2017 Empties: Makeup, Nails and a Few Randoms

Hello lovelies! Welcome come back to the final installment of my 2017 empties! I really enjoyed seeing everything that I’ve used up in the last year. I know a lot of the items that I’ve used up over the course of the year have been sample sizes. Many of them I’ve received them in my monthly Sephora Play box. I don’t know about you, but this girl is on a super strict budget and not able to buy the full sizes of many of these products. There have been a few that I absolutely fell in love with and did go out and purchased the full size. Before I continue rambling on and on, lets jump in the makeup and random bits that I’ve used up in 2017.

I used up three primers this year. First one is the Benefit Porefessional primer. When I first started to use this it blurred my pores and made my foundation and skin look amazing. After a little while, either my skin changed or it just didn’t like working with the foundations that I was using. It consistently made it look like my foundation and nose was peeling. It looked dry and patchy and just stopped working for me. The next two primers are by Hourglass. The first one being the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. I love, love love this! I purchased this and wish that there was a size between this and the full size. I would purchase that in between size, but the largest size I feel would go bad by the time I would be able to use it all. The other primer is the Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light. I really liked this primer, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I would repurchase this. It made my skin look nice and radiant, but I’m not sure it is worth the money.

I used up five mascaras. I used up a sample of the Benefit They’re Real mascara and the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Lash mascara. They’re Real I liked, this would be close to my holy grail status, but I think I can find something better for me. The Smoky Extravagant Lash, I really liked, but this constantly got all over my cheek and my lid when applying. The next mascara is the CoverGirl The Super Sizer mascara. This is easily a YouTube made me buy it item. I have a love-hate relationship with this item. I liked the mascara but there was just way too much product on the brush. The brush is super tiny and the mascara would get all over the place. I want to like this as a whole but the brush really made it difficult to. The last two mascaras I just did not like and definitely would not repurchase. They are the Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Drama mascara and the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar mascara. The Maybelline mascara I just did not like at all. It didn’t do much for my lashes and I think the formula was a little too heavy for my lashes. The L’Oreal mascara, I liked without the first step. I think if they sold it as just a plain mascara and not a 2-step product, I would consider repurchasing this.

The last two makeup items which are both holy grail status items for me are the Maybelline Brow Drama in 100 Deep Brown and the Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray. You’ve seen both of these in some of my monthly favorites. I love both of these items. I have repurchased both of them, and will probably continue to repurchase them forever.

The last group of items that I’ve used up or decluttered, some have already repurchased and some just won’t be purchased again. The items that I will not be repurchasing are the E.L.F. lip scrub and OPI nail polish in the shade shown. I forgot to write down the name of the shade and I’ve already thrown it out. I also won’t be repurchasing the OPI base coat or the E.L.F. face brush. The base coat didn’t do much to help make my nail polish left. The E.L.F. brush just didn’t work well with multiple products, it is however, very soft and if it didn’t fall apart on me and actually work, I would definitely repurchase this brush. I also think that I wouldn’t repurchase the Nivea lip balm. I liked it but I have my holy grail won’t use any other lip balm for the rest of my life, and I have about 10 backups of those.

These products are the ones that I will repurchase over and over again, and will remain in my collection for a long time. First up is the Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, love this and will repurchase this again and again. I also really like the Red Carpet Brilliance gel coat. This is a declutter item. The brush somehow split and the polish got too thick for it to even use. My holy grail toner, probably will never try out another one, actually never say never, but you get the point The Tea Tree Toner Water. I love, love, love this. I’ve probably have purchased at least 5 bottles of this since I started using this. Last but not least is probably my biggest standout item of 2017. It is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It hairstyler. This has helped me get my hair back to its natural state. Ever since I’ve started using this and stopped straightening my hair and blow drying it, my hair hasn’t been better. I originally got a sample of this in a Sephora Play box, and I ordered the full size during the VIB Sale.

That’s everything! I hope you enjoyed this series. I mentioned at the beginning of this post that many of the items throughout this series are samples or deluxe sample sizes, but fear not! I have a huge haul post coming soon! I’ve been wanting to dive into everything that I purchased, and with the exception for one item, I haven’t touched any of the items. When I mean huge haul, there may be more than 3 eye palettes in there too. I hope you all have had a great start to your 2018. Have a great week!

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2017 Empties: Skincare

Hello lovelies! Happy 2018! I know I fell off close to the end of Blogmas, but as every holiday season things became incredibly busy and I felt that I needed to spend time with my family instead of holed up in my room working. I’m back and it’s time to share my empties for most of 2017. I know I had planned on doing one of these posts about quarterly, but I think in the new year I will do it whenever my bin fills up with stuff.  Also to keep this post from getting ridiculously long, I’m going to break it up into categories. Today I’m sharing my skincare type empties and whether or not I will repurchase.

MAKEUP REMOVERS

I got a couple of samples of the RMS beauty makeup remover wipe. What it is is a makeup remover wipe that is made up with certified organic coconut oil. The cloth is soft and doesn’t irritate or drag on the skin, and it smells amazing! This takes off makeup including waterproof mascara. When I feel the need to splurge on makeup wipes, I will definitely be purchasing these.

I used up 3 of the Up & Up brand from Target makeup remover wipes. The first 2 packs I enjoyed the third package, I wasn’t blown away by. They say that they are comparable to the Neutrogena makeup wipes. I personally think it is worth the extra couple of bucks on the Neutrogena wipes. They work much better than the Up & Up brand. The Up & Up ones work in a pinch but I feel the need to scrub my face a little harder, which many of us do not want to do.

The last two makeup remover type products are the Philosophy Purity made simple one-step facial cleansing cloths. I’ve talked about these before. I love them! I love using these after the gym to “wash” my face. I definitely will re-purchase these when I use up the other package that I have. Then there is the Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover. I love this! I have another deluxe sample size that I’ll be using up, and will definitely repurchase.

EYE CREAMS/TREATMENTS

I used up 6 sample packets of the Lancome eye correction creme. I didn’t like this. It was too heavy and had glitter, that I could see after I put my makeup on. It also gave me those tiny, white milia bumps in my under eye area. This also made my eyes water, if I used too much. Another one that I will not be purchasing is the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift eye lifting balm. I liked this, but it irritated my eyes and I would have to wait at least a half hour to put makeup on to let my eyes stop watering.

The next set of eye products are ones that I love and absolutely will repurchase. The Fresh Rose hydrating eye gel cream. I love this a tiny bit goes a very long way. My under eye concealer goes on so nicely and smoothly, definitely will purchase the full size. Next up is the Clinique pep-start eye cream. I’ve had this in my favorites before, and I absolutely love this for a daily morning eye cream. Will definitely purchase. Lastly, the Sephora collection eye masks, more specifically the Pomegranate eye mask. I love these and have repurchased a bunch of them.

CLEANSERS/MOISTURIZERS

The first two items I wasn’t a fan of and just didn’t do much for me. The Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourshing Sleeping Facial. The scent is too much for me, and just too heavy for my skin. Next up is the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. The scent I didn’t like and it just didn’t do much for my skin.

Next up there is the Amorepacific Essential Creme Fluid and the Moisture Bound. I liked them but I probably wouldn’t repurchase them. Also, items I probably won’t repurchase is the Mary Kay botanical effects step 2 hydrate, and the Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappe. The Erborian is a good product but I just probably wouldn’t repurchase.

I really liked the Lancome Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care. I really liked this it was light and moisturizing; will repurchase. The Youth to the People Kale & Spinach Green Tea Hylauronic Acid moisture creme. I love this! I was blown away by this and will definitely will repurchase. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation facial creme. I love this and will definitely repurchase. I used this back to back with the Kale & Spinach and I felt that I had fantastic skin months! I will repurhcase!

Last two items in this category is the Simple moisturizing facial wash and the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. I love both of these cleansers and I will repurchase when I’ve used up a few other cleansers that I have.

MASKS/TREATMENTS

The first product that I was just surprised and blown away by is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I used this in the middle of the summer when my skin was consistently oily and I was sweating. This just did wonders for my skin the few times I was able to use this. When I’m able to I will be purchasing the full size of this. Next up is the Mary Kay acne treatment gel. I use this on any blemishes that I may get, and it helps get rid of even my toughest cystic acne. I’ve purchased so many of these tubes, this will probably always be in my skincare arsenal. Then we have the Clarins Mission Perfection Serum, which is a dark spot corrector. I feel like this somewhat worked for me but I feel like I need to use it more consistently and longer in order to really see the results. I won’t be repurchasing this.

For masks, I’ve used up the Karuna Clarifying face mask. I didn’t see much of a difference which is hard to tell with a one time use sheet mask. I would consider repurchasing this mask and try it out again. Lastly I have used up the travel size of the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate and the full size of the Supermud Clearing Treatment. I enjoyed both of these, however I wouldn’t repurchase the Tinglexfoliate mask, it slightly irritated my skin and I just didn’t enjoy the tingling sensation. The Supermud Clearing Treatment I would definitely repurchase. It is definitely worth the hype and the $68 price tag.

That’s everything! All of the skin care that I’ve used up in the last 9 months or so. I hope you enjoyed this post. What products have you used up in the last year. Anything that you would repurchase or maybe not? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I hope that your 2018 is even better. Have a great day and I’ll see you in my next post.

2016 Empties!!

Hello lovelies! To keep this post from getting too long, I won’t be sharing my thoughts on everything. Even if I split this up into multiple posts it would still be quite lengthy. I’m going to go through by category. If you have any questions about an item, ask in the comments and I’ll share my thoughts there.

BEAUTY & BODY

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Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Dental Floss

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Face Razor

Blistex Silk & Shine Lip Balm

Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer/Highlighter

Bio True Contact Solution (2)

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Freeman Coffee & Chai Energizing Paper Eye Mask

Up & Up Cotton Rounds

Sephora Rose Eye Mask

Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

L’Occitane Precious Face Cream

Olay Jojoba Extract & Luscious Orchid Body Wash

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturizer in Cocoa Radiant

Crest Pro-Health Mouthwash in Refreshing Clean Mint

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel

Bath & Body Works Perfect Peppermint Hand Cream

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

Dove Deodorant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena

HAIR CARE

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Matrix Biolage Normalizing Shampoo

Neutrogena Antie-Residue Shampoo

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner

it’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plust Keratin

Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo & Conditioner

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

RANDOM

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Bath and Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Black Cherry Merlot

Starbucks Anniversary Blend

Starbucks Three Region Blend

Payless Shoes Rain & Stain Guard

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candles in Strawberry Vanilla,

Mango Dragonfruit, & Spiced Apple Toddy (3 favorites that I used up)

That’s everything that I used up in 2016! I hope you enjoyed going through my trash. I know I’m missing a bunch of things that I’ve used up like candles that I’ve already re-purposed the jars or things that I’ve accidentally thrown away. If you enjoyed this post, let me know! I will try and do this type of post more often, maybe quarterly? What do you think? Hope everyone’s week is going well and all of your Christmas preparations are coming together. See you in my next post!

Fall/Winter Empties Part 2

Hello lovelies! Part 2 of my fall and winter empties is made up of mostly beauty, hair, and skin/body care. Some of these items I used up completely and others are just so old that it was time to toss.

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First of all, I finally used up an Aussie Instant freeze hairspray. I won’t be repurchasing this. It left my hair crunchy and when I used it when I curled my hair the curl did not hold. Anyone have suggestions for a good lightweight hairspray that actually helps hold a curl?

Dr. Scholl’s for her Foot Softening Cream- I liked this but it had a weird scent. I had this for so long that I didn’t use it up. I won’t be repurchasing this any time soon. It help my dry feet but I feel like there is something better out there.

Soap and Glory Hand Food Cream- Love this! The scent reminds me of when you first walk into a Lush store. I love it! I will eventually repurchase this when I use up more lotions.

I went through 3 bottles of the One a day chocolate brownie bite vitamins. I have another bottle. I’ve been slacking on taking my daily vitamins and trying to get better at that.

TreeHut Body Scrub in Tropical Mango- I love this scent and it works and exfoliates well. This was my second small size of it and I repurchased the full size already.

Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion- I love Aveeno lotions. I find them to be great and moisturizing without leaving a film on the skin. I repurchased a different formula in a pump bottle.

Neutrogena eye makeup remover- This works well, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and I’ve already repurchased another bottle.

The Dove line of deodorants are amazing for day to day use. I really liked this go sleeveless formula. I have 2 other Dove deodorants that I’m currently using and plan on going back to this formula.

Klorane oat milk and Batiste dry shampoo- This is the second travel size of this that I’ve used up. This works well and doesn’t leave a cast on my hair. The Batiste dry shampoo, I like it but sometimes I feel that it just doesn’t work well with my hair. I’m trying to stay away from dry shampoos for now so I won’t be repurchasing either one of these.

The following three mascaras, I have one that I will eventually repurchase and two that I’m going to pass on. The one that I will definitely repurchase once I’m off of a mascara purchasing ban is the Clinique bottom lash mascara. I love, love, love this mascara!!! When I originally got this I didn’t use this all that much and unfortunately kind of wasted my money. I did use it quite a bit but it did get very old and should not put it near my eyes. The Ulta Amped Lashes, I liked this. It is an ok mascara but I won’t repurchase this. The staying power is ok, it does not last all day on my lashes. It is a pretty good everyday mascara. The NYC Showtime mascara, I did a first impression/review on this a long while ago. It’s not my favorite and I tried to use it up but I found that it irritated my eyes. This was one that I did not use up and definitely will not be repurchasing this.

I used up an entire bottle of the Nailtiques cuticle and nail treatment oil. I LOVE this!! I already repurchased another bottle of this. When I remember to use this, it practically gets rid of my dry cuticles, and saved them through the rough winter months.

I used up 2 sample of the fair trade foot lotion from Lush. Someone please remind me to go buy the full size of this. This completely helps my dry feet. The color of it reminds me of Pepto Bismal and the smell isn’t offensive but it is different.

Last but not least is a sample of the Dr. Jart BB Beauty Balm, kind of redundant I know. The shade of this is a tiny bit too dark for my skin, but I absolutely love this! My skin never looked so healthy in my life. I got 2 uses out of this little packet, which I was impressed by. This has an spf of 45 so I really want to try it out during the summer months and see how it holds up in the heat.

Well that is all that I have used up in the last 6-8 months. What I didn’t include was the five 3-wick Bath and Body Works candles that I have burned through. What have you been using up? What should I try out next? I hope you enjoyed this little adventure through my trash. Have a great day!

Target Haul!!

Hi all! Over the weekend I went to Target because I had a coupon for Neutrogena makeup remover products. Since I was there, I took a walk through the rest of the cosmetic and skincare department. On this trip, I wasn’t looking for anything specific. I did have a few coupons that if I did find something in the right shade or color that I will actually use then I can save a bit of money at the same time.

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The Merona hat is black with silver thread in a chevron type pattern. The number one reason that I picked this hat up, besides it almost winter here, is the last hat I bought doesn’t fit my head! I tried this hat on and it fits over my head and my ears, and doesn’t move! Plus, there is extra room at the top of the hat where if for some reason that my head gets bigger(haha), it should fit.

The rest of the items I will quickly go through, otherwise this post will end up longer than intended. CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara. I’ve hear probably every single blogger and YouTuber sing its praises and I thought it’s time to pick it up. *Warning: I have about 5 mascaras I have yet to try.* Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover. I love this stuff. This bottle is actually for my sister, I am working through my third bottle of this currently. Up and Up acetone free nail polish remover. This one is pretty self explanatory. This girl loves her nail polish and sometimes it needs to be taken off. Last, but not least is the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. **If you get the Sunday paper, from October 25th I believe, there  is a $3 off coupon any L’Oreal Superstar mascara.** This mascara intrigued me and I can’t wait to try it out!

Have you stopped by Target? CVS? Walgreens? What have you picked up lately?  Is there something that I need to pick up? Have a great hump day!