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It seems like I am finishing a ton of empties lately, and that makes me happy! I am weird, I know, but for me it is very important not to waste products and finishing something to the last drop feels like an accomplishment. I have had a colossal empties post in April, which feels like five minutes ago, then I had one in the beginning of May, which I named Spring empties, because I was very eager to go dispose of packaging as not to keep it in the house any minute longer than necessary. I feel like I just sat down with a cup of tea and yet here we are again, with a fresh batch of finished stuff. Just like I already mentioned, I will be grouping my empties in three categories that are pretty self explanatory, shall we get started?
GREAT PRODUCTS I AM REPURCHASING:
Chobs Aloe Sheet Mask (review) – generous size of aloe, enough for double and even triple masking – only if you know my secret on how to make any sheet mask work double or triple duty (here), and no, I am not talking about using the same sheet mask all over. Although you probably could? The only thing is, I am not happy with myself with the waste I am creating using these, so it will be special occasion occurrence only.
Lotus Wei Infinite Love Anointing Oil – huge love ever since I discovered them back in 2016 (review here). Not cheap, but I treat myself to one a couple of times per year. Makes a difference in my mental health and anxiety levels, so I consider it money well spent.
Dudu Osun Black African Soap – I used to get it from Love Lula, they no longer carry it, so I will have to try other brands eventually. At the moment I found it in TKMaxx – see this post on what other natural product/brands you can find there. Lots of photos for you to screenshot 🙂
The Supergreens Formula by Zojo Beauty Elixirs – these beautifully formulated superfoods are always welcome in my life.
GREAT PRODUCTS THAT I WON’T BE REPURCHASING DUE TO THE SIZE OF MY CURRENT STASH:
Periobrite mouthwash – the description promised amazing things, but after buying it online I noticed glycerine in it. #marketingvictim Not a fan of glycerine as it coats the teeth and prevents them from remineralising themselves.
Isun Coco Cucumber Mist – Isun has a special place in my heart – go to my previous blog here and hit the search box, I have reviews of quite a few of their (amazing) products. This was also amazing, but I have too many mists to finish before I will allow myself any new products in this category.
Fat & The Moon All Cream – received a couple of products to try from Live In The Light and although I liked everything, I can’t allow myself any more new products at the moment.
Sante Gloss Shampoo – got it from TKMaxx (post on what can you get from there), I loved it, great budget natural shampoo. Not on Rahua level, but good if you are prepared to wash the hair at least every second day. Can’t find it in TKMaxx ever since I got it, not too sure where else I can get it?
NOT REPURCHASING DUE TO NOT SUITING MY NEEDS/ NOT WORKING FOR ME:
100% Pure Maracuja Oil Mascara
Let me explain a little – I used to love this mascara back in the day, I even wrote a review on it singing praises. But then I started noticing every second time I was buying it, it came to me old, reeking of alcohol, not the pleasant blueberry scent it should have had, and sure enough, it started flaking soon after, whereas if I got the fresh one I wouldn’t have that smell or fall out for six months if not more. Long story short I gave it third chance after a year and a half, secretly hoping it would be amazing again. And you can guess, it disappointed me again. Alcohol smell straight from the start, fall out a week later. See more in this IG post here:
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Well, it is hard for me to post this, as I love this product and some others from #100percentpure brand, but at the same time I had to say it too. I don't usually post negative comments/reviews on products, as I feel uncomfortable saying things I don't like about #greenbeautyproducts – I feel like I am bashing products, when in reality I know that constructive criticism is good for all parties, people like to know what works and what doesn't, brands can see where improvements could be made. Honesty is by best policy (whoever said that about me, thank you 💕) and I love when fellow bloggers are also honest and not sugar coating things. So, what's my problem with @100percentpure mascaras? Let me explain. If you follow me for some time you might know my love for this brand, even though the skincare (and foundations) didn't work out for me – this brand has the most of reviews on my blog over any other brand and I still love their make up to bits, the eye shadows and blushes as well as lipsticks are real work horses in my collection. I gave the brand another chance after ignoring them for the last year or so, ever since they decided to up their #internationalshipping to 25€ instead of previous 7, and free shipping to 125€ instead of the previous 45. Long story short, the mascara I ordered among other things came to me old, already smelling of alcohol and not the pleasant #blueberry smell it was supposed to smell like. As I am a customer for about 5yrs give or take, I know that this smell indicates that the mascara is old, as my other mascaras developed this smell when they were months and months old and they had to be tossed. And sure enough, it irritated my eyes. Truth to be told the brand sent me a replacement, but guess what, it came the same! As it is not the first time it happened, this is the straw that broke camel's back – this is where this mascara and I part ways. I would love to still have it in my life, as the formula is amazing, it will give you lots of length, volume and will last you months (it held a "Holy Grail" status in my yearly favourites) – of you will get a fresh one, that's it! If the brand cannot guarantee the consistency, then I am out! See ⬇
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*AD SHMAD – some products were PR, some bought with my own moolah.