**purchased / g.w.p.
Wow, really long time with no blogging. Totally not my intention but blogging just wasn't at the top of my priority list last year. Sorting through belongings and reorganizing held my interest more. Somehow January also sped by this year without getting on here. BUT I have just gotten myself a desk calendar to write on and possibly decorate (stickers!!) and am trying to give myself a schedule. For some reason I got hooked on watching planner videos so I guess I'll try a basic version of that to see if that helps me keep on track of things. So far, I've written out all of my "Finish This Stuff" posts for this year - around the end of each month will be the empties for the corresponding month but last year, while around the beginning of the next month will be the empties for the immediately preceding month (i.e., on 2/28 I should be post 2/2016 empties and 3/1 should be 2/2017 empties).
So with that being said, let's see what I finished in the month of January 2017 (I did post January 2016 empties a long time ago).
continue to repurchase.
Lancome DreamTone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector #1 sample (g.w.p.) - I have gone through a full size bottle of this, as well as other samples. But I really can't say I've seen any improvements any of the times I've been using it. Won't repurchase.
DermaBlend Long Wear Makeup Remover (part of a purchased kit from Ulta a couple years ago) - this makeup remover claims to remove waterproof mascara, long lasting lip, eye and foundation makeup on face and body. Looking at the tube, I didn't exactly listen to directions for taking off my eye makeup, but it still worked. I really like that this remover can just be wiped off; I would then follow up with a micellar water to get last traces. This is probably the most similar to the Clinique makeup remover that I used to enjoy using (that got discontinued). There is essentially no scent which makes this great. I would strongly consider purchasing a full size tube.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - I feel like this is the second (or more) of this that I've gone through (in addition to the Kate Sommerville version). While it might not take pimples down completely overnight, it does help shrink whiteheads and I find in my skin's case, it encourages ones that have not come to a head yet to do so (especially when combined with the Buffering Lotion under). My bottle looks like there's still product left but I'm not able to get any of the "pink stuff," which is what is applied to the skin, to get on a cotton swab to make it to my skin. I will continue to repurchase - early December I came across a duo at Ulta that included this (although in the plastic bottle) and a travel size bottle of the Rose Spray.
StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30 - foil sample pack (I think I got it when I was getting microdermabrasion). This was a nice SPF moisturizer BUT it seems to me that all the advice is to use retinol products at night since it can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. For me, I'd rather stick to night use of retinol (if I'm going to use it...maybe I should be). Won't purchase.
Bodycology Enchanted Forest Body Cream - Bodycology is Walmart's version of Bath & Body Works. I used to try to buy all the body creams until I realized that I wasn't using them and the formula was changing from age. It was still moisturizing, but it didn't apply like it should have. I am continuing to work through my lotion/body cream backstock. Eventually I want my lotion to be simplified down to one or 2 lightly or unscented body creams (a.k.a. St. Ives Oatmeal for the win!). Won't repurchase.
That's everything that I've finished in January. I need to clean up and organize my desk some more as well as continue to fill in my calendar for blogging. I've also been back into trying to put together some little craft projects here and there. I still haven't been doing my nails much (crazy considering how much polish I have!). Hopefully that will change in time.
**purchased / gift with purchase