Wednesday, February 8, 2017

January 2017 Empties Report!

I should begin by reminding you, my beautiful readers, that one of my New Year's beauty resolutions is to, basically, stop being a product hoarder. I need to stick with items that work, and not try something new just because it is new...or on sale...

I also want to make an effort to use up items that I have before buying anything new. I have done some great swaps and I subscribe to Sephora PLAY!, so I do have new products coming in without much expense. I am going to consistently try to use products so that I can judge their effectiveness better.

This month's Empties Report is a good start to everything that I have mentioned. I have 25 products to show you - yes, 25! Three items have duplicate empties, so the actual number is 22 different items, but we will go with an firm 25 to make me appear slightly more looney.

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Face Products:

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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture: I received 3 or 4 samples of this moisturizer with a Murad.com purchase. Giving me 3+ samples was plenty to test out! This was a silky moisturizer that had no scent and sunk into the skin nicely.
Would I repurchase? Yes, but I do have quite a few others to get through first!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: Though this was just one sample, I have tried Smashbox Primers in the past. It is no wonder that they are cult classics! I love the feel of a primer any time!
Would I repurchase? No, but only because my Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer is amaaaazing.

Witch Hazel: Such a multi-purpose, soothing, clean smelling, cannot live without product!! I use this as a toner on my face or to blot itchy spots on my skin.
Would I repurchase? Always! I am never without witch hazel, though the brand doesn't really matter.

Mitchell and Peach Facial Oil: Facial oils can be very heavy, but this one was not. I believe I got this in an ipsy bag months ago, but the applicator made me skip the product and use something else. I wonder if the full size is any different?
Would I repurchase? No! I dislike the packaging and it makes it hard (and no fun) to use.

Organix Cherry Blossom Argan Oil Replenishing Night Cream: I believe I found this at Job Lot. I was looking for a night cream before I got into sleeping masks. The scent of this, unless you LOVE cherry, was enough to make me put it down. To use it up, I ended up putting it on my feet (where all lame lotions go, LOL).
Would I repurchase? No.

Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel Exfoliator: Another old sub box item! I do not use a lot of products with "peel" or "exfoliator" in the titles because my skin tends to get really red and irritated. This was pretty gentle and fun to use - it is a powder that you mix with water, then massage your face with the paste for about 30 seconds.
Would I repurchase? No, as this is not my favorite choice of products, but I will use ones received in sub boxes or swaps.

LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland: Do you hear the angels singing? Ultrabland is just that - scent free, dye free, everything free...except the good stuff! The consistency is super thick and hydrating, similar to the nifty lotion cleansers coming out lately. LUSH says to get your skin back to normal, use just this (and moisturizer, I assume) for a month. I love this stuff!
Would I repurchase? I would and I have!

LUSH Cosmetics Let The Good Times Roll: If you want to smell like a sweet and salty dessert, this is your stuff. There are actual little pieces of corn in there, so be careful. This is a face and body wash that is slightly exfoliating but gentle. Smells amazing!
Would I repurchase? Probably not as Ultrabland wins every time, and I am trying not to buy it if I would use it regularly.

LUSH Cosmetics Dark Angels: Ok, so this stuff is a little scary! It's charcoal black, dense and hard, and stains my skin! It is a cleanser for oily skin...LUSH threw it in as a sample, so I decided to try it. I washed my face as usual, looked in the mirror.....and looked like I put on a totally not PC black face mask. I had to scrub my face until it was RAW to get the black smudges off. Safe to say, NO.
Would I repurchase? Heck no. And if I happen to get another sample, it is getting swapped!

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Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: You already know I adore sleeping masks, right? This was #1 on my list to try, and for Christmas I bought myself a Clinique set with this and a moisturizer. There is no scent and the consistency is great, like a night cream but slightly thicker. Unfortunately, I didn't notice a huge difference between this and other sleeping masks...except the price point.
Would I repurchase? No, but I enjoyed the deluxe sample size.

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist: Yes, this is a double empty for the month! I had one in my gym bag and one at home, so I was using each depending where I was at the time. This is a reviving mist, similar to the spray water refresher things that are popular now. This has a great, soft scent and the spray itself is calming (and not all crazy wild firehose in your face).
Would I repurchase? Probably not, as something similar seems to be a popular sub box inclusion.

Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment: UGH. I cannot afford to love this so much. If you have tried Glam Glow, you get it. No wonder people rave about this line! I used this as a mask/lotion/overnight and left it on, then washed off in the am. My skin was seriously softer and noticeably brighter and just better.
Would I repurchase? It's on my wishlist!! My birthday is in August, please and thank you.

Sephora Rose Sleeping Mask: If I cannot slather myself in Glam Glow, the Sephora version will have to do. These little sleeping mask packs are amazing. I get two uses out of the single package (and you will, too, unless you have a giant dome) and the rose scent is just enough to be lovely, gentle, and soothing without being overpowering. At $4 a pop, and at least 6 different versions, this is a must try for mask lovers.
Would I repurchase? I would and I have!!

Hair Care:

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Beauty Without Cruelty Leave In Conditioner: I received this in an ipsy bag. I forgot I had it and then bought a giant bottle of Rusk LIC, so this baby has been collecting dust. Once I found it, I basically dumped it all on my head...and still needed the Rusk for softness.
Would I repurchase? No.

OUAI Treatment Mask: I received this in the December Sephora PLAY! box and was excited to try it. You use this after shampooing on clean hair, then rinse out. My hair felt quite soft! The sample was fairly small, and I have a lot of hair, so I only got 1 use out of it.
Would I repurchase? Not for the price point.

Ten Digit Creations Hair Conditioning and Detangling Spray in Most Wanted: Love!! Ten Digit Creations creates dupes of some of the best LUSH scents, including Most Wanted, which smells just like Rose Jam!! The scent is spot on perfect, and honestly, a leave in conditioner in Rose Jam is like, top 10 of my dream products, so, yes, love it.
Would I repurchase? Yes!

LUSH Cosmetics R&B Hair Moisturizer: R&B has the single most divine scent of any hair product I have EVER tried. With that said, it does nothing for my hair. Nothing. Wompfreakinwomp. It is supposed to "revive" dry hair but it really just got sucked into mine with no difference.
Would I repurchase? No, but if there is another product made with that scent, it's mine.

Body Products:

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Clinique Happy Gelato in Sugared Petals: Oh, goodness. I am in love with this stuff! I received this little sample of a Gift With Purchase, and then immediately went back to buy a full size tub. I am now on my second full size tub. This lotion is super THICK and feels so lux on. It smells like a flowery version of Clinique Happy.
Would I repurchase? Yes! I would and I did! (Hahaha, totally fibbed in December when I said I wasn't going to repurchase!)

LUSH Cosmetics Celebrate Body Lotion: This is a seasonal scent that smells like lemon and champagne! LUSH brings out seasonal scents in only a few items at a time, so this lotion was from Winter 2015 and was not available in 2016. Something in this made me a little itchy and red, so I was glad when I finished the tub. The scent is divine, however.
Would I repurchase? I can't even if I want to, which I don't. But I do love other lotions from LUSH!

LUSH Cosmetics Mr. Sandman Dusting Powder: This is a seasonal product, new for 2016, that has the same soothing, calming scent as Twilight products. You use this to sprinkle on yourself (or your sheets, as I do) before bed for sweet dreams.
Would I repurchase? Yes! I bought 4 during the Boxing Sale. I will be bummed when this runs out!

Misc Packaging:

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These didn't photograph well with the other items, LOL, but technically one goes with Face and one goes with Body.

Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off Make-up Wipes: I actually have two packages of empty wipes this month because my Mom likes this brand, too. I have reviewed this product in my Monthly Favorites posts as well as empties before. LOVE these wipes.
Would I repurchase? Absolutely! I buy at least 2 at a time!

Pacifica Moisturize Energize Serum Wipes: I snagged these in a swap with someone because "serum wipe" sounded weird and I wanted to try it, LOL. Similar to their lotion wipes, I found these dry and not really covered with enough product to do anything helpful.
Would I repurchase? Nope.

Empties Total: 22



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