I love seeing other peoples empties! So I decided to make a board where people could post pictures of their empties, or just tell us about them! I'd also be interested in knowing whether you're repurchasing anything or not.
Loves for May
MUFE green primer-- I'm not particularly red all over, but I still liked how this was light and wore well. I'm not sure it covered any of my red ares though.
TF hangoveRX -- this was a purchase I bought thinking " hey I'm getting older and don't handle a night out like I used to...but I don't want anyone to know that..." While I can't see it hiding a hangover, it was slightly moisturizing and felt nice. I have a lot of primers at the moment but will re buy once I work through some of these samples.
Radical sunscreen -- light, not greasy, didn't leave a white cast, and I didn't burn. I use sunscreen everyday and I quite liked this one. Again, I've got a bit to work through but I would buy this.
The Balm Time Balm tinted moisturizer-- the tint was light enough, I wouldn't call it coverage but it helped to even out a bit of tone issues before foundation. I like the spf 18 to top off my daily sunscreen.
IT Cosmetics brow power. This is my third of this brow pencil and while I haven't tried a ton of brow products (mine are full just need a bit of filling here and there), I have no desire to try others. This is a great colour, doesn't smudge and last me over 3months. I'm already on to another.
Marc Jacobs velvet noir mascara-- I know others didn't have much love for this, but I quite liked it. I have been a pretty dedicated TF BTS user but I'll rotate this in to my mascara cycle. I have long lashes already and one coat of this gives a nice fullness without going spidery and really makes my light tips black.
Purity-- this went into the wrong photo. I do like it well enough, but ordered this by accident last year meaning to get the micro delivery wash. I'm Canadian and this was right when the warehouse switch happened so I just kept it. It belongs in the "okay but nothing special" pile.
Good... But not Great
Alterna overnight hair mask-- smell was a bit fishy and I don't really think it did anything, the smell did disapate and didn't bother me.
Marula oil shampoo and conditioner-- it washed and conditioned, I'd use it again but I won't go out my way to get it by any means.
Ole Henrickson wipes-- they were on clearance at winners and worked well, they did sting my eyes a bit, I wouldn't pay full price but on sale, sure. I don't use wipes very often and have never found any that really wow me.
Burrbury Fluid Sheer-- this was nice, I have another sample that I'll use but I expected more. The luminosity from this was covered entirely by a foundation and I wasn't strong enough to be a highlighter. If you have nice enough skin to not wear foundation this would be a pretty all over glow.
Atillier mandarins-- I have so many of these. It's okay but I'm sure I'll have samples to last years with how little I reach for it vs. Several other fragrances I do love.
Burts Bees Cleansing Oil-- it was okay, did clean my skin but nothing exciting.
ogx keratin oil conditioner-- this was too much oil for my hair but good for my ends. If I got it up too much on hair other my ends it became greasy, on my ends alone it was fine. It's just too much work when I'm half asleep in the shower.
alterna dry oil spray-- this was okay, not crazy moisturizing but worked more to tame frizzies on dry hair, I have other products that work better for this though.
Dry Bar Dry Shampoo, this worked on my greasy roots without being sticky, it would have ranked higher were it not for the powdery flowery smell. Reminded me of an old lady's perfume. I used it but Batiste works just as well with a scent I prefer.
A Pass for me
Overall a good month and I felt like I finished off more than I opened up, so it's a win!
This past month had nothing truly bad—even the stuff I didn't like is more down to personal preference, such as not liking creamy products (so goodbye lip glosses and creamy blush). The Mac shadow trio is something I never reach for, so I might as well Back to Mac it instead. There aren't any real standouts, as most of these things are everyday essentials that I've repurchased multiple times.
These are my Yays! Standouts were the Roc serum, the Crest 3D white strips, the YSL primer and the Korres Saffron serum sample. I also loved the Egg mask. The Time revolution face spray was awesome, and I love Lineige water mask. My daughter loves the Neutrogena stuff always.
These are the okays. Im indifferent about BBW lotions, and the hair oil is okay, Id repurchase if I wasnt already to something else.
These are Nope, not again. My daughter will use any shampoo not nailed down, so she will finish what I buy and dont love/like. The hairspray was a freebie, and it did the job but didnt smell the best. Those eye gels never work.
I have a hard time noticing much of a difference with any eye gels I've tried. I am starting to wonder if they really do not work or if I am too harsh a critic. Have you tried any that work well?
Top Shelf Tried and True:
Garnier micellar water.. the most effective makeup remover I have tried. I have repurchased this.
It's a 10 miracle leave in plus keratin...I have bought many bottles of this and it makes my cranky hair behave.
No. 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced serum.... A truly effective fragrance free serum that doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. I will be repurchasing.
Benefit Roller Lash mascara...One of my favorite no budge, no smudge lengthening mascaras. Always in my collection.
Pacifica eye shadow trio... This bugger really made my eyes water so it will not be emptied by me, passing it on to a friend.
Stinky, Rotten and Soon to be forgotten:
Matrix Biolage dry shampoo...The floral smell was nausea inducing for me, and the product did not absorb the oil at all...fail!
Batiste dry shampoo sweet and seductive...This smells like Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume, and made my hair reek of the scent for two long days. I will not finish the product.
Garnier Whole Blends 5 in 1 lightweight spray...This was a fail, it made my hair frizzy and unmanageable...in addition to that, it smells like rotting green apples. If you like attracting flies then this is the spray for you lol! I'm not finishing this one either.
As I'm still having issues uploading pictures from my phone, I'll have to forgo a picture this month. Anyways, I had a pretty productive month and used up quite a few products!
Secret Outlast 48 hr protecting powder
amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Sephora Collection Solid brush cleaner
Nars Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation (sample size)
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil in Apple Crisp
CVS facial cleansing pads
fresh Sugar lip treatment sunscreen spf 15
Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil
Md Solar Sciences Mineral Beauty Balm
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
Coola Makeup setting spray
12 Benefits healthy hair treatment
Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara
touch in Sol Stretchex mascara
Extra rich lipstick inS105 (sample size)