Monday, February 18, 2013

January 2013 Empties

My January empties are long overdue!

I normally take my empties photos on my balcony but it's way too cold for that so I reverted to my white background approach.

* = Would not repurchase
** = Might or might not repurchase
*** = Would repurchase

1. Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: December 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: These products were ok but nothing exciting or special
Rating: *

2. Kiehl's Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo & Conditioner
Source: These products were included in a gift set that my hubby bought me last year
Thoughts: I wasn't a fan of these products. They weighed down my hair and my roots seemed to get greasier more quickly than usual. I also didn't like the scent of these products (medicinal).
Rating: *

3. Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo
Source: 2012 Beauty Board
Thoughts: I thought this shampoo was pretty good for a drug store shampoo. It worked well at cleaning my hair and had a nice, pleasant scent.
Rating: **

4. Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil
Source: June 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I like this product a lot. I use it as a pre-shampoo prep treatment... I basically apply it to the ends of my hair and leave it for 3-5 minutes before shampooing and conditioning. It leaves my hair really silky and soft. I find this product has a very interesting scent. It reminds me a little of ferrets haha. I used to have ferrets so I don't think this is a bad thing but some people might. :P
Rating: **

5. Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes
Source: Sample included with my order from
Thoughts: I didn't like these wipes. They are supposed to be unscented but I detected quite a strong vinegar scent. There were only 3 wipes and I ended up using them to clean my shoes.
Rating: *

6. Balea 3-in-1 Cleansing Cloths
Source: These were included in my goody bag from the Shoppers Drug Mart grand opening at Eaton Centre
Thoughts: These cleansing cloths were ok when I first started using them. Unfortunately, the more I used them, the more they started to irritate my skin... I eventually had to stop using them for a bit.
Rating: *

7. Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes
Source: These were included as a freebie with the purchase of a Clean & Clear face wash
Thoughts: I liked these cleansing cloths as they were gentle, yet effective, and did not irritate my skin.
Rating: **

8. Maskeraide Sheet Mask in All Nighter
Source: Purchased by me!
Thoughts: I love these sheet masks. I find them all equally effective so the differentiating factor for me is the scent. All Nighter and Detox Diva are my favourite scents so far (I think I've tried 4 or 5 now).
Rating: ***

9. Scottish Fine Soaps Company Seaweed Soap
Source: Purchased by me (actually, my hubby paid that time) from Winners
Thoughts: This scent of this soap was nothing special but I loved the tin so I had to try it. It's a decent bar of soap that lasts a long time.
Rating: **

10. Bambu Earth Handmade Soap in Peppermint
Source: December 2012 Seasonsbox
Thoughts: I love this soap! The scent is divine and the bar is rough so it's great for exfoliation. I'm going to have to find a place to plant the wrapper as I want to grow wildflowers! :)
Rating: ***

11. Soak Essentials Bath Salts in Spiced Chai
Source: December 2012 Seasonsbox
Thoughts: I liked these bath salts - especially the scent. Unfortunately, when I added the product to my bath water, the scent completely disappeared.
Rating: *

12. The Hawaiian Spa Hawaiian Sea Bath in Jasmine
Source: Volcano Teapot Cottage - if you ever get a chance to go... RUN, don't walk, to this amazing little cottage.
Thoughts: These bath salts are ah-mazing!! The scent is incredible and I was so relaxed after using this product. I think I used too much though as I used the entire bag. The website says only a "seashell scoop" is needed. Oops!
Rating: ***

13. Aveeno Invigorating Body Wash in Grapefruit & Rosemary
Source: Purchased by me!
Thoughts: I love Aveeno body washes and I love the smell of grapefruit so it's no wonder this product was a winner for me!
Rating: ***

14. Julep Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting
Source: November 2012 Julep Box
Thoughts: Another winner for grapefruit scent lovers! This is a lovely product with a texture like whipped body butter.
Rating: ***

15. Lilly Pilly Natural Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme
Source: February 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I really like this cream but I wish we received a larger sample size to try. We received 2 packets of this cream from Topbox but I did not feel this was enough for me to determine whether I want to purchase the full size.
Rating: **

16. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Source: These products were included in a gift set that my hubby bought me this year
Thoughts: I love the texture of this cream... it is very soft and silky. It's a little light for me for the winter though so I think I will purchase the full size of this product for summer use. :)
Rating: ***

17. Shiseido BIO-PERFORMANCE Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream
Source: Shiseido makeup sessions (no longer held)
Thoughts: The more I use the Shiseido skin care products, the more I like them. I find them a little too expensive to purchase the full size though so I will continue to use up my samples. This particular product has a very thin formulation but it still does a good job moisturizing my face. This product has a bit of a mature scent but I don't mind it.
Rating: **

18. Shiseido BIO-PERFORMANCE Super Refining Essence
Source: Shiseido makeup sessions (no longer held)
Thoughts: Compared to the previous sample, this one had a much thicker formulation. Even so, a little goes a long way and I enjoyed trying this product. I used up 2 of these samples in January.
Rating: **

19. Jouviance Radiance Booster BB Cream with SPF 15
Source: Glossy Party TO
Thoughts: I had high hopes for this BB cream but, unfortunately, it did not apply well and end up rubbing off my face in little balls. :(
Rating: *

20. Marcelle Essentials Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Source: I received this from Marcelle as I was testing the product packaging
Thoughts: I liked this product at first but it started irritating my eyes the more I used it.
Rating: *

21. Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pads
Source: Julep boxes (various)
Thoughts: I am very impressed with this product! I used 3 of these polish remover pads when I was on vacation in Hawaii. One pad removed all of the cream polish on my toes. I had glitter polish on my fingers so I had to use 2 pads but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was (relatively speaking) to remove the glitter. I was expecting to either (1) not be able to take off all the glitter polish or (2) be rubbing at my nails for hours. As a bonus, the remover pads did not dry out my nails.
Rating: ***

22. Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant
Source: September 2012 Glossybox Canada
Thoughts: This deodorant was ok. I liked the scent but I prefer natural deodorants. This product claims to lighten/whiten your underarms but I didn't notice any difference.
Rating: *

Whew, I feel so much better now that the majority of my January posts are done!

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