So another month’s worth of empties hits the recycling. October was a good month for me, finishing up a number of full size products. As usual, I used up mostly skincare or body care products. And there’s one makeup item that I sadly must toss. Let’s see what has moved on!
Always my biggest pile of empties at the end of the month because I use so darn much of it.
This month, I finally allowed myself to finish up my coveted Bellatorra Cellular Renewal Complex Advanced Facial Moisturizer. I received this fabulous fig-scented lightweight but very hydrating moisturizer for review last year. I loved it so much I couldn’t bear to finish it. But it was getting old so I scraped out as much as I could from the pump bottle. Sadness. Bellatorra Advanced Facial Moisturizer is sold on their website and at Barney’s for $295. Because it’s so expensive, I can’t run out and buy another one. Some day to qualify for Barney’s beauty bag, I may spring for it if I have some extra cash. Purchase? If I had the money now, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
I’ve written about this fabulous neck cream before. I just love it. This is the second full size jar I’ve finished up. This one is the original formula, and it’s very thick. It works well for me with my dry skin, but it may be too rich for some of you. Not to fear because StriVectin has recently launched a new lightweight gel version that I’m using right now. Review coming soon. Repurchase? I’m using the gel now, and I have a jar of the cream waiting. But I will always be repurchasing either the cream or the gel.
I got this deluxe travel size tube of moisturizer with sunscreen in one of my recent $10 subscription bags or boxes. I loved it. It was lightweight, non-greasy, perfect under makeup. It has a very light pleasant cucumber scent. I was sad to use this up because it was great to use. At this time of year, SPF 30 is enough especially since I wear foundation or CC cream with SPF in it as well. Purchase? I thought one of the PR companies sent me an email about a similar product from Coola that I said I’d like to try, but I haven’t received it yet and it’s been a while. I think I will buy a full size of this moisturizer during the Ulta or Sephora sale events.
I got this deluxe sample in one of my subscriptions, and it’s the second one I’ve received so I have quite a bit of experience using it. It’s a very nice cleansing milk that also does a good job removing even my eye makeup. I’d say it’s best for those with dry skin like me. Repurchase? Probably not. I like it, but I know I can count on ipsy or Birchbox to give me another one.
Again, I got a deluxe sample of this serum in one of my subscriptions, and it was love at first try. This cloudy serum does a good job hydrating my skin now that the heat is on in the house. Purchase? Yes, I bought a full size. Love it.
Neogen Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening Pack
I received a sample of Black Caviar Essence in my September ipsy bag. It was a thin wet pad with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, two of my favorite ingredients, and I was able to get several usage occasions out of it before I tossed it. I have been looking for an essence to add to my skincare routine for extra hydration, and I did like this one a lot. I looked up the price and it’s $48 which is more than I want to pay. Usually ipsy has a discount offer on products in their bags, but I might have missed it. Purchase? I’ll look for a coupon or code because I would like to buy this.
This was one of the three little sample packets that came in a recent DHC catalogue. It was a relatively heavy (a plus for me) face cream. I used it at night and it was very hydrating. I only got one or maybe two usage occasions from it so I can’t say if it lifted, but it was a nice cream. I haven’t purchased from DHC for years because I hate to pay for shipping on top of their somewhat high prices. Repurchase? If they have a free shipping event, I could see myself buying this.
Bath & Body
Whenever I go to San Francisco, I must go to the marvelous Ferry Building at the end of Market Street on the bay. They have lots of little shops and restaurants many of which sell food, though some sell high quality often handmade products of all kinds. 80 Acres has a shop where they sell their fabulous, fragrant skincare products as well as olive oil from their farm north of San Francisco. Blood orange is my favorite scent though they carry lavender and several other fragrances. Their organic and natural skincare is made with their own olive oil. Love this stuff! This is the third jar that I’ve used up. Repurchase? Yes soon. I’ll have to order online because alas I have no plans to go to SF again soon.
I’ve loved this shower gel since college when my friend Cindy who always knew about cool French stuff introduced it to me. I especially love using this scent in the spring. It’s so fresh! Repurchase? Yes, at some point, once I use up some of my other shower gels.
This was my first long-term experience using a natural deodorant. I bought the travel size to try it out (it was big and lasted for 6 months). It definitely worked for me on all but the hottest days of the summer or most stressful days. In fact, I forgot to put it on the other day, and I realized I was perspiring and that I forgot to put it on. Yes! Repurchase? I just did, but I bought the full size and it’s huge!
Now this was a great discovery for me this year. StriVectin launched their haircare line in the early part of 2016, and I was lucky enough to get the shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair to try out. I got a couple of other haircare products in the line as well, but the shampoo and conditioner were the real winners. Of course, I managed to use up the shampoo first! The shampoo gently but thoroughly cleaned my hair without stripping it. It’s sulfate-free, of course. Repurchase? I can hardly wait to get more of this, but I am making myself use up some of the other shampoos that I already own. This is my favorite though.
This is the second deluxe sample of Beauty Protector I have received this year from Birchbox. I like it. I realized that a leave-in conditioner makes a big difference in my hair’s manageability plus it does help protect from the heat of my blow dryer and flat iron. Repurchase? I am still using the second bottle I received.
Wink All Natural Lash and Brow Enhancer
This lash and brow oil in a handy tube with a brush end definitely made my lashes softer and thicker. It is easy to apply and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. Purchase? I believe I was sent a second tube, and I’ve gotta find it! It makes such a difference for my lashes.
Natrol Biotin 5000 msg Extra Strength Fast Dissolve
I love the taste of these yummy biotin tablets for healthy hair and nails. Delicious! And they work. I’ve been taking biotin for years and it’s especially helpful in the winter when my nails would dry out and crack without it. It takes a few months to start working and you must take at least 5000 mcg (I often take 10K), and be patient. It’s worth it. Repurchase? Already did.
Barielle Shades, Sheer Nonsense
I received this pretty peach nail polish from Barielle to test out earlier this year. Since then, I received the same shade in a new and improved formula so I abandoned this one. Over the last couple of months, the formula has broken and the color separated from the base. It has turned white with a little peach swirling around. Eww. Glad that Barielle upgraded it’s formula. Purchase? No
My signature scent! I just used up a small spray sample that I received when I repurchased a bottle during the Barney’s fall beauty bag event. Love this stuff! I could drink it.
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Matifying Foundation
A sales woman at Sephora in JC Penney suggested this brand and formula of foundation for me about 18 months ago. It was July and I had a slight tan so it was a tad darker than my usual shade choice. I enjoyed using this foundation, but I have so many that I didn’t use it all the time. In fact, I hardly used 1/4 of the bottle. I tried it again recently, and it had oxidized and turned brown. 18 months is longer than I should have held on to it, I guess. Repurchase? No. At some point, I’d like to try one of the new MUFE foundations. Plus not sure I want a mattifying foundation.
So that’s what I’ve used up! How about you? What did you use up? Have you tried any of these?