Do you get that intense feeling of satisfaction when you use the last drop of something you’ve been working on for months? It makes me feel like an actual responsible adult who got her money’s worth! If I completely use up a product, it’s usually a testament to how much I love using it…usually.
Rather than chucking my empties into the garbage, I channeled my inner hoarder and kept my trash in a box to take pictures of and show you all. Totally normal!
1. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99 at Ulta)
I’ve gone through an absurd number of these wipes — like, literally more than 20 packs of 25 wipes! I really should collect the empty wrappers to see how many I actually use…
These are my all-time favorite go-to makeup removers. I’ve tried countless different wipes and even micellar water on cotton pads. Some of them are nice, but I always, always, always come back to these.
The actual cloth wipes are so nice and soft and don’t irritate my skin, and the cleanser they’re soaked in is super gentle and doesn’t burn my eyes, but it still does the job and gets off all of my makeup.
Will I repurchase them? Yes, I already have, and I’m quickly burning through my last pack!
2. Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner ($15 for 3.4 oz.)
Ugh, I hate how fast I go through these toners! I get the smaller, cheaper 3.4-oz. bottle because I feel like I’m being oh, so thrifty, but I fly through them in about three weeks (I use it twice a day).
I really should get the bigger bottle, huh.
I fell in love with this toner a few months ago and have been religiously using it ever since. I like that it’s exfoliating and helps get rid of some of the bumpy, uneven texture I tend to get on my skin. It really does leave my skin super soft and glowing.
I’ve talked about why I think toners are so important in my Pixi Skincare Routine post, but you really should use one. Really.
Will I repurchase? Yes! As soon as I make it back to Target, which is about an hour away from where I live!
I know. Feel sorry for me. 🙁
3. Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 for 8.5 oz.)
You know how when you use something and you’re trying to decide what you think about it, but you really don’t know? That’s how I feel about Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner…
I picked it up when my skin was acting up and used it off and on for about six months until I finished it.
I really don’t know what to say about this one!
Obviously, it didn’t “wow!” me, but I didn’t hate it either. It did the job and got my skin super clean, but I can’t really remember if it helped me with breakouts or not. My guess is that if I don’t remember, it probably didn’t.
I wouldn’t completely write this one off, though, if you’re looking for something with salicylic acid and witch hazel to keep your pores nice and tight. I do really like the ingredients in this.
Will I repurchase it? Probably not…mostly because I wasn’t wow’d by it.
4. Ole Henrikson Nurture Me Moisturizer ($40)
I wish I remember the name of the guy who helped me that fateful day in Sephora when I was encouraged to give this moisturizer a try because he changed my life!
OK, that’s a little much, but I love this moisturizer so much. I went in looking for something, anything, to help calm the redness that I was experiencing on my skin and came out with this.
First off, I have to tell you how good it smells, because if something smells amazing, that makes me love it 100 times more. It legit smells like the most delicious orange Creamcicles… My mouth waters every time I use it.
Of course, the smell isn’t why I use it, though. Not only does it soothe my skin and relieve the redness, but it makes my skin feel so smooth and comfortable. There are no massive, angry breakouts, no redness, no rough texture. My skin is happy!
Will I repurchase? Absolutely! As soon as all the bills are paid and everyone has what they need, I WILL buy my magic orange Creamsicle again.
5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)
Drying Lotion. Sounds like a bit of a contradiction, doesn’t it? Basically, this is a spot treatment for blemishes, and guys, it works. If you’ve got a massive, angry spot, grab a Q-tip, get some of the product on there, and coat the hideous offender before bed. It’ll shrink overnight and become so much more manageable.
I don’t know how it works so well, but it does. It must contain magical ingredients to suck all of the gunk (mmm, yummy) out of your zit and clear it up so much faster than it would have if you had just left it alone.
Sadly, I should still have a ton left, but I spilled it all over the place. Hence the nasty-looking bottle.
Will I repurchase? Yes! As soon as my skin starts acting up again, which it always does, I’ll pick a new one up at Ulta.
6. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($35)
Now, for a couple of finished makeup thingies…
First, I got a small size of the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder because I’d always heard great things about it and had to give it a try for myself. Well, it did not fail to live up to its reputation!
This is such a nice powder. It’s invisible on the skin but mattifies any shine you have and makes you look like you’re airbrushed. I mostly use it to set my undereye concealer because it doesn’t crease at all.
I’ll also dust a light layer over my foundation where it helps my bronzer, blush, and highlight blend perfectly and never go chunky or patchy.
Will I repurchase? Yup, already got the full size!
7. NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)
Best brow pencil in the world right here!
Well, it’s tied with Anastasia Brow Wiz, but it’s half the price! — which I guess makes it better. The tip is the perfect size for really light flicking motions to create realistic-looking brow hairs, which is my favorite way to fill in brows.
There’s not much else to say about this one… It’s just the perfect brow pencil!
Interested in how I fill in my brows? Here’s my step-by-step tutorial!
Will I repurchase it? Been there, done that! In fact, I’ll probably be finishing this one here soon.
What’s a product you go through over and over?