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June empties

june-emptiesPixi Glow Mud Cleanser | I won this in an Instagram giveaway, and I quickly fell in love. I’m not a huge fan of the scent, which is pretty heavy, and kind of old-ladyish, but everything else about it is lovely. It’s gentle and non-foaming, but it leaves my skin feeling cleansed. Since I replaced the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser with this (and started using the Pixi Glow Tonic) my skin has changed dramatically. For the longest time, I was getting consistent breakouts on both cheeks, and now they’ve all but stopped. Unfortunately, Pixi seems to be one of those brands that can never keep anything in stock, and when I finished up this tube, I was on a frantic hunt all over the internet trying to get a new one. I eventually found it on Amazon for double the price. Who knows what I’m going to do when I finish up that bottle 🙁

Derma E Hydrating Night Crème | I thought I wasn’t going to repurchase this moisturizer after I used it up, but I did! The main thing I don’t like about it is the scent. To me, it smells strongly of artificial blueberry, which I don’t hate, I just prefer unscented products. It also contains dimethicone, and I prefer silicone-free products. It seems to work well with my skin, however, and I repurchased it.

Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA ++++ | This has been my go-to SPF for quite a while now. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and I like the light citrus scent. I also think it works well under makeup. I’m currently working my way through another tube of it (I always get the 2-pack from Amazon), but I’m going to try something else after I use it up because I don’t like Bioré as a company.

Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter | I’m not too fussy about my shaving creams, as long as they’re not heavily scented. This one was a non-foaming, gel/lotion formula that I really enjoyed.

First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish | I really liked this body scrub. The first time I used it, I was surprised by how “charcoaly” it smelled, but I got used to it pretty quickly. I loved that it didn’t feel too harsh, and that the scrubbing created a lather. I bought this in a set with the Slow Glow Self-Tanning Moisturizer:

First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer | I’m not really big on self-tanning, but for whatever reason, this year I decided to try it out. I liked how this was basically unscented, and it was very moisturizing. I started noticing a tan from it after only two or three days. After about ten days of daily use, I did see some unevenness and streaking, and I’m not sure if that was the fault of the product or because I didn’t blend the lotion in well enough. After that, I stopped using it daily and cut back to 2-4 times a week. I don’t think I would repurchase this, even though I thought it was pretty good. It was kind of pricey – I got this in a set with the body polish for $44, and they were even more expensive if purchased separately. They didn’t last very long, even after I stopped using them every day. I did like being more tan this summer, but I’m going to look for a different tanning product.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in “Dark Brown” | You can see from the picture that this Brow Wiz doesn’t look normal, and that’s because the spoolie annoyingly broke off after about a week of using it. Apparently this is a very common problem, and it’s prompted me to look for alternatives even though this is my holy grail eyebrow product. So far, I’m still searching for something that’s as good of a color match for me. Hopefully Anastasia fixes the packaging problem soon.

Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara | If you read my last post, you’ll know that this is my favorite mascara, and I’ve already moved on to a new tube.

Those are all the products I used up in June! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Beauty, Makeup, Reviews, Skincare

Empties #5


everythingcaila_empties_5Time for another round of empties reviews! Some of these have been mentioned multiple times before, so I’ll try to be brief 🙂

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner | Super cheap, light conditioner with a pleasant scent (if you love tea tree, like I do). If you have really thick, coarse hair, this might not be the best for you, but my hair is pretty fine and thin, so it works great for me. I’ve gone through multiple bottles of this, and I’ve already purchased another one.

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream | This was a really thick hand cream, and it was great during the dry winter months, but I found it very heavily scented, and it made me queasy at times. I thought it had a wonderful texture, but I won’t be repurchasing it because of the scent.

Shea Radiance Black Soap Body Cleanser | This came in one of my Vegan Cuts boxes. I thought it was a decent body wash, but it didn’t blow me away. It had a slightly off-putting yellowy brown color and a minty, almost medicinal scent. I would not purchase the full size.

Seche Vite Top Coat | Seche Vite makes what is probably the most popular top coat in the world. It dries completely rock hard and super shiny within five minutes. The only downside is that it gets thick and gloopy if you don’t use it up quickly enough, and I had to throw this one out when it was only about half empty. I did repurchase it.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion | This bottle lasted me forever! I always prefer unscented body lotions in a pump bottle, so this was perfect for me. Unfortunately, Aveeno is owned by Johnson & Johnson, who still support animal testing. Boo! I’ll be researching cruelty-free alternatives.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo | I think this has been in my last two empties posts. I really like this shampoo – it lathers and cleans my hair nicely, and I would repurchase it, but my husband doesn’t like the scent, so I’ve been trying other shampoos lately.

Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil | I used this oil cleanser as a first step in my skincare routine for several months. It was excellent at removing makeup, including waterproof mascara, so I happily used up the entire bottle. When I finished it up, I wanted to try something without mineral oil, so I did not repurchase it.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse | This is my second or third bottle of this mousse, and I really like it! For a while, I wasn’t sure if it gave as much definition as my old favorite, the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Mousse, but after using that one again, I do prefer the Shea Moisture Mousse. I’m actually almost done with another bottle of this, and I will probably repurchase it.

Original BeautyBlender | Ah, the beautyblender. I convinced myself that I would never spend $20 on a tiny little sponge, but I’m so glad I finally gave in. I don’t use anything else to apply base makeup now. After this one got really beat up, I wanted to try out the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge again to see if it was really as good as I remember, and it’s soooo not. I repurchased the beautyblender asap!

Trader Joe’s Lavender Salt Scrub | I love this stuff. Always have, always will. I’ll be picking it up the next time I see it at TJ’s.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner | Strangely, I did not like this conditioner as much as the other two Coconut & Hibiscus products in this empties post. It was a decent conditioner, but my hate for the packaging overshadowed any love I could have had for it. When the product because about 2/3 empty, the pump completely stops working. So annoying! Shea Moisture really needs to change the packaging for their conditioners.

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask | I repurchased this cleanser for longer than I wanted to because it’s difficult to find cleansers with benzoyl peroxide. Eventually, I knew I had to stop repurchasing it because it’s not cruelty-free. I haven’t found anything else with benzoyl peroxide to replace it, and my skin is actually doing really well. I’ve changed up my skincare a lot recently, so I may do an updated routine post soon.

Phew! That was a lot of products, and I already have more piling up! Hope you’re having a great week!