Overview of what I bought in March: I received my The Ordinary order and so far I love what I’ve tried This is a really effective, cheap brand. I also like their minimalist packaging.
My skin had been looking dull from crummy weather and I realized I don’t have an AHA cream. Based on a friend’s recommendation, I bought derma E Overnight Peel. This stuff is wonderful for me. For an AHA, it’s very gentle and effective. It’s a good “maintenance” product.
As far as Low-Buy, I had a relapse. I was stressed from a term ending and the weather was so crummy. I ended up going to Harmon Face Values and buying cheap stuff I didn’t need (like an OPI Nail Polish, Essence Palette and a Wet n Wild Liquid Lipstick). I bought three Edward Bess products that I arguably didn’t need but wanted (they’re discontinuing some things I like).
I went to Charleston and somehow ended up buying a solid perfume of LUSH Death & Decay. It’s surprisingly good. It’s so indolic. Solid as the medium keeps it from being suffocating.
It sucks that I broke my Low-Buy, but I tell myself it’s OK. I’m breaking a habit. Everyone relapses. I’ll try harder next month.
In addition, David bought me three Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes as a gift. I am impressed with these too. The Ultra Eye Contour one is such a great daily palette, especially for hooded eyes.
To the Empties…I didn’t really empty much at all. I was out of town. I have bought new skincare before I emptied what I already own. I’m still going through my stash, so these empties are pretty darn random:
I used a lot of masks, especially wash off masks that weren’t really for my skin type. What is my problem? Why do I do this to myself?
Garden of Wisdom Concord Grape Antioxidant Serum – This is a lightweight serum that I layer under Vitamin C serums. I love it so much. It makes me feel like I’m wearing a protective helmet or something. It plumps up my skin. It does have a musky grape fragrance though. I don’t mind the fragrance.
- Repurchase? Yes. I actually like it better in the summer but I learned in the winter that if I layered it with a thicker serum, all was good.
Garden of Wisdom Coconut/Chocolate Nutritive Gel – This is a moisturizing gel that is weightless. Don’t use it alone because it’s not for that. It won’t provide enough moisture but it’s a nice “boost”. PLUS, I do think it helps to make pores look better. Mainly I use it because it smells amazing – natural scent of cocoa and shredded coconut.
- Repurchase? Probably not. Actually, I’m undecided because I liked it a lot in the summer/fall.
Garden of Wisdom Fruit Hydrating Mist in Pomegranate – I’m all about mists and layering. GoW makes excellent, inexpensive mists. This smells amazing but it’s also effective. It’s naturally high in Vitamin C and is good for aging/acne-prone skin. I have the old formula; they’ve since upgraded it by added more moisturizing and fermented ingredients.
- Repurchase? Yes. I plan on buying the upgraded version.
TonyMoly Latte Art Milk-Cacao Pore Pack – I only bought this because the packaging is so freak’n cute. LOOK AT THIS PACKAGING! The product itself is pretty <meh>. It smells like Hersheys Chocolate Syrup. When you mix the product, it’s a zombie flesh gray shade. It dries out my dry skin so I can only use it as a spot treatment most of the year.
- Repurchase? No. But, it’s adorable (which sums up my feelings about TonyMoly in general).
Phoenix Botanicals Faerie Balm – This is a good natural balm made with linden blossoms. I use it as a lip balm but it’s also a good cuticle cream.
- Repurchase? Maybe.
Omi Brotherhood Shea Lip Balm in Sakura – How can anyone resist a Japanese cherry blossom lip balm? One can’t.
- Repurchase? Maybe. It’s perfume-y and I like it.
TonyMoly Floria Nutra-Energy Sheet Mask – To generalize, TonyMoly masks aren’t luxurious. This is the more luxurious mask. It’s packed with nourishing oils and feels good on my dry skin.
- Purchase? Yes. It’s one of the few TonyMoly sheet masks that I would buy.
Leaders Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch – I keep buying these because I like them.
- Repurchase? Yes but I think they’ve been discontinued.
Innisfree It’s Real Mask in Bamboo – This has been my least favorite from this brand. The serum is too watery and did nothing for me. Plus, it smells sour/bitter (citrus) and I don’t like that.
- Repurchase? No.
Mamonde Flower Essential Mask in Peach Blossom Shiny Hydrating – This is one of my favorites from this line because it leaves me so glossy looking the next day.
- Repurchase? Yes.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (deluxe sample) – Like so many Kiehl’s products, this is overpriced and simple. However, my skin is so finicky when it comes to Vitamin C and this one doesn’t irritate me AND made my dark spots lighter. I think with Vitamin C, my skin needs simple. The more ingredients, the greater the risk of irritation.
- Purchase? I don’t want to but I probably will. It’s hard for me to find a Vitamin C that doesn’t turn me beet red.
Valmont Prime B Cellular Serum (deluxe sample) – This is a lightweight moisture serum.
- Purchase? It’s expensive af so “no” but I like it. It would be good for summer.
Valmont Moisturizing Serumulsion (deluxe sample) – It’s a moisturizing lotion that will make you look as fresh as a Swiss mountain.
- Purchase? Nope but I like it.
Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Mask (deluxe sample) – It’s a green clay mask with a minty scent that should have irritated the heck out of my skin but it didn’t.
- Repurchase? No.
Kiehl’s Hydra-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (sample) – I think this is really overpriced for what it is (basically it’s just glycerin) but it’s not bad. It absorbs quickly, moisturizes and doesn’t have a fragrance.
- Purchase? No. But, if I ended up with a bottle or a deluxe sample, I wouldn’t be mad.
I didn’t use up many samples in March. I was really hung up on my full-size bottle of YSL Y.
Bernard Loiseau Pain d’Épices Room Spray – This is kicking it so old school. I don’t even want to know how old this is because it will make me feel 100 years old. Years ago a friend bought me this entire range because I was a Bernard Loiseau fan. This is an amazing spicy gingerbread: cinnamon, ginger, CLOVES, black pepper! It is so spicy.
- Purchase? If it were still available, yes. It’s one of the best gingerbread fragrances EVER.
DSH Perfumes Le Jardin Vert EDP (sample) – I’ve been in a green mood and this is green!
- Purchase? No, but I really like it.
Odin 01 Sunda EDP (sample) – This is like a a really dry, woodsy heliotrope. It fits with the brand but doesn’t really fit with me.
- Purchase? No.
Libertin Louison Indiscrete EDP (sample) – It’s one of those fruity, musky, sweet “in da club” scents.
- Purchase? Nope.
This is such a random collection of cleansers. I’m trying to power through my surplus bath/body stock.
Nivea Moisturizing Crème (jumbo size) – When I bought this, I thought that I liked Nivea more than I did. It’s really not that great for the entire body but is great for feet/hands/elbows/knees.
- Repurchase? Not for a very, very long time. I’m so sick of it.
Madame Scodioli Bar Soap in Aged Bourbon – It’s a woodsy scent with a hint of boozy maraschino cherry. I really like this line.
- Repurchase? Probably.
Choco-Story Chocolate Bar Soap (not pictured) – I bought this in Mexico at a tourist shop at a Mayan temple. It’s a boozy chocolate/vanilla soap that melts hella fast.
- Repurchase? Nope.
Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash (travel size) – I don’t think it smells like ylang-ylang at all, but it smells great. It’s a waxy floral, like honeysuckle and California jasmine. The scent is strong and will linger.
- Purchase? Probably not. I do like it and using this reminded me how much I like the Molton Brown line.
I was very lazy when it came to hair styling in March.
Aquarian Soul Pink Sea Salt Mermaid Hair Spray – This is one of those salt/oil “ocean wave” mists. I liked it much better when my hair was a lob. It smells like coconut and for some reason there is a crystal jangling around in the bottle.
- Repurchase? No but that’s because I don’t really style my hair in that way when it’s this length.
Boring, “routine” makeup empties.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Mascara (deluxe sample) – It’s not great. It’s not bad. It does a decent job but there’s no way in heck I’d pay full price for it.
- Purchase? Nope.
Benefit Gimme Brow Voluminzing Brow Gel in #5 (deluxe sample) – I was surprised by how much I like the reformulation. It’s easy to use and does give me thick, natural looking brows. The color works for me too. It’s deep with no red/warm undertones.
- Purchase? Maybe. I bought the Essence dupe and will report.
Total: 26. 15 full-size. 7 travel/deluxe samples. 4 samples
Chocolate seemed to be a theme for the month of March…
What about you? Which products did you empty in March? Did you buy anything new?
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