November 2014 Empties

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Another month, another stack of finished products! For the month of November I really tried hard to work on finishing products so that I could start clearing out my abundance of products before they expire. It may not be a large gathering, but I’ve started making progress. Let’s take a look at what I was able to finish for this month’s round-up of empties…


The first empties product for the month is the LUSH Marilyn Hair Treatment. I will say right away that I am not that familiar with hair treatment products, so I don’t really have anything to compare this one too, but I still really enjoyed it! This was a pre-wash treatment for blonde-haired people that wanted lighter, brighter, and shinier hair. Seeing as though I’ve been sticking to blonde hair for the past year or so, I thought this would be a nice indulgent treat for my hair. I got about four good uses out of this treatment, the last one using whatever was left instead of leaving a little bit for a fifth use. The smell was a very creamy citrus smell that did linger for a while after being washed out and continuing with regular shampoo and conditioner. I am not sure if I saw outstanding blonde-related results from this product, but I am going to think that my hair took in the nutrients it needed and in the end looked smooth and shiny.


I’ve finally finished my first bottle of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish spray. This thickening spray does not weigh  down the hair but adds a lot of texture to make it easier for styling in my experience. It added that extra bit of volume when I needed it, which is always a bonus! I didn’t want to go without it once I ran out, so I went and bought a second one recently. This is one of my favourite hair products next to dry shampoo of course.


This product has been hanging around for a long time, but I’ve finally used it all up. The Vitabath Exfoliating Sugar Scrub was a product I got when I used to be subscribed to Glossybox Canada and was my first product into he world of exfoliating scrubs. I got the scrub in the scent Fresh Citrus Twist, and it was the perfect scent to help wake me up in the shower. The formula wasn’t too harsh on the skin so it scrubbed away what it needed to while being fairly gentle on the skin. I’ve gone and bought better products since for exfoliating, but this was a great introductory product and at a decent price compared to the more pricey ones I’m using now.


My favourite product out of this bunch has got to be the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer. For such a long name, this product is worth the mouthful of words. The secret to this product for me was to get it in the shade “Brightener”. The shade of this brightening version had more of a warmer pink tone to it which was perfect house as a duo highlight/concealer product. I usually use this underneath my eyes and is needed around my nose. The sponge applicator on the end of it made for really easy application and then I would justus my Beauty Blender sponge to blend it in with a natural finish. Not only was it a fantastic product, it came at a much cheaper price than anything you would be able to finding Sephora, which can be quite rare these days. You can bet I’ve had a second one waiting for me once I finished this first one.


The previous item was my favourite for beauty in this round-up of empties, but when it comes to skin care the Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream has been my saviour for the past year. The packing that it comes in may appear smaller than most of their hand creams, but it packs a punch with how moisturizing and eczema battling this hand cream really is. Back when I worked in food service, my hands would not be all that lovely to look at due to the constant hand washing and daily grime that it went through. I discovered this hand cream and kept it with me as if my life depended on it. Using it constantly my hands would start to look better. I’ve kept a hand cream around me in my bedroom and in my work office because it does a fantastic job of moisturizing your hands and locking in that layer of moisture, even through hand washing. It’s formula is non-greasy which I think was my favourite part about the hand cream because no one loves to put on hand cream and then have their hands slip and drop a cup of coffee on themselves. This id definitely one of the great ones, and at a fairly cheap price too.


I’m going to bunch together two black liquid eyeliners that I’ve finished up lately. The first one is my holy grail eye lining product, the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I don’t know how many I’ve finished up by now, but my best guess is that this is my third. My only flaw with this eyeliner is that the endow the pen applicator sometimes bends and wears a bit, which could make your application a little less accurate, but that usually don’t happen until closer to this product’s end of use. Besides that fact, this product has the best formula I’ve ever used in a liquid eye liner. The second product I finished up is also a really great product that shouldn’t go without a bit of praise, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Unlike the Stila liner, this one does not have any flaws when it comes to it’s applicator because it always stays perfectly shaped on on point! I have noticed a lot of love on the internet lately for this product and I would say it is worth all that hype. I have purchased another liner from the same brand that I like even ore than this original liner, and possibly may love even more than the Stila one, but you’ll hear more about that when I finish that one up.


The last bit of empties I’m going to talk about came as a trio set when I claimed it for a 500 point perk at Sephora. I’ve never been too familiar with this brand was considering their products aren’t cheap and I got to try miniature versions of three really great products, I consider this a win for me. These products were part of the Caudalie Vinosource range, which included the following three products: S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue, S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, and the Moisturizing Sorbet. The main ingredient that went into these products is organic grape water, which the brand is known for, and delivers such a soothing scent with each of the products being used. The eye cream was very moisturizing to the underage area, the serum gave my skin the moisture it needed to make it look healthy and alive, and the sorbet was a slightly different texture than what most people are used to with a moisturizer, but I found to be really cool and glad that this cream could intensely moisturizes dehydrated and sensitive skin. I really considered purchasing the full-size versions of these products once I finished them, but the price point on them was a little too high for my liking. I’ll keep them on a wish list to remember in the future if I ever feel like treating myself. They are worth the money, I just need to finish all my other products before I can justify handing over the cash for these ones.