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. :)


  1. Look at you go! So proud of you!!!
    Ok, I am glad I am not the only one that finds the simple eye makeup remover like fire for my eyes! Like you, I will finish the two bottles we got until the bitter end, but I really didn't like it...

    1. thanks, i'm proud of me too, haha! :)

      the first few times i used the simple eye make-up remover, it was ok... but then one day, ouch!!

  2. I felt the exact same way about the Simple make-up remover! It's strange because I'm generally not very sensitive. The Biore wipes we got in our Glossybox did the same thing to my eyes.

    1. the biore wipes were like fire on my eyes!!! it is weird because i'm generally not very sensitive either. :(

  3. This inspired me to purchase a few products :) I didnt know the wet ones were good for spot cleaning brushes! How did you even use the simple eye makeup remover? I tried it twice and it would barely remove my eyeshadow if anything at all...

    1. yay, i'm glad to hear. yes, wet ones are super effective at spot cleaning. you know, i'm not sure how i finished the simple eye make up remover... in hindsight, i should have just tossed them but i hate wasting product! :(


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