A Stupidly Large Empties Post (Prepare Thyself)

I’m just going to start by letting out a huge ~GROAN~ before beginning this post.  OMG dudes.  I’ve been putting this off for AGES and it’s going to get crazy.  I suggest getting comfortable with multiple snacks and a beverage of your choice.  Let’s get ‘er done.

Empties #1 2013 (2)Bustin’ out my empties bag!

Part of the reason I’ve taken so long to post this is because I have had so many products thisclose to being finished, and just when its used up, another takes it’s place.  I’ve got a handful sitting on my counter that are probably going to be done in a week or so, but I can’t wait any longer – and honestly, I’m in the business of entertaining you, not wasting all of your time and punishing your eyes and scrolling fingers.  So here we are!

Empties #1 2013

I’ve said this far too many times and not held my word, but seriously – I’m going to keep the wordiness to a minimum.  Let’s start with makeup this time, since that’s always what I find most difficult to finish:

Empties #1 2013 - Makeup

OK.  The good: I finished 4 eyeliners!  UD’s 24/7 in Crash (shimmering eggplant), Lise Watier’s Gold Eyeshine (which is so old that it kept smushing down into the pencil so I’m turfing it), and two black shades (Tarte Starry Night and MUFE 0L, both which were fine, but smudged more than I’d like).  I’ve since bought Chanel’s Noir Intense waterproof liner to replace the two blacks, and so far so good.  Also good is Clinique’s Bottom Lash mascara, which seems SO gimmicky but which is actually awesome.  The Chanel bi-phase remover is a sample and was good but nothing crazy.

The bad (or just OK): MUFE’s Star Collection gloss in S4 – smooth and not too sticky, but it has this weird cast to it that could make me look dead if worn to heavily.  The Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait still has enough that I could eke out a few more uses, but I won’t.  HATED the gritty shimmer in this!  The white tube is a primer by Jay Manuel’s line (which I have no idea if it exists anymore or not), that I never used at all.  Toss!  Lastly, the MAC Haute & Naughty mascara I bought while en route to NZ.  For the first month, this was great, albeit a little clumpy due to so much product on the brush.  I found as time passed, it got worse, and ended up that the brush looked like this:

MAC Haute & Naughty (2)

ICK.  Pass!

Anyway, not bad as far as things go, eh?  Next, let’s look at facial skincare:

Empties #1 2013 - Facial Skincare

I’ve reviewed the 100% Pure eye cream, Pangea Organics masque, and Shiseido toner previously and my thoughts still stand on those (which is to say, overall good impressions), but I won’t repurchase.  The Clarins Sun SPF30 eye cream is my 2nd or 3rd tube, and as always I think it’s great.  I don’t know if I’ll repurchase, just because I might just start using sunscreen around my eye area (I use only physical sunscreens, like the ones in the Clarins, which cause less irritation I find), but you never know!  Speaking of physical sunscreens, this is also my 2nd or 3rd tube of the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25, and I’ll continue to use it unless I can find something similar that doesn’t make oily in summer – I find this still *slightly* heavy.  The Clinique Super Rescue cream for combo-to-dry skin is a nice moisturizer, but I find it only gives hydration (and antioxidants – can’t beat that!), and I like something that will aid in smoothing my skin as well, as I tend to have slight roughness from my eczema. I have another tube but probably won’t open that till next winter.  The Boscia Make Up Break Up remover is nice enough and effective, but I probably wouldn’t get a full size, as I still use a cleanser afterward because I find it can irritate my skin a little otherwise.  The Clinique Even Better Lotion SPF20 is actually a lot nicer than I gave it credit for before I tried it.  It’s hydrating but not oily and it made my skin look really good while I was using it.  My skin is still doing well but I don’t think it’s AS nice as it was since using this up.  I might order this on my next gratis.

Some samples:

Empties #1 2013 - Samples

I bought a handful of these MaskerAide masques before Christmas and used one per week.  I really liked them – they were easy to use and gave great hydration without breaking me out or being too heavy.  I’d definitely buy them again.  The Elizabeth Grant Eye Power Pads were one of those random beauty items I get from my aunt, and I’ve had them for ages.  One day I decided to use them, and it was nice!  I didn’t notice a big difference in anything, as I don’t have much in the way of wrinkles yet, but it was a treat and they were hydrating.  The Kniepp muscle gel was great for tired legs after working a shift at Clinique or a hard run, and if I was feeling spendy one day I’d probably buy it to have on hand.

Almost done, are you still with me!?  Let’s move on to body products:

Empties #1 2013 - Body Cream

This is my most triumphant success in terms of empties.  The Hawaiian Tropic Aftersun and the B&BW Vanilla Bean Noel lotions I’ve had for SO EFFING LONG – the B&BW lotion was my very first swap EVER (back in 2008).  Because they’re so scented, I didn’t wear them often, or in very specific, less sensitive areas like my feet and chest (which isn’t sensitive somehow!).  I finally finished them both last month and I’m so stoked – I now have NO scented lotions kicking around, and I don’t plan to ever again!  I’ll just go the much safer route and just wear perfume.  Sweet :)

The iconic Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion is always a nice luxury to have, and it was effective as ever, though FAR too pricey for my needy body.  I would repurchase is my budget allowed it though!  Although in saying that, I’ve found my holy grail body moisturizer in Haus of Gloi’s pumpkin butter in Aether – honestly, I can’t see myself buying anything else.  It smells good for being non-scented, and it works like a dream on my finicky skin.  I love it with all my heart.  Aveeno’s Moisturizing Lotion used to be my go-to, but I’m SO over it now.  It just doesn’t work as well!  The Clinique Deep Comfort hand cream is quite nice and if you’re looking for a great moisturizer to tote around, this is a great option – hydrating, absorbs well after a few minutes, and lasts.   And it’s unscented :)

Empties #1 2013 - Shower

The last time I ordered a few Aether pumpkin butters, I also picked up a couple 2oz jars of Haus of Gloi’s Bubbling Scrubs.  This one in Satyr was lovely!  Its a sweet, warm, edible scent which some may not like but is right up my alley.  And it gives a nice light exfoliation on my sensitive skin, which I usually avoid, but which I can indulge in with these scrubs.  Yay!  The Hugo Naturals body wash smelled lovely (natural scents) but something about it I didn’t like, so I wouldn’t repurchase.  The star here is the Organix Macadamia Oil conditioner, which is absolutely PERFECT for my crazy-curly, mega-dry hair.  I hate that it comes in a smaller container, as I went through it pretty quickly, but I would repurchase even though it’s $8 and lasts only a month or so for me.  I usually buy jumbo sizes of conditioner because I need so much, but this is worth the cost, as it really hydrates, and is a bit heavy (so, those with fine hair steer clear) which is just what my hair needs.  LOVE.

Ok.  Wrapping things up, I have a couple fragrance samples!

Empties #1 2013 - perfume samples

I got Angel as a sample when I got my mom’s bottle refilled for her birthday last year.  I know it’s a hate it or love it scent for most, but for me I actually am in the middle.  I don’t think it’s ‘my’ scent, but I do like it – I think because of the associations with my mother.  It really works on her and when I smell it I feel cozy :)  The Lancome fragrance however, La Vie Est Belle, IS ‘my’ fragrance – it’s got the same tones with vanilla being predominant (I’m definitely a Gourmand fragrance wearer), and smells FANTASTIC on me.  Initially I wasn’t sure if I liked it enough to buy a bottle, but over the past couple weeks I had three men tell me I smelled good (in an almost surprized way, like “You smell really good” and looking sort of shocked like, ‘oh wow, yum’) so I’m taking that as a sign.  Its the first fragrance I’ve found in a while that really does it for me.  FYI the notes are: black currant & pear (top); iris, jasmine, & orange blossom (middle); tonka bean, vanilla, praline, and patchouli (base).  I think the reason I was initially unsure is that I’m not a huge fan of orange blossom in fragrance, but the inclusion of vanilla and iris (iris being in 3 of my favorite scents, interestingly) end up making it a winner.  I’m just finishing up my second sample of this and will buy a bottle as soon as I’m able.

So there you have it!  In the past three months, those are the products I managed to finish.  Not too shabby, huh?  My skincare for face and body particularly has been seriously streamlined, and I don’t have anything ‘extra’ in either.  Makeup of course is an ongoing battle to use up products I’m not madly in love with, but I’m getting there!  It’s an ongoing process, and you are all probably familiar with.  Moving forward I hope to post these monthly to keep on top of things!

Empties #1 2013 (3)

Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts?  Any skincare products you’ve found to be absolute winners?

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  1. #1 by Sarah on March 4, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Wow. That’s a lot of empties.

    I have a post scheduled to go up later this week about the lip butters – I love them, but Peach Parfait is so gritty! I’m glad I’m not alone in thinking that. Also, I am definitely going to check out that Organix conditioner.

    • #2 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 7:56 am

      I think you’ll like it Sarah, it’ll give your hair a little weight and help with any poufiness. And yeah, Peach Parfait was ICK – I’m glad you included one in my care package, because I was ready to write them off, but my faith has been restored :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Larie on March 4, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Massive empties post! :D I just bought the Organix Macademia shampoo and conditioner, and um excited to try them. I think I’m going to switch back to unscennted lotions again, too, because with perfume it just gets to be too much smell going on. And I can’t believe you’ve finished so many eyeliners! :D :D :D

    • #4 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 7:54 am

      I know, crazy hey?? I don’t even know how it happened – but yay! I’m excited for you to try the Organix products too, I hope you love ‘em, Larie!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by dani@callitbeauty on March 4, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Daaaayyyuuummm, girl! Congratulations on finishing up so much! I always feel like I never finish anything. >_<

    As for your search for a sunscreen, try this one by Pure + simple: http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1543&category_id=673&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27

    It's wayyy lighter than City Block and does pretty damn well for me during the hot summer months (keep in mind, hot to me is like 20° :p). It's my favourite out of all the sunscreens I've tried so far. :)

    • #6 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 7:52 am

      Oh wow, thanks for the reco, Dani!! I’m pumped now to try it!! Sweet :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Emi at Project Swatch on March 4, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    Wow, you finished a lot! I so rarely finish makeup, but I do finish skincare. And I go through a bottle of conditioner a month too :)

    • #8 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 7:51 am

      Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one, Emi! Our hair is just thirsty, I guess :P. I rarely finish makeup either…can you imagine actually finishing a whole blush or something? O_o

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on March 5, 2013 - 3:25 am

    WOW–lots and LOTS of empties! Good job, Toya!! :D I still will never understand how all you other girls finish SO many products though!! :P

    • #10 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 7:50 am

      Haha tenacity and the drive to buy more new stuff, Becca! ;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by My Lucite Dreams on March 5, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    Oh my! I never save up my empties but I’m sure it would feel good to collect a bunch of empties. I rarely have makeup empties except foundations, mascaras and my liquid eye liner. The Clinique Clinical eye cream is awesome btw! I’ve enjoyed looking through your empties :-)

  7. #12 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on March 6, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    DUDE. You don’t mess around. o.O

  8. #13 by BurbBeauty on March 7, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Awesome post! The only thing I ever use up is my face cleanser because it’s literally the only thing I’m not ADD about. Gotta get on your level!

  9. #14 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 8, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    I love the shots of those tiny little eyeliner stumps. :D :D :D

    You have me curious about the Organix conditioner now! Sometimes they go on sale for 4.99 and I’m always tempted but never read any reviews. NOW I KNOW.

  10. #15 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on March 10, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    HOLY EMPTIES TOYA. :) I always think of doing these but then I give up haha. So much work!
    Love that you finished 4 eyeliners! Hahaha I’d probably throw them out way before they got so small!

  11. #16 by Amy on March 30, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    Bravo, Toya! This is super impressive :) I also hated the glitter in Peach Parfait. And now I neeeeeed to try Aether Pumpkin Butter! I have a mini tub of the Lychee Milk Tea, which I adore, but it would be nice to have something unscented.

    • #17 by Latoya on April 5, 2013 - 9:21 am

      I actually really like the aether one – I wouldn’t say it’s unscented but it doesn’t really compete with fragrance so that’s the point I guess! And is IS lovely :)

      Sent from my iPhone

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