Empties: March – June 2015

Empties | March - June 2015
Empties | March – June 2015

Repurchase Legend:

  • Yes – Already repurchased, have a backup, or will repurchase in the future.
  • Maybe – I liked it but I either don’t need it at the moment, it costs a lot, or I need more time to evaluate.
  • No – Didn’t work for me, wasn’t happy with the results, didn’t like some aspect of the product, just want to try something else.
Full Size Empties | March - June 2015
Full Size Empties | March – June 2015

Full Size:

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes – I’ve been using these for a long time and have 2 more packages to go. I will probably repurchase them again but only use them for cleaning up swatches because they are not as soft on the skin as I would like them to be. They don’t leave any slick residue on the skin though, which I really like.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – I’ve also used these for a long time and will repurchase them. I like that the material they are made out of is soft and I only need 1 wipe to get all my makeup off.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner – This is a product that my skin has gotten used to and I no longer see any improvement but when I stop using it, I notice my skin doesn’t look as good. Have already repurchased this.

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector – My dark spots faded a bit using this but not enough for the amount of time I was using it. Because I didn’t have much faith in further improvement, I went with another product.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum – This product is so similar to the Dark Spot Corrector in terms of the ingredients and the texture. It seemed to smooth out my skin slightly (more even texture) but it was extremely subtle and eventually my skin plateaued so I switched to another retinol product.

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer – I bought this jumbo sized lotion to fill up some lotion dispensers I kept by the sink to use after washing my hands. It’s a good basic moisturizer with very minimal scent and leaves a light, non-greasy layer of moisture. It wasn’t bad at all but I got bored of it, so I won’t be repurchasing.

Dove White Beauty Bar (2) – I have one more bar of this left. I usually buy these in bulk at Costco because it’s a good deal but I hate storing so many of them and having them take up space for like a year LOL. I will probably buy it again at some point but I’m not in a rush to.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo (2) – This is something I go back and forth using. It is my fiance’s current favorite shampoo and I’ll use it too because it’s cheap and good. But I have my own favorite shampoo that I think works a bit better for me (Enjoy Shampoo – see below). I ran out of that though and it’s kinda of pricey so I’ve been stretching my dollar out by using this for a while. I’m sure I will cave and buy my favorite again, maybe if I can get a deal on it.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash (2) – Another good, cheap body wash. Its gentle and leaves a nice cooling tingle on the skin after using it.

Trader Joe’s Spa Natural Facial Cleansing Pads with Tea Tree Oil (4) – This stuff is my anti-acne secret weapon. I don’t know how it does it’s magic but if I stop using it regularly, you can bet my skin will break out. I just bought four more!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter – I think this was one of the first things I used up this round of empties. I have quite a few backups so no need to repurchase.

Edenfield Cranberry Crush Body Wash – A really old body wash I had stored away and I wanted to use up. Had too much red coloring in it and it felt sort of watered down. Won’t repurchase.

Lancome Tonique Radiance Clarifying Exfoliating Toner – This came as a gift with purchase. It was too drying for me.

Spa Sister Sugar Cane and Coconut Foot Butter – I had two of these that came in a gift set. I don’t know where to get more but I did like them. They had a beautiful coconut scent and absorbed in quickly, leaving my skin smoothed and softened.

Enjoy Sulfate-Free Rejuvenating Volumizing Shampoo – LOVE this. It works consistently every single day. I never have a surprise bad hair day with this. It is both gentle and very good at getting my hair clean. It’s pricey but I will eventually buy this again.

Enjoy Rejuvenating Volumizing Conditioner – LOVE this too. This has vitamin B5 and peppermint which can get pretty tingly on the scalp but that’s what it’s supposed to do – to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and keep them as healthy as possible. It’s very lightweight and even applying this all over my hair and working it into my scalp, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. Will buy again at some point.

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner – I decided to try this on a whim because I’d heard about cleansing conditioners and I thought I’d see what they are all about. This had a very strong fragrance which kind of bothered me at times but it did surprisingly well with my fine, thin hair. It cleaned up excess oil and got me through most of the day without too much weigh-down. It’s not really the right type of product for me though so I won’t be repurchasing it.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream – I first tried a deluxe sample of this and fell in love with the texture. It’s light, velvety, and gel-like. It worked really well when my skin was very dry.

Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator – I wasn’t impressed with this. It’s pretty basic as far as cleansers go and the exfoliator was just an extra unnecessary thing. There wasn’t enough of it to actually exfoliate but just by being there it made it difficult to use around my eyes. It’s also very expensive.

Josie Maran Argan Oil – This little bottle lasted me over a year. I used it mainly as an alternative to eye cream. I have another one already.

Hibiclens Antiseptic/Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser – This is something you might not be familiar with. My fiance introduced me to this medical soap. This might be TMI, but it’s something I only use if I can’t seem to get rid of B.O. under my arms with any other soap. It’s fantastic for that.

Deluxe Sample Empties | March - June 2015
Deluxe Sample Empties | March – June 2015

Deluxe Samples

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner – This was my second experience with cleansing conditioner. It had a nice smell, similar to Alterna Bamboo Strand Expand, but it didn’t get my hair as clean as the Herbal Essences one. No buy for me.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter – I have a love/hate relationship with this. Its great for my heals but I don’t like the smell. Its lemony and then there’s this other funk that creeps in… like petroleum, motor oil, something synthetic? Ugh. I dunno. If they offered a similar product with a  better smell I might repurchase.

Bliss Grapefruit and Aloe Body Butter – For being a body butter this was very light. The consistency was more like lotion. I really like the fragrance. It wasn’t too tart but it was bright and refreshing. Might repurchase.

Lancer Lift Serum Intense Stem Cell Recovery Complex – Didn’t really notice much with this.

Revive Intensite Volumizing Eye Serum – Didn’t really notice much with this.

12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment – This had a clean floral fragrance and it was really nice for detangling. Might repurchase.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment – Love this balm but it’s expensive and I haven’t bought it in a while for that reason. I like that you can get a bunch of little ones in a set during the holidays but the clear one always works best for me. I’d buy it again if I could get a good deal.

Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Hair Conditioner – This was ultra light and left my hair fragranced but didn’t do much for tangles. Wouldn’t buy it.

Alterna Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand – This little sample lasted me a really long time and actually gave my hair a bit of volume without making my it feel sticky. My hair is way too long right now and what I need more than a new product is a hair cut LOL. Would consider this in the future but not right now.

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum – I got this just in time when I ran out of my Neutrogena dark spot corrector so I was thrilled. I used it as a spot treatment so it lasted me about a month. I didn’t see any results whatsoever so I decided to quit using it and opt for something with hydroquinone instead.

Foil Sample Empties | March - June 2015
Foil Sample Empties | March – June 2015

Foil Samples:

AMEN Pure Wood by Thierry Mugler – I breifly had a subscription to the Mugler box and got this in one of them. Being a men’s product, and my fiance not being all that into colognes, it sat around for ages. I finally decided to just open it up and smell it so I could get rid of it LOL. It’s actually really nice and soft. It’s woody, with a faint smokiness to it. It brings to mind a forested area during a warm fall night, but also something cozy like if I were sitting on a cabin porch wrapped in a fluffy, soft blanket. Obviously won’t buy it for myself but I recommend checking it out, if you like woody fragrances that aren’t too strong.

Tom Form Velvet Orchid – The only Tom Ford fragrances I’d smelled before this were all way too strong for my taste but this was a little more up my alley. It has since faded so I’m going off memory and the hints of the scent still left on the packaging. I’d consider getting another sample or maybe purchasing a small size of this perfume.

Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer – I didn’t like this. It did go on mattifying at first but it left my skin like an oil slick by lunchtime. Not for me.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – Daily Anti-Acne in Light/Medium – This had a very nice texture and I know the price is right but the color was a bit dark for me.

Glamglow Supermud Clearing TreatmentI want this. In fact, it’s sitting in my Sephora shopping cart right now but I haven’t bought it yet. I finally bought this today. My pores actually did look cleaner after just one use and the glow lasted for a few days.

Rodial Glamoxy snake serum – I had enough for like 2 uses so I have no idea if it didn’t anything.

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins – Way too heavy for me.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – Smelled great but it was a little thick for me.

Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Re-Volumizing Serum – Quite nice for a drugstore product but I already had another product in mind to add to my skincare routine.

Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Re-Volumizing Cream –  Quite nice for a drugstore product but I already had another product in mind to add to my skincare routine.

Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate – Didn’t notice much with this.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream – Very nice thick hydrating body butter. It smelled like 7UP which was okay but not my favorite. Would buy another scent maybe in the winter when I need a heavier body butter.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum – Didn’t notice much difference but it had a lightweight, thin consistency and a barely-there fragrance.

Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine – Can’t really remember how this lasted throughout the day but it did a nice job of blurring pores.

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