February 20, 2013

Project Pan Them All | January Empties


Hi ladies! I am pretty proud of myself for using up so many products these days - we are a near the end of February and I have already used up twelve products this month, which is amazing to me and it feels so liberating! I am a bit late with my January empties - as always - so enough about February and let me share with you my thoughts about some recent empties!

You may have noticed that I have a real bad habit of clinging to my LUSH products as if they were treasures meant to be kept forever - I never shop at LUSH and most of the products I have were gifts, so I should not feel guilty about using them up, but I still do! Anyway, I was glad to have finally managed to use up LUSH Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb which was a limited-edition Easter product. It was so big that I manage to get, what, five baths out of it? I am not even kidding! OK, it has been around for so long that by the end, it barely smelled anything, but I remember it smelled sweet, a bit like candy. 

I enjoyed my experience with LUSH Golden Wonder Bath Bomb solely because it managed to turn my bath an amazing gorgeous deep blue teal color completed with a layer of gold shimmers. I was disappointed that this bath bomb barely smelled something once thrown in the bath, and also, that the orange oil did not leave my skin smooth or moisturized. For around $7, this is not worth it for me!

I still can't believe that I have finally used up my big 500ml bottle of LUSH Glögg Shower Gel - this stuff is pricey, but it does last an amazingly long time!It lathers well so you only need a small quantity of product and it smells of Coca-Cola to me - not a scent I would have gone for if I had smelled it in the store but I have grown to actually like it since it is different, with a nice warming, spicy twist.

Earthen InstantPeel is a product that will probably never cease to amaze me - it's really super easy to use and I still think it's truly awesome to be able to actually see the peels of dead skin, it's like a proof that the product is working. I have never used something like this before! This product is great for dry and sensitive skin as it didn't leave my face irritated or even drier - I could feel my skin being softer and smoother. The only things I dislike about this product is the price - at $10 an application, it can be getting quite pricey - and the messy packaging.

I might be the only girl in the blogosphere who is not totally smitten by Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - I don't understand what I am doing wrong, but this stuff just does nothing for me! Once mixed with a little water, I did get a paste, but it vanished as soon as it touched my face, without the slightest abrasive feeling. I did enjoy the citrusy smell though!


Body butter is an essential for my dry and eczema-prone skin, and I know exactly what I want - thick, easy to spread, quickly absorbed and long-lasting moisture. If I applied MJ's Soap Shop Tangerine Body Butter too heavily on the areas of my body where my skin was not parched or prone to eczema, I was left with super oily skin and that oil just transfered to everything I touched - clothes, furnitures, even the dog! That beaing said, I have to disagree with the fast-absorbing claim in the description as, even when I was careful to use only a very small quantity of product on my super dehydrated skin, it took some time to sink in, but that is not a real problem for me because I shower at night before going to bed so the body has plenty of time to properly sink in. I was also a little disappointed that the butter doesn't provide long lasting moisture, because I stil feel the need to apply moisturizer in the morning to prevent my skin from getting itchy and dry through the day.

When I first started using St Moriz 'Dark' Instant Self Tanning Mousse, I was completely blown away because it appeared to be everything I was looking for - inexpensive, easy to use and provides a deep, natural golden brown tan that is never orange. I quickly realized it was not perfect though - it looks a bit muddy and unatural on my face, it applies incredibly patchy on my spots of eczema, and it wears off after only two days. I guess it's OK for the price though, since it is probably the cheapest self tanner available!

I always prefer to use a serum and a moisturizer and I really liked KORRES Wild Rose Face and Eye Brightening and Line Smoothing Serum, which smells amazing - just like real roses! - and really keeps my face moisturized all day. The clever pump bottle always dispense the exact right amount of product I need to cover my whole face and as soon as I'm finished applying the serum, it is already absorbed and I am ready to follow with my day cream! I love how this serum leaves my face slightly tightened and feeling fresh.


Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream is probably the first cream cleanser I have tried and I am convinced! I love how thick and creamy it is, and my skin feels fresh after use, but it sometimes still feel a little oily, as if it wasn't completely clean, especially when I wear foundation or BB Cream - nothing that can't be fixed with a little toner though. This cleanser tends to  dry me out a bit if I use it every day though.

It seems I have had this tube of Noxzema Continuous Clean Microbead Cleanser with Vitamin C forever, and I much as I appreciate how fresh it leaves my face after use, it feels so liberating to have finally used it up! It also has a super nice citrusy smell that never fails to wake me up in the morning.

I was a bit disappointed by Boots Botanics Body Overnight Hand & Nail Cream because since it has such a nice and thick consistency, I expected it to be really moisturizing, but it did not help at all with my eczema, which never fails to frustrate me! It also leaves my hands a bit greasy but this is no big deal since I use it only at night.

17 comments:

  1. Doesn't it feel so satisfactory when we use up products since we often tend to hoard up on them? :p

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  2. Great post! Sorry to hear about the Boots cream - it's such a pain when something promising falls flat.

    Have you ever tried First Aid Beauty cream for eczema?

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  3. great job! what about make up items?

    ((i find it hard like brick to use up make up other than mascaras that dried up!))

    have a nice day! :D

    cheers,
    jacq

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  4. @Sarah Bnbakedgoods: I ahven't heard about this before, do you think it's available in Canada?

    @Jacq H: It's not that I'm trying hard, but makeup items take much, MUCH longer to use up, and since I'm constantly switching them around, they won't hit pan anytime time, except mascara, like you said!

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  5. First Aid Beauty (FAB) is available at Sephora in-store and online. It's also available on the company's web site. It's not cheap, but it is supposed to be amazing for very dehydrated skin and/or skin conditions. I love it, but I'm just dealing with run-of-the-mill dry skin, so YMMV.

    I'd recommend trying the tiny tube first to see if you like it, and then getting the bigger size if you do. Or, there's this: http://www.sephora.com/ultra-repair-smooth-operator-kit-P375840?skuId=1459213 for $56 CAD, which is a great deal. That's what I have.

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  6. @Sarah Bnbakedgoods: Wow, thanks so much Sarah! Can't never have too many products for dry skin!

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  7. Great review on the tanner. I've been interested in it for a while but I think I may pass on it now. Have you tried L'oreal sublime gel bronzer? It's been my favorite so far and gives a nice natural color.

    Xo

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  8. I have a tendency to not use my Lush items up either, I want them to last!

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  9. @MaviDeniz : Thanks hun, glad you liked it! I don<t buy anything from L'Oreal since they test on animals, but I've heard great things about this product.

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  10. I really want to try more Korres products, the serum sounds gorgeous. So does the Burts Bee Cleanser. x

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  11. Good for you. :) I wish I could use my stuff up faster, they seem to always stay in the middle of the jar somehow. XOXO

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  12. Ah maudite excéma! Moi aussi jcollectionne mes produits Lush! Mais mettons que jai une couple de bath bomb, mais jai pu l'habitude de prendre des bains...
    Sinon moi non plus jsuis pas tellement excitée par les produits Dermalogica. J'aime ca les essayer en échantillon et tout, mais yen a pas un a date que jme dit: ah oui, jvais l'acheter!

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  13. Ah maudite excéma! Moi aussi jcollectionne mes produits Lush! Mais mettons que jai une couple de bath bomb, mais jai pu l'habitude de prendre des bains...
    Sinon moi non plus jsuis pas tellement excitée par les produits Dermalogica. J'aime ca les essayer en échantillon et tout, mais yen a pas un a date que jme dit: ah oui, jvais l'acheter!

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  14. So funny how you describe it is liberating to use these things up but I agree, it can be! The next lush gift you get you should treat yourself and use it right away girl :) ...I am interested in the peel and also the noxzema wash you mentioned as it has been so long since I have used their washes!

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  15. @Stephanie B : Contente que je ne suis pas la seule à faire ça avec les produits LUSH ahah! Le problème c'est que souvent, ils perdent leur odeur et leur effet dans le bain ):

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  16. I am just as confused by the Dermalogia microfoliant! I'm going to keep using it to see but I just don't get what it's doing. Was expecting big things after all the rave reviews! :S

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  17. I'm obsessed with the ST MORIZ as well. I'm usually so pale so it's nice to feel tanned once in a while even during winter time xx

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