Monthly empties: May 2015

June 2, 2015
Products I used up during the month of May
Products I used up during the month of May

Another month, another batch of empty products. This time, for the first time since I’ve been doing these posts, all of my products belong to one category: skincare. There’s all kinds of skincare here, and I’ll quickly run through what I thought of each product.


The bigger stuff:

The bigger stuff
The bigger stuff

Kirkland Signature Dail Facial Towelettes

These are ok, but I’m not in love. They’re a great deal and come in a large box of 15 and 30-piece packets. The towelettes are substantial, and the makeup remover works but isn’t stellar. I go back and forth about whether they’d be worth a repurchase.

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel … $14.95 for 1.8 oz. (review)

This is a really gentle exfoliating gel mask meant to clean out pores, refine skin texture, and prevent breakouts. It never feels harsh but I also initially struggled to detect whether it was making a difference. With continued use a couple of times a week, I do think it helped maintain the clarity of my skin and the bottle lasted me a long time. I’d repurchase again. Cruelty-free.

Melaleuca Sei Bella Clarifying Facial Toner … $15.50 for 6.76 oz. (review)

I got to try a bunch of Melaleuca skincare out thanks to receiving them at Christmas, and while I mostly loved them, this toner was my least favorite product. It felt more drying on my skin than the ingredients list would suggest, and it leaves a little bit of a residue, as well. It just isn’t the one for me. Cruelty-free.

Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser … $35 for 8 oz. (review)

The plain squirt bottle in the above photo is where I emptied the last bits of this facial cleanser to keep with me while traveling.

Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser
Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser

This is a cleanser I received from Derma MD, and it’s really, really nice, though also kind of expensive. It’s gentle but effective, and makes my skin feel really soft and hydrated. It’s a gel that lathers a little but not a lot, and includes exfoliating fruit enzymes. Derma MD says it’s good for all skin types, and I’d tend to agree. The brand shared a discount code with me so that I could pass it along to readers: “dermamd40” should get you 40% off.


The masks:

The masks
The masks

Innisfree Skin Solution masks … $1.50 each

I’m working on writing about all of the Skin Solutions masks that I ordered from Innisfree during a buy-5-get-5-free deal, and in general I really enjoyed the ones I tried this month. I used the Pore, Whitening, Hydrating, Trouble Care, and Total Care masks. I think so far the standouts for me are the Pore and Total Care, but I haven’t had a bad or completely disappointing experience with any of them. These come with large unbleached cotton masks and plenty of clear essence solution, and are one of Innisfree’s affordable lines of sheet masks.


The samples:

The samples
The samples

Nature Republic Snail Solution Foam Cleanser … $9.92 for 150 ml

I received 4 of these cleanser sample packets when I visited Nature Republic in Taiwan, and this was my third one. I can get 4 uses out of one packet, so I really get a good feel for it, and I like it but don’t love it. It’s supposed to be hydrating and while I think it’s gentle as far as foaming cleansers go, it’s still more drying than I’d prefer. I’m interested in trying other products from the Snail Solution line, though, as I’ve seen positive reviews.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster … $48 for 1 oz.

I haven’t reviewed this serum yet, but I’ve used up a small bottle of this one before and it’s one of my all-time favorites. I got this sample as a Sephora 100-point perk and jumped at the shot to use it again, and I was happy to find that it lasted me a couple of weeks. This is a vitamin C serum that brightens and nourishes, and when I previously used it I had really good luck with it plumping some of my fine lines around my eyes.

Holika Holika Prime Youth Intensive Toner and Emulsion

These were more samples I picked up while shopping in Asia, and I really liked them. The toner was nourishing and made my skin feel hydrated without leaving any sort of residue, and the emulsion was a great lightweight moisturizer that sunk in really quickly and I was able to layer underneath any of my normal lotions and creams. They were fragrance-free as far as I could tell.

Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence … $40 for 150 ml

This essence sits somewhere in between a treatment toner and a lightweight serum. It basically looks and feels like thickened water, as it’s clear and has no fragrance. My little sample bottle didn’t last very long but I was really excited to have a chance to try it out, and this is an interesting product that I’d consider buying in the future. It’s 91% fermented soybean and described as a solution for rejuvenating skin, promoting collagen production and elasticity, and brightening tone. The formula also include other botanical ingredients and some lactic acid.


Hope you had a wonderful May and are starting to enjoy some warm weather! Have you tried any of these products before, and have you finished up any interesting products lately?

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