May Empties

I saw a YouTube video of a girl that shares her “empties”.  At first I was like, um ok… Then I was like, that’s actually a good idea!  You use products/samples and people probably want to know if they are any good or not!

So, I finally used up some of my Birchbox samples, along with another product and it’s time to see what’s sticking around and what’s getting the old heave-ho!

Moroccanoil®, $43

moroccan oilHow: Apply 1–2 pumps of Moroccanoil® Treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. Blow-dry or let dry naturally. Apply on dry hair to tame flyaways or condition split ends.

Verdict: I purchase this product from my hairdresser. I’ve been using this for the past 3 1/2 years and I think it really helps keep my hair moisturized.  I buy a bottle every four months so it does last me a while.  Good thing I’m getting my hair cut next week…I only have a few pumps left…eek!

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care – Clarifying Shampoo, Full-size $32 (Birchbox – April 2014)


How: Apply daily to wet hair and rinse. Repeat for best results.

Verdict: I wasn’t crazy about the smell of this shampoo.  It almost smells like cologne but OMG…this shampoo made my hair feel AMAZING.  I’ve always had pretty silky hair but after living in Colorado, my hair has become dry.  I hate it! Moroccanoil® (above) has been helping me but I wanted to try this. The shampoo made my hair so soft and silky.  I’m seriously  considering buying  the 8.5 oz bottle for $32 (only if I have Birchbox points). I can get by with using this every two days or so and using regular shampoo in-between to get more bang for my buck! I am currently debating about switching to this or continuing to buy Moroccanoil®.

Bonus: We added in this reconstructing masque for your sleekest strands yet. Full-size $58

Verdict: I don’t know that this did anything that spectacular for my hair. I think I’ll pass on purchasing the full size of the reconstructing masque, especially for $58.  I feel like I got great results with the above mentioned shampoo and my regular conditioner.

nyakio – Kenyan Coffee Face Polish, Body Scrub & Hydrating Face Oil with Kloa Nut, Full-size $34-$55 (Birchbox – April 2014)


How: Cleanse with face polish, apply one to two drops of face oil, and exfoliate with body scrub.

Face Polish Verdict: Again, not too keen on the scent of this product.  I enjoyed trying it but I think I’ll stick to my St. Ives Apricot Scub.  Same concept and results and St. Ives is more affordable.

Body Scrub Verdict: I was kind of disappointed in how little product there was in this packet.  I got one use out of it.  The directions suggested using this on your elbows, knees and heels.  I barely had enough for all three areas, and I’m not a big person! There just wasn’t enough to really exfoliate my skin. Since I didn’t get a really good trial with this, I won’t be purchasing the full size product.

Hydrating Face Oil Verdict: I wasn’t sure how I was going to like putting oil on my face!  I don’t have oily skin but adding oil to your face seemed a little counter-productive to me.  Boy, was I wrong.  I very much liked using this product, especially after washing my face before bed.  My husband liked the scent of this too.  I may have to find a less expensive alternative because I ended up liking this!

Whish – Three Whishes Body Butter, Full-size,  $24 (Birchbox – Welcome Box)

How: Smooth onto arms, legs, and everywhere else post-shower.whish_pomergranterejuvinationset_bodybutter_900x900

Verdict: This has been one of my most favorite Birchbox samples.  I am obsessed with this lotion.  I love everything about it; especially the way it makes my hands feel and the scent. It comes in various “flavors” but I received pomegranate and I’m stickin’ to it!  I used up some of my Birchbox points and ordered the full-size of this lotion!  Whoop, whoop!

KIND Snacks – Healthy Grains Bar: Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, 15-count $11.88 (Birchbox – April 2014)


Verdict: My sample KIND Bar seemed to taste really plain. I swear there was ONE speck of sea salt on this bad boy.  I did pick up a box of these at the grocery store to give them another try.  Well…since then I’ve continued to purchase these.  They make for a nice morning snack, especially for a busy mom like me, who often forgets to eat…  I am also thinking I should start buying these through the Birchbox store so I get Birchbox points!  Duh, Katie!

I hope you found my “empties” post helpful!  I’ll be adding more as I continue to use up my product samples or any other products I come across.

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*Product descriptions are courtesy of Birchbox/Moroccanoil®

** This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions about these products are my own!


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