Empties #2: Beauty & Bath Products

If anyone ever saw me carefully store my empty shampoo bottle in an old gift box and place it on my bookshelf, I would probably be locked in an empty padded cell. Saving my used-up beauty and shower items has now become an addiction, and I actually look forward to finishing products to review them later. It’s the simple pleasures, guys.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been using since my last Empties post:

1. Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Shampoo

Canada’s cold and very dry winters leave my hair looking a bit like straw. I saw this in the drug store and picked it up partly because it promised to hydrate my hair but mostly because it had pretty dissolving beads in it. I judged the book by its cover and it was a bad idea. When I first tried to lather it in, it felt like hair gel. It took a bit longer than usual to get it to the soapy consistency I expect from my shampoos. I started noticing my hair dried out even more and felt like there was a weird residue on it which is pretty much the exact opposite of what this shampoo promised. Basically my hair felt heavy and brittle and impossible to style. I switched back to the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition and my hair feels soft and silky once again. This shampoo is the anti-christ.

Bottom Line: Never repurchasing. Ever.

2. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

I really should’ve included this in my Holy Grail Beauty Favourites since I’ve been using these pore strips since I was 14. There’s nothing more satisfying than ripping one of these off of your face and seeing all the dirt it’s pulled out (yes it’s disgusting, don’t judge me). It’s a twisted pleasure and I have no shame in admitting it’s my favourite part of pamper days at home.

Bottom Line: Repurchasing until I’m 85 years old. Actually I’ll probably still be buying them then.

3. Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m obsessive over getting rid of dirt in my pores. After trying a sample of the charcoal cleanser, I was intrigued enough to buy the full size. the cleanser lathers extremely well and leaves your face feeling ice cold. It’s actually startling the first time but it’s a great deep clean feeling after. About half-way through the bottle, the novelty wore off. While my face felt like it should be cleaner, it honestly didn’t look much different. I also found that it did nothing to prevent breakouts. It’s a fun face cleanser, but not as effective as it promises to be.

Bottom Line: Won’t repurchase. The St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub is all I need.

4. L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

I’m not too picky about mascaras because my eyelashes are a pretty good length to begin with. I bought this off of a recommendation from a friend and it was life changing. LIFE CHANGING. I have never tried a drugstore mascara that has done such a great job with lengthening lashes and making them look fuller without looking chunky. The formula can last a 12 hour clinical shift at a hospital without losing the curl or getting flaky. This mascara is my life.

Bottom Line: Already repurchased. Seriously, go buy it right now.

5. Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel

I actually did a quick review on this shower gel in my Lush collection post. I raved about it and gave it 4 out of 5 stars and I definitely still feel the same way. Rose Jam smells amazing and lathers so incredibly well. It only takes a dime sized amount to get super sudsy and the scent lasts for hours. I like to follow it up with Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (also from Lush of course) to leave a rose scented cloud wherever I go.

Bottom Line: Repurchased because it’s only available until Christmas!

6. Carmex Original Lip Balm

I know you’re probably thinking “Carmex? How boring! Definitely not a beauty product,” but this is as essential to me as butter is to Paula Deen. I never wear lip glosses or lipsticks because I just can’t stand that heavy, sticky feeling they always leave on my lips. Carmex is a light, moisturizing lip balm that has a slight shine to it for naturally soft lips. It’s perfect for relieving the burning of dry, chapped lips and for healing cracked cuticles. And it’s really cheap.

Bottom Line: I usually buy five or six at once to save time from constantly repurchasing.



3 thoughts on “Empties #2: Beauty & Bath Products

  1. Pingback: Empties #3: Beauty, Bath, and Random | Fate and the Fearless

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