NOTE: this post is going up long after it was written- as of today (Jan 6, 2014) I will have started my final semester of my undergraduate degree!
This semester at university went by in a flash. I honestly haven’t even lifted my head up until just this last week.
For those wondering: I’m in my final year (fourth) of an undergraduate degree with a major in biology (with a specialization in life science) and a minor in psychology. This last semester was full of biology courses, labs and even a research course that offered a great opportunity to work in a lab and study natural products and prostate cancer! How cool is that?! After writing my last exam and handing in my final research manuscript, I’ve been content just to sit around and be lazy- but alas, I had to finish my Christmas shopping first!
Today I wanted to share some of my empties from the last little bit. If you’ve seen the previous “empties” posts I’ve written (also titled “Quick Fire Reviews”) you may recognize a few of these products- although, some of them are new!
I’ll start with hair care. The item on the left is the Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo. This is the only dry shampoo that I will use- everything else just make my hair feel even more dirty. The scent is nice and it really keeps my fine hair from looking too greasy and oily though out the day.
The second item is the Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo– again this is a fantastic product. I have fine hair- so any little bit of product build up makes my hair look super flat and greasy. This shampoo is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis- however, I probably used it every other day because I liked it so much and didn’t want to use it all up! It’s fairly inexpensive if you can find it on sale, and it lasted me quite a long while. If you have fine hair, or hair that just tends to be more oily, I would definitely suggest trying this product! It also smells faintly of apples- which is great!
On to makeup products that I’ve finished… On the left is the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie that I love so much. What a fantastic color- I suggest it to so many people because it looks great on all skin tones! This is the second or third tube of this lipstick that I’ve finished, and although I love it, I think I’m going to wait to repurchase until I finish off some of my other lip products! Next is the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. This is nice to have, but I really don’t find that it keeps my skin from getting oily or that it helps my makeup last any longer…I much prefer the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray…but this held me over until I was able to get my hands on a bottle of All Nighter. Next is a deluxe sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish original primer. I’m not in love with Smashbox products- as they have yet to wow me…so I liked this, but I doubt I will repurchase the full size. Finally, my least favourite product of the bunch. Fresh Sugar lip gloss. I received this as a “birthday gift” from Sephora last year- and I didn’t like it at all. It smells awful, is thick and way too goopy and just didn’t impress me at all. Oh well, at least it was a gift and not something that I had purchased in full size!
On to skincare…I’ve really been on a skincare kick for the last little while and these are some products that I’ve been trying out. Vichy Eau Thermale Spring water. This is a great product to have around for cuts and scrapes and just to have around the house. I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy for a rash or a cut- it’s just an amazing product. I will forever repurchase this thermal water. Balèa Radiance Toner. I picked this item up because it was on sale (and as I’ve since found out, clearance- as it’s been discontinued). I have never been so impressed by a toner before. It helped to control oils on my skin while keeping it moisturized! If I could, I would continue to purchase this! Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover. Love it. I wouldn’t purchase it, but I love getting it in GWPs. In the back is a package from the Target brand makeup remover wipes. They were cheap- but nice to have around for those lazy nights! Finally, there is a bottle of the St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub…love it! I’m trying out some new exfoliators, but this is definitely a holy grail product for me.
So, that’s it for my empties! Hope you enjoyed!