Happy 2015, guys! I hope you enjoyed December and survived the holidays. It was a busy month for me and frankly, I’m happy it’s over. I’m ready for my “regularly scheduled programming”.
In December, I used up less products than usual. That’s because with the winter, I’ve had to move on to new, richer skincare products for the face and body. And well, as you can see in the next paragraph, I should slow down on some of the buying too.
In December, I purchased: Some Philip B. hair products, NYX matte lipsticks, some creamy masks, some Tree Hut bath and body products, Korean makeup, Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious, Paula’s Choice skincare, some Japanese skincare and haircare and some new mascaras. Oh, when I replenished Paula’s Choice skincare, they had a GWP and I got the matte eyeshadow palette! And my hair dryer of 15 years died so I had to buy a new one those. I don’t really dry my hair but that combo of a wet head and going out in freezing temps, that doesn’t mix.
AND since it was the holidays, I was gifted a few bottles of Chanel Les Exclusifs and the bottle of Chanel Coco parfum that I’ve been wanting. I think I may volunteer for a “no-buy” until I go to Hong Kong at the end of this month but I’ve accumulated too much in the past month 🙂
Anyway, here’s what I emptied in December:
Sumi Charcoal Facial Cleansing Foam – I’ve emptied this Japanese wash before in September. David helped empty this one as well as he said he really likes it.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment (“to-go” size) – I’ve tried so many lip products for chapped lips and nothing works better than Aquaphor on my lips. Nothing. Period.
- Repurchase? Yes.
- Purchase? Maybe. I have a lot of lip balms but I will say that I like the flavor and the Hemp line is my favorite from this brand.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a BHA rice and oat powder exfoliant that you use daily after cleansing. I like how it makes my skin feel but it’s not really compatible with my life. I like to throw on a BHA lotion and be done instead of having a paste sit on my skin for a minute and then wash it off. I have too many skincare steps as is.
- Repurchase? No. I do like how it feels but I get the same result from a lotion. Worth trying though if you like the sounds of it.
Too Cool for School Glam Rock Mask – This is a super cool Korean eye mask that is black lace. It moisturizes but really it’s just awesome because it is too cool for school.
- Repurchase? Yes. Because gimmicks work on me.
L’Oreal Clean Artiste Waterproof Makeup Remover – This pretty much a more affordable version of Lancôme Bi-Facil. It’s a dual-phase eye makeup remover. I like it but I’m still on the search for a “perfect” eye makeup remover.
- Repurchase? Probably. I see myself going back to it if I don’t find something better.
Neutrogena Acne Stress Relief 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment – It’s a shame that Neutrogena discontinued this really good and affordable BHA gel.
- Repurchase? No but that’s only because it is now hard to find. Luckily Paula’s Choice makes a really good BHA gel too.
Ziaja Natural Olive Eye Cream (sample – not pictured) – This is a rather basic eye cream that I’d recommend for normal-to-dry skin types. And skin without wrinkles. It’s unscented and inexpensive.
- Purchase? No. I would have when I was 20-25 though. Now my eye creams need all sorts of bells and whistles 😉
Bath & Body
Marble & Milkweed Bath Nectar – This is a mix of local honey and natural oils that is like a moisturizing treatment for the bath. You use it like a shower gel and yes, it’s really moisturizing. There’s no scent added either.
- Repurchase? Maybe. I did like it for this time of year.
- Repurchase? No.
Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub Glitter Sugar Scrub in Sapphire – Here’s another Memebox item. It’s a shower gel with some sugar particles in it. I later found out it is for the face but I used it on my body. And guess what??? I’m fine!!!
- Repurchase? No.
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Bar Soap – This is a bar soap for the face but bar soaps are too drying for my face. So, I used it on my body. It’s OK.
- Repurchase? No.
Ziaja Olive Oil Body Butter (sample – not pictured) – This is a non-greasy body butter that has a pleasant light, fruity aroma that reminds me of a mix of a powdery cherry and the aroma of Burt’s Bees Avocado Hair Treatment. The texture of this would be great for my dry skin in the summer.
- Purchase? I don’t know. I liked it but I tend to use unscented lotions.
Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte Eyeshadow in Buttermilk – This is a matte, well, buttermilk shade that really works with my pale complexion. I use it as a base and it also blends nicely with darker colors.
- Repurchase? No. It’s discontinued. And I do love the shade but a lot of companies make shades like this.
NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream – I was obviously all about the mattes in December. This is a matte white that I love to use as a highlighter. And I like to use it all over the lid for a “fresh” look. It’s perfect for those Marilyn Monroe-ish eye makeup looks.
- Repurchase? I like it but the truth is I have so many eyeshadows right now and I know I have something just like this…somewhere.
Total: 15. 12 full-size, 1 travel/deluxe samples, 2 samples
What about you? Which products did you use up in December? Did you purchase anything in December? Where you given any fragrance/beauty gifts? Did you throw out anything?
*If link goes to drugstore.com, it’s an affiliate link. With the Korean stuff, I’ve only bought from Pretty & Cute and Memebox; I have not bought from the other Korean product links so I can’t comment on their service.