For 2014 I’ve started keeping track of the products I use up each month, and throughout February I finished a mix of skincare, cosmetics, body and hand care products. Keeping track helps me keep focused on using stuff up rather than just hoarding half-used containers, and it gives me the opportunity to say a few words about stuff that might have otherwise passed by without a full review.
1. Umberto Dry Clean dry shampoo … $11.99 for 4 oz.
[Silver can on left] I bought two cans of this when I had a 20% off coupon for Target. I had never tried it before, but I’d had good experiences with Umberto before, which is the generally cheapest “salon” brand that Target carries. This is a pretty good one, and leaves my hair nicely clean and bouncy. The only negative is the strong white color of the spray, but it breaks down easily with a bit of massaging. I did learn to remember to use the dry shampoo first and then clean my face and do makeup second after one experience getting a bit of a white dusting on my face.
2. L’Oreal Ideal Clean makeup removing towelettes … $4.99 for 25 cloths
[White pack on bottom] These were pretty good, and cheap too. I also bought these when I had that 20% off coupon for Target. The only issue I found was that they might be a little bit drying as part of a double-cleanse routine, but they do work and leave skin feeling very clean and would be a nice one-step option while traveling. There’s a light, clean scent.
3. Oscar Blandi Hair Lift volumizing mousse … $23 for a full size
[Yellow can in the middle] I received this deluxe sample in my Sample Society box, and LOVED it. It gave thickness and volume at the roots without leaving a residue. I’d buy this if I had a little more money to play around with, but things are a little tight at the moment. I’m currently using the Ion volumizing spray, which I bought for around $6 at Sally’s Beauty Supply, as well as a deluxe sample of the Alterna Bamboo volumizing spray, which I received in my most recent Sample Society box.
[Brown bottle with green label on top] I bought this back in the fall, I think, and enjoyed it. I used it at night, since it does feel oily, but it sinks in faster than you might think. This didn’t end up providing significantly superior hydration as compared to a cream, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, but I still liked it. I think The Body Shop’s hemp scent is really great.
[White bottle with blue text in the middle] This is a deluxe sample from my Sample Society box. I love this and milked it for a long time. I might buy this in the future … $45 seems like a lot, but 4 oz. is more than I normally get with my moisturizers and I know it would last a worthwhile amount of time. This lotion feels very simple yet effective. It’s free of fragrances and full of soothing and nourishing stuff.
[Purple squeeze tube near the top] This was another Sample Society sample … can you tell I’m trying to work my way through them? This was another great moisturizer, but it’s just too expensive for me to purchase. It might just be a tad too rich for my combination skin.
[Silver tube on top] This was a total hit for me, and I named it in my 10 standout products of 2013. The shade Blackest Black has wonderful rich color and a defined, striking look. It’s nicely lengthening and somewhat volumizing. I’ll repurchase in the future.
8. Korres Cherry Lip Gloss in 33 Natural … $17 for a full size
[Small reddish tube] This was a mini that I received from Sample Society back in the summer. I liked it and the color is nice, but I don’t see any reason to shell out $17 for this product. I get a very comparable look from my L’Oreal Balm in Nourishing Nude, but my hair doesn’t get stuck in the Balm like it would in a gloss.
9. Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian … $31 for 7 oz.
[Little white bottle with red text] This was a little sample with Purchase that I got a whiiile back (end of the summer, maybe?) and I had to get it together and use it up. It has this nice fluffy texture with a very gentle scent. The gentian formula is the one meant for combination and oily skin types, and this did make my skin feel clean, but it didn’t do anything special that would convince me to purchase the full size.
[White bottle on bottom] I’ve been keeping a mostly empty bottle of this around for way too long, so I started using it once a day over the past month to use it up. I bought this when I was in Stockholm this past summer after running out of the cleanser I brought with me on my travels. I specifically wanted to buy product from the country I was in at the time, and Estelle & Thild was pretty reasonably priced compared to the other options around. I think I paid the equivalent of around $15, but this is MUCH more expensive in the US at $37.87. Although I liked it, I wouldn’t necessarily seek this particular product out in the future, but I’d definitely try the brand again if I had the opportunity.
[Black jar on right / Not pictured] I finished two LUSH masks in February but only have one jar to show for it because I turned in a batch of 5 to redeem a free one. Oatifix would be better for truly dry skin, and Brazened Honey was a bit too strongly cleansing for the winter but I’d be up for giving it another go during the summer. When I redeemed the free mask, I picked out BB Seaweed which is one of my favorites (review).
12. Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for Sensitive Skin … around $9
[Lower right] Ok, I wouldn’t normally show you my deodorant, but this one is somewhat significant. One of my new year’s resolutions was to start trying out natural deodorants and I jumped into that goal after finishing up this stick. I do have one backup of traditional stuff that I’ve been using, but I’d heard that it’s good to start out trying natural deodorants every other day rather than every day right from the get go so that your body has a chance to get used to it over a little bit of time. Otherwise, you might just sweat like crazy and assume the natural route isn’t for you. If you care what I actually thought of the stick of Secret, it worked well for me but I don’t like the packaging. One click dispenses too much product.
Did you finish up any awesome products this month?