Friday, September 4, 2020

Huge Empties | Makeup, Beauty, Haircare, Health


Happy September, everyone!

I'm so behind with my empties posts that my empties bin has been overflowing and I even have some duplicates 😁

In the interest of time, I will be sharing VERY brief reviews of the products, and links to products will be shared in the product heading for items that I am able to find online. (Note that prices shown are subject to change).


HAIRCARE

I love this mask as well as the same brands' hair oil. This mask leaves my dry and frizzy hair softer and more hydrated. Repurchase- Yes

I enjoy products like this as they multi-task by adding heat protection, frizz control, and hydration. I did like this product but I didn't notice anything extra special about it. It worked well enough but just as well as similar products that are more accessible and less expensive. Repurchase- For the right price

This was a trial size and I got about 3 uses from it. I really enjoyed it! It's one of the few Briogeo products that I've tried that really did work for my hair type and one of the few deep conditioners that really improves the look and feel of my hair. It reduced frizz and really helped to deep conditioned my hair. Repurchase- Maybe (currently trialling It's a 10 deep conditioner and I may like that one a bit better)



SKINCARE/ MAKEUP

This is a great product for the price. It left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated but I didn't use it consistently enough to be able to notice any long term changes. Repurchase- Possibly, but I will probably go back to Paula's Choice and/ or try The Ordinary if I am in the market for a Vitamin C serum again

Loved this product! It was deeply hydrating and soothed my dehydrated skin so well! It's one of those products that I just wanted to bathe in! It's also all-natural and hand made in small batches. Repurchase- Yes

This is a great foundation with a skin-like finish. It blends really easily and provides medium coverage. The shade Y245 was almost perfect, just slightly off for my skin tone but I was still able to use it. Unfortunately, it expired before I could finish it completely. Repurchase- Not for everyday use, I found that the Covergirl Foundation below is very similar (and much cheaper), so I would use that one for everyday use. I may purchase this one in the right shade for a special occasion though

LOVE this foundation! Works like high end, in my opinion, so I don't see a reason to pay more at this time, except maybe for a special occasion. I found this to be very similar to the Makeup Forever Foundation listed above. The shade Classic Ivory was perfect for my skin tone! Repurchase- Yes

Great formula but I wasn't in love with this shade. This shade is better for contouring than an all-over bronze glow, in my opinion, and I'm not big on contouring. I now have the next shade darker (Deep Bronzer) which has a bit of a red tone to it. I find that makes it work well on my skin tone for an all-over bronzed up look. Repurchase- Yes, in the darker shade, Deep Bronzer

This is one of my favourite neutral shades as it's very unique and different from all my other nude shades, it's quite cool-toned. Unfortunately, the formula is so thick and has become too thick to work with now. Repurchase- Probably not unless the formula changes and becomes easier to work with

I've only used a few all-natural mascaras and this is my favourite so far. It's one of those mascaras that gets better and better with time. It didn't flake or smudge but didn't give my lashes as much oomph as I would like. Repurchase- No

Although this eyeliner initially glided on so easily, it dried out in the tube so fast! Even sharpening it doesn't bring it back to life. I will stick with my Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencils- they glide on so smoothly, don't budge, are dirt cheap, and haven't dried out on me! Repurchase- No



HEALTH

I take these along with the same brands' Thyroid Formula, ThyroSense which I am able to take along with my Armour Thyroid medication. I love the adrenal supporting ingredients and I find they help me deal with stress and help with my sleep to some extent. Repurchase- Yes!

I finished up 2 bottles of these sleep gummies. I always have them on my bedside table. One gummy has 1.5mg of melatonin + 100mg of L-Theanine. I prefer low doses of melatonin as higher doses are more likely to make me wakeup prematurely. Unfortunately, these are out of stock / seasonal and won't restocked on iHerb (where I purchase mine) until October. I have tried Vitafusion Sleep Well but it has too much melatonin for me and disrupts my sleep. Repurchase- Yes!

I alternate these with Nature's Bounty Melatonin Gummies listed above. I find that I get better results when I rotate vs. using the same product all the time. This is also a low 1.5mg of melatonin per tablet and includes 5HTP and L-Theanine. I break these in half at times for an even lower dose. I often take another dose if I wake too early and it helps me fall asleep again. These are little powerhouses! Repurchase- Always! 

This bottle was huge! Magnesium oil has many uses. I mainly use it after my bath or shower and put some on the backs of my knees where it's absorbed more easily. I will definitely repurchase but probably a smaller bottle next time, it took me so long to use it up. If you want to use to make bath products and use for a lot of bath soaks etc., the big size may be a good choice for you. Note: Magnesium products are not to be used by those with kidney/ renal failure. by  Repurchase- Yes

D3 Gummies 1000 IU- 90 gummies 
I take D3 every day. I think it's one of the most important vitamins that people can take for overall health. It has so many functions in the body! Just check with your Dr. before beginning any new supplements. I'm not too picky about my D vitamins as long as it's in the D3 form. I am currently taking another brands' D3 gummy because it was on sale. I had my D3 blood levels checked and they are normal since taking these. Repurchase- Yes

These are hands down my favourite multivitamin! I've tried many multivitamins and when I take these one's, I notice a difference in how I feel and my sleep improves too. I only take 2 per day vs the 4 recommended. Note that there are many different formulas in this line, the one with 120 veg caps is the formula that I'm currently using and loving! Repurchase- YES!

I've been taking these probiotics for over 20 years for my IBS. What a difference they make. I've run out and definitely need to repurchase. They are pricey but they are also the best ones that I've ever used. My maintenance dose is only 1 per day. Repurchase- Yes!

Now Foods Relora 300mg - 120 caps / $20
I had luck with these in the past for my sleep issues so I decided to give them another try. They are supposed to help with stress and cortisol and prevent waking up prematurely. Unfortunately, I didn't have luck with it this time. They are worth a try if you are under stress as they may work for you as they did for me in the past. Repurchase- May try again

Now Foods Nattokinase 100mg- 120 veg caps/ $26
I've read a lot of literature singing the praises of Nattokinase for cardiovascular health and it's actions as a natural and safe blood thinner. I am currently giving 30mg a day to my cat for his heart disease. After a lot of research, we chose this as his blood thinner over conventional medications and so far so good. 🙏 AOR also makes a great one! A Holistic Vet agreed to our cat taking this and gave us the recommended dose for him. Repurchase- Yes!

Jarrow Max DHA Fish Oil- 180 soft gels/ $20
This has been my favourite fish oil for years! DHA supports brain and eye health. It has a whole host of other health and beauty benefits as well, too many to count! I may try other fish oils but will always return to this brand and formula. Note that I only take one per day. Repurchase- Yes

I LOVE this Stevia! It is not bitter at all and easy to dispense by the drop. You can use it in coffee, tea, baking, basically anywhere that you want to sweeten something without the calories and sugar! This comes in so many flavours now. I use the English Toffee one on the daily to sweeten my iced coffee, it gives it that extra flavour that makes it like a store-bought brew. 🍵


I hope you found this empties post helpful! I love to hear what people finished up and what their final thoughts are on products. Hopefully, I won't wait so long before my next empties post goes up!

Have a blessed day or night!





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