When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. 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. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Aloe Lotion- Moisturizing for a medium density formula. I initially thought this had a slight greasiness. The more I used it the more I realized it is exactly what I love. It keeps my skin hydrated without being sticky or completely absorbs. This was originally given to me by PINCHme, but I purchased this myself from Target.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream- This is a moisturizing cream that penetrates deeply and rubs in smoothly, because it is not as thick as some others. If I am looking for intense moisture, I will stick with Eucerin, but I will use this when I want something that moisturizes very well and works into the skin quickly.
Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 45- I almost never burn as long as I reapply this in a reasonable amount of time. It feels great on my skin, because it does not feel thick or sticky. There is almost zero shine added with this, too.
h2o+ Spa Sea Lotus Skin Smoother- This is incredible. It scrubs without being too gentle or too rough. There is oil in it that leaves my skin feeling soft. I do not even add a separate body cream on days I use this all over, and my skin still feels hydrated.
Ulta Peppermint Cracked Heel Treatment- This did not work as well as Egyptian Magic on my heels, because this does not seem to penetrate as deeply into the deep skin in my heels. Even though it is really thick, I still love it all over my feet after I work Egyptian Magic into my heels.
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50- This is thin, rubs in nicely, applies semi-matte, and is very effective. My skin does not burn when I wear this.
Essentielle Beauty Peppermint Balm- I love this balm, which is not as thick as Egyptian Magic, so it is great for dry patches of skin that do not need as much penetration. This smells like a mild peppermint, which is very pleasant.
Essentielle Beauty Rose Balm- I love this balm, which is not as thick as Egyptian Magic, so it is great for dry patches of skin that do not need as much penetration. This has a light rose scent, so it is tolerable. The formula is almost exactly the same as the Peppermint above, so I would select that one (as I prefer its scent).
Davines Anti Aging Hand Cream- I wish the price on this was more reasonable, because it smells lovely. The formula is great, too. It is deeply moisturizing and not at all greasy. Rarely does my husband love my hand cream, but he loves this one. He loves it so much that he claimed my second tube.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands- This is a lovely hand cream with an almost non-existent scent. It starts off medium to thick density, but it becomes thick the more you use it thanks to the open air of the jar. The formula is moisturizing and long-lasting.
Lush Hot Toddy Body Wash- It is a shame this was a limited edition item. Even with the glitter inside, which was not really as bothersome as I thought it would be, I loved this wash. This has a lovely cinnamon scent that is subtle and long-lasting. The lather is nice, and it rinses away clean.
Fekkai Reparatives Deep Conditioning Mask- This definitely helps with frizz and makes my hair softer. I love this. It is a nice mask, but I’ve tried better ones, including my reigning favorite.
Willing to Try Again
Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Mist- This arrived open and a lot of the product inside spilled. I cannot say if this made any difference in shine, frizz, conditioning, or anything. It really did not seem like it did. There is a chance the formula weakened when the bottle opened. I am going to use the replacement bottle Birchbox gave me to give this a real shot. If I still do not notice a difference after using a full, unopened bottle, I will move this into the not for me category.
Gold Bond Healing Hand Cream- This feels almost the same as the general one. Even though I liked it and would use it again, I do not see myself purchasing it. The hand cream is more expensive than the body cream but produces about the same result. I’d buy the body cream and use it on my hands and body, which I did with the large one above.
Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner- I did notice a slight difference in my usual frizz (which is a lot), but I did not notice enough to justify the price. If I received this in a kit or gift, I would use it, but I would not buy it. There are cheaper formulas that do better.
Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask- I did not notice much of a difference after using this, but the sample was small. Instead of using all the 0.5oz sample in one application like I should have, I separated it into 2 0.25oz treatments. It did not work through my hair as well as it should have, so I did not get to see what this product is capable of when used to its fullest. If I received this again, I would give it a fair shot.
St Ives Apricot Scrub- I read that apricot seeds can damage facial skin, and I prefer to use a scrub that is more gentle. Instead of using this on my face, I used it on my hands and feet. It was all right. The slight cleansing effect that accompanied it was nice.
Philip B Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse- This was another disappointing product. I did not notice a difference. Like the Corioliss above, I used it less than I should have. If I received this again, I would use more to give it a better shot.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- This is a really wet formula, so it does not work well with hooded eyes like mine. It transfers to my face. I do see more definition and length in my lashes, but I do not like wiping this off my eyes multiple times during the day.
Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths- I purchased three of these for my boys who were always getting their faces dirty while we were out. After I purchased them, they magically stopped getting dirty most of the time. That made me remove them from my purse. They added unneeded weight, so I put them away. When I ran out of wipes, I saw them and thought they would expire soon. I decided to use them as makeup removers. They are not the best at removing makeup, but they do remove enough that I feel good in using the other two packages and not using them again (at least on myself).
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay- This is probably better suited for oily skin. When I use this all over, my dry patches of skin feel more dry than they usually do. It assists with removing impurities from oily patches of skin nicely, so I only used this on oily skin. I would definitely use this again, but I am exploring other cleansers and cannot say I love this one.
ATTITUDE 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash- When it comes to these two in one products, I feel like it always does one better than the other and usually does neither as well as a product devoted to one. This does work better as a body wash, but I did not think it did much as a shampoo. It is something I’d use, but it is not something I’d buy.
Not For Me
das boom industries Everywhere Lotion Denali- This is a thin lotion that does not moisturize as well as it could. It has a very manly smell, so it is not for me. My husband does not mind the smell and likes it even though it is thin, so it is important that even though I do not like it, he does.
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.