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December 2013 Empties

December 2013 Empties

I struggled with doing empties posts.  I get satisfaction from throwing empty products away, and saving up a bunch of garbage kind of annoys me.  But I have a strange fascination with reading empties posts, and I think it’s a great way to give a quick review.  After you’ve used up a product, you should have a good idea how it works for you.   So I decided to suck it up and start saving my empties.  I’m actually surprised at how many products I used up this month, which is great since one of my goals for 2014 is to make a huge dent in my product collection.

December 2013 Empties 2

Bosica Luminizing Black Mask (Sephora, $34)  It took me quite a while to use this mask up.  At first, I really liked it.  It’s a peel off mask, and once it dries, it’s basically a giant full face pore strip.  It is effective, but painful.  While it does a decent job clearing out your pores, it does an even better job pulling out your tiny face hairs.  I have since discovered the power of activated charcoal, and find it to be much more effective and much less painful.  I doubt I’ll repurchase.

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Cleanser (Target, $7.99)  I really liked this cleanser.  There is no noticeable scent, and it does a great job cleansing.  I kept this one in the shower to use in the mornings with my Clarisonic.  It is creamy, lathers nicely, and washes off easily.  I will definitely repurchase this one.

Puur Body Lip Balm in Pumpkin Pie (PuurBody, $3.50)  This isn’t actually an empty, but it has turned.  I’ve had this for about a year, and just recently noticed the smell and taste had changed.  The lip balm is decently moisturizing, and smells great, but I wasn’t too fond of the taste.  It’s worth checking out, but I probably won’t repurchase.

December 2013 Empties 3

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (Sephora, $54)  I got this during Sephora’s Black Friday sale, as a set with the CC cream from the same line.  I love this shampoo and conditioner!  The bottles were enough for about 6 uses.  After the first wash my hair was noticeably softer and shinier.  In the short time that I used the shampoo and conditioner, my hair looks so much better.  The smell wasn’t too great, pretty earthy, but not overwhelming.  However, for as much as I love this duo, there is no way I would ever pay $54 for an 8 ounce bottle of shampoo and conditioner.  I will repurchase as soon as I’m rich.

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment (Sephora, $19.50)  I LOVE this stuff!  In the jar, it has the consistency of a lip balm, but in your hands, it melts down to an oil that you work through your hair.   The directions say to leave it in for 20 minutes, but I always leave it in for a few hours.  It rinses out easily in one shampoo, and leaves hair super soft and shiny.  It also does a great job of reducing frizz, and the effects last for a few days.  I have already repurchased.

December 2013 Empties 4

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream (Sephora, $15)  This was a really nice hand cream.  It is very moisturizing without being greasy, and has a light grapefruity scent.  I would definitely repurchase.

Nivea Renewal Hand Cream (Drugstores, $5-6?) This has been in the bottom of my purse forever, but it’s not really great for on the go moisture.  The lotion is nice and has a nice calming scent, but it leaves hands super greasy.  I am so glad to have this out of my purse and finally be done with it.  I doubt I’ll repurchase.

Zoya Remove+ (Zoya, $4.60-$25)  I reviewed this along with the Zoya Color Lock System here, and I still maintain this is the best nail polish remover ever.  I have used this before, and still have another small bottle left, I am going to try making my own, but would definitely repurchase.

Josie Maran Bare Naked Nail Wipes (Sephora, $9)  Another one that’s not actually an empty, but I am tossing them.  I got these along with the Whipped Argan Oil Hand Cream during Sephora’s Black Friday Sale, and bought 2 sets cause I knew I would love the hand cream, though I was interested in trying the nail wipes as well.  And I absolutely hate them.  They are supposed to remove polish while keeping nails and cuticles moisturized.  They do remove polish, and they certainly deliver on the moisture front.  The oil doesn’t feel nice on skin, and so much of it is left behind, I felt the need to wash it off right away instead of letting it soak in, completely defeating the purpose of these.  Plus, $9 for 20 wipes is super expensive, and as someone who changes her polish almost daily, completely impractical.  I gave my second set to my sister to try out, and she hated them as well.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner

Caudalie Lip Conditioner


I pretty much have my lip care routine figured out.  Jack Black throughout the day, and Fresh Sugar overnight.  This works for me, and unlike most other areas, I do not feel the need to change this up.  So when I bought the Caudalie hand cream and lip balm set during Sephora’s Black Friday, I was buying it mostly for the hand cream.

So I was pleasantly surprise to find that I actually really enjoy Caudalie’s Lip Conditioner.  It does remind me a lot of Fresh Sugar, but it is much more lightweight.  It is very moisturizing and it lasts well through the day, I only feel the need to reapply after eating/drinking.  If I apply this before bed, it lasts through the night and I wake up with soft, moisturized lips.  It does not really have a smell or taste, and at almost half the price, there is a good chance that I will repurchase this over Fresh Sugar.

You can find Caudalie Lip Conditioner at Sephora for $12.

The Merry Spinster

I recently had the opportunity to try some products from The Merry Spinster.  Heather has an awesome shop on Etsy full of natural body products.  I tried a couple of lotions, a body butter, and a lip butter.  They came beautifully packaged, and she is offering free gift wrap through the holiday season.

Merry Spinster Packaging

The first product I have is a body butter in Vanilla Sandalwood, which is $12 for a 4 ounce jar.

Merry Spinster Body Butter

The scent is strong in the jar, but on the skin, dissipates to a light, long lasting sandalwood scent.  The body butter contains shea butter and coco butter as well as other natural oils.  I typically don’t use a lot of body butters because I don’t like the heavy feel, but this feels very light on the skin.  It is super thick and creamy in the jar.  On the skin, it spreads evenly and a little goes a long way.  It soaks in very quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy.   This is a great choice for an all over body lotion.

I also tried a couple of lotions, also $12 for a 4 ounce jar.

Merry Spinster Lotion

I tried Orange Vanilla and Coconut Lime Verbena.  Again, these are strongly scented in the jar, but on the skin, the scent dissipates nicely so that it’s not overpowering.  Orange Vanilla is my favorite scent of the products I tried.  The orange is citrusy, nice and light, and the Vanilla adds a bit of warmth.  They are a thicker lotion full of shea butter, perfect for dry winter skin.  The lotion soaks in quickly leaving hands and skin feeling moisturized.  I did notice that the Coconut Lime Verbena left my hands a bit greasy feeling, but not the Orange Vanilla.  Personally, I prefer these as a hand lotion.

Merry Spinster Lip Balm

The Black Cherry Mango Butter Lip Balm is also a great product.  It is a potted balm for $3, a mix of butters and oils, including (my favorite!) coconut oil.  This lip balm feels nice and thin on the lips, but is super moisturizing.  This last a couple hours on me before I need to reapply, less if I am eating/drinking.

Overall, I have really enjoyed these products from The Merry Spinster.  Not only do they work well, but I love supporting small businesses whenever I can.  The Merry Spinster can be found on Etsy, where she sells naturally died yarns in addition to her Bath and Body products.  She also has her own blog, and you can follow her on Facebook.

*The products in this post were provided by the company for review.