Empties – December 2018

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

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As per usual, I’ve kept my empties for the month. I did not manage to finish up very many things in December, but since my goal is to use things up, any empties are progress in my quest to not let products go to waste.

Let’s take a look, and I will link to reviews and let you know if I will be repurchasing or not.

Empties December 2018 - Essence, Lily De Mai, Harmony & Blossom, Hurraw

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I’ve purchased this so many times, this is my HG waterproof mascara. I always go back to this or the Get Big Lashes one after I test out others. Original review is here.

Lily De Mai Bliss Transformative Moisture Mist – I absolutely loved this facial mist and I’m sad that it is empty. I’m putting it on my wishlist as I have a few facial mists in my stash to use up. Original review is here. (PR sample)

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – This was a super gentle exfoliating clay cleanser. I have a bit of a cleanser stash to work through, so I won’t be purchasing this right now (even though I liked it a lot). Original review is here. (PR sample)

Essence The False Lashes Mascara – This is my fave non-waterproof mascara because it adds volume and holds a curl and I’ve purchased it several times. It even manages to hold up pretty well when my eyes water from laughing! I’ll purchase this again once I finish up another mascara in my stash. Original review is here.

Hurraw Lip Balm (Earl Grey) – I loved this lip balm. It smells like earl grey tea (bergamot). I’m a lip balm addict and just got a ton of new lip balms in my stash, so I won’t replace this just yet. I’m still using the Hurraw Moon Lip Balm at night (when I’m not using my Bite Beauty Lip Mask). Review is here.

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

Were you able to finish up much in December?

Thanks for reading.

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Disclosure: All PR samples identified. Please see original blog post for details.

Monthly Empties – November 2018

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Another month of products that I’ve managed to finish up. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan on repurchasing (or not).

Haircare:

Empties November 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo in Color Protection (Avocado Oil & Pomegranate) – I finished up the conditioner awhile back. I really like the shampoos and conditioners from Attitude, I’ve tried a few of the formulations in the Super Leaves line, and in fact, I’m testing out another one right now, so I won’t be re-purchasing right away. (Reviews for the Color Protection and Nourishing & Strengthening)

Ouai Wave Spray – This wave spray worked so well for my hair – I love the beautiful beachy waves that it gives, but unless they come out with a milder scent, I probably won’t re-purchase. If you aren’t sensitive to scents, you will probably love this one. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties November 2018

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask – this came in a Petit Vour box. I really liked this clay mask, I think that I managed to get six uses from the package. I have a few facial masks in my stash to use up so I don’t plan on purchasing at this time. Review is here.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Serum – This was nearly finished when I knocked it over and the bottle shattered on my bathroom floor! Oops! I have so many serums to use up, that I am not buying any at this time until I finished up several more. Review is here.

Personelle Brand Facial Cotton Squares – I use these for removing mascara and swatches. I tend to buy whatever is on sale. These ones were not soft, and tended to leave cotton fibres in my lashes, so I’m going to try to remember not to buy these ones again.

Olverum Bath Oil – Another Petit Vour box gem – I absolutely LOVED this bath oil! I managed to get five or six baths from this bottle. This bath oil is at the top of my wishlist! I’m only buying necessary things for myself right now and this one is a luxury splurge. Review is here.

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum – I received this in a mega awesome giveaway package that I had won from Poetic Blend. This is a beautiful hydrating serum, it is on my wishlist to purchase after I use up a few more serums from my stash. Review is here.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue – This is a must have for nails  / cuticles! I’m currently using up a cuticle oil from my stash, so I don’t need to repurchase this yet, but again, it is one that I have on my wishlist. Review is here.

Makeup Decluttering:

Empties November 2018

I liked all three of these products, but it is time to let them go as I’ve either had them way too long, or they’ve dried out. The two highlighters Nyx Born to Glow and Soap & Glory Glow All Out were featured recently in my Highlighter Stash, but sadly they’ve started to go off or dry out. The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip was in the shade Frick n Frack – which I LOVED – has also started to dry out, so it is high time to let it go!

Did you finish up a lot this month? I’m pretty happy with the progress that I making in working my way through my stash and using things up whenever possible, and decluttering when products have been kept too long.

Thanks for reading!

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Empties – October 2018

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Today I have all of the things that I’ve managed to finish up for the month of October. I’m pretty happy with the progress that I’ve made in clearing out my stash this month. There are a few that weren’t quite finished, so they’ll likely be in next month’s empties.

Let’s take a look. I’ll include links to any previously reviewed products, and whether or not I’ve re-purchased (or if I plan to re-purchase in the future).

Haircare:

Empties October 2018

DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask  – I absolutely loved this hair mask. I’m currently using up other hair masks, but this one is definitely on my wish list. Review is here.

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo – This was a good dry shampoo, it made my hair feel clean without that gross feeling that some dry shampoos have. I do prefer the Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo, so I purchased that one instead. Reviews are here and here.

Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo + Conditioner – I really liked this shampoo and conditioner sample set, but the full sizes are a little on the spendy side (and I have others in my stash to use up), so for now they are a wishlist item. Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties October 2018

The Ordinary Serum Foundation (shade 1.2P) – This was a nice foundation, it worked well for my skin and coverage preferences.  I have another one in my stash (shade 1.1N), as well as two other foundations to use up so I won’t be repurchasing. Review is here.

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder – I finally finished this pressed powder! I really like this one a lot, but have two other powders to use up, but would purchase again in the future. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties October 2018

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer – This made my skin feel great, but I really didn’t like the scent – very weirdly medicinal. I won’t repurchase this one, but wouldn’t mind trying some of the others from this line. Review is here.

The Ordinary 100% Plant Based Squalane – I love facial oils. And I have quite a collection of awesome ones, so I definitely won’t need to re-purchase. Review is here.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – My skin really liked this toner at first, but after awhile it began to sting when I used it. Because of this, I’m reluctant to re-purchase. Review is here.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser – I really liked this cleanser a lot, it was so fresh feeling! I wouldn’t mind buying a full size version once I finish up a few cleansers in my stash – so onto the wishlist it goes. Review is here.

Niu Body Piña Colada Sugar Lip Polish – This was tough for me to finish even though it is a really amazing lip scrub because of my aversion to coconut scents. If you love coconut scents, then this one is for you! Review is here. I’m currently using a minty one from Sudsatorium that is all kinds of awesome!

Did you finish up a lot this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

Empties – August 2018

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Another month of product empties – I think that I made pretty good progress at finishing things up this past month. Let’s take a look:

Empties August 2018

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection – I don’t blow dry my hair often in the warmer months, and I have a few more hair products in my stash right now, so I don’t need to replace this. Review is here.

Attitude Super Leaves Colour Protection Conditioner – I’m not quite finished the matching shampoo. I will likely repurchase both once I use up another set in my stash. Review is here.

Now Essential Oils in Eucalyptus and Peppermint – Already repurchased!

Zabana Essentials Baking Soda Free Deodorant – This worked for a few hours on my before crapping out. I only used it if I was working from home to give my underarms a break. I’m currently using the Sensitive Formula Deodorant from Native as it has longer staying power for me. Reviews are here and here.

Empties August 2018Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential Face Wipes – I’m not a facial wipe person, so I was mainly just using these as a preliminary step in cleansing as I just don’t feel that a wipe will get my face super clean. Review is here.

Poetic Blend Ghost Oil – I loved this light facial oil! If I didn’t have a few oils in my stash to use up, I would purchase a full size of this one. Review is here.

Lily de Mai Renew Restorative Calming Cream Cleanser [pr sample] – I’m sad that I finished this cleanser, it was so lovely and gentle. Probably my favourite cleanser for 2018. I’m still working my way through several cleansers in my stash, so I will not be replacing this right now – but it is going to the top of my wishlist! Review is here.

MüN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner – I love facial mists / toners and have a few in my fridge right now (two or three) so I don’t need to buy a replacement. Review is here.

My two facial powders are STILL GOING! Here’s the wet n wild one:

StillNotEmptyAug18

Hopefully I’ll finish this one up by the end of the year, haha!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure – Most things purchased by me, all PR samples are identified. My opinion is very much my own.

Empties July 2018

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Today I have my monthly empties post in which I’m sharing the products that I’ve managed to use up, links to reviews, and whether or not I’ll purchase / repurchase. I didn’t finish up as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress!

Bath & Body:

Empties July 2018

The Body Shop Soaps in Shea and Olive – My mom is a huuuuuge fan of The Body Shop, and gives me several bars of this soap every year. I think that I just opened the last bar in my stash. I rarely remember to keep the package, so they rarely show up in my empties. Review is here. And I’ll likely purchase these soaps again (or my momma bear will gift some to me)

Kani Moon Milk – When I first got this in a Petit Vour box, I loved the scent but found it to be a little too much sparkle. Once I got a tan (not by most people’s standards, but by pale standards) I used it a lot. I even added some of my argan oil in the container to make it last longer! Review is here. I don’t know that I would purchase a full size even though I did like it.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm – This was a PR item, and I absolutely LOVED it. I used it all winter long, and started using it again when my feet needed a little extra love. Review is here. This is on my wishlist because I have other body creams / balms to use up.

Skincare:

Empties July 2018

Haus of Gloi Lip Balm in Beguiled – This lip balm was lost for ages, and I finally found it. Sadly it was a little off, but it was very finished. This was in my stash since before I started blogging, I can’t even remember how long I’ve had it. When I re-stock my pumpkin butter collection, I’ll add a lip balm (or three) to my order.

The Ordinary “Buffet” – I’ve lost track of how many of these I’ve gone through – at least four I think – my skin really does well with this one. Review is here. Will I repurchase? Maybe. But I’ve been eyeing other serums that I would love to try.

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum – Stashy  from Stash Matters sent this one to me in a care packag almost two years ago. This is one of the few eye creams that I’ve tried that does not irritate my sensitive eyes. I’ve been using this almost every single night and need to replace this asap! Review is here.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil – Another Petit Vour product.I mostly used this for body and hair since I have so many oils to use up. I think that the bulk of it was mixed in with my Kani Moon Milk. Review is here. I still have a few oils to use up, so I won’t even think about replacing this with a full size at any point soon.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil -The container kept rolling away every time I tried to take a photo, haha! Another Petit Vour sample. I mostly used this as the first step in my cleansing process when I was wearing loads on sunscreen. It also worked really well at removing waterproof mascara and smelled really nice. I liked it, but I have a few cleansers to use up, so no need to purchase a full size. Review is here.

Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential Face Wipe – I actually finished three of these facial wipes, but can’t find the third package. I just reviewed them on Monday – I don’t often use facial wipes for cleansing, but these were the nicest ones I’ve ever tried and I really liked the scent. I probably won’t buy them, but will use up the rest of the package at some point.

Sothys Noctuelle Chrono De-Stressing Sleeping Mask – PR sample. There should be two empty packages here – I suspect that I left one of the empties in Nova Scotia. This is a really lovely night cream / sleeping mask. I managed to get several uses from each foil pack. Every time I used it, I woke up with such great skin! I have a few moisturizers / face creams to use up so I won’t be purchasing, but I’ll put it on my wishlist. Review is here.

Still going, and will never, ever, ever be finished:

July Almost Empties

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder – I’d mentioned this in last month’s empties as a “nearly empty” and it is still going strong! I use this powder EVERY SINGLE DAY and it just won’t quit! I really like it, but want the satisfaction of finishing it!

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder – I keep this powder in my bag for touch ups, so it isn’t used as much as the Wet n Wild one, but I will get through it eventually!

Did you finish up much this month? Do you find that face powders take forever to finish?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Anything gifted by family / friends or PR are identified. Everything else was purchased by me.

June 2018 Empties

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I cannot believe it is July already! This month I didn’t finish up as many products as I had hoped, once again, there are so many things that are NEARLY but not quite finished.

Let’s take a look – it is only body and skincare as I haven’t continued going through and decluttering my lipsticks.

Bath and Body Empties:

Empties June 2018

Wildcraft Buff Face and Body Scrub – I love this exfoliating scrub for body use as my face is far too sensitive for this type of exfoliation. It smells like spearmint in a refreshing and non-toothpaste way! I’ll be replacing this as soon as I use up a few more things in my stash. Review is here.

Tom’s Of Maine Deodorant in Soothing Calendula – This deodorant is NOT for me. It worked great at first but it seemed that the longer that I used it, the worse that it worked for me. I’ve heard that it works amazing for some people. I’ve been trying to use this up for so long – and only using it on days that I was working from home. Review is here.

EIR NYC Sunset Oil – This came in my May Petit Vour box. I absolutely loved this body oil for when I got out of the shower. I’m hoping to find something similar but a little more budget friendly. Review is here.

Skincare Empties:

Empties June 2018

Zabana Essentials Banana and Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub – I really liked this facial mask that came in my May Petit Vour box. The sample pack was large enough to get at least 6 to 8 uses! I have things to use up in my stash so I won’t be buying a full size of this one right now. Review is here.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque – Another Petit Vour product. This was a great mask, but I can find another, more budget friendly dupe. Again, no rush to try to find a dupe for it as I am still working my way through my stash. Review is here.

Ingenium Naturals Tsubaki Oil – This was a great multi-purpose oil. I’ve used it on my face, in my hair, and even in the bath. I have a bunch of oils to use up, so I won’t be replacing this right now. This was a PR sample. Review is here.

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream – This was also from a Petit Vour box. The sample was small, so I could only give first impressions on this facial cream. Again, I have several things to use up in my stash so no need to buy a full size to test right now. Review is here.

Nearly Finished:

Empties June 2018

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder – I hit pan on this last month, and it is still hanging on! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it up in July. Review is here.

So there you have it – all the things that I’ve managed to finish this month. Not as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress. Did you finish up much this month?

Empties June 2018

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me except for the Wildcraft Buff (gift from a friend) and the Ingenium Naturals Tsubaki Oil (PR sample).

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

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Today I’m reviewing the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA from the Ordinary / Deciem. This review has been in my drafts folder for quite awhile, I put it on hold due to recent Deciem drama-lama stuff.  I decided that I would finally publish the review before I finish it up as I’ve been using it since March! [info in italics taken from the website]

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is 76.0 daltons, for example). This larger size allows mandelic acid to penetrate the skin more slowly which in turn makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin. You don’t need a concentration of more than 10%, because then you would simply be achieving an indirect peeling strength that is more easily offered through lower percentages of glycolic acid.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Since I have sensitive skin I chose to try this Alpha Hydroxy Acid as it was supposed to be gentle and suitable for sensitive types. I did my usual patch test, just in case before testing it out on my face.

It actually feels similar to a light facial oil when applied, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I did not feel any tingle sensation like I do with most AHAs. It has a very gentle exfoliation effect, so don’t expect huge results the first time that you use it. Despite that, it does brighten and smooth the skin. For me, it is gentle enough that I could use it every night, but I don’t because I alternate between the Mandelic Acid, the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (the new version of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion), and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

AHAs might make your skin more sun sensitive, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. You should be wearing it anyway!

Ingredients: Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Have you tried this one? Or another version of Mandelic Acid? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Empties – May 2018

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I’m still working my way through my stash. This month I didn’t finish up a lot of things, but I still feel that I’m making progress. Let’s see what I managed to finish, and whether or not I will re-purchase:

Empties May 2018

Haircare

Empties May 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Nourishing & Strengthening Conditioner – I finished up the matching shampoo last month. I really liked both the shampoo and conditioner, but purchased the Color Protecting formula instead to try out. [Reviews for the Nourishing and Strengthening here, and Color Protecting here]

Bath & Body

Empties May 2018

Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub in Splendiferous – I absolutely loved this scrub, and was using the smallest amount to try to make it last forever. It smells of white cake, lemon zest and sugared violets. I would repurchase this if it is available (seasonal scent) when my bath and body stash is fully used up. If this scent is not available, I’m sure that I would find another glorious scented scrub!

Schmidt’s Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant in Charcoal and Magnesium – I really like this natural deodorant, it works well for my body chemistry, and it smells fresh. It also does not irritate my underarms like most baking soda based natural deodorants. I already had a spare in my stash, so I don’t need to re-purchase just yet. Review is here.

Make-up

Empties May 2018

Concrete Minerals Vegan Lip Tint in Gold Plated – I got this long before I started blogging, and really loved it. But then it got misplaced, and I only found it last week buried in a box in my home office. Sadly it was majorly dried out, so into the bin it goes!

Nyx HD Concealer in Fair – I really like this concealer, and have repurchased it several times in shades fair and porcelain. I have one more in my stash to finishing using up. I’ll probably repurchase once I finish up the other one. Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara Extreme Volume & Curl – Despite not being waterproof, this is one of my favourite mascaras! I already have a replacement! Review is here.

Essence Instant Volume Boost Mascara – I really liked this mascara when I first started using it, but after about 6 weeks it started to thicken and got clumpy and flaky – which for me is the worst, so into the bin it goes. I won’t be repurchasing. The original review is here (review to be updated since my opinion has changed since the original review).

Even though I did not finish up as many products as I had hoped, progress is progress!

Have you finish up many things this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

Monthly Empties – April 2018

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Today I have my monthly empties to share with you, as well as whether or not I would re-purchase and why. I’m still making fairly decent progress in using things up and only buying replacements as I finish things up.

Let’s take a look – this month I have empties in Skincare, Haircare, and Makeup, as well as a small lipstick declutter.

Skincare Empties:

Empties April 2018

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash – This was a really great facial cleanser but I hated the coconut scent so I won’t be re-purchasing this one. I might try out one of the other facial cleansers though once I finish up some of the cleansers in my stash. The original review is here.

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads – I just purchased a different brand of facial cotton pads and there is definitely a difference in quality. The Quo Luxury ones are super soft, and the new ones that I have are rough in comparison so I will likely re-buy the Quo ones, and use up the rough ones for swatches.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% – I purchased a replacement weeks before the current Deciem drama. This was repackaged (and possibly reformulated) as the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. It works well for my sensitive skin and the price is budget friendly. The original review is here.

Bite Beauty Sample Kit  from the Sephora 2018 Bite Beauty Birthday Gift Set (Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub) – I plan on buying the full sized versions of both the Lip Balm and the Lip Scrub.

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub – This was such a great purifying and exfoliating scrub that came in my Petit Vour subscription box. It is on my wishlist to purchase the full size once I use up more of my stash. The original review is here.

Haircare Empties:

Empties April 2018

Hask Chia Seed Dry Shampoo – I’ve already repurchased the Argan version of this dry shampoo which I like even more than the Chia Seed one. Reviews of both the Chia Seed and Argan versions are here and here.

Attitude Super Leaves Nourishing & Strengthening Conditioner – I really liked this conditioner, it worked well with my thick, wavy hair. I’ve already purchased a replacement in the Colour Protection formulation to try out.The shampoo is nearly finished as well, with maybe one or two uses left so you will see it in next month’s empties. Original review is here.

Makeup Empties & Decluttering:

Empties April 2018

Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Lip Balm – I got this Lip Balm in an Ipsy Glam Bag last year, I really liked it. I have several lip balms to use up right now, and Bite Beauty is easier for me to find locally so I won’t be replacing this one any time soon. Original review is here.

Nyx Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud- this one is a declutter, as the colour just does not suit me as either a lip or cheek product. Original first impressions is here.

Nyx Lip Lingerie in Embellishment – another declutter. A pretty shade, just not a pretty shade on me, I’ve had this liquid lipstick for over a year now and haven’t worn it since shortly after buying it in Jan/Feb 2017. Original review is here.

Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea & Cookies – another declutter. This one is almost two years old, and is starting to dry out, so into the bin it goes. I still love the rose shade though. Original review is here.

First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint in Fair – This was a sample from Sephora. I liked this tinted SPF moisturizer, as long as my skin was not dry I found that it clings to dry patches. I ended up buying the full size of Juice Beauty CC Cream with SPF 30 instead of this one. Review of the FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint is here, and the Juice Beauty review is here.

Empties April 2018

I’m happy to still be making good progress at using things up in my stash and trying not to buy things needlessly. Have you finished up a lot this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.