Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Empties Galore in August 2022

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I actually assumed that I wouldn't use up many products in the month of August, but I managed to finish up 11 full-size products! There wasn't a dud in the bunch, and in many cases I already have replacements ready to go. Here is what I finished this month:

Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi+ Skin Refining Cleansing Oil: Formulated for all types of skin, Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil is a lightweight oil that boasts an antioxidant-rich formula– which includes potent ingredients such as Moringa Oil and Green Tea Extract. This beautifully aromatic cleansing oil, which is punctuated by lavender, cardamom and geranium, is neither overpowering, nor cloying, and I find it quite calming and pleasant. When water is introduced, this cleansing oil transforms into a milky emulsion that gently removes every trace of dirt and makeup without ever stripping the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated, refreshed and thoroughly cleansed. It washes away clean without any greasiness or residue left behind. Purchase Again? I have a couple more bottles of their cleaning oils to use before I decide. ($15.00-$87.00 for 1.69 oz. to 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA)

Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a very fun exfoliant to use because after you massage it into your skin for a short amount of time it transforms into a rather milky gel that causes dead skin cells to pill on the skin. The next step is to simply rinse the gel and dead skin cells off of your face or body, and you will be delighted by the extent to which your skin is left soft, smooth, supple and luminous. I routinely use it on my hands and feet, and am thrilled by the results. Furthermore, it is fragrance-free, free of harmful chemicals and so satisfying to use! Purchase Again? I just opened a brand-new bottle! ($39.00 for 8.5 oz. from the Cure Amazon Store)

Vichy 3-in-1 Micellar Wipes: I use makeup wipes all of the time, and these micellar wipes are among my very favorites. They gently and effectively remove every trace of makeup, they are gentle enough for sensitive eyes and skin, and they soothe and hydrate rather than irritate and strip the skin. Purchase Again? Most definitely. ($7.99-$8.99 for 25 wipes from VichyWalgreensDermstore and Amazon)
I can't believe that I finished two full-size Erno Laszlo products!
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing BarSea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar does an exceptional job cleaning and exfoliating my skin, and it does so without drying, stripping or irritating. Skin is left soft, clear and luminous, and while it is now said to be formulated for all skin types, it used to be for normal, combination and oily skin types. I would say that dryer skin types would only use it periodically for its deep cleaning and exfoliating abilities, but not as a daily soap. I do like to use it with a cleansing oil, but sometimes I use it alone. My one grievance is that the bar used to be a hefty 6 oz., which was far more satisfying to use, and now it is nearly half the size. Purchase Again? I just opened another full-size bar, and will replace it once I finish it. ($40.00 for 3.4 oz. from Erno LaszloNordstromSephora and Look Fantastic)
Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream, which is pH-balancing, is formulated to repair, strengthen and hydrate your skin while you sleep. It is very thick, but miraculously lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy. It quickly melts into the skin, leaves behind no residue whatsoever, and deeply moisturizes. When I wake up my skin is so soft, supple, moisturized and luminous. Additionally, it softens the appearance of fine lines and makes my skin look incredible. It can also be used during the day, but it contains no sunscreen, and therefore you need to use a separate sunscreen if you use this during the day. It has a very light and pleasant aroma that quickly dissipates, and it can be used for all types of skin. It is perfect for my normal/combination skin, but I think that people with dry skin might prefer a richer cream at night. Purchase Again? I have several deluxe samples to use before I decide whether I will purchase another jar. ($155.00 for 1.7 oz. from Erno LaszloNordstrom and SkinStore). This was a Limited Edition Jumbo Size.
Molton Brown Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel is a warm, woodsy, tobacco and leather aromatic fusion that may be considered more masculine, but if you love to wear fragrances like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, which is one of my very favorite fragrances, then you will delight in this bath and shower gel. It has a deep and complex aroma that is distinguished by its deep Tobacco Absolute essence that is enhances by the leather. There is a slight citrus top note that crisps up the edges, but once this magical potion meets the warm water and steam, it is a warm sexy, smokey tobacco that envelops the senses. I wear Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, and the moment that I first tried this bath and shower gel, I knew that it would be one of my most beloved bath and shower gels. This is not my first bottle of this Molton Brown gem, and it most certainly is not my last! Purchase Again? Oh, yes! I am completely in love with this! ($35.00 for 10 oz. from Molton Brown and Neiman Marcus)

Rituals Express Your Soul Uplifting Shower Foam in Verbena & Petitgrain: This limited edition Foaming Shower Gel has a lovely, uplifting floral citrus aroma from which one detects the the most succulent Verbena. I fell in love with this innovative shower gel formula from the very first moment that I used it. It's an extraordinary take on the ordinary, and for me it makes my bathing experience anything but mundane. The unique gel to foam technology not only makes it immensely fun to use, but it exceeds my every expectation of what a body cleansing gel should do. It cleans beautifully, smells glorious, and leaves the skin lusciously hydrated and soft. Furthermore, the rich dense foamy texture lends itself to being one seriously amazing shaving cream that cleanses, softens, and gives a seriously close shave. My legs have been transformed into the most soft and silky skin imaginable, and this gorgeous product has become my favorite shave cream as well. Purchase Again? In a heartbeat, but the scent seems to have been discontinued!
Spongellé Riviera Collection Body Buffers are brilliant body wash-infused sponges effectively and gently clean and exfoliate the skin, and they also leave the it deliciously baby soft, smooth, supple and moisturized. They really excel in their ability to clean and exfoliate the skin while delighting the senses with their delightful aromas. Spongellé Riviera Collection Body Buffer in Mediterranean Peach Fragrance Notes: Top: Peach Water, Garden Greens, touch of Mint. Middle: Geranium, Basil, Flowering Sage. Base: Vetiver, Crisp Musk. Purchase Again? Eventually, but I actually have quite a few of their body buffers to use up first. ($18.00 each from Spongellé)

Sciabica's Lemongrass Olive Oil Soap: This beautifully aromatic soap boasts a luscious creamy lather, a delectable lemongrass aroma and the gorgeous scent lingers. It thoroughly cleans the skin and leaves it soft and moisturized. I am utterly obsessed with this soap, and if you love lemongrass, then this is a must-have. Purchase Again? It is on my list! ($8.00 from Sciabica California Olive Oil)

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist is an ultra-light, non-sticky spray that gives hair tousled beachy waves with a gorgeous glossy shine. It moisturizes my hair, while enhancing my curls and adds textured volume. It also has a delightful beachy aroma that I really love. Purchase Again? I just opened another bottle! ($30.00 for 5.07 oz. from Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's)

Derma E Scalp Relief Treatment: This lightweight water-based serum is formulated to balance, hydrate, soothe and nourish a dry and itchy scalp and leave it comfortable and itch-free. Purifying Tea Tree Oil and Menthol gives the scalp a cool tingle while the moisture-rich ingredients offer it much-needed relief. Since I have such confidence in the efficacy of Derma E products, I just knew that this would work, and it did. My itchy and dry scalp returned to its happy pre-drying shampoo state, and thankfully a nourishing shampoo and conditioner gave my hair back its luster. Purchase Again? Currently I am using the René Furterer Astera Fresh Soothing Freshness Serum, and I will have to decide whether I need another scalp treatment serum before I contemplate buying another one. ($15.50 for 1 oz. from Derma E and Ulta)

Overall Assessment: I am quite pleased that I finished up 11 full-size products! What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in August? Any real winners or duds to report?

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  1. I love seeing your empties, Lola! It makes me feel good to give a try to some of these products.

    Michelle | con limón, please

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It is so satisfying doing empties posts, and it makes me happy to finish things up, rather than having them go bad!


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