Even though I haven't officially put myself on a "project 10 pan," lately I've been really good about sticking to a certain product and finishing it up. My reward is not only a pathetic feeling of satisfaction, but a slightly lessened amount of half-empty--or half full :)--bottles. This installment is pretty varied, except I haven't used up any makeup products, which means I probably should do a project 10 pan!
Kerastase Sublimateur Jour: Fairly unimpressive Kerastase product. This is a leave-in conditioning agent that smoothes and moisturizes and can be put into either wet or dry hair. I like that it's a medium between a haircare product and a styling product, but overall it didn't seem to do anything special. Hydration and frizz-fighting are two things just about any leave-in product could do, and at a far lower price!
Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Hand Cream: More than a year after I purchased it, the little tube is sadly empty. Again, this wasn't the best of hand creams (though it definitely got the job done) but the main reason to have this is for the unbelievably delicious scent. Some people have actually told me it smells more like almonds, but either way, it's nutty and scrumptious!
St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion: I've gone through about four or five of these by now, and while it's nothing extraordinary or luxurious, I keep coming back to it. That definitely has to do with the price ($5!), but also how smooth and slippy it feels. I mentioned this in my post on cheap products that are probably filled with synthetic chemicals, and even though I have no doubt it's chock full of silicone, I still love it. Hydrating without being too heavy, it's a good all-around, standby moisturizer for me. My desk looks empty without it!
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser: This cleanser is up there with Murad's Clarifying Cleanser for my favorite facial wash. Meant to combat oily skin, this clay cleanser is surprisingly milky in texture and feels smooth and luxurious to rub on the old mug. I'm not sure how good it actually is for fighting off oil, but unlike the intense Peter Thomas Roth cleansers, it doesn't leave my face tight or dry. I definitely enjoyed using this, but I'm not sure whether I'll repurchase it or go back to the Murad.
John Frieda Dry Shampoo: This very nearly became my favorite dry shampoo. Yes, over my beloved Batiste! This powder is more finely milled (than even Klorane) and consequently rubs in more easily. That's not just me nitpicking--the difference is definitely noticeable. If the nozzle was perfect, I would only use John Frieda on my oily roots and Batiste would be a thing of the past. But something about the spray is off, and every time I try and do a spritz, the powder sprays all over the place. It's messier than the Batiste in that respect, and while rubbing in the unwanted powder isn't too difficult, it's still annoying. However, if you have fine hair and find most dry shampoos to be too chunky or heavy, definitely check this out!
Clinique All About Eyes Rich: What was once my favorite eye cream, until I made a new discovery a few weeks ago (but you'll hear about that later). I like my eye creams thick and rich, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Even though I had it in the half-size, it was probably my third or fourth time repurchasing the product, and if I hadn't found an even better eye cream, I would have run out to get another one by now. This does make some anti-wrinkle claims, but I think it of as just a standard, intensely hydrating eye cream. It's probably most suitable for the younger crowd, so if you're older or have specific concerns with that area, this might not be for you.
Bliss Eau de Toilette: I bought this at Nordstrom Rack ages ago, and while I liked the scent at first, I got sick of it after a while. It's fresh and citrusy, but also has an unexpected sharpness to it, kind of like the way bitter lemon would smell. I sprayed it happily when the weather turned warm, but after a couple of months, felt the citrus was almost nauseating. I forced myself to use it up, though, and was pleased to spray my last few squirts!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner: You know how much I love toner! This was the most expensive one I'd ever used ($24), but it also might be the one I liked the best (isn't that how it goes?). Unquestionably suited solely for oily skins, this was a terrific purifying step that never made my face feel stripped or tight, but also made me think it really was controlling oil. I find that such a hard line to walk in skincare--really feeling like the product is doing something for you without changing how your skin feels underneath (does that make any sense?). I'm trying out a different toner now--and am having a hard time adjusting--but I might go back to this once I'm done experimenting.
It feels great to chuck all these empty bottles! But less great to look at the overwhelming pile of products I still have.
All in good time!
Hope you're well!