Empties Segment: hair products

“Not to spoil this post, but I liked most of these products
so f*#! the wallet, am I right?”


Let’s jump right into this empties post. Because obviously, if you’ve read my intro above, you already know a lot of these were hits for me. This means we are coming a long way as far as products that actually work. Or, I am incredibly weak and give into the packaging and scents of them. Jk jk I’ve listed the five products below that I have finished and some refreshing opinions and feedback on them. I hope you enjoy and maybe find some new products that tickle your fancy.

  1. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde conditionerretails for $19.00
    This stuff is freaking amazing. I love it. It’s as far as I’ll go into “high end” hair care. Seeing as it is almost $20 does seem steep when you compare it to Pantene or TRESemme, but I cannot get away from this now that I have given it a shot. My hairdresser recommended this and the shampoo to me, and I have since repurchased both.I personally like that it feels a little more luxe on my color-treated hair, but without an incredibly high price tag. And gurl, it’ll last you! I purchased my first bottle of conditioner last June and I’m just now writing about it running out… granted, I like to incorporate conditioning masks/treatments so I am not using this constantly but, like, still. This bitty will last you awhile.
    Would I repurchase? Again and again. 
  2. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampooretails for $18.00
    I have all of the same feelings for this shampoo as I do for the conditioner. Love the set, love them together. It’s a win/win for me. The shampoo surprisingly lasted the same amount of time as the conditioner, so I vouch that this is well worth your hard-earned DOLLAS HONEY.
    Would I repurchase? Yes ma’am. 
  3. Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe Vera Jasmine conditioning treatmenta single treatment retails for $2.99
    Okay so this conditioning treatment is nothing to call home about. I feel very much so that it lays on top of my hair and doesn’t truly nourish it. Could be my hair type, but it is not soaking up this product, leaving me with hair that does not feel conditioned. Which, is kind of the opposite effect I’d like to be left with after using a conditioning treatment. If you’re looking to spend $2.99 for a WORTHY conditioning treatment, check out the Matrix Total Results Multi-tasking Hair Mask for $5.00 (you can get two uses out of this). It is so damn good and will give you the instant results you are looking for: fresh, healthy, undamaged hair.
    Would I repurchase? I think it’s pretty obvious lmao – NAH.

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  4. Beauty Pin-ups Fearless Hair Rescue treatment16 oz retails for $25.99 or 6 oz retails for $19.99
    This one pains me. BECAUSE I AM OBSESSED, and because it’s not all that affordable. I squeezed every last ounce out of this baby – and it was just a sample I received in Ipsy. An incredible one, at that. I freaking loved this stuff. Completely opposite of the Marc Anthony hair treatment, this completely absorbed into my hair and left me with the instant results I was in search of. Honestly tho, if you’re in love with this product and don’t want to spend $26 on a hair treatment, look at the difference in price for an extra 10 oz. of this stuff – completely worth it.
    Will I repurchase? That’s a hard question, but truly, I think I might. At the very least, it’s going on a birthday wish list. I’m a firm believer that you gotta invest in what works for you. 
  5. Batiste dry shampoo in Blush scent13.46 oz. size (large) retails for $7.99-$9.99 at Marshalls/TJ Maxx depending on when you go
    Hands down the best bargain when buying this dry shampoo (even tho it is already considered “drugstore price”) is TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. Idk whether they get certain scents in bulk but I can pretty much count on stocking up anytime I go to the Marshall’s in center city, Philadelphia, and I feel like that’s saying something considering there are a shit ton of people buying them out of house and home.But this product, tho, is the cat’s pajamas. I will continue to buy this over and over again. It does SUCH an incredible job at masking the oils produced in your hair after going a few days without washing it. The blush scent isn’t particularly my favorite, but it fades enough to where I don’t notice it throughout the day. This product gives such a refresh to my hair/look and allows me to wash my hair fewer and further in between, allowing it to be as healthy as possible without the constant stripping of its natural oils when I wash it.
    Will I repurchase? Already have!


Soooo 4/5 repurchases?! That’s a pretty successful empties review if I do say so myself. However, not so successful on the wallet. Gotta get back to earning those Ulta points so I can cash in on some of these as a T R E A T. Anyways, thanks for hanging out and reading up on these hair products! What are your thoughts? Have you tried them as well? Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo,
KS

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Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #3

“I must be using a lot of makeup to be on my third empties post.”

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What’s up, bloggers?! I’m back with another “empties” post detailing some products I have used up over the last couple months and my final thoughts/review of each one.

As always, the big question stands: Would I repurchase, yes or no?

See a product above you’ve been wondering about? Well, I’ve used the entire bottle so you can find my thorough review below.

First up, two mascaras:

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  • Too Faced Better Than Sex retailing for $23
    This mascara is phenomenal. Personally, I think $23 is a lot to pay for a mascara considering you have a dupe for this which is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise
    retailing for $9.99 at the drugstore. However, the Too Faced travel size of this mascara can last you a 1-2 months and only cost you $12. It has a fat wand that distributes mascara plentifully and creates full, butterfly-looking lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Yeah, probably. Depends on if I’m willing to drop a pretty penny when there are more affordable options out there. But, affordable options or not, this mascara is worth the money.

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  • The Balm Mad Lash retailing for $18
    I had such a love-hate relationship with this mascara.
    PERKS: it makes your lashes look nice and spider-y and distributes product v evenly, also adding length.
    CONS: I hate this wand, so much. I would say 4/5 times using this product left me with a clenched eye and mascara on my bottom lid from wincing after poking myself. It is so easy to touch this wand to your eyeball and doesn’t seem user friendly to me. It’s also very stiff, so on that 1/5 times I’d get it right, it would still scratch my lids in an uncomfortable way.
    Would I repurchase? No, and I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend either.

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Next, two foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless retailing for $7.99
    This foundation lasted me a really long time, and I loved that about it. I also loved the staying power, coverage, and shade selection. Maybelline does such a great job at shade ranges, and I can appreciate that. The coverage on this foundation is surprisingly good, and can be built upon itself.
    It does dry kind of quickly, so I would work with half of my face at a time. It does give you a poreless and matte complexion, but I would still get a little greasy by that 3 o’clock hour at work.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, 100%.

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth retailing for $7.99
    I also really loved this foundation. For the dryer months (winter and when I’m dry in the summer from suntanning) this foundation is a lifesaver. The matte + poreless foundation would look dry on my skin if I didn’t have a solid moisturized base to my face. This, however, was smooth as could be even when I wasn’t working with a hydrated base.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

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Lastly, two hair products:

  • Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo retailing for $5.99
    This dry shampoo was actually my first ever try at dry shampoo Image result for surprised emoji
    Crazy, I know. Now I can’t imagine a life without it.
    But it would good. Was it great? No. Did I find something better? Yes. Batiste takes the cake for the best affordable dry shampoo. The Not Your Mother’s wasn’t bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the Batiste ones I have since tried.
    Would I repurchase? Nah.

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  • Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo retailing for $28 (8.5 oz)
    This shampoo is so expensive, and I feel like I didn’t get the results I wanted for the price I paid. The thing that bothered me the most about this shampoo was the lack of suds to feel like my hair was thoroughly clean. I felt like I was using more than I needed to in order to clean my hair. With that being said, this shampoo lasted me a long time (roughly 8 months) so I’d say you get your money’s worth.
    Maybe the next time you’re at your salon you can ask them to use this in your hair and see what you think.
    Would I repurchase? No. Recently I’ve been loving (and have since repurchased) the Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampoo. More affordable and smells better/I see better results.

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So those are my empties! Is there anything here you agree with me about? Should I give something another try if I decided not to repurchase it? Let me know your thoughts below!

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