Wednesday, January 9, 2013

December 2012 Empties

Lots of empties in December... let's get right into it!





I'm going to try a new style of describing the products as my traditional paragraph style is very time consuming to craft... and I'm sure it's also tedious to read! I will be using the following ratings:

* = Would not repurchase
** = Might or might not repurchase
*** = Would repurchase

Here are the products I finished in December - in order of appearance in the video:

1. Lys Parisien Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Balm
Source: November Glymm Bag
Thoughts: I liked the mild scent but the product was too heavy and weighed down my hair.
Rating: *


2. Carol's Daughter Repairing Shampoo & Repairing Conditioner
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: Better than average on my hair but I didn't like the scent (can't place it).
Rating: *


3. June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Conditioner
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: I loved the scent! The conditioner itself was ok but I really enjoyed trying this product.
Rating: **


4. Rainspa Conditioner
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: The conditioner was ok - nothing too interesting to note.
Rating: *


5. Molton Brown Radiant Lili-Pili Hair Condition
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: I liked the scent and enjoyed trying this conditioner.
Rating: **


6. Sachajuan Hair Repair
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: This stuff did wonders for my hair - made it soft and silky for days.
Rating: ***


7. Maskeraide Pre Party Prep and I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: I love these masks but they are a little on the pricy side. If I do re-purchase these, I would buy the Detox Diva mask.
Rating: **


8. Curel Foot Therapy
Source: May Glossybox
Thoughts: I love this foot cream - the texture, scent, effectiveness, and price are all great.
Rating: ***


9. Pangea Organics Facial Cream - Nigerian Ginger with Lavender & Thyme
Source: December Topbox
Thoughts: I thought this cream was alright - it's got a strong scent and it's a little too light for me in the winter.
Rating: *


10. Cuccio Naturale Butter in Pomegranate & Fig
Source: November Topbox
Thoughts: I used this as a hand cream and absolutely loved it. This cream is non-greasy, fast absorbing, and has an amazing scent.
Rating: ***


11. Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: My favourite facial cleanser! I love the little micro scrubbers.
Rating: ***


12. Biore Balancing Cleanser
Source: June Glossybox
Thoughts: I was not a fan of this cleanser so it took a while to use up - I just kept it in the shower and I think my hubby used it too. The texture is very thick and gel-like so I found it a little hard to wash off. There is a strong, sweet scent that I didn't mind.
Rating: *


13. Nivea Gentle Toner
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: My favourite toner - it's alcohol free so non-drying.
Rating: ***


14. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: This foundation is very lightweight and comfortable on the skin. It provides light coverage but really helped even out my skin tone.
Rating: ***


15. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: Same comments as the Benefit foundation but I think I liked the Benefit a touch more.
Rating: ***


16. Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup with SPF 15
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: I thought this product was ok. Perhaps it was the colour or the sunscreen but this foundation did not blend very well on my skin. I also found my nose got a little shiny throughout the day when wearing this.
Rating: *


17. Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm
Source: Favourite things swap - thanks Keltie!! :)
Thoughts: I love this lip balm. It goes on so smooth and it's very moisturizing.
Rating: ***


18. Crawford Street Skin Care Lemon Deodorant Cream
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: I really like this deodorant! It's all natural and aluminum free. It does apply a little oily/gritty due to the ingredients but it does a great job at moisturizing your underarms and also controlling odor.
Rating: ***


19. Rexall Baby Wipes
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: I would not recommend this product (at least not in this size). The wipes dried out unbelievably fast - I think within a week. I still finished the product as I would just wet the wipes a little bit before using them.
Rating: *


19. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Snow Bunny
Source: Holiday swap - thanks Sarah!
Thoughts: This product was so much fun! I've never had a manicure last this long - my nails did not chip even after 1 week of wearing this product. My nails did grow a little bit so I had a little gap near my cuticles but I was amazed that there were no chips as my manicures usually only last 1 to 3 days.
Rating: ***


20. Slatkin & Co. Mini Candle in Caribbean Escape
Source: Holiday swap - thanks Sarah!
Thoughts: I really loved the scent of this candle and the burn time was reasonable at 10 to 15 hours!
Rating: ***


21. Bath & Body Works Mini Candle in Frosted Gingerbread
Source: December SeasonsBox
Thoughts: Same comment as above even though it was a very different scent.
Rating: ***


22. Method Laundry Detergent in Lavender & Cedar
Source: Purchased by me :)
Thoughts: I really like this laundry detergent. The scent is mild and interesting - different from your typical detergent scent.
Rating: ***


That's it for December! I'm doing pretty well so far in January so hopefully I will have lots more empties to share. :)

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