I tried to no buy this month. And I was doing really well but then some things happened. I’m sure you’ll understand. For example, friends where in Paris offering to bring me back special things. I couldn’t resist. I FINALLY bought Serge Lutens La Myrrhe. This also included some other perfumes. That exchange range! Ooops. I have no regrets.
I also went to an event with Roxana Illuminated Perfumes at NY Aromatherapy Institute. I’ve been meaning to buy Figure 1 Noire for years now. And it didn’t get any easier than this. So, I bought it and I was able to smell the entire line!
I did pretty well on the color cosmetics front. I was bored waiting in the drugstore and ended up buying a new Revlon HD Ultra Matte Lip Color. I should have read reviews because frankly, it sucks. I usually love Revlon lip product so this even difficult for me to process. First off, the scent is gross. Like cherry and vanilla but it comes across like a children’s oral antibiotic with metal shavings. Most lip product scents do not bother me but this one is shockingly terrible. The lipstick is a lie. It’s not matte or long-wearing. It’s like a creamy liquid lipstick with a slightly glossy finish that needs reapplied throughout the day. It moves and it loves to take a seat on your teeth. But, the shade Love is one of those “perfect” for me reds. Like people kept being like “Your lipstick is amazing”. Oh, why did they complicate my hatred of this product?!
I also needed an oil-based cleanser and bought Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleanser which so far I really like. I could live without the added citrus oils and their fragrance but the formula feels awesome. It comes with a really crappy muslin cloth. Just use a washcloth. Why are people so washcloth adverse? Anyway, moving on to the Empties…
Here’s what I emptied in October:
Skin Food Peach Sake Pore Serum – With the summer and humidity, I bought this. Most of the time my skin is dry but in the summer it was “greasy” from all the perspiration and layers and layers of sunscreens. This is a lightweight powder-finish serum with a fresh peach aroma. Maybe I’m not the best person to provide an opinion on this because I’m not really oily, but this stuff works. I applied it just to my T-Zone and it worked like magic. PLUS I didn’t have to follow with powder. Powder “ages” my skin. This mattified without looking cakey or “old”. Anyway, highly recommend this stuff to anyone that likes a matte finish look.
- Repurchase? I may. I don’t need it now but will probably buy it again next summer. It’s a rather affordable line and I love everything that I’ve tried of theirs.
Banila Co. Tea Party Rose & Jasmin Foam Cleanser – When I was in Hong Kong, I bought more foam cleansers than I probably should have. But, how could I resist this? TEA PARTY! And it was like $3 USD. I used it with my Clarisonic and it foamed OK. It’s a thicker foam cleanser that rinses off easily. The aroma isn’t really rose or jasmine. It’s a rather strong, generic floral. I do not recommend this to dry skin types. It made my skin feel tight. But, in all fairness 95% of foam cleansers do that to me.
- Repurchase? No. I bought better foam cleansers on that trip.
Neutrogena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening Sheet Mask – I bought these in Hong Kong and I wish I bought more. I love them. After using them, my skin always looks awesome. Name is dumb.
- Repurchase? I hope I can!
TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask in Makgeolli – This one is for dull skin. It’s a mineral oil based serum mask and the serum looks like skim milk. The scent is a lactonic floral. The mask is larger and easily fits my fat head. What is makgeolli? It’s rice wine.
- Repurchase? Yeah.
TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask in Lemon – I don’t usually like lemon skincare products but this came in a set. It’s a serum mask and the cotton is thick. The scent is what irks me. It is lemon and reminds me of dish soap. I didn’t really notice any differences in my skin after using it. Oh, and this mask left a sort of sticky/tacky residue.
- Repurchase? No.
Mamonde Flower Essential Sheet Mask in Camellia Lifting – This is a very hydrating lotion mask. To my surprise the aroma isn’t tea. It’s powdery and not what I expected. The mask moisturizes and made my skin feel softer.
- Repurchase? Probably not. I like it but I’m not going to go out of my way to buy it. There are others in the line that I like better.
Mamonde Flower Essential Sheet Mask in Shiny Peach Blossom – I want shiny skin. It’s my goal so I picked up a few of these. It’s a lightweight lotion sheet mask. The aroma is a delicate floral peach which I really liked. The product does as it says. It immediately made my skin look shiny. The next day it was so glossy that I didn’t even have to use highlighting products.
- Repurchase? Yes. So far it’s my favorite from the line. Keep in mind, I like glossy, glossy skin.
Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser (travel size, not pictured) – This f’d up my skin. It’s really fragrant and smells like Oribe hair products. It is full of exfoliating acids. I was stupid and did not read the ingredients before using. It came with my brush so I just assumed to use it with the brush. HUGE MISTAKE. It left my skin red/irritated, tight and begging for moisture. It hurt my face, like my face burned like a mutha’fuh. I thought it was too much when paired with a brush. I used it a week later and without the brush it dried my skin out so badly. It was demoted to a foot wash. No kidding. And then it even dried out my feet. No kidding.
- Purchase? No. Keep this stuff away from me. And if you have sensitive skin, I’d think you don’t want this on your face either.
Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 (deluxe sample, not pictured) – When it comes to skincare, I always forget Boscia. And I have no reason for that. I like a lot of their products. This isn’t really for my skin type but I used it anyway. It’s extremely lightweight, almost drying. I ended up using it over another moisturizer as like a matte finish SPF on cloudy days.
- Purchase? No. Not for my skin type and too low of SPF for me.
Jadience Vitality Anti-Aging Serum (sample, not pictured) – This is a serum with Asian herbs. I liked how it made my skin feel but the aroma grosses me out, like lemongrass and ginseng. It’s also a little tacky/sticky.
- Purchase? No way.
AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Face Concentrate (sample, not pictured) – I have no idea what a Dead Sea Osmoter is, but this is a gel-like serum for providing moisture. I wish I had more of the serum so I could form a better opinion. It has a light fragrance. It has a lot of aloe vera and glycerin and that’s what it feels like. It did moisturize without feeling heavy like some oils can. If you have dry skin but hate the heavy feel of some moisturizing products, this may be worth sampling.
- Purchase? No. I don’t think so.
Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment (sample, not pictured) – These are those little single use capsules that you sometimes see with higher end serums. I used it for about half a week each night. They have a velvety texture because it’s ‘cone based. It almost feels like a really good makeup primer. It has that silky/velvety feel of silicones. This will make skin feel smoother. I think of these like a “night primer” in that it makes skin feel silky smooth but also has a lot of good anti-oxidants and moisturizers. It has a heavier feel than a lot of serums but it does “lock in” moisture. Or so I thought.
- Purchase? Probably not because of price. BUT I like how they made my skin feel. I also remember how much I like these sort of serum capsules.
Summary – I tried to make it a habit to use at least 4-5 samples this month. I like trying new things but I also like using consistent skincare. But, it’s a season change and a lot of my summer products aren’t cutting it right now. But, as you can see, I used up some “summer” products so I actually need to buy new things for the new season. There goes that no-buy!
Malin + Goetz Tobacco Candle – This is a rich, dark pipe tobacco. It’s one of the few candles that I keep repurchasing.
- Repurchase? I probably will.
- Purchase? Probably not.
- Purchase? No.
- Purchase? I did! I bought the solid perfume this month 🙂
- Purchase? I don’t know. I like it but I have sooo much stuff.
Summary – My goal for the next few months is to use up samples of perfumes that I really like. I think I’ve became some sort of sample hoarder…or archiver. It’s not my job to archive all these samples. I want to use this stuff and enjoy it. And I did. I’m going to make a habit of this.
- Repurchase? YES!
Palmolive Health Radiance Bar Soap with Habba Saouda – I love bar soaps and sometimes I get this burning desire to use the corporate stuff. I was at a Middle Eastern market when this desire hit. I picked up a pack of these. Yes, I bought Palmolive soap. I was so curious about habba sawda which is Habbat Al-Barakah which is nigella (which is black cumin). I also loved the goth-y looking floral packaging. I couldn’t resist. What’s it like? A corporate bar soap with a fresh, clean fragrance. The bar is a pretty shade of purple. It’s made in Turkey.
- Repurchase? I have like 4 more bars left. Oddly, I like it. It does not smell like nigella. This is a huge plus IMHO.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (2.5 oz) – Overall, I like this thicker cream that moisturizes without feeling greasy. It’s heavy enough for nightly use yet absorbs quickly which is good for daily use. My complaint is that it is fragranced and I wish it weren’t. It smells herbal like rosemary.
- Repurchase? No. And that’s because of the fragrance. If it were unscented, I’d repurchase.
Summary – I didn’t use up that many in this category this month. And that’s because my shower is overloaded with shower gels right now. I usually only have one item (soap or shower gel) in there but now I have like 4 bottles of shower gel. This is really unlike me.
OGX Tsubaki Blossom Conditioner – I bought this in Nashville because I needed shampoo and conditioner. And I was at a drugstore. The scent is floral with a bit of white musk. As a conditioner, it’s OK. I need much more moisture and it didn’t leave my hair feeling any softer than any of their other formulas. And when it comes to tsubaki, I’m sticking with Shiseido. It smells better and works better for my hair.
- Repurchase? No. It’s not like a hate this product. It was good for the money. I’m sure it’s great for some people but I need something richer.
TonyMoly Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack (sample, not pictured) – It smells like coconut and lemons. It’s a thicker conditioner but I wouldn’t call it a deep treatment. I like it and its campy mayo packaging.
- Purchase? I may. I like the camp factor of it.
Summary – When I had short hair, I rarely used up products. I thought when my hair was longer, I’d use up more. But, in reality, I don’t. With longer hair, I wash it less frequently because it can’t take frequent washings.
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Wild Clover – I find that cheap lip liners or as good (or even better) than the more expensive stuff. Like this one. It’s a perfect mauve for me. It’s long-wearing. It’s made in Italy. And it retails for like $3. You can see it in use here.
- Repurchase? Yes. But, I’m certain I already have a few back-ups of this one because I feared it being discontinued.
Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Natural Blonde – This used to be my favorite brow pencil but there are so many things on the market these days. There are a lot of excellent products for brows. Le Crayon Poudre is like a powder in pencil form. It does give a very natural look IF you are filling in thinner spots. I like it but I like this one by Hourglass better. Also, I think Lancôme should step up their game and expand the colors (no reddish ones, no black or gray ones). You can see it in action here.
- Repurchase? I’ve repurchased this many times in my life but I’m moving on. The competition is tough in this price range. Especially when there are brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills that really know the brow market.
Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara in Black (deluxe sample) – This is a good mascara and I see why it has a following. It seperates, lengthens and doesn’t clump. It doesn’t flake. My only real issue with this mascara is that it’s difficult to remove! It’s like it’s waterproof. I’m using it here.
- Purchase? I like it but I like cheaper mascaras too. But, this stuff is pretty good.
Summary – I used up some pencils. Off topic, I was in the drugstore and noticed there have been a lot of new mascara launches. Have you tried any of them? Are they any good? I was tempted to buy a L’Oreal that had a primer on one end (I usually like those) but I didn’t feel like spending money at the time.
Total: 25. 13 full-size. 3 travel/deluxe sample. 9 samples.
So, I failed my no-buy after 3 weeks. Oh, well. I did use more samples which was a personal goal.
What about you? Which products did you empty in October? Did you buy anything new? Throw anything out?
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