Out with the Old - August 2018 Empties

August was a fairly average empties month for me. I used up 11 products - and no cans of Batiste Dry Shampoo! That's so unusual for me! Among August's finished products are a beloved eyeshadow, a favorite face mask, and more. As always, the products I plan to repurchase are marked with an asterisk (*). Click through to read more! 

Too Faced Hangover Rx Setting Spray
I was excited, then immediately disappointed,  to receive Too Faced's Hangover Rx Setting Spray in my most recent Mecca Beauty Loop Box. This itsy bitsy vial of setting spray had a shoddy spritzer that expelled product in awkward droplets. I ended up pouring it into my hands and pressing it over my makeup - it definitely helped meld my liquid and powder products together, but its hard to say if it would work as well when used as intended. I do think I'd like to try a full size in the future, but I can't say I was pleased with the sample I received. 

L'Oreal Fibrology Air Shampoo+Conditioner
Truthfully, I bought this volumizing shampoo and conditioner for the scent - they smell like blue raspberry candy, a personal favorite. I didn't expect either product to produce the weightless volume they promised, I just wanted my hair to smell like candy. Much to my surprise, these products delivered on their claims! The shampoo was nothing special, though I felt it cleaned well. The conditioner, on the other hand, was great for lifting my sometimes weighed down roots! The Fibrology Air Conditioner had a weird and wobbly jelly texture that made it fun to use, but difficult to rinse. The results were worth the fuss, with each use leaving my hair bouncy, soft, and volumizied. I wasn't planning on repurchasing but I think I just talked myself into another bottle lmao. 

Urban Decay Foxy Eyeshadow*
I've been using my Urban Decay Naked2 Palette religiously for years, and I've finally completely used up one of the eyeshadows! Foxy was a yellow based cream shade that was excellent for blending out edges or creating a blank canvas for other shadows. I'm playing with the idea of picking up the Naked Basics palette, which contains Foxy, so it may be back in my life soon. 

This is my third tube of Formula 10.0.6's Deep Down Detox Mud Mask, and I doubt it's my last. This affordable clay mask is excellent for balancing and brightening my complexion - I love it as a morning mask. I have a couple clay masks I'm working on using up, and when I do I'll more than likely buy another tube of Deep Down Detox. 

Soap&Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion
I love Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter body butter and Smoothie Star body lotion and couldn't pick between them last time I bought lotion, so I compromised with The Righteous Butter Body Lotion. The formula was light, silky, and moisturizing, and fragranced with Soap&Glory's classic Pink fragrance. I loved it to the last drop - which was very difficult to get out of this pump style bottle. I stored the bottle upside down for over a month and still could barely get the last bits out before giving up. I may repurchase this lotion in the future, but for now I'm using my old favorite Smoothie Star <3. 

An empty from Morgan, this is his second bottle of Glow Lab's Cleanser, and he's intending on picking up a third. This gel cleanser has a simple but effective formula that keeps his skin clean and acne free. 

I just don't get the hype around Skyn Iceland's Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These cooling under eye patches do next to nothing for me other than feel a little refreshing. This is my fourth packet of the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and hopefully my last - but I keep getting them in sample bags or boxes! 

Another product from my Mecca Beauty Loop, Goldfaden MD's Doctor's Scrub was an intriguing product, but it just wasn't for me. This scrub utilized ruby crystals as it's main exfolitor, and they were far too harsh in my opinion. This scrub certainly left my skin soft, but each use left me nervous about over exfoliating. I don't like my beauty products to feel unnerving, quite frankly, but if you like living life on the edge of over exfoliation and have $100+ to spare, this may be the scrub for you. 

Besame's Brightening Vanilla Powder was a lightly yellow tinted loose powder that hit the market right before the big banana powder trend of 2016-2017. This vanilla scented powder was lovely for setting and brightening the under eye - I'd certainly buy it again if it was more easily available (and if I didn't have three other loose powders currently in rotation!). 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
I haven't enjoyed Eyeko products in the past - their mascaras were absolutely horrific for me, so I wasn't thrilled to receive their Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in an Ipsy Bag last year. While this liquid liner pen wasn't a nightmare product, it wasn't great for me, either. Despite it's name, I found it difficult to create thin lines with the solid felt tip, and often ended up unsatisfied with my liner. The tip of the nib dried out very quickly, while the rest is still nicely saturated. I tried storing the pen upside down to no avail, and I don't like the formula well enough to keep putzying with it, so it's going in the bin.

What have you finished lately?

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