January 2016 Empties and Non-Empties

DSC07371New year, new ways. Starting January I decided to include non-empties in these monthly round ups. Non-empties are things that I’m done with, even if they are not… well… empty. Non-empties usually are products that didn’t work for me or products that expired before I had a chance to use them up.

Goodal Waterest First Essence (deluxe sample) – I was super exited to get this in the K-Beauty January Birchbox. It’s actually one of the reasons I got curated box in the first place, as I’m still searching for replacement of Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer, and First Essence sounded promising. I was applying it every night and I really liked it at first. Its texture is very similar to Proactiv product, and it adsorbs just as fast. It can feel a bit tacky if you apply too much. However, after a week or so I noticed slight prickling sensation after applying Goodal product. I continued using it over next few days, but the sensation worsened. After a couple more days it graduated to slight burning sensation. Plus, it wasn’t as moisturizing as I expected. Plus, the sample container was a bit of a pain to deal with, as it’s make of firm plastic that doesn’t squeeze, and you have to shake the product out of the bottle. So I gave up on Goodal Waterest First Essence without even finishing the sample.

Make Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover (deluxe sample) – another Birchbox offering. This one I’ve had for a while. Because of it’s size it thought it would be good for travel, but I guess the cup wasn’t fitting perfectly and the makeup remover always leaked. I still brought it along for travel, but in a ziploc . Other than that it’s your average makeup remover. I’ve had drugstore ones perform just like this one. Dual-phased means it contains oil, which in turn means it’s not ideal for contact lens wearers, as oil may damage contacts. If you wear contacts I highly recommend removing them before removing makeup. If that’s feasible for you. For me it’s not, because my sight is that bad. Bottom line – I’m glad it’s gone, will not repurchase.

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam (mini) – very gentle for a foaming cleanser. I enjoyed using it as I have a soft spot for foaming dispensers and things that smell like violets. It’s pricy (though not as bad as the rest of Immortelle Precious line), so I might buy it again if I can find it on sale.

Coppertone Water Babies Lotion Spray SPF 50 (full size) – me like! Reviewed here.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint SPF 30 (deluxe sample) – I’m a big fan of matte tinted physical sunscreens, like my beloved CoTZ Face. So Coola sunscreen sounded perfect for me, but it didn’t deliver. If feels oily when first applied and gets worse as the day goes by. Plus it’s not really matte. Even if I could get past all of that there is a bigger issue – I feel that Coola Mineral Sunscreen doesn’t offer sufficient sun protection. It contains 3.2% of Titanium Dioxide and 1.8% of Zinc Oxide. Titanium Dioxide protects you from UVB and UVAI , Zink Oxide has very broad coverage and works on UVB, UVAI and UVAII. However, 1.8 % of Zinc Oxide seems to be very little. For comparison CoTZ Face Tinted Sunscreen and Paula’s Choice Hydralight Sunscreen contain respectively 3.8% and 6% of Zinc Oxide. Both CoTZ and Paula’s Choice products are labeled “broad spectrum”, but Coola isn’t. I’m wondering if this is why.

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ (deluxe sample) – way too heavy and oily for facial sunscreen. I can’t say anything about anti-aging properties because small sample is not enough to see their effect.

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 37 Sunscreen (deluxe sample) – since this cream is used on a very small area this tiny sample lasted me about two and a half weeks. It does work fine as a sunscreen. It’s very light, non-irritating and adsorbs well. However, using separate sunscreen for eye area is more hassle than I’m willing to deal with on daily basis. This cream also claims to be anti-aging, but I didn’t notice any improvements. Maybe it take longer that two and a half week to see them.

Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen (deluxe sample) – this is pretty bad and not entirely intended pun, but this was gross. It’s a pretty small sample, but I couldn’t finish it. Dr Dennis Gross Sun Defense Sunscreen is pretty thick and leaves epic white cast. It has an odd smell that remands me of clay mask and that smell really sticks around. I could smell it two hours after application. You’d think that in two hours either smell would fade away or I would get used to it and stop noticing it. Didn’t happen. On top of that this sunscreen tends to roll into little ball. Some of those ball ended up in my hair making it look like I have some epic dandruff. Real attractive! I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to stay far far way from this one in future.

Whish Shave Cream in Blueberry (deluxe sample) – reviewed here. The only difference is that this time around I did not experience the unpleasant smell. The smell of the cream still changed once it hit the skin, but it was still sweat and fruity.

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