Friday, November 27, 2015

November Empties (#20)

The month started out and I thought "gosh, I'm not going to have any empties this month." Funny how it always works out, my empties bin filled up like crazy towards the middle and end of the month and then I thought my bag might overflow! Here's what I used up, and a quick review of each product...

  • Kiss My Face Green Tea & Bamboo Shave Cream (would not repurchase) - I got sent this product to test out (shortly before they launched their shave creams in tube form like this -- such an improvement from the pump bottle they had before!) and I enjoyed it. This scent is so good. However, I have sensitive skin, and this wasn't nourishing enough when shaving my legs. My legs itched like crazy after I shaved and they didn't feel very moisturized. I've found something I like better, so I won't buy this again. 
  • Suave Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo (would repurchase) - I really enjoyed this dry shampoo. It's cheap & affordable. Look for it in an upcoming Battle of the Dry shampoos!
  • Plantlife Patchouli Body Oil (would repurchase) - This is a lovely body oil, which I used to moisturize my skin right before I got out of the shower. It has a very strong patchouli scent, and the smell lingers all day long. Rarely did I wear this without someone noticing the scent. 
  • Carapex Botanical Facial Toner (would repurchase) - This toner is very gentle on the skin. It won't burn like some astringent toners. It's odorless, and it'll remove any lingering makeup or dirt on your face. 
  • Alba Botanical Dual Textured Exfoliating Towelettes (would repurchase) - This makeup removing wipe has one exfoliating scrubby side, and one normal smooth side. I primarily used the scrubby side to remove all my face makeup. I wasn't in love with them, but they are certainly unique in the world of makeup wipes.
  • Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser (would repurchase) - This cleanser smells like citrus and did a good job of cleaning my face. It didn't break me out, and didn't strip my skin. I'm not the biggest fan of foaming cleansers, but I'd get this again if I saw it for a good price.
  • Dove Go Fresh Mandarin & Tiare Flower Body Wash (would not repurchase) - I got this sample in a Walmart Beauty Box, and I don't think I'd bother purchasing the full size. While the wash itself is great -- I love how moisturizing these body washes are, I didn't care for the scent. 
  • Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet (would repurchase) - This is a sheet mask version of the recently popular oxygen carbonated masks. This bubbles up, and it looks like you have a beard from all the bubbles! It's refreshing and unique. I enjoyed it! You can purchase it on the Memebox website for cheap here
  • Taylor Swift Wonderstruck perfume (would not repurchase) - This scent is fruity and young... in fact, it's far too young of a scent for my taste. It smells great, but I prefer warmer, more mature perfumes. 
  • BareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Cream eyeshadow (would not repurchase) - This little sample isn't completely gone, but it dried up on me and now it's time for it to go. This wasn't anything special to me, so I wouldn't bother getting a full size. 
  • L'Occitane Marvelous Flowers hand cream (would not repurchase) - I enjoy L'Occitane hand creams, but I was happy to only have this scent in a small size. It's a very overpowering floral scent that it just too strong for me, and not a smell I particularly enjoyed with extended use. 
  • eva nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask (would repurchase) - This stuff smells so so good, very warm and salon-like. This tub lasted me ages, and I enjoyed using it. It's not intensely hydrating, it's more like a normal conditioner, and I'd probably use it as such if I purchased it again. 
  • Tree Hut Olive & Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Tropical Mango (would repurchase) - I love love love Tree Hut body scrubs. They've got super scrubby power, and they don't leave any oily residue behind (perfect if you self-tan or spray tan). They smell amazing, and they're so affordable! I will definitely buy more of these scrubs in the future
  • Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara (would not repurchase) - This is another sample I got in a Walmart Beauty Box, and I absolutely hated it. I used it once, and threw it promptly in the trash my empties bin. If you like very natural, barely there lashes, this is your mascara. I prefer way more volume and intensity than this! No thank you. 
  • Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel (would repurchase) - I tried this brow gel on a whim, and fell head over heels for it! It's relatively cheap, and it keeps my brows in place without being sticky or clumpy. I've already got a backup of this! 
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (would repurchase) - I heard so many negative reviews of this mascara, but I really loved it! The secret is to let it dry out a bit, and it performs far better than when you first open the tube. Urban Decay mascaras continue to be a hit in my book! I wish they were just a little cheaper. 
  • idee B Goodbye Oil compact (would not repurchase) - I got this ages ago in a Memebox, and just finally used it up. This powder is white, and it has a fragrance to it. It set my makeup just fine and erased shine, but I do not want unnecessary fragrance in my powder. 
  • Wet n Wild Mega Liner (would repurchase) - This is a tried and true favorite liner, you've seen it in many an empties post previously. It's one of the blackest liners I've ever used, and it dries totally matte. It's under $5, too. Love!
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil (would not repurchase) - You can tell this isn't completely gone, but it's OLD and I can just tell it's gone off. Time to throw it away. There are face oils I like much more than this one, so I won't bother purchasing this again. 
  • LaVanila Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender (would repurchase) - LaVanila deodorants are my favorite all-natural deodorants. This one smelled really nice, and kept me BO-free all day long. Do note, this is not an anti-antiperspirant so if you sweat a lot, this may not be the deodorant for you. 
  • Carapex Elastin & Collagen Day Cream (would repurchase) - This was a nice day cream. Find a full review here
  • Lush Celebrate Hand & Body Lotion (would not repurchase) - This was a limited edition body lotion last holiday season, and I bought it on their Boxing Day sale. This is super luxurious, and really really oily. Can you tell the packaging is greasy? I started using this just on my legs after shaving because it was so nourishing, but I found it too be too oily for my entire body. I also wasn't a fan of the smell, which smelled like a disgusting orange. (not to be confused with a good orange!)
  • Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion (would not repurchase) - This is actually a hotel sample... impressive, PTR at a hotel, amiright?! I used this just on my hands, and it actually wasn't very hydrating at all. My hands still felt slightly dry when I woke up in the morning! Quite disappointing. 

And that's all I got for the month! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know! 

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