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September to December 2017 Empties

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Yes, this was long time coming. In this time frame, I had my second child and have forgotten what sleep is. It does come back eventually, right?! These were also the months that I managed to make a decent dent in the samples box.

 

Shiseido Benefiance Night Emulsion

Absorbs well and my skin felt amazingly soft afterwards.

Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

I confess, I used this so long ago I don’t remember it.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

It feels nice, and has a very strong lotus scent.

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating eye gel cream and gel cream

Both are of a gel texture, which would be wonderful in the hot summer months. The gel would feel nice and cool. No greasy feeling here.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer

This product confused me. It’s like a moisturizer and primer in one? I wasn’t a fan of this.

L’Occitane Precious Cream

Really nice cream. Really soft skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Another really nice facial cream that’s easier on the wallet.

Shiseido Bio Performance Glow Revival Cream

A very nice facial cream. Would totally get this.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Retinol+Superfood Oil pad

It was a single use pad that was pre-soaked. I’m not entirely sure I would buy this.

 

Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Absorbs well and smells pretty nice.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive

Apparently this sample doesn’t contain the activating ingredients and instead, is purely for texture!! If I had known that, I wouldn’t have chosen this as a sample!

Shiseido Revitalizing Essence

Nice. Absorbs well. Light, pleasant fragrance.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum

Very nice serum. Would totally purchase this.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate x2

I’m not a huge fan of “oil-type” facial products. It does absorb well, but there’s a residue that lingers.

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Can’t remember much about this except that the texture was like a fluffy cream.

Live Clean Glowing Daily Serum

I hated this. The smell was awful and it didn’t absorb well. I couldn’t bring myself to use this on my face so it went on my legs.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Have used this before and loved it. Am using a full size bottle now actually.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Very strong yet pleasant citrus smell. Another “oil-type” product that I’m not a fan of.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Finally got to try this out after reading so many rave reviews of it. Can’t comment too much about it since it was a sample packet. Maybe I’ll get around to getting a bottle one day.

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash – Apricot and Honey

I’m not usually one to use body washes, but this one wasn’t too bad. The fragrance is strong and sweet, but dissipates pretty quickly after the shower. There’s only a faint after smell.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Another bottle I’ve lost track of how many I’ve gone through. Holy grail facial cleanser here!

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Repair Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner

I can’t remember much about these sample packets except that I wasn’t super impressed by it. Not likely going to purchase.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Extra Rich Cleansing Foam

This was extremely rich but made my skin feel so nice afterwards!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple  3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes

A decent cleanser but felt very watery.

 

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener

Great stuff! Currently on back up bottle.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Love love love this stuff! Not a fan of how much the price has gone up over the years. Am currently debating repurchasing or trying something new.

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Another favourite for summer. Will need to get a few before it gets too warm out.

ALPA Apiko

This is neat. My mom bought this for me when she was in Europe last year. I couldn’t find too much information about it online except that it’s a popular face cream that contains bee venom!

Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream

A great daily eye cream. Didn’t repurchase (this was my second tube) as I wanted to try something new.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion

A really fantastic fluid sunscreen that goes on and absorbs fast, and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling I absolutely hate. It really does come out as a fluid, so apply and rub it in quick! You do pay more for such a small bottle, but if I’m more likely to wear it because of the properties it has, then I don’t mind paying for it.

 

St Ives Hydrate Cucumber Melon Body Lotion

I have lost count how many bottles of St Ive’s I’ve gone through. Definitely too many to count!

Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion

My elder kiddo uses this now that his eczema is under control. Sometimes I’ll use it too.

X3 Clean Germ Attack Hand Sanitizer

Love this stuff. Still have 2 more backup bottles for the good ol’ diaper bag.

Marcelle | Thyme Stretch Mark Triple Action Cream

I remember using Thyme’s Stretch Mark cream when I was pregnant with my first kid. I’m not entirely sure if there’s a new formulation now that it’s partnered up with Marcelle. The sample was pretty small so two applications on the belly and it was done. At least it was fragrance free.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+

The holy grail for baby’s eczema. I WILL NOT USE ANYTHING ELSE ON HIM!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt – Apricot and Honey Lotion

So-so. Hubby likes it and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Fragrance is light. Absorbs fast but leaves a slight greasy feeling on me, but no such feeling on my hubby.

Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body

Really nice cream that absorbs easily into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. May or may not get because of price point.

Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion

The fragrance was so incredibly strong that I couldn’t even bring myself to use it, let alone use it on my baby. It became “leg lotion” (Any kind of cream or lotion I don’t like gets relegated to arms and legs. Thus it gets used and not entirely wasted!).

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January 30th, 2018 at 4:11 pm

December 2015 and January 2016 Empties

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Lots of samples in these two months’ empties. Lots of samples used because I brought a ton of them with me during winter vacation. We all spent baby’s first Christmas in Vancouver!

Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 empties - part 1

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner

I think this came from an old Luxe Box but I’ve finally dug it out to use. I like that it has a pleasant mild fragrance as opposed to some hair products whose smell just hits you in the face. It doesn’t give you a crazy lather when wet, but just enough for you to think “it’s working”. I used this twice a week because I felt it gave my hair a better clean than my current shampoo and conditioner combo. I like this, but can’t bring myself to spend so much on shampoo and conditioner.

Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 High Potency Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Full review of the cream version here. The lotion is lighter and is a great daily moisturizer. Bonus points for not smelling like sunscreen and no greasy feeling either.

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate and Refining Moisturizer

Full review of both here. These little deluxe samples are awesome for traveling. They also last a long time too! I love the Ibuki line.

Laneige Light Power Essential Skin Refiner

Full review here.

Lancôme Génifique and Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. There’s a difference between Génifique and Advanced Génifique which I explained in the review, and I used to prefer the former over the latter. Now, I like the Advanced Génifique and continue to use it to this day. Faithful user since 2011!

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

Full review here. I’ve had this sitting in my makeup bin forever and had completely forgotten it. I’m pretty sure I finished it before I gave birth so… this empty has been sitting around for a year. Oops.

 

Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 empties - part 2

Shiseido Facial Cotton

This stuff is like angel fluff on your face. Which is probably why I’m so stingy when it comes to using it. I actually save it to use with Shiseido softening products. Everything else (especially nail polish remover!), I use regular cotton pads. I don’t buy these often, but it’s more of a treat once in a while.

Naisture 15minutes: Mask Pack – Sweet Honey and Fresh Aloe

I’ve been trying to get through these face masks for the last few months when baby’s sleeping, but I keep getting side tracked with other things! These masks are pretty good, and make my face feel fresh and nicely hydrated. It won’t make your super dry skin suddenly supple and soft, but it does give your skin a nice dose of hydration.

Neutrogena Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes

These are a must for traveling. Everything comes off. Even waterproof eyeliner.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Ébène

Full review here. This took me so long to finish because I kept on saving it for special occasions. It was my first Chanel purchase and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to go through it too quickly. Also, it helped that black eyeliner is not my everyday colour. I wanted to love it, but it doesn’t stay put on my eyelids, even if I used an eyelid primer. Probably will not repurchase this.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition

This was my every day liner for work. Not too bold, but just enough for definition. Have a few more 24/7 pencils to get through. There’s a little bit of transfer to upper eyelids but they don’t come down and give me racoon eyes. +1 for me.

 

Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 empties - part 3

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector and Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream

These samples were so small that I can’t really form a full opinion on it. Fragrance is pleasant but as for its claims to battle wrinkles, pores, and evenness, I couldn’t see any effect. The samples lasted me 2 days.

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate and Refining Moisturizer

See above review.

Lancôme DreamTone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector in 1 – Fair Skin Tone

This is obviously the wrong skin tone for me (fair? Hah!) but it was a sample from Sephora that was randomly added in so I figured I would try it. Again, sample was too small for me to see any effect. The floral fragrance was nice and not too heavy. For the price point, I would need a lot of people vouching for it before I could bring myself to purchase it.

 

**On a side note, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to work through my stash rather than buy new things to try. This will likely translate into more empties. Wish me luck!

Written by Jessica

February 2nd, 2016 at 11:13 am

October and November 2015 Empties

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Whoops! The pictures I originally took got erased by accident (Mr reformatted the memory card without making sure everything was offloaded) so this post will be text heavy. I will indicate what was full size and what was sample size.

[Edit: Jan 9th, 2016 – Pictures have been found!! Post updated to include pictures and remove sample count in text.]

 

Oct - Nov 2016 Empties part 1

 

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Full review here. I love this stuff. I use this mini jar for traveling hence why it took so long to get through. Still going through the regular size jar, plus I now have 2 more mini jars thanks to my good friend G!

Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo

I got this in a Luxebox and was immediately disappointed it didn’t come with the accompanying conditioner. The shampoo itself was pretty good – I felt it really washed all the grease and grime away leaving me with squeaky clean hair. I used it twice a week just to make sure my hair was super clean. Would I purchase a full size? Probably not as I don’t usually indulge in hair treatments. I’m a shampoo and conditioner only kind of gal.

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Full review here. Still have two more backups (or was that three?).

 

Oct - Nov 2016 Empties part 2

 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for normal to dry skin

The best part of getting multiple samples is the chance to really use a product. This sample was only 0.18oz, which is barely enough to moisturize my arms. Since I had 5 of them, I had no problem moisturizing my entire body (arms, torso, legs). There is an ever so slightly sticky feeling immediately after applying, however it goes away fairly quickly. Skin is left smooth and soft. Very little scent, if any. Great for those who want a great budget moisturizer with sensitivities to fragrances.

Softlips Lip Moisturizer SPF 20 in Watermelon

This is my absolute favourite lip moisturizer. I don’t know why I never did a full review on the blog about this. Watermelon is one of my favourite scents for this. The small and thin size make it perfect to toss into any bag (or pocket!) and it works so well when my lips are dry and chapped. I’ve got 2 more backups.

Live Clean (Baby) moisturizing baby lotion

I know, it’s supposed to be for baby but I used it on myself instead. Although it moisturized well, the smell was atrocious. I can’t imagine using this on my baby. Never. Ever. Not until they get rid of that horrible smell.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks

Only one little sample so can’t say much about how it did for stretch marks. It did, however, smell too strongly of cocoa and the smell lingered too long for my liking. Will not be purchasing this.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

I’m trying to remember if I got this in a beauty box or a Sephora order. Regardless, it is the best damn sample I have ever received. This eye cream is amazingly and I love it. The fact that it’s a 7ml sample that lasted me over 2 months of use (usually at night) was already a winner.  Add in the fact that when looking at how much it costs in regular size, this little deluxe sample is actually worth $50!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Full review here. Again, I love sample sizes specifically for travel.

Written by Jessica

December 17th, 2015 at 9:46 am

COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo

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COLAB Dry Shampoo in London classic and Rio tropical
Cute travel sizes! 

I found a new dry shampoo love, and it’s name is COLAB. I mean, I enjoyed other dry shampoos in the past, but this one really worked with my super greasy second day hair and made it light, weightless, and looking like it was freshly washed. Amazing, right??

COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo* was developed by model Ruth Crilly and a group of beauty experts to create a line of amazing dry shampoos that are finally making its way into the Canadian market. Five fragrances (London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Rio) currently exist in the UK but only two (London and Rio) are available in Canada. If it sells well, maybe they’ll bring the other fragrances over to our side of the pond!

 

The Packaging

As with most dry shampoos, the product is packaged compressed in an aluminum canister with spray nozzle. Flammable and explosive symbols are obviously marked on the can, so keep it away from heat sources! A slightly opaque, coloured cap tops off the canister to hide away the nozzle. I didn’t have any problems with the nozzle clogging, however I had been using the travel size canister (50ml). The full size canister (200ml) I’m not sure.

 

The Product

This stuff is amazing. One of my favourite aspects of it is that it sprays in transparent. There is no white film, no sticky residue to give you that “crunchy” or “sticky” feeling afterwards, and it definitely doesn’t weigh my hair down. Instead, it’s weightless with a fragrance that dissipates to a light smell meaning you won’t be smelling it unless you pull your hair directly in front of your nose. One of these days, I’d love to come across a dry shampoo that is scent-free, but I suppose if you’re using this in place of washing your hair, you’d want something to mask the smell of the grease and oil in your scalp.

London‘s fragrance is described as “classic yet contemporary”, with notes of bergamot, musk and magnolia.

Rio‘s fragrance is described as “a carnival of tropical notes with papaya, pineapple and a hear of cassis”.

 

The Verdict

I love this! It has become my new favourite shampoo! My hair is quite long (halfway down my back) and the travel size canisters lasted me 3 applications each. If you haven’t tried this yet, believe me, you NEED it.

 

Where to Buy – $5.49 for 50ml | $9.99 for 200ml

  • Farley Co
  • London Drugs
  • Jean Coutu
  • Lawtons
  • select Pharmasave locations
  • PharmacChoice

* Disclaimer – I received this product from FarleyCo for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Written by Jessica

March 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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February 2015 Empties

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February 2015 Empties

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Soothing Lotion in honey

Full review here.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser foaming formula

I absolutely love this facial cleanser and have been using it for over a year. Look out for a full review coming soon!

The Body Shop Almond Conditioning Hand Wash

I originally used this a couple years ago when my eczema was really bad, and then stopped using it for unknown reasons. I’ve since rediscovered it and love it again. Look for a full review on this coming soon as well.

Lancôme Génefique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

I received this as part of a gift with purchase from The Bay. It lasted me quite a while (almost a month!) and definitely kept my eye area nicely hydrated, but I haven’t really noticed any anti-aging changes. I don’t have any eye wrinkles to begin with, so perhaps it’s more of a preventative measure. I like it, but I don’t think I can justify the price on this one when there are other hydrating eye creams out there that work for me.

Softlips Lip Moisturizer SPF20 in watermelon

Softlips s one of my favourite lip products so I’ll pick up a couple here and there. I like that there’s multiple scents to choose from, but they all go on clear so it’s perfect for night time use. I’ve got another 3 backups to go through.

Colab Dry Shampoo in London and Rio

I will save the rave review for an upcoming post but in short, I am loving this dry shampoo and can’t wait to get my hands on another canister!

Written by Jessica

March 13th, 2015 at 9:15 am

L’Oréal Warehouse Sale for Spring 2015

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Mr Pixelbunny was lucky enough this year to snag an early bird ticket to the L’Oréal Warehouse Sale this year so we made a date out of going. We went in with the intention of stocking up on body lotion as it’s the one thing we consistently go through on a regular basis. Everything else was we were going to leave up to fate.

 

First Visit

L'Oreal Warehouse Sale for Spring 2015 - first visit 1-2

  • Garnier Intensive 7 Days Repairing Lotion with shea butter for extra dry skin – $5 (orig. $7.97)
  • Garnier Intensive 7 Days Nourishing Lotion with manga oil for dry skin – $2 (orig. $4.97)
  • Garnier Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream with peach oil for dry skin – $2 (orig. $4.97)
  • Lancôme Tonique Radiance – $23.25 (orig. $40)
  • Lancôme Huile Douceur – $24 (orig. $40, but discontinued)
  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Micro Oil shampoo – $17.50 (orig. $22)
  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Oil Crème conditioner – $18 (orig. $22)

Body lotion is a must and was one of the main reasons for going to the sale. So into our bag went the Garnier lotions. Lancôme’s Tonique Radiance is a favourite toner in this household, and even though I had just bought two large format bottles from the Lancôme website literally a week ago, I had to pick up one more. Huile Douceur was more of an impulse buy as I like to try oil cleansers here and there, but it wasn’t until I got home and looked it up to find it’s already discontinued. I really liked the Biolage Full Lift Volumizing shampoo and conditioner I bought at the Fall 2014 sale, but it wasn’t here anymore. Instead, we picked up Biolage ExquisiteOil to try out.

 

L'Oreal Warehouse Sale for Spring 2015 - first visit 2-2

  • Essie Good to Go Rapid Dry Top Coat – $4.75 (orig. $10.75)
  • Lancôme Lip Lover mini trio – $27.50 (orig. $46)
  • Lancôme Vernis in Love in #137 Rouge Cabaret – $11.50 (orig. $19)
  • Lancôme Vernis in Love in #545 Aqua Bleu – $8.75 (orig. $19)
  • Lancôme Vernis in Love in #550 Illuminations – $8.75 (orig. $19)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips in peppermint x2 – $2 each (orig. $3.56)

I love Lancôme’s vernis in love for the wide paddle brush and beautifully smooth formulation so I picked up a few of those. I’d also heard rave reviews for lip lover so seeing the mini trio in three very wearable colours seemed like a good chance to try it out. Of course, Maybelline’s baby lips are a no brainer. I love the clear ones because I can wear it during the day AND at night, so a double use.

That night we tried out the Biolage ExquisiteOil shampoo and conditioner to see if we liked it. We ended up loving it, and a second trip was planned for the next day to stock up.

 

Second Visit

L'Oreal Warehouse Sale for Spring 2015 - second visit 1-2

  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Micro Oil shampoo x3 – $17.50 each (orig. $22)
  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Oil Crème conditioner x3 – $18 each (orig. $22)

I think this should last us until the next sale, right?

 

L'Oreal Warehouse Sale for Spring 2015 - second visit 2-2

  • Garnier Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream with grape oil x3 – $2 each (orig. $4.97)
  • Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution for sensitive skin and eyes – $16.50 (orig. $20)
  • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP – $19.75 (orig. $33)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips in peppermint x2 – $2 each (orig. $3.56)

More body lotions of course; the lighter lotions being specifically for the upcoming warmer months. I picked up Vichy’s Pureté Thermale to try out, and a larger pump bottle of La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP, since that stuff is working wonders for my eczema. And then I picked up two more Maybelline Baby Lips because you can never have too many.

Total value = $469.81
Total paid = $309.75! (with taxes, it came to $350.01)

If you’re able to snag an early bird ticket, it’s best to go during that first weekend. Early bird tickets are fewer in number than regular tickets so there aren’t as many people there as the regular ticket weekends. We went around 11am and there weren’t too many people. We ran into one of Mr’s coworkers who had gone right at 9am and he told us he and his wife were with a huge crowd.

<rant> My only complaint was on the second day. Security wasn’t very good at checking tickets at the door and let in everyone with a 2015 ticket. This posed a problem when it came to cashiers as they weren’t consistent. While I was in line, I noticed one cashier had called a manager over to dispute the customer’s ticket. I could overhear the manager saying that the customer’s ticket was not an early bird ticket, and that she could not purchase items until the weekend after. The customer argued and I don’t know the outcome, but it makes sense that if you don’t have an early bird ticket, you shouldn’t be able to purchase anything until your allotted weekend. However, I looked at the people checking out around me and tons of people had later tickets, not the early bird ticket. I fumed as I watched the cashier take the ticket and rang in their items. What’s the point of having early bird tickets if no one is checking the tickets properly? The non early bird tickets clearly state that the sale starts on March 11, so people who showed up on March 7 and 8 have excuse for showing up early unless they knowingly knew there was an early bird weekend. </rant>

Anyways, if you’re able to snag a ticket to go to this event, it’s definitely worth going to! If you’re interested in seeing my posts on previous sale you can click below:

Written by Jessica

March 11th, 2015 at 11:09 am

L’Oréal Warehouse Sale for Fall 2014

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L'Oreal Fall Warehouse Sale 2014
Lots of goodies this haul around!

The L’Oréal Fall warehouse sale is ongoing right now and thanks to the Mr, I snagged a ticket to go. Every time I go, the layout is a little different or there’s some different rules being applied. The most noticeable difference this sale in comparison to the past is that there were no shopping baskets you could carry around – you either carried it in your hands or you had to get a little shopping cart. The other noticeable change is that they no longer accept cash.

Here’s what I picked up from the sale:

  • Maybelline Baby Lips – $2.75 each (orig. $5.49)
  • Lancôme Bienfait gift set – $39.75 (orig. $60)
  • Lancôme Liner Design in Uptown Brown – $6.75 (orig. $30)
  • Vichy Homme Normactiv Cg – $17.50 (not made anymore but orig. $29)
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel – $28.25 (orig. $47)
  • Matrix Biolage Full-Kift Volumizing Shampoo – $7.50 (old formulation but orig. $30 I think)
  • Matrix Biolage Full-Kift Volumizing Conditioner – $7.00 (old formulation but orig. $30 I think)
  • Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Soothing Lotion – $2.00 (orig. $7.79)
  • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP – $15 (orig. $35)
  • Lancôme Genifique – $93 (old formulation but orig. $155)

Total value = $440.26
Total paid = $225! (with taxes, it came to $254.25)

I love going to these sales because I can always stock up on skincare goodies that I know I’m guaranteed to use, whether it’s old goodies or new ones to try. And of course, the Mr gets to benefit from the sale too.

Other things I noticed that was not there last year was the presence of Shu Uemura cleansing oil hair products. They had shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, and hydrating oils. I was tempted to try but couldn’t justify $40 on a bottle, even if it was the sale price.

Did you go to the sale? If so, what did you get?

 

Written by Jessica

October 3rd, 2014 at 5:02 pm

December 2013 Empties

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December 2013 Empties
Not much for December

Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa Mask

I reviewed these here. Would love to repurchase but I have a ton of sheet masks to get through first.

Nivea Free Time Shower Cream

The scent was really nice but left me with a bit of that greasy feeling afterwards. I don’t think I would purchase a full bottle.

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer

Now that the humidity is gone and the climate is much colder and drier, I found myself reaching for this primer again. It controls my shine well and I can save my heavy-duty Benefit 15-hr Primer for the hotter months. Would definitely repurchase this one again.

Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo is wonderful! I loved how it made my hair feel after spritzing it at the roots. The greasiness went away and my hair looked voluminous and flowy. The only thing I didn’t like (as is the case with every dry shampoo I’ve tried) is the dullness it leaves my hair with. I have a natural sheen to my hair and dry shampoo takes that away. I suppose I could always work in a little bit of hair oil but that would defeat the purpose of removing grease, wouldn’t it? Would repurchase this one.

Written by Jessica

January 8th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Winter 2013 Luxe Box Review

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Winter 2013 Luxebox - box
It’s Luxebox time!

Surprisingly, I received some mail today! That’s right, mail delivery on a sunday? Maybe because it’s getting closer to holidays? In any case, I received my Winter Luxebox today! So what could I do but anxiously open it up?

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - contents
The contents

To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with this season’s box. Most of what I received were small samples and not considered a deluxe size at all. Here’s the breakdown.

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo
EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo

Never heard of this brand but am open to trying it. However, I would have appreciated it if they included the matching conditioner. I’m a shampoo and conditioner kind of gal, so only having shampoo in the box perplexes me. Now I need to use a conditioner that’s from an entirely different brand that might not even work well with this shampoo.

Full size: 250ml for $24
Sample size: 75ml for $7.20

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Keratase Elixer Ultime
Keratase Elixer Ultime

I’m pretty sure I received something really similar in a previous box, though not exactly the same. This is a hair oil that’s meant for colour-treated hair. This is something I’m positive I had indicated in my personal profile that I do NOT have. This is a completely useless product for me.

Full size: 250ml for $42
Sample size: 3ml for $0.50

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - the Balm Stainiac
theBalm Stainiac

I was only introduced to theBalm from the last Luxebox so this is something I’m willing to try out. I wonder how it is compared to Benefit’s Benetint?

Full size: 0.3 oz for $17
Sample size: $2.27

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Essie nail polish - No More Film
Essie No More Film

I’m very disappointed with this as No More Film was part of Essie’s 2012 Resort Collection, which means the collection has been out for over a year now. To have this in the box now is pretty late.

Full size: 13.6ml for $11.99
Sample size: This is the full size.

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Ultra Volume mascara
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Ultra Volume mascara

A mini tube of mascara. I’m not too interested in mascara since I can only wear it when I wear my contacts. I’m still willing to try it out though.

Full size: 9ml for $19
Sample size: $5.28

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - L'Occitane 20 percent Shea hand cream
L’Occitane 20% Shea Hand Cream

The one thing I’m really really excited to try. I’ve heard so many good things about L’Occitane’s hand creams, especially this one in particular. I can’t wait to try it out!

Full size: 150ml for $30
Sample size: $2

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Loose Button lip brush
Loose Button lip brush

I feel like these Loose Button branded brushes shouldn’t be counted as part of the 6-7 deluxe samples that each box is supposed to contain. For consumers that are as like-minded as I am, I am paying for these quarterly boxes to receive up-to-date deluxe samples that are on trend with the current season. A lip brush is not what I consider something that is “on trend”. I am treating this as a freebie throw in and not counting it in the value of the box.

Full size: No price, but I’m going to guess around $6.
Sample size: This would be considered full size.

 

To sum it all up…

# of sample size products = 5
# of full size products = 1
Total value of this season’s Luxe Box = $29.24

Wow Loose Button. This box was pretty much a fail. To put out a box that costs only marginally more than what I paid for when all of your other boxes have had much greater value? This is enough to seriously make me consider cancelling my subscription altogether. Even though you’re providing consumers with the option to “upgrade” their boxes by paying extra, I feel like it’s just an extra cash grab to gain more money. Part of the fun is not knowing what you’re going to get and the surprise that comes with it. However, if you’re advertising 6-7 deluxe beauty samples, then that’s what you should be providing. Never mind. Their website now says 7-8 trial sized beauty and lifestyle items. I’m remember when they made the change from monthly to seasonal, they said the extra time would allow them to curate better deluxe sized samples.

I’ll be taking some time deciding if I want to continue with my subscription or not. Hopefully all of your boxes were much better than what I received.

Written by Jessica

December 16th, 2013 at 12:29 am

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I have two of these to review for you: The XXL volume and the Blush. I won both of these from Procrastinating Pretty‘s contest in conjunction with FarleyCo. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the chance to try these out. If you read my post on my experience with the TRESemmé dry shampoo, you’ll understand why I was hunting for another one.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - bottles
From L-R: XXL Volume and Blush 

The Packaging

The full size bottle is 200ml whereas the travel size bottle is 50ml. Both bottles are standard aluminum. The larger bottle has a sticker label all around whereas the travel bottle has the label already printed on the aluminum, so it has a glossy finish. Both have opaque-ish white caps with your  spray nozzle underneath.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - nozzle
Nozzles

 

The Product

XXL Volume

  • The XXL Volume comes out white when you spray it at the roots of your hair. At first, I thought it was going to be terrible for my black hair, but I found that it goes away when you work your fingers through. I found that it did a fantastic job of eliminating the grease from my roots and the ends of my hair. My hair didn’t feel like it was dirty, and I really did look like I had showered. The volume is amazing. It really gave me a huge boost, especially to the crown of my head! However, I did find it to be a ever so slightly sticky, almost like there’s a bit of hair spray in it. Maybe that’s how it’s able to keep the volume up? I also found that it gave my hair texture (my hair is pin straight) and gave me the ability to style it. It also has a light, fresh scent to it.

Blush

  •  This one also comes out white, but dissipates when you work your fingers through. It has a light, floral scent that isn’t over powering. This one wasn’t sticky at all, and did a really fabulous job at removing grease. My hair didn’t clump together anymore and you could see individual strands of hair. It also gives me the appearance of being freshly showered.

 

The Verdict

This is amazing! It’s made it’s way to the top of my list of dry shampoos! I’m amazed at how clean and fresh my hair looks after using it (it seriously makes me look like I JUST showered) and it’s not heavy at all. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and my scalp doesn’t feel dirty. It’s a fabulous product that I wish I discovered earlier.

 

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Written by Jessica

April 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Posted in Beauty,hair