May to Sep 2015 Product Empties and Review


So yes, as you can see - I've managed to clear up alot of stuff in the past 5 months. I am so guilty of opening multiple bottles of stuff and never finishing it before opening a new one (life of a beauty blogger, my primary excuse). Anyways - I decided to make it a point to finish a majority of the open bottles I had, and I'll attach my thoughts with a brief review below.



Hair Products:
1. Aveda - Air Control
This is a product I continuously use. So far, I have been fortunate enough to not have to buy this as Aveda sometimes sends e-mails out to its clients for free deluxe sized product samples to try. So far, I received 2-3 for the hairspray and one for the handcream. It's a really good way for Aveda to get people to try out their products and come in and purchase it. I have been a long time client of Aveda and would actually continue to buy this regardless. It gives you a medium hold without the crunchiness and hardness that some hairsprays have. I love this!

2. L'oreal - Vitamino Color Protecting Shampoo
Bought this at the hair salon after I decided to ombre my hair this summer. I found that it helped with retaining the color in my hair, however I would not re-purchase this unless I actually have paid alot of money to get my hair dyed at the salon. I typically box-dye my hair so this would be too expensive to purchase on a regular basis. I'd rather spend my money on a hair product that helps with volume or thickening/re-growth.

3. Khlorane - hair thickening spray
Received a sample of this - wasn't a fan. I didn't find that it helped with the volumizing. I actually prefer the below product from Sudzz.

4. Sudzz - Blowout volumizing spray
Bought this at a salon last year and I love it. I spray it at the roots to amplify and give me some volume. It truly works, however it is pricey. I haven't repurchased it since but I might go back to it if I don't find anything similar in the market.

5. OGX - weightleses hydration coconut water shampoo.
Love this product! Second time buying this and will continue to do so. It is light weight and hydrating with a light coconut scent that isn't too obnoxious. LOVE i!


Face Products:
1. Origins - Super Spot Remover
This is my first time trying this product, and I don't think I will be repurchasing it again. I found that it took a while for this product to take effect and have any healing results. I bought this in hopes that it would compare to the old Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel - however it didn't. I was so sad that Clinique changed its formula that I was willing to try everything. Sadly this Origins product did not hold a light to it, and well, I will not be repurchasing it. However, the next product is my holy grail....

2. Indie Lee - Blemish Stick
MY HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT! Everyone who I have introduced this to has LOVED it. Its the best zit zapper in the world. Anytime I feel a bump or irritation on my skin from a potential pimple onset I dab this product onto the problem area and it kills it. It has a doe-foot applicator (just like lipgloss). You only need to dab it over your problem area once, please don't drench yourself in it! I've repurchased this twice (and already have a backup).

3. St Ives - Apricot Scrub
This is a very rough scrub, I only like to use this once a week when I want a good deep cleanse. I use this sometimes when I have alot of blackheads or when I feel my skin getting too oily and I have been breaking out from stress or from hormones. This contains salicylic acid, which aids in combating acne. I will be repurchasing this product again in the future.

4. Cleansing Lotion (from the Japanese store)
I love this product, it's like Micellar water - you just use a cotton pad to wipe this on your face to remove all traces of makeup. Technically you don't have to wash your face again, but I always do! This is my 2nd time re-purchasing this, and I will continue to do so (but not right now).

5. Bliss - Fabulous Face Foaming Wash 
This is my third time using this product - I love it, no questions asked I will continue to use this. It has a light fragrance, light exfoliation beads - it just works and it hydrates your face and gives you a beautiful glow. It's gentle enough for daily use!


Misc Products:
1. Sephora - Purifying Brush Shampoo
I liked this product while it lasted. However I will not be repurchasing this as it really is quite expensive when compared to my new finding which is the Dr. Bronners Castille Soap that you can get at a health food store or certain supermarkets. The Dr. Bronners worked much better than this brush cleaner and it also comes in different scents (added novelty). A little goes a long way with the Dr. Bronners while the Sephora one requires lots of product to get a thorough cleaning.

2. Maybelline - Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Brightening)
I know there is a lot of hype around this product in the beauty field, however I decided to try the brightening version and I hated it. It did nothing for me, in fact it made my under eye area have a greyish tint/hue. I tried this over and under my concealer and it did not work at all. I think next, i'll try the medium shade however the Maybelline Fit Me has been my favorite drugstore concealer right now and I am too hesitant to try anything else right now - lol.

3. Urban Decay - Deslick Makeup Setting Spray
Out of all the Urban Decay primers - this one is my favorite. It works and holds my makeup after a whole day. I however, have recently changed to a cheaper drugstore version - the Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray and I love that product so I will most likely hold off on buying this product for now.

4. Too Faced - Primed and Poreless primer
Liked this product alot, however it has quite a greasy finish. Not greasy in a bad way, it just feels like it doesn't dry to a powder like the Smashbox Pore Filler Primer. I will not be repurchasing this again.

5. Poo-Pourri - Organic Nature's Call
Got this a while bag as a fun thing to try out - did not work. It really only helped in public washrooms when you wanted a deodorizer, but it did nothing in terms of masking any scents.


Body:
1. Dove - Go Fresh Raspberry and Lime Scent
I love this soap, I used it when I was in Hong Kong 3 years ago and saw it at Pacific Mall and had to repurchase it. You know how a scent brings you back to a certain memory or place, well this scent brings me back to my 3 week trip in Asia - Japan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong to name a few cities. This scent was release in Asia only and wasn't released in North America. I guess that's why you can only find it in Pacific Mall.

2. Bath & Body Works - Apple Blossom & Lavender Body Scrub. 
Loved this scrub, it was coarse enough to work its magic all around. However, I will not be repurchasing this product again as the scent was a bit too overwhelming after a while. I find most scents at B&BW too pungent and overwhelming.

What were some of your product empties this month? Would love to hear your thoughts on your own empties, or whether you have tried or are interested in trying anything iIve used up this month.

Until next time - XO, M.

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