5 June 2013

May Empties / Products I've Used Up

This was going to be up on time, and then life happened.  I started working at a second job last week and I'm still getting into the routine of balancing both jobs, blogging, and other commitments.  Plus, I actually filmed an empties video this month, but technology got the better of me.  Basically, my camera saves videos as .mov files and I don't seem to have any editing software that will work with .mov files.  I've been struggling to convert them online, but without paying for more software, I have to do it in 30 second clips and they literally take close to half an hour to convert each one!  I didn't want to delay the post any longer, so I'm giving up on the video for now and just writing a regular post.  Maybe I'll try again next month, if I can figure it all out. (And if you know how to fix this issue, please let me know!)

Anyways, in other news, I actually finished up a good number of things this month...


Acure Moroccan Argan + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo   [Review]
This, and the matching conditioner, are my favorites right now.  I've already cracked open a new bottle of the shampoo and the conditioner is still going strong.
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Wash   [Review]
I got tired of the fig scent about halfway through the bottle, but the actual body wash is lovely.  It's creamy and very moisturizing.  I want to try the almond vanilla one next, but that's the one scent I can't seem to track down recently!
Repurchase?  Yes, but probably not in this scent.

Young Living Lavender Hand & Body Lotion
I like this lotion, but I don't love it.  Most of you probably know some scents bother me, but I never have an issue with Young Living essential oils or their scented products.  If you're a lavender fan, this lotion smells amazing.  What I'm less crazy about is that it takes a little while to sink in and can leave your skin feeling a little tacky.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Earthpaste Wintergreen Toothpaste   [Review]
I've tried all three of Earthpaste's original toothpaste flavors and the wintergreen is definitely my favorite.  I still have peppermint and cinnamon tubes I'm working through, but when I need to buy more, this is the one I'll go for.
Repurchase? Yes.



Intelligent Nutrients PureLuxe Shampoo & Conditioner (samples)
These are fairly old samples that I'd forgotten about until I stumbled across them again this past month.  I like them, but they aren't something I can use on an everyday basis.  The Pureluxe line is designed for dry and damaged hair and when I use them too many times in a row, I end up getting greasy very quickly.  Used occasionally, as more of a treatment, they do make my hair look and feel a bit healthier.
Repurchase? Maybe.

Young Living Juniper Satin Scrub
This was a good basic scrub, but since I bought it, it's been discontinued.  Young Living still make a similar one in mint, but unfortunately, I don't like that one as much.
Repurchase? Not possible.

Bodhi Mint Thé Bath & Shower Therapy (sample)
I follow a number of UK bloggers and often see them raving about various Bodhi products, so I was excited to get this sample in a Naturisimo order.  It smelled lovely - a little herbal and a lot more complex than most mint scents - but I prefer using castile-based body washes, which this is not.  
Repurchase? No.

The Jojoba Company 100% Pure Jojoba Oil
I haven't been convinced that I've been getting all my makeup off, so I've added an oil cleansing step to my nighttime skincare routine.  I've tried a few different oils now, but I think jojoba has been my favorite.  
Repurchase? Yes.



Sassy Minerals Witty Banter Eye Shadow (sample)
Witty Banter was a pretty pale gold shade, which unfortunately is not available anymore, since Sassy Minerals is closed.  If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I've been on an eye shadow no buy since the beginning of the year.  It's still going strong, except I'm starting to run out of these kinds of shades - lighter, sparkly neutrals - which are what I wear on an everyday basis.  I may have to end the no-buy soon, if only to pick up a couple more colors like this!
Repurchase? Not possible.

Zuzu Luxe Onyx Mascara   [Review]
I've talked about this mascara so many times, but it really is the best natural one I've found.  It doesn't flake or smudge and it's completely non-irritating.  I've worn it for years and I expect I'll continue to buy it for a good while still. 
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Physician's Formula Organic Wear Black Jumbo Lash Mascara
I really like the plastic brush on this, which is a rare find on a natural mascara, but the actual formula is just so-so.  I found it flaked throughout the day, and while some days I was fine wearing it, others it made my eyes itch all day long.  I even had to wash my makeup completely off a couple times!  Pricing in Canada is also quite bizarre on Physician's Formula products.  They're at the drugstore, but this mascara sells for around $20, which is almost the same as Zuzu or other "higher end" mascaras.  I love that there's a healthy option so widely available, but beyond that, I'm really not impressed.
Repurchase? Doubtful.  Maybe in a pinch.

Yes to Carrots Rosey Bloom Colorbalm   [Review]
I'm a big fan of these tinted lipbalms and Rosey Bloom is my favorite of the three shades.  It's a great "my lips but better" color that makes your lips look a bit more polished without venturing into  lipstick territory.  These also last a good while on your lips - I can apply them before work and they'll still be noticeable at the end of a shift.
Repurchase? Yes.

Have you used any of these products?


10 comments:

  1. Just got the Zuzu Luxe mascara a week or two ago--I remembered you loving it, I was out of mascara for a month, I was in Whole Foods, and the rest is history. I agree with the no flaking, and I think it is quite nice, though it has a tendency to uncurl my lashes throughout the day.

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  2. I'm lucky in that my lashes curl naturally, it's not something I ever really have to worry about with mascaras! I'm glad you're liking it other than that :)

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  3. Everybody is talking about Earthpaste, i guess i'll just have to buy it!:D x

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    1. You definitely should:) It's become my favorite toothpaste and the ingredients can't be beat!

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  4. Wow, nice empties. I can't find the vanilla almond nourish body wash either but I've been using dr bronner unscented and really like it. I don't line unscented scents but it sure beats getting sick of an actual scent lol. You should try the PF organic wear fake out, I bought 2 for $9 at walmart. It doesn't flake unless I apply a heavy layer under my eyes.

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    1. Thanks! I'd definitely give the PF a try if I found it for that price! I always see it at Shoppers for $19.99, which seems way expensive for a drugstore product. I've used the unscented Dr. Bronners...it's great, but I like a scent...just not one I get tired of, lol. I just bought a couple new ones on iherb to try, so I'll have to see how they work out!

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  5. Funny you mention the Acure shampoo--I was just looking at it the other day! Will check out your review.

    I do like the Physician's Formula mascara but here in the U.S. I can get a BOGO pack for $10, so it's like paying $5 per tube! It doesn't really flake on me, but it does wear away eventually. I didn't notice that it irritated my eyes though.

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    1. See, at that price, I understand why people love it! I may give it (or one of the other formulas) another try at some point, but $20 just seems excessive for a drugstore product.

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  6. I'm having the same thoughts about the Physician's Formula Jumbo Lash Mascara... I just can't decide whether I like it or not. Like you, I love the applicator because it delivers just the right amount of mascara, allowing me to build up but I find that sometimes it does flake. I need to test it further, though. Not sure whether it's just the weather here in Singapore.

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    1. I think I'm going to wash the applicator and keep it to use with other mascaras. Is that weird? I could possibly deal with the flaking, but itchy eyes is a deal breaker!

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