The Empties of October

The Empties Bin

Welcome once again to the Empties bin. It is an interesting mix of products this month, some good some not so fabulous.  So let’s jump right in, shall we?

First up, is the First Aid Beauty Facial radiance Pads. I have to say, I was not a fan.  After using them my face felt sticky from the serum in the pads and the pads themselves were over saturated.  I know it is meant to ensure they don’t dry out before you use them, but for everyday use, I am not going to keep them stocked. 

I will say they did work well.  My skin looked quite lovely while using them and despite the fact that they felt sticky, my skin did like them.  I think I would pick up a small size a month before an important event and then use them to ensure my skin looked its best for the event, but I would not keep them around.  I just can’t see myself using them every day. If I were going to go with pre-moistened toner pads I’d lean toward the Elemis resurfacing pads.

I actually fared better with the First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream.  I very much enjoyed using this sample of the moisturizer and have put a full sized version on my list of products to try out a full version of in the near future.  Also on that list is the Miss Flower and Mr. Honey Cream from Banila Co (currently it is on sale at the Banila Co site if you are interested.)  I very much enjoyed this moisturizer and will be picking up a full sized version to try out soon.

I can’t say I had the best experience with the other two moisturizer samples in my empties bin this month. While I generally like Korres products, the Nourishing Probiotic Gel-cream was not for me.  The texture of the cream was fine and lightweight but I just could not get past the scent.  Oddly enough I like the same scent in the mask from Korres Probiotic line, but I do keep that mask in the fridge.  I think this is a scent that my brain just wants to associate with the cold.  When it is warm, I just don’t like it. So no full size of this for me.  I will stick to other Korres products ( I love their pomegranate line as everything I have tried in the line works well with my skin and doesn’t confound my nose).

The last moisturizer had barely three days worth of product in the tube, but that was enough to let me know I did not like it.  It was the Goldfaden, MD Detox Hydrating Gel.  This is one of those brands that always sounds good but somehow always manages to fall short for me.  I have the full review to post this afternoon so I won’t add too much here, but I was not a fan and will not be purchasing a full size to try out.

I had two cleansers in my empties bin this month.  The first was from OSEA and is the Ocean Cleanser.  It smells like a Sonic limeade which always amuses me and works fantastically well on my skin.  I’ve bought it a number of times before and will continue to purchase it later in the future. It is a pricy, but good cleanser if you are looking for a splurge product.

The Codex BeautyBia Exfoliating Wash worked well and was a very nice gentle exfoliant that I could actually use on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, I did not like the scent.  To be honest, that is the only thing wrong with it.  I really hate to put that in the no longer purchasing category solely on scent, but I know myself well enough to know that even though it is a great product, I wouldn’t use it because of the scent if I purchased it. It smells too  much like castor oil for me to enjoy.

I can feel good about adding the Tula Skincare Glow and Get it calming and brightening eye cream to my do not repurchase list. It was pretty and I like the thought of eye cream in a stick, but it clogged my pores really badly.  I just ended up with semi-circles of bumps along the path of application.  It looked like I was thinking of dressing like one of the aliens from Star Trek (Cardassians I believe were the ones with the under eye ridges although I may be mixing my aliens up).  It was not a good look for me.  So no repurchasing of this product in my future.

I finished out the Polaar Sunscreen this month and I have to say, this is one I would pick up again.  I wasn’t a huge fan of it on my face as it felt a little heavy, but it was perfect on my neck and chest.  And truthfully it is only a little heavier than the Volition Sunscreen.  It comes in a very close second and if I didn’t have the Volition to compare it to, I would probably not have thought it was heavy on the skin.  As it was, I adored using it on my neck and upper chest.  Many of my walking shirts have a v- neck or a scooped neck and my upper chest takes a beating if I don’t cover it with sunscreen and this was perfect for that.  No clogged pores and fantastic coverage. I actually have a Polaar day cream to try out in the sample moisturizers section of my skin care drawer and after using this I have high hopes for it.

From the face we move into the skin care for the body.  I had one empty sample sized body wash this month and it is the Mio Sundrenched Body wash. (currently this is on sale on the Look Fantastic Website and in the Skin Store, the link will take you to the look fantastic site and the sale). I really liked the body wash as it lathered well and rinsed clean without leaving any soapy residue.  It smells like a creamsicle. I like the scent but I found myself liking the scent more in the morning than in the evening.  It seems more of a walk up scent than a going to bed one. 

I don’t mind having two separate body washes so I will probably end up picking this one up again.  I should also say that I have actually repurchased this one as a gift.  My brother has been looking for a nice body wash and I think the scent will suit him. He doesn’t like the ‘girly perfumed’ washes and he doesn’t like the ‘manly perfumed’ scents so he often gets kid’s body wash, and then complains that it doesn’t work as well on his adult skin as he would like and that people laugh at the plastic dinosaur head on top of his body wash. So this should be a nice alternative.  Hopefully this one will work for him.  I’ll let you know.

I had two body lotions that I went through this month,  One is the Cake Milk Made totally to Die For indulgent body milk cream and the other it the Barefoot Venus Vanilla Effect Instant hand Repair. The Cake cream I will be repurchasing.  I loved the scent and the way it absorbed into my skin.  It was surprisingly a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  I know I shouldn’t judge a hand cream by its cutesy name. The Cake Beauty will be repurchased.

The Barefoot Venus will not.  It is too cloyingly sweet vanilla and takes a while to absorb.   I ended up using it just at night so that I could let it absorb over night and that worked really well, but if it is a hand cream that I am using because I am washing my hands so much and using so much hand sanitizer, I shouldn’t want to wash my hands after applying the hand cream.  With this I kind of did.  It worked well just using it at night though so if you are looking for an overnight lotion for your hands, this might suit you.  The scent is too sweet for me and when I used it at night my baby doll kept asking if I was bringing candy to bed. While not a bad thing to dream off, I probably won’t pick up a full sized bottle as I will with the Cake Milk Made.

I also managed to finish the e-cooking Overnight foot cream.  This is one of those products that worked so well it over came my dislike of scent.  It smells like Vick’s Vapor rub. There is no getting around that and you either love the scent or hate it.  We are a house divided on that.  My Baby doll loves the scent (as does my mother actually, the bonded over it) I can not stand the scent.  However it is on my feet and I pull socks on over the creamed feet so the scent isn’t that strong. And quite frankly the cream works well enough that I don’t care about the scent and will be purchasing more because scent or not, I will use this.  I worked fantastically well on my dry heels.  They will never be baby smooth, I walk far too much for that, but they are no longer cracked and heading into painful territory as winter dries them out.  I am a big fan of this even though I don’t like the scent.  Even my nose will adjust when it has to.

I finished up three masks this month.  It should be no surprise that all three of them are clay masks.  And all three are on my repurchase list.  The first it the Bliss Pore Patrol Deep Detox four clay soufflé mask.  This worked wonders  when my skin needed a good clear out.  My skin really liked it and I really liked the dispenser.  I thought it would get clogged, but as long as I wiped down the nozzle at the top it worked well.  I have a long list of Bliss products I like as I have been purchasing from the brand for years.  This is another one I will add to the list. 

The Generation Clay detoxifying Charcoal Clay mask is another I will be adding to my repurchase list.  It isn’t surprising as every other Generation Clay mask has made my repeatedly repurchase list. This one I found I could not only use as a general mask, but I could sort of spot treat, especially along the line of breakouts caused by wearing my face mask.  It worked really well in stripes across those new break out areas.  In fact I tended to use it whenever I came home from wearing my mask out.  I would come home, take off the mask, wash my face and apply the mask on those areas I knew would break out.  It was sort of a preemptive strike against maskne and worked really well. It also used the small tube up pretty quickly.  This is a definite repurchase.

The third mask was the Cottage Greenhouse Orange Blossom and Honey mask.  It smells utterly delicious and worked really well.  It was a pleasure to wear because of the scent and when I rinsed it off, my skin always felt smooth and clean.  I really liked the way my skin felt and I will be using this again.

Those of you following my daily posts may recall I started trying out a Native Deodorant this month.  Prior the Dove advanced Care invisible was my go to deodorant.  It never stained my clothes, it smelled nice but not overpowering and more importantly, I could wear it through the most brutal workouts without any fear of any sort of problem. I really like this deodorant. And I will be buying it in the future.  I like the Native deodorant and will shortly be doing a review on it, but that doesn’t preclude me liking this as well.  When I know I am going to be working out and sweating like crazy, Dove is still my go to.

And now we come to the makeup items.  And surprise, there are a few this month.  The first is the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer.  Sadly this is a discontinued product, because I would have repurchased this repeatedly.  Alas I cannot. I did find an excellent e.l.f. replacement, but this cannot return simply because it no longer exists. 

Also not returning in is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.  As a primer it was okay but it was a little too hydrating for me.  It didn’t really do much in terms of locking the makeup in and I quite frankly just wasn’t impressed.  Perhaps it would work better if I had drier skin, but I do not, so I will not be repurchasing this in the future.

And finally we come to the mascara.  There were three In my Empties bin this month.  They are the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara, the Bad Gal Bang from Benefit, and the Harvest Lengthening mascara. The only one I will be repurchasing is the Bad Gal Bang.  I adore this mascara.  The Doucce just sort of fell flat for me and the Harvest started off strong but smelled strange and flaked halfway through the day.  So Benefit yes, the other two not returning.

I am always surprised by the number of products I actually manage to empty in a month.  I always think, I didn’t use that much up, and then I find I did.  I think it is mostly because I have concentrated on using up some of my samples.  As it is a trend I plan to continue for the next month or two, I’m sure it will mean the November and December Empties bins will be just as full. Personally, I like going through everything at the end of the month as it gives me a better idea of what I really want to repurchase and what was, sadly, forgettable. I hope you enjoyed it too.



The Empties: August And September

Oh yes, my bin overfloweth

Hello my darlings.  As I went with the NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil as my foundation product this week, and still felt more or less the same as I did the first time I tried it, instead of a foundation review this week I am posting the empties bin.  And it isn’t just a one month empties bin, oh no.  I have two months worth of empties to give you. Mostly because I forgot to post August’s empties.  As I used up a lot of my samples in the past few months and concentrated on finishing out some masks, there is a lot.  In the interest of not making this post rival war and peace, I have left out the sheet masks. Although for you early shoppers out there FaceTory just launched their holiday masking bundles. 

Now on to the Empties. The first is the AYAM Dead Sea Minerals make up remover wipes.  I know I don’t often use make up wipes, but they are good to have on hand once in a while.  And these lasted me a while.  Which was surprising as they were really good.  In fact they may be among the best makeup wipes I tried.  They took off product and weren’t overly saturated in liquid and didn’t leave my skin feeling wretched.  I really liked them.  Actually I would like to see the liquid they use in a different form because it was not only a really good make up remover but it left my skin feeling really soft after cleansing.  It was hard not to reach for these all the time, but I resisted and they lasted a long time.  Would I buy them again? Yes.  I don’t buy make up wipes often, but the next time I do buy them I would by the AYAM Dead Sea Minerals Make up Remover Wipes.

Speaking of make up removers, there were three empty makupe removers in my bin this week. One was a balm and the other two Oils.  I finally emptied my Elemis Cleansing Balm.  Which is fun because I received a brand new one in September’s Allure Box just as I emptied this one out.  At the moment I am refusing to open it until I clear out a few more make up removers.  It is hands down my favorite cleansing balm and I would repurchase it over and over again. The other two Makeup removers are oil cleansers One is the Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser and the other is the Province Apothecary Moisturizing oil cleanser.  Both worked well. Of the two I would probably purchase the Kahina for my own use but only because the Provence Apothecary is so heavily scented of bergamot which I just don’t like.  Oddly enough though it is one of my mother’s favorite scents and I did already order it for inclusion in a skin care gift basket for her.  It is a really good product, I just don’t care for the scent.

To round out the cleansers there are three regular cleansers in my bin this month.  The Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleanser and the Dr. Brandt Pore Purifying Cleanser I would both buy again.  The Celefit Oil to Foam Cleanser, I would not.  It worked well and I really enjoyed the oil to foam nature but it was so heavily scented that it was like splashing perfume on my face. It is a good cleanser though so I used it up but it was a relief when it was finally empty.

In my toner category I have two empties.  One was the Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating toner.  I enjoyed using it.  At the moment I am using a different Pixi toner that I don’t like as much. I bought it because Target was out of the Glow Tonic.  If I were to repurchase PIXI toner (which I will), I would go with the Glow Tonic Exfoliating one and if they were out I would probably wait. The Akar Balance toner is an interesting one.  I really liked using it. 

My one concern is that it has a six month expiration date.  I think the full size also has the same expiration date on it and I don’t think that I could work my way through the toner in that time frame.  The Travel size lasted quite a while.  I think I would definitely repurchase the travel sized container but I would have to investigate the full sized one a bit more before I committed and only because of the expiration date.  The product itself is a definite yes.

And so we move on to serums.  The Balance me Vitamin C Serum smelled exactly like Lemon Pledge.  It worked well enough, but I have tried other vitamin C serums that work just as well so I would probably give this one a pass. The other three serums I would repurchase.  They are the Decorte Liposome, the Claudalie Vino Perfect and the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum.  While I really liked all three of them, I have to say the Snow Mushroom Water Serum was my favorite of the bunch. The other two aren’t far behind as they are both nice, but if it were a contest, Volition would take it.

I had one exfoliator in my empties bin this month and it is the NUXE Insta Masque.  I put it alone rather than with the masks as it seemed more exfoliator than mask.  You apply it and let it sit for three minutes and then massage and rinse.  I tended to brush my teeth while it sat on the skin.  It is rather rosy scented which may bother some people.  It didn’t bother me and I really enjoyed the product. 

There was a second NUXE product in the bi n this go around and it is the NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Boost.  It has the rosy French Skin Care scent (although more powerfully present than in the Dior). I liked the day cream and would not mind using it again, and possibly will pick it up again.  It isn’t something I would seek out especially though.  It would be an impulse purchase. It’s a good cream, just not something I would hunt down. Also in the good but probably not something I would seek is the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream.  It seems like something I would really like but after using it I thought, ‘This is nice but not fabulous’.  I wouldn’t mind using it again, but I wouldn’t seek it. 

The Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer is a different story.  This I would hunt done.  This is one of those products that makes me want to do my Christmas and upcoming birthday shopping early so I can stalk the PTR website and pounce as soon as the sales become active. A full size of this will be mine.  I can even see me tackling someone in a department store to get the last jar of this.  Well in theory anyway.  In reality I’m not a tackle sort of person.  I’m more of an ‘Oh look over there’ distraction sort of person rather than a physical one but the reality evokes less of a holiday may lay sort of vibe.

And with that we move on to the one eye cream in this bin.  It is the Dermadeli nourishing eye serum.  I liked the tiny dropper but didn’t find it all that nourishing and it tended to clog my pores.  I will not be repurchasing this.

I will be repurchasing the empty La Roche-Possay Antherlios 50 Mineral sunscreen. It was a good light weight sunscreen with no white cast to it and it didn’t break me out. It was a winner and very well priced.  I have no problems adding it to my repurchase list.

The soap from Le Couvent that came in a subscription box is not on my repurchase list.  Which is a shame as I like to include a bar of fancy soap in several of the beauty packages I put together form my mom and aunts.  The packaging would have been perfect.  The soap, I just wasn’t a fan of.  I think they mixed a little too much skin softening agent into it so my hands didn’t really feel clean after using the,  They felt moisturized but not really clean.  And the scent wasn’t my favorite. So this is a no for me.

Taking a quick jaunt into makeup, I finally finished my I heart Revolution Fixing Spray.  While it worked well and I liked it as a setting spray, I don’t know if I would repurchase it.  I’ve been using a setting spray that has skin care benefits and really liking it.  At this point I’m not sure I would actually buy a setting spray that didn’t have skin care benefits.  This doesn’t.  I will say it is a good, affordable setting spray that works well.

The Ciate London Everyday Vacaay Translucent setting powder I already have a back up of waiting in my dressing table.  It is a good setting powder and doesn’t have the flash back that the regular setting powder has.  I went on coconut overload this summer so I am using other powders at the moment but rest assured, this powder will be returning.

There are three mascaras in my empties bin this time around, as I purge the older ones from my collection there will be more next month. The Scandaleyes wow wings from Rimmel will be repurchased.  And I think I would pick up a full size of the Maneater Mascara from Tarte.  I really liked it as an everyday formula. The Lash Alert from Eyeko I would not purchase.  I wasn’t a fan of the formula.  I prefer their Black magic Mascara to be honest.

This time around there are several hair products.  The first is a dry shampoo from Freeman it is the PSSSSR Deep Clean.  It worked well in an emergency when I was ill prepared for a change in time for a video conference.  It took down some very greasy post work out hair and made it look fine for the video call when I didn’t have time for a shower.  I did have to take a shower right after as my scalp itched. 

That was partially because I used so much of it, but to be honest, this is more of an emergency dry shampoo.  It is for when you only have to look good for an hour.  For that purpose I would keep it around.  Much in the same way I would keep a fire extinguisher. Used like regular dry shampoo it worked well for about two to three hours and then the hair overpowered the product.  So emergency yes, routine use, not so much.

The Everything Mask from Josh Wood Colour I would purchase again in a heartbeat.  My hair really liked it.  It smelled nice and the product left my hair soft and shiny and rinsed off well.  The R+Co Dry Shampoo past is a pass for me.  I didn’t like using it and I didn’t like how it made my hair feel.  I think part of it was the formula of the powder/paste.  I just really didn’t like rubbing it into my hair.  When I brushed it out there were tangles and if I wasn’t careful it looked as though I had dandruff.  I really did not enjoy this product.

The Ouai Wave Spray Ondulation was interesting.  The product was nice.  I’ve never tried a Ouai product that wasn’t to be honest.  However I discovered I don’t really care for the wave spray look.  On me it ends up looking just like my hair looks naturally when I let it air dry. So the product was nice and I really enjoyed the scent of it in my hair but I will pass because I don’t really have a need for this particular product.  This is different from the Prep and Protect Spray from High Performance Hair Care.  It is a category of product I use routinely, but I just didn’t like the product.  It made may hair stiff in spots and I didn’t care for the scent. So it is a no on repurchasing.

And finally we come to the masks.  Surprisingly the only one I wouldn’t repurchase is the  Blackhead O2 Bubble pore mask.  While it was fun, it didn’t do much. I will always have at least one version of the Generation Clay’s masks in my masking collection.  The Ultraviolet purple is my favorite of theirs.  I already have a replacement waiting that I am not opening until I clear out a few more masks. 

The Biorace Pore Tightening masks I went through twice and really liked. They will probably be returning again. The Hey honey Sweet Treat mask is one of my favorite Hey Honey Masks.  It always leaves me feeling refreshed.  And the Bliss Mighty Marshmallow I have already repurchased so many times I have lost count.  It is actually strange now to not see it on the shelf.

The Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask is, like the Hungarian Thermal Water Moisturizer, something that I will hunt down. It was an excellent exfoliating mask that I really want to get in the habit of stocking.  I also really liked the Erno Laszlo Multi Task Eye serum masks.  They were quite nice on myeyes and I will be picking them up again.

The absolute last item is the Kylie cleanser. I put it for last because technically it isn’t an empty. It is however going far away. It is rare that a product is so bad that I just don’t want to continue with it until it is gone, but this was that product. I hated using this. I didn’t like the smell, the feel on my skin or the results. At best the foam was fun. I tend to look for more than fun in my skin care though and this was not it. So even though it is not empty, it is leaving, never to return.

Wow okay now I see why I should skip a month of the empties and what happens when I try to clear out sample and travel sized products.  But now that I have gone through them I can actually empty the empty bin.  It will be nice to see it empty again and not over flowing as we head into October.


The Empties: July 2020

The empties bin at the end of July 2020

Welcome to the July Empties.  I have to say, it looks like a full basket this month.  Admittedly, that may be because of the shampoo bottles and trial sizes.  So let’s clear the large shampoo bottles out of the way first shall we?

First up, is my general standard for shampoo and conditioner.  If you ever wonder what it is I compare products to, this is it.It is the Suave Professionals rosemary and mint. The scent is perfect for a post workout pick me up as it smells amazingly fresh and clean.

This is one of my standard drug store favorites.  With my hair I generally find that I have to switch up shampoos periodically to keep my hair loving them.  This is one that gets rotated in frequently.  In fact it is the one that I actually compare other shampoos to.  I don’t mind paying extra for good hair products, but they have to work. So whenever I pick up a pricy shampoo and conditioner to try out, I ask myself does this work as well as the Suave? So even though this is leaving, it will be repurchased again and again in the future.

Slightly pricier shampoo that I recently ran out of is the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut water and Mimosa Flower shampoo and conditioner. This set is designed for body and strength for fine hair, but I find it works really well on my hair as well.  My hair is on the thicker side, but I still liked it. 

It gave my hair great body and shine.  I did find that I still had to use a leave in conditioner after wards.  I think that might be because my hair is not fine.  I also found that this worked best if I didn’t use it every wash.  If I used it every wash, it tended to not do as well.  I found that it worked best for me if I kept this as my once a week shampoo and conditioner, using Suave the rest of the week. 

I don’t know if there was some sort of build up with the products that Suave cleared out. But for a once a week wash, I did really like this set.  Plus, using them only once a week offset the higher cost by making them last longer.  I would definitely consider buying these again, but next time I might look for something in their line designed for thicker hair and see if I had the same issues with it. I initially bought this because I saw volume on the label and that is generally my go to for product claims. Either way, I like the brand and will continue to purchase from them in the future.

Sticking with hair for the moment, I have two empty dry shampoos this month.  One is the full sized COLAB dry shampoo that came in a Glossy Box and the other is a trial size of amika perk up. I liked both but for different reasons. 

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Let’s talk about the colab first.  It claims to have oil absorbing without the white residue.  It has white residue.  I have dark hair, it showed white on my hair.  Personally, I don’t mind as I generally find that the ones that show the white tend to work the best.  With this dry shampoo I found that it worked best if I sprayed it on my hair just before bed and then brushed it out in the morning.  Doing that, it worked really well.  It absorbed any excess oil and left my hair looking clean. It is a very good, and very cost effective product. I think the full sized bottle was under $6.

With the amika perk up, it left a lot more white, but if I brushed it out right after application it left my hair amazingly soft and shiny (in a healthy non greasy way). If I tried to spray at night and leave it, the product got weirdly clumpy and my scalp itched. It is a dry shampoo to use when you need to run out somewhere, not an overnight product. To be honest, while I would consider buying this again it would probably be in the travel size that I could keep in my purse rather than the full sized to keep in the bathroom. The Klorane is still my go to dry shampoo, neither of these replaced it, but this really is good on the go, just remember there is a LOT of white added to dark hair with this product. So both dry shampoos were good, but in different ways. 

This month my empties bin features several make up items. For primers I have the Benefit Pore Professional Pearl and the Kaja Blur Drop.  Technically speaking the Kaja is not empty but it is leaving my world so I thought I would include it. 

It was one of those products that I just didn’t like and never want to use again.  It may work for someone else, but it did not do well with my skin at all.  The one friend I generally trade products with as we tend to have almost opposite skin needs, said she tried it and hated it to, so alas it is going in the bin.

The Porefessional Pearl Primer from Benefit on the other hand, I loved and will be getting again.  I have one more sample size of this in my collection and once I use it up, I will be purchasing the full sized tube.

Minimize pores and dryness with Benefit’s NEW The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer!

This month I also used up a sample size of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream.  I tried it, loved it and luckily have a full sized version waiting in my drawer.  I am trying to resist opening it until I have used up at least one product, but it is hard to resist.  That is one of the best BB creams I have tried.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was the Pur 4-in-1 love your selfie longwear foundation and concealer.  I did not like this product and will not be repurchasing it.  Luckily it was only a sample size because it it were full sized I would feel bad about getting rid of it.

Makeup item this month was the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit.  While I enjoyed the benefit brow priducts, I believe in the future I will purchase the Precisely my brow instead of this one.  I just am not a fan of the multiple products in one pen.  It felt like I didn’t get enough of the one product I wanted which was the brow pencil.  I used up my shade rather quickly and then had to work to use up the other products before I felt comfortable letting it go.  So it is is a good product, just not in a form I particularly care for.

This month I used the Speak Deodorant Cream that came in one of my Petit Vour Boxes.  I liked the product and felt it worked well and considering how hot this summer has been it put any deodorant product to the test.

Petit Vour

It worked well but I really didn’t like the cream aspect of it.  I absolutely hated digging out the cream and rubbing it into my arm pits.  Luckily, when I posted my review, a rep from the company actually messaged me letting me know that soon they were going to be coming out with a stick version. Sometime this year was the plan, I’m not certain how recent events have affected their time line, but I will be paying attention. I will keep my eyes peeled for that one to try out. 

If it weren’t for the application, I would purchase this product.  If they make this into a stick form and it performs the same way I will purchase it.  I would not purchase the cream form again because as good as it is, I know I would not use it.  If that doesn’t bother you and you are looking for a natural deodorant, then you might want to check this one out.  Or wait for the stick version.

I had issues with the naked cosmetics lib scrub.  I think that somehow it wasn’t mixed properly as the product looked separated.  One section was dry sugar like granules and one was just oil.  I tried stirring to blend, but it never quite worked for me.  I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but as much as I love lip scrubs, I have to give this one a pass.

As we continue with scrubs, the B Kind face scrub is one that I will be picking up.  I received this in a Petit Vour box, tried it and loved it.  I noticed a slightly waxy residue on my skin afterwards so I always used it as step one in my face wash routine rather than as a stand alone product, but it is very gentle and my skin felt amazing afterwards.  If you are looking for vegan cruelty free skin care, this should be one you put on the list to try. As you can probably tell from the picture, I squeezed every drop of this product from the tube.

There is one toner in my empties bin this month and it is the Martian mattifying melting water gel toner from Sunday Riley.  It was an interesting product to use and on the days where I felt super greasy it worked really well to reduce the oil on my face and reduce break outs.  I couldn’t use it every day because it was too drying, but every once in a while it really did the trick on my breakouts.  While I wouldn’t mind keeping it around, sadly I believe it has been discontinued.

Next I have two products from the brand Avette. Prior to this I tried a couple of their sheet masks and found them generally okay but nothing to really seek out. The first Avette product is the water Flash Coconut Water Cream and the other is the Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Foam Cleanser. 

The Coconut water cream was okay, but not the best moisturizer I’ve used.  I didn’t do a full review on it because the sample tube barely held enough product for three days of use.  While that’s not a lot of time to see how skin care performs, I found that the overly faux coconut scent gave me a bit of a headache.  Because of this I was not inclined to seek out a full sized version of the product. I’m not normally bothered by scents, but this one got to me.

It wasn’t as strong as the mild foam cleanser though.  It was so faux coconut scented that it smelled super perfume-y.   And it didn’t really wash away very cleanly.  It left a residue on my skin that I didn’t care for. I know I said the B Kind scrub also left a residue but for me, the foaming cleanser is the last step of my face wash system. I start with either a cleansing balm or an oil to remove makeup, every couple of nights I’ll add an exfoliant and then I finish with a foaming cleanser before moisturizing. Having the foaming cleanser leave a residue was not good. Although really, it was the scent that got me. I didn’t care for the way the product worked but I absolutely hated the scent. To be honest I can’t recommend either of these products.

I will however recommend the two Volition Products in my empties bin this month.  The Volition Celery Green Clean was an excellent day cream.  I had to use a night cream a couple of times a week after days when I spent a long time outside, but it was a wonderfully light cream over all and I will definitely be picking up another jar. 

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I have to say as an aside, it is super satisfying to see an empty skin care jar. It just makes me feel like I’ve taken care of my skin. And speaking of jars, this one is nice heavy glass with a screw top lid so I will be soaking off the label and reusing the jar. It is only in the empties bin so I wouldn’t forget to mention it now that it is empty. It won’t be thrown away though.

As for the Volition luminizing shield in SPF 50, I ordered a second one as soon as this tube started feeling a little light.  The replacement is actually due in this afternoon according to shipping so I won’t have long to go without this.  It is an excellent light weight sunscreen that sits beautifully under my makeup.  I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is now a summer staple. It has also become the product I compare other sunscreens to. From here on out it will be, is this sunscreen as good as Volition?

And that my darlings are all of the empties from July.

I would like to give an additional mention of one sheet mask I tried this month that I really think is worth mentioning. While I do a Face Mask Friday posts, I often apply sheet masks throughout the week. Some are good, some are bad and some do nothing that is actually noticable.

This was one of the good ones. It is the beaut green Firming Collagen Essence mask.  It came in one of my FaceTory subscriptions and it was a good enough sheet mask that not only does it bear mentioning, but I have put it on my list to reorder.

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My skin felt excellent after using it and I could actually feel a slight tightening in my skin.  This is one of those masks I would definitely consider buying a large pack of and giving a full continued use test to see if there are any longer term results.  With this mask it felt good enough on the skin that I actually think there might be some noticeable results. Perhaps that will be a future skin care test.

For now I will sign off and end this rather long post. I will take the Volition Celery Green cream jar out of the empties bin and set it aside to soak off the label so it can be put to another use. The I will divide the rest of the products into trash and recycling bins as appropriate. Then the empty bin will go back into the bathroom ready and waiting for August’s empties.


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The Empties Bin: June 2020

The products I’ve used up this month

Welcome to the end of the month and a review of the empties bin.  This month I managed to clear out several items that just needed a little push to be used up.  I have makeup, skincare, and bath products this time, so it is going to be a little all over the place. There are links to the products mentioned. The links aren’t affiliate codes, but as everyone is having Fourth of July Sales starting up I added links to the relevant sites. The sale links are affiliate links and should you click on them and purchase something then I may earn a small commission which goes towards hosting this website. If that makes you uncomfortable in any way, feel free to avoid the links. Oh, and the one different link is for the Verb Hair mask. It takes you to a previous review I wrote of the product.

Thet the review of the empties begin!

We’ll start with makeup.  The first two items in this category were not so much used up as rendered useless.  The first of these is the ELF Camo Concealer, which sadly I left uncapped for too long.  It was getting low on product though so the loss wasn’t too great.  It is a good product and one that I will be purchasing again, probably in multiple shades.

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The second item that wasn’t entirely used up is my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder.  I had a very thin layer of product with a lot of pan showing and I thought I could stretch it to last one more week.  Unfortunately, I knocked it into the sink where the remaining product shattered and landed in a toothpaste smear. So note to self, do not balance delicate powder on the edge of the sink after just brushing teeth.

As it has been one of the standbys in my makeup bag for a long time, I will be repurchasing it at some point.  Because it is such a go-to item for me I am refraining from purchasing a replacement right away as I want to try other products and  if I do replace it I will just end up falling back into the habit of using it again.

In this month’s empties there are two empty primers, one old familiar and one that was new to me.  The old familiar was the NYX Pore Filler.  It is one of those reliable formulas that works well under a variety of makeup.  It has a slight tint to it and has been compared to the Benefit Porefessional.

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I’ve bought it several times and I’m sure it will make a return visit to my dressing table and makeup bag at some point, but like my Rimmel powder, I am going to be holding off repurchasing it for a while.  It occurred to me when I was using the last of it that this was the only NYX primer I have ever tried. I know they have many others.  I recently tried the NYX Bare With Me Foundation and I liked it enough that I think I might try the primer from that line as well next time I make a NYX purchase, stepping away from one of my old faves to try something new from the brand.

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The second primer in my empties bin this month was a sample sized primer from Peter Thomas Roth called Skin to Die For. While I wouldn’t go that far, I really liked the way this primer felt on my skin.  It was pore filling and mattifying.  It has a slight tint to it and I found I could wear it alone with just powder on days when I didn’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup.  It gave my skin a very healthy look to it but made it look like I wasn’t wearing anything. A full size is currently sitting in my shopping cart as I try to figure out what other products I want to order with it. I know I’ll have to use up at least one more primer in my dressing table before I open it for use, but if the full size performs like the sample, then I can see it very quickly becoming a staple.

Finally, rounding out the makeup category, I have a sample sized Smashbox Liquid lip.  It is in the Shade Stepping out and it is one I would order again.  I find the Smashbox formula to be a comfortable one to wear.  It wasn’t too drying but it did dry down enough to stay on my lips without leaving lip prints everywhere. 

The only reason that I am not immediately purchasing a full size is that it is in a neutral color and at the moment I seem to be awash with neutrals. I have a couple that are already well loved so I might pick an older one and focus on using it up, but I want to clear out a few more neutrals before adding to their number.  I suspect though that when I do order this, I will order several different shades because it is a good formula.

I know thus far it sounds as though I am in love with everything I try, but I’m afraid that with the end of the makeup, the love fest is going to slow down for a while. 

The next product in my empties bin is the Tula Skin Care Purifying Face Cleanser.  It is rare that I don’t like a cleanser, but I have to say, I did not like this one.  I will say it did take off my makeup reasonably well, but the scent of it is highly perfumed and it is not a perfume I enjoy. 

It smells as though you spilled a bottle of Jean Nate on some lavender sachets and then put them in a tightly sealed bag for a month.  It is a super intense scent that I just don’t care for.  In addition it left a slightly waxy feel to my skin. 

Since I tend to use a balm or oil to first remove my makeup and then this sort of cleanser as my second cleanse, having it leave a residue was not good.  I know everyone seems to rave about Tula Skincare but this cleanser was not for me.  I do have the eye balm from this month’s Boxycharm to try so maybe I will have better luck with it. This cleanser is a hard pass for me.

Next in the empties is the 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This wasn’t a bad product.  It has a pleasant scent, absorbs well into the skin and did have a brightening effect.  I enjoyed using it.  However I have tried other Vitamin C serums that I like better. It is good, but not good enough to justify the price point.  It is one of those products that I would be happy to see appear in one of my subscription boxes, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase on my own.

Something I am on the fence about is the Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm.  It works really well and leaves my skin super soft. 

However if I plan to use it to take off my eye make up I have to take my contacts out first.  I had a little wash into my eyes when I was washing my face and the oil clouded my contacts.  I tried cleaning them but I finally had to concede defeat, the oil wasn’t going anywhere. 

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I wear disposable contacts so it wasn’t a big deal, but when using this cleanser it was something I had to remember. That and the fact that is smells a bit like Vick’s vapor rub are the only downsides.  It was a wonderful cleanser and if you don’t wear contacts I would highly recommend it.  If you do wear contacts, then just be aware of your eyes.

One thing I have no reservations about repurchasing is the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial pads. I would buy these again in a heartbeat.

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They were a very gentle exfoliate that I could use twice daily with no issues at all. The scent was fantastic and the pads were never too wet.  Sometimes to ensure the pre moistened pads don’t t dry out companies soak the pads so you practically have to wring them out before use.  These had just the right amount of serum.  When I reached the bottom, the bottom of the jar was damp but not swimming in left over product and at no point did the product dry out.  I really enjoyed using them and will be purchasing them again in the future.

This month I have two empty tubes of hand cream.  One from Skylar which was a Hydrating Body lotion in the scent Capri and the other  is from Cela and is the Crème de la Crème crème supreme. They were both good hand creams.

I prefer the Cela formula slightly over the Skylar, but neither really made my must reorder list.  They are both good, but I prefer both the Library of Flowers and the Pistache formulas for hand cream. Those two I generally keep reordering. 

The Skylar and the Cela I would use if they were there, but I probably wouldn’t reorder. While this is the only Cela product I’ve tried I have tried other Skylar products before and liked them.  I actually like Skylar perfume very much, in fact, I like the scent of the Capri hand lotion enough I will be looking to see if they have a perfume in that scent.  I’m just not a fan of the cream formula.

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I have two empty bath products this month as we finish out the broad skin care category. The first is the OGXBeauty Pure and Simple Coconut Coffee Scrub and Wash.  The scent was nice.  The coconut and coffee blended together to create a scent that was sweet and more vanilla with coffee undertones than anything else.  Still it is a nice scent. 

While the coconut oil did leave my skin super soft, the exfoliating scrub part didn’t always mix well.  Sometimes I’d squeeze the product out and get almost no exfoliation, other times it was like damp sand. 

I tried squeezing and shaking and turning it upside down to sit for a while.  Nothing really helped.  It was always hit or miss as to whether I was getting any sort of exfoliation or not.  It was a nice wash but I probably wouldn’t get this product again.

Also in the bath time category is the Unfiltered Raw Sugar Salt Soak in the scent watermelon and pink cactus.  This was an impulse buy because I was out of my Kneipps bath salts. While it smells nice in the jar, once added to the water, it loses all scent.  It did make my skin feel nice after my bath, which I appreciated, but for me, part of the pleasure of luxuriating in a bath is scent related.

I liked that it worked well, but I wanted more scent. Or at least some.  While it was nice to try something new, in this case my old standby of Kneipps is what I’m going back to.  I’ll still try others, but I’m going to keep my classics on hand.

The last category we have is hair. I have three items in this category of empties and I saved it for last so I could end this post on a high note.  Because all three are utterly fantastic fantastic.   Two of these products are hair masks.  The first is VERB Manage+Restore Hydrating Mask.  I wrote a post about this earlier (the link will take you to it).  The short version of the post was that it was fabulous.  There was nothing I did not like about this mask.

My conundrum is that shortly after I finished this sample I started a trial with another hair mask.  It is the Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment mask.  It too is fantastic. 

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It smells like a high end salon in the best possible way and it gave my hair shine and body.  I had no tangles and my hair looked wonderful. The only complaint I have is with the packaging.  As it comes in a jar, it is a little messy to scoop out.  It is hard to open with wet fingers and I tended to take more than I wanted.  I still adore the product, I just wanted a container that was a little more manageable with wet hands and portion control.

So now I want both masks.  Verb and Naturelab Tokyo.

I also want to try out the shampoo and conditioner from each as well.  At the moment I have several other hair masks to try so I am putting off ordering until I’ve gone through them all.  All but one is a sample size, so it won’t be too long a wait, but it does give me more time to make my selections.  Both Verb and NatureLab Tokyo have set the bar really high though.  I suspect I will end up getting both and then rotating them because quite frankly they are both phenomenal.  

The final item in my empties is a product I have already ordered again.  It is the Klorane Dry Shampoo.  While I like the IGK for massively grungy hair, the Klorane is my standby. 

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This is the dry shampoo I use every other day and the one by which I judge dry shampoos. On the nights I don’t wash my hair, I apply it liberally before bed, go to sleep and in the morning brush my hair.  My hair looks clean and fabulous. There is a little white cast when first applied (I have dark hair) but that soon dissipated by either letting it sit overnight or running a brush through. It is a standard in my hair care arsenal and one that will be bought again and again. In fact, I already have it’s replacement sitting in my bathroom.

So there you have June’s empties. There were some good, some bad and a few mediocre. I find I really like doing this empties review.  It forces me to actually look at the products I have finished and assess my opinion of them now that they are not new and shiny, their productive life complete.   I find it a good assessment.  I hope you find it useful as well.


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