Empties: December 2013

Purchased by Me *PR Sample*

Here is the December batch of products I hit the pan on. It’s not much, but every bottle I empty out is like a small achievement, considering how much stuff I have around here.

*HYD for Men Shave Cream* – Great shaving cream targeted for men, but any woman could use it just as well. It’s like a non-foaming shaving butter, it moisturizes the skin and washes off completely with water. love it!

Dr. Dennis Gross Purifying Bath Crystals – These smelled really nice and relaxing, I really felt like I’m in a SPA. My problem with it is that it needs a scoop, yet doesn’t come with one.

Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum – The only positive thing about this serum is the slight color correcting effect, so it worked well with my concealer. I doubt I’d buy a full-sized bottle, because I didn’t see any actual improvement to my dark circles.

Avene Hydrance Optimale – Absolutely fabulous moisturizer! It’s very gentle, unscented, not super oily, and absorbs really well; it’s now on my wishlist.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes – Despite the “ultra-calming” label, these wipes managed to irritate my skin. It’s normally not very sensitive, but for some reason it’s hard for me to find a brand of facial wipes that don’t sting.

Korres Jasmine Little Shower Gel – The full-sized version of this shower gel is also on my wish list, because not only does it heavenly, it also makes my skin clean without stripping off the moisture barrier.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar – Hate this moisturizer with passion. It gave me hives that I had to live with for 2 weeks, and it smells like old socks. I know a lot of people who swear by it, but my skin really doesn’t get along with the formula.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – Got this sample in a Glossybox earlier this year, and although it made my skin feel very calm and comfortable, I don’t think it did much in the mattefying department.

Lifetherapy Hand & Body Wash in Vacation – Love Lifetherapy body washes, and always stock up on them if I find a good sale. Every fragrance reminds me of designer perfumes, and my skin is always lightly scented when I come out of the shower.

*Hydroxatone Instant Lift Pads* – These pads actually work surprisingly well for a temporary fix. Like those temporary lifting serums that will tighten the skin for a few hours, these pads will remove fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth for a limited time. I love them, my mom loves them, and we will be buying more.

Alright, that’s it for me. How well did you do this month? Any particularly big bottles that you finished?