Sunday, March 31, 2013

Empties: Products I have used up - Vol. 1

Before you think I have a screw loose for keeping my trash and sharing it with you - think about how insightful it can be to check out products that people are actually using on a regular basis.  What better way to know what a face soap, shampoo, or makeup item is like then to see exactly what I have used to the end and what I thought about it.

Yup, I keep my empties...
 From left to right: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo and Conditioner, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shampoo and Conditioner, John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner.

The Sheer Blonder line was just ok for me - I didn't notice any real difference with my blonde hair getting lighter.  Towards the end of it's life I noticed my hair getting drier and drier and felt sort of straw like after blow drying.  The Frizz-Ease was a welcome change and made my hair softer after the first use.  After many uses though I noticed my hair getting oily and needed a clarifying shampoo at times to get rid of build-up. 

 Left to right: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser and Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

I love the Morning Burst and have used it everyday for years - it doesn't break me out and is really refreshing in the shower.  I thought I would shake things up a bit and try out the Biore line. I won't repurchase this as it broke me out and dried out my skin.

 Center: Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Beauty Bar, Left to Right: Secret Cocoa Butter Kiss Deodorant, Suave Advanced Therapy lotion, and St. Ives Apricot Scrub

I switch back and forth between liquid body soaps and this here bar of soap.  I actually prefer the bar of soap because of it's ease, the scent, and it doesn't dry out my skin.  I go through these a lot and will repurchase. The deodorant is also my tried and true - I love the scent and do not deviate.  Don't buy the Suave lotion. Period. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub works wonders on removing dry skin and I really like using it on my face (lightly!). Some people just use it on their body because of how intense the exfoliant is, but I have sensitive skin and I use it on my face. 

Target Up and Up Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes (Compare to Ponds Clean Sweep type) 

I use these every night - this brand usually, and I love it!  I am trying out the actual Ponds brand now and really like these as well.  Because of the price, the scent and how well it takes off my makeup, I will continue to repurchase these. 

 Top: Mario Badescu Drying Mask - Bottom: Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair

The drying mask was a sample that I enjoyed.  I don't think it's worth the price though and will not purchase.  It's like any other clay mask that dries out your skin - there are cheaper versions that I can use.  The Blue Copper 5 item was from Birchbox. It didn't firm anything or make anything more elastic. 

Left to right: TRESemme Tres Two Hairspray and Big Sexy Hairspray

I've used a bottle of hairspray or two in my day and the best and only brand that I buy is the TRESemme Tres Two Spray.  My hair moves after using this.  The Big Sexy Hairspray made my hair feel like a helmet - a big ol' helmet of hard hair. 

Le me know if you have tried out any of these products and what you thought about them in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. That's quite a bit of products! :-) I haven't tried any of these myself though.


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