Empties: Part 1 February 2016
It’s that time again! Probably my most gratifying post to write. I love writing about my beauty empties because a) I finally get to throw my trash out (*teeeehee*) and b) I can really tell you all that I loved and hated after using up the entire product. So, without further ramblings, let’s talk about some empties.
- Befine Exfoliating Cleanser
I hate to be a negative Nelly and start with a disappointing empties, but we’re going to roll with it. I did not like this exfoliator whatsoever. I know that many brands are trying to steer away from the traditional micro-beads which harm the environment. Which means that many of the exfoliators that are available these days are just not abrasive enough for my taste. This one in particular was of absolutely no use to me. I am a dry-skinned girl thru and thru. This means that I get many dry flakes and patches which need to be exfoliated into nothingness. The beads or grains or the ‘exfoliating’ particles in this cleanser dissolve the minute you start rubbing it on your face. So basically, before the particles have had a chance to even come in contact with your skin, they melt with the water and you’re just left rubbing a milky foam on your face. If I wanted a regular milky cleanser, I would go out and buy that. Why package this as an exfoliating cleanser? On the flip side, if you want a mild exfoliant, then this is going to be right up your alley. All in all, I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this product. There are many brilliant exfoliators out there and this isn’t one of them.
Miscellaneous: Bought this in an offer from Ipsy. The offer came with a cucumber mask and this cleanser. I can already tell you I like the mask and have been using it for a while now. Price point for the cleanser is $24.00 on their website. So not worth it.
- Nivea Waterlily and Oil Shower Gel
Super abrupt transition from the really bad to the really good; I loved this shower gel. As far as shower gels go, I am not picky whatsoever like I might have mentioned in my posts before. My main concern with shower gels is that they should smell wonderful and they shouldn’t dry out my skin too much. This shower gel from Nivea has the most divine smell you can imagine. I wish I could explain the scent to you, but take my word for it, it smells like a delicious floral spa in the shower. The formula says its an oil shower gel. This is another plus point because I know from daily usage that this shower gel doesn’t dry my skin out; in fact, it leaves my skin feeling fairly moisturized. That’s all I can really say about shower gels in general.
Miscellaneous: Not sure if you can find this particular fragrance in drugstores anymore. Maybe they’ve discontinued it.
- Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo
Shampoos are the kind of thing that I like to switch up every single time. This is mainly because my hair always seems to get used to a particular shampoo over time, so I have to use different ones in order to keep it looking fresh and different. If you know about my hair history from reading my posts before, then you know I have fine, flat hair. Therefore, anytime I shop for shampoos I buy either nourishing or volumizing ones or both. This one in particular is a great drugstore option. It did not leave my hair feeling dry whatsoever and definitely gave my hair a bounce immediately after I came out of the shower. Of course, that volume is not really intended to last very long. This is also a fantastic cleansing shampoo, which means it’s great to use at the end of the week when you just want to wash out all the products from the week and have squeaky clean hair.
Miscellaneous: Price point is $4.98 at Walmart. Love it.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark and Deep Brown
There’s literally no empties post that I’ve done so far which doesn’t involve an empty bottle of this dry shampoo. You can check out the proof in my previous empties posts which I will link here and here. If you are trying to grow your hair out, then you’re probably also trying to not wash it every single day. However, starting on day 2, your hair can look a little greasy. In comes this wonderful masterpiece. I am yet to find a dry shampoo that works as well as this one. It definitely takes out the grease from my hair. But that’s not my most favorite thing about this product. The best part is that it gives you tons of volume and texture, which is a godsend for fine haired ladies like myself. This is like a teasing comb in a bottle. It is life itself.
Miscellaneous: Available at a variety of drugstores. I buy mine at HEB. Price point is $6.94.
- Bath and Body Works Body Lotion in Vineyard Champagne Kiss
Can I just say that Bath and Body Works literally sucks you in with the dreamy names they give their products? Kudos to whoever comes up with the naming. Anyway, I digress. Back to this body lotion. If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t, you should heeee), then you would’ve seen a picture of me hauling a bunch of body lotions from BBW. I have always loved their body lotions. To me, it’s not necessary to buy expensive body lotions. Any mid price lotions do the same job. Body lotions are another category where I really am looking for the fragrance factor. The Vineyard Champagne Kiss lotion smells absolutely divine. I believe this comes out only as part of their summer collection. In fact, most of their summer collection fragrances are to die for. And the most alluring part of these body lotions is that they linger on your skin forever, and even in your clothes. I am a big big big devoted fan.
Miscellaneous: Whenever you shop from BBW try to buy in bulk and/or when they have various offers going on. I have never bought any of their products full price.
- Fekkai Full Blown Volume Conditioner
I have raved about the Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo in a previous post here. It is one of my favorites ever. However, this conditioner is absolutely rubbish. It smells good and feels nice and non-greasy; however, it just does nothing for your hair. It doesn’t have any conditioning properties whatsoever. And keep in mind, I have fine and thin hair which aren’t too dry. So it should be easy for most conditioners to condition my hair. But nope. This one is just not cut out for the job. Don’t even bother wasting your money on this one. And it’s not super cheap either.
Miscellaneous: I bought this ages ago in a deal from Kohl’s where I bought both the shampoo and conditioner for $20.00. However, on its own, the conditioner retails for $19.99. I’m aghast.
- Parachute Advansed Deep Conditioning Hot Oil
Before I can talk about this product, I will have to give you a little cultural background. Most kids as they grow up in India, they’ve used some or the other form of coconut oil before. It is just how we’ve been brought up. Our mothers start putting coconut oil in our hair from a pretty young age. These days the western world is now more aware of the benefits of coconut oil. However, we’ve known about the power of coconut oil since way before. Parachute is a very popular coconut oil brand in India. Hence, any time I go to India or any of my friends, we always get atleast a couple of bottles of coconut oil to stock up. This particular one is the hot oil version. I just pop this bottle in the microwave for about 15 seconds or a little more to heat the oil. The feeling of putting on warm coconut oil in your hair in the dead of winter is just absolutely divine. And of course, the nourishment factor of the coconut oil is through the roof. Plus, one bottle has literally lasted me more than a year.
Miscellaneous: You can buy this in India at literally any store. This particular brand is probably too difficult to get a hold of in the States. Any coconut oil that you can find in your grocery stores will do the trick. Or if you have an Indian grocery store nearby, they might carry some version of the parachute oils.
- Veet Ready to Use Wax Strip Kit
This is another recurring feature on my blog. I have raved about this in some empties posts before which I will link for your reference here. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m personally a huge fan of hot waxing. However, it can get expensive to get regular hot waxing done at a salon. So, these Veet ready to use wax strips are a fantastic at-home, inexpensive option. In winters, I can usually get away with just shaving. However, when it comes to summers and having those perfectly smoothed out legs, this will be your best friend. They are super easy to use, and the results last for atleast two weeks on my hair. The one pictured above is the face, bikini, underarm version. They also make an arms, legs, body version.
Miscellaneous: Price varies from $4.99 to $6.99 at various drugstores.
Bonus: I have another empties. This one is a food empty. I have re-posted the picture above, except, this one has the picture of BournVita. If you don’t know what BournVita is, then it is a kind of chocolate powder which you mix in with milk. It is the most delicious kind of health chocolate drink. I really don’t know much about its nutritional value, and frankly I don’t really care. I just can’t get over it deliciousness. I finished up that entire bottle in less than a month, it’s that good. This is actually another one of those cultural favorites that’s really popular in India. Also, it’s easy to get a hold of here in the States. You can visit any Indian grocery store and they are sure to have this in stock. You must check it out.
And that’s it for this empties post guys. Please check out some of my previous empties posts.
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