Out with the Old - July 2019 Empties

My July Empties are coming up a couple days ahead of schedule (a wild concept for me, honestly). This month I finished an impressive sixteen different products, ranging from my daily skincare, to a candle, to hair color. The month of July went by so fast for me, and I was surprised with how many products ended up in my empties bin - I was expecting only a handful and came away with one of my most plentiful empties of the year. As always, reviews are linked were applicable, and products marked with an asterisk (*) are products I plan to repurchase, or already have!

I love this cleanser! The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser is one of the best makeup removers I've ever used - it effortlessly melts off every trace of my makeup and leaves my complexion hydrated and fresh. I have a couple other makeup removers to go through, but when I'm in need of a new one, I'll almost definitely repurchase this one!

The Ordinary's 10% Niacinamide/1% Zinc Serum is an essential in my routine! This serum reduces my redness and breakouts, and helps heal the ones that do manage to pop up. I'm currently taking a break from this serum to test out another niacinamide rich product, but I'm sure I'll repurchase it in the future. Definitely one of my all time favorite products.

Batiste Pink Pineapple Dry Shampoo*
Another all time favorite that shows up in most of my empties - Batiste Dry Shampoo. This month I used up a can of the new Pink Pineapple scent, and I loved it! The scent was fresh and zingy without being too strong, and the fruity purple can only adds to it's appeal. I'm using a different scent at the moment, but I'll likely pick up another Pink Pineapple in the future.

Covergirl's Super Sizer Mascara has been my go to lately for creating thick, dark lashes that just don't budge. This mascara never flakes or smudges on me, and it holds a curl all day long! I've already repurchased another tube.

I'm not really one for styling products, but Morgan needs a good hair spray to keep his short, piecey hair in place. He really enjoyed this dry wax spray for creating definition and hold without a crunchy finish. Kenra is difficult to track down in Australia, so he won't be purchasing, but he does really enjoy their products.

Subi Beauty's Perfect Pimple Patches were my first introduction to hydrocolloid pimple patches, and now I'm addicted! These patches were very effective for sucking the gunk out of my pimples, and they helped prevent me from subconsciously picking at my spots. I'm hoping to try some other brands' patches, but I can see myself coming back to Subi Beauty's option in the future.

I  really liked Arcona's Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream! This creamy clay cleanser kept my skin soft, soothed, and balanced with each wash. I didn't love it's potent essential oil fragrance, both otherwise I had no complaints. I've moved on to a different cream cleanser, and won't be repurchasing Arcona's, but I'm very glad to have tried it.

Wild Ferns Rotorua Mud Body Lotion
This lotion was a gift from my mother in law, from her recent trip to New Zealand. This lotion was nice enough, it was lightweight and hydrating, and the earthy floral scent was quite pleasant. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up, but I enjoyed using it.

Rimmel InstaFix&Go Setting Spray
I'm not the biggest believer in setting sprays, and Rimmel's InstaFix&Go didn't change that opinion. This setting spray was very "meh" to me. I don't feel like InstaFix&Go had any real impact on my foundation's wear time at all, but it did give create a slight glowy finish. I finished this setting spray off, but I wouldn't buy it again. I've moved on to something else.

I really, really wanted to love Charlotte Tilbury's Full Fat Lashes Mascara, but it was a huge disappointment for me. This mascara creates a beautiful dramatic lash look, but it doesn't even last half a day before flaking all the way off. I'm glad I was able to buy this mascara with a gift card, as I barely got any good use out of it. Skip this.

Black Cherry Merlot is one of the best candles I've ever had! This rich, fruity candle had excellent scent through and burned evenly from start to finish. I'm actually quite sad that this candle has burned out on me, and I hope to repurchase it soon!

Derma Energy Hydrate and Inflate Serum^
Derma Energy's Hydrate and Inflate Serum was a really nice hydrating serum that was great for making my skin feel soft, plump, and comfortable. I intended to write a review on it, but as I was preparing the post, I realised that the ingredient list and price point have changed significantly. The new ingredient list is much less impressive, and the price point has lowered by a good $30. Derma Energy now offers a premium "black label" version of Hydrate and Inflate, under the name HA3, which I believe to be the version I have. The price is undisclosed, as its now a "prescription" only product. The whole thing feels sketchy to me, so I won't be repurchasing or recommending this product.

I love Pixi, but their Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths are some of the worst makeup removing wipes I've ever tried. These wipes were quite dry, very ineffective, and dried out on me quickly. Packaging was lovely, but that's the only good thing I have to say about these.

Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment^
Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment is a classic for a reason! This eye cream is rich, hydrating, and softening - it's a bit much for me on some days. When I had dry patches this was the first thing I reached for. The Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment is just so nourishing! I won't be buying it again in the foreseeable future, but if you have dry under eyes I highly recommend it!

Lush's Caca Rouge Henna Hair Color is one of my forever repurchases. This hair dye keeps my hair a fiery yet realistic red and lasts at least twice as long as traditional box dye. I've gone through countless blocks over the 7 years I've been using it, with no intent to stop!

Formula 10.0.6 Soak Your Face Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask x2
Morgan picked these sheet masks up for us on a whim, and we both had mixed feelings on them. The masks went on easily, but fit us both poorly (and were quite uncomfortable because of it). The Soak Your Face masks dried quickly and needed to be removed at 20 minutes (Formula 10.0.6 recommends a 20-30 minute wear time). The plentiful serum was nicely hydrating, and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I'm not a sheet mask kinda gal, so I wouldn't repurchase the Soak Your Face Intensive Hydrating Sheet Masks, but they were nice to try.



How many products did you finish in July?

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

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