This month I bought more than I said I would. I actually ran out of a lot of skincare (in October) and bought skincare products from Ulta. Since I was ordering online, I threw in a few weird lipstick shades that are only available online. I was curious and apparently wanted lime green lips. A reader talked me into buying Clinique Cleansing Balm. Plus, Nordstrom was having a gift with purchase, so I was easily talked into buying it. It’s good; I’m happy I did.
A new Nature Republic opened near Union Square. I bought a ton of stuff because they had things marked 50% off for the grand opening. The store was so shiny and new, none of the testers have been ruined yet. I couldn’t help myself. I had to buy stuff. I also couldn’t resist LUSH Rose Jam, so I had to buy a bottle of it and one of the rose gift sets.
As far as Black Friday/Cuber Monday deals, I didn’t really buy anything. Nothing really appealed to me. I have so many cosmetics. I want a winter coat but didn’t see anything, same with snow boots. And then the last minute on Monday night, I bought an eyeshadow palette from Lunatick cosmetics.
Also, David was a doll and bought me Rituel de Fille Feral Collection which as he said was my “color sense” and that it was like some brand that I would have started. And it’s true. That brand is such my “aesthetic” that it makes me not feel like a special human being anymore.
Anyway, here’s what I emptied in November:
Olay White Radiance Brightening Night Cream – Like so many brightening products, this one makes some insane claims like “quietly revealing the fairness of inner skin”. DON’T DO THAT TO ME! But, whatever. I bought this at a Middle Eastern market because I was there and I needed a night moisturizer. I’m happy I bought it because it’s pretty good. I think my skin does look brighter.
- Repurchase? Yeah. The next time I’m in Asia, I’d like to pick up the other products in the line. I also need to try the comparable “tone enhancing” line in the US. It may be good and for sure the name is less offensive for the US market.
Lumene Bright Touch Toner – This is one of my favorite products from this Finnish brand. It’s refreshing and great for my skin in the summer. It’s also really affordable for an alcohol-free toner. Have you noticed that most “gentle” toners are expensive? All the drugstore stuff is 99% alcohol.
- Repurchase? Yes. It’s usually something I use in the warmer months.
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer – I bought this shea butter based moisturizer when my trip back to Nashville in the summer went from a planned week to an unplanned month. I ran out of everything and ended up with an Ulta haul. I bought this because my skin was going nuts. It was dehydrated yet oily from heat and humidity. I just wanted something cheap to last until I got back home. I almost threw it out because of the aroma. It smells so much like Armenian string cheese. In fact, I’d use it at night when I got home and David was even like, “Why do you smell like Armenian string cheese?” when I didn’t even put that thought in his head. Anyway, the texture is rich but lightweight. It smells like goat’s milk, nigella (black cumin – which can smell like really strong thyme) and mahlab.
- Repurchase? If you asked me at first, I’d said “no”. But, now it’s grown on me which I can’t explain. I like the weird aroma and the texture. It was good in summer.
La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips – I prefer lip balms that are thick and unscented. This one came highly recommended but I found it incredibly overpriced (in the US) for what it is. It doesn’t really “stick” to my lips and I have to apply it more than I want to. I was completely underwhelmed but kept using it because it was scent-free.
- Repurchase? No way.
My Beauty Diary Sheet Mask in Apple Polyphenol (not pictured)- This is a thin sheet mask with a really watery serum that ended up dripping everywhere. The scent was faint and almost non-existent. For me, it was an OK mask. It didn’t really moisturize but it smoothed. I do think it enhanced pores but maybe that was a coincidence.
- Repurchase? No. It is not my favorite from the line and I don’t think it’s for my skin type.
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask in Green Tea – This sheet mask had a really watery essence and a strong alcohol scent. It wasn’t like the other Innisfree masks that I’ve tried. It didn’t really moisturize or do much of anything.
- Repurchase? No.
Skin79 Snail Nutrition Cream (sample, not pictured) – Well, the name is great, right? My snails needed some vitamins. This cream had a silky, nourishing feel and a light, non-obnoxious scent.
- Purchase? I may.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer (sample x 2, not pictured) – Samples came with the Olay products I bought. It’s actually an amazing feeling cream. The scent is that typical Olay Regenerist scent. Paula doesn’t like the packaging and says that Olay has better products. Anyway, I liked it.
- Purchase? If they made it in a pump, I’d buy it. Heck, I may still buy it.
Summary – My skin has been all over the place this month as the month started out mild and extremely humid. There were a few cold, windy days. I used less sheet masks and used more cream wash off masks and moisturizing serums.
Annick Goutal Petite Chérie EDP (decant, not pictured) – When it comes to Petite Chérie, just buy the EDP. I now know this. It’s fruity and so kawaii with an awesome musky dry down.
- Purchase? Yeah. Wish I would have had someone pick it up in Paris.
- Purchase? No. Not because it’s bad or anything, just let’s be real here. I can’t buy every perfume that I like.
Bath & Body Works Room Perfume in Fresh Linen – This was a gift and not something I would have picked out for myself. I was very surprised by how concentrated this is. It’s like the only room spray that I’ve used that “lingers”. The scent is surprisingly more fruity than it is like clean laundry. It’s like apples, pears and white musk.
- Purchase? No, but I’m interested in this formula. This just wasn’t the scent for me.
Summary – The perfumes I wore this month were from full-size bottles. And I don’t even know if I’m putting a dent in those…
Jeju Volcanic Scoria Body Soap – I bought this soap at a Korean market. Korean exfoliating soaps are my favorite. Most of these are “peeling” in that they have a lot of AHA and make skin feel so smooth. The scent of this one is amazing. It’s like green almonds and powder. Tart, green and powdery.
- Repurchase? Yes
Tokyo Factory Purifying Rose Clay Soap – I was looking for small bath/body brands to carry at my shop and was introduced to this brand at Capsule/Elements.I fell in love with the products. It’s a natural brand handmade by a Japanese expat now living in SoCal. This is a “classic” soap being that it smells like lavender with a hint of citrus. It’s great for bar soap purists like myself.
- Repurchase? Yep.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango – This is my favorite brand of body scrub. There was a BOGO so I thought I’d try something new (usually buy the other scents). I’m not a fan of this super fruity fragrance. It’s not bad but it’s not something I would have bought if I had sniffed it first. Another thing is that most of these are sugar/oil based. This one is too but it also has those plastic exfoliating beads that mess with the environment. I always avoid those so I was upset to see those included. The formula is great without them. Nobody benefits from their addition.
- Repurchase? No.
Konad Niju Hand Cream in Mango Moisture – Seems like mango was a theme, huh? This came in a Meme box. This hand cream is lightweight and non-greasy. The scent is like mango and peaches and isn’t overwhelming. It was OK. I tend to prefer thicker creams and during the day something lighter weight with SPF.
- Repurchase? No.
Summary – Just finally finishing up the last of the “summer” stuff…
VO5 Clarifying Conditioner in Kiwi Lime – Surprise! I use this as a shave cream but I was dumb and didn’t read the label. Lime isn’t a good thing to have in a shave cream.
- Repurchase? No. I’ll read the labels better next time 🙂
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo – I honestly had no idea where this came from or how it showed up in my shower. I think one of my sisters left it here. And then it took me months to use it up. I rarely used it because my hair is dry but I did use it occasionally for “build up”. It smells generically clean. Didn’t do much for my hair.
- Purchase? No.
Summary – I use more hair products than I ever did and it still takes me forever to use them up!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition – Urban Decay makes excellent liners. These are smooth and long-wearing. No smudging, so easy to use. This is a dark brown shade with warmer undertones. I love it for daily wear and it looks great with my blue eyes.
- Repurchase? I would say yes. But, every since I’ve tried Kiko Milano‘s, I don’t know if I will or if I will try to find a “dupe” shade by Kiko.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (deluxe sample) – Well, if it’s better than that, then someone is doing it wrong. However, I get why people love this mascara. It has a large brush and gives a “feathery” look to lashes with just two coats. If it works for you, it’ll make your lashes look unbelievable. For my wimpy lashes, it made them look better but it didn’t really help them hold a curl. But, they looked good.
- Purchase? Probably not. I’m so cheap with mascara and usually buy the drugstore stuff which typically gives me just as good results.
Summary – One of these days I’ll use up a tube of lipstick…
Total – 20. 14 full-size. 2 travel/deluxe sizes. 4 samples.
I bought more than I should have this month, but whatever. Overall, I didn’t spend *too* much. I’m just going to take it slow when January rolls around (this is what I tell myself).
What about you? Which products did you empty in November? Did you buy anything new? Throw anything out?
How much damage did Black Friday/Cyber Monday do to your wallet?