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Quarterly EMPTIES | Products I’ve Used Up

It is the end of June, meaning it’s time for my quarterly empties!  I haven’t used up a ton of things, but a few things worth mentioning.


AND, it’s been six months of my NO-BUY, and lemme tell ya, it’s been a piece of cake.  And how much money have I saved?  No more VIB Rouge.

Seeing myself use up things, declutter things, and give away things I am not using is so, FREEING.  Sure, I do have a list started of what I’m gonna purchase Jan 1st, but I don’t really feel the urge to purchase every new product that comes out.  How many highlighters does one face need?!  No need to collect makeup anymore; I want to keep only the products I love.

Alright- onto the empties!

Let’s start with haircare.

One of theeee best dry shampoos out there – Batiste is my jam.  Smells good, gets rid of oil, gives volume, and makes my hair feel clean.  I will definitely repurchase this drugstore gem.  

Next is a clarifying shampoo from Bumble & Bumble- their Sunday Shampoo.  I LOVE this.  It has a slight vanilla mint smell and has a tingly feeling on my scalp when I use it.  It gets out all of the buildup, lathers up so nice, and makes my hair feel squeaky clean.  I use it once a week so it lasts forever.  Definite repurchase.  

Another product I use in the shower is my beloved Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist deep conditioner.  I use this every time I wash my hair- it detangles, softens, and it’s cheap!  

Lastly, is this Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.  This smells like yummy Jolly Ranchers and really smooths the hair.  I really don’t have a problem with frizz though, so it took me a while to use this up (YEARS).   I find that it kind of weighs my hair down, and I don’t really go for the sleek straight look often, so I probably won’t repurchase.

Next, skincare.

First is this Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly.  I used this every night and sometimes under my makeup for like, a year…and I don’t notice any difference in anything…but what do eye creams really do?  It’s hydrated under there,  so I’m not sure if I would repurchase.  

Next, a favorite of my husband’s (and mine!) this Clinique For Men Face Scrub.  We both love this tingly minty super gritty exfoliant.  It really makes my face clean and refreshed.  Already repurchased.

Lastly, the Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water.  Ok, so this stuff was seriously my fave, but after I ran out and couldn’t repurchase, I don’t find myself missing this at all.  I sprayed it on before makeup and I didn’t notice it helped with the wear or longevity of my makeup.  It added hydration, but so would a squirt bottle of water!  I’m not gonna repurchase.

Onto the makeup.

I used up three mini mascaras.  I only keep these little babies for about a month each – I notice they dry out quick and I’m trying to get through all my samples.  They’re Real is a great mascara, but I cannot get it off my freakin face at night.  I like the rubber bristles and it gives length and volume, but it is so hard to remove no matter what I use.  I won’t repurchase this one.  

UD Perversion is one of my favorite mascaras, and it’s actually really similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex.  They both give a ton of volume, length, and they keep my curl.  I’d repurchase both.
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of the best concealers ever, and I’ve repurchased this numberous times.  I use the shade Vanilla, and it corrects my undereye circles and conceales them perfectly.  I set it with powder and it doesn’t crease at all throughout the day.  I will definitely repurchase this.  Another concealer that is really nice is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the Brighten shade.  This has a pinky tone to it and helps brighten and conceal my circles.  Repurchase for sure!

Next is one of my favorite lipsticks ever, See Sheer by MAC.  This is a pinky coral red lipstick with a moisturizing and shiny lustre finish.  I have had this in my bag and I’ve been using it everyday.  I will repurchase this!

Lastly, the Estee Edit Double Ended  Kajal Liner in Extreme Black / Gunmetal. This is the best pencil liner I’ve ever used.  Better than the UD 24/7.  The formula is so creamy and just glides over the eyes and is so pigmented.  These are in the sale section of Sephora online so I really hope they aren’t being discontinued!  They are awesome.

That’s it for my empties!

xx amy 

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