Wednesday, April 29, 2020


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April was the first full month that we spent under the stay-at-home mandate, and I somehow thought that I would use up more products since I was home the whole time, but I didn't wear makeup, and I largely used bar soaps and cleansers. You will notice that Dove Beauty Bars appear in two of the pictures, and the reason is that one of them was in my bathtub, while the others were used in the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Given the number of times that we are washing our hands these days, it is safe to say that we are using soap at an accelerated rate. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil ($170.00 for 1 oz. from Sephora): This gorgeous jasmine scented treasure of a beauty oil is made from 11 exceptional oils, and is so intoxicatingly beautiful in scent and performance. It leaves skin deeply nourished and hydrated, but it's the luminous ethereal glow that will have people stopping you on the street to wax poetic about your gorgeous skin! Purchase Again? Definitely, but not for a long time since I have a lot of face oils in rotation right now!

Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser ($35.00 for 5 oz. from SkinCare RXDermstoreLook FantasticBeautyExpertFeel UniqueBloomingdale'sgoopSkinstore and Space NK): is a lightly lathering gel cleanser that very gently cleans the skin thoroughly, and without ever leaving it dry or stripped. It is formulated for all types of skin, it is fragrance-free, and it leaves skin balanced and lightly hydrated. I carried it in my travel bag, and I will definitely replace it once I run out– because it is that effective for my largely normal skin (that is slightly combination in my T-Zone). Purchase Again? Yes!

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Cleansing Milk Reactivation: This non-lathering cream cleanser is at once hydrating and gentle, and it rinses clean and thoroughly residue-free. Furthermore, it removes all traces of makeup, and doesn't sting or irritate my sensitive eyes. Purchase Again? I really liked it, but I think that it has been discontinued.

PurErb Vitality Deep Cleansing Oil ($9.00 for 1 oz. and $32.00 for 6 oz. from PurErb): This is such a lovely cleansing oil that I couldn't stop reaching for it. It has a warm, creamy citrus aroma that utterly delights the senses. I love to apply it to dry skin and massage it for a few seconds before wetting my face to activate the oil- which turns into a creamy white emulsion with the introduction of water. It dissolves makeup, dirt and impurities, and it leaves skin hydrated, silky-smooth and radiant. Purchase Again? I would, but it will be a while before I need another cleansing oil.
MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99-$17.77 for 7 masks from Yes Style Global and Amazon): If you are looking for serious stress relief, MegRhythm Steam Eye Masks, which stay at a comfortable temperature for 10 minutes, bathe "eyes and the delicate eye area in warm steam." This steam bath for the eyes helps release the tensions of the day. This is the perfect before bedtime treat! Purchase Again? I still have quite a few, but I will definitely repurchase once I finish mine up.
L'Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($39.00 for 16.9 oz. L'Occitane and Sephora): This is the most glorious foaming bath in which to luxuriate. The scent transports you to Provence as it soothes your spirit. Purchase Again? In a heartbeat!

LAVANILA Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub ($40.00 for 7.5 oz. from Sephora): This is the creamiest and most delicious vanilla scrub imaginable. Unlike many body scrubs, that contain a variety of oils, this one isn't in the least bit greasy, and it does not leave the bottom of your shower covered in an oil slick. Instead, it has an ultra-creamy texture, that resembles a body cream infused with exfoliating particles, and the heavenly rich and warm scent of vanilla beans. It effortlessly removes dead skin cells and leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and wonderfully moisturized. Purchase Again? YES YES YES!

Dove Pink Beauty Bar ($2.99-$12.99 for 2-14 bar packs from Target and Walgreens): This creamy cleanser contains ¼ moisturizing cream to help make skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It doesn't strip skin in the least, nor does it leave it taut. Purchase Again? Most definitely! I already have more bars!
Rituals Yogi Flow Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil Foaming Shower Gel is ($15.00 for 6.7 oz. from Glossybox): is yet another masterpiece from Rituals, and this is not an exaggeration. Their Foaming Shower Gels are decadent things of beauty, and once you try them you will be hooked. The gel formula turns into a dense and rich foam upon contact with water. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way, and it not only cleanses skin effectively, but it leaves skin soft, supple and moisturized. Furthermore, it doubles as one of the most effective and emollient shaving creams that effortlessly facilitates a very close shave. The scent is a gorgeous fusion of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil, and this exotic blend not only leaves the skin with a sensual veil of fragrance, but it also leaves the bathroom smelling delectable. Purchase Again? I already have several different versions of their wondering Foaming Shower Gels!

Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Beauty Bar ($2.99-$9.39 for 2-8 bars from TargetWalmart and Amazon): This refreshing green bar has the wonderfully uplifting scent of cucumber and green tea– and it smells intoxicatingly good. It leaves skin soft, smooth and hydrated without ever stripping it. It is formulated for use on the face, body and hands, but I have only ever used it as a hand and body bar. I absolutely love this bar, and it is perfect for the summer months. Purchase Again? I have more already!

Dove Purely Pampering Relaxing Lavender Beauty Bar ($2.99-$9.39 for 2-8 bars from TargetWalmartAmazon and Walgreens): For those among us who love lavender for its wonderful aroma and its relaxing attributes, their new Lavender Beauty Bar is really worth trying. It smells delicious, it cleans the skin without drying or stripping and it leaves skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Purchase Again? Already have!

Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Beauty Bar ($5.49 for 4 bars from Walmart): This rich and creamy lathering beauty bar, which has the same fresh and clean fragrance as the Micellar Water Body Wash, is mild and gentle on the skin, and it neither strips, nor leaves it dry. In fact, it hydrates the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. I have even lathered it up to shave my legs, and found it very effective. Purchase Again? I have another bar ready to go.
The Mane Choice Easy On The CURLS Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99 for 8 oz. from Target): is a very nourishing and hydrating shampoo that leaves my hair soft, shiny, hydrated and frizz-free. Purchase Again? I definitely will once I finish a couple more bottles of shampoo. This one is such a treat for dry, curly hair!

Mario Badescu Hair Rinsing Conditioner ($8.00 for 8 oz. from Amazon): This lightweight conditioner nourishes and hydrates the hair without weighing it down, and it does not leave behind a greasy residue. It keeps my frizz at bay and it makes my hair smooth, soft and manageable. It has a very light and pleasant aroma, but it isn't long-lasting. Purchase Again? I am swimming in hair conditioners, but I would definitely use this again.

Overall Assessment: This is what I used up in April, and since we remain under the stay-at-home order for the foreseeable future, I imagine that I will use up plenty of soap in May as well. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in April? Do tell!

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  1. That Goldfaden cleanser sounds like what I've been looking for!

  2. I love seeing your empties. I thought I'd use up more being home but it's slow going. When I buy Dove I buy big packages of the unscented so I always have more.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! I know what you mean. Buying Dove in the big packages is definitely the way to go!

  3. I just ran out of my Kneipp Argan Body Oil and I need to replace it ASAP.

  4. Well done!!!!! You used up so much this month! I am going to check out the MegRhythm eye masks you recommended and see if they would be appropriate for my dry eye condition. I also think i need to try the RITUALS Foaming Shower Gel in the Indian Rose & Sweet Almond scent for a change from Sakura

    1. Thank you, Allison! I look forward to seeing what you used up this month as well! The MegRhythm Eye Masks are absolutely incredible– especially now with all of the stress that we are experiencing during the pandemic! RITUALS Foaming Shower Gels are just so amazing! I know that you and I remain HUGE fans!


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