Saturday, October 6, 2012

September Empties

It feels oh-so-good to finish things. I think I did pretty well this month - I finished quite a few full size beauty products. Anyway, let's just get started with my September empties! :)

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

1. Pantene Pro-V Shampoo for Fine Hair

I received this sample with one of my orders from I thought it was alright but nothing special - it definitely did not volumize my hair. It did a good job cleaning my hair but did not make it feel particularly soft like other shampoos I've tried - even when I used the shampoo with the matching conditioner. I will not be purchasing this product.

2. Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Conditioner

This full size product was included in my ginormous goody bag from the Blush Pretty Beauty Board earlier this year. Similar to the shampoo for fine hair, I thought this conditioner was ok. It felt decent on the hair and I didn't mind the scent but I didn't find that this conditioner made my hair feel particularly soft. I don't think I would purchase this product.

3. Mane Teeze Hair Perfume in Social Butterfly

This hair perfume was included in my July Glymm bag and I really ended up loving it. The scent is a mix of vanilla and coconut. It's rather strong but I still liked it. Best of all, the scent did not give me a headache yet it lasted a good part of the day (I would say 6 to 8 hours perhaps?). I am thinking about purchasing the full size product... maybe when I get enough Glymm points. I read somewhere that we'd be receiving the other scents in future Glymm bags so I'd like to try those first before making a decision.

4. Dove Visible Care Softening Creme Body Wash

YAY! I finished another full size product... this one was from my July Glossybox. While I liked the softness and texture of this body wash, I didn't notice any difference with my skin after using this product for the better part of 2 months. So this product does not live up to its promise of "visibly more beautiful skin in just one week." I also did not like the scent as it was way too strong. I will not be purchasing this product.

5. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

This is another sample size product but I'm not sure where this came from. I think my hubby may have gotten it from somewhere. It's a make-up remover and cleanser in one. The scent is light and the cleanser was effective but I found it a little more drying on my skin than my other products. Overall, I thought it was a decent cleanser but it did not wow me so I likely will not be purchasing the full size.

6. Simple Eye Make-Up Remover

I received two of these samples (May Glossybox and June Topbox). I ended up using both of them and the one pictured is the second one I finished. I liked this product at first; however, the more I used it, the more it started stinging my eyes. OUCH! I wanted to finish the samples so I just started taking great care when using the product around the eye area. I will not be purchasing the full size of this product.

7. La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes

I received 2 of these wipes in my September Glymm bag and I was pretty excited to try them. Unfortunately, I did not like these at all. I was fine with the size, texture, and scent (lavender) of the wipe but that's where our relationship ended. I thought the wipe was not moist enough and it left an oily residue on my skin. Even still, I tried to keep an open mind. The deciding factor was the wipe was not effective in removing my mascara. I will not be purchasing these wipes.

8. Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

I was introduced to this product when I received a lonely individually wrapped cloth in my January Glymm box and I immediately fell in love. I enjoy everything about this product - the size, weight, texture, and moistness of the cloth, the scent, the formulation... and it is very effective in removing all my make-up. I only use these when I travel so I always buy the individually wrapped ones. I will definitely be repurchasing these again and again.

9. Shiseido Facial Cotton

I was introduced to this product by Aleeza of Stylish and Literate and I've been hooked ever since. I use these cotton pads exclusively on my face and they are very soft. For my nails, I still use the drug store brand cotton pads. The package is quite large so I think the price is actually pretty comparable to the less expensive drug store brand cotton pads anyway. When I saw this product in my local Shoppers Drug Mart recently, I noticed that the packaging is slightly different (new font/design on the front). I will definitely be repurchasing these.

10. Consonant Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream for Dry Skin

This is another product I received from the Beauty Board earlier this year. I like this product very much - it's effective and I also love that it's unscented (although it does have a little bit of a nutty scent from the natural ingredients). I'm not sure I would purchase this due to the price and also because I think I like my Be Fine night cream just a touch more.

11. Orlane Anagenese 25+ First Time-Fighting Care Eye Contour

I received this sample in my May Topbox and I was happy to try it because I've been noticing some fine lines around my eyes. EEEP! Sadly, I didn't notice a difference after using this... and my sample lasted a very long time so I did use it consistently for quite some time. I enjoyed trying this sample but I would not purchase the full size of this product.

12. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in Medium

This is my favourite concealer at the moment but I haven't repurchsed it because I am trying to use up a few other concealers that I have in my collection. I find this to be very effective in concealing my blemishes. It's pretty good at masking my dark circles - I might buy a lighter shade next time for this purpose. Yes, I will definitely be repurchasing this product.

13. Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Face Powder in Buff Beige

This is probably my favourite pressed powder - I find it can mattify my face pretty much all day (except during those hot, humid summer days). The only thing I didn't like about this product was the packaging - it fell apart long before I finished the product. I don't take this product out with me on a daily basis - only travelling - and I've never dropped the compact so I'm not sure why it got so beat up. Regardless, I will definitely be repurchasing this after I'm done with all my other pressed powders.

14. Mai Couture Blush Papier in Prettyful

I received this sample containing two blush sheets in my August Glymm bag. I thought I would really like this product but unfortunately I did not. These sheets did not transfer enough colour onto my cheeks. I also didn't like that there was so much shimmer. I didn't notice the shimmer on my face but I saw it all over my hands. I would not purchase this product.

15. Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

I purchased this product a while ago and it's taken me quite a long time to finish it because I have so many lip balms that I switch up regularly. Once I started using this product consistently though, I found I got through it really quickly. I am a big fan of this lip balm. I like the weight and texture on the lips, I like the scent, and I like that there's no tint or flavour. I'd repurchase this but first I have to use up a few other lip balms.

16. Alessandro International Pedix Feet Heel Rescue Balm

This generous size sample was included in my July Glossybox and I really enjoyed trying it. To me, this smells like a combination of mint and melons but in the most pleasant way imaginable! The formulation is great too - non-greasy, quick drying, and made my feet feel very soft. While I love this foot cream, I am not sure I would purchase the full size due to the price... plus I have no idea where this is sold.

17. Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Antibacterial Wipes

These Wet Ones are definitely my favourite because they are unscented. I absolutely love this product because they are so useful. I keep these at work to wipe off my feet when I get to the office (I wear flip flops on my walk to work whenever the weather permits so my feet can get a little narsty) and also to keep my high heels clean and fresh. I also use them to wipe off my desk as needed. I usually keep a container of Wet Ones at home too and I primarily use them to wipe my shoes and also to spot clean my make-up brushes. The cloths do not dry out in the container, which is also a plus. I will repurchase this product over and over again!

WHEW! Finally! That's it for my September empties. If you're still reading, thanks for sticking around. :)

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