May 2015 Empties

We are onto the second day of June! Yesterday was my monthly favourites, so that makes today May’s Empties! I love reviewing items that I have used and focused on. I also like going back and seeing how my preferences evolve over time.  May’s Empties are as follows:

Claudalie Micellar Water: I have reviewed this in the past here on Lovely Littlest Life. I loved using this to remove my makeup at the end of the day. It doesn’t dry out my skin, nor does it make it feel oilly. It left it somewhere neutral in between which was fantastic. As much as I loved this product, I will not be repurchasing. I got this bottle in my Sephora Favorites box but to repurchase would cost way more than I am willing to spend for something with “water” in it’s name. I am going to try out some drug store versions and see hows those go. I already have Simple’s version of micellar water but have yet to try it out. I will do so, and of course, let you know how it goes. Does anyone have any suggestions for a micellar water to try??

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil no. 5 Cherry My Cherie (Sample): As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I received this sample with a past Sephora order. I cannot believe that it took me so darn long to try it out. This stuff is absolutely stunning. If Sephora still has it as a sample to try, TRY IT!!! The blue undertones in it help make your teeth appear whiter, the color is breath taking and it feels amazing on the lips. I cannot say enough about this. The downside however is the price. I cannot justify paying so much for a lip product. I have seen reviewed on this product that complains about the fragence. I must say, I have to open up the foil pack, stick my nose in it and take a giant whiff to even get a hint of a scent. Maybe that is because it is a sample? Either way, it smelt like cherries and I was semi tempted to lick the foil (don’t worry I didn’t!). If anyone knows a color dupe for this guy from the drug store, please let me know. I am so in love with it but cannot realistically purchase it without feeling any guilt.

Bliss’ Fat Girl Slim Scrub: I got this a couple of years ago in a box set of Fat Girl Slim products. I still have both lotions and massager left. The idea behind this line is that it will help deminish the look of stretch marks and cellulite. The scrub is a simple sugar scrub, loaded with caffeine and peppermint. I feel like I could have saved some money and made a concotion of sugar, coffee grinds and peppermint extract to rub all over my legs. At the time that i purchased this, I thought that the name Fat Girl Slim was kind of creative… my opinion has since changed and I wouldn’t repurchase this product solely because of its name. I feel that it is shaming women for having any fat on their body. I have never been more than a size four, but because of having large leg muscles from my extracurricular activities growing up, I now have stretch marks. If anyone were to try to tell me that a size 4 is fat, they should be smacked. I do not want to buy a product that’s label makes anyone feel inadequate. There is nothing wrong with stretch marks, no matter the size. If you want to try to diminish their appearance, that is your personal choice. If you are comfortable with them and are able to flaunt them, then I applaud you and hope that I will have that confidence soon enough too. I will try to use up the lotions, as to not be wasteful, but I will not be buying that again.

Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion in Oatmeal (travel size): Let me just start by saying that I love this lotion. The scent is subtle and could be acceptable for either male or female. The travel size was great as it provided enough lotion to last a while but still small enough to be tucked away in your purse, drawer, etc. I used it most of the time for my hands, even though it is not a hand cream. The lotion leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy in the slightest. This will sound kind of crazy, but once applied, my hands felt like they were submerged in water, but were dry to the touch. I could still open containers and touch things without leaving greasy hand prints behind. Did I mention that I love this lotion? I have also used it in the aerosol format which is awesome too. I have had mild eczema in the winter months and this oatmeal lotion helped clear it up. I am not sure if it would work on more moderate to severe eczema, but it sure did wonders for me. I will be repurchasing this lotion at some point. I do have other lotions to work through first but this is definitely worth a repurchase.

EOS hand lotion in cucumber: EOS, Evolution of Smooth, came out with a few products: shaving lotions (not my favourite), lip balm (you know the ball ones) and hand lotion. I have tried all three of these products and must say that only the lip balm is something that I will (and have) repurchased. I won’t get into the shaving lotion, but I will gladly tell you my thoughts on this lotion. The container is nice and compact. that is what attracted me to it initially. It is small and easy to dispense while tucking away nicely in my purse, car or desk. This remained true for quite some time. Eventually the container it what started to deter me from using the lotion. I couldn’t get any out!   It was a struggle to empty it, and to be honest, I am not even sure that it is empty but I cannot get any more out. The scent of the lotion was nice and light when smelling the open container. Once I put it on my hands, the scent was less than appealing. Something about the way it mixed with my body’s chemistry created an unpleasant odor. The formula was fine for consistency but it left my hands feeling greasy. I was very determined to use up this product and not throw it away. I would often apply it to my elbows instead of my hands as it did not matter so much if they were oily. My hands would still be oily from the application but not as badly as when applying to solely my hands. I will not be repurchasing this, nor can i suggest it to anyone. There are much better options out there.

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner: Ugh… please don’t hate me but I cannot wait to never have to use this eyeliner again. It was amazing when i first picked it up (in Paris i might add), but holy smokes did this become a nightmare of a product. I love the concept of this gel liner being in a pen but it was too thick of a consistency or something for it to work well. The liner would get clogged up inside the pen and would come out in giant globs or else not at all. That made it difficult to get any decent line going on my eye. The applicator got messy which resulted in either black finger tips or messy black blobs on my eyes where I did not want them. I am not sure that this is empty but i am not getting anything come up from the pen. As far as I am concerned, this is a way out for me and I can go back to using my pot and eyeliner brush that have been waiitng on the sidelines to get back into the game. If someone comes out with a more user friendly gel liner pen, I will happily try it out. This was just a fail for me.

As some of you may know, this empties post effects my Project 10 Pan. There will be an update when I have another empty pan item to report and replace in my project. Other than that, that is all I have for this past month’s empties. Be prepared for even more items in June’s empties – quite a few things are nearing the end! (yay!)

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