Empties :: Beauty Products I Have Used Up {July 2014}

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Welcome to my Empties {of the month} Series where I show you the makeup, beauty, and skin care products I have used completely up, what I thought of them, and if I plan on repurchasing them now that they are gone.

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In each Empties Series post, I will give each product one of five different ratings based on answering the question, “Would I repurchase this product now that I have used it up?”

Rating #1 – I’ve already purchased more

This means that I have added that particular product to my “holy grail” list.  I cannot see myself using anything different or liking anything more than that particular brand.

Rating #2 – Yes, but only if I get a good deal

This means that I liked the product, it worked just fine, and I will certainly purchase it again if I come across a sale.  Essentially, it worked just fine for me, but isn’t something I can see being irreplaceable.

Rating #3 – Maybe, I will try a different brand first to compare

I will give a product this rating because either 1) it is a new type of product for me and I need to check out a different brand to really see its performance level or 2) I would POSSIBLY purchase it again with a good deal {I wouldn’t automatically reach for my pocketbook if it went on sale}.

Rating #4 – No, but not because of the brand…i simply did no like this type of product

If I am trying out a new type of product {regardless of brand} and I simply do not see myself wanting to use that type of product ever again, this is the rating the empty will receive.  It does not necessarily mean the brand or product was bad, it just means that because of my preferences, I do not see myself keeping such a product in my arsenal.

Rating #5 – Unfortunately, no

This rating is pretty self-explanatory, but the reason for giving such a rating will vary between products and that is what my Empties Series posts will be about.  These posts will be my honest opinions on how a product worked for me!  And remember, just because it didn’t work for me does not mean it is a bad product and it could work perfectly fine for someone else.

Now onto this month’s empties!

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes

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I actually mentioned these in my drugstore beauty bargains post this week.  They are my absolute favorite cleansing wipes and I will never have enough of them!

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Simply Vera Wang Body Lotion and Shower Gel

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I bought these little guys as a part of a set at Kohl’s that was DEEPLY discounted.  Included in the set were these two bottles but also a decent sized tub of body scrub {like a sugar scrub}.  The set was originally $25, but I got it for less than $4.  But, I quickly learned why the set was discounted.  The lotion was terrible and the smell of the products wasn’t all that great.  In regards to the lotion, it literally started to get chalky and made my skin feel dry when I applied it.  I almost wonder if something went wrong in the formulation while making this product!  The shower gel wasn’t bad, but again, the smell wasn’t great.  Even though the shower gel wasn’t all that bad {just the smell wasn’t my cup of tea}, after factoring in the fact that it literally felt like I was covering myself with chalk dust instead of lotion, they only thing I am left really liking out of the set is the body scrub {which I am still working at using up}.

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Neutrogena Rapid Clear Fight and Fade Toner

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I really wanted to like this product because I really like Neutrogena products in general.  But, this toner made my face sting and not just a little sting, but quite a bit.  For the most part, I can stand a little sting or tingle, especially when using acne fighting products, but this was just too much for me.  My skin did stay clear while using it, though, so it may work fine for you!

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St. Ives Blemish Control Acne Scrub

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My face always felt smooth after use, but not overly dry even though it is meant to help fight acne.  However, it didn’t bring any new “wow” factor to the table and since it is an exfoliate scrub, I did have to pair it with another cleanser just to make sure I wasn’t being too harsh on my skin each and every wash.

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American Beauty Ultimate Diamond Luminous Mineral Makeup

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I bought this at Kohl’s as I found it in the clearance section and thought it would be nice to try a new mineral makeup.  I have tried mineral foundations in the past and they did not provide me with the coverage I prefer {I am one of the “lucky” ones dealing with acne even after turning 30}.  I absolutely LOVE my Super Plush Powder Foundation from this brand, American Beauty {found at Kohls}, so I thought I would give mineral makeup another go using a brand I already knew of.  Again, I did not prefer the coverage I was left with while using this “foundation”.  I ended up essentially using it as my primer before applying my regular foundation.  Using it this way, I actually really liked the results, but for every day use, I didn’t like the idea that I had just covered my face with two layers of foundation!  But I did like using this as my “primer” and then my regular foundation on special occasions when I really wanted lasting power with my makeup.

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So, there you have it!  Which of these products have you tried and loved {or maybe didn’t love so much}?

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Disclosure: All of the products reviewed in this post were purchased by me, with my own resources. All of the opinions are my own, are not influenced in any way, and I was not paid to write this post.  Amazon.com affiliate links appear in this post. If you decide to purchase a product through one of these affiliate links, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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