April & May 2017 Empties — Would I Repurchase?

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you the second installment to my empties series. The main idea of this is to fully use up products I have bought or samples I have received in an effort to reduce my own wastefulness, be mindful of my spending, and reduce my personal stash of skincare, haircare, and makeup. My first post from March 2017 has a little bit more of a detailed introduction, but that’s the gist of it.

You’ll find pictures, some links if I bought them on Amazon, product prices, a mini-review, and whether or not I would repurchase a product again. At the very end, I tally up the total amount of money these empties add up to. So, let’s get started!

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  • HASK Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner:
    • Retail: $1.77 USD (1.75 oz / 50 g)
    • Thoughts: This came as a sample in a Target Beauty Box and I got about ~3 uses out of it, focused mainly on my ends as a supplement to my current condition. The scent was very mild, and I left it on my hair for fairly long periods of time, but I don’t feel this really did anything remarkable.
    • Repurchase?: No
  • Verb Dry Shampoo:
    • Retail: $7.00 USD (0.5 oz / 14.7 mL)
    • Thoughts: My favorite kind of dry shampoo is the powder kind, which works really well with my blonde hair. My favorite brand is unfortunately no longer carried at my normal shopping places, so I decided to give the Verb Dry Shampoo powder a try (found at Sephora). There is no fragrance, no parabens, no sulfates, and actually gives my hair decent volume and does a better job of ‘cleaning’ my hair than my old stuff! I really like it and will keep repurchasing it.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, I bought a full size
  • Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash (Amazon):
    • Retail: $35.50 USD (8.4 fl oz / 250 mL)
    • Thoughts: Really excellent purple shampoo to counteract brassy tones that can occur when you go blonder. It has a lovely fragrance and is sulfate-free and really helps minimize the amount of toning you need to do to keep a bright blonde. This works super well with the associated Blonde Angel Treatment (here is a link to the duo on Amazon). I can’t remember what I paid when I bought it, because I bought it direct from my hair stylist, so I’m listing this with the Amazon price. 
    • Repurchase?: Yes I would

 

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  • Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste in Pure Mint:
    • Retail: estimate $0.91 USD (0.85 oz / 24.1 g)
    • Thoughts: This came in the Target “Naturals” Beauty Box back around April, and I finally got around to using it up. This has no peroxide, no artificial sweeteners, and no preservatives… so I thought I would really like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this at all and definitely didn’t notice any whitening effect even after using this tube, not even a little bit.
    • Repurchase?: No
  • Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers (Amazon):
    • Retail: $7.59 USD (36 assorted)
    • Thoughts: I found out about acne blemish covers thanks to /r/AsianBeauty on Reddit! That place is a goldmine for skincare recommendations. These are round little “bandages” (two sizes) that use hydrocolloid and literally soak up pus and oily secretions. They are amazing. If I have a blemish that I extract at night, I will make sure my skin is washed and clean, and apply one of these bandages right on top and go to sleep. When I wake up and take it off, I can actually see all the stuff it absorbed (the bandage turns white from soaking up all the “stuff”) and my blemish is flatter and less red that it would have been if I went without!! These things are actual game changers and I can’t recommend them enough if you struggle with blemishes. I would totally buy these again but I’m trying another brand to compare!
    • Repurchase?: Yes!!!
  • Up & Up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips:
    • Retail: $5.89 USD (14 strips)
    • Thoughts: I used up a box in my previous empties post and this was a second box I still left to use. My opinion hasn’t changed, these are pretty basic and do what they are supposed to do, but I have concerns about whether strips cause broken capillaries or not. I still worked through this box because it can be just so satisfying, but I’m trying to do what I can right now to keep my pores clean with masks and oil cleansing instead.
    • Repurchase?: Maybe, but maybe not

 

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  • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes:
    • Retail: $9.00 USD (30 ct)
    • Thoughts: I buy these from Ulta and I love them. I don’t really use traditional underarm deodorant sticks, but every now and then I do need a refresher, and these do the job. No irritation with my underarms and they smell really heavenly. As a side note though, if you are a very sweaty person, then this might not be enough for you.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, and I already have
  • Beauty 360 Age Defying Makeup Remover Towelettes:
    • Retail: $5.29 USD (36 count)
    • Thoughts: I stumbled on these at CVS and picked up a pack because if I see something is anti-aging, I’m like a moth to a flame. I really like these. Not heavily fragranced, remove my face makeup very well, re-closable packaging, and I just add some of my eye makeup remover to the wipe to make sure I get every bit of liner and mascara taken off. I am subscribed to CVS’s promotional emails so I always try to buy when there is a special + a coupon code.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, I already have
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover:
    • Retail: $26.00 USD (6.7 fl oz / 200 mL)
    • Thoughts: I got this around Christmas 2016 and I finally used it up. This was their largest bottle and a little goes a long way, so I’m not surprised it lasted so long. It takes off all of my eye makeup and long-wear lip products and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, not stripped. I really do enjoy this makeup remover but I’m trying to make an effort to repurchase things that are cruelty-free where possible, so no repurchasing this for me.
    • Repurchase?: No

 

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  • Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum:
    • Retail: $80.00 USD (1 oz / 30 mL)
    • Thoughts: This is definitely one of the pricier skin care items that I have in my routine, but it really is excellent and I think it is worth the price. The packaging is ideal because it prevents the serum from being exposed to light or oxygen, which are things that can make the product lose its efficacy quickly. It contains 15% l-ascorbic acid along with ferric acid and vitamin E, and leaves my skin brighter and with more clarity. I only use this in my morning routine: after cleansing and toning, I apply this to my skin, give it some time to absorb, and then follow with the 2% BHA Liquid on a cotton pad pressed over my skin, since I try to work from lower pH to higher pH. I always wear sunscreen during the day time, so I haven’t experienced any photosensitivity. This is an excellent product.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, I already have! 2nd bottle
  • Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid (Amazon):
    • Retail: $29.00 USD (4 fl. oz / 118 mL)
    • Thoughts: I had an empty of this in my previous post, and my thoughts remain the same with this: it’s a ride or die staple in my skincare routine. I described above how I apply this, and I currently only use this in my morning routine right now. I order this on Amazon a lot because I can get free shipping with my Prime membership.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, I’ve had a ton of bottles over the years, and have repurchased my new one!
  • Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment (Amazon):
    • Retail: $56.00 USD (1 fl oz / 30 mL)
    • Thoughts: This is another expensive product I have in my skincare routine, but I only use one pump of this at night, so it lasts a very long time. This features ideal product packaging that keeps light and oxygen out, so the product does not lose its efficacy (just like my vitamin C serum). It is a really potent retinol, especially if you have never used retinol before, so you do have to work your way up to using it nightly. I began by using it one night, skip two nights, use again, then reduced to every other night after awhile, and then finally every single night. Retinol may be one of the skin care ingredients that has made the largest difference in my skincare routine and I’m really glad that Paula’s Choice has an accessible & affordable option on the market.
    • Repurchase?: Yes, I already have! 2nd bottle

 

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  • Catrice Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray:
    • Retail: $7.99 USD (1.69 fl oz / 50 mL)
    • Thoughts: This is an okay makeup setting spray. The smaller size makes me feel like I went through it pretty quickly. I don’t think it did much in terms of oil control, but it did set my makeup in the sense that it took away some of the “powdery” look I can sometimes have. It’s not bad, but it’s not life-changing, either. 
    • Repurchase?: No, I bought another brand… Skindinavia 🙂
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray:
    • Retail: $32.00 USD (4.0 fl oz / 118 mL)
    • Thoughts: This is ooooooold packaging. You can tell not only by the fact it’s the white packaging, but also by the fact it’s now an “off-white” shade. I’ve had this for way too long and I’m glad I finally used it up. It’s a decent spray but I don’t think it did anything in terms of oil control. While using this up, I learned that Skindinavia actually produces the UD setting sprays, so I now am purchasing from them instead, and I am very happy with their products. The Skindinavia brand offers quality and you can save money by 1) buying a bundle, and 2) buying the bundle when there is a special promotion going on! They often run 20% off and free shipping specials.
    • Repurchase?: No, I bought another brand… Skindinavia 🙂

 

Final Thoughts

The total value of the empties I used up ended up being $303.94 USD.

The total value of empties I used up in all installments of this series so far is $627.64 USD!!! Holy wow!!

It feels good to actually use up product and know that it’s not going to waste, especially when I add up the total dollar amount and know that I’m not throwing my money away into the trash or letting it expire and be unusable. Not every product was a repurchase for me, but many were this time around! I’m excited to see what my June empties post adds up too, and then calculating everything at the end of the year.

Hopefully you found this post useful, interesting, or maybe even a little motivating to start working through products you already own at home. Are you challenging yourself to do something similar? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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