April Beauty Empties
Some Empties from April

Happy May! It’s wild to me that we’re already five months into 2021. It’s also wild to me that I’m fully vaccinated now…though currently it’s unclear how effective the vaccines are for people on the medication that I’m taking. So I’m going to continue to be cautious until we have more information. What I keep reminding myself is that even some vaccine protection is better than no vaccine protection!

Let’s see what beauty products I emptied last month:

April Beauty Empties

I only used a couple of sheet masks:

April sheet masks

Linus decided to oversee my photography session. He was very into these products.

Linus oversees the photography

Would I Repurchase?
  • Tatcha The Silk Canvas: LOVE. This primer has a really great blurring effect. I rarely use it as a primer because I don’t use foundation that often. But I love using it as the final step in my skin care routine, over SPF. I would repurchase, but I’m also curious about the liquid version that came out more recently.
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Mini: I got this in the Sephora Play! Luxe bag that I bought forever ago and I finally used it. I’ve actually used a mini of this mask before and liked it. I would purchase, but would probably wait for a discount because it’s pretty pricey ($65).
  • Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream: this cream came in my summer 2020 FabFitFun box. I liked this cream; it was light and my skin drank it right up. I didn’t love the runny texture, though, so I would maybe not purchase it for that reason.
  • Heretic Parfum Dirty Rose Mini: I really like many of the scents from the Discovery Set I got for my birthday a couple years ago. It’s been fun mixing and matching the scents. Dirty Rose wasn’t my favorite, but I did like it enough to use up. Though I’ve since purchased small bottles of a couple Heretic scents, I’m not happy with how long they last. I feel like they disappear from my skin an hour after applying. So I’d reconsider purchasing more of these in the future.
  • Tarte Sea Quench Lip Rescue Balm in Nude: I absolutely love this shade. These balms are one of the few types of lip products that I’ve emptied (I’ve also gone through a tube of Rose). They’re slippery and shiny without being sticky, and they have a wonderful minty scent. They aren’t long-lasting so I reapply often, which is probably why I’ve emptied a couple. I would still repurchase, though.
  • Naturopathica White Tea Antioxidant Mask: loved it! This is the second Naturopathica mask that I’ve emptied recently and would buy both on my own (they were birthday gifts last year). I want to try more Naturopathica.
  • IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel Mini: from my June 2017 Play! by Sephora box. Eh, it was fine. Obviously I didn’t love this because it took me almost four years to use up.
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel: This product has been renamed a “serum” rather than a “gel.” I bought this to use along with the brand’s retinol, which I found to be pretty intense for me and never ended up using regularly. The serum was okay, nothing special for me. I probably won’t repurchase.
A Couple Masks
  • TONYMOLY I’m Real Cherry Blossom Brightening Mask: I pulled this mask out of my stash when the cherry blossoms were at peak bloom here. No better time, right? I enjoyed it and would repurchase.
  • May Coop Raw Sheet Mask: I’m still working on the pack that I bought as a FabFitFun add-on. I like these and would repurchase them.

Thus ends my April beauty empties. I didn’t finish nearly as many products as I did in March, but that was an unprecedented amount of empties for me!

On an unrelated note: please get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Immunosuppressed people like myself need us to get to herd immunity before we can start living life normally again! Vaccines are a lot more readily available in the US than they were even a month ago, and many communities now offer walk-up vaccine sites that don’t require an appointment. You can use the CDC’s Vaccine Finder to see where to get a vaccine near you (and you can even filter for a specific type of vaccine, if you have a preference).

Additionally, if you have the means, please donate to an organization dedicated to helping India with its devastating COVID-19 crisis. This NY Times article lists a number of good options for donating.

Okay, getting off my soapbox now. Please continue to stay safe out there!