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January Empties – Products I Have Used Up and Throwaways – 2018

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It has been a long time since my last empties post! I had a huge backlog of empty products that I just got rid of back in November… it got to be too much to document! It was overwhelming! So I’m starting over. Here are my empties from December 2017 and January. 🙂 There are quite a few of them so it’s been a good two months! 

Included in this post are empties and throwaways. Empties are the ones I have used up whereas throwaways are just products that I really didn’t like or were expired.

 

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Makeup Empties

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was surprisingly a very good primer. I did notice a reduction in my hormonal breakouts while I was using it but I wasn’t using it long enough to determine if it’s because of the salicylic acid in this product or something else. At the end of the day, it did a good job keeping my makeup in place so I would repurchase this… except, I don’t know if this was discontinued because it’s no longer on the Smashbox or Sephora sites.

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (deluxe, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I remember years and years ago when this was the very first face primer I have ever used. By using this sample, I remember just how much I like it. It feels light on my skin and keeps my makeup set in place. I really don’t have complaints about this product. It’s an oldie but a goodie! 🙂

Product: Wet n Wild proline Felt Tip Eyeliner (full size, 0.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: Not the best liquid eyeliner I have used… the pen dried up rather quickly. It was easy to apply my eyeliner until it started to dry up. It was okay and the price was really good but I’m not sure I would buy this again. I think I will stick to my tried and true Kat Von D liquid eyeliner.

Makeup Throw Aways

Product: Too Faced Sketch Marker in Black (full size, 0.45 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This is pretty old and I haven’t used it in a long time. If I am going to be honest, I don’t remember if it was good and it’s too old for me to use now to make that determination.

Product: theBalm Mr. Write (Now) in Jac (full size, 0.28 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: This eyeliner is all dried up. I haven’t used it in a long time and I don’t think I liked it that much. This one was a pass for me.

Product: trestique Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso (deluxe size, 0.13 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: I just received this from ipsy a couple of months ago and was disappointed when I finally used it. It felt dry and was hard to apply. I wasn’t a fan so it’s time to let this one go.

 

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Lip Balm Empties

I seem to use lip balm a lot. Like A LOT. Enough that I have a ton of empties!

Product: Softlips Luxe in Silky Shea and Creamy Coconut (full size, 3.7g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received both of these lip balms from Chickadvisor last year and I loved them both! They are so so good. They really keep my lips hydrated and they smell so good.

Product: Softlips Cube in Fresh Mint (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Also from Chickadvisor, this was the first Softlips lip balm I finished from the four that I received. I am a big mint lip balm fan and this one had a sweet side that I really liked! 

Product: Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme (full size, 4.25 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this in a swap and fell in love with it! Sadly, I have no idea where to get another one! (If anyone knows, please let me know! Preferably in Canada.) It’s not too minty as the cream really balances it out. I was so sad when I ran out! I would love to get another one of these again.

Lip Balm Throwaways

Product: Softlips Cube in Berry Bliss (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: The fourth from my Chickadvisor. I’m giving it a 3 because I love the formulation but I am no longer a berry lip balm girl so I wasn’t a big fan of the scent and flavour… which is funny to me because I used to love berry lip balms when I was a kid! Tastes really do change as you get older!

 

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Skincare Empties

Product: Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash (full size, 150 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Amie to review a long time ago and it’s lasted me quite awhile! I kept it in the shower and used it whenever I felt like exfoliating. Plus it smelled great for the mornings. Loved this so much! I would definitely repurchase this again next time I’m looking for a daily exfoliator. You can read my review on this product  here. 🙂

Product: Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser (deluxe size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This was a nice cleanser and it was definitely gentle. But nothing really stood out for me. It was a pretty average face cleanser.

 

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Product: Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum (full size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I got this from a FabFitFun box last year and I love it! It’s a great serum to use in your night time routine. Loved the smell and it made my skin feel great. I would definitely get this one again!

Product: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (deluxe size, 3 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was okay. I didn’t really notice a huge difference with my undereye when I started using it other than it did depuff it a bit in the morning. It seemed temporary, though. Still, I didn’t mind this eye cream. I’d use it again.

Product: pur~lisse Blue Lotuse 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Same as the Clinique Pep-Start above, this eye serum was okay but not amazing. I would still use it again… which I will have to anyways since I still have a couple of these kicking around! I won’t get rid of them, though…. I will use them.

Product: Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water (full size, 118 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is the second bottle I’ve used up. I love it that much! It did disappear for a time so I was glad to see it back on the store shelves eventually. This is a really nice toner. I like to put it on a cotton pad and apply it to my face in the mornings. I find it super refreshing and hydrating. I’d use it again!

 

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Body Care Empties

Product: Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Creme in Orange Blossom (full size, 400 m4)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Chickadvisor Premium last year and found that it’s a pretty good cleanser! I wasn’t quite sure about the scent at first but it grew on me. It was a nice fresh scent first thing in the morning! I’m definitely open to getting this again but maybe in a different scent.

Product: Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin in Coconut (deluxe size, 60 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This lotion is so great! You use it right after you shower but before you dry your skin. The coconut scent is not too strong but smells great! And my skin definitely feels moisturized after using this. Loved it so much! I already have this full sized in the green tea scent (that’s what I tried first and loved) but I would like to get the coconut one next time.

Body Care Throwaways

Product: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter (full size, 200 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is a great body butter! The only reason I’m throwing it away now is that it’s older and it doesn’t quite smell right anymore. I would get this again, though!

 

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Hair Care Empties

A couple of empties and I finally got through some foils, too!

Product: tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe size, 85 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I bought these for my trip to Dallas and Las Vegas back in November. It’s not bad but it’s also not super impressive either. It’s good as a quick travel size buy but I’m not sure if I’d use it as my regular shampoo and conditioner.

Product: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner  (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I really like this shampoo and conditioner… I had a full sized version of these two at some point in time! I love the smell and it made my hair so soft. I’d get this in full size again one day.

Product: Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I dunno. I am just a big fan of these Garnier Fructis hair care products! I liked this one, as well!

Product: Garnier Whole Blends Moroccan Argan and Cammelia Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample,  10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I really liked this one and the foil samples weren’t enough for me to make that decision so I’m just gonna give this one a middle of the road review for now.

 

That’s All Folks!

For January (and December) anyways. I still have some empties in the box where I keep this glorified garbage so check back early next month for my February empties! <3

How did you do with empties in January? 🙂

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Beauty Empties 3

Beauty Empties - what I loved and what I didn't

 

My quest to use up products continues! Since empties posts are pretty popular with my readers, today I bring you with 15 empties that I used up in the last couple of months. It is a whole mish mash of hair care, body care and makeup. Since there’s a ton to go through, let us begin!

 

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The Empties

Product: Dove Nutritive solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes 
Thoughts: I do adore Dove products and that includes their shampoo and conditioners. If I can recall correctly, I received the full-size of both the Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club sometime last year. I only have the conditioner pictured here because I am pretty sure I threw away the empty shampoo bottle a long time ago (whoops!). Then I bought the smaller travel sizes for when I went to Hawaii in November. I found that the Daily Moisture line was great for every day use. I tend to have drier ends and this line helped a lot. My hair felt clean with no residue using these products and it made my hair smell great! I wouldn’t hesitate to use these products again in the future.

Product: eva nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Already have… but may not repurchase after. Depends.
Thoughts: I received this from an ipsy glam bag a long, long time ago. It took me this long to finish it because I was saving it and I was afraid of running out! Until I decided to use it up before it went bad. I really liked this hair mask. It smelled really good an d does a great job of moisturizing my hair. I found a large tub of this at Winners so I have repurchased it… however, I have since found other hair masks that I like more right now so I haven’t used it in awhile. Still a pretty great hair mask, nonetheless. But yes, if you are interested in more eva nyc products, check out your local Winners and Marshalls. It seems to be the only place I can find it around Edmonton.

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Product: The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes 
Thoughts: I used to have a love-hate relationship with The Body Shop Body Butters. For the longest time, they were just too thick for me! However, this winter has been really, really dry so I needed something that was a bit more intense than my usual body lotion. Enter this Shea Body Butter. I received this deluxe travel sized tub from my Body Shop advent calendar a couple years back and found it in my stash and it wasn’t spoiled yet. I tried it and I was hooked! It’s super moisturizing which is exactly what my skin needs right now. The shea one smells really nice, as well… it’s not overpowering at all. I was really happy with this and now I’m using their Coconut Body Butter. 🙂

Product: Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
Rating (out of 5):
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Quite honestly, I love raspberry anything. I received this three pack of classic Philosophy body washes about a year go and I am working my way through them. I had already finished one earlier this year in the scent Melon Daquiri – where the bottle ended up is beyond me… I probably threw it away – and just finished this Raspberry Sorbet one. While this is marketed as a “3-in-1” product, I only used this as a shower gel and I did very much like it. It smells so great, lathers really well and doesn’t completely dry my skin when I use it. The 180 ml bottle lasted me about a month to a month and a half. I’m sure they also sell this scent in the really large bottles that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. In the end, this one was a win.

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Product: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes, yes, a hundred times yes!
Thoughts: My favourite facial wipes ever. I honestly don’t know how many of these I have finished up already. This was a travel sized pack that I brought with me to Hawaii. It’s gentle on my skin and super effective in wiping off my makeup. Great for lazy days, before a workout or as a first step to my nighttime routine. This is something I always keep on hand!

Product: Delon+ Premium Cosmetic Cotton Rounds (100 count)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I am not sure how many 100 count packages I have used up of this product. I think this was my seventh one.. You can get these at Costco for about $12 for I believe it’s eight packages of 100 and I have one package left and it’s been over a year since I bought it. Excellent for pretty much anything you need a cotton round for – removing eye makeup, applying toner, taking off nail polish – you name it! It’s lint free and stays in tact when you use it. This is a pretty standard product that I keep on my vanity table.

Product: Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this sample awhile ago and just decided to use it not too long ago. This little 8 ml sample lasted me a couple of weeks. I had not tried a cleansing milk before so it took some getting used to as it does not foam as much as some of my other cleansers… but at the end of the day, my face felt clean and it didn’t dry out my skin so I’m happy with it. I ended up loving this! Too bad it’s so expensive to purchase. Maybe I will get it again one day if I decide to treat myself!

Product: Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: This product may be discontinued. I tried to look for it on the Shiseido site but couldn’t find it. I’m not sure if this product smelled the way it did because it was old or if it was just the way it was but I did not like it. I did at first but the smell turned me off of it. It does do a good job of cleansing but I couldn’t get over the smell so I stopped using it. A big nope for me.

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Product: Clarins Mission Perfection Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I am obsessed with this stuff! So I’m super happy that my hubby bought me a new one for Christmas. 😉 This is meant to correct dark spots and even out skin tone… and it does a pretty good job of that! I had some dark spots from past blemishes on my cheek and it definitely lightened up my skin and made it brighter. This lasted a good part of the year when I used it once a day in the morning. Smells great and easy to apply on your skin. I really loved it. 

Product: Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was a pretty small sample. 5 ml lasted me about a week… maybe a week and a half. It’s a very nice gentle serum that made my skin feel much more hydrated and soft. It has a light, soft scent that I really liked. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this one again. I’m happy it’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall and it often goes on sale which makes it that much more affordable. That is a huge plus for me!

Product: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Another small sample… this time 7 ml. But I was able to use it for a couple of weeks so that was nice. This was a nice moisturizer that hydrated my skin. This one also has a nice scent to it. This was the first I have tried of Philosophy’s skincare and it was a positive experience. The only thing to caution with this product is that it contains AHA so always use it with sunscreen. I didn’t really have any issues while I was using it because it was the dead of winter and it was dark when I went to work and then dark when I went home! But sunscreen is something to keep in mind when you know you will be out in the sun!

Product: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I was so impressed with this serum! It made my skin so soft and smooth! And I was very surprised as to how long this 15 ml bottle lasted me.  A couple of months, I think? That’s awesome! It smells nice and since it seems to work with my skin, I will definitely add this to my wish list. 

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Product: Beauty Blender
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes – Holy Grail Product!
Thoughts: I adore my Beauty Blender. You can see my review of it, along with some tips and tricks as to how to use it, here. It just makes applying concealer and foundation so much easier for me! I prefer this to any brush, to be honest. Once you get the hang of it (always make sure you use it with water!), it’s so hard to turn back. But like most things in life, Beauty Blenders do not last forever… I honestly think I’ve had this one for too long. I do already have a new one so it has been replaced. This is truly a favourite of mine!

Product: L’Oreal Brow Plumper by Brow Stylist in Transparent
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: You can definitely tell that this product was well loved as there are no markings left on the tube because it all rubbed off! I had to Google what it was called because I couldn’t remember. This is a fibre infused brow gel and since it was in the shade transparent, I used it to set my brows after using a brow pencil. I really like this product and thought that it worked really well for me. It comes in a light/medium or medium/dark shades too…. something I am willing to try for sure!

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That’s it Folks!

That’s it for now. Since taking these pictures a couple of weeks ago, I have since collected more empties. Look for another post very soon! For now, I am just happy that I can finally throw away some of my garbage. 😉

Got any empties? What was your fave empty? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I purchased most products mentioned above with my own money unless otherwise stated. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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Beauty Empties 2

Beauty Empties - what I loved and what I didn't

Ever get the feeling that you’re behind? Because that is DEFINITELY how I feel about my empties! I figured that, since my box of empties just keeps fuller and fuller, I need to do something about it! It’s not my ideal to keep a box of garbage around. 😉 So in an attempt to catch up, here are some of my body product empties. The good, the bad – I will discuss it all!

 

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The Empties

Product: Aveeno Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes – already have!
Thoughts: I don’t nearly get as many episodes of eczema as I did when I was a kid but I do keep this on hand just in case my skin flares up. I used to get eczema a lot and over larger parts of my body. Nowadays, I usually get a small flare up in the inside of my elbow, on my hands and during the odd time I get it on my face when the air is drier in the winter. I have tried a number of drugstore creams that are supposed to help you during your flare ups and this one is the only one I really like! This actually made a difference for my skin, unlike the others. It’s a thick cream but it absorbs fast. It’s not scented so it’s great for those who are sensitive or allergic to fragrances. I purchased one right away after this one ran out!

Product: Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer in Summer Escape
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes – BUT this scent is no longer available 🙁
Thoughts: This is the larger size of BBW’s hand sanitizer. I have had this forever! It lasted a long, long time. It’s been sitting on my desk at work for years! I love the scent! It’s just so fresh and just really nice.  I would definitely repurchase if they ever bring this particular scent back. It’s SO good and I do love BBW hand sanitizers.

Product: Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin in Green Tea
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes – already repurchased a full size 🙂
Thoughts: I must say, I was really skeptical about wet skin lotions because when I tried the Nivea one, I almost slipped in the shower! When I saw the Jergens one, I wasn’t keen on trying it until I realized that, unlike the Nivea one where you apply it while you shower, the Jergens one is applied after your shower while your skin is still wet. That lowered the risk of using it so I gave it a try. And the verdict? Love, love, love! I wasn’t sure about the green tea scent at first but I really like it! I find it very zen, to be honest. I repurchased it when I saw that it was on sale at Shoppers. Green tea isn’t the only scent – I made a swap for the Coconut scent but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

 

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Product: Secret Scent Expressions Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Va Va Vanilla
Rating (out of 5): 4 (would’ve given it a 5 but I prefer the lavender scent!)
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Secret Scent Expressions has been my go-to for the last year or so. It dries fast and it works great for me! My usual is Ohh-La-La Lavender which I adore! But I decided to try one of the other scents so I got Va Va Vanilla. This one still smells nice but I prefer the lavender. The scent itself aside, the clear gel is such a great product! I always repurchase this product – regardless of the scent. I just gravitate to the lavender one more often than not. 🙂

Product: Olay Ultra Moisture with Shae Butter Body Wash x 2
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I have quite a few of these samples kicking around so I decided to start using them. I used up two of the smaller 50 ml bottles. They are okay. They lather nicely and it smells okay. It works great as a body was but there isn’t anything about it that makes me want to continue using it.

Product: Vitabath Fruit Fanatic Wild Red Cherry Body Wash
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I preferred this one to the Olay body wash. I reviewed above. It smells so nice! Shame the bottle was so small, though. It is sulfate and paraben free so that’s great, too!  This also lathers nicely. Pretty good stuff! I would buy a full sized bottle of this.

Product: Templespa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath and Shower Gel
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from one of my Birchbox Canada sub boxes and I was hesitant to use it at first. It has a really strong scent… but I found that it grows on you. After awhile, you just feel like you’re at the spa. It’s was always so nice and relaxing to use in the mornings. A great pick me up start to the day! I’m not sure where I could get this again but it was really nice. I’d consider repurchasing it one day.

 

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That’s it Folks!

There you go, my body product empties. For now anyways. I feel like, with my Project Pan right now and just tryingn to get through products in general, I am collecting many empties. Look for another post very soon! I finished a lot in the months of August and September that I will cover.

How did you do last month? What was your fave empty? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I purchased most products mentioned above with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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Beauty Empties 1

I have been meaning to make an empties post for the longest time! I know it’s been a long time because I have a HUGE bag full of empties! So since I’m doing some spring cleaning right now, I thought, what better time to write this post than right now? Because what is a bag of empties? It’s essentially a bag of trash. 😉

So I don’t end up writing a novel (and believe me, there is enough in that bag to write a novel!), I thought I’d break things up into makeup, hair care and skin care. For today, let’s stick to my makeup empties. 🙂

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january 2014 empties!

Ohmigosh. It is the middle of February! This post was a long time coming. Quite honestly, unless I go through samples, I don’t go through product that quickly. But for this post I’m tossing in the late-2013 empties, so this entry may be a bit overinflated. So where shall we begin? Skin care? Sure why not. 🙂 The first is a favorite of mine.

first up: a little bioderma!
first up: a little bioderma!

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
I don’t know about you but I have tried a couple of non-rinse makeup removers – mostly of the cloth face wipe variety – but nothing has really made an impression. Until now, that is! I have seen this product reviewed on various other blogs and on YouTube so I thought I would try it out… And I loved it! I finished this up in November, I think? And I am already about a quarter into a new bottle. I won’t talk about this one too much because I am going to be writing a separate review about it shortly.

Rating: *****
Source: Purchased by me
Repurchase?: It’s a favorite so I will definitely buy it again! In fact, I already have. 🙂
Price: $22.00 CDN for 250 ml

pacifica brazilian mango grapefruit body wash
pacifica brazilian mango grapefruit body wash

Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit Body Wash
I love Pacifica. I love their body butters, fragrances and of course, their body washes! Other than local health stores, I have been sporadically been finding Pacifica products at Winners. At the time, they didn’t have my favorite scents so I opted for the Brazilian Mango Grapefruit one. It smells great and lathers well! It has a very citrusy and summery scent. Great for the mornings! And I don’t find it drying at all… which says a lot because my skin can get really dry.

Rating: *****
Source:
Purchased by me
Repurchase?:
I would buy this scent again… But only after I use the other ones I still have. I stocked up the last time I saw these body washes at Winners!
Price: $10.00 for 250 ml

clear total care daily conditioner
clear total care daily conditioner

Clear Total Care Daily Conditioner
You are probably thinking… where’s the empty shampoo bottle? For some strange reason, I tend to finish shampoos off way before the conditioner. I don’t know if this is common or if it’s just me! They can be the exact same size bottle but I am always finding the shampoo disappearing first. And that is why I only have the conditioner right now. The shampoo bottle was empty, I threw it away, I bought a new one so it’s still 3/4 full right now! It took me 1/4 of the shampoo bottle to finish off the rest of the conditioner.

So now down to the nitty gritty. I do like this conditioner. It is for all hair types so it’s pretty universal. They say the magic ingredient is something called “Nutrium 10” which is an advanced moisture complex. I don’t know a whole lot about it but it works. I have color treated hair (usually highlights) and often use hot hair styling tools but since I started using this, I find that my hair isn’t as dry and damaged like it used to be.

Rating: ****
Source:
Purchased by me
Repurchase?
Already did. 🙂
Price: You can often find this for less than or around $5.00 CDN at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart or similar.

redkin color extend shampoo and conditioner
redkin color extend shampoo and conditioner

Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner
If I can recall correctly, I received four of these foil packets – two shampoo and two conditioner – from a Topbox last year. These samples lasted me for most of a week so they were a pretty good sized foil sample. Upon first impression, I really like the scent of these products! I found it to be very gentle and it also made my hair super soft and shiny. Since I do tend to color my hair (usually with highlights), these are an attractive product for me. I will be using my other two samples soon, I’m sure. Or I will save them for when I go on my trip in a few months.

Rating: ****
Source:
Topbox
Repurchase?
I likely will once I finish my current color shampoo and conditioner.
Price: $15.00 CDN, 300 ml each

bumble and bumble creme de coco
bumble and bumble creme de coco

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner
I know I only have the conditioner bottle… I had already thrown away the shampoo bottle before I remembered that I should’ve kept it for an empties post! I had purchased this duo from Sephora prior to a trip to Las Vegas last year. I was looking for something new that was travel sized so at the time, this fit the bill. I loved how it smells like coconut and it was very moisturizing. I like it a lot. But what is turning me off of repurchasing it is the price. It’s a very pricey shampoo!

Rating: ****
Source: Purchased by me
Repurchase? Maybe
Price: $28.00 CDN, 8 oz for shampoo, $29.50 CDN, 8 oz for conditioner

little samples
little samples

Olay Fresh Effects – Shine, Shine Go Away Shine Minimizing Cleanser
This sample came in one of my P&G brandSAMPLER boxes last year. It was a very generous 20 ml sample and lasted me quite awhile. You don’t need to use very much to get a good lather. On the site it says it is “Formulated with kaolin clay and infused with the essence of honeysuckle and white tea, this cleanser removes 2x more dirt, oil, and make-up compared to basic cleansing.” I really like it because, even though it is formulated similar to a mask, it’s very gentle and can be used daily. I used to use this sample daily but since I bought a full sized version, I have only been using it once or twice a week.

Rating: ****
Source: P&G brandSAMPLER
Repurchase? Already have
Price: $8.00 CDN, 150 ml

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover
I am not sure where I received this sample buy my guess would be that it was a free gift with purchase. I am a huge fan of this makeup remover! I usually just put some on a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyes. I’m able to remove all my eye makeup, including liquid liner and waterproof makeup, with little effort. I have a couple more of these little samples which are great for travelling! I also use this on a daily basis so I have a full sized bottle, as well. Though, I’m not sure what is wrong with the full sized bottle as it seems very messy. Like when I shake it, a little comes out at the top so when I open it, it spills over. I’m not sure if I just got a faulty bottle or what. I’ll find out when I get to my second full sized bottle, I guess. 🙂

I will admit, it’s pretty pricey, but it does last a long time. Also, a tip: my local Beauty Boutique at Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson’s Bay will periodically have free gift with purchase offers. I’ve noticed that the minimum spend is usually $35 so if you time it right and you purchase this during one of those promotions, it’s worth it because you get makeup freebies too!

Rating: *****
Source: free gift with purchase?
Repurchase? Yes and it is now a staple!
Price: $35.00 CDN, 125 ml

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
This was my first go with an exfoliating cleanser.  It had very tiny beads and it wasn’t abrasive at all. It was quite gentle, actually. I used this two to three times a week and this sample carried me through months and months. I imagine a full sized bottle would last me a year or more. lol. The one thing I was not a fan of is that it has a paraben in it. I did like it but the price is a bit too much for me. Besides, I already have a good exfoliator in my skincare line up.

Rating: ***
Source: Topbox
Repurchase? Maybe
Price: $36.00 CDN, 6.75 oz

Philosophy Purity Made Simple
This sample travelled with me throughout 2013. It came with me to Vancouver, Vegas, and all through the province of Ontario! I’m not in love with it but it’s a good cleanser that is gentle and didn’t really dry my skin. Again, my only complaint is it contains parabens. I have another one of these small samples in my stockpile that I will use up but I’m not sure if I would switch over to this cleanser.

Rating: ***
Source: Sephora VIB freebie
Repurchase? Maybe
Price: $26.00 CDN, 8 oz

I have a couple of makeup empties but I think I will save them for my February entry. This entry was long enough. ’til next time! 🙂

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