Spring Empties! (Slightly Delayed)


I know it's rather a ways past spring but empties posts are monsters to write, so it's taken me a little while to get around to this one. I wanted to do it justice because there are a lot of pretty fabulous products in this batch. I think quite a few will be repurchases, which is high praise from this blogger who loves to try new things.  Those items that I've done a full review on are linked. So, without further ado and n no particular order, here were my spring casualties:


  • Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm: still unimpressed with this, especially for the whopping $80 retail price. Leaves too much residue for me.
  • La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel: this can be found at the drugstore for about $15, so I was hoping it'd be good. I found it pretty ineffective at removing makeup and sunscreen, though. On the plus side, it rinses clean and does not dry out the skin.
  • Guerlain Eau de Beaute Micellar Water: the nostril-searing fragrance in this never grew on me and I for sure would not repurchase. There are far more pleasant and effective micellar waters out there.
  • Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream: a very nice foot cream. Ideal, actually. It's super rich and moisturizing, yet absorbs readily. It also has a medicinal, herbal smell that just seems right for a foot cream. The downside is that it costs $32. For that price, I'll be shopping around for other options before I repurchase this one.
  • Arcona Raspberry Clarifying Pads: I really liked these to the end. Gentle yet effective exfoliant. I have quite a few other exfoliating pads to use up before I think about buying new ones, but when that's done, as of now these are at the top of my list to repurchase.
  • Kat Burki Cucumber Balancing Elixir: This was just ok and I still haven't gotten over the little white blobs of congealed oils that wound up separating in it and floating at the top. Definitely not a candidate for repurchasing.
  • Arcona Mineral Magic Hydrating Spray: wasn't a big fan when I wrote my review and still not a fan after using it all up. 
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk: magic stuff. I'm using up the oil version of this right now but when it's done, I am buying another bottle of this serum. I love the way it makes my skin look
  • Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist: I had a tiny bottle of this and it is wonderful. Light, absorbs into the skin instantly, lends an attractive sheen, and has a to-die-for scent.  I'm buying a bigger bottle.
  • Wylde Ivy Sugared Body Polish: I'm not usually a big etailer fan because I'm wary of quality control but Wylde Ivy is an exception. I've bought soaps and scrubs from there and the scrubs are awesome.
  • Klorane Desert Date Shampoo: still not a fan of this, and found it very drying.
  • A Lab on Fire What We Do in Paris Is Secret: it's rare for me to use up a perfume but I adore this perfectly-blended floral. I'm going to need to use up a few more of my monstrous collection before I can justify repurchasing this, but it shall not be forgotten when that day comes.
  • R+Co Cleansing Foam Conditioner: a fuller review on this is coming soon, but suffice to say here that this may have changed my perspective on cleansing conditioners. It's great.
  • Molton Brown Japanese Orange Body Wash: this was just a mini bottle, but Molton Brown body washes are consistently great. I wasn't a huge fan of this scent, which I found a bit too sharp.
  • Lavanila Lemon Vanilla Deodorant: review forthcoming on this. I liked it very much and the scent was divine.
  • Diptyque Philosykos EDT: I tore through this travel-sized spray of figgy, leafy, woodsy goodness. I enjoyed it so much, I'm thinking of buying a big bottle.
  • Juara Candlenut Body Cream: I had just a small tub of this but I really enjoyed it. A rich, emollient cream with a pleasantly tart, fruity scent.
  • Eraclea Ever-Moist Lip Balm: I've never heard of this brand. I think I got it in a subscription beauty box long ago. It is quite pleasant, as long as you're ok with petrolatum-based balms. It has a vanilla-citrus scent.
  • Lancome Energie de Vie : I had a small vial of this serum which is slightly unfair as a test for skincare because it doesn't go very far, but this did not impress me enough to buy a larger one.
  • Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask: I have a full-sized bottle of this that I've been neglecting, but this sample tube reminded me of how great it is. So very rich and soothing, it plumps my skin up and adds moisture like none other.  Never change, Black Rose.
  • Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo: so disappointing. Did nothing whatsoever for my scalp, which remains itchy and dry, and left my hair feeling not clean enough. The only positive is the pleasant, herbal scent.
  • Creme de la Mer: I know this is a cult favorite but I just don't think it's that special. I've used it before, and my mind hasn't changed after going through this latest sample tub.
  • Davines OI All in One Hair MIlk: Holy grail. Love so much. Can never be without this stuff. The most perfect leave-in I've ever used on my hair.
  • Molinard Fleur de Figuier EDT: I've had a very figgy spring, between this and the Diptyque. This is probably my favorite fig fragrance and I'm sorry to see it go. I'll be adding this to my purchase list.
  • Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer:  this is my favorite lip balm but it's hideously expensive for a tiny tube. I'm trying to find a cheaper dupe.
  • Kiehls Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream: I usually like Kiehls skincare but this sample tub of their new line was absolutely awful. It beaded up constantly when I tried to apply sunscreen or makeup on top of it.
  • Bare Minerals Facial Cleansing Oil: this has to be one of the biggest unsung heroes of the cleansing oil world. I love this stuff! I got it on clearance at Sephora and it ranks right up there with Shu Uemura, in my book.
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment: there's a reason this product is so popular. Its lactic acid and antioxidants combine for exceptional glow with zero irritation. Someday I will buy some, if I stop acquiring samples.
  • Diptyque Nourishing Lip Balm: I don't know who thought it'd be a good idea to put a floral scent in a lip product, but I find it off-putting. This also has a texture that seems weird to me in a lip product, seeming more like lotion you'd put on your face.

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