Out with the Old - June 2018 Empties

June was a big empties month! Fourteen products filled up my empties bin over the course of the month, including some absolutely beloved products. Click through to read more about the products I finished last month! As always, products I intend to repurchase (or already have!) are marked with an asterisk (*).

Bath&BodyWorks Sweet Pea Body Lotion*
An old classic! I received this travel sized bottle of Bath&BodyWorks' iconic Sweet Pea body lotion as a gift with purchase at the Sydney Queen Victoria Building store opening back in March, and I reveled in this nostalgic floral scent with each use! Didn't every girl love Sweet Pea in the '00s? I have a second travel sized bottle of Sweet Pea to crack into after I finish another lotion off and frankly I can't wait. 

Soap&Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel^
I first received Soap&Glory's Clean on Me Shower Gel in a giveaway I won on the brand's instagram like three years ago, and at the time I didn't appreciate how good it was! My second bottle of Clean on Me (which I bought myself) made a much stronger impression on me! First of all, you get so much product - this bottle lasted me like nine months! The formula of this creamy shower gel is super softening, so much so that I kind of lost the habit of using lotion post-shower (a habit I need to redevelop now that I've switched back to Bath&BodyWorks shower gels!). I may or may not repurchase Clean on Me in the future - I love the classic Soap&Glory Pink scent, but I can't help but be tempted by Sugar Crush as well. 

Saturday Skin's Daily Dew Essence Mist converted me. Before this hydrating facial mist, I doubted their place in my routine, and now I never want to be without one. This essence mist was a great post-active, pre-moisturizer step for adding just a little bit more hydration to my skin. I finished my bottle early on in June, and I've sincerely missed seeing the cute millenial pink bottle on my counter top. I won't be repurchasing the Daily Dew Mist right away, as it's quite pricey (over $50 I believe), but I'd like to have it in my routine again in the future. 

I swore by The Ordinary's Niacinamide serum for over a year (this is my fifth or six bottle!), but I don't think I'm going to buy it again. I feel like this serum has begun to disagree with my skin, perhaps from a formula change, or overuse. I'm not sure, but it no longer helps heal and prevent acne, and may be making my skin worse, actually. I'm not swearing off Deciem brands (yet), but it feels good to be less dependent on the brand. I do want to continue adding more niacinamide to my skincare routine, so I'm open to suggestions! Leave on in the comments if you have a niacinamide rich product that you love. 

I've been dying my hair with Lush's Caca Rouge Henna for six years now, with no intent to stop. I keep tossing around the idea of going darker, and I'm almost committed to the idea. We'll have to see. Whether I stay with Rouge, or switch it up with Brun, I'll definitely continue buying Lush's henna hair color for as long as they make it. 

L'Oreal Elvive Arginine Resist Shampoo
I bought L'Oreal's Arginine Resist Shampoo over a year ago when I was living in Adelaide and experiencing an alarming amount of hair fall with each shower. This shampoo promised to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss with time, but I had the exact opposite effect! I knew better than to expect immediate results, but after using nearly the entire bottle (along with the matching conditioner) I was still losing enough hair to make me feel uncomfortable and self conscious. The cure was something you can't buy in a bottle at Priceline - moving back to Sydney (where I was less stressed and ate a much better diet). I finished off this shampoo as a brush cleanser - it got the job done pretty well, actually. Still wouldn't buy it again, though. 

ColourPop Spoon Highlighter
I received ColourPop's Spoon Highlighter as a gift about a year and a half ago from a friend who loved it, but didn't use it quite often enough to justify keeping it. Unfortunately this highlighter found the same fate with me, and I rarely reached for it over the 18 months it's been in my possession. Spoon is a seriously pretty, shimmery shade, but for some reason I just never felt compelled to use it. I'm tossing it out to make room in my 'face' drawer, but it's with a disappointed and heavy heart.

InstaFix&Matte and I hadn't gotten along since day one. I found this "translucent" white powder to be clingy, patchy, and generally ruinous of any look I used it with, but considering it was my only pressed powder at the time, I stuck with it (you can track my panning progress in my Products I've Hit Pan On quarterly updates!). I had only a thin ring of product left around the edges, and during my last use it began to crumble. I dumped the powdery remnants in the bin and happily tossed the compact in my empties bin. I definitely won't be missing this powder!

Mecca Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm*
This one is kind of a long story as to why it's in my empties! Well, not long, so much as unusual I guess - so I'll try to keep it short. A series of unfortunate events caused a black eyeshadow to crumble into this gorgeous champagne highlighter and I just can't get all of the specks out - it's ruined. Luckily, I had a second one waiting in the wings, so I've cracked into that one.

Batiste Sweetie Dry Shampoo*
My monthly can of dry shampoo - is it an Out with the Old post without one? This month I used up Batiste's Sweetie Dry Shampoo. Though the formula was fantastic as always, and the matryoshka doll adorned can was super cute, the scent failed to make an impact on me. I can't even remember what Sweetie smells like, despite finishing it less than two weeks ago, so I probably won't purchase this scent again - I've moved on to Batiste's newest scent, Luxe, which will more than likely make a cameo in July's empties post. 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo*^
Another L'Oreal shampoo. I received the entire Extraordinary Clay line as part of an Influenster campaign and really enjoyed the whole lot. This shampoo didn't have a lot of distinguishable features- despite containing clays, it had the same texture as every other Elvive shampoo I've tried (most of them). The Extraordinary Clay Shampoo left my hair soft and manageable, with a minty fresh scent. I'd probably pick this one up again, but I'm currently trying to finish off my overflowing hair care stash. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation*
Rimmel's Match Perfection is a foundation I come back to time and again, despite numerous reformulations. This foundation is so easy - it blends nicely with fingers, sponge, or a brush, and provides light-medium coverage with a naturally luminous finish. The shade 10 Light Porcelain is a close enough match for me (though not perfect). I decided to branch out and try something new now that I've finished my bottle of Match Perfection, but I'll undoubtedly come back to it again in the future. 

As I've mentioned numerous times, I've been really into clay cleansers for the last few years, so I splurged on this Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Cleanser after reading glowing reviews and ehhh...I wasn't impressed. The white tube was gorgeous, but it's contents were so underwhelming. I don't have any actual complains about this cleanser, it just didn't make a big impact on my skin in any visible way. I have to say, I miss that pretty tube on my counter top, but I won't be repurchasing. 

I loved this serum! Hey Honey's Good Morning Honey Silk Serum was a lightly hydrating primer/serum combo that imparted a serious glow! When my skin was in a better place, this serum gave me such gorgeous glossy skin that I was able to forgo all face makeup. If Hey Honey ever makes it's way to Australia, I'll definitely be picking the Good Morning Honey Silk serum up again! 


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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