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

january empties

 

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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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Winter 2016

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I always get excited when I receive a new FabFitFun box! It is so different than the other boxes I subscribe to. Not only do you get beauty items like skin care and makeup… you also get other goodies, as well.

For those of you who are not familiar with FabFitFun, it is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box based in the US. You will receive four boxes a year. The box costs $49.99 USD and it is an additional $8 USD to ship to Canada. It is a pricier subscription but it is seasonal and you only get four of them per year and each box has a value that is well over $200.00 USD so if you see that the spoilers are items you would like, it’s totally worth it! If you would like to try this subscription out, I would very much appreciate it if you use my referral link here.

The FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box contained seven items that will help you through the winter and will also get you ready to tackle the new year. 

 

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fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Let’s take a look at the beauty items first.

The makeup item that was included in the Winter Box was the Butter London IconoClast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara ($20.00 USD, 2.6 ml). If I didn’t already have a couple of mascaras opened right now, I would love to try this! They claim that this mascara increases the volume of your lashes by 300%! As someone with not that noticeable, straight lashes, I am very intrigued by this mascara! I also love the fact that this product is full sized. This one will be something to try out in the future.

 

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Next up is skincare. I received the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face ($44.00 USD, 59 ml). This face peel claims to give you “smoother, softer, more radiant” skin. Who wouldn’t want that? It seems easy enough to use – just spray it on your face, massage it off and done! This sounds like an awesome peel! I’m hoping it’s a gentle one.

 

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The last of the beauty products is in the form of a body cream. There were two scents available and I received the Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream ($24.00 USD, 148 ml) in Sicilian Tangerine (the other scent was Manhattan Beach). I don’t know about you but my skin gets pretty parched during these dry Alberta winters. I always use a body lotion or body butter after I shower so this will certainly come in handy! Plus, it smells great, too. Love this!

 

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Now that we covered all things beauty, how about we take a look at something that is pretty?

The Gorjana Taner Toggle Lariat Necklace in Gold ($75.00 USD) looks so delicate! I love this necklace. I’m glad that I received a gold necklace (the other option would have been the silver one) because I have been adding a lot more of this colour to my accessories as of late. I have worn this a lot since I received it. It is so versatile and goes with pretty much everything I own. Maybe not my active gear, but certainly what I wear to the office and my casual clothes, too. It’s pretty fantastic and so beautiful.

 

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Now how about some home goods? FabFit Fub is so great at including items you can incorporate into your home and the Winter Box is no different! The D.L. Co Candle in Bergamot Woods ($45.00 USD)  is lovely and decorative. Bergamot Woods comes in silver (the other option was Blackberry Nectar which comes in a gold candle holder) and it is a gorgeous looking candle… though, it is smaller than I thought it would be when I saw the spoiler. In all honesty, I think I would have preferred the Blackberry Nectar one but I will still give this a try.

 

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Can I just say that I love stationery? The Marie Mae Company Thank You Card Set ($24.00 USD, includes 10 cards and 10 envelopes) is so pretty! You never know when you need to send a thank you note so these are great to keep on hand for those moments. Written notes are so rare nowadays so it was great to see something like this included in the box.

 

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fabfitfun winter 2016

 

The last item in my Winter Box was a 2017 Weekly Planner by Moleskin ($20.95 USD). This one looks to be made specifically for FabFitFun but Moleskin does make many different planners and notebooks. I love planners so I thought this was awesome! This will definitely keep me on track in 2017. And there are stickers! I love stickers. I received the forest green colour (I believe it also comes in a purple?) and it is the perfect size to fit in the bag I usually take with me to work. I know I can use my phone’s calendar to keep track of things – and to an extent, I do – but when it comes to formally using a planner, I’m still very much old school.

 

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fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

So there you have it! All the contents of my Winter 2016 FabFitFun box. 

The total retail value of everything was $253.95 USD which equates to $332.20 CAD in using today’s exchange rate. Not too shabby. I wish there were more products but I guess there were just more high value items this time around. Overall, this is still well worth it for a seasonal box!

What did you think of the Winter 2016 FabFitFun box? 

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Disclaimer: I purchased this subscription box with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. There are referral links in this post.

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fabfitfun winter 2016

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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.