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bb empties02 7.jpgbiiiiiig empties today!  i don’t know how people keep their empties for a full year to review – only a few months and it’s driving me crazy to have this huge bag under my sink taking up space.  anyways…bb empties02 2.jpgnars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // ooooh my love.  i just love this concealer.  i did notice that it was starting to oxidize on my skin towards the end of the tube, but that isn’t an issue that i have dealt with before.  i have a travel size tube of this in my purse at all times – i just adore this concealer and have been through quite a few.

desert essence tea tree whitening plus mouthwash // twice a day, every day, baby!  again, i mentioned this in a monthly picks post, so i won’t bore you about my love for this mouthwash.  but yeah it’s great!

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm // i got this trilogy kit at whole foods a few months ago and it has made me fall in love with the brand.  i have only tried one or two, but this is my favorite cleansing balm i’ve tried – i’m also making my way through a full size.  i like it because the texture changes completely into an oil, so it is easy to remove and takes off all my makeup (or what remains after bioderma).  i kept this mini for travel and it has really come in handy.  when i finish my full size i will definitely repurchase. bb empties02 3.jpggo-to face hero // i am so impressed with how quickly i went through this!  it was so good to my skin this winter and the first oil besides jojoba that i have used consistently with my moisturizer.  i will definitely repurchase this, but i think i’ll wait until next winter as it’s quite a heavy oil.  great product and i really enjoyed using it.  my only con is that the opaque packaging doesn’t let you see how much product you have left, so i was really surprised when i finished this up mid-skincare routine!

trilogy hydrating mist toner sample // i brought this to california with me while on vacation and it was love at first use.  i was by the pool every day for a week so my skin was a little parched from swimming and being in the sun, but this brought the moisture back.  the mix of rose, geranium, and lavender is great for the skin and the senses – i love the aromatherapy benefits that come along with this.  when i finish up a couple facial sprays (honestly i have so many on the go at all times), i am going to pick this up in full size.  trilogy is definitely becoming one of my favorite natural brands that is easy to find and a good price point.

dr. haushka toner // i am so disappointed in this toner.  i got it in the hello beauty whole foods bag (thank goodness i didn’t spend too much money to buy it), and i only used it a few times before it got moldy?!?!?!  i honestly didn’t see any difference with this toner and with the 2 week expiration, i will not repurchase this.  meh! bb empties02 4glossier priming moisturizer rich // thank you to my beautiful sister (WHO IS NOW A MOMMY) for sending this to me for my birthday!  i honestly disliked this product.  for one thing, the lavender smell is extremely overpowering and even though it is natural smelling, it’s just too much.  also i just like the original priming moisturizer so much better.  and i think that i just prefer my fab ultra repair cream and this is pretty similar to that.  plus at the time this came out i was at a breaking point with all the hype and over-promotion of glossier, so i think that affected my opinion as well.  anyways i am so glad i got to try it, but i think i liked it better for my hands than i did for my face.

derma-e hydrating night cream // this was another product included in the whole foods hello beauty bag and i adored this!  i went through it so quickly because it was just so nice.  it’s a rich cream with hyaluronic acid that smells beautifully fruity, so it was definitely up my alley.  i used this both day and night, i didn’t feel it was too thick for the day but again, dry skin.  it does rate a 5 on ewg, but from what i can tell it’s from the fragrance and the inclusion of vitamin a palmitate.  for these reasons i won’t repurchase, but i really did enjoy this product.  but seriously it smells like heaven. bb empties02 6.jpgfirst aid beauty ultra repair cream // i touched on this in may picks, so i won’t wax too poetic.  i love this!  so much!  this is the first tube i bought and i am already almost done with the second.  so lovely for dry skin, inexpensive, gets a 1 on ewg.  also really great for sensitive skin because of the oatmeal.  yay!

mac fix+ // oooooh magical unicorn water!  mac fix+ is such a cult product and i absolutely understand why.  it smells amazing, adds a boost of moisture to the skin, gives you that gloooow, and sets the makeup.  beauteous.  it’s expensive so i’m not sure if i will repurchase right away but at some point, oh yeah.

captain blankenship mermaid sea salt spray // you might remember be loving this up last summer.  and then one day, i just couldn’t use it anymore.  the smell is really peppery and strong, and i didn’t think it did enough to my hair to merit the cost.  so i used it up but i am going to stick to my plantfolk apothecary messy hair instead – i just reordered this because i finished this up, i can’t wait to get it!!  i won’t repurchase this but i love the brand! bb empties02 5.jpgouai wave spray // another day, another salt spray.  like the captain blankenship, i loved this at first and then fell out of love.  this guy is frustrating because it will sometimes get really sticky and clumpy, even if you haven’t used any more than usual.  i actually purchased a full size and then returned it unopened.  this is nice but meh.  it does smell soooo lovely though.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i think this is my favorite glossier product.  the coconut smell was very strong for me at first, but now i can’t get enough.  i use this daily and i think i will pretty much always have a tube around.  delicious hydration all day every day.

2 weleda lip balms // ok now this is a bit of a cheat because i finished one and the other completely melted in my car.  but this is my favorite lip balm to date and i am already on a fresh tube.  great product, little to no scent, matte finish which is key.  will purchase probably forever!

too faced better than sex mascara // ok i absolutely did not finish this up completely, but i have had it open since november so it was time for it go.  this is such a fun mascara, but it wasn’t practical for me to buy a full size.  it’s just too much product!!  i will buy a travel size in the future for nights out or dressing up, but i don’t use it day to day.  i’m interested in trying the new l’oreal lash paradise mascara that looks like a dupe for the better than sex, but for a far better price!

honorable mentions // products that aren’t quite used up, but i’m moving and i can’t keep hoarding these empties!bb empties02 1.jpgbioderma 250 ml // since first buying bioderma in the late fall while in london, it has become an integral part of my daily routine.  i got this big size early in the new year via beautylish, so i think that i’ve gone through it quite quickly actually!  i use it every night to take my makeup off before washing my face, through the day if i want to take my eye makeup off, or if i’ve been having a swatch-fest.  it is gentle even on my extremely sensitive eyes and i don’t think i could live without it!  i am going to wait to repurchase because i have a deluxe sample of a ____ micellar water to try out, but i will absolutely restock my bioderma at some point in the future.

botanics rosewater spray // botanics is actually a really cool company that i just found out about.  it’s available at places like target and ulta, and i would say half or so of their product lineup is organic and natural.  one such item is the toning spritz made up of 100% rosewater.  this a great rosewater spray at a great price point ($10), and my skin has loved it.  i did decant the product into a glass container because my bottle was defunct, but i recommend this to anyone looking for a simple toner or facial spray for not too much money.  i think i am going to get the aforementioned trilogy toner instead of this, but i may pick it up again in the future.

trilogy rosehip antioxidant + // ok you can tell i really enjoyed this whole trilogy trial kit i got.  this rosehip based oil also includes tomato seed oil, cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, and more.  it is hydrating and gives you a boost of antioxidant protection against free radicals.  it is very lightweight and sinks it quickly, so it’s perfect for warmer months.  i am considering purchasing a full size of this instead of repurchasing my indie lee squalane oil when i finish that up – but truth be told i will probably get both!  great product all around.

oh, and a million things of dr. bronner’s.  always.

and to make you all smile – here are my dogs max and buddy helping me with my photo taking.  i’m thinking about throwing them out with these empty products 😉bb empties02 buddy.jpgbb empties02 max.jpg

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glossier moisturizing moon mask // i’m so impressed with this mask.  i started using it probably exactly a year ago when i was at the height of my acne and really didn’t get it.  but as my skin got better and drier from the topical creams i started using, this became an instant refresh for my skin (it did burn slightly at the beginning of each application since i was so fragile, but this quickly went away).  now i love using it alone or after a more drying mask – usually the origins charcoal or friedman’s mint and lemon clay masks – as well as a restoring hand mask.  i haven’t gotten around to purchasing a new one but i already miss it so i’m going to get on that.  verdict: will definitely repurchase, visible effects.

evan healy lavendar hydrosoul // can you believe this is my third finished bottle of this stuff?  it is my favorite facial spray ever.  the lavender is ultra soothing and hydrating, and gives my skin the oomph it needs.  i use it as a toner as well as a make up setter and refresher.  at first the scent super freaked me out but i have grown to love it.  this is pretty pricey as far as mists go, but i think it’s worth it.  i have tried a sample of another evan healy hydrosoul – can’t remember which one unfortunately – but there’s just something about the lavender that i can’t get enough of.  i just purchased a new one the other day! verdict: will always repurchase, great ingredients, great effects. 

too faced hangover primer // i have mentioned quite a few times (my bad) that i got a travel size of this product at ulta in the fall.  i had never used a primer before, so this was a great entry point for something extremely hydrating and that would make my makeup last longer throughout the day.  this performs beautifully and i love the packaging!  the travel size is a perfect option if you just want to try it or don’t think you will use it very much.  i went through this pretty quick because i’ve taken to adding it over my moisturizer, even if i’m not wearing any makeup that day. anyways, when i realized i was almost done with this and wanted to save the rest for an upcoming trip, i upgraded to the marc jacobs coconut primer, which is basically the too faced with a little more oomph.  the too faced, however, is more travel friendly in terms of packaging and better for the wallet in terms of price.  verdict: might repurchase in the future, high price, good benefits, bad ingredients.

mario badescu facial spray with rosewater and herbs // this is an ok facial spray.  it’s refreshing and soothing to the skin, and the heavy rose scent dissipates quickly.  the packaging is travel and purse-friendly, it comes in multiple sizes, and the price point is great.  is this comparable to the evan healy hydrosoul?  no not really and the ingredients in this really aren’t great.  but this is a good choice if you are traveling or need an inexpensive but reliable and simple spray.  it just strikes me as rather chemical-y.  i am, however, currently trying out the new mario badescu aloe, cucumber, and green tea spray, available only through ulta at the moment, and while again the ingredients aren’t great i like it better than the rose version for sure.  verdict: won’t repurchase, great price point, ok ingredients.

aveda hand relief hand lotion // it really doesn’t take much time for me to completely use up a hand lotion if i’m honest.  i liked this for the majority of the time i was using it, but then i went to use the last few drops the other day and it was just so greasy.  if i’m going to spend this much on hand lotion, i’m going to get the kiehl’s hand salve or the elizabeth arden 8 hour hand lotion which both sink into the hands immediately and take away redness and cracks extremely well.  verdict: won’t repurchase, too greasy, high price point.

weleda sea buckthorn hand lotion // i really like the weleda brand and this hand lotion is no exception.  i learned about this via celina of the celution (this post specifically) and i’m glad i picked it up.  the scent, in my opinion, is incredible.  it has very earthy, natural tones which i personally love, and it brings to mind memories of southern california family vacations.  this product sinks into the hands beautifully and doesn’t feel greasy.  i just picked up the pomegranate regenerating hand lotion to try next!  verdict: will repurchase at some point, great ingredients, great price, great results.

lashfood sample size // i got this 1-month supply size of lashfood lash serum at ulta.  it came with their eyelash/mascara primer as well, but i haven’t been as consistent in using that since i was mostly purchasing for the serum itself.  i was really looking forward to trying this so the sample size was kind of the perfect tester.  i have actually seen some results mostly in thickness of my lashes, but i’m not sure if i really want to spend almost $80 on the full size product.  but i’m glad i tried it out and now i know for the future!  verdict: may repurchase in the future, decent results, high price point.

shea moisture hibiscus&coconut body wash and body butter // ahhh i love these.  i mentioned them here in more depth.  i’m definitely more partial to the body wash than the lotion, which was nice but not necessarily worth a repurchase.  i’m moving back to my fave dr. bronner’s bar soap for the shower, but i will definitely repurchase from the shea moisture line.  plus, these rate pretty ok on ewg, a 2 if i remember correctly.  verdict: will repurchase at some point, often on sale, aromatherapy, pretty good ingredients, fair trade.

pixi hydrating milky mist // another day, another spray.  i tried this pixi spray since it has such amazing reviews and felt ok about it.  the spray is extremely fine which is part of its great reviews, but i actually didn’t like that!  i decanted this in a glass spray bottle and i much preferred it with a little bit of a stronger mist, for whatever reason.  this is nice and i like pixi a lot, but nothing that special in my opinion.  verdict: probably won’t repurchase, good price point, no visible benefits.

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these last three items are not empties per say, but they are going into the trash for various reasons that i will explain below:

benefit hoola bronzer // ah an oldie and a goodie.  i have been wearing hoola bronzer since high school and it was definitely one of my first sephora purchases.  this particular container is older than i care to admit and i have a sizeable dent in the middle.  i’m just over it i guess!!  i’m really trying to not only edit down my makeup but also move into cleaner formulas, and i’m ready to let this guy go.  the w3ll people bio bronzer is such a perfect bronzer for me that i don’t feel like i’m going to reach for anything else for a very long time.  and if i do, it is going to be a lot better for me.

nars laguna bronzer // most of the above is true for laguna as well.  as much as i want to continue using laguna since i’ve already hit the bottom, the bio bronzer has a similar look on me.  and this guy is OLD, like older than hoola i think.  i do have a mini version of laguna that i keep in my purse in case i need it for some reason throughout the day – i will probably keep that around just for emergencies.  or maybe i’ll decant some of my w3ll people bronzer since it is in mineral form.  anyways, bye guy!

phsyician’s formula butter bronzer // i love this bronzer, but i can no longer stand the smell.  it’s so strong and so artificial, and it’s like a constant reminder that i’m putting shitty artificial ingredients all over my face.  gorgeous, but it’s gotta go.

finally, a not-quite-but-close-to-being-empty:

hylamide low molecular ha serum // i am actually shocked/impressed that i am almost finished with this already.  but i am pretty heavy handed and use this morning and night.  i have only tried the glossier super bounce so i don’t have a lot of reference for hyaluronic acid serums, but this is absolutely great in my opinion!  it sinks in fast and doesn’t leave a sticky residue, plus i really do feel like i’ve seen positive effects from this.  i am looking into more eco hyaluronic acid serums, so depending on what i find and the price points i’m seeing, i may or may not return to this.  but i have to say, i looked up all the ingredients on ewg and almost all of them are pretty good, except for the inclusion of phenoxyethanol which is a preservative that is often used as an alternative to parabens.  it’s not good, but it’s also not as bad as parabens.  this ingredient is included in a lot of those products that say they don’t have parabens that are also not completely eco – glossier and milk makeup for example – but it worries me more in this because it is literally sinking into the deeper layers of my skin.  you know?  so basically i am going to look for something better, but won’t be terribly worried if i go back to this.  verdict: may repurchase in the future, great price point, great product, pretty good ingredients.

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