Summer Empties 

Hi there! Welcome back to another Empties post where I tell you all about the products I’ve used over the past few months and how I enjoyed/disliked them. The designated empties box under my bed was getting pretty full so it seemed like the perfect time to do this post. Nothing feels better than throwing away a bunch of trash, you know what I mean?

Let’s get started! A few of these products are ones that I have had for a while but knew I desperately needed to finish them and/or toss them.

Dr. Teals Foaming Bath Relax & Relief. After a really long and stressful day, I found myself wandering through the aisles of Wal-Mart. I found this epsom salt bubble bath and decided to give it a try to de-stress. The Eucalyptus and Spearmint scent was so calming and it really did help. I think this bottle was around $4 so not expensive at all.

Batiste Dry Shampoo (in various scents). I’ve talked about this in multiple posts but it’s basically the best dry shampoo ever.

EOS Shaving Cream. Super moisturizing and super soft results.

John Frieda Sheer Blond Shampoo. I bought the conditioner too but why is it that you always finish the shampoo bottle before? I don’t have colored hair anymore so it was hard to tell any difference when I used this. The scent was really nice though.

Xen Tan Self Tanning Products. The best self tanning lotion, ever. It is pricey though but about the price of going and getting one spray tan. This lotion turns into an olive undertone though so you don’t eat up looking orange when it develops on the skin. I bought another bottle recently and it’s been great throughout the summer. I highly recommend this product!

Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face and Body Scrub. I bought this at TJMaxx a few months ago and it lasted a really long time. The particles form a dense, gentle, but also harsh exfoliation to the skin.

Garnier Fructis Style Hairspray. My favorite hairspray, I think. This brand also has an anti-humidity line which is great for taming the mane in Oklahoma summers. The scent is very light and doesn’t smell like aerosol alcohol, not to mention that the hold is awesome.

Jus D’Amore Bath Bomb Trinity. This was one of the items in the Summer FabFitFun box. These bath bombs smelled really good but they weren’t as “bomby” as I thought they would be. I don’t think that I would purchase this product for the full retail value.

Retinol X Anti Aging Cleanser. I’m not super concerned with signs of aging at this point in my life but my skin LOVES retinol. Retinol has been amazing to help keep painful, cystic acne under control. This cleanser was very gentle and the little exfoliating beads were also very gentle. This is a great product and you can get it off Amazon if you want to give it a try.

Elf Illuminating Primer. I loved this makeup primer! It gives your skin this golden glow underneath your regular foundation. I definitely went through this bottle faster than I thought I would. I highly recommend this product if your skin looks a little dull.

The Body Shop Bath Gelee. This body scrub smelled SO good. I bought in the Blueberry scent and it definitely reminded me of summer every time I used it.

Ardel Eyebrow Pencils. Another great product. These sturdy, angled eyebrow pencils helped to give precise but natural looking coverage. I think I bought these at Walgreens during a sale.

PCA Skin Wash Oily Problem. I think I have mentioned this face wash also but it is my absolute go-to. If you buy this on Amazon it significantly reduces the retail cost. I will keep buying this over and over.

Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder. This normally retails for about $35 but I found it at TJMaxx for around $8. This powder was great to use as a setting powder over foundation or as a cheek highlighter. If I ever find this again for the same price, I will definitely get it again.

**In this picture were a bunch of random BirchBox samples that, to be honest, I’m feeling too lazy to go back and describe all of them** So basically there was nothing earth-shattering worth mentioning. Hehe.

I hope you enjoyed reading about all of these products! I already have a few things to mention in the next Empties, so stay tuned!

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Love from, Amy.

 

 

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Spring Empties

 

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Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all this time you’d like to….read another Empties post! You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head. I hope you enjoyed reading my last Empties post and I’m back with another one! In case you didn’t read the last post, Empties are when you finish a bunch of products but then save all the bottles and give a review of how the product worked. I have quite a few from the last few months and I’ve put them in groups.

Makeup:
Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation— I mentioned this in my last Empties post and in a Monthly Favorites so I won’t go into another full review. But basically, I love this foundation and will keep buying it.
Clinique Even Better Foundation— I used this up over the last several months and it is probably my runner-up for favorite foundation. It’s about $27 so I try to spread it out for as long as possible. This foundation has a pretty good full coverage and it’s also buildable. This also dries in a dewy finish, not like the Boots No7 which is matte.
Daiso Eyebrow Pencil–This was amazing and I can’t seem to find another one online or in the store, sad face. And it was only $1.50.

Moisturizer:
Coast to Coast Moisturizer— I discovered this brand at Ulta, and it’s only about $5.99 in the store, opposed to the online link that ships from Australia. This is an Australian skin care brand and it’s all natural. This was very light but very moisturizing, and the scent was very spa-like.
Coast to Coast Facial Serum–This works amazingly underneath the moisturizer, it just help it to absorb even deeper and provides another layer of moisturizing.

Hair:
Gorge I’ll Make You Look Amazing— I received this product in a FabFitFun box. This was a great product for my super thin/fine hair and just helped styling to last a little bit longer.
L’oreal Volume Filler–This is one of my favorite products, ever. I already bought a second tube and use it almost every day. This gel works wonders for thin/fine hair and gives lots of volume after blow drying. This product can be worked into the roots of sweet hair, but doesn’t dry with the feeling that there’s product in your hair.

Body Wash:
Black Chamomile Body Wash–I mentioned this product in a monthly favorites a while back, but I bought it during Black Friday when it was 50% off. This is so soothing and calming at the end of a long day. I definitely slept better the nights I used this.
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap–This soap is multi-purposed and smells amazing, however it was very drying to use so I’m not sure if I will purchase and use it again.

Skin Care:
Derma E Tea Tree Face & Body Wash— Amazing for acne-prone skin and very gentle. I love the tingling feeling that this makes. I think I bought this on Amazon where it was a few dollars cheaper.
PCA Skin Facial Wash Oily Problem–I was recommended this brand from a dermatologist and it’s been a game changer for my problem skin. It’s also less expensive on Amazon. This formula is very thick and rich, so you don’t need a lot, which makes it last longer, which makes me feel better about the price.

Dry Shampoo:
Batiste Dry Shampoo–Best dry shampoo I’ve ever used! You don’t need much for it to absorb oil quickly. This usually sells for $8 in stores but I just found it for around $5 at Walmart.
Klorane Dry Shampoo–I received this brand in a BirchBox and it was great for traveling! It wasn’t as effective as the Batiste but it wasn’t awful.
PSSSST Instant Dry Shampoo— I also had a small can of this that I saved for traveling. This worked very similar to the Batiste brand, but it took a little bit longer to dry.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Spring Empties and stay tuned for more! Let me know what products have worked well for you, or even things you wouldn’t recommend.

Love from, Amy.

Winter Empties 

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I have loved reading blog posts about “empties” through various sources, it’s a great way to learn products reviews to try or not to try. “Empties” reviews are when you keep a bunch of bottles/packaging of finished/empty products and then give your review of how they worked for you/changed your life/were less than amusing/etc….

Here are some of the products that I’ve used over this past winter and what I thought about them.

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