1 September 2013

August Empties / Products I've Used Up

It's that time again: empties!  I used up a decent number of samples this month, but only four full sized products.  Keep reading for my thoughts on everything...

FULL SIZED PRODUCTS

George's Always Active Aloe Spray Mister   [Review]
I was in love with this spray initially, but I'm no longer convinced it does anything more than water.  It does work well for setting your makeup, hydrating or cooling your face, and helping oils/serums rub into your skin better, but since this ran out, I've been using plain water in a spray bottle, and I haven't noticed any difference.  
Repurchase? Maybe.  

Acure Argan + Argan Stem Cell Conditioner   [Review]
Love this conditioner!  This is the first summer that I haven't struggled with frizzy hair in the humidity and I credit a lot of that to Acure's shampoo and conditioner.  
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

South of France Lemon Mint Liquid Soap   [Review]
Really great as either a hand soap or body wash.  Lathers up well, smells fresh and lovely - lemony with a touch of mint - and does not leave your skin feeling tight or dry.
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

(Seed) Grape Seed Enriched Body Lotion   [Review]
(Seed)'s lotion is on the lighter side, which was great for the summer.  It rubs in super easily and still moisturizes well.  The pump is a nice added convenience too! 
Repurchase? Maybe.

SAMPLES

Consonant Ultra Firming Eye Cream
Consonant was kind enough to send me a few samples after a conversation on Twitter, and this was the first one I reached for.  They recommended it for both under eye circles and puffiness, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to do much for my dark circles.  It does, however, take down puffiness like no other eye cream I've used.  This plus my Pure + Simple eye cream - which is great for darkness but falls short with puffiness - makes the perfect combination, but I'm not sure it's feasible to layer two eye creams in the long run.  I have a sample of Consonant's Ultra Moisturizing Eye Cream to try next, so I'm hoping that one will end up being a better fit.
Repurchase? Probably not. 

Cheeky Cosmetics Honeycomb Eye Shadow   [Review]
I really like Cheeky Cosmetics' eye shadows, but Honeycomb wasn't a standout colour for me.  It's a pretty golden brown, don't get me wrong, but I have an abundance of eye shadow and it wasn't unique enough that I need to replace it immediately.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Face Naturals Peppermint & Tea Tree Deodorant
The mini deodorant is super cute and the perfect size for toting around, which I guess is good, since it's something that needs to be reapplied throughout the day!  Even on days when I do nothing, this deodorant doesn't get me through the day stink-free unless I use it more than once.  It's also the worst for getting deodorant marks on clothing.  It doesn't seem to matter how I put my shirt on, I always end up with an awkward white smear on it somewhere!  I've loved plenty of other Face Naturals products, but I really had to force myself to use this one up!  
Repurchase? No.

Dr. Bronner's Citrus Orange Pure Castile Soap
I'm pretty sure everyone knows Dr. Bronner's.  This castile soap is insanely multi-purpose and is a great product to have on hand.  Since it's so gentle, I used the sample to hand wash some delicates.  The citrus scent isn't my favorite, but it worked just as well as any of the other ones.
Repurchase? Yes, but not in this scent.

Himalaya Neem & Turmeric Face Wash
Himalaya is a new-to-me brand, but I was excited to try out this sample whilst hunting for a new cleanser.  I'm still curious to try more from the line, but this face wash just didn't work for me.  It's a gel cleanser that's difficult to wash off and it left my skin feeling tight and a little dry.  It's recommended for normal to oily skin, so it may work better for oilier skin types.
Repurchase? No.

Green Beaver Boreal Body Lotion
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this, since I usually choose unscented lotions.  It has a subtle scent that dissipates pretty quickly and I was completely fine with it. It's a little richer than my usual Acure lotion, which I imagine will be fantastic come winter.  And, I love that, unlike the Acure, it's a lotion I can actually buy in stores here.  
Repurchase? It's very likely.  

Black Rose Minerals Skink Eye Shadow   [Review]
Skink is another shimmery tan/light brown/gold and really lovely.  These kinds of shades are my favorite for an everyday eye and I'm starting to running low!  Definitely considering ordering a full size.
Repurchase? Maybe.

That's all for August!  Have you tried any of these products?



19 comments:

  1. This Acure conditioner is the best!<3 x

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  2. Hi Cathie!

    Just letting you know that I nominated you to a Liebster Award!
    http://bilboblueeyes.com/2013/09/02/bloggen/min-blogg-har-fatt-en-liebster-award/
    I will Email you a better translation to the post tneb the one you get with Google translate.

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    1. Thanks Malin! I'm a little behind on posts, but I will add it to the list :)

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  3. I have the same impression with George´s Aloe Spray Mister. Water has the same effect, I believe. I will keep the botte and refill it with water once I emptied it.

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    1. Glad to know it isn't just me! I'm hanging on to the bottle too :) It's hard to find good spray bottles sometimes - at least it has that going for it!

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  4. I love the South of France Liquid Soap! They smell amazing and really moisturize your hands. You don't even have to put hand cream on afterwards (well at leastly I don't.)

    Great Post :)

    lovelynaturaldiy.com

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    1. Me too! I just wish more of the scents were just essential oils, I think this is the only one without fragrance :(

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  5. I need to try that Acure conditioner! I love their body lotions.

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    1. You should! Their shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are all staples for me :)

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  6. Your review on the Acure conditioner makes me curoius. I got it with my last iherb order and I'm looking forward to testing it as soon as my actual conditioner is emptied.

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  7. I have some Consonant samples sitting around, after your mini review, I should really try using them. South of France soap sounds so lovely.

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    1. South of France is great...it's another brand I wish we had easier access to here! I have a few more Consonant samples I need to try too :)

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  8. i love acure conditionner too!

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    1. It's definitely a favorite here! :)

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  9. I haven't tried any of these besides Dr. Bronner's soap (which I adore), but I do have a natural deodorant rec: Primal Pit Paste. It's the best natural formula I've found thus far. Love your blog:)

    SimplySkinDeepBeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Primal Pit Paste sounds familiar, I think it was recommended by someone else too! Will definitely check it out :)

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