Trash Talk Tuesday: 2015 Empties

I’ve basically been hoarding my trash for the past year in order to post this Trash Talk Tuesday aka empties aka products I’ve used up.  Read on if you’re interested in my opinions on the fourteen beauty products I used up in 2015.

Shout out to my World Market rug and this T.J. Maxx box I’ve been using to store my empties.


Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow in Brulee
This is probably my most reached for shadow.  It’s just a hint lighter than my natural lid color, and I use it pretty much every time I wear eye makeup (barring mascara), from brow bone down into the socket, as a matte highlight and to make blending a breeze.  (While this isn’t technically empty, I have hit major pan, and who knows when/if I’ll get around to doing another empties post.)

e.l.f. Lengthening & Defining Mascara
This mascara didn’t do much of anything.  I used it up for the sake of using it up, but it really just painted my lashes black again after I inevitably get powder everywhere.

e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
This is what I use to set my eyebrows in the evening.  (I don’t mind their being kind of wily during the day.)  One end is marked Eyebrow and the other Eyelash, but I use both on my brows because what would even be the point of clear mascara?

Skin & Lip CareIMG_4203

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes
These are literally the first face wipes I’ve ever tried that don’t sting my sensitive skin. I use them to remove my makeup before washing my face (and occasionally as a late night substitute for proper cleansing– sorry, Mom.)

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator
This is really just a no-frills brown sugar lip scrub in solid stick form, but I find it quite effective and convenient.  At $3, it’s totally worth throwing into your basket at Target or tacking onto your purchase.

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
This balm wears beautifully either under lipstick or on its own.  Although not marketed as a tinted balm, it does impart a sheer reddish hue.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice
This was pretty much the same as the pomegranate except it went on clear and smelled like everyone’s favorite autumnal beverage.



IMG_4206Tom’s of Maine Whole Care Flouride Toothpaste in Peppermint
I mean, it’s toothpaste.  It tastes fine and keeps my teeth clean and, I guess, healthy but doesn’t do much in terms of whitening.

Bath & BodyIMG_4207

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant for Women
I don’t know how to review a deodorant except to say that it keeps my pits dry, is kind to my sensitive skin, and smells pleasant (sort of a non-scent scent).

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish
This is the perfect body scrub for every day.  I use it everywhere I shave, before shaving, to prevent ingrown hairs and other razor-related hazards.  Speaking of shaving . . .

EOS Shave Cream
This is much creamier than a typical shave gel, with an almost lotion-like consistency that does wonders in preventing razor burn.

Personna Women’s Halo Disposable Razor

This razor has five blades and gives a smooth, close shave.  The head swivels to get around contours and, um,  hard to reach areas.  I tried this disposable one to make sure I’d like it but have since upgraded to a permanent one.


Hair Care


Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless Cleansing Conditioner
I posted a FIF on this a while back, and I’ve since become kind of completely dependent on it.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
On the couple times a month I use actual shampoo on my hair (in lieu of cleansing conditioner), I follow up with this masque in order to put a bit of moisture back in.  I prefer this squeezy tubestyle packaging to the giant tub it used to come in, which always seemed to fill up with shower water.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
I spray this onto clean, towel-dried hair, focusing on the lengths/ends.  It conditions/strengthens without feeling greasy and makes running a (wide tooth) comb through my hair a breeze.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: A Hint of Color in Dark & Deep Brown
Dry shampoo is, in my opinion, an absolute necessity.  Traditional dry shampoos, however, tend to leave a greyish cast on my dark hair, which might look even worse than having oily roots.  This one sprays out, as the name suggests, a dark brown product which disappears into my hair.  (It may help conceal regrowth if you have blonde or grey roots.)  It’s worth noting that Batiste also makes blonde, lighter brunette, and ginger versions of this product.

[I also used up several Origins products, which I’m neither reviewing nor giving exposure to due to the company’s heartbreaking decision to sell in China, thereby abandoning its cruelty free principles.]

Have you tried any of these products I’ve used up?
Are you a fan of empties posts, or does no one care to see my hoarded trash?

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