It's empties time! My favorite! We took our last family vacation before heading back to school so this post is a few days late. I have no idea where summer went...it is crazy that we start back in a little over a week! Time to get back to the routine!
You will see as I share my totals at the end of the post that I did not do too well with using up more than I took in. I'll review my totals and the items I added at the end of the post (a few were necessities).
We will start with empties from my Project Pan and 12 Empties of Christmas:
Marcelle Hydra-C energizing hydrating gel - This was a product in my 12 Empties of Christmas. I really liked the formula of this moisturizer. It was nice and lightweight and sunk in well before applying my makeup. It comes in a close second to my favorite DDF Moisturizing Dew and I'd consider purchasing this in the future.
Empties from my Project 20 Pan:
BeeKind Body Lotion - I love the scent of this lotion. However, I do not find it moisturizing enough for my dry skin, especially on my legs. For that reason, I wouldn't purchase a full size.
Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion Omega Moisture - I love the scent of this lotion too. I have a ton of lotions I need to finish but I would consider buying this one since it is a drug store price to give it more of a try.
Bath and Body Works body lotion in White Citrus - I don't buy Bath and Body Works products but I will use them if I receive them from friends or as gifts. I really love the scent of this lotion but I won't repurchase because I find drugstore lotions I like just as well.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream - I used this at night and it worked okay. It absorbed well and didn't sting my eyes. But I also don't think it did anything remarkable for my eyes and isn't worth the price tag.
Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment - I hadn't used this sample up because I do not have dry skin that needs hydrating. However, I had a horrible reaction to a face cream this month and my skin dried out and peeled. I used this mask twice and it really helped with the peeling and restoring my skin. This would not be a product I need to repurchase though.
Rest of the empties:
Blendercleanser - I had this cleanser come with one of my beauty blenders and I finally used it up. I used it to wash my beauty blender and brushes just so I could use it up. I'll stick with my Dr. Bronner's soap to wash my brushes and beauty blender though. If you missed my post about how I wash my brushes, you can find it here.
Avene Thermal Spring Water - I had gotten this in an Ipsy bag and had no idea what to do with it. I watched someone on Youtube talk about using it as a makeup setting spray (I think it was Amber F). I also used it a few times when my sensitive skin reacted to a product to calm down the itchiness. This is not a product I need to repurchase or use daily.
Sephora Soft Touch Cotton Pads - These are my favorite cotton rounds of the ones I have tried. They do not get any fuzzy parts in my eyes or shed or fall apart. I will repurchase when I have a coupon or gift card or something but I won't pay full price for them.
Marcelle 8 in 1 Power Serum - I used this serum every morning before I applied moisturizer. I liked the feel of it and it absorbed well under makeup. I'm not sure it did anything for my skin and I'd like to try some other serums so I won't repurchase right now. It is a reasonable price for a serum though at $34.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - I used this cleanser with my Clarisonic. I enjoyed this cleanser and how it cleaned my face without being drying. I might purchase a full size one day but I have a few to finish first and some drugstore options I'd like to try.
Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen - This sunscreen was okay for my body. I found it way too greasy to use on my face and it made me break out. This isn't a product I feel the need to purchase. I won't run out of sunblock before winter comes here anyways.
Ulta Moisture and Shine shampoo - This smelled really nice because of the organ oil in it but I didn't feel like it did anything great for my hair. I ended up using it up by shaving my legs with it on vacation. Not a future purchase for me.
Temple Spa Good Hair Day Shampoo - I loved the smell of this shampoo. However, for the price, I don't think it worked any better than drugstore shampoos I have tried so it isn't a purchase for me.
Temple Spa In Good Condition Conditioner - I liked the conditioner better than the shampoo. I thought it left my hair feeling soft without weighing it down. But again, there are drugstore options that are less expensive.
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle - I love this leave in conditioner. I'm not usually one for sweet smells but I do love these products. I have quite a few leave in conditioners I bought awhile back but then I might purchase this one.
Beauty Protector Protect and Oil - Again, love this line and the smell. This oil is not quite as good as the Macadamia Healing Oil that is my absolute favorite. However, I can use Birchbox points to buy it one day when my super pricey Macadamia oil runs out.
Harvey Prince Sea/Salt Hair Mist - I didn't feel like this did anything for my hair. I used it after I cut my hair short thinking it wouldn't be so weighed down but it still didn't do much to style it or give it texture. I won't purchase this one.
No4 Clarifying Shampoo - Didn't do anything special. Not a purchase I need to make.
Mascara empties - I replace my mascara every 3 months. I have sensitive eyes that tend to be infected easily so I am very careful about replacing my mascara.
Maybelline Lash Discovery - If you've been around awhile you know that this is my holy grail bottom lash mascara. I have already repurchased.
Smashbox Full Exposure mascara - I used this as my first coat. It doesn't do enough on its own for me but it does a nice job of separating my lashes. I won't purchase a full size.
Benefit Rollerlash - I was not a fan of this mascara. It clumped up on me and I found it very hard to remove. I found that if I used the Smashbox mascara first, it separated my lashes enough that the Rollerlash didn't clump as much. I won't purchase a full size of this one but I'm glad I was able to try it after everyone talked about it in the spring.
Whew! Long post! Sorry!
In July I used up a total of 21 products (2 full size and 19 deluxe size). I also gave away 1 deluxe size and 3 full sized products that I won't use.
I took in 30 products from samples included with orders and subscription boxes and products I bought. Most of the full size products I purchased (with the exception of a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Lorac palette) were necessary because I was running out (serum, mascara, etc).
I started July with 313 products, 25 total went out of my stash, and I took in 30 leaving me with 318 products now in my stash. Went up again! Ugh
I have spent $319.45 total for 2015 so far, still better than any previous year.
I have used a total of 148 products for 2015. I am still hoping to hit 365 for the year. Fingers crossed.
I have used up a total of $907.35 in products (I don't count foil packets but I do count deluxe and full size as long as they have the amount of product printed on them).
We won't be discussing my beauty budget of $1 dollar for each empty because I am way negative! I am going to really cut spending to necessities for the next few months. I did really well in June and hope to do well again this month.
That is where I am in my empties journey for the year. See you in a month!
*All opinions are my own. All products were purchased with my own money. I was not compensated in any way for this post.