February is a short month, but I seem to have collected a lot of empties! Yay, lots to recycle.
Let’s see what’s repurchasing.
Bath & Body
- Rituals SPA Sensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossoms Foaming Shower Gel: I adore the cherry blossom scent of this shower gel. In fact, this is my third bottle. However, this one was a bit of a dud. The foaming dispenser didn’t work well. It was hard to get the stuff inside to come out, and when it did, it dribbled out and didn’t really foam up well. Disappointing. Repurchase? I’m sure I will at some point. Right now, I’m using a similar product from Treets, and though I don’t like the melon scent as much as this cherry blossom, the quality of the dispenser and the foam itself is far superior at a similar price.
- Good Earth Body Strawberry Margarita Shower Gel: The strawberry margarita scent of this shower gel from Good Earth Beauty was fabulous. It really smelled like a strawberry margarita. But it didn’t make much of a lather. Repurchase? No. I am typically a fan of GEB products but except for the scent, this turned out to be disappointing.
- Beauty Protector Protect & Detangler: I got two of these leave-in conditioners in two different Birchboxes, and this was the second one. I had good results with this product. Repurchase? Not right now. I have a million leave-in conditioners in my stash though this was one of my faves.
- Lift Lab Purify & Clarify Daily Cleanser & Detox Mask: I bought this large tube of Lift Lab Cleanser & Detox Mask a couple of years ago. It is essentially a cleansing scrub. It was very expensive, and I liked it a lot. But I started testing out other cleansers for review, and I forgot about it. I don’t think it has any preservatives, and when I found it again, it had appeared to have turned. The pure white cleanser inside had turned beige. I’m tossing it. Repurchase? No, too expensive and not unique enough.
- Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum: I was sad to come to the end of this lovely eye cream from Tatcha. It has a unique either plastic or ceramic applicator that you run along the skin under the eye to cool and apply the cream. As usual, my main concern is firming above the crease, so this product didn’t work as well as others for that particular need of mine. Repurchase? Sadly, no.
- Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser: I got this deluxe sample in one of my Barneys goody bags. It was a refreshing, grapefruit scented cleansing gel. I liked using it in the summer especially. Repurchase? No. I liked it, but in the summer when my skin is less dry and I use this type of cleanser, I prefer Murad Vitamin C Cleanser.
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate: I got this deluxe face oil sample in a Barneys bag too, and I absolutely loved it. It did a great job hydrating my winter dry skin and helping it look healthier and more glowing. Repurchase? I want to, but I am waiting for a sale.
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye: This tube of white eye cream came in the same Barneys bag as the face oil. I liked it. It was soothing, hydrating, and the right consistency, but it didn’t do as good a job on my primary concern – firming the skin above my crease – as other eye products. Repurchase? No.
- Cosmedica 79% Vitamin C Power Serum: This stuff is really nifty. It’s a super high concentration of Vitamin C serum that you mix up fresh every day. It’s a cinch to use and a very cool form. In fact, I have a week course to give away, and I’ve gotta get it up on the blog soon. Repurchase? No. I have gotten rid of all my normal dark spots, but a few really stubborn ones remain, and my doctor has suggested that I see a dermatologist about them.
- Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, sample: As you may know, I’m a big fan of gel cream moisturizers. I was happy to try this sample of Garnier’s new Moisturizer Bomb. I tried one of their gel moisturizers a couple of years ago, and after only one use, this seems more promising than their old gel. Purchase? Not now. I have another sample of it to try, and I have about a million moisturizers.
- Clarins Radiant Light Lip Comfort Oil: I bought this last spring during an Ulta sale event. It was expensive even with the 20% off coupon, but I had heard good things about it and wanted to try it. Unlike the “dupe” from Milani that irritated my lips, Clarins Lip Comfort Oil was definitely soothing though it didn’t actually repair my dry lips. Nevertheless, I enjoyed wearing it and the small bottle lasted almost a year. Repurchase? No. Other products are more effective for my strange lips.
- Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Lip Scrub: Although I liked the orange scent and taste of this natural lip scrub, it was very stiff and hard to get out of the jar. It needs to come with a paddle to get it out of the jar in a sanitary way. Over time, the scrub stiffened even more and I found myself using a different scrub instead. I still have a lot left but it is hard and unusable so I’m tossing it. Repurchase? No.
- Carmex Moisture Plus Sunscreen Lip Balm: I picked this mainstream lip balm up last year because I loved the cherry blossom design on the tube. I had never used Carmex lip balms before. I was quite surprised. This traditional lip balm with commercial ingredients actually healed my dry lips better than many expensive, natural lip balms. Repurchase? I have a second one waiting in the wings.
- Essie “Avenue Maintain” (dumb name) and In The Cab-ana: These shades of blue and aqua were among my favorite summer polishes. I loved them on their own and for dotting. Sadly, their formula has separated and it’s time to toss them. Repurchase? I don’t know if Essie still makes these shades. I’ve also fallen for Essie’s long wear formula
- OPI “Can You Dig It”: I loved this medium purple cream polish. It too separated so it’s time to go. Repurchase? IDK if this shade is still around either. Luckily, I have a ton of polishes.
- Stila Concealer Stick: I loved this tube concealer that was so easy to use and to carry in my purse makeup bag. The shade was perfect for me. It lasted forever. Repurchase? Stila discontinued this stick concealer and what they replaced it with isn’t nearly as appealing to me.
- Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds: Boo, I used up the last sleeve of Swisspers cotton rounds that I bought at Costco a year ago! I love them. They don’t pill and they’re soft and super affordable if you buy them in bulk. Repurchase? Yes but darn that Costco! They haven’t had them that last two times I went to buy them. In the meantime, I’m using the CVS brand that I don’t like as much.
- Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste: At this stage of the game, I’m afraid my enamel is wearing away plus I grind my teeth. I need all the repair and protection I can get. I’m not quite sure what the difference is between this toothpaste from Sensodyne and the one from Pronamel. Repurchase? I had another waiting in the wings.
So this is it for me this month. What did you use up in February?
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