EauMG’s May 2014 Empties

May 2014 Empties

Many beauty bloggers do this thing called “empties”, where they focus on the products that they used during the month. I admit my reasons for doing this are rather selfish. This is a good way for me to keep track of what I’m actually using and what I actually like.

*I tried to be cool like the beauty bloggers by showing you a pic of all of the used up items. I could not do this. I had about two bottles and then I felt like a crazy hoarder. I live in a small studio with a husband and two dogs (plus we moved this month!). I can’t be hoarding empty bottles, ya’ll. Straight to the recycling they went!

This was one of those months where I ran out of many of the basics.

Paula's Choice Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – It’s a decent makeup remover but it struggles with heavy eye makeup like long-wearing eyeliner. There’s no greasiness or fragrance. And it doesn’t irritate.

  • Repurchase? Probably not. I think I can find something better. Oh, I’ve just made some of that DIY olive oil eye makeup remover…we shall see.

Olay Foaming Face Wash

Olay Foaming Face Wash Sensitive – I bought this because Paula told me too. I think it sucks but for some reason I kept using it until it was gone (looking back, I should have thrown it out). It’s fragrance-free and it didn’t break my skin out. But, I found it drying and it didn’t foam. Why name something “Foaming Face Wash” and not foam?

  • Repurchase? Nope. Never.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Washable Mascara – This is a good mascara that really makes lashes look thicker at the base because of the wand. My only compliant is that it has as super strong rose aroma. But, other than that it’s a great mascara.

  • Repurchase? Yes. But, I’ll probably flirt around with other stuff first.

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo (travel size) – I will never understand the hype for this shampoo. It seems expensive for what it is. The fragrance is OK, the formula is OK, overall, it’s just OK. I can do better.

  • Repurchase? No.

Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub in Rose City (mini jar) – This is an awesome “scrubby” soap that smells like jammy roses and damp patchouli.

  • Repurchase? Hell yeah! And they better have the full-size in stock.

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Lotion in Unscented – I’m always on the hunt for a good unscented lotion. This one wasn’t bad, but not excellent. So I’m still looking. My husband has oilier skin than me and really liked this. My dry skin wants some thick and heavy shea butter stuff. I actually like to feel greasy.

  • Repurchase? Probably not. David may repurchase for himself.

Merlot Hydrating Toner

Merlot Hydrating Toner – Finding a drugstore toner is difficult. Paula would be so mad at me for using a witch hazel toner that is heavily scented with citrus…and is the color of Kool-Aid. This toner was too drying for me which is a bummer because it is labeled as “hydrating”.

  • Repurchase? No. Too drying for my super dry skin. I just need to accept toner as something I’m going to have to splurge on.

MSC Bar Soap

MSC Skincare Honeysuckle & Violet Soap – It’s a crisp, green citrus scented all-natural soap. Full review here. 

  • Repurchase? Yeah. I love bar soap and I really like this one.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream in Fragrance-Free – This thick ointment-like cream is great. I love that it is unscented and won’t interfer with my usual fragrance picks. It’s a great value.

  • Repurchase? Yes. I’ve used this stuff for years.

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia EDP – Wow. I finished a perfume! Can you believe it? This is a gardenia soliflore. The only reason it got finished is because I’ve been using this manoï oil at night and spraying this very, very liberally.

  • Repurchase? Probably not. I recommend it if you are looking for a cheap and decent gardenia. But, I’ve got a lot of other stuff in my collection that I should be wearing.

Dr. Hauschka Revitilizing Mask (sample) – I was actually surprised by the amount of alcohol in this “redness reducing” mask (which dried my skin out). And it smells too herbal for my tastes. I can’t believe it retails for as much as it does.

  • Repurchase/purchase? No. I was not impressed with this.

Total Empties for May – 11. 8 full-size. 2 travel/deluxe. 1 sample.

What were your Empties for May? Anything that you’ll repurchase? And of course I want to know if you had tried anything that was so bad that it made it to the garbage before it was empty!

*Images are from each of the brands or Post contains affiliate links excluding MSC Skincare.

28 thoughts on “EauMG’s May 2014 Empties

  1. I threw out a Nexxus sample that I got in this month’s Birchbox. I had to rerinse my hair to get it out after my hair was dry, and it still felt weird. I’m almost at the end of my bottle of Havvn night cream and am thinking about ordering another one even though I have other night creams to try. Probably the best thing that I’ve tried this month was the GLO Solo teeth whitening.

    I’m also trying out several Thann products (lotion, conditioner, shampoo, body wash), and I’ll probably use up the samples that I have, but none of it smells as good as the tube of lotion that a friend’s boyfriend brought back from a hotel in California.

    1. A bad-for-you hair product is the worst. I had sampled an conditioner (now can’t remember!) that made my hair sticky! It was the longest day ever.

      Teeth whitening? This coffee addict is listening! I’ve got to do something.

      I’ve never heard of Havvn before, so I looked it up. It looks like a good product. I really like when night creams come in pump bottles (I try to avoid jars).

      One of the things that got me so into perfumes, was a little bottle of Etro body wash that my aunt brought back from a hotel in Paris. The hotel industry really knows how to choose great body products.

      1. The Glo Solo worked really well and wasn’t much more expensive than the non-generic whitening strips. It didn’t make my sensitive gums sensitive, and the lip balm that came with it was really moisturizing.

        1. Yeah, it looks like the price isn’t bad (like you said, about the same price as other things).

  2. hm. interesting concept.

    i just consolidated all my Wen addicted mother’s bottles into one pump-able bottle… so that’s a lot of empty Lavender Wen bottles.

    and i just threw out the sample vial for the Jovoy Liturgie des Heures… but the resiny beauty remains.

    maybe next month i will have a better track of what i have used up.

    1. Do you have much experience with Wen? Should I give it try? I’m so tempted by their fig stuff.

      1. Wen did not work out well for me, but I have fine, straight hair that gets oily if I use the wrong products. It might work out well for you, though, with the way that you have described your hair.

        1. I’m sure I could use the wrong products and get oily too. But, I can only remember that only happening once.

      2. i’m no Wen junkie… although i long since stopped actually shampooing my hair (unless there is actually something IN it.)

        i didn’t mind it. the oils as far as i can tell are real and of good quality. i’m still using up my Intelligent Nutrients products.

        i think to give it a fair turn, you should use it for a month or so… it’s a bit of a commitment; but mom, at least, is a devotee. personally, i liked the Bamboo. the scent was neither here nor there (an inoffensive green tea concoction)- the condition of my hair was great. again, i haven’t tried it enough to say i will never use anything else, but enough to say it’s better than my ubercritical mind thought it would be.

        so… how’s that long winded “no, can’t really say.”

        1. I should probably try it just because it does have a cult following and I need to form my own opinion 😉

          I’m currently using up some drugstore junk (why do I keep using things I don’t like?)

          1. because we were raised with the idea of lack. 😉

            i’m going to finish out the summer with Wen. why not? i’ll report back in couple months. i won’t be able to be faithful to one aroma i’d doubt… although Lavender is always available… but it’s Bamboo or Spring Blossom for the time being.

      3. Hi Victoria – I’m kinda late with this response, but I have to add that Wen builds up pretty fast, so you have to use a clarifying shampoo every 3 or 4 times you wash your hair in order to get it out. Otherwise (for me, at least), my hair gets dry, wild and flyaway.
        I prefer the Alterna line, but it’s really too expensive unless you have problem hair like I do.

        1. I forgot just how difficult it is to find hair products that work. I wish they would all make little small sample bottles so that you could try first before dropping big $ on full-size.

  3. Ooh, this was fun to read. I’ve been trying to finish more perfumes samples and decants recently. Polished off a sample of Manoumalia (not purchase worthy for me) and a purse spray of SSS To Dream (great, but the next SSS I’ll repurchase is Jour Ensolleile). Finished a tube of Aveeno baby sunscreen (might repurchase). I’m about one use away from finishing the NUDE lip balm I’ve had for 4 or 5 years. I purchased my umpteenth bottle of Clinique DDML (been using it since I was a teenager).

    Rec for unscented lotion — the CeraVe SA lotion with salicylic acid. It’s truly unscented, doesn’t have that nasty smell some AHA body lotions have.

    1. For June I’ve decided to not buy anything. After moving, I realize that I’ve had some things for wayyy too long and need to use them. Or throw them out. Or something. And I want to use this stuff up so I can buy new stuff – it’s a twisted cycle.

      I like To Dream but don’t have a bottle. I love that SSS offers those travel sizes. These days, there is no way I’m ever going to use 100 mls of anything.

      I’m a fan of CeraVe but when I rushed into the drugstore it looks like the packaging has changed. And I didn’t have time to read if the ingredients have changed or anything…I assume it hasn’t. I was thrown off by the “renewing cream”, so I decided to wait and research before purchasing. I did see that they have sunscreen now. Overall, I’ve been very happy with that line. I think people expect for me to use fancy skincare and I disappoint them. I like really boring skincare.

  4. big high five for bar soap! My favorite is Nubian Heritage. Just say no to Wen… buy a good non-silicone conditioner and use that every third or fourth shampoo

    1. I LOVE Nubian Heritage’s. I use with with a wool kessa glove. I have the vetiver soap in the shower now 🙂

      Now that I’m attempting to grow out my hair, I’m interested in hair products. I have super thick, course hair and don’t wash daily. When I had long hair, I would only wash with conditioner (which I guess is the en vogue thing to do now). I just remembered that Nubian Heritage/Shea Moisture has shampoo and conditioner…

  5. Finished my second bottle of Body Shop’s Musk Smoky Rose,I love this cheapie!Also finished my first Korres Vanilla Cinnamon bodymilk:more a luscious thick cream than a milk,works wonders in the current winter weather!(S-Africa).Threw out Aussie Frizz Ease hair products(shampoo/conditioner),there’s some Bluegum-my weirdly fake smell in it,strong and harsh!And did Zero for frizz.Became Addicted to every and ALL Vichy skincare,for my oily T-zone/sensitive skin.Lightly scented,but I can live with that.Also went through some Glamglow sample masks…on the BUY list!That’s it I think!:-))

    1. Smoky Rose is awesome. I can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed it yet!

      Korres makes excellent body products. I used to use their shower gels (Juniper & Rum smells so good). And the body creams have a great texture, like you’ve mentioned 🙂

      It’s a shame because I remember at one time that Aussie line smelled like jasmine, very much like Oscar Blandi Jasmine line. And then I too bought a bottle of the new stuff and it is awful.

      Everyone keeps telling me to try Vichy, I haven’t yet…it must be good stuff because I know so many people that swear by it.

  6. I’m really curious about Paula’s Choice. Britton (HoG) rec’d it to me when I was looking for a good moisturizer. Have you tried anything else of theirs lately?

    1. I’m in the cult of Paula. I use *most* of their products (she’s a local gal too! – They’re based in Renton). I only “cheat” on Paula when it is a product that she recommends and I can get it immediately (like I’m out and about and need a sunscreen like NOW) or if I can find a product cheaper (like the face wash which I ended up hating). I highly recommend the line. The AHAs and BHAs are life changing.

      When I stray from Paula (get interested in a new brand, buy something else), I always come back.

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