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Monday, June 29, 2015

Empties: Buy or Bye?

Hey y'all!
I meant to put this up this weekend, but with homework for summer classes & the fact that I got stung on the eyelid by a wasp on Saturday. . .it just didn't happen!
But it's here now & I'm alive :)

Today we're talking about more of the products that I've used up.
I'm going to give you a verdict of whether I'm going to buy them again or if they're going bye-bye permanently.

Biore' Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (Sample)
This was in my Cosmo last month I think and when I was getting my face/skin in shape for the wedding, I wanted to try it out. 
I was a big fan of how clean it made my face feel without drying it out.
The Verdict: This is a BUY product! I'll be picking up a full size when I go back to Target!

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Dark Kiss
Y'all this scent is so good. 
I swear by B&BW shower gels & this one is no different.
The Verdict: This one is a BUY as well! I already picked up a couple new scents during the semi-annual sale, but this scent could be repurchased after those are used up! 

Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo
I bought this because my hair has tons of heat damage; split-ends, it's dry, and super brittle!
This didn't really "intensely repair" it, but it did get my hair really clean without leaving a film behind.
The scent is really good as well.
The Verdict: As long as you buy it with reasonable expectations of it not being a miracle worker-I think you'd be happy BUYing this product.  

Skintimate Raspberry Rain Shave Gel
  I've been using the same kind of shaving cream for as long as I remember.
This had a really nice creamy consistency and a good scent.
The Verdict: BUY-it does it's job and it's not very expensive. I actually picked this up at Target on sale.

Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razors
I used to use the razor that you change the heads on, but I decided that was just way too much trouble.
Instead, I pick up whatever disposable razors are on sale and use those.
But these were actually really good, they left my legs feeling smooth & didn't cause me to miss a ton of spots. I also felt like I could use them several times before they got dull.
The Verdict: BUY-I would definitely purchase these again. I might not be loyal to any one brand, but they worked really well.  

Colgate Maxfresh Cool Mint Toothpaste
This is my go-to toothpaste.
I've been using it for years and I love it because of the gel consistency.
The Verdict: It's a BUY for sure. I'll probably be using this toothpaste until I die or until they stop making it. It's seriously that good.

Curel Rough Skin Rescue Lotion (Sample)
This was another tear-out product that I wanted to try out.
There's no sense in wasting product, even if it is for one use.
The unfortunate thing about the one-use products is that you really don't get a great feel for them.
This absorbed pretty nicely into the skin & was moisturizing.
The Verdict: Unfortunately, this wasn't a really memorable sample product.
I'll probably be sticking to my Hemps lotion for now.

This is a BYE.

 Secret Outlast Deodorant
For some reason I didn't get an individual shot of this, but this has been my go-to deodorant for a while.
I love that it keeps me fresh on the days that I bust my butt at the gym or the days when I'm out working on the farm with Christopher.
The scent is also not super overwhelming.
I don't want to be like, "BAM! I'm wearing deodorant, y'all!"

The Verdict: So, I repurchased this already. But I'm going to tell y'all a story.
I was in a hurry, so I just grabbed one at Target. When I got home it had already been used in the store!
So, that was gross. At any point I'm going to have to go buy another one.
But the moral of this story is, the deodorant is a BUY but just make sure yours isn't used before you leave the store.

NYX Brow Pencil
I know lots of beauty gurus swear by Anastasia brow and all that, but this little $3 pencil from Target does everything that I need.
I get the darkest shade and it fills my brows in perfectly and lasts all day.
It takes some serious scrubbing to get it off too.
The Verdict: If you're looking for a great product without spending a lot of cash, pick this up next time you're at the drugstore.
Definitely BUY.

Maybelline Fit Concealer
So I haven't had good luck with concealers in the past, but this one does exactly what I need.
It covers my redness and after setting it with a powder, it has great staying power.
The Verdict: BUY-You'll appreciate the value because it doesn't cost a lot, but gets the job done.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner
This was the first eyeliner I ever really fell in love with.
Yeah, I know it's from the drugstore & yeah, I know it's probably not the best.
But the pigmentation is great (it's SO dark) and I love that it's self-sharpening.
The Verdict: I would definitely buy this one if my Target still carried it (for some reason they don't).
BUY this, y'all.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
I've bragged about these a ton on this blog.
I've tried other wipes & none have ever compared.
The Verdict: BUY, there is no substitute for these.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I did a full review of these here if you're interested!
These worked pretty well, I liked that they had this really light green apple scent.
They also have more natural ingredients which is great for those of us with sensitive skin.
The Verdict: For me, these are a BYE. I liked the product, but I like my other Neutrogena wipes more!

I hope y'all enjoyed this little post, I know that I do a lot of these Empties posts,
but I really have been trying to use up the makeup and products that I have in my linen closet &
under my sink before I purchase anymore!
I'm doing a pretty good job, I think :)

Until next time. . .



  1. This was such a great post!! I love my Maybelline concealer! I have been itching to try several of these, I may be making a trip to Target soon!

    Carley @

    1. Let me know what you try out, I love hearing about what products people use :)

      xoxo, SS

  2. LOVED this post! I've never really used concealer before, but the bags under my eyes are telling me it's time to do so. I'll have to pick that up at the store tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    1. This concealer will work wonders! I've also been trying a few new ones out because of the bruising left behind from that wasp I'll have more info for you with next month's faves ;)

      xoxo, SS

  3. Ouch! I hope your eye is feeling better by now. That's so gross that there was a used deodorant being sold at Target :/


    1. Thanks so much! It's going to take a few days, but I'm hopeful that my eye will be back to 100% soon :) And I know, super gross! I called and let them know they needed to keep an eye on their products for sure!

      xoxo, SS

  4. I will definitely check out the NYX brow pencil. I've been looking for a new one to try! Thanks for sharing!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    1. Please let me know how you like it! I'm such a huge fan of it :) And thank you so much for stopping by!

      xoxo, SS

  5. That eyeliner is the best! I use it sometimes!

    1. It works so well for the price, I need to hunt some more down soon!

      xoxo, SS

  6. This is great! Thanks so much for your insight on these products!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for stopping by, Lauren :)

      xoxo, SS

  7. I want to smell Dark Kiss- it sounds awesome!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. Oh my goodness, it's one of my favorite scents! It's almost musky, I love it :)

      xoxo, SS

  8. great reviews!

    check out my blog + follow too?

    Jess ♡

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jess! I would love to follow each other, just give me a follow & I'll follow you back :)

      xoxo, SS

  9. Great post! I always love seeing people's empties! It really helps understand the good and bad points of a product.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

    1. It definitely helps me too! Especially if I'm on the fence about a certain product :) Or if I haven't heard of something, but someone gives it rave reviews-it makes me want to try it :)

      xoxo, SS

  10. I'm curious about this Biore cleanser, I need to try it. Great post. xx


    1. Even though I only had a single use of it, it really did make my face feel clean! I can't wait to buy a full size at Target.

      xoxo, SS

  11. I always enjoy reading what products other people are (or are not...) loving, it helps give me an idea of new things I want to try. Love your review of these ones!

    1. Kathryn, thank you so much for dropping by!

      xoox, SS

  12. It's great post! Thanks for sharing!


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