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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Massive Empties | Health, Beauty, Makeup, Skincare!


Welcome to my massive empties post! I usually have a monthly empties post but for the last two months, I was focusing on some products I wanted to finish up, so I created a monthly beauty basket to focus on those products. The process proved to be very successful (September Beauty Basket linked here), but in the meantime, my regular empties box began to overflow.

I will keep my reviews as brief as possible and will share links where possible.


Nutrition

Natural Factors Whey Factors
This is my favourite protein powder. I've been using it for years! I buy it in chocolate and vanilla, and sometimes green tea. It doesn't have any artificial sweeteners which are so common in many protein powders but I refuse to eat or drink anything with artificial sweeteners.
Repurchase- YES!

Madre Labs CocoCeps Dark Chocolate Cocoa Beverage
This goes in my morning smoothie everyday! It's delicious and nutritious. It contains heart-healthy organic cocoa as well as immune boosting cordyceps and reishi powders. NO, you can't taste the mushroom powders, I hate mushrooms but I love their benefits.. this allows me to get the benefits without the yuck factor.
Repurchase- YES!

Nature's Way Liquid Coconut Oil
This is a coconut oil in liquid form. It's super convenient for baking as I don't have to melt the coconut oil to liquefy it first. Such a time saver. I would purchase this without the raspberry flavouring as I would have more uses for it.
Repurchase- Yes

Supplements

Webber Naturals Fish, Flax, & Borage Balanced Omega Complex
I really like this blend of oils. I like to take a fish oil that contains borage oil from time to time but I also like to rotate between various fish oil types and brands.
Repurchase- Yes

Paradise Orac-Energy Earth's Blend One Daily Superfood Multivitamin
This is an award winning supplement. I love that it's only one a day. It comes with iron or without. I buy the one with iron but it doesn't have enough iron for me so I have to buy a separate iron supplement. This superfood multi contains vitamins, minerals, greens, probiotics, and herbs.
Repurchase- Yes!

BHI Calming Homeopathic Tablets
I've been purchasing these for years! This is the one homeopathic composition that helps me when I can't sleep. It states that it relieves nervous tension, irritability. and sleeplessness. Homeopathics are super safe and do not interact with allopathic medicines.
Repurchase- Yes!

Other Health and Beauty


Now Food Xyli-White Toothpaste
This is my holy grail toothpaste. I've had better dental checkups since I started it years ago. It is free from SLS, fluoride, gluten, and parabens. It comes in mint flavour but I love the cinnamon. Now foods is cruelty-free!
Repurchase-Yes!

Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste
I purchased this because it was on sale. It's made up of some great ingredients but I still prefer my Now Foods Xyli-White toothpaste. This toothpaste has 23 herbal extracts, including Neem and Peelu. It's free from fluoride, gluten, and parabens.
Repurchase- No

Madre Bees Lip Balm
These USDA organic lip balms are great. I always stock up when iHerb has them on sale. They are such a bargain, they work great and are all natural. They even come in a shimmer formula if you want a bit more shine.
Repurchase- Yes!

Nature's Alchemy French Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil x 2
This is a great quality lavender oil. I love to make my own linen and room sprays using this oil. I also add it to my bath water for a super relaxing bath.
Repurchase- Yes

TreSemme Nourishing Rituals Protein Renewal Creme
I read great things about this hair conditioner but I couldn't find it in any stores, so when I saw it in the dollar store I purchased 3 of them. I don't find it to be anything special for my hair. It claims to restore and strengthen hair.
Repurchase- No

GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan
Sadly, this almost full bottle is going in the garbage. It was a great product that created a really natural looking faux tan and I didn't have to worry about it staining clothing. I used to use it all the time but fell out of the habit. I bought several bottles of it and I've had this bottle for so long that it no longer works.
Repurchase- Don't even think they make it anymore.

Skincare


Peter Lamas Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub
I love the oily base of this product, however, I do not like the rough exfoliating particles in it. I've used about half of it but decided to part with it because of the rough particles in it. I wish they had used a rounded exfoliator that doesn't feel scratchy on my skin. I do love and finished the Citrus C Facial Cleanser by this brand. They are cruelty-free!
Repurchase- No

Now Foods Avacado Oil
I love this oil as the last step in my skincare routine before bed. I rotate it with other oils but this is a great one. It doesn't cause breakouts for my acne-prone skin and it's deeply moisturizing. It's great for aging skin as it helps to support skin elasticity.  Now Foods is cruelty-free.
Repurchase- Yes

Reviva Labs Elastin & Collagen Toner
This has been one of my holy grail facial toners for years. It's so soothing and gentle on my skin, and anything that says "elastin and collagen," hello! I'm in!  This is alcohol-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. It states that it's for dry skin but my combo/oily skin that is dehydrated loves it!
Repurchase- Yes!

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
I received this product for review purposes. I did like it, but I don't think it was the best choice from the Laneige line for my skin. I would love to try something else from their line that may be more suited to my skin.
Repurchase- No

Vichy Neovadiol Day Care & Serum
I received the whole Vichy Neovadiol line for testing and review purposes. I found that it did what it claimed. I was surprised that somehow this line of products did firm up my skin with continued use. I was impressed.
Repurchase- Yes

Clean and Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
I didn't find this soothing at all. It stung my eyes at times and left an oily residue if I used too much and I don't even have sensitive eyes. I will stick to micellar water for eye makeup removal.
Repurchase- No

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
I received these as a sample. They were super soothing to my skin and they did a great job in removing my makeup. I still follow up with a second cleanse at nighttime. I also used them in the morning when I needed a quick cleanse. Fabulous product!
Repurchase- Yes

Makeup


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge x2
These are great for applying foundation or BB creams etc. I always use them damp. They are soft and don't absorb too much product like some other sponges. Plus, they're a great deal and cruelty-free!
Repurchase- Yes

Annabelle CC Colour Control Pressed Powder
I did a whole review on this powder (linked here). I think I'm too oily for this powder. However, I did use it in the warmer months and it may suit my skin better in the drier winter months. It's not meant to be a matte powder as it has a subtle glow which is great for drier skin types. I just need something more mattifying. Annabelle is cruelty-free.
Repurchase-No

Elf Conditioning Lip Balm in Nice & Natural
What a beautiful colour this leaves on my lips. I am just over the pot style lip colours. This was a little too oily and messy for me. If Elf could reformulate this colour and balm into a stick that would be fab! Elf is also cruelty-free.
Repurchase- No

Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara
I did a whole review on this mascara (linked here). This mascara has fibers in it and I loved everything about it. I read some mixed reviews after I did my review, but I really loved what it did for my lashes and I didn't experience any flaking or smudging.
Repurchase- No (I would if they were cruelty-free)

Mirenesse Curl Mascara
Another winner! I loved this mascara. It was just featured in my October Favourites post (linked here). My Blogger friend, Kats from Kats Colourings was kind enough to send me this sample all the way from Australia- Thanks, Kats! But, sadly this brand is not available in Canada.
Repurchase- Yes


Wow, that was a lot! I hope you enjoyed seeing what was in my empties this month. I think I will have to rotate my beauty basket with my regular empties so my regular empties doesn't fill up this much!

PS. Come and join in on all the Blogger fun over at Monday Makeup Madness!

XO

*Some products were gifted and some were purchased by me. As always, all opinions are my own. Some links are referral links. Thank you for the support if you choose to use them!


8 comments:

  1. Well done on using up all that makeup! That's a great idea to include the battered/used up sponges among empties - I have a Beautyblender that is well past its heyday. Thanks for linking up! Do link your empties each month between the 30th and the 10th of the following month <3

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    1. I would love to linkup every month. Thanks for coming by! xo

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  2. congratulations on so many empties! It feels good finishing off products!

    Thank you for joining in the Monday Makeup Madness link up at Fabulou and FunLife blog :)

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid. It sure does feel good. Don't think I'll have much for November though.. lol. Just noticed I have to update my post with your linky! ;) xo

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  3. Great empties girl! I will have to find and try your toothpastes. They should great and you know I love the Miracle Sponge by RT <3

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    1. Soo many empties, right! The Now Foods toothpaste should be in most health food shops. xo

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  4. Crikey, that's an award winning bundle of beauty and body booty - 10/10 Amy! Delighted to read all these reviews, especially the Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes - been wondering if they would work well, so thanks hon. So happy you liked the Mirenesse mascara too xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Kats! Those Simple Micellar wipes are really amazing!! xo

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