Monday, March 25, 2013

Empties #1

I tend to buy a lot of products . . . probably too many products.  I usually end up with a lot more than I need and end up giving some away or letting them expire and then tossing them.  (I know, I know! That is extremely wasteful)  I tried my hand at a Project X Pan but that didn't get me very far.  Actually, it didn't get me anywhere at all.  

In it effort to try to use up more of the products that I have I thought I would start empties posts, listing all the products I have used up and doing a small review on them; what I thought about it, how I used it, would I buy it again.  With that in mind, I saved up all my empties over the past couple of months.  I am surprised and quite pleased at how many products I have been able to use up. It's actually become a bit gratifying to see how many empty products I can collect.

A lot of these are more beauty products than cosmetics, but this has really given me the push I needed to start using up some of the products I would otherwise be wasting.

1. Philosophy's Squishy Red Fishy - I bought this at Ulta last year and it doesn't seem to be available any more.  It smelled just like Swedish Fish, which was why I bought it in the first place.  I had never used a Philosophy body wash before (this is actually a 3 in one - shampoo, body wash and bubble bath, but I used it strictly as a body wash) but did like it.  The bottle was HUGE (I think this may have been the only size available when I bought it) and it last me about 9 months before running out.  I did kind of get sick of the scent after a while, but would repurchase if it was available in a smaller size.

2. Tresemme Mega Firm Control Tres Two Freeze Hair Spray - This is my go to hairspray.  It does the job without making my hair shift.  I have probably repurchased this at least a dozen times.

3. Batiste Proud & True Brit Dry Shampoo - I have mentioned this product before.  Batiste is one of my favorite brands of dry shampoo and I really like this particular scent.  

4. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeep Conditioner - I have been using 3 minute miracle since I was about 12 (at least).  My mother used to use it and I would always steal some because I loved the way it smelled.  It really does miracles in just 3 minutes.  

5. Dove Advanced Clear Tone Antiperspirant - This evens the skin tone under your arms.  I think it works as my underarms were a bit discolored before using this.  

6 & 7. Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelette &  Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes - I love the entire Yes To product line.   I had used the Yes to Cucumber Towelettes many times before trying the tomato.  As I have blemish prone skin, I figured it couldn't hurt.  While I can't say they cleared up my skin, I feel like they helped contribute to my overall skin care.  I then tried the Grapefruit because I love the scent.  Again, I can't say they necessarily brightened my skin but they took all my make-up off and smelled really good.

8. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes - Normally make-up wipes are pretty much all the same and I can't say much about them.  However, I just didn't like these.  The towel itself was rather thin and difficult to rub.  I ended up having to use several wipes just to get my make-up off and often had to rub my skin raw.

9. Giovanni D:tox Facial Cleansing Towelettes - I picked these up on my way to Hyannis last summer. They were a small compact size to throw in my purse. They were inexpensive and worked fine.  The towel was a bit thin but not as thin as the Josie Maran wipes. 

10.  Proactiv Renewing Cleanser - Proactiv is the only cleanser I can use that clears my breakouts and keeps keeps my skin blemish free.  

11 & 12. Clean & Clear Advantage 3 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser & Clean & Clear Daily Cleanser - Clean & Clear is a good alternative to Proactiv.  I will often buy it if I run out of Proactiv and can't get to the kiosk.  It works well for a bit but after a month or so I do need to go back to Proactiv.

13.  JASON Purifying Tea Tree Pure Oil - Tea Tree Oil is a great spot treatment.  While I like the tea tree line at the Body Shop, I will often pick up any tea tree oil from the natural foods section at the supermarket.  I do like the JASON brand and love their Revitalizing Vitamin E Creme.

14.  Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum and Stay Clear Cream -  I got this in my February GlossyBox and used the entire sample.  It was a good alternative to the Proactiv Repairing Treatment.

15. Urban Decay De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray - I love Urban Decay's setting spray and continuously repurchase them.  I spray this once on my face before applying my makeup and once again after I have applied everything to set it and seal it for the day.

16. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation - I used to only wear mineral foundation and first tried this foundation after using Bare Minerals for years.  I love the finish and coverage this gives.  I stopped using it only because I wanted to go back to a liquid foundation, but now that I have used up the jar, I really want to go back to it.

17. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - I repurchased this weeks before running out because I was so afraid to go without it.  It is holy grail for me and the only eyeshadow base that keep my shadow on my lids.

18.  NARS Concealer - I really like using a stick concealer.  It is easy to apply and this is pretty creamy so you can easily blend it if you want to and the color custard matches me perfectly.

19.  Milani HD Advanced Concealer - When I first got this I was religiously using Garnier's Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller and nothing else.  I had just thrown this in a drawer and not given it much thought until the day I ran out of the Garnier roller. I like this so much better than the Garnier and while I haven't repurchased yet, I probably will next time I need an under-eye concealer.

20.  Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara - This was my go to mascara before I discovered Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme mascara.  The two are quite similar, although the Estee Lauders gives my lashes just a bit more volume.  I do love that this is available in the smaller .3 oz size.  I like to refresh my mascara more often than I run out of the full tube, so the little tubes are perfect.

That is it for now!  It was probably a few too many products; I think next time I won't let that many add up.  Now that I can clear out my empties bin, I can start filling it up again.  In fact, I already have two projects to toss in there.

Disclaimer - This is not a sponsored post.  All products were purchased by me.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This is quite an interesting and fun an insight into some new products..thank u for that!
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  2. Hello! You use tea tree oil on spots??? I use it on my nose piercing when I sleep on it and it gets irritated. Does the oil really work for your spots? Do you just apply with a q-tip? Do you do it at night or before you apply make-up?
    I'd love to know! I don't have the greatest skin right now so I'm always curious about what others do to combat it.
    Stopped by from the link-up!


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