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October 2012 Empties!

I did just alright this past month, but I really had a fun time trying all sort of different things! I only managed to finish a single hair mask sample which is quite sad! Anyway, there is always this month, right? Onwards to empties shall we?

* denotes a sample size

Face

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Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream – This is my second jar of this night cream and it certainly won’t be my last. I love the scent, the consistency and it’s one of the few moisturizers that doesn’t leave my skin dry or too greasy. It has been the perfect night cream for my skin once I hit my mid 20s and it will be what I use for now. Repurchase? YES!

Clarins Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum – I have talked about this serum before in my August Luvs post so I won’t go into much detail, but I love it! Repurchase? Already opened up my second one!

Christian Mode Japanese Sheet Mask – Just as awesome as the last one I tried in my September Empties post from my swap with Nadine. So moisturizing and thick with syrupy, goopy essence! Purchase? Yes!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes – Probably my favourite wipes to date because they are the softest I’ve used so far. These even made it into my list of August Luvs! Repurchase? Yes!

MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask in All Nighter- Love! I received this in October’s Topbox and was very excited to try it. This is the first Canadian sheet mask I have tried and it is just as luxurious in feel as the Asian sheet masks! I loved the smell of peppermint oil and was able to use the leftover “essence” for another mini wake-up mask the day after! Purchase? Yes!

Befine Exfoliating Cleanser* – I received this in my August Glossybox. Smelled nice and although this cleanser felt extremely rough at first, my skin always felt soft and supple after washing it off so my overall impression of this product was positive. Did anyone else find it really hard to get the product out of the sachet? Purchase? Maybe

Balea Grapefruit and Vitamin E Warming Face Mask* – This mask claims to warm and brighten the skin, but I only felt the warming effects. It smells quite nice, but I don’t think I will be buying this again just because I didn’t really notice any immediate effects from using the mask.  Repurchase? No

Bentaberry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream for Boys and Girls* – I received this in my August Glymm Bag and it was not my favourite face cream at all. It never absorbed into my skin and when I wiped my face it would peel off even hours later. Purchase? No

Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Concentrated Serum* – I received this at a Dior makeover event in March of this year and as with many Dior skin products, I find this overpriced for what little difference is makes to my skin. Granted, I only managed to get 3 uses out of this sample, but I think I’ll stick to my Clarins serum for now. Purchase? No

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes x 2* – These were really great! They were a bit oily which makes sense as they are supposed to remove waterproof makeup. Although I wouldn’t buy these for everyday use, they are great for travel and on the go. Purchase? Yes

Neutrogena All in One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes* – I received these as a gift for celebrating Neutrogena’s 60 years in Canada and I actually quite like them because they have an oilier consistency meaning that these actually do remove most of my eye makeup. You do need to wash your face afterwards though since the oil leaves a bit more of a residue than other makeup wipes. Purchase? Yes

Skoah Moisture Induce Mask* – This is a skin care line that comes right out of Vancouver and I love it to death! This mask is like a massive blast of moisture for my dry skin. This little sample gave me probably 10 masks so I truly had a good idea of whether this mask would work for me and it did! I actually use it as a “sleeping mask” as it acts like a moisturizer and absorbs right into my skin. Purchase? Yes!

 

Hair

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Fekkai Rapid Results Moisture Mask* – I received this in my April Luxe Box and like I mentioned in a previous empties post, I didn’t notice any difference between this mask and my current hair mask. Purchase? No

 

Bath and Body 

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AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream* – I received this in last year’s December’s Glymm Box and I love it! This is a scent like no other and I am so glad that I have a full size tube of this because it’s such a rich and luxurious scent! I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s not fruity, but smells like opulence! Purchase? Yes!

B.Kamins Maple Body Lotion* – I just added this to my Sample Sundays mix and let’s just say it doesn’t take a lot to get through 12mL of product! The consistency of this lotion is more on the liquid side and did not smell like maple unlike it’s name. It wasn’t my favourite consistency and although I am glad to have been given a chance to try it, I don’t think this lotion is for me. Purchase? No

Villainess Whipped Body Creme* – I think after receiving this in September’s Glymm Bag all of us who subscribe to Glymm ended up buying the full size! This not only smells like freshly baked cookies, but the texture and actual moisturizing effects are great! Purchase? Yes! Should be arriving tomorrow!

L’Occitane Mango Flower Hand Cream* – Received this in the mail and promptly purchased the full size a few days later! If you like the smell of mangoes, you will love this hand cream! The quality of L’Occitane’s hand creams is also amazing as they are made with 20% shea butter so they are not overly greasy, but still moisturize parched hands. Purchase? Yes!

Pink Wipes* – Easiest empty ever! LOL! This one wipe did what I expected to do, but they’re pretty expensive! I know they are pH balanced for sensitive skin, but wouldn’t baby wipes suffice? Purchase? No.

Dana’s Dreamy Delights in Bulging Blueberries Whipped Body Butter* – I received this in my first and only Sampler Village Box and unfortunately, I don’t like the smell of blueberries. I love the actual fruit, but not in a body butter. This body butter was also VERY thick and greasy so if you have very dry skin this is great, but I don’t like feeling greasy hours later so the consistency was not my favourite.

Life Botanicals Natural Deodorant – This just shows how old this is as Shoppers doesn’t even carry Life anymore! I don’t like scent on my deodorant so this salt stick is perfect for me. I am currently using a LaVanilla deodorant just to try it out, but I I have feeling I will be grabbing the salt stick again! Repurchase? Yes

Arbonne Ginger Citrus Sugar Scrub – Received this at an Arbonne spa party and I liked it! The only deterrent is that to repurchase, I have to go through an Arbonne rep or go through the website and pay for shipping. I have many other scrubs in my beauty arsenal so this will have to wait. Purchase? No

Bath and Body Works Cherry Blossom Shimmer Lotion – I have had this for years and I can’t believe I have finally finished it! It smelled and felt exactly the same as when I first got it which makes me wonder about the ingredients. I like the smell, but I don’t think I will be getting anymore shimmer lotions…the shimmer transfers to my clothes which I find annoying so I will stick to a regular old moisturizer for now. Repurchase? No

 

Makeup

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Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 257 – This is actually my second tube of this colour and it has served me well! It’s a light, sparkly pink gloss that just adds a little sparkle to any lip colour. Repurchase? Yes

CLEAN Cotton T-Shirt* – I love the entire CLEAN fragrance line, but this was not one of my favourites and I’m glad I grabbed a sample at Sephora just to try it out. Purchase? No

M.Asam Magic Fini* – I received this in Glymm’s March Box and while I was hesitant about it at first, now that I have finally used it up I can conclude that it was actually fairly pleasant. I have been using this as a primer underneath both my liquid and mineral foundations and it has worked quite nicely. It is on the greasier side and I found it to be too greasy at first. I think now that my skin is drier, my skin has enjoyed the extra does of oil! I have other primer samples to work through so for now, I will have to say no to getting the full size. Purchase? No

My drawers of beauty products are now ever so much lighter now! I look forward to seeing how all of you did with your empties!

27 comments

  1. What!! I think you did such a great job!~ You have soo many empties!
    I have always heard that the Dior Lip Gloss is unreal.. I'm going to have to try it out!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you!
      It's a great lip gloss, nice and thick!

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  2. Like Brittany I think you did amazing!!!!!!;)

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    1. Thanks Sabina! I think we all try our best to get through our stash!

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  3. Wow so many empties! I can imagine how light your drawers are now :)
    I wish we had a Shoppers in the US. That Life Botanicals deodorant seems interesting. I'm not too crazy about scents so that would be nice to try.

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    1. This particular deodorent has been discontinued! I'm so sad!

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  4. Looks like you did a good job last month as well!
    I haven't tried that Befine cleanser, but I did try two of the other items and I also found it really difficult to get the product out

    So how are your surveys coming along? ;)

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    1. Thank you! I wish the Befine samples had come in more user-friendly packaging :(

      Oh, the surveys are going goooooood! ;-)

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    2. Me too!

      I just finished one 10 minutes ago, hehe
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      Hopefully you will have enough points soon to get some GC's rolling in! I am still thinking about what I will order with mine

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  5. Wow, good job on the empties! I can never get that many in a month!

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    1. Thanks Denysia! I'm sure you can do it ;-)

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  6. I wish I could get through so many products. I only had a few measly sample packs this month so i am going to wait and do an empties post after november. great reviews!

    :)Chelsey

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    1. Thanks Chelsey! You should be proud of those sample packs anyway! Can't wait to see how you do this month!

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  7. I've had one Dior lipgloss before but I actually didn't like it that much.

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh really? I've only tried this one and I guess luckily it all worked out!

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  8. I loved that Maskeraide mask too!

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    1. I think that those of us who received them in our Topboxes all love them! They're so refreshing and soft!

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  9. Great empties! I love sheet face masks x

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  10. Lots of empties :D I want to try the MaskerAide mask! I love sheet masks!! :)

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    1. I cannot get enough of sheet masks! I would do one every day if I could!

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  11. i'd say you still did great this month!!! i finished a few of the same/similar products this month (post will be up sometime this week). :)

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    1. Can't wait to see how you did! I'm so glad you started doing these posts too!

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  12. I also found the BeFine product hard to get out of the packet. I really like this product a lot but it ruins part of the experience to have so much trouble getting the product out.

    Everyone had that same issue with the Benta Berry, it was really awful lol

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    1. What was up with the peely Bentaberry cream?? My goodness!

      I totally agree with you on the experience being ruined with the BeFine product...it was just so messy!

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  13. Anything time I see these posts I get inspired to try and finish at least one item. I have.. So far I've collected 3 empties. Not enough for a post though. hahah.

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    1. I would post them anyway ;-) I promise I will applaud you ;-)

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