Last week we talked about bodycare empties, so let’s move onto haircare! As you can tell from the photo, I don’t go through many hair products quickly, except dry shampoo. But who doesn’t love dry shampoo?
This may be one of the better dry shampoos I have tried. I learned about it when I covered the Miss USA pageant in 2014, and you can check that post out here. It’s no longer available at ULTA, but you can grab bottles online at Overstock.com. This dry shampoo is lighter than most, and will give you that “white out” look to your hair if you spray too much in a concentrated area. I love the weightlessness of this one! It smells great too! Definitely one I recommend trying if you’re a dry shampoo junkie like myself.
I have ranted and raved about this dry shampoo in every single empties post I have done, so I won’t beat a dead horse here. It comes in different hair colors to avoid the “white out” problem and in different scents. The ones for hair colors are $8.99 and the scented ones are $7.99 It’s cheap and easy to find, and I go through it fairly quickly. This is my primary go-to for dry shampoo. I use it after I blow dry my hair to aid in styling, and nearly every day for the same reason. It’s also great to keep in your gym bag or use post-workout if you have to run errands or be somewhere. Check out my previous posts on it — Empties 1 and How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly.
3. Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque, available in the UK only, £5.99.
I absolutely love this hair masque, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it since a friend brought it from England. I have searched high and low on all the international retail sites, but I haven’t had any luck. I thought Amazon carried everything, but alas, I have found the few products they do not carry. Don’t worry, I have made a formal request to Amazon and written to Boots for more information about U.S. availability. 🙂 Nonetheless, it’s a very hydrating, smoothing, and brilliant hair mask that leaves your hair silky smooth and shining like a freaking commercial. The packaging is perfect because you can keep it in the shower without damaging the product. The lid snaps shut tightly, so you can grab it and use it up to 3 times a week. I was so sad when I ran out, as I knew it would be hard to replace. I will update this post as soon as I can find it online or in a store. If anyone knows, PLEASE leave a comment!
4. Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo, available in the UK only, £5.99
Obviously, I have the same issue with this one as I do the Mineral Hair Rescue Masque. Oh, the tears….I should mention that this Salon at Home line by Charles Worthington is in UK drugstores and is super affordable at less than £10 for most of the line. Nonetheless, this dry shampoo was on par with Batiste’s, but I would rate Charles Worthington a half-star higher because of its weightlessness, lack of white out, and refreshing scent. It feels like the Batiste and Miss Universe dry shampoos had a perfect little dry shampoo baby in England. That’s such a weird way to put it, but it’s definitely a combination of those two! I’ll update this one as well as soon as I can find it!
5. Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, available in the UK only, £6.99
It truly broke my heart to finish this product! I would say that it’s definitely up there in my top 5 products of all time. This is, by far, the best texturizing spray I have used. I have tried others to find a replacement, but nothing works as well. According to other trusted bloggers, it is a dupe for the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, (available on Amazon for $42!!) but I haven’t dared to spend the cash on the Oribe because I’m still holding out for the Charles Worthington version to miraculously appear in the US. Until then, I’ll keep trying to locate affordable comps and report back to you!
This little inexpensive blow dryer lasted me ages!! I think I had it for nearly 6 years, which is pretty long for a blow dryer in my opinion. I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. It came with a diffuser and the concentrator attachment. The Infiniti features three heat settings and two speed settings with a cool shot button. It also had a little dual voltage button that you could slide over for when you travel internationally with proper adaptors. I thought that was a pretty cool feature, especially if you travel often. I loved the folding handle with the retractable cord! That made it great for packing in luggage and storing in the bathroom. Last, it was super easy to clean with the hot pink removable filter — snap off, clean, and you’re done! I would’ve purchased it again, but I wanted to branch out a little. Hair dryers aren’t something you generally buy a lot of; you just have one that works and that’s it. Though, if the one I purchased to replace this one dies or explodes, I’ll definitely go back to the Conair!
This installment was short and sweet! I apologize that it’s several products that aren’t available in the U.S. I will keep searching to try to locate them online. To date, I have not heard back yet on my inquiry with Boots regarding availability to ship to the U.S., so check back for updates! Next week, we will be talking all about skincare empties!
So we all know that the best products are the ones you use until they are completely gone — the ones that force you grab a tool to scrape out the very last drops! I love to read about empties and watch videos about them on YouTube, and I love sharing mine with you. I have so many that I will have to split them into several categories. Let’s start with bodycare!
1. Kneipp Herbal Bath in Lavender
This is one of my all time favorite bubble baths. It doesn’t lather and create luscious bubbles like many others do, but it does give the most concentrated scent. It also makes the bath a beautiful teal blue. The wonderful thing about this product is that it comes in several different scents for aromatherapy effects. Lavender is balancing; Mandarin & Orange is stress reducing; Juniper for muscle soothing, etc. You can order the Kneipp Lavender Herbal Bath for only $5.50 (0.67 oz) or $20.00 (3.38oz), and check out all the other scents here. The smaller bottle gets you approximately 2-3 baths; whereas the larger bottle gets you around 5-6 baths. All you need to do is light a candle, dim the lights, add a little to running water, jump in the bath, and breathe deeply. You may even want to have a glass of wine! This is definitely a product that I will continue to purchase this one over and over again because it feels and smells so luxurious.
The Body Shop scrubs are, by far, some of the best body scrubs I have ever used. They are sufficiently “scrubby” combined with good hydration without being harsh, scratchy, or drying. I love the sweet floral scent of the morenga seed oil. It’s so bright and fresh. If you aren’t a floral person, this scent could convert you since it’s not over powering; it’s gentle and soft and very feminine.
This scrub from The Body Shop is similar to the Morenga Cream Scrub, but far more hydrating because it’s made with 100% wild argan oil. Aside from that distinction, they function the same as exfoliators, but what I REALLY LOVE about this product is that it benefits women in Morocco. If you’re really interested, Fleur, of the YouTube channel Fleur de Force, did a great vlog at the facility where the argan oil is made. Check it out here. I love knowing the backstory on a product, but it’s even better when the product is amazing! Definitely a product I have already repurchased.
From the same Body Shop line, the Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath is fantastic! It bubbles and lathers so nicely while still maintaining the bath oil quality for deep moisturizing. This is a great buy through the winter months to just relax in the tub and rehab dry winter skin. Plus, it smells so lovely — slightly nutty but very fresh and lightly sweet. You’ll leave the tub thanking yourself, I promise!!
If you’ve never tried a Body Shop Body Butter, you are missing out! These are the creamiest, most hydrating, non-greasy body moisturizers ever! I particularly love this scent, the Fuji Green Tea, because it’s slightly minty and cool while also being very green (as the green tea might suggest). It’s a scent that’s great for both men and women because it’s neither sweet nor floral. My boyfriend loves this one (and has gone through a few tubs); he loves putting it on his pretty bald head after he showers. It’s got a slight tingle to it, but still something that’s great for sensitive skin because it’s not a burning tingle like some others. I love that you can purchase it in different sizes — travel (1.69 oz) and regular (6.76 oz). Definitely one that will stick around as a staple in our home!
If you’re like me and you either don’t have time or always forget to moisturize your body when you get out of the shower, this is the PERFECT product for you. As your last step in the shower, simply drench your skin in the product as if you were putting on regular moisturizer, let sit for a minute or two, and then rinse off! Super easy! Oh, and you can also use it as a shaving cream if you like! It leaves your skin feeling supple, soft, and smelling so good! Infused with rose oil, goji berries, argan oil, cocoa butter, and cupucau butter, your skin (and others around you) will thank you. Side note: my boyfriend ALWAYS notices when I use this, and comments on how nice I smell when I get out of the shower. This is my second pot of this, and LUSH recycles, so save those black LUSH containers. Five empty clean containers gets you a free fresh facemask!
I have super sensitive skin, whether it’s on my face or my legs, so I have to be careful with razors and shaving creams. Anything too soapy or foamy just gives me the worst razor burn. This shaving gel is super cheap and, honestly, is the best one I’ve used. I’ve been using it for over 10 years, and always go back to it. It’s a gel to foam formula that foams nicely, moisturizes the skin to help prevent razor burn, and doesn’t leave a gooey residue. Definitely a winner!
Yes, let’s chat about deodorant. I have used this brand since I was in high school. Sure, I dabbled in other brands along the way, but the clear gel is where it’s at. No white streaks. Quick drying. Works properly….until you hit your 30’s! I don’t know what happened, so I blame the mid-30s hormone shift, but it just didn’t do the job anymore. So, I finished off my last tube and walked into my new era of deodorant (see No. 9). But, if you’re in the market to try a new one, this one is great! It may work for you. It treated me well for many years.
Holy Mother of Keeping Us Ladies Dry and Smelling Sweet! I may have fallen in love with an antiperspirant. This is the BEST thing I have ever used, and I doubt I will ever return to a solid or gel formula for antiperspirant or deodorant. This dry spray smells incredibly fresh and clean, but if you don’t like cucumber, there are several other scents. As soon as you spray it on, it’s dry and doesn’t leave white marks on clothing. It’s so much faster to apply than solid deodorant/antiperspirant because you need a quick spray, and BOOM!, you’re done. It’s great for a quick refresh throughout the day as well. Whether you endure intense sweaty workouts or glisten when cleaning the house, this antiperspirant keeps you smelling like the beautiful delicate lady you are. Seriously, GO BUY THIS! Also, I bought the men’s version for boyfriend, and he loves it too. We have both totally converted to dry spray.
In past empties, I have ranted and raved about the Bath & Body Works Pillow Mist! (To check that out, click here.) But, the last time I went, they were sold out of the pillow mist, so I used this as an alternate option for the same use. They work the same, but the Pillow Mist is actually $5 cheaper for more product (1.3 oz more!). So, go for the Pillow Mist, even if you have to order it; you’ll still get more for your money.
This is the perfect bubble bath for the day after a hard workout to soothe sore muscles and relax the body. I’m sure you’ve sensed that I have a lavender problem by now, but I just love how soothing it is in bath and body products. This works just like any other bubble bath, but with the added bonus of the epsom salt muscle relief. Hard day in the yard? Long day on the train? Whatever you do that makes you feel sore or stiff is certainly helped by a long hot bath with this goodie! Plus, it’s cheap and you get can get it at Wal Mart. So, there’s that — budget friendly and easily accessible.
That’s all the bodycare items I have for this time! Check back soon for Haircare Empties! They are up next!
Let’s all say it together, “I used that shampoo in junior high!” Me too! And honestly, it’s been a shampoo staple of mine since I was 13. Let me digress for just a second here and say who finishes a shampoo and conditioner at the same time? I always finish a shampoo first. Let me know in the comments what you finish first. I’m super interested to know!!
Ok, let’s get back to it.This line is available in two varieties — the Smooth Collection, which smells of rose, and the Shine Collection, featured here, which smells of sweet fresh chamomile. It lathers nicely and leaves my hair looking super shiny and extremely soft. I have tried a lot of high end shampoos, but I always go back to this one. It contains chamomile, aloe vera, and passion flower extracts, and does not contain silicone. (There’s a great debate about silicones, and whether they are good or bad, but generally they are said to be harmful because they coat the hair shaft so real nutrients cannot penetrate the hair. On the other hand, the position exists that some water soluble silicones are permissible because they can be washed away with water.) So, I won’t get into the silicone debate here, but this shampoo is silicone free and leaves my hair super shiny. With that said, if silicones are said to make your hair shiny, then this product does it without them, so there’s something to be said for that. And, at $3.99/bottle, that’s a hell of a deal for some kick ass shampoo that smells like a beautiful garden.
Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volumizing Spray Gel
This is one of my all time favorite products for building volume. It’s a spray gel you use when your hair is damp, and for someone with fine limp hair, this product is pure gold. It was featured in my last hair care empties post because I believe I’m on my third bottle now. I love how it sprays a nice fine even mist to evenly coat the hair. I find it works best when sprayed into the roots and massaged into the wet hair near the crown for added volume. You can find it at Ulta, and it’s on sale right now. It’s generally $20.99 for 5.1 oz, but the link provided has it for $8.99. Looks like I need to stock up! And so should you.
THE BATTLE OF THE LEAVE-IN TREATMENTS!
I decided to put these two to the test — head to head like Monday Night Football. To complete this little experiment I used each of them for one week straight alternating weeks for nearly two months. Surprisingly, these lasted me a long time despite the fact that I sprayed it on every inch of my long hair, and I have a lot of hair that absorbs product like a very fluffy towel. Nonetheless, I believe you’ll be surprised by the results! In the left corner we have the super hyped It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product and in the right corner we have the Miracle 7 Leave In Mist. Let’s compare the basics, and by basics I mean costs. It’s a 10! will run you $18.00 for 4.0 oz or $36.00 for 10.0 oz, whereas the Miracle 7 will run you $13.99 for 5.0 oz and $22.79 for 10.0 oz. So, on the larger size, we are working with a $14 disparity in price. Let’s see if it’s worth it.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product
This product has been super hyped and raved about by several foremost beauty bloggers over the last year, so, of course, I had to give it a go. This is a beautiful leave-in treatment. It’s a treatment used after showering on wet hair or as a styling product on dry hair to do a host of things:
repair damaged hair
smooth and control frizz
stop hair breakage
enhance natural body
prevent split ends
seals and protect color
I don’t know that I can attest to seeing all of these results, but I did find it to be a great detangler, heat protectant, smoother, and it gave me great silky shiny hair. Who can be upset about that? The spray isn’t as fine as I would like it, but it isn’t crap. Think of this one more like a drizzle than a mist. It smells lovely, and definitely does its job.
Miracle 7 Leave In Treatment
I was in Sally Beauty Supply and the cashier recommended this to me, raved about it, and then handed me the sample. This is my second sample bottle I’ve used up, and I did a full review on it here. I love this product! Here’s what its claims are:
seal & protect color
repair dry damaged hair
stop hair breakage
prevent split ends
enhance natural body
So, Miracle 7 claims to do the same thing as It’s a 10 The formulas are nearly identical, but the Miracle 7 contains only 17 ingredients, while the It’s a 10 contains 25. In looking at those ingredients, I realized that the It’s a 10 has keratin, keratin amino acids, and aloe leaf juice — some of those additional ingredients the Miracle 7 lacks. Based on ingredients, I would say the It’s a 10 performs better, but based on actual use, I preferred the Miracle 7. It felt lighter and less gunky in my hair. The spray of the Miracle 7 was finer and mistier (if that’s a word). They are very comparable products, so for the price difference ($14), I will continue to purchase the Miracle 7. But, if you have curly and/or super frizzy hair, you may want to go with the It’s a 10 because it contains keratin, which will help smooth curly/frizzy hair.
That sums it all up for the hair care empties! Hope you enjoyed this post! Makeup empties are coming next week! Stay tuned!
No real need for an introduction here, other than to say welcome back to the Bitter Glitter Empties Series! Today, I’ll go through the body care products I’ve used up! So glad you stopped by, so without further ado, lets get started!
You Need A Blooming Shower. Your Nose Smells Like Rose Body Wash by Anatomicals
I received this in a Glossybox, and I loved it! Anatomicals makes this great little rose smelling body wash that foams nicely and bubbles marvelously if used as a bubble bath. I often added a few drops of lavender oil when using it as a bubble bath, and it was glorious! It smells like an afternoon walk in an English rose garden, but it’s not over-the-top. If you’re anti-rose smelling scents, this is not for you. The scent is subtle yet freshly floral with a hint of jasmine that lathers nicely. All in all, it is a great body wash with great value for money as it ranges from $5 to $9.50, depending on where you purchase it. You can find Anatomicals at Asos. I will definitely get this one again! It’s one of my all time favorite body washes!
Lemon Zest Energy Body Wash from Bath & Body Works
I am so incredibly disappointed that Bath & Body Works discontinued this scent from its Aromatherapy line. I have searched everywhere for any extras, but only managed to find it on Amazon with one left, and at a very inflated price. Nonetheless, It was a beautiful morning body wash to wake you up with bright notes of lemon and ginseng. It was the antithesis to the Sleep line, and they worked really well in tandem as day and night companions. Since then, Bath & Body Works has introduced the Orange Ginger fragrance as a substitute, and while I’ve sniffed it a few times in-store, it’s not as great to me. I guess sometimes in the beauty industry we have to say goodbye to some of our favorites and let them go. C’est la vie! But, Bath and Body Works, if you’re reading this, I’d be happy to purchase any leftovers you have in your warehouse. Just Sayin’.
Sleep Lavender and Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath by Bath & Body Works
Admittedly, this is constantly in my bathroom. You may have figured by now that I have a lavender obsession, and it’s borderline crazy. I know. I love this line, the body wash is lovely and foamy, and the luxury bath is milky and moisturizing. The luxury bath makes the largest, most fun bubbles, too. It really is luxurious. I highly recommend it for a nice relaxing bath, as lavender has the ability to calm and relax you. However, if you would rather a different version of this, Bath & Body Works also has Lavender Vanilla within its Sleep line. Since the Lavender Chamomile stays in my rotation, it’s safe to assume I’ll be repurchasing these again very soon.
3-D White Multi Care Whitening Rinse and 3-D White Luxe Multi Care Whitening Rinse by Crest
I figured this would go under body care because, well, teeth are part of the body, and who doesn’t want beautiful white teeth?! As you can tell, I go through a decent amount of mouthwash, and this line from Crest is my favorite. It contains baking soda (which you cannot taste!) so it really gets into the spaces between the teeth for deep rinsing and whitening. You can actually see it foaming in the little crevices of your mouth and between your teeth. Sorry if that’s a little graphic or gross, but it’s true. It’s one of the things I love about this product – I feel like I can SEE it working. I have noticed that my teeth are getting whiter as a result of this product, but it’s not a super bleaching situation. If that’s what you are looking for, you’re better off using the Crest Whitestrips or visiting a Dentist for a professional whitening. But, this tastes lovely and super minty – not peppermint, but real mint! I didn’t find a difference between the regular and the luxe formula here. Either way, it’s a win if you’re int he market for a new mouthwash.The price varies depending on size, but these run anywhere from $3-$8 at any drugstore. I’ve already purchased another one of these!
ProHealth Clinical Mouthwash by Crest
Obviously, I use a lot of mouthwash — twice daily! I picked up this one thinking I was grabbing the 3-D White formula, and by the time I got home and realized it, I didn’t want to go return it. This one claims to be Crest’s “most advanced rinse ever.” While that may be true, I preferred the 3-D White formula. They’re very very close in formula by feel, but from what I observed, I believe this one is more targeted at gum issues (i.e. gingivitis) and plaque, whereas the 3-D white focuses more on whitening and combating plaque. I suppose your choice would depend on which issue you would like to target.
Well, that’s a wrap for the body care empties! It’s approaching winter now, so I’ll leave you with some tips to avoid super dry winter skin.
Avoid super hot showers and baths (hot water tends to dry out skin), use warm water
Close your bathroom door when showering or bathing to lock in steam/moisture
Exfoliate with gentle exfoliators — NO gritty scrubbing!
Add coconut oil or jojoba oil to your bath for extra moisture
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize immediately after patting skin dry
Avoid products with alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
Choose creams or ointments over lotions (i.e. body butters)
Use a humidifier, if necessary
Use a quality lip balm
Hope you’ve enjoyed this Empties Post! Stay tuned for more! We still have two more installments to go in this series!
The empties series is back with four full installments! I have learned that I go through WAAAAYYYYYY more skincare than I do any other category of product. Due to the fact that I have 18 products here, I’m going to break this post into two parts. I’ll do seven products in this post, then another eight in the next post — that doesn’t add up because one product has a total of 4 empty containers. Read on to find out.
I suppose I have so many because I have travel versions of products I use (that I know will not irritate my skin) on the go or on a trip. For example, the It’s Potent eye cream, Caudalie cleansing water, and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light lived in my everyday makeup bag in my handbag. You never know when you need to redo your whole face or take it all off — like before a workout or pre-happy hour after a long work day.
So, let’s just dive right in and get started!!
1. Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH
I have gone through 4, yes FOUR, containers of Angels on Bare Skin in the last 8 months, as this one is always in my travel bag. It’s one of those products that I will always have in rotation. Here’s why:
It’s all natural and fresh
Great for all skin types, including sensitive (yay for me and all my sensitive skin girls!)
Has kaolin clay, ground almonds, lavender flowers, lavender oil, and rose oil
Ground almonds and lavender flowers are both great for exfoliation (even after your regular cleanser. bonus!!)
Lavender oil smooths and calms the skin
Rose oil reduces redness
It smells heavenly, or what I imagine heaven smells like
I love using this as a cleanser on its own, or as an exfoliator after I cleanse. It always leaves my skin soft and looking super healthy. It does have a gritty sort-of mealy texture, so don’t expect a lotion, gel, or foam here. It’s more like damp brown sugar. (TIP: I keep a pack of Popsicle sticks in my bathroom for this. They’re cheap and come in handy for all types beauty maneuvering!) If you don’t have a LUSH store where you live, you can always order online.
2. Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks by LUSH
These fresh face masks are available at LUSH in their refrigerated section. They are so fresh that you must keep them refrigerated. Why? They do NOT contain any preservatives, but DO have an expiration date. However, each one is 2.1 oz and usually gets me 4-6 masks. These are 2 of my 4 favorite go-to masks!
A great choice for all skin types, so definitely a winner in my book! This one also smells so good because of the lavender oil in it for soothing and calming, but it also contains ground almonds for exfoliation. It’s more dense with the ground almonds than the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, so it really gets into the pores to wash away dead skin, scoop out dirt, and force out unnecessary oil. It also contains honey, which helps to nourish and soften skin, and seaweed, which balances oil production in the T-zone. Personally, this one is my absolute favorite LUSH mask! My skin is usually at its best when I’m using Angels on Bare Skin in tandem with this mask and coconut oil steam treatments. (If you’re curious about that, you can get that info here.) LUSH is super affordable, so at $6.95 per pot, who can say no???
I love to use BB Seaweed when my sensitive skin starts freaking out. This mask is specifically formulated for sensitive skin to calm, soothe, and moisturize. Each batch of BB Seaweed made contains seven pounds of seaweed! Seven pounds! Seaweed is known for its soothing effects, and I can attest to its almighty green power! This mask also contains finely ground almonds for ultra gentle exfoliation. In addition to that, the copious amounts of aloe vera gel and rose target sensitive spots while the honey and olive oil surge the moisture into your pores. This is one of those masks that saves me if I try a new product and have a less than favorable reaction.
3. Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer by Anatomicals
First, let me say that I love the cheeky (and adorable) way that Anatomicals names and labels its products! Nearly every product in their line is just super catchy. I think this one is just so clever, and it makes me smile. But, I do really like this little product. Basically, they are jelly filled collagen stickers to help decrease under eye puffiness. I’ve gone so far as to wear them on my way to work after a night of intense ugly crying…and they WORKED! I kept them in the refrigerator to add a little chill to enhance the de-puffing process, and while cucumber slices always work, this is great for the girl on the go. And, it contains grape seed oil, aloe vera, collagen, green tea extract, and plum extract — all fabulous ingredients for hydration, soothing, and de-puffing. I’d say these are useful when hungover, having an existential ugly cry meltdown, during allergy season, or whenever you just haven’t had enough sleep and need to look rested. You can purchase them through Glossybox.com here for $11.00, or from Asos.com here for $11.37, or on Amazon, where they sell the full individual Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer overnight eye mask! (Seriously, I now want this overnight mask!) Here’s a little example of my trial with Puffy and her minions.
4. Glam Glow Youth Mud Facemask
This product is one of those cult beauty products that took off like a rocket earlier this spring. I received a free sample of the Youth Mud (there are several GlamGlow varieties from which you may choose to suit your skin type/target issue). The Youth Mud is designed for all skin types and claims to have you movie-star-camera-ready in just minutes. Yes, it’s AMAZING, and does make your skin look incredible afterwards. It lives up to the hype…almost. But first, let’s chat about the ingredients. Youth Mud contains kaolin clay, green tea extract, chamomile, marigold, cucumber, ivy, comfrey herb, lavender, and volcanic rock. The combination of these ingredients makes this mask a superstar. It exfoliates, nourishes, plumps, soothes, smooths, and gives you that all over glow, hence the name. The volcanic rock serves as the exfoliation agent while the French sea clay (kaolin) detoxifies, purifies, and leaves good natural oils in place. The herbs and tea extracts provide antioxidants to boost skin’s plumpness and revitalize it. While I absolutely love love love this mask, I did find the tingling sensation a bit harsh (but I do have pretty sensitive skin), and at $69.00 for 1.7 oz, I find it to be a tad on the pricey side for a face mask. I was able to get two masks out of this sample if that’s any indication. Therefore, I’d recommend this one wholeheartedly (a) if you have the extra cash to spend or (b) if you’re willing to splurge for an upcoming event (i.e. wedding, prom, big interview at your dream job, etc.)
5. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil
When I first saw this in Walgreens, I knew I HAD to try it. I’m a huge fan of naturally occurring oils as a makeup remover (i.e. coconut oil or olive oil), and this one contains jojoba and macadamia oil. I’m OVER THE MOON about this product. It’s all of $5-7, depending on where you purchase it. When I stumble upon amazing, and yet affordable products, my inner couponer gets insanely excited. Nonetheless, this is probably the BEST product launch of the skin care year for me. So, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Cons first — I like to end things on a positive note. The packaging could use a little help. I’d pay an extra $5 for Garnier to up their game on the packaging. I love the pump, so I hope they don’t change that – EVER, but it leaks at the seal. And when I say leaks, I mean you will have cleansing oil on whatever you put it in, and you will find it EVERYWHERE! I traveled with it on a road trip and everything in my overnight kit was just soaked in this stuff. BUT, I use it every single night to take off my makeup. Two pumps takes off everything, including eye makeup, and just feels so nice on the skin. I do use my regular face wash after, though. And while this is my only empty of of this, I’m almost done with my second bottle and I have another one ready to go under my counter. I have recommended it to every girl I know because it is an insanely fabulous product. The oils not only clean your skin, but they also nourish your skin.
Jojoba oil is giving coconut oil a run for its money. It’s great at fighting acne as it dissolves the bad oil in your pores that cause breakouts. How cool is that?? (I have noticed less breakouts, especially hormonal breakouts since I started using this product.) Jojoba oil also functions as a moisturizer, antibacterial, and anti-aging oil due to its superfluous amount of natural antioxidants. Sold. On the other hand, it’s companion, the Macadamia oil, is a lesser-known oil in the beauty industry (at least to me), and its greatly known for quick absorption for deep moisturization. In addition to that, it contains a ton of good fatty acids which help in repairing skin damage from sunburn or age. Basically, it gets in quickly and fights the good fight. Sold.
I’ve spent some time on this product in this post because I believe in it. My skin loves it. It’s great for all skin types, including oily (don’t forget – like attracts like – the proper oils on oily skin is OK!). Garnier has really really nailed it here, and I truly hope they leave the formula alone because it’s brilliant, but I would like to see stronger packaging.
6. It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit
I often find myself going back to this eye cream, specifically keeping it in my everyday makeup bag to apply just before my foundation. It’s really great at noticeably decreasing dark circles. It contains botanical extracts and a peptide complex that aids in brightening to combat dark circles. Out of all of the eye creams I’ve tried that claim to reduce dark circles, this is the ONLY one that actually performs. It’s not going to completely erase your dark circles, but it certainly does decrease them. While it is a tad on the pricey side, at $34 for 0.5 oz (which is much larger than the travel size pictured in this post) I still find it to be worth the money. It’s very light and airy in texture, and moisturizes well. I will continue to purchase this product, but since it’s not my night and day eye cream, I like the travel size for my makeup bag.
7. Josie Maran Argan Oil Light
I tried this product after trying the Josie Maran Argan Oil, which I love, but felt to be a tad on the heavy side. If you have never used an argan oil product, it’s such an awesome oil. It can be used on your skin and on your hair! I like the the lighter texture of this oil from Josie Maran’s line. I tend to use an oil after I’ve cleansed my face thoroughly and before I apply moisturizer. Of course, you don’t need an oil and a moisturizer, but you can substitute an oil for a serum. It’s 100% argan oil so don’t let the “light” notation fool you. Light, here, refers to it’s quicker absorption rate and, as a result, less sticky feel after application. Similar to other naturally occurring oils, argan oil hydrates, decreases sebum production, and helps reduce fine lines. I keep the travel version of this in my everyday makeup bag for application just before my foundation (and along with the It’s Potent). I find it to be a great skin prep for makeup allowing my skin a hydrated smooth canvas on which to paint. The packaging is super sturdy, and it comes with a little dropper. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face so it lasts for quite some time! It ranges in price depending on what size you purchase – $16 gets you 0.5 oz (pictured); $48 for 1.7 oz; and $96 for 4 oz. I love that you don’t have to splurge to try it! Grab the 0.5 oz bottle and go for it. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Even more, Josie Maran’s line is just so giving — she seeks to empower women, give back to communities in need around the world, and really tries to create products that are both good for us and good to the Earth. Who can argue with a mission statement like that? Right now, if you head over to her site, you’ll find that 50% of the Argan Oil Hair Serum sales will be donated to the More Than Me Foundation which is currently helping to fight Ebola. Natural beauty that gives back? Count me in every time!
Please come back next week for the next installment, where I’ll walk through all the other products shown in the first photo! It’s been a skincare year for me and I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favorite skincare product of the year? Let me know in the comments! My number one favorite that I purchased this year will be in the next post. Can you guess which one?