Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Products I've Used Up #1

Welcome to my first empties post!

I've watched in awe as many a YouTuber has pulled out empty product after product from a box or bag to talk about on a monthly basis.  I'll be surprised if I do this type of post every few months.  In fact, I'm surprised that I'm only on my 3rd post and I've already accumulated enough empty products to talk about.

Let's dive right in and talk about the empty bottles pictured above.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 ($26)- Love me some o' this moisturizer with SPF 30, which is totally necessary to protect my porcelain complexion from the sun's damaging rays (especially because my beloved Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation comes sans SPF, and summer is finally headed our way!).  It comes out of the bottle white and disappears into the skin, giving it a dewy appearance.  Actually purchased another one of these today.

This shampoo leaves my brushes feeling silky soft and squeaky clean, which is why I will likely repurchase this in the future when I have some extra cash lying around.  Until then, I will be washing my brushes with Walmart-brand baby shampoo, which only ran me $3 at most (and it's HUGE).

Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel ($32)- If I had to retire the majority of my cleansers and only resign to having one, this would be it.  It lathers so well and removes all of my makeup at the end of the day.  It is somewhat drying (not a surprise because it's a lathering gel) but nothing that a good moisturizer (see moisturizer mentioned above)or night cream cannot fix.  This 7.2 oz bottle lasted me a good few years before it ran out (but I usually rotate 3-4 cleansers at a time). This has been repurchased.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99)- This is a little baby size that I received with my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover. So glad I had the opportunity to try it. Nice and gentle, it is perfect for those occasions when my skin feels particularly sensitive (unfortunately, I am prone to allergies).  It foams a wee bit, but not much, which lends to its gentle claim.  I may purchase this when one of the cleansers in my current line-up becomes apart of my next empties post.

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Hand Cream ($7.50)- I can't decide if I prefer this sweet scent or Vanilla Bean Noel better, as far as BBW holiday traditions are concerned.  Got this after holiday as part of the semi-annual sale, and it was a pleasure to use up.  I don't normally used fragranced lotions (because I am sensitive), but being that my hands are tougher than the rest of me I decided to give this a go.  Lovely scent, and I will be repurchasing at holiday this year.

and last, but certainly not least:

Tarte Gifted Mascara ($20) - This lash-coater is HG worthy, but I hardly stay loyal to mascaras.  There are too many to choose from, and I want to give them all a try at some point.  This mascara definitely filled the 'your lashes but better' category for me as it volumized, separated and lengthened my lashes without looking spidery or clumpy.  Definitely recommend that you shell out $20 for this mascara.  It's worth it.

Still trying to decide what to gift my momma for Mother's Day.  What is everyone else doing?  My original idea fell through.  Give me some ideas!




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