Friday, February 6, 2015

New Year, New Empties


With so many new 2015 product launches happening right now, I started my spring cleaning in January and a big part of it took place underneath my sink. Here are the products I used up over the last few months of 2014, and thoughts on if I'd repurchase or not.

 Smiths Minted Rose Lip Balm - This is a fantastic lip balm to use before bed, or any time throughout the day. I've purchased the regular Rosebud Salve to try out now.

✓ Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve - I got a bit tired of the eucalyptus scent, but this is a very good hand product in general.

 L'Occitane Foot Cream - This lavender lotion is thick and balmy, perfect for dry and tired feet.

 Lush Eau Roma Water - This is a fine product, but just a "special" version of something like Thayers Witch Hazel. I'd recommend saving money and just picking up that instead.

 Bliss Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk - I wouldn't repurchase this as a face wash, since I wasn't satisfied with its cleansing abilities (doesn't foam up, so it won't remove any makeup). For a 10-minute enzyme exfoliating mask, it worked well. If that's what you're looking for, be sure to pop into Sephora to try out the weird citrus-milk scent beforehand.

 Avène Soothing Moisture Mask - Just try it. Thank me later. (reviewed here)

 Monoprix Deodorant - I don't like the sticky feeling of liquid deodorants, so this is a no.

✓ Avène Light Hydrating Cream - I love this lightweight moisturizer during the day even though it is expensive in Canada.

 Weleda Citrus Creamy Body Wash - This is a fantastic body wash. I am using a new tube now and I will continue to repurchase. You can read more on it here.

 Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier - Don't waste money, buy Klorane dry shampoo instead.

 Arbonne Not-So-Basic Self Adjusting Shampoo - Since the bottle big, I got very tired of the tea tree smell. It also made my hair feel a bit dry, so this is a no.

 Lancome Dreamtone Shade 1 - Sparkles, perfume and bad packaging. I wouldn't ever recommend this "skin tone corrector". Save money and go for something like Vichy for correcting serums.

 Biotherm Biocils Eye Makeup Remover - This product works very well for removing all makeup, but the bottle leaks!! I'm hoping the new bottle online means less leakage.

 Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - These are by far the best makeup removing cloths, which I'll use on tired nights to take everything off. I love how they have a clip opening so the cloths stay wet. Unlike...

 Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes - Dry, thin cloths with a less than impressive result where makeup removal is concerned. Go to Costco for the Kirkland ones instead.

 First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay - Thumbs down: red, sparkly and loaded with eucalyptus. To be honest, I'm not really sold on First Aid Beauty.

 Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tan Mousse - This is a decent tanning mousse, and I like how it comes with a free application mitt. It works well, but I'd go for St. Tropez mousse+mitt if I was repurchasing.

✓ Equate Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover - This stuff is great. I actually pour it into a top pump bottle for easy access, but overall drugstore polish removers are the way to go. I really don't like how acetone dries out my nails and skin, so I always omit those ones.

✓ So Homish Honey Body Lotion (not in video) - I got this at a farmers market this summer, and really loved the (strong) sweet honey scent. Natural honey lotions are at nearly every farmers market, so keep an eye out if you love sweet scents.


See the video here for some more details: http://youtu.be/g9phJklGGUg



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