Monday, April 28, 2014

Up to Date Empties

It's been months since I did my last empties (And frankly weeks since I took these pictures) so this is going to be a long post! 

I divided the bottles into different categories. 

Body and Misc!


Crabtree and Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander hand cream - one of my favorite hand creams. It is very light so if you were looking for something more moisturizing then it might not be for you. However if you dislike heavy hand creams and want something light and absorbs fast check out Crabtree and Evelyn!
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Crabtree and Evelyn Body lotion - I got this from one a hotel I was staying at. It was my favorite Crabtree scent so I snagged it! It was okay. It didn't moisturize enough for me as a body lotion but I love the scent. Do any one you take hotel toiletries? xD
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Monistat Chafing Relief Power-Gel- My friend gave me this because she wasn't using it. The reason why she purchased it was to prevent ingrown hairs. I am assuming it didn't help or she wouldn't have given it to me. I was using it to prevent the dreaded inner thigh rub. I applied it every time I wore a dress (which was everyday last summer) between my thigh area. It did what it said it would for a few hours and then dissipates. I liked this product but I want to look for something more long lasting. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Kirkland Multi-Purpose Contact Solution - My go to contact solution. I have tried the others including Bio-True, ReNu, Opti-Free and complete and I honestly cannot tell the difference so I use this the cheap stuff. I go through a lot of contact solution so I don't feel bad when its inexpensive. It says its made by the ReNu. Kirkland is Costco's house brand, a membership wholesale store that sells various items in bulk.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - Also a bulk item purchase from Costco. I used a few of these before. One of my favorite moisturizers. It is light and moisturizing enough for my entire body. In the winters I prefer to use a thicker cream but for the normal months this is the best non scented lotion I that I've come across. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant - This has been in numerous empties posts. My favorite deodorant.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter - I love The Body Shops body butters. They are thick and moisturizing and smell delicious if you find the right scent. They are heavily scented so make sure you find one you like. I really loved the papaya one so I was using it sparingly. It was limited edition but sometimes they bring it back. I would never pay full price for a body butter. They are priced at $20 full price. I usually wait till year end when they go on sale for $5 and go crazy! This was from the batch I purchased last January. (See Haul) I really loved this scent. I would repurchase again next year if they re-release it. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray



Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone - It is totted as an organic blemish treatment. I purchased it a while ago. Back in 2012 so I am glad I am finally done with it (Haul here) A portion of the product leaked out during a flight which I admit did aid in me finishing the tube. Did the product work? I keep hoping it would.. If it did speed up the process I have to say I didn't notice. I also found the roller ball unsanitary. I noticed buildup on the edges and also if your applying a roller ball on a pimple and it rolls around... then your infecting the product on the tube right? *shudders* Also I felt it didn't dispense enough product. I would have to roll it over and over and over again before I got product to come out. It had a nice scent however I don't think it is an effective product. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: No Way

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum - I got a sample if this in a Birchbox and I loved it that I purchased the full size. I think the serum has a very nice consistency and is oddly moisturizing. It kind of hoped it was working but it isn't something you can't really tell if its working because its suppose to prevent things from working. When I did have breakouts, it didn't speed up the process and I did notice during when I was breaking out consistently this product didn't help. It was a nice product while I had it but not something I would recommend. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Sunscreen - I used this as my daytime moisturizer and when I forget to use sunscreen I don't feel so bad since this has SPF in it. It was a little greasy for me but I think its the sunscreen in the product. It was an okay product but I found something I like more.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bright Expert Serum - I got this as a GWP and I thought it was okay. It smells like typical perfumed skincare and does then to linger on the skin. The product itself was nothing amazing. I didn't notice a brightening effect. It is very light serum and absorbs quickly. I wouldn't purchase a full size. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Visionnaire - More GWP from Lancome. I much prefer Genifique over Visionaire. Visionaire is a milky serum, light serum. It leaves a tackiness to the skin. I can't necessarily say what I didn't like about it, only that it didn't feel like $90 serum. I am glad I got these samples to try as I was very intrigued by the serum and it saved me the money from purchasing it. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Clarins Multi-Active Serum - I have a couple of Clarins products in my daily routine so I thought I would like this serum. I can say it didn't impress me. It was nice and left the skin with a light iridescence. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

L'Oreal Lash Serum - This has appeared in empties post before. This is the only lash serum I've ever tried. I doesn't lengthen your lashes or perform miracles but it does strengthen them. I find with continual use my lashes are healthier looking and I lose less of them. The problem is I forget to continually use it....
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray



Bath and Body Works Citrus Blue Berry Pocket Bac - I got this as a party favor a while back. I don't particularly like the Pocket Bacs from Bath and Body Works because I find the scent overwhelming. This one although still heavily scented was enjoyable. Most of the Pocket Bacs I've smelled tend to be very girly and floral and overly fruity. It all comes down to personal preference. For me this came in very handy on the go but I would not repurchase this scent. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Oral-B Dental Floss - I don't particular have any preference to dental floss, just for it to be without wax. I think this one was on sale and I did enjoy using it. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Colgate Total Dental Floss - A mini dental floss I got from my dentist. It was okay. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Clarisonic Brush heads - I have two types of brush heads, the sensitive and the delicate brush head. I will do a more detailed review in the future.
Repurchase: Sensitive Yes. Delicate No.
Rating Okay


Wet n' Wild silent treatment trio - a pretty trio that is famous on YouTube and the blogger world. I personally liked the taupe shade which is reminiscence of my favorite eyeshadow, NYX ........ After that shade shattered I decided to toss this. I won't reach for the other two shades in this trio and I have similar colors in other palettes. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Sephora mineral foundation - I bought this ages ago finally used this up. I was using this daily during the later half of 2013. I loved the short wide container. It gave ample room for me to swirl my brush into the cap. I did tap up half the holes so it would not dispense too much product. It lasted a good 4-5 hours on my skin. I would have to blot my nose dying lunch but I have always had this issue. It offers a medium coverage and doesn't cake up on the skin. I have noticed that it does transfer and isn't sweat resistant. (Though it never mentioned it was capable of having these properties, I think it's important in any base product.) Unlike most mineral foundations this one didn't have any SPF.   A little bit of product goes a long way. It is a good everyday foundation but I prefer my bare minerals matte over this one.
Repurchase: No (Discontinued)
Rating: Okay

ELF SPF 45 sunscreen - this is my second container of this. I didn't finish it because you get a lot of product for the $6 price tag. I have a review of the product here. If you have pink undertones I think this product would be amazing. I love that it a powder sunscreen instead of the liquid. In the summer you want to use products that won't leave a shine on your skin and most liquid sunscreens have that issue. However if your yellow toned like I am, this will give your face a very obvious pink cast in natural light. Pink face as yellow neck is not a good combination. I want to continue trying out other forms of powder sunscreen. Hopefully I will find my holy grail product.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Mac Liquid Last - My Holy Grail Eyeliner. I absolutely love this stuff! It does get clumpy in the tube after a while but it will not fade and doesn't wear off or smudge... love it. 
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Organic Zone Pomegranate Peeling Gel - Just your average peeling gel. I didn't really finish this bottle even though I probably had it for WAY too long. I think it is about at the end of it's shelf life. I purchased it at this little boutique my mom likes to go to for her beauty essentials. I personally never heard of this brand before. I might purchase a different peeling mask at some point down the line but for right now I am focusing on reducing my stash.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - It took me 2 years.. (maybe more) to finish this! Why? It was just meh. I am not a fan of lotion type makeup removers. I feel like it gets in my eyes and blurs my vision. It doesn’t by any means sting, it is more of an annoyance. I also think it is hard to spread this on your cotton pad and when you apply it to your eyes you need to rub more than you would a dual phase remover. I usually squirt this into a small pot and I saturate a cotton swab with the product and run it along my lash line to remove any residual makeup. For that I think it works well. I much prefer the MUFE Sens’eyes to this. The Neutrogena is definitely more affordable but the Sens’eyes is more effective with minimal effort.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bi-Facil - I feature this is almost every empties
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Batiste Dry Shampoo – After using this product I believe in the hype of it. I consider myself a dry shampoo connoisseur. I have frustratingly oily hair and dry shampoo is a staple for me. I hear this talked about a lot in the U.K. and how amazing it is. I didn’t believe till I used it myself. Now granted it won’t perform miracles but it does freshen up your mane. I find that a lot of dry shampoos tend to gunk up my hair. I have very fine Asian black hair and a lot of dry shampoos within a few hours makes my hair look greasy AND gunky. This one didn’t It did absorb some of the oil and my hair did appear presentable enough where I didn’t feel self-conscious about my hair during the workday. I would recommend this as one of my favorite low-end dry shampoos.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Psssst! Dry Shampoo: I tried this in the past and I remember really liking it. I saw this mini size in Bed Bath and Beyond and decided I needed it. It's small compact size is great for travel! When I ran out of the Batiste I needed a new dry shampoo but didn't like any of the ones I had on hand. So I was using this baby. I have since finished it up and purchased a full size. I also bought another mini to keep for travels. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment - I have this is my last empties. You can read the review here. My thoughts in a nutshell. I love this stuff, it is my holy grail and only treatment I use.
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Phew! Last two things!

Nail Deco in Silver Glitter - I only know how to do 1 nail design and the silver glitter fine brush polish is a requirement. I don't particularly have a brand that I need to have. I just need something in a silver glitter.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay

Sally Hansen insta-Dry Speed Drops: I bought this on clearance and I stocked up! I think I had a total of 4 of these. I gave some away to friends so I only have one bottle left. It reminds me of my favorite OPI brand drying drops. These takes a few extra minutes compared to the OPI but I paid less that $2 for a bottle of these. Can't beat that since the OPI one is $15 i think and half the size. I am curious to try their top coat. Maybe when I finish some of the ones I have laying around I will try that one.
Repurchase: Discontinued
Rating: Okay

So it took me.... 4 months to finish this post. Yes I am very ashamed. All I can say is life got in the way of blogging. I have a whole slew of new empties so keep an eye out for that. Hopefully I will finish that post before July..... 

11 comments:

  1. i like my clarisonic grey brush head that i'm currently using (too lazy to look up which is which) but i don't know which one i will buy/use next.
    i am guilty of always hauling back (all) most of the hotel bath body products.
    by the way, is the carmex tinted or clear? is it any good?

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    1. it was clear and completely missed that review! lol

      I got this in a two pack, one was clear and one was tinted. They are just okay. Nothing amazing. It was better than nothing but not anything worth mentioning.

      I mostly purchased it because I liked the packaging... lol

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