Empties #1!

It’s not very often that I accumulate a lot of empties, only because I forget to keep them and just throw them out. BUT, I was actually able to remember to keep them just for this post! So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Compilation of all the empty products that I’ve used in the past few months

You’re going to be getting A LOT of make up remover wipes, and when I mean A LOT, I mean almost this whole post will be overwhelming with empty make up remover wipes. I use a lot of wipes, whether its for removing certain parts of my make up and fixing them, wiping down my arm after swatches or removing all my make up at the end of the day, they’re always in stock in my washroom cabinet.

To make this post a lot more organized, I’ll be splitting up the products into categories according to their purpose and listing what the product is supposed to do, my thoughts on the product and would I repurchase or purchase a full size of the product.

Make Up Wipes

Working my way from left to right, we’ll start off with my all time favourite make up wipes.

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Empty Make Up Wipes (L-R): Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Too Cool For School Kazkaza Cleansing Wipes, Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Wipes, Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes.

1. Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes (Original Fresh)

Purpose: Remove impurities and gently lift away make up.
Thoughts: These are my all time favourite make up remover wipes. They don’t leave any sticky unwanted residue feeling on the face after removal and don’t sting my eyes when I’m removing eye make up. Each pack consists of 30 towelettes (15.2 cm x 18.5 cm), and I’ve never had an issue with them drying out on me even though the packaging could use some reinforcement. They go on sale fairly often and do a great job of removing all my make up.
Repurchase? Absolutely, I’ve probably gone through 10 packs of these already. While, I would purchase these at their regular price of $12.99 CAD, I like to try out wipes I haven’t tried before, so I usually won’t purchase these until they’re $4.99-6.99 CAD on sale.

2. Too Cool For School Kazkaza Cleansing Wipes

Purpose: Pre-moistened cleansing wipes that provide deep cleansing and hydration. Removes any debris as well as waterproof makeup.
Thoughts: My first immediate thought was that this smelled like bug spray. While, I love how small and easy this pack is for travelling (20 sheets), I didn’t dare use it around my eyes because the scent itself already made my nose cringe and my eyes water. I do like the packaging having a thicker sort of plastic cover to seal in all the moisture and keep the sheets from drying out. It did the job of removing make up but left a sticky residue on my face, which I’m not a fan of.
Repurchase? If I was desperately in need of make up wipes and this was the only thing available. But, I would definitely not repurchase these. For $7.50 CAD, I’d rather go to the drugstore and pick something up there.

3. Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes

Purpose: To remove dirt and make up
Thoughts: Straight up, the packaging is huge compared to all the other wipes that I’ve used. The sheets are larger at 14.6 cm x 19.1 cm and it comes with 30 alcohol-free, textured cloths. The fragrance, I didn’t mind, it was quite floral, but I found it stinging my eyes a bit but not to the point where I wouldn’t remove my eye make up with it. They left a slight residue but not to the point where I minded a lot.
Repurchase? While, it’s not my first choice of wipes to repurchase, I do like that they’re a larger size, and accessible at the drugstore. They also go on sale quite a bit so I would pick these up again if Pond’s were sold out.

4. Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Wipes

Purpose: Cleanse and purify the face, neck and eyes. Effectively remove makeup and waterproof mascara.
Thoughts: Did not remove waterproof mascara, unless my mascara is just crazy about being waterproof that it won’t budge at all. I found these wipes to slowly dry out as I went through the package and the scent wasn’t very appealing. However, they did the job but made my face feel sticky at the end.
Repurchase? Probably not, I tried these out because I hadn’t heard anything about them and they were on sale. While they did the trick, I wasn’t a fan of the wipes drying out.

5. Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes

Purpose: Effectively removes eye make up with a single towelette.
Thoughts: They’re so affordable and you can get such a big pack of them because they’re from Costco. But, they sting the eyes, and I don’t like the residue of stickiness it leaves on my face and I’m not a fan of the smell. To me, they smell chemically and floral at the same time (?)
Repurchase? If I was super desperate and at Costco, then I would pick these up. But mostly, I just use these to wipe off any swatches on my arms because a lot of wipes get used up with those photos and I’m not a fan of using these on my face.

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Empty Make Up Wipes (L-R): Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Too Cool For School Kazkaza Cleansing Wipes, Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Wipes, Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes.

I think it’s pretty evident which wipes are my favourite out of these empty packages. However, I’m still testing out some new ones, so look forward to some new make up wipe reviews in the future! Moving onto the next category!

Body

I grouped all of these together because they contribute to some part of my body and well, they’re basically the only bottle/container products I have in this empties post.

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Empty Body Products (L-R): Dove Nourishing Body Wash, Clear Scalp & Hair Damage Resist Shampoo, Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Conditioner, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.

1. Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Almond Cream with Hibiscus

Purpose: Softer, smoother skin after one shower.
Thoughts: This smells so good and the formulation is super creamy, however I’m not too sure I came out of the shower feeling very moisturized (moisturized enough though!) and my skin didn’t feel softer or smoother. I love the wide range of scents that Dove has in their body wash, and that it does the job as a body wash.
Repurchase: I tend to purchase these when they have a buy 3 for $5.00 CAD sort of deal, and I usually purchase one of each scent that interests me only to change it up. So I would probably repurchase these when another sale arises.

2. Clear Scalp & Hair Active Damage Resist Shampoo

Purpose: Deeply nourish scalp and rebuild resilience of dry and weak fibres damaged by heat and chemicals.
Thoughts: My hair isn’t very prone to breakage but I do apply heat products to it on an almost everyday basis. I really liked how well this shampoo lathered in my hair and how it didn’t feel like it was striping my hair of any moisture. It cleaned my hair and didn’t leave any residue.
Repurchase: Clear is one of my favourite hair care brands from the drugstore. I literally stocked up on these products because I’m pretty sure they’re being discontinued at Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart.

3. Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Conditioner

Purpose: Deeply nourish scalp, and make hair resilient to dryness for soft, silky tresses.
Thoughts: I religiously use this shampoo and conditioner, and have for the past year and a half (maybe longer?) My hair always feels clean after using these products and I tend to leave the conditioner in my hair for about 3 minutes before rinsing it out. As an active heat appliance user, my hair hasn’t felt dry or out of moisture since using this product and my hair is definitely not as frizzy and unmanageable as it used to be prior to introducing these products into my life.
Repurchase? You know it, I’ve got about 3 bottles of each shampoo and conditioner in my drawer because I’m pretty sure it’s being discontinued.

4. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

Purpose: Gently exfoliate to reveal smooth skin.
Thoughts: I used to use this on my face back when I thought my acne was “bad”. I eventually stopped because I thought the grains were too coarse and actually made my acne-prone skin worse. I ended up using this to exfoliate my legs prior to shaving. This product tends to go on sale quite a bit, and I picked up this tub for about $3.99 CAD at the drugstore. It has lasted me a good 6 months and has definitely made my legs a lot smoother and nicer looking. It does make the tub look gross though, so be sure to rinse the tub after using.
Repurchase? Yes, because I just use it as an exfoliator for my legs prior to shaving and to ensure the smoothest legs, plus it’s really affordable.

5. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

Purpose: Deep conditioning for damaged hair.
Thoughts: I remember when Canada didn’t carry this product, I literally drove down to the States just to pick it up at Target. It’s changed my hair for the better and every time I use it, I’m still amazed at how soft it can make my hair. I use it about once a week in replacement of conditioner and just leave it in my hair while I wash the rest of my body.
Repurchase? For sure, I’ve probably used about 10 of these by now. They go on sale quite a bit and even at the regular price of about $5.99 CAD, I would still purchase it. But, I know it can go as cheap as $2.50 CAD, so I tend to just stock up when that sale is on.

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Empty Body Products (L-R): Dove Nourishing Body Wash, Clear Scalp & Hair Damage Resist Shampoo, Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Conditioner, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.

Most of these products, I’d repurchase, but I’m still on the market for trying basically everything until I know for sure that there is something that I can replace my dying breed of shampoo and conditioner with. (If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!)

Face Masks

After accumulating a bunch of face mask samples and following the trend of purchasing sheet masks, which I never did before. I’ve finally committed to seeing what the hype is all about with face masks. These are only a few of the ones that I’ve tried and actually remembered to keep the packaging of.

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Used Face Masks (L-R): Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Sheet Mask, Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Charcoal Sheet Mask, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment.

1. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Skin-Friendly Nanoskin Sheet Mask

Purpose: Strengthens skin’s natural protective barrier and provides moisture.
Thoughts: This was a fun mask, it was super slimy and creamy feeling. It didn’t have a horrible smell but the smell wasn’t super comforting either. I left it on for 15-20 minutes and patted in the left over serum until my face was fully dry. It left a bit of a sticky residue but not enough to bother me. The sheet also fit nicely on my face and I think the cut outs were a good size.
Repurchase? Probably since it’s moisturizing and if I was standing in the line of doom at Sephora staring at everything travel sized.

2. Dr. Jart+ Power Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask

Purpose: Purify pores, remove sebum, and to draw out deep-dwelling pore cloggers.
Thoughts: I love that this is a black charcoal sheet mask compared to the traditional white sheet masks. It makes it that much more fun. I definitely didn’t break out as much after this mask, while for the pore side of things, I can’t really tell because my pores aren’t too big to begin with. I’ve repurchased this about 3 times by now, and really enjoy the feeling it leaves on my face.
Repurchase? For sure, I’ve already done so and will probably continue to do so until I find something I like better.

3. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for instant glow

Purpose: A natural beta-hydroxy treatment for an instantly radiant complexion.
Thoughts: Since this was a sample, I didn’t see much of a difference because it was really a one use type of item. It left my face feeling nice and soft but I couldn’t tell you how my acne handled it.
Repurchase? After reading all the positive comments on Sephora, I’m tempted to purchase the full size product to really see if my skin would like it. (Maybe during the next skincare promotion event)

4. & 5. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Purpose: A skin care mask designed to visibly clear the complexion.
Thoughts: I’ve accumulated so many of these samples and have even purchased the 5 x 0.1 oz single use treatments (only because they’re more travel friendly and I’m worried a full size would dry out on me). I definitely think they’ve contributed to the healing of my acne and while, I still haven’t given in and purchased the full size, I’ve collected a lot of samples of this and even travel size deluxe samples of this product.
Repurchase? Probably during a skincare promotion event, but looking at my collection of face masks, I definitely don’t need the full size at this time.

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Used Face Masks (L-R): Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Sheet Mask, Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Charcoal Sheet Mask, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment.

Ever since I actually started using sheet masks and face masks, I’ve really come to enjoy them as a little relaxation time for myself. It doesn’t hurt that they also contribute to the wellness of my skin and my skin hasn’t reacted badly to any of them, so I’ll definitely continue my use of masks.

Face Cleansers

I’ve been really urging myself to stick to a skin routine for the sake of my skin and to make sure I wash all my make up off before going to bed and to wash my face to start off the day. These are some products that I tried out for a few days and a few weeks.

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Used Face Cleansers (L-R): AmorePacific Cleansing Foam, Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel, Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt.

1. AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam

Purpose: Refreshing, water-activated cleanser to gently and effectively remove both makeup and impurities in one step.
Thoughts: I can’t answer you on the makeup removal part because I always use a make up wipe to remove everything first, but I can tell you that this smells AMAZING. I got this as part of the 500-point perk at Sephora after wanting to try AmorePacific products for a while and could never justify the price. This cleanser consists of these little exfoliating beads that melt as you lather it onto your skin. It ends up with your skin smelling great and your skin feeling super soft.
Repurchase? As I’m currently on a Kate Somerville cleanser kick, I wouldn’t purchase it super soon, but would definitely consider dropping the $55.00 CAD on this during a Sephora skincare promotion event.

2. Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel

Purpose: To remove impurities and makeup while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier.
Thoughts: I’m all for cleansing oils, but this was just not something I was a fan of. It didn’t remove my waterproof mascara super well and I found myself reaching for another cleanser to remove the slight residue feel it left on my face.
Repurchase? Probably not, I’m currently on a road of trying different cleansers and don’t find this one to be one that I would like to have in my collection. While, I would consider purchasing the brand’s Make Up Break Up Cleansing Oil, this is not one I would pick up.

3. Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser

Purpose: Gel to remove make up and oil to cleanse the skin.
Thoughts: This did the job for removing make up but not so much eye make up. I found myself having to remove my eye make up with something else prior to using this cleanser. It left a sort of film on the face after cleansing so, another cleanser was brought in for a double cleanse to ensure my face wasn’t left feeling congested with a film on top of it.
Repurchase? Nope. I wasn’t a fan of this product and for the price that it is at full size ($34.00 CAD), I could definitely find something else that would work better for me.

There we have it! My first empties blog post! I’m already onto accumulating products for future blog posts so stay tuned for those!

Are there any products that you’ve tried and have loved? Let me know! I’m always down to try out some new products and to see how much I love them!

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