Sunday, August 7, 2016

Empties #19

It's time for another round of empties! Here are all the products I've finish in June & July:

ACT Advanced Care Clean Mint Mouthwash
I received samples of this in my Pinch Me box and Walmart Beauty Box, I liked it so much I purchased the HUGE bottle. If you're looking for a mouthwash that's effective but doesn't sting - this one is for you!

Almay Oil-Free Eraser Sticks (24 ct)
I really like these for the convenient factor. They're great at fixing mascara mishaps. The price seems to keep increasing. I'm going to wait it out for a 40% off sale then stock up.

Assured Cotton Swabs (200 ct)
A basic staple.

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick
This stick saved me from blisters so many times. I used to keep this in my bag at all-times; it was great to have for long, busy work days.

Bath & Body Works Anti-bacterial Handibac Hand Spray Fresh Lemon
I kept this in my car. I liked the lemon scent. I guess it was a effective. I'm not sure I would repurchase it - I prefer gels.

Bath & Body Works Iced Pear Margarita Sugarcane Scrub
I purchased this on a total whim. I needed a new scrub. I typically don't go for fruity scents but I liked this one, for some reason. The sugar scrub was very effective and melted away in the water - no product build-up in the shower/drain. Win-win.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
(Birchbox sample) I really like this mascara, though I'm not sure I want to purchase it for $24. Samples always seem to be available.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
(Birchbox sample) This mask was just meh to me. I don't understand the hype. The smell was whatever and the results were nothing compared to my HG hair mask - Macadamia Professional Moisture Mask.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner
I've finished up a few of these. While I wouldn't purchase it on it's own. It does seem to come in gift sets often. I like it but cheaper drugstore alternatives are just as effective.

Clarins Gentle Care Roll-On Deodorant
I really liked this deodorant, but compared to other brands, I flew through this Clarins one. Spending $20 on deodorant each month isn't feasible for me.

Clear Scalp and Hair Strong Lengths Nourishing Shampoo
I'm a big fan of drugstore shampoos - this is one of the better ones I've tried. I like the scent. It does a good job at getting my hair squeaky-clean; I'll probably repurchase it soon.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste in Vibrant Mint
This is my favorite toothpaste. I love the flavor - minty but not overwhelming.

Derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask
(Birchbox sample) I used this once. It was just too messy for me. The results didn't seem worth the hassle.

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
I've finished a few of these. I like the scent and lather. I'll repurchase it again.

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar
I wasn't a fan of this. The micro-beads were too scratchy at times and non-existent at others.

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
This primer worked well, and you can't beat the price!

Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo
(Target Beauty Box sample) I was surprisingly happy with this dry shampoo. It went on clear, smelled decent, and absorbed most oil.

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor Cartridge (3)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream
(Birchbox sample) I'm not a fan of perfume scented lotions. I've had this on my desk for a year, I finally finished it. The lotion itself was nice but the scent was overwhelming. Not a fan.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara
Another meh product. I didn't really like this mascara on it's own. 5-in-1? It hardly made an impact on my lashes. I layered it with other mascaras.

MAC Cosmetics Cleanse Off Oil
This was my old HG, I'm more into micellar waters now.

MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Mascara
(GWP sample) This was one of the messiest mascaras I've ever used. The formulation was very wet and the sample wand was hard to work with.

Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray
(Birchbox sample) This spray was nice when I was on-the-go and needed some hair moisture. I liked the scent. I prefer regular oil - Moroccanoil Treatment Original is my HG.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque
(Birchbox sample) I've been through quite a few full sized tubs of this. It's my HG!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara
(GWP sample) This mascara wasn't anything special on its own, nor did it layer well. Not a fan.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
I only used about half of this - the expiration was a month a way. I thought it would be okay to use, I applied it constantly and still got sun-burned badly. I haven't had this issue with Neutrogena sunscreens in the past. Lesson learned: make sure the expiration date is months out.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Wet Cleansing Cloths (30 ct)
I purchased these just because they were on sale. They were nice but I prefer the Regenerist ones.

Oribe Apr├Ęs Beach Wave and Shine Spray
(Birchbox sample) I love the way Oribe products smell. Honestly, I didn't notice much difference between this and the Dry Texture Spray. Both add texture and make your hair smell divine. I choose this as my August sample choice. I liked it enough to want another mini bottle!

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I've been really impressed with this toner. It's done a good job at cleaning my skin and evening out my skin tone. Unfortunately, I flew the bottle pretty quickly. I already repurchased another.

Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter
(Target Beauty Box sample) This body butter was rich and effective.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds 100 ct (2)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
(GWP sample) This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Weleda Skin Food Cream
(Whole Foods Beauty Bag sample) This cream smelled very natural, it was somewhat effective.

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover
This was a staple and holy grail product for me. However, I've switched back to cheapie drugstore remover. I'm hoping Zoya does their gallon promotion again.

Candles:


Bath & Body Works Capri 3-Wick Candle (3)
Clearly, I liked this scent so much I bought three, and I'm currently burning the last one I have. It's described as fresh water and sea salt - which is actually a perfect description. It smells like sunscreen and salty, sweaty, beachy skin. While that probably isn't appealing to some - when you're dreaming of a vacation... it is!

ScentSationals Zen Scented Wax Cubes (6 ct)
I'm happy I found a new-to-me, cheap, Wal-Mart scent! I'm really liking this scent. It smells clean and spa-like. I already went back and purchased the 12 count value pack.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

July Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.




ELF Shape & Stay Brow Pencil
I mentioned this back in my March Favorites. I've still been really liking this product and using it almost daily. I've been growing out my brows, so instead of constantly plucking them, I've been relying on this to shape my brows.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator
I've been wanting a cream highlighter for awhile. When I found this in my PO box, I was over the moon. Most highlighters have a pink or orange undertone that doesn't really work for me. Luckily, this one is more of a pearly-yellow. I finally discovered the best way to apply this is just with your fingers; it melts onto the skin and gives a beautiful glow that stays almost all day long. (Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.) 

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
I received this in my July Birchbox. "Great, another mascara sample." was my first thought. But come to find out, I really like this mascara. It lengthens and curls, as it claims. If you're a fan of Benefit's Rollerlash, you'll really like this, as well.

Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Lip Balm
In July, I started Invisalign - which means I had to say goodbye to most of my (tinted & glossy) lip products. (The clear trays stain really easily.) I resorted to an oldy but goody - this balm. I went and purchased a few more. This balm is now everywhere I need it: my purse, desk, and nightstand.

Ouai Wave Spray
I received this in my July Sephora Play! box. (For whatever reason, it arrived without a label.) This spray is great - it's lightweight and adds a lot of texture to get the beachy waves look. I really like the fresh scent, as well.

brow wax & wave spray,
-Kaitlyn

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo
Target didn't have the Fresh scent that I really liked. So I purchased this scent on a whim; it's equally as good. Batiste shampoos work great at absorbing all oil and don't make your weighed down. I don't feel like this product adds loads of shine, as it claims. But I do really like the clean scent and fresh feel.

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium
I tried out Gimme Brow in Light and Dark over a year ago. Dark was too dark; light worked but needed to be a tad bit darker. I'm so glad Benefit finally came out with more shades in all of their brow products! Medium is exactly the shade I've been looking for. I've been very in to minimal makeup lately, so this 2-in-1 (tamer & filler) tinted brow gel has been getting a lot of use! (Birchbox sample is photographed - the full size is slightly larger.)

Glossier Cherry Balm Dotcom Salve
I've been using Coconut Balm Dotcom for a few months. Glossier recently released a bunch of new scents, I liked the coconut one so much, I also bought it in cherry. The cherry balm smells like childhood - Lip Smackers. Unlike the coconut one, the cherry balm has slight coloring that gives the lips a beautiful rosy tint.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I've been having a lot of skin issues lately - like redness, bumps, and acne. A few different YouTubers raved about this. So I decided to give it a try. I've been applying this toner before bed all month and I've noticed my skin evening out again. It makes my skin feel very refreshed and clean.

shiny hair & cherry lips,
-Kaitlyn

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

May Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Clarins Deodorant 

I never dreamed I would spend $19 on a deodorant, but it was well-worth it! This deodorant works great, smells nice (it reminds me of the plain Olay face lotion), and it doesn't leave any stains or residue in my clothes. 

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser 
I finally made a Glossier order! Firstly, I really like how Glossier is beauty blogger who made her own brand. I like how their products are cruelty free and made in the USA. I really like how they're all about simplicity and the no-makeup-makeup look. 

I've starting double (triple?) cleansing - I'll get off most of my eye makeup with Bioderma, use some type of makeup wipe, then go over my whole face with this cleanser and water. My face feels so much cleaner. I like how you can use this with OR without water. The name is appropriate - it does feel like a milky-jelly cleanser. 

Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Calm
I do like this product - the primary ingredients are petroleum jelly and lanolin. I feel like you could get similar results with cheaper drugstore products. But I do like the extra oils, cute tube, and coconut scent. I liked this so much I ordered the Cherry scent just days ago. 

NYX Tame & Flame Pomade in Brunette 
My brows aren't doing so well right now; I'm trying really hard to let them grow out. This pomade helps a ton to fill in sparse areas and just look overall more presentable. If you want bolder brows, this gel-like paint is definitely the solution. 

Sinful Colors Vacation Time
I've been wanting a nude-pink-brown-mauve nail polish for awhile. I saw Tom Ford Mink Brule in an ad - it was the color I've been looking for. But I refuse to spend $35 on nail polish. That lead me to hunt for a dupe - I discovered OPI Java Mauve-A was pretty close. The shade had been discontinued and was selling for anywhere from $12 to $25 on eBay and Amazon. ($10 is my limit for OPI.) I was about to give up until I discovered a blog post that stated Sinful Colors Vacation Time was a dupe for Java Mauve-A... I immediately ran to Walgreens to purchase it. It was a lot of research and work, but I'm happy with this mauve shade for only $2! 

coconut lips & mauve nails,
-Kaitlyn 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Empties #18

Will hoarding trash ever stop feeling weird? Here are all of the products I finished in April and May:

12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment 
(sample, Birchbox) I liked this, but I still prefer my HG - It's a 10.

Batiste Fresh Dry Shampoo 
I really liked this scent; this dry shampoo worked great. I'll definitely repurchase it.

Bidoerma Makeup Removing Micelle Solution
I'm so happy I finally purchased a big bottle (3 of them, actually) of this stuff! It works great - even on my sensitive skin. I purchased this on Black Friday and finished it just a few days ago. It lasted nearly 7 months!

Derma-e Hydrating Night Creme 
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This creme felt too heavy to use on my face. I ended up using it as a foot cream. It was nice, but not wonderful.

Dial Basics Hypoallergenic Bar Soap
In my head, I associated hypoallergenic with sensitive skin/unscented. Unfortunately, this soap smells like a grandma. Not a fan.

(Generic) Nail Buffer x 2
These worked as they should. They were both getting dull so I purchased another one from Ms. Manicure.

Gilette Venus + Olay Razor Cartridge
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer 
(foil sample, GWP) I almost purchased this in full size. I'm glad Glossier sent me a sample with my order first. I do like the idea of this product. However, it reeked. I respect they went fragrance-free but my face just smelled dirty all day.

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer 
(travel size, Whole Foods Beauty Bag) I'm indifferent about this lotion. It's really light and not that moisturizing.

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Sheet Mask 
(Target Beauty Box) This was the messiest mask I've ever used. The two parts were difficult to line up. My face felt really sticky afterwards and I was forced to wash it off. Not a fan.

Liz Earle Muslin Cloth
I originally received one of these in my Birchbox. I liked it so much; I purchased two more. This one was just getting gross - I'm tossing it and already own another.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub
This was my old HG face scrub. I have mixed feelings about it now. (A LUSH store is no longer near me. The price keeps going up. They recently changed the formula)... it's different but still effective.

Marlowe. Body Butter
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This lotion smells like a Kirkland's store - I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. It was light and refreshing. I might repurchase this in the future.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation 
(foil sample, Target Beauty Box) I loved the consistency of this foundation. I went and purchased multiple shades - all were too orange for me. Drugstore foundations never seem to work for me. I like the formulation but I'm not impressed with the colors.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in Fair 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Mayfair Sea Lily Jasmine Body Creme 
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This creme was just okay - the scent was too floral for my taste.

Mineral Fusion Lash Curling Mascara 
(Whole Food Beauty Bag) This mascara did nothing for my long lashes. Not a fan.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes (7 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Nivea Black & White Invisible Roll-on Antiperspirant 
I really liked this deodorant at first. It smelled like Woolite and seemed to work pretty well. About 75% of the way through the bottle, it just quit working - I felt like I was applying five times a day. I'll probably stick with Pearl Beauty or look for another alternative.

NYX HD Concealer Wand in Fair 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Olay Regenerist Wet Cleansing Cloths (30 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Sephora Glass Nail File
I purchased this nearly six years ago. I think it was around $10 and only one-sided. (So stupid and overpriced.) I've since purchased quite a few more (double-sided) on eBay for under $1. One of my cats knocked this off my desk and broke it. It had a good life, but I won't be repurchasing anymore of these from Sephora.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (100 ct) x 2
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Tony Moly I'm Real Seaweeds Skin Purifying Sheet Mask
I purchased quite a few different Tony Moly masks, but this is the only one I've used so far. It was easy to apply and my skin felt nice afterwards.

Whish Cleansing Oil 
(sample, Birchbox) I liked this cleansing oil a lot. It smelled and worked great. It didn't sting my eyes and it worked good on my sensitive skin. I might purchase this in the future.

Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub 
I raved about this in my March Favorites. I will repurchase it in the future.


Better Homes and Gardens Soft Cashmere Amber Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This scent is very clean and girly; I liked it. I will probably repurchase it in the future.

Better Homes and Gardens Tranquil Garden Spa Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Better Homes and Gardens Warm Rustic Woods Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Bungalow No. 9 Life is Good Mango Wood Wick Candle 
I received this as a  Christmas present. I typically prefer clean and woodsy scents over fruity ones. But surprisingly, I could handle this one. I felt like this candle lasted forever - long burn time is a good thing.

Glade Cashmere Woods Large Candle 
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Yankee Candle Beach Walk Tart
This scent was one of my old favorites. I still like it, but I've been leaning towards cheaper Better Homes and Gardens ones.

Yankee Candle Blue Summer Sky Tart
This scent was just okay.

Yankee Candle Fresh Roses Tart
This was one of my favorite scents when I was preteen. I remember my mom buying me the votives often. Now, I find this scent way to overpowering - I got a headache. It's so weird how your senses change with time.

Yankee Candle Margarita Time Tart
This smelled great in the package but reeked of artificial lime while burning; I'm almost never a fan of artificial food scents.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

April Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
This has been the best moisturizer I've tried to date. It's pricey at $39, but I think it's well worth it - especially if you spend Birchbox points on it. This moisturizer feels and smells so amazing. It's great on my normal-to-dry skin.

L. Erickson Grab & Go Pony Tube 
These ponytail holders are like acceptable (modern day) scrunchies. They keep my thick hair in-place without damaging my hair or leaving major creases. I received my first one in my Birchbox nearly a year ago. I panicked whenever it became a cat toy and decided to finally own more than one.

MAC Whirl Matte Lipstick
I've been eyeing this MAC lipstick for awhile. I gave one away in April, and I got one for myself to celebrate my blog turning six! This brown/mauve/my-lips-but-better shade would work on all skin types. I like applying a light sweep - it's build-able, too! I love the feel and smell of MAC lipsticks. It's been awhile since I've had a fresh tube!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
This is an excellent night time lip balm. This balm is very thick - but in a good way. It has a pleasant orange scent. I've already finished one pot in my last empties post. I decided to go ahead and purchase another. My first pot was $19, I'm happy to see the lowered the price to $15. (You can get this 20% off during beauty.com's upcoming Friends & Family sale.)

modern day scrunchies and orange lips,
-Kaitlyn

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Blogiversary Giveaway 2016 (CLOSED)

4/25/16 Update: Congrats, Maryum! Thank you all for entering. This giveaway is now closed.

My blog turns six this month! As a thank you to current followers/subscribers and welcoming new ones, I'm holding my annual Blogiversary Giveaway!


Prizes
One lucky winner will receive:
• $15 Sephora Gift Card
• MAC Matte Lipstick in Whirl
• Tony Moly Skin Purifying Sheet Mask
• Tony Moly Radiance Sheet Mask
• Wet n Wild Foundation Brush
• Wet n Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush
• Wet n Wild Powder Brush
• some mystery/surprise deluxe samples

Rules & Terms
• This is open to all followers and subscribers, both old and new.
• This giveaway is open internationally.
• Ages 18 and older can enter.
• Applicant must follow/subscribe to this blog and complete the Rafflecopter form. Additional entries are available across social media platforms; these are not mandatory but will better your chances of winning.
• The giveaway will close April 24, 2016 at 11:59pm (Central Time)
• Winner will be chosen through rafflecopter.com and contacted on April 25, 2016 via email. Winner has two days to reply with their mailing address or another winner will be chosen. Winner will be announced on this blog post once their address has been received.
• Social media accounts must be public at the time of drawing.
• Accounts created for the sole purpose of giveaways and/or those who give false entry information will be disqualified. Those who immediately unfollow after the contest will be blocked and ineligible for future giveaways.
• This giveaway is not sponsored, affiliated with, or endorsed by any mentioned social media platforms, companies, or brands. All prizes are new and were purchased with my own money; the prize package is valued at approximately $65.

How to Enter
To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter form below. (GIVEAWAY CLOSED) You must Follow or Subscribe to this blog. Additional entries are given for blogging about this giveaway, following me on Twitter, tweeting about this giveaway, following me on Instagram, tagging two friends on Instagram, and reposting the giveaway picture on Instagram.
Good luck!
-Kaitlyn

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Spring always motivates me to try more new products and take even better care of my skin. I discovered a few great products this month:


ELF Shape & Stay Wax Brow Pencil
I purchased this on a total whim. I've been using brow gels for the past few years; I've never tried a wax pencil... I was missing out. This twist-up wax pencil is an excellent product for only $2. I'll brush my brows, run the wax pencil over them, then fill them in. I've noticed I'm using a lot less brow product now, too. This wax pencil doesn't necessary glue your brows like the gel; it comfortably keeps them in place.

Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Honey Dip
Rock'n'Rose was my HG shade. I grabbed the shade Honey Dip during a Cyber Monday sale. I've been wearing this lip liner all month. It's slightly more natural looking than Rock'n'Rose. All of the Jordana liners are great for under $3. I really like how they're retractable, some higher-end liners still don't have that feature.

Nivea Invisible Roll on Deodorant
(WHY are Nivea deodorants not sold in the USA? I feel a little weird ordering deodorant online.) I really like the Pearl & Beauty deodorant. I decided to try out this one. Clinical deodorants work best for me but I'm really tired of them ruining all of my clothes. I switched to roll-on a few months ago, I find I have to apply it a few times a day but my clothes are in excellent shape - I guess it's a trade off. This Invisible Black & White Deodorant smells a lot like fresh laundry/Woolite, which I'm definitely a fan of. I don't agree with the 48 hour claim, but I think it's a nice product.

Wet n Wild 1 Step Gel Nail Polish
I've turned into a nail polish snob... I've always thought drugstore nail polishes weren't all that. I prefer to purchase Zoya or OPI. Some Youtubers were raving about these 1 step gel polishes. I was intrigued and decided to give them a try. I purchased Left Marooned and Power Outage for 40% off at Rite Aid. After using them only twice, I really like them. They last just as long as my OPI/Zoya polishes.

Yes to Coconut Body Scrub
I've been on a coconut product kick lately. This scrub is meant to be used on dry skin. (This was a new concept to me; my past scrubs required water.) This scrub is very scratchy in a good way. It rinses away and doesn't leave any residue in the bath tub. My skin was left feeling so clean, soft, and refreshed.

wax pencils & Woolite deodorant,
-Kaitlyn

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Empties #17

Bimonthly empties are becoming my posting pattern. It's nice not having the pressure of trying to finish products on a timeline, like last year. Here are all of the products I finished in February and March:

Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks
These are an unnecessary product, but they're very convenient for eyeliner and mascara mishaps. I usually stock up on these when they're on super-sale.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
This was my old HG, I then switched to the dark brown shade. I'm currently using the NYX brow pencil - which is just a fraction of the price. Brow Wiz is an excellent product; I just go through them way too quickly.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil
(Sephora sample vial) I wasn't a fan of this. I didn't notice any difference in my hair.

Dermae Hydrating Scrub
(Birchbox sample)  I didn't care for this scent to use the scrub on my face. I primarily used it as a body scrub. It was nice, but I probably won't purchase the full size.

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
I'm really growing fond of this body wash; I immediately repurchased another large bottle.

Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar Soap (2)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

ELF Eyelash & Brow Wand Spoolie Brush
This $1 brush is awesome at taming brow hairs. The spoolie eventually just has too much product buildup on it. For only $1, I don't mind replacing it every few months.

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor Cartridge (2)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Gold Bond Healing Aloe Cream 
(PINCHme Box sample) I've used a few of these samples; this lotion is effective, but better ones are out there.

L'Oreal Mythic Oil Hair Mask 
(Birchbox sample) I really liked this hair mask. It smelled nice and made my hair really soft and manageable. This is an excellent mid-range mask.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I really liked this mascara. It was easy to work with and provided a lot of volume. I didn't care for the packaging - it was way too chunky. I'm typically a drugstore mascara girl, but I might repurchase this in the future. (Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.) 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair
At first, I thought this concealer was great and possibly even a NARS dupe. Halfway through the tube, the undertones just became too pink for me.

N Spa Coconut Rich Body Butter 
(Walmart Beauty Box sample) This body butter was rich and smelled great; it was really moisturizing. I liked it but I still prefer the body butters from The Body Shop.

NARS Audacious Mascara 
(Sephora sample) I didn't care for this mascara. It wasn't anything special on its own. I would sometimes layer it with other mascaras.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Nivea Pearl & Beauty Deodorant
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
I think this is the most expensive lip balm I've ever purchased... I used every last drop. I really liked using this product at night. I definitely saw some improvement in my lips. I plan to repurchase another in the near future.

Olay Wet Cleansing Cloth (1 ct)
This makeup wipe was very effective. The single packets are great for one or two day travels.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid 
(Birchbox sample) I didn't notice any difference in my skin while using this, I found it left too much product residue.

Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil Squalane 
(BeautifiedYou sag Sample) This oil was really nice. It didn't leave an oily residue behind but it did make my face feel moisturized. I might repurchase this in the future.

Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara 
(Target Beauty Box) The mascara was a little weird at first, but it definitely grew on me. I liked it after it dried up a bit. I'm curious to try the other mascaras in this line.

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant 
(travel size) This was my old HG deodorant, it's effective at blocking sweat but it stained so many of my clothes.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (100 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.


Candles
Better Homes & Gardens Warm Rustic Woods Candle and Better Homes & Gardens Warm Rustic Woods Wax Cubes (6 ct)
I really like this scent. The wax cubes are awesome and make my whole house smell great. The throw on the candle just wasn't there; I could barely smell it.

Better Homes & Gardens Tranquil Garden Spa Wax Cubes (12 ct)
This is one of my favorite scents; I won't continue to rave.

Glade Spread Cheer (Amber & Bergamot) Candle
This candle was a Target exclusive and came out for Christmas. I really liked this scent; it wasn't that Christmas-smelling to me. I went back to purchase more a few days after Christmas and they were already sold/transferred out.

Yankee Candle Line Dried Cotton Tart
I liked this tart in the package, while burning it just wasn't that strong.

Yankee Candle Tahitian Tiare Flower Tart
I really like this scent. I'll probably purchase more tarts and candles in the future. The scent is very similar to the Dove Body Wash mentioned above.

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