May skin care empties
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Lots of Beauty Empties in May

Happy June—my birthday month! I had a whole mess of beauty empties in May, so I photographed them by category. First is the skin care:

May skin care empties

Next is the hair care:

May hair care empties

Plus some body care and fragrance, along with an old mascara:

May body care empties

Would I Repurchase?

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  • Prose Conditioner: This custom-blend hair care brand seems pretty good. Like with the shampoo, the conditioner was nothing life-changing, but I will likely repurchase at some point because I really loved the botanica scent!
  • Whole Foods 365 Herbal Mint Shampoo: fine, nothing exciting, but I do love a minty fresh shampoo in the morning. And the WF house brand is quite affordable.
  • Kristin Ess Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo: I liked this scalp-cleansing shampoo and might repurchase. I’m trying one from a different brand first, though.
  • Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask: pretty good, but again, nothing life-changing. Not sure it’s necessary enough in my hair routine to repurchase. I also don’t love it when shower products come in jars.


  • Venus 2-in-1 Cleanser & Shave Gel: I used this for shaving my bikini line. It’s a little pricey for what it is ($14.99…hello, pink tax) and I don’t think I truly need a dedicated shave gel for that area.
  • Nécessaire The Body Lotion [gifted]: still loving this product even though the brand no longer sends me gifts. I have a couple more bottles as backup.
  • Kosasport Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant: from a gift set I ordered early this year. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. I’d consider it if I find myself having trouble finding a good natural deodorant.
  • Heretic Parfum Dirty Fig: a little on the sweet side for my taste, but I liked it best when mixed with other Heretic fragrances (like Dirty Jasmine, which is currently unavailable).
  • Heretic Parfum Dirty Mango sample: not my favorite scent, would not purchase.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara: I bought this after hearing on a beauty podcast that it was one of those viral TikTok products. I LOVE the original Lash Sensational, but this one isn’t as good. I’ve decided to cease immediately buying products that podcasters say have gone viral on TikTok. There’s too much garbage on that fucking app.  /middleagedrant
The Masks

Of course, I used up some sheet masks as well:

May sheet mask empties

That’s a wrap for May! Have a SAFE June, everyone!