Sunday, December 28, 2014

Last Empties of 2014






Apologies for extremely sporadic posts over the last two months.  I've been busy working my day job and haven't been blogging much.  However, I have been busy using up products.

1. Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. The best drugstore cleanser I have ever used.  Used as a morning cleanser this perks up your skin, takes off your nightly skincare, and provides hydration for the day ahead all without irrating, stripping or costing a fortune.

2. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains. I know I've talked about this before.  It is the best hand cream I have ever used.  I don't understand why it isn't available in the US.  With so many bad hand creams on the market, it would be a welcome change to see this in the store. 

3. Lush Hot Toddy. Another "best" product.  The scent of this shower gel makes it my absolute favorite: cinnamon and ginger combining to make a super cosy Christmas scent. I wish I had purchased a few backups because it was limited edition and there is no guarantee it will be back next year.  

4. Lush Sympathy For The Skin. I was hesitant about this at first but I got used to the banana smell and appreciated the hydration it  gave my skin.  However, I can't get over how much a full size container of this costs.  Too much.

5. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Spray.  At first the scent of this is quite strong and off putting but eventually all you smell is rose.  I liked this but I am not in love with this.  It didn't hydrate enough so it ended up just being a refreshing spray and another step in my skincare routine.  

6. Cavair CC Cream. I've raved about this before so no need to go on.  Just do yourself a favor and pick this up.  

7. Cavair Moisture Milk. Same as the CC cream.  Another wonderful addition to your haircare routine. 

7. Lush Santa's Lip Scrub.  Also mentioned on here before, this scrub is actually really disappointing.  Unlike other Lush scrubs, it isn't very effective at eliminating dry skin.  The red color also leaves an unattractive stain on the lips. 

8. Origins Super Spot Remover.  I used this for awhile to combat spots before going to the dermatologist for assistance.  Helpful when treating a few random spots but for the hormonal acne I suffer from it isn't the right type of treatment. 

9. No. 4 Reconstructing Mask.  Simple mask providing moisture, sleekness and shine.

10. Perlier Lavander Shea Butter Body Balm. A good product if you use it as intended.  However, I read "body cream" not body balm and couldn't figure out why it was so thick and why so much was needed.  The "balm" part explains a lot.

11. Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution.   This took a long time to go through because I used it only when I got home super late (i.e. past midnight) and was too lazy to do a full skincare routine.  It removed makeup and while it didn't strip my skin it didn't provide any moisture either.  The real downside?  The fact that it barely removes eye makeup (and I don't wear a ton of it or waterproof).  

12. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black. Yes, it is long lasting and very black but I just do not have the skill to apply this and have it look good.  This isn't so much of an empty as it is a product I've had for a long time that never got any love and dried out.

13. Nars Light Optimizing Primer.  The good: great sun protection.  The bad: did not extend the life of my makeup.

14. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask. Good but not great.  Moisture but not enough.  Helpful but not life changing.

15. Nip + Fab Moisture Fix. The best drugstore moisturizer that I have ever used.  Very basic with a strong herbal scent.  I haven't found anything else at the price point that delivers hydration, a smooth base for makeup and doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts.  Unfortunately, Ulta does not stock it anymore. 

16. Mac Cremesheen in Deelight. The best my lips but better shade! I love the consistency and color of this easy to apply lipgloss.  As a bonus it is not too sticky nor too drying.

17. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I blame myself for not loving this product.  I really think you need consistent daily use of these pads to see a difference.  I want to purchase these again, and use them consistently, before I make a definite decision on them.

18. Nivea Pearl & Beaty Deodorant.  A spray deodorant. Why does this not exist in America?  This feels so much more refreshing than stick deodorant, and much colder!


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