Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Empties Post Volume XLIV: May 2016

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This month, more than anything, it would seem that the bulk of my empties were generated from things I used up in, or near, my shower. While I really enjoyed these products, it was a relief to recycle them since my shower seems to have become the lab of a mad scientist more than a place to wash up. It has become so overrun by products being tested that it's time to streamline the process in order not to be in a trip-zone. Here is what I used up in May:

Hair and Body Products:

1) Curél Itch Defense Body Wash (reviewed here): Itch Defense Body Wash has a creamy and emollient lather that leaves skin silky smooth, soft, calm and moisturized. I initially feared that the inclusion of Sodium Laurel Sulfate would have been a bit drying on my skin, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was not. In fact, it is emollient and moisturizing enough that I find it to be very suitable for shaving my legs and sensitive underarms. This body wash has no discernible scent.

$5.99-$7.99 10 oz. from WalgreensTargetDrugstore.com and Amazon.

2) emerginC Scientific Organics Citrus Kombucha Body Wash (reviewed here): is a very gentle and lightly lathering body wash that hydrates skin while it thoroughly cleans. Skin is never left taut or uncomfortably squeaky clean, but instead soft, supple and hydrated. It has an intoxicatingly delicious citrus scent that is uplifting and revitalizing. Additionally, the formula so gentle and hydrating that I use it for shaving as well.

$36.00 for 6.7 oz. from emerginC and SkinStore.

3) Everyday Shea Hand Soap in Lemon Verbena (reviewed here): One sniff of this delectably scented Lemon Verbena hand soap was all it took, and I bought 3 bottles. This is a cruelty-free, Certified Fair Trade company that makes high quality products that are filled with nourishing ingredients. Everyday Shea Hand Soap thoroughly cleanses without stripping the skin, and in fact leaves it soft smooth and supple. If you love Lemon Verbena, then you really owe it to yourself to try this lovely hand soap.

$4.99 for 12 oz. Available from Everyday Shea, Whole Foods Market, and other retailers.

This shampoo is Manna from Heaven for curly dry hair, and was specifically formulated to nourish this type of hair that tends to be very dry and in need of extra hydration. It works miraculously well on my curly hair, leaving it soft and nourished, but without any buildup. If you have dry hair, or dry and curly hair, then this is a must-have. 

$8.95- $12.49 for 8 oz. from Alaffia and Amazon.

5) Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask (reviewed here): This mask offers dry or over-processed hair intense moisture without leaving it heavy or limp. Whether you have naturally curly hair, colored hair, or hair that you subject to flat irons, blow dryers or curling irons, then this is a great rescue mask to help those traumatized tresses recover.

Neutrogena recommends that  you use it weekly, or as often as needed, and you only need to leave it in for about 5 minutes. I will say, however, that I have left it in for up to an hour, and it leaves my hair silky soft, frizz-free, shiny and remarkably moisturized. It has a light, yet pleasant, scent that seems to fade very quickly.

$5.99-$9.99 for 6 oz. from NeutrogenaDrugstore.comAmazonWalgreens and Target.

6) Kai Eau de Perfum Spray (reviewed here): I remain utterly enchanted by the Eau de Parfum! The scent itself is a slightly lighter version of their perfume oil (reviewed here) and it is lovely all by itself, but I often layer them together in order to add depth to the scent, and to increase the longevity of the wear time.

The exotic scent of Kai’s signature perfume oil, delicately blended into an Eau de Parfum spray. The Kai aroma is a fresh and intoxicating blend of gardenias and white exotic flowers.

$76.00 for 1.7 oz. from Nordstrom and Barneys New York.

7) Little Twig Baby Lotion in Calming Lavender (reviewed here): is a delightfully scented mild lavender lotion that is gentle and moisturizing. It leaves my skin silky smooth and soft, and moisturized for hours. While it was created for the delicate skin of babies, it is such a lovely lotion that it will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

$12.50 for 8.5oz bottle from Little TwigDrugstore.com and Amazon.
Skincare Products:

8) When Travelmate Sheet Mask (reviewed here): WHEN Travelmate is a mask that was conceived to refresh your skin while traveling. It refreshes and deeply hydrates skin in order to protect it against hours of exposure to the elements. It is not a sunscreen, and should not be used instead of a sunscreen, but it does give the skin a tremendous dose of hydration that plumps and nourishes. I was not traveling when I tested this mask, but I noticed the toy skin was ultra-hydrated, luminous and dewy all day long.

This mask is described as a "soft, jelly-like" sheet mask that is generously filled with serum, however there is a lot of serum that falls to the bottom of the pouch that should be used on the neck, décolleté and hands for maximum effect. 

$7.00 each and $35.00 for a set of 5. Serum net weight: 23 g (0.8 fl oz) per mask. Available from SephoraUltaAnthropologieBirchbox and Selfridges.

9) When Glamour Base Face Mask (reviewed here): When Glamour Base is a really wonderful mask that was created in order to essentially function like a mega face primer and mask in one. It plumps and smooths skin to perfection– creating the perfect base for makeup. Skin is left soft, supple, hydrated and luminous– not to mention that your makeup stays put all day and looks sensational.

$7.00 eacb and $35.00 for a set of 5. Serum net weight: 23 g (0.8 fl oz) per mask. Available from SephoraUltaAnthropologieBirchbox and Selfridges.

10) Small sample of toner: The label fell off and I can't remember what brand of toner was in this little bottle. Clearly it wasn't terribly memorable!

11) Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (reviewed here): Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion is a remarkably gentle and soothing non-drying alcohol-free toner, and while it is formulated with the needs of dry and sensitive skin in mind, I will say that it works wonders on my combination skin as well. It feels refreshing on the skin, and leaves it thoroughly clean, soft, balanced, and I have even noted that my skin feels hydrated after use. Additionally, it feels so refreshing on the skin that I find myself reaching for it twice a day for that reason alone! It has a fresh clean scent that quickly fades upon application- therefore the scent does not linger.

8 oz. $15.00 from Mario Badescu and Nordstrom. Also available in 16 oz. and 32 oz.

12) NUANCE Dual Phase Makeup Remover (reviewed here): This makeup remover is formulated to soften and condition the skin while lifting away impurities, and it even tackles waterproof makeup. My eyes have become pretty sensitive so if an eye makeup remover causes even the slightest burning or stinging I won't use it, period. I was really surprised by how easily and effortlessly Nuance Dual Phase Makeup Remover removed all of my makeup, and did so without any pulling or tugging. I just wish that it had fewer chemicals in it, and I see no reason why it needs to contain Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090). It makes no sense to me why this type of product needs any color added-- I would have by far preferred a clear formula! 

What did you use up, give away, toss out or return in May? Were there any noteworthy raves? Any total misses?

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  1. Enjoyed your honest opinion of the products that you have tested out in the shower! Because my current phone is acting the fool, I have delayed my Empties til the end of June which will include May empties as well!



    1. Thanks, Ursula! I hope that your phone starts behaving! :-)

  2. Aw, the Little Twig Baby Lotion looks so cute. I am all for using baby and kids products as an adult!

    1. It is also a very nice lotion! I agree with you– there are some great baby products that are definitely with using!


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