October to December 2015 Empties & Tosses

Empties & Tosses: October to December 2015

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Welcome to another instalment of what’s in my beauty trash! If you’re new to these kinds of posts, this Empties & Tosses segment showcases the products I have either used up or have expired in the past few months. This October to December period was a doozy for using up/tossing products, so it’s a bit of a long one!

Rating Scale:
😘 = love (repurchase)
😊 = pretty great (consider repurchasing)
😑 = indifferent (will not repurchase)


Empties and Tosses: October to December 2015

I’ve been trying to use up my skincare samples the past few months, so I’ve got quite a few this empties time. The Vichy Normaderm Night Detox (x2) 😊 was definitely my favourite of the moisturizers – it’s super moisturizing and slightly tingly in a way that makes it feel like it’s actually doing something. I also really loved the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 😊 because of it’s super hydrating and gentle formula. In the meh categories are the Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Hair Elixir 😑 which didn’t seem to do anything to my hair, Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer 😑 which smelled great but I prefer the Body Shop’s take on the zingy moisturizer, Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Anti-Aging Oil-Free Cream 😑 was really heavy on my skin and the Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream 😑 wasn’t as great as I remembered. It was okay, but nothing to get excited about.

In non-moisturizer samples, the L’Occitane en Provence Verveine Eau de Toilette (x2) 😊 smells bright and citrusy and if I wore more perfume I would definitely buy this to wear in the summer. And finally the Kate Somerville Exfolikate 😊 is gentle but so effective – I can see why people like it so much!



LUSH Tea Tree Water 😊 I love LUSH’s toner waters. They’re light and refreshing while being super soothing to the skin. I prefer the Eau Roma water scent-wise, though, so if I buy more again I’ll probably go back to that.

Black Colored Rice Hydrogel Eye Patch 😊 This was my final one of these delightful eye masks and I’m going to miss it. It’s incredibly hydrating and refreshing. Love! I don’t know where to buy it, so if I were to get it I’d have to do a lot of research first.

Paula’s Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser 😘 If you read my Winter Skincare Routine you know how much I love this cleanser. If the Canadian dollar was better I’d probably have already ordered it.

Purederm Skin Solutions Kiwi Yogurt Pack Face Mask 😑 I have a small box of these masks and they’re pretty moisturizing but they just smell so funny…

Quo Luxury Oval Cotton Pads 😘 Soft, inexpensive, wonderful. I’ve already repurchased the round size.

Origins Modern Friction Nature’s gentle dermabrasion 😑 I liked it – made my skin feel very soft – but there are so many great physical exfoliators out there that I’ll keep trying new ones.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Moisturizer Mask 😊 I got this in the Black Friday deals in 2014 – yikes – and absolutely fell in love. I had the tiniest bit left that I used up in October and I think I have more potent moisturizers that I can use now, but it’s certainly delightful.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum 😘 Oh my gawd I love this serum!! I used it every day until it was gone and I already miss it. I’m waiting for a Vichy sale at Shoppers Drug Mart to repurchase.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm 😊 Can’t believe I actually used up a lip balm. This was my BFF last winter.

La Roche Posay Redermic Anti Aging Eye Cream (sample) 😑 I have such a hard time raving about eye creams, I’ve never found one that wowed me and unfortunately this one is in that same category.

Bath & Body & Hair


LUSH Stardust Bathbomb 😊 I hauled this over the holidays and I really like everything about Stardust! If it’s back next year it’ll definitely tempt me.

Calgon Take Me Away! Peppermint Marshmallow Hand Soap 😑 I really enjoyed the minty sweet scent and the soap was super nice, but I’d probably pick up a different scent if I were to get this again.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter 😊 I think I will always repurchase the Body Shop’s Body Butters – they are so thick and creamy! I am trying to get through my mountain of other moisturizers at the moment, but as soon as I do you can bet I’m going back to The Body Shop for this yummy scent.

LUSH Prince Charming Shower Gel 😑 Prince Charming was part of LUSH’s Valentine’s Day collection and smells like candy – perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s pink with silver micro glitter, so I’m surprised I actually bought it. I doubt I’ll repurchase purely because shower gel shower gel takes me so long to use up and I get bored. I did like it when I first bought it though!

Clinique Sparkling Body Exfoliating Cream 😑 Super minty smelling but the perfect amount of grit for body exfoliating. I prefer dry brush exfoliation though, so I’ll be sticking to that.

COLAB Volume Extreme Dry Shampoo in London 😘 Don’t think I need to say much about this – I love it!!

L’Occitane en Provence Light Comforting Cream 😊 I did love everything about this – the smell, how luxurious it was…but again, I have sooooooo much moisturizer already…

L’Occitane En Provence Ultra Rich Shower Cream 😑 I wanted this to be amazing, but it’s honestly not that rich, let alone ultra rich. I prefer LUSH’s shower cream.



Annabelle Eyeink2 Double Ended Liquid Liner 😑 I love a lot about this liner – the double end, the reversable tips…but it just dried out so quickly!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light 😑 I like that this concealer doesn’t crease under my eyes but it’s coverage just isn’t heavy enough for my dark circles.

Smashbox Photofinish More than Primer Blemish Control 😑 This honestly didn’t do much for me, I only used it out of stubbornness. You can read more about my thoughts in my Finish 5 By Fall post! (link above)

Dior Hypnose Mascara (sample) 😑 The wand on this is so weird and made me get mascara all over my eyelids. Nope.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla 😘 This is my second tube and I’ve already got another on the go – LOVE this concealer….despite how pricey it is!

essie No Chips Ahead topcoat 😑 But essie….there were chips! There were!



David’s Tea Snow Day Herbal Tea 😘 This is my husbands new favourite tea and we have already repurchased it!

David’s Tea Hot Chocolate Pu’erh Tea 😘 I was going through a few weeks where this was all I drank, so it’s definitely already been repurchased too!

David’s Tea Honey Bee Mate 😘 Honey Bee is the perfect morning tea – it’s got tons of caffeine and it tastes like honey! And it’s super easy on the tummy so when I’m anxious it’s really nice to sip on in class. It’s already repurchased too!

David’s Tea Genmaicha Green Tea 😊 Dylan adores Genmaicha! We’re going to try to use up some other tea in our super full cupboard before repurchasing though.

Skincare & Body Care Tosses


The Body Shop Drops of Life Serum 😑 I reviewed this when I first got it and wasn’t a fan. I’ve tried to use it since then and it didn’t do much for me – I don’t think I’m in the target demographic though!

Soap and Glory the Fab Pore Facial Peel 😑 This….was kind of exfoliating….but it honestly just felt like I was rubbing lumpy cream over my face and then washing it off….

yes to tomatoes Clear Skin Clearing Lotion 😊 I used this religiously way back in 2014, but then it got shoved into the back of a cupboard and I forgot about it. It’s definitely expired now.

The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion😊 The thing with foot lotion is that I only use it in the winter months and this bottle was just too massive for me to use up before it went off! I may repurchase if a smaller tube was available.

Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Lotion in Blissful Vanilla 😑 I love everything about vanilla, so I used this a lot for a while, but it wasn’t as hydrating as I wanted and then it started to smell weird.

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel 😑 I tried so hard to like this, but like the Soap and Glory “peel” this didn’t seem to do anything to my skin.

Juice Bauty Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing 😑 See above…

Makeup Tosses


Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Iris 😑 I LOVED THIS COLOUR SO MUCH…and then the lipstick snapped.

Annabelle Instaglam Kajal Eyeliner 😑 Another product I tried really hard to love, but once the felt tip started dry out it lost it’s usefulness for me because I just don’t use kajal.

Sephora Cream Matte Lip Cream in 01 Always Red 😘 Unfortunately for me, this perfect, amazing, glorious lip cream started to smell and taste awful. This was my wedding lipstick so I was particularly sad to have to throw it out. Definitely going to repurchase!

L’Oreal True Match foundation 😑 There was a period where I really liked this foundation until I realized it didn’t do much for me. The coverage isn’t high enough for my poor acne scarred skin…and the consistency started to feel weird, so it got moved right out of my foundation drawer.

L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive lipstick in Blake’s Red 😘 I am so gutted about this…I only used this twice, but it was my new favourite red lipstick. And then the sun went and melted it…and it snapped off the bullet. I hardly knew you…

wet’n’wild Mega Liner in Indigo Blue 😊 This wet’n’wild liner is so much fun – bright blue and really easy to use! However it’s old now and I just didn’t use it enough.

Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain 😑 I received this in a Birchbox, wore it once and instantly hated it. It felt oily and gritty on my lips – yuck.

eyeko Brow Gel 😊 One of my favourite brow gels! It doesn’t get crispy and has the perfect hold – just wish it had a smaller brush and that it was tinted.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in East End Snob 😑 I bought this after Amelia Liana recommended it as a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s lipliner in Pillow Talk but whenever I tried to use the Rimmel version it just crumbled on me. Maybe I got an old one?

PHEW. That was a huge post. Thank you if you made it through that monster!! I think I need to start doing monthly empties again…


14 thoughts on “October to December 2015 Empties & Tosses

  1. I aspire to be like you with my empties posts. There was definitely a lot of stuff but I just wanted to keep on reading! And now I have a new tea to try (Honey Bee sounds amazing).

    • Oh man me too, Kenz! If my bathroom could be full of LUSH all the time, it would be, haha! The Tea Tree Water was a bit pricey, especially for a toner water, but I did love it 🙂

  2. I was a bit indifferent with Lush’s Tea Tree water. It looks like you went through some amazing products in a very short time. Good post.

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