Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gone, Baby, Gone (Empties #2)

I didn’t intentionally save up ten products, but as I went to add my much-loved, utterly empty Effaclar Duo tube to the pile, I counted my trash pile and decided I had more than enough for another empties list. So here we go, what I loved, liked okay, and what I completely hated.

1.) Organix Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: If I didn’t already have two other shampoos and conditioners sitting on my shelf, I would have rushed out to repurchase these. They smell amazing. So amazing that I would buy a perfume in the same scent and douse myself in it daily. In addition to the gorgeous scent they impart, they’re also SLS free, extremely hydrating, and have done wonders for my frequently-dyed hair.

2.) La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: I’ve already repurchased this and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I can’t be without it. There’s just no way. Nothing clears up breakouts faster without aggravating my rosacea and causing a different but equally obnoxious type of breakout. It is not, and I stress this, not something to be slathered on every single day, or you’ll risk drying out the skin, which causes the glands to overproduce oil, and that leads to — dun dun dun, you guessed it — more breakouts! But applying this once a day at the first sign of trouble will dramatically reduce healing time and sometimes, but not always, keep the little bastards from popping up in the first place.

3.) Philosophy Purity Made Simple*: So we meet again, PMS. Oh, the irony of a product I loathe so much having the same acronym as yet another bane of my existence. Coincidence? Hm, we may never know. If you missed my anti-PMS rant, in sum, this shit is evil. I repurposed it as a shower gel just to get rid of it, and it was okay. It smells nice, but it’s drying on the body as well as the face. Never again. 

4.) St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub: This is something on my list of things I need to pick up as soon as possible. It smells a little funky, but its slightly gritty texture makes for an effective yet gentle exfoliator. I used this twice a week in the shower — never on the same day as Effaclar Duo, which is a chemical exfoliant — and never suffered any redness or flaking from it.

5.) Korres Basil Lemon Showergel*: I’ve heard some people rave about this scent, and if you love light, citrusy scents, this is the shower gel for you. I personally prefer something slightly sweet and/or musky, so I was not a fan. It did the job. I’ll use it if it ever comes my way again, but not if I have to pay for it.

6.) Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 40*: I was so sad to see this go, but it lasted a really long time. I’m on the dregs of a La Roche-Posay sunscreen, too, so I may very well switch over to the Shiseido when I run out. I like them equally, but the Shiseido seems to be just that bit more hydrating (but never greasy), which is good for the upcoming winter months. This keeps me from burning without breaking me out or making me resemble an oil slick. Very few sunscreens can make the same claim.

7.) Chanel Precision Gentle Eye Makeup Remover*: This tiny, adorable sample came to me four months ago and just now ran out. Four months. It’s gentle, effective, and doesn’t leave behind an oily film on the eyelids. Considering it lasts so long, it makes the hefty full size price of $38 seem paltry. I have another remover I need to finish up, but I may return to this unless I’m really wowed by the Lumene one.

8.) Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser*: Another trial size, but a generous one. This lasted close to a full month, and I have no complaints. It smells mild, doesn’t dry out the skin, and takes off both sunscreen and foundation with ease. Korres is a brand that’s really starting to grow on me. Their products are natural, effective, and not that expensive.

9.) Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof*: This is a ridiculously expensive mascara, so I did a little happy dance when I opened a box and found it inside. I’d heard so many raves about it, but in the end… I didn’t like it. The color is a nice, solid black, but the formula? It’s wet, gloopy, and volumizing? No. Not at all. The brush is also to blame, as it has short, weirdly shaped bristles that didn’t even come close to coating my pitiful, blonde lashes. It became useable after it dried up some, but it only lasted two months before drying up completely. I wouldn’t pay $13 for this let alone $30, so I am very pleased I didn’t pay anything. WTF, YSL? Maybe my hopes were too high.

10.) L’Oréal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara Waterproof: Seeing as how YSL owns L’Oréal, and this mascara is supposed to be the cheaper version of the aforementioned Faux Cils, I’m pretty sure you can guess what I’m going to say. Wet, yucky formula. Short, stubby bristles. Only this one is basically impossible to use because very little product comes off the brush. So little, in fact, that I could only tell when it dried up because I could see the mascara caked on the wand. Epic fail, L’Oréal. Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done in creating this trash.