Out with the Old - April 2019

April was a huge empties month for me! I finished up a lot of those "almost done but not quite" products, and have ended up with 16 products in my empties bin! This month's assortment is almost all skincare products with a handful of exceptions. As always, products I plan to repurchase, or already have, are marked with an asterisk (*). Reviews are linked where applicable. Click through to read more about the products I finished in April!
Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Sheet Mask x2 *^
Generally speaking, I don't love sheet masks, but I think Pixi's Glow Glycolic Boost Sheet Mask is a real treat! The plentiful essence (enough for a couple reapplications, if you squeeze the packet out) hydrates the skin, imparting a lovely fresh radiance. I have one more in my stash - I'm saving it for a special occasion, but I plan on purchasing a pack for myself after I use it. One of the best sheet masks I've tried!

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar*
I'd wanted to try Lush's Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar for years, but never wandered into a shop during it's availability period. Morgan was nice enough to surprise me with one this year, and I really enjoyed it. I got three baths out of this candy scented, pink and lilac swirled bubble bar, and each one of them was just delightful. I hope to pick up another one next year! 

I love a good brown liner on the lower lash line, a role that Marc Jacobs' Earthquake has been filling for almost two years. I have absolutely no complaints about this eyeliner, aside from the price point! Marc Jacob's Matte Highliners are creamy, easy to apply, and offer excellent wear - I'd repurchase in a heartbeat if they weren't nearly $40 each. If you don't mind splurging on a brown pencil liner, by all means pick up Earthquake, it's excellent. 

This is a really good mask! Sukin's Anti-Pollution Facial Mask is a creamy clay mask that really pulls up excess oil without drying out my skin. The ingredient list is thoughtfully balanced, and the price is fair. I'm working my way through two other clay masks at the moment, but I can see myself coming back to this one in the future. 

Formula 10.0.6 Take Back Control Oil Controlling Mud Mask
I've been a big fan of Formula 10.0.6's Deep Down Detox Mask, so when they released their Take Back Control Mask last year, I knew I wanted to try it. I bought it as soon as I saw it on the shelves, and was immediately disappointed. This mud mask has the texture and appearance of cream cheese, coupled with a strong cocoa and coconut fragrance. It seems more like a dessert than a skincare product, and not in an indulgent way. This mask didn't really do anything for my skin, except make it feel a bit greasy after removal. I gave it several shots, and took notes to write a full post, but I couldn't bring myself to waste time on it. 

I have a complicated relationship with Derma E's Rose Cleansing Oil. I think the name is misleading, as it doesn't contain any actual rose extracts, just rose fragrance. I also think it's very expensive for the amount you get...but the product you do get is nice! This dry textured cleansing oil was very enjoyable to use, it removed makeup well enough and didn't have any negative effects on my skin. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again. 

I typically adore Pixi products, but I was let down by the Beauty Sleep Cream. This moisturizer irritated my skin and wasn't quite moisturizing enough for my taste. I also experienced issues with the pump dispenser, hence the butchered tube seen above. A lot of people seem to love Beauty Sleep Cream, but it's not for me. 

Bath&BodyWorks Sorry I'm Latte Pocket Bac*
This coffee scented hand sanitizer is so cute! I kept it next to my makeup for any hand cleaning 'emergencies'. If Bath&BodyWorks ever brings this scent back I'll definitely repurchase. 

I've been struggling to finish Proactiv's Skin Smoothing Exfoliator for like two years. It's not a terrible product, but it does have it's fair share of faults. This scrub exfoliates nicely, but is difficult to rinse and has a terrible plastic-y scent that's made it nearly unbearable for me to use. I finally finished it off, using it mostly on my back to help with my occasional summer bacne. I'm glad that I finally finished this product, but my shower shelf looks a little weird without it now! 

I can't say enough good things about The Ordinary's 10% Niacinamide/1% Zinc Serum. I've finished countless bottles of it because it makes a world of difference for my skin. This serum played a huge part in clearing up my fungal acne, and generally helps to keep my skin in good condition. I've already repurchased, of course. 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser is good in my opinion, and excellent in Morgan's. He loved this cleanser for it's dense lather and simple but effective formula - he's even gone as far as to call it his all time favorite cleanser. I personally found it a little fussy and difficult to rinse, but I do think it's a solid product. 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Mask*^
Despite not using it very often, I love L'Oreal's Extraoridinary Clay Hair Mask! This unique clay mask for hair does an excellent job at absorbing excess oil at the roots, creating clean, voluminous hair with each use. I won't rush out to repurchase it, but if I see it on sale I'll probably snap up another tub. 

Lush Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb*
I've made it a little tradition to buy myself a bath bomb on my birthday each year, and this year I selected Turmeric Latte, one of Lush's many new offerings. This lovely white and golden bath bomb smelled like a spicy cafe treat and created a comforting milkiness, but it looked horrific in the tub. Like a complete bathroom disaster. I'd buy Turmeric Latte again in the future, but I think that bath would be much more pleasant by candlelight than with the lights on. 

Sukin Calming Night Cream 
I'm sure by now everyone knows I love Sukin's Sensitive Skin Moisturizer, so I decided to try it's sister product, the Calming Night Cream...and my feelings are mixed. I love it...because it's almost exactly the same product. I expected the formula to be similar, but not this similar - there's no textural difference, and the ingredient list is almost identical - a few ingredients are shuffled, but otherwise it's the same product, but in a jar, and twice the price. I wouldn't repurchase the Calming Night Cream, but I'll continue to use the Sensitive Skin Moisturizer.

Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser
Another empty from Morgan - he's even more of a Sukin fan boy than I am. He's been using the Purifying Gel Cleanser on and off for a couple months, and has enjoyed it well enough, but not enough to repurchase it. I only tried it once and didn't particularly like it - not enough to try it again, so I can't really offer my own comment. 

What have you finished lately?


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

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