January 2020 Empties

Happy Black History Month readers! How are you celebrating freedom?

I haven’t quite figured what I’m doing myself but perhaps a toe-dipping into canvassing for my candidate is in order. Just thinking about it is giving me cramps, but I guess when you’re always overthinking, you gotta not sometimes 😅

I’d been trying to make videos for Empties, but I’m still not good at recording my experiences with products, and I just kind of want to make a post, so here it is!


Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes

These were part of a gift from a friend. Wipes are so tricky for me because they’re like soda. Once it’s opened, it loses efficacy. And I don’t wear makeup everyday, so halfway through a package, they’re dry. However, I do like Pacifica’s natural focus, and this product doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens or petroleum, and is vegan and not tested on animals. Apparently, rose water smells like my bug spray which isn’t bad! But it just reminds me of being in the woods 😁

I kind of want to stop using wipes because I want to create less waste especially stuff that’s not degradable which I don’t know if these are. They’re made from natural fibers. But I have figured out that if your wipes dry out, you can put toner or micellar water on them!

St. Ives Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick

This was from a Target beauty box (shame on me,  I ordered this month’s). Initially, I did not like this because it’s like a bit of bar soap in a plastic container (boo), so you’re awkwardly rubbing it across your face, and it doesn’t lather nearly as much as shown in ads. Some people say it’s convenient for travel which may be true about just tossing it in your bag, but once you use it… it’s wet! So I was a bit concerned that if I would screw the lid on that it would develop mold! It didn’t, but I would always let it air dry.

However, I loved the smell, and it honestly was a good makeup remover (I never really wear heavy makeup though so IDK for other use!). This was also made with coconut oil, so maybe that’s why. But I wouldn’t really like this as my regular face wash because I just feel grimy if I don’t exfoliate and get acne it I don’t use something for it. I would’ve recommended it even though I wished it’d be repackaged, but it seems like they don’t even make it anymore. St. Ives now does have other cleansers that aren’t their famous scrubs, but I don’t see any with cactus water 😔

Shampoo Ingredients

Apothecare Essentials Booster Shampoo & Conditioner Sachets

These were freebies in a CVS purchase. They were a while ago, so I don’t exactly remember how they work, so they’re a freebie in this post too just in case you wanna hear about volumizing hair products. They’re made with rosehip oil, geranium, and aloe vera. So even though it has rose like the Pacifica wipes, these (empty sachets, at least) smell more like baby lotion or powder.

They contain no dyes, parabens or silicones and have a real science side that I don’t even understand. Perhaps that’s why their full size is $11!

L’Occitane 5 Essential Oils Shampoo

I STG that this says it’s a “shampooing shampoo.” Thanks, L’Occitane. I don’t feel so bad that again, I don’t really remember how this worked. It came from a trial hydration set that the brand had on sale for $5 (!), but I don’t think I was that impressed. Maybe it was the small size. But it’s supposed to soften and smoothen your capillary fibers. I can only notice that it smells ginger or herbal-y.

January Empties

Curativa Bay Skin Mist

Now this is weird because my mom got this from her friend, and I don’t think she works with the brand or a salon or anything. I thought she worked at a school ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Initially, I thought face mists were kind of gimmick-y too. Like: I already use a moisturizer or serum. How moisturized do I have to be!? But I do think that little extra step does help put that extra bounce. I’ve no idea what electrolyzed water or hypochlorous acid is if those ingredients concern you, but it is vegan, organic, and not tested on animals.

Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid Serum

This is probably the first item I’ve used up from my Allure beauty box sub try. I really like that you can try higher-end brands for only $15, but I wasn’t a fan of some of them. I think I decided to get the box because I saw that I’d get this and confused retinoid with retinol which I thought would be good for dark circles. But retinols are retinoids? 😵 While they both seem to be used for acne, retinol sounds like it’s more for anti-aging (collagen, crow’s feet, dark spots, etc).

So my experience of this serum helping redness actually makes sense. However, it’s usually $80, and I don’t think it doing just that is worth it.

January Empties Links
Affiliate links
Pacifica wipes | St. Ives stick | Apothecare Essentials shampoo & conditioner
L’Occitane shampoo | Sunday Riley serum | Mario Badescu spray

Hoorah! I don’t think this sounded too bad. 😄 Although I have gotten sick over the course of writing this. What are your cures for the cold?

Thanks for reading!

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