Hands & Nails | Skincare

Monthly empties: June 2015

July 1, 2015
Products used up during the month of June
Products used up during the month of June

This month I used up a lot of skincare, as well as a hand cream. There’s all kinds of stuff here – cleansers, masks, lotions, serums, and a toner, as well as both budget and luxury products. I’ll quickly run through them here and say whether they were hits or misses!

LUSH and Melaleuca skincare
LUSH and Melaleuca skincare

I have three empty Lush pots, Herbalism and Angels on Bare Skin cleansers and the BB Seaweed mask. I’ve purchased each one of these products multiple times and really enjoy them. For some reason I’d been hoarding lingering bits in the cleanser pots, so I just went ahead and finished those up and put all three in my empty stack. If you return 5 empty pots to Lush, they’ll give you a free mask.

Lush Herbalism facial cleanser … $13.95 for 3.5 oz. (review)

Lush Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser … $13.95 for 3.5 oz. (review)

Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask … $6.95 for 2.1 oz. (review)

I also have two Melaleuca products from their Sei Bella line, which they classify as an anti-aging line. I really enjoyed the Daytime Delivery Lotion SPF 15 and used the version intended for normal-to-oily skin. Though it’s just edging on too heavy for the areas of my face that get the most oil, I do love how soothing and nourishing it feels. It works great under more mattifying foundations and comes in a nice glass bottle.

I also finished up my Melaleuca Sei Bella Luxury Serum Concentrate, which is (as you might guess) part of their luxury line. This has a nice, lightly hydrating consistency that makes my skin feel soft yet it completely dries down. I didn’t notice miraculous anti-aging results, but I’m still under 30 and am really only dealing with the first signs of aging. I will point out that I probably should have been shaking it better before using. The formula got thicker and more silicone-heavy as I got toward the end of the bottle. Generally, I really liked this serum.

Melaleuca Sei Bella Daytime Delivery Lotion SPF 15 … $22.50 for members (review)

Melaleuca Sei Bella Luxury Serum Concentrate … $130 for members (review)

Innisfree and Lancome sample skincare products
Innisfree and Lancome sample skincare products

I have two sample products from Innisfree. The small bottle of Jeju Volcanic Pore toner came in a 3-piece set intended for skin with excess oil and enlarged pores. Although alcohol is high in the ingredients, it didn’t feel overly drying on my combination skin; formulation is everything. You have to shake it well because it has mineral powder in it, and it also has a number of botanical ingredients. I think it’s a great option for oily skin.

I had a sample packet of the Olive Real Lotion, which I also really liked. I tended to layer this underneath my night cream because it’s richer than my Biju Trouble Lotion (which I have a full size of and reached for during the day), but it really isn’t that heavy. It’s really nice for combination-to-dry skin, I think. I loved the smooth texture and light natural olive scent, and it’s advertised as a firming lotion. These resealable sample packets that Innisfree offers are pretty great, too.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner … $21 for 250 ml (review)

Innisfree Olive Real Lotion … $16 for 160 ml

I got to try a Lancome Genifique serum sample as a Sephora 100 point perk. I like the consistency and generally thought it was pleasant, but I wouldn’t drop the money on it. It features bifida ferment lysate, which is the same main ingredient as the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment, though my impression is that the Advanced Night Repair is generally a more trusted product (I haven’t personally tried it).

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate … $78 for 1 oz.

SebaMed hand and nail balm
SebaMed hand & nail balm

I finished this hand cream from SebaMed, which I found to be nice but not exceptionally hydrating. It’s lightweight, has a similar pleasant scent to their body lotion, and is fairly affordable – depending on where you get it, it’s somewhere around $10. It has vitamin B5, allantoin, and keratin. I’d personally been using it at night and following it with the Honest Co. healing balm, which is a thick oil-based balm, to lock in as much moisture as possible.

SebaMed Hand & Nail Balm … $10-13 for 2.6 oz.

Innisfree and The Yeon sheet masks
Innisfree and The Yeon sheet masks

I used four sheet masks this month, two from Innisfree and two from The Yeon. I’ll eventually write a full roundup of the Skin Solution masks that I’ve tried, but these two are great. The Moisturizing mask might be one of my top picks of the bunch.

I also received these two moisturizing masks from The Yeon for free with a purchase I made from The Yeon store in Flushing, Queens. They were a nice perk and were totally decent, they just didn’t do anything exceptional for my skin so I wouldn’t buy them in the future.

Innisfree Moisturizing Skin Solution Mask … $1.50

Innisfree Total Care Skin Solution Mask … $1.50

The Yeon Green Botanic Moisture Power Mask … $2 (review)

Andalou Naturals
Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

One more mask here – after I took the big group photo, I realized I only had one more use left of this little guy. The BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask from Andalou Naturals is an exfoliating gel formulated with antioxidants for aging skin. This is a lovely and affordable product. It tingles when first applied but is never irritating, and it always leaves my skin feeling soft. I’d buy this again in the future.

Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask … $14.95 for 1.7 oz.


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

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