Friday, March 7, 2014

Project "Finish this Stuff" update, part 29 - February 2014

**all items purchased by me / 
received as requested samples

This is the second time I'm typing this tonight - and I typed the wrong year - but that's all right.  Anyway...this post is a little later in the month than I originally planned, but I am getting it up in time to get back onto my unofficial Review Friday schedule.  Tonight I'm sharing all the things that I finished during the month of February, as well as things that fall under the "trashed but not finished" sub-category of my ongoing Project "Finish this Stuff."  As always, I've included mini reviews of all the products.

So during the month of February, I finished mostly skincare items but I do have a few other things as well.
Keihl's Blue Herbal Acne Toner - sample from Nordstrom.  So far, I'm liking this toner.  The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't like to get along with products from other brands - I've tried using both the Lanceome Genefique and Kate Somerville Oil-Free lotion over and both have pilled.  I will probably purchase (along with the coordinating moisturizer) when I head back to Nordstrom's for an upcoming beauty event day.  I do have a few more little samples of this to help me finalize my decision.
Kate Somerville EradiKate spot treatment - sample from Sephora.  At first I wasn't very impressed with this, but I did end up purchasing the full-size in a kit from the line in February.  With more use I am liking it more; it helps with both the whiteheads as well as under-the-skin issues.  It does tingle if any spots are "open" and it does make your skin a bit dry, as well as being hard to wash off in the morning, but nothing a good serum and moisturizer combo can't fix.  Already purchased full-size.  A similar product would be from Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate - purchased from Dillards.  This is the first full-size bottle I've finished - in the past I've finished some foil-packets and a 7-day supply trial bottle.  I really do like this.  I find it to be soothing on my currently winter dry skin.  I also feel like my overall skintone is evening out slowly as far as the oldest pigmentation is concerned.  On the newer pigmented areas though, I haven't seen as much of an improvement as of yet.  Already repurchased (but still not the largest size available) - this is currently a must have for me.  As for getting all the product out, I was able to get nearly all.  There's a small amount left that is beyond the reach of the package's dropper and a q-tip.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Diference Optimizing Skin Serum - purchased from Dillards.  This is the second full-size bottle I've gone through (as well as sample packets).  While I do like the way this feels, and I did feel that it helped smooth out my skintone when I first started using it, I hadn't been using it nearly as often since I purchased the Lancome.  However, when my skin was looking like a desert, I ended up layering this over top of the Lancome and those combined really soothed my skin.  This is a serum I am thinking about repurchasing to keep on hand for days when my skin needs the extra boost, but I'm not going to rush out and buy it right away.
Curel Continuous Comfort Fragrance Free Moisture Lotion for Dry Skin - purchased from Walmart.  I really this lotion.  And I loved the fact that it's fragrance free!  I used this mostly on the body and found it to be nicely moisturizing and soothing.  The other great thing about this lotion is that it is non-comodogenic (won't clog pores) so if desperately needed, I could put a bit on my face without issues.  A little goes a long way.  I ended up cutting open the bottle so I could get it all out.  Will repurchase when I get through more of my lotion stash - I eventually want to have mostly unscented lotions since as I'm getting older I feel like I'm getting more sensitive to product fragrances.
Bath & Body Works body lotion in Dark Kiss - either free with coupon or free with purchase from Bath & Body Works.  I really liked the scent of this one; a touch of raspberry mixed with something else so it wasn't overly fruity.  While it lingered some on the skin for a good length of time, it wasn't overwhelming.  This is a scent I would consider repurchasing, despite wanting to go more fragrance-free (if this scent is still available, that is).  Maybe I can find a dupe.
Ion Dry Shampoo - either purchased or picked as "perk" for renewing Sally's card from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I really enjoyed using this dry shampoo.  The scent is nice, and as long as I don't get heavy-handed I don't have any white cast.  After brushing out, my hair has a nice amount of body/volume without being crazy out of control.  This lets me get an extra day between washes as long as my hair isn't extremely greasy looking (just medium lol).  Unlike the last dry shampoo I finished, I was able to get every last drop/spray out of this can.  Already repurchased.
Dial White Tea & Vitamin E Antibacterial hand soap - purchased from Walmart.  This is my current go-to hand soap for the bathrooms.  Already repurchased (Target had bonus sizes available last month).

Now for "Trashed but Not Finished."  When I first started getting back into makeup a few years ago I went on a "buy all the clearance makeup" spree for quite a while.  I also bought most makeup I saw at Dollar Tree for a while.  I have managed to cut back on those 2 practices.  But since I was buying like that, I had things that I either really did not like (the lip products) or never used and have been sitting unused for 2+ years.  Time to clean out.  These are all products that I won't repurchase (although I believe most are not available anymore).
I bought 5 Maybelline Cool Effect creme shadow tubes from the Dollar Tree.  I have no idea how old of a product these are and they've just been sitting in my drawer unused for well over a year, maybe even 2.  Time to meet the trash can.
Maybelline SuperStay Powergloss.  I think this was a clearance find again, at least a year ago.  I think I did try it a few times but did not care for how it felt on.  You applied the colored portion and let it dry all the way then added the gloss.  My lips got uncomfortably dry and the gloss side was super sticky.  I'm not sure I ever even made it out of the house with this on it bugged me that much.  Trash.
Wet 'n Wild MegaLast Long Wear Lip Color (Eternal shade).  I think this was a Walmart clearance find maybe 2 years ago.  Another one of those 2 step lip products.  The color portion was super drying; the clear balm didn't real relieve the dry feeling, plus it broke off with one use.  At least it wasn't as sticky feeling.  I'm not sure if I made it out of the house with this on or not.  Trash.
L'Oreal lipstick in #105 - Rite Aid clearance find probably a couple years ago.  I'm not a fan of the plastic-y floral perfume scent/taste of L'Oreal lip products.  I tried to wear this a few times but didn't care for the texture of it one either - kind of dry and gritty.  Trash.  I only have 2 other L'Oreal lip products in my collection - the lipstick I wore to our wedding and a lipgloss.  Most likely I won't be purchasing any more lip items from the brand.

I think I had a fairly respectable amount of products I finished, and I am close on a couple more already for the current month.  I'm also happy that I managed to clean out some of my old and unused/unliked makeup items.  Maybe towards the end of March I'll take another look through my stash and pull some more makeup things that only deserve to go in the trash.

How long do you hold on to unused/never touched products before finally letting them go?  Did you finish any favorite products recently?

**all items purchased by me / received as requested samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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