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. :)

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