Makeup | Skincare

Monthly empties: December 2014

January 4, 2015
Products used up during the month of December
Products used up during the month of December

This past month, I was more successful at keeping empty containers and tracking the products that I finished up! I used of a lot of skincare items, and there are a couple makeup products in the mix as well. There’s a lot of good stuff in the pile that I’m excited to talk about here.

I’m going to start in the top left corner and work my way down.

1. Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes

[Blue pack, top left] I’ve seen a few people across the internet mention that they use these cleansing towelettes from Costco, and my boyfriend and I just recently renewed our Costco membership. These are a pretty great deal, though I’m sorry I can’t remember how much the 150ct box costs – maybe $15? The box comes with both 15 and 30ct packets, and I used up a 15ct. These are pretty nice, with wet, substantial sheets that seem to be pretty effective at removing makeup without drying out my skin. Thankfully, I’m not disappointed with the fact that I have several other packs in the box to use up!

2. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($15 for 3 oz.) … full review

[Round tin, top middle] This Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is a really nice makeup removing balm from The Body Shop that doesn’t cost a lot. This feels beautiful on skin and really works to remove makeup. I like to wash this off with a warm washcloth and then follow up with my normal facial cleanser, and I would definitely repurchase this again. This one lasted me a long time, though I used it off and on because wipes tend to be simply more convenient than an oil or balm. The Body Shop runs all kinds of sales so it’s easy to buy this at a discount.

3. Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel ($5.99) … full review

[Brown tube, middle left] I purchased Sonia Kashuk’s tinted brow gel out of curiosity at the beginning of the summer, but really didn’t get a lot of use out of it and I’m retiring it. Unfortunately the brand only offers one shade, which is too dark for me when my hair is natural or highlighted, and now that my hair is red the gel is way too cool-toned. Since I don’t have very many hairs toward the ends of my brows, the color would come off way too strong toward the inner portion of my brow and it was difficult to balance out, though as a gel it seems to work just fine. What I’d like to do is post some photos of the color and wand in a separate post, in case you’re curious about whether it might work for you. It’s on my to-do list. (Update: I’ve added a review)

4. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara (around $8) … full review

[Yellow tube, middle] The Colossal is a pretty nice mascara, and although it’s not my personal favorite, I could see myself purchasing it again. It provides really nice volume and definition, and I like the fluffy wand with traditional bristles, though I don’t get much length from it and would prefer if I did. I enjoyed this more than Maybelline’s The Rocket, as I think it keeps lashes less spiky, more separated, and it’s easier to remove at the end of the day.

5. Icarlus lip balmphotos

This was a fairly affordable lip balm that I bought while I was in Tibet. It was generally a nice product and looked flattering on lips, but it was too soft to be packaged in a lipstick tube which made it really messy. It was gently tinted a rosy pink color, and it gave a little bit of gloss and hydration to lips while feeling really lightweight.

6. Derma MD S-Cargot Lifting Serum ($149.95 for 1 oz.) … short review

[White and red canister, middle right] The S-Cargot Lifting Serum is one of the products that Derma MD sent me earlier in the fall, and was generally my favorite serum of the three I was able to try out. This has a rich, creamy texture that takes a moment to fully sink in, and it adds an instant glow and moisture boost without making my skin sticky or oily. It features snail filtrate, which is an ingredient I’ve been exploring since I visited Asia as I know it’s popular over there. Snail filtrate has a lot of nutrients that are supposed to help promote collagen production, repair, and moisturize skin. This is a really nice serum, though pricey for sure, and you can use the discount code “dermamd40” for 40% off your purchase.

7. The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel ($18 for 1 oz.) … full review

[Clear tube, middle right] The Soothing Gel, a relatively new addition to The Body Shop’s Aloe line, is a nice, cooling skin gel that features aloe and panthenol (vitamin B5). This is totally great, I loved it, but my reservations have to do with the high price tag and the fact that aloe is midway down the ingredients list, rather than right up top. You can buy it on sale, but I mean … $18 is high, especially for aloe.

8. Ceutical Plus Aqua Collagen Moisture Lotionphotos and full review

[White bottle near the bottom] I bought three Ceutical Plus products in Taiwan, where the company is based, and I think this lotion was my favorite one. This is a very lightweight moisturizer that I layered among other skincare products. Because the texture was so light, and even lighter than my serums, I’d usually layer this on right after a toner and it would sink it very quickly, completely disappearing but leaving skin generally feeling plump and soft. I also have a cleanser and heavier moisturizing cream that I’m currently using, and I’ll miss the lotion now that it’s gone – I’d love to find products available in America that behave similarly. (Update: I’ve added a full review of all three Ceutical Plus products)

I also have 4 masks along the bottom of the photo, all of which I’ve spoken about before, so I’ll keep my remarks brief:

LUSH BB Seaweed ($6.95 / review): One of my all time Fresh Face Masks from Lush, BB Seaweed is a refreshing and soothing seaweed mask with finely ground almonds for gentle exfoliation. Have repurchased several times and it will always be one of the basics I revisit.

LUSH Cosmetic Warrior ($6.95 / review): I’ve recently quit birth control pills and have consequently been dealing with more problematic skin. Cosmetic Warrior includes tea tree oil and garlic to help deal with breakouts, but it isn’t drying at all and I enjoy reaching for it.

LUSH Ayesha ($6.95 / review): When Lush was out of their Catastrophe Cosmetic mask, I decided to give Ayesha another try instead. It’s formulated to be tightening and brightening but isn’t too drying or too rich. It’s not necessarily one of my all-time favorites from the Fresh Face Mask line, but it’s still nice.

Derma MD Avocado and Pumpkin Revitalizing Mask ($58.95 / review): This exfoliating enzyme mask is really, really good and I was bummed to run out of it. It’s very gentle and never felt uncomfortable or even really tingled in a noticeable way, but was simultaneously exfoliating and refreshing as well as softening and soothing. It’s really good stuff, and one of my favorite products that the brand sent me to try out. It’s expensive, but the discount code mentioned earlier in this post still applies.


I hope you’ve been having a good start the new year! Did you finish up any awesome products over the last month?

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