Friday, March 15, 2013

February 2013 Empties

I recorded my February Empties video quite some time ago but completely forgot to blog it. Whoops!



* = Disliked the product - would not repurchase
** = Liked the product - might or might not repurchase
*** = Loved the product - would repurchase

1. Skala Beauty from Brazil Avocado Shampoo
Source: Purchased by me and my hubby when we were in Aruba!
Thoughts: We purchased this to use as a shampoo and body wash when we were on vacation. I liked this product (especially the scent) but I haven't seen it here in Canada so I doubt I will be making a re-purchase.
Rating: **


2. Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple Conditioning Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: These were supplied by our lovely hosts at the Volcano Teapot Cottage on the Big Island.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed the scent of these products but, again, I don't think I would purchase the full size as these products are not available in Canada.
Rating: **


3. Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves Volumizing Shampoo
Source: Hotel sample?
Thoughts: This product was ok but nothing special and I likely would not purchase the full size.
Rating: **


4. Bienvenue Paris Hair & Body Gel
Source: Hotel sample?
Thoughts: I did not like this product. It was very thin and seemed to dry out my hair.
Rating: *


5. Coolway Boost Repair Mask
Source: January 2013 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: When I initially smelled this product in the tube, I thought it smelled really good, like citrus (lemon pie, perhaps?)... then I used this product in the shower and it smelled horrid. It smelled like it was full of chemicals and the scent was a little nauseating. I still finished the tube but I did not enjoy it. I didn't notice that it did anything special for my hair.
Rating: *


6. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Hydrating Shampoo
Source: November 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of this product. The more I use it, the less I like it. I'm not a huge fan of the scent and it doesn't do anything for my hair.
Rating: *


7. Cake Satin Sugar Hair & Body Refreshing Powder for Darker Hues
Source: Purchased by me!
Thoughts: I like this dry shampoo as it works very well but I prefer the Principessa Beauty Notte Breeze for a couple of reasons. First, because I like the scent of the Principessa Beauty powder better - it is more floral and less sweet. I also like the colour tone of the Principessa Beauty powder better - it is a cooler brown shade whereas the Cake powder is a much warmer, almost orange, shade. That being said, I would re-purchase this product at the right price.
Rating: **


8. Tresemme Tres Two Hair Spray - Hold #5
Source: Purchased by my hubby
Thoughts: This is our favourite hair spray and we will continue to re-purchase this product. :)
Rating: ***




9. Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple Body Wash
Source: These were supplied by our lovely hosts at the Volcano Teapot Cottage on the Big Island.
Thoughts: Same comment as above... I really enjoyed the scent of these products but I don't think I would purchase the full size as these products are not available in Canada.
Rating: **


10. Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel
Source: Hotel sample?
Thoughts: Same comment as above... this product was ok but nothing special and I likely would not purchase the full size.
Rating: **


11. Perfumessence Organic “Breathe” Shower Bath Bomb
Source: January 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this product. The bath bomb foamed and fizzed really nicely and it smelled really nice.
Rating: ***


12. Eco Sciences Shea Butter Body Bar and Facial Bar
Source: Waipio Rim B&B
Thoughts: These products were just ok. I was expecting to really like them because I found the packaging really attractive but they were nothing special.
Rating: **


13. Scottish Fine Soaps - Soap in a Tin - Oatmeal Soap
Source: Purchased for me by my hubby from Winners
Thoughts: Of the three tinned soaps that I've tried (oatmeal, lavender, and seaweed), this is definitely my favourite. I love that it has little oatmeal bits in it so you can use it to exfoliate. These soaps are triple milled so they are really hard and they also last a long time. Ok, that last part can be interpreted a few different ways but you know what I mean!
Rating: ***


14. Scottish Fine Soaps - Soap in a Tin - Lavender Soap
Source: Purchased for me by my hubby from Winners
Thoughts: I really liked this soap as well, mainly because of the scent. I love lavender scented products.
Rating: ***




15. MaskerAide Sheet Mask in Weather Warrior
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I LOVE this sheet mask. The formulation of the essence in this mask worked really well with my skin. Now that I've tried all 6 of the MaskerAide formulations, I can safely say that my favourites are Detox Diva (scent), All Nighter (scent), and Weather Warrior (formulation).
Rating: ***


16. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Source: January 2012 Glymm Box
Thoughts: It took me a year to use up this small sample because I found this product way too harsh for my skin. Owwie!
Rating: *


17. Rexall Quilted Round Cosmetic Pads
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: Nothing special about these. I use them to remove nail polish and also if I run out of my Shiseido Facial Cotton.
Rating: **


18. Shiseido Facial Cotton
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I love these cotton pads and they are a staple in my beauty regimen.
Rating: ***


19. Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips
Source: Clinique bonus
Thoughts: I really liked this product. It is one of those duo layer products that you shake up before using. I found it to be very gentle yet effective. It didn't sting my eyes and was pretty good at removing my eye makeup.
Rating: **


20. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer
Source: Sephora gift with purchase
Thoughts: I liked this primer but prefer my Benefit POREfessional.
Rating: **


21. Lashem Double Trouble Mascara
Source: January 2013 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: I actually loved this mascara because it gave my lashes a separated and natural look while still giving me sufficient volume and length. However, when I went to purchase the full size, I noticed that the mascara is actually double ended and neither of the brushes looked like the brush that came with the sample. I wasn't sure the sample was a good representation of the full size so I held back from buying it. Not sure if I'll try it in the future.
Rating: **


22. Crawford Street Skin Care Spearmint-Vanilla Lip Balm
Source: Blush Pretty Beauty Board!
Thoughts: I loved this lip balm - it is easy to apply and reasonably moisturizing. The scent is also nice although I'd like to try the Tangerine Lip Balm. I can't wait until the Beauty Board in May so I can stock up on some more products from this brand!
Rating: ***


23. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15
Source: Sephora 2012 Birthday Gift
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this product but not sure I would purchase the full size due to the price. Also I find this product is very soft so it does not hold up well with heat or pressure. Mine broke about halfway through and became a huge mess... but I still managed to finish it without losing any!
Rating: **


24. Clinique High Impact Eyeshadow in Suede
Source: Clinique Bonus
Thoughts: I can't remember the last time I finished an eyeshadow! I used this all over my eye as a base and also to set my under eye concealer, which is probably why I was able to use it up so quickly. I liked this eye shadow but not sure I would purchase the full size as nothing about it really stood out to me.
Rating: **


25. Essence Multi Action False Lashes Mascara
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I liked this mascara the first few times I used it but it quickly got extremely clumpy and hard to work with... so much so that I had to say goodbye to it before I even finished the product. Overall, I didn't like this mascara.
Rating: *


26. Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I really liked this product as it does what it's supposed to but is also at a great price point. This product isn't finished either but it was getting narsty so time to bid farewell.
Rating: ***




26. Vance Kitira Hand Poured Cathedral Candle in Caramel Pear
Source: January 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: I loved this candle. It smelled great and lasted forever. It is supposed to be drip free but mine developed a hole on the side so some of the wax leaked out onto my counter. I didn't really mind because it was an easy cleanup and I kind of like the look of melted wax anyway.
Rating: ***


27. Downy Unstopables In Wash Scent Booster in Fresh
Source: Purchased by my hubby
Thoughts: I am just ok about this product but my hubby loves it because he is really likes the scent of fresh laundry. I actually did re-purchase this product but it was mainly for him.
Rating: **


28. David's Tea Decaf Earl Grey
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I love Earl Grey but I can't really handle caffeine so I snapped up a whole bunch of these packets when I saw them on sale at David's Tea. Sadly, this tea is not very flavourful but I'm still going to drink it (I have part of a 50g bag left). I may still re-purchase this... it depends on whether I can find another decaf black tea that I like more... they are proving difficult to find.
Rating: **




Not too shabby with my empties this month! I'm happy. :)

2 comments:

  1. You have so many empties! What is with guys and the downy unstoppables.. my bf asked me to get more and I got mad because its pricey haha. how did you burn the seasons box candle? Just in a regular holder?

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    1. i have no idea! it's strange how guys are so drawn to that product haha. my hubby uses some of the products (especially the bar soap) so that's probably part of the reason i have so many empties... although i do go through a lot of stuff myself. i really have to make an effort to put on my night cream every night, etc.

      for the seasonsbox candle, i used one of those short/flat pillar candle holders... i think i got mine at the dollar store many years ago. i used to burn pillar candles all the time! the one i have is almost like a flat disc (less than 1" tall) but has an shallow indentation that fits the cathedral candle exactly... i hope that makes sense!

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