Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 2015 Empties (and a couple Tosses)

Time to review another batch of empties - I actually love going through all my products and deciding what I loved and didn't love about everything!

Let's dig right in:

Dove Go Fresh Rebalance Body Wash ~ $4.97. The soothing nature-inspired scent of plum and sakura blossom now infused with NutriumMoisture.

I always get body washes in big gift packages (Superstore always has deluxe grocery add-ons). So this was good and smells great - I like Dove body washes, but again I have so many body washes to get through!
Repurchase: No, too many body washes and this was nothing special

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask ~ $4.29. Unwind from the grind by treating skin to a much needed respite with this nutrient rich mask. Dead Sea Minerals and Sea Salts replenish and balance moisture while purging clogged pores. Lavender and Bergamot help achieve an aroma-therapeutic bliss to rinse away stress for smooth and radiant skin.

So, I'm not going to lie I have had this mask for quite some time - I went to use it this month and it had hardened and separated, blah! I honestly don't know if I used this more than once or twice (whoops - I have so many masks!).
Repurchase: No, did not try enough to say I liked it. 

St. Ives® Naturally Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Lotion ~ $5.72. This formula, with oatmeal and 100% natural moisturizers, nourishes to intensely hydrate the skin for immediate relief, while it works to restore your skin back to a healthy appearance.

I actually really loved this lotion!!! It was so moisturizing and always lasted forever - always made my skin feel great!
Repurchase: Yes! 

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ~ 24 patches for $4.42. Acne Pimple Master Patch heals acne, blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly. Hydrocolloid patch prevent secondary infections and absorbs exudate to encourage wound repair process more faster.

I have featured these in my September favorites - I love them! Feel a pimple coming? Just pop one of these on over night and it will hugely reduce the appearance of spots!
Repurchase: YES! Already have!

Magis Lene Cell Precieux Kit4 - Serum ~ bonus sample (unsure full price). 

I received this in a past Mishibox, and this was a really small sample (I know it's a foil sample but some come with a decent amount of product in them!). This was okay, but not enough in the package.
Repurchase: No, not enough sampled. 

The Face Shop Clean Face Anti-Imperfections Patches ~ $2. These practical patches reduce the appearance of pimples as soon as they occur. Gentle on skin, they are easy to apply at any moment to fight against unexpected breakouts!

This pack comes with 10 spot treatments - these are very cheap and are easy to get which is why I thought I would try them! I liked them and thought they worked well.
Repurchase: Yes

Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Spot Patch - $4.09 for 12 patches. The outstanding healing effects of the torreya seed oil help troubled skin. 

Okay, I know it looks like I used 1000 spot patches this month (I did have a couple of spots) but these were all near done prior to me using them all up at the same time! I also love these patches, like most other spot patches.
Repurchase: Yes, eventually... 

It's skin - Blackhead Clear Nose Sheet ~ $1.41 (set of 7 for $9.90). Removes blackheads and improve on enlarged pores.

I can't remember where I got this, but it was terrible! It was so big and it did not adhere to my skin at all. Just did not work for me! 
Repurchase: No, never! 

Foamazing Foam ~ $8.50. What makes this so foamazing? We start with a base of Coconut, Palm, and Castor Oils to build a soap paste. From there, we carefully craft an awesome product that can be used as a hand soap, a body wash, or my personal favorite - a natural shaving cream. Boy doess this stuff make my legs soft and silky! Thinner than a traditional store bought shaving cream, this one doesn't clog your razor, and doesn't require a ton of moisturizing afterwards. I keep a bottle in the shower and another by my sink for hand washing.

I used this as a shave cream as suggested and it worked well! I like that is was nice and thin, but did still foam up which I loved! I thought a little went a long way! 
Repurchase: probably not, I'm cheap with Shave Cream... 

Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel Women's Antiperspirant & Deodorant ~ sample (full size is $7.97). Clinical Strength wetness protection! Did you know heat, activity, and stress can all cause you to sweat, and that stress sweat smells WORSE than other kinds of sweat? Stress sweat comes from a different gland—causing more bacteria and more odor. Secret Clinical Strength has Adapts & Responds technology that gives you 4X protection from stress sweat*. It absorbs odor while releasing scent, to keep you smelling clean and feeling dry. Plus, it's doctor recommended. Enjoy all-day coverage with Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant/deodorant – incredible protection, no matter what the day may bring.

I don't normally feature deodorant on here - I think you all can assume that I wear a deodorant that I like. I received this from Bzzagent so I thought I would touch base on it briefly - I quite liked this! I like clinical strength protection and this worked well. 
Repurchase: Yes

Lush Sympathy for the Skin ~ sample size (full size is $27.95). Sympathy for the Skin is probably the only banana body lotion in the universe, and almost definitely the only one with real, organic mashed bananas in it. We use real bananas to moisturize and make skin softer and more flexible, even if they're a bit of a menace to mash by hand. We think you’re worth it. Incredibly soothing for dry or chapped skin, we blend in vanilla pods and vanilla extract to combat redness, lemon oil to brighten, and sandalwood to tone. Smooth our nutritious cream all over your body and go absolutely bananas.

This isn't a small sample by any means - I think it came in a gift pack I received for my Bridal Shower. This lotion is awesome and smells soooo good! I loved it! 
Repurchase: YES - the best

Sugar Scrub in "Vanilla" ~ 2 oz. for $10 and 8 oz. for $20. Our Sugar Scrubs, slough away dead skin cells – allowing your skin to soak in the nutrients of Me Thyme’s Body Butter and Lotion. Your skin will feel smooth and soft – simply radiant.

I received this as sample from Me Thyme and I really liked it! The vanilla smell was awesome and the scrub was gentle yet effective!
Repurchase: Likely, once I get through a huge pile of scrubs!! 

Citrus Dream Bar - Cold Process Soap ~ $7.50. Oh how our house loves this soap! Crafted with skin loving oils such as Coconut, Olive, Palm, Grapeseed, and Avocado and further enhanced with Mango Butter, this fragrance free soap is packed with Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lemon essential oils. A real pick me up in the shower in the morning! The silk soft texture of the bar is sure to please both the men and women of your house.

I rave about Bath Time Box soap all the time - it is pretty much all I use at this point! They are natural and handmade and all smell amazing! This one is no exception - I loved the scent! 
Repurchase: YES!!!!!!! Already have in tons of scents! 

Joico Shampoo and Conditioner Liter Duo Set ~ approx $57 for set. To repair damage. 

I usually purchase this product from chatters and they usually have good deals if you go in store! I love this shampoo and conditioner - it is my go to! 
Repurchase: Yes, already have! 

Benefit They're Real Remover ~ sample size 7.5 ml for $3.30 (full size is 50 ml for $22). A waterproof eye makeup remover that completely lifts away makeup. 

I received this in a past Topbox and am not a huge fan of cream makeup removers. This always stung my eyes and I wasn't a fan. 
Repurchase: No

Caudalie Paris - Vinexpert Firming Serum ~ sample size (full size is $70 - $130). An advanced firming face serum.

I received this in a swap and quite liked it! I used it as a night serum and it worked well!
Repurchase: No, unless I win the lottery and can buy all the $130 serums I want!

Benefit the POREfessional ~ mini size 7.5ml for $13. Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything! 

I received this in the past (now no-existent) Indulge Me box - I have actually received this in a smaller size in a couple other boxes. I liked this - it worked well for my skin and made my skin look smoother! Also this lasted a long time as you really only need a little bit!
Repurchase: Likely, will see after a few more samples to try

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll ~ sample (full size $36)A unique mascara with a patented formula that provides defined volume, lash-by-lash separation, and up-to-24-hour wear. 

I think I received this with an add on Sephora purchase and was excited to try it. I have to say I did not like it at all! It made my lashes really spider-y and I though instead of separation it clumped. I didn't like the brush either - unimpressed.
Repurchase: no

Rose & Aloe Toner ~ $7.50 (full size is $12). Oh how we love Rose Water on our summer kissed skin. Combine that with the super soothing Aloe and Vitamin E and you have a gentle, alcohol free toner that tightens and soothes at the same time. This unscented toner is suitable for application on sunburned skin as well as the freshly cleansed face. 

I received this in past Bath Time Box and it is amazing - I will call it my Holy Grail toner! I featured it on my September Favorites because it is the best - my skin just loved this!
Repurchase: YES!!!!!!!! Already have!

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Volume Hairspray ~ travel size $2 (full size is $8.82). This humidity barrier, fast-drying formula prolongs colour life and gives all-day hold without stickiness, flaking or residue. Hair is left with incredible shine, expert hold and flexible restyling. UV Protectors.

I purchased this for my bathroom basket for my wedding - it was used a bit and I thought I would finish it up! I liked it and it worked well!
Repurchase: Maybe when I am done my other hairsprays, I have no loyalty to hairsprays as I only use a little bit each day on my bangs. 

I have to start this section by saying that it actually pains me a little bit to toss products - I usually use everything up whether I loved it or not but there few I couldn't get through any longer! (So sad, I seriously tried!!!!! Ahhh, I hate getting rid of things)

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in "Annapurna" ~ $43. A lightweight tinted moisturizer that evens skintone and provides a translucent veil of protection. 

This product isn't available to Canadians on Sephora anymore! I actually purchased this a long time ago (think summer of last year) and I just got a color that was orange - I tried to make this work a few times for my skin, but it did not. I used a decent amount before I decided I looked slight oompa-loompaish and stopped. Also, it is actually a lot thicker/more full coverage than the description suggests. 
Repurchase: Definitely not in this color, maybe if I found my shade, but probably not

ProYou Silky Shiny Skin Essence ~ full size $36. A lightweight facial essence suitable for all skin types.

I received this in a past Memebox and have tried it quite a few times (I have used a decent amount out of this bottle), but I sweat everytime I use this essence, my skin goes to shit - I break out immediately without fail. My skin has responded well to most k-beauty products but not this! I can't keep trying to use it - I have my favorite essence on order and I will use others until it arrives.
Repurchase: Never

Kinetics Nail Polish in "Ice Smoothie" ~ full size $12. Developed from a double-patented formula, Kinetics nail polish has plasticizers that facilitate smooth, easy application supported by saturated pigments for vivid, crisp colors.

I received this in a past Topbox and the polish has just separated completely and blah wont mix back together and does not go on nicely - blah.
Repurchase: Not likely, I just get my polishes from my subscriptions now! 

Noir Long-Wear Eyeliner ~ full size $15. Enriched with vitamin E, this creamy, waterproof liner glides on smoothly for all-day wear. 

This is one of the only full sized products I have received from Birchbox and I was excited to use it as it was supposed to be smudge proof and water proof. It wasn't - I used it once (and not on a particularly hot or special day - just to work) and it was smudged everywhere! I looked like a hot mess and "ain't nobody got time for that!" 
Repurchase: No, there is better eyeliners that don't smudge out there... 

Tints & Sass Fabulous Lip & Cheek Stain in "Cherry" ~ full size $22.99. All day color that will kick some SASS! That’s right, we said it. Tints & Sass is the only head turning lip and cheek stain that gives you fail proof color every time! Our non-drying formula is long lasting, even after a power lunch and yoga session, and was created to accommodate every second of a gal’s busy schedule.

I received this a long time ago in an Ipsy bag and did not like it on my lips or cheeks then, but  thought I would keep playing with it to see if I could make it work - I couldn't. This product dries so quickly when you put it on your cheek that you can't blend it at all. It smelled great, but that was the only good thing about it.
Repurchase: No

RiRe Luxe Eye Lash Essence ~ $4.86 (sale from $27). Make short and weak eyelashes longer and richer. Make short eyelashes long and rich with highly enriched essence. Supply Nutrient to Roots of Eyelashes. Elastin, peptide, black bean extracts, black sesame extracts.

This was an item that I got in a swap because I read some good reviews on it. My lashes don't really need a essence to make them longer, but I love essence for my skin and I though I would be taking better care of my lashes with an essence. You can use this at night alone, or underneath mascara - I would suggest neither, blah. This product stuck all my eyelashes together at night and even washing them in the morning did not fix them! Was not worth trying under mascara. 
Repurchase: No

Sugar Baby Illuminator/Highlighter ~ $??. N/A

I'm ashamed to say, I have had this product for so long that the package has no name or information left on it. Seriously so long - this also should be an empty instead of a toss but I cannot finish it (and I am damn close!) This must have been my first highlighter (again, the length of time I have had this is so many years I would guess 9-10 - please don't judge me). It is a loose powder highlight and went on well, but it is too pink and shimmery for me to use anymore! 

So I used up 22 products this month, and sadly tossed another 7 products - there was a lot of products i loved and hated this month, but I love going through and jotting down everything I want to repurchase so I don't forget!!! It geeky, but I have a big ongoing list of all my loves! 

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