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Summer empties: The Ordinary, Kiehl’s, IGK, Weleda, Sun Bum, and more

September 6, 2017
Products I used up over the summer

I’ve filled up another little bag with empty products that I used up over the past season. As is typical, most of the bag is full of skincare—I managed to go through 6 serums, actually, which is some sort of accomplishment. There’s also cleansers, moisturizers, a little bit of makeup, and some hair and body care. In general, I really liked a lot of the stuff I used up, too!

Basic skincare

I finished a bottle of the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil (review), which isn’t the very best cleansing oil I’ve ever used, but is good, affordable, and widely available. For cleansers, I have the Innisfree Moisturizing Cleansing Foam with Olive (review), which I enjoy and have a second bottle on hand, and the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, which is a gentle cleanser with white clay. The Kiehl’s was my husbands, but I used it a bit and really thought it was a good product.

There are two Kiehl’s toners pictured, Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner on the far left, and the Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion in the middle. The Calendula toner is great, I just found the inclusion of flower petals to be sort of annoying, particularly as I got closer to finishing the bottle and they’d shoot out of it in clumps. You’ll notice the Blue Herbal toner is basically completely full. I was shocked to find that it was a complete flop for me (and I otherwise really like the Blue Herbal product line). It’s drying, and actually kind of pills off when I put any sort of serum on top. I mean, what?

I also have a Chant A Charm Moist Milk, which I got in Japan, a Clarins Multi-Active Day Lotion with SPF 20, which I got in a little Clarins set, and a mini Dr.Ci:Labo UV & White SPF 50, which was from a skincare set I picked up in Japan. All three of these were pretty fantastic.

At the bottom of the photo there’s a Tarte Pearly Girl teeth whitening pen, which I also really liked and went ahead and bought again (it works and it’s gentle), as well as two of the one-time use Too Cool For School Ankhwab AHA and BHA peels. I still have a couple of the peels left, as they came in a pack of five.

Serums and treatments

Look at all the serums! I have five from The Ordinary and one from Kiehl’s. From The Ordinary, I used up an exfoliating Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%, an anti-aging Matrixyl 10% + HA, a brightening Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, a line-reducing Argireline Solution 10%, and an anti-blemish Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. In front is the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment with salicylic acid.

These were all nice and worth the price paid, but my favorite was the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (one of the vitamin C serums), which is very thin and light in texture, yet hydrating and effectively brightening. I’ve also also purchased the Kiehl’s spot treatment again and am still using it. In general I’ve moved on to trying several new products from The Ordinary that I can talk more about in the future.


There’s only a little makeup to speak of. I ran out of my Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint (review) after using it almost exclusively throughout the summer. I loved it completely and would buy it again, but am also curious about the matte foundation that Milk recently launched.

I finished one of the Majolica Majorca mascaras that I bought in Japan, and this one was the Lash Extention mascara. I haven’t opened the second one I bought yet, but I’m pretty pleased I purchased more than one because this may be my favorite mascara, like, ever. Or at least one of them. It’s volumizing, lengthening, long-wearing and non-smudging. The only issue that I encountered was that as the mascara got older, some of the fibers would fall onto my face throughout the day. It was a small tradeoff for the massive benefits of the mascara.

I’ve also finished a L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette, which I’ve bought multiple times before and will surely buy again in the future, as well as a Jordana QuickBrow Micro Pencil in Light Brown. I found the Jordana pencil on sale and it was basically dirt cheap, and I found that it was a phenomenal shade for me. The bummer was it comes with an insanely small amount of product, so I probably wouldn’t waste my time with it again. I don’t want to have to think about purchasing a new brow pencil every month.

Hair and body

For the body, I used up a Weleda natural deodorant which comes in a glass spritz bottle. I liked this one in the citrus scent a lot and went out and bought the rose version after I finished this bottle, but I far prefer the citrus. It’s a good natural deodorant, and I think these super light-weight, residue-free sprays have ruined me for stick formulas. My husband and I together went through a Sun Bum SPF 50 spray for the body during a week at the beach, and I thought it was pretty nice. The Sun Bum stuff smells fantastic, I also bought their cooling lotion that I’m still using and really love the beachy coconut scent.

For hair, I used up another duo of Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner (review). I will certainly buy these again in the future, but I’m taking a little break because I think my hair gets used to stuff after a while and benefits from a little shake-up. I also finished a (huge) can of the IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, which is so, so good and has a luxurious scent, described as “a refreshingly bright arrangement of bergamot, lemon zest, mimosa, heliotrope, and black amber.” It’s completely free of white residue and sticky texture, and the scent is beautiful but not overpowering. I immediately ordered a new one the day I ran out.

Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear your take!

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