I have no makeup empties this quarter! Aaaargh!
Also, I really need to start taking pictures of my products before I use them and they get all grody. Seriously. No one wants to see the mangled Body Shop Body Polish tube I used up!
Here is my list of empties for Fall 2015 (Sept., Oct., and Nov.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner. I bought this on sale for $7.99 at Well.ca, after I noticed that I was getting a thinning spot on my scalp. Shortly after, I also developed postpartum hair loss, which is just great. (My hair is currently half the thickness it used to be, and I’m anticipating hair growth to return in the form of a mullet.) Now, the Stem Cells claim in this conditioner is pretty much nonsense, because dead fruit stem cells in your hair products aren’t going to make your human hair regrow. That’s ridiculous. I really like the shampoo in this line, but the conditioner is just average. I don’t find that it does anything particularly well or badly, though it does smell nice. One complaint is that it is really, really thick and is hard to squeeze through the small hole in the cap. I wouldn’t repurchase this.
The Body Shop Body Polish in Satsuma. This was a gift from almost two years ago, but I only just dug it up in the summer, so I think I did well to use it up so fast! I had already used up the Satsuma Body Wash, which I found a little drying, and forgotten that the set had come with a scrub, too. I basically just used this polish as a body wash. It works well and smells nice (Satsuma is my favorite of TBS’ regular scents). There are just too many body washes out there to try, for me to bother to repuchase this.
Boots N°7 Advanced Hydration Day Fluid. I think I got this from a friend, though I can’t recall why she didn’t want it! I ended up going through about half the bottle this summer and fall, and finally decided that I didn’t want to finish it up. It takes a lot for me to not finish a product, since I don’t like to waste things! But, while this lotion is reasonably OK (nothing great, nothing bad, it has a nice glass bottle and a pump dispenser) for warmer days, I noticed pretty early on that it was…kinda shimmery. Later I looked up the ingredients, and sure enough, there was mica. I don’t need to be rubbing shimmer into my skin, thanks. I kind of get why some foundations do it, to give you that artificial glow, but this is moisturizer!
Cherry Culture Lip Balms in Coffee & Strawberry. Ahh, I remember shopping at Cherry Culture, before they decided to only sell NYX and their own line, and now they’ve shut down entirely “until 2017”! They were a great source of discounted makeup brands. I especially liked buying China Glaze, Jordana, and NYX from them. They also used to give out free lip balms with orders, so I accumulated a few over the years. I had just finished up Coffee (totally gross, I don’t know why I finished it!) and was moving on to Strawberry (much nicer), and then my peanut either ate the entire Strawberry lip balm or smeared it somewhere that I haven’t discovered yet. He even stuck his finger into the bottom and scooped out the last bits. Ahh, well at least I can appreciate the economy of his actions. The only reason I knew what had happened was I noticed his breath smelled very strawberry-ish, and he hadn’t eaten any strawberries that day. Would I repurchase? Well, I can’t. But the Strawberry smelled really good! As a lip balm, they’re just OK. Better than Burt’s Bees (which I dislike), and not as good as Nivea (which I love).
Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser. This larger sample size came in a pack with a small bottle of “Freshner” toner; I’m not much for toner, so I haven’t used much of that yet, but I’ve already used up this cleanser. It’s pretty basic, though for a foaming cleanser I found that it didn’t strip my skin at all. The consistency is a cream that foams up nicely. It does a pretty good job of removing makeup. However, it contains some little blue scrubby beads—which don’t do all that much scrubbing, to be honest—I wouldn’t repurchase this since I have a feeling those beads are those plastic microbeads that are terrible for the environment since they’re not biodegradable and we can’t filter them out of the water. It’s too bad, because I kind of liked this cleanser for a first round of removing makeup.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I got this as part of a deluxe sample set from Sephora earlier this year. A very small amount goes a long way and it cleans makeup off pretty well. It reminds me of a less severe version of Clinique’s Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, which I used to use back in my oilier, late teens/early twenties. Nothing too special, though, and I’ve mainly moved onto oil cleansing.
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting & Firming Cream, Day, SPF 15 (15 g sample). I received this in a GWP and finally got around to using it. I should perhaps have saved it for the winter months, because I found this to be a heavier cream, a little too heavy for warmer months. I didn’t notice any difference in my skin after using up this cream; if anything, it seemed too heavy and perhaps even a bit pore-clogging. It’s heavily fragranced, as well, like most Lancôme products are. At $120 for the full size jar, Lancôme can keep it!
Nivea Lip Balm. This is my favorite lip balm! I find it moisturizes well and it’s so easy to find in every drugstore here in Canada. Plus, it’s cheap. I also like the chubby tube, which makes it easier to find in a handbag than the typical Chapstick-sized tubes that most balms come in. I have repurchased this many times over, and will continue to do so (even though I still try out different lip balms, just to see if any of them can top this one). It is heavily fragranced, which is a slight drawback, but it also comes in a tinted strawberry flavor, which is really nice. They’re can usually be found on sale for uder $3, though I snagged a 2-pack on Amazon last year for $2!
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare. This is a pretty basic, nice, light face lotion, and a little goes a long way. It works surprisingly well for my dry skin in the warmer months; it’s less effective in the colder months. It’s fragrance-free and very gentle on my skin, though I don’t think it does anything more than moisturize. Still, I do like it! I paid about $26 at Well.ca but, sadly, they don’t seem to carry this line anymore. It’s sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, if you’re interested. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect moisturizer, so I may or may not repurchase.
Yves Rocher Cold Weather Hand Balm Enriched with Shea. I got this for free from Yves Rocher. It’s really a very unimpressive hand cream. It’s a bit greasy and I don’t find it to work especially well. It’s a bit ridiculous that it retails for $14, though I suppose we all know that it’s really more like $7, what with all their sales! Still, I wouldn’t take another even if it was free; there are better hand creams out there.