October was one of those months, that for me, was both really fast but also kind of slow. I can’t really pin why, but it was definitely one of those strange phases for me. Today, I want to talk about both my October Empties and my monthly round-up all in one, since honestly, it seemed a bit excessive to write two separate posts, when my empties help support some of my decisions. So let’s jump in with my goals and reflection.
So to reflect on the past month, I have to say it’s really been a lot more of the same: I’m struggling to get habits kicked into gear, but I did at least use a sheet mask (which you’ll see later during the Empties portion) which honestly, is a step in the right direction.
As for this coming month, I want to continue working on the same goals and really make more of a point to really stick to it. So for this reason, this is why the two posts are merged together today.
Moving on to the products I’ve finished during October, there’s a fair bit to talk about. I’m going to split this into two parts, one for skincare items, and the second for makeup, just because I can really talk through it properly this way.
Okay, so starting with skin and body products, I want to kick things off with the Soap & Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash. I used this months and months in the shower, and I’ve finally reached a point I simply can’t dispense any more product. I reviewed one of the other Soap & Glory body washes, in the Sugar Crush scent. Compared to that scent, this one which is a floral yet musky scent, I have to say I preferred this scent. I found the scent too strong still, but this is the one I would pick between them.
Moving on to the serum, this is the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum, which I was using as my day time serum for the past several months. I reviewed this product, but for a brief summary, it was a nice serum and definitely works nicely for all skin types. Even my oily skin didn’t object to this serum.
A frequent feature in my empties are the Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, which as I’ve mentioned a few times, I use for cleaning up swatches for blog photos, but I’ve also recently found myself using this to spot-clean my makeup brushes between deep cleaning. It takes make up residue off of my brushes nicely so they’re ready for using again the next day, if I decide to wear makeup.
Finally for the skincare, is the one sheet mask I actually remembered to use. This is the Superdrug Purifying Facial Sheet Mask for oilier skin types. I can’t say this really “purifies” the skin as so much as it makes your skin feel more awake and tingling during and after you use it. I personally prefer Korean skincare for sheet masks (TK Maxx near me stocks so many of them right now and I’m crying that I can’t justify buying them), as I find they’re better for my skin. However, I do like the moisturising masks that Superdrug stocks too, and I have some stashed away that I want to remember to use.
Moving on to the makeup now, I will admit this portion is less of an “empties” but rather more of “no longer justifiable to use” anymore. But I consider these empties rather than declutters, which is why I want to talk about them in this post instead of my declutter series.
The first is the Limited Collection Blusher, in the shade “Berry“, which I reviewed a long long time ago back when I was still in university. I have the shade “Apricot” stashed away for next spring, but I found when I tried wearing the berry shade on my cheeks, that there was nothing really there. I decided it was just time to let this go, rather than try to force this to work.
Moving to the right, we have the Seventeen Maximum Volume Mascara, in the shade “Brown Black“. This is one of those products that I used on and off very hesitantly, and concluded it was causing my eyes serious irritation. It didn’t do this the entire time I owned it, but I think it’s possible it went off, and didn’t start to smell off as a kind of indication. It still smells fine even now, but I’ve decided not to risk using it.
The next two products are NYC Cityproof Twistable Intense Lip Colors, in the shades “031 Gramercy Park Plum” (on top) and “040 South Ferry Berry“. The photo is a bit deceiving but the shades are quite cool-toned and definitely shades I like to reach for. However, something about the texture on both of these were kind of gritty and so I decided it was time to let them go.
Moving to the bottom row, there is the Maybelline Color Tattoo pot in the shade “40 Permanent Taupe“. I really like the Color Tattoo products, but even when I first bought this, this particular one was quite dry and tough to work with. Now, a year or so on, it’s tough to get this to work. It doesn’t apply nicely on the eyelids anymore and there’s no point keeping it if it’s not going to work well.
Another Maybelline product is the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in the shade “10 Ultra Violet“. I opened and unsealed this for the first time a couple of weeks ago to find it was completely dry and unusable. I have the brown shade from same line, which is very creamy and easier to work with, so I think I realised far far too late that I bought a dud.
Finally, is the Essence Eyeshadow in the shade “07 Early Bird” which is a silver shade. I bought this several months ago curious if I could make this kind of shade and colour to work, but I simply can’t figure out how with my preference for semi-natural looks when it comes to makeup. The product itself is really nice, but the shade just doesn’t look good on my super pale skin. I know my mum also won’t use this product and since it is unsealed, I’m not even sure I can donate it.
This is all of my empties from October, I hope you enjoyed the post. I love you so much and I will aim to post early next week, where I have some declutters to go through with you which won’t be going in the bin. Until then, please take care.