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Empties No.4

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As the pile of empty products can no longer be contained in its storage container, and the urge for Spring cleaning overcomes me, I’ve come to realize it’s time for another empties post. Corey thinks it’s silly that I pile my beauty and makeup garbage in a box (true the idea of it may seem silly) but this is my way of showing you what I have used all the way up to the last drop and what my thoughts are. Will I be repurchasing? Have I already repurchased? Will I move on to try new things? I digress…

I’ve used up quite a few haircare products over the past few months. Some are old favourites that can be seen time and time again in these empties posts such as the Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifying Curl Cream and the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Conditioner. I love both of these products and are always repurchased. New for the hair this round was the Deva Curl Set It Free leave in conditioner spray. My hair NEEDS leave in conditioner and I’m always looking for a new favourite. I’ve since moved on to a new one but I did enjoy the Deva Curl. I can’t find it in Canada but I’m looking forward to trying some more of their products, all specifically for curls.

In the face department we’ve seen a few lately as well. I finally got through my Body Shop Foaming Aloe Cleanser which I was not a fan of. It foamed coming out of the container but seemed to disappear on my face. But of course I do love the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which you’ve probably seem a few times on this blog and will probably see a few times again. I finally got through my second ever bottle of Clinique Clarifying Toner 2which has lasted me years, and although I’ve loved this I believe my skin has matured a bit and needs something a bit less harsh. In the market, any suggestions? And last for the face I’ve become hooked on the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist, which I used daily just out of the shower as well as a spray here or there for a fresh dewey look over my makeup. I’ve already purchased my second bottle.

Then there are a few for makeup. The typical empty L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara and a few new ones. I loved the Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer and am waiting to use up a few more before repurchasing. I had a very up and down love/hate relationship with my No7 Beautifully Matte Face Base, as the thick, tacky primer sometimes worked wonders and sometimes felt horrible. I’m happy with the times we had together but I’m moving on to other friends, sorry No7. And new to my all-time favourites was the Avene Micellar Lotion, for the most gentle, nourishing makeup removing I’ve yet to experience! I’ve been trying to get through a bottle of something else before repurchasing, but I’m about to break. It’s the best.

And a few body bits. Of course and empties post isn’t complete without a Body Shop’s Body Butter, this time in Satstuma. I received this one in a big bag of Body Shop gifts recently and although I love Body Butters I didn’t quite love this scent. I enjoy the Satsuma line for body scrubs, etc. but I find Body Butters stick with you a little longer and I’m not a fan. Corey loved that I smelt of oranges though. My never-ending tub of St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub has also come to an end; a great product but with so many other scrubs out there this didn’t stand out. And finally, a good ‘ol bag of Epsom Salts and a Body Shop Rose Handcream. 

Thats a lot of stuff. I should do these posts a little more often. Phew! What have you been using up lately? Have you tried any of these? Any new toner suggestions?!

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Empties #2

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Another empties post!! There is no greater feeling than squeezing that last little bit of product out of the bottle, so having such a large pile of empty bottles is like Christmas. And I get to share with you everything I’ve used up, loved, and whether or not I will buy them again!

Hair:

Clairol CC Colorseal Conditioner – Colorseal conditioner for recently died hair. I used up this little tube after using a Clairol hair dye. The colour worked for me, but I think I need to start sucking it up and paying to get my hair professionally coloured. If you want to use from a box, the Clairol Foam works best.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo – I picked up this little bottle in Ulta as a sample size to test of the shampoo while I was on the road. Great sized bottle for travelling, not sold on the shampoo though. (NOPE)

Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo – I finally found a great and cheap hydrating shampoo here. I’m not fond of spending the big bucks for shampoo since I seem to go through it so fast. But Hello Hydration is amazing for hydrating my frizzy hair. Curly hair needs a great hydrating shampoo like this. And I will definitely be repurchasing. (YUP)

Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Breakage Defence Conditioner – This one wasn’t my favourite. It was an impulse ‘I’m on the road and forgot my conditioner’ buy. It did the job. (NOPE)

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Shampoo – I was given a stash of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoos and Conditioners and I really do love them all. This was the first of the bottles that I got through and I’m still using the rest, so I must like it! My hair isn’t really ‘coloured’ at the moment, I really need it coloured. But this does a great job sealing in that colour for weeks! (YUP)

Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier – How many times have I raved about this one before? This has been the only hair product that I have gone back to, for about 10 years in a row now. They’ve more recently changed the packaging, this is the old packaging. And the product has delivered non-stop. I have tried others, and always end up going back to this to fix what the other products have done (or not done). Great curl product (YUP!!)

Body:

The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily Shower Gel – I love The Body Shop’s body washes, but I didn’t really love the scent of this one. I bought this one as an obligation one day when I walked into The Body Shop and broke a bottle of perfume. I thought it was only right that I spend a ton of money after that. So as much as I love the body wash, don’t love the smell (NOPE)

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Shower Gel – I think I have used this one almost every Christmas since I remember knowing what The Body Shop was. I love their cranberry line at Christmas time, it reminds me of the holidays!! I love putting it the bath and relaxing in the christmassy cranberry scent!! (YUP)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter – If you’ve followed my posts for awhile now you’ll understand my love of the Vitamin E line at the Body Shop. LOVE! I’ve never finished a body butter before, but this one was just amazing and I slathered it on every day since I bought the little sucker. Already repurchased, and continued love (YUP!!)

Face:

Lush The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask –  I just started using Lush face masks recently and I really love them. But I’ve never been able to get through the whole thing before the expiry date. This one was wheatgrass, green tea and papaya and smelt amazing!! So refreshing and relaxing. I love sitting in the bath with a face mask, or getting together with my girl friends for face masks and wine! Best feeling ever (YUP)

Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask – See above explanation of Lush face mask love. This one is of course made with seaweed and really cleanses and softens the skin. Even more relaxing. Beautiful!!! (YUP)

Biotherm Biosource Tonifying Exfoliating Cleansing Gel – This was a great face cleanser and has such a relaxing smell. Great night-time cleanser. I love the packaging for travel. The tiny micro beads are great for daily exfoliating and not too harsh. Its even great for sensitive skin. I haven’t yet repurchased, but I most likely will. (YUP)

Make-up:

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – Out of all budget drug store foundations this has been the best!! Its such an amazing match to my skin and such a great formula. The bottle is only about $10! And has already been repurchased!!! (YUP!!)

And thats it!! I think it’s a little obvious I like my hair products! Have you used any of these products before? Don’t you just love empties?!

Top 5 – April

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It’s been such a quick month, so quick in fact that I barely even thought about beauty products let alone my top 5 favourites of the month. But of course skipping a month isn’t an option so I managed to bring together a few of the things that I’ve been using quite a bit this month and truly been enjoying.

1. The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Hand Cream: This is the perfect size for carrying in my purse and is such a lovely scent. I can thank EssieButton for my obsession with Rose. I absolutely love the scent, although a friend of mine thought I had just applied hairspray after smoothing some of this over my hands – obviously our senses are not on the same page.

2. Nyx Natural Neutral Palette: This little guy is the perfect travel size and all the basics. I spent a good chunk of this month in Winnipeg for work and seriously couldn’t have been bothered to bring a ton of makeup, which is why I love this palette for work trips. All the simple, everyday colours together in one convenient package.

3. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector: This tube has been in my clutches for a few years now and I feel that I never truly appreciated it’s potential until just recently. I’m not a huge lover of gloss, but this is the perfect amount of gloss, shine, colour and nourishment, all the while remaining quite natural. They kinda smell like vanilla, which some days I love and some days I hate. Totally worth the hefty price.

4. Bath and Body Work’s French Lavander Candle: I just picked this one up recently…as in a few days ago. But I love the scent so much that it has beat out everything else to make the top 5 list of this past month. I LOOVE lavender. I know I’ve mentioned it many times before but I have an obsession. If I could have fresh cut lavender in my house 24/7 I would. But alas, that is highly unlikely. So this candle is the next best thing. It is so fresh smelling that I feel as though I actually do have fresh cut lavender in my house. I love it!! I should have bought a bigger size.

5. American Apparel’s Bow: I recently got a hair cut that I’m not too hot about. And instead of chopping more off in order to fix it, I want to grow it out. Yet when I wear my hair down (everyday I’m not at work), I don’t feel comfortable until I pull half back. I have a few clips and can mix it up, but I wanted something funky and new. I already had a small beige bow from American Apparel, so I went and picked up a bigger one. I love it!! Its so girly, and cute! I don’t care if it seems big to the point of being silly, thats why I love it so much!!

So there you have it. What have you been loving this month?