Another month, another round of empties. I’m actually really disappointed in my empties progress this month – only 15 products, which is the lowest number since March. However, the total value of products I used up is surprisingly high. As usual, any press samples I received and used are marked with an asterisk (*). I think this month was so low because I decided to test out a few body washes, so my standard Cherry Blossom shower gel is missing. I’ve also been slacking on the whole blogging thing which means fewer makeup wipes are being used after swatching products.
First up, Bath & Body:
Korres – Body Butter in Jasmine* (review)
I’ve been working on this since May, but unfortunately it’s not really a testament to how long this body butter lasts. I have a ton of lotions in rotation, but this is one that I grabbed when my skin was feeling particularly dry. I adore the smell – the fresh picked jasmine scent is something I’ll always be drawn to – and while it starts out slightly greasy it eventually sinks in and stops being so greasy.
Repurchase? Not at this moment. I’m trying to use up all the lotion that I have squirreled away before purchasing any new ones. It doesn’t help that beauty boxes like sending lotions too.
Price: $29 for 7.95 fluid ounces
Black Violet – Body Butter Sample in Steel Petals
I love Black Violet and I really like their body butters. However, I’m not a fan of Steel Petals. The official description is Wild violets, hummingbird nectar of sugar water & an aromatic mist of metal slowly rising into the crisp air. On me, I think it starts smelling really powdery and that’s all I wind up smelling.
Repurchase? Nope, not in this scent.
Price: This was a Gift with Purchase, so I’m listing this as $0.
Soap & Glory – Hand Food
I’ve had this since the month after I graduated college back in June 2012. I’m 90% sure it was past its prime, but I continued using it just so I wouldn’t waste it. It started separating and getting watery, so I’d have to mix it pretty intensely before using it. It was sticky for a moment before it soaked in, and after it soaked it it was nice. It smelled sweet, like cake? Kind of almond-y, and I love the smell of almond extract.
Repurchase? Nope. I like other hand creams so much better, plus I have a stash of them.
Price: $15 for 4.2 fluid ounces
Supergoop – Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn
This came in my August Birchbox and I decided to try to get it used up this month (which was really only two or three uses). I didn’t think it was anything really special, and all I could think of when I used it was the scent – SUNSCREEN. It does have a sunscreen added in, but considering it’s marketed as a hand cream I’m really unsure why it had to have such an overwhelming amount or scent.
Value: $1.87 for 0.17 fluid ounces
Pantene Pro V – Aqua Light Conditioner
I believe that this was discontinued (at least at Target, where I pick up my drugstore haircare) which is really unfortunate since I really liked it. I’ve since moved on to using Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line, and since dyeing my hair I picked up Bumble & Bumble’s Color Minded line. This conditioner was really lightweight, battled my frizz pretty well, and didn’t leave any greasiness behind.
Price: $4.99 for 12.6 fluid ounces
Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect Spray
This came in my July Birchbox and I’ve been using it since mid-July after running out of the BlowPro Heat is On Primer. I recently went to dye my hair, and my hairdresser commented how I don’t have any split ends in my hair even though I haven’t gotten it cut for about five months, so I’m assuming that all these protecting sprays are to thank for it. I absolutely hated the smell of this though, so I’m really glad to be done with it.
Value: $4.80 for 30 mL
Pur-lisse – Pur-Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer
This came in my June Sample Society box which promptly made me cancel. I didn’t want any more skincare. I was using the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer last month and it severely dried out my skin. This was my attempt to use something a little thicker to try to rebalance my skin, and unfortunately it made me break out instead. I started using it as a hand cream after that.
Value: $16.18 for 0.5 fluid ounces
Sonya Dakar NutraSphere – Flash Facial
OH GOD THIS WAS THE WORST THING EVER. Coming from my May Sample Society box, this burned so badly. I put it on my skin, two seconds later I was desperately trying to get it off of my face. I think I expected a scrub rather than this gel, but either way after the way my skin was tingling (and not in the good way) I wasn’t about to try again.
Repurchase? Absolutely not.
Value: $39.60 for 0.4 fluid ounces
Ole Henriksen – Sheer Transformation Face Cream
When Sephora was running a special on the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift PM Eye Gel, I decided to try out this face cream as well and used 100 points on it. It’s a completely average face cream, nothing special about it. I didn’t think it took care of any flakes I was experiencing around my acne.
Value: $5.88 for 0.25 fluid ounces
Sisley Paris – Black Rose Cream Mask Sample*
Sisley was kind enough to send me a few of their best selling skincare samples a few months ago, and I finally worked up the courage to open one up and try it on. The Black Rose Cream Mask smells so nice. I didn’t want to take it off of my skin, and I didn’t feel like my pores were any smaller but my skin did feel softer. No bad reaction from my acne either!
Repurchase? Unfortunately, I think that it’s a little out of my price range. However, if you have the funds to spend on Sisley’s skincare, I’d definitely give this one a try!
Value: $10.80 for 0.4 mL
Perfume & Makeup:
Kate Spade – Live Colorfully Sample Vial
This perfume was sent as a free sample from a friend I bought some nail polish off of. I had always been curious about it – I love Kate Spade’s style – and the description of the scent is exactly what I would expect from the store The top notes description of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise is right up on the list of scents I would purchase, but unfortunately this perfume is forgettable. I didn’t have any real love for it.
Value: $2.25 for 1 mL
Givenchy – Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara (review)
This was such a rollercoaster mascara. I opened this in June, started tracking my daily usage of products in July, and so I used this mascara fewer than 30 times. At first it gives really natural lashes, and as it ages, you wind up getting thicker and more spidery lashes. I never found the sweet spot for when this mascara was at its peak, which is a little disappointing.
Price: $32 for 0.28 fluid ounces
Sephora Collection – Outrageous Volume Mascara Sample
I have gotten so many of these throughout the years, and I finally decided to open it up. I think I used it once or twice, didn’t really see anything to persuade me to continue using it, and then forgot about it until it dried up. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad blogger or the product was just so… underwhelming that I don’t feel bad not including it in my blog.
Value: $1.80 for 0.06 fluid ounces
Urban Decay – Original Primer Potion
I’ve been using this for my swatches for a really long time, so if you’re just using it for your eyes I’m sure that it’ll last even longer. I love that this helps to intensify the colors and I definitely do not experience any fading or creasing throughout the day when I use it.
Repurchase? I already had another in my stash, but after that one runs out I’ll probably be looking for a cheaper alternative for my swatches.
Price: $20 for 0.37 ounces
Givenchy – Phenomen’Eyes Mascara Sample
The Givenchy representative at my local Sephora told me that this wasn’t the mascara for me since my lashes are apparently already long (really? I never knew that…) but gave me a sample to try out. I’m not a big fan of the brush – it’s tiny! – and I didn’t really get a good testing period with it since I saw this sample as a single use kind of product. It lengthened but didn’t really add volume.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Value: $3 for 0.07 grams
That concludes my empties for this month! My empties goal for October is to finish of my Caudalie lip balm that I use every morning (I’m so close!), two hair oil samples that I’ve had sitting around, at least one of the three shower gels that are in my bathtub, and one of the indie blush samples I keep swearing that I’m going to use up. How did your empties look?