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Monthly empties: February 2015

February 28, 2015
Products used up during the month of February
Products used up during the month of February

I’m not normally the type to remark on the passage of time, but February went by really quickly for me. I had a major work event, flew around the US a couple of times, and then flew off to Europe for a vacation, which is where I am now! I have a handful of really great products that I finished up this month, including skincare, hand care, and a makeup brush that I’m tossing.

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist … $8.90 for 50ml or $15.18 for 150ml on Amazon

I bought this at an Innisfree store in Taiwan, and I really liked it. Unfortunately, this product isn’t available on the Korean brand’s international website but it looks like I could repurchase it on Amazon for prices that aren’t too different from what I saw in Asia. This is a really nice facial mist that provides some beneficial ingredients and light hydration. It has a lot of plant extracts and no artificial fragrance, and it feels really nice and cooling on skin. (Full review)

 

Raunsborg Hand Cream
Raunsborg Hand Cream
Raunsborg Hand Cream
Raunsborg Hand Cream

Raunsborg Hand Cream … 109 DKK (or around $16 USD)

The Danish brand Raunsborg sent a few products for me to review about a year ago, and I especially savored this one and tried to extend its life as long as I could. You can’t yet buy these products in the US, but they’re really nice and I’m hoping to be able to repurchase sometime in the future. This hand cream is one of my absolute favorites, I think – it smells really light but pleasant, and works really well without feeling heavy on skin at all. The scent includes some cucumber, birch, and I think I can smell some flowers, as well. (Full review)

 

Forest Essentials Day Lotion
Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion SPF 15

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion SPF 15 … Rs. 1,595 or around $26.50 USD

Sadly, this is another great product from a faraway country that’s difficult to get ahold of in the US. I purchased a few Forest Essentials products when I was in India over the summer, and this was a really lovely lightweight day lotion with SPF 15. The ingredients are fantastic (Forest Essentials uses Ayurvedic formulations), the smell is beautiful (lavender and neroli), and it makes my skin feel very soft but has no greasiness to it. It’s a good one for normal to oily skin, I think. (Full review)

 

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads
MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads … $15 for 60 pads on Vitacost

I just recently reviewed these, and while they worked somewhat they weren’t as effective at clearing and preventing blemishes as I had hoped they’d be. The ingredients are great and the alcohol level is lower than other similar products, which meant that they also didn’t dry my skin out too much, which I do like. I had to use them twice a day in order to see any difference at all in my acne, though, so they aren’t terribly cheap and I’m not likely to repurchase them in the future. (Full review)

 

ELF Powder Brush
ELF Total Face Brush
ELF Powder Brush
ELF Total Face Brush

ELF Total Face Brush … $1

This was a brush I found on clearance at Target a few weeks ago. It was normally priced at $1 and I think the price had been marked down to like $0.73 or something like that, so it was a fairly low-risk purchase and I just thought I couldn’t not try it. I only used it a couple of times and just really didn’t like the bristles, which are sort of prickly, and found that it also shed a lot on me. Now that I’m looking at ELF’s website, it looks like they’ve discontinued this version of the brush and now offer a new and improved Total Face Brush for $2, featuring “soft, caressing” synthetic bristles … so they were probably aware of the problems with this one. I don’t really want to even pass it along to anyone since it’s just not a good product, and I’m not too worried about the money spent, so it’s going into the trash.

 

I hope you’ve been able to stay warm this month, I know a lot of cities have been enduring a brutal winter. Have you used up any fun products recently?

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    1. It would be super cool if I could (singlehandedly?) convince Sephora to stock Forest Essentials, as their Indian locations carry some of their products. You can technically order from the FE website, but for $35 shipping – ha. It’s good stuff, though. Thanks, Maeve! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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