January 08, 2014

Project Pan Them All | December Empties

Hi ladies! I have fallen super behind in blogging, actually I feel like I never really truly got back to it since coming back from Europe this summer. I had to get my personal life back on track - which was not always easy - then I started a comapny with my sister in law, and then, in the blink of an eye, Christmas was upon us! Now that things have calmed down after the chaos of the Holidays, I feel like I am ready to commit to blogging again. Maybe not everyday, like I was used to some times ago, but definitely one or two articles a week. Quality before quantity, right? Thank you for sticking with me ladies!

I found Natureplex Hydrocortisone Cream Maximum Strength in a Dollar Tree while I was in Wildwood a few years ago, and it was actually great at relieving the red and itchy rashes all over my body due to my radioactivity exposure when I went swimming in an abandoned mine this summer - yes, I know. The tube is very small and I used it very quickly, but I guess for $1, it's still nice!

Since I have discovered Marcelle Essentials Purity Soothing Cleansing Water, I am absolutely sold on cleansing water, and at $10 (instead of $23.50) at Clarins Fall Warehouse Sale, I simply could not pass up NUXE Micellar Cleansing Water with 3 Roses and Green Tea! I does not work as great as my HG from Marcelle and I would not repurchase it, but it still leaves my face smooth, clean and fresh.

I was recommended Pro-Derm Hydrogel from the doctor I consulted when I had my monstruous allergic reaction after I went swimming in a supposedly radioactive lake (as mentioned above). Made with a synergy of plant and marine ingredients to ensure exceptional efficiency, Hydrogel is claimed to rapidly soothe sensible skin. Its usage is recommended after aesthetics interventions or to regenerate the skin’s protective film after bathing, showering or shaving. I did not find it especially moisturizing and I was disappointed with how fast I used it up, especially given its expensive price - around $60! Not to mention this is my second tube...

Nothing really seems to work for the eczema on my hands, and Karen told me how great Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Cream* worked for her a long time ago (hence why I purchased it before going cruelty-free), but sadly, it is not the case for me. Not matter how consistently I use it, I always have to go back to my cortisone creams. Not to mention that it seems to burn my hands more than anything else...

LUSH Heñata Bath Bomb was the cutest bath bomb! Quite simply, this is like a piñata for the bath - but it’s a hen, so it’s a Heñata (get it? awwww!). This cutie has to be smashed against the side of the bath so it can release soap paper flower petals to scrub up with. It is perfumed with fresh and citrusy tangerine, bergamot and mandarin oils - yum!

I always have to be careful not to take a too hot bath because of my sensitive skin and my eczema, but LUSH The Melting Snowman Bath Melt truly has skin-softening properties. Cocoa butter and almond oil nourish and soften the skin, while cinnamon leaf invigorates and help shake off fatigue.

I bought Freeman Goodstuff Organics Moisture Shea Butter Vitamin E Whipped Body Butter back in 2010 so I am a bit ashamed to feature it now, but I have used it up pretty quickly recently. I remember buying two tubes of this and being amazed after using the first one, but I guess I wasn't struggling that much with eczema because now this just seem to have done absolutely nothing for my skin. Totally rubbish. Although it still smells divine!

For some reasons, I prefer to pamper my feet in the winter, although it would be more logical to take care of them in the summer... but Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Foot Cream was actually great! Not too thick yet not too thin, it seemed to sink right in, leaving my feet super soft and smooth.

Yes, I realize Degree Invisible Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant* is not cruelty-free, but it was a gift, and I have yet to find a product not tested on animals that works just as well and that smells just as good. This will be tough. Help, please?

*Please not that these products are NOT cruelty-free


  1. Je vais voir si je peux rouver la creme eucerin pour les pieds,, elle a l'air bien!

  2. Perfect collection for 2014 and all these products are affordable for everyone..!!

  3. I've been using a fragrance free deodorant from Tom's of Maine and I think that is cruelty-free... works really great and then it doesn't interfere with my perfume :D

  4. That's a lot of product! I have used the Freeman's Shea and Olive Body Butter and like your variant, it smells divine but does nothing to the skin. It worked as a good summer lotion ( you know the kind when you just need something on your skin but nothing much in terms of moisturization)

  5. I really wanted to try the Melting Snowman bathbomb - it looked so cute! x

  6. Wow, can you tell me the secret to finishing things? I seem to have a neverending supply of everything. Tee hee!

  7. Yayyy, le vrai retour de Gaby! Tant que tu postes de temps en temps, moi ça me va! ;)

    Et tu me donnes envie avec ta crème pour les pieds Eucerin! J'en ai une, pour les mains, et elle ne me quitte jamais! :) C'est vraiment une bonne marque!

    J'espère que tu vas bien! Bisous xx

  8. Hi Gaby!
    Congratulations on starting up a new business venture with your sister in law! I wish you a lot of success in it!
    I haven't been consistent in using micellar products to see if they work for me but I have the Vichy one....your post has encouraged me to be a little more consistent in using it so hopefully it works for me! I will check out the Marcelle one once I finish my Vichy one.
    Awww no, that's really too bad that the Aveeno Eczema Care Cream did not work for you. It did wonders for me (well, it cured my pretty bad eczema) and I have been eczema free for years since. It's such a difficult skin condition to treat and I know the hydrocortisone creams didn't do anything for me - it became a cyclical cycle of outbreaks until I stuck with the Aveeno. Have you done an allergy test to see if you're in constant contact with something you are allergic to?
    I'm going to have to check out the Eucerin foot cream you recommended! I'm just like you - I tend to pamper my feet more in the winter even though it does make more sense to care for them more in the summertime. Great reviews Gaby!