Let me begin with a confession:
I’m a beauty product shopaholic.
You know those people that buy a bunch of products, open them all at once so they’re all ticking towards expiration, purchase more products a few weeks later and open those before the old ones are finished?
I’m one of THEM.
I had a clearout recently and had to get rid of products I knew I’d bought years ago although they were almost full, because I knew I’d opened them and they’d long passed expiration.
That hurt my soul, but more often than not I don’t empty the products I have open before moving onto the next.
I don’t think anyone needs 8 cleansers or 6 moisturisers at any one time, but here we are.
So after seeing how much I’d wasted I swore to myself I’d start using everything up, starting with my samples and minis.
No new products are to be opened until I finish another of its type.
Here’s a short post to brag about the fact that I FINALLY HAVE PRODUCT EMPTIES!
Pixi Vitamin C Tonic
A refreshing toner that leaves the skin very soft and smooth. It has a pleasant, citrusy scent and adds an immediate brightness to the skin.
Despite not hating it, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to repurchase this. There are so many vitamin C products on the market to explore.
Pixi Milky Tonic
This toner is fab. It really soothes and hydrates my dry, sensitive skin.
I would consider purchasing the bigger size when I finish my current toner.
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Elemis Advanced Skincare Hydra-Boost Day Cream
A little goes a long way with this product and I definitely tried to stretch it to last as long as possible.
Such a luxurious, gentle, hydrating product. My skin really appreciated it.
Pretty sure this came in a Birchbox a lifetime ago and thus expired a lifetime ago, but I didn’t have the heart to throw it out.
In a whole skincare routine I don’t believe it’s necessary to splash out on a moisturiser of all things, so I won’t be in a hurry to repurchase this. That said, if you have the money to spend, you won’t be disappointed.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
Confession #2: This ran out because I dropped it on the floor and lost half of it.
It’s a fantastic product though. Extremely lightweight and hydrating. I purchased a backup straight away and would highly recommend this as a light but effective alternative to hyaluronic acid.
Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water
I’m generally not a fan of micellar water and don’t purchase it myself, but this was a free sample from one of my hauls.
Not really a flash cleanse.. I don’t find it any quicker to use this than any other cleanser. Plus, this involves cotton pads. I prefer not to use cotton pads where possible, and definitely prefer an oil cleanser to remove makeup.
Certainly not a bad product if you’re into micellar water though.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
I’m on the fence with this one.
I’m convinced it helps me not to get breakouts so often, but I’m also convinced it’s one of the causes of the pilling I’ve been experiencing recently when layering products in the evening.
Many affordable brands are releasing skincare in the footsteps of Deciem (The Ordinary). The Inkey List’s niacinamide is next on my hit list. I think it’s time to take a break from The Ordinary.
Are you guilty of letting products go to waste, or do you manage to empty everything?
(This is a safe space – be honest)
What are your recent product empties?