Friday, July 22, 2016

Project "Finish This Stuff," part 49 - December 2015

**purchased / g.w.p. /
requested sample

I still am way behind on sharing what all I've finished on a month-to-month basis so I figured that today I'd share my December finishes (finally!).  As usual, I'll include mini reviews on things I can remember if I had particular thoughts on them and whether or not I'll purchase/repurchase.  Also, since this is the last of the products I finished in 2015, I'll include some final numbers on how many products, whether full size or sample or trashed, left my collection.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder - purchased from Walmart.  As I've said many, many times, this is a holy grail product.  I've gone through numberless containers of this and will continue to repurchase.
Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel - requested sample.  I don't really remember anything one way or the other about this sample.  Given how expensive it is ($85), I won't purchase since I know I like the Tarte and Lancome Genefique eye creams.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water - requested sample.  I remember not being particularly impressed by this cleansing water.  I don't think my skin quite liked this.  Won't purchase since I do like the Garnier version and don't experience any skin irritation.
Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 - Sephora birthday gift from a few years ago.  I really enjoyed using this and liked the color it provided my lips - a pretty rosey pink.  The one negative about it is how soft the product is; I had a bit of a hard time using it in the summer since it got very soft and would try to break off (I kept smooshing the broken part back upright).  I might purchase at some point since I liked the color and that it has SPF, but I won't be in any rush because of the price.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Eye Cream - requested sample.  I had a hard time getting through this sample since, to me, it's a very heavy eye cream.  I had to be careful to use the tiniest amount or else I would get milia.  I did like how nourishing it felt during the winter weather when my skin was on the dry side, but I was always worried about clogged pores in my under eyes.  Won't purchase.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum - requested sample & g.w.p.  I liked how my skin felt after using these each night BUT I had a hard time with the smell of the capsules (not the best).  On the plus side, one capsule was enough for my entire face even when my skin was on the dry side due to the cold weather.  Won't purchase because of the smell.
EOS lipbalm in Honeysuckle - purchased.  This was alright.  But I think I'm over EOS in favor of finding something more moisturizing.  The shape also makes it impractical for taking with me so I only use these at night.  Won't repurchase (I still have about a half dozen to work my way through in backup land).  Side note - this one I didn't actually finish since it was looking gross around the screw-top part.
Nail Bliss Pro WonderBond brush on gel glue - purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply.  This glue was decent, it just got thick and stringy so it was time for a replacement.  Might repurchase (I think I ended up with a different brand when I bought my replacement).
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 - purchased from Sephora.  I love this BB cream! For me, it has more coverage than a lot of my foundations.  It has just the right amount of moisture for me and I can use it in any season.  It also matches my skin pretty perfectly even though when you squirt some out it looks gray-based.  If it had a higher SPF I'd be even happier but I have already repurchased.  Tip:  If you do get this, towards the end of the tube it gets hard to pump out so I unscrew the pump and the black part of the tube actually splits open to get at the white inner tube.  I ended up slicing the white tube open to get all the product out since I love it so much.
Mary Kay Energizing Foot and Leg Treatment - given to me by my mom.  I'm not sure what the original texture of this lotion is supposed to be (this is old-old) but I thought it was really on the thin/runny side.  The peppermint scent was definitely invigorating on my feet but it wasn't a rich enough lotion for winter feet.  I prefer thicker/creamier lotions for my feet so I won't purchase.

These last 2 items are both things that I just could not get myself to finish, so they just got Trashed.
Dove Energy Glow Beauty Body Lotion - purchased.  This "lotion with subtle self-tanners" did do what it claimed, I just felt like it took way too long to dry down to where I didn't feel like everything was going to stick to my legs.  This bottle was on the older side so maybe that was part of it; I don't remember if when I first started using it if I had that issue or not.  I did like that I didn't really have to worry about streakiness like I do on the rare occasion I use an actual self-tanner.  I'll probably look for a similar product from a different brand.  Probably won't repurchase.
Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel for Normal to Dry Skin - purchased.  I barely used any of this "lotion" since from day 1 I didn't like it.  I felt like it didn't provide enough moisture and, again, left my legs feeling sticky for a long time.  I was also hesitant to use this on my legs after shaving since it has mint extract in it.  Big fail.  I couldn't even get the Mister to use it.  Won't repurchase.

2015 Foil-Packet Samples finished:  49
2015 Deluxe Samples & Full Sized Products finished:  125
2015 Trashed but Not Finished:  75
2015 Miscellaneous Trash (i.e. tools): 2

GRAND TOTAL:   251 products out of my collection during 2015

I am super impressed with that total!!  I know a big chunk of that count is from the Trashed but Not Finished category since I cleaned out my lip products.  It just popped into my head that I actually had a lot more products leave my beauty stash because I re-homed a decent sized box (about half the size of a paper box) amount of makeup, skin care and hair care.  When I think about it even more, I think I did that twice last year. OMG that is a lot of products leaving my stash.  Do I miss any of it?  No - I don't even remember what all was in either of those boxes.

Now that I finally have my 2015 finishes caught up, it's time to get started on posting my 2016 finishes!  It's never ending, isn't it?

**all items purchased by me / g.w.p. / requested samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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