Thursday, June 13, 2013

May 2013 Empties

Yikes, how is it mid-June already! Here is my much delayed May empties post...



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

1. EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: One of my favourite shampoos! It is gentle yet effective. It is paraben free, sulphate free, and not tested on animals. I purchased this from the Glymm boutique but since that business is now defunct, I had to find an alternate retailer.
Rating: ***


2. Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo
Source: April 2013 Topbox
Thoughts: This is the second time I've received this sample from Topbox. I didn't like it the first time. While I liked it a little bit better this time, I'm still not a fan of this shampoo. It doesn't seem to cleanse my hair very well (too gentle?) and it is a very runny formulation. The scent is nice though.
Rating: *


3. L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray in Unfragranced
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I had high hopes for this hairspray because I've seen such good reviews on it. Unfortunately, this hairspray did not work for me. It's great if you're looking for a super light hold but I like super strong hold as I generally use hairspray to tame flyaways or to add volume. I purchased the "extra strong hold" version and it did nothing for my hair. The major deal breaker for me was the fine mist... I breathed in so much of this hairspray! Even if I tried to hold my breath, turn my face, or run to the shower and breathe through my nose, the fine mist still found its way into my throat.
Rating: *


4. Goldwell Jelly Boost
Source: December 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I love the idea of this product but unfortunately the gel does not hold very well. I use this primarily to tame my flyaways but they go all crazy again within a few hours.
Rating: **


5. Coolway Boost Repair Mask
Source: February 2013 Beauty Box 5
Thoughts: Another product I didn't like. This mask doesn't make my hair soft and silky like other treatments do. I liked the scent at first but the more I smell it, the more it bothers me.
Rating: *


6. Asira Conditioner
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: How many Asira samples do we have?! I use up a few every month, but it seems like there are still so many remaining. This conditioner doesn't do anything for my hair. I do like it to condition my makeup brushes though.
Rating: *




7. Asira Body Wash
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: This product was ok but nothing special - I wouldn't be excited to see this brand at a hotel.
Rating: *


8. Provenance Bath Collection Shimmer Salts in Brown Sugar and Fig
Source: This product was included in a gift basket (can't remember who gave it to me)
Thoughts: Nothing too exciting - it didn't have a strong scent and I didn't really notice it in my bath.
Rating: *


9. Unearth Malee Organic Bath Tea in Thai Herbal Steam Bath
Source: January 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: I liked trying this product - I particularly enjoyed the eucalyptus scent - but being a bath tea, it turned my bath water an unfortunate brown shade that just looked dirty.
Rating: **


10. Filthy Farmgirl Bar Soap in Filthy Pussy
Source: Purchased by me in Hawaii :)
Thoughts: If you haven't clicked through to the website for this soap, you have to just to read the tagline for this "flavour" - I really love how cheeky these soaps are! This soaps smells like mint and rose. It lathers beautifully but peppermint in this soap really stings your womanly parts... ouch! After learning my lesson the hard way, I only used this soap on my arms and legs. I guess it's called filthy pussy because you'll still have one after you use this soap! ;)
Rating: **


11. Filthy Farmgirl Bar Soap in Filthy Monkey
Source: Purchased by me in Hawaii :)
Thoughts: I really loved this soap. The banana scent was mouthwatering (even though it took some getting used to as I am not used to having banana scented products in the shower) and the soap lathered really nicely. I also love that this soap lasts a long time.
Rating: ***




12. Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple Body Lotion
Source: Volcano Teapot Cottage
Thoughts: I love the Noni Papaya Pineapple products... they smell absolutely divine!
Rating: ***


13. Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Skin Indulging Body Cream
Source: Care package from Tammy! :)
Thoughts: This cream is so luxurious and it smells incredible! I would definitely purchase the full size of this product once I'm done the many many many lotions, moisturizers, and creams in my collection. I'm thinking of trying some of the other products in this collection because I love the scent so much. Thank you to Tammy for this lovely sample!
Rating: ***


14. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
Source: April 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: I liked this moisturizer but the scent was too strong for me. If there was an unscented version, I would probably purchase it.
Rating: **


15. Complex 15 Daily Face Cream
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My favourite face cream but it is very light so I typically use it only as a bridge product between getting out of the shower and going to bed. I apply a heavier night cream or oil before retiring for the evening.
Rating: ***


16. Nivea Gentle Toner
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: This is my favourite toner! It is very gentle and has a nice light scent. It also does a great job removing any additional residue from my skin after cleansing and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh.
Rating: ***


17. Pure and Simple Collagen Elastin Plus
Source: 2012 BlushPretty Beauty Board
Thoughts: I really enjoyed using this product. The consistency is very runny - almost like water but just a touch thicker. I feel it did make a difference in improving the moisture in my skin; however, I don't think I noticed enough of a difference to justify the price. It is quite an expensive product but I would consider purchasing it as part of a set or if it was on sale.
Rating: **


18. Face Q Sheet Mask in Grape Seed and Green Tea
Source: Purchased by me from T&T Supermarket
Thoughts: This is the first time I've tried the Face Q sheet masks and I really like them. They are very similar to the MaskerAide sheet masks except there is less essence inside. They are still very well saturated with product and stay on your face nicely. I had a little bit of slippage at the chin area but I just pressed it back into place. The price is incredible at 10 masks for around $12.99 (I think I got them on sale). I like that there is a little sheet of plastic layered in with the mask to make it easier to unfold. I want to try all the Face Q varieties - this particular scent was nice and light - I don't remember the exact scent but it was pleasant.
Rating: ***


19. Face Q Sheet Mask in Ocean and Aloe
Source: Purchased by me from T&T Supermarket
Thoughts: Same comment as above - I'll try to pay more attention to the scent next time but it was also light and pleasant. The packaging for these masks is so cute! The western version is actually cuter than the packaging of the masks in the Sasa.com link above.
Rating: ***


20. My Beauty Diary Sheet Mask in Bulgarian White Rose
Source: Purchased by me from T&T Supermarket
Thoughts: I liked this mask a lot but the scent was a little bit too strong for me. The My Beauty Diary masks are also folded in with plastic making it easier to open up. There is not as much essence as the MaskerAide sheet masks but I still find them very saturated.
Rating: **




21. Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
Source: April 2013 Topbox
Thoughts: I thought I would really like this product when I first started using it... but then the more I used it, the more it felt like it was burning the skin around my eyes. I never thought I had sensitive skin but maybe I do! That being said, it did do a good job removing my eye makeup - even dark eyeliner and multiple coats of mascara.
Rating: **


22. Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment with SPF 15
Source: Sephora 2012 birthday gift
Thoughts: I like everything about this product - the scent, the lack of flavour, the texture, and the moisturizing properties. The only issue I had with this product is that both my samples from my birthday kit broke and then became a bit of a mess to use.
Rating: **


23. Elizabeth Grant Moisturizing Stick
Source: February 2012 Glossybox Canada
Thoughts: I still remember receiving this in my very first Glossybox. I really love this lip balm - it is a nice texture, reasonably moisturizing, and very comfortable on the lips. It smells wonderful (like melon) but has no flavour. I also love that the discrete packaging doesn't scream "lip balm!"
Rating: ***


24. Bailey Cosmetics Kabuki Brush
Source: March 2012 Glossybox Canada
Thoughts: I loved this brush right up until it started shedding like crazy. The natural bristles started clumping up, and even as I was washing it, I felt little hard bits among the brush hairs. I think the glue must have been dislodged from the ferrule.
Rating: **




25. Vance Kitira Incense Cones in Green Tea
Source: March 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: While I enjoyed the Peach Cassis incense cones, the Green Tea variation was too strong and made me sneeze. Each incense cone burns for around 10-15 minutes so I'm not sure how the 45 hour burn time on the website was calculated. I think I've left my incense days behind so I likely will not be purchasing this product, regardless of the scent.
Rating: *


26. Miyu Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea
Source: 2013 BlushPretty Beauty Board
Thoughts: I am eagerly awaiting the launch of this product line in August 2013 so I can buy a full size of this tea! I still regret not picking up a few packets at the beauty board. If I recall correctly, the Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea is a green tea and rooibos blend with goji berries.
Rating: ***


27. David's Tea Razzmatazz Rose Bling Bling
Source: David's Tea sample with purchase
Thoughts: I got a kick out of saying the name of this but it looks like David's Tea has changed it to plain old "Organic Razzmatazz." I wasn't a fan of this infusion. The ingredients are rosehips, lemongrass, lemon verbena, hibiscus, rooibos, raspberries, stevia, and organic and natural flavouring. I wish I had read the website before using up my sample because it says this: "our favourite way to drink it is the Razzmatazz Fizz: brew a double-strong cup, then top your glass up with soda water. Stir in a little agave and a squirt of lime, and it’ll take you to the moon."
Rating: *


28. David's Tea Pineapple Oolong
Source: David's Tea sample with purchase
Thoughts: I love this tea with a little honey! The pineapple flavour is perfect (while I love pineapple, I'm usually not drawn to pineapple flavoured items) and the oolong is subtle yet present. I will be purchasing the full size of this.
Rating: ***


29. David's Tea Pineapple Oolong
Source: David's Tea sample with purchase
Thoughts: I love this tea with a little honey! The pineapple flavour is perfect (while I love pineapple, I'm usually not drawn to pineapple flavoured items) and the oolong is subtle yet present. I will be purchasing the full size of this. The ingredients are Tie Kwan Yin oolong, pineapple, apricot, and natural flavouring.
Rating: ***


30. David's Tea Organic Rooibos
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I like that this is a pure rooibos so the only ingredient is organic South African rooibos. I enjoyed this tea but my favourite rooibos is still the Republic of Tea Double Red Rooibos Tea - I had it when hubs and I were in Hawaii earlier this year and it blew my mind.
Rating: **


31. NourishTea The Duke Of Earl
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: Earl Grey is one of my favourite types of tea but this version was a little too bitter. I rinsed the leaves before steeping and that definitely cut some of the bitterness but this tea was just alright for me.
Rating: **


32. NourishTea Warming Chamomile
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: This is such a delicious tea with a little bit of honey. I was drinking it every night and I think I have withdrawal now that I've finished it. I've actually repurchased this already and just waiting for it to arrive. I wish I took a photo of the actual "tea" itself because it is so pretty with the little chamomile flowers. I will definitely remember next time. :)
Rating: ***




It doesn't seem like I had as many empties this month... maybe because I finished a few more full size products? I already have a pile for June so I will make up for it soon! :) How are you doing with your empties? Are you getting through your products as quickly as you would like?

16 comments:

  1. hehe it's funny I feel like I comment on everything twice with this blog and youtube thing but when I see the blog post pop up on my feed I have to read the accompanying text as well, so there it is :) Especially for empties because although you get a great idea from either the text or the video, I find that I learn just a bit more when I read both.

    The Filthy FarmGirl stuff made me laugh again! I think 30 is a pretty good number for one month? I have a decent batch going so far for June because I intentionally avoided finishing things at the end of May when I discovered empties haha. Kinda cheating but I should have a decent sized post at the beginning of July! :)

    It's so much fun collecting empties. Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting through products as fast as I would like. I wish my boyfriend used more body wash haha because I own way too much. But other than that I think it's going okay. I'm getting into the habit of putting lotion on after I shower and that is making a huge impact in how much of it I use instead of just putting it on whenever I feel dry. I also added a billion makeup products to my stash in June, so I'm still coming out very far behind! :)

    These David's Tea samples are making me want to order online next time instead, is there a reason you do rather than purchase in person? I like being able to smell the tea and buy smaller amounts (20 g to see how I like it) so I was curious that it seems like you must be ordering online. Just wondered :) I will definitely be testing out this pineapple one when I finish up a few I already have!

    Great post as always, sorry for the ramble!

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    1. (re-reading that, my boyfriend does use body wash! he just uses a loofa which means you don't need as much product, which is good and not wasteful, but given how much I have, I could do with going through it at a faster pace haha)

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    2. hehe i don't mind at all that you comment on both YT and the blog... i actually really like it! YT is good because i tend to reply more quickly and the blog is nice because we're not limited by the number of characters. :)

      i cheated in that way too when i first started my empties. i definitely am more motivated to use up products now that i do these monthly posts. i used to skip moisturizing out of the shower too (i'm very lazy at times) but now i put on a ton haha. i love collecting empties - it feels so good to finish a product and pop it into my empties bag. then to see it slowly fill up during the course of the month! i'm way behind on my makeup stash too. it's nearly impossible for me to finish a makeup product but i might do a post soon on the items i've hit pan on. :)

      part of the reason i have so many bar soaps in my empties is because my hubby primarily uses those! :) my body wash lasts forever because i use one of those poufs in the shower.

      hmmm, not sure why i order online... i've been to a david's tea store a few times and i liked buying there too but it was very busy and there was a huge line behind me so i just felt very rushed. i wanted to smell everything and i like to think about my purchases... i felt like i made hasty decisions that day, which i don't really like. i also didn't check or ask about the ingredients and ended up with a lot of tea that contained artificial flavours... and we know how we feel about those! i guess i like ordering online because i can take my time, read the ingredients, and decide what i really want without feeling pressure. that being said, i do like the experience of going to the store when it's not too busy... and i agree it's nice to be able to buy a smaller amount at a time to see if you like it. typically, when i order online, i buy only the teas i've previously tried but sometimes i'll branch out and take a risk. how daring of me!! :)

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    3. That's very true, much harder to be rambly on youtube. :)

      Yeah I'm only 2 weeks in and I already love collecting empties. It would be fun for you to do a 'pan post' since makeup takes forever to finish. I'm so impressed by the amount of lip balm you do finish though (2 in this post!) because I never seem to finish that either, I'm trying to focus on a couple so maybe I'll have one for an empties post eventually haha.

      I totally meant he used a poof, I don't know why loofa was the only word I could think of. It definitely doesn't help with body wash consumption haha.

      I can understand where you are coming from with David's Tea, sometimes it is just too busy and stressful in there and I have probably come away with artificial teas for the same reason. If I had enough teas that I had tried and wanted to repurchase, I think I would order online, but in the past I have bought 50 g of teas I didn't love so the ability (last time I went) to buy 20 g was awesome. Now I try to go in with a list gathered in advance so I can smell those teas and know the ingredients are okay. I also skip out on the visit if it's too crazy in store :) Haha that's very daring of you! I hope it pays off :D

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  2. Wow 31 products! I only recently started doing empties posts (just a few months into it now) and I agree, it is very satisfying to finish something and put it into the empties box. And it's a great way to see what I'm using up and if I like it or not.

    Love your blog posts!

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    1. thank you so much, jessica! :) it's incredible how good it feels to use something up! now if i could only finish some more makeup products... :)

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  3. Great job! Dirty Pussy soap is so funny and I love the packaging! I should try the Nivea toner. Also, your posts always make me want to try more tea! Checking out Nourishtea now!

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    1. hahaa i love the packaging of that soap too. definitely check out the nourishtea chamomile if you like that sort of thing... it is SO good. :)

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  4. So many empties! love it! I really want to try that Nivea toner! I always see other Nivea products online that I don't see in stores...

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    1. i'm actually testing out the body shop toner right now, and while i like it, i still prefer the nivea. i love the nivea lip balm as well - so moisturizing!

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  5. Love you blogs and all your videos (from content to layout and everything in between)! Wish I'd found you sooner, even though I've probably developed a few expensive addictions since following your blog/videos. (:

    Kind of random question. I was wondering if you could let me know what video editing program you use. Or if you have any recs (Windows OS). In desperate need of one right now but am SO overwhelmed by all the options, and just do know what to go with.

    Thanks!!

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    1. thank you so much for your kind words!! i know how you feel about developing expensive addictions... my makeup collection has really exploded since i started following beauty blogs and youtube channels.

      so sorry for the late reply! i use mac for my videos so i am currently editing with imovie... hopefully the information i sent in my facebook message was helpful.

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  6. I had to come back and look at your reviews again. I saw some things on clearance at the store but thought I remembered you saying you didn't like it. Glad I checked, saved me time and trouble and money.

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    1. yay! i'm glad the post was useful! thanks lisa! :)

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  7. OMG, you did sooooo well for May!! I just picked up some Face Q masks myself so we'll see how those go, but the ones I picked up aren't for the face. They are a hand and foot sheet mask!

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    1. thanks jayne!! i picked up a couple of the foot masks too but totally forgot about it. maybe i will give it a try this weekend. :)

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