Empties October 2017

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Today I have my stash of empties for October – I think I made good progress in using things up this month!

October 2017 Empties

Maui Moisture Revive + Hydrate Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner – This worked really well for my thick, wavy, frizz-prone hair. I just purchased the Strength + Anti-Breakage Agave Shampoo and Conditioner to try out instead of repurchasing this one. Review is here.

October 2017 Empties

Ahimsa Naturals Solid Brush Cleanser in Rosemary & Lavender – This was a great brush cleanser, it took me almost 2.5 years to use up. If I can find this locally, I’ll repurchase. Review is here.

Saje Natural Wellness Stress Relief Diffuser Blend – Once I use up a few more of the essential oils in my stash, this will be one of the ones that I will be repurchasing as the lavender based scent is so lovely and relaxing. Review is here.

Oct 2017 Empties

Badger Balm Ginger & Lemon Lip Balm – This was a good lip balm, I might repurchase once my stash is used up. This one was never reviewed.

Saje Natural Wellness Lip Balms in Sweet Lips and Tingle Lips – I loved both of these lip balms, and plan to repurchase the next time that I order some Diffuser Blends from Saje. Review is here.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – I liked this primer a lot, but it started to thicken and congeal (GROSS) so I didn’t bother finishing the last bit in the bottle. I don’t think that I will repurchase this one as there are other primers that I’d like to try. Review is here.

Oct 2017 Empties

Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Serum* – I am sad that this one is finished, this might be the most beautiful serum that I’ve ever used. Sadly it is pricy, and I don’t have the budget to repurchase this right now. But it is going to the top of my wishlist! Review is here.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion – This is one of the best and most affordable retinol serums that I’ve ever used. I’ve already repurchased a back up of this one. Review is here.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA – I’ve tried this one and the Buffet, both are peptide serums and both work well. But I don’t need both of them. I’ve already repurchased the Buffet serum. Review is here.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – This made my skin look great, but my skin never adjusted and it always stung when I used it. Instead of repurchasing this one, I am currently testing out the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (also from The Ordinary). Review of the Vitamin C Suspension is here, review of the serum is coming later this month.

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack – This sample came in my September Ipsy GlamBag. I’ve been occasionally using it a night when I felt like my skin needed a moisture boost. I have so many night creams / sleeping packs on my wish list, that I’m not going to be purchasing a full size of this one at this time. I never actually reviewed this one, but I really liked it.

So there you have it, all the things I’ve managed to use up this month! Have you finished up very many things this month?

Disclosure: All items except for the one marked with * were purchased by me. The product marked with * was a PR sample. Please see original review for details.


Ahimsa Solid Brush Cleaner Review

Cleaning your make-up brushes on a regular basis is extremely important for several reasons, most importantly, to eliminate bacteria from your brushes, as well as to remove product build-up.  If you take good care of your make-up tools, they will last for many years.

As someone with extremely sensitive skin, I have to be careful about everything that goes near my skin, and this includes not just make-up and skincare products, but with what I use to clean my make-up brushes with.

I was using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap 18-in-1 unscented baby-mild pure-castile soap for years but recently read a review on Logical Harmony for Ahimsa Naturals’ Solid Brush Cleaner and was intrigued to try it out since I was almost out of my Dr. Bronner’s.


Unfortunately there is no ingredient listing on the packaging, or on their website, but they describe their product as containing:

Natural ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize and disinfect makeup brushes. No harsh chemicals (free of sulfates + dyes). No synthetic fragrances


I did a patch test on my wrist to test for sensitivity issues, and when no reaction occurred, went ahead and washed my brushes according to the directions on the jar:

Instructions for use: Wet the bristles of your brush and swish in a circular motion to produce a lather. Rinse and lay flat to dry. To prevent contamination please allow the cleanser to dry before closing the container.

It was UNBELIEVABLE how much product residue came out of my brushes, and I had cleaned them less than two weeks before!  And the bristles were nice and soft after drying on my Benjabelle brush tree.


The Ahimsa Naturals solid brush cleaner comes in two scents: rosemary and lavender, and grapefruit and bergamot. I chose to buy the rosemary and lavender scent, and it smells so fresh and clean.

This solid brush cleaner comes in a 56g / 2 oz jar, and sells for approximately $16 USD. You can purchase the Ahimsa Naturals solid brush cleanser directly from them, or from the Kind Beauty Collective.

Disclosure – This was purchased by me!

Kind Beauty Collective Un-Boxing

I recently placed my first order with the Kind Beauty Collective.  If you don’t know about them, you really should! From their “about us” page:

When you purchase beauty products from Kind Beauty Collective, you can rest easy knowing that you’re purchasing cruelty-free cosmetics, meaning there is no animal testing or animal ingredients.

We believe there is a more effective and a more mindful way to shop. One which can result in more beauty, joy and kindness. We are dedicated to positively impacting our customers, the environment and ending animal testing for good!

From the minute that I opened the box, I was in love! Continue reading