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Empties 4 – October/November

Another Empties post! I really do enjoy reading and writing this type of blog post. It feels good to finish up  a bottle or two; I am pleasantly surprised by how many items I finished in the last 2 months. And as for makeup items, now those are truly satisfying to complete. I am even toying with the idea of doing some type of  “project pan” to clear out some make-up. Not that I have a lot to clear, but just for the sheer satisfaction of finishing something other than a mascara.  Someone tell me, why is a tube of lipstick so hard to finish??

Quick peak inside my empties bag. 
I feel like I did so well this time!

But on to the empties.  I have decided to categorize by type – haircare, skincare and make-up.  As you can tell from the pictures, some of the items were simply tossed and not used up; I came to the realization that I have had some of these items for years, and it was simply time to let them go.  I would like to say that I am planning a shopping spree to replace these thrown away products, but alas, the dupes already exist in my arsenal.

Hair Products

Giovanni Vitapro Fusion Protective Moisture Leave-in Hair Treatment
I’m always on the look-out for a good leave-in treatment I can douse my hair in every other day.  Being of African descent, I tend to have a head full of thick, dry hair that craves moisture.  This has a very short, and natural ingredient list, mainly of water, aloe vera juice and a host of extracts.  It makes my hair soft and I will probably repurchase at a later date as I have two other leave-ins I am trying to work through

Hairveda Whipped Creme Leave in Conditioner
This is my trusted leave-in conditioner.  I have used this for years on my hair and truly love it.  I will probably repurchase sometime in the near future.  I have to work my way through the others first.


Lancome Bifacil Eye-Makeup Remover
Well… I hate to go against the grain here since I know most folks LOVE this, but… I was NOT impressed with this item.  I bit the bullet and bought the product for $27, and it was no better than my little cheap old Clinique Eye Make-up Remover.  For that kind of money I expect a clean slate, NOT raccoon eyes the next morning.  OK, I didn’t have raccoon eyes every morning, but I had to work pretty hard to make sure all make-up was removed.  Too much rubbing, not enough removing.  Very disappointing – will NEVER repurchase.  AND, I would give it away if I got one as a sample.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer
This has become a permanent staple in my skincare routine – this is my third bottle, and I have already cracked open my fourth.  I love this moisturizer for night time use and credit it with keeping my skin clear, especially during those hormonal imbalances. There was some mild tingling when I first bought it, but this is no longer noticeable.  I think I have seen a gradual fading of my acne scars, nothing dramatic, but enough to make me feel comfortable enough to not have to wear foundation every single day.  I have actually added the PTR Glycolic Acid Serum to my arsenal because of good experience with this product, and will probably expand my use of other items in the range.  Highly recommended.

Gucci by Gucci
I used to adore this perfume!  But alas, I have had it for eons – literally.  Perhaps, six or seven years – I have no idea how old it is, nor do I recognize its original scent and have come to believe this has, ummm, disintegrated.  I have decided to make room for my newer fragrances and officially throw this in the rubbish.

Say Yes to Carrots – Hydrating Shower Gel
I love this shower gel, I will actually be on on my way to purchase the replacement in a few minutes.  I like how it lathers up and cleans my skin without drying it out.  The scent isn’t overpowering either.  The ingredient list includes mild surfactants and variety of oils (olive oil, sweet almond oil) and fruits (carrot juice and melon extract).  I do wish it was just a tad thicker, but that would probably make it a lotion.  Highly recommended

Makeup & Sample Satchets

Random Mascara Sample
I found this at the bottom of my makeup “box”.  I believe it might have been a Lancome sample, but I don’t know which one and the letters have been completely rubbed off:(  I wasn’t going to include it, but I wanted the satisfaction of putting it down as something thrown away!

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow (Part of a GWP)
I loved this – 4 or 5 years ago.  As you can see, the bottom two colours have some serious grooves.  I would go for weeks using this palette alone.  I have even used it as recently as a year ago.  But at the end of the day, it’s still very old make-up. Yes, I’ve kept it clean and sanitized, but its just too damn old.  Plus, I already have dupes, by Estee Lauder.  Moving on.

Buxom Lip Plumper in Amsterdam
My lips are pretty full as is, but when I found this in a sample goody bag, I couldn’t help but try it, just to see.  Well, the colour was clearly too “dead-fish-nude” for me, and the product made my lips sting like hell.  Painful and ugly, and not a bigger lip in sight.  But, I will not ding this product at all since I hear the stinging sensation is across the board for this type of product; and I can only the blame the colour on the person who chose this for the general public.  Plus, since my lips make Angelina look like she turned up for a gun-fight with a water pistol:), I can’t judge what is clearly not meant for me.

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Balancing Softener Enriched
I used this a couple of times after cleansing, and was genuinely surprised by how much gunk was deposited on the cotton ball.  But, unfortunately, it was too good to be true.  The only times that toners/softeners clean me out that much is if they contain alcohol- and “alcohol” is listed as the second ingredient:(  With alcohol, I always pay for it later, and I woke up to dry scaly patches all over my chin and forehead.  It was brutal.  Was happy to throw the packet away after the second night of dry scaly patchy skin.  Maybe during the summer I could get away with this… but alcohol is generally a no-go for me – will NOT purchase, ever.

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Emulsion SPF 15
The sales associate spoke very highly of this product and said it was the best for folks with dry skin. This did nothing for me.  Especially when used in conjunction with the softener, the two left me in dire need of a glass of water and two tubs of heavy cream/lotion for my face.  I looked a hot mess for two days before I threw in the towel.  Will NOT purchase, ever.

Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Body Lotion
I totally love the scent of this, I can see why the legions of fans go nuts for it during the Nordstrom sales.  However, the minute I put it on I knew it was not for me.  I hate lotions that leave a “film” on my skin.  The minute my legs are covered in that “film”, I always know that means the item has a lot of silicones in it, and I was not surprised to read that cyclomethicone was the second ingredient after water.  I hate the feeling so much that if I accidentally use such a lotion, I always have to wash it off.  It’s a definitely a no-go for me with the body lotion, but I may one day try to the perfume as I like the scent.

What about you?  What did you finish and recycle this month?  I had great pleasure watching my 3 year old throw those large bottles in the recycle bin!


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2 thoughts on “Empties 4 – October/November

  1. You did very well indeed! 😉

    I’m surprised by the lackluster performance of the Lancome Bi-Facil because I’m one of those people who raves about it. It’s still the best remover I’ve ever tried, but different strokes for different folks, I guess!

    I’ve tested the PTR lotion and agree that it’s good stuff!

  2. I guess it wasn’t so much that I hated the product, I was expecting to be totally wowed, but I found it to be no better than cheaper alternatives out there. Only it’s so much more expensive so that sucks:(

    This is the fundamental problem with reading beauty blogs: you hear of some “great” product and you set your expectation so high that it’s no surprise that the product doesn’t live up to the hype.

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