For some reason, Empties round ups always seem to hold more weight for me than a Favorites or Haul post. There’s something very satisfying to me about collecting my empty containers. And knowing that someone I’m following has actually gone through an entire container/bottle/package of something and is then reviewing it, rather than just making a snap judgement based on packaging (guilty) means I’ll trust their input and advice.
So without further ado, here are the products I used up so far in Summer 2016!
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment – $26 at Sephora
I know I should probably save the best for last, but I’m impatient, and I can’t stop raving about this product. It legitimately is a perfect hair day in a bottle. The product claims 5 benefits: smoothing, volumizing, conditioning, strengthening, and polishing. And it 100% lives up to it. It’s hard to put my finger exactly on it, but when I use this product, my hair goes from alright, sort of frizzy, lifeless, average hair to BAM, instant supermodel hair. It just makes my hair look healthier, fuller, smoother, better. And it has one of the best high end hair product smells I’ve ever encountered. Definite repurchase.
- Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Primer – $22 at Ulta
I talked about this product in my blow dry primer post, and I ended up deciding that this product wins over its drugstore counterpart. Like the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, the high end smell is definitely a factor (and yes I do know how frivolous this is). But more importantly, this product is a necessity for me now. It cuts my blow dry time in half, protects my hair from heat styling, and helps improve the texture and feel of my hair after a blow dry. I recommend this stuff to any curly girl or frequent blow dryer looking to speed up styling and get healthy looking hair. Definite repurchase.
- Lush Shampoo Bar: Jason and the Argan Oil – $9.95 at Lush
I mentioned in my shampoo spotlight post that I was stoked to buy the Rose Jam scented shampoo bar from Lush, and I have to say, I really have enjoyed using it. It smells amazing (which I knew it would), and it helps get my hair squeaky clean. But as far as shampoo goes, this seems to be a pretty average one to me. While Lush touts the Argan oil in the bar to help strengthen hair, I didn’t notice any particular effects after using up the whole bar. And that proved to be another problem: the Argan oil content in the bar is so high that it makes it softer than other shampoo bars at Lush, and consequently, the bar is prone to breaking up and crumbling. Typical shampoo bars last about 80 washes, but mine started crumbling after about 30. I still used the pieces of the bar to round out about 30 or 40 more washes, but it got to be kind of a hassle. I might buy another one of these after I cycle through a few of the other shampoo bars Lush has to offer. Might repurchase.
- It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask – $30 at Ulta
This was the first hair mask I ever used, and I purchased it after I won an amazon gift card from work about a year and a half ago and I LOVED IT. I felt like it just made my hair so soft, and so easy to comb through. I kind of thought that all hair masks would be like that, and unfortunately I was wrong. Since I first tried this, I’ve tried drugstore and high end hair masks, and they condition well enough. But none of them leave with an actual distinguishable difference like the It’s a 10 mask does. It does a ton for my hair, and I try to do this mask at least once a week, but if I’m feeling particularly self-indulgent, I’ll use it as my daily conditioner. Already repurchased.
- Stila Stay All Day Waterprof Liquid Eye Liner – $20 at Sephora
My forever go-to liquid liner, Stila knocks it out of the park. I usually don’t like felt tip liners (my favorite liner applicator is actually the tip on the Kat Von D liquid liner, but unfortunately that one isn’t a true waterproof). But the Stila liner blows every other liner out of the water. The felt tip is incredibly fine, which allows you to create those super sharp cat eyes, and it’s waterproof as hell, so you don’t have to worry about it running when you wear it in the pool. Already repurchased.
- Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara – $19 at Sephora
This mascara didn’t really stand out to me all that much. I liked the non-waterproof Bad Gal mascara from Benefit, but for some reason the waterproof just didn’t make much of an impression. The formula was really dry, and seemed to run out quickly. It applied well, but seemed to flake and fall throughout the day more than other mascaras I’ve used. Overall, if you’re going to get a Benefit mascara I’d either recommend the original Bad Gal or They’re Real over the Bad Gal Waterproof. Won’t repurchase.
- L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara – About $8 at drugstores
As far as drugstore mascaras go, it’s hard to top my all time favorite, Maybelline’s The Falsies. But L’Oreal comes incredibly close. This mascara creates a ton of volume, and lasts really well throughout the day. I did notice that the tube ran dry a little faster than most mascaras I use. It wasn’t my all time favorite, but as far as drugstore mascaras go, I would definitely recommend this. Might repurchase.
- Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Refreshing Lip Care – About $3 at drugstores
If you love waxy lip balms, this is the chapstick for you. I absolutely love this chapstick, and I currently own three tubes: one for my car, one for my purse, and one for my bedside table. It’s definitely one of the waxier formulas I’ve used, which I love because I feel like it helps trap moisture, and really seal chapped lips. If you’re looking for a creamier texture, I wouldn’t go for this, but Nivea has completely stolen my heart with this one. Already repurchased.
- Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream – $10 at Drugstore.com
If you’re looking for a way to up your pamper night game, this is a great way to go. Soap and Glory have made two of my favorite lotions, the Heel Genius and Hand Food. I love to use some of this after a bath, right before bed, and it makes my skin so incredibly baby soft. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a way to soften up and level up your pamper routine. Definite repurchase.