Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Empties Review for the #NewYear : #December Edition


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#HappyNewYear to all my fellow readers to another Empties Review in which my post is kinda late due to the #NewYear activities including feeling better, but here is my December Edition! Wow, I feel so committed in using what I already have in my beauty drawer from receiving a lot of samples from Birchbox and NewBeauty, swapping, and clearance/travel size purchases!  Let's get started....





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I love Carol's Daughter products from trying out their lotions to this highly acclaimed MONOI Repairing Sulphate-free Shampoo and Conditioner! For my long, past the shoulders hair I had to use 2 packets each to effectively shampoo my relaxed hair with wonderful results! VERDICT: YES!!!



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I love Face Masks and I got this from great deal at Walgreens on clearance! After cleansing my face FIRST before using this Vitamin C packed mask, I had fine dirt particles on it after 15 mins plus the tingle was tolerable for me which sensitive types may take note! Plus, anything that helps hydrate my dry Winter Skin and attack my blackheads is a WINNER! VERDICT: YES!!!

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I enjoy getting these packets at my local Kroger to use in my bi-monthly pedicure which helps with my feet!!

VERDICT: YES!! 


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I tried Surface Hair Health Art Curls Shampoo and Conditioner which worked really well with my relaxed/wavy/dry hair! Plus Surface Acai & Blueberry Lotion was great after shower to moisturize my body!
VERDICT: YESS!

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I love this sample of Mary Kay Satin Hand for my hands and a little on lips and elbows to combact winter skin! VERDICT: YES!!

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I love WHISH Body Butter that I got via Birchbox in Lavender...good to the last drop for 2 days to help with my dry winter skin without being "greasy"! VERDICT: Yes! 

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I am a BIG FAN of Living Proof hair products for my relaxed hair via Birchbox! This styling cream came in handy during my little sister's wedding weekend in December that also nourish my hair strands, too! VERDICT: YES!!

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I tried this sample via NEWBEAUTY Testtube that I won last year!  This  luxe L'Occitane Creme Divine day/night cream was amazing to my dry skin!! My skin felt soft and moisturize all day and all night long!! VERDICT: YESS!!!

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This is my favorite drugstore/mass retail skin cream when I am wait for my usual skin cream or after I finished trying a deluxe samples! I get this at my local Target in the travel section!! VERDICT: YES!!

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I love this makeup remover esp on my eyes which I got via Birchbox! Designed for sensitive face and eyes, I enjoyed using this effective makeup remover! VERDICT: YES!!

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I tried this sample via NEWBEAUTY Testtube that I won for my face and neck areas!! I use this before my usual moisturizer which did help my dry skin to feel hydrated during the fall time!! VERDICT: YES!!!

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I love this leave-in conditioner from Birchbox which is very budget friendly but great on relaxed, dry hair!! VERDICT: YES!!!


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Hurray for less lipstick/balms in my collection which I greatly used daily (Pixi lip balm I used both DAY and NIGHT for my dry lips!). These are some great brands for your personal lipstick/lippies collection! VERDICT: YESS!!!

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I got this last January during the Semi-Annual Sale and although this scrub was effective in getting rid of dry flakes on my skin, the fragrance is a little to strong and the texture can be a little finer for body scrub! I got another one to finish now but I hope Victoria Secrets improves their body scrub formula! VERDICT: No

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I got this sample from Walgreens esp reading about in Allure Magazine for dry skin issues and it really does works!! VERDICT: YES!!

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I like this hand and nail balm (really lotion) that I received via Birchbox and moisturized very well! But it is more like lotion than thick balm so I will past re-purchasing on this product! VERDICT: NO!!






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I love Tom of Maines products esp their organic deodorant which lasted me the entire year!! As of late, I need a natural/organic deodorant due to my changing health issues and I am doing "one less" for the environment as well! VERDICT: YES!!


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I tried this sample via NEWBEAUTY Testtube and although I love how it felt on my skin, I need a honey or tan tint above "medium" for a better match! VERDICT: NO!!

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I love using this eye pads above because not only it moisturizes but tightens up my under eye areas!! After now using the second set from NEWBEAUTY Testtube, I love the results! VERDICT: YES!!!


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I love this perfume sample via Birchbox which I practically used everyday!!  CLEAN Warm Cotton gave me lasting scent of really great, soap scent or fresh from the showers fragrance! I use a $30 gift card towards the purchase of this everyday fragrance! VERDICT: YES






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I enjoyed using hair oils but I was surprised to see Wella Professionals having their version of nourishing hair oils! This reconstructive oil contains Argan, Jojoba, and Almond Oils which my relaxed dry hair needs without being "heavy nor greasy" !! VERDICT: YES!!

Wow, this Empties Review: #December Edition was alot but I have much insight of what worked for me and I removed clutter out of my beauty drawers at the end of #2015!! I will have my Empties Review: #January Review towards the end of this month and hereafter for the #2016 year!!

What were your empties in December and which ones were Yes or No ?

Until next time...

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger

12 comments:

  1. i love the mary kay hand cream too! :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I love it during the spring, fall, and winter months for dry skin!

      Ursula

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  2. Nice Selection of products Ursula!!
    Feel free to visit me back :)
    mandyshareslife.com

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! Just making room for new things to try in 2016 and for my birthday in February!

      Ursula

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  3. I am impressed you won a tube with the Divine cream. You win a lot, lucky lady.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! Here to more contest wins like these in 2016! :)

      Ursula

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  4. Look at you go! You did so well with your empties. I love the Clean scents too - warm cotton is one of my favourites! I don't wear perfume much but I'll slather it on haha.

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! I got a 1 oz bottle after trying the perfume sample pack from Birchbox and I just kept picking this fragrance out for the whole week and half! So I knew what I wanted to get using the $30 off voucher that I receive...

      Ursula

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  5. You have so many great products. First... I love, love, love Carol's Daughter. I have not met a Carol's Daughter product I didn't love. My favorite products are her edge control and the Almond Cookie Butter line. Oh!!! So good.
    Second... I love the read my lips liquid lip stick. It is one of the few lipstick samples that I actually used all up. Love that stuff. Third... I've wondered about TOMS deodorant. I am currently using LaVanila's natural deodorant which has decent protection and smells great. However, it is a bit expensive and I am trying to transition into minimal spending & living so I would love a more inexpensive alternative. I am glad to hear you like this product. I will pick some up the next time I need deodorant.

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    1. Thank you, Tee! I have tried Carol's Daughter lotion in Almond Cookie (so ADDICTIVE!!)and love the hair products too! I want to more reviews on this brand for 2016!

      Ursula

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  6. I am a huge fan of the Mary Kay satin hands, it's a long time fave :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. Thank you, Jordyn! That is a great hand cream by Mary Kay! :)

      Ursula

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