Empties vol. 20 // July 2019

I’ve been doing these for over 5 years and have just hit 20 posts. I guess that’s 4 per year, or once per quarter (though it rarely/never evens out like that).

Before I left for Nashville, I quickly snapped a photo of the massive pile of empties I’ve been waiting to post about so here we are.

Look at all those things I’ve been saving to blog about.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical
My favorite dry shampoo! but I’m in the process of trying to find a new dry shampoo that better aligns with my desire to clean up my beauty cabinet. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Raw Sugar The Moisture Smoothie Shampoo + Conditioner
I actually bought these at Goodwill because I AM A SUCKER and couldn’t remember if I had conditioner at home (spoiler: I did). I loved the way they smelled but I won’t need to be purchasing them again.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter
Speaking of getting things at Goodwill, I found this at the Bins! I’ve been using it for months; I liked the smell and the thickness of it, but because I’m doing the whole cleaning up of my beauty cabinet, I won’t be seeking it out.

Derma- E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water

I was really into Micellar Water for awhile, but now I’m over it. At this point I’d rather just use witch hazel. Cheaper and one less thing on the shelf.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil

This stuff is amazing if you’re looking for a makeup remover. Pump the oil into dry hands, rub on face, wash off. It’s really effective and great. But again… cleaning out my beauty cabinet. I HIGHLY recommend this, though. Plus it’s so much less wasteful than makeup remover wipes!

Kenra Platinum Leave In Conditioner

I don’t know how I got this. I didn’t want it. I got rid of it.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

This is honestly one of my must-have products. It starts in the shape of your average sugar scrub but it turns foamy with water. It smells amazing and is great at exfoliating! I use this in the shower. I 100% will be – okay actually already have – replacing this.

Eve Lom Cleanser

I first got a small sample in a Birchbox years ago and fell in love. You rub a small amount of the cleanser on your face, then you use a muslin cloth to wash it up. I love the earthy smell of it and it makes my face feel so clean. It is REALLY EXPENSIVE, so I’ve stocked up as I’ve seen it on the Birchbox sale page. I think I have one small tub left.

Cashmere Glow Body Lotion

I try to put lotion on my hands every night before bed, and I found this small bottle and decided to start using it up. I like the smell, but I am also in the process of breaking up with Bath & Body Works. This also applies to…

Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Mist

Read above. I will miss you, sweet smell of fall.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

Let me just shout my adulting from the rooftop. This mascara was old enough to need to get replaced, so replace it I did! I really liked this mascara. In general, I think Benefit has some really great mascaras (my current one is Benefit!) but I’m on the prowl for a more natural option.

Some random tube of lip gloss

That says it all. There was no labels or identifying packaging. I didn’t like the color. Goodbye.

Ciate Dewy Stix

I couldn’t actually figure out how to use this. I believe it’s a highlighter of some sort, but it was a bit too high maintenance for me.

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining something concentrate

I started using this and it actually got me to start integrating a serum into my nightly routine.

Manna Eye Candy Shadow Stick

This stuff is seriously one of my favorites! I love how easy it is to just draw on my eye shadow. It’s a pretty muted pink color. Unfortunately it’s not available on Birchbox right now, ugh!

Root Pretty Beauty Sleep Serum Sample

I ended up buying this serum! After trying the Kiehls stuff, I decided to try a Root Pretty night time serum and I LOVE it. I’m currently trying another one I got as a sample and I don’t love it as much as this one.

Red Earth Deep Dive Water Cream

This was a lightweight almost gel like cream, and I liked it! I’m realizing that I have my favorite products and the samples are really fun but it’s gonna take a LOT to sway me from those faves.

Avene Hydrance… Cream?

I tossed this one because I’d had it for awhile with literally no interest in trying it.

Amika pink charcoal cleansing oil

This stuff was confusing for me. It’s a… hair product. I can’t remember how you use it, but I know that my hair is the hot mess express and this did nothing for me.

Root Pretty Makeup Samples

A few months ago Root Pretty had a sale on their samples and I took full advantage of it. I’ve been slowly trying to swap out my products for ones I feel better about, so I loved getting to try these (and eventually purchase full sized ones!)


CAI All That Glitters Eyeshadow 

I saw some blogger share about this Stila glitter eye shadow she wore and I fell in love. I dipped my toes in the water with this glitter eye shadow from.. Target? Walgreens? and loved it enough to order the real deal.

Darphine Intral Toner

This toner was so light and refreshing! I like my toners to pack a bit more of a punch, though, so I traded this in for my normal witch hazel/lemon oil toner. I feel like my home made option makes my face feel clean and crisp.


Phew. I think I covered it all!

See years of things I’ve used up in previous empties, found here.



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