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Monthly empties: July 2015

August 5, 2015
Products used up during the month of July
Products used up during the month of July

Summer’s flying by, and I’ve personally been particularly focused on skincare products to help my skin, which has been giving me some trouble. In addition to a good bundle of skincare, I also have some makeup and body products in the mix of monthly empties. I really used up a lot of products throughout July, so I’ll try to be succinct and to the point!

The skincare
The skincare

Holika Holika Fairy Water Pure Aqua Skin Toner (review) – I bought this affordable toner while in Asia, and liked it fine but didn’t love it. It’s lightly hydrating but generally didn’t do much for my skin. Here in the US, you can still find it online at a decent price ($7-15, depending on where you get it).

Derma MD Pink Silk Face Firming Serum $138.95 (review) – Derma MD sent me 3 different serums for review purposes and I’d say Pink Silk was my least favorite. That doesn’t mean it was bad, though, I think this is actually one of the brand’s top selling products (if not THE top selling product). It’s a silicone-based antioxidant serum, and in terms of the formula claims it’s made to be a good all-rounder that just about anyone can benefit from. I just don’t enjoy silicone serums, and I can’t say I saw particularly pronounced results from using it.

Nature Republic Vitamin C Facial Mist (mentioned here) – This small bottle was somewhere under $10 when I bought it in Taipei, and I was excited to try it at the time. Unfortunately it just didn’t do it for me – I couldn’t tell that it provided any hydration or positive effects for my skin. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t good.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam $10-14 (review) – I tried a trio of Jeju Volcanic Pore products in a fun boxed set from Innisfree, and this month I finished my sample of the cleanser. I don’t typically enjoy foams as they dry my skin out and sting my eyes, but this one is actually really nice. I still think I’d generally prefer to use a gel, but I had a good experience with this.

Innisfree Bija Trouble Spot Essence R $17 (review) – I wrote a lot about this in my review, and it’s kind of a funny product. It’s a greenish salicylic acid blemish treatment with other cool ingredients like calamine, chlorella, niacinamide, lactic acid, and sodium hyaluronate. Ultimately it wasn’t the right fit for me and I flew through the bottle because I was trying to treat larger areas of my face rather than a few specific spots.

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Liner
L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Liner

Lets get the two makeup items out of the way: I’m tossing my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara (washable formula) and my L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Liner (both reviewed here). The mascara is getting kind of dry at this point, and the liner just wasn’t my kind of product. The short story is that I wasn’t thrilled with either one of these. The mascara smudged on me, though it was otherwise ok, and I hated the liner’s brush tip.

Body care
Body care

On to better things, I have a few body care products that I used up.

Tom’s of Maine Simply White Toothpaste $5 – I’m bringing up toothpaste on the blog for the first time because I’m starting to dive into some of the more natural offerings and thought it’d be fun. Tom’s is pretty great in that they’re widely available and pretty affordable. I hadn’t previously liked their deodorant, but I’m happy to say I enjoyed the toothpaste. Tasted fine, foamed fine, seemed to keep tartar away fine. Nice.

Jason Soothing Aloe Vera Deodorant $6.39 – Jason is another fairly affordable natural brand, and this deodorant was great. I have really sensitive skin under my arms that gets dried out and irritated really easily, but this deodorant was both effective AND skin conditioning. The only problem was that as I got toward the end of the stick it became less effective at blocking odor, and I think an ingredient or two must have been evaporating over time. I’d definitely buy it again in the future, though.

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – I found this little mini bottle of Dr. Bronner’s at Target and used it as a brush cleaner (and occasional laundry soap for underwear) while traveling. It’s good, I’m just not big on the scents of the Dr. Bronner’s soaps.

Natural Immunogenics Sovereign Silver $18.43 (review) – I wrote a full post on this first aid colloidal silver gel, and have been primarily using it to treat certain kinds of blemishes on my face. It’s particularly brilliant for soothing the wounds I create by picking at my pimples. I recommend using on clean skin and layering a glob of it on an wound. Let it sit until it dries, and if you have time to sit around, repeat the application again. It really helps the skin calm down and heal faster. I scraped the last of the gel out with a chopstick, and I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to live without repurchasing another bottle.

Packets and samples
Packets and samples

The Kirkland facial cleansing towelettes are ones that I’ve mentioned several times before because I’d purchased a whole box of them. This may have been my last pack (it’s possible I have another one stashed somewhere), and I don’t think I’ll repurchase the box again. I just don’t love them, but a lot of people seem to think they’re great. They’re definitely a great deal, though.

I have two Innisfree samples:

Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence $23 – I really liked this. It’s supposed to minimize pores and provide some light oil control, and I think it did. It has a pleasant, smooth texture and wasn’t drying at all.

Green Tea Seed Serum $26 – I didn’t have strong feelings about this. I didn’t love the scent (and it does smell fragranced), and it didn’t seem to do much for my skin. It’s supposed to be moisturizing, but it kind of felt like watery nothingness to me.

And then I had this tiny sample of the Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream. I’ve received a number of samples from Sephora and have tried it before, and I think this is a good product. It smells kind of funny (medicinal?) at first but the scent dissipates extremely quickly, and I find it’s very good at hydrating my hands

Sheet masks
Sheet masks

I won’t say a lot about the sheet masks here. I used up the last of my Innisfree Skin Solution masks (top row) and then wrote about all 6 of the ones I’d tried from that line here. I also started to break into my masks from The Face Shop (bottom row), which I’d showed in this post. I will also write a full post about all of the Face Shop masks that I purchased once I’m done trying them out.

The short story is that I pretty much like all of these masks. I love using sheet masks to help keep my skin hydrated and plump.


Did I succeed in keeping things quick and succinct? I hope you’ve had a great July and enjoy the remaining days of summer. Were there any great products that you used up this past month? I’d love to hear.

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