It’s been a while since my last post, which is what I should change the name of this blog too, but better slowly than not at all! Here’s a post of all my beauty trash for the month of September, as an ode to my consistency as a blogger!
Part one is all the products I used up during the month. I already did a Beauty Trash post on my instagram, whch has some earlier empties and a few products from late August as well.
View this post on Instagram
Some recent empties! My routine was shortened (and occasionally skipped) more frequently than I'd like during the move so there aren't too many but I'm not bothered by it. 🗑Stridex: Alright opened my backup! Cost effective and a good chemical exfoliant. I notice distinct texture differences, more blackheads, and other products having difficulty soaking in when I pause use of this. 🗑@simpleskincare Hydrating Cleansing Oil: A solid oil cleanser! It rinses completely clean and has a nice grape seed oil base that's emollient but not too heavy. 🗑@larocheposayusa Cicaplast Baume: One of my favourite sleeping packs/moisturisers, especially for the winter! It's very emollient and sticky, but not necessarily too heavy, and helps soothe redness and flaky skin. 🗑@narukous Raw Job's Tears Night Jelly: I'm fond of the texture of this stiffer gel but not particularly attached to this product. Was a solid summer time occlusive!
For this post, I’ll focus on the new empties!
Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Birthday Suit: This was a liquid lipstick that I would call the worst of both worlds. It never dried down to a matte, non-transfer finish, so it wasn’t long wearing and left it’s mark on all of my cups and straws. At the same time, the product felt dry and emphasised the wrinkles on my lips.
TIA’M My Signature C Source: I was considering writing a full blog post on this product since I took so many photos in the process of reviewing it for .08L, but decided against because I really don’t have enough to say. The product oxdised a little over two months after using it, which isn’t long enough for me to report back on results, and I would just rather use my Timeless. If you have a fridge for skincare products though, or if you’re willing to make a trip to the kitchen for each application, maybe this product will work for you.
Sheet masks: If there’s no review next to the mask, then it was just average. Hydrating, okay.
- Hello Care Anti-Wrinkle Ampoule Mask
- Mediheal Placenta Revital Essential Mask EX.
- Leaders Vita Brightening x2: I went through a bought of dehydration during September, and Leaders sheet masks were some of the only ones that didn’t sting upon application. The AC Clear one didn’t sting either.
- Leaders AC Clear x3
- Naruko Rose & Botanic HA: This applies to both masks from Naruko, but my issue with Naruko’s sheet masks is that the material is thicker. This makes it less comfortable to wear, which is negligible, but also means the sheet itself retains more essence, so I never feel as hydrated after using one of these masks as I do after a Mediheal or Leaders because the fibre material retains more.
- Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Acai Berry
- Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Green Tea
- Elizavecca Power Ringer E.G.F
- L’Herboflore Honeysuckle Balancing Mask: I went through a bought of dehydration during September, and L’Herboflore sheet masks were some of the only ones that didn’t sting upon application.
Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum: This is one of my favourite products to use as an FTE step. It’s light, sinks in easily, and helps maintain my forehead. I bought it based off this recommendation on reddit, and it explains the strange nature of the ingredients list, but I do enjoy it. Even when my skin is drier, I don’t find the product drying, and it’s lightness makes it a constant in my routine.
I didn’t purchase any skincare products because I’m on a low-buy, and especially trying to lower my sheet mask stash, but I did make some makeup purchases.
Stila Glitter and Glow Holiday Set: I’ve used this every single day since purchasing. The liquid formula makes it really easy to apply and blend, and I don’t have to use a brush unless I’m picky about precision. Shimmery shades are metallic when applied straight on, but are a more subtle shimmery effect when blended out. The glitter shades are my favourite, and make a huge impact on the lid or lashline. I don’t have any transfer or creasing issues with up to six hours of wear on my hooded eyes.
Maybelline Hot Lacquer in Unreal: This is a really pigmented formula that’s more similar to a liquified (non-matte) lipstick. I wish it were sheerer, but the shade is nice and it wears like any other gloss thus far. Transfers but feels comfortable. I despise the cake scent, but after Nyx I’ve gotten used to artificial sweet scents.
Banana Republic Fragrance in Wildbloom Vert: I found this on clearance in a TJ Maxx for 10USD, and I enjoy the scent. It lasts a few hours (maybe up to four or five at most), and the fragrantica description of “vivacious, fresh, and energetic” is accurate. I enjoy spring/citrus scents that aren’t too sweet, and this one is perfect for every day wear.