Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December-Running On Empty

Hi dolls.  I can't believe it's the start of a new year already.  To recap, in 2012-from January til the end of the year, I have gone through a total of 105 total products.  My Running on Empty posts are one of my favorites to do because it is so satisfying to see products come and go.  I plan on continuing these posts well into the year!  :)

Anyways, here is what I ran out of in December: 
10 products total, but two sample sizes.  Again, the majority is haircare.

Tresemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner
These big family size bottles are my favorite.  They last forever, and are a steal when you nab them on sale or with coupons.  The only complaint that I have is that this conditioner is pretty thin, so I do use quite a bit whenever I reach for it.

Repurchase?  Sure.  

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
I picked this shampoo up at Ulta after I had tried several of the travel size shampoo and conditioners.  These are a bit more than what I would like to spend on shampoo and conditioner,-they are about $7-8 depending on where you go but I wanted to try them out for myself.  I can't say that I noticed a whole lot of difference in my hair upon use though.  

Repurchase?  Only if on sale or with coupons.  I can't justify spending that much for just one bottle of shampoo (yet).   

Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo  (travel sized)
I think that this shampoo came in one of my Target beauty bags, but I'm not sure.  I had been lugging it around in my travel bag, and am finally done with it this month.  I do have quite a bit of split ends but have not been using this consistently enough to notice any dramatic difference. 

Repurchase?  Sounds intriguing, and if I can find both the shampoo and conditioner in big bottles, maybe.

Epielle Collagen Facial Essence Mask
I do have to admit, that I have been pretty lazy and not been using as many of these as I should-especially because I had picked up so many of them over the course of the year.  They are pretty simple to use as you just take them out of the package and put on your face for 30 minute duration.  Then, peel off and enjoy the benefits!  I will try to use more of these this year, at least once a week.

Repurchase?  Yes, if I can still find them at Big Lots.

 Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque
 I swear, everyone and their mom knows about this stuff.  I love it and have been using it consistently for over two years.  The stuff smells great, like mint gum and it really does a nice job of cleaning out your pores.  I use this every Sunday in fact.  I slap it on, then go about cleaning my makeup brushes for the week.  By the time I'm done shampooing my brushes, I just hop in the shower and wash it off.  

Repurchase?  Yes!  I have backups of this stored away already.   
Kiss Brush On Nail Glue
I have decided that I like brush on nail glue rather than the tubes.  It doesn't dry out as quick as far as shelf life.   This one isn't quite finished, but it has turned gummy and I can't use it anymore.  :(

Repurchase?  Yes, I have to have nail glue at home because my nails break allofthetime.  This quickly repairs it til my nail grows out long enough to file it away.

 Urban Decay Primer Potion (sample sized)
Eye shadows crease on my oily lids if I don't use a primer.  This one has been my go-to ever since I have gotten really serious about makeup.  In fact, I have only tried Urban Decay's and Elf's eyelid primers and I love them both.  This sample came in the mail when I had ordered from UD last summer.  I decided to use it up when I ran out of my Elf primer last month in order to clear away some of my samples drawer.

Repurchase?  You guys know that I already have backups of this on hand.  Will never go without.    

Elf Eyelid Primers in Champagne and Pearl
I had blogged about the regular eyelid primer last month in my Running on Empty post.  Here are the other two lid primers that came in that holiday set.  I pulled them out this month to see why I had not used them and then I was reminded when I swatched them.  They are incredibly hard to blend, and by this time-mostly dried out.  I wouldn't mind wearing the Champagne color all by itself, as it does dry to a pretty shimmery color that can be worn on the lid as an all over color, but it did take several swipes to get it to this consistency in the pictures.  

Repurchase?  Not this particular set, only the regular $1 eyelid primer is worth it as it dries to a matte finish and is workable as a base for any eye shadow color.

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mascara
I have already reviewed this product here on my blog so I'm not going to say much about it here.  I have only used it a handful of times before I had set it aside and forgotten about it til now.  I pulled out the wand and it has completely dried up so I'm tossing it.

Repurchase?  No.

That concludes my Running on Empty post for 2012!  I can't wait to see how many products I run out of in 2013 and I hope that I have inspired you to start keeping track of what you run out of this year.  The number might amaze you! 



  1. I love these kind of posts, but I hardly ever use up anything! I am making a conscious effort to only buy things I really need this year for two reasons, one - I never seem to use anything up entirely and two - I want to see how much money I can save by not buying things I don't need or will never use up. I seem to be more of a product hoarder than anything and I'm trying to change that. LOL I'm excited to see how much I'll actually be saving this year.

    1. I feel so overwhelmed when I look at what I have accumulated sometimes. Keeping track of what you use and how often you use it helps. Also, I like to go back and see what products I keep on repeat and which ones I can do without. Good luck!

  2. Right now at Walgreens, Organix products cost $4.99 each and also are buy one get one free. Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask sounds great, I'm totally going to pick one up soon! I love your blog!