Aug 08 2014

July Beauty Empties (2014)

July Beauty Empties (2014)


In this month’s beauty empties we have the usual: makeup, skincare, body care and hair care. Let’s sift through the trash, shall we? My empty products and mini reviews! I will either place a (Y) for yes, (N) for no or (M) for maybe to indicate whether or not I will repurchase/purchase.




Beauty Empties



  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara (M) (Deluxe Sample): I like the They’re Real Mascara but it’s not a massive favourite. I have another deluxe mini that I am working on at the moment but I don’t think I’d purchase the full size (For those of you in the U.K., right now Boots is giving away a free BadGal Lash with the purchase of two Benefit products).
  • BareMinerals Marvelous Moxy LipGloss in Rebel (M) (Deluxe Sample)This was in my June favourites. It’s a great all around cream finish mauve-pink gloss that pairs well with many pink lipsticks.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow (Y): LOVE, LOVE. Cannot live without. I will probably do a round-up of my brow products sometime in the coming weeks.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (N) (Sample Packet)This silicone based primer is alright, not my favorite.
  • *Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light/Medium (M) (Sample Packet): I was surprised by how much I liked this. It’s a nice light weight BB cream for days you’re not looking for too much coverage. Only thing that sucks is that it only comes in two shades.
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation (Y): Always a repurchase. See full review here.




Beauty Empties


Body Care:

Beauty Empties

  • Dial Himalayan Pink Salt Body Wash(Y): LOVED the smell of this, it’s not the most moisturizing but not at all drying. Really liked this.
  • Bath and Body Works French Lavender & Honey Body Wash (Y): I like the subtle, relaxing not too sweet smell of this.
  • Gillette Men’s Body Wash (Y): This is what my boyfriend buys when he runs out of his beloved C.O. Bigalow White Elixir.
  • *C.O. Bigalow White Elixir Men’s Body Wash and Lotion (Y): Absolutely divine scent for men or women! If you ever have a chance to smell this it’s a must.
  • Versace Bright Crystal Fragrance and Matching Body Products (M): I really enjoyed this and it’s a great Summer scent – may consider it again in the future. I got this set as a gift from a friend last year.
  • Dessert Essence Organics Body Lotion in Vanilla Chai Latte (M): Loved the smell of this, a nice, spicy Fall scent, but it was a bit difficult to work into the skin.
  • Dove Rejuvenating Hand Cream (N): I think this made my hands more dry!
  • CVS Hand Sanitizer (Y): Not much to say, did it’s job.
  • Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer (Y): I believe this was a Winter Scent, these sanitizers are my favourite.
  • *Philosophy Soul Owner (Y): This was a travel size but I have owned the full size in the past. Although it’s expensive, I really enjoy this foot lotion/treatment. It absorbs quickly and leaves my feet feeling soft.


Hair Care and Miscellaneous:

July Beauty Empties (2014)

  • *Alterna UV+ Color Protection Deep Hydration Hair Mask (Y): This is like my third or fourth sample packet of this and although I don’t have colour-treated hair, I really liked how this made my hair feel healthy and soft but not weighed down (I may pick up the full size as it’s currently on offer for 40% off on BeautyBar)
  • *Alterna Bamboo Pure Kendi Treatment Oil (M): I liked it to add shine and soften but it didn’t help with frizz.
  • Agave Oil  Treatment (M): Although only one is featured here, I’ve actually had three sample packets of this hair oil. Despite the rave reviews I’ve heard, I’m still on the fence.
  • Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer (M): I have curly hair that is super frizzy. This did a decent job of softening my curls and taming the frizz somewhat.
  • Bath and Body Works Foaming Hand washes (Y): Love, will always re-purchase.
  • Deva-Curl Mister-Light (N): This is meant to add moisturize and refresh curls. I didn’t notice a difference when I used it.
  • Deva-Curl Set It Free (N): Again, a lot of curly hair girls seem to like the Deva-Curl line, but this just didn’t do anything for me. Granted, I have mega-frizzy hair.
  • *Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (Y): In addition to the occasional Beauty Blender Bar Soap splurge, I also use these to clean my make-up brushes. See full review here.
  • Tigi Bed Head Control Freak (N): I couldn’t wait to finish this jumbo size. It didn’t do anything for my hair and made it feel dry.


Whew! I feel like I always have a ton of empties. What have you guys been using up? Any gems discovered?




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  1. I love Gimme Brow 🙂 So easy to use! xx

    1. Isn’t it? I don’t know how I lived without it! Thanks for stopping by hun.

  2. This is an impressive amount of empties! I’ve come to a happy place with the amount of products I go through, from 0 and many half bottles to a few loved ones gone is still a progress for me, but no way I can use up so much stuff!
    Gimme Brow is so perfect, isn’t it? I can’t live without it, I’m nearly done with my second tube! xx

    1. I also sometimes wonder how I go through so much stuff. Going forward though, there will probably be less and less. Some of these products (particularly the makeup), I’d been using before I started blogging and they just happen to have run out now that I’m recording my “empties” lol. 🙂 Totally, agree, LOVE the Gimme Brow – recently bought a backup so I’m safe for now! xx

  3. I like the Benefit They’re Real okay too but I wouldn’t probably purchase a full size. Same thing with the Smashbox primer for me, it’s alright. And I love the LUSH lip scrubs but I always forget to use them as well. I finally used up my Bubblegum lip scrub a few weeks back so u just reminded me that I do need a new one. Great empties girl!!!

  4. I love they’re real mascara, I got the full version and I also have it in blue, and gimme brow is super ! You have so many empties, congrats…I never managed to end my beauty products and I feel guilty !

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