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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 - 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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April Favorites 2016

Greetings folks!

It’s the first day of May – can you believe it? I sure can’t! April flew by so fast.

I’m back to do something I haven’t done in forever – a monthly favorites post!

I love watching monthly favorites on YouTube and I love reading about everyone’s monthly favorites on their blogs. I thought I would join in on the fun again. 🙂 Every month I am going to pick an assortment of things that I loved that month! These are what I really loved in April. 🙂

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