Monday, January 5, 2015

Beauty Products I Used Up - Nov/Dec Empties + Reviews

Hi Beauties!  How is the start of everyone's 2015 going?  It is really hard for me to go back to work today after 2 weeks off!

Welcome to my first beauty empties post of 2015.  The past couple of months I tried to go through a lot of my samples.  I've decided that it's silly of me to save a million samples "for travel" when travel happens 1-2 times per year and not even for that long each time.  So when I do travel, I don't really go through THAT many travel size products and at this point a lot of them are getting old so I've decided to start using them.  I did finish a lot of sample size products, but I only included those if I felt that I could actually form a real opinion on after only 1-2 uses.


Hair Product Empties

Drybar Mudslide Hair Mask
This is the best hair mask I've ever used.  It actually made it to my top hair products of 2014.  I have a ton of hair masks to get through but I would buy this again.

Skincare Empties

Estee Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover
This came in a GWP.  I hated using this on my face so I used it on my brushes and it was fine.  I wouldn't purchase.

ReVive Cleanser
I got this as a free gift somehow and I didn't like it on my face so again, I used it on my brushes and it was fine.  I wouldn't purchase this.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask
The GlamGlow masks are my favorite masks in existence.  They were in my list of skincare favorites of 2014.  This is expensive so whenever there's a discount I stock up.  I have a couple backups of this. 

Elite Eye Serum
I got suckered into buying this eye serum from a great deal on Groupon.  This showed zero benefits to my under eyes.  I wouldn't repurchase. 

Dior Gentle Cleansing Oil
This was a great face cleansing oil.  It removed all of my makeup with ease, including my waterproof eye makeup.  It also rinsed clean and didn't leave me feeling oily (of course I washed my face again with a normal face wash after using the oil).  I wouldn't purchase because I have a lot of face cleansers to get through.

Jack Black Lip Balm
I loved this lip balm.  It was almost like a light vaseline.  I would repurchase but not anytime soon because I have a ton of lip balms to get through.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I've gone through so many samples of this product and I've never noticed any improvement in my skin.  I wouldn't purchase this.

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
I hated this a lot.  It smelled like rotten garbage and felt really gross on my face.  Yes, it's a cleansing "balm" but the slippery feeling didn't really rinse off after.  I would never purchase this.

Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment
Although this was a foil packet and I only used it once, I could tell that it's a great face scrub.  It was just abrasive enough without hurting.  If I were in need of a scrub, I would try this one.

Body Product Empties

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
This deodorant works really great for me and I have several backups.

Bath & Body Works Keep Calm and Carve On Hand Soap
This was cute to have around in the fall.  It had a really nice pumpkin/cinnamon scent.

Jergens Natural Glow Lotion
Thank the heavenly stars that Jergens did something to this stuff to make it not reek!  This has always been a great product that provides a nice gradual tan but the stench used to be intolerable.  They've reformulated it and now it actually smells nice.  I went through 3 little samples of this and have a full size tube of it to use next.

Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Lotion
I love the scent of this and would purchase it if were on sale. 

Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel
This is my second bottle of this stuff that the dispenser has gotten stuck.  I won't purchase this brand of shave gel anymore.

Makeup Empties

Andrea Eye Q's Eye Makeup Remover Pads
I get these from Christmas Tree Shops so they're pretty cheap.  They work well at removing my waterproof eye makeup but they are extremely oily.  I would purchase these again.

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
This mascara was just ok.  It darkened my lashes and fanned them out a bit but I have better drugstore mascaras.  I wouldn't purchase.

Revlon Nail Polish in Elusive
This nail polish looks really pretty in the bottle but it seriously takes 4 coats for it to not look streaky and even then it has a dull matte finish.  I've used it twice and I'm tossing it.

Lorac POREfection Face Primer
This primer was fine.  I didn't notice anything special about it.  I have tons of primer samples to get through so I won't be paying money for a primer any time soon.

Laure Mercier Secret Concealer
I've had this concealer for a really long time.  It's extremely thick and does a decent job at covering dark circles but it really sinks into fine lines.  I wouldn't repurchase.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
This did nothing for my lashes.  It barely darkened them or added any volume.  I wouldn't purchase.

Well those are 2 months worth of empties there.  I'll try to go back to doing empties monthly depending on if I have enough to warrant a full post.  Have a great week everyone!


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