Monday, January 7, 2013

Products we used up in November and December

Whoops, I missed a Use it Up Challenge post! My bad. So this time, you get a DOUBLE FEATURE! Here are the products Boyfriend and I used up in November and December:

Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay blush: reviewed here. I used this until it crumbled, and then crushed it up piece by piece and used it some more until it was GONE!

Soap and Glory Clean on Me shower gel: reviewed here.

Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa 3-in-1 shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath: I love the smell of this stuff! It really does smell like a delicious, extra-rich cup of hot chocolate. It's a thick brown gel so it feels a little weird rubbing it all over your body or using a lot of it as bubble bath (it can slightly tint the water if you use enough of it), but it rinses completely clean and then you SMELL LIKE CHOCOLATE. It's a little too rich for me to use in the summertime, but I have a big bottle too that I like to pull out in fall/winter.

Maybelline Define-a-Brow pencil in Dark Blonde: reviewed here.

Nature's Bounty Super Potency Biotin and Source Naturals Skin Eternal Hyaluronic Acid: both reviewed here. I should note that this bottle of biotin actually represents four bottles of biotin, because I buy four or more at a time on sale and just combine them all into one (the bottle is much larger than it needs to be, so there's room for the contents of four full bottles and then some). I love this stuff!

Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover, Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Creme x2 (both are minis), and Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Removing Wipes x2: all reviewed here.

Matrix Biolage Color Care Shampoo: This is a good shampoo that I would definitely consider purchasing again (in fact, I think this is actually my second or third bottle, but prior to this bottle, it had been at least a few years since I used it). It smells good, lathers up nicely, gets my hair clean, and leaves it feeling soft and shiny. I would say Biolage Color Care shampoo ranks right up there in my book alongside Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche and Redken All-Soft Shampoo, the latter of which I decided to repurchase most recently. I don't color my hair anymore - I haven't in at least two years - but I still like to use shampoos made for color-treated hair, as they seem to treat it more gently.

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo: This one, on the other hand, I do not like. Yes, it does do its job of clarifying the hair, but it strips it so thoroughly in the process that my hair feels like straw afterward. It's easily recoverable by following it up with a nourishing conditioning mask like Kerastase Chroma Riche or Frederic Fekkai's Technician Color Care 3-Minute Mask, but it still makes me cranky. The smell of it doesn't help matters, either: my boyfriend described it as a "sharp" smell, and I agree. It's not pleasant. I couldn't wait to use this one up so I didn't have to deal with it anymore, and I will certainly not repurchase. If I find myself in need one day of a stripping shampoo to remove bad hair color from my hair, I'll use dish soap rather than buy this again. For regular clarifying on a weekly or biweekly basis, I prefer Alberto V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo (smells delicious, too. Reviewed here) or Redken Cleansing Cream.

Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo: reviewed here.

And here are the products Boyfriend used up with his thoughts on them!

Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Clean & Fresh 2-in-1: I was hoping this would work better for the dermatitis on my scalp because it was supposed to condition as well as cleanse (hence the 2-in-1 label), but I was disappointed. This worked fine to get my head clean, but didn't work any better than Head & Shoulders or the other products in the Garnier Anti-Dandruff line. I may need to revisit Neutrogena T-Gel to help get my dermatitis fully under control again; I won't repurchase this particular product from the Garnier Anti-Dandruff line.

American Crew Fiber: FANTASTIC product. 10/10 stars. It would let you style steel wool if you wanted to do that, and I've never known a product to hold hair so well yet leave a matte finish and soft feel. It's not at all rock-hard or shiny like many strong-hold products can be. I've already repurchased.

Clinique Men's Face Scrub: reviewed here.

Bath & Body Works Ocean for Men 2-in-1: reviewed here.

Olay Ultra Moisture In-Shower Body Lotion: This is a good product that makes my skin smell and feel great. I have keratosis pilaris on my arms and when I use this consistently, it helps smooth out the bumps. I have repurchased this, too.


  1. The Nuetrogena does have a strange scent to it! All clarifying shampoos make your hair feel like that, and it is certainly unpleasant, but I usually do my deep conditioning right after. It does a good job of stripping our hair of the parabens and silicones that shampoo puts in to make our hair feel slippery and give a false sense that it is moisturizer. I only use it once a month to kind of jump start a new hair care cycle. I think it smells like rancid baby shampoo to be honest haha

  2. Has your boyfriend tried the Mane n Tail dandruff shampoo? I've got slight dermatitis on my scalp and this has worked wonders for me. Plus it makes my hair amazingly soft. I know it's sold at Sally's, I just don't know about in-store. I always buy online since there's no Sally's close to me.,default,pd.html?cgid=Hair01-08

    1. Hi Angie! No, he hasn't tried that, but I just picked some up for him at Sally's on your recommendation :) thanks so much, I hope it helps him!


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