Thursday, December 3, 2020

Empties November 2020

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November came and went so fast this year, and yet I managed to finish up a decent pile of products. Here is what I finished:

African Botanics Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish ($75.00 for 3.38 oz./100 ml. from African BotanicsCredo Beauty and Cult Beauty £66.00): Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish is a very deep-cleansing facial exfoliator that effectively and efficiently sweeps away impurities and cleans out clogged pores. It is formulated with a combination of Marula Oil, Baobab Oils and Buchu Plant extracts that are punctuated by Micro-Algae and ultra-fine granules of ancient volcanic minerals. The fine granules, which densely populate this exfoliator, efficiently and effectively unclog pores, and remove dead skin cells, excess oils and impurities. Papaya and Pineapple enzymes help to dissolve dead skin cells, aid in cleaning out the pores, and make them appear reduced in size. Skin is left brightened, deeply cleansed and utterly glowing. In fact, the first time that I used it I noticed that it left my skin feeling as soft and silky smooth as ultra-fine velvet. Only the smallest amount is needed to achieve the desired results for the face, neck and décolleté, and the exfoliating particles are so efficient that you do not need to apply any pressure as you massage it into the skin. Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish Skin neither strips the skin, nor does it deplete vital moisture or hydration. Dull, congested skin gives way to youthful, radiant skin that feels amazing to the touch. Purchase Again? Definitely!

Bodyography AM/PM Moisturizer ($40.00 for 1.7 oz. from Bodyography): This delectable lightweight and fast absorbing moisturizer, which is formulated for day and night use, melts into the skin leaving it deeply moisturized, soft, smooth and supple. It lightly plumps fine lines, brightens dull skin and it has a delightful light fruity aroma. It can be used alone, or if you want extra hydration, it pairs perfectly with Bodyography Coconut Milk Serum. This moisturizer does not contain an SPF, therefore you will need to use a sunscreen as well. Purchase Again? Perhaps one day, but I have lots of open jars of cream to use up before I buy another!

Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks ($70.00 for 20 discs from Dermstore, Olivela and the official Colbert MD Amazon Store): I have regularly used various types of facial exfoliating pads for many years, and have to confess that my experience with Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks was a real game changer for me all of those years ago. While most of the solution soaked exfoliating pads that I have used are thin and double sided, Colbert MD has reimagined its form and instead has opted for a very plush and thick single sided pad. The generously saturated pre-moistened disks include a small tab on the back that makes holding the disk easy, and allows one to maintain effortless control.

The combination of the mild microdermabrasion action from the surface of the pad coupled with the enzyme action of the solution immediately and effectively encourages cell turnover that aids in the promotion of collagen production. Skin, unobstructed by a proliferation of dead skin cells, is then able to effortlessly and effectively absorb skincare products. The end result is unbelievably soft, smooth, supple and luminous skin. Purchase Again? YES! I am working on a brand new box already!

Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels ($15.00 for 5 pack fromNordstromSpace NKBloomingdale'sUltaDermstoreRevolveSkinstore and Bluemercury): These eye gels are biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan, and they effectively cool and de-puff the delicate area below the eyes. They effectively moisturize, soothe and refresh, and each time I use them I notice that my dark circles are diminished, my fine lines are softened, and that my skin boasts a dewy luminosity. Purchase Again? Once I run out of my other eye gels, I will definitely consider purchasing these.
MALIN+GOETZ Lime Bar Soap ($16.00 for 5 oz. from MALIN+GOETZ and Bloomingdale's): While I have a generous size drawer filled with soaps and body washes, the intoxicatingly delicious, and refreshing aroma of this bar soap is just too good not to use regularly. In addition to its incredibly uplifting and exhilarating scent, this bar boasts a creamy dreamy lather that is non-stripping and residue-free. Additionally, it moisturizes the skin and leaves it silky soft and smooth. I love to build a creamy lather and use it to shave my legs and underarms, and can say without hesitation that I will be purchasing a replacement bar as soon as I finish this one. Purchase Again? Yes!

SENTEURS D’ORIENT Hammam Soap in Jasmine of Arabia ($36.00 for 7.2 oz/205 g. from SENTEURS D'ORIENT and Net-A-Porter): This is the most beautiful soap imaginable. From the gorgeous design of the soap itself to the otherworldly aroma of the creamy, delectable Jasmine used to make this ultra-luxe bar– this is the perfect Jasmine soap in which to luxuriate. The rich and creamy lather gently cleanses the skin without stripping it, while the beautiful aroma delights the senses. This gorgeous soap is suspended on a rope– which allows it to effectively dry out between uses. This is the perfect hostess gift, holiday gift or gift for yourself, and I assure you that the recipient will be thrilled by this gorgeous gem of a soap.  Purchase Again? Absolutely! 

SALT By Hendrix Coco-Salt Body Buff ($25.00 for 7.05 oz. from SALT By Hendrix): is a delectable ultra-luxe natural exfoliant, from Australia, that is vegan, cruelty-free and such a treat to use. It effectively exfoliates dead skin cells leaving the skin silky smooth, incredibly soft and supple. It has a very light milky lavender aroma that is calming, and not in the least bit pungent. Furthermore, it rinses clean and doesn't leave the skin, or the bottom of the shower, covered in an oily residue. Purchase Again? I definitely will buy another one of their body scrubs when I need to replace what I have.

L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream ($22.00 for 2.6 oz.from L'OccitaneSephora and Nordstrom): This light-medium weight hand cream is utterly luxurious in its smooth and creamy texture, and its delightful lavender scent. The formula is fast absorbing and fast-acting– it immediately renders hands soft, supple and ultra-hydrated. The lavender aroma is neither cloying, nor in the least bit pungent. Instead, it leaves a thin veil of scent close to the skin, and it fades away altogether after a couple of hours. I have a tube this in my work bag, and in my purse, and I delight in using it every single day! Purchase Again? I definitely will!

Trader Joe's Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap (I think that it is $3.99 for 17 oz. from Trader Joe's): If you love the refreshing scent of lemons, then this affordable hand soap from Trader Joe's is a must-have. Not only does it smell delicious, but it thoroughly cleans without stripping the skin. While called a kitchen soap, it can be used in the bathroom as well. Purchase again? I already purchased several more, and will continue to as long as they make this wonderful soap!
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz. from LAVANILAUlta, and Thrive Market): Though I have occasionally used mainstream deodorants, I do prefer to avoid the chemicals. LAVANILA makes wonderful healthy deodorants that are effective and smell wonderful (though they also make an unscented variant for sensitive skin). Vanilla + Earth for Balance: "A warm and woody combination of patchouli and sandalwood that enhances focus and concentration." While its description might summon thoughts of a heavy woody scent punctuated by a pungent patchouli, this is a light, sweet and creamy woodsy scent infused with warm florals, and without any detectable notes from the patchouli. It has a depth and yet it isn't in the least bit overpowering. Purchase Again? As long as they make them, I will buy them!

African Botanics Revitalizing Therapy Gel ($65.00 for 2 oz./60ml from African BotanicsCredo Beauty and Net-A-Porter): This is my go-to product whenever I need relief from muscular soreness. lower back pain, and when I desire an overall sense of wellbeing after heavy physical exertion. This miracle gel outranks every ointment that I have ever used post-workout, or for any other aches and pains, and it does so without any silicones, mineral oils, parabens, allergens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs or SLSs. Loaded with the highest quality organic ingredients, that are responsibly sourced, this revitalizing gel cools the skin, helps to promote circulation, has potent anti-inflammatory ingredients that reduce swelling, and it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lightweight gel sinks into the skin effortlessly and leaves the skin soft and supple. Unlike many of the ointments, gels and creams that are intended to reduce pain and swelling, and which are loaded with ingredients such as camphor, this  wonderfully restorative gel is a very pleasant amalgam of Mint, Clove, Black and Red Pepper, Clary Sage and Cinnamon Leaf Oil. The sensation is cooling, refreshing and pleasant, and it is neither overpowering, nor does the gentle formula irritate the skin. Purchase Again? YES!

Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner ($95.00 for 6 oz.from Nordstrom,  Dermstore and Selfridges): This is the embodiment of a luxe conditioner. The ultra emollient formula, coupled with the delectable scent, makes using this conditioner a supremely enjoyable sensory experience. Like its matching shampoo, Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner boasts the highly innovative and cutting-edge time-released botanical delivery system that imparts hair with unprecedented moisture and shine over a sustained period of time. While one only needs to leave it on for a minute, I prefer to leave it on for 10-20 minutes for deeper hydration. It infuses hair with lasting moisture, glossiness, bounce, and the delectable scent of pure Oud. Purchase Again? At some point, when I can justify this type of splurge!

KMS MOISTREPAIR Conditioner ($23.50 for 8.5 oz.) from KMS Salons nationwide, Look FantasticBeauty ExpertMankindBeauty Expert and HQ Hair): is a lightweight moisturizing conditioner that immediately softens, conditions, detangles, fights frizz, improves elasticity, and greatly enhances manageability. Furthermore, it leaves behind no greasy residue and does not weigh hair down. Purchase Again? I will consider it the next time I need to buy more conditioner (which will be quite a while!)

Alora Ambiance Rosa Reed Diffuser ($60.00 for 8 oz. Reed Diffuser and $90.00 for 16 oz. from the official Beautyhabit Amazon Store): Described as. "A classic floral in every sense of the word, Rosa’s blend of rose essence with a hint of musk makes this romantic fragrance a valuable addition to any room." If you love the scent of a complex rose, then this reed diffuser is made with you in mind. The aroma fills the room with its essence without ever imposing itself of people with sensitive noses! Purchase Again? Absolutely!

Alora Ambiance Isola Reed Diffuser ($60.00 for 8 oz. Reed Diffuser and $90.00 for 16 oz. from the official Beautyhabit Amazon Store): This is Alora's most popular fragrance for good reason, is a delectable floral mix of gardenia, tuberose and fig. It is a light and airy fragrance without being too sweet, and it isn't in the least bit pungent. The fragrance might be likened to the experience of walking through a fragrant garden during a warm summer breeze– it is at once ethereal and deeply pleasurable. Purchase Again? No question!
Overall Assessment: I somehow thought that I would use up a few more products in November, but I didn't get through a lot of my half empty products. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in November? Any great, or awful, products to report?

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  1. It's obvious that these are well loved items since every single one of them is on your "I'll buy again" list.

    1. They really are. Interestingly, during the pandemic I have really been reaching for the products that I really love since I really enjoy using them, and because I am trying to take a little better care of myself during this stressful time!

  2. I think you did very well in November! The African Botanicals Enzyme Polish is very appealing to me, so it goes on my to try list. I remember you reviewing the Alora reed diffusers a couple of years ago, and I recall checking them out online. Because they are rather expensive, I have to remind myself to monitor them for sales. Too bad Black Friday/Cyber Monday is over!

    1. Thanks, Allison! I used up more products than I thought that I would, but working from home these days does offer me more opportunities to use things! The African Botanics Enzyme Polish is amazing! The Alora Red Diffusers are amazing, and definitely pricey, but if you can find them on sale it is absolutely worth picking one up!

  3. Ooh, there are a few things here I’m definitely adding to my future purchases list! I have been really working at finishing up skincare lately, so my empties pile is serums, face mists, and lip balms.

    1. These are definitely products that I thoroughly enjoyed using, Bailey! Good for you for finishing so many products! It is so satisfying, and I always feel good when I recycle all of those empties!


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