Super-Quick Empties Post (from February – oops!)

Ok….so I took photos of some empties in February and then didn’t post about them – oopsie! Let’s get to it, because I want to also post my most recent empties soon – I have a big goal for myself this year in terms of reducing so I want to start entirely fresh!



Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy – I’ve had this seriously for like, 10 years, sitting in a cupboard because it’s scented and ya’ll know I DON’T DO THAT. But then, I wanted to get rid of some stuff so I used it as a foot lotion. Perfect!

Shikai Borage Therapy Hand Cream – ARGH that awful, awful smell of FEET and BO and DEAD MEAT. Thankfully this hand cream wasn’t all that fabulous, because if it were the most amazing thing ever I might have to buy it again and suffer the odour just to have healed hands. THE GODS HAVE SPARED ME.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – It was fine. Just like Cetaphil, really. Which is MEH for someone who wears makeup or who wants a more substantial second cleanser. Even if I wasn’t sporting a ‘green’ skincare routine now I probably wouldn’t get this again, unless my skin was going absolutely batshit (in that case, it’s pretty darn gentle and not too bad at all).

Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner – This was also just OK. I didn’t love the smell nor that formula. It was my first organic conditioner and on the whole, it would probably be nice for someone with thin, fine hair that doesn’t need much moisturization like my bone-dry hair does.

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Nourishing Body Wash – This was my second bottle for a reason – it SMELLS SO GOOD. I won’t buy it again because of the ingredients (still has fake fragrance, and is not really ‘organic’ – shame on the name!) but if you don’t care about this stuff, I enjoyed it overall.


Ellovi Butter – I’m going to be the dissenting voice here and state that I didn’t love this. My eczema did not like this at all, which is surprising given the clean ingredients, but I found I needed more moisture, and my eczema was consistently present while using this, so it didn’t really do much at all. Full-price at $26 (I had a $5 coupon), this would have needed to blow my socks off for a repurchase.

Haus of Gloi Aether Pumpkin Butter – I still have a soft spot for this! I stopped buying it, but I might order a few of the smaller sizes to use as hand cream and such – I really liked the smell and it moisturized well. I feel like the ingredients are pretty decent, and while not totally clean…I just like it anyway.


Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser – Though I think this might be a bit heavy for me during the summer, I did like this cleanser and I think anyone with normal to dry skin should definitely try it out! So gentle and leaves skin feeling very comfortable.

Stark Grapefruit Cleanse & Hydrate Balm – Minus the little balls of shea butter in this, I liked this balm fairly well. It didn’t cause any irritation – but the scent being so delicious constantly had me on alert for something, so I never used it with ease. I wouldn’t repurchase, but mostly just for that reason! I like using things that I know without a doubt will never eff with my fickle skin.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil – Honestly, still one of the best oils I’ve tried to date (and I’ve tried a fair number by now!). Affordable, great for most skin types, absorbs quickly – there’s really not much else to say. I went through two bottles, which saying a lot since I usually try something different every time. I might even come back to this at some point!


Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream – I picked up this cream while in NZ, and though it was AMAZING at clearing my the eczema I got while away (like, the best product I’ve ever used for that purpose), apparently my doc tells me this shit is kinda dangerous. At least, it’s not to be used on the regular. O-KAY, then. I powered through it while I was away, and had just a bit left which I used here and there afterward. I was kinda sad to see it go (I really DID work wonders), but it’s probably for the best.

XLash Eyelash EnhancerJust updated you guys on how much ASS this kicks when compared to another lash growth serum…I WILL buy this one again, mark my words. So, SO good.


Holy smokes, the samples. Let’s do this by notables, and not-worth-it’s:


OLO Brand New Day – Nice, gentle enzyme scrub that does have some manual exfoliating qualities as well; leaves the skin nice and soft but not ravaged.

Kahina Eye Serum – Second time with a sample of this bad boy, and I still like it quite a bit. Sinks in quickly and isn’t greasy at all. But sometimes with stuff like this I think – do I really need a separate serum for eye? Nah, probably not.

Babor Calm & Relax Cream – lovely cream thats not too heavy for my normal-to-oily skin, and really does ‘calm & relax’! I plan to buy this one day, but it’s $76CAD so maybe when I have a little bit more disposable funds, hmm?

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus – Not ‘clean’ but I had it in my samples stash and I though I’d use it up. And really, it works. Highly recommend for non-‘green” skincare buffs.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle (sample) – I still love this scent, and one day I’ll give in and buy a bottle. I just wish it was cheaper! 1oz (30mL) is $72CAD. Atrocious.


Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – Honestly, the first sample I had I found this did NOTHING to my face, and the second time I tried it, I felt a little bit of irritation. I know a lot of people love it but I’m not one of ’em.

OLO Vitamin C Serum – Again, another ‘gem’ that gets raves, but I found it was a little heavy for my skin – it would be PERFECT for drier skin, and it gives the skin a glowy sheen (which turned a bit greasy on me).

Vapour Illusionist Concealer – YIKES! All of these shades were so gray!! Even the darkest shade was ashy and awful. And the coverage as well was crappy. Probably if you’re super fair and have hardly anything to conceal, this would be great. Clearly not for me.



Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara – I’ve had a sample of this before, and my opinion is the same – great for giving lashes curl (makes mine even CURLIER) and for separation and length. One day I might even buy the full size.

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue – I wish I had this in an eyeshadow, or perhaps just a better eyeliner formula. This ALWAYS smudged on the outer corners no matter what I did, and I didn’t love the more glittery-sparkly quality of it either. It’s old and starting to separate from the sides of the pencil, so I decided to toss it. Whoop!

Clinique Cream Shaper in Egyptian – I loved this shade (blackened olive) and the liner didn’t budge, but it’s also a billion years old (or maybe 7) and was doing the same shrinking thing, so out it goes.

Clinique High Impact Mascara – how many samples of this have I used in my life!? Too many. Still a great formula but I’m kinda bored of it now after years and years.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara – Still digging this formula (it’s newer) and I have a backup in my stash. Gets all the bitty little lashes and doesn’t budge. Awesome.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extravagant Hated. It. Tried to love it. Still Hated. It. TOSS.

YSL Touche Eclat 5.5 – I know Wayne Goss has showed us the error of our ways in using this pen, but I’d just rather have an illuminating wand do all that and not cost $50+. Next time I’ll buy the cheapy version if its not gonna make my dark circles disappear.

Benefit Watt’s Up – This was an OK cream highlighter, but I’ve found plenty others I like far more (Becca, to name one!). I was so glad when I finished this sample!

BAM. Empties #1 for 2014 DONE. #2 to come shortly!

Have you tried any of the products above? What are your thoughts?


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  1. #1 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on April 19, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    LOL I LOVE that Cerave Cleanser and the Tata Harper Resurfacing mask hahahaha. Different stuffs for different types!

    • #2 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 7:10 am

      Definitely, Tracy! I tried that Tata mask more than once due to your rave review, but I just couldn’t get into it. My skin is crazy though so it’s unsurprising lol

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  2. #3 by Denise on April 20, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Feet, BO, and dead meat?! LOL, don’t even know how you managed to finish it. I would have gagged after first use. I actually quite like Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy creams — their Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed scent is my fave. But if you don’t like scented creams, I can see why you hate it; they’re REALLY strong in scent. I like it to kill the scent of smoke on my hands, lol.

    I can’t get on board with these Cetaphil-like cleansers. I feel like it doesn’t do anything. I might as well just be washing my face with Ivory soap. It doesn’t take off make-up, it doesn’t make my face feel clean…

    I’m still very curious about Haus of Gloi. I hate the packaging, but everyone raves about the Pumpkin Butter… I’m contemplating making an order, lol.

    I wonder if they have Eumovate here? It sounds amazing for eczema, and I’m getting my annual Spring flareups…

    • #4 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 7:06 am

      When I brought up the Eumovate to my doctor, he was like ‘yikes!’ But that makes me think we can get it here somehow 😉

      That C&E hand cream sounds great! It’s not so much I dislike scent, my eczema just doesn’t tolerate it 😦

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  3. #5 by Larie on April 20, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Clinique’s new Lash Power Full Flutter mascara is really nice 😉 I’ve switched to that one!

    • #6 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 7:06 am

      My relationship with Clinique has been a bit haphazard lately so I haven’t tried that out yet – it sounds great though!

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  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 20, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Damn, that’s a lot of stuff. Your emptying prowess always amazes me. I think my bin is currently full of half empties and half tosses. Clinique Lash Power was my go-to for about 5 years now but I’ve been finding passable replacements lately. Mascaras are such a snooze to review though.

    • #8 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 7:10 am

      Haha it’s true. And they’re SUPER subjective so I can never fully say yay or nay to most of ’em, unless they smudge/clump/etc like a bitch.

      And thank you for the kudos! I think I finish a lot of skin & hair care because I usually only have one item at a time (like one shampoo, conditioner, body cream, etc.) 🙂

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  5. #9 by 1reddiva83 on May 19, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    I thought my bbw empties I just did was so cool. Omg! I need to stay on my game. This empties is crazy big. Loving it

    • #10 by Latoya on May 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

      Haha thanks! I seem to be plowing through a lot of products lately – probably because I don’t have a huge stash of em anymore!

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