**purchased / requested sample /
g.w.p. / Influenster
It's been another eventful couple of weeks, which has been making me either not be home to blog or not in the mood to blog. But on the other hand, I've got a line of "empties" bags taunting me in my office. So I decided that I'd get up the next update. Eventually I'll get caught up...I hope.
Not pictured is a candle that I finally burned through - it only took me 7+ years...not even exaggerating. So let's see what all I finished in the month of October. First up is skin, hair and tooth care.
have repurchased - but am almost out of my replacement - so I need to repurchase again.
L'Oreal Advanced Suncare Alcohol-Free Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray 30 - purchased from Walgreens. I did like this spray sunscreen pretty well. It dried quickly, and it didn't make my skin look greasy. It does claim to be water resistant. The one down-fall is the scent. I might repurchase since it did dry to a powder finish (especially helpful when doing yardwork so debris doesn't stick to sticky sunscreen).
Artist's Choice 6 inch cotton applicators - purchased from local supply shop. These are my favorite for applying skincare like the Kate Somerville EradiKate acne treatment or Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I find that the regular cotton-buds are a little to short to really get to the bottom of the bottles without getting the product on my fingers. I also feel like the make-up of these is different enough that it applies those products a little better as well. Maybe that's just my imagination. All I know is, I prefer these 6-inch applicators to the regulars and have already repurchased.
Suave Color Care Black Raspberry + White Tea Shampoo - purchased from Walmart. I really love the way that this shampoo smells. I feel like it doesn't really strip my color, even when freshly done. Since I get my hair colored red, that's important. My hair also feels really nice and silky using this (even moreso with the conditioner). I'll probably repurchase once I get through more backstock of product.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer Oil Free - 2 samples from Sephora. I wasn't impressed with this moisturizer. I remember feeling like it didn't provide enough moisture to my skin, especially if I had used an intensive cleanser. Won't purchase.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream - gift with purchase deluxe sample. There is sunscreen in the cream but this was too heavy for my skin - if I didn't set it well with powder it was likely to slowly migrate into my eyes. I also didn't care for the scent. Won't purchase.
Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Night High Potency Night Moisturizing Cream - gift with purchase deluxe sample. I could use this in the cooler months since it is targeted for normal to dry skin, but it's a little too rich for my skin the rest of the year, or if I did use it in warmer months, it was only a pea-sized drop for targeted use. This has the typical Lancome rose scent, which I'm not the fondest of. I'll use the samples that I have (&/or get in the future) but I wouldn't purchase on its own.
Arm & Hammer PeroxiCare Healthy Gums Baking Soda & Peroxide toothpaste - purchased. I really liked this toothpaste. The flavor wasn't so intense that it caused my eyes to water or my teeth to be sensitive to cold. I also liked how much easier it was to get nearly every drop out of the tube, which I struggle with when using some of the Crest tubes. While I do try to get whitening formulas, I might repurchase this as healthy gums are just as, if not more, important than whitening.
I did have some makeup empties!!
L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in N1 Soft Ivory - purchased from Rite Aid. I felt like this was a better color match than the previous compact (in the cool color family) of this powder I finished long ago. However, I still don't think the powder itself is super impressive. It's nice, but I wasn't wowed by it. I probably won't repurchase.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - purchased from Walmart. Need I go on about this powder? Depending on how often I'm doing my makeup, I'm going through one of these every 1 to 2 months. Once I start working on the replacement, I pick up a new one at Walmart even though I've barely gotten through any product. I can't be without. I actually need to pick up another backup soon - I just opened the last of my backstock and I don't think there's one in my travel kit I can steal. Always repurchase.
NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent - purchased from Rite Aid. I really enjoyed this loose powder. It set my face well without looking cakey. I'm a fan of using a puff to press product into my skin to make sure my foundation/BB cream/CC cream is well set and I dust some onto my neck with a fluffy brush. Once I'm done with my neck, I use the same brush to knock off any excess powder from my face, only brushing downward (darn peach fuzz). There's no scent to speak of for this powder. Once I get through some powder backstock, I'll repurchase.
CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner in Intense Black - Influenster sample. This is at the bottom of my liquid liner list as one of my least liked liners...ever. I did a full review of this liner in May and considered the liner finished in October, whether it was actually finished or not. As I was typing out my thoughts on this liner again, I was playing with it and noticed that the cap doesn't even click on tight. When I think of how long my Lancome liner lasted...the CoverGirl sucks. Would not purchase.
CoverGirl The Super Sizer - Influenster sample. This mascara started off as not working for me, at all, but by the time I decided it had been open plenty long enough for it to be discarded...I actually liked it then. This is quite wet when you first open it, which does not work for me at all. I think after it had been open for 1 to 1 1/2 months, I started liking it more since it had dried out. But since it took so long for it to be a "like" I won't purchase just for that reason. I want to like my mascaras pretty much the first time I use them.
I believe in October I was beginning to work on cleaning up my office in preparation to move rooms, which meant that nail products that had completely dried out on me ended up in the "Trashed But Not Finished" category.
Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler Base Coat - purchased from Walmart. I really liked this ridge filler. I managed to make my way through at least 2/3 of the bottle before it got so thick and goopy it made application nearly impossible. I had also used enough of the product that it was hard to load the brush with enough product to do one nail in a single dip. I thought about thinning it a bunch, but in the meantime I ended up just purchasing a new bottle to make my life easier. When I repurchased, I ended up with the "salon sized" bottle at 2.5 fl. oz; the used one had 1 fl. oz. If you're curious, there's no DBP or Toluene in the formula.
Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics (dark blue & opal glitter) and L.A. Colors Art Deco (gold glitter & baby pink) striper polishes - purchased from Dollar Tree. Again, I thought about reviving these, but when I thought about how much I had used these - maybe once for either the gold or crystal - I decided it wasn't worth the effort. I have the same or similar colors in regular polish bottles which I could use a nail art brush with when needed. I still have more stripers from both brands, but these 4 are the ones that dried out/evaporated. Won't repurchase since I probably wouldn't use them.
Maybelline Eye Studio Blackest Black Gel/Creme Liner - purchased from Walmart. This liner completely dried out on me, and based on how long I knew it had been in my collection...it was time to go. I got about half way through the jar. I like this liner for both upper liner (wing, regular) as well as applying in my lower water line (I would dip a pencil liner in the gel and apply it to my lower water line). I remembered this lasting through super humid and hot 90+ degree days, plus staying in my waterline with little to no touch up needed (maybe just some inner corner cleanup) so I decided to repurchase this to take on our cruise. The old one just didn't land in the empties until after. I've used 2 other brands of gel liner in the meantime and have noticed that neither are quite as long lasting/water resistant as the Maybelline. The Maybelline is marketed as waterproof and smudge proof.
October was a decent month for finishes, especially when I think of how little was finished in September. I always have to remind myself that whether I finish a little or a lot, anything getting finished is progress in slowly thinning the stash. And that is the ultimate goal.
**all items purchased by me / requested sample / gift with purchase / Influenster sample
**my opinions are my own