Current Empties | #4Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Wow, time goes by fast. It seriously feels like it was just yesterday since my last post.
At any rate, I have more empties! I've been on a mission to use up more products. Going through my collection the other day, I realized that I've only hit pan on two things. Note to self: shop the stash instead of Sephora.
I've implemented a 3-1 policy for my makeup collection. Whenever I buy three makeup products (cumulatively), I will get rid of one. I have a 1-1 policy for my closet, but that would just be unrealistic with makeup.
What does that have to do with this empties post? Nothing specifically, I guess. But hey... I'm using stuff up :).
Let's start with all the full-sized things I've used up...
VASELINE | SPRAY & GO MOISTURIZER
Love this stuff! Easy to use, moisturizing, absorbs quickly. Downside? They don't last as long as traditional bottles of lotion. One of these sprays lasts no more than two months for me. Repurchase? Yes.
BIODERMA | SENSIBIO CLEANSER
My favourite face makeup remover. I will always repurchase this until I find something I like even better.
LISE WATIER | MAGNIFIX SPRAY
This is a light setting spray. It doesn't work as well as other brands, like Skindinavia, but it's refreshing on the skin and is great if you over powder. Repurchase? I think I would.
THE BODY SHOP | SHEA LIP BUTTER
I really like this lip butter, it's moisturizing and it smells great. Repurchase? Yes, although I prefer the fruit versions.
MAC | SELECT COVER UP CONCEALER
This is a terrific concealer. It works great under the eyes and on blemishes. It took so long to finish. Especially because it's a bit too dark for me (it's an NW35 & I range between NC30-40). I bought this during the peak of a really fun summer (i.e., I got way too much vitamin D), so it didn't really work so well after my colour faded. Repurchase? Yes, but in a different shade.
L'OREAL | ARGININE RESIST HAIR MASK
I liked this mask because it made my hair feel soft & nourished, but it didn't really help with the hair loss. Repurchase? It was only $5, so I would repurchase for the softness it provided my hair.
Some nail stuff. It is nearly impossible for me to finish a bottle of nail polish, but I have managed to put a dent in all the half-finished base coats / top coats that I've collected.
SALLY HANSEN | INSTA-DRI
I really liked this. It dried quickly & left a glossy finish. One thing I dislike about fast dry top coats is how quickly they dry out & turn goopy. After that, it just becomes unmanageable (even after adding polish thinner). Repurchase? I would.
CHINA GLAZE | STRONG ADHESION BASE COAT
This was OK. Nothing to write home about. It's a clear base coat, dries quickly, and has average longevity, but I probably wouldn't repurchase it.
ESSIE | TO DRY FOR
This is also a fast dry top coat, but it's a different consistency. It does dry fairly quickly on the nail, but it doesn't dry out in the bottle as fast as other top coats, which I like. It doesn't have the shiny / glossy finish that I love in a top coat though. Repurchase? Probably not.
FOUR SIDED NAIL BUFFER BLOCK
I love these buffer blocks. They make your natural nail so smooth and shiny. I've had this one for so long, it's time for a new one. It's a great nail tool to have on hand, though. Repurchase? Yes!
Now on to the samples! I'm going to call this the Project Sample Pan (i.e., the finally-use-up-all-the-samples-I-paid-for project).
THE BODY SHOP | MICRODERMABRASION
While this made my skin feel really smooth & even, it's kind of uncomfortable to use. It's like rubbing grains of sand on my face. Too abrasive for me. Purchase? Probably not.
JOUVIANCE | ANTI-AGING CREAM
This lasted about a week and it was moisturizing on the skin, but I didn't really think it did anything special. Purchase? No.
CAUDALIE | VINOPERFECT
This was only good for one use. It felt refreshing on the skin, but I didn't notice a significant difference in my skin. Purchase? Probably not.
CAUDALIE | LA CRÈME
Again, moisturizing but not enough product to notice a significant difference in my skin. That's the theme with these samples, I'm afraid. Purchase? Probably not.
ELIZABETH GRANT | BODY TREATMENT
This body lotion was really moisturizing & kept my skin hydrated throughout the day. I liked it, but I probably wouldn't repurchase.
B KAMINS | MAPLE BODY LOTION
This smells great and feels hydrating on the skin, but I probably wouldn't repurchase. There are some drugstore brands that I prefer.
EUCERIN | DAY & NIGHT CREAM
These are some really great moisturizers. I normally don't enjoy samples that come in packets like these, but when I turn out liking the product -- I don't mind. These Eucerin creams are especially great for people who have dry skin because they're really moisturizing. They're a thick cream, but they absorbed quickly & kept my skin hydrated throughout the day / night. Purchase? Yes.
Do you have a holy grail nail polish top coat (other than Seche Vite, which I already own)? Please let me know! x