Love It Or Leave It? Empties #5

My empties bag has been getting a bit full lately which means that it’s time to show you all what beauty products I’ve used up over the past month.

Skin Care

Empties #5 - Skin Care

REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk

Full Size: 5.1 fl oz, $28
Verdict: Love It

This has been my go-to cleanser in the mornings and I wouldn’t want to be without it. Of course I already bought a new bottle. You can read my full review here.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Full Size: 1.3 fl oz, $39
Verdict: Love It

Another staple in my morning skin care routine. I love how light-weight, yet hydrating this moisturizer is. I didn’t waste any time to purchase the full size when I ran out of this sample.

Caudalie Grape Water

Full Size: 6.7 fl oz, $18
Verdict: Like It

This is a nice hydrating toner but I prefer something that contains a higher amount of beneficial ingredients. I like that it comes in an aerosol can that sprays a very fine mist. I might buy this again in the future to use throughout the day for a refreshing boost of hydration.

H2O+ Aquafirm+ Eye Lift Concentrate

Full Size: 0.5 fl oz, $38
Verdict: Like It

I haven’t had much success with eye creams in the past and this one is no exception. It certainly doesn’t work any miracles on my dark circles but it has a slight shimmer to it that helps to brighten the eye area.


Empties #5 - Makeup

Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

Full Size: 0.5 fl oz, $21
Verdict: Like It

This used to be my go-to mascara for a long time but I’ve since found others that I like a bit better. This is by no means a bad mascara, though. I still have a couple of these that I will gladly use up but I’m not sure if I would purchase any additional ones.

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara

Full Size: 0.28 fl oz, $30
Verdict: Leave It

This mascara does a pretty decent job but it also smudges very easily and I end up with raccoon eyes by lunch time. Not cute. At this price range I was expecting much more. Don’t waste your money.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Full Size: 0.29 fl oz, $24
Verdict: Love It

One of my new favorite mascaras. I was really sad when this sample ran dry so I purchased the full size when Birchbox sent me an offer code recently.

Hair Care

Empties #5 - Hair Care

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Full Size: 6.73 fl oz, $7.99
Verdict: Love It

I love Batiste dry shampoos. They’re hands-down the best dry shampoos I’ve ever used. Unfortunately, I go through them crazy fast – about a bottle every two to three weeks. Luckily they’re not too expensive.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment

Full Size: 8.5 fl oz, $17.50
Verdict: Love It

This is a really nice leave-in treatment that is supposed to prevent and seal split-ends. I love the scent and it does a great job at fighting dry and frizzy ends. The price might seem a bit steep but you only need about one pump per application. This bottle has lasted me well over a year and I used it pretty much after every hair wash. Well worth the initial investment.


Empties #5 - Nails

Up & Up Strengthening Nail Polish Remover

Full Size: 6 fl oz, $0.97
Verdict: Like It

There isn’t much to say about nail polish remover. This one does the job and is super cheap. I’d buy it again.

OPI Start To Finish

Full Size: 0.5 fl oz, $12.50
Verdict: Love It

I use this as my base coat and it does a great job. It goes on very smoothly in a thin, even layer and dries very fast. I purchased a new bottle a while back when this one started to run low.

OPI RapiDry Quick-Dry Top Coat

Full Size: 0.5 fl oz, $12.95
Verdict: Like It

This top coat dries super fast which makes at-home manicures a breeze. My only complaint is that it can dry a bit streaky. I recently purchased my second bottle when BeautyBrands had a deal on OPI nail polishes. You can read my full review here.

Body Source Simple Luxuries Crème Vanille Smoothing Hand Cream

Verdict: Leave It

This hand cream was part of a gift set I got a few Christmases ago. I think that this is a Kohl’s store brand and isn’t a permanent offering. At least I can’t find anything about this brand online. It doesn’t really matter because this hand cream isn’t anything special. It smells nice and isn’t too greasy but it doesn’t moisturizer at all.

Bath & Body

Empties #5 - Bath & Body

Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

Full Size: 8.75 fl oz, $6s.50
Verdict: Love It

Virtually all of my hand soaps come from Bath & Body Works. I love their scent range. This one was limited edition for last winter and was one of their lighter scents – fresh but still a bit sweet. I liked it a lot.

Philosophy Pink Grapefruit Shampoo, Bath, and Shower Gel

Verdict: Like It

This bottle was part of a set I got last fall. The pink grapefruit scent smells really nice but, unfortunately, isn’t part of the permanent range. I’d consider buying this again in the future if Philosophy ever brings back the scent.

Dove – Go Fresh Restore Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant

Full Size: 2.6 oz, $4.19
Verdict: Love It

Dove Go Fresh is my go-to deodorant and I love their new Restore line with blue fig and orange blossom scent. I plan on purchasing this one again in the future.

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