Out with the Old - May 2018 Empties

I finished an above average amount of products in May - a total of 14! Most of them samples or minis, along with my usual can of Batiste. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of full reviews for this month's batch of empties, so I tried to be a little more thorough in my mini reviews. I've been increasingly slack in terms of the blog, as real life issues keep stacking up on me. Hopefully June will be a more productive month for me. As always, products marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that I plan to repurchase or already had a backup of. Click through to read more about the products I finished in May!

Indeed Labs Snoxin Serum
Supposedly this peptide rich anti-aging serum is "better than a $500 serum", which is a ridiculously vague statement in my opinion. As I enter my mid-twenties and developing the very beginnings of fine lines, I was curious to see how this "multi-peptide packed wonder serum" would benefit me. I did see a slight reduction in my new mini-wrinkles, but I can't say for sure if it was actually the active ingredients in this moderately priced serum, or if it was a blurring effect caused by the silicones in the formula. I liked Indeed Lab's Snoxin, but I wouldn't pick up the full size as I'd prefer to keep my active serums silicone free for maximum efficacy.

L'Oreal Multi-Masking Play Kit
L'Oreal's Pure Clay line of masks has received almost endless hype since they launched two years ago, and I couldn't hold out any longer - I had to try them. Luckily, L'Oreal offered this fun and affordable trio of three mini masks to try. I'm glad I picked up this sample set, as I only liked one of the three masks (Pure Glow) and found the other two far too drying and unpleasant to use. If you're curious about the Pure Clay masks, definitely pick up the Multi-Masking Play Kit first. I have an overview coming soon.

Bath&BodyWorks Sparkling Mint Blossom Pocket Bac
This glitter filled minty hand sanitizer was sweet and pleasant, but not really my favorite. The scent was cloying and heavy in the warmer weather, and the plentiful glitter particles were pretty suspended within the anti-bacterial gel, but less appealing spread all over my hands. I'll definitely be avoiding Bath&BodyWorks' glittery hand sanitizers in the future.

Eve Lom's iconic Cleanser was a big hit for me! This cleansing balm removed every trace of makeup and left my skin glowing and fresh. This sample sachet was super generous - I got six uses out of it. I'd absolutely buy the full size - if it wasn't over $70!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron 
Often touted as a hydration miracle by amateur bloggers and pros like Caroline Hirons alike, Indeed Labs' Hydraluron failed to impress me. This hyaluronic acid heavy,  jelly like serum did add hydration to my skin, but not an astounding amount - it was on par or only slightly better than other hydrating serums I've tried, just with a more novel texture, which actually ends up feeling kinda tacky on the skin. Truthfully, I really wanted to join the club and love Hydraluron, but it just isn't for me. Maybe one day I'll try it again, but currently I don't think it deserves all the hype.

White Glo Diamond Series Whitening Gel^
I received this tooth whitening gel in a PR packet several months ago, and I tested it thoroughly and prepared to write a post about it...but then I just never did. I hated this whitening gel. Though White Glo claims to be sensitive teeth-friendly, it most certainly isn't friendly to my teeth. Things started out pretty well, but towards the end of the recommended two week regimen, this gel started to cause my teeth to ache and my gums to bleed. Needless to say, I stopped using it immediately. On top of the discomfort, this product also whitened my teeth in patchy manner that made them look way grosser than their regular off white color. Do not recommend, especially if you have sensitive teeth.

Grown Alchemist Age Repair Eye Cream 
This eye cream as my first experience with Grown Alchemist, and it left a good impression! I had hoped to do a full sample review of the Age Repair Eye Cream, but I didn't get quite enough use out of this 1ml sachet to form a full opinion. I will say that the lightweight white cream absorbed quickly and left my undereyes feeling cool, hydrated, and soft. The formula contained multiple peptides and plenty of botanical ingredients - it was intriguing and I'd love to see what it could do for me after extended use - but the $75 price tag puts me off picking up a full size.

Derma E Hydrating Day Cream^
While I loved the complimentary Night Cream, Derma E's Hydrating Day Cream as not a favorite of mine. This moisturizer was thick, with a fun, marshmallow-y texture, and it was indeed hydrating, but it pilled terribly on my skin! It just sat atop in a gross, clumpy layer that wouldn't allow sunscreen or makeup to apply or wear well at all. I ended up using it purely as a night time moisturizer, and even then I still felt like it interfered with my serums. This is the first disappointing product I've tried from Derma E, and I'm happy to be putting it behind me.

This foaming face wash was absolutely terrible in my opinion. Stripping and drying with a strong soapy scent, there wasn't a single thing I liked about this cleanser - aside from the name which sounds much more pleasant and refreshing than it is. Frankly, this is the worst cleanser I've used in years. I have not been impressed with what I've tried from Skyn Iceland and I won't be seeking out more from them.

Batiste Rose Gold Dry Shampoo
I'm a long time lover of Batiste Dry Shampoos, yinz all know that by now. I think almost every scent they make is a complete crowd pleaser - but not Rose Gold! While the metallic rose print packaging is gorgeous, the scent bothered me. I didn't hate it, I just felt weird about it, you know? And when I say weird, I mean it smells like an Easter basket to me. Supposedly bergamot scented, this dry shampoo smelled like fake grass and chocolate foil to me - and the scent was strong and lingered for hours. Pretty can, but not for me.

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb*
Now that cool weather has become the norm here in Sydney, I'm taking more baths and decided to treat myself. For years my friend Carly raved about Lush's Twilight Bath Bomb, so I finally gave it a go and understand their love for it! Twilight has a soft, sweet, and unique lavender scent, blended with a hint of ovaltine to create an extra comforting fragrance. My mum drinks a cup of ovaltine every night, so even the slightest hint of that powdery chocolate scent immediately reminds me of her. The color of this bath bomb was equally soothing - the light pink exterior and aquamarine interior came together to create a deep, dusky purple with a gorgeous shimmer. I'm already looking forward to repurchasing this bath bomb.

The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid*
Often compared to Sunday Riley's famous Good Genes, I bought The Ordinary's 5% Lactic Acid serum last year, and used it sporadically, only falling in love and using it consistently right at the end of the bottle. I intended on reviewing it, but because I was so flighty with using it, I couldn't nail down a solid opinion on it. I intend on repurchasing, and maybe picking up the 10% Lactic serum as well for a comparison - and this time I will write about it!

Bath&BodyWorks Winter Candy Apple Shower Gel 
An empty from Morgan - he picked up Bath&BodyWorks' Winter Candy Apple Shower Gel after Christmas and recently polished the bottle off. This sweet but slightly spiced apple scent smelled great on him, and he enjoyed the formula - he's repurchase another Bath&BodyWorks shower gel in a different scent as a replacement.

L'Oreal Extra Ordinary Clay Rebalancing Conditioner*^
I was sent the entire Extra Ordinary Clay Rebalancing line in an Influenster box when the line was brand new, and I loved each product! The conditioner is the first one that I've finished, and honestly it was the least exciting of the group - it's a straight forward conditioner without any interesting inclusions, aside from a marginal amount of mantmorillonite clay. This silicone free conditioner kept my hair silky and manageable, and it had a nice minty scent - I may repurchase it when I finish my back stock of hair products.

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Disclosure:
Products marked with an ^ were sent to me as press samples. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any third party.

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