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Friday, October 12, 2012

Recent Empties III

My empties have a new home! I don't know about other bloggers, but since I started posting my empties I had a slight problem... were do I put them? Initially they were in a plastic shopping bag under my bathroom sink. That seemed to work, until in a 'WHY CAN'T I FIND ANYTHING?!' fit of rage I ended up recycling the bag and it's contents... oops. I realized I needed a dedicated storage system. Then, I found 'the bag'. I've been holding onto this white/green paper bag for way to long, thinking it would be cute for a gift, but never used it. Out came the sharpie, and now it's home for my empties. It's now stashed in my closet, and when the bag fills up, I share with all of you.I'm such a problem solver. Oh, and you might want to grab a snack, this is going to be a long one.

Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Perfecting Toning Lotion and Micellar Cleansing Water, Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Nauture's Bounty Biotin

Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Micellar Cleansing Water and Perfecting Toning Lotion
This was the first micellar water I've tried. It wasn't bad, but it didn't remove mascara very well. The matching toner was a gel toner, which I really liked. It was cooling (okay, it always felt freezing cold) and left my skin feeling really soft. Both products also have a really fresh, clean scent that is very pleasant.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel
I know a lot of people wait all year for this, but I didn't really love it. Lush's shower gel formula is great, but the scent was far too bubble-gummy for me. The bottle promises 'candy floss...sweet as sugar... and a hint of wicked fruitiness' but I just get bubblegum. I did like the ultra girliness of the shimmer they add to the mix though.

Nature's Bounty Biotin (1000mcg)
I've been taking biotin for my hair, nails and skin, for a few months now. I've found Nature's Bounty to be the best brand because they coat their tablets. Until these, I'd been taking uncoated pills, and while I assume they all work the same, the uncoated ones start to dissolve before you swallow them. Biotin is not tasty. Also, these are a bit larger (dosage wise) for about the same price as the other, smaller ones I'd been taking, meaning I could just take one, as opposed to two.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes, Biore Make-up Removing Towelettes, Life Certified Organic Cotton Pads

Huggies Natural Care Wipes
I used these wipes for everything... spot cleaning brushes, taking makeup off before cleansing, cleaning up after swatches, etc. I first had the plastic tub, and then picked up the refill bag (shown) I wasn't convinced that I'd be able to use them all before they dried out, but the last wipe was as moist as the first. These are crazy cheap compared to 'makeup' specific wipes: the refill bag, with 216 wipes, was $11.99. That works out to about $0.05 per wipe. Budget friendly and multi-use potential. What's not to love?

Biore Make-up Removing Towelettes
I got this mini packet of 10 (I say that, but it is available for purchase) in a Glossy Box. While I didn't use these for cleansing, they do a great job of removing make up prior to. I don't feel that any wipe has enough oomph to cleanse fully, so even if I'm having a lazy night and don't do full water and Clarisonic cleanse, I will follow a wipe up with a good micellar water and toner.

Life Certified Organic Cotton Pads
I use a lot of cotton pads (cotton rounds as I call them) for everything from taking nail polish and eye make up off, to applying toners and treatments. Because I use so many, I do try to buy organic cotton when I can. The production of cotton is one of the highest in terms of pesticide use and overall isn't the most environmentally sustainable crop. Of course, the best thing would be to not use them at all, but until I find a reasonable alternative, I try to buy organic.

Cover Girl Nature Luxe Foundation in Flax, Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream, Clairol Colour Seal Conditioning Gloss, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Cover Girl Nature Luxe Foundation in Flax (review)

I'd have to say that this is the first foundation I've ever finished to the end. I've heard a fair number of people say the coverage of this was too light, but I find the coverage is a decent medium. I love the natural look this gives my skin and the colour match is perfect for me (lighter end of NW20) I've already got a replacement tube, but I am trying to finish up a few other foundations before I start in on it.

Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream
This was a sample size tube, and I'm glad to have it gone. I've read a lot of rave reviews regarding the Ahava brand, but this hand cream just wasn't that special. It was greasy, and didn't absorb all that well, nor did it moisturize that well. It's one redeeming quality was the scent: a fresh, powdery scent just on the verge of being floral.

Clairol Colour Seal Conditioning Gloss
I almost don't want to share this info with anybody, but I guess I'm a bit obligated too... This is hands down the best conditioner/treatment I've ever used. Nothing makes my hair feel as smooth or look as shiny and healthy. To think I almost threw this out. I found it in my bathroom drawer and initially dismissed it, why I didn't use it when I dyed my hair I don't know, but it is an amazing product. You're supposed to be able to buy this on it's own- mine is the tube that comes with Nice'n Easy, but I haven't been able to find this in stores. I've always been a brand hopper when it came to my hair dye, but I'll be sticking with Nice'n Easy just to get the conditioner.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
I've got an over abundance of samples, and am slowly sorting through them, giving a lot of them to friends and using the ones I can see myself purchasing. I haven't tried many Kiehl's products, so I opted to keep this one. It was large enough for me to get two uses out of, which normally isn't long enough of a run to know if a moisturizer is going to work, but I was able to determine that this isn't for me. I have dehydrated/normal skin with some dry patches, and while this was super hydrating, it left me really oily by the next morning.

L'Oreal Professional Intense Repair Masque*, Avon Solutions Plus Maximum Moisture Eye Cream, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base, Essie To Dry For

L'Oreal Professional Intense Repair Masque*
This masque sounded like it could be amazing, but unfortunately didn't do a whole lot more than your average conditioner other than make my bathtub crazy slippery. It has a strong banana like scent that I didn't love either. Overall, this mask just wasn't right for me.

Avon Solutions Plus Maximum Moisture Eye Cream
This was a total impulse buy. I think this was a ridiculous price... $1.99, I think. Why not try it, right? As I've said, I'm not a huge eye cream endorser, but this was a really hydrating cream.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base (review)
This was one of the first primers I bought (ages ago, now) and at the time didn't mind it. I used it for a while but moved onto to better primers and abandoned this. I found it in a drawer a few weeks ago and forced my self to finish it (it wasn't exactly cheap.) It does make my skin feel a softer, but other than that I can't say it does much else.

Essie To Dry For
This is a great top coat. It doesn't dry as quickly as Seche Vite, but it does dry to a durable, shiny finish. Unlike Seche, I've never had any shrinking issues and it doesn't thicken with use. I might already have (a few) backups to replace this one...

L'Oreal Voluminous False Fibre Lashes Mascara, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Cream, Nivea Pure and Natural Milk & Honey Lip Balm

L'Oreal Voluminous False Fibre Lashes Mascara (review)
This is a great mascara. I'd go so far as to say it's one of my favourites out of any brand (high end or otherwise.) It lengthens and thickens lashes well, and you can layer it easily without fear of clumpy uni-lash action. I already have a backup waiting for me, but I've started using Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes and Cils Booster XL.We'll see how well they compare.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
This mascara had a dry formula from the start, which initially was great, but over time ended up creating a mascara that was prone to flaking. Before the flakes started, this was a great lengthening mascara. It didn't thicken as much as I would have liked, but it gave lashes a more 'naturally long and beautiful' look. I'm more of a 'long, thick, slightly dramatic, but still neat' looking type of gal.

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Cream
I know 'experts' will say to use a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone for the under eye area, but I find I get better coverage when I use a shade closer to my skin tone and top that off with a brightener. Just my preference... any how, this concealer was an impulse buy, that ended up being totally worth it. I mainly used it for under my eyes, but it did okay on blemishes as well. The formula is thin enough that it doesn't instantly crease, but thick enough to provide decent coverage.

Nivea Pure and Natural Milk & Honey Lip Balm
This is a great lip balm. I'm surprised at how long the last little bit in the tube has lasted me, and now that this is done I can move onto my Nuxe Reve de Miel full time. If you don't want to shell out $20 for Nuxe, this is a great alternative, and both have a light honey scent.

The following segment is a new addition to my empties posts, Recent Throwaways:

DuWop Foundation of Youth in 2-Light, Almay Intense I-Colour in Purple Amethyst, Sula Natural Creme Shadow in Why Not?, ELF Mechanical Eyelash Curler

DuWop Foundation of Youth in 2-Light
I've had this foundation for at least three years and probably only worn it that many times. I found the shade to be too dark for me, and while I can deal with a shade that is slightly off (most foundations are in some way) this was too much effort to bother with. The foundation itself isn't bad, just the colour.

Almay Intense I-Colour in Purple Amethyst
Like the DuWop foundation, I've had this for too long, but I have used the hell out of it so I don't feel so bad giving it the boot. The formula is easy to work with and the purple shade is a bit brighter than others I've used, but really flattering and great with my brown eyes.

Sula Natural Creme Shadow in Why Not?
This was a Glymm Box item that I was really happy with, initially. Why Not? is a pale, slightly golden toned green, but the formula doesn't set and it creases terribly. I've tried it a few different ways, but it always creases, and I think the scent is starting to change, so it's got to go.

ELF Mechanical Eyelash Curler
I thought that I liked this, even though I always managed to pinch myself with it. I've since found a little curler that I looove, and am happy to report never pinches, so this guy gets the boot as well.

That's the longest post I've written in quite some time, now I need a snack... Have you had any noteworthy empties lately?

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