Happy September! As it’s the first day of the month, that means it’s time for a round-up of the products I emptied. This time we’re looking at the products I emptied throughout August.
I anticipated having a few empties this time around, and half expected to blend August and September’s empties into one post. But in the last week of the month, the empties started to pile up out seemingly out of no where. So there are more than I was anticipating, which was quite exciting. So let’s have a look at the products I emptied:
Starting with skincare, I emptied the Deep Action Shine Control Solution – PHA. I reviewed this product on my blog already, so I want repeat myself too much, but this is one I emptied yesterday. I started using this in the middle of June, so this lasted me a couple of months, give or take. As I mention in my review, this is a product that I expect to notice the impact of once I stop using it, so I plan to wait a few weeks to see if my skin’s condition changes now that I’ve finished it up. At the time, I expected to have enough since using it up to be able to give a better verdict, but as I only finished it up yesterday, I haven’t had enough time to decide.
One of the most unexpected empties for this month, is the EGLIPS Multi Unique Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++. This is in my current project pan, and I wasn’t really sure I’d empty it by the end of September. However, like I’ve experienced with some tube products, it randomly reached a point where I squeezed out a ton of accumulated air, and realised I’d actually more of the product up than it implied.
Ultimately, I’m happy to move on from this product as I feel like I accomplished my goal for using it up. I have reviewed this product as well, but for a quick summary: I think this is particularly good for people with normal to dry skin, but still good for oily skin types like myself. It has a slight white-cast, but it settles very quickly, and I don’t really notice it much on my very pale skin.
Another product I fully emptied is the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, which I reviewed fairly recently. I absolutely adore this hand cream, and will be repurchasing this in the future. I looked to buy this again as a backup, but I couldn’t find the display for them at the time, so I have picked up a new hand cream instead. This is a hand cream I trust to nourish my eczema-prone hands, as well as being great for moisturising for my skin.
Part of me misses this hand cream already, but as it’s quite affordable and easily accessible (so long as you know where to look in-store), I feel reassured that I can pick this up if I feel like I need it in my routine again.
Moving to miscellaneous skincare items, I did work through one sheet mask this month. This is the Superdrug Deep Cleansing Facial Sheet Mask and one I wanted to work through to reduce my collection of sheet masks. This was a bit too much for my oily-sensitive skin, as it did make my skin sting a little bit. Although the cooling sensation in our particularly warm summer days was why I reached for it at all. Sadly it wasn’t a good fit for my skin, so I won’t be repurchasing it.
One of the things I’m not very fond of is that a lot of sheet masks and their packaging aren’t widely recycled, but I’m collecting some of these awkward packaging to drop off at a local TerraCycle drop-off point, so I’m doing my best to recycle as much of this awkward packaging as possible.
The other empty is the last packet of non-biodegradable facial wipes that I still owned. Specifically, these are the Superdrug Cleansing Facial Wipes. I’ve used this consistently for quite a while, but I’m moving on to more environmentally friendly options. So I’m happy to have used these up to prevent waste, but I’m ready to find better options.
Moving to the makeup portion, the first is the Revolution Pro Microblading Precision Eyebrow Pencil. I have reviewed this product on my blog, so I won’t go too in-depth with this one, but it is one I’d repurchase in a shade that matches me better. It leaned slightly too warm for my dark brown hair which is slightly cool-toned, but it was one I made work. I used this up fairly quickly which wasn’t surprising to me.
I work through brow pencils very quickly as they’re usually the key part of my brow routine. But for £4.00, this isn’t a product that breaks the bank, and is a price I personally consider reasonable for my budget.
So I tried out a mascara from my stash, which is the L’OREAL Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara, in the shade ‘Black‘. L’OREAL remains non-cruelty-free, and this is a product I pulled out from my backlog of products from before I went actively cruelty-free.
I gave this mascara a go and wasn’t really fond of it. While I really loved the way it volumised my lashes and the definition that came with it, sadly it flaked on me after a few hours. I can tolerate flaking after several hours, but I want my mascara to last long enough to be able to run errands, stream, or just do normal day-to-day things. After several hours I expect my skin to feel stressed or tired, and for my makeup to start wear off, so to me that’s acceptable. But after a few hours I expect my makeup to still be relatively in-tact.
As this is a mascara and is applied in such close proximity to my eyes, I don’t feel like it’s okay to pass it along, especially as I’ve had issues with allergies lately. So sadly this is one that will be thrown away to avoid passing along any potential pathogens.
August was a very warm month, which meant I was depending on my mattifying powder a lot more often to keep my makeup in place. I hit pan on The Saem Saemmul Pore Cover Pact a while ago, and was working through as much of the remaining product as I could.
You may be able to make it out in the photo above, but it’s started hard-panning with some residue from my other complexion makeup sticking to those hard-panned areas. At first this wasn’t really a problem as the product still performed well enough. But eventually it reached a point where I couldn’t pick any of the product onto my go-to brush at all. So I’m accepting that I worked through as much of the powder as I could, and moving on.
The Saem isn’t a cruelty-free brand sadly, so I don’t plan to repurchase this product until their animal testing policy changes.
A product I was expecting to get a lot more use out of is the E.L.F. Lock On Liner and Brow Cream, in the shade ‘Espresso‘. I reviewed it earlier this month, so I won’t be talking too much about my experiences. One of the issues I did discuss is that I knew I wouldn’t be able to use all of it up. While I love products that can go a long way, it feels very wasteful if they don’t last long enough to make use of that time.
This is one of those products sadly, as it’s beginning to dry out. I wasn’t super enthusiastic about this product, so in terms of of it’s spot in my makeup collection, I’m not upset to move it along. But I am upset to waste so much product. So I don’t really suggest this product unless you are confident you can work through the entire tub.
Finally, we have two eyeshadows. These are both from de-potted from the Collection Work The Colour Nude Eyeshadow Palette, with the shade on the left being in my project pan.
Starting with the left shade, this is one that I’ve used every single time I’ve worn makeup with a lot of dedication. I wanted to keep working through the eyeshadow, but like the mattifying powder I talked about earlier, it’s reached a point where my eyeshadow brush isn’t really picking up the powder anymore. So it’s time to accept that I did my best.
The shade on the right is the companion shade I used with it. Sadly these eyeshadows don’t have names to help identify them, but they’re both from the warmer portion of the palette. It’s definitely not been used as much, but it’s one I used almost always alongside the shade on the left. It’s also changed texture over time, so it’s time to just move it out of my collection.
This concludes all of the products I used up for the month of August! It wasn’t a massive collection, but it was also a lot more than I was expecting. There was a more reassuring ratio of empties to not-really-empty products as well, so I’m feeling quite content.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and you have a restful weekend.