Monday, February 3, 2014

Empties! What I Used Up (or Discarded) in January

I think I did pretty well in finishing up some a fair amount of items in January, including some that have been hanging around for years.  That's right, years.  It's what happens when your attention span is that of a gadfly when it comes to beauty items, combined with an excess of choice.  However, weeding through and organizing my collection has brought languishing items to my attention, renewing my attention :-)
  • Pantene Silky Moisture Whip deluxe sample:  nice, I liked it.  I believe I got this in a New Beauty Testtube.
  • Eminence Organic Skincare Rosehip Tonique:  A favorite of mine, but pricey at $38.  I may get another once the weather warms up, as it's a good oily skin toner.
  • Psssst! dry shampoo:  A staple, inexpensive, works well, and I like the scent.
  • Eminence Organic Skincare Naseberry Eye Exfoliant:  This is a mask for your undereye area, quite unique.  It has the consistency and look of raspberry jam and is full of antioxidants and natural enzymes, which helps gently exfoliate and is useful for milia.  It's on the expensive side at $64, and I don't suffer from milia, so I won't be getting another. 
  • Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Anti-aging Serum:  nice, lightweight serum with a pleasant citrusy scent.  I thought it was a good option for normal to oily skin, as it did not leave a residue.  Not sure I could really see a difference in my skin, however, and I had passed the expiration date so tossed this despite it still being 1/3 full.  I've got other serums to use up so will not be repurchasing.
  • Sue Devitt Microquatic Blue Antiaging SPF30 Perfection Primer:  I liked this a lot!  Not greasy and with a high enough SPF that I felt fine using this as both a primer and sunscreen.  Would consider it for future purchase.
  • Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth Vitamin C SPF 50:  I like this alot, especially for weekend use when I'm not wearing makeup and am out in the yard or walking the dogs.  Would consider purchase if I didn't have lots of other SPF's to use, considering they expire.  
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion (vintage):  no telling how old this is, but I finally finished it up.  I don't care for the newer UD eye primers, sadly, as they don't seem to work as well for me.
  • Tiossan Dakar body creme sample:  This was a Birchbox sample and while okay, didn't wow me enough to make much of an impression.
  • Too Faced lashGASM Mascara:  Eh.  This seemed awfully dry, so tossed it.
  • Shea Radiance Whipped Shea Butter in Kalahari Melon:  Liked a lot, great for winter dry skin.
  • L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream:  Nice, but not wowed.  Perhaps I'd like a different scent?
Now on to discarded items.... I'm not an overly picky person, but I really did not care for these:
  • Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo:  Where do I start?  It's insanely priced at $140 for 12 oz., and gave me the equivalent of a bad hair day.  I actually thought, hmmm, I must need to get my hair cut, because it was sticking out at weird angles and was generally unmanageable.  It's thick in texture, hardly suds up despite SLF being the second ingredient, and honestly, you might as well just wash your hair with honey.  I could be missing something, as Vogue voted this a 'best of the best'.  Maybe they were impressed with the price.
  • Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer:  This came with my Lorac Pro Palette, and shadows creased over it every single time.  So, it's gone.
  • Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purfiying Mask:  I'm not scent adverse, but this was overwhelming, and not in a good way.  Combine the uber strong floral scent with the harsh formula, and I tossed two of these.  
Now, on to the foils I used up this month!
  • Bare Escentuals Face and Eye Primer X2:  BE's eye primer is among my favorites, and the face primer was not bad either.  
  • Cover|FX Total Cover Cream Foundation:  Too dark for my winter pale skin, so had to toss.  I've got another and will try again during warmer weather.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:  okay, but doesn't work as well as the original wand formula for me.
  • DHC Neck Enzyme Treatment:  I've had a full sized version of this before, and while it was hard for me to see a difference, I do think it's important to not neglect the neck/decollete.  Although I do, and have.
  • DHC Face Wash:  Good basic foaming cleanser, gentle but effective.
  • DDF Ultra-Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew: I don't remember anything bad about it, but nothing that stood out either.
  • Malin-Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer:  Ditto.
  • Neuma Blow Dry Lotion:  I liked this!


  1. You always finish so much products! Amazing!
    I like the L'Occitane hand cream, it's a lot thicker compared to other hand creams.

    1. They do have a nice consistency, I think I just need to try another scent.