It’s been a while since I’ve gone through a batch of empty products. I’ve recently been unloading my empties whenever the bag starts to overflow, which seems to translate to a seasonal basis, and summer is just a few days away. I’m also going to be moving apartments soon and so it’s an appropriate time to be going through the cabinets and cleaning things out a bit! So, here’s a look at all of the skincare, makeup, body, and hair care products I used up throughout the spring and will be discarding.
It looks like Derma MD has been at work formulating new products and updating their website. I’ve previously tried a pretty large collection of of their skincare products, which you can read about here, and I recently received a couple of their new releases: the Sensitive Pearl Cleanser for hydrating skin and reducing redness, and the charcoal mud T.H.E. Purifying Mask, which features a handful of different alpha hydroxy acids, charcoal, and licorice root to reduce oil and minimize pores, fine lines, and darkened pigmentation.
As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!
Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.
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!
In my previous review of all of the skincare from Derma MD that I had the chance to try, I said that the Diminish Lighten & Brighten Creme was one of the standouts of the bunch. This is a moisturizing cream formulated to treat hyperpigmentation, or dark spots on the skin, and includes some bearberry leaf extract, mulberry extract, licorice root, kojic acid, vitamin C, and glycolic acid to help alleviate darkened spots. I’ve had a chance to use this cream for a longer period of time and wanted to take a moment and write about it with a bit more depth.
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.
There are just a handful of products that I used up over the last month that I have to talk about! I haven’t used up as many products as I sometimes do on a monthly basis, but I have several different kinds of skincare products as well as a dry shampoo. Here are my thoughts on each of them.
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.
The Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten eye cream has been an important part of my routine lately. Just from a label perspective, it has tons of appeal for me because it’s advertised to be an all-in-one kind of product, with the ability to moisturize, brighten, de-puff, smooth lines, and generally encourage a more youthful appearance.