Empties: February 2015

I didn’t expect to accumulate enough empties for another post so soon, but it does seem like things get used up in groups.  Here’s what I used up in February, and mini reviews on each:empties2015Feb1

L’Oreal Studio Line Silk & Gloss Curling Spritz – $3 for 200ml (Dollarama)
I found this randomly while browsing the aisles of the local Dollarama (the main dollar store chain in Canada) and decided to give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It gave good wave definition and didn’t leave my hair too crunchy.  I went back the next week and stocked up on more – at that time I thought the product was being discontinued but it looks like L’Oreal was just updating the packaging.
I still have another 4 bottles in my stash.  I prefer this spritz during the summer months when I don’t need as much hydration for my hair.
Stash worthiness: 8/10
MAC Cleanse Off Oil (Sized to go) – $12 for 30ml (MAC stores and online)
I’ve already owned this in the full sized format, the main reason I bought this travel size was for the bottle, which I plan to refill and use for trips. It has a handy locking mechanism so the product doesn’t spill.  The MAC Cleanse Off Oil is one of my favourite oil cleansers – it has a soft lemony scent and removes makeup easily.  The full sized bottle is $37 for 150ml so it’s more economical to buy that, and I have an unopened one in my stash.
Stash worthiness: 9/10
Sukin Hydrating Facial Mist – $9 for 125ml (health food stores and select Rexall stores)
I happened upon this while I was at the health food store and liked the ingredient list and price point.  I spray some form of hydrating mist as the first step of face prep every morning to hydrate my skin.  This mist contains mostly rosewater and glycerin – I’ll definitely repurchase this. Almost better than the mist itself is the spray nozzle – it’s a fine, even mist. I’m going to repurpose the bottle for my other facial sprays!
Stash worthiness: 9/10

The actual soap is all used up, so here’s the ghost of the bar of soap.

Kiss my Face Naked Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap – $8 for 3-4oz bars (health food stores and Loblaws / Superstores)
About 6 years ago, I received a bar of this soap as a joke because of the brand name “Kiss my Face”, and I ended up really liking the soap and continued to purchase it for myself since then.  Despite the name “Kiss my Face”, I use this on my body.  It has decent lather and is fragrance-free – it contains only 3 ingredients: Sodium olivate (olive oil), aqua, sodium chloride.  What I love about the soap is how gentle it is and leaves my skin moisturized without feeling slick or oily.  I have a couple more bars in my stash.
Stash worthiness: 9/10
eos Smooth Sphere lip Balms in Sweet Mint and Honeysuckle Honeydew – $4 for 7g (drugstores)
I didn’t use these lip balms up but rather, they’ve gone bad (smells terrible!) and I need to throw them out. I bought both of these around the same time, approximately 4 years ago. They’re not the most moisturizing lip balms on the market, but I really like them as a base for other lip products. And I have to admit, I rather enjoy collecting the little colourful spheres – I own a LOT of the flavours (14 including these 2) and will devote an entry on them soon. My favourite flavour is the Honeysuckle Honeydew, as evident by how much I’ve used up! I will definitely repurchase both of these eventually, but for now, it gives me a chance to use up some of the other flavours.
Stash worthiness: 8/10

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals – $22 for 200ml (drugstores)
The main reason I bought this was because it was on 50% clearance sale, and I like trying different kinds of micellar waters even though my true love is the Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water.  The Nuxe one wasn’t terrible but it was just middle of the road in terms of removing makeup residue. It has a bit of a soapy finish and smells perfumey (of roses).  I won’t repurchase.
Stash worthiness: 6/10
live clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo – $8 for 350ml (drugstores)
As you can see, this product is not actually empty. I really dislike this shampoo and I don’t think I recall ever disliking a shampoo this much. It contains argan oil – sounds like would be a very nourishing shampoo, right? Nope. It made my hair frizzy, and caused my scalp to be drier and flakier! It also has an oddly runny texture for a creamy product, and would separate so when I go to pour it, a watery layer would come out first. Life is too short to be using a product I hate, so I’m tossing it! The only redeeming qualities I would say, is that it cleans my hair fine, smells nice, is all natural and SLS free, AND it’s a Canadian brand. Note: I enjoy other live clean brand shampoos, including their Green Earth Invigorating Shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo, just not this one.
Stash worthiness: 4/10

I’ll likely have an Empties post for March as well – I can tell that I’m getting close to finishing up a few items already.   Have you finished up anything lately?

13 thoughts on “Empties: February 2015

  1. LOVED my Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner. The only problem is that I grew so attached to it, that I used it up within two months. If you like the brand, you should try out the Sukin Facial Moisturiser (available in a version for Sensitive skin) and the Sukin Sensitive Calming Night Cream. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, no sulphates, no parabens and 10/10 out for stash worthiness.

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