Friday, May 31, 2013

Empties #1

Over the past few months, I have been collecting some of my beauty-related empty products to review on my blog.  These posts are popular on YouTube and blogland, so I thought I would give this type of post a try and see if my readers dig it.  If not, what’s some more trash on the internet?


Nail Polish Remover




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Up and Up Nourishing Nail Polish Remover: A simple, bog-standard acetone-based nail polish remover.  I used this remover when I was wearing a thicker coat of polish or one with glitter in it.  I’ve already repurchased a bottle; it’s cheap, cheerful and it works.


butterLONDON Nutter Almond Scented Acetone Free Lacquer Remover: This is part of a luxury trio of limited edition nail polish removers I purchased shortly after the new year.  The remover left my nails feeling conditioned though it took more effort to remove my polish that with the harsher Up and Up version I also use.  I still have another remover from the set left, though I am not sure if I would repurchase a a butterLONDON remover because of the price-- $8 for 2 ounces of product!


Body Wash




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Philosophy Field of Flowers Water Lily Blossom: Like most of the Philosophy gallon jugs you can buy, this is billed as a body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath.  I tried to use the product for all three purposes but found I only really liked it as a bubble bath.  This smelled lovely; however, it was a limited edition scent . . . and had a steep price tag.  Unless I see this on the cheap in Marshall’s, I won’t be repurchasing this product.


Mario Badescu Azulene Body Soap: I have long been a fan of Mario Badescu Skincare, including the highly underrated bath and body products.  This shower gel, which can also double as a bubble bath (can you tell I like bubble baths?), is formulated with sensitive skin in mind and is meant to have camomile extracts in it to sooth distressed skin.  When I was having my eczema outbreak a few months ago, this soap was particularly soothing for my rashy, broken skin.


Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisturizing Shower Gel: I received this sample size bottle in a holiday gift set and instantly fell in love with the scent.  Somehow the trademark Soap & Glory rose and bergamot scent manages to linger on the skin while you are in the tub, but fades when you get out; I imagine I would have found the smell sickly had it hung around longer than it did.  Overall, this was a great shower gel that didn’t dry out my skin (as gels sometimes do) or leave it feeling too greasy (as can happen).  I will probably buy another Soap and Glory shower product in the future, but at present I have a small box of bath products I need to get through first.


Skin Care




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Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner: This is my mom’s go-to toner which I occasionally nick from her, too.  The last one she purchased was in the old packaging and she decanted into a spray bottle.  So, technically, this isn’t an empty because the product was decanted . . . but she did finish another (previously decanted) bottle . . . so . . .


No. 7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser: I absolutely love this product, which is meant to be a dupe for the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.  This cleanser removes any lingering traces of makeup while leaving my skin feeling soothed and smooth.  I’ve already repurchased this item.


Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion: I haven’t technically polished this toner off . . . I just decanted it into an empty spray bottle for convenience's sake.  I would repurchase this toner in the future; however, I am particularly fond of lighter rebalancing sprays at the moment.




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Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Very Water Resistant Powder Sun Protectant (SPF 30), Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45: Both of these items are mineral sunscreens-- the Colorescience  one was mine, the PTR one was moms.  I’ve had to toss mine because (after more than two years of use!) the brush went gross and I was questioning if the SPF was still working after such a long time.  I will be buying another.  Mom wasn’t thrilled with the PTR’s scratchy brush and she was a little concerned about some of its ingredients.  Needless to say, she won’t be getting the PTR sunscreen again and will be buying a Colorescience powder, too.




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Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder: This stuff is magic.  If you are acne prone, you need to pick up this sulfur-based powder that dries and heals breakouts quick-fast.  I swear by this stuff and I’ve already repurchased another pot.


L’Oreal NIght Cream: This was the fabled night cream my mom wrote about in April.  Needless to say she hated it and will not be repurchasing it.




[caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Guess what? More skin care! Guess what? More skin care![/caption]

CVS Soothing Bath Treatment and Aveeno Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment: Both of these are colloidal oatmeal bath soaks I used when I was having an extremely severe eczema breakout a few months ago.  If you have sensitive skin, you really can’t go wrong with these treatments-- they’re magical.


Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo: Another of my mom’s drugstore anti-aging trials.  Guess what?-- she hated it and promptly tossed it into my empties box.  Needless to say, this isn’t worth the $30 list price.


Hair Care




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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo: I bought this shampoo when I went through an anti-sulfate kick a few months back.  A scientific link between sodium laureth sulfate and cancer has yet to be established, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t freak out from time to time.  The cosmetic ingredient has been linked to skin irritation and eye injuries, particularly in children. So, when I have skin freakout like I did earlier this spring, I go on a tirade against sulfates.  In terms of this shampoo, it wasn’t any great shakes, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase it.  There are other sulfate-free shampoos on the market right now, so my options aren’t as limited as they once were.


Mario Badsescu Nucleic Moisturizing Hair Rinse: I liked this leave-in conditioner a lot, it left my hair feeling soft and provided just enough moisture for my super-short hair.  Since I am in the process of growing out my pixie cut, I have moved on to products that provide deeper conditioning and nourishment to encourage hair growth.  While I would buy this product in the future as a “moisture touch up,” a repurchase isn’t in the cards immediately.


Mario Badescu Lecithin Nourishing Shampoo: This shampoo is formulated for dry scalp and chemically treated hair.  During the winter I suffer from a perennially dry scalp and I bought this shampoo to help alleviate some of the annoyingly painful itch I always seem to get.  Sadly, this shampoo didn’t do much for my scalp or my hair.  I used the product up to finish it, but I won’t be buying this particular shampoo again.  It should be noted, however, that I do really like the Mario Badescu haircare line-- just not this particular shampoo!


Sachets and Samples




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Que Bella Balancing Ylang Ylang Mask: This mask is meant to help control oil, a godsend for my oily combination skin.  However, this product didn’t do anything for my skin and it smelled weird; I won’t be repurchasing.


Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Deep Pore Cleansing Masque: I love these little mask sachets.  This one is a nice cleansing one that smells like a fruit salad.  I have already repurchased another mask in the line and would buy this specific mask again.




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Clinique Happy: This little sample only lasted for a single spritz. :-/ I do like the scent, but I will not be buying a full-size; I already have too many perfumes at the moment.


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: So. Much. Hate.  Read my review here.


Clinique 7 Day Scrub: This is my favorite exfoliator.  I have a larger sample of the same product I am working through.  I will be buying a full size of this (again) when my sample runs out.


Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner: This was a nice leave-in-conditioner; however, the product is formulated for curly hair and I have very straight hair.  It was a great sample, but I am not going to splurge for a full size.


Etcetera




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ELF Daily Brush Cleaner: I use this cheap and cheerful brush cleaner to spot treat my brushes between deep cleanses.  It’s only $3 and works like a champ.  I’m already working through another small bottle.




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Facial tissue: I always keep a box on my dressing table in case of a makeup meltdown.  These are the antiviral ones I bought during the flu season.


Cotton pads: I use these to take off my makeup and to remove my nail polish . . . like every other woman in the first world.


So, there you go-- all of the products I have used up lately.  There really is sense of beauty accomplishment greater than seeing a product through.  What have you finished lately?


Adieu,


j.

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