Thursday, March 16, 2017

February 2017 Empties Report!

I know it's quite late, but it's been a busy month on the blog already with Zoya posts, Favorites and Fails, and more, so the empties post got pushed back a little. I also want to space posts out a little bit, so I did wait to post this after the flurry of the past couple of weeks.

Let me show you what I finished up this month. My total number is empties this month is 21, but with duplicates counting, I am up to 23 empties! Jeez! Let's take a look, and as usual, I am categorizing the items to make it easier to read.


Skincare Samples:


Lucky Box Samples from I am not going to review each of these because they are samples, and the first use of a product means nothing. But I used 'em, they are empty, so they count. The Lucky Box from eopenmarket is a great way to try a few different Korean Skincare brands. They do send multiples of each sample so you can actually decide if you want a fullsize or not. To be continued!
Would I repurchase? Yes! I received over 2 dozen samples for under $8, shipped.

Face Products:


Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream: I received this in a swap and then re-purchased once already! This is a scent-free, medium weight moisturizer for day-time. The Olay Regenerist line has been around forever because it is just that good.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I already have!

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask: I also received this greeeeeeeen mask in a swap. I actually used it as a mask and as a quick exfoliating wash in the shower. The fun part is that it is green. The not so great part is that it is very drying.
Would I repurchase? No, I need a gentler exfoliation for my face.

Bliss That's Incredi-Peel Pads: You may remember these from my Favorites and Fails post! I received this sample at Ulta recently and fell in love! They are tingly but effective in helping to resurface, tone, and smooth the skin.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I already have! And though this is a splurge item for me, price-wise, the pads are big enough to cut in two, so double the product for the price. Win!

LUSH Cosmetics Rub, Rub, Rub: I asked for a sample of this the last time I was in store. RRR has a oceanic smell and is bright blue. It is a body exfoliator which is very gentle - almost too gentle! Maybe my shower is too hot, but the rough particles seem to melt before the product touches my skin. Smells great, though.
Would I repurchase? No.

Josie Maran Argan Oil: This is a multi-tasking holy grail item. If you don't have it, get it. You can add this pure argan oil to your hair (ends, really), cuticles, elbows and knees, feet, pretty much anywhere. Just get it and thank me later.
Would I repurchase? Oh yeah!!

Pacifica Glow Baby Glow Youthful Face Scrub: Much better in the gentle scrub for the face department! This smells like the beach - a really clean beach and not a nasty one, LOL, and has the most gentle, almost sand-like, texture.
Would I repurchase? Scrubs seem to come in sub boxes so I usually swap for them, but if I was actually in the market and needed to purchase one, I would def consider this.

NYC New York Color Matte BB Cream: My holy grail BB Cream! I have actually been on the hunt for this, in Medium, for a while now, as my WalMart seems to be OOS. I love this stuff. LOVE.This.Stuff.
Would I repurchase? When I finally spot this again, I am buying at least 3.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator - Original: Warning - don't take this in the shower, LOL. My brilliant (usually) self thought to take my spare in the shower. FYI: it melts!
Would I repurchase? LOL, at this point, I NEED to!



OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner: I purchased this from Ulta in my never-ending quest to please my super dry hair. This conditioner is thick and smells fantastic, but other than that, it did not do it for me. If you have normal hair and love the smell of argan oil, I do recommend trying it.
Would I repurchase? Nope.

LUSH Cosmetics Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner: This is advertised as a "hair perfume" that can take the place of your perfume. Honestly, they are right. I love this stuff, though I definitely cannot categorize this as a need item. Want? YASSSSSSSSS. Go to the store, get a sample, and take a sniff/ Tell me you put it back on the shelf. Try it.
Would I repurchase? Yes, absolutely. I haven't yet because as much as I love this, it is not an essential every day item for me. Next time I place a LUSH order, I will purchase this for sure, but I can't justify going out of my way for a special order for just this - it's a core item, too, so no rush.

Wen Bamboo Green Tea Mask: I found this in the cabinet, LOL. It must have been gifted at some point...oops. I am not a Wen shampoo fan, so that explains why I didn't rush to use this, either. It made my hair softer, but no real difference besides that, or even effects that lasted longer than the next washing.
Would I repurchase? Nope.



Crystal Nails Cuticle Oil in Pineapple: I have realized in my quest to thin my stash and decide what I like, I need to use things on a regular basis until I use them up! One item that I have been quite lax in remembering to use regularly is cuticle oil. I have an embarrassing number of cuticle oils, creams, balms, salves, etc to use up. In an effort to combat winter blues, I grabbed this Crystal Nails profuct, which, you cannot see, but was pink tinted oil and - the best part - is that it smells like pineapple. Perfect, ripe, summer, not artificial, just perfect pineapple. I wish, right now more than ever, that you could scratch and sniff the screen.
Would I repurchase? Yes, although it'll be many a moon before I need to purchase anything cuticle related.

Glisten and Glow HK Girl Clear Topcoat: What can I say that hasn't been said about this amazing topcoat? I buy bottles two at a time. It dries in less than 5 mins and remains chip-free for days.
Would I repurchase? Yes! I am sure I have already since posting this.

Empties Total: 4 sample packets, which I will keep track of separately!

Year to Date: 43! (plus 4 sample packets)

I will continue swapping items and using this as a reference for what does and does not work for my skin, hair, and body. This series has been so helpful to me and I hope it has been for you, too. If there is every anything additional or different that you want to see on this blog, please let me know!


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