Monday, July 29, 2013

May and June 2013 Empties

I did not get around to posting my May empties, so I am combining my May and June empties into this single post. I am determined to use up my inventory of samples and full size products! I am proud to say that I have been using up significantly more products ever since my first empties post in February


May and June Empties


Bath and Shower:


Empties: Bath and Shower

Bvlgari Shampoo x 3, travel size
Toiletry from the Ritz Carlton. It had a delicate white tea scent. This shampoo lathered nicely, left my hair shiny and the scent did not linger after it was rinsed off. Would consider purchasing.

Bvlgari Conditioner x 2, travel size
Toiletry from the Ritz Carlton. As mentioned above about the shampoo in this line, it had a delicate white tea scent. This conditioner moisturizes, detangles and leaves my hair shiny. Would consider purchasing.

Bvlgari Shower Gel x 2 , travel size
Toiletry from the Ritz Carlton. As mentioned above about the shampoo in this line, it had a delicate white tea scent. This shower gel lathered nicely, did not leave a residue and the scent did not linger aft it was rinsed off. Would consider purchasing.

Bliss Supershine Shampoo in Lemon & Sage, travel size
Toiletry from the W hotel. I've mentioned this product in previous empties posts. This shampoo lathers nicely, cleans my hair well, leaves my hair shiny and is nicely scented. Would purchase.

Bliss Conditioning Rinse in Lemon & Sage, travel size
Toiletry from the W hotel. I've mentioned this product in previous empties posts. I have very long, thin, fine hair that gets tangled easily. This conditioner moisturizes, detangles and leaves my hair shiny. Also, I like the fresh citrus scent of the products in the Bliss lemon & sage line. Would purchase.

Bliss Soapy Suds in Lemon & Sage, travel size
Toiletry from the W hotel. I've mentioned this product in previous empties posts. The shower gel lathered nicely, did not leave a residue and the scent did not linger after it was rinsed off. I liked that this body wash was also moisturizing and nicely scented. Would purchase.

Desert Bambu Lemongrass Citrus Shower Gel, travel size
Toiletry from the Wynn Resorts. I liked the citrus scent of this line. The shower gel lathered nicely, did not leave a residue and the scent did not linger after it was rinsed off. Would consider purchasing.

Body:


Empties: Body


Secret Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant
This is an effective antiperspirant. However, it left white streaks on my clothes. Also, it contains some ingredients that I am trying to avoid. So, I would not repurchase.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30
I received this sunscreen complimentary as a prize from an Influenster contest. This sunscreen had a great tropical scent. I used it primarily on my legs and I liked that it was moisturizing. However, it does contain some ingredients that I am trying to avoid. So, I would not purchase because of ingredients.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55
I had originally started using this sunscreen on my face, but it left my face 'shiny.' However, I am happy to report that it did not break me out. So I used this sunscreen primarily on my neck and chest. It did leave my skin feeling slightly tacky after application. Also, it contains some ingredients that I am trying to avoid. So, I would not repurchase.

Eye Care:


Empties: Eye Care

Renu Fresh Contact Lens Solution, travel size
I've mentioned this product in previous empties posts. My eyes are more easily irritated and dry while using this solution. So, I would not re-purchase this product for regular use. I bought this for traveling. 

Clear Care 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Contact Lens Solution, full size
This is the best contact lens cleaning solution that I have tried. My eyes aren't dry, red and irritated at the end of the day. Also, my my ophthalmologist recommended that I use a hydrogen peroxide based contact lens cleaning solution. I would re-purchase.

Make-Up:


Empties: Make-Up


Lancome hypnose star mascara brush wand, angle 1

Lancome hypnose star mascara brush wand, angle 2


Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara
This mascara gave my lashes length, along with some volume and curl. It had a 'wet' formula that took a little bit of time to dry. The brush wand was unique in that it was shaped like a flattened Christmas tree. Unfortunately, I often had problems with clumping and some minimal fallout. Would not purchase.

Oral Health:


Empties: Oral Health


Supersmile Toothpaste in Green Apple, Mandarin Mint and Original
I wrote a separate post on Supersmile toothpastes because I loved these! These toothpastes cleaned and whitened teeth, prevented cavities and plaque, and contained fluoride. Also, these toothpastes were not abrasive, did not foam excessively and did not have a gritty texture. The flavors were pleasant, not overwhelming and did not 'burn' my mouth. Although it contains parabens, I think that the results are worth it. Would purchase.

Supersmile Whitening Accelerator
This is a clear gel that you use along with Supersmile toothpaste on your toothbrush. I did not notice a significant  difference in whitening with this accelerator. It was a bit of a hassle to add another component to my routine. Would not purchase.

Colgate Total Clean Mint Toothpaste
This toothpaste cleaned teeth, prevented cavities and plaque, and contained fluoride. Also, this toothpaste was not abrasive, did not foam excessively and did not have a gritty texture. The mint flavor was pleasant, not overwhelming and did not 'burn' my mouth. Would re-purchase. 

Mouthwash
Toiletry from the Sheraton. Would purchase.

Colgate Total Toothbrush
The brush head was soft and gentle, yet cleaned effectively. Would re-purchase.


Skincare:


Empties: Skincare

AHAVA Dermud Facial Calming Moisturize SPF 15
This moisturizer was a thick, smooth lotion. I used it during the day and it did not leave my face 'shiny' upon application. It was moisturizing and easily absorbed. However, it does contain parabens, which is one of the ingredients that I am trying to avoid (especially in skincare products). It has been discontinued.

Azten Eye & Lip Emulsion
This moisturizer was appropriate for both eyes and lips. I only used it around my eyes and I didn't notice much difference in puffiness or dark circles. It had a thin consistency, was moisturizing, easy to apply and easily absorbed into the eye area. Would not purchase.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
This is a gentle, gel cleanser. It foams lightly, has a pleasant cucumber scent and is not drying. It is supposed to be great for removing make-up as well, but I don't wear makeup on a regular basis, so I don't have personal experience with that aspect of this cleanser. This cleanser contains parabens, which is one of the ingredients that I am trying to avoid (especially in skincare products). Would not re-purchase due to ingredients.

Delizioso Mangosteen & Acai Super Anti-Aging Facial Cream SPF 15

This product was featured in my Winter Skincare Essentials and Beauty Favorites and April empties post. I loved this rich facial cream and would purchase for the winter when my skin gets drier. 

Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque
This mask is a peel-off mask (the first peel-off mask that I've tried)! It is a semi-thick gel that is easy to apply. It didn't cause my skin to have an tingling sensation and the mask does not dry very 'tightly, which I like. It was fairly easy to peel the mask off, but I usually had a few bits left where the mask was applied near my hairline. It was easy to wash off any remaining bits of mask. My skin felt softer and slightly smoother after mask application. The one complaint I have about this mask is the scent - it had a strong alcohol smell. Would not purchase because I can get the same results with a better smelling mask.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser with 0.5% Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment
A cleanser for acne-prone skin. It has a creamy texture, did not foam and is not greasy. It feels tingly and has a moderate scent from the menthol - I would prefer if this cleanser did not contain menthol. I appreciate that it is free of parabens. Unfortunately, it did not have an effect on my acne. Would not purchase.

Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes
I didn't notice much difference in my eye area with this cream. It had a thin consistency, which made it easy to apply. However, it wasn't moisturizing and did not easily absorb. Would not purchase.

SK-II Facial Clear Lotion
This product was mentioned in my March empties and April empties posts. This alcohol-free toner has made a significant improvement in my skin. My skin is more radiant, more smooth and has less break-outs. Also, it did not irritate or dry my skin. Would re-purchase even though it contains parabens.

Purlisse Ultra Skin Brightening Serum

I loved this brightening serum. It was lightweight and had a silky texture that left my skin feeling very smooth. I could see a significant difference in my hyperpigmentation. Also, it did not make my skin 'break out'. I appreciate that it does not contain parabens and other chemicals that I am trying to avoid in my skincare products. Would purchase.

Skin & Co Truffle Serum
This lightweight serum was moisturizing, non-greasy, absorbed quickly and had a wonderful scent. It was supposed to be an anti-aging serum, but I did not notice a significant difference in my skin. I appreciate that it does not contain parabens. Would not purchase.

Tools:


Empties: Tools

Sephora Face Complexion Brush
This is an inexpensive facial cleansing brush. The bristles are not as soft as my Shiseido facial cleansing brush. For the price, it is a fairly good tool because it helps to exfoliate and clean. However, I would not re-purchase because I would rather re-purchase the Shiseido brush.

Venus Embrace Razor
I really liked this razor. It has 5 razor blades and includes a ribbon of moisture. I was amazed that somehow I never nicked myself with this razor, even around my knees and ankles. It gave me a smooth, close shave. Also, the handle was ergonomically designed and easy to use in the shower. Would repurchase.

Foil packets:
I am going to reserve judgement on foil samples, unless it is a true standout!

Dickinson's Oil Controlling Towelettes x 2
Empties: Foil Packets



If you like empties posts, check out my previous empties:
February
March
- April



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