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July is gone and August is here! The year is flying by, and to start off August, I’m being on-time with two months of collaborated empties. Normally I like to lay all of my empties out so you can see everything clearly before you click my post, but as you can see, there is a lot of products this time around. I’m going to split this up into categories, so grab a drink, a snack, and let’s jump in:
I want to start off with the bathroom stuff, so let’s begin with my hair products. I’m throwing out both my shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo I was using for a long time, and have used most of -I admit it’s not a true empty- is the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. I used this for a while but I found my hair just did not agree with this formula. My hair was greasy looking even after I just washed my hair, my oily scalp was even oilier, and it was just a nightmare to wash out since my hair is naturally very thick. I do feel the need to clarify though: this isn’t a bad shampoo. It simply isn’t a good shampoo for my hair type.
The conditioner I’m throwing away is the L’OREAL Elive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Conditioner, which I’m throwing away for hygienic reasons. The bottle is far from empty, but we had issues over the course of the winter and spring with mold in our apartment and as you can probably tell, it’s started to affect the packaging of the product. I simply don’t feel comfortable using this product anymore even though it’s actually a decent product. I’m annoyed I didn’t catch on the mold issue sooner to save my bathroom products, but there’s only so much we can do to prevent it with our apartment.
The final product for this section is the Gilette Satin Care Pure & Delicate Shave Gel, which has sat on the side of my bath tub for the past month or so. I don’t have much to say about shaving gels, as I don’t alternate between them often, but it does the job, and I have no regrets buying this when it was on sale in Superdrug.
Moving on to face masks, as they sit in the bathroom as well. The clay mask that I’ve been using for the past few months to combat my oily-skin needs is the Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask. Overall it’s an ‘okay’ face mask. It does it’s job, but it’s not going to blow your mind or anything like that. The tube is for the most part empty, but the last portion towards the front of the tube was just too difficult to squeeze out, and I didn’t want to cut open the tube to get to it. Would I repurchase? Probably not, but I do suggest for anyone with oily skin who wants a safe place to start with face masks.
The next mask is one I’ve reviewed in full detail here, is the Sculpt Vitamin C Mask. I really enjoyed using this mask, and I’m a little sad I’ve used it up – I bought it from TK Maxx originally, which doesn’t stock a consistent and reliable supply of products, so I’m not sure if or when I’ll find this product again. I loved how soft my skin was after washing off. I used this for my cheeks and lower jaw area as this is the least oily area of my face in combination with the Good Things mask I just talked about, and they worked great for multi-tasking face masks together.
The mask I picked out to replace it has turned out to be a bit of dud. This is the Living Source Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Facial Mask, which is another TK Maxx purchase of mine I pulled out of my stash. Sadly, before I could use it, the clay mask formula was a dried out clump inside the tub, so I didn’t get to use it at all. So while this isn’t an ’empty’ in the true sense that I prefer to include in these posts, it’s completely unusable and can’t be passed on to my mum. The tub wasn’t sealed inside, so I guess someone browsing before me opened up and removed the seal which soiled the product. Unfortunately I realised this too late and can’t get a refund for this.
Lesson taken away from this: check your products once you buy them even if you don’t plan on using them for a little while.
Moving on to makeup wipes for a moment, there are two that I added to my ’empties’ basket throughout July. The first isn’t a true empty, but sadly they dried out. These are the Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes, which I initially started using during a visit home during the winter, but stashed away when I got home. I pulled these out earlier in July when I put a different bag of wipes in my ‘passing on’ basket (which you’ll see tomorrow, keep an eye out for that!), only to find they had dried out. I take full accountability for this, I didn’t take enough measures to seal the product. When it was a useable product, the wipes were pretty effective, although honestly, I don’t care too much about wipes other than not being irritating, which is something very important for me since my skin is on the sensitive side.
The last makeup wipes I did truly use up, were the Nivea 3 in 1 Cleansing Wipes, which sat in my desk for the past month. These have been a temporary replacement for the Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Makeup Remover Pads I normally stock up on. I use these for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes and cleaning off makeup and skincare swatches when blogging or just testing out products. These do the job very well, and one of the things that make these wipes stand out compared to the Simple Makeup Remover Pads, is that the wipes are thin sheets that start out folded up, but can be unfolded and create a lot of space for cleaning off makeup brushes. I’ve been wearing makeup a little bit more in the past month, including eyeshadows, and the extra space to clean each brush off is extremely handy. So if you’re in the market for compact and useful makeup wipes that can do the same job, these are a great option. I’m going to leave an affiliate link for this product *here* for UK readers if you’re interested, although by no means are you obligated.
Facial skincare next, I want to start this section off by talking about the St. Ives Fresh Skin Moisturising Olive Scrub, which I’ve been using since the winter time. I reviewed back in the early days of my blog, so if you want to check out one of my older reviews, the review for this scrub is the perfect example. For the winter time, I adore this scrub, it’s not an extremely exfoliating scrub, but does enough for my skin during the winter months while still being very gentle and moisturising for my skin. I’ve switched out a different scrub for the summer months, which I plan to review soon, but I plan to just throw this out because I don’t feel like my bathroom’s ventilation over the winter was good enough to reliably keep this product hygienically usable if I waited until this coming winter. So I am sad to throw this out, but I’m also happy I reminded myself of how much I love this product.
The Simply Pure Light Moisturiser from Superdrug is a bit of a weird product that’s been sat in a bit of an indecisive spot in my skincare routine. For dry skin, this is a great moisturiser, but even during the winter times this product was still a little too much for my skin, and was adjusted into a neck moisturiser as I just didn’t want to throw this product out. For it’s new job, it works great, as many of my moisturisers for tackling oily skin don’t do enough for the skin on my neck and I don’t like to use body moisturisers on my neck – as my skin is in this weird transition where it’s not the same skin texture as my face or my neck and needs to be treated like its own section of my body. Is anyone else like that? Maybe I’m just weird. I finally used up the tube, so I can contentedly throw this out knowing I used it all up.
A product I reviewed in the past few months is the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner. I used this on days I haven’t showered and done my mask routine, and it worked great. I would definitely consider repurchasing this as it is very affordable and does its job well. I used this product up a lot faster than I was expecting, but honestly this isn’t a negative factor for me – I have enough skincare and makeup stashed to last me years so to actually work through my stash is a huge positive for me.
A product that isn’t a true empty, but needs to just be thrown out at this point, is the Boots Witch Hazel Gel. In normal circumstances I’d just pass this on and this would be mentioned in tomorrow’s Products I’m Passing On post, but I’ve had this open and sat in my desk’s drawer for so long I just can’t pass this on to anyone else with a clear conscience. By no means is this a bad product though, it just doesn’t fit my lifestyle routine. This sounds like an odd phrasing, but this product is a gel designed to be intermittently applied to the skin to combat oiliness. As someone who works from home and use a mouse and keyboard all day, this gel just isn’t the right type of product for me as I need my hands clean at all times. I’m also just paranoid about the gel getting inside or underneath my keys or the ridges of my mouse and harm them. However if you have a skincare or lifestyle routine where you can fit a product like this into it, I do think this works well.
The last facial skincare product I want to talk about is my sample of The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Healthy and Brightening Serum. I wrote a first impression post of this product so I’m not going to go into detail about the product here, but I do want to get hold of a full size bottle in the future.
The last section of what is becoming a very long post, are lip balms and one makeup product. I don’t finish up makeup very quickly, so to have any makeup products get used up even within 3 months of each other is a big deal for me. So the first lip balm I used up is the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm with SPF 15. I reviewed this in detail here, so again I’m not gonna repeat myself too much, but I have this jotted down as a winter go-to lip balm that I want to go re-buy in the future, so if that’s not an endorsement of my feelings for this product, then the review will be much more informative.
The next lip balm which I reviewed very recently is the Blistex Medplus Cherry Berry Lip Balm. This should have been able to be included in next month’s empty post, but… Well, I accidentally mushed it up and it’s no longer usable. It’s a nice lip balm for routine touch ups, but I plan to try other lip balms to see if there are better options, however it’s by no means a bad product.
To round this post off, the only makeup product I’ve used up is the GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen in the shade ‘03 Brown‘. I never got around to reviewing it, but overall this is a nice eyeliner for more subtle makeup looks. I prefer to apply this on days I’m not wearing too many eyeshadows and just want a softly lined eye makeup look. On top of pigmented eyeshadows, I find this doesn’t have quite enough pigment to pack enough punch. It’s relatively long-wearing, but during the hot and humid weather, it does struggle.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post. I intend to talk about the products from the last couple of months I want to pass on to my mum, so keep an eye out for that post. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon!