Empties #21

I swear I'm not drinking mouthwash. Hey Tom's of Maine, please send me a year's supply. Invisalign is making me obsessed with a clean mouth.

Here are all of the beauty and hygiene products I finished in October & November:

beauty empties

Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks (24ct)
These are super convenient to clean-up mascara mishaps. I'm hoping these aren't becoming discontinued; I can't find them in-store. I purchased a few packages on eBay!

Assured Cotton Rounds (100ct)
These were very thin and left a lot of lint/cotton behind. I'll stick with Swisspers!

Bath & Body Works Sunflower Citrus Anti-bacterial Hand Gel
This product was effective. I liked the very very-citrus scent.

Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo
This product was effective. I liked the clean and refreshing scent. Unfortunately, I didn't notice much shine. I'll probably repurchase another bottle, anyway!

This makeup sponge has become a must-have for me. I got a new one months (a year?) ago but never made the switch. I noticed this old one was starting to get moldy - ew! I've finally switched to the new one.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (GWP sample)
I really like this mascara but I still can't justify the full-size cost.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara (Sephora Play! sample)
This is a great layering mascara, I don't care for it on its own.

Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb (GWP sample)
I bought a few things from Sephora and received this as a freebie. It ended up being my favorite thing in the whole order! The watery-gel like consistency felt really awesome and moisturizing. I received another sample, but I'm sure I'll consider purchasing the full-size.

Bioderma Micellar Water (250mL)
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Bioderma Micellar Water (Birchbox sample)
I was so excited when I saw I would be receiving a mini travel-friendly Bioderma bottle in my Birchbox... I was wrong. The product itself is great. But this sample packaging was terrible and the complete opposite of travel-friendly!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiant Serum (foil packet)
I'm obsessed with Vinosource Sorbet, so I decided to give this a try. I wasn't impressed with this product at all. The consistency was very watery. The single-use packet didn't do anything magical for my skin.

Colgate Sparkling White Mint Zing Toothpaste
This toothpaste was just okay. It tasted weird mixed with mouthwash.

Coola Radical Recovery After-sun Lotion (Birchbox sample)
I really liked applying this to sunburned areas. It helped cool the red areas and I didn't peel!

Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Toothpaste (sample)
I really like the 3D white line, but I didn't care for this flavor.

Davines SU Hair & Body Wash (Birchbox sample)
This shampoo was just okay. I liked the scent and the utilitarian bottle, but the product itself didn't do much for my hair.

Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash (sample)
I really liked this body wash. It had tiny beads to scrub away dead skin, it smelled great, and was very thick and luxurious. I'll probably repurchase the full-size!

Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar (2)
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator (Birchbox sample)
I really like this face scrub. It makes my skin feel and look good. I've finished up quite a few samples but can't bring myself to spend $79 on the full size.

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Mist & Setting Spray (Sephora Play! sample)
The spray nozzle on this sample sucked; it came out as hard as water hose. I was hoping for more of a light mist. I used this as a toner. I really like it at first, but later it started irritating my skin.

Gillette Venus + Olay Razor Cartridge (2)
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Kopari Coconut Oil Coconut Crush Scrub (Birchbox sample)
I really liked this body scrub. The product itself wasn't attractive. However, it smelled like coconut cake and did a great job at removing dead skin. Part of me wishes this was packaged in a tub - towards the end of the tube, it was so hard to get any product out.

Jane Iredale HandDrink Hand Cream (Birchbox sample)
This hand cream was too lightweight - it almost felt like water. It didn't do much for skin. I prefer thicker creams.

Joico K-Pak Conditioner (1L)
This is a staple and a HG product for me. Another liter finished! This has to be my 4th or 5th bottle. I already repurchased another.

Lancome Energie De Vie Serum (Sephora Play! sample)
This serum was way too watery. I didn't notice any difference in my skin.

Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Leave-in Conditioning Mist (Birchbox sample)
This has to be the largest "sample" I've ever received - it lasted nearly a year! I really enjoyed this product, the scent and the results were great. I'll probably purchase the full-size.

Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Care
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

OPI Nail Polish in Ali's Big Break (Mini)
I liked this glittery-red shade, the bottle was a few years old and time to be tossed!

OPI Nail Polish in My Private Jet
I think this is one of my oldest nail polishes. I've added nail thinner to it one too many times. I really like this shade. It's just time for a new bottle.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (Birchbox sample)
I love all-things Oribe. I was really excited when they released a new dry shampoo. The scent is wonderful, but this absorbed almost none of my hair oil. I was super disappointed with this product.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude
This lip liner was just okay. The color was nice but slightly too orange for me. The past few times I attempted to apply it, the tip would break off. I'm finally giving up and tossing it.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I've been through quite a few bottles of this toner. I felt like it was really effective but eventually became to abrasive. I just purchased a gentler option.

Plackers Dental Flossers (50ct) (2)
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (7ct)
These weren't very effective - they left behind a lot of makeup.

Smashbox 24HR Photo Finish Shadow Primer (sample)
This primer worked well but doesn't outshine any others.

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Adjusting Primer
I've been working on this tube for years. The primer itself worked great, but I didn't really notice it "color adjusting" or fixing any redness.

Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel
I really enjoyed this shower gel. The scent is amazing. It lathered really well and lingered for just the right amount of time.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (100ct)
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Tarte Tarteguard SPF 30 (Sephora Play! sample)
I really liked this sunscreen. Unfortunately, this sample packaging design was really bad. The pump only went halfway into the tube. It was impossible to get half the product out. I gave up and ending up wasting half the product.

Tom's Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Cool Mountain Mint Mouthwash (4)
This is a staple and a HG product for me. I really like this mouthwash since it's dye free and not totally obnoxious/strong. Target had these on sale for under $3, so naturally, I cleared the shelf...

Vichy 4-in-1 Micellar Solution (sample)
This micellar water was effective but I still prefer Bioderma.

Viva Labs Organic Coconut Oil (16oz)
Coconut oil is a staple and a HG product for me. This was my first time purchasing Viva Labs brand, it was cheaper and just as effective as the other brands. I primarily use coconut oil as a lotion. After every shower, I slather myself in it. I rarely suffer from dry skin anymore.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Bare It All
I liked this lipstick a lot at first, but it dried out pretty quickly. I'm tossing more than 80% of the tube.

YSL Mon Paris Perfume (Sephora Play! sample)
It's hard to explain this scent. The notes are all over the place: "Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss"  It's floral, fruity, and clean all at the same time. This typically isn't a scent I go for but Brad really liked it. I liked wearing it when I wanted a change from my regular perfume (Stella). I might purchase a mini-size, but I doubt I would ever finish a full bottle.


Bath & Body Works Autumn Three-Wick Candle
I usually purchase this scent every fall. I like how this scent is both girly and clean. The apple notes really stand out to me.

Bath & Body Works Leaves Three-Wick Candle
I also purchase this scent every fall. It smells like spiced fall in a jar. The cinnamon notes stand out the most to me.

Better Homes & Gardens Fall into Autumn Candle
I really enjoyed the wax cubes in this scent last month, so I purchased the candle. The candle really disappointed me - the throw was just not there. It smelled great in the jar, but when lit, it lost a lot of its potency.

Better Homes & Gardens Fall into Autumn Scented Wax Cubes (6ct) (2)
I raved about these in my last empties post. These are definitely a fall must-have!