Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Empties

Not much happening this month. I made a bit of an effort to use some samples since I had a drawer full of them, but I forgot to keep the empties of most of them. I used up several different Paula's Choice cleanser samples - I bought a bunch of them ages ago when I was buying acne stuff for Noodle Arms, and just forgot about them. I like her cleansers, but I don't think they're much different from Cetaphil, which is cheaper.

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Cleanser: This is a cream cleanser for 'normal to very dry skin'. It's nice, but I don't think I'd buy it. It doesn't beat my holy grail cream cleanser (Clarins).
QV Hand Cream: Crap. Pretty much your typical supermarket hand cream. I don't really know why I expected it to be any different.
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara: This is the weird one that has the oscillating wotsit. What a stupid gimmick that is. I bought this in Priceline forever ago when it was half price and started using it a couple of months ago when I had worked through all of my other mascaras. I hated it but it was the last one I had left so I was determined to grit my teeth and use it up and then legitimately buy a new mascara out of need, then Harriet Archer sent me an Elizabeth Arden one she'd received free because she's a sensitive flower who can't use EA products, and Lust Have It sent a sample Lancome one in their monthly box thing, so I bit the bullet and chucked this monstrosity.
Cellugen Cleanse: This came with my Skin Physics thing and I hated it, but it was a small tube and I was determined to just finish it. Finally done and now it's gone. Hurrah!
Sally Hansen Hand Resurfacer: A scrub for hands. This is my second tube and I quite like it, but I've taken to using those little sample jars of scrubs from places like Haus of Gloi on my hands, so I don't think I'd need to repurchase this again - at least not for a while.
Fekkai Glossing Shampoo: Okay, technically there's about an inch of product left in the bottle, but it's been sitting on the floor of my shower for at least a year, if not longer. It's not gonna happen - I'm calling it. I bought this because it seemed to be a nice, clean shampoo that wouldn't leave residue, but it's actually kind of thick and I never really liked it much.
Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily 2.5ml sample: There are a few Jo Malone fragrances that are really pretty, but many of them just have that generic 'walking through the perfume department of Myer' smell and this is one of them. Also, her products are ridiculously expensive and last about 5 minutes on me, so I would definitely not buy this in a full size. I just bought it to try after reading a review of it somewhere, I think.
Demeter Creme Brulee 2.5ml sample: I don't know if Demeter has gone to the dogs or if my nose has just become more sophisticated (ha), but all of their perfumes smell really chemical-y to me these days. This is no exception. I bought this because Noodles wanted to try it and then she didn't like it so I used it as a room spray a few times just to get rid of it.
YSL Cinema sample: Stefanie sent me this very generous sample a while back and I really liked it. If it weren't for the fact that I am actually trying to shed myself of perfumes rather than collect more, I'd probably buy a full bottle of this.
Lostmarc'h Lann-ael 1.5ml sample: This smells like porridge with milk and grated apple, which is exactly what it's supposed to smell like. Honestly, I just bought it out of curiosity. I wouldn't buy a full bottle - I'm not that keen on the smell of apple.
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub with AHA: This was sent to me by Beauty Heaven ages ago with a whole heap of random stuff like Ulta3 lipsticks and a Dove cleanser and whatever. I've never heard of this brand before. I used this sample on my eyebrows for a couple of days after waxing to avoid ingrown hairs. What can I say? It's a scrub - they're all the same to me.


  1. Good stuff. I'm halfway through the same Fekkai shampoo and can't make up my mind about it. It's definitely not worth the crazy price tag though!!!

  2. Not a bad lot! I need to get myself a hand scrub

  3. Liz, that shampoo is weird - it's so thick! And yeah - what's with the expense? It's got all the same crap in it every other shampoo has.

    Emma, using scrubs on your hands is great for helping hand cream sink in better. Highly recommend it!

  4. That Maybelline vibrating mascara was THE WORST!!!

  5. I think it's sulfate-free? I'm starting to think that whole brand is stupid. It takes a long time to lather up but it does eventually. However, I also use a lot more of it than I would an ordinary shampoo. I got mine for free and would never pay CAD$30 for it.