**purchased / requested
sample / g.w.p.
I'm slowly approaching the end of my 2015 empties!! But as I was taking pictures for today's post...I just remembered I think I finished 3 or 4 things additional things back in September when we were on our cruise. I remember taking a picture of the empties then tossing them in the trash so I didn't have to pack them back into the suitcase. Oops. Oh well. I'm pretty sure I also just recently trashed a couple of things that were nearly full, but super old, in the trash. I believe those were items that I never ever tried. Again, oh well.
On to today's update! I've got hair, skincare and makeup as well as a couple of Trashed items.
Suave Black Raspberry + White Tea Color Care Conditioner - purchased. I've gone through multiple bottles of this conditioner. I still love the way it smells and how my hair feels after each use. I'll probably repurchase once I get through backstock of other conditioners.
L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo (x2) - purchased from Walmart. Nope. I did not like this shampoo. I had gotten it for the cruise but only used one of them a couple of times since I had another travel shampoo with me that I used at the beginning of the trip. I ended up using these up between large shampoo bottle purchases. I felt like this L'Oreal shampoo left my hair feeling dry and needing a super rich conditioner. I don't have time for shampoos that leave my hair feeling that way. Won't repurchase.
Philosphy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Eye Repair - requested sample. I really enjoyed this eye cream. It felt plenty moisturizing without causing any milia in my under-eye area. But I don't feel like I saw any changes in the darkness of circles. Probably won't purchase - I want results(!).
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30 (UltraCalming) - sample from Ulta/Dermalogica. This was a nice daytime SPF moisturizer. Right now, I don't remember how strong the scent is, which is a major factor in deciding what to purchase for skincare that will be near my eyes (I want that SPF as close as possible). I also don't remember how moisturizing this was. I'm undecided on if I'll purchase or not - I need to go to Ulta and play with it again.
Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum - purchased from Raisin Rack (local store). I really enjoyed this serum. It claims to reduce fine lines + imperfections, fades scars. Obviously I purchased it for the "fades scars" claim. I used this all over my face, plus I remember packing this for the cruise. In that setting, I also used it on the sunburn I accidentally got (oops - the SPF wasn't applied evenly) and also used it over a healing injury on my leg. I do want to purchase this again to see if I notice results since I forgot to really pay attention last time.
L'Oreal Silky Sheer Lotion 30 - attached to another L'Oreal product I had purchased. As I was typing the name, it seemed familiar; I had finished the spray version in October. The scent is on the strong side for me to really enjoy on the face, but it did absorb well. I thought it was a bit moisturizing but absorbed quickly, leaving no sticky feeling. It claims to have antioxidant with the UVA/UVB protection. Even though the scent is a little more than I care for, I'm tempted to purchase again for wearing at home during the summer for outside yard work.
Murad Acne Spot Treatment 3.0% Sulfur Acne Treatment - purchased from Ulta (right as it was being discontinued). I really liked this spot treatment. Of course, I really liked it since it got discontinued for the sulfur formula. Murad changed the spot treatment to benzoyl peroxide, which I cannot use. I wish I could repurchase, but I can't so I am on the hunt for a good daytime sulfur-based acne treatment.
random Vitamin E balm - I've got a bunch of these in backstock. I pull one out after I go through 1-2 regular lip balms for something a little different. I feel like they are getting on the older side and not as effective of a lip moisturizer as it once was. Won't repurchase.
Equate Sensitive Skin Wet Cleansing Cloths (compare to Olay Sensitive Wet Cleansing Towlettes) - purchased from Walmart. I think that these cleansing cloths did a decent job at removing my makeup, even on heavier makeup days. I don't remember the scent or the texture bothering me. I feel like all of the towlettes had enough moisture through the entire package. I might repurchase for traveling, but right now I'm enjoying using the oil-cleansing method as the first step in the double cleanse method.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner (waterproof) - purchased. I actually have a full review here that you can visit for more info on how much and why I did not like this eye liner. Won't repurchase.
Wet 'n Wild Brow Pencil in Blond Moments - purchased from Walmart. I really enjoyed this brow pencil (clearly, since it's just a nub). When I got it, I thought I had grabbed a different color but it turns out that Blond Moments was just the right color for me. I did feel like the pencil went fast since it is pretty soft, but at the price point, I don't really mind. Already repurchased, but I've been using other brow products in the meantime.
Wet 'n Wild ColorIcon Eye Shadow Single in Brulee - purchased. This is the perfect skintone shade for me to use to set my eye primer. I've gone through at least one other of these and it is my preferred shadow for that use. Right now, I'm using other shadows in a similar shade but I prefer WnW Brulee. Will repurchase once more similar shadows are used up.
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Corrector - purchased. I really enjoyed using this yellow-based eye corrector. I enjoyed the "Olay swirl" since my under eyes can tend to look a little dry. I feel like the yellow shade really helps to cancel out my under eye circles that lean more purple than blue. This has, unfortunately, been discontinued but I do have a backup that I just recently cracked open. I am trying to get better about not holding onto products without using them, especially ones that have been discontinued.
These last 2 items are in the Trashed, but Not Finished category.
Wet 'n Wild MegaProtein mascara - I think this came packaged with something else I purchased. I really did not like this mascara at all. It was way too wet when I opened it and did nothing for my lashes. I even pumped the wand in and out every day and didn't screw the lid back down and still after a month it was too wet for my preference. I felt like it didn't do anything for my lashes at all. I also didn't like the wand style, which is a natural bristle spiral that was extremely spread out. I gave up on this mascara ever drying out to be usable. I actually just opened it to look at the wand and it is still wet and goopy. Won't repurchase.
L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Eyeliner - purchased. I never showed this on the blog in a haul. I got this when I was searching for a good waterproof eyeliner, whether liquid or gel. I did not like this liner. While it is black, it dries to a shiny black. It dried into one of those strips that is kind of stretchy and I'm fairly certain I remember seeing it lift off my lid. I also hated the way that it came off using my trusty CVS dual-phase eye makeup remover. It would come off in chunks that would get into my eyes. No thank you. The only things that I liked were the applicator - a flexible felt tip - and how black the formula is. It was waterproof, as long as there wasn't any rubbing involved. Won't repurchase - I couldn't even get through one tube.
That wraps up my November Empties and Trashed items. I'm getting closer and closer to being caught up. Yay!!
Do you have a favorite matte black & waterproof eyeliner that doesn't chunk up when taking it off? Inquiring mind here...
**all items purchased by me / requested sample / g.w.p.
**my opinions are my own