I’m trying really hard to finish things up and give things away when I can. I have way too much stuff. So I was glad to make some more progress in November. Let’s take a look at what worked for me and what didn’t.
- NYX Whipped Fouetté Lip & Cheek Souffle, shade Plush: I am not finished with this multitasker that I got in an Ipsy bag a few months ago, but I decided to toss it. It’s a thick, caramel-scented sticky liquid. I had high hopes for the color based on the color of the tube, but on my lips, the shade is a couple of shades lighter and a bit too light for my lips. It would be a pretty blush shade, but I can’t imagine putting this thick, sticky stuff on my face. No go. It does dry down, but it takes a while. Good bye! Repurchase? No.
Skincare and Bath & Body
- NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator Supplements: After finishing up this one month supply of skin supplements, I decided I wanted to give them another month. Jeff’s apartment is very, very dry and he doesn’t have a humidifier. My skin is having a very hard time. I’ve been loading on the hyaluronic acid, but I thought I’d continue trying to hydrate from the inside out. Repurchase? I already did.
- Incredible By Nature Eye Gel: I used this eye liquid, not gel, as an eye serum or pretreatment, and it was effective for me at helping to tighten the skin above my crease. But what irritated me about it was the pump: instead of pumping the liquid out smoothly, it came out in a spurt. When I mentioned this to the manufacturer, they said they were working on fixing it. Repurchase? Maybe in the future after they fix the pump.
- Johnson’s 24 Hour Body Lotion, travel size: I still love Johnson’s Baby Lotion! I love the scent. I love the consistency of the lotion. I love the pink tube. The 24 hour version does a much better job hydrating my dry skin than did the original that I used when I was younger. Repurchase? Next time I’m traveling, I will repurchase it.
- Sisley Express Flower Gel, sample packet: I was able to get two usage occasions out of this little packet, so this is far from a review. It was a very nice lightweight gel with a light, fresh floral scent that I used as a sleeping mask. While I liked it from my limited use of it, Sisley is too expensive IMO. Purchase? No.
- CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, sample tube: This sample tube that I think I got in an Ipsy bag was bigger than the Sisley packet so I got a couple of week’s worth out of it. In fact, I loved it. It’s a fragrance-free medium weight white eye cream that is very soothing, and it’s viscous enough that it helps firm the skin above my crease. Purchase? Yes, I already did.
- Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, sample tube: I think I got this at maybe a Hilton Hotel as an amenity. I have purchased this previously, but I find it to be on the heavy side so it’s not my favorite daytime moisturizer. Repurchase? No.
- Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence, sample tube: I like this natural lavender bath cream. It smells nice and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. Purchase? I have a couple more tubes to use first, but I don’t think I like it enough to buy it.
- LATHER AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose, sample packet: I got 2-3 usage occasions from this little packet of hand cream. It has a very light herbal scent that lasts for only a few seconds. It dries down completely and very quickly. It softens nicely, but doesn’t plump skin. I am very curious about what it would be like to use an entire tube of this hand cream with AHA – would it help fade my sun damage/age spots on my hands? Purchase? Though I’m very curious about its longer term benefits, I have about 5 tubes of hand cream right now. Maybe sometime in the future.
- MyChelle Quick Clean Micellar Water: I’ve written about this micellar water a couple of times. Initially, I liked it because it does a good job removing face makeup. But overtime, I changed my mind about it. First, you MUST shake it. With other micellar waters, some say to shake it and others don’t, but this one you have to shake vigorously to combine, and I have a tendency to forget to shake it. Second, the more I used it and the lower the liquid inside sank, the harder it was to operate the unusual pump top. So my feeling is that it’s just too much work. Repurchase? No.
- Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturizing Makeup Removing Micellar Solution, big 16.7 oz. bottle: I love this micellar water. The Hydrabio version is perfect for me. I can and do use it every night to remove my eye makeup with no stinging whatsoever, and it does a good job removing my face makeup. Why use anything else when I can use this? Repurchase? I already have.
- Lumene Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, travel size: I think I bought this travel size fragrance-free, gentle eye makeup remover when I was traveling. It did a good job, and it didn’t make my super-sensitive eyes sting. Repurchase? I prefer micellar water, but if I didn’t have a travel size MW, I would repurchase this.
- Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, travel size: I got this sample bottle not long ago in a Sephora Play bag. Like the MyChelle Micellar Water, it must be shaken vigorously before use. It was a decent eye makeup remover, but if I were to choose between eye makeup removers, I would choose either the Lumene or good ole Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover. Purchase? No.
- BlenderCleanser Solid Makeup Sponge and Brush Cleanser: I’m a big fan of the solid cleanser for both my brushes and sponges. It cleans sponges without a ton of work, and it’s a breeze to clean brushes with it. This is my fourth jar of the stuff. Repurchase? I already have.