Friday, March 29, 2013

March Empties

It's that time again!  Technically there's still a few days left, but with it being Easter weekend and spring break next week I thought I'd get it out of the way.  As with my post last month, there's a video below too, so you can read and/or listen if you want. :D
These were all purchased by me or provided as non-press samples.

  • Crest Whitening Plus Scope toothpaste - It's toothpaste.  We all know what it does.  I bought the small travel size to take on vacation last summer & wanted to use it up to clear out the clutter in my bathroom.  I have stockpiles of this stuff because I buy it when it's on sale & I have a coupon.
  •  Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies in Blackest Black -  The only drugstore mascara, other than an ELF one, that I've used in ages.  I know some people don't care for it, but I absolutely love it.  I find that I don't need to curl my lashes at all when I use it.  I have a few back-ups, but want to finish up some other mascara's that I have before opening anything else.
  • LUSH Vanishing Cream Moisturizer(sample jar) -  I got this as a sample during my first trip to LUSH last spring.  At first, I thought it was decent, but started feeling greasy, so I kinda set it off to the side.  I just recently finished it off using it on a few dry spots at night.  With oily skin, anything that makes me feel greasy is a NO NO.  Unless it's a night cream.  So, with the $42.95 price tag, I don't see myself getting a full size.  I will, however, recycle the container to depot some UDPP.
  • LUSH Fresh Farmacy -  When I got the sample above, I also got a sample of this.  I loved it so much that I ordered(this was before a store opened in my mall) a full size bar off the website.  The price is $9.95 for 3.5oz.  I should've already finished this up, but I'm bad about washing my face twice a day and I have been trying a few other things also.  Most recently, I've been using this in the morning and another product at night.  I MUCH prefer this over Coalface which burned my skin.  If you have sensitive skin, this is amazeballz.  And if you have a store nearby, you can have them cut the bar to whatever size you want.  It cleans great, soothes my skin, and doesn't leave me oily at all.  A little goes a long way too.  I will definitely be getting this again as soon as I finish some stuff I am working on now as well as the little bit I have left.
  • Pantene Color Preserve Shine Shampoo -  Sample size that I received in a Target Beauty Bag.  The smell reminds me of high school, just like Herbal Essences.  I absolutely LOVE the smell of Pantene, but it KILLS my hair.  I actually made the mistake of purchasing a full size & using it for another week.  I'll probably keep it in the shower so the guys can finish it up, but I dunno yet.  At least I cleared another product out of my sample drawer. :/
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple -  I got this sample size from somewhere & can't remember where.  This stuff is amazeballz for every skin type.  It's got a clean smell, takes EVERYTHING OFF, and doesn't burn or irritate.  And BONUS, you can clean your make-up brushes with it.  I believe you can find the smaller sizes at Sephora or the Philosophy website, but if you want to try it at a bargain, check out QVC.  They occasionally have kits or sale prices on it and you can get a good deal on it along with some other products.  I love everything Philosophy that I've tried so far.
  • Cotton Rounds - From Walmart.  Meh, they're cotton rounds.  I already have some more, but I think they're a different brand.  I've used these for practically everything.  Eye makeup removal, toner application, nail polish removal, and even to cover up a bug bite while I tried to treat it.  
  • China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat - I picked this up a while back from one of the nail supply e-tailers, can't remember which one.  I actually prefer it over Seche Vite, which has a learning curve to apply correctly.  This is slightly thinner and I find it gives the same amount of shine.  I've already got another bottle opened and working on it now.
  • Suave Color Protection Conditioner -  Meh, It's conditioner.  I didn't notice ANYTHING special or different while using this.  I absolutely did not like the shampoo either.  There's a little bit left in this bottle, but I won't use it.  SO, it's going in the trash.  
  • Schwarzkopf got2b Rockin' It Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo - The brand website is under construction, but you can google it.  Works great, IMO.  For a drugstore dry shampoo, it's my fav so far.  I have a few more of these, but I'm trying a couple of other drugstore ones at the moment.  For higher end, I like the Ojon or Tigi Rockaholic.  

 I also finished up a Dove shower gel, but I can't remember which one.  When I opened it, I put it into a pump bottle and tossed the Dove bottle.  Dove shower gels work great at cleaning and moisturizing at the same time.  I have a stockpile of shower gel to get through so I get to pick a new one now. :D

I'm actually proud of myself for staying on track with this and continually using up stuff that I paid for.  I may or may not like it, but at least I'm not wasting it anymore.

What did you use up this past month?


  1. Yay for empties posts! :D Great post!

  2. I'm so proud that I will actually have more than 2 products to blog about in my Empties post! LOL


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