Monday, February 20, 2017

Empties Post Volume LI: January 2017

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I was so incredibly busy at work in the month of January that I didn't have the time to post my January empties, so nearly three weeks later here is my reveal.  As has been the case for the last 6 months or so, my success in using up mostly finished products is the result of gathering them up and putting them in the line of sight so that I am more apt to actually use them. My greatest success has become using all of the products that I store in, or near the shower. These things get used by me, and often by my husband as well.

Key West Aloe Bath & Shower Gel Frangipani (Reviewed HERE): is a lathering shower gel that is hydrating and refreshing. The light floral fills the shower with its lovely essence, and it lifts the spirits as it gently cleanses the skin. It is also so gentle on the skin that it works beautifully for shaving.

Neutrogena Rain Bath Shower Gel (Featured HERE):  I hadn't used this shower and bath gel in many years, but I used to buy it all of the time! I thought that I would use it during my holiday travels, but instead used it right here at home. I remember why I used it for so long!

Terranova Tuberose Bath Gel (Reviewed HERE): This delicious shower gel has an intoxicatingly beautiful scent features Tuberose, Lemongrass, Ginko, Lotus and Green Tea. The lovely commingling of these notes results in a fresh floral that delights the senses. Skin is left soft and silky smooth, and never stripped. The foaming gel not only does an amazing job cleaning the skin, but it also does an exemplary job as a shaving gel. 

Key West Aloe Oatmeal Facial Scrub (Reviewed HERE): This is a very gentle facial scrub that leaves skin ultra-soft, supple and silky-smooth. Skin is never left stripped or dry, and in fact the Aloe Vera hydrates the skin, while the Oatmeal soothes it. Exfoliating not only removed dead skin cells, but also allows for greater efficacy of all of your skincare products that follow, and enables you to use less of your favorite skin treatments. Furthermore, if  you avoid excess sun exposure, and opt to use a self-tanner– then exfoliation will allow for more even self-tanning by removing dead skin cells.

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant (Reviewed HERE): This exfoliant is good for all types of skin, and it effectively and gently removes dead skin cells– leaving skin soft, velvety smooth and unbelievably hydrated. It contains two different sized exfoliant particles: bamboo plus jojoba pearl and white clay, and this combination eliminates dead skin cells gently, while the Shea Butter and Rice Bran and Coconut Oils leave skin hydrated. Furthermore, Cucumber Extract softens and soothes the skin. The end result is gorgeous glowing skin

Manuka Secrets Cleanse (Reviewed HERE): This is a non-lathering daily cream cleanser that leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and ultra moisturized. It contains nourishing ingredients like Almond Oil, Manuka Honey and Shea Butter that moisturize and protect the skin, and it removes every bit of makeup without stripping the skin. If you have dry skin, or if the colder weather is wreaking havoc on your skin, then this is a great cleanser to try.  It has a warm and earthy scent that is delightful.
Strivectin Hair Color Care Conditioner (Reviewed HERE):  Like their shampoo, this conditioner has the same pleasant scent, but it is neither cloying, not does the aroma linger all day. This nourishing formula leaves hair soft, moisturized and shiny. I am even able to get a comb through my hair without any tangles or knots! I love this conditioner, and definitely need to get another bottle as soon as I use up a few more conditioners.

Novex Hair Food (Featured HERE): As I have said many times before, I  am a huge proponent deep conditioners, but as is often the case a single test packet doesn't provide enough product to form a meaningful opinion.

Briogeo Don't Despair Repair! Feel Conditioning Mask (Featured HERE): While I don't tend to have much to say about samples, because I can't use them long enough to form a meaningful opinion, I will say that I likes this deep conditioning mask enough to consider purchasing a full size tube. It did a good job conditioning my unruly, dry and curly hair!
Whole Foods Market 365 Shampoos (Reviewed HERE): The Whole Foods Market's 365 Everyday Value line of shampoos and conditioners are really fantastic quality, and they were revamped earlier in the year making them even better than before. They are very affordable, and you can pick them up easily if you shop at Whole Foods. We had three nearly empty bottles in our guest bath that all got finished up in January!
Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask (Reviewed HERE): This is unquestionably one of the very best sheet masks on the market! It is a concentrated Bio Cellulose mask that was conceived to brighten, smooth and hydrate the skin while plumping fine lines, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and by encouraging skin cell turnover. I definitely noticed that my skin had an unprecedented luminosity, that my skin had a pronounced clarity and that fine lines were plumped. I don't have a lot of hyperpigmentation, but I can attest to the fact that this mask gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal beautifully glowing skin, and after repeated use it should have no problem reducing the appearance of dark spots.

It is important to note that Colbert MD is exceedingly generous with the amount of serum used in each mask, and that you want to be mindful not to throw away the packet before using all of the serum that pools at the bottom of each pouch.

Surya Brasil Sapien Women Facial Scrub (Reviewed HERE): is a gentle, all natural, exfoliator that effectively removes dead skin cells while nourishing the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, hydrated, and without any irritation. The tropical scent is refreshing and utterly delightful.
Manuka Secrets Day Creme (Reviewed HERE): is a very lightweight and fast absorbing antioxidant-rich daytime moisturizer that provides long-lasting intensive hydration. Manuka Honey soothes and softens the skin, Hyaluronic Acid binds moisture and plumps fine lines, Shea Butter deeply moisturizes, and CoQ10 supports skin's natural regeneration. It leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and luminous. The earthy scent only lingers for a few minutes before it fades away. I can't believe that I had two nearly empty bottles in rotation, but because they were readily visible, they both got finished up without much fuss.

MD Sun Super Hydration 8 Serum (Reviewed HERE): is a deeply hydrating and fast absorbing serum filled with nourishing, healing and hydrating ingredients such as Pro Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid. The formula works deeply to heal and hydrate, and the result is a significant improvement in the texture and hydration of the skin. I am repeatedly astonished by the efficacy of this product, and by the immediacy of the results. Upon application, it is rapidly absorbed and skin is left soft, plump, velvety smooth, nourished and unbelievably hydrated. Only a few drops are needed for the face, neck and décolleté, and it spreads effortlessly leaving behind no residue whatsoever. The results are immediate and long-lasting.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Anti-Aging Face Cream (Reviewed HERE): is a phenomenal, ultra-potent antioxidant-rich anti-aging face cream that is very effective, makes a visible difference, and does so without harmful chemicals. As you can see from the picture at the bottom of this post, I am a big fan of The Organic Pharmacy, and I always have several of their products in my weekly, if not daily, skincare product rotation.

Rose Plus Anti-Aging Face Cream is a light to mid-weight face cream that is concentrated and that sinks into the skin immediately. This nutrient-rich cream leaves behind no greasy film, but instead leaves skin with a healthy glow. It is deeply hydrating, it improves micro-circulation, it scavenges free-radicals, and it renders skin soft, supple and smooth. After sustained use, it softens the appearance of fine lines, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Skin appears lifted and rejuvenated, and this is honestly about as perfect as an anti-aging cream could be. It has a warm, earthy aroma that is natural rather than artificial smelling, and it calms the senses as it sinks into the skin. This amazing cream definitely warrants repurchasing!

Arbonne Intelligence Genius (Reviewed HERE): I didn't actually finish this entire bottle, but instead poured its contents over the exfoliating pads to saturate them, and make them ready for use. \These pads effectively remove dead skin cells, fade the appearance if sun spots (hyperpigmentation) and leave skin smooth and even in tone.

PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask (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.
Assorted Perfume Samples: None of the perfume samples that I tried in January resulted in full-size purchases. Generally, I find that a single perfume vial doesn't provide enough exposure to the scent to result in a purchase, but will often result in testing a few more vials before deciding whether to make the purchase.

What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in January? Are their any winners or duds to report?

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  1. Even though I saved items to write an empties post for some reason I didn't think to include the facial masks. I've used so many too. I've got two different Micellar waters on the verge of being empty. I'll try to get my own empty post up soon.

    1. Oh, I can't wait to read your empties post, Marcia!


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