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January to April 2017 Empties

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Only a few things this time

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Am still loving these facial cottons. They are so incredibly soft and not prone to breaking apart when wet and in use. They also don’t leave stringy pieces on your face like some other cotton pads out there. What will I do when I run out of my backups??

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+

Found this at by luck at my local Marshall’s and decided to try it out. I know it’s discontinued recently but I doubt it’s expired that quickly. I didn’t notice any dramatic lightening of my dark spots but some of my lighter spots seemed

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched W

Shiseido’s softeners are so fantastic that I had bought a couple from the last Shiseido sale. I’m hoping for another sale soon so I can stock up!

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel

Got this in a Luxebox a long time ago. Finally getting around to using it now as part of my “shop my stash” initiative. Definitely smells sweet like lychees, and lathers really well. However, I didn’t find anything overly amazing about it.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

I keep saying a review of this is coming and I swear that it is! All you need to know is that this stuff is amazing and no wonder it’s one of Lancôme’s top-sellers.

Maybelline Baby Lips

Alas, my last Baby Lips and I’m so sad! I love the ones that go on clear because they’re perfect for tossing into my pocket at work. I only saw the Neon ones at the last L’Oreal sale so didn’t stock up on any.

Written by Jessica

May 3rd, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Lancôme Teint Miracle

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I’ve been using Lancôme’s Teint Miracle for over 5 years now, so I think it’s safe to say I can write a pretty decent review of it now. Touted as a “lit-from-within makeup,” this light-weight foundation offers light coverage while enhancing your skin’s natural light and giving off a natural looking finish. I personally prefer more natural finishes and when I first tried this, it was love at first application.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - packaging
Ooo Teint Miracle, how I love you so!

I think I’m on my 4th bottle now. I love that it has such a lightweight formula and doesn’t clog my pores. It also contains SPF15, of which, for lazy people like me, is better than no sunscreen at all.

 

The Packaging

Lancome Teint Miracle - bottle
Tall, slim, glass bottle

You get 30ml of foundation in a tall, slim, glass bottle. I like how the Lancôme rose and “Teint Miracle” are printed in reflective text.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - cap and nozzle
Clear lid with Lancôme rose on top

The lid is clear and made of plastic, with Lancôme’s rose on top.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - nozzle
Pump nozzle

The pump nozzle is also made of plastic. Play around with how much foundation you need. I found 1 to 1.5 pumps was enough for me.

 

The Product

Lancome Teint Miracle - swatch - Bisque 4W
From L->R: drop from bottle, smeared, blended

It’s light weight, it’s hydrating, it feels like it blends really well into my skin, and I don’t have this caked on feeling. Of course, the trade off is that it’s not as long-lasting as full coverage foundation. Despite that, I like that my skin is able to breathe with it on.

 

The Verdict

Like I said in the beginning, I absolutely love Teint Miracle. Already on my 4th bottle (I maybe have purchased too many backups haha), I use this mainly for when I go to work. I’ve strayed and tried some other foundations/BB/CC creams, but I pretty much default back to Teint Miracle. I’ve read recently that Lancôme reformulated the foundation but I haven’t tried the new formulation yet.

 

Where to Buy – $50 CAD

Written by Jessica

March 29th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Beauty,face

September to December 2016 Empties

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Happy New Year! It figures it takes me this long to get an empties post fully written. This year I’m “shopping my stash” so to say. No buying anything unless I’ve run out of it completely!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 1/4
Body lotions and creams

St. Ives Refresh & Revive Pear Nectar and Soy body lotion

One of my favourite body lotions and a constant staple in our backup stash. It’s more for daily maintenance of keeping skin hydrated. If I end up with very dry skin, I use something else to bring moisture back, and then I switch back to this to maintain it.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait

Did I ever mention that my little guy’s skin used to be super dry and flaky, and despite trying multiple different creams, it was only Lipikar Baume that made a difference? We’ve used it ever since, and over the summer, discovered Lipikar Lait, a lighter and less dense lotion. I’ve lost track how many bottles we’ve finished (at least 2) and with winter weather upon us, we’re back to Lipikar Baume. If your baby’s skin is very dry and you’re finding nothing works, give this one a try!

Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream

Back at the end of October, we took a mini family vacation to Calgary. The city was gorgeous and all, but it wrecked havoc on our skin (I’m sure those hotel body lotions were partly to blame as those can’t hydrate anything). When I got back, I had extremely dry itchy skin. I rummaged through my stash and found this – it was from a gift with purchase a couple years ago that I had saved in case I had really dry itchy skin. With one application, I already noticed a difference in my skin. Boy was my skin parched! This little tube was enough to last me a full week and had completely revitalized my skin. Just as I had finished the tube, my skin was in a condition to jump back to my St. Ives body lotion. Amazing stuff!

L’Occitane Verveine Body Lotion

This was part of a gift set I had received last Christmas that I was saving (sense a trend here?). It has a light olive fragrance that isn’t overpowering at all. Like St Ives, it’s a maintenance body lotion rather than saving ultra dry skin. Good and I like it, but not for that price point.

L’Occitane Verveine Gel Creme Cooling Hand Cream Gel

I had this on my trip to Calgary and it definitely helped my poor dry hands. The cooling effect is pretty neat which caused me to think menthol was one of the ingredients. Indeed, peppermint oil is one of the ingredients listed. Took a little bit to get used to the gel texture, but in the end it worked.

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – Avocado

I’ve been hanging onto this for such a long time! I’m glad I finally used it to the end. Love using this just before I go to sleep. The scent is moderate initially, but dissipates rather quickly.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 2/4
Cleansers

L’Occitane Verveine Shower Gel

I’m not a big shower gel user, but this was lovely to use. The light olive fragrance was just enough and my skin was soft and smooth even before I applied body lotion. It’s a small bottle (250ml) compared to drug store brands, but this lasted me a good 3 months.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Hands down my favourite facial cleanser of all time. Still use it daily. Full review here.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Scrub Cleanser

Trying to leave my review for the actual post, which has brewing for a couple months now.

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

Love this stuff! And the fact that it comes in a pump bottle like the giant Bioderma is an extra bonus. I find it works just as well as Bioderma, but at a fraction of the cost. Time to finish current stash before buying more, hehe.

Lancôme Crème Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Used this in the past but I don’t think I ever did a full write up of it. Really gets all the makeup off the face (with the exception of eyes as it’s not for eye use) and leaves skin feeling soft. Difficult to use in the winter, particularly if your place is cooler, as the cream is a bit firm to squeeze out. In warmer weather, it squeezes out fairly easily.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

How have I never written a full review on this one yet? Still my number one eye makeup remover. Will have to get on this immediately. Also love the mini bottles for traveling.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This was a Black Friday purchase from way back in 2015 I think. Yes, the stash yields some interesting treasures. Very strong citrus fragrance, but it doesn’t give me that “clean” feeling I like with my Neutrogena. Not likely to repurchase.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 3/4
Facial skincare

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Protective Moisturizer SPF 18

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched

A thicker moisturizer meant more night time use. It’s a great moisturizer that leaves my skin nicely hydrated and ready for the day. This is the 2nd of 3rd time I’ve repurchased it.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Lotion

Full review coming soon!

Laneíge Perfect Renew Essence_EX

A tiny sample of Laneíge’s Perfect Renew Essence. I’m not entirely sure of it’s effects on my skin since the sample was so small, but my skin agrees with it and didn’t react.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF 50

Since La Roche-Posay worked so well for my little guy’s skin, I didn’t hesitate to get a bottle of the sun screen for him too. It rubs in easily and doesn’t have that super greasy feel afterwards. I did purchase a bottle of Ombrelle for Kids for daycare reapplication use but I prefer slathering him with Anthelios before sending him off.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Really good stuff. Love using it with Shiseido’s skin softeners. I refuse to use it for any other use (makeup removers, nail polish removers). It feels like such a luxury on the face!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 4/4
Makeup and random sample

Lancôme Teint Miracle

I’ve been using this light foundation for quite some time now. At one point, I had 3 bottles going on at once! One for the summer tan, one for the winter fairness. The third bottle was somewhere in between. In the end, I mixed both to get my current shade, and thus I’m working on my third bottle. Love that it’s light coverage and doesn’t leave me looking cakey.

Eucerin Calming Crème

This tiny little sample was from my doctor’s office. If your hands aren’t dry, you’ll find this extremely greasy. If your hands are super dry with cracked skin and is begging for moisture, this is the cream for you. It soaks in right away and your skin feels renewed. I dare say it rivals Lancôme’s Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream (minus the fragrance and cost point)!

Written by Jessica

January 11th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Iope Air Cushion XP

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Iope Air Cushion - packaging
Iope Air Cushion XP – comes with a compact and a refill

I’ve long wanted to try out a makeup cushion and finally jumped on the bandwagon. I bought mine during a family visit to Pacific Mall last year (2015) and, as luck would have it, my baby was finally asleep in the stroller, so that gave me time to browse the store and ask the sales lady a couple of questions. She told me the Iope Air Cushion XP was the very first CC cushion to come to market and that one sells every 4 seconds. Having also watched many beauty gurus rave about this cushion, I caved in and bought one. [Note: I’m reading online that Iope has moved onto their 4th generation cushion this year so keep that in mind if you decide to purchase one of these.  This review is of the 3rd gen.]

So what is a cushion compact anyways? It’s basically a cushion soaked in product and stored in a compact. You use an applicator pad to press onto the cushion to pick up the product, then you pat it onto your face. Iope’s compact contains 30% mineral water, which is great for skin hydration. It also contains SPF 50+ and offers great coverage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

The Packaging

Iope Air Cushion - box ingredients
Side of the box

The whole thing is packaged in a beautiful glossy box. I really appreciate good, aesthetically pleasing packaging and this hit the spot. The box itself is a navy blue with a silver top and bottom. The packaging makes me feel like it’s for a more mature crowd, and it’s simplistic look is for anyone.

 

Iope Air Cushion - compact
Compact itself

The compact is white, with a reflective ring around the side. The top is a pearly white, whereas the bottom of the compact is a flat, opaque white.

 

Iope Air Cushion - inside of compact
Flip open the compact to reveal the applicator pad

The top of the lid also contains a mirror – handy!

 

Iope Air Cushion - protective film
Remove pad and lift second flap – seal sticker in place

When you take out the applicator pad, you flip another flap, and there’s a seal sticker in place. I’m a big fan of these seals as it ensures that the product has not been tampered with and that you will be the first person to actually touch the product. Bonus points in my book!

 

Iope Air Cushion - cushion
Soaked cushion!

Remove the seal sticker and there’s the cushion soaked with CC cream!

 

Iope Air Cushion - applicator sponge
Underside of applicator pad

The top of the applicator pad has a ribbon across the diameter, so you can insert 2-3 fingers and use it as a holder. The underside is blue and is the perfect partner to your cushion. It picks up product but doesn’t get soaked in! Coupled with the fact that these applicator pads don’t require any cleaning between uses, this is as convenient as it gets.

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 1/2
Instructions that also have English!

Instructions are always nice to read through, no matter what product it is. I’m glad there was an English section!

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 2/2
Instructions on how to change refill

Just in case anyone didn’t know how to change the refill (me!), there were instructions on how to do so.

 

Not pictured but you can see in the first picture is the refill pack. It’s sealed in an aluminum foil packet and contains a refill cushion as well as a new sponge. These cushions are designed to hold enough product for 3 months worth of daily use (according to the sales lady) so this box will last you half a year. I can’t comment on that since I don’t use mine daily. It’s been a year since I started using mine and I’m part way through my refill pack.

 

The Product

Iope Air Cushion - swatch
L: one swipe, R: patted in

The sales lady tried really hard to sell me the C21, which offers more coverage and is coloured “fair”. I opted for C23, which is more of a beige. The 21 made me look too white and I wanted a more natural look. As you can see in the picture above, it blends pretty well into my skin tone.

There were several colour and coverage options to choose from, but I’m reading now that Iope is on their 4th generation of the Air Cushion XP so this info will be moot. I may need to purchase this newer gen soon to compare!

With the applicator pad, push onto the cushion to pick up the product. Then, using a patting motion, gently pat the product onto your face, adding more product to areas that require more coverage. You can add more layers for more coverage, but I’m a light coverage kind of gal so I just do one application.

 

The Verdict

This is literally the perfect product for a 5-minute makeup routine. Being a glasses wearer, I need products that are absolutely foolproof for when my glasses are off (I have insanely high near sightedness). Open compact, pat onto face, done. Put on glasses to check for even coverage. Done!

It feels light on my skin but at the end of the day, I do feel a little bit of stickiness. And with all glasses-wearing woes, it starts to cake up where my glasses touch my nose. Throughout the day, I’ll use a clean finger to rub it back into the skin. Those would be my only complaints about this.

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

October 19th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Beauty,face

May to August 2016 Empties

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Ah yes, it’s been a long time. Life and family took over most of my time this summer and it was great enjoying it all. I did keep a rather large stash of empties in my room (to which my husband always asked when I was going to throw them all out, haha). I amassed quite a bit this time so let’s get to it.

May to August 2016 Empties 1/3
Larger bottles first

The Body Shop Almond Conditioning Hand Wash

I always default to this hand wash whenever my hands are running amuck with dry, itchy, flaky skin from washing them so much at work. It’s gentle, moisturizing, and has a light fragrance. Best to get when The Body Shop has their buy 3 get 2 free sales.

St. Ives Refresh & Revive Pear Nectar & Soy Body Lotion

Currently on my second bottle. This is a great moisturizer that works without breaking the bank. I use it mainly for daily maintenance, since I save a richer moisturizer for when my skin gets too dry. It absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue.

Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion

Bought the smaller size squeeze bottle to try it out with my baby’s skin. Being as sensitive as they are in their early months (and it seems like no ever works to get rid of that dry skin), it wasn’t until this year that I seriously tried using it again. I think it’s a combination of his skin being more resistant now as well as the humidity, but this is a great daily lotion that keeps the dryness at bay. It definitely works for my baby so I’m more likely to purchase the larger pump bottle next time (more volume per dollar).

I love… Strawberries & Cream bubble bath and shower crème

I’ve got a review for this that’s coming up soon.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

Review coming soon!

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Full review here.

 

May to August 2016 Empties 2/3
Samples next

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Hard to say if this works or not as I’m not major acne sufferer. I get the occasional one here and there, but nothing that I need to use specialized creams or treatments for it. It has a very strong smell, too strong for me.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

I tried using this scrub twice a week just to exfoliate. There’s tons of micro-crystals in here so a little bit goes a long way. Also, take care in how hard you scrub. The first time I used it I didn’t think about that and felt like I had tiny scratches all over my face. Use a light hand and you’ll be fine.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. I’ve been trying to get through my sample stash lately.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

I’m not a huge fan of facial oils because I can’t get over the psychological components of slathering oil all over my face. It is moisturizing, however, it does take some time for it to absorb fully. As moisturizing as it is, I get that greasy feeling that just won’t go away. Likely won’t get this or any other facial oils.

Laneige Light Balancing Emulsion

Full review here.

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

Another Lancôme sample to try out. I don’t have wrinkles (yet), problematic pores (yet), or unevenness (yet), so I can’t comment on the efficacy of this. The fragrance is half and half – it’s pleasant yet it’s not. I can’t put my finger on it. For now, I like Advanced Génefique and it works, so I’ll stick with it.

 

May to August 2016 Empties 3/3
And miscellaneous

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths – Brightening

Whoa oranges!! The first thing I noticed was the smell – a very strong orange smell. Though not a super sweet smell, it’s quite nice. These cleansing cloths are great for taking off the day’s sweat and grime, but leave a bit of a residue afterwards. I still like using good old water and a face cloth afterwards just for that clean feeling.

L’Occitane 20% Shea Dry Skin Hand Cream

This stuff is amazing! I may need to pick up a tube or two or three…

Soft lips Lip Moisturizer SPF20 Watermelon

Really need to write a full review for this. One of my favourite lip balms that I keep buying over and over.

Written by Jessica

September 8th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

March and April 2016 Empties

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Yes, blog posts are slow coming out. Hard to find time between work, baby, life, and me time. Some more posts are being cooked (slow-cooked?) up so stay tuned!

 

March/April 2016 empties 1/3

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

This stuff works well, but smells really really sweet. Think cotton candy. I like that it helps out my dry hands but the smell is really overbearing. Probably won’t buy this again.

DERMAdoctor KP duty lotion

Ah this stuff reminds me of Glysomed! It goes on thick and almost creates a super thin layer to keep moisture in. It doesn’t work all that well during the day when you need to wash your hands frequently, but it works really well just before bed.

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Foam Mousse – lemon

I wanted to like this but I find it dries out my skin. Perhaps it’s because of the lemon (and the brightening properties it has or so the sales lady tells me) but it leaves me with that super squeaky feeling after rinsing it off. I think this would work on those with oily skin, but for normal/combination, be wary that it may dry you out more.

Pür-lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser

This was my first time using a milk-type cleanser and I’m not a huge fan of it. I almost feel like my face is a little greasy afterwards.

NeoStrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream

The chemical smell is strong in this one!! Supposedly it helps cell renewal with its 5% glycolic acid content. With such a small sample, I can’t really speak for any of those claims. The smell is enough to keep me away though.

Soft lips Lip Hydration and Protection

I think they’ve revamped their look recently so they don’t look like this anymore. Still love this stuff for every day lip hydration. For severely cracked lips, it doesn’t help much, but for daily conditioning, it works.

 

March/April 2016 empties 2/3

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. Love this stuff!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate and Youth Cream

Full review here. A great alternative to the pricier option above!

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

Full review here. Really good stuff for the summer months!

 

March/April 2016 empties 3/3

I love… Raspberry & Blackberry nourishing body butter

Full review coming soon!

Iope Air Cushion XP

Full review coming soon!

Written by Jessica

May 13th, 2016 at 11:37 am

The Body Shop Drops of Youth – Youth Concentrate and Youth Cream

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I had won a raffle on Beautezine’s webpage to partake in The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth 28 day challenge. The idea is simple – use the products for 28 days and you’ll find that your pores look tightened, skin that feels bouncier, and fine lines appear smoothed. I currently like my current skin care routine but I’m game to try something new and see if it a) works just as well, b) is better, or c) is worse.

 

The Packaging

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - outer packaging
Cardboard boxes

Each product was housed in a thin cardboard box.

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - glass containers
Glass containers

The glass is a semi-opaque green colour with black tops and a silvery label. The Youth Concentrate is a dropper style bottle, so the dropped screws on tightly to the bottle. It contains 50ml worth of product. The Youth Cream is a jar with a screw top lid. It also contains 50ml of product.

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Cream inner lid
Inner lid for Youth Cream

I love inner lids because it prevents product from getting all over the lid and into the creases.

 

The Product

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Concentrate
Drops of Youth Concentrate

Quite literally “drops” of youth.

The Youth Concentrate is semi-opaque and very viscous. It’s a little more viscous than honey. Three drops was all I needed for my face and neck. I used four drops if my hands were more dry that day (and thus soaked up more product).

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Cream
Youth Cream with inner lid removed

The Youth Cream is slightly thinner than what you’d expect from a night cream. It’s a creamy white and very soft in texture.

 

The Verdict

I’m going to start off by saying that for this challenge, I didn’t change anything in my daily routine, only that the products that I normally used for serum and moisturizing were swapped out for these two. Originally, my skincare routine was to wash with Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, tone with Lancôme’s Tonique Radiance, followed by Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, and Laneige’s Water Bank Gel Cream. So I swapped out Advanced Génifique for Drops of Youth Concentrate and Water Bank Gel Cream for Drops of Youth Cream.

After these 28 days, the biggest difference I noticed was in the physical feel of my skin. When I touch my face, it genuinely felt softer to touch, like it was better moisturized than before. In terms of my pores, they remained the same. I also did not see any fine lines (which is also the same before I started this challenge).

It’s now past 28 days and I’ve only used about half of each. That means I still have another month’s worth of product to use.

The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth challenge has me coming to the conclusion that it works just as well as Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique but at half the price point. That in itself is a winner in my book. The fact that it made my skin feel more soft gives it an upper edge. So I can say it definitely has improved my skin!! Would I purchase this? Absolutely. Should you? YES!

Thanks again to Beautezine for the chance to try this out!

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

March 10th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

February 2016 Empties

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February 2016 empties
Excuse the background – my kid’s taken over my house

Naisture Mask Pack – White Rose

I’m finding the Naisture mask packs to have a very strong smell to them. It could be that I’ve had them for a long time and that’s why it’s smelling so much. For some reason, this mask pack stung a little bit and I didn’t leave it on my face for the full 15 minutes.

Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Micro-Oil Shampoo and Oil Crème Conditioner

I bought a ton of these last year and have finally gotten through a pair of them. This is my current favourite shampoo and conditioner combination and I still have another backup in addition to the ones I have open now.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Repairing Lotion

Full review here. Love this stuff but I get the feeling that it’s been discontinued. I’m having a hard time finding it for sale these days.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Full review here. Love love love this stuff. Still using it. Haven’t found anything else I like better.

Soft lips Lip Moisturizer SPF 20 – Watermelon

This is still my favourite lip balm that hydrates my lips and keeps the skin soft. I have one on my nightstand as well as one in my diaper bag/purse. It has to be with me!

Written by Jessica

March 3rd, 2016 at 7:24 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!

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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.

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Written by Jessica

December 17th, 2015 at 9:46 am