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Friday, January 8, 2016

Empties (January 2016)

Hey y'all!

I am so happy to say that I have made it through my first week of student teaching, and not just made it, but I've absolutely loved it.

I am so, so thankful for the placement that I have. Some things just work out the exact way they're supposed to, it's such a God thing and I love it!

Today on the blog I'm sharing with you some empties that I have collected since my last post and I wanted to share with you whether or not I would repurchase any of these things.

So let's just jump into it!

Johnson's Pure Cotton Swabs
I really like these, mainly because I use them for absolutely everything in the bathroom.
However, I probably will just purchase the Target brand next time around because I don't necessarily think that one is better than the other.

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer
This was purchased late last summer when I got a nasty sunburn.
I loved it so much more than Aloe gel because it really moisturized my skin.
The scent Lime Coolada smells so good, it's one of my favorite lotions and I will definitely repurchase when summer rolls around.

Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief in Fresh Mint
I think I've said it before on the blog, but I really hate "paste" toothpastes. I'm much more of a gel girl. This was a freebie from the dentist office and I had to use it when I ran out of my favorite.
I wouldn't search this out in the store to buy, for sure. 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I'm a big fan of this concealer, and while I didn't repurchase it when I ran out, I think I will definitely be repurchasing when the kind I"m using runs out.
It's the perfect consistency and I love how it stays all day.

EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruit
I love having little EOS balms all over the house. I have one in my purse, one by my seat in the living room, one on my vanity, etc. This flavor was really sweet and nice, but the best part is how smooth they leave my lips.
Luckily, my mom got me several of these for Christmas so I don't have to repurchase these, but I would if I ran out!

Covergirl Clean Foundation
This is the foundation that I have been using basically as long as I have been using makeup. But I wasn't in love with it recently. I decided that it was sliding off my face and too thin to give me the coverage I desired. So I won't be repurchasing this, and you'll have to wait until my next empties post to find out my new drug store favorite!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
These are a staple on the blog and of course, I still love them.
Next time I go to Sam's, I'm stocking up!

Spring Valley Melatonin
I had this bottle for a really long time, so that should tell you how often I used this.
I didn't feel as though it really made me sleepy, so I don't think I'll be buying this again.

NYX Eyebrow Pencil
This used to be my go-to for my eyebrows...but that has all changed since I tried the products mentioned in this post. I'm all about the Billion Dollar Brow products, so sorry NYX, but you won't be repurchased.

Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub
This is a product that I had in backup for a long time and finally decided to use it up.
I didn't use it in the morning, but rather in the shower at night.
I felt like it did it's job...but as soon as it was empty I started reading all these articles about how the bursting beads are horrible for the environment and they won't be used in products anymore.
So obviously I'll be finding a new scrub lol.

Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Perfume (sample)
I randomly get perfume samples sometimes, so I try to keep them in my makeup bag to use up on vacations and such.
This was one of my favorites because of it's really heady, romantic scent.
I would love to eventually have the full size of this perfume (when I use up some of my other scents!)

The Detox Body Mask Stripper by Perfectly Posh (sample)
I did a full review of this and some other Posh products in this post, but this was my favorite of the ones that I reviewed.
I love face masks and this one seriously drew out so many toxins in my pores.
I would definitely purchase the full size of this!

Equate Gentle Lubricant Eye Drops
Y'all, if you wear contacts you know how important it is to have eyedrops on you at all times.
This is just the brand from Wal-Mart, but it works just as good as any name brand.
If I was at Wal-Mart I would probably repurchase in the future!

This post I want to include some candles that I have burned up recently!
When the candles don't light anymore, usually I melt them on my candle warmer for a few more uses (until they lose their scent)

Twisted Peppermint
I have an addiction with Bath and Body Works candles and this is my absolute favorite candle of theirs.
It makes your house smell so clean and fresh because the scent is vanilla peppermint.
It also works well all winter long and not just around Christmas, so I love that.
I will repurchase when I need to, but right now I have two in backup.
Hashtag candle addict.

Lemon Verbena
This gem of a candle was a wedding gift from my bestie Katie and her mom. 
I normally don't buy Target candles, but this one changed my mindset.
I love the light, lemony scent that it gives (hello fake clean house)
and I will definitely buy it again!

Salty Caramel
Another B&BW candle that I love.
This is definitely a food scented one, so I love to burn it in my kitchen.
The mix of salt and the sweet caramel really makes your tummy growl!
A repurchase will be in my future :)

Marshmallow Fireside
This is a staple from B&BW that so many people know and love.
I have had this candle forever because I portion out my burning because I never wanted to use it up!
The woodsy scent of charred wood (similar to a bonfire) mixed with the sweetness of a sugary marshmallow make this a favorite.
I think I have one in backup, but when it's used up I'll be purchasing another!

Can y'all tell I love candles?
Haha, I adore all of them!

Let me know down below what products you've been loving, especially what candles you've been burning!

Until next time. . .



  1. I"m so happy to hear that student teaching is going well! I student teach this upcoming Fall semester!


  2. 1. I definitely bought myself that candle after I bought it for you.... It is my absolute favorite because it makes my entire apartment smell like I just spent hours cleaning even when I haven't! ;)
    2. I love the bursting beads facial cleanser!! I am super sad about it going away, but I understand why. Let me know what new ones you like, because I will be on the search as well!

  3. I love using the bursting beads scrub in the morning.
    I have read those articles regarding the bursting beads but I still love the product because I feel like its the only thing that wakes my skin up in the morning.

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. Ahh student teaching! I remember those days. I currently teach third grade so if you ever need help, feedback, or advice let me know (:

  5. Let me know if you pick up a good scrub! I'm looking for one too! I hate 'paste' toothpaste too! I totally prefer gel.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  6. This is such a fun post! I have t ran out of anything yet, but I'll be sure to save it. I've got salty caramel and fireside, I bought a couple so I wouldn't run out and burn them through the year. They smell so good!

  7. I loved the clean and clear morning face wash! I'm kinda upset that it is being discontinued, but then again the environment... haha. I guess I'll be on the look out for a new face wash as well.


  8. I have such bad insomnia! I have been doing a lot of research on different melatonin brands and various "sleepytime" remedies and none have thrilled me yet. The Neutrogena wipes will forever be my favorites! I love empties posts! Happy Friday love

  9. I've tried Melatonin and it makes me feel so groggy in the morning - did you feel that way too?

  10. I love fitme concealer, such good stuff! I also use the morning scrub, the after sun lotion, and I have about a million VS perfumes. haha! I think we have similar beauty product taste! ;)

  11. I absolutely love NYX brow pencils. I buy them over and over! I like the Clean & Clear too, I have it in my shower now. I also love Palmer's Cocoa Butter for extra dry skin or lips :)

  12. I love reading lists of empties so I can get an idea of products that people really love and add them to my list of things to try. I'm obsessed with Bath and Body Works candles so that's something that's usually empty for me as well.

    All the Best,
    Allison |

  13. I use those makeup remover wipes too! I just can't imagine using anything else, they are my go to!

  14. I have an addiction to Bath and Body Works candles, too! Congrats on making it through the first week!

  15. I love the Clean & Clear Morning Burst face wash! I was never washing my face in the morning until recently and now I wonder why I never did because that stuff is amazing!
    Miss Olivia Says

  16. I wouldn't use many of these brands since they test on animals but NYX is a brand I would like to try. So sorry to hear NYX didn't work out for you.

    Rosalyn xOx |

  17. Great review! Thanks for sharing :)


  18. I love those makeup removers. They are perfect for the gym because I don't have to worry about face wash spilling in my bag.

  19. I enjoyed reading your empties review esp your B&BW candles!! I just finished and posted my "December Empties" now for January and I am so glad to finished all those little samples! Happy New Year to you! :)


  20. The Perfectly Posh mask sounds amazing! B&BW candles are my favorite, but I'm currently burning some random ones my mom was given as teacher gifts. She is super sensitive to certain scents, so more for me ;)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  21. So glad your first week went so well! The fit me concealer is one of my favs too!

  22. Loved seeing all these products. I always love to see what people thought of their products. I have the Twisted Peppermint lotion from Bath and Body Works and I love it, it's one of my favorites for the winter time!

  23. Congrats on your first week. And I love the Neutrogen face wipes. I go through those really fast lol!

  24. Congratulations on making it through your first week! I love those makeup wipes too!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  25. OKAY, so I'm in love with B&BWs candles but I've never actually tried a Target candle before --- your description of that one sounds amazing, though! I'm gonna have to see if my local store has it so I can check it out! :)

  26. I have that concealer too! It's great :)

  27. That twisted peppermint candle looks amazing!

  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE Morning Scrub. I'm so sad that it's terrible for the environment. I won't be purchasing anymore, unfortunately. Hopefully they make a good alternative!

  29. Congrats on making it through your first year of student teaching! I have EOS balm all over the house too-it's become a problem! Haha.

  30. I love EOS lip balm because its so portable but sometimes it makes my lips more chapped!


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