Trash Stash: September 2015

This month I seem to have finished up the core components of my face skincare products all at the same time – so odd how that happens.

The sense of accomplishment in finishing up products never gets old!

The Body Shop Vitamin E moisture Serum – $23 for 30ml (Body shop in store & online)
This lightweight serum includes glycerin, honey, and rice bran oil. I found it a bit watery and didn’t offer a long lasting hydration – my face felt less plump compared to other serums I’ve used. I reserved this for summer months during the day time due to this reason – this might be a good serum for oilier skin types. I do like that this package is in a vacuum pump but it’s visible through the bottle so you can see how much product is left.
Stash worthiness: 6/10     Repurchase: No

Physician’s formula Anti Aging Laser Resurfacing Serum with 2.4 AHA – $21.95 for 30ml (drugstores & online)
This is a gentle chemical exfoliant that uses lactic acid, and can be used nightly under night cream.  I apply this lightweight gel lotion to cleansed face underneath my regular nighttime moisturizer – it makes my skin soft and glowy.  There’s also vitamin C and peptides in the concoction – it has quite a distinct fragrance but it isn’t offensive (I can’t place the smell but my first thought was Play-Doh).  I purchased this on clearance at 50% off – I don’t think this product is being discontinued but I think my local Rexall was just making space for other products.  So I grabbed 2.  I started this bottle in February and used it about 3 times a week.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Shiseido Ibuki Refining moisturizer – $52 for 75ml (department stores & online)
I discussed this item in my Shiseido skincare post and out of love / like / Loath categories, it was noted in “Like” – this is a terrific lightweight daytime moisturizer that I especially like for the summer months. The main issue I take with this is the fragrance – Shiseido really needs to dial that down on many of their products.  I noted on the bottle that I cracked this open in April so it lasted me a solid 6 months, not bad really when I calculate out a per month cost of $8.67. I spend much more on food on a daily basis!
Stash worthiness: 8/10     Repurchase: Yes

Lise Watier HydraSmart Gel-Crème Hydration 3D – $18 for 30ml (Shoppers drug Mart & online)
Another tube bites the dust! I like this pill-y gel cream less and less as I struggled to use this 2nd tube up… but guess what? I discovered another unopened tube in my stash!  I promise someone is playing a cruel joke on me.
Stash worthiness: 6/10     Repurchase: No

Reversa Cleansing Micellar service – $23 for 300ml (drugstores & online)
I picked this up purely out of curiosity – it was on sale and a Canadian brand – and was so amazed with it! It’s bumped Bioderma off the 3rd spot for my preferred micellar waters (#1 Yves Rocher, #2 Claudalie, #3 Reversa). I use this after oil cleansing to remove all traces of makeup (especially from the neck and hairline area that might be much more challenging to rinse off), and it is effective yet gentle. It also leaves my skin SO soft. It includes lotus root water which is expected to be soothing.  I’ll be reusing this pump bottle for my other micellar waters.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Yves Rocher second Skin effect foundation in beige 200 – $25 for 30ml
This is an simple and easy lightweight foundation that blends perfectly onto my skin using just fingers. I love this foundation. and you know what that means, right? Yup, they discontinue it. אוף. Last year I stocked up on a few backup bottles from the clearance table but only managed to snag one bottle in my appropriate shade – I got a couple in the next shade up for mixing. YR does have a new lightweight foundation to replace this – I have yet to try it (I received a sample) but the packaging is much bulkier (I love how compact and portable this bottle is!)… and I’m not so sure about that “luminous” business.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: No (discontinued)

Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry Touch sunscreen SPF 110 – $16 for 88ml (drugstores & online)
This is a wonderful body sunscreen – I didn’t even know that they’re allowed to claim SPF that high! It applies nicely – not too greasy or too much of a white cast. This is strictly for body usage though, it’s much too heavy for the face. We took this on holiday with us (hence the battered looking bottle) and it worked amazingly during our hikes – no burns at all.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Shiseido sun protection Eye cream SPF 32 – $38 for 15ml (department stores & online)
I finally used up this tube – toward the end I cheated a little and applied this not only as an eye cream but all over my face. The 2nd tube shown isn’t empty but is being tossed away because it has expired because Oct 2014 so I don’t want to risk it. This is a good, non-greasy eye cream that contains SPF in the form of zinc oxide (9.3%)and octinoxate (4.9%). It’s firstly challenging to find eye cream with SPF at all, and even much more challenging to find one with mineral sunscreen (although it’s not a pure mineral as octinoxate is a chemical sunscreen). this one layered well under makeup but I’m undecided if I will repurchase this because I think I can just use my normal mineral face sunscreen under my eye area going forward.
Stash worthiness: 8/10     Repurchase: Maybe

CoverGirl LashBlast volume – $10 (drugstores)
Not much to say about my HG mascara. I consider it HG worthy when people compliment me on what I perceive to be one of my weakest features! It’s volumizing, lengthening, doesn’t flake, doesn’t smudge, easy to apply and to remove, but water resistant. just magical!
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Lise Watier Mascara Wow – $24 (Shoppers drug Mart & online)
I received this full size mascara as a gwp so I’m not so bummed that it didn’t work out for me. It applies beautifully but man, it is SO smudgy! I even put a mascara top coat on it and it somehow manages to break through that and cause me raccoon eyes. Also, the wand is SO bendy, similar to that L’Oreal miss Manga mascara – too floppy to apply onto the lashes with making a mess on my lids.
Stash worthiness: 5/10     Repurchase: No

Bath & Body works Waikiki beach Coconut shower Gel – $12.50 for 295ml
Bought this during the $3 for $15 sale. I don’t typically purchase shower gels from BBW but I couldn’t resist my preferred scent of the summer! When I use this in conjunction with the aloe gel lotion, then then layer on the body mist, the smell lasts so long – I love it!
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: No (discontinued – I have one much more in my stash)

Yves Rocher tradition de Hammam Oriental Soap with Argan and Olive Oil (not shown because it’s all used up!) – $17 for a 5.3 oz. / 150 g bar (Yves Rocher online & online)
I did a review of this. While this was a terrific moisturizing soap, it had some negatives: the size of the bar was mammoth – it was really challenging to hold in my hands to lather up (I can’t tell you how numerous times I dropped this in the shower!) Also, the brown dye they put into this soap was so unnecessary – it left brown coloured soap scum on my shower curtain liner and shower tiles (I’m bumping my rating down from my original review for this reason). I’m also disappointed that the scent wasn’t the same as the corresponding shower oil, which was the main reason why I purchased this to begin with.  This bar did last me a long time though – so good value for money.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: No


Lise Watier intense moisture Ultra Firming Day Care – $65 for 50ml (Shoppers drug Mart & online) – I didn’t find this to offer “intense moisture”, just average. I actually used this as a daytime eye cream while on vacation.

Clarins Multi-Active night youth recovery Cream – $62 for 50ml (department stores & online) – I’ve been curious about this cream for ages and it was such a let-down! It’s a run of the mill face cream with an old lady scent – I’d never pay full price for this.  Glad I got to try a sample first!

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 balancing softener Enriched – $55 for 150ml (department stores & online) – this is the fanciest toner I’ve ever used. and this gwp is in a legit glass bottle! I wouldn’t ever purchase the full size of this – overpriced and too fragranced.

And of course, this month I purged a whole bunch of my makeup!  Here’s a reward photo that my pal took of the makeup re-homing event:

There was red wine and sushi, and a sweetheart in awe of how much makeup was present (not my boyfriend, he knows all too well).

How was September for you in terms of using up items?

שתף זאת:

לחץ כדי לשלוח בדוא”ל ל- PAL (נפתח בחלון חדש)
לחץ כדי לשתף ב- Pinterest (נפתח בחלון חדש)

לחץ כדי לשתף בטוויטר (נפתח בחלון חדש)
לחץ כדי לשתף בטמבלר (נפתח בחלון חדש)

לחץ כדי לשתף ב- Reddit (נפתח בחלון חדש)

כמו טוען …


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יולי 2, 2015in “יופי”

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