Well, the first month of 2015 is officially over! I hope it went well for you guys. It went well for me.
This month I spent a week in Hong Kong. This resulted in me buying a ton of cosmetics and skincare. Like a ton (I’ll post a haul tomorrow). And this also resulted in me using up some travel-sizes and samples. I really should go into no-buy mode until the spring.
Danahan EcoPure Essential Apple Juice Sheet Mask – This is a really liquidy mask, so much liquid that sheet ripped. It smells like acetone-y apples. It’s meant to exfoilate. I didn’t notice any real difference after using.
- Repurchase? No. I don’t like faux apple aroma.
3W Clinic Fresh Pomegranate Sheet Mask – This is a cheapie brand of Korean masks that I really like. The serum is thick and moisturizing. This formula has a pomegranate-white tea aroma. This is more of an anti-oxidant, clearing mask. Huge emphasis on makes you look “clean” but I think I look clean anyway 🙂
- Repurcahse? Yes. I like this brand and the price is really cheap. I liked this scent and it left my skin feeling smooth.
Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask – I bought a ton of these while in Hong Kong. This one is for shrinking pores. It smells like red grape juice and I like how it leaves my skin feeling so soft.
- Repurchase? Already did.
Ziaja Marine Algae Deep Moisturizing Cream (sample) – This is a lightweight yet moisturizing face cream that has algae from Oregon but is a Polish brand 🙂 This is not greasy or sticky.
- Purchase? I really like how this did in Hong Kong’s humidity so I think I may pick up a full-size in the summer.
Lioele V-Line Waterdrop Sleeping Pack (sample, not pictured)- This is one of those Korean “sleeping masks”. I got a sample with a purchase. It’s lightweight, gel-like and non-sticky. I applied it over serum and a lighter night moisturizer.
- Purchase? Probably not since it’s not really for my skin type. I’d recommend it to those with oily/younger complexions.
- Repurchase? Yes. There aren’t many candle scents that I would repurchase but this is one of them. It’s a fun home fragrance. And cheaper than the Jonathan Adler one.
- Purchase? I like it but probably not. I’m still searching for a perfect lilac since Phaedon discontinued theirs.
Bath & Body
Whipped Goods Whipped Body Butter in Egyptian Musk– I love whipped shea butters, so much so that I should try to make them myself. This indie brand makes whipped shea with other great natural oils. This is a good “night” treatment for skin and I wake up so smooth, even in the dead of winter. The scent is more like shea butter with a faint “red musk” that layers nicely under musks and ambers.
- Repurchase? I like the product but I won’t repurchase this scent. I bought 4 oz jars of a few scents and I like the other ones better. This one is not bad, it’s just that I like the others better.
Bee & Flower Soap in Rose – I was feeling nostalgic and picked this up. It’s “hard” soap with a soapy rose aroma. And something that I’ve been buying on and off again for as long as I can remember.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Cutex Original Nail Polish Remover – I didn’t know which category to put this in and I admit it is a rather “unglam” item to report as an empty. But, I’ve always wondered if nail polish removers matter. Like, are the more expensive ones better? I’d love it if you more experienced nail polish folks would chime in.
- Repurchase? I guess so. Or at least until you tell me otherwise.
Lulah Body Lotion in Fig Magnolia – It takes me way too long to use scented body lotions mainly because I like to go scent-free when I test new fragrances. This has a tart magnolia fragrance. Full review here. They now offer a rollerball perfume in this fragrance.
- Purchase? No. When it comes to my “day time” body lotion, I need to go scentless. At night I sometimes use scented body butters.
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Body Lotion – In 2014, I started focusing on anti-aging skincare for the entire body. I like this moisturizing yet lightweight formula but I really wish it was scent-free.
- Repurchase? Maybe but I see myself repurchasing scent-free body lotions instead.
Noble Isle Shower Gel in MYNWY Valley Fireside (deluxe sample, not pictured) – The hotel we stayed at had complimentary Noble Isle toiletries which was awesome since this is a line that I’ve purchased from Barneys before. I love this woodsy, peppery fragrance so much. If you like stuff like Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb or CdG Wonderwood, then you’ll love this too. It also comes in a candle and I want that.
- Purchase? Yes.
Noble Isle Shower Gel in Summer Rising Cornish Hedgerows (deluxe sample, not pictured) – This is a light citrus floral with elderflower liquor. I don’t like it as well as the Fireside one but it’s nice.
- Purchase? No.
Noble Isle Body Lotion in MYNWY Valley Fireside (deluxe sample, not pictured)- Smells like smoky woods and peppery. Really good.
- Purchase? No but I want the shower gel.
Haus of Gloi Emulsifying Scrub in Tobac (mini jar, not pictured) – I love the formula but I wasn’t wild about this limited edition autumn fragrance. It’s like a really sweet pipe tobacco with a lot of cedar. This sounds good but it’s really, really sweet. I do like it in this format more than the giant tub of body butter I bought in this scent…
- Repurchase? No.
Renpure Originals Coconut Cream Nourishing Shampoo – I often get in my head that I like coconut shampoos. And I do but I get so tired of the scents by the time the bottle is almost empty. This was cheap and pretty good at smoothing the hair.
- Repurchase? Maybe. I like it but I’m such a shampoo flirt.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo and Conditioner (sample) – Hong Kong is crazy humid and while I was there I heat styled my hair as well (this doesn’t help my hair with frizzies). I used the shampoo and conditioner. My hair was frizzy but I imagine it would have been even more so if I didn’t use this.
- Purchase? Probably not. I did like it but I like so many hair products.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum (sample) – It’s been years since I’ve used this stuff because I was sidetracked by “anti-cones movement” and hair oils. And OMG, I forgot that I like this stuff and that it works on my course, straight hair. It makes my hair look great with minimum effort.
- Purchase? Yes.
Noble Isle Perry Pear Shampoo & Conditioner (deluxe samples, not pictured) – I don’t care how luxurious a shampoo is but it if is has an apple/pear aroma, I’m going to think it smells cheap…even if it isn’t. It smells good but nothing outstanding. Does the job but I think I need more moisture.
- Purchase? No.
Lancôme Blush Subtil Sheer in Sheer Café au Lait (mine was the old packaging, not pictured above) – Wow. I used up a blush. Well, sort of it. It started to crumble and wasn’t worth the mess but it was mostly used up. This is a sheer peachy tan with no shimmer that works best on really light complexions. It’s been discontinued and is lighter than Cedar Rose pictured above.
- Repurchase? No. It’s been discontinued. But, no worries. L’Oreal True Match has something very much like it for much, much cheaper.
Total: 23 – 11 full-size, 6 travel/deluxe samples, 6 samples
What about you? Which products did you use up in January? Did you purchase anything in January? Did you throw out anything?
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