September 2017 Empties | Look at my beauty trash!

It is now officially my favorite month of the year,  October! I love everything to do with it, fall, pumpkins, HALLOWEEN! 

But, for now, let’s focus on my September beauty Empties.


Tarte Blush sample “Captivating”

This is not a product I will be purchasing. I have a million blushes that don’t get used as it is. The color is very pretty though. I also thought it important to mention I got a ton of use out of this little sample.

PUR Cosmetics Makeup Blender

I got this in a Boxy Charm before I cancelled my subscription. I really am not a fan of this sponge. It does the job, but it is nothing compared to the beauty blender. I will not be picking up another. 

NYX HD Concealer “yellow”

This Concealer is really inexpensive, and usually on some sort of discount at Ulta. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for me. It is very thin, so it gave no coverage. I will not be repurchasing it.

Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation “Shell Ivory”

I love this Foundation. It is the perfect match for my skin, cruelty free AND vegan AND very inexpensive. I have already repurchased this Foundation, and I used a half off coupon so it was only like $2.50!!

Smashbox Photo Ready Eye Primer “light”

This was just a little sample of the product. But, I really disliked it. It seemed to make my lids crease even more than normal. Will not purchase. 


Bath and Body Works “Twilight Woods” body spray mini

If only bath and body works was completely cruelty free. I do enjoy this warm woodsy scent. Unfortunately, B&BW is not a company I support anymore.

Naked Scrubs “Lemon”

I got this body scrub in a vegan Cuts box and I am in love with it. It was really clean ingredients wise, the perfect amount of grittiness, and the smell was stunning! I want to try more of their products, so yes. I will be purchasing this product. 

Ban Deodorant

This Deodorant smelled very sweet and nice. But, it really did not do its job. It would work for like an hour- then nothing. So, nope will not ever repurchase.


Nexxus City Shield Shampoo and Conditioner 

I received these products for free from Influenster. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the scent. I also do not think that they perform well enough to cost $19 each. Will not be purchasing.


CVS Makeup Remover Wipes

I really enjoyed these wipes. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near a CVS now. What is your favorite makeup removing wipe??

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

The scent of this stuff….I cannot stand it! I believe I got this ages ago in a Birch Box. It didn’t do anything for my acne anyway. Will not be purchasing this Serum.

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask

I really enjoyed this mask, and thought the fit was great. Unfortunately, Tony Moly is not a cruelty free brand. Therefore, I will not be purchasing this mask again.

That’s all my Empties for this month! Not to much, but that’s ok! What did you use up this month? Comment below!!

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My recent beauty empties AKA: The ones that did not get thrown away while I was moving

Hello everyone!

We are going to start this post, with a picture of a delicious raspberry margarita I had today. It is one of my favorite drinks, and empties posts are one of my favorite posts. It seemed fitting.

As my title explains, these are the products that made it through my move a little over a month ago, plus what I continued to use up, up until now. 

In shower products:


Now that I no longer have a significant other #singleswag, I can buy whatever products I want. So I am working even harder on weeding out any products that are not completely cruelty free. It feels good to not be wasting money, and to really be moving these products out of my stash. 

Dove gentle exfoliating soap bar: I always wash my face with a bar soap after I use micellar water, and before cleansing. My grandmother stock piles these. I believe I have a few more left, but I have found a great alternative for my face, in the Nubian Heritage Exfoliating Facial Bar (I believe it is called).

Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and conditioner minis: I have no idea how I even came to own these. Nothing too awesome. Wouldn’t purchase again even if I liked it.

Bath and Body Works Cherry Blossom body wash: I really need help. Is BBW cruelty free?! So far I am thinking it is not. I love this scent and how soft the body wash makes my skin.

Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter body wash mini: I am 99% positive I got this in a pinch me Box ages ago. Did not like the scent. Apparently this is the soap my mother actually buys though. In case you were wondering a different perspective.

Tuscan Hills Vanilla Almond body wash: There was no scent to this. Did nothing for my skin. Pretty sure this came in a Christmas gift set.

Clean and Clear Moring Burst face wash mini: Even if clean and clear was cruelty free I wouldn’t buy this. I didn’t like the little beads in it. Nor did I like the scent. I did nothing to improve my skin.

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo: UGH, how I wish herbal essence was cruelty free. So many great scents, and I find that their products actually work. I had used this Shampoo all through out high school. (Which was only four years ago!) Still a bit nostalgic though.

Random beauty products 


Biobelle #primer sheet mask: I have a review for this if you are interested. It was the post before this one. Little hint, I love it!

Dermalogica Daily Microdermabrasion mini: I love this powdery stuff! It actually felt like it removed all the dead skin! Why does the full size have to be so expensive?

Burts Bees Facial Cleansinf Towelettes travel pack: I think these also came from pinchme? I love them. I have purchased them before, may again.

Batista Tropical dry shampoo: I think all the fragrance in this was really bad for my scalp eczema. I do love the original though! 

Hygiene products:


Schmidt’s Rose Vanilla Deodorant: I love this stuff and will be buying it again. 10/10 recommended by me!

Dove men’s mineral sage Deodorant: This was actually sent to my ex to try. But I needed Deodorant so I took it instead. It was nice when I was in need. 

BBW hand sanitizer in peppermint candy cane:  I really dislike this scent, but I had it so I wanted to use it up.

Home fragrance:


Mainstays Cranberry Mandarin candle: My all time favorite scent. I always have back ups of it. It’s a beautiful, fruity scent. And I love it all year round. 

BBW wall flower bergamot waters: I really enjoy this scent. If BBW was CF I would totally purchase it again.

Makeup


Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Concealer: I believe I said in my initial review that this was not my favorite Concealer. That initial opinion still stands. Probably will not purchase against 

Smash Box Photo Finish eye Primer “light”: this was a sample (obviously). I hated it. It seemed like it made my lids crease more. Would not spend the money on it.

Anastasia Brow Wiz “taupe”: I kept the packing for my new one, because my finished one got tossed. But, I will gladly continue to pay the $20ish on this product. It’s the only way I can make my brows look decent!

Alright y’all that’s it for tonight! Thank you so much for reading. What have you used up recently? 

What is a produc you think I must try? Which subscription service should I bring back? PLEASE comment below!

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June 2017 Beauty empties! 

I swear I am trying to get better on posting again! 

I have just been having a hard time with stuff lately ( though it has sparked the idea for a video series.) So, any type of creativity I have has been stifled lately. 

In the mean time….check out my empties video! Here!!!!!!!
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May 2017 Beauty Empties

This month I am not going to be doing a video this month, so I am going to try to relay all my thoughts on these products through a post, wish me luck! 😂


Marshmallow Fireside Wall Flower: This scent was really nice and warm. I am trying not to purchase from Bath and body works any longer.

Repurchase: Probably not.

Molly Rose Lip Scrub: I love lip scrubs and I got this one in a vegan Cuts box. I really dislike the packaging of this though. I have tried other products from this small company and I really want to try more! 

Repurchase: No, because of the packaging. 

Ralph Lauren Tender Romance Sample: I hated this. The smell did not mix well with my body chemistry. Would not purchase.

Smash box Photo Finish Primer: I have a million samples of this primer, and I love it. But, it is really expensive…

Repurchase: Nope, too expensive.

Pacifica Transcendent Concealer Light: This is the lightest shade, but it is sadly too dark for me. It is also pretty oily.

Repurchase: No, it’s much too dark for me.


Men Degree Dry Protection: This is a Josiah empty! He liked it enough I guess. 😂 he did purchase a different one though. 


Sexx Bomb bath bomb: I got this at Mel’s Candles and I love it!!! It smells great and made my skin feel amazing.

Essence Clear Mascara: I used this to set my brows, it was alright.

Repurchase: Maybe after I go through the tons of  Brow gel I have now. 

Cover girl Clump Crusher Mascara: Another non-cruelty free item down!

Repurchase: Nope, it is not cruelty free. 

Odacite black cumin and cajeput serum sample: This sample came in a Petit Vour box. It was nice, but I don’t think I was able to use it enough to form any type of impression of it.

Purchase: Probably not, it is a little pricey.


I actually didn’t use up any of these three products, they were just expired. Would not purchase any of it again..

Proactive products: I didn’t like either of these products. They really irritated my skin. They are so old I do not even remember how I came about owning them. 

L’Oréal Smooth intense Cream: This product made my hair really oily, and I was not a big fan of the scent it had.


Tuscan Hills Vanila Almond Sugar Scrub: This was part of a set I got for Christmas from my best friend. It smelt amazing! But, this was just a Gel with what felt like beads in it… no Scrub to it at all.

Repurchase: No, it didn’t do anything.

Pai Rose Hip Serum: I have heard a lot of hype about this Serum, I have a review coming up soon, so I am not going to say anymore!

Ulta Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads: I got these as a freebie. They were perfect for travel! 

Purchase: Yes! Awesome product. 

Aloepure Time Repair Serum: I got this in a BoxyCharm and it lasted me quite a while. I loved it for day and night.

Repurchase: I have a ton of moisturizer to go through right now, but maybe I will repurchase this one from aloe pure once I make a dent in my back stock.

Herbal Transdermal Deep Pore Mineral Toner: I got this Toner in a Vegan Cuts box and love it! I am so sad it is all gone.

Repurchase: Yes, best toner I have used.

Pocket Back Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin: the smell of this, omg, it is perfect. But, BBW is on my no shop list 😢. 

Stink Bug Naturals Tangerine Spice Deodorant: The smell of this is really sweet, but still spicy. Unfortunately, it did not help me keep my underarm odor at bay. But, I have heard there is a transition period of detox that your pits go through when changing to natural deodorant. 

Repurchase: Maybe, once I go through the few I have. 


BBW Sensual Body Wash: The smell of this soap is delicious. Unfortunately, my skin didn’t like it and it broke me out.

Repurchase: No.

Batiste dry shampoo “bare”: I want to try other dry shampoos. This one is good, I just want to try something new. What is your favorite dry shampoo?

Repurchase: yes, but later down the road. 

Dove Dry Spray Deodorant: This was my last non natural Deodorant!!! I’m glad it is gone, I did not like it. I only used it at night because it did literally nothing.

Repurchase: Nope.


Luxe by Mr. Bubble bubble bath: I went through a faze and fell back in love with the Mr. Bubble bubble bath. I bought a ton of stuff from their adult line. 

Repurchase: No, I am having too much fun with bath products from small and natural companies.

Studio 34 nail polish remover: Works fine. 

Repurchase: if it is the cheapest one when I need a new bottle.

L’Oréal Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo: I got this line from Influenster. It was nice. I have a really itchy scalp, this actually helped. 

Repurchase: No, L’Oréal is not cruelty free.

Suave Coconut Conditioner: This is what Josiah was using as a conditioner and I used it as a shave cream.

Repurchase: No, my grandma stick piles shampoo and conditioner, I just use what I am gifted. 


Baby wipes: I get these for a dollar and use them to remove swatches. Not much to say about them. 

Repurchase: Maybe when I run out of the wipes I’m using now. 

Konjac Sponge Co. Sponge: This was probably the best konjac sponge I have used. It was infused with charcoal.

Repurchase: already have! 

Briogeo Don’t Dispair Repair Hair Mask: I like this product a lot, and have gone through a ton of samples. I have an old review of it actually! 

Purchase: Probably not, there is a cheaper one I like just as much! 

Treseme Beautiful Volune Shampoo and Conditioner: I went through some of these samples last month as well. I don’t like this system for my hair type. 

Purchase: No.

Living Proof Restore Hair Treatment: I had heard good things about this treatment, but it did nothing for me. Smelled nice though.

Purchase: No.


Epielle Charcoal Sheet Mask: I got a pack of these for $2 at Big Lots. I had some in my Empties last month as well. 

Repurchase: Maybe, if I find out the brands CF status. 

Yes to Cucumbers Calming Mask: this mask had a really strong chemical smell, and it made my nose super red…

Repurchase: No

Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Mask: I am really enjoying this sheet mask. It works great for hormonal break outs.

Repurchase: Already have. 

Ulta Anti Aging Papaya Mask: I enjoyed this mask, it fit really well.

Repurchase: not this specific one.

That’s everything I used up this month!! 

What did you use up this month? What is your favorite dry shampoo? Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.

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