Summer Empties! A Stash of Trash

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I'm always so happy to see September roll around. Not only does it mean that fall is on the way, but my birthday is at the end of the month. While I'm not one to go all out for my birthday, there's something about having a special day during one of the first days of fall that I really enjoy. 


As the official end of summer approaches, I thought I would do some throwing out of my trash and show you the beauty products I have used up this summer. 


Jason Long & Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Conditioner: I did not like this at all, and it was just sitting in my shower. I used this as a shaving cream just to get rid of it. It did not moisturize at all. I won't buy this again, and I don't recommend it.

Mineral Fusion Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: This is my favorite shampoo, and it really helps keep my oily scalp under control without being too abrasive. I already have another one of these in my shower. I get this at a local grocery store, but Amazon has it for the same price!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle: Most of you have heard of this and know how great this deep conditioner is for the price. I will definitely purchase this again. Go try it if you haven't!

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner*: I wrote a review of a the entire Keratin Protein line, and I really like this deep conditioner. It made my hair feel really smooth and hydrated and banished that crunchy feeling. I would purchase this again, but it really needs better packaging.

Hask Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment*: I also reviewed the Argan Oil line in that same review. I really liked this hair oil. Only a little product was needed for all of my hair, so this little tube lasted much longer than I thought it would. I would repurchase this.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil*: This was a very smoothing oil, and I think this was my favorite of the two hair oils. My only complaint is that the lid was not secure at all. This spilled a couple of times just sitting in my stash. I would repurchase this if I can find a tube with a secure lid.


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: I used up around three or four of these since the last empties post. I get a box of these at Costco. These are my favorite makeup wipes, and I will keep repurchasing them.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash: I got this as a free gift from Ulta before they changed their rewards system. I really like tea tree oil, but this cleanser felt a little too abrasive for my taste. I wouldn't repurchase this, but I would like to try something else from The Body Shop's Tea Tree line. The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is probably best for teens.

Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap: I love this as a facial wash. It does a thorough job cleansing my face without stripping it. It is wonderful for problematic skin. I need to get another one! I get this at Target.

GlamGlow Youthmud: I have a review of this mask where I talk about how much I love it. I was so sad when I finished it. This mask has a pretty hefty price tag, but I found it on Amazon for around $40! I will definitely repurchase this, especially now that I know I can get it for less than the full price of $69.

Origins Youthtopia Age-correcting serum with Rhodiola: This serum didn't really work for me. It's just a little too rich for my skin, so I think I may give what's left of this to my mom. I think Origins has discontinued this, but you can still find it on Amazon. It has great reviews for mature skin, but it's just not right for my oily/combination skin.


Victoria's Secret Amber Romance Silkening Body Splash: This is a very old bottle of this that I was holding onto for sentimental reasons, but since I have another one, I decided to use it up. I will probably always have a bottle of Amber Romance.

Ziaja Natural Olive Body Butter: This is a sample my mom gave me. I really liked this body butter. It was very thick and creamy and moisturizing. It had a pleasant smell without being strong enough to compete with a fragrance. I would purchase this. You can purchase this for yourself from the Ziaja site or you can get it from their store on Amazon.

Ziaja Cocoa Butter Body Balm: This is another sample that I got from my mom. It has a thinner consistency and has that cocoa butter smell. I liked this one too, and I would purchase this if I needed another body lotion. This product can be found on the Ziaja site, but it is cheaper on Amazon.

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap with Lavender: This is a travel size that I got in the travel size section of Target. I got this for a short trip to use as an all-purpose soap. I ended up liking this best for washing my makeup brushes. I would repurchase this.


elf Complexion Perfection: For only $3, you can't beat this for a setting powder. You can purchase this at Target or online from elf. I was running out of this, and I dropped it. So, that was the end of this. It's supposed to color correct, but it's really just translucent. I would repurchase this.

Revlon Grow Luscious mascara: This is a total fail product that I could just not suffer through. It was difficult to remove, and my lashes were falling out. I won't be purchasing this again!

L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Noir: I really liked this eyeliner. It is very similar to the Milani Liquif'eye liners. I think I got this from Target or CVS. This liner was a really intense black that was really easy to use. It was just old and dried out, so I am tossing it. I would purchase this again in a different color. I have too many black eyeliners right now!

That's all of my empties. Time for me to take out my trash! I'm quite surprised that I don't have any sunscreen here because I wear it every day. There are a couple that are coming to an end, so they will probably show up later in the fall.

What have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you!
-xoxo Lauren

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