November 21, 2012

Project Pan Them All | October Empties

I don't use mouthwashes on a daily basis and I have given up on finding the perfect whitening mouthwash because nothing works on my naturally yellow teeth! However, I know I can always go back to Scope Outlast for a super long lasting fresh breath that no other mouthwash can provide.

Since I started washing my hair every three to four days (I used to wash it everyday since I was 12) in an attempt to keep my color brighter and my hair healthier, one product that has absolutely saved my life numerous times is dry shampoo, and one of the first one I tried is TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo for oily/straight to normal hair. I think it's an OK product but nothing more, because it's really weird how some days it would work wonder, but some other day, it would leave my hair feeling wet and even greasier! As I experienced with other dry shampoos, this quickly fell in my stash of unloved products that I want to use up quickly, and I'm glad I finally did!

I am so glad I finally used up Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel because even though the Hydra-C line is ideal for all skin types, this is not moisturizing enough for my dry skin, and it certainly does not hydrate it for 24 hours, as claimed. However, I did really enjoyed its unique jelly-like texture that is light and non-sticky, and that melt into the skin leaving it feeling instantly refreshed with an alcohol-free cooling sensation - I don't think I have used a similar product before! This is especially great to use in the summer.

I quickly fell in love with KARIDERM Foot Care Cream which softens and refreshes my tired feet at the end of the day. It is particularly invigorating thanks to its essential oils (eucalyptus, rosemary, cypress and mint) which stimulate blood circulation while eliminating odours. It is ideal for foot and leg massage to alleviate the heaviness in the legs, or to increase muscle responsiveness in sports. I always prefer my foot creams to smell fresh and this one smells really menthol-y, which is amazing after a long day at work! I love how this cream really soften my feet after only a few uses.

If I remember well, I think Marcelle Hydra-C Gentle Self-Foaming Cleanser is actually the first self-foaming face cleanser I tried, and as much as I enjoyed its velvety and light texture, I try to stay away from overly foaming products because they tend to dry out my skin even more. I don't think I have experienced this with this cleanser, but it't nothing ot of the ordinary either.

In an attempt to ease my eczema, I started sleeping with cotton gloves about a month or two ago, and I liked to use the thickest and greasiest hand creams I could find. I thought Burt's Bees Hand Salve - which is their most intensive hand treatment, packed with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax to moisturise hard-working, rough, dry hands - would work wonders, and it did, until I started waking up to small and itchy vesicules on my fingers - disgusting, yes, I know! Thanks to Miss Vay, I soon learned I was most likely suffering from Dyshidrosis, a type of eczema which can worsen when the skin becomes moist, so now I try to stay away from heavy hand creams.

I had a sample of CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette* laying around in my vanity for quite some times now so I figured out I would be better to use it up before it ends up smelling nothing. Chance is described as "a decidedly young scent for those who dare to dream. A light, subtly sensual fragrance, filled with vitality and energy, evolves from one moment to the next, each wholly unique." it is definitely a light, delicate floral scent that I don't hate, but I prefer heavier and sweeter fragrances.

I was actually surprised at how nice Jessica Simpson Fancy Bath & Shower Gel foamed in the bath, given that it came in a gift box containing the perfume itself, a handy roll-on version and a lotion, and from personal experience, I find that most products that come with the fragrance are cheap. It is an absolute perfect compliment to the eau de parfum, which is simply scrumptious!

*CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette is NOT cruelty-free


  1. Ah non, c'est ben bizarre ca dyshidrosis!? Mon dry shampoo préféré c'est le Klorane, il est un peu cher, mais j'le trouve plus efficace que les 2-3 autres sortes que j'ai essayées. J'ai pas essayé Tressemé par contre.

  2. Ah non, c'est ben bizarre ca dyshidrosis!? Mon dry shampoo préféré c'est le Klorane, il est un peu cher, mais j'le trouve plus efficace que les 2-3 autres sortes que j'ai essayées. J'ai pas essayé Tressemé par contre.

  3. Burt's Bees Hand Salve sounds great!

  4. De rien ma belle! ^^

    Dommage que ce ne soit pas la crème miracle :( C'est embêtant, quand la peau est sèche, elle fendille, mais quand elle est "humide", elle fait des boutons. J'ai l'impression que la sécheresse crée une espèce de barrière qui empêche les petits boutons de percer. De mon côté, je n'ai pas encore trouvé de solution miracle non plus! Aaah :(

    Il faudrait que j'essaie Chance! Je l'avais senti dans un magazine et je l'aimais bien!

  5. I've tried that TresEmme dry shampoo and wasn't too keen on it either - Batiste is definitely the one I always go back to. x

  6. Nice empties Gaby!
    I know what you mean about that Marcelle Vit.C Gel-it's nice, but if you have dry skin it's just not enough moisture. I wonder if they have a cream version of it?

  7. @Ms Bubu: Oui, "dyshidrose" en français... et c'est dégueulasse et tellement fatiguant! Je n'ai pas essayé celui de Klorane, trop cher pour moi et je préfère mon Batiste (:

    @Supergirl : It is, although it's too greasy for me to use during the day and since my eczema won't let me use it at night, I might just as well use it on dry areas of my body to use it up.

    @Miss Vay : D'accord avec ta théorie de barrière, c'est pourquoi j'ai cessé d'appliquer tout type de crème/lotion/onguent/baume sur les doigts atteints. Quand j'y pense, j'applique du talc pour les assécher, mais ce n'est pas toujours évident, surtout au travail, avec un uniforme noir ahah!

    @LilyLipstick : I have a love/hate relationship with it, but I won't repurchase, that's for sure1 I agree with you on Batiste, must be the best dry shampoo I have ever tried!

    @Tracy@Beauty Reflections : Well they have a cream in the Vitamine C range but I'm not sure this range is suitable for my dry skin... will have to explore!

  8. I actually hated the TRESemme Dry Shampoo, it made my hair white and even though I comb it out!

  9. I love Lush - the smells in the mall always make me hungry for sweets mmm <3


  10. awesome!
    I need to start finishing more stuff lol

  11. I applaud you for finishing the TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo even though you hated it!

    My fiancé suffers from something like Dyshidrosis too. Neither of us knew of the term and we're going to look into it further. Thanks for the heads up. :)