February is over! March is here. Which is great because I’m so over winter and I’m so ready for spring.
Here’s what I bought in February: I repurchased La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Cleanser. I also bought some Kneipp on sale (they’re holiday gift sets were marked down). I bought LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar. OMG, that stuff smells amazing. It’s a skanky jasmine. Honestly, I thought I’d use it as a bar soap because I have had rotten experiences with bar shampoos in the past. Well, this stuff was awesome. It cleaned out all the build-up without drying my hair or messing up my scalp. Plus, the smell.
Continuing with haircare, I bought a R + Co Flexible Hairspray which I’m sure is too expensive for what it is but I liked the packaging. I’m a bit disappointed with the product since the aroma isn’t like the other stuff I own. It’s like a pineapple/tangerine which sort of comes across like marijuana. I also bought a physical scrub because I didn’t have one, Valmont Revitalizing Scrub, after I had a great Valmont facial.
I only spoiled my Low-Buy by one item. Not bad.
February was a slow month of empties for me. I’m so close to emptying some things and would have if the month was just a few days longer…
There wasn’t really anything too exciting here. I went through some old favorites and used up a few samples. I wasn’t really into sheet masks in February; I preferred wash-off masks.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser – My HG cleanser.
- Repurchase? Yes, I already have.
Mamonde Petal Water Rose Toner – I only use this because it smells like cottage roses. The rest is rather basic but at least it doesn’t have alcohol.
- Repurchase? Probably. I can do better but I like the smell.
Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Intensive Skin Repair Serum – It smells weird and is super sticky. Doesn’t play nicely with other skincare products. Was demoted to a hand cream about halfway through.
- Repurchase? No way.
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme – One of my favorite cheap exfoliants.
- Repurchas? Yes.
Vichy Masque Peel (deluxe sample) – This is an exfoliating wash-off mask with a soft, rose-y floral fragrance. It was gentle and made my skin feel smooth.
- Purchase? I may once I get through all the masks that I have.
Algenist Recharging Night Pressed Serum (deluxe sample) – It’s a weird product because it’s essentially a lightweight cream that you layer under another cream. Smells like toasted sugar. No pros. No cons.
- Purchase? No.
Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water (travel size) – I don’t understand micellar products. This has a strong generic floral scent so too much for my eyes and it just smeared some sort of oily liquid all over my skin.
- Repurchase? No. It’s been discontinued.
Shiseido White Lucent Softener (travel size) – Super basic.
- Purchase? No. It’s been reformulated…which it needed.
Darphin Ideal Resourcee Smoothign Retexturing Radiance Cream (sample) – I have an unexplained love for Darphin products even though they are loaded with potentially irritating plant ingredients. Great texture and light floral scent.
- Purchase? No.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil (sample) – Faint rose scent and lightweight oil that gives a glow. Loved it mixed in foundation too.
- Purchase? I’m considering it.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Cream (sample) – Same faint rose as above. I really liked the weight and feel.
- Purchase? I’m stocked on moisturizer right now but would consider it in the future.
Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream (sample) – Didn’t notice anything positive or negative from it.
- Purchase? Nope.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (sample) – Not bad. Good texture for day-time (assuming you have dry skin).
- Purchase? No. I can find similiar for cheaper.
Leaders Amino AC-Free Mask (x 2) – One of my HG sheet masks.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration – I was surprised by how soft, like butter, my skin felt afterwards. Faint floral fragrance like the rest of the egg cream line.
- Purchase? Yes.
I beat my goal of emptying a sample a week! As you can tell, I was in a rose mood. Rose Week wore off on me!
Aura Candle in Muse * – It’s a soft vanilla/tobacco with florals.
- Purchase? I like it but don’t love. That’s a “no”.
Samples I would purchase/repurchase:
Samples I wouldn’t purchase:
Haus of Gloi Tonic #4 – Limited edition. Sharp, minty lemongrass. Would make a great home fragrance.
I am so close to emptying some shower gels and lotions. If only February were just a few days longer!
Sappo Hill Oatmeal Fragrance-Free Soap (not pictured) – I always pick up a bar of this soap if I see it. It’s gentle and an old favorite. (I also love their Almond).
- Repurchase? Yes.
- Purchase? No, but I love the body oil in the same scent.
Shea Moisture Daily Defense Body Butter – First off, there is no way in heck this is scented with essential oils like the label claims. It smells like those musky-fruity incense sticks sold at headshops that imply “doing the grown and sexy” on the beach. Or those that are like “Butt Naked” with a lady’s backside on the label (please tell me I’m not the only person in the world that has seen these). The scent lingers FOREVER. Anyway, I sort of like the headshop-y smell and the formula is moisturizing.
- Repurchase? Nah. The scent is a bit overpowering for me. It will compete with any fragrance.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (travel size) – My bum bum was still just ho-hum after I used this cream. But, it smelled like a dessert, so there was that.
- Repurchase? Nope. Maybe it was $5 and not $45!
Kneipp Bath Oil in Devil’s Claw Back Comfort (travel size) – Ya’ll I overdid the deadlifts and couldn’t move for days. I was happy to have this blood red bath oil that smells like minty toothpaste around.
- Repurchase? Maybe.
Kneipp Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Mineral Bath Salt (travel size) – It’s a soft, sweet honey and vanilla fragrance that is like a comforting hug. Turns the bath water a gross shade of yellow though. That is not comforting.
- Repurchase? Yes but probably in the winter.
Skin & Co Umbrian Truffle Hand Cream (travel size) – Smells like coconut-fig, decent formula.
- Repurchase? Probably not.
I started all new hair stuff so you probably won’t see any full-size empties in this category for a few months.
Swiss O-Par Kasmír Treatment (sample) – Decent deep treatment with a soft oriental fragrance. Bought in Hungary.
- Repurchase? Nah.
Nothing exciting here. And too much fake coconut. Too much.
Im Aguacate Liquid Eyeliner in Black – I bought this in Mexico and now it’s dried up. The formula is too thick and I can feel it on my lid, like it’s heavy.
- Repurchase? No.
Urban Decay Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray (travel-size) – OMG, when did it become trendy to have setting sprays that smell like cheap coconut conditioner. The smell of this one is sooo strong and irritated the heck out of my eyes.
- Purchase? Nope. Never.
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer Setting Spray (sample) – Smells like cheap coconut conditioner and left my makeup looking like I had measles.
- Purchase? No way.
Total: 36. 12 full-size. 9 travel size/deluxe samples. 15 samples.
This sounds like a lot but most of it was samples/deluxe samples. I don’t feel like I emptied that many full-sizes (for me).
What about you? Which products did you empty in February? Did you buy anything new?
Disclaimer – If there is a /*/ next to an item, it was provided by PR/the brand. All other items were purchased by me or are samples/gifts with purchase/subscription box products.
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