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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Empties [No.3]

Hey y'all!
Welcome back to Southern & Style and welcome to my absolute favorite kind of post to read or write-an empties post!
Just really quickly, to explain what these posts are-they're basically a round-up of beauty, health, lifestyle products that I've used up and I give quick reviews of what I thought about them, would I recommend them, would I repurchase, etc.
Some of the links below are affiliate links as well-I appreciate you using them because it supports Southern & Style without costing you anything!
As you can tell by the five pans that I've pretty much used up, I really enjoyed this palette.
However, now that I've purchased other higher end palettes and I've used up my favorite colors out of this one, it's time for it to go.
If you're just now getting into makeup, this is a good starter basic palette. It does kick up quite a large amount of dust though, so that's something to think about.

This color combination is pretty good of shadows and I hit pan on three of the shadows.
I could've kept using the one shadow that was left, but I have colors like it in my bigger palettes so it was really just taking up room in my makeup bag.
If you need a small quad to travel with or something, this would work well for that!

This is one of my most favorite makeup products I've ever purchased & the first high end blush/bronzer I ever owned.
The color of the Laguna bronzer was perfectly matte & a great mid-tone bronzer. The Orgasm blush is a beautiful peachy-pink tone that is perfect year round.
I would definitely considering picking this up again after using up a couple of the other ones I have now!

I got this in an Ipsy bag a long time ago & never used it because back then I didn't use dry shampoo.
Now that I'm trying to go longer between days of washing my hair & really really like this stuff.
It's pretty reasonably priced & I find it works better than any other dry shampoo I've ever used.

I'm all about preventative skincare and this retinol has done a great job of maintaining my skin and helping it keep it's glow and clarity.
I enjoyed this serum a lot and would definitely purchase it or another one from Valentia again in the future.

I got this a long time ago, so not only is it probably long expired, but I never saw any results so this is a hard-pass for me. Don't waste your $$$$.

This is just your basic brow pencil and it worked, but I really do prefer the Brow Precise below!
But in a pinch,  I would use this one again.

If I had to pick up a drugstore brow product, this would be the one I would choose.
I just wish you got more product for the price you pay, because this one doesn't last me long.
I also really enjoy the spoolie on the end, it works really well!
I would pick this one up again!

I picked this up at the drugstore when I ran out of my Billion Dollar Brows Universal pencil and while the pencil end was decent, the other end with the brow powder was just okay.
It was really too broad to get a defined line. I wouldn't purchase again.

The EOS lip balms are honestly my favorites, but this one wasn't.
It does smell very citrus-y which I liked, but it wasn't as hydrating as my sweet mint one so I wouldn't repurchase.

I'm going to be a bad beauty blogger for a second and be honest-I have never owned the official beauty blender!
But I do purchase beauty sponges regularly at TJ Maxx and usually they work pretty well.
This particular one cost about $4 and I used it and washed it until it was stained and starting to tear.
I highly recommend the one I linked or checking out your local TJ Maxx for great beauty sponges at reasonable prices.

These used to be some of my favorite lip balms, but now after trying the sweet mint EOS, they just don't moisturize my lips like they used to.

This is just a great classic chapstick, I specifically enjoy keeping this flavor in my purse because it's pink in color so I can apply it over lip colors and the colors won't stain my lip balm.
I would repurchase this when I work my way through my giant stash of lip balm!

This is an all time favorite soap from B&BW for me-it smells so fresh & slightly sweet, it's perfect for Spring & the packaging is just so pretty!
I hope I can find it in the semi-annual sale in a few months!

I purchased two of these last Christmas, hoping they would smell as good as the lemon & powdered sugar scent that I had before from the "southern" line of soaps...but this fell kind of short of that.
It is lemony and vanilla, so it smells good-just not like what I had planned.
I do still have the one from last year that I'll put out at Christmas and use up this year, but I won't purchase it again if they have it.

This was another great citrus scent for Spring.
It's not an all-time favorite or anything, but it was really nice and I would totally pick it up again if I needed a soap for Spring.

I didn't purchase any new soaps for Fall this year, just because I'm trying to use up what I have-so I pulled out this soap and it worked just fine for Fall.
The scent is very berry, like strong berry-but it was nice.
I probably wouldn't pick it up again though, even though the packaging is super cute!

While I'm not a huge fan of the deep cleansing hand soaps, sometimes I pick them up if it's a scent I really like-like this one.
This is a nice, clean, fresh scent that's not too overpowering (although these soaps all tend to linger on your hands for a while).
The B&BW soaps are well priced when on sale & I have several that I need to use up before I purchase any more, but this one is a good choice for really year-round use.

Bath & Body Works Pear Blossom Body Lotion
I've told y'all time and time again that I'm trying not to buy anything new from B&BW because I have so many lotions and potions to get through...this is just one example of something that's so old that they don't even make it anymore.
But I did use it up as my nightly lotion, I'm still not a fan of B&BW lotion because it doesn't seem very moisturizing.

This is one of my all-time favorite B&BW scents, it's fresh and clean-the lemon really stands out.
If this ever came out again, I would totally pick it up in shower gel form!

This cleanser took forever to go through (as you can see by the giant size of this bottle).
I enjoyed keeping it in my shower because it had the pump...which is convenient until you're trying to get that last bit out.
But it worked well, took my makeup off gently and did nice things for my skin.
However, I have other cleansers I like more so I won't be repurchasing.
But if you're looking for a good deal, this is definitely worth checking out-you can pick it up at Walmart!

If you're in the market for a great smelling basic shampoo, this is meant for you!
I loved how clean this smelled, it also didn't strip my hair but left it clean and shiny and smooth.
It's a great price at Target as well.
I haven't repurchased it yet because I have lots of other shampoos to use up, but I do recommend it.

This stuff is just okay.
It felt good on my skin and didn't give me any adverse reactions, however it also didn't do anything great and I feel like there are better moisturizers at the drugstore.
It also went bad quickly, which I hated.

I think this shave gel is well priced for what it is & you can usually find them on sale.
However, I really honestly prefer the Skintimate and how that leaves my skin feeling (& it usually doesn't cost that much more).

This stuff is such a game changer for your skin.
It's gentle (I can even use it on my eyes), it doesn't dry my skin out, and it effectively removes my makeup. A lot of times I use it as the second part to my cleanse just to pick up any leftover makeup and it works like a dream.
I totally recommend and I've already purchased a giant bottle of it to replace this one.

Bath & Body Works Sugared Peony Petals
Sadly, you can't find this amazing candle anymore but hopefully next Spring they'll come back out with it because it's a great candle!
It's a great mix of floral and creaminess that I love-it's addictive.
I love the label too, they should come out with more labels like that one.

I picked this candle up last year in winter time and while it smells warm and nutty and sweet, sometimes it can be overwhelming.
I wouldn't repurchase this scent again, I prefer something a little lighter.

This could potentially be the best smelling candle that B&BW has ever produced.
It smells lightly vanilla and lightly peachy, peaches & cream if you will.
It doesn't overpower, but it does fill a room-it's amazing and I'll totally pick another one up.

Archipelago Fleur De Bleu Candle
Y'all, I am so sad that this candle is gone & I can't find it anywhere!
 I purchased it a few years ago from Rue La La & they must've discontinued it.
It didn't burn all that well, but I finally used it up and it smelled so sweetly floral-it smelled expensive and I loved that!

I really, really liked this slightly sweet and floral body lotion.
It really did moisturize my skin and soaked in well, I'm glad I picked another one up at the last semi-annual sale because it's a favorite!

I picked this up at a Semi-Annual sale a while back and while it was a good body mist, the lasting power wasn't that great and the scent was pretty light.
I won't be purchasing any more body mists from Victoria's Secret or Bath and Body Works.

A few years ago, this was the only shampoo and conditioner line that I used.
Now, I typically switch mine up frequently but this is always a good one.
I actually have another of these giant conditioners, so I'm stocked up for now but if you're looking for a good conditioner for a good price, these are pretty nice. You can also typically find these big sizes at Sam's Club!
Y'all know I've loved these makeup wipes for a long time and I typically buy them in bulk, however in my latest Target beauty box I tried these different wipes and I think I'm converted-I'll be buying these again next time!

Y'all know I love to pick up my sheet masks from TJ Maxx and these were another great buy at $5 for 5 masks.
I really, really enjoyed how these made my skin feel (super clean and hydrated). The masks were really saturated with serum and they stuck to my face well. I'll definitely pick up more of these if I see them in TJ Maxx again.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening GelDesensitizing Gel (2 Packs of Each)
I've got a post coming up where I'm going to share more about how Smile Brilliant's teeth-whitening system works, but y'all I'm just gonna tell y'all now that I recommend this stuff! I've already went through two syringes each and I love it. It's made such a huge difference in my smile already and the price is so good!

This was a great smelling wallflower, but it also smelled pretty masculine.
That's normally not an issue, but I keep my wallflower dispenser in my kitchen now so I don't always want my kitchen to smell manly.

This was the perfect kitchen wallflower, especially for early Fall because it was fresh and crisp & smelled deliciously like fresh picked apples.

I loved this wallflower too!
It's so warm and cozy smelling, but this one did clog up in the warmer and colored where the scent comes out, so B&BW needs to work on that.
Regardless, I'd probably purchase this and the apple one again!

I've used these on and off since I was a teenager & while I like how satisfying they are to peel off and reveal what nasty gunk was in your nose pores, I've also learned that they aren't the best for your skin so I try to use them only when my nose is looking particularly clogged.

Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 (2 Packs of Step 1 and 2)
This chemical peel is so, so good, y'all.
If you're not doing some kind of chemical exfoliation then you're really missing out because this is a good one.
It's a little pricey, but since I see such great and immediate results I'm willing to spend the money on it.

Y'all. This stuff is ridiculously expensive, but it is so good.
I love the way it leaves my face feeling and a little bit truly goes a long way (this small foil packet lasted me about three uses).
If I ever was feeling like spending a ton of money on skin care I would pick this up in a heartbeat!

I got these for Christmas and I absolutely love getting things like this in my stocking or whatever.
These worked pretty well for the price and there were multiple packs in a box, which was really nice too.
If you're looking to do a spa night on a budget, these are a great pick from Target.

I enjoy getting samples like these because I don't use facial scrubs all that often, just when I need a really deep cleanse, so I like to be able to just grab one of these.
This one works okay, it was pretty gentle and I feel like if you need a scrub this is a good drug store option.

I love ordering from Too Faced because they send really nice samples-this one was SO good.
I've been using an Urban Decay shadow primer and while that one is good, this one is so much better at holding onto my shadows all day long.
When I finish my Urban Decay one, I'll be purchasing this one instead.

During the summer months, I try to not wear much makeup but if I'm working outside I still need some SPF coverage.
This sample of Mary Kay's foundation primer sunscreen was great because I could wear it under a BB or CC cream and get just the right amount of coverage and still have SPF.
I would actually purchase this again when summer comes around. 

I'm such a huge fan of facial oils & this one is no different, it's amazing
It smells great and I love how hydrating but not greasy it left my skin.
If I can find it on sale at some point, I'll probably be picking it up.

I picked this $2 mask up on a whim at TJ Maxx one day and it's one of my favorites that I've ever tried.
I stuck it in the fridge before I used it and the gel was so cooling and calming to my skin.
I loved the thick gel (that had sparkles in it!) and how it fit to my face, I also loved the rich serum that it was infused with because it left me feeling moisturized and hydrated-not sticky.
If I saw this one again at TJ Maxx I would definitely pick a couple up.

This mask came in a Target Beauty Box and I enjoyed trying it out, but I have tried less expensive ones that gave better results, so I wouldn't recommend it or buy it again.

These are pretty pricey masks, but they do really work.
I don't use them often because of the price, but before a special event or when my skin is looking particularly rough I pull one of these out and they work miracles.

These four products are ones that I decluttered out of my collection and gave to my mom & sister.
This particular formula just was hard for me to apply and the color didn't look quite right on me, but my sister completely rocks it!

This is another formula that I didn't really love and the color didn't look great on me, but my mom looked awesome in it.
This is just another example of how products don't work for some people, but other people love them!

I gave this primer to my sister because although it worked, the foundation that I really like to use doesn't work well with it for some reason!

I think LORAC has discontinued this CC cream because I can't even find it to link for you.
I wasn't a huge fan of this product because it's a CC cream so obviously it doesn't have a ton of coverage and it wasn't long lasting on my face-both of which are things that I really look for in anything that covers my face.

Well y'all, that was a huge empties post but it's been so long since I've done one!
Let me know below what you think of these products if you've tried any of them or if you found something new you've gotta try!

Until next time. . .


  1. I loved reading this! I also like that Burt's Bees lip balm. I have not seen L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, but think I would like it a lot. Thanks for the info!

  2. I am a big fan of Burt's Bees lip balm. I am going to look into getting the teeth whitener and desensitizing gel.

  3. Goodness! You have so many great products here. Smile Brilliant is great. :)

  4. So many awesome products. I love burts bees!!

  5. I absolutely love my beauty sponge!

  6. You've got some great products that you've managed go get to the end of here! I never seem to reach the end of my products. L'oreal cosmetics are always pretty.

  7. Holy cow - SO many products!!! I love how you were so honest with all of these. I don't think any cellulite cream/gel works...unfortunately.

  8. L'Oreal and Exuviance products ALWAYS get emptied at my house! I LOVE both those brands!

  9. I am currently obsessed with candles and face masks, so it's really helpful having some recommendations on what to pick up and what to avoid! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

  10. I need all of the BBW candles and the teeth whitening system! How fun :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  11. Those all look like great products! I love a good palet + I'm always about the candles!

  12. Great Post! I love Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and Bath and BodyWorks Candles.

  13. So many great products! I buy the same kind of beauty sponges!

    The Blush Blonde

  14. You have so many wonderful empties. I have really enjoyed the Aquation lotion. It is so moisturizing. Have you tried it?

  15. You've reminded me that I need to visit Bath and Body Works! I'm always excited for their holiday scents. Love empties posts, thanks for sharing :)

  16. I've recently partnered with Smile Brilliant too, and the results are crazy! Love your suggestion of TJMaxx for beauty blenders.
    Tori || Victori Media

  17. my nars orgasm is running out & I'm actually looking for a new bronzer (used to use smashbox) so I need to check out that duo - thanks for sharing! x, nicole //

  18. What great suggestions of new products! I love seeing different brow products!

  19. These are great products! I always love some good Bath & Body candles and dry shampoo is a MUST!

  20. Ohhhh man, I love that Klorane dry shampoo. It’s SO GOOD. I use the one for darker hair, but it is seriously my jam.

  21. great roundup! I love klorane too! dry shampoo has been such a life saver so many times!


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