November Empties

There's something very satisfying about using up your products when you have a rather large collection. I used up a few of my beauty products during the month of November. Here's what I finished and my thoughts on them.

Let's begin with the bath products. I used the Avon Naturals strawberry and guava refreshing shower gel. This is like any other typical shower gel, but it smells amazing! The hook design of the bottle is very convenient to keep in the shower. It has a nice lather and gets the job done, but it's not very powerful. If you are someone that exercises frequently, then you many need something stronger. There aren't any beneficial ingredients listed, and it has sodium laureth sulfate. It's just average.

The next bath product to go is the Twilight Woods Bubble Bath from Bath and Body Works. In terms of  producing bubbles, this is fantastic. A little goes a long way, and the bubbles will stick around in the tub for those of you like myself who prefer a longer soak. I found the Twilight Woods scent to be very warm and relaxing. A couple of vitamins are listed in the ingredients, but so are parabens. Unfortunately, Bath and Body Works has parabens in many of their products, so I have not been purchasing their products as frequently. This is a nice bubble bath, but I won't repurchase due to controversial ingredients.

I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair moisturizer with sunscreen. It contains SPF 30 and claims to help lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation. I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily even if I don't wear makeup, so I go through them quickly. This one was very moisturizing without making my skin too oily. I didn't notice any significant change in hyperpigmentation, even though this does contain a small amount of vitamin C. Even though I enjoyed using this, I prefer the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair to the Rapid Tone Repair. It seems to be slightly more moisturizing. Both of the Neutrogena moisturizers mentioned are priced at around $20 and come in 1 ounce bottles while similar brands have moisturizers with sunscreen packaged in 2.5 to 4 ounce bottles at a slightly lower cost. It's a good product, but you don't get enough for the cost. I may use this again in the future.

Origins Youthtopia Skin Firming Cream with Rhodiola is a rich moisturizer that I used at night. It is very emollient and too rich for my T-zone. This has an unpleasant smell, so I found myself not wanting to use this product. When I did use it, I also applied it to my hands. It made an excellent hand cream! I don't think I will try this again any time soon; it wasn't the right product for me.

I used up a trial size of the Murad Clarifying Mask for acne prone skin. It has a clay consistency, and it really made my skin feel clarified and refreshed. I even used it as an overnight spot treatment. I would purchase a full size in the future.

The one makeup item is Revlon Colorstay lipliner in Red. It was very pigmented and longwearing. I really liked this lipliner, but it did get dried out about halfway through using this up. There are other brands of lipliners that I am exploring right now, so I probably won't repurchase this soon.

Those are my empties! What goodies have you used up lately?
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  1. Great post Lauren! I know exactly what you mean, I have so many body washes that I haven't finished using them all! lol That strawberry body by Avon smells really good :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Pilar! I still have several of the Avon ones left! Thanks for stopping by!