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Empties: February-March 2016

April 2, 2016
Products used up during February and March
Products used up during February and March

I’ve gotten out of the swing of reviewing empty products every month, and have been thinking it might make more sense to chat about them every two months or so. The upside of that is that there’s just a wider variety of stuff to talk about, though it also means there’s more to cover in a single post, as well. That means I’ll try to be quick as I give an overview of each product and determine whether it was worth the purchase!

I have some skincare, makeup, hair and body care to cover, so I’ll split it up a little bit.



Facial care and makeup
Facial care and makeup empties

Starting with the back row of products:

CeraVe Renewing SA cleanser ($12) / review – This took me a long time to get through because it was too drying on my skin, so it was a bit of a disappointment for me. My husband helped me use it up.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner ($12.95) / review – I’ve bought this a couple times and think it’s fantastic. It’s full of nice ingredients and is lightly hydrating, plus it smells like fresh roses. Cruelty-free.

Stridex salicylic acid pads ($5) – These are so cheap, even before sales and coupons come into play, and they make a noticeable difference in the clarity of my skin. I finish a jar approximately once a month and keep on buying them. Cruelty-free.

Muji Cream Cleanser ($5?) – I bought this in Japan for maybe $5 or some similarly low price. I thought that it worked but it didn’t quite satisfy me as much as the Neutrogena Naturals cream cleanser did, so I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Anthony Logistics for Men Algae Facial Cleanser sample ($36 full-sized) – This is a bright blue cleanser that my husband received when he bought some other product from Anthony, and I ended up using a lot of it. It’s really gentle and moisturizing and generally made my skin feel great. It’s difficult to justify a $30+ price tag for a cleanser, but I thought this was really, really nice. Cruelty-free.


Front row of products:

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002 ($7) – I used to think this didn’t do much for me, but more recently I realized that there were certain foundations in my collection that went on particularly smooth and effortlessly if I had this primer on my face first. I didn’t really notice other benefits like smoothing pores or oil absorption, though.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel ($19.95) / review – This was a pleasant surprise, I thought it was really lovely. It’s just a nice basic hydrating gel with a watery texture that’s formulated to treat and tone the eye area. Cruelty-free.

Re’Au Hydrating Booster Serum sample ($20-25?) / review – This was a sample I got in Japan when I bought the Re’Au moisturizer (below). I thought the serum was really nice and would consider picking it up if I returned to Japan.

Re’Au Firming Lift Cream (rich moist) ($25) / review – I picked up this moisturizer to use as a night cream when I was in Japan and really liked it. I was promised a tightening effect within 2 weeks, and I think I actually got results – impressive! I think there’s some vitamin A in there.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme ($42) – I got this in a one of the Ole Henriksen holiday sets and thought it was really nice. It’s only moderately hydrating so those with really dry, needy skin will likely find it unsatisfying, but since it’s lightweight it works well under makeup and I also found that it helped with puffiness. Cruelty-free.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum mini ($48) – Also from that holiday set, this is lightweight vitamin C serum. I’ve tried mini bottles of this 3 times now and I love it … it’s probably one of my favorite serums, ever. I think this is perfect for skin that’s just starting to get fine lines and could use a little perking up. Cruelty-free.


Facial care samples
Facial care packets and samples

Two more facial care items …

Simple Micellar Makeup-Remover Wipes ($5) – I picked up a Costco 3-pack of these hoping they’d live up to the other nice Simple products I’ve tried. I do like them … I wouldn’t say they’re miraculous makeup removing wipes, but they’re effective and gentle. I’d buy ’em again.

Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Toner and Serum samples – I got these two samples and I believe they’re new products for Nature Republic. I just thought I stick these in here because they were very pleasant. They’re definitely fragranced, but seem refreshing and hydrating. The toner was a clear liquid and the serum was a bit creamy.



Hair and body care producs
Hair and body care producs

Maple Holistics Argan shampoo + conditioner ($11.95/ea) / review – These were sent to me by the brand, and were another really pleasant surprise. I thought they were very balanced and soothing, hydrating but not too heavy. I would buy these. Cruelty-free.

Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Sleek conditioner ($8.99) / review – This was also sent to me by the brand, but I’ve tried a couple different shampoos and conditioners from Giovanni and really have enjoyed them all. I usually use shampoos faster than conditioners, so this one lingered in my shower longer than its mate. Cruelty-free.

South of France hand soap, lemon verbena ($5) – This is our favorite natural hand soap my husband and I have found so far, so I’m working on trying all the scents. Lemon verbena was nice – subtle, but lightly sweet like lemonade. I’d buy it again for sure, but still have a couple other scents to try first. Cruelty-free.

The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) / review – I originally purchased this at Costco in a 2-pack that I think may have cost $15 or so. This is a thick, multipurpose oily balm that you can use on everything from eczema to diaper rash. I kept it on my bedside table and mostly used it on my hands, elbows, and lips. It’s good! Cruelty-free.

Jason Healthy Mouth toothpaste ($5.99) – I’ve been trying different natural toothpastes, though I have to admit that none of them have really stood out to me. This one was totally fine, it wasn’t weird or gross or anything and it’s definitely an affordable option, but it wasn’t anything special, either. Cruelty-free.

Nubian Heritage Lemongrass and Tea Tree soap ($3.65) – My husband likes to bathe with bar soap, and I grabbed this one for him to try because he likes the scent of tea tree. It’s a great value because you get a large bar and it lasted a long time, and he says it had a subtle scent and felt gentle. “Subtle” and “gentle” aren’t necessarily his top priorities, so this was just so-so for him. Sounds pretty good to me, though! Cruelty-free.


Whew! Have you tried any of these? Did you finish any great products up recently?

    1. Ha!! Yes, I think that every time I bring all my empties out of the bag to take stock. I use it as my 1st step of toning (followed by a hydrating spritz) once or twice a day, and realistically this empties post covers not just two full months but also some portion of January, as well. And that second tub went into the trash pile right before this post went up. I’m a huge fan, though! 🙂

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