September was a good month for empties for me. I finished up a lot of stuff! As usual, lots of skincare products. Let’s see what’s worth repurchasing.
I think I’ll break them down by categories.
- Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel for Dry Skin: I used to love this shave gel, and I still like it. But surprisingly, it’s not as moisturizing as the Schick version. But I bought a multi-pack at Costco, so you’ll be seeing this again, lol.
- Olay Fresh Outlast White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash: I got this in a Target Beauty Box during the summer. It’s a creamy, somewhat moisturizing body wash with a nice scent that’s more strawberry-scented than mint. It didn’t seem particularly cleansing, but it did lightly moisturize my dry skin. Nice, but nothing special. No repurchase here.
- Soap Stories bar soap: My friend Kim F. in Atlanta and I often exchange artisan-made soaps when we visit each other, and she gave me this pretty yellow soap with colored glycerin cubes throughout when I saw her at the end of August. I gave her another bar soap from my favorite, Nature Island Botanicals. Did I like the Soap Stories soap? The verdict is that I liked the look of the soap more than it’s performance. It didn’t have a strong scent, and I didn’t clean all that well. But it wasn’t drying so that was a plus. I won’t purchase it, but I definitely enjoyed trying it out.
- Perlier Body Honey Miel Shower Cream: I think I got this deluxe travel size shower gel in a set of assorted shower products via iFabbo quite a while ago. Because this product was a clear gel not an opaque cream, I consider it a shower gel. It had a nice scent that did smell like honey. It provided a good lather, cleaned well, and wasn’t drying to my skin. I haven’t bought anything from Perlier in a very long time, and I received this sample over a year ago so I’m not up on the latest from Perlier. However, from the Perlier products I’ve tried in the past, they all have either parabens or sodium laureth sulfate in them. I wish they’d reformulate since there are so many other body products out there that don’t have those ingredients. I’m not planning to purchase it.
- MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 Mineral-Based, Titanium-Dioxide free Sunscreen: This is a zinc oxide only, natural, physical sunscreen. I’m not sure what the benefit is of leaving out the titanium-dioxide: perhaps some folks have trouble using that ingredient and without it, it is a lighter weight sunscreen. I liked this sunscreen a lot. It was definitely a lightweight cream. Summer is over now, but next year I intend to repurchase this sunscreen from MyChelle. It was one of my favorites from this past summer.
- Rimmel Just Let It Go Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: I have been singing the praises of this eye makeup remover for a couple of years now. I still like it because it doesn’t irritate my very sensitive eyes. But over the past several months, it doesn’t do as good a job as I remember it doing in removing my eyeliner and mascara. It takes more tugging to get my mascara and liner off. I have changed my makeup so maybe my current (not waterproof) mascara and eyeliner are harder to remove, but Rimmel isn’t cutting it. I am using another bottle of Rimmel eye makeup remover that I had in my stash, but after I use it up, I’ll be trying something else. 😥 If you use easy to remove eye makeup, the Rimmel is fine but for a lot of the fiber-based mascaras, not so much.
- Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner: I was sad to see the end of this bottle of Reviva toner. It was terrific: gentle, a great last step in my cleansing routine and it contains glycolic acid. It’s terrific if you have sensitive skin but want to get some glycolic acid. And I strongly recommend trying this toner if you are getting started with glycolic acid! For me, however, the percent glycolic acid isn’t strong enough: I believe it’s only one or two percentage glycolic acid, and I am looking for 5%. $12 on revivalabs.com
- Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser: I adore this vitamin C cleanser from Murad. It’s a lightly exfoliating gel that contains some vitamin C and smells like citrus. It lathers and my skin feels clean but not tight after using it. It was the perfect warm weather cleanser for me! I strongly recommend it! I have already repurchased a full size during the Murad friends and family sale. During the winter, I will probably revert to my cream cleansers, but this cleansing gel from Murad is wonderful.
- Ulta Facial Sponge: I am so annoyed at Ulta for discontinuing my favorite facial sponge. I bought a ton of these babies because they were so soft, malleable, inexpensive, and I could replace them frequently. Now, they’re gone and there is no replacement that I’ve been able to find so far. I’ve reverted to using natural sea sponges, but they are very expensive and it pains me to have to throw them away. I wish Ulta would bring back this great facial sponge!
Odds and Ends
- essence Kiss Care Love Lip Balm, cherry flavor: I love essence’s knock-off of Maybelline’s Baby Lips. It’s cheaper (less than $2, I think) and just as good. This stuff really stays on, has a pleasant cherry taste/scent, and it works. I bought another one in a different flavor that I’m using now, but I think I like the cherry better. It does contains parabens, however.
- Nordea Soaperie Hippie Chick perfume oil: I reviewed Nordea Soaperie when I first started my blog. I met Nordea at a craft fair in Boston a few years ago. I initially bought myself a small rollerball of Hippie Chick perfume oil when I bought one for my friend’s daughter’s birthday. She was turning 12 at the time, and now she has just started college. Madison liked Hippie Chick and so did I. I’ve been using it since. The tiny rollerball bottle is great to throw into my purse makeup bag. It is a sweet, gourmand, oriental-ish scent that I think has patchouli in it – thus, Hippie Chick. I love it. I need to buy some more! $12 on nordea-soaperie.com
- CVS Regular Nail Polish Remover tub with sponge inside: Time to replace my CVS nail polish remover tub with the sponge inside that makes it easier to remove glitter polish. This version does contain some acetone, but it’s not 100% acetone. The rubbing against the sponge with some acetone in the liquid does make it easier to get off glitter. I will buy another.
So these are my September empties. Check out the empties from the other great beauty bloggers below while you’re at it. Did you use up anything last month?