Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 2013 Empties!

My bathroom is looking pretty bare as I have literally used up most of my skin, hair and body care items these last few months. In terms of my skin care, I'm trying to be as minimal as possible for my skin's sake but of course you all know how hard that is. My goal is to buy things as I need only. My monthly empties going forward will likely consist of much less product.

Let's see the ridiculous number of products I finished this month...

Pangea Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Cleanser - review here - I adore this cleanser. Pretty sure I've been through 2 or 3 bottles of this and it is hands down my favourite cleanser ever. It smells nice, emulsifies with water beautifully, removes all of my makeup, keeps my skin clear and lasts for months. I am not going to repurchase right now but likely will in the near future.

Essencia Lavender Floral Water - review here - I'm so glad to have finished this. It doesn't smell well and the bottle is so damn heavy. I won't be repurchasing.

DeVita High Performance Glycolic Acid Blend - review here - I have been holding on to the last few pumps for as long as possible. I have really enjoyed using this serum/treatment because it helped smooth and even out my complexion, bring blemishes to the surface, and exfoliate my skin. It is a brilliant product. I will definitely be repurchasing.

Eminence Stone Crop Cleanser (tiny sample on the top right) - no review - This was a sample I received with an order, not sure when. I took it with me on a weekend getaway and boy is it even crap! It smells like Herbal Essence shampoo, which is lovely, but it didn't remove any of my makeup and it left my skin dry. I literally had to wash my face twice and still had makeup left on my skin. It's a gel texture that doesn't lather or emulsify much. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Eminence Apricot Whip Moisturizer - review here - I finally finished up this sample! Woohoo! It smells lovely, hydrates beautifully and feels great on the skin. They're going to be at the Spa Show in Toronto, in April, so I may pick up a few things then. Until then, I won't be purchasing the full size.

John Masters Zinc & Sage Shampoo - review here - If you are trying to avoid sweets, skip on this shampoo because the smell of vanilla cupcakes will make you want to eat one! This is a great hydrating and scalp soothing shampoo. I find it can weigh my hair down with continued use, so I do need to incorporate a more deep cleansing shampoo once a week to wash away the build up of oils. It does cleanse well but my hair is fine and everything weighs it down. That's generally why I don't wear styling products even if I curl my hair. I won't be repurchasing right now, perhaps next winter!

Hugo Naturals White Chocolate Raspberry Soap (little sliver in front of the JM Shampoo) - haul here -  OMG this stuff smells so delicious. My whole washroom smelled like this soap. It lathers ever so slightly, cleanses and hydrates, and leaves my skin smelling edible. I did find that I went through this rather quickly though, quicker than their handcrafted soaps. I love the scent and therefore would likely repurchase as a treat to myself.

John Masters Citrus & Neroli Detangler - review here - This bottle lasted me about 10 months, and I used it pretty regularly. It says to use within 6 months of opening it, is that even possible? I really like this detangler. It left my hair soft, easy to comb through and lightly fragranced. I have a couple conditioners to finish up before I repurchase this one. I think I might purchase a travel sized bottle since this one took me so long to use up.

Figs and Rouge Cherry & Vanilla Balm - review here - Thank goodness I finished this disgusting smelling balm. I used it on my feet, which worked to hydrate them, just to use it up because the smell made me want to throw up. If smell isn't an issue, it's worth a shot because of how hydrating it is. I much prefer Badger Balm to this. I will never repurchase.

Shea Terra Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter - review here - I had a love/hate relationship with this body butter. There were times when I felt I had to use to much to get it to spread and moisturize evenly but I loved how it moisturized in general. The smell is intoxicating and it helped heal my dry, chapped hands. My boyfriend is actually going to be purchasing a jar of it for himself, but I don't think I will pick up another one. I want to try making my own, one day...lol.

I had written this post a few days ago, but didn't upload it. In the last couple of days I finished these last four products.

Weleda Skin Food - review here - I love this stuff! It's so light and easy to throw in my purse. I'm washing my hands so frequently in school that they've been drying out, throw in the wonderful Canadian weather and you got yourself a dry skin party! I love how hydrating this is without feeling greasy. I will definitely be purchasing another tube.

Shea Terra Rose Hips Black Soap - review here - At first, I used this on my face daily. Then, it started drying me out so I used it a couple of times a week only. After that, I began using it on my shoulders, chest and back to remove the stupid and crappy massage oil that we've been using at school. I like that it gives my skin a really deep clean while exfoliating but I'd rather use an actual face scrub or body exfoliating mitts. I won't be repurchasing.

ZuZu Luxe Mascara in Onyx - review here - This stuff really grew on me. With the right lash curler and proper consistency, I can get beautiful looking lashes. It's a little wet (for me) when I first open a fresh tube, but after a few weeks it thickens up and applies much better. Everyone likes their mascara to look and feel a certain way. I hate clumps of any kind and would rather my mascara thicken my lashes than lengthen, although I won't complain if it does both. My lashes are naturally long and somewhat thick, so I need a mascara to enhance what's there. This does that after the formula thickens. I have already repurchased.

Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage - review here - This was a sample gloss that came in the Sephora Lip kit that I bought. I have fallen head over heels in love with this gloss. It looks great over any lip colour, smells like medicinal cherries (ew right? a little. I actually don't mind it because it doesn't linger or maybe I just learn to forget it's there lol), and is slightly sticky which makes it last longer on my lips. I keep debating with myself on whether to buy the full size or not. Even though it's not the most natural, I think I may purchase the full size at some point.

Have you tried any of the above mentioned products or finished up anything this month?


  1. Looks like you finished up a good amount of stuff:) I'm curious about the Glycolic Acid Blend now - I've been loving a Devita scrub I recently bought and now I want to try more from them!

    1. Is it a surprise? lol. Are you trying the Aloe Scrub (I think)? I love DeVita and the glycolic acid blend is sooooo good. You should totally try it!

    2. Yup, that's the one! I've only used it a couple times now, but I really like it. Leaves my skin SO soft!

      You know I'm a newbie to all this fancy skincare, lol :) I've never used anything with glycolic acid before, but I'll definitely check it out!

    3. Now I want to check out that scrub! You make it sound so wonderful.

      Haha soon you'll be all into fancy skin care! I'd say go to the big carrot, they have a wide selection of DeVita and they offer samples. I actually fell in love with the glycolic serum from a sample, then bought it. Something to consider :)

  2. Hi there =)
    I just discovered thanks to Caitie and i really love your blog hihi
    hope you can come to vist me ^^
    tons of hugs from Italy

    1. Hi Bambi! Thanks for checking out my blog (and thanks Caitie for mentioning me in hers). I'd love to visit Italy, maybe one day! xo

  3. Great empties post! Lots of things I am interested in. I was thinking of getting the Shea Terra face wash because I bought a half off coupon for them, but I might end up going with a serum instead.

    1. Thank you! I think you either love the wash or are "meh" about it. Which serum you thinking of? I love their selection of oils.

  4. Thats so funny re: the mascara! I always think the same thing with natural mascaras. I got the benecos, hated it on the first try and a month later it was my favorite mascara!! Great post! :)

    1. haha I love it! We expect big things from our mascara, that's why. Thank you :). Just checked out and started following your wonderful blog.

  5. Great post, so many lovely products - I want to try so many brands now! :P The blood orange cleanser especially sounds amazing! x


  6. Thank you! The blood orange cleanser is a must!
    I love your blog btw :) xo


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