I haven’t done an empties post in forever, like about 9 months. In fact, I’ve saved all the empty containers so I can do a big empties post, one of these days, so I can really report on the brands that I repurchased over and over again. This post, however, will focus just on March empties.
Why is it so easy to use up skincare products but less so makeup? I guess it’s because I have so much makeup to choose from, and skincare gets used repeatedly, right?
Here’s what I used up last month.
La Mer Hand Treatment: I am crushed that I have come to the end of this fabulous but pricey hand cream from La Mer. It was not the least bit greasy, and it definitely kept my hands from getting chapped this cold winter.
Repurchase? Probably not. I received this travel size tube as a Press Sample. Not sure I can afford to replace it right now. Some day!
Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: Every time I stray and buy a different eye makeup remover, I regret it. I adore the Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover. It truly is gentle on my overly sensitive eyes.
Repurchase? Yes! In fact, I scored two bottles at deep discount at a recent Ulta visit. I like to stay stocked up on this lovely.
Kleem Jeunnesse Intensive Vitamin C Serum: Kleem Vitamin C Serum is a lightweight vitamin C serum. It absorbs quickly and easily. Though it works with all skin types, I recommend it especially for those with oily or combination skin. And they have recently reformulated it so that it has a more citrusy scent.
Repurchase? No because I received a bottle with the new scent from the brand. Thank you! But because my skin is so dry, I actually prefer a vitamin C serum that is thicker or more of a gel than a liquid.
NeoCell Hydra+ HA Serum: I love the NeoCell Hydra+ Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It smells great, and it’s an easily absorbed lightweight gel. When I use it, I can feel the difference.
Repurchase? Yes! I hate to be without it.
Nature Island Botanicals Vitamin C Whipped Soap Sugar Scrub Souffle, Orange Scent: Handmade, natural with organic ingredients, Daphne’s bespoke skincare products are long-time favorites that I buy at the Waterfront Festival in Gloucester MA every July. However, Nature Island Botanicals products are sold on etsy too. Daphne also takes phone calls for orders.
This whipped sugar scrub is very hydrating. It’s a gentle scrub that’s perfect for my sensitive skin. The scent from orange, blood orange, pink grapefruit and bergamot is absolute heaven.
Repurchase? Not right now because I have two other NIB scents in my stash to take its place. But the orange scent is a definite repurchase in the future. It also makes a great little gift along with Daphne’s gorgeous soaps and body butters.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes: This was a travel size pack of remover wipes that I got for free along with Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover. I like Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes. They remove my makeup without tugging, and they’re are perfect for my sensitive eyes.
Repurchase? Yes, at some point. They are one of my favorite wipes brands.
Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer Potion: I’ve been using UD AA PP for several years. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. It helps my eye shadow stay on for hours and hours. I can’t imagine any shadow primer that’s any better. Really.
Repurchase? Yes, I had one waiting in my stash!
Natracare Cleansing Makeup Remover Wipes for Sensitive Skin: I love that the Natracare Makeup Remover Wipes are extremely gentle, incredibly soft, perfect for my sensitive skin and eyes. Plus they are made from organic ingredients including the cloth.
However, they don’t remove my eye makeup quite as easily as other brands. So I have to keep at it a little longer.
Repurchase? Sadly, no. I wish they would increase the cleaning power a bit while maintaining the gentleness. Then they would be a complete winner.
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick, deluxe sample: I received this sample of Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in an ipsy bag last year. It is creamy, has the right amount of slip for easy application. It stays on for quite a while for a non-long-wear lipstick. It has a lovely satin finish. I adore it!
Repurchase? Yes! I bought another one in the shade I received as a sample. Plus I redeemed ipsy points for a full size in another shade. This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas.
Lift Lab Skin Regeneration Purifying Cleanser: I love this hydrating and exfoliating cleanser from Lift Lab. It has tiny exfoliating grains in it and it feels so good to massage it into my skin. But the non-stripping, cleansing formula and the tiny grains are gentle enough for me to use this cleanser twice a day on my face. At night, I leave it on for two minutes as a gentle mask and then rinse off with water. My skin feels so great afterwards.
Repurchase? Yes! I received two press samples from Gloss48.com to try out a few months ago for review: the Lift Labs Purifying Cleanser and the Moisturizer. These are pricey skincare products, but they are truly worth it for me. I purchased full sizes of them both. I truly recommend this brand!
So, this is what I’ve used up this month? Have you tried any of these beauty products, and if so, what was your experience?