Monday, September 3, 2012

August 2012 Empties & Products That Are Going Bye-Bye

A month or so ago, as I was toying with the idea of a beauty ban, I came across Cosmetic Proof's July Empties post. In the past, I had tried photographing each of my empties but I got bogged down with taking photos and never ended up sharing any of them. I thought Jayne's format was brilliant so I diligently gathered my empties for August... and here they are!

In this video, I share my August empties and also 3 products that are going bye-bye. These may not yet be empty but they are products that I did not like and will not be using up.

// The Empties //

Here are the products I finished in the month of August - in order of appearance in the video:

1. Balea Chocolate Nourishing Mud Mask

My hubby and I purchased a whole bunch of the Balea masks and we've been making our way through them slowly. Each packet has enough product for both of us to try the mask so it is perfect. While I loved the scent of the chocolate mud mask (mmmmm, chocolate sauce), the mask tingled to the point of pain so I probably will not be repurchasing this.

2. Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

I love this product and I totally forgot I had actually already repurchased this over a month ago when there was a sale on I'm going to set these aside for a little while though because i want to try the Boscia vanilla blotting linens from my eBeauty Here Comes the Sun Cosmetic Bag.

3. Pink Wipes

This was the bonus sample from my August Topbox. The wipe had a clean fresh scent. The actual cloth itself was a good size and had a nice weight to it. I liked this product but I don't think I would purchase due to the price. I currently use baby wipes when I want to freshen up, which are much more inexpensive.

4. Benefit the POREfessional

I received a sample of this in my April Topbox and I slowly fell in love with it. At first, I was hung up on the fact that it didn't seem to minimize my pores but the product grew on me when started noticing a difference in my skin whenever I used it. It goes on smooth & silky and I found that it mattifies my skin and evens out my complexion. I also love the scent! The full size product is a bit pricey but a little goes a long way so I think the tube will last me a long time. I purchased this as soon as I realized I was close to running out of my sample.

5. Cyberderm PM Anti-Age

This was one of the syringe samples in my July Glymm Bag... I actually used up the H2O Hydration in July so that's why it's not included in this month's empties. I didn't like the PM Anti-Age as much, which is why it took me longer to use it. The scent did not appeal to me so I would not be purchasing this.

6. Aleva Naturals Daily Soothing Moisturizer

I received this sample with one of my orders and really enjoyed using it. I actually received 2 samples and I've used both but only finished one in August. The lotion is light and smells wonderful (like citrus/orange). I couldn't seem to find this exact product for sale on when I checked the website a few weeks ago... it's there now but it's sold out. One of my Youtube viewers mentioned that it is available at Babies-R-Us.

7. Nume Hydro Punch Hydrating Shampoo

This product was in my July Topbox and I thought it was a decent shampoo but I didn't like the scent so I will not be purchasing it. I also tried the Hydrating Conditioner from my May Glymm Bag but the scent was similar and not to my liking.

8. Sebastian Professionals Volupt Shampoo

Hooray, I actually finished a full-size shampoo! This was a product I received in my May Glossybox. I like this shampoo because the foam/suds are sooooo silky soft; however, the shampoo does not volumize my hair (as it claims it will). There are other shampoos that I prefer to this one (Redken) so I don't think I would purchase this.

9. Tresemme Tres Two Freeze Hold Hairspray

I've tried a few different hairsprays and I find myself going back to the Tresemme line. I experiment with different formulations but I always buy the one with the strongest hold. I love that this hairspray is inexpensive yet effective. I would definitely repurchase this but I'm going to try to use up my other hairspray first.

// Going Bye-Bye //

1. Benta Berry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream for Boys and Girls

I received a sample of this product in the August Glymm Bag and I was a little hesitant because of all the unfavourable reviews from Birchbox subscribers who tried the same sample. How bad could it be, right? This product absolutely did not work for me. It would not absorb into my skin and rubbed off in little white pieces. To the point that my hubby thought my skin was peeling off. No, just no.

2. Sula Natural Creme Eye Shadow in He Loves Me

This was a full size product that was included in my February Glymm Box. I really wanted to like this product because I usually enjoy Sula products. This creme eye shadow is a little hard to the touch and applies with very little pigmentation. It is practically all glitter/shimmer and I'm not a huge fan of glittery/shimmery eye shadows. I tried to make this work by using it as an eye shadow base and as a highlighter but eventually I realized that we are just not a match.

3. Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara

I was pretty excited to try this sample when I received it in my June Topbox. I quickly discovered that this mascara did not work for me. It didn't seem to provide any volume or length to my lashes yet the colour transfer was insane. By the end of the day, I had raccoon eyes and bits of the mascara would flake off. I tried this product around 3 or 4 times before setting it aside for the bye-bye pile.

Do you keep track of your empties? I find it so satisfying to finish my products and I love reading about what other beauty bloggers use up!

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