Out with the Old - September 2019 Empties

September has been a pretty good empties month for me! This month I finished 14 products, in a pretty balanced mix of skincare, hair care, and makeup. As always, products I've repurchased, or intend to, are marked with an asterisk (*) and links to reviews are included where applicable. Click through to read about the products I finished throughout September.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation 110*
This was my second bottle of Fit Me Matte+Poreless, and I don't think it'll be my last. I always forget how good this foundation is! Coverage is light to medium, buildable, and matte without being mask-like. I actually have a full review of this foundation waiting to go (I wrote it when I used up my first bottle in 2017, yikes!) that I keep forgetting to take photos for. While I find 110 to be a pretty good match, the shade range was expanded, and I'm going to swatch around and see if there's an even better match for me in the range. 

I've heard so much about bakuchiol lately - this trendy new(ish) ingredient is said to be a gentler alternative to retinol. Now that I'm in my later 20's, I felt like it was time to incorporate this sort of product into my routine - but Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads weren't the right fit for me. I didn't see a lot of results from using these anti-aging toner pads, and I actually found them a little bit sensitizing. I'm still interested in adding a bakuchiol product into my routine, but I won't be repurchasing these.

Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Multi-Vitamin Booster was a delightful hydrating serum! This aesthetically pleasing serum added a nice amount of hydration to the skin, along with a decently sized dose of one of my favorite ingredients, niacinamide. I don't intend on repurchasing this product any time soon, but now that I've moved on to a very similar but less effective (and more expensive!) product, I definitely have a greater appreciation for the Hydro Boost Multi-Vitamin Booster. 

Andalou Naturals Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel
This cleanser mainly belonged to Morgan, though I did steal a bit here and there if I cleansed in the shower, and we both agreed that it wasn't great. Andalou Naturals' Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel was a pretty standard cleanser that foamed up into a light, easily rinsed lather. This cleanser left both of our complexions feeling stripped and thirsty. The obnoxious soapy citrus scent was the icing on the cake when it came to this unpleasant cleansing experience (though the broken pump was an interesting touch). This is only the second product I've tried from Andalou Naturals, and if I'm honest it's soured me on the brand a bit. I'm going to give them another shot - but I'll probably avoid the Citrus Kombucha range. 

Natures Organics Fruits Apple Fresh Conditioner*
Another empty from Morgan - his beloved Natures Organics Fruits Apple Fresh Conditioner. Morgan swears by this ultra affordable hair care line. I'm pretty sure he hasn't used anything else in at least five years. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
My relationship with Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation is complicated. This is at least my fifth bottle over the years, and it probably won't be my last. But that doesn't mean I like it. This foundation is quite affordable, and offers me a great shade match in a lightweight, dewy formula. My complaint is that wear time sucks. I can see my acne scars coming back through after just two or three hours of wearing this foundation. I'll likely buy it again when I'm in need of a foundation and it's the only one on offer, but its not a true favorite. 

Batiste Tempt Dry Shampoo*
Here it is, my monthly can of Batiste Dry Shampoo, this time in the new limited edition Tempt scent. Tempt is described as "edgy and romantic", its a musky, sweet floral that smells quite nice - but not too different from other Batiste scents. I love the dark floral design of the bottle. I would probably buy this scent again, but for now I'm back to using Eden. 

Palmer's kindly gifted me a selection of their hair masks, and the Natural Fusions Chia Seed+Argan Oil Hair Mask is the first one I tried. Honestly, I didn't feel like this mask did more for me than a standard application of conditioner would - it felt very average. I have a few more sachets left to try, and maybe my opinion will change with time, but currently I'm not very impressed. I will say that I love the aesthetic of the Natural Fusions line. 

NYX Epic Ink Liner*
A declutter I'm not at all happy about. I've seen so many people rave about NYX Epic Ink Liner, so I picked it up a few months ago. I totally got all the hype - the brush tip applicator was easy to work with, the liner was pigmented and long wearing, and the value is incredible (you get double the amount of product for a comparable price to other drugstore liner pens). The brush tip began to fray badly after just a few weeks, and its now become unusable without pulling another brush into the mix. There was plenty of product left in my pen, until recently, when it randomly exploded all over me and my white tile floor. Luckily it's not waterproof so cleanup was a cinch. Despite the issues, I'm tempted to repurchase Epic Ink to see if I had a faulty one. 

Bath&BodyWorks Pretty as a Peach Shower Gel*
Pretty as a Peach was such a hyped up scent when Bath&BodyWorks released it last year, and I get the hype! This peach fragrance was bright and sweet, yet realistic - it definitely retained that slightly tart aspect that you'd smell in a real piece of fruit. And the labeling? Too cute. If I can find another bottle of Pretty as a Peach Shower Gel in the next Semi Annual Sale, I would more than likely repurchase! 

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo+Conditioner
I kinda have a story about OGX' Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo+Conditioner. I remember seeing this shampoo and conditioner set on the shelves as a little child, and always being enticed by it's beautiful blue color, yet for some reason I never tried them until now. I've tried a fair share of OGX products, including two products from the Argan Oil of Morocco range that I loved - so I finally took the plunge and tried the coordinating shampoo and conditioner. And I hated them! These were awful for my hair. In the two months it took me to finish up these items, my hair was both dried out and greasy as fuck. The thick, difficult to lather consistency of the shampoo was unpleasant to use, though I have no real qualms with the conditioner. I definitely won't repurchase this shampoo and conditioner in particular, but I'm not soured on OGX as a whole - they have a lot of great products. These just weren't for me. 

I've finished up another tube of my go-to Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and I've already bought another. I love the big lashes I can easily create with this mascara, and the wear is super dependable. I'll repurchase it over and over. 

This drugstore cleansing balm was adequate, in my opinion. Yes to Cucumbers' Exfoliating Cleansing Balm did a generally good job at removing makeup, and didn't cause my skin any issues, but I always felt so uncomfortable using it. I hated the inclusion of wax exfoliating beads, which 1) didn't exfoliate or serve a real purpose, and 2) were a complete eye safety hazard. Had these scrubby bits not been included, I would've been a fan of this makeup removing balm, but as it is, I'm glad to be done with it. 

What products did you finish in September?

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

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