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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Summer 2019

It’s time to review my empty products from Summer 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my June Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

Anything in my Love category are items I consider a deal (even if purchased at the full retail price). That does not mean I will not seek out deals if I can find them. It does not necessarily mean I would buy them, especially if they are really expensive. Most are items I will typically buy again, although I will take a break from purchasing when I have too many similar items waiting to get tested. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished (FabuFinds) and others I have yet to finish (Core Collection: Favorites) so I can discuss them in even more detail. Items in the Not for Me category are items I say no deal to (even on sale). Occasionally, I will just toss them before they’re empty, but I try to finish items unless I can’t (allergic reactions or extreme loathing). If they are really bad, I will not even use them again if I get them for free. Thankfully, I can usually find someone to take them from me, because we all have different wants and needs in our products.

Loved

The Laundress Signature Detergent – I know this is a household item, but I got it in a FabFitFun sale I covered. It has a great scent and gets my clothes clean. This is not something I would purchase at full price though. Yes, it worked well, but so does Tide. pH 7.6

Biore Witch Hazel ULTRA Deep Cleansing Pore Strip – I do not really get blackheads, so I had my 12-year-old do the honor of testing this. It removed a pretty good amount.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Opal – While I do love this enough to finish it, I used the tube to make another product. The product I created adds a lot more texture than this does, so I prefer the way the original performs. It gives me a glow that is dewy and ethereal. This shade is a little dark for me, otherwise this would have made FabuFind status.  pH 5.5

Original Sprout Hair & Body Babywash – This is still a FabuFind. I used it a little more than I usually do this season and really think it is great. It lathers well, smells great (so light and fresh), rinses clean, and leaves some natural oils behind on the skin. My boys get great results with this, and I do use it when my sensitive skin needs a break from harsher products. It is a product I dedicated an article to. pH 5.5

Nature Box Body Wash coconut oil hydrated skin – It lathers well, rinses clean, and smells incredible. There is a slight coconut fragrance, but it is mostly just really fresh. Even though it has 100% cold pressed oil, I still apply a body moisturizer (as I do with all washes). pH 5.5

Ulta Beauty Collection 4-way Buffer- It lived a great life and worked nicely while it was alive. I killed side three when I opened a drawer and it was stuck. That’s what I get for overfilled drawers. Now, it can live on in retirement. This could double as a stress reliever, because there is a slight amount of give.

Briogeo Farewell Frizz™ Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray – This conditions well for such a light weight leave-in. It detangles really well, too. My hair gets everything it needs from this, moisture, frizz reduction, and less pulling. pH 4.0

Gold Bond healing hand cream – This feels almost the same as the general one. While I would purchase the mini for my purse, I would stick to the body lotion for my hands and body at home. It is cheaper that way. They both provide almost the same level of deep moisturization. pH 5.0

Lancome Tonique Confort – This is still a FabuFind. It is a dense toner that gives my skin a great, hydrated base to apply products on top. pH 6.0

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip – My husband used this the same time my son used the Witch Hazel strip to see who could get more out. Well, my husband won, so this is the one we’ll keep purchasing between the two.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps – This lightweight moisturizer really hydrates deep within. It does not feel greasy, but it does not completely absorb either (which I love in a lotion). ph 5.0

Softsoap milk & golden honey Moisturizing Hand Soap – This cleans well and lathers nicely. For the price, it is a nice hand soap. There is not much scent to this for those who prefer that. pH 4.5

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop – This is a great shade for my skin tone. I love what the powder does. It gives me a dewy, lit from within, wet look. If I used this the traditional way, it would make FabFuFind status. Since I used this in a project that did not work as well, I will wait.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – This smells like butter cookies, which would almost be enough on its own to scream, “buy it.” However, the sparkle is the main draw. There is an imperceptible to the naked eye glitter that glistens when the light hits it just right. We can all look human most of the time, but channel our inner goddess when this highlights our skin. It is not moisturizing enough in cold weather but is otherwise perfect. pH 4.0

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream – This smells like kettle corn. I would not rush out and buy it on scent alone. Despite being the thinnest lotion in the Sol de Janeiro line, it moisturizes the best. If you like the scent and you like to glow (because you glow with this as well), this is the one for you. pH 5.0

Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub Sweet Apple Cider – The body butter in this fragrance smelled awful, but this scrub actually smelled good. How Josie Maran can market one fragrance and get it so right in one product and so wrong in another is beyond me. This gives nice exfoliation that is not too rough or too gentle. Skin is left feeling very soft. pH 4.5

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – This is still a FabuFind. I haven’t tried this on my face yet, but I love it on my body. It is pricy, and I am notoriously cheap with body products. My skin feels so hydrated, and it really lasts. Although this is better than its drugstore dupe, I will usually purchase that over this when there are no kits or sales on this. pH 5.5

CeraVe Hydrating Cleansing Bar – My son loves this soap. While I do not love it as much as he does, it does leave less of a film on my skin than any bar soap I’ve ever tried. It also feels moisturizing. pH 4.5

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold – This is not the best shade for my skin tone, but I do like it with a light hand. I love what the powder does. It gives me a dewy, lit from within, wet look. Since I used this in a project that did not work as well, I did get a shade that matched me a little better.

Palmer’s Coco Butter Formula Intensive Relief Hand Cream – This is a very rich hand cream, which I love. You need so little product that it is nearly impossible to squeeze out the proper amount. pH 6.2

-Pedicure Buffer – If I had the faintest clue who sells this, I would sings its praises. I cannot remember when or where I purchased it from. It works well though. I’ll pick a new one up from the drugstore and see how it compares.

Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion – I am already in love with Kate Somerville Exfolikate and dr. brandt Microdermabrasion. This competes well with both and smells better than both. It has a light, citrus scent. My skin feels so soft afterward, and it is so gentle. pH 3.5

h2o+ Raspberry Guava Shower & Bath Gel – This smells incredible, lathers well, rinses clean, and leaves me feeling moisturized. pH 2.0

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera – This cleans well and lathers nicely. For the price, it is a nice hand soap. There is not much scent to this for those who prefer that. pH 5.0

it’s a 10 miracle leave-in plus Keratin – It detangles beautifully. My hair feels more moisturized when I use this, too. pH 5.0

HEMPZ Age Defying Renewing Herbal Body Wash – This is a rich, moisturizing body wash that takes a lot of product. If it did not take so much, I would buy it. pH 4.5

h2o+ Sparkling Currant Shower & Bath Gel – This smells lovely (Raspberry Guava smells better), lathers well, rinses clean, and leaves me feeling moisturized. pH 3.5

Vitabath Spa Day Lavender Chamomile Body Wash – This is a thin, but it takes a lot of product. I find the lavender scent very relaxing. If it did not take so much, I would but it. pH 5.0

Willing to Try Again

e.l.f. Volumizing & Defining Mascara – This lacks on the volume, but it does a great job on the defining. My lashes are separated and not clumpy at all. If you want a natural look, this is a great mascara of that. pH 5.5

Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Day Lotion – The scent is very strong. I also wish it was a little thicker. Summer was the only season where it provided enough moisture for my skin. pH 5.0

Sephora Quick-Fix Hair Tie – These never leave much indent in my hair (although it has happened). I like that they fit my wrist nicely (other than the ones with prints that are a little tight and never really loosen). They look as nice on my wrist as they do in my hair. It does appear I am losing more hair than usual. If I find out this hair tie is the reason, I will demote it.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara – When I apply one coat, I like this mascara. It does make my lashes look bigger. If I apply a second coat, they start clumping together no matter how careful I am. My lashes typically look longer with two coats, so I prefer other mascaras. pH 3.5

hello extra whitening fluoride toothpaste – I just prefer Sensodyne, but this was fine. There was no added sensitivity, but my teeth did not get whiter either. pH 7.6

Manna Kadar relax Sea Minerals Renewing Hand Lotion – There is just no substance to this hand lotion. It is really thin and it absorbs completely (which I dislike). I am also not a huge fan of the strong fragrance. The only reason it is here and not lower is I purchased three without knowing if they were good. This was my first, so I still have two left. Not bashing it too much might give me the motivation for finish it. If I still feel this way when I am all done, expect to see a demotion. pH 5.0

HASK Charcoal Purifying Conditioner – I prefer the shampoo, but I did like this. My hair did not feel as soft with this as it does with a mask, so I could not pair it with the clarifying shampoo. It did seem to work fine with a regular shampoo, even though it did not help much with tangles. pH 6.0

yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair brightening Facial Wipes – These dried out after I used only 1 wipe. I cannot even remember what I thought of it. Since then, I rewet a few to remove swatches. The pack started smelling bad, so I threw most of them out. It could have been a faulty pack or user error, so I would test these again. pH 5.0

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara – It has fibers that catch onto the ends of lashes making them look a lot longer. My eyes never get irritated with this from fibers falling into them, which is my main fear of fiber mascaras. Even when I layer this, my lashes do not get clumpy. Granted, I always stick to one or two coats, so brave souls who venture into a third coat might find a different outcome. This mascara also gives a slight curl to my straight lashes. It looks even better if I curl my lashes, which I usually don’t. Why curl them when they will fall in 30 minutes? It just adds an extra, unnecessary step. With this, it is worth it. The brush on this sample is amazing. I can get every lash easily in two quick passes. It does smudge every time I wear it, and I also get some flaking. If it wasn’t for the flaking and smudging, this would have been a contender for my favorite. Until it starts to break down, it looks amazing though. pH 5.0

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer – I could not use this in fall or winter, because it left my skin feeling parched. It fared much better in spring and summer. There is a nice SPF, so I like the added sun protection. pH 3.5

Not For Me

Dial Cherry Blossom Moisturizing Hand Soap – I made the mistake of buying three of these based on how I feel about similar scents from this line. This one was overpowering to the point where it was uncomfortable to use it. My husband refused to use it at all, so we had two soaps on the sink to even get through it. The worst part is it did not even lather with one pump every time, so I would use two pumps. Double the pump, double the fragrance. pH 4.0

Delectable ultra nourishing Hand Cream lemon & cream – The cream itself is wonderful. It has a nice, hydrating formula. This is rich and does not completely absorb, which I love. I could not get over the scent though. There is a stale odor. At first, I thought it went bad before I opened it. Then, I checked reviews. Seems like this scent is just a miss in the otherwise impressive line. pH 4.5

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Spring 2019

It’s time to review my empty products from Spring 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. These are the items I finished during the spring of 2019. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my April and June Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Winter 2019

It’s time to review my empty products from Winter 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. These are the items I finished during the winter of 2019. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my December and February Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Fall 2018

I can’t believe we are only eight days into winter, because it has been so cold here for a while. Either this year was one of the coldest fall seasons ever or it just affected me more than it usually does. It could also be this sickness that is jading me.

I love reviewing my empty products, because I usually know by the time I’ve finished something how I feel about it. Reviews based on first impressions can change, so empty product reviews are much more comprehensive. These are most of the items I finished during the fall of 2018. A few always slip through. For items that I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my October and December Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid the redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Summer 2018

I love reviewing my empty products, because I usually know by the time I’ve finished something how I feel about it. Reviews based on first impressions can change, so empty product reviews are much more comprehensive. These are most of the items I finished during the summer of 2018. A few always slip through. For items that I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my June, August, and October (since this went up later than usual) Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid the redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Spring 2018

I love reviewing my empty products, because I usually know by the time I’ve finished something how I feel about it. Reviews based on first impressions can change so empty product reviews are much more comprehensive. These are most of the items I finished during the spring of 2018. A few always slip through. For items that I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if I receive them if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my April and June Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid the redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a compete list of everything I’ve tested.

Anything in my Love category are items I consider a deal (even if purchased at the full retail price). That does not mean I will not seek out deals if I can find them. It does not necessarily mean I would buy them, especially if they are really expensive. Most are items I will typically buy again, although I will take a break from purchasing when I have too many similar items waiting to get tested. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish so I can discuss them in even more detail. Items in the Not for Me category are items I say no deal to (even on sale). Occasionally, I will just toss them before they’re empty, but I try to finish items unless I can’t (allergic reactions or extreme loathing). If they are really bad, I will not even use them again if I get them for free. Thankfully, I can usually find someone to take them from me, because we all have different wants and needs in our products.

Loved

Original Sprout Hair & Body Babywash- This lathers well, smells great (so light and fresh), rinses clean, and leaves some natural oils behind on the skin. I did not name this a FabuFind, because I do not use it very often. My boys get great results with this, and I do use it when my sensitive skin needs a break from harsher products. It is a product I dedicated an entire article to, because I feel strongly about it. pH 5.5

Gold Bond Ultimate healing aloe- This is still a FabuFind. It is the only drugstore lotion I’ve bought for my hands lately. Most lotions are not moisturizing enough for my hands so I usually prefer hand creams. One pump keeps my hands feeling moisturized until the next wash. I apply lotion or hand cream after every hand washing, because even the best creams usually cannot withstand a hand washing. My skin is changing, because this cream never even feels greasy to me anymore. It melts beautifully into my skin. The more I use this the more I love it. pH 5.5

Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo- I had not purchased this since my kids were smaller, but they ran out of the Original Sprout I usually buy before our next scheduled trip for their haircuts. Their hair salon is where I buy the product. It sells on Amazon, but I always worry about getting fakes when purchasing from an unauthorized retailer. My kids get eczema, and this does a nice job of keeping it at bay. While they were using this, I did not notice any increases in eczema patches. This is a lot thicker and harder to spread than the one they’re used to. As long as this rests in my top three choices for their sensitive, eczema prone skin, I will purchase it when it is not convenient to grab their usual wash. pH 4.5

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura zensational foaming shower gel- I love this more than I can express. Other than the time when an entire bottle dispensed itself in my soap container, I have no complaints. That is also the only thing that keeps this from being a FabuFind. This particular one smells like cherry blossoms so it is my new favorite scent. It is a little expensive for how fast it goes (a bottle lasts less than a month), but it is such a luxurious feeling that I will keep buying it (when it goes on sale, of course). Because this keeps expanding after you dispense it, you could use a lot less than I do and get it to stretch further. I could not get anything out of the old bottle to test the ph, so I had to open a new one. That means I am about to enjoy this all over again. pH 2.5

Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo- I always knew I had dry, frizzy hair, but I had never really found a regular shampoo that combatted either problem really well. That caused me to rely on external products and still not get the results I desired. When I used this, my hair looked silky. It looked hydrated and nearly frizz-free. As soon as I finished this and started using my next product, my dryness and frizz returned. It is products like these that make me want to throw out everything else I’ve bought and keep using this. Alas, I spent good money on the other products and enjoy trying and reviewing new things. This will make a return to my product line-up once I’ve used up some items in my stash. pH 4.5

Wella Elements Lightweight Renewing Conditioner- I did not love this as much as I like the shampoo, because I typically prefer a thicker conditioner to soften and detangle. Though my hair is fine, I have a lot of it. There are times when I want more volume in my hair though. Whenever I used this, I noticed I did not need any assistance with volumizing my hair. It really complimented the shampoo, too. They both have a lovely scent that is not overbearing at all. Hair smells clean without smelling overly perfumed. pH 4.5

Clarisonic pedi Pedi-Buff- This is a really nice foot scrub. It is a chemical and physical exfoliant that does a nice job of keeping my feet smooth as long as I pair it with a nice foot cream and occasionally use deeper exfoliation. I would never pay $27 for it, because it is only slightly superior to the drugstore versions that are strictly physical. When I tried to price check this, I noticed that it is either out-of-stock everywhere or full-price. pH 3.0

Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash Vanilla Bean + Sugar- This is a really nice hand wash. I will definitely purchase this when it is on sale. It does cleanse, hydrate, and brighten as promised, but I still use a hand cream after every single wash anyway. The antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals make it worth the occasional $4.99 splurge. It is also twice the size of the Ulta and Softsoap ones I usually purchase. That actually makes it more like $2.50. pH 4.5

Softsoap Warm Spiced Tea Liquid Hand Soap- This is not my favorite scent, but my ex really liked it. The soap lathers well and rinses clean. pH 5.5

Pretty Animalz By Look Beauty Tiger Moisturizing Sheet Mask- This was not the most hydrating mask I’ve ever tried, but it was fun. It does hydrate enough to justify the purchase. At 38, I still enjoy looking in the mirror and seeing something silly, like a tiger. There are many other animals I can still try in the future.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate- While I am unsure if it recovers as it claims, I love the way it feels. It hydrates beautifully without feeling greasy. Once it sinks all the way in my skin, there is no sticky feeling a lot of oils leave behind. This also has a beautiful, almost sleep-inducing scent that makes me wait until right before bed to wash my face and apply it. pH 3.5

Babor Perfect Glow- This provides a beautiful glow, but it also adds an extra boost of hydration to my dry skin. My skin looked so amazing after using this that I decided to go makeup free. At $40 for 7 one-time use capsules, this is something I cannot see myself purchasing. Hopefully, I continue to get these and other variations of these in kits that make them much more affordable.

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Head- This is still a FabuFind. It cleans my teeth so much better than a manual toothbrush. My teeth only feel cleaner when they are freshly cleaned by a hygienist. I’ve noticed that I have less to floss when I use this, too.

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer- Of the cream based eye shadow primers, this is my favorite. It is very close to the color of my skin so it blends in nicely and leaves everything looking matte. As I age and my eyes continue to get more hooded, primers that once worked to prevent creasing altogether only reduce it. This is one of the better ones. Creasing is drastically reduced and my shadows stay vibrant (outside the crease). pH 4.5

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Be Spirited Sweet Citrus- This is my all-time favorite body butter. It is not too thick, but it moisturizes better than anything else I’ve ever tried. Spoiler alert, this is finally getting FabuFind status. I had not named any to this status before, because I had not found a scent worthy even though I adore the formula. The scent on this is beautifully sweet and wonderfully citrusy. pH 3.5

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask- This is a rich overnight cream. Other than how deeply it moisturizes, my favorite thing about it is the scent. It smells like really fresh yogurt. My skin still feels nice in the morning when I wake up, but it can still breathe when I use this. With some really rich creams, my skin has a hard time breathing. That can clog pores and cause acne. pH 5.5

Manefit Beauty Planner Mask Cucumber Soothing + Moisturizing- This mask moisturizes and soothes as promised. My skin even looked a little brighter after I removed it, which is not an advertised benefit. I used the excess serum on my neck and chest. They felt great as well.

Lalicious Sugar Reef Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub- I usually prefer an oil based salt scrub. These whipped sugar scrubs give those oil based salt scrubs some real competition though. The airy texture allows me to use a small amount of product for a large surface area. It glides on gently and never feels rough, yet I can feel it working. My skin always feels soft and smooth. My only complaint and the only thing that keeps this from being a FabuFind is it dries out a little too fast. If you let it sit too long (sealed but after opening), it will change the consistency. While it is still nice even when that happens, it is nowhere near as soft and airy. That causes more product usage and slightly rougher exfoliation. pH 4.0

OUAI Leave In Conditioner- This is a multi-tasker. I only used it with thermal heat once so I am not comfortable reviewing it that way. As a leave-in for wet hair, it does a great job of detangling. Because I never used it without an extra product for frizz reduction, I cannot offer a review for that either. When I try this again (I have another sample), I will make sure I try it all ways. pH 5.0

skin fix Ultra Rich Hand Cream- This is a really rich hand cream. It is so deeply moisturizing and leaves my hands with a nice slip. I almost finished two of these, but I lost the first one before it was gone. pH 4.5

Schick Hydro Silk Razor Head- This is still a FabuFind. Nothing has ever given me a closer shave with less nicks than this razor.

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara- My lashes look longer and more defined when I use this mascara. There is no clumping. pH 5.0

philosophy shimmering snowlace shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath- I have not tried this as a shampoo or a bubble bath so I cannot review it that way. As a body wash, it is lovely. It has a nice lather that rinses clean. My skin does not feel stripped, and I really enjoy this scent. It is a scent I’ve already repurchased for this Christmas. This lasted me until April, because I was using other soaps along with it. Even though it lasted past the winter, I did not mind the scent in the spring. The fresh scent almost has no season. pH 4.5

Ulta Beauty Peppermint Cracked Heel Treatment- This is still a FabuFind. I use this all over my feet, not just my heels. It is so rich, and my dry feet drink it up. When used with my Egyptian Magic, my heels usually look great. Though I purchased the clearance section out of these, I only have the one I am using now left. Nothing else has ever come close to this so I need tips on what to try next. Please help. pH 5.0

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face- This works extremely well. My face looked darker for about a week. It did not cause my face to breakout as some self-tanners do. I think it feels like the regular peel pads. The only caveat is if you use a regular peel pad after using this, it will start to strip the color faster. That means you either have to use these as long as you want the color or temporarily avoid regular peels.

Biore Nose Strip- I am actually promoting these to a love and have repurchased them since my last review. So many of my nieces and nephews were asking me for these in the gift boxes I was putting together for them. Since I purchased the strips anyway and a some brown heads (mine are never black because I have dry skin and regularly exfoliate), I decided to try them again. It is possible the formula changed slightly because I no longer itch when I use this. To combat this, I always wash my face before and after applying it. Yes, I know that is overkill, but it helps prevent my skin from itching. They literally rip the blackheads out of your nose so the pores look a little larger afterward. I prefer larger looker pores to brown or blackheads though. Some people are thoroughly against these and products like them so do a little research before you decide to try them.

Biore Face Strip- I had never tried the face strips before. They are large so I can cut one strip to treat my chin and my forehead. If there is a place where a clogged pore exists, I can cut and apply one of these to unclog it. There is no itching at all with this. They literally rip the blackheads out of your face so the pores look a little larger afterward. I prefer larger looker pores to brown or blackheads though. Some people are thoroughly against these and products like them so do a little research before you decide to try them.

Lancome Creme Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser- This gives me a squeaky clean feeling, but it does not make my skin feel stripped. It has a beautiful lather that rinses clean. A little product goes a long way so this 2oz wash lasted a while. I probably would not repurchase, because it is for oily skin. Those with dry skin can comfortably use this though. pH 8.0

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater ultra-moisturizing hand therapy- This hand cream is almost immediately absorbed into the skin. That is usually something I do not like. I like the feeling of lotion on my skin. What is great about this is I can apply it right before eating finger foods without feeling like I am eating lotion. Since I wash my hands right before I eat and like to apply lotion after every wash, I want a lotion that absorbs before eating with my fingers. After I finish eating (if necessary), I wash my hands again and apply a cream that does not fully absorb. The scent on this one is a little strong so I will keep experimenting with scents I like better. pH 6.0

Lancome CILS Booster- This is still a FabuFind. It improves any mascara available, but it is an extra step I do not usually take in my routine. When I do, it is worth it. My lashes look thicker, longer, and more enhanced overall. I can even push a single sample to almost six months of use, because it does not clump much. pH 6.8

Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream- This does moisturize nicely. I do not notice any lifting per se, but it does make my eyes look brighter after I apply it. My eyes do look more plump making the lines around my eyes look reduced. For $95, I would not purchase it. The Olay one I finished earlier this year works about the same or maybe even slightly better. It is a shame that Olay no longer makes it though. pH 5.0

Willing to Try Again

Greenbrier International Owl Hand Soap Cherry Blossom- This adorable little guy came from the Dollar Tree. It is a generous size and has a beautiful cherry blossom scent. The soap itself is weak. To get a decent lather, it takes multiple pumps. With a lot of soap, it gets the job done. Because it is cheap and cute, I do not mind the waste. If it was more expensive or ugly, there is no way I would ever buy this again. My son loves the container so after we finish the 3 we have left, I could see myself buying more if I saw them for sale again. Initially, I thought I would refill these with other soaps. While I still could, they are thinner and more flimsy than I thought. After we finish them, I will just recycle them instead of refilling them. pH 5.0

Dial Iced Berries Moisturizing Hand Soap- For $1, this soap is okay. There are so many soaps that are barely more than $1 that perform better so I would not purchase this again. The lather is inconsistent. At times, one pump is enough to get a nice lather. Other times, it takes 2-3 pumps. I cannot speak to how well it moisturizes, because I always apply hand cream after every wash. It does seem thicker than a lot of soaps so it probably adds moisture. This scent is sightly nicer than the vanilla honey one. pH 5.5

111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel- It does moisturize better than other eye gels I’ve tried, but it stops short of providing as much moisture as a cream. The pump never worked so I had to bust the container open and use a Q-tip every time I wanted to apply this. Yes, that was a pain and it wasted a lot of eye gel. This is a very expensive eye gel so I figured wasting some with a Q-tip was better than wasting it all by tossing it. There is a slightly soothing feeling as advertised when this is first applied. I do notice a difference in my lines and firmness when using this over nothing at all, but every cream I’ve used in the past few years has done better. Eye gels just aren’t for me so someone with less dry under eyes may love this. pH 5.8

h2o+ Spa Sea Salt Bath Soap- This soap, I got from a recent Disney cruise, smells nice. It leaves a slight film on my skin as most bar soaps do.

h2o+ Spa Sea Marine Revitalizing Shampoo- It lathers nicely and smells great. I am not certain it does a lot for my frizzy hair, but it does not seem to make it worse either. pH 4.5

h2o+ Spa Sea Marine Collagen Conditioner- It spreads nicely and smells great. I am not certain it does a lot for my frizzy hair, but it does not seem to make it worse either. pH 4.5

Dial Antibacterial Bar Soap- I decided to try some natural deodorants for the first time this spring. Expect to see an article on that journey soon. One of the deodorants I tried left me smelling bad. On a grocery trip, I decided to grab an antibacterial soap to see if killing the bacteria would prevent the smell. There were no liquid antibacterial soaps. As more people realize good bacteria are actually good for us, these soaps are less available than they were before. Yes, this soap leaves a film on my skin as other bar soaps do. It also completely takes the funky smell away so it washes away all the bad (and good, unfortunately) bacteria. Soaps without bacteria could not wash away the smell no matter how many times I washed. The problem is when I used the same deodorant, the bacteria would return within 12 hours. After switching back to a regular deodorant, I no longer need this soap. The smallest size available was a two-pack so I still have most of this one and a brand new one I am unsure I will use. For the sake of the article, I will probably give the natural deodorants another go. Wish me luck. pH 9.0

L’Oreal Consumer Testing Mascara- I never wrote an article about this mascara, because I received it shortly before my blogging break. It sat in my makeup drawer for over a year without being touched so I decided it was safer to toss it than try to use it again. Since I did use it on an off for almost two months, I can offer a decent review. There was almost no clumping at all when I first opened it or when I last used it nearly two months later. The brush was nice and flexible. That made application easier, but it was a little long causing me to poke myself in the eye once. Even if I loved this mascara, I do not know what it is to buy it. Thankfully, I thought it was just okay. It was allegedly waterproof, but it still transferred to my hooded eyes. Most mascaras do though. pH 3.5

Clairol nice n’ easy CC+ Colorseal Conditioner- This is step 3 that comes inside the hair color set. This is for immediate use after rinsing the hair color out of the hair and one application one week after. There is easily enough for 3-4 applications. Every time I used this my hair felt softer. It is hard to say if it does anything to lock in the color, but it does not seem to hurt the color at all. pH 3.5

Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse- This product, which promises to maintain a healthy scalp, may actually work. Another claim is it seals the cuticle, and I struggle with split ends. The benefits go on and on, but it also promises to add shine, reduce frizz, and seal in moisture. It is hard to say if it does any of these things because I already have all these types of products in my routine. I guess I could have only used this in place of all the products to test its claims. If I get another sample, I will try it that way. pH 3.5

Sephora + Pantone Universe Flash Dew Luminizer Golden Orchid- This is something I purchased on clearance long after it was originally on sale. When it arrived, the product was almost half gone. That lead me to believe it was either used or is a product that evaporates. Unless someone was sneaking into my beauty room and using this without my knowledge, I assume it is the latter. Thankfully, I was able to use this a few times in 2015. In fairness, it did take over two years before it fully evaporated. Since it has been almost three years since I’ve used this, the review could be slightly askew. I remember there being a slight hint of glitter, but it looked more like a shimmer in natural light. Before super blingy highlighters were a thing, a lot of the more powerful ones had glitter for the glow. Applying this before foundation lessened the look of the glitter and gave more of a natural glow. When I wore this over foundation, it looked more light a glitter highlighter. pH 6.8

Ritz Carlton Refreshing Mint Mouthwash- I do not use mouthwash often, because I do not want to kill the goof bacteria with the bad. When I get an infection near my gums, I am happy to rinse away all the bacteria to soothe my gums. This did the job. pH 3.5

Colgate Total Daily Repair Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash Fresh Mint- I do not use mouthwash often, because I do not want to kill the good bacteria with the bad. When I get an infection near my gums, I am happy to rinse away all the bacteria to soothe my gums. This did the job. pH 4.5

Not For Me

giovanni Hydrate Body Lotion- This is just way too thin and barely provides any added moisture. It is better than nothing at all so I was happy to discover this in my purse when a skinfix I placed inside disappeared. I would never buy this, but I would use it in an emergency. Yes, having no lotion after washing my hands is an emergency. Between extremely dry skin and OCD, I cannot stand the feeling of my hands after washing and am unable to focus on other things until they are moisturized. pH 5.0

Clairol nice n’ easy Color Creme- I usually will not give things a second chance when I hate them. It is possible this was user error so I will try it once more to confirm. This medium Ash blonde shade turned my hair brassy orange. The other shade I have is slightly different, and I will keep it in a little longer this time. If my hair still comes out orange, I will let you know in an article I plan on writing for this product. My hair still had every gray hair it had before coloring, which was the main reason I colored it.

Clairol nice n’ easy Color Activator- Granted, my issue is really with the color not really the activator. The thing is mixing the two together gave me brassy orange hair so I blame both. I am going to try both again when I test a different color for a longer time to see if it is the product or user error. It is also hard to say which product failed to color my gray hairs.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Winter 2018

I love reviewing my empty products, because I usually know by the time I’ve finished something how I feel about it. Reviews based on first impressions can change so empty product reviews are much more comprehensive. For items that I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if I receive them if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Because I already shared my empties from December and January, this article will really only have empties from February and March. Empties from my February Foil Challenge are not here either, because I wanted to avoid the redundancy. My Spring Empties will be the first time I have a single season in one article. It will also be the first time where I test and share the ph of most products.

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Over A Year of Empties: Finished Product Reviews from November 2016 through January 2018

I cannot believe how quickly time has passed since I last reviewed my empty products. This has been hard time with a lot of loss so my mindset was not focused on beauty as much as it usually is. During 2017, I barely ever wore makeup, although I continued to collect some for the day I once again had the desire to spend quality time getting ready. Since this was a year of bare minimum pampering (other than moisturizers, which I consider a necessity), I have a lot less than I usually would. It is still important that I tell you what I thought of the items I finished and saved (as I spent a lot of time between two houses and hotels this year so I did not save all of my empties). My ex also started throwing things away after we separated when he used to save the items we both used when we were still together.

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Finished Products Review October 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Product Reviews September 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Products Review August 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Products Review July 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Products Review June 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Products Review May 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I spotlight ones I’ve finished and others I have yet to finish, so I can discuss them in more detail.

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April 2016 Finished Products Review

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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Finished Products March 2016

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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February 2016 Finished Product Reviews

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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January 2016 Finished Product Reviews

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties December 2015

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties November 2015

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties October 2015

When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties September 2015

The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties August 2015

The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. I am going to post August’s empties now and its FabuFinds later today. Now that I am all caught up, I will post the September Empties and Fabufinds on October 1st as scheduled. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties July 2015

The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. I am going to post July’s empties now and its FabuFinds later today. I will also post the next month’s tomorrow and finally be caught up. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties June 2015

The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. I am going to post June’s empties now and its FabuFinds later today. I am still trying to find a sunscreen I finished in July to go in July’s pictures, so I will take a one day break and post July on the 4th. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties May 2015

Welcome to the new month. The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. I am going to post May’s empties now and its FabuFinds later today. I will also post the next month’s tomorrow and so on until I catch up. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties April 2015

Welcome to the new month. The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. While I am obviously still behind in writing articles, I did finish some items in April I’d love to go over now. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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March 2015 Empties

Welcome to the new month.  The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month.  While I am obviously still behind in writing articles, I did finish plenty of items in March I’d love to go over now.  There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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February 2015 Empties

It’s the beginning of the month. That means it is time to review empties.  Okay, these empties are from February, but I will eventually get caught up and have more timely reviews.  This was actually a rough month for me, so looking over the items that got me through it is actually a little weirdly satisfying.  Have you tried any of these items?  What are your thoughts on them?

I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.

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Empties January 2015

One of my favorite threads on Beautytalk is the Empties.  Why?  More than any other thread, I get a feel for how someone really feels about a product.  Was it so amazing that they rushed out to buy replacements or so awful that they could not bring themselves to finish it?  While no product has a one size fits all place in life, I am reluctant to buy a new product I’ve never sampled when multiple people on the Empties thread give the product a thumbs down.  In the spirit of honest reviews on everything I try, I will review everything once a month as I’ve finished them.  You will see months where the same products make appearances.  If they’re amazing, I will continue buying them.

Each month, I will give you a mini review on each item.  I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase.  If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again.  Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me.  Generally, I will not use these any more in the future.  If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them.  Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to.  For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.  My first product spotlight will immediately follow these mini reviews, because there are four amazing items in the attached picture I have not discussed yet.

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