Sunday, January 31, 2016

PRODUCT EMPTIES: VOL. 4


It's that time again loves!  The empties have swiftly piled up and I bring to you my trash.  Sit back, relax and enjoy these brief reviews of products that I actually reached the bottom of...

Skincare:

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cool & Creamy Face Wash - My favorite morning face cleanser ever!  Even though I finished this bottle, I had three bottles on back up...your girl is prepared.  My skin personally reacts much better to tea tree oil than your standard salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to ward off spots and acne and I love the cooling and minty effect of this face wash on my skin.  I would highly recommend this creamy variety as opposed to The Body Shop's gel and foaming versions,  as tea tree oil can get a bad rap for drying out your skin.

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré - This is one of my favorite morning moisturizers and a great multi-tasking skincare product every girl should have in her arsenal.  This cult favorite can be used as a makeup remover, a post-shave soother, a primer, and of course a moisturizer.  Infused with aloe vera and shea butter this rich formula absorbs into the skin beautifully, works well with sensitive skin, and lies beautifully under makeup.  I need to get a replacement pronto.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment - Ughh I love this product so much, but I feel like I go through it so quickly!  After using this product for years I have seen a positive improvement in the texture of my skin, reduced redness, and skin that looks and feels plump, youthful, and hydrated.  But at $56 a bottle I always cringe at purchasing a replacement.  What's a girl to do?  If your bank account can afford it you will love this liquid moisturizer.  


Body & Haircare:

Philosophy Loveswept Body Lotion - If you are in the market for a body lotion, you need to try this offering from Philosophy. Enriched with shea butter and natural oils this "luxurious, hydrating body lotion infused with a refreshing spring bouquet scent," is one of my favorites.  I get compliments every time I use it for it's intoxicating aroma and it's deeply moisturizing while still absorbing quickly into the skin.

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub - A tried & true favorite, this LUSH face and body scrub smells like a margarita and is packed with sea salt, fresh avocado, and coconut.  This is the first time I tried the "self-preserving" version and I have to say I prefer the original.  This version felt a bit chunkier and more grainy, where as the salt in the original felt like it almost dissolved as you rubbed it into the skin. Would highly recommend this gentle, but effective scrub to slough away dry skin, but next time I'll be sticking with the original. 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - If you're looking to add some volume and texture into your styling routine and bored with dry shampoos, you will adore this.  This product is a staple in my haircare collection and gives my fine slippery hair that je ne sais quoi.   After finishing this bottle I was without my Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for a week and was a lost puppy with limp hair. Swiftly bought a replacement at Blue Mercury and everything was right with the world.  


Makeup:

Buxom Lash Mascara - I liked the unique wand of this mascara and it did an amazing job of lengthening and separating my lashes, but seriously lacked in the volume department.  Womp womp.  I will mention this mascara wore well (no raccoon eyes presented themselves) and washed off with a simple face wash.  Thus, if you're looking for lash definition and length, and already set in the volume arena, you may love this product.

Nivea A Kiss of Cherry Lip Care I am so bummed I went through another tube of this, need to get a new one stat!  I picked up this product on a whim a couple years pack and it has been a staple in my handbag ever since.  It's moisturizing and provides a flattering sheer red tint.  It's great for days when I'm wearing zero or minimal makeup and want my lips to have some natural color.  I can't rave about this stuff enough, and it's only $3.

And those are all my product empties as of late!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  Have you gone through any products you've loved lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo Nicole

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