Empties Vol. II

Finally coming back to you all with some empties! I've finished up quite a bit of skincare, including: Bioderma Micellar Water, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, Hyalmide HA Serum, and Fresh Seaberry Face Oil! I'm also coming to you with a very exciting discount code for one of my CBD favorites, It's Not Pot--these delicious little CBD chocolates!

Finally coming back to you all with some empties! I've finished up quite a bit of skincare, including: Bioderma Micellar Water, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, Hyalmide HA Serum, and Fresh Seaberry Face Oil! I'm also coming to you with a very exciting discount code for one of my CBD favorites, It's Not Pot--these delicious little CBD chocolates!

It’s Not Pot CBD Chocolates

Ingredients: Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Maple Syrup, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Vanilla Bean, Organic Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil, and Organic Ashwaganha.

CBD: CBD is short for Cannabidoil, a cannabinoid found in hemp plants. CBD is found in Cannabis plants, as well as in hemp. Unlike Cannabis plants, hemp has a very low concentration (negligible) of THC–meaning, it’s non-psychotropic. You won’t get high.

CBD is a compound that has shown significant results in reducing symptoms in people with inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, arthritis, and other conditions. I myself am mainly interested in the anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects of CBD.

For more information on CBD and It’s Not Pot you can read their FAQ here and as always, do your own research into any supplement/medicine you take!

Dosage: You’re meant to take one of these little heart-shaped chocolates each day. There’s a pretty small dose in these (~2mg) and you should think of them as you would a supplement. They’re not xanax. You won’t end a panic attack by taking one of these. Taking a small dose everyday is more preventative than treatment. I prefer this. I’d rather prevent migraines, anxiety, and chronic pain than treat them after I’m already feeling the pain.

My Experience with It’s Not Pot: I’m into it. I wan’t to preface this with some things that need to be said. I am NOT a doctor. I am NOT guaranteeing you will see the results I did. Everyone’s symptoms, illnesses, and bodies are highly individual. I wouldn’t recommend using these to self-treat on their own if you have an illness, condition, etc. Talk to your doctor and follow their directions. Consider these as a holistic-add on, but always use the medicine your doctor prescribes and ask about chemical interactions if you are on medication before using. 

I found that by the end of the tub my sleep was better (I have a hard time falling asleep, especially when my shoulder/migraines act up), I had less anxiety, and overall my shoulder didn’t act up as much. Also, these taste really good. It has me out here trying to DIY little chocolates.

DISCOUNT CODE: Use the Code “THECRITICALBABE” via This Link for 20% discount on your purchase. Full transparency, this is an affiliate link–the not-pot affiliate is set up so I make a small commission off of anyone using my specific discount code.

Finally coming back to you all with some empties! I've finished up quite a bit of skincare, including: Bioderma Micellar Water, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, Hyalmide HA Serum, and Fresh Seaberry Face Oil! I'm also coming to you with a very exciting discount code for one of my CBD favorites, It's Not Pot--these delicious little CBD chocolates!Skincare Empties

Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula in Rose Petal $6.99–this is my toner of choice. It’s affordable, pH balancing, subtly hydrating, smells lovely, and is alcohol-free–which is really important to me. Witch hazel is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and is a natural astringent. I’ve found that this is really effective at calming redness and impacting a nice bit of moisture back into the skin. If you’re a green beauty gal this is a must. I replaced this with the lavender version and I have to say it smells really soapy and I’m not into it. Oddly enough, lavender is one of my favorite scents and rose is one of my least favorite. Repurchase: Yes. I’ll suffer through the lavender scent for now, but it’s back to rose when I’m done.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water $14.16–is the OG of miceller waters and is unfortunately something that really ended up drying out my skin. I make sure to wash off my micellar water, so I know that wasn’t the cause. Thankfully, Bioderma have an awesome team and they ended up sending me a lot of products from the Hydrabio line, including the micellar water, which I enjoy much more than this one. So, if you’ve got dry skin, go for that one. Repurchase: no.

Bioderma Sensibio Mask $19.90–this is the only product from the Sensibio line that I love. I’ve been diving into retinol, which in reality is probably not a good move given my skin is being #rekt by winter. This is a godsend for flaky, irritated skin. It’s fairly affordable (much more than my HG Sisley Paris Mask with Linden Blossom $122) and is a good dupe for the soothing effects of that mask. I don’t feel guilty about slathering this on as often as I need to. I end up using it around 2-3 times a week, so I’d definitely say it’s a staple for me. Repurchase: Was going to, but I got another in a PR package. Bless up.

Hylamide Low-Molecular HA $22–this is a meh product for me. As far as plain HA serums go, you can find cheaper and less tacky products. Also, it smelled like baby food (no, it wasn’t expired). I’ve recently learned that HA does its best work in environments where there’s more moisture in the air, and unfortunately I’m not in one of those places. Towards the end of the tube I began spraying water on my face after using this and I do think it helped, but overall I’m just not impressed enough with this product to recommend it. I need something with other hydrating factors. Repurchase: Nah.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil $52–one of the most thick, luxurious, and hydrating face oils I’ve ever used. It’s very occlusive and locks moisture into the skin. Sea buckthorn oil is full of carotenoids (anti-aging antioxidants), vitamins A, C, E, and omegas 3,6,7, and 9. Basically, this is the equivalent of diet full of vegetables and healthy fats for your skin. I swear by this during winter, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, keeps my skin as glowy and nourished. Plus, the naturally occurring vitamin C is wonderfully brightening. Oh yeah, it ALSO soothes redness. There’s no better face oil to me. Repurchase: YES.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Lift Eye Cream $340–Let’s start with problem numero uno: fragrance in eye cream is a hard pass for most people. I know luxury brands like this are all about exclusivity, but I thought the goal was to be annoyingly classist not…allergist??? I’m not a fan of fragrance in skincare as a general rule, but I’m very against it being in eye cream–a recipe for disaster. Besides that, it’s a good eye cream. Soft, velvety, hydrating–all things you could easily dupe for $300 less. I saw absolutely zero brightening from this and the lines under my eyes are no different. Repurchase: Not a damn chance.

Finally coming back to you all with some empties! I've finished up quite a bit of skincare, including: Bioderma Micellar Water, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, Hyalmide HA Serum, and Fresh Seaberry Face Oil! I'm also coming to you with a very exciting discount code for one of my CBD favorites, It's Not Pot--these delicious little CBD chocolates!Body Care Empties

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash $18–I like the scent of this, it’s minty, herbal, and very invigorating. What I don’t love is how uncomfortably soapy the texture is. There’s a lot of that slippery/tacky soap feel that I can’t stand. It’s really not my thing. Repurchase: NOPE.

Aerin Rose Hand and Body Cream–$42/$68–If I liked the smell of roses I would live for this. I don’t actually hate it, but I don’t enjoy it enough to justify a repurchase. It’s incredibly hydrating, but dries down to a soft velvet finish on the skin. The price is…not great. Personally I don’t enjoy spending a lot of money on body products because they get used up so quickly. So, while I do love this product, the price is a big hindrance to me repurchasing. Repurchase: if they came out with an Amber Musk scented version I would be all over it as a treat.

Finally coming back to you all with some empties! I've finished up quite a bit of skincare, including: Bioderma Micellar Water, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, Hyalmide HA Serum, and Fresh Seaberry Face Oil! I'm also coming to you with a very exciting discount code for one of my CBD favorites, It's Not Pot--these delicious little CBD chocolates!Makeup Empties

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara $8.52–Best mascara discovery of the year. It’s hard to get me to stray from Maybelline Lash Sensational, but when I found this I did. It gives the fluffiest, thickest, blackest lashes and it holds a curl. The only con of this mascara is that the tube dries out pretty quickly and can get kind of messy because the brush holds so much product. As a big fan of drier mascara formulas, I’ve accepted that they’ll dry out faster. Repurchase: Already did.

Soap and Glory Lipstick in Naked Talent $12–I don’t think I’ve spoken about this lipstick before, which is shocking to me, because it’s so good. If you’re a fan of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, this line has that same vibe. The line is compromised mostly of nudes and pinks, and features a mix of matte and satin formulas. The mattes remind me of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks and the satins are a similar formula to the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipsticks! Naked Talent is a beautiful copper pink and is an awesome MLBB shade for light-medium warm yellow skintones. Repurchase: Definitely!

Alright so those are all of my empties for now! If you read my 2018 Beauty and Blogging Aspirations Post, you’ll know I’m focusing on shopping my stash and using things up in 2018. So, that said, prepare to (hopefully) see a ton of empties posts in 2018!

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