Thursday, November 14, 2013

EMPTIES! #1 | Summer-Fall 2013

I've been collecting these empty bottles and jars for the past few months in the hopes that I'd get off my rump roast and do an empties post!  I actually moved several of these empty items and felt really bad about taking up space in a perfectly good moving box with spent containers of lip scrub and shampoos.  However, I no longer feel bad because that box space sacrifice will now result in a beefy empties post!  :)

Let's start with the hair goodies...
1.) Selsun blue Medicated Dandruff Shampoo: This has been a household staple in my teen-to-adult life as flaky, itchy scalps run rampant in my family.  This is a great shampoo if you suffer from dandruff.  It is a bit drying, and I'd imagine it would reallllly suck the color out of color-treated hair, so keep that in mind and use it sparingly.  I've found that as long as I use this once or twice a week, my dandruff is non-existant and my scalp is happy.  Will I repurchase?  Yes, I already have!

2.) Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: I LURVE this stuff!  It's one of my drugstore heroes!  It's got a fresh light scent and the powder really helps out my oily hair.  I shake the can, spray the front sections of my hair, and then muss my hair around to make sure there's no tell-tale white patches.  It absorbs oil like a champ and allows this oily girl an extra day, sometimes even two, before it's time to hit the shampoo and conditioner again.  Clean Freak gives my hair some extra oomph, making updos look more full.  If you've got fine, limp hair, this could be a contender in the new BFF department.  Will I repurchase?  Yes, I already have!

3.) Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeep Treatment Conditioner: While this baby is touted as a tool for damaged hair, I've never found a better conditioner for my regular ol' fine hair.  I've tried expensive salon conditioners, and not a one can match this $3.00 USD jewel.  It saturates the hair with moisture, but rinses away clean.  My hair tangles like 2 angry cats, and this conditioner has been the only way I can get a brush through it after I shower without resorting to Vodka and swearing.  I've seriously lost count of how many times I've repurchased this amazing product.  Will I repurchase?  Is a duck's back feathered?  (YES!)

4.) Herbal Essences Honey. I'm Strong Strengethening Shampoo: This is the only shampoo from Herbal Essences that doesn't freak my scalp out and turn it into an urban oasis of flakesville.  It cleanses my hair well and leaves it looking shiny and happy.  It smells divine, too!  Will I repurchase?  Yes, I already have a second bottle going in the shower!

Bath & Body

1.) Pacifica Lotus Garden Perfume:  I've had this for years, and I love it.  The scent is very fresh and citrusy.  It smells like a mandarin orange bomb went off when you first spritz it on, but the orange tones quiet down into a bouquet of elegant and never overpowering orange blossoms.  I am terrible at reviewing fragrances because I have a serious issue with a specific note, but I've yet to be able to say for sure which note it is.  I keep thinking it's vetiver, because every perfume I've tried on that contained it has resulted in me getting a whopping headache and feeling queasy for hours.  So I'm not a Lewis and Clark when it comes to fragrance adventuring!  Lotus Garden is just so fresh and light, it's a beautiful scent for anyone who loves citrus but doesn't want to be knocked out with hardcore bottom notes like amber or woods.  Will I repurchase?  No - but only because I still have a rollerball version of this that I haven't used up yet!
2.) Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion:  I mean, this is another great staple product to me.  It's so soothing, hydrates perfectly without taking 10 minutes to soak in, and leaves you smelling a bit like a chocolate puff.  It's amazing!  Will I repurchase?  Yes, once I get through my other bottle at work.

3.) Boots Extracts Nectarine Body Butter:  If you've never met a Boots Extracts Body Butter before, please allow me to introduce you.  They contain 6.7 oz, a mere .2 oz less than The Body Shop Body Butters, and cost $10.00 USD less.  Oh and you can pick them up at Target, which is always a bonus!  To me, these are just as great as The Body Shop's butters; rich, mega hydrating, and scent-sational!  I liked the sweet Nectarine scent but Jason HATED it.  To each his own, right?  I've also tried the Brazil Nut scent and fell madly in love with that one.  It's sweet, nutty goodness!  Will I repurchase?  Yes, but I want to try a new scent (I'm thinking Almond)!

4.) Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter:  First off, I love the name of this one!  It's perfect, because this moisturizer is righteous!  Thick, incredibly hydrating, and scented with S&G's Original Pink fragrance, this is a tub o' awesome.  For $20.00 USD, you get 10.1 oz of amazing, which is 3.2 oz more than The Body Shop Body Butter, which retails for the same amount.  This is seriously the most amazingly scented lotion I've ever owned, and the hydration level is incredible.  It took care of my chapped skin after 1 use, and the chapped skin never returned.  Will I repurchase?  Yes!

1.) Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12hr Brightening Primer: This primer smells like you've just tiptoed into an orange grove at dawn; it's so fresh and lovely!  The problem I had with it is it's just a bit too moisturizing for my combination oily skin.  My makeup definitely stayed in place all day whenever I'd use this primer, but I seemed to get shiny very quickly and have to touch up with powder throughout the day.  I think this primer could be a real winner, winner, chicken dinner for ladies and gents with drier skin.  Will I repurchase?  No.

2.) NARS Makeup Removing Water:  I've always wanted to try this so I jumped at the chance to try a sample the last time I placed an order at Sephora.  It removed my eyemakeup, inlcuding a glittery, long-wearing eyeliner, with the greatest of ease, and made quick work of my face makeup.  Seeing as how I'm about to run out of my bottle of Bioderma, I thought I'd give the full-size NARS Makeup Removing Water a shot after my success with the sample.  I was able to pick it up for 20% off at the Sephora F&F sale, so that was a huge bonus!  Will I repurchase?  Yes, I've ordered the full size version.

1.) LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub:  I know this is a cult favorite for a LOT of people, but I just couldn't get down with the scent/taste.  Scrub-wise, it was awesome, and everything I've grown to expect from a Lush lip scrub.  Will I repurchase?  Not this flavor.

2.) LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub: Honestly, the first thing that came to mind after I typed the name was The Doors, "Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name..."!  This is my favorite scrub ever.  Rids my lips of any flaky business all the while smelling and tasting like Circus Peanuts!  If you love Lush's Snow Fairy, you need this scrub because it's the exact same smell, and because this isn't soap, you can taste it, too!  Will I repurchase?  Absolutely!

3.) Jack Black Lemon & Chamomile Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25: Oh, I am a huge fan of these.  At one point earlier this summer, I rounded up 8 of them from around my house, office, and from my purse!  I keep one of these in my bathroom, one in my desk drawer, and one on my bedside table.  The Lemon and Chamomile is my favorite of the scents/flavors I've tried because it tastes and smells like Fruit Loops!  Love!  It's one of my favorite balms because it hydrates ridiculously well and contains SPF 25.  Oh, and did I mention it tastes like Fruit Loops?!?  Will I repurchase?  Yes.  Forever.

Did you finish or hit pan on anything recently?  


  1. Well done for finishing so many products and some of them are definitely favourites of mine too - the S&G body butter, the Bubblegum lipscrub and the Honey schampoo - all wonderful items :o). Xx

  2. NICE! ANd Fruit Loops Lip Balm? I'M SO THERE.

  3. Whoop whoop empties!! I really need to do another post, my little bucket that I hold them in is about to burst! Did you see there's a cola flavored LUSH lip scrub coming out? I have to try it!

  4. I'm so glad someone else isn't on board with the LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub. How did you finish your JB lip balms?? I still haven't finished even one. I adore the mint and shea butter ones. I find them the most moisturizing and my lips appreciate that. Have you ever tried tea tree products for dandruff? Organix makes one (or two?) shampoo and conditioners with it. I get mild dandruff toward the end of winter and thought about giving tea tree a go this year.

  5. Oh wow! Good job in your empties! A lot of stuff gone. Isn't it satisfying when you just throw all of them in the bin, all at once? LOL!

  6. YES! I had to take the recycling to the bin immediately afterwards because the can was FULL. Awesome! So rewarding to start AND finish things!

  7. Ha ha! I know! I feel like the Popcorn lip scrub is beloved the world over but I just can't get on the love train. I have lost count of the number of JB lip balms I've finished! I agree - they are the most moisturizing and the price is fantastico. I have tried tea tree products for dandruff but it's been years. I just have always had better success with Selsun Blue for clearing it up quickly and keeping it gone. I wish you luck in finding your perfect dandruff banisher! :)

  8. Thank YOU, Lauren! It was your last empties post that inspired me to do mine! I can't wait to read your next one! I got the Santa's lip scrub from Lush and it's...interesting. The taste/scent is spot-on cola, but the scrub seems to be a different consistency. Oh and it tints your fingers/lips bright red but it washes away easily.

  9. That's when you know you've got a winner - when you can't imagine not having it! LOL @ wheeeee deep cleansing for everyone!

  10. Thanks, Charlotte! The S&G body butter smells so unbelievably good! I would love a candle made from that scent!


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