Thursday, June 30, 2016

Empties Post Volume XLV: June 2016

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I am not entirely sure why June was such a slow month with respect to Empties, but for some reason I 
really did not finish many products compared to previous months. I did, however, manage to finish up several full size products. Here is what I used up:

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($5.99-$9.99 for 6 oz. from NeutrogenaDrugstore.comAmazonWalgreens and Target. Reviewed here): This mask offers dry or over-processed hair intense moisture without leaving it heavy or limp. Whether you have naturally curly hair, colored hair, or hair that you subject to flat irons, blow dryers or curling irons, then this is a great rescue mask to help those traumatized tresses recover.

Neutrogena recommends that  you use it weekly, or as often as needed, and you only need to leave it in for about 5 minutes. I will say, however, that I have left it in for up to an hour, and it leaves my hair silky soft, frizz-free, shiny and remarkably moisturized. It has a light, yet pleasant, scent that seems to fade very quickly. I am picking up another jar on my next trip to the drugstore!

PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask ($9.99 for two pairs from Target. Reviewed here): is an ultra-hydrating foot mask that noticeably softens and moisturizes parched feet, and aids in the repair of cracked and calloused skin. Used in conjunction with the PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask, this mighty duo makes feet pedicure and sandal-ready in no-time. 

PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask ($9.99 for 1 pair from Target. Reviewed here): is a gentle foot exfoliant in the form of two treatment-filled booties that are worn like socks for the duration of the treatment cycle. This foot mask eliminates calluses and visibly removes dead skin cells within two weeks of use.

Within a few days of use, skin begins to peel away revealing soft and supple skin. This is a more gentle formula than some exfoliating foot masks, but you can amplify the results by soaking your clean feet in warm water for a few minutes to soften up the skin before applying the foot mask to your feet. Furthermore, using the PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask less than a week after the PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask helps to accelerate the peel by delivering serious hydration to your feet. 

L'Occitane Peony Shower Gel ($20.00 for 8.4 oz. from L'OCCITANEReviewed here): The scent of the fresh Peonies is neither too sweet, nor is it overpowering, instead it is light, pleasant and refreshing. The Peony Shower Gel is delectably scented and uplifting lathering gel that delights the senses. The formula moisturizes the skin, while gently cleansing, and it leaves it soft and supple. The scent sits close to the skin, but fills that bathroom with an enchanting light floral scent.

TOM FORD Private Blend Café Rose Eau de Parfum ($220.00 for 1.7 oz., $300 for 3.4 oz. and $535.00 for 8.4 oz. from Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus): I loved this scent so much that I purchased a 3.4 oz. bottle that makes me deliriously happy. It is a warm and exotic rose that is so fetching that I basque in it every chance that I get!

TOM FORD asserts,

Convention is abandoned and unexpected ingredients converge with bewitching and intoxicating results. Iconic seasonal flowers open, dropping innocent façades to reveal the subversive beauty and fierce elegance normally kept hidden.

Enticing, exotic, seductive. Café Rose descends into a hidden labyrinth where the finely bred rose gives way to darker pleasures.

Lifetherapy Escape Hand & Body Wash ($24.00 for 12 oz. from Lifetherapy and Open Sky. Reviewed here): This non-stripping hand and body wash leaves skin moisturized, soft, and supple. The fragrance fills the shower and thankfully lingers in the air for a while so that the enjoyment doesn't end when you finish showering. This also works beautifully for shaving legs and underarms!
The scent is a delectable fresh scent that I cannot get enough of!

Frizz Keratin Conditioner sample packets: Not enough use to comment on one way or another.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85.00-$175.00 from Nordstrom, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Reviewed here): Kate Somerville's Exfolikate is a seriously powerful exfoliating treatment, it is so effective (and potent) that you only need to leave it on your face for 30 seconds and voilà your skin is smooth and bright, and your pores are deeply cleaned. It is like getting a super effective 30 second facial. I like to apply mine in the shower about 2 times a week to keep my skin in tip top shape. If you have very sensitive skin then this is likely to be too strong, if not irritating, for you. For those with sensitive skin try Exfolikate Gentle instead- you will find it far more gentle. I have tried both and prefer the strength of Exfolikate. This definitely tingles and you may find that your face becomes a bit red after use, but that usually subsides after a few minutes. However, if you find it unpleasant or uncomfortable that is a good indication that the formula is too active for your skin. I already have a replacement tube, it's that good!

RADICAL Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum ($190.00 for 1 oz. Available from Radical SkincareSpaceNK USSpaceNK UK (£125.00), Barneys New YorkSephoraDermstoreBeauty BarNet-a-PorterBloomingdale's & Harrod's £125.00. Reviewed here): It is a very potent antioxidant rich anti-aging serum that not only protects the skin, but also moisturizes and imparts an unmistakable ethereal glow. The richly packed peptides increase collagen production and the antioxidants work overtime protecting the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals. The Trylacel suspension technology maintains maximum potency of the antioxidants, and that makes Radical Skincare products exceedingly effective.

RADICAL Skincare Youth Infusion Serum ($170.00 for 1 oz. from Radical SkincareSephoraBarneys New YorkSpace NKBloomingdale's, Saks Fifth AvenueDermstoreHarrodsSkin StoreQVCBeauty Expert (UK) and Look Fantastic (US & CA). Reviewed here): This is, without question, one of my most reached for serums because it delivers noticeable results. Conceived to rejuvenate aging skin, this serum, which features plant based stem cells, promotes skin cell turnover without drying the skin, and it simultaneously reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, Algae extract, which boosts collagen production, helps to tighten and lift that has started to become slack. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin and plumps fine lines, while Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice soothes irritated and inflamed skin. The result is ultra-hydrated skin with vastly improved moisture retention, with overall improved skin tone, noticeably lifted skin, and the diminishment in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, I noted that my skin was far more radiant, soft and supple.

What did you finish up, give away, toss out or return in June? Were there any dud or praiseworthy products to report? Do tell!

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