Thank goodness, June was a big month for me for using up beauty products, especially ones that I’ve had for a while. I look forward to recycling all these bottles and jars!
So here’s the scoop on what I thought about each of the empties and whether I think they’re repurchase-worthy.
EO Clarifying Formula Shampoo, Lemon Verbena
I bought this 32 oz. size pump bottle of EO Clarifying Formula Shampoo at Marshalls for $9.99 several years ago. The lemon verbena scent was heaven. The clarifying formula worked very well to really clean my hair. But I don’t use a clarifying formula every time I shampoo, so it literally took me years to finish this up. In fact, I wondered whether it was still safe to use since there are no parabens or preservatives that I could identify in it. It didn’t smell bad or change color, so I assumed it was OK.
I love this shampoo, but I don’t intend to repurchase it right away because I still have a Just Natural Clarifying Shampoo that I received for review several months ago to finish up. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again, though I wouldn’t buy the 32 oz. size because it’s just too big. That size would be great for a family!
I discovered Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo last year while I was searching for a shampoo that was safe for color-treated hair to replace my former favorite, Sebastian Color Ignite Shampoo for Single Tone Color-Treated Hair that was being reformulated. I reviewed it here a while back, and I’ve mentioned it in previous empties posts. After a few years of being unavailable, the Sebastian Color Ignite Shampoo is back, but I’m not. Briogeo has stolen me away!
Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo cleans my hair very well without stripping it. I like a shampoo that makes a good lather, and Briogeo does that very well.
Recommend? I strongly recommend this shampoo. I think it’s great!
I recently reviewed several Lindi Skincare products for sensitive, very dry or stressed skin (review here). As I mentioned in that review and in an empties post a month or so ago, Lindi Eye Hydrator is the perfect eye gel for me because I have dry eye and blepharitis. My red eyelids and surrounding skin are often inflamed, and I have had such a hard time finding something to make my eye area feel better. Lindi Eye Hydrator is the only eye cream or gel that really does that for me. It’s a thick gel that requires just a tiny amount to cover my eyelid and area up to my eyebrows. This product is a staple for me. There’s nothing to replace it. Thankfully, I’ve been able to keep using the 25% discount code with free shipping that Lindi Skin provided for my post. I’m on my third jar!
Recommend? Yes, but for those with very dry skin.
Before I became a beauty blogger, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream was my go-to moisturizer. I believe that Olay Regenerist really gives you bang for your buck, especially since it is available at Costco now. I also liked the fact that this heavy duty moisturizer contains niacinamide, an anti-aging ingredient that I think is important. Niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, to keep skin from drying out, treat uneven skin tone, fight wrinkles, and help fade acne scars. And Olay Regenerist was one of the first to include this ingredient. I also liked the deep red jar that the product came in.
Because I get sent a ton of skincare products to try out for review, I don’t use Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream nearly as much as I used to. I still have another unopened jar waiting in the wings from a duo that I purchased at Costco ages ago.
The fact that it contains parabens could be a deal-breaker for some women.
Recommend? Yes with reservations… For those with dry, aging skin who are looking for an affordable, effective moisturizer that’s readily available in stores and don’t mind moisturizer in a jar or parabens.
I thought I was getting a great deal the last time I stocked up on Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover at Ulta because the price seemed to be so much lower than I had paid last time. When I got home, I realized that the bottle was about half the size of the ones I had bought previously! My guess is that was an easy way to raise the price without the consumer noticing. 🙁
Nevertheless, I still like Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover because it doesn’t burn my sensitive eyes and skin. I’ve got a couple more of these smaller size bottles (3.4 fl. oz.) stockpiled.
Recommend? Yes but for those who do not use waterproof eye makeup.
When I was sent a full size Exuviance skincare product for review a couple of months ago, they included a deluxe sample size (2 fl. oz.) Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel. In my mini-review of the cleansing gel, I reported that I liked it, and I still do. In fact, I’m sad that I’ve used up the sample.
Although I really like the gentle Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery cream cleanser that I’m using now, I turned to the Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel when my skin was really dirty, i.e. after jogging or gardening. It’s a gentle but very thorough cleanser. It makes just the right amount of lather. It smells great, like tutti-frutti, similar to Bliss Cleanser but without the exfoliating beads that concern me in the Bliss Cleanser.
I have a lot of cleansers that I need to use up, but eventually I will buy a full size Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel. I think it would be perfect for all skin types.
Gillette Satin Care Olay Shave Gel
I mentioned the Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel in my empties post a couple of months ago. This was the last bottle of shave gel from an 8 pack with a 20% bonus amount in each bottle that I bought at Costco some time ago. I liked this shave gel a lot, very creamy and hydrating. I strongly recommend it if you have dry skin.
I’m sad that Costco didn’t have it in stock the past few times I was there. In fact, they didn’t have any women’s shave gel in stock. Boo hoo. It really is a good deal to buy it there in bulk. Hope they’ll get it back soon. I want to repurchase!!
I received a bunch of Beecology skincare products during the winter for review, and I liked them all. The Beecology Original Honey Hand & Body Cream really worked well for my dry skin this winter. It is very thick, shea butter-based cream that is very hydrating but takes a bit of work to sink in (like all shea butter-based creams).
I have a ton of body butters and lotions to use up so I don’t intend to buy more right now, but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it in the future.
Recommend? Yes for those with very dry skin.
Oh was I sad to see this deluxe sample of H2O Plus Hand and Nail Cream come to an end! I recently reviewed this hand cream here. I love this stuff because it really works for my dry hands but it’s not the least bit greasy. I’ll definitely buy more of this once I finish up some other hand creams that I already have.
Recommend? Enthusiastically yes!
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick, shade “Get Ready”
I got a deluxe sample of Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in a pretty deep rose pink/mauve shade, Get Ready, in an ipsy bag last year. This sample really hooked me. I loved its hydrating, creamy formula so much that I bought a full size in the sample shade as well as in another shade, and I wrote a full review here. I carried the sample in my purse makeup bag, and it’s finally used up.
Recommend? Yes, for sure!
My first Scentbird fragrance (review here) chosen for me based on my survey results and the fragrances that I wear was Oriental Lace by Oscar De La Renta. Although I wore Oscar many years ago when it first came out, I hadn’t kept up with the De La Renta fragrances and I had never heard of Oriental Lace. This scent really grew on me. I love oriental scents, but this one is more feminine, lighter, slightly powdery, and a bit sweeter than the ones I often wear. Now I love it, and I’m so sad that I finished up the 15 ml sample that Scentbird sent. Right now, I can’t afford to buy a bottle, but I may try to see if I can get another sample from Scentbird through my 3 month subscription.
Recommend? Great for those who like oriental fragrances
When I purchased a bottle of my favorite Musc Ravageur by Frederick Malle at Barney’s several months ago, the fabulous salesman gave me a whole bunch of luxury perfume samples. Serge Lutens’ Chergui was one of them. At first sniff, I thought it was too masculine and I never wore it.
About a month ago, I was spending time on Fragrantica.com, a fabulous site for fragrance enthusiasts or anyone searching for a new scent to try. Fragrantica.com recommended Chergui for those who like Musc Ravageur, and I remembered the little 1 ml sample that I had put away in my lingerie drawer. I sprayed some on, and the dry-down really got me. I plan to do a full review on this scent soon.
After I finished up this sample a couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a discount coupon on one of the fragrance sites, and I bought a full bottle of Chergui. Love it!
Recommend? For those who tend toward luxury fragrances, gender neutral scents and something out of the ordinary
So that’s my empties list for June. How ’bout you? Did you use up any beauty products?