Out with the Old - November 2018 Empties

November absolutely flew by, at least from my point of view, yet looking back over this month's empties makes the month feel so long! It feels like the first few products were finished three months ago. Time is so fucking weird. Anyway. November was a surprisingly productive empties month for me - I used up 18 products, mainly the basics, with some samples scattered through. As usual, reviews will be linked where applicable, and products I intend on repurchasing, or already had a backup of, will be marked with an asterisk (*). Click through to read about my November Empties.

Kate Somerville Cold Cream Cleanser
This cream cleanser really appealed to me when it was first released, so I was thrilled to receive it in my most recent Beauty Loop Box. I only got one double cleanse out of this packet, and was pleased with it, but not enough to purchase a full size. This cleansing cream removed makeup nicely and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated, but at $70 for a small tub, I can't justify the price. If it was more generously sized, or more reasonably priced, I'd more than likely pick it up. I'm glad I got to give it a try though!

Urban Decay Suspect Eyeshadow
After posting my last Products I've Hit Pan On post in September, I decided to make a concerted effort to finish up Urban Decay's Suspect Eyeshadow, and I did it in just under two months! I used up every speck of this shimmering taupe shade, and now I miss it. I'm turning my focus onto Half Baked now that summer is upon us.

Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser*
I was delighted to receive this cleanser as a treat from my mum, and was using it on and off as a soothing, balancing morning cleanse until one day I noticed a little brown chunk in it. I brushed it out of my dollop, thinking it was just a one off bit of something that got mixed in somehow. Then I noticed another, and another in subsequent uses. I squeezed out half of the cleanser into a clear jar and was horrified to see bigger and bigger brown and green chunks - my cleanser had grown mold! I contacted Pixi's customer service, and they politely and efficiently handled the situation, offering me a replacement bottle and promising a look into the mold situation with their production and formulation teams. I haven't seen any other reports of Pixi cleansers growing mold, so I'm thinking this is an isolated incident. This was my first experience dealing with Pixi's customer service team, and I was very pleased with how the situation was handled.

ELF Mint Lip Exfoliator*^
I'd heard so many people rave about ELF's Lip Exfoliator, but the idea of a stick-style lip scrub never really appealed to me. I ended up receiving one in an Influenster Vox Box about a year and a half ago, and put off trying it because I didn't think I'd like it. Well..I ended up loving it. This lip scrub was more gentle and moisturizing than I expected and always left my lips looking good. I'm definitely repurchasing this when I can - but it's always out of stock in my local Kmart!

Sukin's Sensitive Facial Moisturizer is one of my all time favorite moisturizers! This was my third, or maybe fourth bottle, and probably not my last! This moisturizer has a light but hydrating formula that my skin seems to adore. I have a few moisturizers to go through before repurchasing the Sensitive Facial Moisturizer, but its safe to say that this a staple for me that I'll buy again and again.

My all time favorite sunscreen - I've finished so many bottles of this over the last year or so, and I'm already working on another. I've said all I can possibly say about this sunscreen, but the full review is linked above if you haven't seen me previously rave about it.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant is such a cult classic product, so I was excited to receive it in my most recent Mecca Beauty Loop. I got six or so uses out of this packet, and I ended up feeling pretty meh about it. This powdered scrub provided a gentle exfoliation, but didn't have any impressive results. Not bad, but not something I'd drop over $80 on. 

I used my second tube of Essence's Make Me Brow Brow Gel down to the bone! There isn't a drop of this excellent and affordable brow gel left! Make Me Brow adds just enough body, color, and hold to my brows - I couldn't be more satisified with a brow product, really. I've already repurchased another tube, and will likely continue to do so.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion*
Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a classic for good reason. This eye primer holds my shadows in place perfectly even in sweaty, high-heat conditions. This is my fourth tube, I believe, and I've repurchased another recently.

Soap&Glory Hand Food Hand Cream*
Soap&Glory's Hand Food Hand Cream is one of, if not, my favorite hand creams! This rich, buttery hand cream keeps my hands soft and hydrated without being greasy. I have several tubes of Hand Food..on hand (unplanned pun I promise) already so I'm never without it.

I love Derma E's products, so when I wanted to incorporate more Vitamin C into my routine, I turned to them. I can't say that I was particularly impressed by this serum - it did help with to brighten my skin tone, but otherwise I didn't see any benefits from using it. Honestly, I think it was me, not the product - vitamin C and I have had an underwhelming relationship.

This is my second tube of Covergirl's Super Sizer in recent months - I've really fallen in love with this mascara again. It doesn't give me the biggest lashes, but it's just so dependable - it never flakes or smudges, which is more than I can say about the two mascaras I'm currently using. I'll probably go back to the Super Sizer soon. 

Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel
I'd wanted to try Benefit's Gimme Brow for years, so I was pleased to receive a mini tube in an Ipsy Bag. I gotta be honest with you, this is nice, but Essence's Make Me Brow is better. Benefit's Gimme Brow provided nice hold and color, but I don't feel like it had enough fibers to fill out my brows. I often used this in conjunction with a brow powder with nice results, but didn't enjoy it on it's own.

I can't bring myself to shell out $30 on a Beauty Blender, so Real Techniques' Miracle Complexion Sponge has been my go to. I feel like the Miracle Complexion Sponge blends products out nicely, but man this thing grows mold far too soon. I recently repurchased a duo pack, and if I continue to find those tell-tale black speckles I may have to bite the bullet and buy a Beauty Blender. 

Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo*
Of course, my monthly can of Batiste Dry Shampoo. I gave the Wild scent a try, since it seems to be very popular. I can understand this warm musky scent's mass appeal, but it's not my favorite scent from Batiste. I probably won't buy Wild again, but I'll always remain loyal to the brand. 

Oribe Shampoo+Conditioner for Beautiful Color
I received a sample sachet duo of Oribe's Shampoo+Conditioner for Beautiful Color in a recent Beautylish order and I was so excited to try it! I hear so much hype around Oribe products, so I expected these to be incredible, but I actually didn't really like them. Neither the shampoo nor the conditioner were anything special and neither was the scent - which everyone else seems to love. I was unimpressed.

Dickens&Hawthorne Coconut Plum Reed Diffuser
Morgan picked this reed diffuser up at TKMaxx to replace our coffee table candle, and we were both severely underwhelmed by it. The coconut plum scent was pleasant and true to it's name, but it was so weak! I very rarely caught a whiff of this diffuser's scent, it may as well have not been there. I'm glad it's finally empty so we can switch to something with an actual scent. 

Lush Caca Rouge Henna*
I've been dying my hair red with Lush's Caca Rouge Henna for about seven years, and I have no intent to stop - though I do keep considering trying the auburn shade instead. I'm too indecisive. Whether I stick with Rouge or move on to Marron, Lush's Henna Hair Dyes are a long term favorite of mine. 

What have you finished lately?


Disclosure:
Products marked with an ^ were sent to me as press samples. 

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