Sunday, June 30, 2013

Empties! Products I Used Up in June

Powered through a fair amount of product in June!  They included some old favorites as well as a few new items I'd visit again.  Deluxe and full sized products I finished were:
  • Seche Vite Base and Top Coats:  Technically, I didn't finish these, but they are too thick to use.  I know there is a Seche thinner I can buy, but I'm happy enough with my Julep base and top coats that I'm not going to bother.
  • Murad Acne & Wrinkle Reducer:  A .5% salicylic acid cream - can't say that this was anything different enough from other salicylic acid based creams I've tried to make it stand out.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads:  These are supposed to improve skin clarity, reduce visible pores, and diminish appearance of fine lines.  I like that it's a natural ingredient based product, and I liked this enough to repurchase.  You can see a full review here.
  • Go Smile Double Action Whitening Ampoule:  These were cool!  You pop the seal of the whitening agents by squeezing the package in two places, allowing the mixture to activate.  You then dab the mixture on your teeth after it has saturated the soft tipped end.  As much as a liked these, they're expensive at about $5 each, so I'll just admire them from afar.
  • Korres Fig Shower Gel:  I'm a fan of Korres shower gels and particularly like the realistic Fig scent.  
  • Rainwater Botanicals Dead Sea Mud Mask:  This is the second of the Rainwater Botanical masks I've tried, and I liked them both!  Sadly, I did not completely close the container after my first use, so the rest of it dried up.
  • St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Lotion:  This has become my go to summer instant tanner for my legs.  You can see a full review here.
  • Suki Face Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser:  I just received my full sized jar that I ordered from Birchbox, so that should tell you how much I like this.  Fortunately, I was able to use a discount code and some Birchbox points, which allowed me to get it for less than half of it's $32.95 price.  You can see a full review here.
  • Phyto Universal Elixir:  This is a scalp treatment that is very strongly scented, as it's composed of different essential oils.  I'm curious enough to invest in a full sized one at some point to see if there are any long term benefits.   
The foil samples I finished were:
  • Origins VitaZing SPF 15:  I liked this moisturizer that features Magosteen!  It was on the thicker side but absorbed nicely.  
  • Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral Liquid foundation in medium beige:  This was nice!  I may have to check this out for future use.
  • Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel:  I liked this one as well!  I gravitate toward gels for summer use, and I liked the botanical base in this one.  
  • Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment:  This eye cream left no real impression on me, so it would be a pass.
  • Exuviance Cover Blend Multi-Function Concealer:  I thought this was a very nice concealer, and I liked that it contains anti-aging ingredients.  Good pigmentation, smooth, and wore well.
  • Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil:  This hair treatment oil sample took forever to use up, but it gave me enough uses to know I liked it!  Indian Gooseberry is supposed to be one of the world's most potent antioxidants.
  • Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towels:  Enjoyed these, but I can't say they stood out as special compared to other facial cleansing towels I've tried.
Disclaimer:  I purchased these.


  1. So did the seche top/base coats start off thick or did they get thick overtime?

    1. They start of perfect and then get thick over time. Apparently, some of the ingredients evaporate, and the thinner adds those ingredients back. I wasn't even aware they had a thinner til recently. Every Seche top coat I've had got thick about half way through the bottle.