Monday, October 28, 2013

Empties Post Volume XV: October 2013 Edition

October was a very good month for finishing up a lot of full-sized products. Truthfully I'm not quite sure how I managed to finish up so many products this month. I was aware that I was getting close on many of the things featured here, but was caught off guard when I hit the last pump on the two My serums and the Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum. Because those three are housed in air-free opaque pump containers I really never knew what was left in the bottles until they simply stopped dispensing product!

The HYD For Men Shave Cream (reviewed here) is a wonderful creamy and moisturizing shave cream that is just lovely to use. While it belonged to my husband, I did dip into it on more than one occasion because I liked it so much! 

The La Roche-Posay Solution Micellaire Physiologique (reviewed here) is a nice cleansing water, but I would prefer it to be completely fragrance free. I still prefer the Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water-- I have yet to find anything that compares to this lovely product!

DermOrganic Daily Hydrating Conditioner with Argan Oil (reviewed here): This is a wonderfully moisturizing conditioner that works wonders on my naturally curly hair. I will definitely be purchasing a replacement bottle.

Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Leave-In Conditioner Weightless Detangler (reviewed here): Don't let the whimsical packaging fool you- this is a highly effective Leave-In Conditioner. I will definitely be purchasing a replacement bottle!

Painted Earth Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Scrub (reviewed here): This is a very very nice face scrub, and I liked it so much on my face that I tried it on my body (and what a treat that was!).

Dr. Hauschka SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream for Children and Sensitive Skin: This is a nice sunscreen, but it had become quite old (and no doubt had expired) so after one last spin I emptied the last little bit into the garbage and recycled the tube.

Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Eau de Parfum sample: I am actually quite fond of this scent. It is far too sharp when I first apply it, but once it settles in it is quite lovely.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel (reviewed here): This is a highly effective non-foaming cleanser that is gentle while being highly effective. It removes dead skin cells effortlessly and leaves skin so silky smooth. It is unquestionably one of my Holy Grail cleansers!

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (reviewed here): Another hit by Mario Badescu!! This is a gentle alcohol-free toner that has become my very favorite toner. On the rare occasions that I am too tired to wash my face- I saturate a cotton ball with this toner and it removes every trace of makeup (not made for eye makeup removal) and leaves my skin feeling wonderful!

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (reviewed here): This is an excellent moisturizing eye cream that is light, quick absorbing, and highly effective! 

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17: This is very moisturizing oil free moisturizer that is great for combination or oily skin types. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula (overview here): This two-step at home peel is amazing. I only have a few packets left, and find this system so effective that I plan to buy the biggest box that they make during Sephora's upcoming F&F or VIB sale!

The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask (reviewed here): I think at this point that it has become fairly obvious that I am thoroughly obsessed with everything that I have tried from The Organic Pharmacy, and their Collagen Boost Mask is just as amazing as you might imagine! It tightens, lifts and brightens the skin- giving your face an instant radiance and glow. I love this mask, and often use it as a serum!

Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads: Radical Skincare is utterly amazing (stay tuned- I will be reviewing many products from the line soon). Their Age-Defying Exfoliating pads are highly effective, and brilliantly conceived. One side of the round disk has a rougher texture (but not too rough) to encourage the exfoliation of dead skin cells, and the other side is smooth to whisk away those dead cells and even out the surface of the skin. This is an amazing product.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: Nice, but I didn't find it particularly unique. 

Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer sample packet: I love this concealer and have a full-size tube. One of these days I will get around to reviewing it. It spreads easily and doesn't cake up or settle into fine lines. The texture is very nice and smooth.
Kiss My Face Cucumber Green Tea Deodorant: Gentle, lovely, effective, and not filled with potentially harmful chemicals. I have replaced this several times, and will continue to buy it!

TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (reviewed here): Absolutely divine! This is an amazing cleansing oil. It is so effective at removing every trace of makeup, and it so thoroughly cleanses the skin  that you really don't need to double cleanse. I love TATCHA products!

My Dynamic Lifting Serum (reviewed here): This is a lovely gel-based lifting serum that absorbs quickly and has a definite lifting and firming effect on the skin. A lovely product from an amazing line!

My Skin Recovery Formula (reviewed here): This is an amazing lightweight skin-brightening serum that targets damaged skin to even out skin-tone, restore radiance, promote firmness, and diminishes the appearance of acne scarring, age or sunspots, and wrinkles. This is a wonderfully hardworking serum filled with all sorts of healthy ingredients! A+

Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum with 2% Active Retinol (reviewed here): This is a very nice nighttime retinol based serum, and despite the high percentage of retinol it never caused my skin to peel. I really like this product, but the next retinol-based product that I plan to try is prescription Retin-A because I want to experience the difference between the over-the-counter and prescription versions.

What did you finish, toss, give away, or return in October? Anything that you will repurchase?

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  1. I finished several full-sized products. My list: Tom's deodorant, NATIO lip balm, OPI nail polish mini, Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid, Paula's Choice moisturizer, Dermaglow eye cream, St Ives body lotion, jumbo Josie Maran SPF 40 moisturizer, Eucerin body wash,


    Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

    Woah. That was a lot. Surprising!

    1. Hey Boo Boo! I was thinking about you and wondering how you were doing, and here you are! You did a very impressive job on your empties this month! I am very impressed! I can't believe that you finished a blush-- BRAVO!!! I take my hat off to the Empties Queen! How is you r little ninja feline?

    2. Nikita's as silly as ever. She prefers being let out onto her catio first thing in the morning to eating breakfast. It doesn't matter how cold it is; she must first, survey her kingdom (i.e. the backyard and as far as she can see) meticulously and second, run back and forth between the front windows and the catio. I hope she doesn't go crazy when the temperature dips too low (for the humans) to leave the door ajar for her. Oh how my little ninja cat wants to be an outdoor cat.

      How are your cuties doing?

      ps. I'm going to finish my waterproof eye makeup remover tonight. :)

    3. Ahhhhh, sweet Nikita-- the Queen of all that she surveys! As your Canadian winter kicks into high gear I hope for your sake that the Queen does not require an open door!! Most ninja cats seem to want to be outdoor cats! Our cuties are doing well- there are definitely some power struggles going on between a few of them who are exerting competing alpha tendencies. ;/

      Wow, you are really doing an amazing job of finishing up your products! :)

  2. ps I also finished a bottle of Garnier Fructis conditioner. :)

    1. good job! You really did an outstanding job this month!

  3. I finished quite a few items in total last month:
    -Sephora lip gloss in Precious Pink
    -Rocky Mountain Soap Company Zombie Repellent Soap
    -Kona Kare The Original One Lip Butter
    -Fat & Lye Soap Company coffee soap
    -Fat & Lye Soap Company wine soap
    -Bath and Body Works Sweet Peony Dream body lotion
    -Bite Beauty 2010 lipgloss from the 15 Shades of Sephora collection
    -BeautyBarBaby on Etsy's Mineral Veil with Green Tea

    I've been meaning to try those DermOrganic products after reading many good reviews about them.

    1. Each and every month you truly impress me, Iris! You are so good about using what you have! I am really trying so hard to use up some makeup-- and am in awe of you that you have been so successful on that front!

      I really like the DermOrganic products a lot, and find them to be very nourishing for my hair! Definitely worth trying out.


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