I had the idea when seeing the Canadian Beauty Bloggers #Finish5byFall challenge to go ahead and give myself a #Finish5 monthly challenge to get rid of some samples and products that are either getting older, starting to run low or I feel needs to get out of my collection but don’t want to throw away. Since these are products that you might find in my empties posts anyway, I figured I would combine them and tell you all about it!
I started the #Finish5 posts just on twitter but feel that the 140 characters is a little limiting. As you can see, the 4 products I had were left over from July and I did add a couple more products to the mix to finish for August. There is one full sized product in the group and that is my Maybelline Coverstick concealer in green which helps to reduce redness. A few deluxe samples I have include the Benefit Fake Up Concealer and the Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl. The rest are foil packets which I count as one unit: the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream, the Tarte Tarteguard 30 sunscreen, the Kaplan MD Lip 20 balm (which also came with a scrub that I used up the month before) and the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410.
I was able to finish the Tarte Tarteguard lotion pretty much immediately, as well as the Kaplan MD Lip balm. Neither of these products were groundbreaking to me but I did like the smell and feel of the Kaplan MD lip balm. Its a super hydrating lip mask but it is messy so I would wear it over night. Everything else I have here, I am still working away on. I frequently use the MUFE blush, Maybelline Coverstick and Temptu highlighter in my make up looks but it doesn’t look like I have made a dent in them. I have come to realize I am not a big fan of the Benefit Fake Up Concealer and it doesn’t totally match my right now. I can use it sparingly on spots but because it has a hydrating centre, I don’t know if it is making my spots better or worse…
Moving on to the rest of my empties this month, I have a few skin care items: another two of these Pilitan peel off masks which I purchased off of Ebay. They are cheap and extremely effective as a peel off mask to get rid of blackheads. It is supposed to be a black head pore strip for your nose, but it can be used all over since it is a liquid mask. It hurts but it works. I also used a Montagne Jeunesse Super Mud Fruit mask and a Life Brand Oil Removing Mud mask. I love Montagne Jeunesse masks as an inexpensive but luxurious single mask option and I already have a few of these as backup. The Life Brand mask was a little drying but it worked none-the-less.
A few foils I used up were the Kaplan MD lip 20 mask which was an exfoliating scrub of sorts. I liked this but prefer a the elf lip exfoliater as it is a stick and less messy. I also used the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-aging cream which was a little too creamy for my liking. I don’t need a thick or overly moisturizing lotion because my skin isn’t overly absorbent. However, my skin is greasy so I used up the Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier. I may pick up this product to test it out a little more. I feel like the two samples intrigued me enough to give it an honest try in the future.
I finished up two cleansers: the Boscia Lumanizing black cleanser and the Beauty Without Cruelty facial cleanser but neither of them were able to remove my make up and they didn’t really lather so Roxy used the Boscia cleanser up and I used the BWC cleanser to wash up my brushes (which wasn’t very successful but at least I was able to use it up). I also used the St. Ives Apricot scrub as a body scrub to finish it off. The bits in it are a little rough to use on the face but it worked fine everywhere else. Lastly, an expensive spot treatment that I quite liked was the Kate Somerville HydraClear acne gel. I tried to keep this product for as long as I could because I really liked it on my spots. It didn’t dry my skin out and it heals the acne quickly and effectively. It is too expensive for me to invest in right now since my skin is in alright shape, but I will keep my eye on it for future breakouts.
Some bath and body products I have used up are the Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo, the Dove Fresh deodorant, the Jergens Natural Glow Gradual self tanner in fair to medium, and my second ever Lush bath bomb (Butterball). I will not be repurchasing the deodorant as I have found a new favourite or the Jergens Natural Glow tanner in fair to medium which is the streakiest thing I have ever applied. The Medium to Dark works 100% fine for me, but this one does not so I am just tossing it. The Shampoo made my hair kind of bouncy and weird but I feel like it worked well. I have about 3-4 shampoos to go through right now so it could be a while before I use this again. The Lush bath bomb was amazing, but I have been turned off by the smell of the Butterball one. My plan is to pick up the Dragon Egg bomb next since I have heard so many good things.
I have a lot of make up and since it is mostly mascara, that is where we can start. I have both Ciate Lash Lights, the Rimmel Volume Flash Scandaleyes mascara and the Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash mascara. These have all reached their expiry and the last two were starting to do funky things to my lashes so I decided to switch them out. I will most definitely pick up the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara again. Speaking of expire, I have the Laura Mercier Protect Primer which expired in August. I did give it a try in July but didn’t like it at all. I need more than SPF in my primer. To my surprise, I also finished a lip gloss this month! This is the Bite Beauty Fruit Lip Gloss in the shade Current. These smell good and feel pretty smooth and thick on the lips with very minor pigmentation. I used this often at work when my lipstick faded or as a little bit of gloss over a lipstick. Will I pick up another? Not yet. I have many lip glosses to go through before I pick up something new for myself.
A regular product appearance is the Annaballe Skinny Brow pencil in Universal Medium. It is my go to brow product, but I may give the Universal Light a try next. The last two make up products I have here are the Make Up For Ever Ink Eye Liner and the Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer. I already have talked about these two lovely products before, but ICYMI, I love them. I will be picking them both up again in the future once I have gone through a few products that I currently have open.
I have a hair empty to share and it should be no surprise that I have used up the COLAB Dry Shampoo in Rio. It is my favourite dry shampoo to date so I will be picking it up again. I also have the Formula X Delete Nail Polish Remover which worked pretty good but was so so sticky. I don’t know why but it just mixes with nail polish and gets sticky. My hands were always a colourful mess after taking off my nail polish, though it was effective and easy to use. The OPI Natural Base Coat was my go to lately because it was so easy to use. Quick dry time, no stains and it didn’t get tacky. Now that it’s gone, I have tried a new base coat, but I will look at other OPI Base Coats in the future.
We have finished another couple of candles. The first one is an oldie from Yankee Candle which I picked up at Winners a while ago. It was a nice light scent but it didn’t blow me away. The scent payoff wasn’t what I usually expect from such an expensive candle. I also have the Bath and Body Works candle in Island Margarita which was a lovely summer scent. The Bath and Body Works candles are seriously fantastic if you haven’t already tried them. These were replaced with one of my favouite B&BW candles in Watermelon Lemonade to finish off the summer.
For September’s #Finish5, I will continue using the Maybelline Coverstick concealer, the Temptu highlighter and the MUFE HD Blush, but I am going to replace the other samples for two full sized products: the No7 (or Boots?) Beautiful Skin Overnight Rejuvenating Eye Balm and the Benefit Gimmie brow. Wish me luck!
Til next time, ttfn x