Thursday, August 6, 2015

July Beauty Empties

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 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.


  1. Is that the serum version of the Supergoop sunscreen? I had a sample of it I was so excited to use, but it did weird things to my face too-- such a bummer because I had heard good things about the brand. And I'm with you on not really caring for the roller lash mascara either.

    1. That was not the serum version but I have had that too. I don't remember having as many problems with it but it was a long time ago. I, unfortunately, haven't found much I love from the brand yet.