Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Empties #3

I am enjoying using up products a little too much!  Since starting empties posts, I have been seeing it as a personal challenge to use up as many of my existing products as possible.  I get some sort of satisfaction seeing an empty bottle or jar and tossing it into my empties basket.  I have also been really good at buying new items; only buying things to replace finished products or those nearing its end.  As much as I really want the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer, I refuse to buy it while I still have two perfectly good bronzers in my collection.  

I hope you guys are enjoying these posts as much as me, or at least half as much as me, because showing off my accomplishments (actually finishing things) is one of the biggest driving forces behind this!

Over cluttered lotions have always been a huge problem of mine.  I buy them, even if I don't need them, and then never use them.  Actually, until recently I was really bad at using lotion consistently and now I slather it on twice a day.

Pink Chiffon Body Cream, Bath and Body Works - This smells like a dream!  I really wish Bath & Body Works would add this scent to their candle collection because it is AMAZING! I really loved this body cream. I prefer squeeze tubes just because they are easier to dispense and more hygienic.  This keep my skin soft, and did I say how amazing this smells???  I will definitely repurchase once I go through my existing lotion/body butter stash!

Brazil Not Body Butter, The Body Shop - This is one of my all time favorite scents.  It reminds me of the roasted nuts they sell on the streets of New York.  It's that yummy. I have probably bought this body butter at least a dozen times and will continuously repurchase it when I need body butter.  

Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Foot Cream - I have used all the foot creams in the Gold Bond Ultimate line and like them all equally.  I find they all pretty much do the same thing. They are the only foot creams I will use.  They make my feet really soft and are not the least bit greasy.

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, LUSH - Another product I have repurchased over and over again and will probably continue to repurchase.  Not only is it a great cuticle cream, but also works on rough patches on your elbows, knees and feet. 

Crème de pistache soufflé body crèmeLaura Mercier - This is another one of my favorite scents.  I had this for quite a while and stopped using it as I was approaching the end of it.  I just didn't want to part with it because it is pricey and just smells that fantastic! I don't know if I would repurchase the soufflé, rather save myself a few dollars and get the body butter.  I have a tube of that at work and like it much better.  It is thicker, a squeeze tube and $20 cheaper than the soufflé.

Tea Tree Oil, Desert Essence - I didn't really like this at first.  I am not fussy about the brand of tea tree oil I use and find them pretty much all the same, but I didn't really care for the packaging on this.  Most tea tree oils have a stopper under the cap that only allows a little to be dispensed at at time.  This didn't have that so when I first used it half the bottle poured out at once.  Then I started using it with a cotton swab, dipping it in and dabbing it on and I much preferred that method of application.  In fact, now I only ever apply tea tree oil with a cotton swab and pulled the stopper out of my current bottle.

Vichy Purete Themale 3 -in-1 Calming Cleansing Solution - If you follow a lot of beauty blogs or beauty gurus on Youtube, there is a good chance you have heard everyone raving about Bioderma.  I know I have to the point that I had to order it on Amazon to try it out for myself.  While I really really do like it, I don't like the fact that it is not available in the US so  have to order it through Amazon.  Vichy is a great alternative to Bioderma and for the most part pretty accessible here in the states.  (It is sold in CVS and Ulta).   Like Bioderma, Vichy Purete Themale Cleansing Solution is a no rinse cleansing water.  I like to use it as a pre-cleanse to take my make-up off before I wash my face, HOWEVER I have been known to use just this in a pinch when feeling all sorts of lazy!

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, REN - This mask has been all over the blogosphere lately and for good reason!  I have been dying to try it out but didn't want to pay the $55 price tag if I wasn't going to like it.  I received a sample from Sephora and was able to test it out.  I loved it!  It improves the surface of my skin with each use. I ended up buying the full size.  For an extra $3 I got a kit that includes 2 extra products and a muslin cloth.

Japanese Match Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask, Pangea Organics - I reviewed this mask back in February.  It works great at bringing impurities out to the surface and making the overall condition of my skin smoother after the purge period.  As I mentioned in my review my only concern about this mask is that it is extremely messy to rinse off.

Argan Lip Treat, Josie Maran - My lips got extremely dry over the winter from using too much EOS lip balm.  This was the only product that reversed the damage EOS did.  It felt like silk and just melted into my lips.  

Revitalizing Moisturzing Creme with Vitamin E, JASON Natural Cosmetics - I like products that serve multiple purposes.  This moisturized my skin well and the added vitamin E help with hyper-pigmentation.

Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, Pacifica - These have popped up in my last empties post.  They are my favorites, go to cleansing wipes.  I probably would have used more but since I haver been using cleansing water I don't use wipes as much.

Facial Cotton, Shiseido - $9.50 may be a little much for cotton pads, but these are little pillows of silkened softness that feel so luxurious on my face that I will be repurchasing these over and over until the end of time.

BB Cream Broad Spectrum, Boscia - I really loved this BB Cream when I first started using it.  In fact, I repurchased it a couple times.  Lately I have been finding that it oxidizes on my skin, so I won't be repurchasing again.  Aside from the oxidation, I really liked the overage this gave.

Nearly Naked Foundation, Revlon - So as you can see I used two bottles of this foundation. I first bought it in 160, Fresh Beige, and found it to be a tad too dark.  I then used bought it is 150, Nude, and it was perfect for me.  I like light weight foundations so this is perfect for me.  It gives decent coverage without being at all cakey.  I have repurchased this in 150, Nude.

Sheer Glow Foundation, NARS - I made the mistake of buying this online without testing out my color in the store, so I ended up getting this a shade too light (Ceylan,  a light/medium with yellow undertones.)  I liked the formula; its lightweight with decent coverage and ended up mixing it with the Nearly Naked foundation that was too dark for me (160).  The two mixed every well together 

Brow Gel, Anastasia Beverly Hills - I didn't hate this but it didn't exactly wow me.  For $22 I expected a little more staying power.  It works just as well as Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, but Great Lash is a lot cheaper so I'll stay with that.

Laguna Bronzer, NARS - After hearing about this cult favorite for years, I finally gave in and bought Laguna.  This has just enough golden shimmer to reflect the light without looking like a disco ball.  It is also nicely pigmented without being too pigmented that your cheeks look dirty.  I tried to extend this out as much as I could, digging product out of the pan before finally accepting the fact that its time was done.  I will definitely repurchase again once I finish the other bronzers that I have.

De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, Urban Decay - I use this religiously every day.  I spray it on my face before I apply my make-up and again after and it really helps my makeup last all day.

Over the years, I have become a bit of a perfume hoarder!  I would discover a new scent that I liked and immediately have to buy it.  Needless to say, I would end up with more perfume than I could use.  I am now trying to use up all the perfume that at this point is cluttering up my vanity. 

Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale  - I hate wearing a perfume that a million other people are wearing, so I really liked this.  I received a sample forever ago in a Birchbox and used the sample and nothing else until there was nothing left in the vial.  I immediately purchased.  Its a sweet floral scent without being too florally.  I planning on repurchasing, but on a perfume buying ban until I use up one more bottle in my collection.

Lola, Marc Jacobs - I started wearing this immediately after it came out.  I first fell in love with it for the bottle, however it smells just as great as it looks.  I will probably repurchase again sometime in the future, but really want to use up some of the other perfumes that I have.

Aussie Moist Conditioner - I really like Aussie's conditioners.  The 5 Minute miracle has been a staple in my shower for as long as I can remember.  I also tend to use up my conditioner at a much faster rate than shampoo, so when I found this at Target for $5 I didn't think twice about picking it up. This was a great conditioner for when I used a sulfate free shampoo, as I usually find the matching conditioners don't do much to condition my hair.   

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original - Batiste is my go to dry shampoo.  I haven't tried another brand that I like as much.  I don't normally buy the original scent just because there are so many other scents available.  

Garnier Fructis Haircare Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment - This is the first moroccan oil I had tried.  While I can't compare it to higher end brands, it works really well.  It left my ends soft and a lot more healthier. 

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo -  I have wanted to try this for a while after hearing some really good things about it. While I toyed with buying the full size at Ulta many times, I am glad I got the travel size to test out.  It made my hair really stiff and even a little was difficult to brush out.  I just didn't like it.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Blush - When I first starting using Batiste, Blush and Original were the only two scents available at Ulta. Blush was my favorite of the two.  I had this mini in my travel case for some time and decided to use it up.

Biotrue - I use both this and Clear Care to clean my contacts.  I like that this is gentle and easy and I can use it as a quick rinse of my lenses.  

Olive Shower Gel, The Body Shop - This cleans well and smells divine   It is a very fresh and clean smell.

Dove Cleartone Skin Renew Deodorant - I tend to prefer Dove deodorants.  I find them gentler on the skin.  Like others, my underarm skin tends to darken due to shaving irritation.  This claims to lighten that.  While I haven't noticed a significant difference, I figure it can't hurt and I'm not too picky about deodorants, as long as they keep me dry.

Disclaimer - All products mentioned were purchased by me.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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