Without further ado, here are the skin care products I emptied:

1. Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel

It took me a while to finish the full 50g. tub. Got this from a Neutrogena event 10 months ago.  As you can tell, I didn’t use it on a regular basis.

I’ve adopted a new skin care practice since reading Ask an Esthetician’s article on treating the skin by zones.  At a given point in time, my skin condition can be any of: dry, combination, oily, very blindingly oily, and, at rare occasions, normal.

I only use this when my skin is normal or when parts of my skin is normal which means I only apply it on areas where I need it and put something else on the other areas of my face.

Since I use topical acne meds, my skin is often dry with an oily film on top — like leather smothered in oil. If my skin is at this state, the water gel’s moisturizing power wouldn’t be enough.

The low-down on this moisturizer: I think this is best for people who do not like any trace and feel of grease on their moisturizers and those who do not have intense moisturization needs.

Not for repurchase.

2. Human <3 Nature 100% Purifying Facial Scrub

This was given to me by a friend who didn’t like it. I didn’t like this either. I prefer dense, tiny, and even-sized scrubbing bits that is not possible to achieve with natural ingredients.

The beads on this scrub, I believe, are the beady stuff we see on the surface of a strawberry. They are dispensed very sparingly in the carrier cream that I feel like I don’t get an even scrubbing all over my face. I I ended up just using it as a shower gel.

The low-down on this facial scrub: This is ok for people who prefer skin care products labeled chemical-free and natural. I don’t recommend this to folks who are used to scrubs with dense even-sized polyethylene microbeads.

Here are positive reviews from ladies who liked it: Kath and Aya.

Not for repurchase.

Skin Care Empties II + A Toss-away
3. Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub

This is one of the facial cleansers I rotate. Here’s a slightly more detailed review.

Likely to be repurchased

4. Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom

This one’s a tinted lip balm. Technically, it’s not yet empty but I have to toss it away. I didn’t realize it was already expired.

I am not into lip balms and I always forget that I have them (probably because I don’t really need them).  Now that I think of it, I think I used it more as an elbow and heel moisturizer than as a lip balm.

Not for repurchase (this goes for all lip balms though.)

5. Lovely ME:EX Nail Polish Remover

I never thought I would ever care for a nail polish remover. I used to see nail polish removers as I see dishwashing liquids — nothing special, any brand will do as long as it does the job.

But when someone invents a non-cuticle-drying variant that leaves a strawberry scent on the fingertips, it brings the nail polish removing scene to a whole new level.  Click my detailed review on this nail polish remover here: TFS Lovely ME:EX Nail Polish Remover

Likely to be repurchased (but I’m eyeing a similar product from Tony Moly. If it is cheaper by the ml, I’m getting that instead)

6. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Foam (in Pink Grapefruit; Revitalizing)

Same with neutrogena water gel, I got this from the neutrogena event last year. This facial cleanser is an experience. This is one of those cleansers that foam up as you press the pump. The foam texture is thin and not hard to rinse.

Of all the cleansers I brought home, E seemed to enjoy this one the most. As in he would really take the time to massage this all over his face. It helps that it smells so good: a refreshing sweet grapefruit scent that isn’t the all too familiar cough-syrup scent that come off of some citrus-scented skin care products.

The low-down on this facial cleanser: For something that foams up, this isn’t drying. For makeup removal, you’d have to use something else beforehand.  This is recommend for people who takes their skin care routine as an experience.

Not for repurchase (only because I’m making my skin care routine leaner. If neutrogena brings in their Pink Grapefruit Salicylic Acid face cleanser, I’m getting that for sure.)

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Hopefully, I don’t get any more expired products the next time. So far, I think my empties are coming along great. I feel like I’m getting less of those products that are a pain to finish.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. A friend also gave me that Human Nature strawberry facial scrub, and it's the current facial scrub I'm using. the product is actually okay but I just find the beads to be really harsh since it is bigger that what I'm used to. I decided to just finish the whole tube and purchase another facial scrub with finer microbeads. ^_^
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  2. Must be just coincidence. Maybe you can do a post on products that expired on you and why you weren't able to use them.

  3. I'm afraid I've hauled too many products a few years ago, most of them just expires before I finish them up. I wonder why the Terra Tints's packaging looks a bit like those of Human<3Nature's lipbalms.


  4. I am also using Lovely ME:EX Nail Polish Remover, smells nice. I will await your thoughts on Tony Moly's if ever you purchase that. thanks ;)

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