Monday, January 31, 2022

January 2022 Empties Galore!

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I managed to use up a lot of full size products this month, and I learned that several of the products that I finished appear to have been discontinued! I am really trying to start off the new year by buying less, using more of what I already have, and wasting as little as possible! We will see if I am able to finish up a good number of open products next month as well. 

Mad Hippie MicroDermabrasion Facial ($31.99 for 2.1 oz. from Mad Hippie and Ulta): This is a seriously effective, and easy to use, exfoliant that utilizes a blend of physical exfoliants, from bamboo and volcanic ash, in concert with 6 different alpha-hydroxy acids and probiotics, to exfoliate dead skin cells. The physical exfoliating particles, which are gentle against the skin, dislodge dead skin cells while the AHAs help to dissolve them. The end result is clean, soft, smooth, glowing skin that is neither irritated, nor stripped. Purchase Again? Not anytime soon since I have too many exfoliators to use up first, but I would definitely use this again in the future.

Derma-E Essentials Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil (This appears to have been discontinued): This cleansing oil has the most delectable rose aroma that smells good enough to wear as a perfume– it is utterly glorious, and it transforms the act of cleansing one's skin from the ordinary to the extraordinary. I simply apply a small amount to my dry face and neck, massage it in for a few seconds and then either rinse it off, or remove it with a warm, damp, plush wash cloth. Unlike many of my cleansing oils, this one does not emulsify when it comes into contact with water. What I find remarkable is the extent to which this cleansing oil thoroughly cleans the skin and leaves it incredibly soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. Purchase Again? I would in a second, and I hope that they bring it back!
Go-To Face Hero Protective Face Oil ($34.00-$45.00 for 1 oz. from Go-To and Revolve): Formulated for all types of skin, this face oil is lightweight, fast absorbing and lusciously moisturizing. It has a rich and velvety texture that melts into the skin– leaving it silky smooth, luminous and lightly plumped. Not only does it brighten dull skin, but after sustained use it begins to lighten dark spots. The antioxidant-rich formula helps to protect skin against free-radical damage, and the anti-inflammatory ingredients help to calm and soothe irritable skin. For this reason, I find it particularly effective when my skin is a bit sensitive, or when I use a peel or exfoliant. It has a delectable warm aroma that is informed by the beautiful variety of oils used, but also from the Orange Blossom & Rose Gardenia natural fragrances. Purchase Again? I already did!

BIOTHERM Blue Therapy Cream in Oil: I have to preface this by stating that I was nearly irrationally obsessed with this cream-in-oil moisturizer. It has a luxurious gel-cream texture that is enriched by nourishing oils, and the way in which in melts into the skin is so luxurious. It is richly moisturizing and it leaves skin very soft, supple and luminous. It has a lovely warm and creamy aroma, but it subsides once it sinks into the skin. Purchase Again? I would, but I do no think that they make this gem anymore.
Babor Perfect Glow Hydration Ampoule Concentrates ($39.95 for 7 ampoules 2ml each from BaborMacy'sSkincare RXSkinStore and Walmart): If your skin is dull and in need of luminosity and hydration, then these wonderful ampoules are just what you have been looking for! One ampoule per use offers the skin a wonderful dose of sustained hydration, and the light-reflecting particles blur imperfections and leave skin with a beautiful luminosity. Purchase Again? Maybe at some point, but I am currently swimming in hydrating products and won't need any for quite a while.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches ($24.00-$26.00 for 7 sets from KloraneBluemercury): These are fast-acting and effective eye treatment masks that smooth fine lines, de-puff the under eye area and they offer wonderful hydration to the delicate skin beneath the eyes. Furthermore, these wonderful patches leave the skin wonderfully luminous, and the cooling gel patches feel absolutely wonderful against the skin! Purchase Again? Yes, absolutely– these are amazing!
Spongellé Private Reserve Body Wash Infused Buffer in Coconut Blossom ($16.00 from Spongellé): This is such a wonderful scent, and such a pleasure to use. Fragrance Notes: Top: Bitter Orange. Middle: Orris, Jasmine, Orange Flower. Base: Rosewood, Vanilla Marshmallow. It smells like a vacation on the beach in the tropics, and it polishes the skin to perfection, effortlessly removing dead skin cells and leaving skin incredibly soft and silky smooth. Purchase Again? I have many of their other fragrances to use first, but I would definitely buy this one when I need another one!

Baylis & Harding White Tea & Neroli Luxury Hand Wash ($3.97 for 16.9 oz. from Walmart): "Mouth watering and refreshing notes of citrus and pear notes are combined with a delicate rose and freesia bouquet on a bed of ambery woods, musks and tonka. This luxurious hand wash will leave your hands feeling invigorated and beautifully fragranced." This is seriously one of the most delectable hand soaps that I have ever used, and everything about it is luxurious– except the price! Purchase Again? Without question!

African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts ($100.00 for 17.7 oz. from African Botanics): This beautiful product removes toxins and boost circulation. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, and hydrated– while the spirits are elevated and rejuvenated. The aroma is a refined fusion of The Cape Floristic Region botanicals, and while the scent is an amalgam of their scents, the top notes are subtly informed by the slightly tangy Juniper Berry with its edges softened by the Cape Rose Geranium Oil, the Lemongrass Oil and the Marula Oil. The aroma is, itself, a complex, delectable, earthy, uplifting and intoxicating mood elevator that delights the senses. Additionally, the caffeine acts as an effective diuretic that removes excess water-retention and softens the appearance of cellulite while the carefully selected blend of ingredients nourish the skin, relax the muscles and quiet the mind. Purchase Again? Most definitely! I love soaking in bath salts, and it really doesn't get better than this!

African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil ($130.00 for 3.4 oz. from African Botanics): It is an antioxidant rich moisturizing and firming oil that makes my skin look and feel utterly amazing. This is essentially an incredibly luxurious, potent and ultra moisturizing antioxidant rich anti-aging oil serum for the body. The idea is to treat your body as you do your face to keep it moisturized, dewy, radiant and protected all year long. This is my very favorite body oil because it does so much more than simply moisturize the skin, but it also does an extraordinary job moisturizing. My skin is left deeply hydrated, luminous, lifted, firmed, toned, and more soft and supple than I could have imagined possible. Purchase Again? I need to use up a lot of open body oils before they go bad, but would definitely get this one again in the future.
Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Luxury Slipper Gift Set ($14.98 from Walmart): is a wonderful holiday gift set to pamper your feet. The ultra-affordable price tag makes this an especially worthwhile purchase! If you love citrus scented body products, then you will adore this refreshing and uplifting aroma. Purchase Again? Oh yes, and I wear the slippers all of the time too!

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz. from LAVANILA and Ulta): 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 is described as "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? I have already opened another on of their amazing deodorants!
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum ($140.00 for 1.7 oz. and $195.00 for 3.4 oz. from Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta and Bloomingdale's): This fragrance is described as the "essence of the black-orchid flower" that is "both modern and timeless." It is a spicy warm floral which, according to Tom Ford, is a "rich blend of spice and darkness to revolve around you, to be closer, and closer to you. Unleash its perfect power—both rare and extraordinary.” Notes: black truffle, bergamot, black orchid, black plum, noir gourmand accord, patchouli. It is a rich and sultry scent that I find particularly fetching during the cold months of the year. Purchase Again? YES!

Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford): Traceless Foundation Stick is a wonderful  foundation, and it makes a fantastic concealer. In fact, it offers buildable coverage with a flawless, semi-dewy natural finish, and it is lightly hydrating. As a concealer, it radically diminishes the appearance of imperfections, and it neither settles into fine lines, nor does it migrate. The soft and creamy texture lends itself to finger application for perfect coverage. Purchase Again? Probably not. I have plenty of other foundations and tinted moisturizers to use, and Tom Ford discontinued my favorite shade, Pale Dune.
Overall Assessment: Not too bad, and hopefully I am able to finish a few more of my open products next month before they spoil. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in January? Any amazing products to share? Any real disappointments?

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  1. As always, very well done! I have to look through my Derma E stash and see if I have the rose cleansing oil. I know I would love that!

    1. Thank you, Allison! I am really making a concerted effort not to waste products. However, as you know all too well, it is a difficult goal when there are so many open products that have been subjected to testing and reviews!

  2. Wow! So many empties! Have you tried anything else from biortherm? I ask because I haven’t heard that name in ages but I remember a friend absolutely raving about the brand!

    1. I am really trying to use things up before they spoil! I have used other Biotherm products over the years, but other than this wonderful cream I haven't used anything else in a very long time.

  3. I keep promising myself that I'll keep a list of empties and tosses and then forget to do that. This week I finished a RapidBrow serum and a GrandeLash mini eye serum. Last week I finished GlamGlow eye cream which I'd buy again (if I didn't have so many others open right now). I gave some Baylis & Harding products for gifts for the holidays this year since they are affordable and a touch of luxury at the same time.

    1. You did a good job using up products in your rotation, Marcia! Baylis & Harding products are perfect gifts. It is so rare that luxurious products are actually affordable!

  4. Black Orchid is one of my favorite fragrances, it's just so beautiful!! I just ran out too and also plan to repurchase!

    1. I am glad to hear that you love Black Orchid as well! It really is an amazing fragrance, and definitely one on my repurchase list!


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