I finished a nice handful of stuff over the last month, but I have to admit that this photo doesn’t tell the full story. I’m still in transition and not in a permanent home yet so I’ve been sort of failing at getting all of the empties together in one photograph at the end of the month, but I do take notes and can talk about all of the products one by one. In November I mostly used up a lot of skincare-related items and tried out a lot of new things, so let’s get into it.
1. Nature Republic Snail Solution Foam Cleanser … $10.49 USD for a full size
I visited a Nature Republic store in Taipei and received a handful of these Snail Solution cleansers as freebies, and I was really excited to try them out. I used two of the packets this past month, and I only need a little bit of product to cleanse my face so each packet provided me with three uses. I can only imagine how long a whole bottle of the stuff would last. This cleanser feels really nice, it’s very smooth and foams in a very satisfying way and I think a lot of people would enjoy it. It leaves my skin a little bit drier than I prefer, as I’m fairly particular about that kind of thing, but I still think this is a good one and if I had a full bottle of it I think I’d be able to use it up with no issues. Snail filtrate is supposed to provide moisturizing properties to the cleanser, so it helps it to be pretty gentle despite the foaming action which can be a bit drying.
2. Bio-Essence Bio-Energy Snail Secretion Repair Mask … around $4
I have another snail product, and this is a mask I picked out in a Taiwanese drugstore just out of curiosity. I don’t know anything about the brand, it was just on sale and I picked up two of them for the price of one (around $2, I think). I just used one of these so I still have one left. I found this had a very lightweight fluid that sinks in to the skin fairly quickly once the mask was removed, and I had expected a product that boasts snail filtrate to be a bit thicker and more hydrating than this one ended up being. It had an evening and redness-reducing effect on my skin, but I wasn’t blown away by it.
This was one of three serums that Derma MD sent me for review, and this vitamin C formulation was the first one I focused on trying out. I started trying it out in conjunction with a full regimen from the brand, so it was initially difficult for me to tell whether this one product was having a noticeable effect on my skin. After 30 days of the regimen I started focusing in on certain products so that I could observe their effects better, though I ended up flying through this serum very quickly and I’m not sure it provided me with noticeable benefits over the relatively short time that I used it. Vitamin C is a great basic ingredient to incorporate in a skincare routine and it’s the kind of thing that anyone can benefit from, as it helps promote collagen production and lighten dark spots. Similarly, I think the texture (smooth, lightweight, and easily absorbed) and natural scent (fresh orange) of this serum are qualities that anyone could appreciate, so I don’t really have anything bad to say about it. It’s expensive, but you can use the discount code “dermamd40” for 40% off your purchase.
This is a cheap and pretty readily available natural deodorant that I tried out, and I liked it. The scent is nice but not too strong, and the deodorant itself worked pretty well for me. The packaging sucked, though, which was kind of funny/frustrating. The top didn’t stay on well, and as I got about halfway through the deodorant the stick completely fell out of the plastic package, and so I couldn’t tip it to the side while I was using it or else it’d fall out. Not sure how common these problems are. I did have to toss this one before completely finishing it, just because as I got closer to using it up the deodorant kept trying to jump out of the package and fall to the floor and it became more trouble than it was worth. The quality of the deodorant itself made me curious to try other products from the brand, though.
I really enjoy Lush’s facial cleansers, and this is the most recent one that I’ve tried. It’s a fairly abrasive scrub, so I use it gently and prefer to use it a few times a week instead of as my sole cleanser, but it really leaves my skin feeling great. It has a lot of avocado oil and glycerine which are very moisturizing, as well as rhassoul mud, charcoal, and sugar for cleansing. It feels kind of like washing with dirt, as it’s a dark and mostly dry paste that you mix with water, but I find it refreshing. It smells pretty awesome too – almost a little masculine due to the sandalwood oil, and generally fresh and natural. Love it.
I also used these two Innisfree masks that I grabbed from an Innisfree store in Taipei. In short, I LOVED the green tea mask and found it moisturized, soothed, and evened-out the redness in my skin, while I didn’t care for the kiwi mask as I just didn’t find it did much of anything for my skin. Innisfree has an impressive selection of sheet masks, so there are a whole bunch of them to choose from and I’d be interested in trying others out (as well as repurchasing the green tea version!). I provided details for where you can order these masks in the US and what the different price points are in my review, but generally these “It’s Real Squeeze” masks, which are Innisfree’s more affordable masks, tend to be just over $1 per sheet.
7. Giovanni D:tox System Purifying and Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes … $8 for 30 towelettes (REVIEW)
This was my first time trying out cleansing towelettes from Giovanni, and I liked these. I found them on sale at Whole Foods, and they have a nice ingredients list and they’re biodegradable, as well. They’re supposed to be exfoliating but the wipes felt really smooth and there was no grit. I would buy these again, and Giovanni also has a few options for wipes that are a little cheaper that’d I’d also consider grabbing in the future.
8. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo … $5 for 7 oz. (REVIEW)
I enjoyed this dry shampoo so much that I wrote a whole review for it with before and after photos. It’s a cheap, big can and it works well, so I’d definitely grab this again. It gave my hair volume and style without feeling totally gross, and smelled fresh but wasn’t overwhelming. As I got to the very end of the can it became a bit less effective at soaking up oil so I chucked it before it completely ran out, but at $5 it’s not a big deal. This was the first product I’ve ever tried from Not Your Mother’s hair care line, so now they’re definitely on my radar.
I hope you’ve been having a good start to the holiday season! Did you finish up any awesome products over the last month?