Saturday, August 8, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update, Part 39 - February 2015

Hi!
**purchased / Influenster sample / 
g.w.p. / requested sample

I'm just moving right along on getting caught up for my Project "Finish This Stuff" Updates.  Don't tell, but lately I've been writing these posts 2 at a time and just scheduling them appropriately.  Whatever it takes, right?

Anyway, February wasn't quite as productive as January, but I still got through some things (I decided to stop showing the extremely repetitive Dial hand soap).
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay - sample in kit purchased from Sephora last year.  This was a nice cleanser, and I've heard it talked about several times on YouTube, but it just wasn't for me.  Just like Origins cleanser that was in the kit, this one left my skin feeling a bit too dry/tight.  I don't recall any fragrance with it, at least.  I really struggle to find the perfect cleanser for me, and this is not it.  Won't repurchase.
Kate Somerville Eradi-Kate Acne Treatment - purchased in Kate Somerville acne starter kit from Sephora.  This was a nice overnight spot treatment that pretty much lasted for a full year with fairly regular use.  Towards the end of the jar, the clear part was mostly gone so it got a little "crumbly" to put on.  While I would repurchase, I decided to go with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (same thing, cheaper price).
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray - deluxe travel size, I believe it was a gift with purchase from U.D.'s site a long time ago.  I enjoyed using this spray.  I believe I have another of these same bottles (as well as an inexpensive "dupe").  I would consider repurchasing this at some point but right now I'm looking at one on Sephora's site that has SPF in it.
Equate Sensitive Cleansing Wipes (40-count, compare to Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes) - purchased from Walmart.  I think these were all right.  Actually, now that I'm really thinking, I think I mainly used these to clean swatches/excess makeup off my hands while applying makeup.  Not so much for taking it off my face.  Or maybe I tried it on my face and didn't like it??  Anyway, probably won't repurchase.
Boots No.7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum - sample received from Influenster.  I've done an as-complete-as-I-could-make-it-review on the serum that you can read here.  With the amount of product provided, it was hard to do an extended trial (and I believe I was on a no-buy during the trial period so no running to the store to buy a full bottle, either).  As I stated in my review, for being a drugstore brand, this is quite pricey.  I'm leaning towards I would not purchase since it is scented enough that I did experience some scent-induced eye irritation.
MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW 20 - sample made for me at the MAC counter in Macy's.  I think I liked the way this concealer looked, but I need to get through some older concealers before purchasing anything new.  However, I might go and pick up another sample to try it out again.  I'm trying to test out long-wear and/or waterproof products to see what I can use for an upcoming trip in September.  I haven't decided if I would purchase or not - but I will get another sample.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum - foil packet (might have been in a Sephora sample bag).  Not enough in this one foil packet to decide if I liked it or would experience any irritation.  Since I really like and want to purchase the Kiehl's serums/concentrates and the Aveeno concentrate, I can't see myself purchasing or even trying to get samples from the local counters.
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate - gift with purchase and/or requested samples.  I really enjoyed this concentrate!  These tubes are the same as the Concentrate mentioned last week and gave me amazing results in a fairly short amount of time.  I did not experience any breakouts, and if I did happen to have a hormonal spot, it healed quicker with leaving a much lighter-than-usual leftover mark.  My overall texture improved, as well as lightening of older pigmented spots/scars.  When I say a fairly short amount of time, I mean like 2-3 weeks!  I really, really want to purchase this to use on a longer term basis.  Between the 2 foil packets from January, and these 2 tubes, I had enough to last for at least a month and a half.

And one item fell into the "Trashed, but Not Finished" category.
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15 - purchased.  I could not get into this SPF body moisturizer at all.  It was super thick and hard to rub in.  I tried to give it to the Mister for him to use up (my usual method of getting un-liked products finished) and it landed back in my bathroom shortly after that.  I don't agree with the "clean" claim on the front of the bottle since it was so hard to work in.  Won't repurchase (this bottle is well-expired and most of the way full).  So sad that this money was wasted.  I think I'll go back to the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration  (introduced to by Influenster) for a body SPF lotion.

Do you have a favorite cleanser?  How about makeup removing wipe?

**all items purchased by me / gift with purchase / requested sample / Influenster product
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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