Monday, May 9, 2016

Products I've Used Up/Empties Vol. 6


Every time I compile my "Empties" post, I promise myself that next time I am going to do this frequently so that I dont have to talk about 15-16 products at one time :-) While this posts make me so happy to see that I am using up my products editing this post can get very mundane from time to time. Nontheless, here is my latest empties post. Lots of travel size of products this time :-)


Ayur Herbal Skin Toner: Ayur is a very popular brand from India. I used to use this toner religiously when I was India. I remember loving this product at that time. But when I started using it since the beginning of this year, I did not fall back in love.  It is a decent toner and it gets the work done. But the smell has started to feel the too strong and chemically for me. It also felt a bit too harsh on my skin. May be it is better suited for hot and humid weather in India. I don’t think I would repurchase.

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Hand Cream: Oh my God! This was a painful product to use up. I bought it in Walmart long time back and it has such sticky feel to it. It also smells sickeningly sweet. You must be thinking if I disliked it that much why not I discarded it! I can be a stubborn person; the more I disliked it the more resolute I became to empty it up. I even asked my friends and guest to help me finish it :-) If you don’t like sweet smell, DO NOT buy this. I know I am never going to repurchase this …ugghh!

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream: This is one of my very favorite hand creams. I apply it before going to bed at night, it feels so luxurious! I am in love with the smell. It’s little bit citrusy and feels very fresh; its very subtle too! I have one or two backups of this and I will definitely keep using this.

O.P.I. avojuice hand & body lotion – “spiced persimmon”: I bought a value set of this hand set back during black Friday. I love the size and the smell too! It’s not too heavy so I need to reuse it often during the day. But it was an adorable size to carry around in my purse.


Loccitane Crème Mains Dry Skin Hand Cream: I absolutely love this. It’s not a strong thick hand cream, but it is really great for day time use. Especially to use in office environment. I also adore the size. I take this when I am travelling; its especially useful in air travels. Its that affordable of a product but the good thing is that it typically gets included in some Sephora Favorites sets :-)

Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash: It’s a very frothy wash. I needed just a little bit to build up a good foam so it took me a long time to finish it up. It’s a good face wash for basic cleansing. But I do feel it can get a bit drying on the skin! Especially during winter. May be I will like it better during summer. I love Origins products and I typically buy their value sets, so I have one or two backups of these, but I don’t think I will be purchasing a full size of this.

Maybelline Moisturizing Mascara Remover: I bought this in some kind of a deal, so it was quite affordable. It does a decent job in removing the mascara but it leaves a lot of oily residue. This was my second bottle and I am not going to repurchase!

Sephora 2 in 1 waterproof eye makeup remover gel: I bought this out on a whim! I have never tried a gel makeup remover before and this product immediately intrigued me, plus it was on sale :-) I really liked using it. It’s not the MOST PERFECT eye makeup remover however it is a decent one. The only problem I had was that sometimes if it enters my eyes, it burnt a little. I am trying out a lot of removers recently and I am not sure if I buy this one again. I absolutely loved the packaging though. It was such a mess-free product to use.


Paris Hilton Fragrance: Now this is quite interesting! I have no idea why I bought a fragrance from her line. What’s more interesting is that I finished up a 3.4 oz bottle? I must have liked it …ha ha! It’s a light weight simple fragrance, not too sweet as well. It does not last for the entire day though. I am almost elated that I was finally able to finish the two big bottles of fragrances that I have been using for last 2-3 years :-) which meant I was finally able to treat myself with some new fragrances!

Tocca Simmone: Look how cute is this bottle! It was a gift with purchase from Sephora. I love this smell, its simple and refreshing smell. I have way many perfumes samples to finish up so I am not going to invest in this right this moment. But I did enjoy it while it lasted.

Bath and Body Works Amber Rush eau de toilette: I grabbed a few of these to give as gifts at $3 per piece sometime back when I was travelling to India. I kept one for me, initially I thought I liked it but now it feels way too strong and sweet for my taste. Glad that I finally used it up.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner: I absolutely love using this lip balm. However, this particular one might be from a bad batch and it did not feel anything like the previous one that I used. Currently, I am on my third tube of this, and this one feels exactly the first one I used. But this type of inconsistency makes me unhappy and I am not quite sure if I will be happy to repurchase it. Its 12$ each, so not that easy on my wallet :-)

111 Skin Space Defense Bright Eye Lift Gel: I got this in Birhchbox value set (reviewed here) last holiday season: A regular bottle of this cost $ which is just insane. It has a lightweight gel consistency. It is easy to use alone or under makeup. It is an air pump, so it took me about 50 pumps to get the very first product out of the pump that was annoying but later it started working fine. While I did like it I don’t think it did anything magical; especially given the price. I mean sure, it helped not deterioting my under eye condition but it did not improve it either.

Tarte Maracuja C-brightner eye treatment: It was a 0.088 oz. jar and I was surprised to see how soon I was able to finish it. I know it is very tiny jar, but typically a little eye cream is more than enough for one use. It is a very smooth, easy-to-wear eye cream. It absorbs so quickly hence it is easier to use underneath the eyes. :-) I can definitely see myself repurchasing this once I can finish off all the tiny little jars/bottles of eye creams I have been hoarding :-)


Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment: This was a sample size included in some Sephora Favorites set. I have tried a few different Glamglow masks and honestly nothing has impressed me. I like using this one and I felt that sometimes it does help clearing up some of my acnes but it was nothing magical!

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask: This is a staple product in my beauty routine. It’s a hydrating type of mask; simple and easy. I like that it’s a clear mask, it has a green tint to it but when applied it goes clear. I tend to use it at least once a week.

Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream: A very favorite product from this empties bunch! It’s such a light moisturizing cream. I love the smell, quite different, almost herbal-y but not overwhelmingly so! It’s an expensive product and I often think that my dry skin might need a more thicker moisturizer. But nonetheless using this makes me feel fancy and that’s something I need once in a while :-)

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argon Oil: I have tried very little from this brand, but for some reason it is always seems to intriguing to me. This is one of the most popular products from them! I was interested to compare it with the Maracuja Oil from Tarte. I enjoyed this so much more than the maracuja oil; it absorbs very quickly and is quite light, but gives me enough moisturization, especially around my mouth where my skin is very dry. I applied it before bed and it made my skin smooth and moisturized overnight.
However, I was just using it just for a week and I did not travelled anywhere with it. But suddenly, the cap kind of melt off! The glass dropper inside broke off and the cap was melted at the screw area! There were black particles all around the neck of the bottle making the oil completely unusuable. I may still be able to salvage it to use on my legs or something! But I am completely unhappy with the packaging! I don’t think I will repurchase even though I really like the product.

Origins High-Potency Night-A-mins Mineral-enriched renewal cream: Aah, another Origins product! I don’t think it is my most favorite night creams but I do like using it. I have been using a regular size one now and I have a travel size one that I have been saving for my travels.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Body Lotion: I got this when I stayed in a Marriot Hotel. I have to admit that looking at luxury toiletries at a hotel surely made me feel fancy! Anyway, I liked using it. It was good moisturizer but nothing fancy about it. I have not checked the price of it but I know that I did not like it that much to purchase in regular size :-)


Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream: This might be my most favorite product from this bunch of empties. I absolutely love their “The Righteous Butter” (reviewed here) buttercream. When I first started using this one, the scent was a little strong to me. But over time I actually grew quite fond of it. It’s an excellent moisturizer, very thick but not greasy and absorbs in seconds! I have quite dry skin and this absolutely saved me during the weather change from winter to spring here in the windy city. Also, the zesty lemon fragrance is quite refreshing in the morning to use. I will definitely, definitely repurchase it.

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel - “moonlight path”: This is one of my most favorite scents from BBW. It’s simple and yet very invigorating. I don’t think BBW shower gels need more explanation; everyone loves them, including me. I have been hoarding quite a few different shower gel type of products that I need to finish first, but I am sure I will repurchase this sometime.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss: I got this in an Influenster VoxBox, and I actually finished it awhile back but somehow did not store in my finished product pile. I love the brush; it is huge and chunky which is not something I typically enjoy! But I love the curve; it makes it easier to use. I did use it a lot; and I had mixed feelings throughout. It gives me nice, flattering, very natural looking lashes which I really enjoy. But it does flake during some days and transfers to my under-eye area from time to time. Otherwise, I do enjoy the natural look it gives to me. Overall, I do not think I am going to repurchase it.


Lakme Absolute Precision Liquid Liner: I loved this eyeliner. I have grewn up using liquid eyeliners from this brand. When it come it a pen type liner there was nothing better. I also love the tip. It a thick rigid felt but is very tapered at the end. It made it so easy to control! Using this, I sometimes feel that the Sila liner should have a thicker tip :-) This was my second pen and I think I will pick one up next time I visit India. :-)

Tarte Lights, Camera and Lashes Mascara: I don’t think I gave this a fair chance. I kept it in store for way too long and it almost dried up. Beauty blogger problem :-)

Hope you enjoyed my mini reviews! Here's to finishing up few more products in next 3-4 months :-)

Love,
~Arrru
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