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Empty Products #16

 

 

You know you need to do an empties post when it takes 3 photos to show what you’ve finished up. These products are ones that I’ve used up over the last few months of the year…or since my last empties post.

If you are confused as to why I’d photograph my garbage and put it on the Internet, let me “esplain” – no, let me “sum up”. An empties post is when you go through the products you’ve used up and give mini reviews. I hope these reviews help some of you!

There is a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get this party started!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo Body Builder Mango for Extra Volume & Bounce

In 2014, I made a pact with myself to start using more natural/organic/less chemically based products. I also got to know my body much better than I ever have. This lead me to test out volumizing shampoos and conditioners. I found this one at my local Target and it smells amazing. It doesn’t give a lot of lather, so if you qualify your shampoo experience by suds, this may not be for you. I don’t really mind as long as the end result is clean hair without the stripping. I didn’t find this shampoo to be particularly volumizing, but it did the job and made my hair smell like I had smashed mangos all over it.

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days currently, and although my hair isn’t extremely oily, I find it needs a bit of TLC on the second and third days. So starts the quest for the best dry shampoo. I’ve used a handful all with “meh” results. I’ve read a lot about this one, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. First off, it smells good, which is always a plus when talking about no-wash hair days. It is super cheap, so if it didn’t work for me, it wasn’t a huge loss. However, I found that it did the job and if you shake like it says to on the bottle, you get minimal white cast. I probably will repurchase this when my Dove one runs out, but I am always getting dry shampoo samples in my Birchboxes, so I’m in no hurry.

Bath & Body Works Frosted Snowberry Triple Moisture Body Cream

This body cream is from the 2012 holiday collection – so it is no longer available in this scent. Which is so sad! I LOVE this smell, and I hope they bring it back again soon! Please Bath & Body Works! But even if you can’t get this scent now, it is still a great formula and they do have many other nice scents. I used this mainly at night since it is a thicker cream, and I never woke up with dry itchy skin.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

I have repurchased this cleanser multiple times and will continue to. It is my favorite nighttime cleanser. I use it in the shower because it is a very foamy cleanser, as the name would suggest, and it is just easier to use in the shower. My skin is left feeling squeaky clean, but never tight. I already have another on the go.

Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea

Another repurchase. I’ve already expressed my undying love and affection for Harney & Sons and this tea, so I won’t drone on about it. You can find many an ode to it in past posts if you care to read more. It is my everyday tea – I have a cup every single morning without fail, and I already have another bag on the go. I tried to try other teas in the morning and only got about a week in and had to place an “emergency” order!

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter

Not exactly what I would call a body butter consistency. This is more of a lotion, if you ask me. A nice lotion though. It smells amazing, as you’d expect from Pacifica. It is very hydrating, but it does leave a bit of a greasy feel on the skin. It may be better as a night time lotion in that respect. It’s not my favorite formulation, but I did enjoy using it, and I don’t have any ill will against the brand.

Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash in Blue Fig & Orange Blossom

I tend to go back to this body wash because it is readily available and inexpensive. The scent selection is also great, but it’s just not the most moisturizing formula. I find every year my skin leans more and more to the dry side, and I need more hydrating products or I feel itchy after my shower. I combat this with scoops of body butters before bed, but you can never really recover from a shower product that isn’t nourishing enough. If you don’t have dry skin, I’d highly recommend this range of body wash though!

Skintimate SkinTherapy Lotionized Shave Gel for Sensistive Skin

My favorite shave gel of the moment…or year (2014 that is). It does the job and is moisturizing. It smells good and is cheap. What more can you ask for in a drug store shave gel really…I am on a kick of testing out some shave creams and shave butters, but I will have to get back to you on that front. Stay tuned!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Color Conditioning Treatment

We’ve use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioning Treatment for ages – off and on. But I color my hair, so I thought I’d try out this one. I think I actually prefer the smell of this version, but I find it isn’t as moisturizing as the original, but doesn’t weigh my hair down. So it is a bit of a toss up. I’ve already gone back to the original formula though…

Julep American Beauty Volumnizing Mascara

This is the first mascara I’ve used that has fibers in it. I found it to be an extremely dry formula, and I tend to like wetter mascaras. I realize that sounds rude… But this one was so dry, I couldn’t even get the mascara to stick to my eye lashes. It could have just been mine, but I just found it so hard to work with. The brush has short and medium length plastic spikes, and I think it would have been nice to use if the formula had been a bit different. I just didn’t get on with it.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

On the other hand, this mascara has a big fluffy fiber brush. I’d say it’s good, not great. Just your standard black mascara really. I did enjoy using this brush, but I’m a bit of a floozy with mascaras…I just haven’t really found my end all, be all yet.

Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care

Another highly repurchased product here. I love the smell and the formula feels much more expensive than it is. I am sure I will continue to repurchase again and again. I use it mainly at night before bed as part of my night time skincare routine, and always wake up with baby soft lips!

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Black Gel Eyeliner

This dried up on me and I could no longer use it. I’m not sure how quickly these things are supposed to dry up, but I only got a few months use out of it before it was just non-useable. I did like it, but wouldn’t repurchase because it is a bit pricey to only last a short time. I need something longer lasting since I don’t wear it everyday. So if you guys have any recommendations on that, let me know!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Very moisturizing is what I would say about this eye cream. I used this mainly at night because it is thicker and I don’t think it would sit well under makeup. Again, I’m a bit of a floozy when it comes to eye creams, so I have not repurchased this one yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

Oral-B Complete Satin Floss

Love this. You know you’ve reached a new level in life when floss excites you.ย  This may actually be my favorite floss. It is thin and flat, but not flimsy like the tape versions. I just feel like it really gets between my teeth well. That’s all I’m going to say about the floss lest I make myself look anymore like an old lady…No offense, of course!

Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin-Softening Body Cleanser

OMG, smells so good! Not sure if it is moisturizing enough for my skin though. I love Kiehl’s products – they use really good ingredients, but I’m sure they make a moisturizing body cleanser that I could use instead of this one.

Fortune Cookie Soap Kiss My Vine Bath Salts

I’m not sure if they have these strawberry and champagne scented bath salts anymore. The scent is one of my favorites from FCS, but I like a more moisturizing bath. I’m afraid the bath salt thing is lost on me…I know loads of people love them, but I guess I’m just not getting it. I do love this brand though.

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

This was nice if you need a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner duo. It smelled nice and clean. Weleda is a good brand, and I’ve liked liked everything I’ve tried from them.

Davines NaturalTech Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner

Loved these! I’m seriously considering purchasing the full size of these. The smell is very natural/herbal, which I’ve really grown to like in products. I have fine, limp hair and this duo really make it feel fuller and didn’t make it greasy. Highly recommend for all the fine haired gals/guys out there.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

Like the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I loved this. I’ve already purchased the full size and use it every night. I have only been using it for 2 weeks, so I can’t report on the long term effects yet, but I do really like it. And it comes in a squeezy tube which makes it much more sanitary…although I don’t mind using an eye cream in a pot.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

I chose this as a sample when I ordered something from Kiehl’s recently because my husband had been complaining about extremely dry and scaly hands. It is very thick and hydrating and smells nice, but not in a strong sickly way. My husband liked this and it seemed to work well for extremely dry skin.

Sage + Fasten Onward Eau de Parfum

LOVED this! Juicy, fresh. Everything you’d want in a Springy scent. Although, I’d wear this year round because I’m a rebel and throw seasonality with scents to the wind! Wild, I know…Would definitely repurchase!

Fortune Cookie Soap <Insert Cookie Cutter Name Here> Bath Oil

Smelled like cookies, which isn’t my first choice in smells, however I didn’t mind it terribly. The issue with this was that it just wasn’t as moisturizing in the bath as I’d like. I like bath products that make the water really “soft” like Lush products tend to do. Oy, I sound like such a bath snob in this post…I promise I’m not.

Not Soap Radio Joy Inducing Bubbles for Bath or Shower

I used this as a shower gel, which is what I always tend to do with these 2 in 1 type products. When I saw that this was lemon scented, I was super excited! I was not disapointed because it smelled absolutely the best! Like lemons and vanilla. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat.

N.4 Super Combe Prep & Protect

I used this as a leave in treatment after my shower. It had a natural/herbal smell to it which was fine, but it is a bit strong, so if you don’t like that sort of thing it may not be for you. It did help me get the comb through my hair, but I don’t use a lot of heat on my hair or styling products so I’m not sure about the protect part. If you need a detangler, this did the job.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioner

This had a bit more of a perfumey smell than I generally like. But it was thicker and seemed more nourishing in my hair than other leave in’s I’ve recently tried. I did have to mix a little water with the last little bit to get it to spray out, but it didn’t seem to effect the quality. I thought this was good, but with so many leave in treatments out there, I’m not sure if I’d run out to pick this up just yet.

Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action Toothpaste

My all time favorite toothpaste. I am trying to use up my smaller tubes before they reach their expiration date, because I’ve been hoarding them it seems. Apparently I don’t travel enough! Something I will have to remedy in the New Year. I have purchased the full size of this many times for years and will go back to it as soon as I get through all of my stashed minis.

Colgate Total Clean Mint Toothpaste

See above explanation of tiny toothpastes. This one is too pastey for me. It is what I would call the classic old school toothpaste formula, but it’s just not my favorite. Over the years, there have been alternate uses for this type of toothpaste…like using as a spot treatment for zits, although I’ve never tried this. Aren’t there other uses for standard toothpaste?!

Crest Complete Whitening+ Scope Toothpaste

This toothpaste does the job, but again just is not my fav.ย  I imagine my next empties post will have more of these since I am only about a quarter of the way through my stash…ugh…

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Eye Treatment

Finally, this little sample tube of eye cream lasted me for AGES! I used it as my day time eye cream because it was thin enough to sit well under makeup. I didn’t find it to do wonders for my under eye area, but then again I’m not yet at the age where that area is an issue for me. It was a nice eye cream, but I’ve gone back to the Origins GinZing Eye Cream. At least I stuck with the same brand:)

Wow, that was a lot of empties! I think I need to put myself on a better schedule for these so I don’t give you guys a headache. If you stuck with me through that, I applaud you! What have you used up lately, have you loved any of these?

3 Comments

  1. January 8, 2015 / 5:09 am

    I like these posts a lot, so I didn't mind it being so long!

    I have so much tea right now that needs to be used up, so I'll be finishing off a bunch this year! I got some money for Christmas and spent it all on tea (ordered online), so I'll have even more arriving by next week! Oopsie ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm not subscribed to sample boxes, so anything I buy gets used up because I use it every day/every other day. I have staples that I always buy, but I do like to experiment occasionally. I try to switch up my body wash when I run out so that I don't get used to a particular scent.

    • January 8, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so tempted to buy more tea everytime I get a discount code in my email, but I'm trying to be good. I'm with you, body wash is something I just can't stick with the same thing – however, have you tried any of the Soap & Glory ones? They are so good!

    • January 8, 2015 / 5:50 pm

      Not yet! They sound lovely, so I'm looking forward to ordering some soon!