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September 2015 Empties

September 2015 Empties 4Okay, I know a lot of you find these kinds of empties posts a bit boring what with all the shampoo and the very rare piece of makeup (my September 2015 Empties feature…a single mascara) but I’m back with another anyway! Apparently I like stashing away all my garbage in my closest, and it’s satisfying to see what I’ve finished, and also a good reminder to myself that no, I absolutely do not need more tea/makeup/bubble bath because look at how slow I finish it. With that little pre-amble out of the way, let’s get onto the empties!

September 2015 Empties 6I finished my second, and final, bottle of The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo, which was not at all moisturizing enough but I needed shampoo…I had half a bottle(ish) of the conditioner left and I just ended up tossing that. This line is natural, but not moisturizing enough for my hair. I also used up a mini of another natural shampoo, the Tolan Lavender Infused Shampoo*, which had a nice scent but also wasn’t moisturizing enough for my hair.

I had two bottles of the Organix Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Conditioner* but I’ll be passing on the second one, because as much as I loved the scent, my hair doesn’t need any help with volume. I really loved the TRESemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment* because it’s a) not a tub and b) does a really good job moisturizing my hair and leaving it nice and shiny. If I ever need to purchase another hair mask, this is definitely one I’d pick up.

September 2015 EmptiesThe weather has started to cool down (a little) and I’ve gone back to taking a few more baths when I can, so I finished up both the Avon Skin Skin So Soft Aroma + Therapy Stress Relief Foam Bath* and the L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Bath Salts*, both of which were a little too subtle for me. I was really happy to use up my Mary Kay Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub in Honeydew*, because as much as I loved the scent I had a really hard time with the pump. I also realized I don’t often use hand scrubs so I used this up on my body instead.

I finished up two deodorants, my standard which is the Secret Outlast Protecting Powder, as well as a little mini Secret Clear Gel Scent Expressions in Cocoa Butter Kiss*, which had a nice scent, but I don’t find the gel formula as effective as the solid. The mini Bath and Body Works Bali Mango Body Lotion has a great scent and I used it as hand lotion at work. I love mango, but I have so so much body lotion, I’m never allowed to buy anymore…

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I absolutely loved the Lush Buffy Body Butter*, and one bar lasted me about a month. It smelled great, worked amazing, and it’s definitely something I would repurchase as a treat in the future.  I also used up a Demeter Fragrance Cologne Spray in Vanilla Cookie Dough*, which is a sweet, vanilla scent, but not as well loved as Sugar Cookie is for me as a room spray (luckily I have another bottle of that now!)

The sole makeup item in my September 2015 Empties is a bit of a sad one–I had to toss my MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara*, which has actually been dry for awhile but I guess I was in denial. I really like the results, but find it dried out quite quickly. I do have another sample size to use up before I decide if it was a fluke or not though.

It was also time to toss my little Rainbow Honey Midori Rollerball*, which had a really nice, almost cucumber-ish scent. I actually really miss Rainbow Honey… tempted by an order now! September 2015 Empties 3I feel like I haven’t had any candle empties in awhile, but there are three in my September 2015 Empties because I realized summer was over and I should finish burning some nearly-done candles so I could get onto cinnamon and gingerbread scents. I hated the Chesapeake Bay Candle in Fig & Pomegranate because even though it smelled nice, it burned HORRIBLY, and was smoky and uneven, burning all up one side, and eventually I couldn’t get it to burn anymore and gave up.

I always love Bath and Body Works Candles, and both Watermelon Lemonade and Limoncello were great options. I especially loved the Watermelon Lemonade and it’s definitely one I’d pick up again if they were on sale enough!

I’m always drinking tea but it’s very rare I finish a whole 100 gram tin that’s not matcha, but I really love DAVIDsTEA Queen of Tarts, which is a hibiscus mate that’s perfect for perking me up at work.

September 2015 Empties 5The final products in my September 2015 Empties are all tea. I drank up one bag of DAVIDsTEA Maple Sugar*, which I love and have bought a ton more of, one bag of DAVIDsTEA Coconut Ice*, which I made into iced tea and then couldn’t finish the pitcher because it was not a flavour I enjoyed, as well as DAVIDsTEA Grand Cru Matcha, as always and DAVIDsTEA Pink Lemonade, which had been in my collection forever because I was just okay over it but it worked out pretty nicely as an iced tea.

Well, that was a long one! My recycling bags are heavy and my fingers are tired but my September 2015 Empties are done! I finished up 14 beauty products and 8 tea and candles this month. I swear, it felt like more!

Year-to-date totals? Beauty: 154 and Tea and Candles: 74.

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