Out with the Old - March 2018 Empties


So far 2018 has been amazing year for me in terms of empties - each month I finish so many more products than I'd expect. March saw seventeen products enter my empties bin. Surprisingly, a lot of it was makeup! Click through to read more about what I finished each month - as always, products I plan to repurchase have been marked with an asterisk (*).

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream*
I absolutely loved the original Dream Fresh BB Cream that Maybelline launched at the height of the BB Cream craze in 2012, but never repurchased it after it was reformulated. I decided on a whim to pick up another tube a few months ago, partly for old times sake, and partly to see what changed. Granted its been like five years since I'd used this drugstore BB Cream, so my memory may be fuzzy, but the formula was exactly as I remembered - light, easy to apply, and dewy. What was different was the shade - fair was no longer the perfect match for me, but instead a light-medium shade that was vaguely orange in undertone. At first I hated it! Fair was way, way too dark for me, but as the summer progressed, it started to match me quite well and I fell in love with the Dream Fresh BB Cream all over again. Summer has come to a close now, so I'm going back to paler, less dewy foundations, but I intend on buying another tube of Maybelline's BB Cream next summer!

NYX Wonder Pencil
I've had my NYX Wonder Pencil in Light for years! I used to love this flesh toned pencil liner for brightening up my waterline, but as that look fell out of fashion I stopped reaching for this pencil. All that remained was the tiniest, unsharpenable nub, so I'm tossing it out.

Rimmel Bulletproof Beige ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Crayon*
Bulletproof Beige was my go-to eyeshadow base for like three years! This champagne cream eyeshadow crayon was the perfect starting point for all my looks using Urban Decay's Naked2 Palette. Not only is this cream shadow beautiful, it's also super long wearing - preventing any look from creasing even when I worked long shifts in a hot kitchen. After I left the food industry, Bulletproof Beige fell out of rotation - I just didn't need the endless wear time it provided anymore. Over the hot summer months I began reaching for it again, but sadly mine was dry and crumbly - it'd just fall apart when I attempted to sharpen it. I'm tossing my current one, but I intend to repurchase another one soon.

Origani Hand&Nail Perfection Cream
If you've ever walked through the lower level of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, you've probably been handed a little sample from a highend skincare shop - a sales person stands at the door handing out foil packets to every woman that walks past - except me. I'm not sure if I don't look posh enough, but surely enough every time I've walked by, she never extends a sample to me the way she did to every other girl that trots past. One day she couldn't retract her hand quickly enough and I snatched this sample sachet. Was it rude of me? Certainly, but I feel like we met in the middle, since she consistently passed me over. This packet provided me with four applications of this rich, buttery hand cream, and I savoured each one. If it wasn't $40 for a tiny tube, I'd buy the Origani Hand&Nail Perfection Cream. Maybe one day I'll splurge on it as a gift for my mum, who loves a good hand cream.

Rimmel's Match Perfection loose powder is one of those amazing staple products that you don't truly appreciate til it's gone. This tub of loose powder has been in my possession for years - the generous 10 grams of product has gone a long way for me. I'd previously been looking forward to finishing this loose powder, but now that it's gone I miss it badly! None of the powders in my current collection are as good as this one and I'm torn between immediately repurchasing it, or trying something new. Either way, the Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder will be in my collection again one day.

I've been a dedicated black nail polish wearer since my ~edgy~ preteen years, but now that I'm in my mid twenties I appreciate it's versatility - it goes with everything. Essence's Black is Back is far from the best black nail polish I've tried, but it is the cheapest one available in Australia, so I continually repurchase it. This is my third bottle and far from my last - my nails have been bare since I ran out!

McArthur Replenishing Shampoo^
I'm not super into hair care - especially shampoo and conditioner. I'm merely looking for something that gets my hair clean without causing any damage. McArthur's Replenishing Shampoo went above and beyond that for me! This shampoo left my hair very soft and silky with each use (paired with the coordinating conditioner that I finished last month). The formula was quite hydrating, so much so that I often skipped conditioner. I'd likely buy this shampoo again in the future, but for now I need to finish off the five other bottles taking up space in my bathroom.

I've had a complicated relationship with Sukin's Super Greens moisturizer. I convinced myself that I loved this veggie enriched moisturizer because I loved Sukin's Sensitive Skin Moisturizer so much, but the truth is that it was only alright for me. The two products share a nearly identical base, so I'm not sure why I don't adore the Super Greens Nutrient Rich Moisturizer as much as I wanted to. This was my second bottle of this moisturizer, and I won't be repurchasing a third, in favor of trying something else from the range.

Lush Bubble Spinner Bubble Bar
I think the internet collectively sighed in annoyance when Lush released their (at the time) limited edition fidget spinner inspired bubble bar. Oh, it's ridiculous isn't it? But Morgan had to have it! He picked one up a few weeks ago and loved it. This bubble bar tinted the water a bright coral pink and created a thick layer of bubbles with a candy lemon scent. I don't think it's repurchase material, but he had to try it. (He still loves his fidget spinner). 

Glow Lab sucked me in with their minimalist style, but has kept me interested with this simple but effective gel cleanser. There isn't anything standout about this cleanser - it just works. I wouldn't repurchase this particular product, but I can't help but be interested in other products from this natural New Zealand based range.

Benefit's Sugarbomb has been in my collection for years - it was gifted to me on my 22nd birthday by a friend that was quite dear to me at the time, but I'm no longer in contact with. I haven't used this shimmery peach blush in at least three years, but I've held on to it as a reminder of him. Just the way Cameron isn't going to come back into my life aside from the occasional snapchat, Sugarbomb isn't going to be part of my makeup routine, aside from the occasional swatch. The chunky cardboard box packaging takes up a lot of the limited space in my 'face' drawer, so it's time for Sugarbomb and I to part ways.

Coral Radiance and I have had a strange journey together. I bought this blush about five years ago because I liked the color in the Avon catalog, but once I had it I was underwhelmed. The formula was sheerer than I expected, the packaging was bulky, and the texture was powdery - it was really nothing special, aside from being a pretty shade. For some reason when I was frantically packing my makeup the night before I moved to Australia, it was one of the three blushes I decided to bring with me, forsaking favorites like theBalm Hot Mama. Despite years of indifference, I wore it for my wedding, but have rarely reached for it since. Several blushes came into my life recently (including the same Hot Mama I left back in Pittsburgh) and I just don't have room for all of them anymore, so Coral Radiance is leaving my collection. For some reason I feel nostalgic about this blush, and I'm struggling to part with it, but I'm trying to be honest with myself - I don't use it, and it takes up space needed by products I like much more than it. I doubt I'll ever give Avon's Coral Radiance blush another though once it's gone, but I'm so tempted to slip it back into my blush drawer.

When's Snow Magic is probably the best sheet mask I've ever used, in terms of efficacy. I know I said that about BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask last month, but this one is even better! Snow Magic's niacinamide rich formula left my skin bright, firm, and plump, and there was a ton of extra essence - enough for four more applications. I'd absolutely repurchase this sheet mask if given the chance.

Pretty sure a bottle of Neutrogena Beach Defence is going to be in every month's empties from now on. This is my favorite sunscreen ever for both face and body. I've raved enough about it that I don't think I need to say anything more. This was my third bottle, and my fourth (and fifth) are both in use. 

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo*^
I'm not sure how, but I finished a jumbo can of dry shampoo in just a few weeks. I guess late Feb-March were hotter than I realised. Batiste's dry shampoos are a forever favorite of mine, making an appearance in almost all of my empties posts. Tropical isn't my favorite scent, but I do like it's fruity coconut and pineapple blend during the hotter months. I repurchased three new scents of Batiste during a recent Priceline sale, and I think it's a safe bet to say that one will be in April's empties.

Pür Cosmetics Contour Blending Sponge*^
I don't have much to say about Pür's Contour Blending Sponge, other than it's pretty good. This is no Beauty Blender, but this sponge does blend liquid foundations and highlights well, and it's decent for pressing loose powder into the skin. My favorite aspect of this bright pink sponge is how long they last - Pür sent me six of them nearly three years ago, and I still have one left. Wear and tear takes at least 6-8 months to set in and they seem to be mold resistant. Good sponge, I'd buy it again with my own money. 

I finished my fourth bottle of The Ordinary's Niacinamide serum and I'm dying to repurchase my fifth. I'm afraid my skin has become a little bit dependent on this acne fighting serum - every time I run out I start to break out. This serum is excellent and I recommend it to pretty much everyone. I'll repurchase this product endlessly. 

What have you finished lately?


Disclosure:
Products marked with an ^ were sent to me as PR Samples

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