December and November were big months for me for finishing up and recycling empties, so I thought January would be a little lighter, and it was. But I’m still happy to finish up a number of products and make way for others.
Most of my January empties were products that were relatively new to me.
I’ve been complaining lately that my former favorite Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover was no longer doing the trick. Fortunately, CVS had a 2 for 1 sale on Almay, and I saw that it was rated #1 Eye Makeup Remover Brand in America. That convinced me to give it a try. And I like it a lot. Almay does a better job removing heavier mascara than Rimmel, and it doesn’t sting my eyes at all. I’m using my second bottle now, and I am on the lookout for the next sale to stock up. Repurchase? Yes.
This fabulous neck cream made it onto my Best Skincare of 2015 list. For a seriously beyond 40 woman like me, StriVectin Neck Cream is serious stuff. I love it. This is expensive cream, but I think it’s worth it. Repurchase? Fortunately, I had another jar waiting in the wings.
This ever-so-faintly-fragranced liqui-gel clear hyaluronic acid serum was a delight to use! I received a deluxe sample to try out, and I loved it. It definitely helped hydrate my super dry skin. It contains a hydrating and firming mixture of Okinawa red algae and HA, plus it has 23-karat gold that gives my skin a nice radiance. I definitely recommend this gorgeous serum from Tatcha! Not only is it a treat, but it too is serious stuff for maturing skin. Repurchase? I would in a heartbeat, but right now I have several other serums to use including another from Tatcha.
I was looking for a facial serum with the maximum amount of OTC retinol, and I was happy when I found OZ Naturals. In addition to retinol, it contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and retaxinol, an anti-aging ingredient. I liked this serum a lot. Repurchase? I was about to buy it when I received a 2.5% retinol from another brand. I’ll let you know about that one in a few weeks!
Ritual Beauty Daily Perfecting Treatment Serum
I received this indie serum to try out a while ago. To me, it was more like a lightweight moisturizer than a serum, and in the warm or hot weather, I wore it without moisturizer. It contains Matrixyl 3000, AHAs and antioxidants. Ritual Beauty was created by a lovely entrepreneur from the Atlanta area, and I am sad to report that she has closed her business. I’m glad I got to use it. It was a wonderful skincare product.
I got this travel size body butter in pure vanilla scent in one of my ipsy bags. I own a couple of LaVanila’s rollerball fragrances. I am on the fence about LaVanila. I like vanilla notes in perfume, but I don’t really love the LaVanila vanilla scent. Sorry to all the LaVanila fans out there! It’s just me. Although this was a nice, rich body butter, I just didn’t love the scent. Repurchase? No. I used it up, but it’s not for me.
I received a tiny tube of Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm in my introductory Birchbox last month. I immediately opened it because my lips are so dry in spite of our (so far) mild winter. Dr. Lipp is a very thick ointment. I tried to squeeze it out of the tube and the tube burst – the seam at the other end popped open! But I applied it, and I was instantly in love. This medical grade lanolin soothed and healed my dry lips within a few hours. Repurchase? I ordered a full size tube the next day. This stuff really works for me.
I got this sample packet in my last Sephora order, and I wish it had been a larger size! I really liked Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream. It is a medium weight, fragrance-free moisturizer that worked well to hydrate my dry skin. I think it would have been a great medium to mix CoverFX Custom Cover Drops into! Repurchase? If I needed moisturizer (I have enough for a couple of years), I definitely would consider this one from Bobbi Brown.
So those are my empties this month. What did you use up?