#Empties / December 2016

Welcome to the last official post of 2016! But before getting into that, I hope your night was amazing as you made your countdown to the new year! I hope 2017 has nothing but good things in store for you! With that said, let's delve into my December '16 Empties! There isn't much here and it mostly has to do with the fact that I've been jumping around between various products.

Skin Food Egg White Peel-off Nose Pack // Second time using this and I still think its pretty decent. I didn't leave it on as long as last time and it wasn't bad to take off. I definitely recommend these if you're looking for a K-beauty substitute of the usual Biore strips. Cruelty-free status unknown; sells in China.

e.l.f. Eye Refresh // I've been coming around to these. I don't know that they actually help too much, but I've been finding traditional creams to be too heavy to use in the morning and night. So I've been using something lighter like this in the morning. I don't think I'm noticing too much of difference, but it certainly does feel nice and cooling. Cruelty-free.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off^ // I received this in an Influenster box quite some time ago and never got around to using it. I finally did as I had been needing to clarify my skin more than normal this season. There's something so satisfying about a peel off mask. It just feels so... good. It's such a weird thing! I really did like this mask, but it looked, smelled and felt like I rubbed honey all over my face. My skin looked nice and bright after. I think I'll need to buy quite a few of these! Cruelty-free.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum^ // I was sent this quite some time ago and I never got around to posting a review just yet. I will have it up this month though. I used this for quite some time consistently. I did feel like its beautifully presented product, but I just wasn't wow'd by it. It also felt a bit gimmicky with the shimmer that it left behind. I strictly left this as a PM serum and perhaps that's why I didn't find it to be too amazing? Again, more details to come. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Marula Pure Beauty Oil Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion // I bought this from MyHabit when it was still around for less than half the normal retail price. I had used a tiny sample once before and felt like it was worth trying a full size. As you can see, this is the much older packaging and it took me so long to use up! I would say it lasted a good 6 months before it finally was all gone. I felt it did a pretty decent job at removing face makeup, but anything like mascara would need to be mostly removed before using this. Pretty decent especially if you're more of a cleansing lotion/cream type. Cruelty-free.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Lustrous Oil Serum^ // I just didn't care for this. Yet another product sent, but I didn't post my full review. And yet another that will be up sometime soon. I've got posts planned, but this is on my immediate plans. Anyways, the oil is super thick and I felt I just couldn't spread it across my hair in such a way that it felt worthwhile. However, just a dab of this was good a smoothing flyaways. I think this is best for thinner hair. I'm sure if my hair was shorter it would be easier to spread about, but really.. who knows. It just wasn't my kind of hair oil. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Redken Color Extend Shampoo // I have so many of these small bottles lying around. I think my mom had given me a ton at some point. I really can't say much other than I really love this shampoo. Great scent and didn't dry out my hair. I really do love Redken shampoos and using this made me miss my higher end hair care. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Soapberri (Tree To Tub) Soapberry Hair Lather (Organic Soapberry Shampoo) in Relaxing Lavender^ // Just like last month's Soapberri items, I did a review on these. I was more of a fan of the body lather than the hair lather. While I loved the scent, I just didn't like the way it made my hair feel. Almost like it was too stripped and dry. Cruelty-free.

Proganix Quench Leave-in Moisture^ // Another reviewed product. I didn't care for this too much for myself, but I did use it for Rosalie's hair. She loved it because of the coconut scent. That's pretty much her favorite (mine too). I don't know that I would recommend this for those who have thick hair, but I definitely would for those with thinner hair. And its great for kids. Cruelty-free.

Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse // Looks like this has been reformulated. I hope for the better. I was not a huge fan of this mousse. I typically don't care for mousse anyways, but I always want to use it. I just felt like a little went a long way and if you didn't rub it in all the way, you'd end up with a sticky crunchy mess. I should definitely try the newer versions of this. I already have a mousse right now, so I'll use that up before trying a new one. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Apoterra Skincare Tulsi Body Oil // So I really loved this body oil. I never had a chance to use it in a bath, but drought prevents me from wanting to take too many baths. Anyways, the smell was amazing, the oil was super lightweight and absorbed quickly. Additionally, it kept my dry skin nicely moisturized throughout the day. I really do recommend this oil for those who are very dry no matter the time of year. Cruelty-free.

Wet 'N Wild Megaclear Mascara // I used this clear mascara as a brow mascara. I felt it was decent for those more natural days, but you need something to keep your brows glued down, this isn't your jam. Also, you could tell when this was heading near it's end. The gel would clump up and flake when dry. Not a pretty look. Cruelty-free.

Tom's of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste^ // I got this in my Target Made to Matter bag and I have to say, it quickly became my favorite toothpaste. I had a favorite and this totally passed it up. I think what I loved best about this was that it reminded me of normal toothpaste. Will be stocking up on this. Cruelty-free.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer // I'm sure everyone has used this once or twice or many times. This is an amazing silicone based primer that really does wonders for evening texture and getting your base to last much longer. I used to use this exclusively and then I just stopped using primer after a while. I now only use it when I go out for an event or gathering. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

DAVIDsTEA Buddha's Blend Tea-Infused Lip Butter // I bought this during my 2015 birthday trip on a whim. I didn't need a balm at the time, so it sat in the back of the drawer until I finally pulled it out. The flavor was nice and subtle and the balm itself felt amazing on the lips. I used this as my nightly balm for quite some time and it took me about 3 months to finish off. Cruelty-free.

And that's the end of my December 2016 empties! Not much, but it was a decent lot. What are your thoughts on these products? Love, hate, meh? Share in the comments! Also, if you have any suggestions, please share those too!

Products marked with a ^ were provided to me for an honest review. Opinions are my own. Coupon codes mentioned do not provide compensation. Affiliate links are marked with a *.
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