Product Empties #3

IMG_6003I have used up a ton more products, which means it is time for another ‘Product Empties’ post. If you missed my last ‘Product Empties’ post, from the end of March, you can check it out here. I have been breezing through products lately and it feels good to downsize my ever growing collection.

Again, if you are not familiar with these kinds of posts, it is where I talk about a dozen products I have used up and give my opinion in regards to pros, cons and ultimately, if I would repurchase it. Personally, I find these kinds of posts/videos really helpful (and I’m nosey).

Doing this post and reading my previous two posts, I have also realized that though the product itself is the main factor of whether or not I would repurchase it, the packaging is also a pretty big contributor as well. There have been quite a few products I didn’t mind, but because of its horrible/cheap/awkward/messy/insert negative adjective packaging, it has deterred me from purchasing it again. There’s a big difference between, ‘this product would be good if they reformulated it’ versus ‘this product would be good if they repackaged it’. Food for thought (and maybe a future blog post).


Steering straight again, here’s what I have used up:


Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask – $8.99

Pros: Extremely nourishing and rich, leaves my hair feeling soft, really like the thickness of the product, smells good, affordable, free of parabens and SLS, 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free

Cons: Not a huge fan of the packaging (since it is such a thick product it was really hard to get it out near the end of it)

Repurchase? Yes.

COLAB Volume Extreme Dry Shampoo in ‘Rio’ – $7.99

Pros: Smells amazing, absorbs any excess oil, no white residue, gives my hair really good volume

Cons: Contains talc, can only find COLAB at some Winners and Marshalls

Repurchase? Yes! Also, I love Ruth Crilly.

Organix Instant Repair Keratin Oil – $10.99

Pros: Leaves the ends of my hair really soft and frizz-free, smells great, affordable, cruelty-free

Cons: Find the sprits awkward to use since I focus it on my ends, wish it had a pump instead

Repurchase? Maybe.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray – $9.99

Pros: Gives my hair really good volume, holds my hairstyle, affordable, smells good

Cons: Nozzle gets clogged with the product, can make my hair crispy

Repurchase? Unsure. I have been using this hairspray for years, but I think it’s time for us to finally breakup.


The Body Shop Shower Gel in ‘Vineyard Peach’ – $9.00

Pros: Affordable (often on sale), smells great, lathers extremely well, a little goes a long way, soap-free (so it doesn’t strip the skin)

Cons: Can only get this scent online, doesn’t replace the ‘almond’ scent which was my favourite

Repurchase? Yes.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 – $21.95

Pros: Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, really gentle, paraben-free, easily removes makeup

Cons: Contains cetrimonium bromide (not a nice ingredient in my opinion), pricey

Repurchase? Yes, when on sale.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – $32.00

Pros: Smells good, lightweight, oil-free, free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, combated any dryness and dullness on my face, feels really refreshing on the skin

Cons: In a jar (contaminating), pricey (but not as pricey as other Origins products)

Repurchase? Maybe.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Cream Shave in ‘Mango Vanilla’ – $6.99

Pros: Smells amazing, affordable, hypoallergenic, free of parabens, phthalates and SLS, 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free, leaves my skin incredibly soft after shaving, really good for sensitive skin, skin does not feel irritated

Cons: Nothing

Repurchase? Already have!

Nova Scotia Fisherman Hand & Body Cream – $9.99

Pros: Really good for dry skin, absorbs easily, free of parabens, phthalates and preservatives, no artificial fragrance, cruelty-free, benefits from each sale go towards the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Cons: Not a massive fan of the smell

Repurchase? Yes.


Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Vitamin-Rich Primer – $18.89

Pros: Excellent primer for helping makeup apply smoothly and helps it last all day long, feels incredibly soft and silky on the skin, gives your skin a healthy glow, contains salicylic acid, cruelty-free

Cons: Pricey for a drugstore product, can only get it at Target

Repurchase? Yes, when on sale or if Target was still in Canada (RIP).

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation – $11.99

Pros: Good coverage, blends easily into the skin, gives skin a healthy glow, cruelty-free

Cons: Fragranced (can be irritating for sensitive skin), not a fan of the packaging, can only get it at Target

Repurchase? No. This is the only Sonia Kashuk product I wouldn’t repurchase.

Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Pressed Powder – $9.99

Pros: Affordable, sets makeup really well, controls oil, cruelty-free

Cons: Contains parabens and talc, can only get it at Target

Repurchase? If Target was still in Canada, yes.

Have you tried any of these products or do you have a ‘Product Empties’ post/video? Leave a comment or a link below!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! I like that it was very informative 🙂


    1. ellerow says:

      Thank you so much for reading! xo

      Liked by 1 person

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