Happy Saturday and start of the weekend! It’s also the start of the month, which means I’m due to talk about my empties of the previous month. So today I’m going to talk about my empties from May, including a small portion of ‘not-so-empties’ that are just not safe to pass along to others or not in good enough condition.
I had quite a successful month working through products, which is really motivating as our move is in just over a week. The more I can recycle now, the better. As we are also so close to the move, I will be doing a ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post tomorrow as well.
This a small category this time around, which I’m happy for, and the first is the L’OREAL Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara, in the shade ‘Purple‘. This is a product I tried a handful of times, and did pass along the black shade that I had backed up to my mum. For a brief while, I was fairly happy with it: it didn’t flake or leave me with panda-eyes, which is something I get very concerned about. However, it’s such a subtle mascara on my long lashes that you only see the benefits when I look up-close in the mirror. At a respectful distance, like the typical distance you’d be stood away when talking to someone, you wouldn’t even realise I had applied mascara at all. I think if you have shorter lashes, this might give you that extra boost you might be in need of. The black shade might also work better as it you would expect to have that opacity that the purple shade lacks. As it’s a product that goes near the eyes, I don’t consider this safe to pass along to someone else, so I decided to cut my losses on this one.
One more mascara that I pulled out of my stash is the Rimmel The Falsies Volume Express Mascara in the waterproof formula. This is a black mascara, and sadly this was just irritating on my eyes. I didn’t realise until after I first applied it to my lashes, but it had definitely been opened in the store before I bought it. So for healthy and safety reasons, I’m not keeping it. It also smelled of muesli that I used to feed to my pet hamsters as a kid, which was jarring to associate with a makeup product.
Lastly, a product I just didn’t love enough, is the Seventeen Eye Eye Crayon, in the shade ‘Jewel‘. It’s a bright blue eye crayon, and was a product I picked out because it fit a ‘buy one get one free’ type of offer a long time ago. I typically don’t wear blue makeup as I find it really difficult to look flattering with my pale skin, dark brown hair and hazel eyes (for some reason I just can’t make it work) so my attempt at being experimental fell flat. This isn’t the crayon’s fault at all, but when I grabbed this to try it out at the beginning of May, I found the crayon had dried out. I’ve learnt my lesson that I’ll just stick to experimenting with colour using the Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette, which has a variety of brights, neons, and dark colours in both shimmer and matte formulas. It really compartmentalises my ability to experiment and not depend on individual products like this crayon to facilitate this for me.
Now we’re moving to products I’ve properly emptied, and let’s begin with some samples. In a moment of curiosity, I pulled out my sample sachet of the Liole Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base. I applied this only to my cheeks, and found that the shimmers in the formula wasn’t very flattering on the larger pores where the sides of my nose and cheeks meet. So as an all-over base, this isn’t the right fit for me. But the concept is really interesting and it was fun to try it out for a day.
I tried out the Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk as I ended up between full size hand creams. I have a first impression post ready that will go live on Monday, so I won’t talk about this in too much detail. I think this is ultimately a hit or miss product as the scent might be really nice for some, or not for others.
I wasn’t sure where to fit this, but I used up the SOFNON Tsaio Calendula-Lavender Repairing Hand Cream which I included in my YesStyle Haul back in April. That I used up the entire tube in roughly 2 months is a little bit disappointing, but ultimately it’s a decent hand cream for general upkeep. It’s the “general upkeep” part that meant I used it up so quickly, as I did need to touch up frequently. I have reviewed this product, so I encourage you to read it if you’re interested in reading my comprehensive thoughts.
Moving to bathroom empties, the first is product that feels like a bit of a throwback for me. The Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash is a product that was added to my bathroom shortly after we moved in to the current apartment. While Dove wasn’t cruelty-free at the time, my husband picked this up for me when we ran an emergency shop a day or so after moved in. For this reason, I’m cutting this specific product some slack: my husband respects and understands why I’m pursuing cruelty-free-only cosmetics, but I don’t expect him to be able to identify in detail what is or isn’t cruelty-free, as it’s confusing for a lot of us who do research heavily on the topic. However, about a month later, Dove did tweet that they were certified cruelty-free by PETA and added to their Beauty Without Bunnies list.
Understandably, PETA are still being scrutinised heavily for whether they’re truly a reliable source for information or a reliable certification on the cruelty-free issue. Interpret all of this as you feel is best for you. With the emergence of other cases related to PETA and other brands coming up and to my attention in the last day or so, I’ve decided to monitor this situation and research into the issue myself, and for now, I’m not going to use PETA’s list until I understand the issue better. As we are preparing to move though, this coincides with my plan to avoid adding extra bulk to our boxes.
The body wash itself was decent, lathering up really nicely and I think for drier skin types, you’ll benefit the most from it. I don’t find it’s made a difference for my body acne, which is why I’m looking into new body wash options that might help with it.
One of the products in my Pre-Move Project Pan, is the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask. I really enjoyed using this mask, and I do talk about my experiences in detail in my review. It’s been really nice to multi-mask with, using it on my cheeks and jaw to moisturise my skin in the shower. I have no major complaints, although I always find myself in doubt as it’s not super obvious if the brand is cruelty-free or not.
I wasn’t sure whether or not to include it, but the Dove 0% Aluminium Salts Deodorant has been my vanity buddy for some time, but is finally empty. Finding cruelty-free deodorants in the drugstore/pharmacy can be really tricky as a lot of the popularly stocked and reasonably priced brands aren’t cruelty-free, and I picked this up during the time when I understood Dove to be cruelty-free. As I discussed above, I am bringing this understanding into question, and while I have backed this up with another Dove deodorant, I’ll be doing my research to look for better alternatives by the time I use that one up.
The deodorant itself has been really great for spring and the early summer weather, and has a soft, subtle cucumber scent that makes me feel fresh even when the humid weather really wants to make sure I feel as congested and muggy as possible. If it turns out that Dove is truly cruelty-free, then this is one I’d consider repurchasing.
Moving to skincare, the first is a really disappointing product. I pulled out the Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, and immediately poured it down the sink after the first use. It was really sensitising for my skin, especially my eyes, and in a fit of frustration, poured the product away so I could have the packaging ready to be recycled. It’s really disappointing as it is 250ml of product and could have potentially lasted me months. Another negative was the dispenser is literally the funnel of the bottle, which is ridiculously inconvenient, and nonsensical. Other products from the same line has more ergonomic packaging that I don’t understand how this was overlooked.
Moving to another Project Pan product, I used up the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner. I have reviewed this in detail, so I encourage you to read it if you’re curious for my comprehensive thoughts on the product. It’s a decent enough product though, and for 250ml of product, it definitely lasted me a while.
A product I didn’t expect to empty, is the Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser. As the packaging is opaque, I was judging my progress by the weight of the tub, and it felt like it had months left to it. However, a couple of days ago, the pump no longer pushed product out, so I finally hit the end. I have reviewed the product on my blog, and if I find myself in need of a moisturiser in an emergency, this is one I would consider repurchasing.
Finally, we have some miscellaneous products. The first is one that you might be familiar with, and I did write my opinions about, which is the B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes. I use these predominantly for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes, but I do also like to use these when I travel for removing my makeup, so I don’t have to bring separate bottles of micellar waters and my cotton rounds.
Last of all, a product I’ve written a first impression on, are the Global Beauty Care Retinol Under-Eye Pads. I have one more sachet of these left, and I like how pampering the process and the results are when I use these. I likely won’t repurchase these because of the single-use plastic packaging, but I really love the concept.
This concludes all of the empties from the month of May. It’s astonishing how many products I emptied, especially as the beginning of the month felt slow for progress. But it makes me even more motivated to work through products and I look forward to each month’s post. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.