Feb 28 2018

February 2018 Empties!

Disclaimer: Prior PR sample, see bottom.

February 2018 empties post beautyjudy

When I look at my February empties laid out, it’s not a very exciting month! I didn’t use a variety or a ton of products.

Alongside the few empties I have this month, I’ve got two products that I had to stop using, because I discovered they were irritating my rosacea. I raved about one in a review last summer, and one even made my current favs in January, so I’m very bummed.

Here’s the overview!

Jesse’s Girl Eye Shadow Primer

I’ve been using this primer for years, and find it to be a great drugstore alternative to my Holy Grail, Urban Decay Primer Potion. It’s got a doe-foot applicator, so I wipe the product on my lid, and massage it across my whole lid area. This little tube goes a long way, I’ve been using it religiously for months. I’ve gotten samples of it from the brand, but I’ve also purchased it and this particular tube I had purchased.

Would I repurchase? Yes, it’s my drugstore Holy Grail eye primer!

Tom’s of Maine Creamy Coconut Natural Beauty Bar

I received a small travel size bar of this soap with a Target Beauty Box, and loved the opportunity to try it. I’ve heard good things about Tom’s of Maine but have never tried any of their products until now. This soap has no artificial fragrance, so it was a nice soft coconut smell from the virgin coconut oil it contained. I also got a lot of wear out of that travel bar, used it for almost the entire month of February!

Would I repurchase? Yes, I would! I would like to look at other types of the brand’s soaps, too.

Neutrogena Makeup-Remover Cleansing Towelettes (travel size)

I’m no stranger to finishing these travel size packets of wipes, which I use to clean up my makeup when I do it in my car before work, or to get stubborn matte liquid lipstick off my finger tips.

Would I repurchase? Yes – I already did, during the 5X points on Neutrogena promo at Ulta last week!

Up & Up Premium Cotton Rounds and Ovals

I received the smaller packet of Premium Cotton Rounds that are dual-sided in a Target Beauty Box, and loved them. Two don’t go a very long way, but I immediately purchased more. Because the Regular Cotton Rounds left cotton fuzzies all over my face and I tossed them as soon as I brought the others home. The Premium Cotton Ovals I pair with my micellar water and clean my face at night.

Would I repurchase? Yes to the dual-sided cotton rounds and the ovals. No way on the regular cotton rounds that leave cotton all over my face!

Woman by Ralph Lauren perfume sample

In my continued journey to use up the many perfume samples I’ve gotten from years of online orders…I enjoyed this one very much. It’s got a light, fresh scent that I favor. From the Ulta website:

  • Top notes – Pear, rhubarb, blackcurrant
  • Middle notes – Tuberose, orange flower, Turkish rose
  • Base notes – Sandalwood, hazelnut, vibrant woods

Would I repurchase? Yes, I would purchase this perfume, but there are others I’d purchase before it if I were to designate budget on perfume. I still have so many samples to use!

Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume sample

I loved this one, too, especially how it settled with my body chemistry. I’d catch a whiff of it randomly during the day and I’d find myself thinking “wow, I smell good!” Ha! from the Ulta website:

  • Top notes: violet leaves, wild strawberries
  • Heart notes: violet petals, jasmine bouquet
  • Base notes: musk, vanilla infusion

I’m a huge fan of musk perfumes, so no surprises here!

Would I repurchase? Yes. But same as above – so many samples left!

Products I had to discontinue using

Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation in Porcelain

I reviewed this foundation here, and found it to work well. That was last summer, also at the beginning of my pregnancy. For some reason, in winter, at the end of my pregnancy, my skin is freaking out with red bumps and itching and irritation over this foundation. It also didn’t look as nice on my drier winter skin as it did on my more oily summer face, which is odd, since it’s such a thick, creamy foundation.

I’d save this if I needed it, but I’m going to part ways with this one. It was inexpensive, and I’m glad I tried it but it’s just

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads

I stopped using the Revlon foundation and my skin started to clear. I was so happy! Around that time, I started to really commit to my morning skincare routine – cleanse in the shower, use Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads, finish with LEH Company Save Your Face moisturizer. I did it everyday.

Instead of staying well, my face started to get worse, again. Itchy, red bumps or patches on my face, especially on my cheeks and a zillion bumps on my forehead. My skin was uncomfortable.

On instinct, I discontinued using the Glow Tonic pads. Over the course of several days, my skin started to clear again. It’s not perfect, but the tiny bumps on my forehead dried out, and my cheeks calmed down. The itching dissipated.

I have a lot of Glow Tonic in my stash. I’ve used it in the past and don’t recall such a reaction. So I’m going to wait until after my pregnancy to crack open one of the two bottles I have in my bathroom closet, and try it again on a less frequent basis, because I do love how my skin feels with it. But as I don’t anticipate returning to this soon, I’m tossing this almost-used-up container of pads. Fingers crossed my hormones are just making everything crazy right now!

What did you use up this month?!

Disclaimer: I received the Pixi Glow Exfoliating Pads for editorial consideration in the past from the PR/brand. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • http://www.modelcitypolish.com/ Nina at Model City

    I love that glow tonic!!! Great group of empties!

    • BeautyJudy

      Hopefully I can use it again once I’m no longer pregnant!

  • Natoya

    The Nuetrogena wipes are so amazing! i feel like they get everything off.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too!! And I love keeping the travel size in my makeup bag!

  • http://www.thepolishedhippy.com/ Polished Hippy

    Too bad that Revlon foundation didn’t work! I hate having to throw things out before they are finished, but breakouts are a no-go.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too! At least I got to use it a bit last summer!

  • http://mynailpolishobsession.blogspot.com My Nail Polish Obsession

    I actually do go through quite a bit of cotton rounds but I never have enough empties to have a post and really don’t want empty containers hanging around my house.

    • BeautyJudy

      More than one person has said that, but if you saw the tiny spot on a small, rolling 3-drawer storage unit that I keep my empties on each month you’d see it’s not like I’m hoarding trash in my office, lol!

  • http://www.casualcontrast.com Emily Draher • Casual Contrast

    I’d like to try the TOm’s of Maine soap!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s a winner!

  • polarbelle

    when you have to stop using something because of PG irritation, does it come back around later that you can use it? Or like ruined forever?

    • BeautyJudy

      It depends, I think. I’ll find out soon enough, lol! To be honest I don’t recall having as many issues with my Rosacea with my first daughter asnim having with this one.

  • http://www.25sweetpeas.com 25 Sweetpeas

    I use those cotton rounds too! Great for microcellular water!

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s exactly what I use the big ones for!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    The glow tonic to go is amazing! I go through those like crazy

    • BeautyJudy

      It is, I hope my skin tolerates itnonce again after pregnancy!

  • http://www.thefabzilla.com Kathryne

    You’ve used up a lot. I still have that glow tonic pads. I am very careful w/ skincare products I use coz I can’t afford to have breakouts

    • BeautyJudy

      I am not fond of having breakouts I’d my Rosacea. After all these years of managing it I’m learning more and more than ever about triggers and things that can contribute to flare-ups so I’m hopeful after baby I will be clear!

  • http://www.bedlambeauty.com/ Nichole C

    empties are my favorite kinds of posts.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too. I like peeping at what other people like and use up!

  • Phyrra Nyx

    Daisy sounds good!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s such a pretty scent!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    I love the Neutrogena wipes, they are my fav!

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too!

  • Ehmkay Nails

    I feel out of love with my eye primer so maybe I’ll check out this one!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s a great drugstore alternative!!!

  • Kristi Vasquez

    Woo hoo, I love when I love the same things as a beauty guru. LOVE those towelettes and Daisy!! 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Lol! Daisy is really pretty I need to splurge for the bottle this spring!

  • Jen Sky Walker

    I have something like one empty this month, lol! It was not a great month for using up products for me apparently! Hopefully your skin issues are due to your pregnancy. I know mine always seemed off and became even more sensitive during my pregnancies.

    • BeautyJudy

      Hey we all have ebbs and flows in what we use! I imagine I’ll be light on empties this month because I’ll be caring for a newborn soon and not showering much lol and yes, I really hope it’s pregnancy too!

  • http://polishedlifting.com Courtney B

    I bet that Tom’s bar smells wonderful!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s soft but really nice!

  • http://www.beautyandfashiontech.com/ Carleen

    I have the same empty makeup remover wipes. Love those things!

    • BeautyJudy

      They are my jam! I’m loving the nighttime calming ones right now too

  • Yvette Price

    I use all of the up up products for my cotton balls and pads, I have just discovered they have the tapered cotton swab sticks for nail clean up!

    • BeautyJudy

      I didn’t know they had those – I have to look next time I’m there!