Empties – June 2019

June was a pretty productive month as far as using up products goes. Today, I’ll be sharing my list of empties for the month of June, as well as my thoughts on the items.


  • First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (mini) I really enjoyed this. It’s got a glow similar to Becca Backlight, but is more moisturizing. I would absolutely repurchase this in the future. 
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (travel size) This worked fine, but I don’t personally understand the hype this powder gets. I would only repurchase this if it were in a Sephora Favorites kit. 
  • Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer – Matte Tan (mini) This is no longer sold, so it’s not linked. I do have a full-size of this that i got from TJ Maxx. I would guess it’s similar to the lighter matte shade in the new Hustle and Glow palette.
  • Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil – Blonde This is my second of this type of pencil. Since I got more highlights at the end of May I decided to go for a blonde pencil instead of another in Soft Brown. I would compare this to the Benefit Goof Proof pencil in shape, but it is a little creamier of a formula, which I like. And the price is hard to beat!
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner – Stomper I love the Colourpop liners, and this was a nice, deep brown that worked fine with either black or brown mascara. I like using Colourpop liners because they work, but aren’t too expensive. Since I don’t regularly use eyeliner, I prefer to find inexpensive options like this. 
  • Benefit They’re Real mascara I did not like this mascara. I prefer much more volume in my lashes, but I can compromise if a mascara is especially lengthening, but this didn’t meet either mark. It was also much harder to remove than most other mascaras I’ve tried in quite some time. 
  • Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray (mini) Just okay. I would like to try the Dewy Finish version of this spray in the future. 
  • beautyblender Joy (yellow) I got this in a holiday set last year. I use my sponges for 3 months, then discard them. I find beautyblenders actually last this full period. 



Bath & Body

  • Sol de Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (mini) I just don’t understand the hype of this stuff, especially when it’s so expensive with so many other options out there. I had a small tube from an ipsy bag, and used it all over my legs once to try it out that way, then used it on my arms until I finished it off. The glow is nice, but I can get that with highlight. 
  • Versace Bright Crystal perfume (sample) I have the hardest time explaining why I like a fragrance, but since I finished it you know I do. Looking at the notes, I think it is because it is both fruity and floral, and smells light. I also found that it lasted a long time on my skin. 

I am nearing the end of most of my minis stash of skincare products, so I expect things to slow down in that category, but there are a lot of items in Project Pans that I hope to finish by the end of July.

What items did you finish up recently? Did you have a different experience with any of the products above? Please comment here or on Instagram! (Follow me @natalieblends!)

– Natalie

P.S. Here’s some referral links to some of my favorite sites. Use if you’d like!

  • Ebates – This is a great way to earn cash back from online shopping (that you’re already doing) at many of your favorite stores! (Including Sephora & Ulta!) If you join through this link and make a purchase of $25 or more, you’ll get an extra $10 cash back and your own referral code, and I’ll get $15 as well.
  • thredUP – I love using thredUP to clean out my closet and shop for new pieces at a discounted price – sometimes they’re even brand new with tags! When you join thredUP through this link, you get $10 to spend and I get $10 to shop after you place your first order.
  • StitchFix – This is a great way to try out some new items for your closet, without the hassle of going to the stores and the bonus of a personal stylist. If you sign up with this link, you’ll get a FREE styling fee (usually $20) on your first Fix, and I’ll get $25 credit once it ships.

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