Empties Reviews: February - Mid-March 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I like and continue to do these reviews, because I think they tell much more than first impressions.  You get to know someone's opinion after they experience the whole life of the product.  Goodness knows, I never shy away from giving an opinion.  Haha!

Video will also be up on my Youtube Channel, Spake With Twang, later today.

So, here's all my beauty trash for the last month and a half with reviews on each product. 

Face Products

Freeman - Facial Purifying Clay Mask with Acai

This product is great.  I have no complaints about the mask itself.  It seemed to clean out my pores well, and it left my face very smooth and even toned.

What I am beyond unhappy about is the packaging!  I don't think it shows up well enough in the picture to really show the extent of the problem.  The packaging just started cracking apart.  I only got to use it 4 times or so, and now it is dried up and useless.  I really didn't want to pay $4 for only 4 uses.

It should be noted that I have other Freeman masks that I have had for months, and none of those have done this.  I won't repurchase this one unless it is in a different packaging.

Donginbi - Red Ginseng Aqua Oil & Aqua Pack Essence

I got these in a Memebox that I ordered months ago.  (It was the Oriental Medicine box.)  These are in the 5ml deluxe sample sizes.

I was really excited about these, because the card that came with the box valued the full size of these at almost $100 a piece.

These were amazing!  It really helped with my dry skin, uneven tone, and just over all appearance of my skin.  I just wish I had a bigger size!

If I am ever richer or around South Korea, I would purchase the crap out of these!  :)

Dewy Tree - White Dew 7Cut Extreme Serum

This is another product that I received in a Memebox.  (I believe it was the skin care box.  It's been a few months since I went Memebox crazy.)

This serum was fantastic as well.  It really evened my tone and was pretty moisturizing.  I can't really speak to the "whitening" effect, because I am freakishly pale to begin with.  I did notice a couple of my dark spots fade, but it was quite minimal.

Yes to Tomatoes - Daily Balancing Moisturizer

I actually bought this on a whim when I was making an online order for this company for some other products, and I needed a few extra bucks to get to a promo amount.  I was weary, because I don't have problems with break outs or anything like that.

I am so glad I tried this!   It is amazing!  If you have super dry skin, like I do in the winter, this is a life saver.  It would also be a good night cream for people with normal to combo skin as well.

It makes my skin so moisturized and soft.  I could seriously go on forever.  It is one of the most moisturizing daily creams that I have found.

I will forever repurchase unless they reformulate it and mess it up or something.  Haha!

WithMe - White Perfection Marin Silk Formula Foaming Cleanser

This is another product that I got in a Memebox.  (I actually did a review and unboxing post of it: HERE.)

I really loved this stuff.  It was so creamy and not drying at all.  I tried to make it last as long as I could.  (I succeeded since I got it in August.  Haha!)  It was just a dream!

This is another one of those whitening products.  I just can't tell if it did that or not.  Like I said before, I am a pale, pale lady.

If you do have a darker complexion or are someone that tans, it is something you should be aware of if you are buying Asian skincare products.  Some are known to have whitening or even bleaching effects.  My friend, who is super tan, noticed that her tan faded on her face a lot when using some of the "white" products in a memebox that she bought.

If I ever found this again, for the right price, I would totally buy it again.

Hair Products

Suave Professionals - Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner

I love the green bottle line from Suave Professionals.  I love the mint one that best, but this one is great, too.  The scent is nothing special, but it isn't unpleasant in anyway.

It was pretty moisturizing as well. I have pretty dry hair, and this one does well on non-shampoo days or on days where I do a treatment.  I would put it in the middle of the spectrum.

Basically, I enjoyed it.  It wasn't spectacular, but for the price point I would repurchase.

Aussie - 3 Minute Miracle in Moist

Can y'all hear those angels singing?  Can you see the light rays?

I was skeptical, because I have seen this stuff hyped up quite a bit around the web.  The hype is warranted!  It is amazing!!!

I used this in the place of my conditioner on shampoo days a couple times a week.  It made my hair so sleek, soft, shiny, and extremely manageable.  It was definitely a hair miracle in a bottle.

The really telling thing was when I was uploading videos after using in on my Youtube channel, I got a lot of comments saying that my hair looked great and whatever I was doing with it was working.  The only thing I had changed is that I added this to my hair routine.

I will forever buy this stuff.  Once another coupon deal comes up, I will be that crazy lady with a buggy full.  Haha!

Herbal Essences - Hydralicious & De-Damage Boost Shampoo

This was my first time trying this line of shampoos, and it was great!  It really lived up to its name of Hydralicious.  (Though, I think that is a really stupid name.  Truth be told.)

It was the first shampoo that I can recall using that didn't dry my hair out at all.  My hair actually felt smoother and more moisturized after shampooing.  Sorcery!  It also smelled like berries.  Yes...

I would totally repurchase this.  It was fabulous.  I would even dare to say that it was one of the best shampoos I've ever used on this old mop.

L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care - Total Extreme Repair Shampoo

I don't really know what to say about this shampoo.  It just wasn't memorable.  It worked great.  There was nothing bad about it.  It was pretty much unscented.  It just didn't stick in my mind.  It didn't do anything above and beyond, but it didn't suck.

I would buy it if it coupon'ed down again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Body Products

Fortune Cookie Soap - Whipped Cream Body Butter in Jello Surprise

I received this in my Winter Fortune Cookie Soap Box (unboxing post: HERE).  I have been buying from FCS for over a year now, and the whipped cream used to be one of my favorite all time products.  The formula on this one was just not up to par with the others that I have.

I would put this one on, and it would never rub in.  I would rub for 5 minutes, and my hand would still have a white film on it.  It also had chunks of stuff in it.  I would have to take a towel and just wipe it off.  It was just really disappointing and needs to go in the trash.

Pure Smile - Snail Honey Hand Cream 

I got this in a Memebox, I told y'all I went nuts, a few month back.  (Unboxing and review post: HERE).

This was the hand cream that all hand creams should aspire to be!!!  I was so sad when I finally used it up.  I tried to hold out as long as possible.  Argh!

It wasn't greasy at all, but it gave my hands a smooth and glowing appearance.  I also rubbed it into my cuticles quite a lot and it worked wonders.  I wish I had 5 more.

If I ever come across it again, for the right price, I will buy it without question!

Soft Soap - Spa Radiant Body Wash

This body wash was okay, but nothing special.  It smelled like soap.  I would probably never repurchase it just because I freakin' hate the bottle.  Yes, freakin' hate!

You know when you get close to running out, and you turn the bottle upside down so you can get the product out?  Well...this bottle is rounded at the top.  It was so annoying.  I know that is nit-picky, but there are 9,000 other body washes out there with flat tops.

No, I would not repurchase.

Bath & Body Works - Triple Moisture Body Cream in Carried Away

If you are familiar with my past Empties, I always have at least one of these boogers in here.  I mow through lotion like crazy.

I really like the formula of the triple moisture body creams.  They do the job.  Even better, they rub into the skin very quickly.  The only downside is that they only have a shelf life of about 6-8 months.

This scent, Carried Away, is pretty good.  I actually hated it in the bottle, but it smelled alright on me.  I would repurchase if the price was right.  It wasn't too strong, but it still lingered awhile.

Scentations? - Hand Cream With Shea

I received this in a prize mail package from the fabulous Niecy Parham on Youtube.  I put a question mark after the brand name, because that is what it says on there.  The problem is when I google it, there is none to be found.  It does says limited edition for Kohl's store on it.

Now, this is one of the best hand creams that I have used in my life.  I didn't expect it.  It worked even better than my Aveeno hand cream.  I mean, what?  It had no scent, but it was creamy, zero percent greasy, and moisturized my hands to the max.  I was so sad to use it up.

If I ever came upon it again, I would buy the ever-loving beast out of it.

Misc Products

Glitter Guilty - Polish Mini in Cupid's Crossbow

Glitter Guilty was actually the first subscription service I ever did.  You got a full size and a mini from her indie polish line every month.  Unfortunately, this little mini is just completely dried up.  I don't think any amount of polish thinner can save it.  I'm not a big fan of chunky glitters anyway.  So, I'm not too torn up about it.

Blistex - Orange Mango Blast

I received this in a friend swap package from the fabulous Becky Crawford on youtube.  I almost didn't try this one, because I am not a fan of mango flavour.  (It tastes too close to peach.  Haha!)

I'm glad I did, though.  It was amazing!  I had really chapped lips, and this whipped them right into shape.

I would totally repurchase Blistex products.  I have great luck with them.

Up & Up - Nail Polish Remover in Strengthening Formula

This stuff is the bane of my existence!!!  I have been using these up for months, because I got a bunch on a couponing deal at Target.

Let me say that: These are the worst nail polish removers that I have ever come across by far!

I will put it another way.  My gentle formula non-acetone remover, that I try to use as much as possible, works twice as well as this garbage.

This stuff just smears your polish everywhere.  I would have a better shot using water to remove my polish.  Save your money!

No, I would not repurchase.  I wouldn't even take it for money.  No, no, no!

Nature's Bounty - Biotin 5000mcg

Let me preface this by saying:  I am not a medical anything.  Don't take this as medical advice.  This is my experience.  Do your own research.

That being said, I've been taking Biotin once a day for almost a year now with great results.  My nails grow faster, are thicker, and don't peel very often anymore.  My hair is thicker and just better over all.  My skin has also improved quite a lot. 

I took a couple of months to build up in my system, but I can definitely tell the difference.  So far, so good.  My only disclaimer would be that it doesn't discriminate.  That means that the hair on your head grows faster, but your hair everywhere else will, too.  Haha!  :)

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