Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Empties Post Volume X: May 2013

I was rather pleased that I was able to get through a few full size products this month despite the fact that I was testing out new products. I did use up a few testers, and most surprisingly finished up every last drop of a full size foundation. I also used up a good pile of perfume samples- most of which were taken on my many out of town trips this month. I am generally quite pleased that I managed to finish as much as I did, but I will say that traveling makes it pretty easy to use up samples. They are such great space savers, and they generally provide enough product for a few days of use.

Shave with Benefits Shaving Foam in Pomegranate + Mango (reviewed here): Still a favorite! This is such an amazing product, and it leaves your skin so silky smooth and moisturized!

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water (reviewed here): I love this cleansing water, and it is by far my favorite. I will definitely be repurchasing it. It does a phenomenal job removing every trace of makeup and leaves your skin soft.

Rock Your Hair: Big Hair Rocks Shampoo and Big Hair Rocks Conditioner (reviewed here): These are fantastic products, and the bottles are so cute that I am keeping them as travel refills!

Mary Kay Mini Eye Makeup Remover: I somehow ended up with a small size sample of this makeup remover, and the first time that I tried it it made my eyes sting, but I have pretty sensitive eyes. I ended up using it to remove makeup from arm swatches, and it did a great job.

Reviva Labs Peel Light Skin Peel (reviewed here): This is one of my very favorite face peels- it is so gentle, effective, and fun to use. I will definitely get another one!

REN Multi-Tasking After Shave Balm: My husband used and loved this sample, but left enough in the bottle when he tossed it in the recycle bin that I was able to try a bit while cleaning out the tube. It is very nice stuff.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (reviewed here): LOVE LOVE LOVE. I continue to use and love this highly effective mask. It dissolves dead skin with amazing efficacy, and leaves your skin clean, clear, and gorgeous!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers SPF 30 (reviewed here): I love this stuff, and can't believe that I actually finished it. It imparts nice natural coverage with enough radiance to give skin a beautiful healthy glow. I have a huge stash of foundations, BB Creams, and Tinted Moisturizers that I need to use, but once I get through some of these products I will likely repurchase this.

Ole Henriksen Truth Crème Advanced Hydration: I can't really say how well this works because I didn't use it long enough to be able to evaluate it.

Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Stretch Eye Sheet: I have used a few of these and really like them, but I haven't really used them long enough to really review them. They do make my eyes look rested and moisturized, and that is always a good thing.

Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder: This is a truly amazing product. I have never had a cleaning/exfoliating product do such a great job cleaning and removing dead skin while leaving my skin baby-bottom soft. You simply add a touch of water to the powder to turn it into a paste and then use it as you would any cleanser. However, the results are anything but run-of-the-mill!

Malin+Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub: This is a very nice gentle and effective physical exfoliant. I really love Malin+Goetz- they make solid products that do exactly what they claim to do.

Kai Perfume Oil (reviewed here): I am still madly in love with Kai. Sadly, I think that I have used the last of my sample vials- these are just fantastic for traveling. I will need to replace my full size bottle of the Kai Perfume Oil pretty soon because I wear it so often!

Assorted Perfume Samples: Nothing stands out or warrants a purchase.

What did you use up, toss, or give away this month?


  1. That's a lot of empties, nice! :-) Feels good, huh, to finish a product :-)

    1. Hi!! Thanks!! It does feel great finishing products! What did you use up tis month? :-)

  2. Nice job!
    WHen I'm done with my hoarded stash of Bioderma, I'd love to try the Koh Gen Do water, too.

    Hope you had a great long weekend.

    1. Thanks, love! I haven't tried the Bioderma yet, but the KGD is DIVINE!!!! I really prefer it to the La Roche-Posay Cleansing Water that I am currently using. I am so pleased to see that you have been posting lately. I have been slammed with work, but will stop by to comment soon! <3

  3. Ouch at the Mary Kay makeup remover stinging. I still wish to try their products anyway and hope they work for me.

    This month I used up:
    -the entire trial sized collection of B&BW's Italy collection lotions
    -m.powerment petal Lipclick Lipstick by mark
    -Dirty perfume sample from Lush
    -Black Bear Laboratories Peppermint Mocha lip balm
    -mini tube of Avene High Protection Emulsion SPF40 lotion
    -mini tube of La Roche Posay fluid SPF60 sunscreen

    Tossed out:
    -Honey Whipped Cream lip balm by Black Bear Laboratories: liquid honey was leaking out the bottom of the tube, and it was not usuable without making a huge mess.
    -Eccentric Cosmetics's Glisten Fixation liquid eye primer/glitter adhesive in a clamshell pot. I've had this around for a while and it was too tricky to use for me, especially during early mornings on the go. I hadn't used it in a few months and doubted I ever will again, so I let it go.

    1. Hi Iris,

      In all fairness to the MK eye makeup remover- I have super sensitive eyes to so many removers, and I know people who swear by this formula- I wish my eyes weren't so tricky!

      You did an impressive job this month!!! I take my hat off to you! You are a wise woman to know when it's time to toss out products that you won't use, or that may be starting to turn. I should do that far more often. As you may recall, a few months ago I tossed out a pile of old lipsticks and glosses that had definitely seen better days-- but I need to make it a more regular of checking older items. :D

  4. Great job on the empties!!! Wish I could be as good about using perfume samples, but I tend to get something I like and only want to wear that!! LOL!! I finally did a sample purge so now my stash is much more manageable and I feel like I might actually be able to get to the bottom of it...one day...maybe... :-)

    1. Thanks, Gummy! I keep trying to empty out my samples pile, but it just keeps growing. You might have the right idea about purging some of it!!! Perfume samples are easy for me to use when I travel-- because of your work you could just toss some of your favorites in your bag-- you would be surprised how easy it is to use them up while traveling! :-)


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