Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Empties #4

It has been a few months since my last empties post and I have A LOT of products that I have used up and want to share.  I already have quite a few in my empties basket since taking these photos, so expect an Empties #5 post soon.  

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water - I received this a while ago in a either a Birchbox or Glossybox and never opened it until recently.  It is a good make-up remover.  I used this on my entire face to remove my make-up before washing.  I found it to be similar to Bioderma.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - This has become my go to foundation since first buying it earlier this year.  It is actually the first drugstore foundation I have ever used so I was surprised to have loved this so much.

Clinque 'Take the Day Off' Makeup Remover - I picked this up at Nordstrom simply because it was at the counter and gave me a moment of nostalgia. I used to use this many many years ago.  This is a fantastic eye make-up remover.  It takes everything off without irritating sensitive eyes. 

NYX Pore Filler - I have mentioned this a recent favorites post.  It works just as well as Benefit's Porefessional.  I use it just on the inside of my cheeks where I have slightly larger pores. 

Caudalie Lip Conditioner - This is just a great lip balm to throw in my purse or leave in the car.  

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - I know these are a cult classic, but I'm not too wild about them.  I like Fresh as a brand and enjoy some of their other products, but these balms just don't wow me.  I received this last year or the year before from Sephora as the Beauty Insider birthday gift.  I liked the smaller size and kept it in my desk at work until I used it up.  I found it to break easily, which it probably due to the size, and I didn't use it all that often.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - I received this in the Man Repeller Limited Edition Glossy Box and it has been my go to favorite mascara ever since.  It gives both volume and length without clumping.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - This is a great drugstore pressed powder.  It keeps shine away throughout the day making my make-up last.

BeautyBlender - This might be cheating because its not necessary a product I used up, but I replaced my beautyblender leaving me with this empty package.  While I clean my blender regularly, I still like to replace them every so often.

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes - This was just a small 10 ct packet that I kept in my purse.  These work well.

Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser - I need to use a cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide to keep away breakouts.  This is a good drugstore alternative to Proactiv and I find myself switching between the two.

Proactiv 3-Step System - I have used Proactiv off and on for well over 12 years.  I find when I don't use it for a period of time, my skin will be clear for a while, then break out horribly  causing me to go back to it.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes - I don't use wipes all that often anymore as I do prefer a cleansing water, but these are great.  The coconut water acts as a great toner and also works well on acne prone skin.

Up & Up Acetone Nail Polish Remover - I like to use a pure acetone polish remover.  It takes polish off easily and works well for clean-ups.  

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel - I have mentioned in a previous post that this my go to shave gel.  I will either use Aveeno or the store brand.  It really goes slow the hair growth causes you to have to shave less. 

 Victoria's SecretVS Fantasies Daily Body Wash in Such A Flirt - I don't normally go into VS for bath & body products but everything smell so good!  These body washes smell great, clean well, and don't leave any residue on my skin.  I got a few products on sale (5 or 6 for something) which was a great bargain.

Soap & Glory Clean on Me Body Wash - I love love love the original S&G scent.  I bought this to go away with over the summer.  It wasn't my first time buying it.  I love the smell and the texture.  Its a little creamier than a regular wash.

Harvey Prince Eau Flirt - I usually have to try a perfume on and let it sit on my skin before buying it.  I bought this completely unaware of how it smelled.  It contains notes of lavender and pumpkin, which sounds kind of gross, however the scent has been meticulously calibrated to turn up the heat. Pumpkin and lavender have been clinically proven to spur passionate reactions in men, hence the name Flirt.  I bought it because I was intrigued and curious about it.  It actually smells quite pleasant.  It is a very warm scent.

Evian Mineral Water Spray - I buy these every summer and hardly ever use them.  I have started to use them up to dampen my beautyblender.  The beautyblender works best when you wet it beforehand and these little bottles are great to dampen the sponge rather then running to the sink.

Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes - I received these in a birchbox over the summer.  They were great to refresh your feet after being in flip flops all day.  I was going to order the full size when I found them in TJ Maxx for $3!  Now that its fall and the flip flops are put away, I am not sure if I will use them much now but do have a full packet waiting for next summer.  

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray - I have mentioned this before, TRESemme is my favorite hair spray.  I usually buy the 5, which is the strongest hold, but bought the 4 because it was all they had at the store.  It actually worked just as well.  

Miss Jessie's Crème De La Curl Cleansing Creme and Crème De La Creme Daily Conditioner - I have mentioned Miss Jessie's before as well.  This was a repurchase.  While I don't have curly hair, this sulfate free shampoo tames the frizz better than any other product I have tried.  It also smells AMAZING, which is why I bought it in the first place.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Paisley - I never used the Paisley Dry Shampoo before but it was nice.  It is a softer smell than the other Batisite dry shampoo's I have used.  I liked it allot.

L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner - I am that person that finds joy and taking the sample size products from a hotel.  While in DC last summer, I smuggled these in my suitcase every night so they would leave more.  I have never used L'Occitane Shampoo or Conditioner.  This was okay.  The conditioner was not as thick as I like, but it was fine enough to take smaller size products while traveling.  

L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm - I really wanted to love this.  It claims to erase a year of damage in one use.  That didn't happen.  In fact, this was nothing more than an average conditioner for me. 

Completely Bare Hypo-Allergenic Wax Strips - I have used a lot of different wax strips.  These are pretty good.  As you can see, I purchase twice and just bought again over the weekend.  These include in three different sizes; small strips for your upper lips, medium size squares and larger strips.  I prefer the larger strips and then cut them to size (although I do use all of them).  While they are for face, bikini and body, but I just use them on my face.

Sally Hansen Extra Strength Creme Bleach - I have used this since high school to bleach between waxing.  

Up & Up Cotton Ovals - I don't prefer one brand over another of cotton rounds, but I do prefer rounds to cotton balls to remove nail polish, and to apply cleansing water and toner.

(I lost the photos of the next two products.  I searched my laptop and have no idea where they went)

Kleenex Hand Towels (Not Pictured) - These are great to dry your face after washing.  If you are not grabbing a clean towel every night you wash, you are just spread germs onto your face.  I like these because you use a new clean towel every time.

Wet Ones Wipes, Sensitive (Not Pictured) - I have mentioned these in my last favorites post, but will stay it again, Wet Ones have become a make-up drawer staple for me.  I use them to clean make-up off my hands, wipe down make-up bottles, spot clean brushes and my beauty blender, and clean my mascara wand.  I buy the sensitive ones because I am using them on cosmetics, they need to be hypo-allergenic, alcohol and fragrance free.

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