Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Recap: Use It Up Products

Eleven months down and one more to go! It's been an interesting journey logging my fully used up skin care and cosmetic items, including this month's 13 items. To date, I've finished 99 products in 2011. Here's this month's recap...

Week of November 28th:
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face & Body SPF 60 PA+++: I finished up at least two bottles during the past 9 months or so (Review August 2010). I forgot to mention the first one. This sunscreen continues to be my staple although I'm not wearing it daily since my moisturizer contains SPF 30. However, if I'm out in the sun longer than an hour or so, I definitely apply this product generously. (Repurchase: Done. I grabbed a bottle during Sephora's VIP 20% off promotion.)
  • Eve Lom Cleanser: I started using this luxury facial cleanser last year and I've continued to rotate it in whenever possible (Review Jan. 2011). (Repurchase: I purchased it during the last Beauty.com promotion.) 
Week of November 21st:
  • LAVANILA The Healthy Wash 2-In-1 Shower & Shave (in Vanilla Lavender scent): This body wash has been heavenly during the past month or so (Review October 2011). It's so gentle and it smells divine! (Repurchase: Yes, I bought the Vanilla Coconut scent version during Sephora's VIP 20% off promotion).
  • Yes To Cucumbers On The Go Facial Wipes: I'm addicted to these makeup remover wipes (Review May 2011). Lately I've been using one to tidy up my makeup application in the AM. They're perfect for so many uses! (Repurchase: Will buy another package this weekend with my $3.00 off coupon that was attached to the package. Score!)
  • Trish McEvoy Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads: These pads continue to be a staple (Review Jan. 2011). They keep my face well balanced while nearly eliminating those nasty dry patches around my nose and chin areas. (Backup: I bought several boxes during the last Nordstrom triple points promotion.)
  • Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss (in Sexy Peach): I've been using this coral/peach shade of gloss FOREVER (Review April 2009). Sadly...my favorite shade is now discontinued. (Skip: I have oodles of lip glosses that I need to use first before I start searching for a comparable shade to Sexy Peach.)
Week of November 14th:  
  • Deborah Lippman's Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick-Dry Top Coat: This is my very favorite quick-drying top coat. I've been using it for over a year and I never EVER smudge a wet nail. Give me 10 minutes tops and I'm ready to go! (Repurchase: I bought a new bottle this weekend.) 
  • Neocutis JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream: To date, this is the only moisturizer with sunscreen that has worked on my skin (Review April 2011.) Until I started using JOURNÉE, I always used a separate sunscreen. But now I can save an extra step in my skincare routine without jeopardizing my sun protection. (Repurchase: I ordered another bottle during a LovelySkin promotion several weeks ago.)
Week of November 7th: 
  • Cake Beauty Desserted Island Supremely Rich Bath & Shower Froth: What a lovely bath treat that has grace my tub since August (Review Aug. 2011). This one is so concentrated that you only need a capful for a full tub o' bubbles. (Skip: I won't repurchase right now as I have other bath goodies to finish.) 
  • Yes To Cucumbers On The Go Facial Wipes: These wipes have been a godsend (Review May 2011). I use them so frequently to remove makeup or do a quick clean up. I find they're faster and easier to use than makeup remover (with cotton pads). (Repurchase: Yes.)
  • Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme: This moisturizer is still my fave (Review July 2010). I'll occasionally rotate in other moisturizers, but I faithfully return to it after a week or so. (Repurchase: By all means!) 
  • L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil: I can't shave without it (Review Nov. 2009), and now my husband uses it too. (Repurchase: I bought two big bottles last weekend. Hint: Nordstrom carries the deluxe size!) 
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil: I finished up my GWP size and now I'm totally hooked (Review Sept. 2011). I use it as a pre-shampoo treatment at least once a week. And I've also been using it as a body moisturizer on my upper shoulders. The area is super sensitive and prone to breakouts, but the argan oil is super healing and nourishing.

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