Monday, February 18, 2013

January 2013 Empties

My January empties are long overdue!



I normally take my empties photos on my balcony but it's way too cold for that so I reverted to my white background approach.

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

1. Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: December 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: These products were ok but nothing exciting or special
Rating: *


2. Kiehl's Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: These products were included in a gift set that my hubby bought me last year
Thoughts: I wasn't a fan of these products. They weighed down my hair and my roots seemed to get greasier more quickly than usual. I also didn't like the scent of these products (medicinal).
Rating: *


3. Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo
Source: 2012 Beauty Board
Thoughts: I thought this shampoo was pretty good for a drug store shampoo. It worked well at cleaning my hair and had a nice, pleasant scent.
Rating: **


4. Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil
Source: June 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I like this product a lot. I use it as a pre-shampoo prep treatment... I basically apply it to the ends of my hair and leave it for 3-5 minutes before shampooing and conditioning. It leaves my hair really silky and soft. I find this product has a very interesting scent. It reminds me a little of ferrets haha. I used to have ferrets so I don't think this is a bad thing but some people might. :P
Rating: **




5. Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes
Source: Sample included with my order from Well.ca
Thoughts: I didn't like these wipes. They are supposed to be unscented but I detected quite a strong vinegar scent. There were only 3 wipes and I ended up using them to clean my shoes.
Rating: *


6. Balea 3-in-1 Cleansing Cloths
Source: These were included in my goody bag from the Shoppers Drug Mart grand opening at Eaton Centre
Thoughts: These cleansing cloths were ok when I first started using them. Unfortunately, the more I used them, the more they started to irritate my skin... I eventually had to stop using them for a bit.
Rating: *


7. Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes
Source: These were included as a freebie with the purchase of a Clean & Clear face wash
Thoughts: I liked these cleansing cloths as they were gentle, yet effective, and did not irritate my skin.
Rating: **


8. Maskeraide Sheet Mask in All Nighter
Source: Purchased by me!
Thoughts: I love these sheet masks. I find them all equally effective so the differentiating factor for me is the scent. All Nighter and Detox Diva are my favourite scents so far (I think I've tried 4 or 5 now).
Rating: ***




9. Scottish Fine Soaps Company Seaweed Soap
Source: Purchased by me (actually, my hubby paid that time) from Winners
Thoughts: This scent of this soap was nothing special but I loved the tin so I had to try it. It's a decent bar of soap that lasts a long time.
Rating: **


10. Bambu Earth Handmade Soap in Peppermint
Source: December 2012 Seasonsbox
Thoughts: I love this soap! The scent is divine and the bar is rough so it's great for exfoliation. I'm going to have to find a place to plant the wrapper as I want to grow wildflowers! :)
Rating: ***


11. Soak Essentials Bath Salts in Spiced Chai
Source: December 2012 Seasonsbox
Thoughts: I liked these bath salts - especially the scent. Unfortunately, when I added the product to my bath water, the scent completely disappeared.
Rating: *


12. The Hawaiian Spa Hawaiian Sea Bath in Jasmine
Source: Volcano Teapot Cottage - if you ever get a chance to go... RUN, don't walk, to this amazing little cottage.
Thoughts: These bath salts are ah-mazing!! The scent is incredible and I was so relaxed after using this product. I think I used too much though as I used the entire bag. The website says only a "seashell scoop" is needed. Oops!
Rating: ***




13. Aveeno Invigorating Body Wash in Grapefruit & Rosemary
Source: Purchased by me!
Thoughts: I love Aveeno body washes and I love the smell of grapefruit so it's no wonder this product was a winner for me!
Rating: ***


14. Julep Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting
Source: November 2012 Julep Box
Thoughts: Another winner for grapefruit scent lovers! This is a lovely product with a texture like whipped body butter.
Rating: ***


15. Lilly Pilly Natural Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme
Source: February 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I really like this cream but I wish we received a larger sample size to try. We received 2 packets of this cream from Topbox but I did not feel this was enough for me to determine whether I want to purchase the full size.
Rating: **


16. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Source: These products were included in a gift set that my hubby bought me this year
Thoughts: I love the texture of this cream... it is very soft and silky. It's a little light for me for the winter though so I think I will purchase the full size of this product for summer use. :)
Rating: ***


17. Shiseido BIO-PERFORMANCE Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream
Source: Shiseido makeup sessions (no longer held)
Thoughts: The more I use the Shiseido skin care products, the more I like them. I find them a little too expensive to purchase the full size though so I will continue to use up my samples. This particular product has a very thin formulation but it still does a good job moisturizing my face. This product has a bit of a mature scent but I don't mind it.
Rating: **


18. Shiseido BIO-PERFORMANCE Super Refining Essence
Source: Shiseido makeup sessions (no longer held)
Thoughts: Compared to the previous sample, this one had a much thicker formulation. Even so, a little goes a long way and I enjoyed trying this product. I used up 2 of these samples in January.
Rating: **


19. Jouviance Radiance Booster BB Cream with SPF 15
Source: Glossy Party TO
Thoughts: I had high hopes for this BB cream but, unfortunately, it did not apply well and end up rubbing off my face in little balls. :(
Rating: *




20. Marcelle Essentials Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Source: I received this from Marcelle as I was testing the product packaging
Thoughts: I liked this product at first but it started irritating my eyes the more I used it.
Rating: *


21. Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pads
Source: Julep boxes (various)
Thoughts: I am very impressed with this product! I used 3 of these polish remover pads when I was on vacation in Hawaii. One pad removed all of the cream polish on my toes. I had glitter polish on my fingers so I had to use 2 pads but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was (relatively speaking) to remove the glitter. I was expecting to either (1) not be able to take off all the glitter polish or (2) be rubbing at my nails for hours. As a bonus, the remover pads did not dry out my nails.
Rating: ***


22. Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant
Source: September 2012 Glossybox Canada
Thoughts: This deodorant was ok. I liked the scent but I prefer natural deodorants. This product claims to lighten/whiten your underarms but I didn't notice any difference.
Rating: *




Whew, I feel so much better now that the majority of my January posts are done!

6 comments:

  1. Hey there, have you tried any Asian makeup/skincare products? I noticed this one store called Etude House at Yonge/Finch. I pass it every time I walk home but never go in. I'm a little intimidated to go in because I'm not Korean and don't speak Korean, or know a lot about what they are selling. But I looked it up and they seem to be really popular.

    Have you heard or tried any of their products? I'm wondering about how they compare to popular western brands. For example I noticed on their site they have lip/cheek tints similar to Benefit's in red, pink and coral and I wonder how they compare in terms of price and quality.

    Maybe I'll go in and check it out one day once I finish what I already have! I have no need for more makeup at the moment and don't want to be tempted to buy a lot of stuff I don't need!! Lol

    Thought this might be an interesting topic to review!!

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    1. unfortunately, i haven't tried any asian makeup/skincare products! i keep meaning to try a few sheet masks and bb creams but just haven't gotten around to it yet. i think i've heard of etude house but i've never been... maybe one day. if you get a chance to try some of the products, let me know how you find them. :) i've also heard pretty good things about the online site, sasa.com, for asian beauty products. i may place an order down the road...

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  2. LOVED THIS POST!! just thought i'd tell ya you made an error in the last two products... the deodorant was from the glossybox, the julep wipes were probably from a julep box! Looking forward to seeing a post on febs empties!

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    1. thank you so much!! i've made the correction... thanks for noticing it. :) x

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  3. Wow! Look at you! We're going to make it through our samples one day!

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    1. i feel like my supply should be dwindling yet there are still so many samples left!!

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