Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014 Empties!

This month has been a fun one for empties because I've managed to finish so much, as you can see below. #NoBuyJanuary really forced encouraged me to use up samples and minis, as well as finish off products that were just about done. Don't be fooled though, I still have a boat load of stuff to get through.
This picture made me feel like a garbage hoarder haha
Here's what I've finished this month...


Coconut Oil - I mostly cook or eat this delicious goodness, but I also used it in this body butter. I've already repurchased.

Deep Steep Body Wash - review here - This was such a great body wash. It was fragrant without being overwhelming, nourishing, lathered well on a loofa, and felt very luxurious. I really enjoyed this particular scent, but will be trying a different one. Will be repurchasing.

Alaffia Scalp Recovery Shampoo - This wasn't actually a full bottle, it only had a few uses in it. My friend wanted me to try it to see if it would help my scalp dermatitis and dandruff. It did! I already picked up a brand new bottle.

Pretty Skin Savior Oil - review here - Body oils are wonderful and this one was no exception. It smelled lovely and moisturized well. Once I get through some other body products, I may repurchase this or one of their other oils.


Earthpaste Toothpaste in Peppermint - review here - There's not much to say about this product, it's the only toothpaste I use. Already repurchased.

*Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream - review here - This month was exceptionally cold and my hands (and entire body) were craving more moisture. This hand cream smelled nice and absorbed well, but wasn't moisturizing enough for me. I found myself constantly reapplying, hence why I finished up a tube in less than a month. May repurchase in the warmer months.

Weleda Calendula Face Cream - review here - I love this stuff soooo much. It's great for hands, face, and body and moisturizes so well. I especially love that it's small and light enough to carry in a small purse. Will definitely be repurchasing because I can't be without it.

Badger Sleep Balm - review here - This was a skin savior this month. I applied it to super dry bits like knees, elbows, feet, face, and hands just before bed. Not only did it fill the room with the beautiful fragrance of lavender, it also left my skin super soft. Might repurchase at some point.

*Pure Anada African Gold - review here - This marula oil infused shea butter was perfect for this DIY body butter and by itself. I loved using it all over, including my face, to help with any dry patches. Will very likely repurchase next Winter.

Andalou Naturals Illuminating Toner (not pictured) - review here - Went through another bottle and still love it! Will be repurchasing.



Tamanu Oil - review here - Ahh, my love for tamanu oil runs deep. I was heart broken when I used up the last drop and may, or may not, have shed a tear. My goal with facial oils is to use them all up before repurchasing, that way I can decide what works best for my skin and what should be repurchased. I just made up that goal recently, but I see myself repurchasing very soon.

*Lina Hanson Global Body Serum - This body serum smells so amazing, it's the perfect scent. Vanilla with a hint of citrus, delicate and feminine. I didn't do a full review because the few times that I did use it on my body, I broke out badly. I actually received this months ago, before I discovered (100%) that argan doesn't agree with me. I have been using it on the ends of my hair and can't even describe how intoxicating the scent is. I hope Lina makes a perfume oil with this scent, minus the argan. Will not be purchasing the full size although you should for the scent alone, if you can use argan.

*Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil - review here - What a sexy scent this hair oil has. It made me feel so sexy when I used it. It worked just as well as Lina's body serum did on the ends of my hair. I've since started using marula oil instead and much prefer it to both of these. Will not be purchasing the full size.

Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner - This was sent to me by the lovely Cori, from Well Beauty Blog, and it was nice. I've tried it before and enjoyed it. I go through toner rather quickly though and don't love it enough to spend as much as it costs. Will not be purchasing the full size.

One Love Organics Vitamin D Active Moisture Time Release Mist - This was a two time use sample that didn't really give me a good idea of whether I liked the product or not. It's very unlikely that I'll be spending $40 CAN on the full size though.

*Corpa Flora Rock'n Rose Exfoliating Facial Powder - review here - I love Corpa Flora products and have purchased full sizes since that review to prove it. This was a very gentle, yet effective exfoliating powder. I much prefer chemical exfoliants though. Will not be purchasing the full size.

S.W. Basics Exfoliant - review here - Hands down my favourite physical exfoliant.ever. It just worked so well for my skin without irritating it and it smelled like oatmeal. If I ever purchase a scrub in the future, it'll be this one.


The All Natural Face Cream Blush in Cotton Candy - review here - My favourite and, obviously, most used ANF blush shade. The purple worked with my naturally red cheeks without enhancing the redness. Since discovering that I can't use these blushes anymore, because of the argan oil,  I'm glad that I finished at least one. Won't be repurchasing.

*Pure Anada Mascara in Black - review here - This mascara kinda sucked at first, it was too wet for my liking, but amazing once it dried up a bit. It was great wet as well, but I found it separated my lashes too much for my liking. This mascara held up in Jamaica (hot as hell) and in the cold. It didn't flake, smudge, run, or transfer unless I fell asleep in face plant position. I won't do a full review now, but I will say that I purchased another tube.

The Body Deli Blueberry Cleanser Sample - This cleanser surprised me. It's full of fruit acids, which is what I consider a chemical exfoliant. I used this sample every second or third day as an exfoliator, left it on for a minute or two and washed it off. My skin was left noticeably softer and even toned.  I purchased a mini bottle back in December, love it!

The Body Deli Almond Cleanser Sample - Really wanted to love this cleanser. It smelled delicious and cleansed well but I didn't find it anything spectacular. Perhaps the sample was too small or I just like other cleansers more. Won't be purchasing the full size.

Evanhealy French Rose Clay - I've had this sample in my collection for months and months. I decided to use it recently, since my skin freaked out and grew little people pimples all over. What a fantastic clay mask! It never dried out my skin, even though I used it three days in a row, and helped to calm the acne down. I may pick up the full size at some point, may.


Suki Intensive Nourishing Masque Sachet - Another item sent to me by the beautiful Cori. I didn't like this at all because of the nasty film it left on my skin. My face felt super greasy and uncomfortable. The Suki range hasn't been a hit with me. Will not be purchasing the full size.

*Rahua Conditioner Sachet - Monique, from Anise Apothecary, actually gave me this along with the shampoo sachet to try. I wasn't impressed by the conditioner, it didn't seem to do anything for my hair at all. Will not be purchasing the full size.

Red Flower Purifying Body Wash in Icelandic Moonflower and Italian Blood Orange - Both of these smelled lovely, one floral and one citrusy. They foamed up on my loofa beautifully and left me clean without drying out my skin. I prefer Deep Steep though and won't be purchasing full size.

Done, done, done!

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24 comments:

  1. You finished a lot of stuff too! It's been a good month for empties :)

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    1. I did and it certainly has! I can't wait to see other empties posts for this month xo

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  2. Such a shame that argan oil doesn't work for you, it has become my #1 favorite face oil. However you made me so curious about Tamanu, I must try it! <3

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    1. Don't make me jealous! Although, Tamanu is still my fave so I'm good lol. xo

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  3. wow you have a lot of trash, I want to try it all but you went and used it up ;-)

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    1. Sharing is caring, I'll remember that for next time :P xo

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  4. Great empties! I'm almost done with my tube of earthpaste in wintergreen, and I'm about to place an order for the peppermint flavor! :)

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    1. Nice! Wintergreen is the one I picked up, I alternate between the two. So fresh and clean xo

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  5. I'm like you, tons of stuff used up this month. I think the combination of no buy january, and the constant need to apply moisturizers in the winter is what happened. I want to try the Weleda Sea Buckthorn line and also that Pure Anada mascara!

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    1. I saw, enjoyed your empties post. I can see you liking both the mascara and sea buckthorn line, I'd actually be super interested to hear how the mascara works for you.

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  6. Have been enjoying Tamanu oil since I picked it up, I couldn't ignore your praises of it any longer! the Body Deli are launching in the UK soon, too excitedddd.

    Mayah x

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    1. Yayyy!! I'm thrilled to hear it works for you! Body Deli is launching in the UK? Sooo....you're picking up a sample of every product? lol xo

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  7. So much stuff! I love the Evan Healy rose clay too! It's also the product that's gotten my mom (a total skincare minimalist) doing semi-regular face masks, which is pretty impressive!

    I've actually been working my way through a bunch of Suki samples, but have had the opposite experience - I'm surprised how much I've liked almost everything. I haven't tried that particular mask though...

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    1. That is VERY impressive! It's so nice that I can't imagine anyone not wanting to use it.

      I feel like Suki is a love or hate brand, and I'm glad that you're enjoying it. Don't you find it a little too fragrant?

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  8. Hahha your face grew little people. My forehead has been too. That's crazy you used up an entire ANF cream blush - I can't see myself ever using one up :O Great empties post!!

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    1. together we have a small country on our face lol! It was my most reached for and I think because the formula was super creamy, my brush just always picked up too much product. Plus, my blush collection is small. Thanks girl! xo

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  9. oh lala, you have used up so many things :-))) xx

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  10. Wow well done for using up so much of your stash!! I really want to try Deep Steep I'm hoping I can find a stockist when in New York! The Lina Hanson products are on my wishlist now too!

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    1. You can find a deep steep stockist in UK, Sarah always purchases their stuff. You will die for Lina, it's so delicious. xo

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  11. Nice work with the empties! So now what's first on your list to buy? You made me interested in Deep Steep too!

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to pick up a cream blush, either W3ll People or Kjaer Weis...can't decide! Deep Steep is a no brainer, you'll love it xo

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  12. Wow very nice! Too bad for argan oil..xx

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