Welcome to the new month. The beginning of the new month to me always represents closing out the previous month. While I am obviously still behind in writing articles, I did finish plenty of items in March I’d love to go over now. There is something so fulfilling about seeing something empty even though that sometimes mean you have to go out and buy more (assuming you do not already have backups).
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.
SoftSoap Kitchen Fresh Hands– The citrus scent in this is light and refreshing. It rinses very clean. My only issue is the mess it makes on the sink when my kids spill it.
Ulta Beauty Smoothie Yum Yum Yumberry– I am a fan of this line. They’re more moisturizing than most, which my dry skin appreciates. The smells are lovely, too. This is not my favorite scent, but it was still nice.
The Body Shop Chocomania– This is a thick, deeply moisturizing cream, which I love. The smell is really reminiscent of chocolate, which I also love. It’s a shame this was a limited edition item. I would have easily purchased this.
Sensodyne Pronamel– My teeth are very sensitive to cold. I can use my husband’s toothpaste for short periods of time, but I eventually go back to this. It almost seems to take away some of the sensitivity. Plus, anything that helps the enamel on my teeth is a good thing. Yes, I tossed it almost full, because it expired in March. Expired products in my mouth are a no go. Next time I buy a 3 pack from Sam’s Club, I will make sure the expiration date is over a year out. It takes me a little over a year to use all three tubes.
Ulta Regular Nail Polish Remover Pad– This thing is large and in charge. One extremely wet wipe removed all of my polish. I did not need a Q-tip to clean up afterward either. It even removes glitter polish.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask– Masks that peel off are fun and rewarding. I love when my skin looks fresh and renewed post peel. As with all pull off masks, my pores enlarge a little upon removal, but that effect is very temporary.
It’s a 10 Leave In Conditioner– I have never used a leave in that made my hair look better. The only thing that keeps this from getting a perfect rating it is not a great detangler. That is one of the 10 things it claims to do. As such, my search for the perfect one continues. I’d use this again in a heartbeat though for that fabulous looking hair.
H2o+ Targeted Care Hand Cream– This is my go to hand cream. It is so moisturizing without a greasy feeling. The price is decent even if the brand did not have frequent promotions. I really like the smell, too, although my husband does not.
Neo to Go– Every Mom carries this is her purse, right? I love that it cleans out wounds, but the pain reliever really seems to work. My kids always calm down once I’ve sprayed this.
Lancome Absolue L’Extrait Eye Cream– I love and curse the day I decided to try this sample. Why you ask? It retails for $260 for a 0.5oz jar. That is $520 an ounce. While I adored the sample, I doubt I will ever pay that price. Neiman Marcus and SAKS Fifth Avenue have thankfully provided me with a couple of samples. It really seems to make my eyes look brighter and lines look reduced. Love the effect!
Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Soft Creme– This is the sample I always wanted to try to see if it would live up to its hype. At $295 per 2oz jar, it is special, right? The jar was way too small for me to notice any long-term effects. Short term were that a bit goes along way. It moisturizes my dry skin very well. I doubt I would ever buy this, but I would love a bigger sample to see if the creme has any long-term effects at all. The Becca primer I finished the previous month did not ball up when I paired it with this even though it balled up with everything else. Definitely makes me think the ingredients are higher quality or something. Then again, I will never use that Becca primer again, so I do not need this!
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Head– I almost always toss these when I am done with them, because I forget they’re technically beauty products, too. Nothing, other than my hygienist herself, cleans my teeth as well as my Philips Sonicare toothbrush, so I will always buy these.
Willing to Try Again
Julep Bare Body Milk– This actually moisturized well for a light formula. It was not greasy, and I liked the smell. I would definitely use this again, but I would stick to the summer months next time. My skin needs something a little thicker in the winter.
Renewed Hope in a Jar– I tried this one time use sample all over my face and am very sad to say 10 minutes later I had to get up and put a different moisturizer on. This is not moisturizing enough for my very dry skin. The only reason I am not putting it in the not for me category yet is because I have used two different moisturizers lately, one on my drier parts and one on my oilier parts. This could work well on my oily skin only. I will try the sample I got as my freebie a bit back (refresher on that here). If I like it, I will use the deluxe one I got from my Sample Society box (refresher on that here).
Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Lotion– I actually grabbed this sample from a TSB (Traveling Sephora Box) for my kiddos. The smell was a little off, so I am unsure if that was from the natural ingredients or because the foil expired. I searched extensively on expiration dates for foils and am still curious if anyone knows. Their skin is way more sensitive than mine, so I decided to test it on myself instead. It was extremely thin and only okay at moisturizing. I’d be willing to try it again to see if the sample went bad. I used it months ago and lived to tell the tale, so it could be worse.
Bliss Multi-Face Etched Mask– I bought a kit that included 3 of these face masks. They sell these masks as a 3 pack for $15, so I liked that my kit included these. Trying this for way less than $5 was a score! One was ripped when I opened the package, so I used it right away. The verdict is it was a little rough. I will try the other two before making a full judgement as there is a slight chance it ripped before I opened the package rendering it old, and I just did not notice.
Gilchrist and Soames Aloe Vera Soap– Run of the mill bar soap. Skin smells and feels clean, but the bar soap film remains. That film is not a deal breaker to me, but it is not a feeling I actively seek either. I’d use the soap again, but I would not purchase it.
Nick Chavez Yucca Root Conditioner– This is my second time using this, and I really have no clue what I think. I cannot even remember my results from March or the time before. It cannot be too great then, right? Then again, if it was terrible, I would have remembered.
Crest Toothpaste– Most toothpaste without sensitivity control is not for me. I can use it in short bursts though, so I would accept another sample of this. It is not something I would buy.
H2o+ Grapefruit Bergamot Shampoo– The best thing about this shampoo is it reminds me of my happy place every time I use it. This is Disney’s most common scent. I like the scent, and the shampoo is decent. If I could forget that it smells like Disney, I would be reminded by the Disney logo on the bottles. Although, I cannot remember if this came from a Disneyland hotel or a DisneyWorld hotel, because we’ve stayed at both recently, The Grand Californian in October, and the Polynesian in December.
Tresemme Shampoo– Like the Nick Chavez conditioner, I cannot remember. That must mean nothing special or terrible, so I’d try it again.
Asprey London Purple Water Shower Gel– I wish this had a little more lather, but I know lather is not always the best for skin. The smell is nice, and I like the clean feeling. This came courtesy of a Ritz Carlton stay. I’d never purchase these, because the price and value do not align in my eyes.
Asprey London Purple Water Shampoo– I like the smell. My hair looks decent post use. Although I do not feel the need to buy it, I will gladly use samples.
Asprey London Conditioner– Pretty much the same experience as its shampoo counterpart.
Eurcerin Calming Lotion– I am a huge Eucerin fan. This specific product is very cheap, so I use it as an add on at both Ulta and Drugstore.com when I need to get over a shipping minimum. (Reminder Drugstore.com rewards released today and are good through the end of the month). It is a little thin compared to the rest of the Eucerin line. Short of needing something cheap to throw into an order, I would not buy this.
OPI Nail Polish Remover– I was decently impressed with this remover. It is something I would consider repurchasing even though I am not fond of the price compared to some other removers. Price is the only thing keeping this from moving to the love side. I’ll buy it again but not happily.
Thann Body Lotion– It moisturized decently well for a thinner lotion. The smell was a little off. I’d use it again on a future Mariott stay, but I would not buy it.
Not For Me
Julep Pedi Mint– This is not the worst foot cream I’ve tried. My feet as just very dry, so I need an intensely moisturizing foot cream to work on its own. I should have combined this with something else to give extra moisture, because my feet were more dry than usual as I used this. The cream is also thinner than most, so it took a lot more for each use.
Aroma Actives Body Lotion– Way too thin for my dry skin. What is with the smell? There was nothing redeeming about this. Aromatherapy should be therapeutic. Considering we got this at a DoubleTree stay, I guess I cannot complain too much. Although, I have never heard of the brand and think even Doubletree can do better.
Gilchrist and Soames Body Lotion– One of my favorite things about traveling is sampling new products. My husband reminds me that most hotels do not sell the regular products the stores sell but rather a watered down version. When it comes to lotions, I swear that is true. The one above also came from one of our hotel stays (cannot remember which one), and this one from the Harrahs in Reno was very disappointing. It is so thin that it is like thick water. Despite a thick application, I do not find this moisturizing at all. Boo!
Gilchrist and Soames Shampoo and Conditioner Combo– Seriously. This is the first time in my life that I recall a hotel chain offering a shampoo/conditoner combo. It reminds me that the one step was popular in the early 90s, but I cannot remember the brand that was all the rage. At least offer a cleansing conditioner next time. The kicker is they only left one in the room for four people. I only have extras, because my kids use their own products even when we travel, and my husband does not have a lot of hair. Anyway, I would not use this at home without a separate conditioner. On this trip, I did, but I was not pleased with the results. My hair was way too frizzy and overly tangled.
XPress Spa Hand Therapy– This was an airport purchase. More specifically an, oh no, our flight was just delayed, and I only carried on enough hand lotion for the exact amount of travel time. A trip to an airport store and $6 later, my husband brought me this. He volunteered to buy it for me, because I am sure he realized I cannot walk into a store for lotion and walk out with only lotion! My very dry hands require moisture after every wash, so I cannot be without hand cream. While this is better than nothing, it is not something I would purchase again. It’s very thin and not moisturizing. Very disappointing for a hand therapy as this would not even be moisturizing for my body, which is nowhere near as dry.
I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.