Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 May - July Empties!!!

Left to Right:
Mr. Bubble:  (LOL) This is an OLD bottle.  It's probably around 5 years old.  I think I couldn't find anything else at the time.
Dr. Woods Tea Tree Castille Soap:  A staple of mine.  I love it when I'm feeling oily.  I love it for its deodorizing properties as well.
Nubian Heritage Patchouli and Buriti Body Wash:  I love this body wash.  When I initially used this body wash, I didn't smell much in terms of patchouli.  More of a spicy woodsy scent.  Then I would notice that I smelled a little of patchouli hours later.  A few days later, the bathroom smelled wonderfully of patchouli!  Probably some of the oils being left behind on the washcloth and the shower area itself.
Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash: Another one of my staples.  This moisturizes and brightens the skin.  When my brightening face & body bar runs out, I will sometimes use this in place of my face wash.
Nubian Heritage Goat Milk & Chai Bodywash:  A wonderfully gentle and spicy scented body wash.  It has a "cheerful" smell to me.  This and the Patchouli and Buriti are my 2nd favorites after the Coconut and Papaya from the Nubian Heritage line.
Caress Passionate Spell Bodywash: As I've said before I love, love, love the way this smells -- but unless Caress goes cruelty free, I will not be buying this anymore.  Wah!  There are too many wonderful cruelty free brands like Nubian & Dr. Woods to justify my buying this at this point in time.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Satsuma Orange, Pink Grapefruit and Passionfruit:  Once upon a time, I went crazy buying The Body Shop body butters.  I convinced myself that I would use them.  By, that, I mean use them in the conventional way.  Except I still don't like the feeling of cream or lotion all over my skin.  Body butters are now relegated to my shower to be used for shaving or mixing with my bodywash for extra moisture.  I finally finished these three.  I think I have another 4 or 5 to go.  Yikes!!!

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Mist:  I actually liked this a lot.  It was nice and light.  I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon as I have a HUGE years old bottle of 4711 to finish up (my other light summer fragrance that I can spray liberally).

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser:  I love mixing this on my Clarisonic with my favorite brightening soap.  I also like using this on a mild scrubbie cloth to help take off makeup in the shower.  I have a couple more to go through.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel:  I liked this; but, I wasn't in love with it.  The smell kind of reminded me of the Herbal Essence shampoo from the 70's and 80's.

MAC Pre +Prime Fix + (Cucumber scented, I believe):  Good stuff  and great packaging but unless M.A.C. decides to go cruelty free again, I will not be buying their products.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation:  As you can see, this is a travel size.  I got this as part of the Three Little Wonders set that also came with the African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser that I got in June.  I really enjoyed the face cream.  It was light and helped keep my pores clear.  When I use up a few more of my skin care items, I think I will purchase a full sized one.
Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Vitamin C 20% Serum: This was inexpensive.  Got this from Amazon.  I actually still have a little left -- it's in another bottle.  I got tired of using the dropper and started decanting it into a smaller glass pump bottle.  It's a really light serum that I mix in with moisturizers.

Proclaim Argan Hot Oil:  I had actually used a lot more than the two bottles.  I have been using this stuff since 2011.  I wait for them to go on sale before I buy them.  For me, there's no need to actually heat it up.  I used to use 1/3 of a bottle.  But, lately, my hair is so long that I tend to use the whole bottle. I haven't had to use it that much since using Matrix's Oil Wonder's shampoo -- which actually kind of reminds me of a sudsy version of this.  

Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe:  Surprisingly, I didn't care for this that much.  I worked okay for me.  Nothing for me to write home about.  The thing I objected to the most was the smell.  It seemed to have an underlying tabacco smell.  Ewww!
Avalon Organics Thickening Conditioner Biotin B-Complex Therapy:  I do like this conditioner.  It's not as "conditioning" as my Oil Wonders conditioner.  But it's great when my skin is going through an oily phase.  I also sometimes put this on my scalp and use Oil Wonders on the rest of my hair.
MAC Paint Pot Painterly:  I liked this.  I used every bit of this up. I will not be buying another one unless MAC goes cruelty free again.

Physician's Formula Nude Wear gift set:  I tried, with this palette.  I wasn't enamored with any of the products and wouldn't buy them separately.  I really did not like the blush.  I wasn't very pigmented at all.  This might be okay for someone who has very pale skin; but, not for me. 
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Spotlight Trio Opal:  I finally used those up.  I really liked mixing them with my foundation -- especially Kat Von D's Lock It foundation.  It helped thin the foundation out when I wanted less coverage; and, it helped lessen the matteness of the foundation.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Spotlight Trio Champagne Gold: (See description above.)
Urban Decay mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion:  I got this as part of a gift a while back from a friend.  This works just fine.  I personally prefer thicker eye primers -- to work with more unusual colors.

Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara:  I actually liked this.  But, I will not buy this again unless Maybelline goes cruelty free.
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara: I liked this mascara.  I heard about this from Young Wild and Polished on YouTube.  This volumizes and lengthens and holds the curl pretty good.
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: This did not hold a curl on my lashes.  I only used this a few times.  Wouldn't not repurchase anyway unless they go cruelty free.
Estee lauder Little Black Primer: This helped my lashes hold a curl.  This looked great under other mascaras and by itself for a more natural look.  Alas -- yes, alas, Estee Lauder is not cruelty free.  I will not buy this again unless the go cruelty free.
Loreal Voluminous Original:  This one was good.  I wasn't wowed by it.  Nor was I disappointed in it.  L'oreal, however, is not cruelty free.

Colour Pop Brow Pencil In Dope Taupe:  I liked the color and the way this went on.  I thought it rubbed off a little too easily.  My big issue with this, however was, despite their being more product in it than my BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil, I reached the bottom faster than my BH HD Brow Pencil.  Part of this is due to the fact that the pencil is so soft it breaks easily even when the "lead" is hardly up.  (Sigh!)
BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil:  This has been my go to micro brow pencil.  I have tried Anastasia's (which is good), and I have tried NYX's micro brow pencil -- which is decent but doesn't not seem to go on as easily as my BH Cosmetics one. I was hoping I'd like the NYX one better, because, if there's a BOGO sale at ULTA, it comes out cheaper than my BH one because of the amount of product.  But, I will stick with BH.

Flora Udo's Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic: I have found probiotics to be a must in my current life.  Between the antibiotics we received throughout our life and the bad food we eat throughout our life, this is necessary to help maintain a good balance.  I have really liked the UDO's Choice Super 8.

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