A trip through my trash

I always enjoy watching “empties” videos on YouTube – it’s fun to see what people actually use and use up!  So here are some of my empties for the last couple months – plus one product that hit the trash can BEFORE it was empty.  I didn’t include everything, but here are a few of the more interesting items (or so I think!).

Candles!

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I get most of my candles at Bath and Body Works, and always on sale.  I’m way too cheap to ever pay full price, nor should you! They go on sale quite often, and I take advantage of those sales, often combining coupons and promo codes to get even more off 🙂  These three – Warm Caramel Cider, Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding, and Cranberry Woods were all SO nice.  I’d definitely repurchase any or all of them.

lotionOn the left, Bath and Body Works Lavender & Vanilla “Sleep” lotion. I just love this stuff. I keep it on my bedside table and moisturize my hands at bedtime – plus, the aroma is supposed to be relaxing and help you sleep. Don’t know if I agree with that, but I do love the smell and have repurchased many times.   In the middle, my favorite eye make up remover – Equate Oil Free.  This stuff is a great dupe for the more expensive Neutrogena oil free liquid. I love it and will buy it over and over and over.  On the right, the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes. I get these in bulk at Costco. I’ve heard that the Costco brand are just as good, but haven’t tried them yet.

lotion2More goodies…. Left – The Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom hand cream.  Great stuff, super moisturizing, and I love the scent.  Back – an empty pack of Dollar Tree cotton rounds.  I have seen YouTube gurus carry on about buying this brand or that brand of cotton rounds (most ridiculously expensive), but I stick with the dollar store stuff. It works just fine!  Right – Soap and Glory’s “The Righteous Butter” body moisturizer.  Soap and Glory is more of a UK brand, I think. I got this from Sephora online and really like it.  One thing to remember about Soap and Glory – many of their products have a distinctive smell.  I think it’s nice, but if you don’t like it, you won’t like their stuff.  It’s strong!  The tub of body butter is totally empty, but I can still smell it if I open it, even now!  Bottom – Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara.  As a self-confessed mascara junkie, when all the hype came out about this mascara, I caved and bought some.  It’s nice, but it’s a fairly wet formula, so you have to be careful with it, especially when it is new.  To top that off, the brush is huge and there is definitely a learning curve when using it. I won’t be re-purchasing this. It’s nice, but nothing “earth shattering” in my humble opinion, and NOT cheap, either.

shampooYou may be wondering what the heck the stuff is in the above photo!  Let me explain.  Sometimes I answer surveys online for a little extra $$.  Well, they don’t actually pay me money, but if you answer enough surveys, you can earn a ten or twenty dollar Amazon gift card (or other things as well).  One of the surveys I was involved in was a shampoo/conditioner survey.  The company sent me a bottle of each, and I had to report back to them twice – once after a couple weeks of use, and once after a month.  I still to this day have NO IDEA what type of shampoo or conditioner this is!  I used it all up, and really enjoyed it for the most part.  The shampoo was particularly nice, but since I STILL DON’T KNOW what it is, I can’t buy any!!  Crazy.  Oh well.  This is the 2nd time I reviewed shampoo/conditioner for the online survey people.  It’s kind of fun.  If you are at all interested, you can sign up yourself and give it a try. If you click on my link and sign up, I get a tiny reward ($1 per person, up to a max of a whopping $5 !!)  – Opinion Outpost.

Now, for my MAJOR FAIL product:

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This is  Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.  Oh. My. Gosh.  This stuff is simply nasty!  You can see that the bottle is still mostly full.  That’s because when I used it, it burnt the heck out of my eyes!  There is truly nothing gentle about this liquid whatsoever!  I bought this some time ago (before my love affair with Equate liquid began) and thought I ought to use it up!  Well, there is simply NO WAY I can use this.  It’s gone head first into the dust bin!! Horrible item which seriously ought to be removed from the market.

Okay, that’s it for this episode of “a trip through my trash”!!  Because I am a cat lover and can’t resist, I’m inserting a pic of my baby, Jinx the cat.  He says, “Merry Christmas”!! 🙂

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August Empties, Four “Bravos” and Two “Boo’s”

I haven’t done an “empties” post for some time… I guess that’s because I was otherwise busy preparing for, living through, and recovering from my hip replacement surgery.  It’s been 8 weeks since the big operation and I’m feeling lots better these days.  I can even go shopping at more than one store in a day again – hubby is fearful since he’s well aware I’m in need of some serious retail therapy!  Having my hip replaced is truly giving me my life back.  ONWARD to the subject at hand!!

Here are some things I finished recently….

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I finally finished off my Victoria’s Secret body wash in “Amber Romance”,  a bottle of Victoria’s Secret body lotion in “Amber Romance” and a small container of Bath & Body Works “White Citrus” shower gel.  I totally love the Amber Romance scent!  I have several other items in the same scent that will show up on my empties at some point in the future 🙂  White citrus is nice also, but I think of it more of a summer scent.

I also used up a tub of strawberry-banana body butter by some obscure company that I can’t remember – and I never did take a photo of it.  I wish I had.  That stuff was incredible and honestly smelled good enough to eat!

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I recently sprayed the final spray in a mini-size of the cologne shown above, Elizabeth Arden’s “Untold”.  Strange thing (or maybe not so strange), Untold reminds me a bit of Amber Romance.  The website describes it as “sparkling pink pepper, fused with crisp Bergamont”. Okay.  To me it just smells sort of soft, musky, sweet, and good!

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No surprise, I used another box of my favorite home hair color, L’Oreal Excellence in 6RB, Light Medium Auburn. Love this stuff.  It’s easy to use and gives consistently nice results.  At about $8.99 a box, I’ll keep buying it as long as they keep making it!

On to some favorite products from the past months….

I discovered this MAC lipstick this summer and don’t hear that much about it on blogs or YouTube from the beauty “gurus”.  It’s “Fanfare”!

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I love it!  I think it’s a perfect blend of rose and peachy coral tones.  It’s MAC’s cremesheen finish, which is so smooth and easy to wear.  Here’s a pic of me, sporting “Fanfare”.

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Another favorite I’ve worn nearly every day that I wear make up is:

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Tarte’s “Lights, Camera, Lashes” mascara.  I could bloviate a LONG time about why I love this stuff so much.  It thickens, it lengthens, it does not go on clumpy, and it stays all day – even though it’s NOT waterproof.  It’s also easy to remove at the end of the day. This is the first and only high end mascara I have ever tried that I think is actually superior to the better drug store mascaras. I’ll definitely repurchase, once it’s gone.

Another item I have used just about every day is:

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Tarte’s Skinny Smoldereyes eye liner pencil in “Sunstone Bronze”.  I don’t own many high end liners (two, to be exact!) but I’m glad I splurged on this one.  This glides on so smoothly and will “set” and STAY shortly after applying it.  It doesn’t set too fast, though. You can still use the smudger tip end and smudge out the line if you’d like.  I love the color because it’s gorgeous and not as harsh as black.  Yes, it’s a winner in my book!

The last “like” is my set of 6 stretchy head bands – and this hairdo that I sort of came up with, using one of them:

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It’s been pretty warm and humid in our neck of the woods, so this summer it’s been a relief to get my hair up off my neck.  I did this “do” with just my stretchy headband and about 6 bobby pins.  I love the colorful stretchy headbands that I picked up at Dollar Tree for… yes, you guessed it, a buck.  Six in the package for a dollar, all different colors.  Gotta love it!!   Oh, my lipstick in this photo is Revlon’s Lip butter in “Tutti Frutti”. It’s not everyday I wear orange lipstick – but today was one of those days! 🙂

Now for the “Boo’s”.  Boo number one is……

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Almay CC Cream.  I bought this stuff last summer on a buy one get one 50% off deal where I also purchased my much loved Get up and Grow mascara.  The mascara is a huge hit!!  The CC cream is NOT!  I gave it many opportunities to work for me, but it just didn’t.  It always felt slimy and greasy on my face.  If you forgot and moisturized before putting this cream on, it was almost like an oil slick. I do NOT have oily skin… yet this product sure made me feel like I did.  The other nasty thing about this item was that it began to separate!  I would squeeze some out onto my hand or fingers and part was the pigment and part would be a weird oily substance.  I tried shaking it up prior to use, and it still wasn’t right. I gave up and threw this little lovely into the rubbish bin!  Right where it belongs.  I won’t miss you, Almay CC Cream!!

For my last “Boo”…..

spring candle Bath and Body Works Candle in the scent of “Spring”.  Whoa!  I can’t believe I’m dissing a B & BW candle at all!  I love most of them and own quite a few different scents.  BUT. This candle is so harsh and so strong… it really fooled me. When I first smelled it in the store, I loved it. So I bought it.  But seriously, as this candle burns the smell gets stronger and stronger and literally begins to nauseate me. I can’t describe it, but it’s nasty.  Since these candles are NOT cheap (I get them on the 2 for $22 sales), I hesitate to just toss it out.  So, I’ve been burning it outside this summer.

That’s it for this time around.  I’m so excited we’re approaching Autumn here in the Northwest!  I am even looking forward to rainy days and making some pots of warming soups. It’s my favorite time of year!   Here’s our kitty, Jinx….

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Jinx says he’s looking forward to days spent laying in front of the fireplace or heat dish!  🙂  See you next time!!!