This month was an exercise in finishing up a lot of bottles that have been sitting in my bathroom for too long. I was able to empty out a whole handful of moisturizers, plus some other skincare and haircare. It feels good to be able to toss redundancies in my collection, since I’m always needing to be very space conscious! I’ll walk through each product I finished and let you know what I think.
First Aid Beauty face cleanser ($20 for 5 oz.) – I redeemed 100 points at Sephora to try out a deluxe sample of this cleanser. I generally hear good things about FAB, but I gotta say this cleanser really didn’t do much for me. It has a gentle foam, and it certainly works, I just didn’t feel like it left my skin feeling particularly nice.
Melaleuca Sei Bella Refining Facial Cleanser ($17 for 6.76 oz.) – Full review – This cleanser, on the other hand, was fantastic. I loved that it had a bubbly lather and left my skin feeling nicely hydrated.It includes salicylic acid to help refine pores. If I ever rejoined Melaleuca (not likely), I would absolutely repurchase this.
Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution ($26 for 4 oz.) – This is a 2% salicylic acid toner geared toward skin struggling with acne, blackheads, enlarged pores, and redness. I bought this along with a benzoyl peroxide treatment at the suggestion of an associate on Paula’s Choice online chat. I think that this absolutely helped clear and smooth my skin, but it also was kind of drying and I really like toners that hydrate and condition. My skin just seems to react better to them. Beyond that, it’s kind of expensive considering the bottle is only 4 oz. I’d hesitate to repurchase.
Look at how many moisturizers I cleared out!
Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion ($15 for 100 ml) – Full review – This is a lightweight lotion that has salicylic acid in it to help clear skin. I layered this under my more substantial moisturizers, but generally found it wasn’t hydrating enough for me and didn’t seem to help out with my hormonal acne. It’d probably be awesome for oily skin, but I wouldn’t repurchase it for myself.
Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream ($85 for 1.7 oz.) – I had a deluxe sample of this cream. It’s crazy expensive, but I really liked it. I’ve tried a good number of Clarins creams, and they’re generally either amazing or don’t work for me at all, and I thought this one was gorgeous. The only bummer was that the bottle was deceptively large. It was mostly filled with air and I really only got a couple of uses out of it.
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer ($11 for 4.2 oz.) – Full review – This is a fantastic and affordable lightweight moisturizer that I’ve had lying around for ages. It wasn’t always my go-to because it doesn’t have any SPF, but it’s really a great product for combination skin. It’s effective but not heavy at all. Now that I’m using benzoyl peroxide my skin is a lot drier, so I went ahead and repurchased the Rich version of this.
Melaleuca Sei Bella Luxury Creme Concentrate ($130 for 1.7 oz.) – Full review – Here’s another Melaleuca product, this time from their luxury line. I received this as a gift, and I really was very impressed by it (but it’s definitely very spendy). It really seems like it’d work for all kinds of skin, as it was wonderfully hydrating without having a heavy texture at all. It has a really nice slip, perhaps thanks to the nice oils in the mix, and just helped my skin feel plump and happy.
SebaMed Age Defense Q10 Cream and Q10 Lifting Eye Cream ($30.99/ea) – I bought these together when SebaMed visited Costco, and liked them. These are nice, not-too-expensive basics that you can find at certain drugstores and other larger stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. The eye cream would be great for a variety of people, I generally used it at night since I’ve been reaching for an eye cream with SPF during the day. The facial cream has a thick texture but doesn’t feel heavy, it actually leaves the skin with a drier marshmallow-like softness. As I started to use the benzoyl peroxide my skin ended up needing more hydration, so I just wouldn’t recommend to those with dry skin. I think those with normal, combination, and oily skin would like it, though.
I finished two hair products, the Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo ($8, full review) and the Dove dry shampoo. Both are nice and affordable. The shampoo was good, though it wasn’t my favorite formulation – in the future I’d try one of the brand’s other lines. I’ve repurchased the Dove dry shampoo a ton because it’s good, and it’s only $4 on Amazon Fresh.
I used 3 of my sheet masks from The Face Shop. I’ll write a comprehensive review once I finish all of my TFS masks, but I liked all of these. The Mung Bean mask is supposed to help clear skin, Ginseng helps improve blood circulation, and the Pomegranate was a firming mask.
Just a couple more products that weren’t photographed above – we finished the Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste, which is the second natural toothpaste my boyfriend and I have tried. The nice thing about this is that it’s affordable and tastes fine, but what threw me was that it doesn’t foam. Consequently, I was always worried I wasn’t getting enough of it all throughout my mouth and used a ton of it at a time, sometimes brushing twice in a row. Naturally, we ran through this tube really quickly. Wouldn’t repurchase, but we’re continuing to experiment with natural options.
And finally, I finished a Bath and Body Works candle in the scent Beach Cabana. I liked the scent – jasmine, orange blossom, clean white towels – but I was frustrated that it didn’t diffuse much of it into the air, so I wouldn’t repurchase if/when they release it again.