Wednesday, May 28, 2014

April 2014 Empties

This is the longest blog drought I've ever had. How has it been nearly a month since I've posted? My last post was on my March empties and I'm back today to share my April empties. I'm going to change up the way I do my empties videos and posts because I am trying to use up a lot of samples/trial sizes and I really don't have much to say about many of them. From now on, I'll only be giving you my thoughts on full size products or deluxe samples (versus 1-3 time use samples, which I'll just list). Hopefully, this will cut back on repetition and make it a little easier for me to blog. I'm not going to be linking each product or the cruelty free source either (I usually use PETA, Leaping Bunny, and Paula's Choice)... apologies for the laziness, but empties posts take upwards of 3 hours each and I need to cut down that time! Let's see how it goes...



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

1. Quality Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: Quality Hotel & Suites
Cruelty Free: Unknown


2. Nirvae Botanicals Bergamot & Tea Tree Conditioner X 2
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown




3. YSL Temps Majeur Concentre de Serum
Source: Sample with purchase
Cruelty Free: No


4. Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer X 2
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: I enjoyed this moisturizer! It has a nice scent.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


5. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream X 2
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: I thought this eye cream was ok, but I preferred the moisturizer.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


6. Lancome Visionnaire X 2
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: This product is alright but I likely wouldn't purchase it as it is expensive and I didn't notice a difference with my skin.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


7. Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: I really like the anti-aging formulation! I think it's on par with the Original Primer Potion. These samples are very generous in size - I had enough to try this eyeshadow primer for 2 weeks.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes but parent company L'Oreal is not


8. BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes X 7
Source: I've received these from multiple sources and I've lost track
Thoughts: I love this product. These wipes come in so handy. I used a bunch while travelling to spot clean my makeup brushes.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes


9. La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Wipe
Source: March 2013 Beauty Box 5 (replacement box)
Cruelty Free: Yes


10. Jean Pierre Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Wipe X 2
Source: July 2013 Beauty Box 5
Cruelty Free: Unknown


11. B. Kamins Bio-Maple Lip Balm
Source: September 2012 GlossyBox
Thoughts: I wasn't a fan of this lip balm. I found the texture a little hard/difficult to spread and I did not find it very moisturizing. I actually didn't finish this product but I'm saying goodbye to it because it's starting to separate.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


12. Filthy Farmgirl Filthy Sweetheart Strawberry Smoochie Lip Balm
Source: Purchased by me (in Hawaii)
Thoughts: I love this lip balm! The texture, scent, moisturizing properties, and packaging are all fab.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes




13. Pond's Cleansing & Makeup Removing Towelettes
Source: Don't recall
Thoughts: Out of the 3 brands of makeup removing wipes I finished this month, Pond's was my favourite. I found the wipes to be gentle yet effective.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


14. Biore Make-Up Removing Towelettes
Source: August 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: When I was packing for vacation, I found this opened packet of wipes. To my surprise, they were still moist! I couldn't recall when I opened them but I was impressed that they were still useable as most of my wipes dry up quickly after opening. I thought these were ok... they seemed gentle at first but my skin started to feel a little sensitive after a couple consecutive days of using this product.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


15. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Source: Don't recall
Thoughts: This is the 2nd time I've tried these wipes. I've tried a number of Simple products and for some reason they do not agree with my skin. There is something about the Simple products tends to irritate my skin and the wipes were no exception.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes but parent company Alberto Culver is not




16. Eve Lom Cleanser
Source: Murale bonus
Cruelty Free: Yes


17. Vitamine & Sea Mineral Clay Mask
Source: August 2012 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: I did a short review of this product back in 2012 - please see the above link for details. This mask dried up on me a long time ago but I was still keeping it for spot treatments... I think it's time to say goodbye!
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


18. Pure + Simple Sensitive Skin Face Wash
Source: BlushPretty Beauty Board
Thoughts: I usually enjoy the Pure + Simple products but this cleanser didn't work for me. It was really runny in texture and it stung my eyes like crazy!
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


19. Etude House Pearl Extract Sheet Mask
Source: 2013 Rose Secret Box
Thoughts: I loved this mask - it is one of the most moist sheet masks I've tried.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Unknown


20. Befine Exfoliating Cleanser
Source: August 2012 Glossybox
Cruelty Free: Yes


21. Befine Gentle Cleanser
Source: August 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: This cleanser contains sugar, mint, oats, and rice. I didn't like using a minty product on my face - it was a little too tingly and I worried about getting it in my eyes.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes




22. Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Bath & Shower Gel
Source: Gift from one of my sisters
Thoughts: I love this shower gel! It's very moisturizing and smells wonderful.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes


23. Mia's Wish Cucumber Spa Bar
Source: Purchased by me (in Chicago)
Thoughts: I love these bar soaps - they are among my favourite. This particular scent is very light and refreshing.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes




24. Moksa Body Butter
Source: December 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: This body butter contains organic rosemary, mint, and sage. I liked the scent but not the texture... it was difficult to spread, a little greasy, and slow to absorb.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes


25. Le Petit Marseillais Framboise & Pivoine Hand Soap
Source: Purchased by me (in France)
Thoughts: I love this hand soap. It has a nice creamy consistency - it cleanses well and does not dry out my hands. The scent is mouthwatering!
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Unknown


26. Pier One Imports Sugared Cinnamon Diffuser Oil
Source: Swap with sarahnicolebear
Thoughts: This was fun to try but I found the reeds did not diffuse the scent very far. I had to be really close to the diffuser to smell the sweet cinnamon scent. I opened this almost right after receiving it so the little bottle of oil lasted a good 4 months or so.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Unknown




Hooray, this post only took me an hour and a bit so that is much more manageable! I love tracking my empties but I have to admit I was feeling a little overwhelmed because of how much time it takes to write one of these posts. I am trying to think of a few additional changes I can make to my blog to motivate myself to post more frequently. I'm not sure what the changes will look like - probably shorter posts more frequently - but I definitely want to keep blogging. If you've made it this far, thank you for reading and for your patience as I get my blogging schedule together!

Friday, May 2, 2014

March 2014 Empties & Products Going Bye-Bye

It's the first week of May and you know what that means? I am officially super duper late with my March empties! I was on vacation at the end of March and beginning of April so by the time I got back, I felt it was too late to record a video. I didn't want to miss a month so I'm still writing a blog post. Okay, let's get started!

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

For my March empties, I am only going to list the shampoo & conditioner samples because they are all rather small and I really can't remember much about them. Once again, I was just trying to get through them!

1. Gilchrist & Soames Hair Purifier
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: company website)


2. Nirvae Botanicals Bergamot & Tea Tree Shampoo
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown


3. Molton Brown Radiant Lili Pili Hairwash
Source: Holt's 2013 Beauty Bag
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: company website)


4. Portico White Ginger Clarifying Shampoo
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown


5. Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture LockConditioner
Source: Sample Source?
Cruelty Free: No (Source: PETA)


6. Fresh Pomegranate Conditioner
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)


7. June Jacobs Spa Collection Citrus Clarifying Conditioner
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown




8. Villainess Soaps Dulces En Fuego Smooch! Warming Body Scrub
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I love the Villainess line of products, but I thought the warming scrub was just ok. It only warmed once in a while and the formulation was quite dry. I thought the scent was ok - it has a vanilla/cinnamon/chocolate scent and I typically prefer fruity scents in the shower.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: I think so... the website alludes to cruelty free ingredients (Source: company website)


9. Gilchrist & Soames Bath Caviar
Source: Hotel sample
Thoughts: This product brings back memories!! I remember buying bath beads from The Body Shop when I was in high school. I loved loved loved bath beads!
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: company website)




10. Olay Ultra Moisture Moisturizing Bar in Vanilla Indulgence
Source: Purchased by Hubs
Thoughts: This is the last of my 4 pack of bar soaps. I really like these! They are very creamy, lather well, and moisturizing. They smell good and are ergonomically designed so they fit in my hand. I also like that they last quite a long time and don't just melt away in the shower.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: No (Source: PETA)




11. Unearth Malee Jasmine Sticky Rice Mango Handmade Soap
Source: January 2014 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: I love this bar soap. It is very moisturizing and smells amazing... I could only smell the jasmine, but I love jasmine so that was perfectly fine with me!
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: PETA)


12. Bath & Body Works Mini Candle in Marshmallow Fireside
Source: Swap with Pebbles!
Thoughts: I thought this candle was really nice, but I preferred the scent when the candle wasn't lit. Once I lit the candle, it smelled a lot sweeter.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: PETA)




13. Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cloths
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My favourite facial wipes!! That being said, I am only going to buy the individually wrapped ones from now on... a few of the cloths dried out because I kept this package too long.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: the owner told me so!)


14. La Fresh Travel-Lite Antibacterial Wipes
Source: July 2013 Beauty Box 5
Thoughts: I thought these wipes were pretty good - they definitely come in handy!
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: My Beauty Bunny)


15. Corman Organyc Beauty Organic Cotton Pads
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: These were pretty good - better than dollar store cotton pads but not as soft as the Shiseido Facial Cotton.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: I think so...?


16. Shiseido Facial Cotton
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My favourite cotton pads - so soft!
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)




17. Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: I really like this facial cream. The scent is great and it works really well for me as a light night cream. I didn't actually finish this product in March but I was using it for another purpose... which I will explain with item #23.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)


18. Sisley Gentle Make-Up Remover for Face and Eyes
Source: Holt's 2013 Beauty Bag
Thoughts: I wanted to love this, but I thought it was just ok. This is a very gentle remover... it didn't really work for me when I had heavy eye makeup on. The texture is just like water.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)


19. Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
Source: Sample with purchase
Thoughts: I love this eye makeup remover! It's effective and does not irritate my eyes. I'm sad that Lancome is not cruelty free.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)


20. Femme Couture Lightning Lash Lengthening Mascara
Source: October 2012 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: A natural, barely there mascara... it didn't do much for my short, barely there lashes.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Unknown


21. BareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I thought this mascara was ok. I usually used it in conjunction with the Femme Couture mascara. It seemed to dry out quickly.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes but parent company Shiseido is not (Source: Paula's Choice)


22. Too Cool for School Pink Girl Jelly Base
Source: Rose Secret Box
Thoughts: There was only enough in the sample for me to try this product once or twice but it was enough to pique my interest! I like that this "jelly" is a pink colour and it seemed to work well as a base for my makeup.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Unknown




23. Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer
Source: Swap with Pebbles!
Thoughts: I was so sad when I broke this! :( Ever since receiving this product from Maria, I was using it every day by mixing it with my moisturizer. I think it did work to add some luminosity to my skin. There is a ton of product in here so it lasted a very long time even with daily use. When I broke the bottle, I scooped out as much product as I could and put it in the little Benefit Facial Moisturizer jar. I actually liked this product so much that I bought a set near the holidays last year with the Kitten Shimmer in it so I can still be luminous! :)
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: No (Source: Paula's Choice)




24. Starlooks Brow Compact
Source: May 2013 Starlooks Starbox
Thoughts: I don't reach for this product anymore so I am saying goodbye to it. I find the powders are ok but I have other brow products I prefer.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: company website)


25. NYC Blushable Creme Sticks
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I love this product, but unfortunately, they are starting to smell funky so it's time to say goodbye. My favourite of the two was Big Apple Blush (pink). The other shade was Urban Spice and I used this more as a contour.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: Paula's Choice)


26. NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Source: eBeauty Here Comes the Sun Cosmetic Bag
Thoughts: I thought I would really like this product, but this shade is xtremely unflattering on my skin tone. The scent was also not to my liking (odd, plasticky scent).
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: No (Source: PETA)


27. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Backstage
Source: Revlon Selects Program
Thoughts: This lipstick slid around like no other. I could not get this product to stay on my lips. Too bad because it would have been a nice shade for fall/winter.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: No (Source: PETA)


28. L.A. Colors Glossin Go On-the-Go Pocket Lipgloss
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I like how shiny this lipgloss is but the deal breaker was the thickness on my lips and the flavour. It tasted bitter and really turned my stomach.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes (Source: PETA)




On that happy note, I'll be signing off now. :) I feel so much better now that I've posted my March empties. Now it's time to start working on my April empties. :) Have a lovely weekend!

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