Monday, August 4, 2014

Empties Post Volume XXIII: July 2014 Edition

Given the number of new products that I have been testing, I am actually a touch surprised that I finished up any full-size products in July. That said, most of them needed little use to be finished off. However, that doesn't make tossing the empty containers into the recycle bin any less satisfying. I did pretty well finishing up deluxe samples, and the odds and ends that came in little sample pots. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with my progress-- as if there is actually such a thing--given that I continue to collect more products (full size and sample). Therefore, it might be more apt to suggest that I just reallocate my storage space to accommodate new products as I use up old ones.

Here's what I thought of the products that I finished:

Caress Juicy Escape Body Wash (reviewed here): I really liked this body wash because it smells delicious and does a nice job cleaning the skin without stripping it. I already have a replacement!

Sponge Krema Niktas Night Cream (reviewed here): This is a lovely antioxidant rich anti-aging night cream. It feels amazing on the skin, and it leaves it soft, supple, moisturized and lifted. 
Red Flower Body Wash in Blood Orange: I really do have to buy the full size because the blood orange scent is absolutely amazing-- especially as the aroma bursts forth when combined with warm water.

Vitabath Cupcake Couture Dreamy Pink Frosting Body Wash (discussed here): In a word:
D E L I C I O U S!

Miscellaneous Assorted Samples: Not much to report primarily because each of the samples didn't provide enough product to determine how well they worked, or to form much of an opinion about them.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (reviewed here): This is a wonderfully hydrating and lightweight eye cream, and it feels wonderful on the kin. I find that it provides more than enough moisture for my delicate eye area, and it never causes me to get milia.

Anna Naturals Glowing Naturals Walnut Face & Body Scrub (discussed here): This is a nice scrub, but I didn't have enough in this sample pot to have much else to say about it. I only tried it on my body, and it did leave it smooth and moisturized. I wouldn't mind having a full size jar!

Naturalis Cose di Natura Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner: They seemed like nice products, but once again the samples didn't last long enough for me to be able to really say how well they worked on my naturally curly hair.

TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (reviewed here): This is an unbelievably wonderful cleansing oil! It is light in feel and weight, and once you add a touch of water it emulsifies and effortlessly removes every bit of makeup and dirt. Skin is left more soft and smooth than you can imagine. It can be used as a pre-cleanser or a cleanser.

Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion (discussed here): This is a nice lotion and it smells good. The texture is light and hydrating, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth with a light pleasant fragrance.
Left to Right: Gold Sakura Beauty Bar and Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap.

I took pictures of both soaps at the beginning of the month before they were used up since I long ago tossed their packages. I managed to finally use up both bars completely by the end of the month, and largely was able to do so because I kept them in the shower.

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap (reviewed here): I started using this soap when I was 17 years old, and used it for quite a few years. My skincare wonder-lust eventually led me in lots of other directions, but I really wanted to try it again. I was quite pleased with the results-- it's an exfoliating soap that is best when used in conjunction with the Erno Laszlo Phelityl Oil.

Gold Sakura Beauty Bar from the Hinoki Kurocha Line (reviewed here): This is a really interesting soap that one places into a little plastic net to activate a very dense lather once a little water is introduced. It leaves skin squeaky-clean, and is probably best suited for combination to oily skin types.

What did you use up, give away, return, or toss in July? Do tell!

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  1. It is a good feeling to use up products and open new ones. I used up quite a few samples this month:
    -Avon Imari Seduction perfumed deodorant
    -Lush Angels Delight soap
    -Rocky Mountain Soap Company Root Beer Float soap
    -Providence Perfume Company Tabac Citron perfume sample
    -Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day travel body lotion
    -Eccentric Cosmetics Purple Pod eyeshadow sample
    -Etherealle Cosmetics Summerfruit blush sample
    -Hello Waffle Cosmetics June Bug blush sample
    -Providence Perfume Company Divine perfume sample
    -Providence Perfume Company Beauty Elixir Oil sample bottle
    -Shu Uemura creamy eyeshadow/primer in white
    -Boscia Black Hydration Gel sample

    1. Hi Iris, It is such a great feeling! You really did a great job in July! As always, you have completely impressed me! I'm off to a slow start in August-- so I'm not sure if I will use up much, but you just motivated me to make a real concerted effort to finish up a few things that have been neglected!

  2. That's a lot of empties this month! I am intrigued by the soap bar and the beauty bar.

    1. Thanks! They are both quite nice. I was told by a couple of Erno Laszlo reps that the soap formula was changed a bit-- so I have no idea what the difference is since this bar was several years old. :-)

  3. Empties has got to be the most satisfying thing ever! My post goes up on Friday and I'm actually always really surprised by how much I actually use up. Especially body care (guess it's a good thing because it means I take a lot of showers? lol). Good job on the samples there! I tried the Enzo Black Soap many years ago (is it the same as the Mud Soap)? It was good but something in it didn't always agree with me skin. Love Molton Brown. I always get the sets because I feel that it's a better deal and can't bring myself to splurge for the individual hand soaps even though they smell sooo good!

    1. Hi Kimmy, I completely agree! It is so satisfying using products up. I hate being wasteful-- so I always feel especially good as I recycle the empty containers knowing that I wasn't being wasteful. Good for you for being good about using up your body care products! Yes, that is the Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap from way back in the day. Interesting that it didn't agree with your skin. I think that it is really ideal for combination to oilier skin types, but even still it may be more exfoliating than some people may like. Molton Brown definitely makes lots of yummy smelling products! Can't wait to see what you used up!

  4. OMG!!! I am so confused!!! I do not know what to try out for all of them seem like great ones to try out.

    1. Hi Ana! I definitely really enjoyed these products! :-)


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