Tuesday, 6 November 2012

October Empties

I'm constantly astonished by how many products I manage to use up every single month! October was no exception, as I till compiled a mountain of products. It seemed as though a lot of my skincare was running out at the same time, which always seems to happen to me.

Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo & Pantene Extra Straight Shampoo - I used one of these up on October 1st, and the other one was already half empty, so it didn't take long to go through. I've been using Pantene for years, and I do quite like it. However, I'm going to try to start using solid shampoos from Lush, as a way to cut down on my waste. I go through a ton of shampoo, so I'd rather cut all of those pesky bottles from my recycling bin!

L'Oreal Total Repair Instant Miracle - I hate this stuff! It's supposedly a deep conditioner, but I found it so thin and watery, I needed a lot of product to cover my hair, so I went through this bottle quickly. I actually found this less conditioning than a normal everyday conditioner, so I will not repurchase.

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity (reviewed here)- I loved this facial wash! This bottle lasted me 4 months, and I would definitely repurchase. I even started using this on my Clarisonic, and it pretty worked well!

Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shower Gel/Bubble Bath/Shampoo - This was the birthday gift for Sephora Beauty Insiders for 2011, so it's taken me a while to get to it! I adore the scent of this product, it is amazing! If you love sweet vanilla scents, then you'll like this one. Plus, the formula is quite creamy and moisturizing too!

Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care Shampoo - I used this up after finishing off my Pantene bottles. I liked this, but I won't be purchasing this, since I don't suffer from an itchy scalp.

Clinique Color Surge Bare Brilliance Lipstick in 121 Precious Pink - I loved this lip stick! It was a really pretty pearly pink, but I think that it's discontinued now. I really love Clinique's lip products, I think they're some of the best on the market!

Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser - I received this with my Clarisonic when I purchased it. I don't have a ton to say about this cleanser, it was alright, but nothing amazing. I wouldn't purchase a full-size bottle.

Simple Vital Vitamin Moisturizing Day Cream* (reviewed here) - I quite enjoyed using this in the Summer, but now that the seasons are changing, I'm also changing a bit of my skincare. Now I'm using a moisturizer from Origins, that I'm quite enjoying. 

Simple Restoring Night Cream* - I really enjoyed using this night cream! It was really moisturizing, but it didn't leave me feeling or looking greasy. This is one that I would repurchase. 

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, and Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream - Full review of all three here. These are my favourite hand creams, so I would repurchase all three!

Ahava Dermud Intensive Foot Cream (reviewed here) - I really liked this product! I loved the scent of it, and it is so thick and moisturizing. I highly recommend trying this out, and I would repurchase. 

Sephora Creamy Body Wash Caps* (Reviewed here) - I finished off Cotton Flower, Lagoon, and Lemon Verbena, but I must have thrown out the last one. I liked these, and if I were to purchase the full size of any of them, it would be Lemon Verbena. However, I do want to try out some of the other scents in the line first!

The Body Shop Satsuma Shimmer Lip Balm (reviewed here) - I enjoyed this lip balm, but now I'm not sure that I would repurchase. There are so many other scents from The Body Shop that I love, I might just stick to those (Coconut, Mango, Shea). 

Givenchy Dahlia Noir & Roberto Cavalli Perfume Samples - I liked both, but I'm really wanting the full size of Roberto Cavalli!

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eye Base - There was hardly anything in this sample, so it was hard to test out. I don't really need to use eye primers, as I don't have oily lids, so I wouldn't repurchase.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture - I really loved this moisturizer! I think it would be amazing in the Winter months if you have drier skin. I would purchase the full size in the future.

Revlon Super Lustrous SPF 15 Lip Gloss in Pink Afterglow (Reviewed here) - I really, really loved this gloss! It's made me want to try out more shades in the Super Lustrous range, since the formula of this one was amazing. I would repurchase in the future, but I want to give my other glosses some love first!

bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer - I did not like this product, I found it really thick and hard to smooth out onto my lids. I wouldn't purchase the full size.

Simple Soothing Eye Balm* (reviewed here) - I liked this eye cream, but for the Winter months I'm wanting something a bit thicker and creamier. I have one from Olay that I really enjoy, so I think I'll stick with that.

Ahava Mineral Body Lotion - Loved this! I just adore the scent of Ahava's products, and I haven't met a product from Ahava that I haven't loved. I think that this is a brand that doesn't get the credit that it deserves. Definitely check them out!

The Body Shop Vanilla Home Fragrance Oil - I really love the scent, but I've had it for years, so I don't even know if it's still carried!

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins - First of all, I didn't enjoy the scent of this. But, besides that, I love this product. This is so creamy and moisturizing, I think it'd be the perfect night cream year round! This might just be the next full size night cream I purchase!

Lush Lemony Flutter (Reviewed here) - This is one of my holy grail products! This is the second pot that I've finished off. I've been without this for about three weeks, and I miss it dearly. I need this back in my life!

Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub - I picked up a sample of this to try out, and I love it! This scrub actually foams up to a gorgeous lather, which is something I've never seen in a scrub before! The scent is great, so I will probably purchase the full size in the future.

Dr. Brandt Collagen Eye Serum - I liked this, but it wasn't anything amazing or special. I don't think it's necessarily worth the price. I have an eye cream that I love from Olay that I'll stick with for now.

Herbal Essences Hydralicious Conditioner - This was an okay conditioner, but I did find the bottle quite a hassle. I find that Herbal Essences conditioners are always so hard to squeeze out of their bottles! Does anyone else find this?

OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps in Girly Glam* (reviewed here) - I really liked these! I thought they were quite easy to apply, and they lasted for 5 days on my nails before I removed them. I would purchase these for a special occasion, but not for everyday wear. 

Urban Decay Sin Eye Shadow - I completely used up Sin from the original Naked Palette! I used this as my all over lid colour for months, and I loved it. Right now I'm trying to find something else in my stash to use as an all over lid colour, but I have a feeling it won't be long before I purchase Sin!

So that is everything I've used up in October, crazy isn't it!? I used up a lot of my full size products this month, so I don't think November's Empties will be quite as large, but you never know! Let me know if you've used any of these products, and what you've used up recently :)


  1. That's so many products! I can't seem to make a dent in my naked palette!

    1. I use my Naked Palette pretty much every day! I adore it, I've also hit pan on Naked, and I'm about to hit pan on Half Baked!

  2. I love the Soap&Glory Face Soap, it's so refreshing!

    Lana, xo

  3. You always have some great faves!! Doesn't it feel good to use up a lip stick? But it is a bummer that it's discontinued.

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

    1. I tend to fly through lip products, especially balms! But I love knowing that I've thoroughly enjoyed a product that I spent my money on!

  4. Wow! So many products. :D


  5. I'm pretty sure that I've not used this many products up in a year! LOL

    1. Aw, I'm sure if you kept track of all of your empties you would realize how much you actually go through! I had no idea how much I used up before I started doing these empties posts!

  6. Wowow! Amazing amount of empties for October!


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