Happy Memorial Day! As with a lot of folks I’ve been sorting, cleaning, experimenting, and using the extra time at home to go through things. Once I started clearing things out, I realized I had a lot of open and partially used travel sized items that I needed to use and clear out so I have been making a concentrated effort to use them up. It is amazing how much space those little items can take up.
Plus I am fairly certain I am not going to be traveling any time soon so I might as well use the products now and then just get new travel items when I do travel. In case you are wondering, that’s also why there are so many travel sized items in this post. I also tend to get sample and travel sized items specifically to try out a formula before committing to a full size. I find it helps with my budget. But enough of an intro, to the products.
We’ll start with two empties from Sol de Janeiro. One is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the other is the Coco Cabana cream. Both are excellent body lotions and in fact the Brazilian Bum Bum cream I have been using to help with the stretch marks that have been appearing as I’ve started losing weight.
I actually have a large container of the Bum Bum cream that I am still using, I just wanted to clear out the two smaller ones. I will definitely be reordering the Bum Bum cream, but I don’t think I will order the Coco Cabana cream. It is a nice cream and I have no problem with the scent, but for some reason I find the formula just a little sticky. After applying it I have to wash my hands. I don’t have to do that with the regular Bum Bum cream. So I will continue to purchase the Bum Bum, but not the Coco Cabana.
Next up we have two empty containers of dry shampoo. Both actually full size. The first is the TRESemme between washes volumizing dry shampoo. While it does have a little bit of a white cast when first sprayed, a quick brush and it is is gone. I also find that the dry shampoos that have just a little white cast to them tend to work better on greasy hair. As long as the white brushes out easily, I am fine with it.
The scent reminds me of a good salon. I’m not entirely certain what that scent is, but that is my best description. Personally, I like the scent. As the name suggests it is a good between washes shampoo. For heavy sweat days I’d still go back to the IGK, but for the day between, this is a really good dry shampoo I would purchase again.
I cannot say the same about the Pearlessence Cherry Blossom Dry Shampoo. It has a slightly sweet scent that could be termed cherry if you were being generous. Smell aside, I was not thrilled by the way this dry shampoo performed. There was a white cast that was a pain to brush out, and it didn’t absorb a lot of the grease.
My hair didn’t look cleaner, like it did with the TRESemme. It also made my head itch a couple of hours after I applied. It. I generally found that shortly after using this , I either needed to use the dry shampoo again to absorb more oil or I just needed to take a shower. This was not a day between dry shampoo, it was a ‘I can’t shower for an hour’ dry shampoo. I will not be buying it again.
Keeping with the theme of hair for the moment I have two trial sized hair products. One is the Eva-nyc Satin Dream leave in conditioner and the other is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t blow it Fine (H)air styler. I would actually purchase full sizes of both of these products.
I love the argon oil in the eva-nyc. My hair always reacts well to argan oil. And the conditioner smells vaguely like candy. It was not too heavy in my hair and gave it great manageability.
The Bumble and Bumble was an excellent product on days where I was just going to let my air air dry. I could put a little in, let the hair dry naturally and then just run a brush through it, easy peasy. There were no tangles and it didn’t weigh down the hair. I think I am actually going to be repurchasing a full size soon as I really don’t like blow drying my hair in the summer time. I think this could really help me out this year. And yes I know it says for fine hair and I have thick hair, but I tried the one they offer for not fine hair a while back and found it too heavy feeling. This despite the fine hair claim was perfect for me.
Another item I will definitely be ordering again is the Hydro Biotic Recovery sleeping mask from Dr. Brandt. During the winter this year this was my go to night cream whenever I felt like I had any dryness. It wasn’t too heavy, didn’t clog my pores and made my skin feel hydrated and refreshed come morning. I think when the weather turns in the autumn I will purchase another tube to use throughout next winter.
In my empties bin I have three powders, one pressed and two loose. The pressed powder is the ELF Perfect finish HD powder. I will definitely be reordering it in the near future.
It is one of those powders I always keep on hand. What I tend to do is use the ELF translucent powder all winter and then the Rimmel Stay Matte in the summer, just because my skin tone changes with the season and the ELF is a little lighter. I almost always order this as soon as I start to see pan on it, but this year I want to give other products a chance. It is actually killing me to have this empty and know I haven’t reordered it yet. So suffice it to say it is my favorite.
The first of the empty loose powders I have are the translucent Cherry Blossom Matte powder from Pacifica. This I will definitely re order in the future. It worked well on my skin and I personally love the scent of it. It kept my makeup in place and didn’t look powdery on the skin.
The second loose powder is the Becca Hydra Mist Set and Refresh powder. When I first got it I adored it. It worked well on my skin and it had that nifty, feels wet sensation that got everyone so excited. I’ve also had really good luck with Becca powders in the past. I generally keep the pink toned setting powder around because I really like it to add a touch of color to the face when winter has made me pale.
However, the wet feeling didn’t last. Soon it just felt like regular powder. Which is fine. I love using powder and the powder still performed well. I am just a little leery of whatever chemical change happened. The cooling sensation dissipated rapidly so I was always suspicious that the powder went bad. Because of this I think I will stick to other Becca Powders in the future.
Next up is the Wet ‘n Wild photofocus 3-in-1 Primer water in Rose. It is a good affordable setting spray. The Rose scent was a bit much for me, but the spray was nice and it held my makeup in place when I used it. I will probably repurchase this, but I think I would pick a different scent. I would probably go with something like cucumber. The rose was just a bit much. The spray is worth purchasing though.
I have two eyeliners in this bin of empties. They are both black and they both have a felt tip applicator. One is the Eyeko London Skinny eyeliner in black and the other is the Illamasqua liquid eyeliner. I enjoyed both of them and would purchase them both again. Once in place they didn’t budge or smudge and they were smooth in application and easy to use.
Finally we get to the mascaras. I have four travel/sample sized ones that are leaving me. The first is one I am sad to see go. It is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. I love the formula, I love the wand and I love the way it makes my eyelashes look. What more is there to say? It is a fabulous mascara. I had three of the travel sizes and this is this is the last one. I will be getting a full sized version of this one.
Oddly enough, despite the similarities in the applicator wand, I will not be purchasing the Stila Huge Extreme lash mascara. It didn’t work as well as Marc Jacobs and tended to clump. The wand may have been similar, but the formula wasn’t.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Marcelle Curling and Lengthening mascara. It both curled and lengthened. The formula stayed in place without flaking off. It was a very good mascara. I liked the curve of the wand as it enabled me to more effectively reach my lower lashes as well. It is one I would definitely pick up again in a full sized formula.
The Clinique High Impact mascara was also a decent formula. It stayed in place and didn’t flake, but it was nothing extra special. It is a good solid mascara, I just didn’t find it to be a WOW sort of mascara.
And finally we have the MAC Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara. I have to say this is the last of these little tubes I have in my collection. For a while it seemed like they were everywhere. I’d open a drawer and then BAM, MAC mascara. It felt like as soon as I finished one, another would magically appear in my drawer. If there are such things as mascara fairies then I think this is what they leave.
At least for me anyway. Not that I mind. It is a really good mascara. I enjoyed using it. Once I finished this little tube I went into the drawer and was rather surprised there were no more left. Apparently I am no longer on the mascara fairy’s delivery route. I think now that I have one through all of my samples, I would consider buying a regular sized tube of this mascara. It has a nice wand, although it seems a little longer than many others, but I like the way it applies. The thinness of the wand also allows for application on the lower lashes without making too much of a mess.
So there you have it. We have made it through my empties bin and I have managed to clear out a bunch of partially used products. It makes me feel all virtuous inside. I also now have a list of several products I would like to repurchase and several that I know I don’t need to bring home again. Given the plethora of summer sales, it is a very good time to stock up on products I like. I just have to remember, I’m not allowed to use a new ELF powder until I have at least tried something else.
I know this was a much longer post than usual, so for those of you who made it to the end, congrats and thanks for sticking with me. Now that I am doing my weekly makeup bag post, it should help keep the length of the empty posts down in the future (should you want me to continue them). Happy Memorial Day everyone. I hope you are having a great one .
Should anyone be interested in doing a little shopping over the Memorial day weekend, there are heaps of sales going on. One that I will be taking advantage of is the sale on the Look Fantastic site. I know normally you think of their subscription box, but they do sell products and they are having some pretty good sales. It might be worth a look to scoop up some of your favorite brands while saving a little. (personally I am all over the Molton Brown Shower Gel – The Rhubarb line is really hard to find where I live.) Anyway, it is linked below for those interested.