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05 April, 2014

Empties: A post by Lina

Let’s get a loud “HURRAH” for Empties blogpost number one!! How refreshing and satisfying it is to finally get one of these empties posts out into the open!! Empties videos are probably on my top-three most enjoyable videos to watch on YouTube because the person shares opinions that have been based on the use of a product for a good chunk of time.  That reason alone is exactly why I feel it to be beneficial to bring Empties posts to you all here, on Smoke In The Rain.

Not to mention that these products have been stashed underneath my sink for an embarrassingly long time...

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
Retailed for: $7-8 

I have tried numerous facial products from the Aveeno brand previously, such at the Smart Essentials rage to name one, and their products are never reliable for me.  Some products are great while others don’t seem to do much at all.  Seeing that this was a foaming cleanser, supposedly meant to battle oily skin, I decided to snatch it up. I find foaming cleansers the most enjoyable because they give that fun (if cleaning your skin is fun for anyone else but me that is), tactile experience that makes me feel like I am using something useful for my skin. 

Although the foam formula was able to make my skin legitimately squeaky clean, a little to squeaky, it was hardly able to remove my face makeup. As for the eye makeup: it wouldn’t budge, and I don’t even wear waterproof!

Bottom line: I will not purchase this product again because it was not able to remove my makeup, something that to me, is very important in a cleanser.

Aussie Awesome Volume Conditioner
Retailed for: $4

You may see later on that there is a recurring pattern in my conditioners. I prefer volume over anything else that’s offered!! Reason being is, at the end of the week I always have a deep moisturizing hair mask to quench my hair’s thirst so there isn’t as much as a need for moisture in comparison to volume.  This leaves me with the ability to re-prioritize! 

This product is ridiculously cheap, and you really get what you pay for. The packaging, as you can see in the picture, It’s made of a cheap plastic that resulted in the cap breaking within its first use.  Also, when you try to squeeze out the product a massive glop comes out. Very wasteful packaging.

I felt as if I was smoothing grease into my hair, shockingly making it an unenjoyable experience each time. I heard once before that Aussie, and likely a few other brands, use a waxy type of plastic in their products so that when you put it in your hair it coats each strand in the wax, making it feel smooth and soft but in reality it doesn’t nourish the hair. 

Bottom line:  I think I am going to stay away from Aussie products for a while as I would rather spend a few extra dollars on something useful and enjoyable that’s good for my hair.  

Pantene Pro-V 24 Hour Volume Conditioner
Retailed for: $5

Ah ha! I said there would be a recurring pattern. This pleasantly smelling conditioner was proof that the drugstore is full of hit and miss products. With the Aussie conditioner being a miss, this one sure was a hit. In case you were wondering, I wash my hair at night and let it air dry before I go to bed. After using this the night before, I would wake up in the mornings to find that my hair would have a noticeable amount of volume; not the kind you get with a blow dry, but a impressive amount from a conditioner.

Bottom line: I would for sure repurchase this product if I wasn’t constantly trying out new things.  

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry Mini 
Retailed for: $3-4

I’m not sure if I am unlucky with dry shampoos, or I just don’t know how to use them despite reading the directions and watching countless videos. So, sadly, this dry shampoo did not work for me. Please let me know if you have any dry shampoo tips!!

Bottom line: Dry shampoo and I don’t understand each other, but despite that I have heard great reviews about Batiste! 

Soap & Glory Hand Food 
Retailed for: $5-6

I picked this bad boy up at Heathrow Airport many months ago and it lasted me I’d say about five months while being stashed in my pencil pouch for daily use.  The product was alright, it did restore moisture to my hands and wasn’t greasy at all. It took a few minutes to sink in but my hands weren’t slippery nor sticky. 

Soap and Glory, as usual, gets an A+ for the adorable pink packaging. The only disappointment I had, that hardly counts as much of a disappointment, was the smell.  It contains: Shea butter, Macadamia oil, and Marshmallow, allowing you to think would make the product delectable enough to eat.  Unfortunately, the smell was really dull. I didn’t want to eat it...(positives and negatives here, I’m aware!)

Bottom line: I’d purchase this again if there weren’t any other options as it successfully moisturizes without being greasy, but for now I am still on the hunt for a delicious smelling, well-rounded hand cream! 

Lina :)


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