Products I've Used Up! 4/13

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Now I know why nobody uses printed carpets as background
I've been putting off this post for longer than I should have, for the simple reason that there are just too many empty containers to deal with. Avoiding this post only worked for so long, though, since the bag of empties wound up bursting today in what was clearly a sign from the universe for me to get it together. I'm a little overwhelmed by all the products I have to go through, so I'll keep it as brief as I can.

As in, so brief that you really shouldn't expect full sentences. 

*I'd also like to apologize for the hideous carpet background, but I really had to spread out the products and didn't have that kind of non-carpeted floor space. It's a bit of a dark day at Materialistic Musings.

Let's break this down by category!


Tresemme Liquid Gold Shine Therapy Treatment: "Treatment" is pushing it, as this is just an average conditioner. I didn't get any extra shine from it, and it's nothing to write home about on the moisture front. I won't be repurchasing. 

Davines Sebum Balancing Shampoo: Reviewed here. This was on the expensive side, and didn't do much (if anything) for my oily scalp, so I'll skip this.

Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo: Good lightweight, somewhat volumizing shampoo that I'll probably repurchase in the near future.

Organix Macadamia Oil Conditoner: Reviewed here, it's my favorite drugstore conditioner. Definitely one I'll repurchase!

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Creme Conditioner: Reviewed here. It's not all that great, and in a world of fabulous conditioners (like the above one), why waste time on the subpar? Skip!


Nivea Pure and Natural Aerosol Deodorant Spray: Reviewed here. I love the actual product, but hate the aerosol--I feel like I'm ingesting it! I'll stick to the rollerball and stick versions from now on.

Clear Care Contact Solution: Love the solution, hate that it's so expensive, and can't believe how quickly I go through it. If you like this brand as well, make sure to get it at Costco--you get a lot more for your money!

L'Occitane Lemon Verbena Hand Wash: I bought this as part of a set shown here. It smells more luxurious than your average hand wash, but I didn't find it any less drying--it's a skip.

Arm and Hammer Natural Deodorant: Reviewed here, this is a constant repurchase, and one of many I go through.

Nivea Pure and Natural Stick Deodorant: See above.

Dove Visible Care Body Wash: Proof that if a product says it'll make my body look good, I will buy it. I didn't notice any of those effects, obviously, and this is just like any other cream (as opposed to soapy gel) body wash.

Hand Creams

EOS Hand Cream: Good for convenience, but it's powdery and not the most hydrating. Skip!

Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment: Reviewed here, I absolutely adore this stuff. It's the best part of the laziness I call my nail care routine, and I already miss it terribly. Will be repurchasing shortly!

La Roche Posay Lipikar Hand Cream: One of my favorites, reviewed here. I don't need something quite this moisturizing now that it's warm, but I'll probably repurchase this winter.

Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream: Some seriously dense stuff. A little too rich for everyday use, but good before bed, so it's not really suited for my purposes. I don't think I'll repurchase.

Skincare and Fragrance

Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil Treatment: Reviewed here. This baby has reminded me how much I love makeup cleansing oils, and I prefer this to the Boscia one. I'll use up a few makeup removers first, and then purchase the full size.

Alba Even Advanced Cleansing Gel: Reviewed here. It's nothing to write home about, but I like having an ultra-basic cleanser on hand. I might repurchase.

Burt's Bees Pore Minimizing Clay Mask: Reviewed here, this discontinued baby is one of my favorite face masks, and it was the last one I had squirreled away. I'd repurchase five or six more if I could.

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial: Too heavy for nightly use on my oily skin, but I like it once in a while when my skin needs a pick-me-up (this is a good option for flights). I don't know that my skin looks brighter in the morning, but it certainly looks plumped up and a bit glowy. I have other products that do the same, though, so I don't know if I'll repurchase.

Vera Wang Lovestruck: I did a Fragrance Files post on this a while back, and even though I tend to pick it up or put it down according to season, I still love this. It's a little heavy for spring, so I won't be repurchasing at the moment, especially since I've got my eye on Jo Malone Nectarine Honey.

Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Eye Cream: Eh, not hydrating enough for my taste. The squeeze tip is handy, but it's hardly a memorable product. Skip!

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover: I never understood the hype behind this. It does the job well, but it's so hideously greasy when you apply and then it makes my under-eye area feel dry once it's gone. I used them because they were free samples, but I definitely wouldn't buy the regular size--or any size, for that matter.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm Stick: Probably one of my all-time favorite stick lip balms, and at $9, it's significantly cheaper than the pot version. Already repurchased!


Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara: Featured here, this little guy dried up on me--is there any other way to "finish" a mascara? Not to worry, though, I have about four more!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara: Reviewed here. I don't know how I ever did my makeup without this. It's the only mascara I can wear on my bottom lashes without smudging, and I've already cracked into my second tube.

Revlon ColorStay Foundation: My first empty bottle of foundation! I adore this stuff still, but I don't need a new bottle right now, since Revlon Nearly Naked is doing just fine for this weather. When it does get more humid, though, I'll come running back to ColorStay!

Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara: My baby. You first met him here, and I love him just as much today as I did then. I have another tube in my reserves drawer, which means it's about time for a Shu order!


Sorry for the spazzy descriptions, but if I felt compelled to include any more detail, this post would have been postponed (geddit?) indefinitely.

NOTW will be up Saturday, and then I'll redeem these less-than-stellar pictures with an exciting haul post on Monday!

Hope you're well!

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