Monday, August 1, 2016

July Empties: Health, Beauty, Makeup, and Skincare!

My empties box is full again- just in time for the end of the month when I share the health and beauty products that I used up (or not) and share mini-reviews for each.

I will share links to products where possible which will appear in the heading for products.

If you want to see last months empties post, here is a link to it.

Now, let's see what I finished up in July!


Equate Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Towelettes
I did a whole post on these (linked here) when I discovered them recently at Walmart. They came in a huge box with 4 packs of 60 wipes for $14.00. What a deal! They get the job done and are not irritating or rough on my skin. I find them comparable to other makeup wipes that I've tried.
Repurchase: Definitely!

Fluffs Cotton Pads
I always buy these at the dollar store for only $1. I see no reason to spend more. These are 100% pure cotton, hypoallergenic, and lint free.
Repurchase: Yes!

Elizabeth Grant Eye Cream
I'm not sure what the exact name of this eye cream is as it wore off the packaging. I purchased it at Winners for around $6. It was a good eye cream for the price; not too heavy, not too light and it moisturized nicely. I don't like it as much as my holy grail Goji Berry eye cream by Home Health.
Repurchase: In a pinch, for the right price

Bio-Scriptives Repiderm
This is an acne treatment. A friend gave it to me years ago. I don't even know where my friend got it from. It has 4.4% Benzoyl Peroxide and it worked really well at clearing up my acne at the time. It's way past the expiry date and has to go. I rarely breakout anymore anyways- one of the few benefits of aging. lol
Repurchase: No (I found it online and it's $33!)

Retin-A Micro Gel 0.04%
This is by prescription only in Canada. It's a pure tretinoin gel. I don't get any peeling from this product and I've been using it on and off for years. I'm thinking that maybe I should go to a higher strength now. Retin-A is a form of vitamin A that's PROVEN to help the skin renew itself. It's also great for acne (which was it's intended purpose). Make sure to wear sunscreen if you use Retin-A, and only use it at night.
Repurchase: Yes!

Physicians Formula Organic Wear BB Cream
I've been using this BB cream on and off since it came out. It's my go-to. It evens out my skin and gives me sun protection. I love that this one is organic, so I don't have to worry about what's going onto and therefore into my skin. I'm always trying out new products due to blogging but when I'm not trying out something new, this is what I go to. Note: I wear the colour light. Some of PF face products tend to run dark. Physicians Formula is a great cruelty-free beauty line.
Repurchase: Yes!


Paradise Herbs, Orac-Energy, Earth's Blend Once Daily
I love these multivitamin/mineral capsules. I REALLY love that you only have to take one per day. They contain vitamins, minerals, greens, probiotics, and herbs. I get the one with iron because I need that but it also comes in an iron-free form. These are award-winning supplements! And, they are lab certified at 4,000+ ORAC value. They are made with whole foods and are a vegetarian formula. There is so much to say about these vitamins! If you want to read more about them you can click on the heading for this great supplement.
Repurchase: Yes!

Twinlab Iron Caps
Natural, chelated, 18 mg iron caps. I need extra iron as I am low in this important mineral. It can be hard to find a dose this low. I have switched brands only because I can no longer get this one where I shop.
Repurchase: No

Nature's Answer Rhodiola 100mg
Yep, I'm a Rhodiola fiend! Anyone who's a regular reader of my blog has seen this supplement more than a few times.. sorry not sorry! I can't recommend this stuff enough! It helps with so many things you wouldn't believe it. I've been taking it for years. I had stopped for a while and went back to it when I was waking up way too early in the morning to be rested and nothing else was helping. Once I went back to this, I stopped waking at the crack of dawn for no reason. I find it also helps with my female cycle. It's standardized, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and vegetarian. I only take one cap per day.
Repurchase: Oh yeah!

Healthy Origins CoQ10 100mg
Another supplement that I wont be without. Q10 is vital for heart health and I'd say anyone over the age of 40! It's used by all the cells in our bodies. I take one 100mg capsule per day. Note: I have read many articles that claim that the latest form of Q10 called Ubiquinol, that is much more expensive, is converted to the Ubiquinone form in our stomachs. So, I opt to continue taking the more cost effective form of Q10 called Ubiquinone.
Repurchase: Always and forever!

California Gold Nutrition LactoBif Probiotics (Sample)
I take probiotics every day for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) control. My IBS story can be found linked here. I decided to try this one as it was a sample pack on special for $1 or less. I'll stick to my Primal Defense. Nothing I've tried compares to my Primal Defense by Garden of Life.
Repurchase: No

Now Foods Xyli White Toothpaste
Another favourite of mine. My dental checkups improved after I started using this toothpaste. It's definitely my holy grail. It also comes in mint flavours for those who don't like cinnamon. I have a new toothpaste that I will be trying out soon as I got another brand on special. I figured why not give it a try, it's a natural one too and made with neem.
Repurchase: Yes!

Healthy Smoothie Ingredients

Genuine Health Greens +
I love and trust the Genuine Health brand. This 80% organic blend of superfoods and antioxidants will turn any smoothie into a super healthy cocktail. To read more about it, you can click the link in the heading for this product. * is offering $10 off with promo code "healthbeauty10" only until September 16, 2016.
Repurchase: Yes!

Madre Labs CocoCeps
This is an instant organic dark cocoa beverage. It's unsweetened and contains immune boosting Cordyceps and Reishi mushroom powders, and heart-healthy organic dark cocoa. I can't live without this product. I drink it daily in a smoothie with some kefir, protein powder, and my favourite stevia. It makes a delicious and healthy shake. There are so many things you can add to make it how you want, from bananas to mint extract etc. The possibilities are endless.
Repurchase: Yes!

Now Food Better Stevia in English Toffee
This tastes like a guilty pleasure, but there's no reason to feel guilty! I now have 4 flavours of this stevia (and it comes in even more). I discovered it back around 2009 and it's the only stevia I found that doesn't have an aftertaste. I have Plain, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, and this English Toffee one. They are all delicious and I find so many uses for them, from smoothies, coffee, and tea, and baking too. I took me well over a year to finish this bottle. It's very concentrated so you only need a few drops. This particular flavour is unbelievably good!
Repurchase: Yes!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I finished up in July and hopefully found some of the info helpful. I also did a makeup purge of my eyeshadow collection this month. If you'd like to check that out, you can find it linked here.

 As always, check with your health care provider before beginning any new supplements.

I purchase most of my health and beauty products from as the prices are so low and international shipping is as low as $4 (flat rate). iHerb will give you 5% off your first iHerb order with this link.

Hope you're enjoying your summer!

*All products purchased by me unless otherwise specified. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for the support if you choose to use them.


  1. I love empties posts! I use the dollar store cotton pads too! Love them and I agree, why pay more than you have to :) I will have to check out the makeup wipes at Walmart. That is such a great deal. Tal xo

    1. Thanks, Tal. Yes, check out the makeup up wipes, such a savings! I ended up going back to purchase the single one in the tub to keep them fresher for longer. xo


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