Toss ’em Out (December 2016)

When I’m in a shopping spree mood, things could get out of hand, even with my husband’s warning. This mostly applies to shopping for make-up or skin care (not so much on hair care). I get curious about a lot of stuff I find on the Internet, so it’s probably human nature to want to try some of them—if not all—out.

I’ve been meaning to post a “product empties” for a while now, and since fall quarter’s over, I figured that I should probably get it done and over with. I’ve been keeping most of these empty bottles for quite some time already that my husband has started to wonder what I’m going to do with them. Anyway, I’m calling this series, Toss ’em Out, which is only fitting. Now let’s get started.


  • I’ve tried a lot of liquid foundations since I learned how to do my own make-up, but it’s unlikely for me to finish up an entire bottle so quickly. Last spring, I emptied this foundation—probably the first in a long time. I’ve heard so many great things about it, and that’s how I ended up purchasing one. I got the shade Natural Beige (220), which is perfect for my skin tone. Staying power and shade are two things that made me consider re-purchasing it again.
  • Another foundation that my friend Shayne has been talking about non-stop is this one (I just finished this one; failed to include in the photo). It claims to treat blemishes and help prevent future breakouts while providing a natural coverage. I’m in the shade Natural Beige (60), and while it’s not a miracle product, I’m happy to report that it did what it was supposed to do. Like the other one, I’ve also repurchased this, too. If you ask me, these are two of my go-to drugstore liquid foundations.
  • I’m quite picky when it comes to make-up removers. I’ve had this make-up remover for quite some time now, and while it’s from a high-end brand, I didn’t think it’s anything special. It’s a gift from an aunt, so I probably won’t be purchasing it ever.
  • In the past, I only washed my make-up brushes with baby shampoo and warm water. When I stumbled upon Swirl + Sparkle last year, I thought I’ve found a pot of gold! Unfortunately, however, I find that a solid make-up brush/sponge cleanser is more expensive than liquid ones. This liquid make-up brush/sponge cleanser I got from ULTA does the job and lasted me a good while.


  • The one thing that allows me to try on a lot of different skin care products is the ability to share them with my husband. Roan, like most men, doesn’t care much about skin care, but he’s married to me, so I kind of influenced him into trying out products with me. We share the same facial wash, and this one from The Body Shop didn’t take long enough for us to finish up. It’s good, but not great. I think it performed well when paired with the corresponding facial toner from the same line. Don’t think I’m going to repurchase this one, though.
  • Speaking of repurchase, I just bought this clarifying toner again last night. Roan liked it, too, so there’s that. I think it helped calm down existing blemishes and prevent new ones. Again, it’s not a miracle product, but it does the job. Until I find a better option, I think I’m going to keep repurchasing this one.


  • If you know me well, you’d know that citrus-y scents appeal to me. On a random grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, I picked up this body wash, and loved it! Oh, and did I mention that it’s mighty cheap?
  • Lastly, this shampoo is right up my alley. My current shampoo and conditioner are from the same brand, although I went for a different variant.



What beauty product have you emptied recently? How was it? Will you repurchase?

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