Makeup | Skincare

Monthly Empties: March 2015

April 5, 2015
Products I used up during the month of March
Products I used up during the month of March

Another month gone, so here comes another summary of the products I finished up. I mostly worked through some skincare in March, as I’ve been traveling and haven’t been reaching for a ton of different makeup products lately. I got to the bottom of a handful of nice products, so let’s chat a bit about about each one of them.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher ($12.95 for 6 oz.)
Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher … $12.95 for 6 oz.

Andalou is one of my favorite skincare brands, and this is the third toner I’ve tried from them. This is from their Age Defying line of products marketed toward dry and sensitive skin and was nice to have over the winter because of how hydrating it is. This is generally a little heavy for me for just an everyday toner, as I can definitely feel it providing moisture to my skin, but it would be awesome for those with dry skin. Something that impressed me was that it felt like certain other skincare products would sink into my skin better once I started using this toner as a first step. Like all of Andalou’s toners, this one is full of great ingredients like aloe, vitamin B5, vitamin E, resveratrol, plant and fruit extracts, CoQ10, and vitamin C. The only negative was that I wasn’t crazy about the smell, which is very natural and plant-like – not offensive, just not my favorite. You can get it at natural grocers like Whole Foods, Vitacost, and Andalou’s website.

Verdict: A great product, just not ideal for my skin type.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara in Blackest Black
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara in Blackest Black

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara … $8.99 (full review)

I’ve reviewed both the original Voluminous Butterfly and the Intenza versions previously, and I really enjoy them. This one just got a little dry on me, and since these aren’t super dramatic formulas to begin with, the drier they get the more natural they look on the lashes. Although the two versions aren’t terribly different from each other, I do slightly prefer the Intenza wand over the original. I’ll likely purchase these again in the future, and I’m kind of curious about the Midnight shades I’ve seen in the drugstore. You can find these mascaras at drugstores, Target, and Ulta.

Verdict: An awesome everyday mascara.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-OIl
The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil … $27 for 0.94 oz. (full review)

I had been using this facial oil off and on since the beginning of the summer, and I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely hydrating, to the point that I can see a difference in my skin after using it for 2 days in a row. I’d actually take it easy on the oilier parts of my face because this could be a little too much there, but otherwise this was great. I’d either use it as my main nighttime moisturizer or mix a couple of drops into my night cream in my fingers before patting over skin. I’d also smooth a drop over my lips at night and found that it makes a difference there, too. I think the general idea is that it’s a vitamin E serum inside a facial oil, but I wouldn’t take the “serum” thing too seriously. Although not super expensive, it would be a good one to pick up during one of TBS’s 40% off sales.

Verdict: A really nice facial oil, probably best for normal to dry skin.

LUSH Herbalism Facial Cleanser
LUSH Herbalism Facial Cleanser
LUSH Herbalism Facial Cleanser
LUSH Herbalism Facial Cleanser

LUSH Herbalism Facial Cleanser … $13.95 (full review)

Herbalism was a repurchase for me, as I’m a fan of a number of Lush’s paste-consistency cleansers. I specifically bought this to take with me when I traveled internationally, as it’s a perfect way to go when reducing liquids and spill risks. This one is supposed to be ideal for acne-prone skin, but honestly I don’t see a huge difference in how my skin reacts to it compared to others. Since finishing Herbalism I repurchased Angels on Bare Skin (review) which is probably my current favorite from the brand, but I enjoy this one too.

Verdict: Great!

Kirkland Signature Cleansing Facial Towelettes
Kirkland Signature Cleansing Facial Towelettes on the right

Kirkland Signature Cleansing Facial Towelettes

I’ve mentioned these in a few empties posts so far, as they’re sold in big boxes of multiple packs and I’m working my way toward the end of mine. The cloths themselves are nice and substantial, but the makeup remover isn’t particularly good. These are a good deal compared to what you can find at the drugstore, yet are kind of a gamble since you have to buy so many packs at once. I wish I could find the price info online – I think the box was around $15 and came with 4 or 5 packs, but my memory isn’t the best. Anyways, it was worth a try but I’m not a fan.

Verdict: Won’t repurchase.

 

Have you tried any of these before? Have you finished up any interesting products lately?

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