I ended the year with a lot of empties to recycle. Yay! Here’s what I used up in December 2016.
Skincare and Bath & Body
Cleo Shower Cream, Vanilla: I was sad to come to the end of this bottle of Italian shower cream. It smells like heaven and leaves my skin feeling hydrated rather than dry. Unfortunately, the manufacturer Paglieri Profumi stopped making this fan favorite which is mystifying to me.
Sebastian Color Ignite Single Tone Conditioner: A few years ago, I was a big fan of Sebastian Color Ignite Single Tone Conditioner in cream form. They discontinued it, claiming they were reformulating the conditioner. As far as I know, it never returned. I found this foam version and thought I’d try it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t hydrating enough for my hair. I was going to toss it, but it was expensive. So I decided to try it as shaving foam, and it worked very well. Repurchase: No.
Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme: One of my absolute favorite products of 2016, Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is a product I strongly recommend to anyone with dry skin. It’s the absolute best for winter cleansing for us dry skinned gals. It has a light sweet scent that goes away instantly upon use. Repurchase: Yes, as soon as I finish up another cleanser that also is good for cold weather and dry skin.
Beekman 1802 Fresh Cream Coat Milk Hand Cream: What a lovely hand cream for vanilla lovers! It’s made with essence of vanilla absolute, and it packs a vanilla punch. I got this hand cream in an Indigo Beaux subscription box in July, and it was the perfect hand cream for the summer or warmer weather. It is very lightweight, feels almost like water when it’s applied, but it makes hands feel and look very smooth. Repurchase: I am not repurchasing this now because it’s not heavy enough for my dry hands in winter, but I definitely recommend it if you like a greaseless, vanilla-scented hand cream and you live in a warmer climate than I do.
Pacific Resources International Manuka Cool Citrus Hand Cream: Another one of my favorites of 2016. I love this hand cream from New Zealand made with healing Manuka Honey. Greaseless but hydrating, Manuka Hand Cream is just about perfect IMHO. This is the second tube of three that I received earlier this year, and fortunately, I have one more tube left. Repurchase: Not yet, but I will when I use up my final tube. The hand cream comes in 3 varieties including unscented and is or was on sale for $2.99 on the Pacific Resources International website. Sign up for emails and get 10% off your order, plus try the Manuka Honey while you’re at it!
Belif Hungarian Water Essence: I love this stuff! I like the idea of using a water-weight hydrating essence to start off my skincare routine, and this one fits the bill. Another one of my favorites of 2016. Repurchase: I already did. I bought the full size which came in a holiday box with deluxe sample size Witch Hazel Toner and an eye cream, both of which I like.
Good Earth Beauty Warm Vanilla Candy Whipped Body Cream: Another 2016 favorite. I received a one ounce sample jar of this scrumptious, hydrating Warm Vanilla Candy Whipped Body Cream from Good Earth Beauty, the natural and organic retailer. I had never heard of this brand or website, but I’m glad I know about it now. I love all four of their products that I got to try. Repurchase: Yes, I plan to, but I’m waiting to use up a couple of the other deluxe samples before I place my order. Try this brand’s natural, organic and affordable stuff!!
Cosmedica Skincare High Active Vitamin C 79%: I am testing out a brand new super high percent vitamin C serum from Cosmedica Skincare. I’ve completed a 7 day course so far. The way it works is by combining a vitamin C pellet with a liquid activator so that the serum is made fresh each day and the high concentration vitamin C doesn’t degrade. It is so generous of Cosmedica to let me test it out because I am a “torture test”. From years of vitamin C serum use, I have already faded all of my easier to get rid of freckles and dark spots, and what’s left behind is the most difficult to fade spots that really need IPL. I have two more 7 day courses of the new Cosmedica High Active Vitamin C 79% to go through before I report to you. But in the meantime, why wait? I know if you’re fairly new to vitamin C serum, this will make much quicker work of getting rid of much of your discoloration. Check out this unique high percentage actives serum here: http://www.cosmedica-skincare.com/products/high-active-vitamin-c-booster
Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath and Shower Gel: I received this deluxe sample as an amenity at a hotel a couple of years ago. It smells so heavenly that I slowed down using it because it was hard to find this U.K. brand in the U.S. But I just found a Temple Spa USA site, and the product is available! Repurchase: Yes! Just waiting for my 10% off coupon code to arrive.
Farmhouse Fresh Coconut Cream Shea Butter Soap: I just used up a big bar of Farmhouse Fresh Soap that I received in August or September. The first one I tried was coconut scent. The scent was very nice but not overly scented. The bar lasted me either 4 or 5 months in my shower. It lathered well, and cleaned without stripping. In fact, it is a moisturizing soap. I have two more bars in different scents, so I don’t need to repurchase. As usual, the packaging is fabulous too. These soaps make great hostess gifts!
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation, Light: I bought this cushion foundation (compact plus another refill) on QVC last year along with a couple of brushes, a great blush and lipstick, all for $60. It was a fantastic deal! However, I always have a difficult time choosing a shade in IT’s foundations. Light turned out to be too dark. Also, this cushion was an absolute mess to use. The little cushion applicator that they provide never gets clean, it’s too small, and my fingers get coated with foundation when I use it. So I usually use a blending sponge instead. Cushion compacts provide light-medium coverage, and I’d say this one provides buildable medium coverage. Repurchase: No. I’ll stick with the regular IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in the tube that I strongly prefer to the cushion.
Stila Under The Mistletoe Limited Edition Holiday Palette: I think this was the first little portable palette I bought when I started blogging, and it has served me well. I loved the blush, and I hit pan in a big way on it. The purple family of shadow shades is very nice. Although I still have a way to go on the shadow shades, I think it’s too old. Bye, Under The Mistletoe and thank you!
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Blush, shade Pie, deluxe sample: I received this little cutie blush in a makeup goodie bag that Kohl’s was kind enough to send me a couple of years ago. I love cream blush, and this bright pinky-coral shade is fun to wear. The teeny size was perfect for my purse makeup bag, and I hit pan on this one. In fact, I liked it so much I bought the entire How ‘Bout Them Apples? blush palette. Love it.
Bare Minerals 5 In One BB Advanced Cream Eyeshadow, SPF 15: I received a deluxe sample of this mousse-like cream shadow in an ipsy bag in a medium/dark brown shade that’s either Radiant Sand or Sweet Spice. I liked it, so I bought a full size in Blushing Pink shortly after. Both are over a year old, and they either thickened to unusable or dried out, so it’s time to chuck ’em. Repurchase: No. Although I’m a fan of cream shadows, I don’t love mousse shadows like these. I find the only way you can really wear them is as a solo lid color. They’re too difficult to blend. Plus I like regular creams because they’re hydrating. These mousse consistency creams dry down and feel dry on my skin. Too bad. I think that might be better for those with normal skin.
P.S. I decided to hang onto the Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Eyeshadow shown in a couple of the photos. Although a bit old, it still is usable and I love the rose gold color.
Other Beauty Products
Swisspers Hypoallergenic 100% Cotton Rounds: This was the last sleeve in the 8 pack of cotton rounds that I bought a year ago at Costco. I love these affordable, non-pilling cotton rounds. Repurchase: I’m trying to! Unfortunately, Costco didn’t have any in stock last time I was there. Hope they’ll be there next time I go, or I’ll have to break down and buy them at CVS or online.
Crown Brush Tweezers: I got this pair of Crown Brush Tweezers in an ipsy bag, and I was excited about getting it because I needed another pair of tweezers while my Tweezerman tweezers were away being sharpened. Unfortunately, the Crown Brush Tweezers were terrible at their job – tweezing! There’s no use holding on to them as they’re not getting any better or more effective. Fail.
Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat: I love Seche Vite because it does help nail polish dry relatively quickly, but most of all I love it because it leaves such a great shine. Unfortunately, it thickens in the bottle relatively quickly, or certainly before I can finish up the bottle. Repurchase: I probably will, though I’m thinking about trying CND’s fast drying topcoat to see if I like it. What do you think about Seche Vite vs CND?
What did you use up in December??