Friday, September 27, 2013

Products I've Used Up: September 2013

Hey, friends! I've used up a few products over the past two months, so I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.  


Olay Night of Olay Firming Cream (Full-Size: $6.50 ~ 2oz)

I've used this moisturizer for multiple years, and it was in this past May Favorites. I usually keep one set of toilettries at home and another at school to prevent me from lugging my entire medicine cabinet back and forth between breaks, and my other jar of this is almost gone as well. It's thick, creamy, and hydrating. I highly recommend it for someone with dry, combination/dry, or normal skin. It's great! I would definitely repurchase this, but since I'm always curious, I'm looking to try a new nighttime moisturizer. Any recommendations (preferably from the drugstore)? 

Hair Care: 

EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo (Sample-Size: $7 ~ 2oz)
(Full-Size: $24 ~ 8.5oz)

I received this shampoo and the conditioner below from the Total Beauty Mystery Collection back in June. These were my first dive into the world of sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, and I have to say I loved them! I especially loved how hydrating this shampoo was, and how shiny it made my hair. Since it didn't dry out my hair like other sulfate-stocked shampoos, my hair was looking a little limp and oily on the second day, so I usually had to put some dry shampoo in it. Otherwise, I loved this, and I may never go back to sulfate shampoos again! For more information, see the full review of this shampoo and conditioner here. I'm not sure if I would repurchase this shampoo yet, especially since I never commit to a shampoo for long, but I'm happy I've been introduced to the wonders of sulfate-free shampoo.

EVOVLh UltraShine Moisture Conditioner (Sample-Size: $7 ~ 2oz)
(Full-Size: $25 ~ 8.5oz)

This conditioner was part of the hair set mentioned above from Total Beauty. I liked the conditioner less than I liked the shampoo, but it was still nice. It worked well together with the shampoo to make my hair soft and silky. I have to say, it's not as moisturizing or thick as my beloved Wen (full review coming soon!) but I still liked it. Would I repurchase it? If I could only pick one, I would rather repurchase the shampoo, and I am already quite happy with my Wen. But if Wen was taken off the market, I wouldn't be unhappy with purchasing this instead.


Dr. Jart + Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA +++ (Sample-Size: about $1 ~ 5mL)
(Full-Size: $39 ~ 1.5 fl oz)

I received a sample of this in my very first Birchbox this month, which I was very happy about since I already was using another sample of this. This is more like traditional, Asian BB creams in that it only comes in one shade, yet has better coverage than a tinted moisturizer. It doesn't look cakey or thick, yet it covers the large pores around my nose and evens out the redness. I love this and would certainly repurchase it (and cry because of the price).

LANCĂ”ME Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (Sample-Size: about $11 ~ 1.7 oz)
(Full-Size: $28 ~ 4.2 fl oz)

I took this from my mother's beauty stock before leaving for school, and I'm so happy I did! This removes anything--unlike many other makeup removers claim, this one actually removes mascara with no trouble. It's so wonderful. I love not having to sit in front of my sink wiping my face for ten minutes. I just pour some of this onto a cotton pad--sometimes I have to do one for my face and one for my eyes, depending how much makeup I'm wearing that day--and it all just comes right off! Would I repurchase it? No, because I don't even typically pay that much for my makeup, so paying that price to take it off baffles me. Still, I have one more sample-sized bottle of this, and I will use it with glee. And then I will look for a cheaper alternative. 

As sad as it is, using up a good product, it gives you an excuse to buy something else and not feel bad about it. There's a silver lining to every dark cloud :) 

What products did you use up this month? Do you have any inexpensive makeup removers or evening moisturizer recommendations? Feel free to share them below!