Sunday, February 28, 2021

February 2021 Empties Galore!

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Though February is a short month, I managed to use up quite a few products. However, you will note that I disproportionately used up products for the bath more than anything else, and that was largely because I took a lot of baths from December through February. It was cold at night, and after long days on Zoom I sought refuge in a nice therapeutic soak! Here are the products that I finished up in February. 

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($12.00 for 1 oz., $37.00 for 4 oz and $45.00 for 6.76 oz from SukiAmazonBirchboxiHerb and SkinStore): Years ago it was my only daily cleanser, and then I started LSBB and began using a far wider range of products and somehow forgot about who much I loved this gem of an exfoliating facial cleanser. The lovely formula, which has the intoxicating scent of organic lemongrass extract, uses natural sugar to exfoliate the dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and silky smooth. I find it non-stripping and non-drying for my normal/combination skin, but if you have dry skin you would likely want to use it less often. I like to activate the light lather in my hands, which also breaks down some of the sugar, then with the lightest touch I massage it into my skin and rinse thoroughly. I use it a few times a week, and I always look forward to it since it is such a delectable treat to the skin and the senses. Purchase Again? Without hesitation! 

VENeffect Firming Neck & Décolleté Creme ($155.00 for 2 oz. from VENeffect and Dermstore): is a rich and emollient, yet fast absorbing, luxurious cream that was specifically formulated to address the needs of the delicate skin of the neck and décolleté. It has a silky-smooth ultra luxurious texture that is rich enough to impart high levels of moisture, but it leaves behind no greasy residue. It is fragrance-free– therefore those among you with fragrance sensitivities can experience all of the benefits from this cream without being inundated by unwanted fragrance, and it also will not interfere with fragrances that perfume-wearers put on and around the neck and décolleté. Purchase Again? This is a really wonderful cream, but I have several others to use up before I consider buying another.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Velvet Violet ($27.00 for oz. from Charlotte TilburySephoraNordstromBergdorf GoodmanBloomingdale'sBeautylishSelfridgesCult Beauty and John Lewis): This is unquestionably one of my most used pencils, and it is one of the most perfect purple eyeliners that I have used. It can be built up for greater pigmentation and saturation, but it can also be worn more sparingly, and therefore less intensely. The formula is creamy and lush, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. Purchase Again? I already have!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer ($32.00 from CharlotteTilburyNordstromSephoraBloomingdale'sBergdorf GoodmanBeautylishCult BeautyHarrodsHarvey NicholsJohn Lewis and Net-A-Porter): The formula is lightweight, non-creasing and it adds just a touch of luminescence to optically blur imperfections, dark circles or blemishes without being glittery. It has a nice large spongy applicator tip, and a twist dispenser, but you want to be sure not to over twist otherwise you will waste a lot of product. I apply it right after my eye cream has absorbed, and only need a little to brighten under my eye area. On those days when I get little sleep, and awaken to unsightly dark circles, this concealer does an enviable job concealing them and in giving my eyes a radiant glow. It neither settles into fine lines, nor does it become cakey. Furthermore, it does not dry out the delicate skin under my eyes, and it lasts all day on me. It offers buildable coverage, if you desire added opacity to conceal blemishes or imperfections, and it blends out perfectly. Purchase Again? Absolutely!

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash ($32.00 for 10 oz. from Molton Brown, Neiman Marcus, Amazon and Bluemercury): Described as, "Rich, Peaceful. Harmonious," this deep, royal purple body wash is utterly divine. The scent is an elegant, rich and musky Ylang-Ylang that fills the entire bathroom with its otherworldly aroma. It relaxes the mind and body, and leaves the skin silky-smooth and soft. It is, without question, one of my all-time favorite body washes, and it also works very well as a bubble bath. Purchase Again? Absolutely, I love their products, and this one is particularly special.

Mustela Nourishing Cleansing Gel with Cold Cream ($11.99-$14.00 for 10.4 oz. from Mustela, Amazon, Target and Walmart): One might imagine that the inclusion of cold cream would mean that this is a non-lathering cleansing gel, and yet it has the most satisfying creamy lather. It has the same pleasant, warm and creamy aroma, but it is neither cloying, nor too long lasting. It leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated, and it is never drying or stripping. Purchase Again? I already have another bottle! I am a huge fan of Mustela products, and will continue to purchase from them!

Nectar Bath Treats Bubble Scoops are ice cream scoop shaped bubble baths that are such a delight to use. They come in 7 different scents, of which I have 2 to share. their delectable aromas and luxurious bubble baths are a treat to the skin and the senses. While we are in the middle of the summer, and this may not seem like the perfect season to soak in a warm bubble bath, I have found the opposite to be true. Given that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, I find that anything that soothes my spirit and calms my nerves is quite welcome. I am grateful to have these wonderful bath treats right now, and I am thoroughly enjoying them!

Nectar Bath Treats Peachy Lemon Bubble Bath Scoop Sundae ($20.00 from Nectar USA): The peachy lemon aroma is absolutely delicious, and coupled with the hydrating and creamy bubbles this is such a treat to the skin and the senses. Skin is left soft, smooth and hydrated. Nerves are left soothed and calmed! Purchase Again? Just as soon as I used up my other bath products!

Nectar Bath Treats Lychee Hibiscus Triple Bubble Bath Scoop Sundae ($20.00 from Nectar USA): The sweet and warm floral aroma is so delicious that it embodies the idea of a warm summer breeze carrying floral essences. The rich and creamy lather moisturizes the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. Shut your eyes and enjoy every moment of this luxurious bubble bath, it is dreamy! Purchase Again? Once I finish up my remaining bath products!

Nectar Sparkling Lights Bath Bomb Set was a great holiday gift set that I thoroughly enjoyed. These fizzing bath bombs come in 6 delectable scents that fill the bathroom with their magnificent individual aromas. They were fun to use and they left my skin soft and hydrated. Purchase Again? I wish that I could, but this was a LE set for the holidays, but I managed to use to full boxes (12 bath bombs) between December and February.
Kneipp Joint & Muscle Herbal Arnica Bath Oil ($20.00 for 3.38 oz. from SkinCare RX): If you have sore muscles in need of relief, then this wonderful Arnica Bath Oil offers relief, and the added benefit is that skin is left soft and moisturized. The aromatic Rosemary, Pine and Arnica Oils are warming and uplifting. Purchase Again? I have too many bath oils to use before I purchase more.

Kneipp Relaxing Lavender Bath Oil ($16.00 for 3.38 oz. from Kneipp): If you love the aroma of Lavender Oil, then you will be over the moon when you envelop your senses with this calming bath oil. In addition to leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated, it leaves quiets the mind and calms the spirit, and for this reason I love using it right before going to sleep. Purchase Again? Eventually.

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil ($71.00 for 1.87 oz. from Space NK): is a delectable luxury bath and shower oil that has the soothing aroma of Rosemary punctuated by citrus and Eucalyptus. By simply adding a couple of caps to your bath, or massaging a few drops onto strategic zones of your body (torso, arms etc.) before stepping into the shower– your senses are enveloped by the many benefits of this otherworldly aromatherapeutic experience. It restores a sense of well-being, balances the bond and body, and soothes muscular tension. Purchase Again? At some point because this was such a luxe treat to use! 

Mustela Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath ($6.99- $20.00 for 6.76-25.35 oz. from TargetAmazonBed, Bath & BeyondCVS and Walmart): This bubble bath is super hydrating and it very gentle on even the most sensitive skin. My skin is left clean, soft, smooth and pampered. It has a light and clean aroma that is very pleasant and relaxing, but it is not overwhelming in the least bit. Purchase Again? Definitely!

Olbas Herbal Bath ($9.49 for 4 oz. and $16.99 for 8 oz. from Olbas, and Swanson Health): If you have a cold, then using this in a hot bath will relief a lot of discomfort. It helps open up sinus passages, and gives yo an overall sense of wellbeing. This lovely Herbal Bath has a wonderful foam,  and its invigorating peppermint-eucalyptus aroma awakens the senses and helps to open up sinus passages. Furthermore, it soothes achy muscles and refreshes the senses. You definitely want to make sure to avoid contact with your eyes! Purchase Again? Possibly when I need more bath products.

Phytomer Oligomer Pure Lyophilized Sea Water Bath ($20.58 from Amazon and Phytomer): Phyomer suggests that this soak has "All the benefits of a dip in the ocean in your own home. An ideal opportunity to relax, re-balance and re-energize." I liked how relaxing this was right before bed. Purchase Again? I liked it a lot, but it will be a long time before I consider buying more bath products since I have so many to use up first. 
MaaDisha Neem Enriched Soap5 ($7.00 for oz. from MaaDisha): This is a holistic healing soap that is formulated with Neem and Holy Basil– known for their antibacterial prowess. It is also moisturizing and free of chemicals and artificial fragrances, and can be used on the face and body. I actually used it on my hands, and thoroughly enjoyed using it. Purchase again? I will definitely consider it once I finish up all of the soaps that I have.

Korres Pomegranate Soap: This glycerin-based antiseptic is perfect for people with oily skin, and can be used on the face and body. It never strips the skin, or leaves it taut, but instead leaves it comfortable and thoroughly cleansed. Purchase Again? I would, but I think that it has been discontinued.

Farmhouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream ($15.00 for 2 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh and Amazon): Oh what a lovely hand cream this is! It is rich, ultra-creamy and it effortlessly renders dry hands soft, supple and hydrated. The aroma is a hypnotic blend of mint julep and lavender, and it is utterly scrumptious! Purchase Again? it is at the top of my list after I finish up a few more hand creams.

Diptyque Roses Candle ($36.00-$68.00 for 2.4 oz. and 6.5 oz. from NordstromDiptyque and Space NK): If you love the most refined rose candle imaginable, then you will gleeful the second you smell this gem. Purchase Again? Yes, again and again and again! I love everything about this fragrance and I already have another one that I am just about to light!

Soothe Blackberry Forest Candle ($32.99 from Amazon): Features notes of citrus, blackberry, strawberry, combined with hints of patchouli, amber and sandalwood, and it is an utterly divine soy candle that your mom is sure to treasure. The fruity aroma is tempered by the earthiness of the patchouli, amber and sandalwood, but the freshness and sweetness of the citrus, blackberry, strawberry mitigates the intensity and pungency of the the earthier notes. The end result is the perfect aromatic balance, and the lit its essence fills the air without being imposing or overdone. Purchase Again? Possibly, but I need to burn a few more candles before I can justify buying more.

COCOFLOSS ($9.00 each. Available at SephoraCredo Beauty and goop): Cocofloss is a very effective dental floss that deeply cleans teeth and is gentle and soothing on the gums. It actually makes flossing something that I look forward to, and it is available in 4 coconut infused flavors: Delicious Mint, Pure Strawberries, Fresh Coconut and Cara Cara Orange. Purchase Again? I just opened another one, and I have an unopened one in reserve. I will definitely purchase more after I finish what I have.

Overall Assessment: I was surprised that I finished up as many bath products as I did, but it was cold and I was taking a lot of baths in February. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in February? Any great finds or duds to report?

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  1. You did exceptionally well this month! Fluffy Bunny FHF hand cream is probably my favorite FHF hand cream scent. If I didn't have so many other hand creams, I would buy one. Your mini review of the rose Diptyque candle and spurred me on to light my Benzoin mini candle! I love the scent so much, and they're so pricey that I just leave it on my desk and sniff it every now and then, but I could use a true hit of that divine fragrance. Diptyque candles are truly the best

    1. Thanks, Allison! I am actually quite surprised by how many bath products I finished up in February! I feel the same was about FHF Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream, but I have so many tubes of hand cream to finish up that it will be quite a while before I can justify buying another one! Diptyque really does make th best candles, and their Roses is exquisite! I was saving my good candles for who knows what occasion, and I decided that living in the time of the pandemic means that we should do what we can to take care of ourselves while we are locked up at home, and these types of small pleasures make a difference.

  2. Quite an impressive list. I feel satisfied if I finish anything at all. I realize I don't use a lot of product ever so it takes me an exceptionally long time to finish things. I will compliment myself on finishing a Pixi exfoliator and now need to buy another.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! I have been digging through my cabinets and drawers and pulling out everything that needs to get used up, and I am trying to us up what I can. I really hate wasting products, and I am really making an effort to finish up products that I really like a lot before they are no longer usable.

  3. Wow, that's a lot of product! I love Kneipp for affordable bath & body, Suki has so any great skincare items and I die for anything Nectar!

    1. I am really making an effort not to waste products that I have largely finished up. I completely agree with you about Kneipp bath and body products, and Suki is one of my favorite brands!


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