As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!
Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.
I have some more awesome haircare that’s gentle and affordable to share with you (I’m on a bit of a roll with these kinds of things, lately). I’ve been trying the Maple Holistics Natural Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner, which are cruelty-free and contain fun things like argan oil, jojoba oil, keratin, and green tea. I’m really enjoying them and as a bonus, I’m able to give away a shampoo and conditioner to one of y’all!
Back when I originally purchased the Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Volume shampoo and conditioner, it took me a moment to figure out whether I wanted the shine or volume formulations. My hair is normal-ish but fine, and so sometimes smoothing and shine-infusing products can weigh it down. After loving the volume products as much as I did, though, I was very interested in revisiting the Ultra-Sleek line, which features Brazilian phyto-keratin and Moroccan argan oil.
This month was an exercise in finishing up a lot of bottles that have been sitting in my bathroom for too long. I was able to empty out a whole handful of moisturizers, plus some other skincare and haircare. It feels good to be able to toss redundancies in my collection, since I’m always needing to be very space conscious! I’ll walk through each product I finished and let you know what I think.
When I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner I ended up grabbing for something that was natural, affordable, and available on Amazon. The Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence are marketed as a fairly “normal” pairing, meaning that they aren’t incredibly hydrating or clarifying, and are meant to work for people who need something balanced, shine-infusing, and gentle.
Since this past fall, I have been using henna in my hair in the form of Lush’s pre-mixed Caca Rouge and have really enjoyed the results. When I was in Morocco this spring I decided to buy some pure henna powder to take back with me and experiment with, and I recently dipped in for the first time. This required me to mix up some kind of recipe, and so I wanted to share what I did, what the results were, and how it compares to my previous experience with Caca Rouge.
Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.
So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.
While in Spain and Portugal, we debated whether we had the time to also visit Morocco. It was tempting because it was so close by, but we knew we didn’t have the time to see a whole lot. We ended up hopping over and spending 3 days in Marrakech, and although we definitely are interested in seeing other parts of Morocco in the future, we ended up feeling like we had enough time to do Marrakech justice!