Empties: May 2019

Round-up of empty beauty, hair, body and skin care products for May 2019

This month's empties round-up features a lot of trial sizes, some makeup empties (a rarity for me!), and a new-to-me French natural skincare brand I'll be testing a lot more of in the coming weeks.

La Coupe Coconut Milk Moisture Quenching Shampoo (approx. $9.99, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Moisturizing and coconut-y, definitely lives up to its name. The giant pump bottle lasts forever and is oh so affordable.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Deep Conditioner ($5.99 at London Drugs, previously featured here)

Quick notes: This kept the ends of my hair from drying out, and as a 3-minute treatment it was a lot speedier than a conventional hair mask. I would leave it in my hair while soaping up and rinse it at the very end of my shower.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Lemongrass Body Butter ($15)

Quick notes: This is my fifth Rocky Mountain Soap Company body butter stick. It's a great portable body moisturizer for my gym kit.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Volume Colourist Mascara

Quick notes: So smudgy. Dislike.

Would I repurchase? No.

NeoStrata Repair Matrix Support with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($75 at London Drugs)

Quick notes: Lightweight, hydrating. The sunscreen felt comfortable under makeup and didn't leave a white ashy cast, but the sunscreens were all chemical instead of mineral/natural.

Would I repurchase? Probably not, just because I'm trying to wean myself off chemical sunscreens.

L'Occitane x Rifle Paper Co. Hand Cream Trio ($29)

Quick notes: Love the packaging. Nice scent, non-greasy and quick-absorbing texture. Surprisingly silicone-heavy though.

Would I repurchase? Maybe.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet ($48)

Quick notes: A good basic moisturizer, wears well under makeup without being super thick or greasy. Maybe a bit thin for the depths of winter or for dry skin though. Like Caudalie's other products, this is a natural formula.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Burt's Bees 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Towelettes ($9.99 at London Drugs, previously featured here)

Quick notes: 99.5% natural and made from repurposed cotton. The micellar water-soaked towelettes remove everything without stinging eyes. Love the affordable price tag too.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Hydrating Toner ($27, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Still the best spray nozzle I've ever encountered on a toner! The nozzle creates a fine but saturated all-over mist that eliminates the need for cotton pads, and I love the botanical scent of the aloe and frankincense formula.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

ILIA Cucumber Water Stick ($51, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Travel-friendly solution for refreshing and hydrating skin. I like the fact that the formula's all-natural, but I think ultimately I prefer a mist.

Would I repurchase? No.

Avene Couvrance High Tolerance Mascara ($19 at Shoppers Drug Mart, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Still my mascara Holy Grail.

Would I repurchase? Uh, I have back-ups already, so yes.

Dior Fix It Colour Backstage Pro Colour Corrector (previously featured here)

Quick notes: Dior doesn't make this product anymore sadly. This is a colour-correcting stick with a primer core, easy to apply and to blend with fingers, travel-friendly. On days when I don't feel like wearing a full face of makeup, I do my brows and swipe this over any ruddiness on my face and apply SPF on top.

Would I repurchase? No, as it's not available anymore.

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm ($72, previously featured here)

Quick notes: I like this eye cream for all the reasons I specified in my review.

Would I repurchase? Already did when I was in Paris!

Saeve Quenching Soothing Emulsion ($25.50)

Quick notes: I discovered Saeve (pronounced "Save") in the mall under the Louvre. This is a skincare brand that just launched in France last year and is already making waves for its potent natural formulas and affordable price points. This emulsion is full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid and makes a great daytime serum under SPF, and it did indeed live up to its name by quenching and soothing. I'll be writing more about Saeve soon, but for now trust me when I say this line is amazing.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

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