April Empties & Throwaways

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During the last two months, I sadly wasn’t able to finish many full-sized products. However I do have several decants and samples that I did use up! Please note that my thoughts on those are really just first impressions rather than actual reviews.

P.S. Also, there are no throwaways this time, just empties! I generally try to avoid throwing away products.


Scinic Propolis Ampoule 95, 30 ml

So this was the only full-sized skincare product that I finished these last two months. The ampoule contains 95% propolis. I liked this product enough: the texture was nice on skin with no stickiness, and the fragrance was barely discernable (very faintly sweet/honey-like). I used this once or twice every day, and it lasted me a little over a month. This was decently hydrating and slightly brightening for me, but nothing amazing. Would not repurchase, but I’d recommend this to someone new to skincare.

I purchased this from Amazon for around $13, but this is available from a lot of retailers.

Etude House Color My Brows (#4 Natural Brown), 4.5 g

This is the second one I’ve used up and I quite like it! The brush is similar to that of a large spoolie and it’s very easy to comb this through your brows to give them a bit of color. Your brows will be somewhat stiff after using this, but it’s not too bad. The product also has decent hold, so as long as your brows aren’t too unruly, this should hold them in place. The color is slightly too light for me. Would repurchase, but I’m starting to get a little bored and may explore other brow options.

I purchased this from Amazon for around $6, but this is available from a lot of retailers.

Fresh Sugar Lychee Rollerball, 0.34 oz / 10 ml

I love this scent SO SO much. This was my first perfume rollerball ever and I’ve had it for three years because I rarely used it. Now I’ve finally finished it and I’m missing it a lot already. It’s a really wonderful spring/summer fragrance that smells vaguely of lychee/citrus/fruit with some amber notes. (I’m not a fragrance expert whatsoever so I won’t even talk about top/middle/bottom notes- just see the links below for more detail.) Unfortunately, the staying power of this perfume is really awful on me. I find that the fragrance almost completely disappears on me within an hour. I’m still kind of tempted to buy the full size because I love the scent, but that’s probably a bad idea… So I’m on the fence as to whether I’d repurchase. Maybe I’ll get the rollerball again once I finish up all of my mini perfume samples.

I purchased this from Sephora for $25. This is also available at the official Fresh website for the same price.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence, 3 ml sample

I’ve tried a sample of this before and enjoyed using this both times. It’s a nice, watery essence that absorbs quickly with no stickiness and is lightly hydrating. There’s a little bit of a fresh, maybe citrusy scent. It layers pretty well with other products. Wouldn’t purchase the full size though due to the price.

The full size (2.53 oz / 75ml) can be purchased at Amazon for $40, Sephora for $42, as well as other retailers.

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum, 2 ml sample

I was really curious as to how this product would work, as I find Blithe’s products kind of gimmicky. (I also have a sample of one of the splash masks that I’ll be trying out soon). Due to the 60% chaga mushroom extract I was kind of expecting a woodsy or earthy smell, but this just faintly smells perfume-y. I did really enjoy the texture of this product, which feels like a balmy but light moisturizer. It feels rich and hydrating, but not too heavy on the skin. I can’t tell from the sample how well it does with regards to long-term effects though. I’m interested in trying out the full size, but at that price point, I will probably pass.

The full size (1.68 oz / 50 ml) can be purchased at Glow Recipe for $49, Sephora for the same price, as well as other retailers.

Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion, 5 ml decant

This was a really nice toner! It absorbs quickly with minimal stickiness and softens my skin a little as well. I think I may have also noticed some brightening. I’m not loving the strong scent though- the fruity sake smell is a bit off-putting for me personally. Would consider purchasing the full size, but I think I would get bored of it or tire of the scent before I could finish the huge bottle.

The full size (a whopping 500 ml) can be purchased on Amazon for around $13, but this is available from other retailers too.

Kikumasamune Sake Milk, 5 ml decant

This emulsion has the same scent as the toner and also works well in softening my skin a bit and providing some nice light hydration. Would consider purchasing the full size but again, I think I would get bored of it or tire of the scent.

The full size (380 ml) can be purchased on Amazon for around $13, but this is available from other retailers too.

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk, 5 ml decant

This is the first Stratia product I’ve tried! This is a really gentle creamy cleanser that doesn’t leave any residue on my face and leaves my skin feeling soft. I used this as my second cleanse as you’ll need an oil-based cleanser or makeup remover to do the heavy lifting. Even though this is a rich cleanser and I have oily skin, I quite liked it. Would consider purchasing the full size once I run out of my current cleanser.

The full size (4 oz) can be purchased on the Stratia site for $15.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream, 5 ml decant

I have desperately wanted snail products to work miracles on my skin. In fact, they were the reason why I got into Asian skincare in the first place. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found any snail products that do much for my face. This is a nice, light cream that has a slightly goopy texture due to the snail slime and feels very nice and soothing on the skin. Other than being lightly hydrating, I didn’t get super soft skin from this cream unlike many others. Sadness 😦 Wouldn’t purchase the full size because this product doesn’t do much for me.

The full size (100 ml) can be purchased on Amazon for around $15, but this is available from a lot of other retailers too.


February Empties & Throwaways

Wow, it’s the second week of March already! I was actually planning to do an empties post in January, but it’s taken me quite a while to publish this post. I get easily distracted and have a hard time sticking to the same product, so it was a while before I was able to get through a couple of products I wanted to include. Oops.



Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, 6 oz/177 ml

After running out of this, I’ve found that I actually miss it more than I thought I would. This is very gentle and I love using this as a second cleanse, or as my only one on mornings and days where I’m lazy and don’t have much makeup on. The rose scent is a plus for me. I also like the texture, and how the creamy gel is almost bouncy (I know not everyone is a fan of it, though). More details on this here in my huge Glossier post. I will likely repurchase this at some point.

I purchased this from Glossier for $18.

Pixi Glow Tonic, 3.4 oz/100 ml

This contains 5% glycolic acid and is a mild exfoliating toner. I got this as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and wanted to try it for myself. I liked it enough while I was using it and it was effective, but I’m not a fan of the strong, perfume-y scent and my skin can tolerate a stronger AHA so I won’t be repurchasing this. I also feel like this is overpriced for the amount you get. I believe the 8.5 oz/250 ml size retails for $29.

I purchased this from Target for $15, but it’s available from many retailers.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack, 3.38 oz/100 ml

I’ve had this one lying around forever! I bought this a long time ago when I had no idea what sleeping packs were. I thought you had to apply a super thick layer on your face before going to bed like a regular mask, so for the longest time, sleeping packs were extremely unappealing to me (don’t ask me why I bought this). Because of that, I actually tried to use this as a regular mask to try and use it up… which didn’t do much for my face. After I figured out how sleeping packs worked and used this correctly, I found that this was actually decent! I liked the light, gel-like texture and the scent, but it was nothing exciting though, so I stopped using it again. Now I’ve finally managed to finish it by using it as a body moisturizer, where it did a surprisingly good job. I won’t be repurchasing this though.

I purchased this from Amazon for $11, but it’s available from many retailers.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, 1.18 oz/35 ml

I’m not a fan of the BareMinerals brand, nor have I ever tried out anything else from them. I don’t have anything particularly against them- it’s just not an appealing brand to me personally. However I did pick this tinted moisturizer up after hearing a lot of good reviews when it first came out, and I have to say, I agree with them! This gives light coverage and blends in very nicely, with a slightly dewy finish. I find that I prefer to set this with a tiny bit of powder as it stays a little tacky on the skin. This also has SPF 30, although I wouldn’t rely on it for actual UV protection. I may repurchase this at some point. I wear Natural 05, which is a medium-toned, neutral shade.

I purchased this from Sephora for $29.50. However I noticed recently that you can get it on Amazon for as low as $23!


Nature Republic Rose Real Nature Ampoule, 1 oz/30 ml

I already posted about this on Instagram here. This didn’t do much for me in terms of either hydrating or brightening, and is also sticky. I’m tired of it so I’ve decided to finally throw it out. 

I purchased this from a Nature Republic store when it was on sale for around $12. This is available on RoseRoseShop for $8.45.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, 1 oz/30 ml

This is the second The Ordinary product I’ve tried (first being the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5), and unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be working out for me. This is supposed to help with blemishes/congestion and balancing sebum activity. I cannot speak to the blemishes part as I don’t get much acne, but I find that this is a bit drying on my oily skin and hasn’t provided much visible benefits in terms of reducing scarring. I still absolutely love The Ordinary’s philosophy and amazing price points though, and I’ve heard that a lot of people like this, so I would recommend trying this out for yourself!

I purchased this from The Ordinary for a whopping $5.90.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts!