It's April 2014...still can't believe it's still 2014 let alone April.
The end of the first quarter means for the blog, the reveal of the empties!
I've been trying since the beginning of 2013 to REALLY use my samples and I think I'm improving. I'm actually surprised how long some of these samples last...
Honestly though some samples last ages, some only last 1-2 uses so I have close to zero comment on the Khiels samples I have. The wrinkled wrapper and the tiny pot with the blue lid. One use unless my skin feels like it's boiling, usually leaves me impartial to judgement.
The Khiels Ultra Facial Moisturizer is a great day cream for those with combination and normal skin-leaning more towards oily than dry. Fragrance free, sinks in easily into the skin, and works well under make up. The Clarins Toner and Eye Cream were both just ok products. Nothing worth trying twice. The Clarins HydraQuench cream was surprisingly great for my dry winter skin. It was thick but I slathered it on anyway, and woke up everyday with zero flakes. Win! for dry skinned ladies. There is a Khiels Rose Artica - Light moisturizer which I believe the full price for the normal container is about $60 dollars, honestly the Clarins HydraQuench was more hydrating and I would purcase that product over the Rose Artica. I understand Rose Artica has heavier version a well but I still prefer the Clarins nd I have tried both versions in the past.
The Jo Malone mini body lotion in Grapefruit. Very hydrating, sinked in well, but was not a fan of the scent. Had I received a sample in a fragrance I enjoyed I would have rationed this. If you feel like an incredible pamper these are quite nice.
Bobbi Brown's Moisturing Eye Cream was also a surprisingly good find. If you are a person whose main concern is dry under eyes or around your eyes, this is another excellent option.
In terms of make up I used up the NARS primer in two uses so have no opinions. The Stila Liquid Liner is a blogger favorite but mine dried up in like 3 weeks, I think it may have been a dud. Lancome Definicils mascara is probably the prettiest day time mascara I have tried from the brand. Separated, fanned out, lengthened lashes. Perfect for work or meeting the parents. Sugar Lip Balm, everyone loves these... I think they're nice, but not worth the full price- just being honest...
I went sheet mask crazy these last few months. Here are the few I saved to remind myself to mention them. I have always loved the Silk Whitia masks but these Cel Derma ones are also fantastic and a new favorite. I used up my Shisiedo Tsubaki shampoo, the empty bag is there because you just buy the bags after your initial purchase and keep refilling your bottles. Also shown is a Tsubaki hair mask which I have had FOREVER. I never remembered to use it and one day I thought "I'm using this up!"
A year later after that proclamation it's finally gone . This was nice, smells good, lasts forever, hydrates and softens the hair but I'm really no longer a hair mask person so I doubt I would repurchase. This is not from a poor performance from the product, but my laziness.
Nivea Touch of Happiness, Body Shop Body Butters, L'Occitaine Hand Cream (Extra Large size) are all products I love, re purchase regularly and are staples in my life.
The Clarins Body cream is the most hydrating body lotion I have tried. I usually purchase body butters because I have dry skin on my body, but for a lotion this is the most hydrating I have sampled. I give this product a thumbs up. If you want a rich lotion but not a thick butter this may be for you.
For full sized beauty the Fresh High Noon is my second completed tube. Think of this as a more pigmented Origins Vitazing. Delivering a sheen, slight color boost, and works as a base/primer makes this one of my favorites for the summer where this is all I use as a base.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in Brightener-so glad this is gone. Really did not enjoy this. Creased everyday within seconds like crazy, color was too pink which wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that it was so hard to blend and the ending results looked a bit too cakey for my taste. Thumbs down.
Sonia Kashuk's tinted brow gel, loved this. I used this for about a year, every single time I did my brows. Not only did this remove the step of needing a pencil or brushing my brows with powder, but this tint provided enough pigmentation and control with the wand to just use this solely everyday. Kept my brows in place and lasted all day. I think the color is quite universal and for the price I think this is a drugstore gem. I recently purchased Benefit's Gimme Brow for a change but prefer Sonia's!
Lastly is my skin care empties.
Bioderma, Neutrogena Acne Stress Control, CeraVe PM are all my HG's pretty much. I have reviewed them countless times but HG's pretty much sums it up.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, honest option: "meh"
When I first tried this I purchased the dry skin formula and the first night it stung my face like craaazy. I can't imagine what the oily skin version would be like...it took me about three uses to get used to it. Honestly the results if any were so minimal and I probably did more damage than benefit from this on my skin. Glycolic acid is one of the last ingredients for this toner but it was just not a product for me. One of those, "I'm glad I tried, but would not get again" Same goes for the Lumene Toner. I think I posted about this product in a products I regret purchasing. Zero improvement or change in my skin.
Khiels Ultra Facial Cream, the step up from the lotion. I liked the lotion so much I went back for another but by then my skin was ridden with dry patches and I was apprehensive to try the cream which sounded thick. Not only is this weightless but lasts much longer than the lotion. I can use less products but have a more hydrated finish. This is the smaller tub of the cream, after I used this small tub up, I went out to buy the biggest tub they sold! Love it.
Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Eye Cream lasted me nearly two years. I spent a few weeks without it trying to use samples but I couldn't take it anymore. Hydrating, super thick, and with slight anti wrinkle properties, this had to come back to my bathroom.
The Oxy pimple cream is my favorite benzoyl peroxide product I use on my skin sparingly when I have a spot already on my skin. This zaps it away in a flash. The Origins being salicylic acid based I use when I feel spots under my skin. This container looks small - sample small! - but lasted me over a year! It worked for me sometimes...sometimes it did nothing. I think it depended on when I caught the spot in it's life cycle but I prefer the Clinique equivalent which is cheaper and more effective for me, so I would not repurchase the Origins but am glad I tried it.
Last is a very used up Clarasonic brush head.
Until next quarter ;)