2 May 2014

April Empties / Products I've Used Up

Another month gone by, can you believe it?  Time to talk about the products I finished up in April.  (And if I may, please draw your attention to the multiple makeup items that made it here this month. #proud)
Possibly the most haphazard, messy empties photo ever (Note to self: Don't take photos when rushing out the door and toss empties before checking how said photos came out)
Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Wash
Weleda's Sea Buckthorn scent is a favorite of mine and the body washes are great.  They're creamy, hydrating and pretty much perfect for the colder months, if not all year.
Repurchase? Yes, but not immediately.

Acure Unscented Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 Lotion   [Review]
I've talked about this lotion many times before, so I'm sure I don't need to clarify that I'm a fan.  In fact, I even recently featured it as one of my two holy grail picks in SugarPuffish's Natural Blogger HG series.  
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Frangipani Shea Butter Softening Lotion*   [Review]
This is intended as a super moisturizing face product, but I actually used most of mine on my body.  It's a whipped shea butter made with jojoba oil and neroli, geranium, and lavender essential oils.  It melted into the skin easily and, as the name suggest, was very softening on any dry patches.
Repurchase? Maybe. I have a few other shea butters to use up first.

Earthpaste Wintergreen Toothpaste   [Review]
Another repeat buy.  I like Earthpaste, but after about a year and a half of using it, I'm a little curious to explore what else is out there.  Sadly, on first glance at least, the availability of glycerin-free toothpaste doesn't seem to have improved much since the last time I looked - it's still pretty slim pickings out there.    
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Young Living Deep Relief Roll-On
This is a blend of peppermint, wintergreen, lemon, balsam fir, copaiba, clove, helichrysum, vetiver, and palo santo that's really great for any injuries, muscle soreness, or tension.  It feels very cooling and tingly on and helped a lot when I had shin splints a few years ago.  I like to keep it on hand for any aches and pains that crop up.  
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Foundation in Geisha   [Review]
I think this is my third pan of this foundation and you can see, I used every last speck.  It's one of the quickest foundations to apply - which I appreciate since I always seem to be doing my makeup in a hurry - and Geisha matches my skin really well.  I have the compact (which sells separately) as well, but I actually prefer keeping it in the plastic case that the refill comes in.  The compact somehow always manages to leak bits of powder everywhere.
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.  [In related news, darker-skinned ladies will soon be able to enjoy this foundation as well - I hear Honeybee Gardens is getting ready to expand the color range with some new, deeper shades.]

Lucy Minerals Lucy Light Foundation in Light   [Review]
If you're looking for a mineral foundation with very good, buildable, medium-to-full coverage, I don't think you can do better than Lucy Minerals.  I've not found another mineral foundation that even comes close.  I've had my jar for over two years (!) and I'm not sure if it changed color towards the end, or if I've gotten even paler, but I didn't feel like the bottom of the pot matched me as well as it did when I first bought it.  
Repurchase? Probably.  I think I'd have to go through color-matching with samples all over again though. 

DIY Finishing Powder
This was a homemade finishing powder I mixed up last summer after reading a series of rave reviews of RMS Beauty's "Un" Powder.  Despite the accolades, I have a difficult time believing that single ingredient products like "Un" Powder (or Make Up For Ever's HD Powder) can be all that different from the silica microspheres that you can buy from TKB Trading for under $2.  Here, I mixed some of Lucy Minerals' Lucy Light Finishing Powder with silica, in the hopes of making it a little better for oil control.  It worked well in that regard, but overall, I think I like Lucy Minerals' unaltered finishing powder a little more.
Make again? Probably not.

Une Skin Glow Pencil in G02   [Review]
I love this pencil for covering dark circles.  It's peachy and brightening and works very well under a light dusting of Silk Naturals' Sleep in a Jar.  I just wish they'd make a bigger, jumbo-sized pencil, since the combo of the two is on my face pretty much every day that I wear makeup.  
Repurchase? Yup.  In fact, I already had a backup waiting!

Shiro Cosmetics Meowth Eye Shadow (sample)   [Review]
Meowth is a great shimmery cream that was perfect for highlighting the inner corner.  The name has been changed to Whiteout since I bought mine, but, as far as I know, the color remains the same.
Repurchase? I wouldn't place an order just for this item, but I'd definitely throw in it the next time I buy anything from Shiro.

Cheeky Cosmetics Fairy Tale Eye Shadow (sample)   [Review]
Cheeky Cosmetics' eye shadows are great and Fairy Tale is a pretty, pinkish highlight color that I also liked using on the inner corner.  
Repurchase? Not sure.

And that's it for April!  Have you tried any of these?  What products did you use up this month?

*Indicates press sample
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  1. I love seeing your empties as there's always a few brands in there that I've not really used or heard of before. I'm fascinated by the Young Living roller as I often have a painful numb patch on my shoulder that it sounds like this might help. Thanks for sharing, Caitie! x

    1. Ouch! I've been impressed with the Deep Relief, I do think it might help :)

  2. I am using the Weleda body wash at the moment. I love it x

  3. I also emptied the Weleda body wash recently and I absolutely loved the heavenly and intense smell of it. I also like their Bodylotions very much.
    Yummy! .)

    1. It's definitely one of my favorite body washes now :) I've only used samples of the lotions, but I liked them too!

  4. Great to discover new products via your "empties"!
    Have a fab weekend my dear!

    1. Thanks Helena! Hope you had a great weekend too :)

  5. Great empties, I need to try Weleda's body washes, everyone seems to like them :) And yes, Acure lotions are amazing!<3 x

    1. Thanks! I waited a long time to try the body washes too...not really sure why! I'd say they live up to all the hype :)

  6. Well done on using the makeup up! I love Weleda's Sea Buckthorn range so much x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    1. Thanks! It's kind of ridiculous how excited I was to see makeup empties this month :)

  7. Lots of goodies here :) I love the sound of the Lucy Minerals foundation, might have to give that a try x

    1. If you're looking for mineral foundation with real coverage, I don't think you can beat it! They do samples too, which is always great for a test run :)

  8. I'm so so so curious about that tooth paste! I'm going to google it and find out more.

    Corinne x

    1. Earthpaste is great. It doesn't necessarily resemble the toothpastes we're all used to (pretty much no lather, not white, etc.), but once you get past that, it's been great :)


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