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I love seeing other peoples empties! So I decided to make a board where people could post pictures of their empties, or just tell us about them! I'd also be interested in knowing whether you're repurchasing anything or not.
It is amazing...I haven't found any thing that comes close to it in terms of actually making my hair look freshly washed, and not leaving even a hint of flakes or buildup. Normally for me, I can get one or the other...some leave me flakier than others, but there's always a few flakes at least by day 3 (if not earlier), or if it doesn't leave me flaky, it probably did little to nothing for me to begin with. I keep trying others because I'm always down to find a cheaper alternative, but nothing beats it so far*!
*Matrix/Biolage All-in-One Intense Dry Shampoo seems to be the same formula, just with a different scent, so I guess technically there are two true loves in my life lol. I like the Redken scent better though!
That's good to know @RGbrown! Dry shampoo's are one of the few category of beauty products where I don't have to whittle down my stash. Hahaha! Made a note of both the Redken and Matrix ones. I use IGK First Class dry shampoo and love it; just think it woudn't hurt to have another one to rotate between.
First Class tackled my oil well, but turned my roots to straw...it was way too drying for me 😖 I really liked their green one though (Direct Flight I think is the name)...it's billed as their medium strength one, but I found it did a great job without being quite so harsh on my baby fine and thinning tresses. It's one I would actually rebuy, if nothing else just to remind myself now how it performed, if I ever came across a good sale again (got it for $6 at Boxy a year or two ago, but I've struggled to find anything close to that since lol).
@RGbrown Thanks for your review. I have wondered about some products you mentioned. The Skyn Icelandic lotion, Redken dry shampoo and Hempz lotion. Gives me ideas of new products to try!
Small batch today 🗑️
Zoya cotton balls: I got these in a gwp or gift or something, and I'm glad I didn't buy them, as they are *tiny*. I mean, they're cotton, they work for my polish removal purposes, but I go through them soooooo quickly. One, maybe two fingers per niblet, and if I unroll them, I miiiiight get three (I can generally get 6-8 out of the Ulta cotton balls, as a comparison). I have another smaller bag I'm using up, and would use more if they showed up at my door, but I'd never intentionally buy them.
Zoya Remove+: long time favorite as a commercially ready remover. I've started making my own with acetone and glycerin because it's sooooo much cheaper, but with the right sale, I'd absolutely stock up on this again. In the mean time, I have a little left on hand that I use from time to time.
Lip Smackers balm (Skittles - Mango Tangelo): great flavor, and a decent enough daily balm.
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask (gratis): I used this once a day, right before bed as my overnight lip stuff. It's got a clingy jelly texture that sticks to my lips all night long, which is good. The scent is light, not overpowering, another plus, and I'd wake up with soft lips that weren't dry or otherwise uncomfy. These are all good things! But...it still runs a distant second to Sara Happ Dream Slip for me, for a few reasons. First, when I'm using SH regularly, I have to scrub my lips once, maybe twice a month, but with Tatcha, I was having to scrub at least weekly, if not twice a week...while my lips were soft and seemingly well moisturized, they stayed fairly flaky on a consistent basis. SH also lasted me waaayyy longer...I got over two years out of one tub of SH, whereas Tatcha gave me about 6.5 months; I found myself using way more Tatcha each night due to the thinner consistency, whereas SH is this thick, dense-but-spreadable texture that only needs the tiniest bit. I didn't dislike Tatcha enough to toss it early, and I did finish the entire jar, but it's not going on my rebuy list. Overall, I am thrilled that I got to try it as it's something I definitely never would have bought for myself (thank you Sephora!), but it didn't knock SH out of my HG spot.
Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder loose dry shampoo: I try and alternate loose dry shampoo with aerosol because aerosols are expensive and I go through them quickly. The drawback is that powders can be messy, and there's no "perfect" applicator. I decant it into an old Alterna "pump" bottle, which is the least frustrating package I've found for me, and it works relatively well. So far, this is my fave loose powder...it does a good job at zapping my oil without being too terribly bad with scalp buildup. It's not gritty, it shakes out easily, and the scent is light. I have a full size bottle on hand, though I have a sample or two of others to try as well
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource shampoo: eh, falls into "I don't love it, but I don't mind using it up". It's not nearly as hydrating as my true love Wella Fusionplex, but I've also used much much worse over the years. My hair needs a little extra conditioner after using this, but it doesn't feel completely like straw. Lathers well, cleans well, just not quite as hydrating as the name implies. Wella hasn't done a ton of sales lately, so I'm mostly just using this up to stretch my supply of my favorite, making sure I don't run out before there's a decent chance to stock up on it again 😛
Biobelle and Leaders are good, low scent, nice moisture, decent fit. The Soap & Glory mask would be nicer if it weren't so strongly fragranced, but is otherwise fine with ok fit and good moisture. The Ulta mask is from one of their cutesy holiday sets a few years ago, and it was pretty terrible. The serum is fine, but the material is thick and a bit scratchy, and on top of that, the cute little reindeer face was painted on with something akin to acrylic paint...it was stiff and refused to lay down. And while there's no mention of child-sized anywhere on the mask (or on the outer carton that I can recall), it was *tiny*. Skip these sets unless you're buying for the young'uns in your life!
I went through a lot of mini / DS / travel friendly sized products in February.
⭐️ Like (and would repurchase)
♥️I purchased the JVN sample kit and enjoyed all the products included in it, some more than others. This JVN Nurture Hydrating Conditioner is my favorite from the set - there's something about it that gives my hair body and movement, which is a huge plus for a gal with stick straight hair.
⭐I really liked the feel of the material in this no:hj Aqua Soothing Mask Pack - Honey - the sheet is made of traditional Korean paper handmade from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree - it's soft, thin-ish and has certain elastic and dense components to it that make for an interest fit and feel. On top of that, it leaves my skin hydrated and moisturized.
@itsfi Glad the Moroccanoil products worked for you. 100% agree the scent can be strong and it lasts. It’s one of the few strongly scented products I can still tolerate because I’ve gotten used to the smell overtime. I also hated the Living Proof line, it did nothing for my hair and left it so dry.
I tried the Tatcha rice wash a few times as DS while I travel and really enjoyed it too. I love the original Tatcha scent a lot, from the indigo line, and this has that smell. I just couldn’t figure out where I would fit this cleanser in my routine without making it overly complicated!
So sorry for the late response @lnum! Ohhh, the Tatcha indigo line is a nice one. 😍 I hear ya. Since I've streamlined my skincare routine quite a bit, I tend to be a lot more picky about whether I even want to try to incorporate a new type of product into my routine.
Whew, my Empties bin was getting full, lol.