2019 MARCH & APRIL EMPTIES

2019MarApril_1My March & April Empties. April is not quite over yet, but I doubt I’ll have a new empty by the 30th.

Categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2019MarApril_2Here are my Likes & Loves:

  • Philosophy Fresh Cream
  • Nature Republic Hair Liner in Brown
  • Bioderma SensiBio Micellar Water 
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day
  • OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo 
  • Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis
  • Skinfood Cheek and Lip Trio – No3 Cherry Tomato
  • Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
  • LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel
  • Opti Free Replenish 

Loved everything on this list. Especially the Royal Honey Propolis which softens & moisturizes like nobody’s business, but sadly, Skinfood isn’t doing so well. Offline stores have been closing and stocks ran low for a while.

They’re saying Skinfood will continue selling their products online, but unsure if this is true. Hope so.

2018 November & October EMPTIES

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My November & October empties. Finally used up all of the Shiru-kottos my friend sent me!

I meant to upload this sooner, but the weather’s been so doom and gloom. Today was the first day in weeks where I felt there was actual proper sunshine in the morning. Long winters are depressing.

Categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

November2018EMpties_2Decent amount of empties for two months, don’t you think?

I’m sad to say the Becca Backlight Filter and Glop&Glam were a meh for me.

Also, very much wanted to love the PTR Hungarian Heat Mask, but it was a nightmare trying to wash that thing off my face. It never wanted to leave the tube (took all my strength to squeeze some out) and despite the mask doing what it said it would (heated my skin), well. Just wasn’t worth the effort of having to waste bucketloads of water trying to rinse it off.

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Here are my Likes & Loves:

  • Lancome Genefique Serum
  • Frank Body Coffee Scrub
  • Age20s Cushion Pact (Refill) 
  • Bath&Body Spiced Apple Bourbon Hand Wash
  • Philosophy Apricots & Cream Hand Cream
  • Too Faced Hangover Primer
  • Nature Republic Aqua Watery Essence
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power
  • Illamasqua Liquid Liner
  • Formula X Nail Polish in Revved Up
  • Plu Apple Tone Up Soft Peeling Gel
  • Opti Free Replenish
  • Centrum Vitamins (lol)

Am sad that FormulaX has phased out. Despite its flaws (inconsistent quality across the colors, dries out fast) it had beautiful colors and so much potential. I’ve moved on to Nails Inc. As of now, Zoya and Nails Inc are my favorite nail brands.

By the way, a new (happy) discovery. The “Frank Body Coffee Scrub” mixes amazingly well with “Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub.” Together, they smell like Lindt’s Intense Orange chocolate bars, a weakness of mine. Try them both!

 

2018 Summer Empties

2018 Summer Empties_1.jpgSummer Empties, just the likes and loves (I tossed the rest…). I accumulated these from May to September.

Categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2018 Summer Empties_2Everything here is at least a like or a love, things I’d most likely purchase and use again.

2018 Summer Empties_3Here are my loves:

  • Nexxus Promend Shampoo
  • Lancome Grandiose Mascara
  • O Hui Perfect Sun Water Cleanser
  • O Hui Miracle Moisture Cleansing Foam
  • It’s Skin Power 10 Formula GF Effector
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Shirukotto Cottons
  • A’pieu Sorbet Sleeping Mask
  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Sample
  • PeterThomasRoth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
  • Sum37 Secret Repair Toner
  • ABH Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

2018 Summer Empties_4Starting next month I hope to do bi-monthly Empties!

2018 March Empties

2018MARempties_1.jpgMarch Empties! T’was a good month. Most of these were products I’ve been working on for months.

As usual, categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Meh (meh)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2018MARempties_3March FS/DS Loves!

  • ShiruKotto (takes some getting used to, but great facial cotton. It doesn’t absorb a lot of product, meaning everything goes to your face, not your cotton! This was a gift from a friend in Japan.)
  • Sephora Green Tea Gel Cleanser (A great second cleanser. I typically used this after the body shop cleanser. I think they’re phasing it out though? 😦 )
  • Botanics Shine Away Clay Mask (Amazing fast-working clay mask. A bit watery.)
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed  (Keeps away the shine.)
  • Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub (tad pricey, but lovely scent + great scalp scrub. I don’t use this as a shampoo, but more of a scalp treatment.)
  • Hurraw! Lip Balm in Coffee (My favorite lip balm. I’ve been using this for years. Should’ve posted a review a million years ago.)
  • L’oreal HydraFresh Moisturizer (Great moisturizer but so hard to find.)
  • Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter (Caroline Hirons hooked me onto this. My mom loves it, too)
  • Dove Body Polish in Macademia & Rice Milk (The most intoxicating scent and leaves my skin baby-soft. Dries easily though.)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Mauve (One of my favorite blushes…but god, these Fit Me blushes have such flimsy packaging. It always breaks a month in.)

2018MARempties_2March Likes! and Mehs.

  • Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (Lovely delicate scent. Doesn’t clean as well as my Bioderma though.)
  • Tony Moly Easy Touch Eyeliner in Brown (Nice color but the brush tip was too hard. Wasn’t like the one I used before. )
  • Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake ( 😦 .. The scent wasn’t rich enough. I could barely smell it. Formula is as always, decent)
  • Nexxus Conditioner (My fourth bottle methinks)
  • Amorepacific Enzyme Peel (I noticed nothing … the Tatcha or NUDE powder is more to my liking. Love their face spray though.)
  • Bath & Body Works Candy Apple (Love the initial scent. Dries down too sweet, too cloying. Decent moisturizer, non-tacky.)

 

Hope to finish off more before I leave for Korea in May.

2018 Jan- Feb Empties

2018marchempties_1These are my Jan-Feb Empties, my first batch(?) of empties since 2017. Like in my previous post, I threw away the no-nos, so most of items here are either my loves or likes.

2018FEBempties_2Here are my categories:

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

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Jan-Feb FS/DS Loves!

  • Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser (Best gentle cleanser/exfoliator)
  • Albion Skin Conditioner Essential (Soothing toner that gradually evens out my blotchy skin tone. Price point is a bit steep, and it’s only sold in Japan)
  • Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water (This is what, my fifth bottle?)
  • Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray (I keep this next to my bed for sprtizes)
  • Kerasys Moisture Clinic Treatment (Delicious scent. Softens my hair like nothing else)
  • Dior Lip Plumper (Great lip primer. Quickly softens up lips.)
  • Opti-Free Replenish (My… tenth bottle I think.)
  • No-brand Eyebrow Trimmer (My fourth one methinks)

Most of these products will be repurchased at some point. I especially loved the Liz Earle (it came with a gauzy cloth), but it’s a hassle to keep the cloth dried and clean.

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Jan-Feb Samples Loves!

  • Shiseido Facial Cotton (mistakenly got in the samples pile. Great face cotton)
  • Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser (Soothing. Lovely smell. Good cleanser)
  • Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser (Odd smell but cleanses well. Soothing)
  • Euneul Collagen Mask (Great prepping mask. Seeps into skin non-greasy/tacky)
  • The Face Shop Hydrating Mask (Feels more water-based than the collagen. Good prepping mask)

 

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Jan-Feb Samples Likes!

  • IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel (Great smell. Greasy. Not for my type of hair)
  • Shiseido Ibuki Cream (Slightly tacky but decent moisturizer)
  • The Body Shop Mango Body Cream (Great smell but tacky)
  • Lush Boom Tooth Tablet (Fun, but gets black froth everywhere)
  • Inglot Gel Liner – Brown (Great color choices. Good liner but hardens quickly)
  • Sephora Waterproof Eye Remover (Decent remover. Slightly greasy)
  • Ajona Stomatikum Toothpaste (Smells like my bunny’s pee.. but great toothpaste once you get over the smell and taste)

 

Phew. Glad to have purged some of my old faves. I’ve been working on some of these since July 2017.