August Empties!


1. Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo                                                                                          

Arghhh!! This shouldn’t even be here! I bought ANOTHER bottle of this stuff and it leaked again! Once you spray it the first time, the bottle continues to "*hiss* and never stops! I managed to use it on three separate occasions before it completely died on me. I think the whole batch at the Shoppers I got it from is defective so I am getting yet another coupon for a Dove product of my choice. Repurchase? Yes

2. Heathen’s Hearth Vanilla Noir Sugar Scrub Cubes

I purchased these from an etsy seller who is no longer available, but I hated these…I guess I I thought the scent would be sweeter, but instead it was kind of musky. The cubes were also hard to use and left black residue in the tub every time I used them. I’m glad they’re finished. I had 12 cubes and I had to force myself to use these every other day. Repurchase? No

3. Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover Sample

I think we’ve all be given multiples of this remover during the multitude of Lancôme GWPs so I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with it. This is my go-to eye makeup remover for anything waterproof. It’s gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes if any liquid happens to get in. Purchase? Yes

4. Bella Pella Body Lotion in Tropical Flowers Sample

I received this in April’s Topbox and loved it! I loved the scent and I am already a fan of their soaps so the next time I visit my future in-laws in Montreal I’ll go and get the full size version at the Bella Pella store. I know I can order online, but it gives me another reason to take a vacation! Purchase? Yes

5. Cyberderm PM Anti-Age Sample

I received this in my July Glymm Bag and as fun as it was to use I didn’t really enjoy the cream all that much. It wasn’t anything different than what I would normally use. Purchase? No

6. Cyberderm H20 Hydration Sample

See comments above. In fact, this was kind of watery and didn’t really seem to absorb into my skin at all. Purchase? No

7. L’Occitane Citron and Clementine Hand Cream

I love L’Occitane hand creams and this one was a limited edition for Christmas so I savoured every last drop! They are a little expensive, but I cannot get enough of them! Repurchase? Yes (if available again for Xmas 2012)

8. The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub

I use this almost every night after work because I’m on my feet a lot so it’s a must-have product that sits in my shower caddy. I love how it smells and its pumice-jelly consistency. Repurchase? Yes (already done!)

9. Dirt Salt Scrub Sample

I received this in my July Glymm Bag and the 2 uses indicated on the product card was pretty accurate. It smelled like fig and pear and I barely needed to moisturize after using it. I don’t love it enough to buy the full size though. I’d rather have my Lush Rub Rub Rub. Purchase? No

10. Orlane Active Hydration Body Care Sample

I received this in my May Luxe Box and based on the teeny size, this lasted ONE leg. That’s it and it wasn’t anything special. It’s expensive too at $105 for 250mL so no thank you! Repurchase? No

11. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Sample

I received this as a sample at Shoppers Drug Mart and it’s supposed to give your face a bit of a pick-me-up just before you apply makeup. It made my skin feel a little bit tacky and I didn’t notice a huge difference before and after application so I will be passing on this product. Purchase? No

12. Lise Watier Base Miracle Pore Minimizing Primer Sample

Very similar to Benefit’s Porefessional and gave my skin a smooth finish. I’ll see how my sample of Porefessional works out, but I did enjoy the product. Purchase? Yes

13. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Sample

I have gone through a couple of these in the past and I do like it as my eyeshadow does not budge with this stuff on, although I have used an elf primer that did just as good a job for a fraction of the price! Won’t be getting another one for now. Repurchase? No

14. Lush Celestial Moisturizer Sample

Too greasy for me. The moisturizer just sat on top of my face like a mask! It smelled quite nice though, but I will still have to pass on getting the full size. Purchase? No

15. Pur Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

To be honest, I have been using this as my only foundation since 2009 so this is my fourth compact that I have finished! When I started reading beauty blogs, I started getting more adventurous with foundations, but mineral foundation tends to be my favourite and comforts me when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing with liquid foundation! This also has SPF 15 in it which I love. There is always a backup in my makeup collection so Repurchase? Yes!

16. Missha Cleansing Facial Tissues Sample

Smelled like fresh ginger which was nice, but I found the cloths to be be quite rough! I’m not an elephant!! Purchase? No

17. YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum Sample

I like my Clarins serum far better than this one. This was sticky which is the consistency I don’t like. Purchase? No

18. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner and Serum

Love love love! I have bought another one already! I love the line it makes and how precise the tip is! Another must-have in my makeup collection! Repurchase? Yes!

19. Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss in Barely Nude Sample

I received this in August’s Glymm Bag and lemme tell ya, it lasted one day. I reapplied about 5 times throughout the day because I loved the colour and then stuck a toothpick in the tube to get out any leftover product. I ended up purchasing a full sized version using my Glymm points. Purchase? Yes

20. Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Sample

I received this in my April Glymm Box and loved the scent right away because I love anything orange! I have already purchased the full size of this through so Purchase? Yes!

21. L’Occitane Ultra Gentle Moisturizer Sample

This sample was good for about half of my arm, but it was nice while it lasted! I liked the consistency and very subtle smell. Purchase? Yes

22. Amedaya Body Butter in Sweet Orange and Vanilla Sample

I received this sample in my May Divalicious Box and although the sample was so small, I really liked the scent! It was quite sweet and smelled like a creamsicle! Purchase? Yes!


  1. You are so good at finishing products, even when you're not satisfied with them! :)
    Aw The Pur Minerals foundation was the first foundation I ever used!! I used to love it!

    1. I try my best to finish stuff so I can make room for more! Muahaha! How come you don't use the Pur Minerals foundation anymore?

  2. Wohoo you did quite the number on the empties!! Must have felt good to finish up some of the samples:)

    1. It always feels good to finish those make room for more!

  3. "I'm not an elephant!!" - Jayne
    greatest quote ever.

  4. Omg! I think you did pretty well for yourself this month!
    I cannot believe the Dry Shampoo keeps doing that to you! Maybe try buying it at Walmart! That's where I got mine!
    Out of everything you used up.. I would like to try #18.. I don't use a eyeliner ever.. so maybe this would be a good start!

    1. You know what, I think I will go to Walmart today and have a look! Oh really? You don't use eyeliner? I guess I didn't start using it until a few years ago and I definitely don't use it on my days off when I'm relaxing.

  5. I like and use the Dove Shampoo and the Lancome eye makeup remover too! By the way, i'm following you now courtesy of the bloghop! Great blog! I hope you'll visit my blog and follow me too!

    1. I just wish the Dove Dry Shampoo wouldn't keep leaking because I love it! Following you too!

  6. I always enjoy reading your empties posts! I love the Pur Minerals foundation! I only use it in the summer, but it's great! x

    1. Aww, thank you! It's a great foundation for summer for sure. It's nice and light and I can imagine in Toronto it gets so hot and humid that wearing liquid foundation is not comfortable!

  7. I didn't know about the Divalicious box ! Now I'm thinking I might have to get it... lol. I read your post about the May edition and it seems like there is a ton of great products in there !

    1. Haha, I have to wake up at 5am to get this box before it sells out! You're lucky enough to live in a better time zone!

  8. you did so well this month! p.s. you totally inspired me to do my own empties post. :) i hope you don't mind... i really loved your format!

    1. Thanks! Of course I don't mind! I'm totally rooting for you and look forward to what you use up in September!

  9. If you love the Pur minerals stuff you should check out the shop, they have a 50% off voucher you can use!

  10. If you love the Pur minerals stuff you should check out the shop, they have a 50% off voucher you can use!

  11. I'm getting into the dry shampoo game - I will have to try the dove - but hopefully I don't get a defective bottle!

    1. Apparently, I was not the only one :( Their customer service has been good though.

  12. So impressed with your empties!! So many:) I love the lash boost liner too :) its my HG

    1. I try to get through the samples as best I can :)