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Before I went to Russia this summer I had a small collection of empty beauty products that I’d meant to review, and then when I came back the collection kept getting larger and larger! Now that we’ve had our first snowfall and it’s clear that winter isn’t that far off, I thought I’d clear out all my summer empties and start the new season fresh. Here’s what I’ve used up since May!
Paris Hilton Perfume. I didn’t use it up, but I’ve had it for ages, I don’t like it, and I’m not going to wear it. Into the garbage it goes!
Roc Micellar Cleansing Water. I love using this stuff to clean my face like a French girl. I’ve already replaced this bottle with one twice as large!
Sebastian Volupt Shampoo. I got this in a beauty box (remember when beauty boxes used to give out full-sized products?). It did volumize my hair, but I would have preferred to be able to try it with the matching conditioner.
Gilette Shaving Cream and a very old Bath and Body Works “Holiday” Soap.
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Creme. I like this body wash when paired with gourmand perfumes.
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I often keep a tube of this facial cleanser around, and this was replaced after being used up. I think this is a great one for travel, as it cleans thoroughly without stripping your skin.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. This came as part of a set of favorite beauty products from Sephora. It didn’t do much for my hair, which is surprising as my hair is naturally wavy and I thought this was designed to enhance that kind of natural texture. Definitely would never repurchase.
Laura Mercier Facial Scrub. It has the microdermabrasion-y texture that I like, but it was nothing special. I prefer Exfolikate.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I always travel with a little tube of this, because sometimes my face just needs a scrub.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo. I also like to travel with a little bottle of this shampoo and the matching conditioner; it’s heavy but it smells amazing!
The Body Shop White Musk White Hot Summer Perfume. This is one of my favorite scents of all time. It was discontinued years ago, but I stocked up on eBay (after using up this bottle I cracked open another, and I still have two more in storage). This is the perfect summer scent.
Lancome Genifique Serum. I didn’t notice any improvements after using up this entire serum sample.
A bottle of “designer imitation” perfume. It was a gift, and it’s the thought that counts (actually, Paris Hilton was also a gift…).
Two bottles of Secret Deodorant.
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum. This was a very large sample, which was nice (in theory). I didn’t see any improvement to the look or feel of my skin while using this, and actually found that it caused some unpleasant peeling on the coldest, driest winter days here. Definitely will not repurchase.
Benefit Dr. Feelgood. This is a mattifying balm that I bought a long time ago, when I was still in the post-pubescent shiny skin phase. It did provide temporary mattifying, but I didn’t use it often, and now it’s old, so I’m throwing it away. In the future I’d stick with blotting papers.
Nuxe Bio Beaute Body Exfoliant. I loved the scent of this body scrub, but don’t need or want any more body scrubs.
Missha Super Aqua Refreshing Cleanser. I loved this sample face wash and tried to repurchase at a Missha store in Russia, but was too overwhelmed by the choices to remember which one I’d liked!
Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara. Cover Girl products remind me of being in the seventh grade, so I wasn’t initially excited by this mascara (which was a free sample). Of course, it turned out to be awesome, and I’ll definitely repurchase if I ever run out of mascara samples!
Cailyn Lip Gloss. From a beauty box. This one arrived with red and white streaks inside the tube; it looks like the pigments haven’t been mixed properly. I have enough nude glosses not to worry about tossing this straight into the trash.
Avon Lip Gloss. A discontinued shade from one of the last Glossybox Canada beauty boxes before they went out of business (it’s been a year or two and now Glossybox USA serves Canadian customers). This tube had Polish and Arabic writing on it, and Avon reported that they were not associated with Glossybox in any way. Into the garbage it (finally!) goes!
Rania J. Perfume in Rose Ishtar. I’m into rose scents at the moment. Sadly, this perfume sample arrived damaged, and I never had a chance to smell this one. The other samples in the order arrived in good condition, though, so hopefully I’ll have more Rania J. empties soon.
This Works Plus Pillow Spray. From a UK beauty box, this natural linen spray included a blend of essential oils designed to make me sleepier. Regardless of whether or not it worked, it smelled amazing, and if I win the lottery I will repurchase in a heartbeat!
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Face Wash. A perfectly acceptable face wash, but nothing to write home about.
Missha Super Aqua Marine Stem Cell Intensive Facial Serum. I like typing that. It didn’t do anything, but maybe I just don’t have the kind of skin that is problematic enough to warrant using a serum yet.