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EMPTIES: November 2022

EMPTIES: November 2022


Is this a EMPTIES post for the products I used up in November? Yes. Is it almost the end of December and almost a whole new year? Yes. Your point? Keep reading to see what products I used up almost 2 months ago.

As you can see, I only used up 3 items and one is a repeat. First up, let’s talk about the Jozi Curls Leave-In conditioner. This was the second product that I ever used from JOZI -the first was their Curl Refresher spray. I will say that I enjoyed the leave-in conditioner better than the detangling. The JOZI leave-in conditioner has a little weight to it, but great slip to the hair. So much so that I wore diluted some and wore it as a moisturizer for my natural curly hair. So, I did get my money worth and I may buy it again.

The next item I used up was PanOxyl Acne Foaming Face Wash, which I’ve used before. However, I got a poorly sealed bottle this time and it burst after the third use. Since it was a new bottle, I obviously didn’t apply much power to squeeze the product out. Plus, I was totally disappointed by the customer service – or lack or customer service. As you can see, I never got a replacement bottle and not sure if the product was still good after having so much contact to air. So, I’m a little disheartened and undecided if or when I would buy this again.

Finally, I used up the sample of the Tatcha moisturizer that came with my free Sephora birthday gift. Just like the cleanser with this set, I loved the moisturizer. The moisturizer was lightweight and nicely absorbed into the skin. Also, this made my skin look and feel soft, which is nice for the colder months. Yes, I will be buying the full-size soon.

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EMPTIES: October 2022

EMPTIES: October 2022


October felt really long, which I think helped me used up a lot of products. Of course, that doesn’t make sense, but I still used up a nice amount of products. So, please keep reading to see which products I emptied out last month.

First up, I have to start with this bottle of Donna Karen Cashmere Mist, which I scored on sale back during the pandemic. Back in mid-to-late 2020, I found some really good deals, including this bottle which I paid about $20. Nice. However, the price wasn’t the only reason I got – this is one of my favorite winter scents. Cashmere Mist is a warm fragrance that has floral, jasmine and vanilla notes. Plus, it was one of my mom’s favorite scents, which also makes me think I will buy this again.

Honestly, I can’t say enough about how Olaplex has really helped my hair over the past couple of years. In the past, I didn’t consistently used it, but I would notice some good changes. However, this past summer and early fall, I was using it at least once a week – mostly twice. The combination of washing my hair twice a week with Olaplex definitely helped my color-treated hair grow. Even my co-worker pointed it out to me. I’m an Olaplex girl now and I’ve already bought and started using a new set of Olaplex shampoo and conditioner. Not to mention, the Olaplex hair oil is superior, too.

The next item is Bliss Makeup Melt, which I did buy as a quick fix. I usually use the Dermaflage Makeup remover, which is an oil cleaser. Although I tend to prefer oil cleansers, I did enjoy this cleansing melt. It has a jelly texture and did do a pretty good job melting and removing makeup.  My waterproof mascara gave it a hard time, but it still did a decent job. What I didn’t like was having to remove it, because it didn’t easily rinse off. I had to actually use a face wash to make me feel like it was removed. Still, I would buy it again…IF there wasn’t an oil cleanser available.

I’d been wanting to try some scents from Mix Bar, which is only found at Target. On an impulse, I picked up the Sparkling Hibiscus body and hair mist on initial sniff. The scent was floral, but juicy thanks the mixing of hibiscus and bergamont. I use body sprays like they are meant to be worn – on your skin. I sprayed it on as soon as I hop out the shower, which means I didn’t smell it. However, I did love the scent enough that I will probably buy the perfume version next summer.

Another beauty brand exclusive to Target is Jozi Curls, which caters to all different types of curly hair. I picked up a couple of their products to give it a try, which included their Jozi Curl Refresher spray. Jozi Curls is a clean brand that’s vegan and sustainable. Honestly, the refresher spray was alright and pretty similar to most curl refreshers. I tried to use it as a detangler, which was nice since it helps smooth the hair as well. Unfotunately, I don’t think I’ll buy this again.

The COSRX Snail Mucin moisturizer is too good! The perfect daily moisturizer that helps soften skin and keeps it glowing. So, obviously, I will be buying this again!

The last 2 products are eye products – a newbie and throwback. I’m a liquid eyeliner girl and I’d been wanting to try the Benefit Roller Liquid Liner. I got the mini option to give a test run, which I’m glad I did. Although this liner claims to be waterproof – it wasn’t. It started to smudge within an hour. So disappointing!

Next up is an oldie that I hadn’t bought in years, but glad I picked it up a few months ago. This Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser concealer had late 20s and early 30s me in a chokehold. When bright undereyes and “baking” became a thing, this was my go-to concealer. Thankfully, it’s still really good and I will buy it again.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022


It’s seriously already November! It’s apparently also Christmas time as well since so many people have decided to break out their Christmas trees and decorations. I can’t lie, I’ve been thinking about dragging mine out of storage and getting started. I might pull the boxes out this weekend, but putting it up is a couple of weeks away for me.

Despite me not being super ready to put up my decorations; I am starting to plan my shopping lists. Ideally, I would like to keep my list short and only 1-2 gifts per person. However, I know that’s a dream, but I’m trying. Ugh…I can’t believe I’m already talking about Christmas and stations are already playing Christmas music. Insane, but when in Rome.*shrug*

For the past month or so, I’ve been feeling very blah in my style. So, I’m ready to turn it up a smidge and look like I care, if that makes sense. I need to work on my personal vine and aesthetic, which you may be able to tell in this month’s Lust-Have List.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2022

  • Plus Size Plaid Skirt – I’ve visualizing so many outfits for fall around a plaid skirt and this one is perfect. It also has an elastic waist; great for carb filled holiday feasts.
  • Vintage Philadelphia Eagles Sweatshirt – The Philadelphia Eagles are my team and are having an amazing season. So, I need this vintge shirt to represent.
  • Classic Slouchy Socks – Slouchy socks over leggings was my favorite outfit in junior high and they are back in style. This pack of all black ones will work instead of the white ones from junior high.
  • The Ordinary Matrixyl Serum – I’m starting to notice some fine lines around my mouth. So, I’m eyeing this new serum to see if it can help me not look too close to my age.
  • Copper Color Depositing Conditioner – I love a good color depositing conditioner and this new one from Biolage comes in the perfect copper option for my hair. I have to try it!
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