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Friday, December 4, 2015

Makeup, Beauty, Skincare, and Health: Empties for October/November with Reviews!


Better late than never. I never posted my empties for October so this post will include products I finished up in October and November. As you can see there is quite a bit so I will try to be brief with my reviews on each item. As always, I will provide links to products where possible.

It's a dreary, overcast day here, so hopefully the pictures aren't too bad..

If you'd like to see some more empties, my last empties post was in September and it can be viewed here .


Makeup

  • Quo Complexion Highlighter- I've had this cream highlighter since around 2009 or earlier. I never use it and it's expired, it goes on patchy now. With the strobing trend going on now this would be a great product for them to re-introduce, it was a limited edition product.
  • Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer (Warm Tan)- This is a great cream bronzer. I heard it's a dupe for Chanel's cream bronzer. If I needed another cream bronzer I would definitely purchase this again. (note: this is part of my #6byChristmas / #projectempties on IG)
  • Covergirl Lashblast Fusion- I received this from BzzAgent free for trial purposes. Here is my full review on it. It built upon itself really well and was easy to remove. 
  • Essence Lash & Brow Gel- I like this product in a pinch and the price is right, but I find the formula is too wet, so I have gone back to Elf's clear brow gel.
  • Jordana Fabuliner in black- This product really lived up to the hype. It is super pigmented and with the felt tip it gave me great control. It lasted forever and it's super inexpensive too at $1.99.

Skincare

  • Retin A 0.04% by prescription- I've been using this Retin A cream for well over a year (maybe 2) and this formula never caused any irritation to my skin at all. Retin A is supposed to be one of the best Anti-agers out there, so I will continue to use it.
  • Reviva Labs Elastin & Collagen Toner- Talk about soothing. I love this stuff and will always go back to it. It is Holy Grail for sure! I buy it on iHerb.com where it's much cheaper than my local stores. 
  • Up & Up Waterproof Makeup Remover- I bought this on clearance during Target's liquidation event before they left Canada. Thank goodness I only bought one. This burned my eyes so badly that I had to check and see if I used my nail polish remover by accident! I poured it out...Buh-bye!
  • Olay Refreshing Citrus Scrub Cleanser- I keep this scrub in my shower and only use it on the days that I wash my hair, so it lasts me quite a while. It's very gentle but you have to remove your eye makeup separately. I buy this in a 2 pack for around $7 CAD when the warehouse sale comes around. I would not purchase it at drugstore prices. They didn't have it in stock at the last warehouse sale, so I purchased one by Simple Skincare that is new to me.
  • Martina Gebhardt Black Mud Cream- This is Holy grail for me. I don't think I will ever be without it. I only use it at night, over a serum and layered with an oil on top of that. This completely got rid of my adult acne and help with dehydration (which is apparently why I was getting acne). I purchase this from Pure and Simple Spa and I always wait for a good sale and stock up!
  • Michael Todd KNU (New You) Cream- I purchased this years ago on Groupon for a steal! If I could get it at a good enough price I would buy it again. 

Misc
  • Nexxus Pro-Mend Targeted Leave-in Treatment- I would not purchase this again. It was fine at first but nothing special either. It wasn't until I finally finished it and moved onto my Argan Oil (review here), that I realized my hair was breaking off way too much. Once it was gone and I switched to my Argan Oil, my hair fallout and breakage lessened dramatically. I did not read anywhere on the bottle a warning to only use occasionally. 
  • Now Foods Xyli.White Neem & Tea Tree Toothpaste- If you like to avoid fluoride in your toothpaste as well as parabens, gluten, and SLS, I cannot recommend this enough. Even if you are not avoiding those things I highly recommend this line of toothpastes. There are many flavours to choose from and some without the Neem. My dental checkups improved since I switched to this line. I buy mine on iHerb as it's much cheaper than my local store. 
  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment- This is fabulous for chapped lips in the colder months! Not so natural, but when my lips are in bad shape, this is my go to, this and Carmex.

Supplements

When it comes to supplements, we are all so different. I will share my experiences and hope that it helps someone. As always, consult with your health care specialist before starting any new supplements as many herbs and supplements can interact with medications etc.
  • FemMED Hormonal Balance- This is a great combination of herbs for female hormone balance. I buy it whenever I see a good sale on it. Otherwise, I will stick with the much more affordable single herb Vitex.  (Note: to my knowledge, the Hormone balance and Vitex are herbs to be used before the menopause phase, not after). 
  • Nature's Answer Rhodiola- This is an adoptogen, meaning it helps us adapt to stress (you can read more about it here). I will never be without this herb, it's the only thing that stopped me from waking up at 5am everyday! Although, it doesn't stop my cat from waking me! (note: I only take 1 per day vs. the 2 it recommends on the bottle).
  • Melissa (Lemon Balm)- Lemon Balm is soothing on the nervous system. I usually drink Lemon Balm tea at night to help with sleep. The only problem with that is it causes me to wake up to use the washroom. To combat that issue, I bought these capsules as it's more convenient and resolves the trips to the washroom. I still prefer the tea, but keeping a bottle of this by my bedside is great in case my cat does wake me up in the wee hours, I can just pop one or two of these babies and usually go back to sleep.
  • iHerb Vitamin D- I got these free with an iHerb order. At 5,000 IU per softgel I would only take this dose on occasion. I prefer to take Now Foods with 2000 IU, especially in the winter time when I'm not getting out in the sunshine. Now, if only I could remember to take them everyday.
  • Now Foods Gr8-Dophilus- I liked this probiotic but I prefer Garden of Life's Primal Defense. It's more expensive but it's worth it for me, I buy the big-daddy size to make it more affordable. I found the Now Foods Gr8-Dophilus was better for female issues, whereas the Primal Defense was better for stomach or bowl issues. I have had IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) my whole life. I wrote a whole blog post on my experience with IBS and how Primal Defense probiotics have helped me. 
  • Now Foods Multi One- This was another deal on iHerb. I didn't notice anything special while taking these. I would not purchase at full price. 
  • Healthy Origins CoQ10 100mg- This is another supplement that I will never go without. I have heart issues and this helps keep them under control. Even if you don't have heart issues this is a really important supplement, especially if over 40. As we age, we produce less and less Q10 and the cells in our body require it, it is also an anti-oxidant. I purchase the less expensive form called Ubiquinone. Many say the best form on the market right now is Ubiquinol, however, in my research I found out that our stomachs convert the more expensive Ubiquinol to the less expensive Ubiquinone anyways. Still, many prefer to purchase Q10 in the form of Ubiquinol and swear by it. You can find some info on Q10 here: WebMD on Q10  
From iHerb's website on Q10:  "Healthy Origins CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) is a naturally occurring substance that facilitates the production of cellular energy. In every cell in your body there are small engines called mitochondria. Ninety-five percent of the total energy created within the body comes from these mitochondria, and none of it can take place without CoQ10."

Wow, that was a lot of empties! I hope you found some helpful info in this post. I love reading reviews on products that have been finished up or in some cases poured out. I feel like we can form a definite opinion on a products performance when it's been used for a while. 

If you have an empties post, please share it in the comments. I'd love to come and check it out.

ps. Come and join the blogger fun @ fabulousandfunlife

Amy 
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23 comments:

  1. A good mix of empties there!
    I want to try and finish more make-up next year!

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    1. Thanks. I want to finish a whole bunch more as well! xo

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  2. So many empties, well done! I enjoyed reading about your finished supplements, too xx

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    1. Thanks! It seems to take forever to finish products, then suddenly there's this huge box full! Hoping to finish a lot more, but makeup is tough to finish. xo

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  3. Wow, there's heaps of empties here! You got through way more than I did in both October & November.

    I'm not big on supplements, but I do swear by probiotics. I think they're great if you have gut problems, but it can be a case of working out which one best fits your needs.

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    1. Somehow I did finish up quite a bit at the end of those 2 months. I have so much more I'd like to finish up, but it seems to take forever. Probiotics are one of the best things I've ever been introduced to!

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  4. great empties!!! I gave my mum a jordana lippie and she loved it, it would've only been 2-3 dollars and worked as well as a 20$ lippie :)

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    1. Thanks! I love Jordana, they make some great but super-inexpensive products. :D

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  5. Gosh that's quite a stash - congrats on getting through it all, and delighted you've included supplements, I know SO little about them it isn't funny ♥

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    1. I know, suddenly there was so much in my empties box! With heart issues, sleep issues, stomach issues and thyroid issues I delved into the world of supplements while researching over the years. Hopefully you will never have to go there!! xo

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  6. Wow!that sure was a lot of empties! I enjoy reading about your supplements as well as your beauty empties.

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  7. That Reviva Labs Elastin & Collagen Toner sounds great! I might have to make a sneaky iHerb purchase to get it. I'm on the hunt for a HG toner

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    1. The Reviva labs Elastin and Collagen toner is the most gentle and hydrating toner I have ever used, by far! To make sure I don't waste it ie. use too much, I transfer it to a pump bottle that I have and use that to dispense it. If you try it let me know how you like it. :)

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  8. the Black Mud Cream sounds interesting. I'll be checking it out! I also want to try that reviva toner. I have used their glycolic toner in the past with good luck! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere!

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    1. The Black Mud cream is amazing! If you get one, make sure to only use a pinky nail sized amount and apply to damp skin to blend it. I find it works even better when I mix it with my oil then apply. It's a very heavy product which I was not used to but now I love it! If you don't like something that heavy it also comes in a lotion. I'll never be without the Reviva toner as well. :)

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  9. Hi Health and Beauty Girl,

    Was wondering if you ever find a weird expired smell from the MG black mud cream? I assume it's from the first layer (when you first purchase it and before mixing) of oils or wax. Let me know pls!

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean by the first layer? are you finding there is a layer on top? Mine have always had the same consistency throughout and don't require any mixing. There is definitely a scent to the cream and I always find it's the same (I've been using this cream since approx. 2011 or 2012). I am finishing up one now that is past the expiry date and it still smells the same as all the others. Are you purchasing from Pure + Simple Spa?

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    2. Yup! Initially when you first open them, there's a first layer about 0.3mm thick - the girls at the spa said you have to mix it because organic products tend to separate. Out of curiosity, which location do you normally purchase them? I went to the one on King and 2x it smells a bit off, like a bit more stale than normal. Thanks for replying!

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    3. I agree that natural products can separate, especially one's with oil. But, I have NEVER had a MG Black Mud Cream that has separated. I've noticed that some have the black speckles throughout and some do not. I always order mine from Pure + Simple's online website. Also, There is always a scent but I find it pleasant. Is this your first jar? Can you take it back and exchange it and see if the new one is different...

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    4. I've also never had to mix this product..

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    5. Ah, maybe I should buy it online then (I'll swallow the shipping costs) and try it out. Yea so I opened 2 new ones and they were both separated and smells stale and plasticky - basically it doesn't smell like the MG black mud lotion! I've tried a sample of the cream before, and it smelt just like the lotion and I loved it, so that's why I suspected there was something wrong. I went to the spa and they said this is "normal" :( next time I'll buy it online, when this eventually runs out lol thanks so much, this really helps!

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    6. I usually wait till the 20% off sale and stock up and get free shipping (I hate paying for shipping!) The stock in the stores should be the same from head office. But, I have never had one that was separated. Now that you mention it, I may have had one with a bit of a plasticky scent. Maybe the batches of product aren't consistent lately. Like I mentioned, sometimes mine have black speckles and sometimes they don't. But I've never had separation or a "bad" smell.

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