Product Empties: January, 2018

Ever wonder what products someone else uses and what they think of them?? These are my product empties for the month of January:

Personal Care

  • Bottle of CVS brand saline solution: I use this to rinse my contacts before I put them in every morning, as well as any time they get cruddy. I pick up a bottle or two a few times a year.
  • Bottle of Clear Care disinfecting solution: My contacts soak in this every night, and get squeaky clean. I’ve been using this for as long as I can remember, and will continue to do so, unless something better comes out. (Or until they develop a corrective surgery for people with horrendous astigmatism.)
  • Tube of Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in Frosted Snow Blossom: I loved this scent, and the packaging is so pretty. I’ll definitely pick this one up again!
  • Tube of Pantene Curl Sculpting Gel: I discovered this gel fairly recently, and have been pretty pleased with it. It’s a keeper, for now.
  • Bottle of Thera Tears Lubricant Eye Drops: I use a ton of these drops, especially after my eye doctor told me to put a few drops in my eyes every morning and night, to help with my dry-eye discomfort. It made a huge difference!
  • Bottle of Herbal Essences Anti-Frizz Conditioner: Not much to say about this stuff… It was fine, but I don’t really notice much of a difference between shampoo/conditioner brands/formulas, so I buy whatever I can get on sale.
  • Tube of Colgate Total Daily Repair toothpaste: As with shampoo/conditioner, I just buy whatever toothpaste I get a good deal on, since I don’t notice much of a difference.
  • Small tube of Briogeo Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel: I got this in a Sephora Favorites set at the end of last year, and I liked it. I put it on my hair before gel, and it did seem to add some softness. I haven’t priced the full size, but I might after I finish the rest of that set it came with.
  • Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl foaming hand soap: I didn’t like this scent when I first started using it, but it really grew on me, and I was sad to finish it.


  • 50-ounce bottle of Era laundry detergent: I’m not at all brand-loyal when it comes to laundry detergent,mainly because I’ve never really noticed much of a difference between brands. This one worked just fine.
  • Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple 3-wick candle: You can read about my candle obsession here. This scent was nice, but a little too artificial smelling for me. Definitely not a favorite.
  • Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint 3-wick candle: I got this as a freebie with a pre-Christmas order, and while I liked the smell on “cold sniff” (as the candle people say), both my husband and I thought it smelled like kerosene while it was burning.
  • Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Honey Apple 1-wick candle: I didn’t particularly like this one, either, although the packaging is really cute.
  • White Barn Evergreen 3-wick candle: The scent of this candle was fantastic!! It was a powerful and very realistic evergreen scent, and our house smelled like we had just brought home a Christmas tree every time I burned it!
  • Container of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes: I mainly use these for cleaning in the bathrooms. In my experience, the Lysol and Clorox ones are interchangeable, so I stock up whenever either one of them is on sale.
  • Bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bleach bathroom cleanerOne of my very least favorite household chores is cleaning showers. Anything I can do to make it easier, I’ll do! Even though I hate the smell of bleach, I’ve found that bleach-based cleaners are most effective when combating soap scum and mildew. This one gets the (unpleasant) job done.

Makeup & Skincare

Product Hit of the Month: The Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss

Product Miss of the Month: The peppermint Bath & Body Works candle


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my Sample Sunday posts. I love sample sizes and trying new products of all kinds, but my stash has gotten a little out of control. As a result, I’ve started pulling out a few samples on Sundays, to try out over the next couple of weeks. Here are the samples I finished in January:

Do you use any of these products, too? Are you a big fan of samples, or do you stick with the tried-and-true?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

3 thoughts on “Product Empties: January, 2018”

  1. i really enjoy these commentaries- thanks for providing. as a single with no kids and just tiny livestock (several kitties), i don’t go through as much stuff as a family, but your real-world info is very helpful. applause. –suz in NE ohio.

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