Makeup | Skincare

Monthly empties: October 2014

November 3, 2014
October empties
October empties

I’m back to a more stable life and returning to my monthly empty posts. I finished a lot of products over the summer, and between my recent purchases in Asia and my batch of Derma MD products, I have a lot of new things I’m just started working on. Consequently, these monthly summaries of the products I use up may be a bit shorter than they used to be, but there’s still a handful of products to talk about from October!

Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask
Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

1. Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask deluxe sample … regularly $72 for 1.7 oz.

I had this little sample pot of a hydration mask from an old Sample Society subscription box. I’d started to use it earlier in the summer but then didn’t take it with me abroad, so when I returned home I had a couple more uses left in it. This has a really pleasant, silky texture and clean scent. The ingredients list on Clark’s website is ok, there’s a lot of glycerine and comfrey root in there, plus a handful of other plant extracts and vitamin E. I felt a tiny bit of burn when I used it, though I’m not really sure why. I feel like it was ok, but didn’t make a huge, noticeable difference in my skin. I’m surprised to now see that a full size costs $72, and I really don’t recommend it at that price.

My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask
My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

2. My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask … around $14 for a 10-piece box

Here’s another moisture mask, but I liked this one better. This is a 2-pack of hyaluronic acid masks from My Beauty Diary. These are soaking wet sheet masks that I felt instantly plumped my skin and generally made my face feel great. I used a total of 4 masks (2 2-packs) and while I had bought these in Taiwan, I was pleased to see that in the US they were available from Sasa, Amazon, and even Walmart, sold in 10-piece boxes for around $14. The ingredients include a lot of plant extracts in addition to glycerine, aloe, and (of course) hyaluronic acid.

Nature Republic Argan 20 Degrees sheet mask
Nature Republic Argan 20 Degrees sheet mask

3. Nature Republic Argan 20 Degrees sheet mask

I received this as a free sample from Nature Republic, which was one of the stores I visited in Taipei. Unfortunately, at the moment I can’t find a site from where I might be able to purchase it now that I’m back in the US. This was another super-soaked sheet mask with a milky fluid. I had a little bit of a hard time with the actual shape of the sheet, but the effect of the mask was really nice. Because the goo was so wet, I left it on my face for 40 minutes with no problem, and once I took the mask off it felt like it’d stay wet on my face for a long time so I didn’t bother following up with the rest of my normal skincare. I just applied a little eye cream and left it at that. The mask was still detectable on my skin the next morning, and I felt like I was left with moisturized, firmed, and glowing skin.

Innisfree Volcanic Ash Mask
Innisfree Super Volcanic Ash Pore Clay Mask

4. Innisfree Super Volcanic Ash Pore Clay Mask … $14.00 for 100 ml

Yeah, another mask. Also, another sample from a store in Taipei, this time it’s Innisfree. I got this little sample packet with my purchase, and it’s a clay mask with volcanic ash and is particularly suitable for oily skin. I don’t really have oily skin (it’s combination and mostly prone to dryness, but the center of my face gets a little oily), but I still enjoyed using it. I found it felt cooling the whole time I had it on, and didn’t feel excessively drying. It has both kaolin and bentonite clays, and has a thick, dry-ish texture. Looks like you can buy it on Amazon and BeautyNetKorea for around $14, so it’s pretty affordable.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara ($7)
Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara
Wearing Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eye mascara
Wearing Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara

5. Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara … around $7 (review)

This waterproof mascara was the one I had on me while I was hopping around Asia during monsoon season. It’s a really lovely natural-looking mascara that gave great lift and definition, and I think my lashes look really great in photos. I always got a little on my eyelid right at the base of my lashes when I applied it, so I guess the brush wasn’t ideal for me in that way, but I did really love how easy it was to use on the lower lashes. Probably won’t repurchase due to the trouble I had with the brush, but it was a nice one to have while traveling when my daily makeup was more subtle.


I hope you had a really wonderful Halloween weekend! Have you finished any fun products recently?

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