Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Empties Post Volume XII: July 2013 Edition

This was the month of haircare products and sample packets, to say the least. I travelled a lot in July and tried to use plenty of samples- despite the fact that I also carried some full size and deluxe sized samples on my various trips. I figured that I had a huge pile of samples and this would be a great way to use them up and travel lighter.

Haircare Products: What a victorious use of full size hair care products for me- I actually surprised myself in my ability to finish up a few things before opening up  new bottles.

I loved the DermOrganic Leave in Spray Therapy (reviewed here) because it leaves my hair soft, shiny and manageable. It is definitely on my repurchase list.

Surya Organics is an amazing line, and I used every last drop of their Amazonia Preciosa Shampoo (reviewed here) and their Revitalizing Hair Mask (reviewed here). I have been thoroughly impressed by their products and will definitely continue to use them. Their haircare products are natural, healthy, effective, and so pleasant to use. Their aromas delight the senses.

Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray is a fantastic detangler that adds moisture and revives curls. I really love this spray, and have in general found Ouidad to be fantastic on my naturally curly hair.
Skincare & Body Care Products: Can you believe how many samples that I used in July?! There weren't any major misses in the pile, and I do have a few of these things in their full sized counterparts, but I'm also not motivated to run out and buy most of what I tried either. At this point I am only compelled to buy The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Mask (reviewed here. A couple of those empty pots were samples of this amazingly effective miracle mask) because I am completely obsessed with it. 
The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask (Detailed review forthcoming. Affiliate link): This stuff is so great it earned a separate picture! This is my new love and discovery from a line that has established pride of place in my heart. Everything that I have tried from them is astonishingly effective, free of unhealthy ingredients, and glorious to use. This pile is about 16 or 17 sample packets- I used up several of them, but placed the remainder in an airtight pump bottle to keep it fresh longer. I am definitely going to purchase a bottle of this and their amazing Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Mask very very soon! The Organic Pharmacy is undoubtedly one of the best skincare lines that I have tried in many many years.

According to The Organic Pharmacy,
More an instant boost than a mask, this Aloe and Seaweed gel is packed full of potent antioxidants to instantly lift, tighten and brighten the complexion Use at least twice a week or daily during summer months.ã Super potencies of Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE and CoQ10 with anti-ageing herbs of Horsetail, Ginseng and Propolis are just some of the ingredients in this amazing gel.

I have been using this mask on a daily basis since it is the summer, and it really does lift, tighten and brighten! I am buying a bottle very soon. The Organic Pharmacy is quickly becoming my favorite skincare company!

All in all I am quite pleased with my pile of empties this month! What did you use up, toss, or give away this month?

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  1. I can't believe how much you finished. Months and months ago I decided to do a post like this.... I failed miserably and finally tossed the items to get rid of the garbage.

    1. I'm a little stunned as well. Though taking lots of samples while traveling makes it pretty easy to use things up. It definitely takes a concerted effort to use up those little packets, but I also look at it as a way of exploring products that I may not have otherwise tried. I wouldn't say that you failed miserably-- my guess is that you weren't crazy about the products tht you ended up tossing! :-)

  2. Thats so many empties... !!!!!!!

    1. Hi Jannatul! I definitely outdid myself in the amount that I used up in July! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  3. I'm late in posting but your empties remind me I should start using my face masques again. I've been lazy.

    In July, I used up the following:
    -La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
    -La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Daily Moisturizer
    -Priya Means Love Ginger Mint Foot Cream
    -Aveda Hand Relief lotion
    -Victoria's Secret Fresh Sorbet Chilled Lychee & Pink Honeysuckle lotion
    -Lush Freeze Shower Gel
    -Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Shower Gel
    -Tick Tock Cosmetics Salvador Dali eyeshadow
    -Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Eye Gel

    I tossed out a mark hand cream in Vanilla Cream. It was unopened until I tried it around two weeks ago. It had gone bad in less than a year. I like their other products but don't recommend their hand cream.

    1. Wow, Iris!! You impress me with your empties each and every month! I get vicarious pleasure seeing that you are using what you but!!!!!!!!! That's too bad about the Mark Vanilla Cream-- I would think that you should have been able to exchange it for one that wasn't spoiled! I can't wait to hear what you used up this month! I'm posting mine this week!

    2. :) Thanks!

      For mark, I believe the limit for refunds or returns is three months from receipt so I was well over the time limit. I did contact them about the product issue. They apologised and said they'd forward it onto product development.

    3. :)

      In spite of the refund/return policy they should have exchanged it-- because it shouldn't have gone bad in that time. I'm glad that they apologized, but as far as I'm concerned proper customer service should be to replace an unusable product that goes bad! I hope that the people at product development send you a new one!


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