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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.

Lanc么me 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. 聽Add in the fact that聽when looking at聽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

September 2015 Empties

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September 2015 Empties
Just a couple of things this time

Garnier Body Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream

Finally, I’ve finished off the last of the bottles of gel-cream formulation! As expressed in my previous empties post, I am not a fan of the gel-cream and am quite excited to be finally done with them. Am definitely not repurchasing this version.

Pur-Lisse Pur-Moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer

A sample I received in a Luxebox, this moisturizer was ok. Though it was hydrating, it did have a bit of a greasy feeling afterwards. Will not be purchasing this.

Written by Jessica

October 10th, 2015 at 8:55 am

March to July 2015 Empties

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Could it be that the hiatus is over? Well, not exactly. Now that baby is taking somewhat regular naps, I figure I should try to catch up a little bit. Reviews won’t be coming as quickly as they used to, but I’m working on it. Thank you for sticking with me for so long. 馃檪

 

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Mainly big items over these 5 months

Garnier Body Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream

I liked the Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days lotion so I figured I’d give the Hydra Express a try. Plus, they were a steal from the Spring L’Oreal Warehouse sale so why not stock up? In the end, I wasn’t fan of the gel-cream at all. On application, it felt like there was a microbe residue that I couldn’t rub completely into my skin, even though I couldn’t see the beads. The Mr. and I used it religiously every day just for the sake of using it up quickly. I wouldn’t recommend this and am not buying multiple bottles of it again!

Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream

Full review here.

Lanc么me G茅nifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review聽here. The one I finished here is the old formulation. Am currently using the new formulation again!

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner Light

Love this during the summer. It’s mainly for oily-combination skin types which is perfect for me in the summer time. It soothes the skin and preps it well for serums and moisturizers.

Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel

Working on a full review and this worked so-so聽with my skin. I can’t comment on how well it removes makeup (I honestly didn’t wear any bit of makeup since the baby was born). It didn’t pass my Clarisonic test as it got into and irritated my eyes. Will post a full review soon.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol

Full review here.

 

Written by Jessica

September 10th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol

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I used to associate Aveeno as an older generation’s moisturizer, because my dad swears by this stuff. He even has my little brother hooked on it. There was one week when my brother was visiting, and I needed to make sure there was Aveeno in the house. We went shopping and he ended up picking this bottle, the Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with cooling menthol.聽I’ve used the daily moisturizing lotion聽before, which made for a great hand cream at work. I tried to look up more info on this line but am sad to see that it’s been discontinued for over a year! Then how come I was able to find it for sale at Wal-Mart? I guess they’re still trying to sell off stock? It’s too bad that it’s discontinued, as it really is quite a good body moisturizer.

 

The Packaging

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with cooling menthol - bottle
Pump bottle

The lotion is in a stand up bottle with pump mechanism. Like with all pump bottles, the pump is great until you reach the very bottom of the bottle, which is when you need to flip it upside down and shake out the rest to get every last bit.

 

The Product

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with cooling menthol - swatch
L: straight from bottle, R: worked slightly into skin

The lotion is thick with a slight gel consistency, but more creamy-like. It works into the skin very easily but leaves an ever so slight sticky feeling. However, after a few minutes, that feeling goes away and your skin is nice and smooth. Sometimes I feel the cooling of the menthol, sometimes I don’t, so I’m not quite sure what that means.

 

The Verdict

This has been great during the drying winter months and I have been reaching for this pretty often as soon as I step out of the shower. It makes my skin feel great, especially after letting it do its stuff overnight. I’m not crazy about the feeling of it immediately after application, but come morning, my skin feels fantastic.

 

Where to Buy – $7.47 for 227ml | $7.97 for 354ml

Written by Jessica

March 25th, 2015 at 9:12 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.

Lanc么me G茅nefique 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鈥橭r茅al 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’Or茅al Warehouse Sale this year聽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聽(orig. $4.97)
  • Garnier Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream with peach oil for dry skin – $2 (orig. $4.97)
  • Lanc么me Tonique Radiance – $23.25 (orig. $40)
  • Lanc么me Huile Douceur – $24 (orig. $40, but discontinued)
  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Micro Oil shampoo – $17.50聽(orig. $22)
  • Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Oil Cr猫me conditioner – $18聽(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. Lanc么me’s Tonique Radiance is a favourite toner in this household, and even though I had just bought two large format bottles from the Lanc么me website literally a week ago, I had to pick up one more. Huile聽Douceur聽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)
  • Lanc么me Lip Lover mini trio – $27.50 (orig. $46)
  • Lanc么me Vernis in Love in #137 Rouge Cabaret – $11.50 (orig. $19)
  • Lanc么me Vernis in Love in #545 Aqua Bleu – $8.75 (orig. $19)
  • Lanc么me Vernis in Love in #550 Illuminations – $8.75 (orig. $19)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips in peppermint x2 – $2 each (orig. $3.56)

I love Lanc么me’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聽so seeing the mini trio in three very wearable colours seemed like a good chance to try it out. Of course, Maybelline’s聽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 Cr猫me conditioner x3 – $18 each (orig.聽$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聽x3 – $2 each (orig. $4.97)
  • Vichy Puret茅 Thermale 3 in 1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution for sensitive skin and eyes聽– $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聽for the upcoming warmer months. I picked up Vichy’s Puret茅 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!聽(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聽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

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP

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La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP - box and tube
This stuff is amazing!!

Dry winter skin got you down? Or are you suffering from eczema? Lucky for me, I get to experience both of these things, particularly in my hands during the winter months. I’ve tried multiple hand creams, but none seem to really do the trick. Enter La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP. This stuff is magical, and not only does it work, prolonged use actually helped my eczema, moistened my skin, and didn’t dry it out like medicated creams did.

 

The Packaging

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP - nozzle
Flip-top cap

You get 200ml of amazing cream in this stand up tube. I love stand up tube formats because gravity becomes your friend and helps move the product downwards to the opening. The flip top cap is initially hard to open, but after a couple of tries, it’s quite easy. It’s sturdy, which means it’s not going to break off any time soon. If the 200ml tube is not your style, you can always go for the 400ml pump bottle.

 

The Product

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP - swatch
Beautifully rich cream

It comes out of the tube as a thick, rich cream. Because of it’s richness, I use this just before I go to bed. It is the only hand cream I can use at night that will last the whole night and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized in the morning. Most other hand creams I’ve tried absorb well, but by the time I wake up, my hands are feeling dry again.

Depending on how dry my hands are, I use between a dime and nickel sized worth of cream, then work it into my hands. Keep in mind this takes time, so I use this time to give my hands and fingers a little massage. Yes, you will feel a bit of a greasy residue afterwards, but if you work it into your skin slowly, it will absorb well and leave you with a moisturizing layer. Do not wash your hands after this! Go straight to bed and let the cream work it’s magic. By the time you wake up in the morning, your hands will look and feel completely different from the night before.

 

The Verdict

This is a winter staple for me, and especially during times when I have eczema flare ups. I highly recommend this product, especially for night time use! It is working wonders on me, and the Mr is starting to use it here and there when his hands get dry. Pick up a tube and try it out!

 

Where to Buy – $30

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Rexall

Written by Jessica

March 9th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream - tube
Squeeze tube format

One thing I’ve learnt from reading about pregnancies is that everyone seems to be obsessed with stretch marks. Why do we get stretch marks? How do I make them go away? How do I prevent stretch marks from appearing? Does everyone get them?

Forums are the worst for gleaning information, and I’ve tried to steer clear away from them. Instead, I tried turning to more trusted sites such as BabyCenter Canada聽and What to Expect. Really, there’s no avoiding stretch marks. You either get them or you don’t to varying degrees. Stretch marks appear because the skin is stretching, and once that baby is born, your skin doesn’t fully reduce back to what it once was before. To help minimize the amount of stretch marks, just make sure your skin is well hydrated and moisturized.

For this, I’ve been religiously using my regular body lotion every day after showering. After all, it’s the best time to lock in moisture, right? Over the Christmas holidays, my mom took me maternity clothes shopping and we snagged some good boxing day sales at Thyme聽Maternity. One of the things I picked up was this, the聽Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream.

It contains seaweed extract, vitamin E, avocado oil, and argan kernel oil just to name a few ingredients. These ingredients help boost circulation, moisturize, reduce scar tissue, and leaves your skin feeling ultra smooth.

 

The Packaging

Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream - nozzle
Flip/push nozzle

The tube itself is pliable, so it returns to its original shape after being squeezed. The nozzle is at the bottom of the tube, so gravity becomes your friend in helping pull the product down the tube. The cap is sturdy, so I’m not afraid of accidentally ripping it off by accident.

 

The Product

Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream - swatch
Swatch

It’s not as thick as a cream, and slightly lighter than a lotion. It feels lighter than Garnier’s Body Intensive 7 days lotion, that’s for sure. It does take a little bit of rubbing to absorb fully into the skin, but once it’s worked in, my skin is feeling quite soft and smooth.

One thing I’ve noticed is the fragrance – it smells just like The Body Shop’s satsuma. I, for one, absolute聽adore that scent so I love applying this cream on. The nice thing is that the smell doesn’t linger for long, and I can’t smell it on myself.

 

The Verdict

So far so good, this cream moisturizes and makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I don’t find it as moisturizing as my Garnier Body Intensive 7 days lotion, but it still leaves the skin feeling nice. No sign of stretch marks yet, though unknown if it’s because of my diligence in moisturizing, or because I haven’t grown that large yet (currently at 33 weeks!).

 

Where to Buy – $20 CND

Written by Jessica

February 14th, 2015 at 10:24 am

Posted in Beauty,body,skincare

November 2014 Empties

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November 2014 Empties
A cozy background for this snowy weather we’re having

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner Moisture

This was part of a trial set I received when purchasing Laneige products. It has a pleasant scent and softens my skin as prep for the next step. Would definitely repurchase this again.

Laneige Water Bank Essence

This was part of a trial set I received when purchasing Laneige products. See the full review here.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

This was part of a trial set I received when purchasing Laneige products. This is great as a night cream as it is thicker than the lotion and really gives my skin a hydrating boost. It feels like there’s a slight greasy residue, but if you continue massaging it into your skin, that goes away. I love how soft it makes my skin feel.

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

Full review here.

Shisheido Ultimune

See my full review of it here.

Nivea Express Hydration Body Lotion

Pretty good body lotion for summer time. It soaks right into the skin and doesn’t leave an greasy residue. I just finished it but am finding it not quite hydrating enough for the winter months. 聽Will definitely repurchase in warmer months.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Collection Citron honey & coriander

This was part of a trio one of my girlfriends gave me. It has a strong lemon scent but not too overbearing. I like applying it just before I go to bed, but for the days when my hands are so beaten up from a day’s worth of hand sanitizer use, it’s not enough to hydrate my skin. Otherwise, using it during the day has been really nice.

Lanc么me G茅nifique Yeux Light Pearl聽

Bigger review coming soon as it’s still being written. This was hydrating for my lids and under eye area for sure, but because this was a small sample size, I can’t comment on how illuminating it was or how it’s anti-aging property was. Pricey when you look at the website, so I’m not sure if I will repurchase this.

Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear

This is no longer made, but I had picked it up at a previous L’Oreal Warehouse sale. I loved how sheer the coverage was and how light and airy it was for every day. I’m not sure if it’s been replaced with another product, but this one is discontinued. What a shame because I really liked this!

Aveeno Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream

A skin saver for the times that I’m itching like crazy. It’s so hard once you make the first scratch, to not continue scratching. This coupled with willpower has saved my skin from becoming raw, inflamed and bleeding. 聽I’m not sure how much different this is compared to regular Aveeno, but they both work for me.

Written by Jessica

December 11th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

L鈥橭r茅al Warehouse Sale for Fall 2014

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

The L’Or茅al 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聽(orig. $5.49)
  • Lanc么me Bienfait gift set – $39.75 (orig. $60)
  • Lanc么me Liner Design in Uptown Brown – $6.75聽(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聽(old formulation but orig. $30 I think)
  • Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Soothing Lotion – $2.00聽(orig. $7.79)
  • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP – $15聽(orig. $35)
  • Lanc么me 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?

 

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Written by Jessica

October 3rd, 2014 at 5:02 pm