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October Empties

I must be bored, lonely, or starting to settle in for the winter, because apparently I can’t step away from the blog.  I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy around here, and a simpler house and lifestyle leads plenty of time for fun things.  In my case, that is cooking/baking, exercise, knitting, and blogging!  I stopped saving empties for awhile, but decided to start again in October.  I still have far more beauty and skin care items than I would care to have, but I have been very careful in minimizing my purchases.  I am still sticking by the “no purchasing more until I have absolutely run out” rule. Or at least, I was until I found out about a $25 off The Shopping Channel code.  It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye maaaay have made it’s way to my vanity, despite still having a 1/4 full Benefit Erase Paste, a nearly new Fake Up and a brand new Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer.  I’ve been so good though!


So this month, I have a lot of full size products.  After focusing on samples in August for Sample Killah, I wanted to move on to some bigger items.

Pantene Pro V Ultimate 10 BB Creme

In a nutshell, this just wasn’t for me.  The line wasn’t moisturizing enough for my curly hair, and it was too lightweight, leaving me with a frizzy, poufy ‘do.  These bottles aren’t actually empty, but I passed them along to a family member who could use them, along with the BB Creme.  See my review here.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Foaming Cleanser

   I usually use The Bosy Shop’s tea tree line during the summer, but found myself purchasing some Neutrogena products at Target to use after working out in the morning.  This cleanser is a thick white paste that foams nicely – pea size amount was enough for my entire face.  I didn’t find it overly drying, and found it helped with my problem areas (chin!), keeping enlarged pores at bay.  Most blemishes I noticed were gone within a few days, which I attribute to this cleanser.  I’m back to my tree tree cleanser for now, but would likely repurchase.   I had to cut the tube since about 1/3 of the product was still inside.

Bath and Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla

   I’m actually not a big fan of B&BW products anymore, aside from the True Blue Spa line, and the candles.  I have a TON of lotions and shower gels left, as most of the parents at work will give out B&BW at Christmas time.  I’ve been using them as bubble bath, and can’t complain.  As a shower gel, I find them very drying.

True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Scrub

This has to be one of my favourite scents from B&BW – it smells amazing!  A very rich vanilla/almond scent.  The lotion leaves my hands feeling so soft.  While this scrub isn’t the best (the sugar is very coarse), it came in a set with the hand lotion so I was happy to use it up.

Maskeraide Sheets Masks

   Love these!  Check out my review here.

Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes

    I really like these wipes, and a just using up a few more packs of sample size ones before I repurchase.  I may get the grapefruit kind – I like to keep them in my bedside table to use on nights were I can’t seem to find the energy to wash my face.


Philosophy Hope In a Jar

I purchased this in a set from Sephora online.  The jar was sealed, but I think it was off – the top layer was a bit yellowed, and didn’t absorb into my skin well at all – it would leave little bit of lotion that were almost solid.  Once I got toward the bottom of the jar, the consistency was much lighter and absorbed well.  The scent was a little strong.  The lotion absorbed quickly, but it just wasn’t amazing for the price.  I’m still in search of a new daily moisturizer, though I’ll probably revert back to my tried and true Aveeno Positively Radiant.

Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear

   This is my all time favourite foundation ever.  Which means I shouldn’t be surprised that it has been discontinued. I managed to order a new ones off eBay to get me through the next few months, but then I will have to find a new favourite!

MAC Trace Gold

   This was my bronzer of choice for the spring and summer – it didn’t read as orange on my skin, and a light dusting over my nose, forehead and cheekbones left me looking sunkissed and radiant.  It does have some shimmer, but it was very fine and read more as a glow on me.  I’ve moved on to some other bronzers for now, but it is a contended for repurchase next year.

Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex

   I liked the texture, it absorbed quickly, no dry skin under my eyes – I love my Philosophy Miracle Worker eye cream for night, but this was a great alternative for day.  I’ve moved on to Origin’s GinZing eye cream, but it was a great few months with Olay!

M Asam Perfect Teint

I read that a lot of people loved this product, so I swapped for a small pot it.  A little went a long way, but I just didn’t love the product.  I have nothing bad to say about it, but if I am to purchase another primer in the future, I want it to have a pump or tube so I don’t have to dip into a pot each day.

L’Oreal Voluminous in Blackest Black

   My all time favourite mascara – this with the Lancome lash primer = my ideal lashes.  I’ve been using it since it first came out, and always have another tube waiting.  I usually have 1-2 other tubes open at any given time for variety, but Voluminous is my favourite!

Thank you for joining me for another monthly favourites.  I’d like to try to write an overview of what is left in my stash before the end of the year, as I would like to try to continue working away at my products in 2015.  Hopefully my blogging gusto continues and I will actually get around to it!

Some of the products featured were provided for review.  All opinions are my own.


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