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Empties v. 4

It’s been two and a half months since I’ve done an empties post – definitely better than the time between the posts before that, but I’m still hoping to do a monthly (or maybe bi-monthly, depending on how much I’ve emptied!) empties post.

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Look at all of those things I went through!!! Let’s go through them together, shall we? 🙂

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YES TO COCONUT CLEANSING WIPES

I got these sent to me in a blog swap because I said I love coconut EVERYTHING. The smell of these, you guys… TO DIE FOR. and they’re really  great on your face. Sometimes wipes feel like they dry you out, or the wipes themselves are weird feeling. These are moisturizing and fresh and I’m all about them.
Replace? Already did!

SUKI FACE SCRUB

I got this teeny tiny sample in my Birchbox awhile ago and I kept it in my overnight toiletry bag… and then one day I used it and was absolutely blown away. It starts off kind of gritty, but you add some water and it suddenly has this magic foaming feel… but the gritty part is still there, so you really feel as if you’re getting a good scrub. and the smell! It’s so fresh! I love it. I bought it in the big size, and I’ve already used it up.
Replace? I leveled up, and now I need to replace the other one.

MARY-KAY CREAM EYE COLOR – VIOLET STORM

Let me be a little honest about something…. I got this eye color from Influenster…. two years ago. I haven’t used it in awhile which is why I decided to just get rid of it. I really liked the cream aspect of it, and the color (purple) was okay, but I’m more of a neutral gal, so I didn’t wear it super often.
Replace? No.

DERMA NATURAL SCAR GEL

I got this sample from BrandBacker(and I haven’t even yet reviewed it… oops). I have OCD and one of my compulsions leaves some scars. I decided this would be a great opportunity to try this product AND tackle something I’m insecure about. I’m not really sure if it worked… the scars faded a bit, but it also could have just been because of time. Things like this are a bit sketch to me.
Replace? Nope.

MARCELLE 8 in 1 SERUM

A Birchbox sample. I have no idea what it was supposed to do. I really love Birchbox but when I’m overwhelmed with samples (like I am now) I tend to switch between samples, and it makes it difficult for me to actually evaluate if I like a product or not. Unless it’s that Suki cleansing wash. Or the Eve Lom cleanser that I will one day own. Anyway. No opinion of this whatsoever.
Replace? No.

COCONUT LIME VERBENA ANTI BACTERIAL SOAP

Why do I put hand soap here? I have no idea. I stopped doing it from here on out, but whatever. It was in my little bin of empty things. I love this smell… the end.
Replace? Maybe.

NYC CHEEK GLOW

I couldn’t find the actual name of the color… oops. But I really liked it. I hate the little tiny blush brush that comes with it, though. It makes the blush go on too dark for my liking. [N.Y.C. New York Color Cheek Glow Blush , West Side Wine, 0.28 Ounce]
Replace? Already did, in another color.

MARY-KAY LASH LOVE MASCARA

Oh. My first love of mascaras. I kept the tube of mascara around for about a year after I stopped using it. My cousin got me Benefit’s Bad Girl Mascara and I LOOOVE it. But my love affair with mascara started when I got this Lash Love mascara in my Influenster Mary-Kay box. Do you know of anyone who sells Mary-Kay? I’ll be an easy sell on this one..
Replace? YES! I WANT TO SO BAD!

SOME FOUNDATION

I got this foundation as a review. I don’t know the name of it. I hated it, it was soooo thick. Not even going to acknowledge it by trying to find the name of it. Just bye.

HERBAL ESSENCES DRY SHAMPOO

I don’t wash my hair very often (I’M WEIRD I KNOW!) and sometimes that means my hair gets oily. The worst part for me is how FLAT my hair gets at the top, because my hair is already thin on the top. Dry shampoo saves my life on those days. However, I didn’t really dig this one. I like the Dove kind. This one was a little filmy for me.
Replace? No.

 

HARVEY PRINCE – HELLO

I don’t even know. Birchbox sends a lot of perfume samples. and I like to try a gazillion of them all the time and I never remember which ones smell like what or what I liked or not. But HEY. I USED IT UP!
Replace? Nope. {3.5/50 smelly things}

ROXY PERFUME

My dad & stepmom gave me this perfume for Christmas MANY years ago…. the problem is that I also get a lot of body sprays/mists for gifts, too. #girlproblems. It takes me FOREVER to go through ANYTHING. Which is why I have “use up 50 smelly things” on my 101 things to do in 1001 days list. I liked this scent, but not enough to turn it into a signature scent or enough to replace.
Replace? No. {4.5/50 smelly things}

 

ESLOR FIRMING COLLAGEN DAY CREAM

What was this supposed to do, again? :/
Replace? No.

 

REAL CHEMISTRY 3-MINUTE PEEL

No. Again with the not using it consistently enough to even have an idea of what it’s supposed to do. Plus I feel like it had instructions that made me feel like an idiot. But I can’t remember :/
Replace? No.

 

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ST. IVES GREEN TEA SCRUB

Walgreens had a sale. Buy 1 St. Ives product, get a second 1/2 off plus a bunch of Walgreens rewards points. I always buy the green tea scrub in the little travel size because I loved the smell but didn’t know if I wanted to spend the money buying it. So I took the plunge. I think I was a little St. Ives’ed out for awhile, because I was SO GLAD to be done with this. I hate when I don’t wash it completely off my face because it leaves little white chalky residue.
Replace? Nope.

 

DERMA-E GLYCOLIC SCRUB

This is the third Empties post this has shown up on! One of them was the acne kind, which I didn’t like. This is a FANTASTIC everyday scrub to have. It’s a little spendy for an everyday face wash, but I love it so much it’s absolutely worth it for me.
Replace? Already did.

 

ST. IVES APRICOT SCRUB

I just assume everyone uses this scrub. I love how fresh and cleansing it is. It’s great to scrub off a long day, because it makes you feel completely rejuvenated and clean.
Replace? Yes.

 

GARNIER CLEAN NOURISHING CLEANSING OIL

This is actually my second empty bottle of this, but the last one kind of exploded all over at the end so I spared it public shame and quietly threw it away. Listen to me, people. RUN, don’t walk, and BUY THIS. I’ve used a variety of different makeup removing products, and this is by far my favorite. You start by rubbing it on your dry face (even on your eyes – it is AMAZING at loosening mascara) and then you rinse it off. It’s amazing.
Replace? Already did.

 

DICKSINSON’S PORE PERFECTING WITCH HAZEL

I’m weird and use a toner made of witch hazel and lemon juice on my face every day… well, except I haven’t for the past two months because I RAN OUT OF WITCH HAZEL and I’ve been too lazy/cheap to replace it. This is a great kind of witch hazel, too. The smell might take awhile to get used to, but it’s so great. My face is clearer than ever when this is a part of my daily routine.
Replace? Yes.

 

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Good grief. I’m not going to review every single one of these. They’re shower products. I did use up a lotion which means I’ve used up 5.5/50 smelly things.

 

See why I need to do one a month? They get long, I forget what I thought about the products (WOAH – maybe I should make notes of it when I finish it… DUH) && there’s SOOO MAAANNNYYYY.

Have you used any of these products before? Are you on the Birchbox train?

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Empties v. 3

Time for my third installment of Empties, where I show you the things in my bathroom that I’ve used up and if I’ll replace them. LET THE RECORD STATE that this picture was taken in January, but I still hadn’t posted one from awhile before so I first had to do my second one. Also, one of my 101 in 1001 things to do is to use up 50 smelly things. That means lotions/perfumes/body sprays, so I’m going to use these Empties posts to keep count! I decided that 4 small sample size bottles = 1 full size bottle. That seems fair, right?

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Alba Hawaiian Facial Scrub
I love tropical things. Like… coconut and pineapple and mango are my things. I was really excited to try this facial scrub. It was a little bit on the watery side for me. When I think of “scrub” I think of something thicker than what this one was.
Replace? No.

B&BW Country Chic lotion x2
One of these lotions was a gift from my friend Sarah when she got married. I bought a second bottle because I loved the smell but didn’t want to use up the gift bottle. Then I realized that was stupid so I used them both up.
Replace? Not for awhile, because I still have SO MANY lotions to go through (.5/50 smelly things used up)

Olay Luscious Orchid Body Wash
Please refer to my last empties post. This came in a gift set with the lotion I wrote about there.
Replace? No. (1.5/50 smelly things)

Yes to Carrots Color Balm
Okay here’s the story about this. Many years ago, it was Black Friday. My mom and I were in the massive checkout line at Target. I didn’t have my chapstick and my lips were killing me. Walking through the beauty aisle, I grabbed what I thought would be a $2-$3 lip balm. Imagine my surprise when it came up as being like $6!! But by then I just needed it so badly. I have lost and found this lip balm so many times and I was SO PROUD of myself for having used it all up.
Replace? No, because I have SO MANY lip balms.

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Mary Kay Lash Primer
I got this primer in an Influenster VoxBox a year or so ago, and I LOVED it. It was finally time to throw it out and that made my heart break. I’ve been trying to find a decent lash primer, but I might have to cave and purchase this one. Anybody know a Mary Kay consultant I can buy it from??
Replace? Eventually.

Julep Eyeshadow
I checked. This isn’t available on Julep anymore, though it MIGHT be the Orbital Eyeshadow, but in different packaging. It was my first shimmery nude/gold eyeshadow and now that’s what I’m in love with.
Replace? No, but I’m invested in very similar products. 🙂

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
Yeah, get used to seeing this. I’ve recently started trying different BB and CC Creams, but this is the one I will ALWAYS go back to. It all started with a little sample in my Birchbox 🙂
Replace? ALWAYS!

Dr. Hauschka Body Wash 
At some point it’s like.. another body wash. The end. I DO love the smell of lemongrass, though. But still…. another body wash.
Replace? No. (1.75/50 smelly things used up)

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Viva La Juicy Body Wash
I would buy this, full size, again in a heartbeat. Because yeah, another body wash… but the smell of Viva La Juicy is SO fun, energizing and girly and perfect. It’s my favorite.
Replace? Eventually (2/50 smelly things used up)

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
A Birchbox sample. The full-size product is in my “favorites” because I’d LOVE to try it out consistently, but the $45 is hard to justify.
Replace? Eventually.

Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon body lotion
Another lotion. The problem with having the Bath & Body Works outlet RIGHT ON THE WAY to camp is that I end up with a variety of scents and they all smell okay, but I never take the time to be very intentional about only purchasing one or two special scents. Hopefully with my purging of smelly things, I can start again with a blank slate.
Replace? No. (3/50 smelly things used up)

 

IMG_9501Someday by Justin Bieber Body Wash
Another body wash. But by THE BIEBS! Okay I honestly really love the smell of this, though I really did buy it for the cute packaging and the novelty of smelling like Justin Bieber. 🙂
Replace? No. (3.25/50 smelly things)

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
I LOVE AMIKA’S PACKAGING! I love the bright, swirly colors. Right now I’m out of dry shampoo, and I’d completely forgotten about this one until I started writing this blog. I’ll have to think about getting this one – sometimes I think for something like dry shampoo, a cheaper drugstore version would work just as well. Save the big dollar items for things I actually put on my face.
Replace? Maybe.

Jergens BB Body Lotion
OH MY GOSH I SWEAR BY THIS STUFF! The smell of this is my new smell of the summer. We’ve had warm days recently so I’ve put this lotion on my legs and I keep thinking IT SMELLS LIKE SUMMER! Even though the full size bottle is kind of expensive ($12!!!), it’s totally worth it. It makes my legs feel hydrated and smooth and I love it.
Replace? Already did; will buy another bottle for this summer, since I doubt mine will make it through spring.

EOS Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry
I first started using this shave cream because HELLO THE PACKAGING. It’s so cute. But then I realized I really loved the product. I love that it doesn’t get really foamy, it feels more like a lotion than anything.
Replace? I did, but now I’m trying to justify spending $20 on this Whish Shave Cream because COCONUT!

 

I think I got everything in the picture!! I’ve been trying to be more intentional about using up products, so I think for awhile there will be a LOT of them. My hope is to be able to do one Empties post every month – starting the end of April, or maybe sooner because my current pile of empty stuff is TAKING OVER. Just wondering – would anybody be interested in linking up with this?

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Empties v. 2

Oh my gosh.  This post is really overdue. So overdue that there’s another post of the very same nature waiting to be posted and I realized I never posted this… from AUGUST! Today as I was cramming empty bottles into the box I keep them in to blog about later, I decided that at the end of each month I’ll do one of these blog posts. Carly’s blog is where I first saw this – basically you just post about the products you’ve used up and your thoughts on them.

I haven’t shared an empties post since MAY of 2014! Oh my gosh. Let’s get down to business.

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Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea shower gel.

I tend to have a lot of Bath & Body works stuff because there’s an outlet on the way to camp and I stock up. But I’ve been trying to break that habit. Sweet pea is a fun, girly scent.
Replace? I bought a second one so I kinda did, but I won’t again.

Caress Passionate Spell Body Wash

I forgot all about this and I’m almost out of body wash and this smells SOOOO GOOOOOD.
Replace? YES!

Bain de Terre keratin phyto-protein STRENGTHENING SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO

I got this in my Birchbox one month. I don’t like testing out shampoos and conditioners because #1 I don’t use them and #2 even if I did there’s never enough to know how I feel about it.
Replace? No.

Peter Lamas Soy & Baobab Shampoo

I received this to review, and I really liked it. But in the time that I was using this shampoo and conditioner, I transitioned into being primarily no shampoo.
Replace? No.

Satin Care Shave Gel

Ugh I hate these kinds of shaving cream. I actually use an epilator so I don’t need to shave as often so I have since stopped being cheap and have purchased a shaving cream I like more. and once I run out of the EOS kind I’m using now, I’m investing in the Whish kind.
Replace? No.

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Witch Hazel

Um so every day I use a toner made up of witch hazel and lemon juice, so I go through this stuff like crazy. I was in desperate need of some and Target only had their store brand so I had to make do.
Replace? I have, though I prefer other brands.

St. Ives Naturally Smooth moisturizer thing

Ugh I need to stop buying travel sized things.  I didn’t like this. I don’t remember why. I just know I didn’t.
Replace? NO.

Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon lotion

Yes please. I love this smell.  My problem is I just love things that smell pretty so then I buy a bunch of small sizes of them and then I have a gazillion of them and I get overwhelmed with choices. But I do love this one.
Replace? No, just because I need to STOP.

Olay Luscious Orchid Body Lotion

You know what else I used to be REALLY BAD at?? Buying things the day after Christmas. I’d think “well I’ll eventually need lotion, so I might as well buy these four gift sets at 1/2 off that each have a lotion” and then I’m stuck with lotion that I don’t like FOREVER. This year I resisted and bought nothing! I’m getting better.
Replace? No.

Derma E Very Clear Acne Scrub

This was featured in my last Empties post. I originally got this cleanser as a freebie in the Birchbox shop, and I LOVED it. I decided to take it a step further and invest in the kind that is made specifically for acne prone skin… and I regretted it. I had purchased the regular kind again before this bottle had even run out so that I could slowly phase it out. I love the original.
Replace? Not the Acne one.

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Peter Lamas Moisturizer

As you can see, the moisturizer wasn’t even empty. But as I’d written in my review, it was too liquidy. and I grew to hate the smell. So I decided that I needed to get rid of it because it was taking up valuable space in my already too cluttered bathroom.
Replace? No.

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer

From my Birchbox. This was part of why I gave up on the Peter Lamas one.. I FELL IN LOVE with this moisturizer and suddenly I realized what a moisturizer is supposed to do. This little tube lasted me awhile, and it’s been sitting in my Birchbox “favorites” ever since. One day I’ll take the plunge and buy it.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roller

This was Birchbox as well. The whole idea is you rub it under your eyes and it’s cooling and wakes you up or helps you fall asleep and reduces the dark circles and lines and stuff. It felt really good to roll under my eyes, but I don’t think it did much aside from feel good.
Replace? No.

Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer sample

Weird to think that three years ago I SWORE BY Proactiv. My face, while not completely clear, is clearer than it was when I used Proactiv and I use way less products on it. It’s the witch hazel and lemon juice I’m telling you. I always liked the smell of this moisturizer but got the idea that if I purchased the full sized one of it, I’d hate it.  Plus then I broke up with proactiv.
Replace? No.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream

I think I got this from Influenster to sample. and I really liked it. I like the idea of applying something to my face before I go to bed. It makes me feel like a grown up because I feel like that’s what women in movies and TV shows do. But I don’t think it really did much for me. I’d rather just apply coconut oil. because then it smells perfect.
Replace? No.

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CitreShine Repair Spray

You know what started my product hoarding problem? When I was younger, I discovered Big Lots. and suddenly I was like “look at all of these things I can buy for a slightly lower price.” and I bought all the things. and I’ve been trying to use all the things. This was one of them. It didn’t do much for me.
Replace? No.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

ALL THE YES! This is in my Birchbox Favorites. I absolutely LOVE the smell. Since I don’t use conditioner in favor of apple cider vinegar sometimes my hair smells like BUTT when I get out of the shower. ACV smells nasty. But I spray on some of this stuff, wrap my hair, and then it smells wonderful AND I know that my hair is protected if I should use a curling iron or straightener.
Replace? Already did!

100% Pure Fruit Infused Mascara

Also in my Birchbox faves! I LOVED that it smells like fruit – I’d always sniff it before applying it. I’ve recently acquired a lot of mascara, so I don’t need to buy this again but I really love it and it’s at the top of my list when I need to replace some old mascara.
Replace? Eventually

Liz Earle Cleanser

No. It came with Muslin cloths so I was expecting an experience like when I used the Eve Lom cleanser awhile ago. Let me tell you… the Eve Lom cleanser is something I think about ALL THE TIME. When I finally spend the freaking $80 on that cleanser, I am going to tell EVERYONE ABOUT IT. I was hoping this would be awesome since it used muslin cloths too, but… nope.
Replace? No.

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm

The only beauty product I use EVERY SINGLE DAY. Literally every day. It’s my favorite. I never imagined I’d be the kind of person who was willing to spend $34 on a beauty product, but I don’t even think twice every time I order this. I always have one that I’m currently using and then one ready for when the one I’m using runs out. Because I refuse to go without this.
Replace? Already have multiple times.

 

It’s so weird.. I don’t think of myself as a person who uses or tries a lot of products, but I guess I do! I’ve grown a lot – I no longer stock up just on whatever is on sale but have started to invest in things I really love and replace those. It will take a little bit before I’m completely through with the stuff I don’t love as much. But once that’s gone, it’ll be exciting to really share the things I love and have been trying out because I won’t have so many options.

 

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