What I've Been Loving Lately | Empties

Empties make me happy. Probably even more so than getting new stuff. Not only is there none of the guilt, but there's also the triumph of (1) finding a good product, and more importantly, (2) sticking with it long enough to reach the very end.

Over the last couple of weeks I've had a handful of products needing replacement and I am very, very pleased.

OGX Argan Oil
I use this mainly as a heat protectant because I blow dry my hair everyday, and even with daily use it lasted for like an eternity because you need so little. Honestly it's just kind of meh, but it is good value for money. But I probably wouldn't repurchase.

Curel Intensive Moisture Cream
This product has seen me through Icelandic winter and Singaporean summer and it has kept my skin calm and happy and I shall keep repurchasing for the foreseeable future.

Estee Lauder Double Wear
Holy crap, you guys, I finished another bottle of foundation! Double Wear is a cult favorite and for good reason - good coverage, semi-matte finish, and very long-wearing. It can lean a bit heavy but a well-prepped face and a damp beauty blender usually fixes that. The color range is decent as well (I'm using 2W2 Rattan). My one quibble is the lack of a pump - I had to purchase one from MAC (which fits nicely although I did have to cut a bit off the end). I'm also not repurchasing just because there are tons of other foundations I would like to try (I do have a couple of pumps left just in case I find myself in dire need of a good base).

Anessa Aqua Booster Mild
Or, the only sunscreen that does not break me out. It's not as cosmetically elegant as other Japanese sunscreens (the original Anessa sunscreens are a revelation on how great the texture of a sunscreen can be), and I wish there was a way to tell how much product I had left, and it would be nice if it absorbed faster, but... IT. DOES. NOT. BREAK. ME. OUT. And it's reasonably-priced and I can get it from the drugstore. I have nothing but love for this product.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
I love The Ordinary. My skin is not really sensitive, but it just hates certain things, and when you have a cream that has like four hundred fifty ingredients and it breaks me out not only does it suck because I can't use the cream, I also am not able to identify which ingredient caused it so as to be able to avoid it later. So having products with just one or two actives each is such a godsend. Yes, you have to do a bit more research and maybe you have to layer more products but in the end you get to choose exactly what goes into your skincare regimen. I also love that they don't shy away from scientific jargon - there is nothing I hate more than brands that claim to be "chemical-free" or "toxin-free" or worse, "without any nasties" because I think they contribute to this whole culture of rejecting anything that sounds remotely scientific and branding it as evil.
So yeah I've started using Retinoids, because (1) I'm old not getting any younger, and (2) I have discovered a sunscreen which does not break me out (retinoids make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation). Now I don't have any dramatic results or anything, but it did get rid of the giant milia under my eye that I've had for years (!!!) and there was a decrease in irritation and breakouts.
This has been now renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion - I know this because I repurchased :D.

Jack Black Lipbalm
So I bought these before we went on our honeymoon - which was more than a year ago! This tells us two things - (1) lip balms last forever, and there is never any reason to own more than two (one for the home + one for on-the-go), and (2) these are awesome, because I did not purchase any other lip balm for an entire year. And actually, I just purchased two replacement tubes earlier today (after squeezing the bejeezus out of the last ones) which means I just signed up for one more year of exclusive Jack Black lipbalm use and I am 100% alright with it. ^^

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