I actually don't have a lot to update on. #NoBuyJanuary is still going strong, and to be honest, I haven't found it all that challenging so far. I already tend to do a lot of online window shopping - browsing without buying anything - so the spending ban hasn't felt out of the ordinary yet. We'll see how that holds up through the end of the month!
In the same vein, I want to talk about using up products that end up not being as well liked as we anticipate. Sure, it makes sense to set something aside when it's not working for you, but that can get pretty wasteful. When at all possible, I try to find alternate ways to make things work. Here are four recent examples:
Bath Petals Sicilian Blood Orange Shower GelThe Bad: Back in October or November, I started getting dry, itchy skin, which I eventually traced back to this shower gel. It did work well for about the first half of the bottle, but at some point it started drying my skin out.
The Good: I've been using the end of the bottle to clean my makeup brushes! It's essentially just a castile soap, so it works about the same as the Dr. Bronner's I usually use.
The Bad: This has an impressive list of ingredients and the effect I noticed on both dark circles and under eye puffiness was pretty amazing, but sadly something in it irritates my eyes and leaves them feeling tired and sore.
The Good: In addition to the eye area, Blissoma suggests using the serum on areas with sun damage or anywhere you might want an extra anti-aging boost, so I've started using it as an all over face serum underneath my oils or moisturizer. I've also started applying it on the backs of my hands, since that's an area that can start to show age or sun damage. I haven't noticed a huge difference in either yet, but it's early days yet.
The Bad: With so many people raving about Celtic Complexion, and this creme in particular, I was excited to get my hands on this mini and expected to love it. It does go on nicely and leaves my skin feeling silky, hydrated and soft, but the problem comes a few hours later. Every single time I've used this on my face, within two to three hours my pores look huge and just awful. I'm guessing it's the coconut oil, which I generally steer clear of in face products.
The Good: With shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil as the first three ingredients, it's no surprise that this cream makes a fantastic lip treatment. I also like it as a body moisturizer.
The Bad: I don't like this at all for my hair!
The Good: In my shower, unloved conditioners regularly end up being repurposed as shaving cream, but where that's usually just as a way to use them up, Desert Essence's conditioner has stood out. It's as good as, if not better than, any actual shaving cream I've used. Proof: my tube is just starting to feel empty and my first thought was, "I need to pick up another one before this runs out!"
If you're participating, how's #NoBuyJanuary going for you? What do you do when products don't work as well as expected? If you're looking for more ideas, Cori from Well Beauty Blog did a great post with tons of ways to repurpose your products - check it out here.