Tuesday, January 01, 2013

EMPTIES: November and December 2012 (First Empties Post!)

since i am starting my no-buy today, it was only fitting that i start the new year with my very first empties post! it is one of my new year resolutions to use up what i have since i have filled another box with stuff that i have yet to touch.
i've never really been serious about new year resolutions before but i think this year i am going to try my best to stick to it! other things i hope to do this year is: get a job (or rather, a career since i'm all 'grown-up' now), become more active (my boyfriend got me a bike for Christmas so i am really excited to use this when it gets warmer), cut out soda (i did this before but my sister tricked me into drinking Coke again), use my sewing machine more (must finish the skirt i started in the summer) and to keep my finances organized (i even bought myself a receipt organizer - go me!).

this is my first empties post and i am excited to share this even though it is not an impressive list as compared to many other bloggers. especially since this was from both November and December... the list only includes products from beauty boxes right now - i have so much to go through that i haven't even had a chance to use up any of the stuff i bought myself.
nevertheless, i am glad that i am starting these empties posts since it will encourage me to keep going through my stash. too often i have started a sample, and then upon receiving a beauty box, i'd forget about it and switch to something new.

November's & December's Empties
from left to right, top to bottom  (i did not find that some of the products below did anything different or special so i didn't comment beside it. pretty much, if it worked fine and did what it was supposed to do, then i left it blank. click on the links for my original post and more info about the products):

* Fekkai Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner
Global Goddess Shine Coconut Amla Revitalizing Hair Treatment - actually wasn't impressive. did not feel that my hair was any softer or shinier.
* Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner
* Aveda invati Shampoo & Conditioner - my boyfriend used these and the sample sizes honestly did not allow him to test it thoroughly. both of us were not a fan of the scent either.
* EVOLVh UltraShine Shampoo & Conditioner - i actually really enjoyed this duo! i felt that it made my hair softer and it was sulfate-free and paraben-free. i would probably get this with my Glymm points.
* Nexxus Therappe Shampoo & Humectress Conditioner
* Clear Total Care Conditioner *not pictured*

* Dove VisibleCare Creme Body Wash
* Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub - oh how this smelled very strongly of ginger (not a fan!!).
* Elizabeth Grant Shower Gel in "Madagascar Vanilla" - very nice bottle but it smelled way too sweet (as if cupcakes puked on me).

* Mereadesso Beautiful Body Balm - i am not usually that picky with scents, but i don't like this one either!
* Orlane Active Hydration Body Care - i do not know what is up with this lotion but it made my hands peel. i'd use it on my hands and minutes later, i'd rub them and feel little balls of skin... first time i'm glad that the sample is so tiny!
* LillyPilly Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme

* CyberDERM PM Anti-Age - unique packaging but the scent was too herbal-y for me.
* CyberDERM H2O Hydration
* Philosophy purity 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes - i liked how gentle it was but that also meant it couldn't do anything for clearing my skin... had a few problematic pimples pop up.
* Kellett Moisturizing Gel
* BENTA BERRY G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream
* Dr. Brandt Collagen Eye Serum
* GlamGlow Mud Mask *not pictured* - very small sample but got a couple good uses. smelled like volcanic rock and made my skin soft. too pricey for me though!

i noticed that there is nothing makeup-related here since it is sooo hard to use those up! maybe this month? :)
what are your new years resolutions? happy new year everybody!!

24 comments:

  1. Wow good job Helen! I'm really really terrible at finishing products :( I have never done an empties post before because my rate of finishing products is almost pathetic! Good luck on your spending ban! And happy new year of course xx

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    1. thanks Mandy!! i am really bad at it too - takes commitment! don't worry, i will support you! :)
      happy new year!

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  2. It looks to me like you did a good job with finishing up products! Makeup products are really hard to finish. I've been trying to use up some things, and they just don't want to go away. LOL

    My big New Year's Resolution is to get more organized (in both my makeup/blogging life and in real life). Good luck with your resolutions!

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    1. thanks haha aaahh my makeup products are piling up like a mountain! LOL - they won't go away haha
      i wish you the best of luck with your resolution :)

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  3. Good job on your first empties post! I am always surprised with the amount of product I use up by month end! Good luck with your spending ban, it's a tough one!

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    1. thanks nat! i really like the feeling when i look at these empties!!
      and agh i know - i sort of have loopholes for this spending ban that i made for myself IN CASE i disappoint.. myself. haha i hope i don't fall into them!

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  4. Good job!! I hate the Purity cleanser, it broke me out badly.

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    1. guess i wasn't the only one then! which is why i didnt pick it up even though it was on sale at Sephora for $12 on Black Friday and Boxing Day. it seemed like everyone else loved it!

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  5. Good job! I have been working on using up my stash, but I never think to save the empties for a post. Maybe that will be one of my 2013 goals! :)

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    1. thanks! i appreciate the support :)
      you should do it! it's nice to see how much you've gone through haha

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  6. Happy New Year Hun! Good luck with your no buy :)
    x

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  7. I love the Purity cleanser! Good luck with the no-buy!

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  8. Umm, you did an amazing job hun!! Look at all those shampoos and bath gels! I'm so glad you're doing these too! We can encourage each other to use up what we have.

    So, how did your sister "trick" you into drinking Coke? I love soda too, especially ginger ale. I always crave one for lunch.

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    1. haha thank you for the support :) i did go through a lot of shower stuff!
      aghhh it's really my fault but i just blame her. i'd be strong and get a glass of water but she'll get a Coke at lunch or something, and then somehow i'd just accidentally reach for it since it is right within arm's length.
      mm ginger ale! i love that one too haha and Sprite/7Up.

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  9. Wow! Great empties post!
    You used up a lot of your hair stuff!
    I know I agree.. its soo hard to use up makeup products!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. i hope i have better luck with some makeup products this month! i say some, but really it's more probable to say just one

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  10. Love your first empties post. I love reading bloggers' empties post and I have attempted to do one myself. But I have a habit of throwing empty bottles into recycling bins right away :)

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  11. I have yet to do an empties post as I never seem to empty things, and start new ones before anything is empty!! ahaha!! xxx

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    1. haha that was my problem too - that's why i decided to do this post - so i can actually track what i've been using up!

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  12. I have to put up my first empties post too haha its less impressive dont worry! How did you like the cyberderm and the kellett? Im afraid to try it as some people said it burnt their skin.

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    1. im excited to read yours!
      i liked the Cyberderm and the Kellett just fine. no breakouts or burning at all. it's just with the Cyberderm PM Anti-Age that i couldn't really stand the smell so i would not purchase again. the H2O Hydration was alright and so was Kellett - nothing too special though!

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