1 November 2013

October Empties / Products I've Used Up

I think I've finally come to accept that no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to finish more than six or eight items in a given month.  Not sure how some of you do it!  October's empties are mainly items I've repurchased (which doesn't help the current size of my skincare stash), but I'm happy to get through these all the same! 



Sukin Revitalizing Facial Scrub   [Review]
There are so many things I loved about this scrub - the price point, the smell, how gently it exfoliates - but the phenoxyethanol in it is a dealbreaker for me.  As preservatives go, I don't think phenoxyethanol is the worst out there, but it's one I generally avoid (I made a rare exception this time for the scrub!)
Repurchase? No, not unless Sukin reformulates without the phenoxyethanol.

Young Living Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Most of you probably already know how great eucalyptus is for respiratory problems, but it also has a whole host of other uses.  I don't get a lot of pimples anymore, but when I do, this is what I use, in combination with frankincense essential oil.  As spot treatments go, it's a little untraditional, but the duo works very well at reducing redness and taking down any blemishes. 
Repurchase? Absolutely.

Humphrey's Witch Hazel Astringent   [Review]
I've gone through several bottles of Humphrey's witch hazel making my DIY Witch Hazel and Glycerin Toner and it's still my witch hazel of choice, since it works well and is super affordable.  The astringent does contain alcohol (only a small percentage), but it has no preservatives.
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Pure + Simple Eye Brightening Cream (sample)   [Review]
This is a fabulous eye cream that's both gentle and amazingly effective on any darkness around and under the eyes.  Sadly, it works less well on puffiness.  When I wrote my initial review, I wasn't planning to buy the full size, but I did end up picking it up a few weeks after my sample ran out.  It really is the best I've found for dark circles, and I've had decent results on the puffiness front by managing other factors (stress, sleep, allergies, etc.)  
Repurchase? Yes.

Acure Moroccan Argan + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo   [Review]
I've talked about this shampoo many times before, so I won't say too much.  It's the best I've found for my curly hair and used with the matching conditioner, it get my hair clean and moisturizes it just enough, without leaving it feeling heavy or weighed down.  
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Intelligent Nutrients Organic Styling Gel   [Review]
I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes to hair styling, but I like to use some kind of product to minimize frizz and help define my curls.  I go back and forth between Intelligent Nutrients' gel and Yarok's Feed Your Roots, but the gel has been getting more love recently.  It has a little more hold (still without being crunchy) and worked very well during the warmer months.  Ideally I'd like to find something a little less expensive, since I feel like I went through this pretty quickly, but I've purchased another travel size for the time being.
Repurchase? Yes, I already have.

Earthpaste Cinnamon Toothpaste   [Review]
Another repeat purchase!  I've been using Earthpaste for almost a year now and I'm still loving it.  The cinnamon leaves your breath a little less fresh than the peppermint or wintergreen flavors, but it still works just as well in every other way.
Repurchase? Yes, but probably not in this flavor.

And that's all for October!  We'll have to see how things go in November, but I will say that I'm already working hard to finish up a couple specific products.  What did you use up last month?  




19 comments:

  1. The shampoo sounds great - anything with Argan in I always find works amazingly :) x

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    1. I agree! Argan does wonders for my hair :)

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  2. I'm already into the Yarok hype and especially the mousse: real volume and no irritation on the face when my hair touches my skin. So the Intelligent Nutrients sounds real good too if your prefer it over Yarok

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    1. I still love and use the Yarok, but the Intelligent Nutrients has a little more hold, so I found it worked slightly better during the humid, warmer months. They're both great products :)

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  3. I love the Earthpaste! I think you were the 1st person I saw blogging about it, then I started seeing other good reviews. So thanks for the product reviews! I have it in cinnamon now but I'm almost out. May try it in peppermint next. And I saw they were releasing a spearmint soon so want to try that too. I don't have that many empties either. I don't see how people go through stuff so fast.

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    1. I'm glad you gave it a try! I just saw that they're releasing the spearmint in November, I can't wait! I've seen a few people complain about the original flavours not being fresh/minty enough and that one is supposed to be stronger, so that should be good too :)

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  4. Well, well, not all of us can finish 100 products at the same time lol. You did really well this month though! xo

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    1. Thanks! Towards the beginning of the month, I always think I'm going to finish up SO MANY THINGS, but it just never ends up that way, lol :)

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  5. I am a fan lover of Acure..and a new review about some of their products will be soon on my blog! Intelligent Nutrients beauty stuff are really on my wish list too :-)

    Doing an international giveaway on my blog, Great prizes :-). Have a check!

    www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

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    1. I love Acure too, can't wait to read your reviews:) Intelligent Nutrients makes my wallet hurt sometimes, but everything I've tried from their line has been top notch, amazing...definitely worth trying!

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    2. :-)) therefore IN is still on my wish list ......

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  6. I have trouble using up oodles of products every month also! I don't know how some bloggers do it. :P

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    1. Me neither! It's impressive how much stuff some ladies get through :)

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  7. If you're looking for a new scrub I highly recommend Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub. I use it three mornings a week, and it leaves my skin so soft and smooth, gets rid of all my flakiness, and is completely non-irritating and non-stripping. Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I actually picked up Acure's scrub a month or two ago, although I've only used it a couple times so far. I'm sure it'll be getting more attention now that the Sukin one is finished! :)

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  8. This Acure shampoo and matching conditioner are Amazing!<3 xx

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  9. You've convinced me I need to try that Eye Cream! And I've never heard of Acure but I just read your review and it's definitely something I'll be keeping in mind :)


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. It's a great eye cream, especially if your main concern is dark circles :) Acure is a great brand - pretty much everything I've tried from them has been fantastic!

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