Saturday, August 12, 2017

July 2017 - Monthly Empties!

Time to look at my beauty trash! 

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer ~ sample (full size is $35.00). A primer for concealers and eyeshadows. 

This was okay - I feel like I have been using this forever, which is good but I just didn't love it. It did the job and kept my shadow in place for the most part, just nothing spectacular.
Repurchase: Not likely

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream ~ full size $58.00 - $65.00. (this is a deluxe sample size shown). A luxurious night cream fortified with potent skin resurfacers plus vitamins C and E. 

This is a really great night cream - it is nice and thick and soo moisturizing! Also, the smell is amazing! This made my May 2016 Favorites and I used it a ton and then almost ran out and got scared that I would run out so I stopped using it! But, then I got back in to it this month and remembered how much I loved it! 
Repurchase: Mmmm... likely (when I get through all the ones I have!) I do love it!

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion ~ sample size 5 ml for $10.63 (full size is 40 ml for $85.00). Formulated sunscreen with a powerful antioxidant blend to help maintain the appearance of optimal skin health even in the most heavily polluted cities.

I got this in a past Topbox and all I can say is it's weird - it said it was colourless, but this was beige tinted and would not work for everyone. I didn't love this - and tend not to love SPF in my lotions because I do apply it separate. 
Repurchase: No

Derma Lift Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream ~ 15 ml for $12.60. This is a gentle moisture-rich facial cream formulated specifically to soothe and repair damaged skin and to prevent any further stimulation or damage with a protective moisture barrier. deeply replenish and nourish your skin this cold season!

I really liked this this moisturizer - I got this a long time ago when Memebox still shipped to Canada. Made my skin really smooth but it's pretty impossible to find, so boo!

Repurchase: If I ever found it again!

Kao - Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ ~ $15.00. Water-based sunscreen has a non-sticky and non-greasy formula that easily spreads to provide comfortable protection from UV rays without an unattractive whitish cast. UV-blocking Aqua Micro Capsules wards off UV rays for maximum protection while keeping skin feeling cool and refreshed. Apply sunscreen daily as part of your skin care routine. Suitable for face and body application.

This is my favorite face sunscreen by far - I will use a few other products, but I always go back to this one! It isn't heavy or greasy and it has definitely made my Monthly Favorites in the Summer of last year! Sadly, they have changed the formula this year so fingers crossed it is still just as good!
Repurchase: YES!!!

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray ~ sample size (full size is $57.00). A hydrating essence face mist that tones the skin, restores radiance, freshens makeup, and acts as a setting spray. 

Honestly, the spray nozzle on this bottle was so bad that it was distracting from the actual product! It sprayed way too hard and was concentrated in certain areas. Did not like because of this!
Repurchase: Nope

Acure Coconut and Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes ~ $9.99. Be gorgeous on-the-go! Gently remove makeup, dirt, sweat, environmental toxins, and that mustard from the corner of your mouth. No splashy rinsing necessary. Whether you're running errands, at the office, working out, too lazy to wash your face, or in the middle of a blind date with someone who is waaaay hotter than you expected, these handy little all-natural biodegradable  Argan Oil towelettes refresh, cleanse, soothe, detoxify on the spot, and smell like a day at the beach. 

These smelled amazing; but, they were just okay. They were a little on the dry side - so they worked well on surface makeup and swatches, but did not work well on the harder to remove products like mascara. 
Repurchase: Not likely 

Formula X Top Coat ~ $7.00. 

This has generally been my go to top coat; however, it has been replaced by the Sally Hansen Gel Polish, but this was recently on sale on Sephora for $3 so I grabbed more because I do like it! 
Repurchase: Already have (although now it's gone from the Sephora site!)

Joe Fresh Cotton Pads ~ $2.00. 

These are good - my go-to cotton pads! I used them with my micellar water for makeup removing and with my nail polish remover as well. I usually just pick up this type at Superstore when I grocery shop as they work really well! 
Repurchase: Yes

Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution ~ $19.00. A cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin.

I love this product so much and have actually featured it on my Monthly Favorites twice! Most recently in May 2017! I have said this multiple times about this product - holy grail makeup remover! Nothing else compares! Also, works great as a gentle full face cleanser! Love this so much!
Repurchase: Yes!! I always have backups on hand! 

Tosowoong Syn-ake Wrinkle Free Essence ~ full size $30. Firm up and fill in the fine wrinkles, and maintain a healthy moisture and oil balance with this wrinkle care essence. The Tosowoong Syn-ake skin care series is formulated with syn-ake complex - a kind of peptide carrying similar constituents to snake venom - EGF, galactomyces ferments, and bifida ferments. This all natural formula instantly alleviates sensitive, stimulated skin and rejuvenates and strengthens dry, dulled skin.

I received this forever ago in a Memebox and it was fine - it worked well on my skin and I do think it helped my sensitive, dull skin, but it wasn't a miracle worker. This actually took me forever to get through (which is great for more people), but I think it made me not like the product as much because I felt like I was using it just because I had to. 
Repurchase: Nah...

Dior Prestige - La Creme ~ sample size (full size is $390.00 US!) Its prodigious, unbelievably fine and luxurious texture fuses with the skin and envelops it in absolute comfort. Trapping the Nectar's active ingredients at the heart of the skin, it regenerates and helps rebuild a regular cellular architecture for skin perfection. Upon the first application, the skin feels and looks visibly transformed. Day after day, it is smoother. 

Holy moly - this is expensive! This smelled luxurious (if that's even a thing), but you open it and know it costs almost $400! It was lovely on the skin, but this only lasted a couple applications so it's hard to talk long term benefits! 
Repurchase: If I win the lottery 

After Bite Insect Relief Wipe ~ $??.

These seem a little weird to include, but seriously these are amazing!! I am allergic to insect bites and these were in a first aid kit when we were out at a cabin and got eaten alive by mosquitos! These provided instant relief and took away the sting!
Repurchase: Yes, I need to find these! 

Acuvue Oasys x 2 ~ $57.00 each for a 12 pack. ACUVUE OASYS 12 Pack Contact Lenses with Acuvue HYDRACLEAR Plus. Experience HYDRACLEAR Plus technology and say goodbye to dry eyes and contacts, even in challenging environments. Acuvue Oasys contact lenses are very comfortable and have the highest UVA and UVB protection.

These are my go-to contacts - my eyes are usually pretty dry and these work well to keep them hydrated during the day! 
Repurchase: Yep! 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ~ travel size for $16.00. A dry shampoo that absorbs oil, sweat, and odor for ultra-clean hair, plus a time-release fragrance that delivers a light, clean scent all day. 

I love this dry shampoo and have repurchased this multiple times! This made my Monthly Favorites in April 2016. It smells good and leaves no white cast! I buy both the large and the travel size! 
Repurchase: Yes! 

Mitchum Clinical Soft Solid ~ $8.99. Mitchum's most advanced formula for odor and wetness protection.

Deoderant is nothing special; but, I love the clinical strength formula and this brand is my go to. I like that it is both an antiperspirant and a deoderant. It works the best! 

Repurchase: Yes

Banana Boat Sport Cool Zone Lotion Sunscreen - SPF 30 ~ $11.99. Instantly cools and refreshes skin on contact, leaving you feeling invigorated with a crisp, clean scent. Helps prevent sunburn and skin damage while also delivering quick absorption and a no greasy feel.

This worked well - I'm really only picky about sunscreen on my face! I will use anything really as a body sunscreen. This one is good for reapplication during the day because it does have a cooling effect.
Repurchase: Likely 

OFF! Familycare Tropical Fresh Spray For Use On Kids ~ $8.27. Experience OFF!® with a refreshing, light scent. OFF!® familycare® Tropical Fresh® contains aloe vera and repels mosquitoes for 2 hours.

I like these family sprays - much better for kids. But, they don't really work that well when mosquitos are really bad! 
Repurchase: Yes, even though it's not the best, it works better for kids! 

Coppertone AccuSpray SPF 30 ~ $11.99.

These sprays work really well for on the go - quick reapplication. I find they work well as long as you rub them in after. Again, not super picky about sunscreen.

Lush Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb ~ $7.95. These bright, multicolored blossoms bring springtime cheer in the form of technicolor swirls and a sunny rosewood and orange perfume. Pop one in the tub, watch it unfurl into psychedelic waves of abstract art and let this colorful pick-me-up go to work melting the day's stresses away.

This is a double-sided bath bomb - one side is yellow and blue and one side is orange and pink! The scent is a really interesting blend of orange and floral notes! This was a really slow releasing bomb which I love - keeps the scent and the color going! This was good! 
Repurchase: It was for the Mother's Day collection, but if it's out again next year - yes! 

So, for July I used up 21 products - which is pretty good!! 


  1. The Joe Fresh cotton pads are amazing. I love to use them for makeup removal too!

  2. I did a order and I just picked up those Acure wipes for the first time, from everything you said is everything I look for in a wipe. I'm trying to be at least 85% Cruelty free by christmas time so it's been a little difficult on some things. If your looking for another good sun screen for you and the kids, is Neutrogena or right now I'm loving Live Clean sport in SPF 45 it's a little different because mineral based but I like it.

    Katie |