Products I’ve Used Up | March 2016

emptiesmarch2016I feel like it’s been ages since I last did an empties post, but it’s been less than two months. As you know, every month, I like to save up my used products so I can have a visual of what I’m actually using up, and then I like to share my reviews here. Some months (like January), I have barely a handful of things to share, and others I have multiple handfuls. Today is the latter.

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Bumble and bumble, Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner. I have been using this duo for over a year (with a few others in between), and I’ve loved it. They are both very moisturizing, but they never weigh my hair down. I did enjoy having the giant bottles, but I’m one that likes to change my shampoo often, so having so much to go through was kind of boring. However, I saved a lot of money by going big, so I would say it was definitely worth it. I will buy from this line again in the future.

Amika, Nourishing Mask. I mentioned this mask in my Winter Essentials post. Though this was only a deluxe sample and I only got two uses out of it, I was so impressed (and immediately bought the full size). It leaves my hair so soft and smooth, especially after using a clarifying shampoo beforehand. I think this is now my favourite hair mask.

Living Proof, Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Perfector. Another deluxe sample that proved to be pretty spectacular. This treatment, which I would apply to my hair nightly, left it feeling smooth, conditioned, and fuller when I woke up in the morning. I’m still not sure how it works, I just know that it does. I still have to pick up the full size, but plan to do so soon.

emptiesmarch2016Indeed Laboratories, Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue. This eye cream was pretty good as far as eye creams go. It was hydrating, and I really don’t have anything bad to say about it. But it wasn’t amazing either, though maybe that has to do with my age, since it can be sometimes difficult to tell when an eye cream is really working. Being that it’s only $20, it’s a steal compared to other eye creams.

The Body Shop, Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask. For nights when I needed some unclogging and a deep cleanse, this was my go-to. It does make my skin feel better after using it, but I sometimes felt it to be too drying on my skin, and I would prefer to use something like a charcoal mask (this one is my favourite).

Paula’s Choice, RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. I got a deluxe sample of this serum in an ipsy bag (I think) last year, and started using it when I finished my favourite serum. I really didn’t notice any kind of change (good or bad) in the month that I was using it, so I’m not sure that I would ever buy the full size.

Yes to Cucumbers, Daily Calming Moisturizer. I have talked about this moisturizer multiple times, and I still love it as much as I did last year. I actually think this is my favourite day moisturizer, and it’s the one that I compare everything else to. It’s very hydrating, never irritating to my sensitive skin, and complements my makeup.

The Body Shop, Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. Like I said in my recent skin care favourites post, every time I used this serum oil, I woke up with smoother skin. I definitely found that my skin was more hydrated and nourished after using this. I will be repurchasing it again soon, I’m sure.

Kiehl’s, Ultra Facial Cream. I think this is the third tub I’ve finished in the last year, and it’s not that surprising because I love it that much. This is my favourite night cream, because it gives my skin a lot of moisture, but it never leaves it feeling greasy — just nice and hydrated. I’m trying out something else at the moment, but I believe I will be going back to this one next.

emptiesmarch2016Joe Fresh, Nail Polish Remover. I’ve mentioned this nail polish remover before, and I still like it just as much. It doesn’t have any acetone in it, so it doesn’t destroy my nails (or my cuticles), but it still removes all of my nail polish without any trouble. It’s even good for stubborn glitter polish (though that understandably takes a little more work).

EOS, Shave Cream in Vanilla Bliss. I do love this shave cream, since it leaves my skin feeling hydrated even before I apply my body cream. My only beef with it is that because it’s a pump, I’m always left with that 2 or 3 inches of product at the bottom once the pump can’t reach it. I think I would like this a lot better if it came in a squeeze tube.

The Body Shop, Wild Argan Body Butter. This isn’t quite my favourite scent of body butters (I will never stray from Coconut), but it’s close. Like any other body butter from The Body Shop, this was incredibly moisturizing to my skin and a delight to use.

Formula X, Shine Top Coat. I really loved this top coat for the first several months that I used it, but then it got really thick, and stringy and just didn’t work anymore. I stopped using it for a few months, and the next thing I knew, it was basically solid. I’m not sure how this happened, but it was really good for the first six months or so that I used it, so I’m wondering if it was just a bad one or I let too much air in? Has that ever happened to you?

L’Occitane, Shea Butter Hand Cream. After trying this deluxe sample, I did buy the full size, and love it. Much like the Kiehl’s Hand Salve, this cream is one of the few things that can heal my dry hands, and keep them free of dryness and redness. I’m still not sure which one works better though.

Kiehl’s, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. Like I said above, this is one of the only hand creams that will actually heal my dry hands this time of year. I’m not sure which I like better, but I do think that this hand salve might last a little longer, and does a better job of keeping my hands hydrated even when washing my hands over and over during the day. I just wish that the packaging was a little better and I didn’t have to cut it open to get to the last little bit.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you used up lately?

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