Empties | December 2015

I’ve been collecting trash in the corner of my room for the past month and I need to get rid of it. I didn’t use all of these products up this month, a lot of them are from November. Also, some of these products I’m just throwing out because they’re expired or nearly used up and I can’t get anymore product out of it, like nail polish and brow gel.

Hair

Tresemme Conditioner Naturals Nourishing Moisture
I raved about this in my November Favorites and I’m nearly through a second bottle. I’m in love with this conditioner and I’m telling all the curlies about it! This in the best conditioner I’ve used to keep my curls frizz-free, moisturized, and detangled when I condition. It’s inexpensive which is great for us curlies since we tend to go through A LOT of conditioner.

Suave Naturals, Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Before discovering the previously mentioned Tresemme conditioner, I used this as my co-washing conditioner because it contains no silicones, it’s super cheap, and smells great. Since the Tresemme conditioner is silicone-free I can use that as my co-washing and regular conditioner. It too also smells great.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner
If you haven’t tried this leave-in conditioner, you haven’t lived yet. That could an exaggeration, but I much prefer this salon brand over drugstore alternatives. I’ve used a variety of salon quality hair products, and I don’t think they’re all what they’re cracked up to be. This is the exception to the rule. This is lightweight, conditions, and most of all detangles my hair after a wash. Right now, it’s one of two products in my hair care routine that’s not silicone-free (see which silicones are less accepted than other on NaturallyCurly.com). While I don’t follow the curly girl method, most of the produts I use are CG friendly and my hair has distinctly improved in health since I’ve discovered my holy grail hair products. This product is the only exception and I don’t plan on switching it out anytime soon. I love this leave-in spray and I have a backup waiting for me

L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing Leave-In Creme
Another leave-in product that I use for different results. I like my curls to be sleek and as perfect as possible so I prefer using a smoothing cream over a thicker leave-in conditioner. I discovered this product the first time I tried the curly girl method and still use it. At one point I thought it was being discontinued from L’Oreal’s Hair Expertise line, but I can still find it at Target, Walmart, and if I’m in desperate need on Amazon. The best part, other than the fact that it works great at smoothing out my hair, is that it’s silicone-free. Another win for the curlies.

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment
This used to be my holy grail deep conditioner, but after I finished this container I repurchased it and it’s so much thinner in consistency than it used to be. I used to recommend this over anything else, but I might be switching when I finish the container I have open in my shower.

Tresemme Extra Firm Control Gel
I purchased a few of these in the travel size for my trip to San Francisco this past summer and I needed to finish it off to make room in my collection. I didn’t love this gel and wouldn’t recommend it for every day use, but it’s one of the few gels I could find under three ounces for air travel. I found mine at Target.

Skin

Murad Environmental Shield Advanced Active Repair Serum
When I turned 25 I made it a point to start taking care of my skin, and that included adding in some more effective, high end skin care. I didn’t want anything that was anti-aging per se, but I wanted something that was going to help my skin look healthy and youthful. I shopped around and used a few various products, but ultimately returned to this Murad serum and I highly recommend it. It’s pricey at $90 but it’s made a difference in how radiant my skin appears and has helped reduce some of the fine lines that were on my forehead. I repurchased this and use it every night after taking off my makeup.

Cerave Eye Repair Cream
This was a “YouTube made me buy it,” purchase. It’s definately great for moisturizing around the eye area and as you can see from the picture I cut it open to finish it off, but it doesn’t do a lot for my fine lines or have enough anti-aging benefits for me to repurchase it.

The rest of my skin empties are samples including a Murad peel that was a gift with purchase the serum I use, Clinique and Caudalie skin moisturizers, and random Kiehl’s lip treatment I’ve had for a while.

Makeup and NailsEmpties December 2015 Makeup
A lot of these items are being thrown out because they’re old or not working the best anymore.

Cover Girl Lash Blast and NYX Control Freak
I’m throwing both of these out because they’re past the time I like to keep mascara around, which is around two to three months. Lash Blast mascara is a classic volumizing mascara which is the main thing I look for in mascara, after I use my waterproof mascara to hold a curl. Control Freak is my favorite brow gel even though the wand is a little large for going through the brows, but the formula is so much better than the Milani and Maybelline clear gels in my opinion.

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
This has been in my collection for so long and I finally used it all up. I don’t feel like it didn’t anything special for the longevity of my foundation or keeping me matte, so I wouldn’t repurchase it. Still on the search for the perfect base primer!

NYX Nude Matte Shadow
Hit pan on this so it’s time to throw it out. I’m not sure if NYX still makes this line, but the line is all matte of basic eye shadow shades.

Nail Polish
Wet N Wild Megalast nail color Haze of Love, China Glaze Twinkle Lights, and Out the Door top coat.

Sigma E50 – Large Fluff
This is a great brush for setting your eye primer or highlighting your brow bone and I’m so happy I had a back up in my collection. This brush is about three years old and the bristles starting coming out in chunks so it needs to go.

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