
Clinique Foaming Sonic Face Soap: This was a nice face wash but isn’t anything that I’d spend $20 on. I think a great drugstore version is the Basis Gel Face Wash.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint: The color of this sample was way too dark for me so I was looking extra tan the day I tried this out. This foundation is very thin and lightweight. It wore pretty well on my skin and lasted through a long day outside shopping. I’m not sure if it’s worth $56 but if you get the chance to try this out, I think its definitely worth it.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I went through a phase where I wasn’t wearing primer and when I used this one I felt transformed. This primer has a cult following for good reason. I didn’t like the Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer as much for some reason, so I’d go with the original formula.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream: Fresh’s skincare is gorgeous. This and the Black Tea line are my favorites, but the Lotus line is much more affordable. The 1.6 oz. jar is $45, which isn’t too terrible for high-end skincare. Definitely ask for a sample of some Fresh skincare next time you are in Sephora.
Egg Mellow Body Butter: I’m trying to come up with a way to describe this other than, “IT SMELLS LIKE TAKING A HEAVENLY NAP ON A CLOUD,” but that just about sums it up.
Perricone MD Re:Firm: This product is described as a “surface recovery complex,” which I treated as a serum in my routine. I really enjoyed this product but right now I don’t think it’s necessary for my skincare routine.
Supergoop City Sunscreen: This sunscreen was nice, but I don’t think it was $42 nice. I was considering purchasing this for my trip to Florida but after some research I think I’m going to try the Clinique Pep-Start Sunscreen instead. This one is only SPF 30 versus the Clinique’s 50.
Happy Trashy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing yet another empties! I’ll probably have another 2 up before my no-buy is over since I’m working just with what I have.
The only one of these products I am tossing to the side are the makeup wipes. Of all the makeup wipes I’ve used, these are my favorite from Target. However, I’m officially quitting makeup wipes altogether. My favorite way to get ride of makeup is with a baby wipe! They are super gentle and do a great job of getting your makeup off. I like Water Wipes the best so they don’t irritate your eyes and the cloth is really thick.
Other than that, all of these products are a big win. One product I am really missing right now is the night cream from Boots. I’ve raved about this cream before and it is incredible. It feels so soft, luxurious and really plumps up the skin. Huge win if you need a new night cream, especially as the colder months approach.
That’s all for now! More empties to be continued…
Happy almost Friday! My days have been all confused this week with the long weekend so I meant to get this up yesterday but that’s ok. If you want to know how dedicated I am to my empties blog posts, know that I took a bag of trash from Iowa to Illinois when I moved. Do it for the blog.
Anyway, all but 3 products are totally worth repurchasing! Since those are the duds and I could rave about the others, I’ll stick with these for brevity:
- Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo: This stuff is my favorite from the drugstore but just doesn’t compare to my new dry shampoo love from Dry Bar.
- Aussie Volume Hairspray: I LOVE the light hold version of this hairspray (especially the scent) but this one is a lot thicker and this mist is too heavy. I’d love to hear your favorite strong hold hairspray if you have one!
- Essie Ballet Slippers: This color is great and the formula is fantastic, but I found a dupe for only $2!
“Tickle Me Pink” is an exact dupe for the Essie shade and wore beautifully.
Hope all of you have an easier time figuring out what day of the week it is! xoxo