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!).



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:


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”!! 🙂




September empties, a fave, and a fail

This month I saved my “empties” to share on the blog.  I enjoy watching “empties” videos on YouTube, but since there is NO way I’m going to start a YouTube channel, I’ll share here 🙂   So, lets get started with a group photo of all the goods….


For me, it’s always a great feeling to finish something off!!  Let’s briefly discuss each item.  Starting from the left and working right, the first is a small bottle of Bath and Body Works “Into the Wild” lotion. This smelled so nice and I liked it a lot. Would I repurchase? Well, I have such a big back up right now of body lotions, that I’d be crazy to buy more right now!  Next are two Origins products.  I love Origins, and these two items are both in the “Grapefruit” scent. The top one is “Body Buffing Cleanser” which I used in the shower.  It’s really nice, thick, and has little micro-beads that help scrub. The Origins tub is Grapefruit “body souffle”. I got both of these as a Christmas gift a couple years back.  I loved the body souffle SO MUCH that I hoarded it and didn’t use it, except for “special occasions”. Dumb, dumb, dumb!  When I opened this tub a short time ago, ready to lather myself in it – I was shocked to smell instantly that the product had gone off.  It smelled so icky.  I am ashamed to admit there was still about 1/4 of the lotion left. It really hurt to throw this out, but heck, I’ve learned a lesson!! EVERY DAY is a special occasion! Use the lotions and potions you love EVERYDAY!  Next to the Origins, in the back, is a Bath and Body works cologne in “Moonlit Path”.  I’ve had this for years and finally finished it off.  Loved the scent, so soft and slightly flowery and a bit musky.  Okay, I’m terrible at describing scents, but it was nice!  In front of that is a Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater shower gel.  I got this as a gift last year and decided to USE IT NOW – before it went off too!  Smelled great, but then I do love roses.  Next to the shower gel is Victoria’s Secret small spray perfume in “Amber Romance”. I know I’ve raved over this scent before, so I won’t do it again, except to say, I love it and will definitely repurchase – someday! The last bottle on the right is Arbonne’s “Phyto Prolief” Natural Balancing Cream. I may be wrong, but I think this cream helps to somewhat reduce the symptoms of menopause, particularly hot flashes. I’ve repurchased this stuff numerous times, and will keep on doing it until I get through this “phase” of my life 🙂  Just for the record, I don’t buy this from Arbonne, but off Ebay for a much more reasonable price.

Next, a fail:  Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”.  I got this a bit over a year ago after watching some of my favorite YouTubers sing it’s praises.  It was a bit too shimmery for me, but I did use it on occasion.  Last week I grabbed it and when I opened it, it didn’t look anything like the photo below.  It was totally dried up!!!  Impossible to use.  So, it went directly into the trash.  What a disappointment.  I do have other shades of Color Tattoo and really like them.  Here’s hoping they don’t dry up as well!


The next item – EOS lip balm in “Melon” also ended up in the trash this past month.  I’d been using this, mostly at bedtime for quite a while. It too started to smell funny, so it joined the Color Tattoo in the trash!  I’ve replaced it with a similar EOS balm, in “Sweet Mint” – love it!


Now for the Fave!  First off, I love autumn – my favorite time of year!  I’m particularly fond of the Fall colors, in clothing, lips, and nails!  I recently picked up a gorgeous new lipstick by Maybelline in their ColorSensational Matte line, called “Touch of Spice”. Matte lips seem to be all the rage this season, so I went to WalMart and spent the $5.50 on a tube.  This is the creamiest, most wearable matte lipstick I own!! It glides on effortlessly!  Here’s a pic of me, sporting “Touch of Spice”:


It’s just a really nice color for Autumn!!  I’ll be wearing it a lot!  Funny thing, I realized I have a lot of lipsticks that are similar in color!  Here’s a swatch:


Yikes!  I guess I REALLY like this color!!  The Plum Rum is the sheerest lipstick, and the Rum Riche is almost exactly the same as the new Touch of Spice, except it’s NOT matte.  Then there’s the Revlon lip butter in “Sugar Plum”.  I love that stuff too – so much that I bought a back up the other day!!

I guess that’s it for this time. Happy Autumn, everyone!!

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….


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!


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!


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”!

fanfare lipstick

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”.

suz Fanfare

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


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:

sunsstone bronze

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:


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……

almay cc

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….


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

May empties, three bravos, and a boo!

May meant a lot of changes for us.  We packed up our motor home for the final time and made our way up the west coast from southern California to Washington State. Please feel free to check out our RV blog that chronicled our trip from January through April across the southern USA at http://www.journalsfromourjourney.blogspot.com .  It was sure good to finally be home again!  So here are some items I used up this past month, several items I discovered and really enjoyed, as well as one I will certainly never repurchase!  Lets get started with five items I finished up this past month:


L’Oreal EverPure Color-care Moisture Shampoo.  I love this line of products by L’Oreal.  I color my hair, and this shampoo is sulfate free and claims to “gently cleanse and revitalize dry hair with essential moisture, leaving hair naturally soft and helping your color shine through”. I’m of the opinion that it pretty much does all that it claims!  I’ll definitely buy this again in the future. Price approx $5.99


Olay Total Effects 7 In One moisturizer + serum.   I don’t hear much – if anything at all – on YouTube about this product.  I’ve been using Olay moisturizers for years but just recently tried this one with the added serum.  I love this stuff!  Not long ago I watched one of my favorite YouTubers talk about her night skin routine.  I think she puts seven different products on her face every night – which is great for her, but there is no way I could be dedicated to a routine like that. Not a chance!  This product works and I’ve already repurchased a couple of backups!  Price approx $18.99

argan oil

Josie Maran Argan Oil, 0.5 ounce.  I have used up two bottles of this and am currently starting on my third.  Here’s what they claim: “A lightweight oil that can be used as a daily moisturizer or treatment for skin, hair, and nails”.  For me, this works like a dream.  I feel like it’s too expensive to use on my hair as some folks do, so I use it as my (one and only) nightly moisturizer after I wash my face. I would say that my skin type is “normal” (not really dry, not really oily) – and this never feels too heavy or “oily” on my skin.  It’s absorbed really quickly, in my humble opinion.  If you do have oily skin, they make a “Light” version – something I can’t vouch for as I haven’t tried it.  I use 3-5 drops from the glass dropper every night on my face and neck.  One bottle will last me at least three months, if not longer.  Price $16 for the 1/2 ounce bottle at Sephora.

almay getup

Almay Get up and Grow Mascara.  I used up a tube of the waterproof, but they do make the regular type as well.  This is one of my most favorite mascaras – drug store OR high end. The brush looks almost exactly like the highly touted “Better Than Sex” mascara by Too Faced.  The formula is perfect, not too wet or too dry.  Simply an awesome mascara that holds a curl and two coats later you’ve got lengthened as well as thickened lashes.  Will definitely get this again!  Price – approx $7.99


Bath and Body Works Cashmere Glow lotion.  Finished this off last week and will definitely get more!!  This has the softest scent, almost musky – really pleasant!  I bought this in January and used it frequently after showers to moisturize large areas like my arms and legs!  I didn’t use it after every shower, or it wouldn’t have lasted this long…  I particularly love it when BBW has sales as they often do, like “buy three get three free”! The regular price of this is $12 for 8 ounces, but I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for anything at BBW.  No one should, as they have sales ALL THE TIME!

Now for three products that I discovered and am REALLY enjoying this past month!


Milani baked blush in Luminoso.  What a perfect blush this is!!  Just the right amount of a golden-coral pigment. Slightly subtle, but still a perfect summery shade… just love it!  I picked mine up at WalMart for about $7.59.

revlon passionate pink

Revlon Colorstay nail polish in “Passionate Pink”.  First off, I really do like the Colorstay formula – I feel like it is the perfect consistency and really does resist chipping for a few days, at least!  I saw this color featured on one of my favorite YouTube channels and yes, I was influenced to go out and get it – and I’m so glad I did!!!  It’s the perfect summer pink! Rumor has it that Revlon is doing away with the Colorstay line, in favor of a new polish called Colorstay Gel Envy.  I’m glad I grabbed this before it disappears!  It was regularly priced at approx $7.99 but I think it’s now on clearance everywhere as stores get ready for the new Gel Envy polishes.


Revlon lip butter in “Lollipop”.  Looks like I’m in a pink phase of late!!  I love this bright summery pink lipstick…. heck I really like most all the Revlon Lip Butters.  This one looks so pretty and I feel like it is moisturizing for the lips as well.  Price – approx $7.49.  A well known beauty YouTuber says this is a perfect dupe for  Too Faced La Creme lipstick in “Fuchsia Shock”.  I’ll insert a photo of the Too Faced La Creme….

fuchsia shockSometimes it’s hard to tell unless you have both items side by side, which she does in her lipstick dupe video.  Click here to watch.  I love the fact that I can save a bundle of money buying the Revlon Lip Butter!  The Too Faced La Creme lipstick goes for $22!

Now for my last item, the NOT SO FAVORITE, also known as a “Boo!!”

bed head

Bed Head Colour Goddess Leave in Conditioner – Therapy for Racy Redheads or Bodacious Brunettes.  Whew!  That’s a mouthful!  This stuff claims on the bottle to:  “Battles fading, dulling, and dryness”.  Sounds good, eh?  Well…. first let me say that I picked this up fairly cheap at TJ Maxx a while back.  I’m happy I didn’t spend an arm and a leg on this product! My beef with this item is that I simply cannot get past THE SMELL!  When you spray this into your wet hair,  ALL DAY LONG you will smell it…. burnt brown sugar. That’s the only way I can describe it… a burnt sugary scent that is honestly nauseating – for me at least.  I tried it again last week, thinking that possibly I’d overreacted.  Nope, this stuff smells so bad that I’ll never find out if it does all the stuff it claims to do!  I hate to say it, but I got a set of mini LORAC lip glosses from HauteLook a while back, and THEY TOO have that burnt brown sugar smell that I despise.  Luckily, the smell dissipates in a short period of time, while the BedHead conditioner odor stays with me for hours!

So, there you have it, my Empties, Bravos, and a Boo for May!