This was another good month for empties.
I guess you could say I finished up a bunch of random stuff.
Skintimate Shave Gel
This particular pink and floral scented shave gel from Skintimate was my favorite for many years. But the last time I stocked up at Costco, they had the Shick/Olay brand instead. So I switched brands. The Shick/Olay shave gel was much thicker and creamier and better for my dry skin, plus it was easier to shave with the thicker gel. But this time, Costco didn’t have the Shick/Olay gel. Instead, they had Skintimate, but it was the Skintherapy “Lotionized” line for dry skin. I got that one, and it’s fine. I guess the brand was less important than whether it was a thicker gel for dry skin.
CVS Biotin Capsules 5000 mcg
This was the second bottle of CVS Biotin capsules that I finished because they were buy one, get one free. They were capsules filled with biotin powder, and they had a bit of a taste from the powder going down. So when I ran out, I bought a different brand. This time, I bought a smaller size liquigel at Walmart. I’ll see if I like it better. It was also 5000 mcg because that is the amount I need to make a difference in my nails and hair.
Wildwood Soapworks Honey Almond Bar Soap
I know some of you don’t like bar soap, but I do. I don’t share my soap, so it isn’t dirty. I especially love handmade soap. I bought this one at the Boston Flower Show from the man who made it. I liked it a lot. Will I repurchase? Probably not because I didn’t like it enough to pay to have it shipped to me. One of my other favorite bespoke soap artisans, Daphne from Nature Island Botanicals, is coming to town for the annual Waterfront Craft Festival in a couple of weeks, and I’ll pick up some of her heavenly soaps.
John Frieda 3 Days Straight Spray
I like John Frieda 3 Days Straight Spray for keeping my hair smoother and less frizzy. Throughout most of the year, if I use it and flat iron my coarse, thick, somewhat frizzy hair, I can go for 4 days without washing and styling it. Unfortunately, in the humid summer, it’s not quite enough. Somewhere I have Bedhead anti-frizz cream that is more effective, but of course, I can’t find it now that I need it. At any rate, I already have another 3 Days Straight in my stash.
Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths
The deluxe sample of 10 facial wipes from Skyn Iceland came in a recent ipsy bag. I liked these wipes a lot. Skyn Iceland Skincare focuses on solutions for stressed skin so I can always count on them to be gentle yet effective. Before using each wipe, the directions says to fold it over a few times and that creates a kind of bubbling that made me think, anyway, that it was really cleansing, and it was. These removed my makeup without a lot of rubbing and tugging. I would buy these, but now I’m using the Burt’s Bees wipes I got in my Target Beauty Box, and I’ll report on them next month.
Jouer Conditioning Lip Treatment
When I got this deluxe sample of Jouer Conditioning Lip Treatment in an ipsy bag a few months ago, I thought it was just a lip balm. No, it’s not. It’s a lip plumper and conditioner. Also, when I first got it, it had a chemical taste/smell that really turned me off. I don’t know if the formula needed to be mixed and all the chemically taste/scent went to the front of the tube or what, but as I used it, either it dissipated or I got used to it. At any rate, I ended up liking the Jouer Conditioning Lip Treatment. It’s very similar to the City Lips Lip Plumper in Clear that I have stockpiled except that the Jouer doesn’t include collagen and it comes in a tube rather than a traditional lipgloss tube with doe-foot applicator. When I run out of City Lips, I may see which one is the better value and go with that though I may not be ready to walk away from City Lips collagen. At any rate, I am a real believer in lip plumpers that don’t contain peppermint oil. They really do work for me both to make my lips look fuller and keep away the dryness.
Ulta Cleansing Sponge
I know, I know cleansing sponges aren’t great because they harbor bacteria. But I wash them out and throw them in the microwave to try to keep them cleaner, and I replace them at regular intervals. I love the cleansing sponges from Ulta because they’re a good size and they are super soft. Unfortunately, Ulta is almost always out of them, and whenever I ask when they’ll be back in stock, the sales assistants either don’t know or tell me they’re being discontinued. I hope they’ll be back because I’m on my last one.
Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste
I participated in a Facebook ad campaign for Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste a couple of months ago about rebuilding tooth enamel that can get eroded from acidic foods like fruit, and it convinced me that I needed to give this toothpaste a try. Did it work? I have no idea, but I used Sensodyne for sensitive teeth anyway so what the heck. I repurchased it last week.
CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara
My current favorite mascara, CoverGirl The Super Sizer, got left out of the empties photo. In fact, it’s not entirely used up, in spite of the fact that I use it several times a week. It is now almost 4 months old, and you’re supposed to toss mascara after 3 months so it was living on borrowed time. I hate throwing out anything that’s not used up, but over the past couple of weeks, the formula has gotten more difficult to apply because it has become clumpy. I got this one for free from CoverGirl and I’ve got a new one that I bought waiting in the wings so I’ve gotta toss this. Actually, I will keep the wand, wash it out and use it as a lash comb. I hope when I open the new tube I love it as much as I did this one when it was new!
So that’s it for my empties this month. Did you use up anything I should know about?