It’s the beginning of the month. That means it is time to review empties. Okay, these empties are from February, but I will eventually get caught up and have more timely reviews. This was actually a rough month for me, so looking over the items that got me through it is actually a little weirdly satisfying. Have you tried any of these items? What are your thoughts on them?
I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.
Benefit Big Easy- I love this formula. It is one of the only full on foundations I can wear without a setting powder. The coverage is better than your average tinted moisturizer or BB cream as well. It dries pretty matte. My only issue is color selection. I find one a little light and two is a little dark. If they made 1.5, I would buy this all the time. My full-sized one is color 2, which is closer to my summer color.
Marvis Strong Mint Toothpaste- For someone with sensitive teeth, I am not used to using anything other than Sensodyne or Pronamel. As long as I still mix the others in, I can use this from time to time. It cleans very well, and I like the taste.
Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom Hand Cream- While not my favorite Pacifica scent, the scent was light and fresh. All Pacifica had creams are very hydrating for me.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Cream- This scent is amazing (still not my favorite Pacifica scent). It is not the most hydrating body cream but it is thicker and does better than a lot, too.
YSL Touche Eclat Shade 2- I actually tried this in shade 1 a while back and did not understand the hype. Before giving up on the product completely, I tried shade 2. This is a great highlighter for my skin tone. It pops nicely.
Lancome Genifique- This is my all time favorite serum. It is an activating serum, so it helps others boost or works fine on its own. My skin glows when I use it, so I see it working.
Bliss Grapefruit and Aloe Body Butter- The cream itself is great for a thinner cream, but I am in love with this scent.
Beauty Blender- It does apply foundation better than my fingers or my brushes. That said, I admit that even with the Solid Cleanser I cannot get all the foundation stain out of the sponge. It satins after the very first use. My OCD hates that. These are too expensive to repurchase every time the sponge gets stained past my ick factor, so I will only use this on days I want airbrushed looking foundation.
Willing to Try Again
Up and Up Loofa- There was nothing special about this, but I cannot blast it too much. It cost less than $2. While I would consider buying it again, I would only use it on days I wanted to exfoliate. It is way too rough for everyday use. It also fell apart in less than two months, which made it $1 a month for use. Not too bad.
Matrix Exquisite Oil Shampoo- I probably use way more shampoo than the average person, because one foil is barely ever enough for me and this was no different. It seemed fine, but I did have to mix it with another shampoo to get enough for a single use. I’d try this again.
Dr. Sasquatch Eucalyptus Greek Yogurt Soap- This was my husband’s soap, but I always try most of his products and my kids’ products. It was fine. The smell did not overly scream man as some do. My skin also did not feel overly dry post using it, although I always moisturize right afterward anyway.
Bed Head Urban Anti-Dotes- There is nothing that wows me about this, but it does the conditioning job fine. It took me almost two years to finish this thing, because I kept using other things and did not find myself reaching for this.
Udderly Smooth Hand and Body Lotion- This was much thinner than I expected. While it does a decent job and goes on without a greasy feel, I find myself needing to reapply between hand washing. For someone who washes her hands a lot, that is odd. The only reason I did not bump it down is cost. Even with more applications than your average hand cream, it was still cheaper than most. This also works fine on the body.
h2o+ Apricot Puree- This worked fine. It was not overly abrasive and smelled good. Other scrubs leave my skin a little softer leading me to believe this one does not exfoliate as well.
Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer- These anti-aging treatments are hard to gauge from samples, because it takes longer than the sample is good for to see results. That said, this was fine from what I could tell. The cream was moisturizing for a medium thickness cream.
Lancome Absolue Oleo Serum- The sample was just too small to see if this did anything special. For the price, I need to know it does something special before I would even consider purchasing it.
EOS Lip Balms- I do not love or hate them, and these are not overly old or used. The problem is they are too much fun for my three-year old to play with and muck up. These all had fuzzies in them when I tossed them. I think he kept dropping them on the floor.
Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy- Another product of my husband’s that I of course tested. It was fine. I can see why he likes it.
Bergamatto e Aria Di Oceano Crema per le Mani- This hand cream was one of my samples on a full-sized Birchbox purchase. The smell was not overly powerful and the cream moisturized all right. There was no wow factor.
Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine- This little thing lasted a long time. I used it as a setting powder since I am not overly oily (except in my upside down T). The color was fine, although I can see it being an issue on certain skin colors. It kept me matte and covered. Decent job.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil- This is the worst vial design ever. No matter how carefully I stored it, it kept opening up. The last time it knocked over, the faulty lid popped right off spilling all the contents. Thus, I did not use much of it. I do not remember loving or hating it the 2-3 times I used it, so I would be open to sampling it again (preferably in a different container).
No 4 Fleur de Temps Shampoo- It was fine. I would need a bigger sample to make a more informed decision.
Not for Me
Julep Nail Wipes- These were terrible. One side of each pad does not really work at all. They’re small. If you’re wearing a dark color, you will need at least 3 to remove your polish. Even then, you will need a Q-Tip to clean up. I’ve used nail wipes where one or two cleans everything with no Q-Tips needed. I will never buy these again, but I will use them if they come in one of Julep’s awesome kits.
Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser- I did not hate it, but I did not find a single thing exciting about it. The lather was its nicest quality. My skin did not feel squeaky clean or overly soft afterward as it does with some other formulas.
Shine Shampoo- I absolutely hate this stuff. It does not lather at all, so I find myself using nearly the whole bottle for one wash. My hair never looks or feels clean either. This does absolutely nothing for my overly frizzy hair either. Yet, I keep using it. Why? We stay at the Sheraton often, and this is what they choose to provide for guests. I promised my husband I would work through my stockpile and do not want to gift this junk to anyone. It would be mean, not a gift! Anyway, I will no longer take these when I leave the Sheraton. Anything left over stays in the room. Part of the fun of traveling to me is using the hotel’s stuff (to pack less and get more samples I love). Well, I have used enough of these to know I will never love them.
Becca Stay Matte Primer- No matter how much time I placed between moisturizer and primer, this stuff balled up and fell off as I was applying it with the Algenist moisturizer. I also tried it with my husband’s and got the same result, so I know it was not the Algenist. The Algenist also stayed put with other primers. The only moisturizer that worked with this primer is Creme de la Mar. My skin also felt more dry as the day wore on, so I felt like this primer just sucked up all the moisture in my skin. Epic Fail. To be fair, this could be amazing for someone who does not use a thick moisturizer and has oily skin. It is a huge reminder to use products designed to your skin type. While I do have oily skin in some parts, the dry parts of my skin drive my products more than anything else. Using this only on the oily parts (the way I use the Porefessional) did not help. It still balled up and fell off.