I know every single empties post I always say the same thing, “this month flew by”! But holy moly this month flew by!!! I started student teaching a few weeks ago and it has been such an incredible yet exhausting experience. Teaching is no joke people!!! But I have loved every minute of it! The first graders I am with are sweet and unique and they drive me up a wall. My master teacher is so so inspiring and I couldn’t be happier to be in her classroom.
Anyway, enough of the sappy stuff. Let’s get into the empties.
Smashbox Photo Finish Super Light Primer-
This is sadly my only makeup empty for the month! I am super close to finishing a foundation though so hopefully next month will have a few other makeup goodies in here. This was a tiny little baby sample of the smashbox primer. I am not a big fan of the original smashbox primer but I actually did enjoy this one. It was good at smoothing my pores but it was less ‘silicony’. I don’t know if I would actually purchase a full size of this primer but if it came in a subscription box or was heavily discounted, I would be happy to use this!
Clarins Extra-Firming Jour-
This sample lasted me about 5 days so I did get to try this day cream out enough to develop an opinion. I thought it was nice and moisturizing but it did not do anything magical. It is $87!!! I would not purchase a full size.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturizer-
I unfortunately LOVED this moisturizer. The scent was amazing and it did feel a little magical on my face. $100 magical?? Maybe not but one day if I become a rich woman (I’m going into teaching so clearly I am dreaming) then I would love to purchase this moisturizer.
Origins Matte Moisturizer-
I did not love this moisturizer. I thought it could be good to use under makeup on super warm days and that did work but I did not love how matte I felt. I don’t think I would be the target audience for this type of moisturizer. I have normal/combo skin. This would definitely be ideal for someone with oily skin. I would not purchase the full size.
Skyn Iceland Hydro-Cool Firming Eye Gels-
I have used these eye gels many times and I do like them! I don’t use eye gels very often but I do like to have a few around for when I am having an especially tired day or if I feel like pampering myself. I would purchase these again.
365 Cleansing Towelettes-
I couldn’t find a link for these but don’t worry you are not missing out on anything. I bought these in a pinch at Whole Foods before a trip and although I did finish them, I did not enjoy it. They did not break me out or anything but it was overly scented and it took a lot more work to get my makeup off. It smelled like fake cucumbers. I finished them as quickly as possible so I could get back to my favorite Neutrogena makeup wipes.
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm-
This is one of my favorite lip balms. I love using this throughout the day as a light lip balm. The scent is perfect IMO. It is a little sweet and a little minty. I have already repurchased and have a new one open.
Teami Detox Mask-
I really enjoyed this detox mask! I am an avid mask user- I like to use masks about 3 times a week. I used this mask once or twice a week depending on how my skin was doing. I thought it did a great job of making my skin feel fresh and it help to diminish acne. I believe this mask will be in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale, I would recommend picking it up during then! I still have a ton of masks to work through but I would consider repurchasing this mask in the future.
Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser-
I received this cleanser in a Boxycharm and I really loved it! It is very sudsy so I ended up using this cleanser in the shower as a morning cleanser and I thought it was perfect that way. It was gentle enough to not irritate my skin but also left my skin feeling fresh and clean! I have a ton of cleansers to move through before I need to purchase a new one but I would consider purchasing this one in the future!
Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser-
I like this cleanser and I have gone through a few of them in my lifetime but I don’t think I would repurchase it again. I have found too many other cleansers that I enjoy more!
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash-
I really really enjoyed this cleanser! It did have a little bit of the squeaky clean feeling so if that is not your thing then I would avoid this cleanser but I honestly kind of like that feeling sometimes! After wearing my makeup all day it is nice to feel super fresh and then proceed to put on my oils for the evening. Once I move through some other cleansers I would like to purchase the full size!
I could not find this sugar scrub online but I believe I bought it at World Market during a sale it was heavily discounted. I enjoyed this as a body exfoliator- I have had others I have enjoyed more but it was still very nice. I don’t think I would repurchase however, I want to try to DIY my own body exfoliator.
Sedu Revolution Flat Iron-
My beloved flat iron for the past 8 years finally died on me! I have used that thing to death (literally). I was very sad to see it go because I know how expensive they are and it isn’t really in my budget right now. I did buy a new straightener from Marshall’s for $20 and that one will do the trick for now.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Leave-in Mask-
I really like this leave in mask! I use this about once a week and I thought it was nice. I much prefer the Briogeo hair mask from this same line but it washes out in the shower. That one just does a more effective job. I don’t think I would repurchase the spray.
Briogeo Don’t Depair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask-
Ugh. I love this mask so much. It is so effective and leaves my hair feeling amazing. This was the last one that I had in my stash and I will have to wait until my unpaid internship is over and I have a regular paycheck again to justify purchasing it but I cannot wait.
This is less of an empty and more of a ‘it is time to say goodbye’. I have had this wallet for at least 6 years now (maybe more TBH) and it was its time to go. I loved the size and all of the different compartments. It also did last very well considering it was the only wallet I have used since I purchased it. I have a new wallet I bought from Sole Society that I am enjoying so far.
And that is everything for the month of August! I feel like I was able to move through a lot of product this month! I am super close to finishing a foundation, exfoliator, and a couple of masks so I think September will have a lot of empties as well! Until next time.