March 31, 2013

March Empties!

I remembered to save everything! Or at least take a picture of them before I threw them out :)

So March was an eventful month in terms of finishing products. Finishing the primer and face creams meant I was able to dip into many of the foil packets and samples that I have - Yay!

So, here are March's Empties!

Pantene Conditioner: I'll for sure be buying this again in the future. It's one of my go-to brands.
Fructis Shampoo: Same as the Pantene, it's one of my go to brands.
Satin Care Shaving Cream: I refuse to purchase this again. This is the second bottle/container that actually stopped dispensing before it was empty. I used it for maybe a week before this happened. I have since found a shaving oil that I don't have to worry about wasting my money on. 

Stila forever your curl mascara: This has the exact same smell as their 10-in1 BB cream - Blech! The brush was ok, but it did smudge under my eyes. Wouldn't purchase
Fresh sugar lip treatment: Got this from Sephora for my birthday. It smelled good (lemony) and worked ok. But I wouldn't purchase again due to the price ($26!)
BodyShop lip scrub/exfoliator: This sucked. Horribly. Wouldn't purchase.
Smashbox Photo Finish primer: It's good, but I prefer Lancôme's La Base. Doesn't feel quite as silicone-y. Wouldn't repurchase
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream: I really liked this! Slightly thick, absorbed overnight nicely, didn't leave my face feeling greasy, didn't break out. At $108 for the 2oz, I'll wait a few years.
Sephora Instant Moisturizer: Light, absorbed quickly. I'd buy it again
Gosh Show Me Volume Mascara: This is the mascara that I always bought. It did smudge a little under the eyes, but I've had worse. Overall great results. I'll buy it again, if I don't find a less expensive alternative.
Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse: Essentially a conditioner. I didn't care for this at all. It didn't condition my hair at all. My hair felt dry afterwards. next time around I tried it with my regular leave in conditioner and apparently they didn't like each other as my hair felt gross & dirty after. Would not purchase.*note this item was sent for consideration
Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish: I found that this didn't blend well into my skin, was too dark and therefor was streaky. Went ahead anyways with foundation over top, turned out ok, but didn't care for this product. Would not purchase.
Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner (midnight black): I loved this, however once I got about half way, it started to harden :( I do love this, but I'm trying a different product right now that I think I might like better. May not repurchase.
Gosh Pressed Powder Compact: One of few products to hit pan. While it's not completely emptied, it is like 6 years old and the colour doesn't quite match as great. Wouldn't repurchase as I've found better out there. 

Dr. Brandt Collagen Eye Serum: Always pilled, regardless what's under or over it. Would not purchase
Mai Couture: Love the concept, hate the colour. Bright pink with slight purple iridescence. Would not purchase.
Radio Station lip balm (Lady Gaga): Got this leaving a concert - they were just handing them out by the dozens! Loved it really. Too bad this was my last one :(
Jouviance Radiance Booster: Didn't boost anything. Also pilled. Would not purchase.
Bliss Fat Girl Slim: Always forgot to use it, so can't tell if it would have made a difference. Neutral.
Clarins Everlasting Foundation (103 Ivory): Too dark for me. Wouldn't purchase.
Arbonne: Restorative Day Crème SPF 20: Really slow at absorbing into my skin (annoying when trying to get ready in the AM) Like everything that I've tried from this line, smelled a little like grapefruit. Would not purchase.
Arbonne Smooth Facial Cleanser: Best used with LOTS of water, otherwise it's like washing your hands with a creamy soap without enough water. It was ok. I wouldn't pay $50 for this though.
Arbonne Corrective Eye Crème: Anything applied on top (regardless how long I waited), would pill. Didn't notice a difference. Would not purchase.
Arbonne Night Repair Crème: Thicker than day cream, nice smell, however left my face slightly greasy. I'd rather the Algenist.
Arbonned Extra Moisture Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20: Too rich for my skin. Did not absorb at all. Would not purchase.
Arbonne Regenerating Toner: It acted like all toners I've ever owned. Priced at $42, would not purchase.
Arbonne Intensive Renewal Serum: Not familiar with serums, felt nice, absorbed well, little goes a long ways. Not sure if I'm ready to commit to something that's $68 as I don't quite need it at this point.
L'Oreal Youth Code BB Cream: Love it! Colour's perfect, blends well, decent coverage. May purchase in the future.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (200 Soft Beige): One shade too dark for me, but otherwise nice. May purchase one shade lighter.
Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad: Strong smell, dried out nails, one was not enough for all 10 fingers. Would not purchase.
Merlot Moonlight Radiance Night Cream: I love this almost as much as Algenist. At only $21 + $12 shipping, totally worth it!

So there's the March Empties!  Here's hoping April will be just as successful.



  1. Wow, that's a lot of empties! Great post

  2. You did a good job!! Is it weird that I feel good seeing your empties? loll