Beauty, Empties

May Empties

I may be late sharing my empties, but I never knew how much I had to share in a month until I cut down my schedule to about 15 posts a month. I’ve been having to switch around the format of my posts and so this one is coming up later in the month than what I like. I basically sit down two Sundays a month now and write posts. I now have two Sundays a month free for classes. I only work on my blog for about 4 hours a month. That only includes writing the posts, not taking the pictures and coming up with the ideas. I am happy with this new pace of my blog. It makes it so I can be a well-rounded person and have time for everything that I want to have time for. It is nice to know that when life gets hectic, I generally have a week or two already planned out on my blog.


You hear about these every month, so I am cutting out the drinks that I purchase without fail every month. You know that I love them or else I wouldn’t have featured them for over a year here on my blog.


1 Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

2 Hair Teasing Brush


  1. MJCARE Sea Weed Sheet Mask

  2. Alba Botanical Acne Dote Deep Clean Astringent

  3. Borghese Clay Cleanser

  4. GlamGlow Super Clean Cleanser

  5. Philosophy Purity Face Mask

  6. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

  7. Derma E Hydrating Day Creme


  1. VS Coconut Mango 2-in-1 Wash & Scrub
  2. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

  3. Equate Pain Relieving Cream


  1. Dr. Brandt BB Cream
  2. ELF Color Correcting Powder

  3. Buxom Plumping Lip Gloss

  4. YSL Black Opium Perfume

    1. Perfume Sample Cards

19. Physician’s Formula Cushion BB Cream


  1. 719 Walnut Avenue Honeysuckle Jasmine Hand Soap
  2. Fresh Breath Brushing Gel

  3. Equate Cotton Rounds 100 ct

    1. PaperMate Ink Joy Blue
      1. B&BW Mini Candles
  4. Avon Mini Emery Board

Well, I had a lot more empties than I had originally thought. I cannot wait to do my progress update on my 200 pan goal. I have been working on my pictures and I hope you can tell a difference. I think it looks more professional and I have added a bit of brightness to the pictures themselves by staging some lightening. Since I have a bit more time, I thought that I would put more effort into the picture taking themselves. I have a feeling that my empties will be slowing down, because I am running out of mini things. I still have a whole bunch of samples that I need to get through though. I hope you enjoyed looking through my trash today. Reviews are to come. 🙂

With Love,


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September Empties

I have not counted my empties beforehand so it will be a complete surprise to see how many products I have used up this month. I am happy to have finish at least one full sized item this month that I can remember and I am really proud of myself. It was a big 2 oz night time face cream that I didn’t particularly enjoy. So, even if I only finished up like 20 things, I feel like I have accomplished so much more. Let’s get into seeing what I used up this month instead of continuing this long intro.

2. International Delight Coffee Creamer


4. Gerber Lil’ Beanies


5. Swiss Miss Hot Milk Chocolate


6. Hawaiian Tropic Broad Spectrum SPF 30


7. LW Home Banana Smoothie Candle

8. Biore Charcoal Nose Strip


9. Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

10. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08


10. Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter


11. 3 in 1 Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner Strawberry & Banana


12. Medicell Labs Advanced Moisture Eye Mask Duo


14. MJCARE Snail Face Mask


15. B&BW Hello Sugar! Shimmer Body Lotion


16. Eau Thermale Avene Theramal Spring Water


17. Makeup Forever Loose Face Powder

18. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer


19. OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil


20. Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint Soap in Robin’s Egg Blue


21. Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter


22. Marc Jabos Daisy Perfume Sample


23. Hair Tie


24. SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Sunscreen


24 products empty isn’t a bad number to end the month with. I already have four or five empties in my basket right now and I’m sure I’ll have more soon. It seems like some things are running out all at once, but I have backups. I’m hoping that October brings a solid 20 product month as well. I’m usually very happy with using up 20 products a month. I know that may seem like a lot to other people, but I have a ton of deluxe and sample sizes that need to be used up. I’m forever adding to the collection with my Sephora and Walmart beauty boxes. I’m getting there though. I don’t have quite as big of a stash as I used to.

With Love,


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The New Derma E

I was lucky enough to partner with Derma E to preview their new packaging and I have to say, the design team over at Derma E did a fantastic job. The products’ packaging feels more luxurious and high end to match the 30 USD price tag of the day and night creme. Before I get into more depth about the products and the packaging, I want to introduce you to the brand and who they are.

Derma E Commitment:

Ethical Beauty

Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and
environmental sustainability has grown strong.
We have high ethical standards and never
compromise on skin health and safety. Our
100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not
contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,
petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten,
soy or GMOs. Now that’s honest-to-goodness
skin care.

Purchases support global communities and the

Derma E is all about ethical beauty and our impact on the environment. Proceeds from all purchases support global causes and it is amazing to think that my money is actually going to great causes to help everyone in the world. And I still get a nice beauty treat! The best part? You can find Derma E at Target, Walgreens, Ulta, and CVS among others, making this line very accessible, especially where I live in the East Coast area.

Now, lets look at the pretty new packaging compared to the older packaging.


The new packaging is on the right and the older on the left. The box itself is a little taller and looks more elevated than the older box. The new box is crisp and clean with a white backdrop, so the lotus design and text can really pop. The older packaging has too much going on, so I’m a big fan of the new simpler design.

The old packaging is really glossy and has a lot going on on every side. There is too much text and color. The eye doesn’t know what to look at first. It catches the eye in all the wrong ways and looks very low-end drugstore, which is at odds with the high-end price. I do like that at the bottom of the box it says when the product expires.

While the new packaging still has a lot of text, the simple design and matte box, makes reading the information a loot easier. The eye has a place to go and settle. I’m not distracted by a block colored box with a glossy glare. I love that they kept the bottom expiration information. This is a true example of less is more. I find this box more refined and high end simply from the crisp white background and clean text.

I love that the bottom of the jar has the expiration date on it as well, because I usually forget to keep the box and I throw it away, especially when I am in a declutter mood. The moisturizer smells just like old fashioned bubble gum. It takes a little bit of rubbing in on my normal to combination skin before it sinks in. Since the air is getting drier, this moisturizer will be a treat to put on my skin. It leaves a powdery finish on my skin, which I love. There is nothing more that I hate than a glowy moisturizer and this one gives hydration without leaving my skin looking dewy or slightly greasy.Again, the packaging around the jar is too eye-distracting and nothing I would want to show off on my vanity.

However, I love displaying this chic, little jar on my bathroom counter (since I don’t have a vanity. The woes of living in a tiny apartment). I love that the label is clear, so you can actually see the product inside of the jar. The simple label just makes the jar look so classy. The night time moisturizer has the same bubblegum scent, which is heavenly and it sinks in faster than the day time cream. I love the pattern and the pop of color when you open up the box. It is an unexpected little surprise that feels elegant.

Both of these moisturizers are very hydrating and contain hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient that the whole beauty community is raving about right now. I can see why by using this product for two weeks, my skin is more plump and a bit firmer. If I can see a difference at 24, I can imagine this working for people who are older and have fine lines. These moisturizers give my skin a healthy glow without looking greasy.

On the Derma E website right now, you can get 10% off of your order online. I have my eye on the Scar Gel for acne and stretch marks. It’s only $20 USD and I feel like most scar gels/cremes are a lot more expensive than that and also not as natural. I’d rather try a natural formula first that gives back to the world that we live in. I’ll be on the lookout for it in stores. I’ll let you know when I get my hands on it!

With Love ❤


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