Happy Monday! Let’s kick off the new week with a post I should have published last week: my empties from May. I anticipated May being a slow month in terms of empties, but a few more managed to sneak in which has made it worth writing a dedicated post just for this month. So let’s just jump straight in!
Starting with skincare, I pulled out the Soap & Glory the Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion, which I had stored away in my benched skincare box. I used this for roughly a week and a half throughout May, before deciding it was time to move on from this for good. The formula was starting to get gritty which it wasn’t before, even though it still smelled okay. So to me, it seemed like it was in the early stages of expiring.
A beloved skincare product in my collection is the PURITO Centella Green Level Eye Cream which has lasted an extremely long time. This is one of my favourite eye creams to date, as it’s very soothing and moisturising on my under-eyes, but not overwhelming. I do find my skin needs something a bit heavier at the moment, but I plan to keep my backup ready for when my skin is ready.
A product I’ve unfortunately neglected in my skincare routine, is the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub. This is my second tub, and I had planned to use this up. I’ve barely remembered to use it though. Mostly because I don’t know where to put it on my vanity where I’ll see it and then be reminded to use it. For now, I plan to avoid buying any new lip scrubs and see how my lips cope. This may change when autumn or winter arrive, but for now it’s not something I need badly enough.
Moving on to face masks, I’ve split this into 3 categories. Starting with your conventional masks you buy in a tub or bottle, I’ve used up the majority of the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. This is another product I pulled out of my benched skincare box, and I’ve enjoyed it for the most part. This is quite gimmicky, as it foams up on the face after you apply, but that can be quite fun. I don’t need these kinds of gimmicks to enjoy a face mask, and I found this mask did a decent job anyway. I won’t be repurchasing it though as I’m not sure if Elizavecca are 100% cruelty-free at the time of writing. The brand is also a little tricky to source reliable information on, so for now I’m playing it safe in terms of my purchasing habits.
A travel size mask I’ve been using recently is the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Mask. I picked this little bottle up in my local TK Maxx, and tried this out for a short while. It was okay, it didn’t really do anything special. It also had a foaming gimmick similar to the Elizavecca mask. I don’t feel like I enjoyed this product enough to buy a full size, and I’m not sure if they’re cruelty-free.
Moving to some masks from my sample drawer, these ones from Origins have been sat hidden away for a ridiculously long time, so I wanted to try them out and create some space in my drawer again. I received these way back in university so I knew I needed to just open them and see if they’re usable. They were both in good condition inside the packaging so I did try these out.
The first is the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. This was the one I was most interested in as I do enjoy using charcoal-based masks. However it did cause the skin around my mouth to sting. I don’t know if that was because it was old and expiring, in spite of seeming and smelling okay, or a proper reaction to the formula itself.
After that, I tried the Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, which I got along better with. I didn’t really see any difference to my skin from using it, but my skin didn’t sting or react badly to it. The packaging for these made them one-time use only, so sadly I was able to keep testing this one out to formulate a proper opinion.
Origins isn’t currently 100% cruelty-free, so this was to avoid wasting what I had, rather than see if I wanted to buy the full size product.
Moving to sheet masks, the first is the Tony Moly I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition. This is one of the products in my current project pan (which you can read my goals for here), so I was particularly motivated to use this one. There’s plenty of serum in this mask, but it wasn’t too tricky to open up because of it. The sheet mask itself fit okay, although it didn’t quite fit my nose and mouth areas very well. This was larger than my face, but like with a lot of other sheet masks, I fold the edges back on itself to custom-fit it to my face. The serum itself was really nourishing, so this is one I’ll keep an eye on for if/when Tony Moly become 100% cruelty-free.
Alongside this sheet mask, I also used the Dead Sea Elements Dead Sea Under-Eye Treatment which are under-eye sheet masks. I wore this underneath for a super pampering and nourishing evening routine. This is another historic TK Maxx purchase, which comes in a set of 5 sachets. This literally drips serum when you open it and it was tricky separating the individual eye sheets from each other. But once you get them separated, they were really easy to apply to the face. I do plan to review this properly at a later date, but I like this enough to keep using the remaining sachets.
Moving to the only makeup products I used up. Let’s start with a product I didn’t really ’empty’ but couldn’t pass along. This is the Barry M Showgirl Extra Volume Black Mascara. I found this was fairly subtle on my long lashes but what made me stop using it was that it flaked on me quite badly. I can’t pass this along in good faith so I’m just saying goodbye to it.
I also finished using the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow in the shade ‘Pretty Pink‘. This was my eyeshadow base for a long time, and the formula was starting to get a little dry and gritty. I’ve pulled out the beige-golden shade I also had benched away so I’m going to continue enjoying this formula for the time being. ‘Pretty Pink’ is the shade I like the least of the two, but I still think it’s very pretty. But it’s not the one I see myself repurchasing as I prefer the more neutral tone of the other shade in my collection.
Last of all, I’m saying goodbye to the Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick in the shade ‘501 Blush Basin‘. This is my most used lipstick to date, and one I feel sad to be throwing away. There’s approximately just under half a bullet left, so I am satisfied with my progress. But the lipstick is starting to get a bit gritty and inconsistent, which it wasn’t before. So it’s time to let this one go. At a later date I can see myself repurchasing this shade, but I also want to see the entire selection of shades too. I’m putting it off for now so I can make more use of the lipsticks currently in my collection and appreciate them more. But this is definitely on my mental ‘repurchase’ list.
This concludes all of the products I emptied throughout May. It was a ton of products but it was also more than I anticipated. Thank you for reading my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon!