June 2015 Empties

DSC06237It seems that I’ve used up less stuff in June than in May. This month I finished a bunch of samples from subscription boxes.

Hair Care

DevaCurl Styling Cream(large foil) – I really liked this stuff. It’s the same styling cream that was applied to my hair at the DevaChan salon (which is a subject for a separate post). I didn’t get the same result at home, but it was close enough. It’s lighter than most of styling creams I’ve used. Main drawback – it makes drying time very long, but it’s common for this type of product. Probably will purchase full size.
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (large foil) – I’m not particularly impressed with this one. I think it would work better with styling cream or leave-in conditioner. It’s a bit drying on it’s own. I think I have one more large foil sample, so I’ll experiment.

Skin Care

Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution (full size) – I got this as a part of Paula’s Choice Regular Strength Acne Kit. It’s really nice chemical exfoliant. It did a good job smoothing my skin and keeping black heads to a minimum. It is very similar to Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, a bit less effective, but also a bit less drying.
Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away collagen eye serum (deluxe sample) – did not make a slightest difference to my dark circles. Moreover, unlike other eye creams that make similar claims, this wasn’t even moisturizing. Fail.
BWC Facial Cleanser with AHA Complex (deluxe sample) – I don’t think cleanser stays on your face long enough for AHA to work. I did like this cleanser though. It’s surprisingly gentle for a foaming cleanser.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish (deluxe sample) – scrub with fancy name. It did it’s job, but I get the same results with muslin cloth or a sponge.
La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipe – it removed most of makeup from my face on a the day when I wore a full face makeup. It was not particularly effective removing my mascara, which wasn’t waterproof. I still needed to wash my face afterwards.
Paula’s Choice Sun Care Extra-Care Sunscreen SPF 50 (foil) – a lot of chemical sunscreens give me burning sensation especially when applied around eyes, but this was something special. I actually had to wash it off my face to make the burning stop. It was fine one the back of my hand though.
Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Face and Body Scrub (deluxe sample) – I was definitely not going to use this on my face. Even for my feet this was a bit scratchy, but they survived.
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (deluxe sample) – gradual tanning lotion. I got this from Walmart Beauty Box last fall, and, originally, was not intending to use it. However, I realized that no one really wants it, so I can’t give it away… And my legs are kind of pale… So I decided to give it a go. I used it exclusively on my lower legs, and the little tube lasted me about a week. I’m real not sure if it made my skin any darker. Surely, a week should be enough to see at least some results.
Laura Ashley Coconut Lime Body Butter (deluxe sample?)- very light and runny for body butter. I didn’t mind that, as I prefer light moisturizers, but I wasn’t fan of the smell. I don’t mind coconut scent, but this was soapy-coconut-lime scent. Plus, jar packaging. I don’t think this body butter contained any antioxidants or other unstable ingredients, but having to reach into the jar to get the product bugs me.
Bee Kind Body Lotion (deluxe sample) – another product that I was happy to finish. Over past year or so, Birchbox kept sending me (and other subscribers) assortment of Gilchrest & Soams creations. Mostly moisturizers, although I recall one or two body washes. These products have a few things in common – they feel and smell like cheap hotel toiletries and they cost as high end drug store products. With this price to quality ratio you are better off buying drug store stuff.
Naobay Body Radiance Lotion (deluxe sample) – another Birchbox offering. Mildly moisturizing lotion with lemon-y scent. Not my favorite.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 30 (full size) – I forgot to include this when I took a picture of my empties. I have mixed felling about this one. On one hand spray sunscreens are really not your best bet in terms of protection, we all know that. Plus most of sprays, including this one contain a lot of alcohol. On the other application take minimal time and it doesn’t gross. I used Neutrogena Spray for its convenience, especially when I oversleep. So, at least twice a week. I feel that as long as I apply it generously and rub it in to cover any spots I may have missed, it provides acceptable protection for days when my sun exposure is limited to commute to and from work. When you apply this spray so thoroughly, it does feel slightly greasy. Nothing major, but still unpleasant. I’ll take Neutrogena Dry-Touch sunscreens over this one any day. At least any day when I have more that 10 minutes to get myself out of the house.

Nail Care

Zoya Remove+ (mini) – I love this stuff, it works better than regular polish remover I pick up at a dollar store, and doesn’t dry out my nails and cuticles as much. But I’m too cheap to use it on regular bases. I mostly save it for cleaning up, because that’s were better polish remover makes more difference. Better remover = fewer strokes = lower chances for messing up.

Do you keep track of your empties?

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