Saturday, September 1, 2012

Products we used up in August

I abruptly decided at the beginning of August that I wanted to do a "use it up challenge," and coerced my poor, sweet boyfriend into doing it with me. So, we started out by targeting the products that were already at least half gone and/or sample sizes to try to finish off as much as possible in one month, just for fun (okay, fun for me, maybe not for him, I'm not sure). I intend to do this each month, but because I had a lot of things to start with that I'd mostly used up and then abandoned before finishing to work with, this first installment is probably going to be a bit more robust than future installments. I didn't bother with watermarking, because I can't fathom why anyone would want to steal these pictures!


Dior Forever foundation in shade #10 Ivory: I love, love, love the formula of this foundation, but sadly, it is just too dark for me once it's fully dried/oxidized. It works perfectly when I mix it with a white base, but I have yet to find a white base that works well on my oily skin (I'd welcome any suggestions you might have!).

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess mascara: love this too. I bought a full size to use at some point soon (I haven't opened it yet because I also have another few mascaras open right now).

Maybelline Define-a-Brow in Dark Blonde: this is probably my tenth one of these. Very natural on fair skin with medium/dark blonde hair and easy to use. I go through about one of these every month when I'm using it consistently and not cheating on it with other brow products.


Neutrogena Makeup Removing Night Cleansing Wipes: my holy grail of face wipes. I'm not joking when I say I've used up at least 20 of these.

Rite Aid Cotton Rounds: scratchy and awful. Wish I could have just thrown them away, but I couldn't bear to be that wasteful, so I suffered through the entire package. Shiseido cotton pads are SO much better.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Sephora sample: the jury is still out on this. I liked using it and didn't have any negative reactions to it, but I don't think it did much for my skin. I heard from a bunch of people that it rips the "peach fuzz"/baby hairs out of your face and I was actually hoping it would do that for me so I'd have a smoother face, but it didn't. I also don't think my skin was much more luminous after using it. I reserve the right to try it again and change my mind, though.

Clinique Men's Face Scrub: Boyfriend says it felt really good while he was using it and he thinks it makes a difference in his skin. It helps him get rid of "gunk build-up" on his face, helps him feel clean (I think that's the menthol in it), and it's easier for him to get a smooth shave while he's using it consistently. He wishes it came in a larger size.

Sonia Kashuk Remove: my favorite drugstore eye makeup remover.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser: when I wrote my massive skincare post, I said this was my favorite cleanser. It still works great for me, but I've since discovered Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser, which I now prefer (but I still intend to use up the Fresh cleanser I had stocked up. Funny how I used it for years, wrote the post, and then found a new "holy grail" a few days later).

Boscia Make up-Break up Cool Cleansing Oil: love this stuff for removing serious makeup. This is my third bottle, though I've been using it on and off for years.

Shiseido Pureness Balancing Softener: one of my favorite toners. It's highly refreshing and soothing.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid: my last bottle in the older packaging. This is my biggest skincare "holy grail" and the one product I could never, never live without.

Christian Dior One Essential Super Serum, sample and full size: I often skip serum these days, but this is an excellent one that I've been using for two years now. This is either my third or fourth full size bottle (they come in a few sizes).

Christian Dior Hydra Life Skin Energizer Serum: not a fan of this. While it is hydrating, it also causes mild breakouts on my skin. (This product was also recently discontinued.)

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Hydrating Acne Treament: this stuff is very lightweight and refreshing, though I'm not sure it does all that much to clear acne or hydrate the skin (probably only slight amounts of both).

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing brush head: I only use my Clarisonic Mia two or three times a week, so I don't replace my brush heads as often as you're supposed to - I used this one for 8 months. I replaced with an Acne Cleansing brush head, which I prefer even though I haven't had many breakouts to speak of recently because it's slightly gentler but still does the job.


Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel: Boyfriend says it feels slippery, like it leaves a residue, but is good if you like the scent, which he does. Didn't do any wonders for his skin but didn't damage it either (he has keratosis pilaris and his skin can be sensitive).

CVS brand "Essence of Beauty" Sunblossom shower gel: my favorite thing that can be bought at CVS, hands-down. Smells like sunflowers, but a bit sweeter. Sadly, we don't have CVS in Washington and Oregon (the two states where I spend 99% of my time), so whenever I'm visiting a place with a CVS, I insist to whoever I'm with that we stop at one so I can stock up on however much I can fit in my luggage. I also like the hand soap and hand cream in this line, though sadly I used up what I had of those a while ago. I know I can order this stuff from CVS.com, but I'm too lazy to do that.

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar creamy body wash: Boyfriend prefers the shower gels, but when it comes to BBW bath products, I prefer the creamy body washes. The number of scents they offer in BBW stores is quite limited (I was there yesterday and they didn't even have this one!) but my stupidly sensitive skin prefers this version. I get dry and itchy all over my legs when I use their regular shower gels. I also love the Warm Vanilla Sugar scent; it's so cozy.

Philosophy Be Somebody shower gel: another favorite scent of mine - this one smells like water lily. I will probably repurchase this at some point. I also really like the Be Somebody body lotion.


Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk: an excellent leave-in hair product. I use a few pumps while my hair is damp and either blow dry or air dry. It makes my hair significantly smoother and a bit shinier and softer without weighing it down or making it look greasy. I will probably repurchase this, though I think I'm going to wait until Gene Juarez (a local salon that sells Shu Uemura and Kerastase hair products, both of which I use) has one of their "mix and match, buy two get one free" sales. In the meantime I'll be using my Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, which does similar things for my hair but doesn't smell as good as the White Tea Polishing Milk to me.

Pureology Antifade Conditioner: this was not great. It weighed my hair down and if I didn't use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week while using it, my hair would get greasier and greasier. I eventually stopped using it on my hair all together and finished off something like the last half of the bottle by using it in place of shaving cream on my legs.


Vitamin D supplement: I'm including this to remind those of you who live in the Northwest or other less-sunny areas, like me, to take a supplement to make sure you get enough Vitamin D!


We also used up lots of kitty litter and kitty food. Somehow, Spock is still hungry enough to eat his own tail.

In other, COMPLETELY unrelated news... what did I just watch?


Anyway... have you tried any of these before? Do you love them? Can YOU read other people's minds?

Disclaimer: I purchased the product(s) featured in this post myself. And I am in no way affiliated with that video or the people who made it.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I did the EXACT same thing in August! I went through all of my products - body washes, conditioners, leave in hair products, and a few other items, and whatever was halfway done, or almost done I put in a little shopping bag and kept it in my bathroom. When I went to shower I went through the bag to see what I could use up first. I was so happy to finish up so many things!

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