May 2014 Empties

Happy Memorial Day beauties! As May draws to a close I’m happy to report that I’m still successfully sticking to my shopping ban! I’ll admit, I’ve felt a little temptation, and I’m really missing my Birchbox subscription, but I’ve tried some great products, and I’m committed to continuing through the end of the year. Here’s what I used up this month:
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Softsoap Body Butter Strawberry Smoother: This thick and creamy body wash uses strawberry seeds to exfoliate and jojoba butter to moisturize all in one go. It did soften my skin considerably, allowing me to skip my normal post-shower lotion, but acne-prone girls beware – I found little blemishes occasionally popped up on my arms and legs while using this product.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: Sad to see this one go! This whole line of lip balms, from this original version to the many tinted ones, is fantastic. A must have for smooth lips in one swipe.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: This is hands down one of the best mascaras on the market today. It really does amp up lashes to a surprising degree. Use this if you want thicker, longer, darker, fuller lashes. You can even get away with skipping your eyelash curler if you’ve got this on!

Clinique High Impact Mascara: This is a perfect day-to-day mascara. It looks natural, with a touch of polish. It also won’t clump, flake, or hurt sensitive eyes.

Naked Princess Naked Shine in Barely Coco: I used up this tiny sample in a matter of days. If you’re looking for a new workday lip gloss, this is it. It’s light and smooth, and Barely Coco is a lovely pinky brown shade that looks natural but better. I will absolutely be buying this when my ban is up!

Covergirl CGSmoothers BB Cream: This is not the first time this has showed up in my empties list. Again, this is my favorite wintertime daily moisturizer, as it is a perfect match for my fair complexion and evens out imperfections in a flash.

Crest 3D White Flouride Anticavity Toothpaste in Radiant Mint: I’m always trying different whitening toothpastes, and I always seem to come back to this one. It has a nice flavor, it brightens my smile and it leaves my mouth feeling fresh.

Degree Motionsense in Shower Clean: Lately I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find a decent antiperspirant. This one is a wonderful exception. I am obsessed with the fresh scent, it keeps me clean and fresh all day, and it doesn’t rub off or stain my clothes. This one is definitely a winner.

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5 thoughts on “May 2014 Empties

    • Thanks for stopping by! I love the Covergirl BB cream in the cooler months, but if you’re looking for a good summer BB cream I’d recommend Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream – I just made the switch for the season! I find it holds up longer in the heat and it has SPF 30!

  1. I really need to do a beauty shopping ban on myself! I think it’s a great thing you’re taking on ! I get so excited to try new products that I impulse buy, use once or twice, then dump in my hall closet. Granted some of them I can’t use because I have really sensitive skin but things like lotion and shampoo/conditioner have no excuse! You’ve inspired me 🙂

    • You should try a mini-ban, for like 60 days or something! I have to say, I thought it would be a lot harder for me, but it’s actually not been bad and it’s made me MORE excited about trying stuff that I already have! Plus, now when I do get a sample I try it right away instead of heaping it on the pile of unused samples. I’ve always just kind of purchased whatever beauty products I wanted, whenever I wanted, which gets really expensive for makeup lovers like us! So at the very least this experiment is teaching me to think about whether or not I really need something or will use it. Plus, there’s a great sense of accomplishment whenever I finish a product!

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