Out with the Old - December 2019 Empties

My final empties post of the year is here! 2019 was an average year for me, personally, and a disappointing year for my blog. I won't go into my feelings about that, and instead we'll focus on the fact that I finished 174 products over the last twelve months! Among those products include 9 cans of Batiste Dry Shampoo and 5 bottles of The Ordinary's 10% Niacinamide/1% Zinc Serum - my two most used products. During the month of December I finished 19 products, which is a fair bit more than average. Click through to read more about all of the products I used up in 2019. As always, links will be included where applicable and products I intend to repurchase (or already have) will be marked with an asterisk (*)

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors*
The Ordinary's Natural Moisturizing Factors is a no frills moisturizer with a ton of skin supporting ingredients like ceramides, fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid - all presented in a pleasant whipped lotion. This fragrance free moisturizer had a great impact on my skin, and I plan to repurchase it shortly. Update: I did. 

Derma Energy A Happy Medium Moisturizer^
Derma Energy's A Happy Medium Moisturizer was surprisingly light and milky, in spite of it's name. This moisturizer was adequately hydrating and left my skin looking and feeling comfortable and dewy. I enjoyed my time with it, but I wouldn't repurchase.

I love creamy clay cleansers, as a whole, but I especially love Pixi's Rose Cream Cleanser. This cleanser's moussey texture, subtle rose scent, and gorgeous carnation pink packaging come together to create a really elegant cleansing experience for a reasonable price. I really miss this piece of my morning routine, and hope to repurchase it in the near future.

I went into using Palmer's Dark Spot Corrector with a grain of salt. The ingredients were very promising, but for some reason I don't associate Palmer's with making active skincare - moisturizers and lotions, sure, but serums? I just didn't put those two together - and I was wrong. This serum was so effective! This light, hydrating gel-cream serum reduced the appearance of my acne scaring by 40-50% over the six weeks I used it! I will absolutely buy a second bottle with the hopes of similar results. If light acne scaring is a concern for you, Palmer's Dark Spot Corrector is a must-try.

Hask Cucumber Aloe Water Shampoo+Conditioner
Hask is one of my favorite brands for shampoo and conditioner, and I intend to try all of their ranges with time. My most recent pick was the Cucumber Aloe Water shampoo and conditioner, and they were pretty good. I loved the light weight, decently sudsy (despite being SLS Free!) shampoo, and found the conditioner adequate enough. The scent was light and refreshing, and my hair was kept clean and soft. I don't think I'd buy them again, but they were both good while they lasted.

Bath&BodyWorks Endless Weekend Shower Gel*
Endless Weekend is one of my all time favorite scents by Bath&BodyWorks. This fruity summer scent is deeply nostalgic for me - it smells like my first months living in Sydney. I was very sad to finish up this mini bottle, and intend to buy another one (hopefully full sized) during the Semi Annual Sale.

Bath&BodyWorks Beach Fine Fragrance Mist
I gotta be honest, I mostly bought this body spray for the A E S T H E T I C. The tall shimmering bottle and aquamarine liquid were super appealing, and I liked the oceanic coconut-y scent well enough to justify it. Half way through the bottle I started to get tired of Beach, but once I reached the end I was sad to see this scent go. I wouldn't repurchase a Beach Fine Fragrance Mist, but I enjoyed using it.

Natio Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen*
My old favorite sunscreen, Neutrogena Beach Defense, started disagreeing with my skin last year, and I've been searching for a replacement since - and I think I've found one! Natio's Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen ticks all the boxes for me - it applies well and doesn't pill, I can't feel it on my skin, and most importantly, it keeps my skin safe. I haven't been sunburnt once since bringing this product into my routine. I've already repurchased - and in a larger size!

Maybelline FitMe Matte&Poreless Foundation*
This is my third bottle of Maybelline's FitMe Matte&Poreless Foundation, and it's unlikely to be my last. This foundation is just good, you know? Light to medium buildable coverage in an easy to apply, fairly long wearing formula, and best of all shade 110 matches me pretty well most of the year. Unfortunately I can't find a match for my summer skin color, so I'm using a different Maybelline base at the moment, but once my tan fades I'll probably go back to FitMe Matte&Poreless.

Sukin Pink Clay Face Masque*
Sukin's Pink Clay Face Masque received a lot of attention when it was a brand new product mainly because it's pink. I liked this clay mask well enough - it was creamy and easy to apply, and it soaked up excess oil and grime without stripping the skin. Nothing wrong with it, but aside from being pink, it was pretty much identical to the two other Sukin clay masks I've used. I'll repurchase any of them, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get Pink Clay specifically.

Avene PhysioLift Serum
I received a tiny 3ml (I think) sample of this serum in a giveaway and used it up over the course of about a week. I can't say if PhysioLift had any impact on my skin - we didn't have enough time together, but I liked how it felt. I wouldn't buy it again, as its pricey.

Batiste Wildflower Dry Shampoo*
I like to try every new and limited edition scent Batiste puts out, and for the most part I like them, but Wildflower was not it for me. The floralness of this scent was just ever so slightly too much for me - it didn't smell bad, just overpoweringly flower-y. I can't say that I'm surprised, given the name and the lovely floral design of the can, but it just doesn't suit my vibe. I'll be sticking to other scents like Tempt, Eden, and Luxe.

Revolution Renaissance Flick Eyeliner
Emily Noel lied to me. I never thought the day would come, but it did. She did me wrong. Emily frequently touted Revolution's Renaissance Flick Eyeliner as easy to apply, and I couldn't disagree more. The solid felt tip was awkward to maneuver on my almond shaped eyes, and it dried out in a few spots, making application patchy enough to require multiple passes. The formula of this liquid liner failed me as well - it was more of a charcoal color than black, and faded even further throughout the day - sometimes my wing was just straight up gone for no apparent reason. Embarrassing.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask^
Ever since it's release I'd heard that Pixi's Glow Mud Mask, a clay mask infused with glycolic acid, is an absolute powerhouse product - and while I liked it, I don't get the praise? Unfortunately, I found Glow Mud Mask to be fairly ordinary. The texture of this mask was a little thinner than most similar products, and it certainly sucked up excess oil, but nothing about it was striking. I liked it, but not enough to buy it again.

Best Face Forward Pimple Patches
Best Face Forward was offering free packets of their pimple patches, and as a recent convert to these magical little bandages, how could I resist ordering one? My packet of twelve multi sized patches arrived quite quickly, as did my disappointment. These pimple patches struggled to stick to my skin, and the ones that did had no noticeable effect. Compared to other pimple patches I've tried, Best Face Forward's were no good.

Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb*
Shoot for the Stars is my favorite holiday bath bomb for a handful of reasons - the citrus scent is light and pleasant, the golden bath oil stars are deeply moisturizing, and the color is an unbelievable teal. I try to get Shoot for the Stars every year, so a repurchase is quite plausible.

Napoleon Perdis Complex Skin Renewal Snake Serum^
I tend to view Napoleon Perdis with a skeptical eye, and its because of products like the Complex Skin Renewal Snake Serum. The brand makes big claims about this supposedly potent serum, but a quick glance at the ingredient list will show you that it's barely more than a blend of water glycerin and alcohol, packaged in a tiny 10ml bottle that costs 2x as much. This is just silly. 

Derma E Overnight Peel
As you can see, by it's outdated packaging, is product is old! Unfortunately I had to toss out the last third of the bottle, as it had gone well out of date. There was nothing wrong with this AHA laden serum, but for some reason I always pushed it to the back of my collection in favor of more 'exciting' products. Sorry Derma E's Overnight Peel, you didn't get the love you deserved. 

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Products marked with an ^ were sent to me as PR Samples

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