Friday, September 25, 2015

September 2015 - Empties!

Time for another Monthly Empties!! (I loved watching empties videos & reading blog posts - so I am jumping on the empties bandwagon - this is my 5th month and I have been loving it!)

(Also, just as a note I will only be showing empties of make-up, skincare, body and hair products - the rest you don't need to see (like toothpaste, etc.)! I won't be showing any sheet masks here either because I review my whole Month in Masks in a separate post, but I will include masks in packages that I have finished!)

Let's get right in:

LaNatura Travel-size Body Butter in "Avocado Superfruit" ~ $18. Avocados famed nutritive components make it one of natures most effective emollients. Its sumptuous, therapeutic ingredients are reputed to heal scars and prevent premature aging. A natural moisturizer, avocado oil minimizes fine wrinkles and soothes irritation. It is also said to protect skin from the suns ultraviolet rays and contains vitamins A, C, D and E. Formulated with organically grown shea butter to deeply moisturize and repair dry irritated skin, and added essential oils of white tea, ylang ylang, coriander, clary sage, ho leaf and sweet orange to calm.

I received this is a past FabFitFun box. This body butter smelled good but it was actually waaay to thick for my liking - it felt more like applying a paste than applying a lotion. I would not repurchase because of that! 

Cake Beauty Velveteen Hand Creme in "Barbie" ~ $18.00. A rich, luxurious and silky hand creme that absorbs quickly into skin, leaving your hands feeling soothed and smooth. Nourish over worked (and under paid) hands with this vitamin packed formula. 

The Barbie scent was a special release - they no longer sell it! That is too bad as it smells amazing - just like cookies and cake!! I also love the texture of this hand creme - it makes hands so soft! I will happily repurchase this hand creme in another scent!

Exact Lotion Cocoa Butter ~ $4.99. Deep conditioning lotion.

These big bottles of lotion last me forever - I really like this but I always go through other lotions because I start to get bored of using the same lotion all the time! This was good; I would likely repurchase it again in the future as it is affordable! 

Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Shea Butter Hand Cream ~ full size for $5 (3.95 pounds). Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Shea Butter Hand Cream softens, nourishes & thoroughly pampers hands throughout the day! 

I actually really liked this lotion and enjoyed the scent! Surprisingly, this little bottle lasted a long time! I quite liked it, but given that it's $5 for a little bottle I wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase it! 

RiRe Capsule Mask Pack in "Antiaging" ~ full size $22. Is your skin suffering from constant dehydration this winter? This innovative spray-type mask pack is here to save the day. Just spray it all over face under or over makeup as often as needed. 

I wasn't really sure about this product when I first received it in a Memebox, but OMG it is sooo good! Probably the best facial spray I have tried! I will repurchase this (I am trying to hunt down an inexpensive one on a swap board!)

Nature Republic Argan 20° Steam Emulsion ~ $15.76. The steam emulsion formulated with fermented argan oil provides nutrition and firming effects to the skin.

It is hard to say that this is the best emulsion I have ever tried because it is the first emulsion I have ever tried - but, I really liked it! Like, really really liked it! It is on my repurchase list for sure! 

Mineral From The Dead Sea Derma Repair Acneclear Antioxidant Face Wash ~ approx. $20. Mineral From The Dead Sea Derma Repair Acneclear Antioxidant Face Wash 6 Fl.Oz. Derma Acneclear is an extraordinary blend of the amazing skin-refining and bacteria-fighting powers of a range of specialized antioxidants and the therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea salts. Rich in vitamin C, E & A. The combination leads to significant skin retexturization, accompanied by increased cell renewal. Aimed at correcting acne while controlling future breakouts and maintaining a healthy, blemish-free skin.

I have been using this as my shower face wash for quite a while - it is a little bit of harsh facial scrub. While I liked it, I usually prefer something a little gentle on my skin! 

Bangkok Face Lychee Anti-Melasma Mask ~ approx. 2 ml for $4.82 (full size 20ml for $48.15). This Anti-Melasma Mask from Thailand helps you achieve perfect beauty skin like never before. Grapeseed extract contains phenolic compound such as quallic acid and procyanidin, which reduces melasma the best while preventing collagen and elastin breakdown. 

This was a sleeping mask/ pack and was quite jelly in texture. I received it in a Mask Genie pouch and I quite liked it! I got quite a few uses out of this little tube! I have 1000 sleeping packs to go through but I would consider repurchasing this down the road. 

Benefit Puff Off! ~ sample size 0.08oz for $8.24 (full size 0.34 for $35). This innovative undereye gel minimizes the appearance of puffiness and creases around the eye, creating a “satiny smooth” look. It’s designed with a custom “ironing” tip, which works to instantly smooth the look of puffiness and fine lines. 

I got this in a Topbox and it was just okay - it was actually a little tingle-y when it went on and was not my favorite feeling under the eye! I would not repurchase this. 

Lush Gorgeous Moisturizer ~ sample (full size is $87.95). Skincare doesn’t get any better than Gorgeous; we firmly believe it’s the finest quality moisturizer on the market. When you buy a pot of Gorgeous, you’re spending your hard earned money on organic ingredients like orange blossom honey, extra virgin olive and wheat germ oils to leave your skin feeling soft and matte, perfect for day time. Its magical ability to melt into your skin is unmatched, and its legion of fans will be the first to tell you how much their skin has improved since they started using Gorgeous. Care to join them?

Ugh, this moisturizer is so expensive so I really didn't want to like it but I did! It was very soft and made my skin feel great! I am likely going to ask for another sample beforew I fully decide to buy it full size! 

Derma E Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid ~ sample size 0.5 oz for $7.75 (full size is 2 oz for $31). Your body is in repair mode overnight while you sleep, and your skin is no exception. That’s why nighttime is the ideal time to apply hardworking skincare ingredients like those found in this antioxidant-packed night crème. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and protects against moisture loss.

I received this in a Birchbox and it had a very interesting texture - it was almost a thick, whipped cream! I quite liked it as it was different than most creams I had. I only used this when my skin was feeling really dry as it was very thick. I would consider repurchasing down the road (especially for Winter). 

Palmetto Derma Retinol & Peptide Infused Lifting Eye Cream ~ sample size 0.125 oz for $7.08 (full size is 1.2 oz for $68). This product may be a total tongue twister to say, but there is no rhyme or riddle to how this extraordinary eye cream works. This jar is jam-packed with with an innovative combo of peptides (or proteins), pure plant extracts, and organic vitamins and minerals. Advanced peptides Matrixyl 3000 & Tripeptide-5, in addition to ocean-based Retinol and fruit-based Glycolic Acid, will firm, repair and soothe fragile skin around the eye. The oils and organic vitamins and minerals will leave your eye area soft and hydrated. Warning: Wrinkles will reduce and complexion will brighten!

I received this in a past Bare Bliss Box and loved that it was cruelty free - I was excited to try it. Unfortunately, this did nothing for my circles under my eyes and that is what I look for in an eye cream. Maybe it works better for fine lines as opposed to dark circles, but I would not repurchase this because of that!

Happy Hippo Shower Spritzers "Relaxation" ~ $3.99. For a "burst" of specialty mood fragrance place one shower spritzer on shower floor. 

These shower spritzers are really cool - kind of like a quick bath in your shower! I used this one night when I didn't have time for a bubble bath before bed and really enjoyed it! I will purchase more!

Etude House Milk Talk in "Choco" ~ $6.79. 

This could be used as a body wash or a bubble bath - I used this as a bubble bath and this smelled amazing!! Sooo good!! And it bubbled so well - I would certainly repurchase again!

Soda Pops "Grapefruit" ~ approx. $2. 

I think I got this at a Farmer's Market - It was just okay nothing super special. It bubbled and ran out rather quickly but smelled good. 

Va-Va-Voom Vanilla Bath Bomb ~ $6.75. Smells good enough to eat, but please don't. This bomb was enhanced with Dead Sea Salts. 

This was from a Bath Time Box and it smelled really good!

It Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 ~ sample size 0.135 oz for $2.85 (full size is 1.8 oz for $38). CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is truly a multi-tasking beauty miracle. It's a full-coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti-Aging serum, plus Broad Spectrum Physical Only SPF 50+ all in one! The SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Physical Only sunscreen protects against the rays that both burn and age your skin. CC+ is infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%.

I got this in a past Ipsy bag and I really liked this CC cream - I only got a few uses out of this tube, but I really liked this. It blended in to my skin well and I would consider repurchasing this! 

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips ~ sample size 3 ml for $3.40 (full size is 15 ml for $17.) Originally made for nursing moms, this ultra hydrated balm is a makeup artist fave.

This was very thick and I couldn't really wear this out of the house - I used this before bed and it was very moisturizing! I would consider getting it again in time for Winter but it is fairly expensive so I'm undecided. 

Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair!" Deep Conditioning Mask ~ sample size 1 oz for $4.95 (full size is 5.25 oz for $26). Free of additives and this unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.

I received this in a past Ipsy bag and finally got around to trying it! I love deep conditioning masks but this one really felt like it did nothing; it was about par to my regular conditioner. Too bad - it smelled great but I would not repurchase! 

Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation in "Cream" ~ $30.00. A beautiful, lightweight, moisturizing foundation with a natural, barely-there finish. 

Awww - this was not ready to be an empty! It still had lots of product left in it, but it fell off my bathroom counter and went everywhere! It is reasonably priced so it didn't hurt too bad to go repurchase! I love this foundation and will be continuing to use it! 

And here are a few I did not get photos of:

Lush Fresh Face Mask - Don't Look At Me ~ $10.95. Well hello, don't be shy! Smooth on this vivid blue mask and you'll want to show anyone and everyone your vibrant complexion. Ground rice gently scrubs away dry skin, murumuru butter moisturizes and zingy lemon juice tones. And if that wasn't enough, we've added organic silken tofu to soften you up in all the right ways. The stunning results will have you coming back for more of this scrubby, softening skincare goodness.

I loved this mask - and I featured it in my month of masks! When you buy a Lush Fresh Mask you have to use them up usually within a month so make sure you are ready to use it a couple of times! 

beautyblender blendercleanser® solid ~ full size $22. This cleanser removes excess residue and germs for clean makeup application. It supports the integrity of the blender as it provides the same cleansing results and soothing lavender fragrance as the liquid blendercleanser. 

I did not use a full size blendercleanser, I got a smaller size with my beautyblender from Birchbox! I initially thought that I was not going to think very highly of this, but holy moly I could not be more wrong - this is a holy grail product! It washed my foundation brushes and beauty blender better than anything else I have tried! Amazing! I have already repurchased! 

Be The Skin - Moisture Natural Cleansing Soap "Calendula" ~ $19.50. 100% handmade certified organic facial soap free of chemical preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial fragrances - appropriate for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

I received this in the Peach and Lily box - this type said it was good for skin concerns such as dermatitis and eczema. Personally, I didn't notice any skin improvements but right now my eczema isn't too bad - maybe I should have tried it in the winter when it is worse! I will not repurchase, $20 for 1 bar of soap is too steep for me! 

Ice Cream Bombs ~ $13.50 for 3 bombs. What better way to say Summer than ice cream? These assorted bombs feature a variety of scents: Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Raspberry and Pina Coloda. Our unique bomb formulation features rejuvenating colloidal oats, skin loving oils and water softening powders. Drop one in your tub and savor the long lasting foaming action.

I love these bath bombs from Bath Time Box - they smell AMAZING and are so cute! This lasted for well over 15 minutes which is awesome for a bath bomb! I would gladly repurchase! 

So altogether in September (up to the 24th because of my vacay), I used 24 products! This feels really good, almost 1 product a day being emptied! I have been loving reviewing  

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