I really enjoy watching "empties" videos. Especially by Caroline Hirons. I think it's a really good way of knowing what you truly loved and which products you'd pass on the next go around. So this is going to be my empties post. Which is going to be a mixture of a lot of things.
First up lets start with hair. That's where I have the most.
Indie Clean Sweep shampoo. I had the huge size of this which I think is a Liter. It's sulfate free. It worked beautifully on my hair in the beginning but toward the end after using it for so long it wasn't removing my build up or anything. So if you need sulfate free this is my favorite. I tend to use shampoo with sulfate on my scalp though these days to make sure it's getting clean.
Indie conditioner Untangle. It's really hard to get out of the packaging. I don't know why but it just is for me. It's also a bit runny and I like a thicker conditioner. So it's fine in a pinch but overall I say pass.
LUSH Big Shampoo. This is a Sea Salt shampoo. It smells very strange but I've gotten to the point that I actually like the smell now. I only use this when I really want volume in my hair. I tend to think it's pretty hard on the blue in my hair especially. So I don't use it often. I do like it though.
Amika Triple RX Mask. I picked this up when I actually thought I picked up my usual Nourishing Mask. You can use these as daily conditioners or as conditioning masks by leaving them on for longer. I like the Nourishing Mask just a little bit better. This just wasn't what my hair needed. The Nourishing Mask has never let me down though.
Wet Brush. I actually ended up asking my beautiful Hair Guru "Poodle", when you should replace your brushes and she said she replaced them often and especially when most of the balls at the end of the bristles had come off. So I definitely needed to replace mine. I ended up getting the Conair wet brush and I like it better for my long hair. It's bristles are longer and it's not as dense as the Wet Brush so I feel like it works better for my hair.
I use very very little product in my hair. I don't blow dry it often, I let it air dry. My scalp clings to build up it seems so therefore I rarely use dry shampoos or anything. The one product that I do like and use is the Paul Mitchell Hot off the Press hair spray and heat protectant. It smells so good. I've used it for years. This one actually broke. Which is what ruined it for me. The nozzle won't spray so it's not actually empty, it just doesn't work.
I also killed two curling irons, within weeks of each other. I don't know how. I had two from Hot Tools. A very small 3/4 inch and a 1 inch. The one inch nearly caught on fire. It shot sparks and everything so trashed that and the little one got a short in the cord apparently and I wasn't taking the risk so I trashed it too. I need to replace them but I don't know if I'm going to go with Hot Tools this time around.
I am a creature of habit with body products so I very rarely change things up and I certainly don't have a collection of products like I do for skin and makeup.
So I used up my shea sugar scrub. Which is by Tree Hut. I like that it's in a tub. It's just easier for me that way. It doesn't leave behind residue in the shower like my coffee scrubs and it works really well. I had the Coconut Lime and I really liked it. They have one in Tropical Mango that I'd like to try though.
I used up the L'Occitane Almond Body Oil. It's really nice and I find that I actually love body oils as a way of moisturizing. However, my next empty took it's place and is much cheaper.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. I love this stuff. Mine is with "refreshing Coconut Oil". It has a light smell of coconuts. My mom uses the cherry one. You apply this to wet skin as soon as you get out of the shower and for someone like myself who hates applying body lotion it's wonderful. My friend Rhea loves it as well in the winter because it's so much easier to use right out of the shower and then put on your warm clothes and such.
I also went through my bubble bath from EAU SEREINE Relaxing Foaming Bath, I got it from ULTA quite a while ago. As far as bubble bath that I've tried I really liked it. It worked better than most of the ones I'd tried but I also really like bubble bars from LUSH too.
Moving on to skin care:
I'm out of my beloved Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. It's perfect timing too because I'm going get a new pot for October and see how long it holds up and how well it does against Halloween makeup and face paint. It's done great so far because it's what I've used the most to break down some of the looks I've done "pre halloween" to get a jump start on content. It's not been up against really intense looks yet though and I'm very excited to see how it does.
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. I made myself use this up. It's nice. It works great. I just prefer the Pixi one.
Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment. I've used this non-stop and I really like it. It's definitely a more affordable AHA/BHA toning treatment. However, I've not repurchased it because I had the original P50 1970 waiting for me when I used this up. If you're wanting to start trying an acid toner then I really would start with Tarte because I think it's a little bit more mild than the original P50.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango. I have entire review on this. It's one of the few eye creams that I've seen make a difference. I already have a new one.
Drunk Elephant Marula Oil. This is just a really good facial oil. It's worth the price. I feel like it's going to be the one oil that suits the most skin types because it's simple but also effective and not problematic.
Cotton pads. I know this is so random. I use these really thick and soft cotton pads. First it was the Shiseido and then Sephora Collection released some which are gone now. They really do make a difference as far as making sure the liquid toners get more on my face than soaked up in the cotton. It sounds really picky but I do love them and yes of course will repurchase them.
First Aid Beauty Fresh Greens Face Mist. I love this stuff. I wish it was in a bigger bottle. It's so nice when your skin is really sensitized. It's immediately soothing. I have back ups of this which is a testament to how much I really do love it.
I find that I never get through many makeup products that much except for things pertaining to lashes.
My preferred lash glue is House of Lashes. I buy back ups of it. It's never let me down. I love it. I am going to try the new Tarte one from the Allure Box this month and see how that does though.
My preferred lashes are Kiss Faux Mink lashes in Boudoir and also Little Black Dress now. I have one pair of Little Black Dress but I need to restock for sure.
I'm super picky with mascara. I rarely ever like mascaras. So I just finished the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara. I had a travel size of that and I really liked it. I'm also out of the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black which I always have on hand. Lately I've been using the Touch in Sol mascara, the GrandeMD lash primer, and the Milk Kush Mascara.
Something else I'm super hard on and don't try many of is powder. I happen to like pressed powders the most. My Holy Grail is Algenist, which I used up, but I also like the Hourglass Diffused Light, which I also finally used up, and they have such deep pans that it takes a long time to get through their powder products which justifies the price a little more for me.
Last but not least I ran out of my favorite under eye corrector. Which is the Tarte CC Corrector. I think that's the name honestly all the words are worn off. It took a long time for me to get through it. It's the perfect consistency for a corrector in my eyes. It's really really creamy, not too thin, the correct neutralizing shade for my dark circles and quite pigmented. I replaced it with the Tatcha Pearl under eye brightener which is nice but it's very different. So I feel like I'm going to repurchase the Tarte corrector again just to have on stand by.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.