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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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Unboxing + Review: Topbox September 2016

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If you remember, earlier this year, I had a love-hate relationship with this subscription box. It was super affordable compared to its counterparts but I really wasn’t digging any of the products I was receiving. That’s when I cut the cord and ended my relationship with Topbox.

After many months of not getting this sub, I resubscribed to Topbox. Why? Because I have been impressed with some of their recent boxes and I wanted to try my luck again. I told myself I would give it one month.

When the survey came, I was not too impressed with any of the prive boxes – as usual – so I went with the regular box. When it arrived, I still hadn’t received my email that told me what was in the box so I was puzzled as to why I received a larger parcel! I did choose the organza bag, right?

To my surprise, they had also sent me a complimentary Unilever Box. How awesome is that?! I will do a quick mini unboxing here but I think I will do a separate blog post just for the Unilever box alone. There’s a lot of stuff in that box so there is a lot to cover!

Anyways, before we get into that, let’s take a look at what I received in my Regular Topbox.

First up is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 127 =Y335 Dark Sand ($8.24 CAD, 5 ml). I have tried this foundation before, only it was in the shade Y375 Golden Sand. Golden Sand worked great with my skin tone. I don’t notice a huge difference between the two shades except maybe Dark Sand is a tad lighter. This foundation is very easy to apply and blend onto your skin. It also feels very light on your skin and doesn’t look cakey. It is a medium coverage foundation and gives you a pretty natural look I find that it does last most of the day and that’s a huge selling point for me. I heard this is a new formulation of the old HD foundation but  have never tried the old formulation so I can’t really make a comparison. Either way, I don’t mind this foundation and I’m glad I received this! I cannot say no to a travel sized bottle of foundation!

 

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The next product I received was the BVspa by bon vital Body Lotion in Pink Grapefruit ($2.53 CAD, 50 ml). My first thought was “Wow, that smells very citrusy!”. I’m not sure how I feel about the scent of grapefruit. It’s not my favorite but I can live with it. It’s very strong scented, though.  I am quite happy to see that it is paraben, sulfate and phthalate free – that gives the product major points! I’m glad that this is sealed because I have enough hand and body lotions that are open and in use right now so this one will have to wait. Perhaps I will take this on my next holiday.

 

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I was super happy to see the gorge* I’ll make you look amazing daily spray ($8.11 CAD, 1 oz) because I have tried it before when I received it from Birchbox Canada and I absolutely adore it! And it really does! Make you look amazing, I mean. Because every time I use this, my hair looks healthy, shiny, and less frizzy so my hair really does look amazing when I use it. And it smells AMAZING! This has become one of my fave hair products this year so another bottle of this is always welcomed. It will come in super handy when I go on holidays! This is slowly making it’s way to becoming holy grail for me. That says a lot.

 

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The last item I received was a deluxe sample of Marcelle New Age 3-in-1 Lumi Power ($4.54 CAD, 7 ml). I do like Marcelle products so I was excited to try one of their new products. It says you can use it day and night, as well as, around your eye area. So that’s the “3-in-1” bit! It claims to be anti-aging and anti-fatigue which is great for those days when you aren’t quite on top of your game. After trying it a few times now, I love it! It’s very lightweight gel, not sticky and absorbs into your skin quickly. I was impressed! This is definitely something I will continue to use and consider repurchasing one day. Maybe make use of the $3 off coupon on the package!

 

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The value of my September box was $23.42 CAD. Not bad for a $12 box. And I’ve gotta say, it was a good variety of products in this box! It touched all the bases, in my opinion. Makeup, body care, hair care, skin care… that’s pretty good!

So that’s it for now… oh, wait! Here’s a sneak peek of the Unilever Box that I received as a bonus. A more in depth look at the contents will be in another post coming next week. This post would turn into a novel if I dove into the contents now. I will link to it here as soon as it’s available! It was a great surprise, for sure!

 

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Have an amazing weekend everyone! Or for those of you in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

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Unboxing: Birchbox Canada January 2016

It’s almost over. The end of a very short era that lasted just over one year.

Birchbox Canada has announced that they will be suspending operations in Canada. More about this later on… first, let’s take a peek at my second to last box. Here is the unboxing of my January Birchbox!

 

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