Once again I haven’t updated the site in forever! Sorry! As part of a money-saving mission I have been avoiding purchasing new beauty products lately, and instead have been working my way through what I have around the house already. That means I have lots of empties for you this month, though I do want to warn you that they’re not that exciting! As always, left to right, back to front.
Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Freeze Shampoo and Conditioner – Last spring I was having trouble keeping my hair color from fading, so I tried a salon-brand shampoo and conditioner. I did like the way it made my hair look and feel, but I didn’t notice any improvement in the longevity of my color. Also, as a girl with long hair I kind of hate any brand that makes the conditioner bottle smaller than the shampoo bottle!
Gilette Satin Care Extra-Sensitive Shave Cream – I use it all the time. It works.
Softsoap Fresh Glow Body Wash – I thought I would love the “milk, almond, coconut” scent of this body wash, and it was cheap, but in the end it was just rather boring.
Nivea Harmony Time Shower Cream – Another body wash. I like the scent of this one a bit more (it’s “Almond Milk and Scent of White Rose”) but I don’t find the formula moisturizing enough for the winter here.
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash – I often purchase this one when it’s on sale, as it’s a nice, gentle cleanser for day and night.
Secret Anti-Perspirant – I used FOUR packages? I think they must have been mostly empty or something. Secret has always been my go-to deodorant, and this summer I was loving their Capri-inspired fragrance.
Garnier Charcoal Cleanser – I bought this in Russia when I had a massive breakout after swimming in the north end of Lake Baikal (even though the locals all do it, I wouldn’t recommend it!). Not being able to read Russian, it was the only “purifying” cleanser I could find that was reasonably priced. Within a few days of use my breakout subsided, so I kept it around for future breakouts. I have other products I prefer for breakouts, but sometimes you’ve got to make do with what’s available…
L’Oreal Total Repair Replenishing Mask – I can’t remember why I bought this, as my hair isn’t very dry. Regardless, though, it is a nice pick-me-up for dull-looking locks.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub – Two big thumbs down for this scrub, which barely offered any exfoliation and which dissolved the second it made contact with my damp skin. Major disappointment.
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Hair Spray – You have to go pretty far down the ingredient list to find the argan oil in this hairspray, but I did actually prefer it to some of the others one I had around as it did add a nice touch of shine along with the hold. I’d buy it if I saw it on sale.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub – I always carry one of these with me when I travel. After an unusually grimy day it just makes my face and neck feel clean. I’ll definitely buy it again before my next trip (details to come!).
Aveeno Positively Ageless Tinted Moisturizer in Light to Medium – I’d had this kicking around forever, but I so rarely wear makeup on my skin that it lasted literally years (obviously I couldn’t count on it for SPF protection anymore). The formula was quite dark for me, so I generally mixed a drop or two with my moisturizer and only in the summer months. It did help to even my skin tone a bit, but I couldn’t get behind that shade.
Derma-E Microdermabrasion Scrub – Now this is a scrub. The granules in this product were super-fine and held their exfoliating power on my damp skin. My skin always looked and felt great after using this, which reminds me that I should buy it again if I see it in the shops.
L’Occitane Vanilla Perfume Extract – I literally bought this in high school and found it in my house recently. I’ve moved more than ten times since high school… how did it get here? I used to love this, but now that I’m a more serious fragrance fan I prefer a more nuanced vanilla scent.
Beauty Protector Treatment Mask – Who cares if it works when it smells this good? The best-smelling hair mask I’ve ever tried.
Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream – This was a great daily moisturizer. It felt light and made a good base for other skincare and beauty products. At the moment a full jar would be out of my price range, but I would recommend it for girls with normal skin who want a department store moisturizer.
The Face Shop Myeonghan Miindo All-in-One Cream – I liked the rich, thick texture of this face cream (especially for winter) but it didn’t make my skin noticeably softer or smoother.
Jurlique Pure Bright Radiance Serum – I loved this little sample from Sephora. Finally, a serum that delivers immediate brightening results. Unfortunately the sample was too small to determine if the results would be long-lasting or not, but my first impression was good.