Friday, April 3, 2015

Product Empties: Beauty, Skincare, Health #review

Happy Friday, everyone!

I've been collecting my empty/ used up health and beauty products over the last while and I wanted to share them with you along with mini reviews on each product. I find that once you've used up an entire product, you have a pretty good gauge on whether or not they worked for you and whether or not you would repurchase them. I will provide links to products where possible.

Here are the items I finished over the course of a few months, at least. It takes me a while to finish products as I have so many to finish (from left to right):

  • Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream (light)

Source Naturals, Calcium Night

This Calcium Night formula by Source Naturals has quite the blend of vitamins and minerals to help with bone support as well as sleep. It's designed to be taken at night. I would definitely repurchase as it does help with my sleep (as well as menstrual cramps.)

Healthy Origins, CoQ10

I take this CoQ10 regularly and will not be without it. It helps keep my MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse) symptoms under control. It's also good for people taking certain medications. Our bodies produce Q10 but as we get older we produce less and less of it. It's found in every cell of the body and I feel it's a must-have supplement for anyone over the age of 40. (check with your Dr. of course)

Garden of Life, Primal Defense

Garden of Life, Primal Defense is my HG (Holy Grail) Probiotic. I have been taking it for over 15 years and will never be without it. It single-handedly controls my IBS symptoms. I wrote a whole blog post about it here Blog Post on IBS

Now Foods, XyliWhite

Another Holy Grail product for me. Now Foods XyliWhite Toothpaste is Fluoride-free, Gluten-free, SLS=free, Paraben-free. It comes in other flavours if you prefer something minty, I personally love the cinnamon. This toothpaste has changed my dental checkups for the better! Now Foods is cruelty-free.

Balea 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths

I love these face wipes by Balea, a Shoppers Drug Mart house brand. They come in a two pack and I always wait for a sale plus they send me coupons for them by email, so I usually get these for around $7.99! They are nicely saturated with product and they do a great job taking off my makeup.(I do store them upside down as I do with all my wipes.) I follow up with a toner and/or washing my face. Technically, I should really wash my face after using these to remove makeup, but, sometimes I'm just too tired, so this is better than not washing at all. I also use them in the morning when I don't feel like washing aka. most of the time, hehe. I will continue to buy these. If I can't them on sale I will usually buy Kirkland wipes by Costco.

Reviva Labs, Elastin and Collagen Toner

This is also a Holy Grail product. I use to use Thayer's Rose toner, which is a great toner, but once I tried this one there was no going back. This Collagen Elastin toner is so gentle, you will never feel any sting. It doesn't break out my acne prone skin and it adds a lot of moisture to the skin! I find it extremely soothing to my skin. Reviva Labs is a cruelty-free line.

Martina Gebhardt, Black Mud cream

Yep, another Holy Grail product. Martina Gebhardt Black Mud Cream has saved my skin! I was introduced to this miracle cream when I was at one of Pure and Simple's spas. It was recommended by one of their estheticians for my combination/oily skin that is dehydrated and acne prone. At the time of my visit, I had a lot of active acne on my face. I was leery about using such a heavy cream but I was sent home with a sample and used it that night. The next morning it was like the skies cleared and all my acne was suddenly disappearing! Plus, my skin was plumped up. It's a little pricey, but, I always wait for a sale at Pure and Simple and stock up. I was advised to only use an amount the size of my pinkie nail and to apply to damp skin which assists with product absorption. Martina Gebhardt is a cruelty-free line.

Holisic Vanity, Restorative Raw Argan Oil

I also purchased this Raw Argan Oil by Holistic Vanity from Pure and Simple.  I placed an online order for this when I was ordering my Black Mud cream. It has lasted me a life time. I layer this with my other skin care as the last step. It is so soothing and moisturizing and is not too heavy for my combination/oily skin. My skin loves it! I would definitely repurchase this product. I also grabbed this one when it was on sale. I learn about Pure and Simple's monthly sales through their email subscription service. Pure and Simple is a cruelty-free company.

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream (light)

Lastly is my Physicians Formula Super BB cream in light. I have never worn foundation. I use to just use concealer and powder but as I get older I find I need something less dry looking on my skin. Looks like BB and CC creams came just at the right time for me. I love that I get a bit of coverage, it evens my skin tone and has other skin benefits as well. It lasted for so long, I thought I would never finish it. Physicians Formula always goes on sale at one of the stores that carry it, so I always wait for a sale. And, their rebate program is awesome! I would repurchase this but I am currently starting to use their Organic Wear BB cream and will see which I like better. I like trying new products so I may even try one of their CC creams once I finish the Organic Wear. Physicians formula is one of my go-to lines at the drugstores as it is one of the few cruelty-free lines sold at the drugstore.

I do buy a lot of my health and beauty products on because they have super low shipping rates (as low as $2) for international customers including Canada. Also, most of the product lines they carry happen to be more natural and are cruelty-free. Their prices are also much cheaper than you will find in most stores.  New customers can get 5% off their first order by using coupon code AGU725. 

I hope you found some of these reviews helpful. If you have any questions about anything I may have not touched on, please let me know by commenting below. 

Hope you are enjoying Good Friday!

XO Amy


  1. Oh, I definitely want to try that calcium night!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the best of the blogosphere!! :)
    Be sure to stop by again next week!

  2. Hi Amber. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    That cal/mag is a great formula for sleep and help sooo much with monthly cramps!

    I will definitely be stopping by again. :D

  3. I love Reviva Labs! The Glycolic Acid Wash, Toner and Cream are amazing too. Argan oil is another must have for me as well! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere last week. Hope to see you again!

    1. aww, my response through my cell didn't go through. I LOVE Reviva products. Iherb is having 20% off ALL bath and beauty products so I went crazy stocking up because I don't recall seeing a deal like this. I mean it even covered my toothpaste not to mention all my skin care and essential oils. So, I browsed a lot before I made my final decisions. I actually was checking out Reviva's Glycolic products but I was leery only because I use Retin-a. But I did stock up on my Reviva elastin and collagen toner, that stuff is so skin-soothing! Oh, and I re-ordered my broken elf eyeshadow cause it's a gorgeous colour! Thanks for stopping by. See you soon! :)

  4. BB creams are so convenient, especially when I'm in a hurry in the mornings!

    1. I've never worn foundation. I used to just wear concealer and powder and tinted moisturizer on occasion. Now that I'm getting older I'm so glad they came out with BB creams, it has my spf and everything so I wear them everyday now. :)


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