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October Empties

I must be bored, lonely, or starting to settle in for the winter, because apparently I can’t step away from the blog.  I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy around here, and a simpler house and lifestyle leads plenty of time for fun things.  In my case, that is cooking/baking, exercise, knitting, and blogging!  I stopped saving empties for awhile, but decided to start again in October.  I still have far more beauty and skin care items than I would care to have, but I have been very careful in minimizing my purchases.  I am still sticking by the “no purchasing more until I have absolutely run out” rule. Or at least, I was until I found out about a $25 off The Shopping Channel code.  It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye maaaay have made it’s way to my vanity, despite still having a 1/4 full Benefit Erase Paste, a nearly new Fake Up and a brand new Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer.  I’ve been so good though!

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So this month, I have a lot of full size products.  After focusing on samples in August for Sample Killah, I wanted to move on to some bigger items.

Pantene Pro V Ultimate 10 BB Creme

In a nutshell, this just wasn’t for me.  The line wasn’t moisturizing enough for my curly hair, and it was too lightweight, leaving me with a frizzy, poufy ‘do.  These bottles aren’t actually empty, but I passed them along to a family member who could use them, along with the BB Creme.  See my review here.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Foaming Cleanser

   I usually use The Bosy Shop’s tea tree line during the summer, but found myself purchasing some Neutrogena products at Target to use after working out in the morning.  This cleanser is a thick white paste that foams nicely – pea size amount was enough for my entire face.  I didn’t find it overly drying, and found it helped with my problem areas (chin!), keeping enlarged pores at bay.  Most blemishes I noticed were gone within a few days, which I attribute to this cleanser.  I’m back to my tree tree cleanser for now, but would likely repurchase.   I had to cut the tube since about 1/3 of the product was still inside.

Bath and Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla

   I’m actually not a big fan of B&BW products anymore, aside from the True Blue Spa line, and the candles.  I have a TON of lotions and shower gels left, as most of the parents at work will give out B&BW at Christmas time.  I’ve been using them as bubble bath, and can’t complain.  As a shower gel, I find them very drying.

True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Scrub

This has to be one of my favourite scents from B&BW – it smells amazing!  A very rich vanilla/almond scent.  The lotion leaves my hands feeling so soft.  While this scrub isn’t the best (the sugar is very coarse), it came in a set with the hand lotion so I was happy to use it up.

Maskeraide Sheets Masks

   Love these!  Check out my review here.

Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes

    I really like these wipes, and a just using up a few more packs of sample size ones before I repurchase.  I may get the grapefruit kind – I like to keep them in my bedside table to use on nights were I can’t seem to find the energy to wash my face.

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Philosophy Hope In a Jar

I purchased this in a set from Sephora online.  The jar was sealed, but I think it was off – the top layer was a bit yellowed, and didn’t absorb into my skin well at all – it would leave little bit of lotion that were almost solid.  Once I got toward the bottom of the jar, the consistency was much lighter and absorbed well.  The scent was a little strong.  The lotion absorbed quickly, but it just wasn’t amazing for the price.  I’m still in search of a new daily moisturizer, though I’ll probably revert back to my tried and true Aveeno Positively Radiant.

Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear

   This is my all time favourite foundation ever.  Which means I shouldn’t be surprised that it has been discontinued. I managed to order a new ones off eBay to get me through the next few months, but then I will have to find a new favourite!

MAC Trace Gold

   This was my bronzer of choice for the spring and summer – it didn’t read as orange on my skin, and a light dusting over my nose, forehead and cheekbones left me looking sunkissed and radiant.  It does have some shimmer, but it was very fine and read more as a glow on me.  I’ve moved on to some other bronzers for now, but it is a contended for repurchase next year.

Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex

   I liked the texture, it absorbed quickly, no dry skin under my eyes – I love my Philosophy Miracle Worker eye cream for night, but this was a great alternative for day.  I’ve moved on to Origin’s GinZing eye cream, but it was a great few months with Olay!

M Asam Perfect Teint

I read that a lot of people loved this product, so I swapped for a small pot it.  A little went a long way, but I just didn’t love the product.  I have nothing bad to say about it, but if I am to purchase another primer in the future, I want it to have a pump or tube so I don’t have to dip into a pot each day.

L’Oreal Voluminous in Blackest Black

   My all time favourite mascara – this with the Lancome lash primer = my ideal lashes.  I’ve been using it since it first came out, and always have another tube waiting.  I usually have 1-2 other tubes open at any given time for variety, but Voluminous is my favourite!

Thank you for joining me for another monthly favourites.  I’d like to try to write an overview of what is left in my stash before the end of the year, as I would like to try to continue working away at my products in 2015.  Hopefully my blogging gusto continues and I will actually get around to it!

Some of the products featured were provided for review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Pantene Pro V Ultimate 10 Review

I don’t often write about products that didn’t work for me, as I like to write about those I would recommend to others.  However, sometimes it’s no necessarily that the product itself is bad, it’s just that it didn’t work for you.  This was the case with the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 line, which was sent to me by Bzz Agent to review.  I had the opportunity to try the Ultimate 10 Shampoo, Conditioner, and BB Creme, and gave all three products a two week trial during which  used no other products.

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I found the shampoo, conditioner, and BB creme to appear to be a thick consistency, but when I actually applied them to my hair, the texture was quite light and not as thick as most Pantene lines.  The shampoo lathered well and left my hair feeling clean, but the conditioners thinner texture just didn’t moisturize my dry ends as much as I like.  The BB Creme is also a thin consistency, and it did not proide the shine, frizz fighting, and split end repair that I usually get from my usual hair serums and oils.  My hair was left frizzy, poufy, and dry at the ends after my two week trial with the line.

For reference, my hair is long, curly, dyed, and dry at the ends.  I decided to give the remaining bottles to my sister in law, who has chin length, fine, thin hair.  Her experience with the line was the exact opposite of mine.  She found the line moisturized her thin hair without making it look oily, or weighing it down.  She also found that her hair had a bit more volume than usual.

The Pantene Ultimate 10 line claims to:

1) Repair for Rough Hair
2) Strength Against Damage
3) Silky Softness
4) Brilliant Shine
5) Smoothing
6) Moisture
7) Frizz Control
8) Heat Protection
9) Manageability
10) Tamed Flyaways

I thought this would have been perfect for my hair type, but ultimately, it wasn’t the best match.  If you have thinner hair that is in need of repair and shine, it may be a good option for you.  I myself will continue using Pantene’s other lines for now, as I still love how most of their shampoo and conditioners work for my hair.

The products featured were provided to me for review by BzzAgent.  All opinions are my own.

Obsessed Canada

While many of you may be familiar with Nail Polish Canada (the same company that ran an awesome promotion when Glymm jumped ship), you may not have heard of their newest sister site, Obsessed Canada.  Obsessed Canada has more of a beauty focus, carrying over 125 brands including The Balm, Sigma, Lime Crime,Velour Lashes, Eco Tools, and many more.  Shipping is free for orders over $25, and $3 for orders over $25.

Obsessed Canada recently contacted me, asking if I would like to try out a few varieties of Maskeraide masks.  Already a fan, I happily agreed, and soon after “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, “Detox Diva” and “All Nighter” arrived at my doorstep.  It actually took a little longer than expected to receive them, but I did not order them through the website, so I can’t speak to what the usual speed of delivery would be.

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I usually try to do a mask each Sunday, so it was easy enough to incorporate the masks into my routine.  I’ve tried several of Maskeraide’s other varieties in the past, and find them very effective in producing short term effects.  Upon removing the mask, your skin is smooth, hydrated, and even toned.  I try to save them to use several hours before an event, leaving my skin prepped for makeup application.

The All Nighter mask contains peppermint oil, aloe, argan oil, and a variety of other ingredients meant to detoxify, depuff, and refresh your skin.  This mask smelled of mint, and felt refreshing on.  I used it the morning after a late night study session, leaving it on long past the recommended 20 minutes as I sipped coffee and knit in bed.  My skin felt great afterward, and I decided to forgo makeup that day to give my face a break.

The Detox Diva mask contains geranium oil, seaweed, and green tea leaf extract to help minimize pores and fight impurities and free radicals.  Thanks to an, ahem, hormonal surge, my skin was less than cooperative the weekend I used this mask, and the blemishes I did have calmed down some after the mask was off.  I left this mask on longer than the 20 minutes recommended as well, with no negative effects.  While my skin felt clean, it did not feel stripped, as it sometimes does after I use some of my tea tree skin care when I am breaking out.

The I Don’t Wanna Grow Up mask contains a variety of ingredients meant to help reduce fine lines.  I feel that the entire line of Maskeraide masks helps to hydrate skin in the period shortly following, which does “plump” your skin, helping fine lines to appear less prominent.  I don’t notice any long term effects, but do enjoy the experience of the mask, as well as the impact it has on my complexion shortly after application.  I used this mask before a wedding last weekend, and love the glow my skin has afterward – no dry, flaky skin to be seen.

The masks come very well saturated in a thin, clear gel.  I like to use the remaining gel on my chest, neck, and the back of my hands.  I’m also sure to rub in any leftover serum after I remove the mask.

Maskeraide masks can be purchased from Obsessed Canada here for $6 each. My only wish?  I would love to see the ability to bundle and save, such as four masks for $20  I’m a girl that loves to get the best value for my dollar, so I would also love to see the addition of a Hot Deals tab, much like the one on Nail Polish Canada.

This post features products sent to me from Obsessed Canada for review.  All opinions are my own.