September Empties

I just realized that this post never got published, so my apologies. I’ll chalk this up to user error since I have others just sitting in my drafts folder. I’ll be pushing those out until I get up to date.

I haven’t used a lot of products up this past month.

1) I’ve just recently started tracking my sugar scrub usage. I think I go thru one a month. This month I finished up the Shea Sugar Scrub in Original Shea. I alternate between two different scents.

2) I received the Kleem Vitamin C serum for purpose of a review. I did enjoy using it, but for the price, I can get a higher end serum. I used this as a morning serum and it lasted about 6 months.

3) I received the Ulta brow tint in one of those large Ulta sets and I had forgotten about it. I might have used it once but it’s old and I don’t feel comfortable using it so I’m decluttering it.

4) I love the Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream perfume. I got this sample with an online order. I already have a roller ball of it.

5) The Clinique turnaround daytime moisturizer is not something I would purchase. I received this in a Clinique set.

6) My Sephora play box a few months ago contained the GlamGlow Volcasmic moisturizer pictured here. I did recently receive another in a recent box. I could not use this during day because I’m oily, but it felt nice on the skin at night.

7) My first beauty blender experience was this tiny one I received in my Sephora play box. I’m not a fan of it because it’s too hard to hold. I used it a couple of times but I just don’t like it.

8) My last Sephora eyebrow pencil.  I do like this pencil but they really need to have a spooly on the other end instead of this comb. I have a few Anastasia pencils to go thru so I won’t be repurchasing another for awhile.

9) As usual, I have a couple 120 ml bottles of Deadline Limeade and Abetting and 100 ml bottle of Maddscope juice. These are my two favorite juices for vaping.

10) Lastly, I have 3 packs of Claritin Ready-tabs. My allergies have been especially bad this year.  Hopefully the weather cools so I can stop needing the take them.

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Did you finish anything this month?

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Summer 2017 Empties

Sorry for my extended absence. I basically took the summer off and had a moderately successful no-buy. Anyway, I did finish a lot of products this summer. What is listed here are products I finished from June through August.

  • Claritin – I have terrible allergies so I take one of these a day. You can see how that adds up.
  • Orbit gum – Received this as a sample from pinchme and I did like the flavor of this gum.
  • Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, simple makeup remover wipes , cotton rounds – I used these to remove my makeup. I dont really like the simple wipes as much as the Neutrogena wipes. I still have a pack of the Neutrogena wipes that Im about halfway done with.
  • Clean & Clear cleanser – I LOVE this cleanser and and I didnt want to finish it because I couldn’t find it anywhere anymore. I purchased a similar cleaner from Clean & Clear so we will see how it stacks up against this one.
  • Purity cleanser – I didnt really like this and I believe I have a deluxe sample that I received from a subscription box.
  • Philosophy cleanser – I did like this cleanser, and Im currently using another cleanser from Philosophy in a full size.
  • Glamglow supermud mask – I LOVE this mask. I do have a smaller size already but Im working on one from Origins right now.
  • Sea breeze astringent – I really LOVE Sea Breeze. It makes my skin feel great and I also use it to clean up my skin after I color my hair.
  • Bamboo shampoo and conditioner – I got this from a Target box and I HATE this. It doesnt lather and I dont like the scent.
  • Pantene shampoo – Ive always liked Pantene shampoos but they aren’t good for my hair when I bleach and color it, so I only can use something like this when Im in between processes.
  • Dove deodorant – I liked this deodorant but I like the Degree deodorants more.
  • Motrin – When you have allergies, you get headaches.
  • Ulta makeup setting spray – I like this setting spray and have it in full size.
  • Japonesque lip wipe – This did remove my lipstick, but it had a horrible scent and tasted nasty.
  • Mac eye makeup remover – This really removed my eye makeup but I dont think Id purchase it.
  • Lush ocean salt scrub – Got a sample from Lush and really liked it, but the Tree Hut version is much less expensive.
  • Tarte moisturizer – I got this in a subscription box and I did like it, but I wouldn’t use it during the summer due to my oily skin. Someone with dry skin would love it.
  • Embryolisse moisturizer – I got this from Birchbox back when I was subscribed and I hated it by the end of the sample.
  • Burts bees day lotion – I loved using this as a hand cream.
  • Lush cup o coffee mask – This is a great face mask and really exfoliates. I havent pulled the trigger on the full size because I have so many masks to use first.
  • Mac fix + – Travel sized. I already have a full size and love this stuff. Its literally magic in a bottle.
  • Degree deodorant – My deodorant of choice.
  • Mac Studio Fix foundation – I did like this when I used it in the winter, but in the summer its way to ‘greasy’ for my skin.
  • Cover Girl powder foundation – This was in my Use it Up project and it was a great powder. Would repurchase after I finish the other powder foundations I have.
  • Max Factor, Sephora Lash Craft, Mad Lash, Iconoclast, makeup forever, Well People, Bobbi Brown smoky eye, elf makeup remover – I used a bunch of sample mascaras. I liked the Well People mascara alot but its almost as expensive as my favorite Mac mascara, so I can’t justify that purchase. The Elf Makeup Remover is great when you screw up your liner or mascara.
  • Brush cleaner sample from Ipsy – It did clean my brushes but the 100 point Ipsy points it costs was ridiculous.
  • Benefit lip stain – Hated this. The roses scent was way overpowering.
  • Isopropyl alcohol – I go thru at least one of these a year. I use it to repress my makeup and sanitize powder products.
  • 5 bottles of Maddscope from ScopeJuice – My all day vape.
  • 4 bottles of Limeade and Abetting – Another favorite vape juice.
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I hope you enjoyed looking at my Summer Empties. Im glad to be back sharing my thoughts with you.

April empties

I finished a bunch of things during the month of April. Below is a listing of those items as well as a photo of everything.

  1. I am decluttering two samples of the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation. They are the two lightest shades and oddly enough, they are too light for me.
  2. I finished the Sephora solid cleanser. I like using this to clean my makeup brushes. I used to use baby shampoo and olive oil but using a solid is much quicker and easier. I have repurchased.
  3. I finished a sample of Lush’s Don’t Look at Me fresh face mask. This stuff smells like Fruity Pebbles cereal. It’s a great exfoliater and it brightens my skin. I will purchase once I use up my other face masks because this one expires relatively quick.
  4. I used up the Ole Henriksen sheer transformation moisturizer. I LOVE this moisturizer. It works wonderfully under makeup. This was in my Skincare Sample Showdown Project Pan.
  5. I also used up the Belif true cream aqua bomb moisturizer. While I did enjoy using this, it was thicker than the Ole Henriksen. It does have a pleasant smell and sinks in quickly, but I don’t see myself purchasing it. This was also in my Skincare Sample Showdown Project Pan.
  6. I finished the Dionis white jasmine and shea hand cream. I love this hand cream. It has a wonderful scent and moisturizes my dry hands. I have already purchased a replacement.
  7. I have finished the Lush peppermint foot cream in what might be record time! This stuff makes my feet feel alive and it definitely moisturizes my feet. I have already repurchased.
  8. I used up the Sephora brow pencil. I really like the Sephora pencil. The only real flaw is the end that has a comb and not a spoolie. They are about $12. I do have a back-up so I won’t be repurchasing right now but I would if I didn’t have back-up brow products.
  9. I used up a Neutrogena makeup remover wipe pack. I do like these but I prefer the pack that’s green. I do have a couple back-up packs, so I don’t have to repurchase yet.
  10. I used up a Simple cleansing facial wipe packet. These are just a sample pack of 7 that I received in a subscription box. I think they changed the wipe because I didnt used to like these, but they worked a lot better than I remember.
  11. I completely killed two Revlon nail files. I use one for my hands and one for my toe nails. I have purchased two new files.
  12. I finished the Vichy cleanser. I had never used a product from Vichy before and this was a mild cleanser. I did like using it but it did not remove makeup despite the claim that this was a one-step cleanser. I would not repurchase.
  13. The Estee Edit oil cleanser was a complete surprise to me. I’ve been using some other cleansing oils that do not perform as well as this one, and once I use those other oil cleansers up, I will consider purchasing this one.
  14. The Cetaphil cleanser is one of my favorites. I usually refill this small travel bottle but I somehow ruined the threading in this bottle. I like using this as my second cleanse after removing my makeup but I’ve removed makeup with this cleanser before. It’s very gentle on the skin and leaves your face feeling clean. I have a large pump bottle that I’ve refilled this smaller one but when it runs out, it will be repurchased.
  15. The Dove dry oil moisture Moroccan Arian oil body wash was awesome. It didn’t leave a soapy feeling behind and smelled fantastic. I have some other body washes but it’s definitely one I would consider purchasing.
  16. What sort of empties post would this be without a couple bottles of Scopejuice? I went hard this month finishing up THREE BOTTLES! Somehow I managed to not have anything else to vape but this juice. I would and have repurchased.

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So those were the products I finished up in April. Did you finish anything? 

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

I tried to play it smart during this VIB sale. I made a budget of how much money I ‘allowed’ myself to spend. I did not purchase items I had an abundance of (i.e. shampoos, cleansers, etc). With one exception, all of my purchases were items located in the sale section of the website. And I purposely made the choice not to purchase anything hyped on youtube.

I have had the Marc Jacobs Object of Desire palette in my Loves list for about 6 months. I figured that it was on sale for $49 and even though 15% isnt alot, its still something. Unfortunately, one of the shadows was shattered so Im expecting a replacement any day now. (Sephora’s customer service is excellent.)

I repurchased the Sephora Outrageous Curl mascara because I had used one up last year and really missed it. Its a pretty inexpensive mascara at $12. I also repurchased the Sephora Lip Balm because its only $4. I do have a backup and Im currently using one, but I really like this formula and have heard its been discontinued (I can’t find this anymore in store).

I grabbed up one of the Sephora Oil Infusions in Fresh Berries because it was in the sale section for $7. This item hasnt been hyped, but it has been talked about enough to make me curious about the product. I figured this color would go well with the Marc Jacobs palette and I dont currently have any other lip products in that color scheme.

I also picked up the Sephora mini velour puffs for $3.

Lastly, I purchased 3 makeup brushes from the Sephora Pro line. These were also in the sale section. The gel liner brush (#26) is a great tool for gel liner or even smoking out shadows for the lower lash line. I had already purchased one several months ago and love it. I paid $7 each for them. I wanted to purchase another all over powder brush because I love the one Ive been using in the Sephora Pro line, but it was out of stock, so I got the #30 instead. It was $18 but since Ive loved every brush in the line, I figured it would still get the job done. I havent used it yet, but its just as soft as my other one. And lastly, is the Sephora Pro #42 stipple brush. I love stipple brushes. I think I have 8 or 9 of them now (4 are from Elf). This one was $15.

Unfortunately, none of the samples I received were ones I have chosen. This happens quite a bit, but its understandable during the VIB sale. I just wish they had picked out samples similar to the ones I had chosen.

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So, did you purchase anything during the VIB sale? If so, what did you get?

 

April Sephora Play Box ‘controversy’

Ive been a Sephora Play Box subscriber for about a year now, and for the last few weeks Ive been hearing alot of people online complain about this months products. I hardly ever get what I see others unbox and I hadn’t seen anything ‘offensive’ unboxed when Ive searched.

Im actually pretty happy with the items I do receive. So, I waited for my package to arrive. This months box showed up a little bit earlier than they usually do, so I was quite happy about that right off the bat.

Pictured below are the items I received.

  • Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – Ive only heard great things about this product, and I believe I picked up a trial size in the checkout line. I dont really recall anything about it, but Im excited to try it.
  • Daisy from Marc Jacobs – I really like the Daisy perfumes. Daisy Dream is my favorite but this one is very nice.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – I think this was one of the first primers on the market. It didnt really do much for me back then, but Ill try it again and see if it works now.
  • Kate Somerville exfoliator – Im really excited to try this. Ive been meaning to pick up something from her line from some time now but havent yet.
  • Makeup Forever Aqua XL pencil eyeliner – I LOVE this eyeliner in my water line. I got one a while ago as a point perk and Im almost finished it and I had it on my wish list, but now I dont have to buy it yet!
  • Peter Thomas Roth water drench moisturizer – For someone with oily skin, this scares me, but in my ‘research’ online, Ive heard hyaluronic acids are good for mature and oily skin!

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After receiving my Sephora Play Box, Im perplexed about why people are upset. Even the variations Ive seen online aren’t bad in my opinion.

Do you subscribe to Sephora Play? If so, are you upset about the products you received this month?

First Declutter of 2017

After going thru all of my makeup inventory, I noticed some items that just weren’t for me or that I just won’t use up before they’ll expire, so I decided a declutter was in order. These items will be given to my daughter-in-law since I know she loves makeup.

Skin Care:

  • Clark’s Botanicals Radiance Cream
  • Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer (foil packet)
  • Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (foil packet)
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum DS

Primers:

  • Ulta Beauty Nude Matte Eyeshadow Primer
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion

BB/CC/Foundations:

  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (foil packet)
  • It Cosmetics CC Cream (foil packet [2])
  • CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation (foil packet)
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Age Perfector (75% left)

Lips:

  • Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel DS
  • Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss DS

Hair: 

  • Miss Jessies Quick Curls (foil packet)
  • Pureology Densifying Spray
  • Matrix Salt Infused Spray

Eyes:

  • Ulta Beauty palette
  • Em Cosmetics Tokyo Plums palette
  • the Balm Meet Matt Trimony Matt Moskowitz

Misc: 

  • Model Co Contour Stick
  • Wild Child perfume foil

Here are the goodies!

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