April 30, 2016

Empties: April 2016

Today I want to share the beauty products that I finished this month.

Andalou 1000 Roses Soothing Body Lotion (236mL)
This body lotion has made an appearance in my Empties for the past three months. I still really enjoy the scent and how quickly this lotion absorbs. I will definitely repurchase.

Avene Thermal Spring Water (50mL)
I use this on the back of my hands when my hands feel dry. While it is not a lasting solution, I really like the immediate relief from dryness.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (1oz) [Original Review Here]
The more I use this cleanser, the more I like it. The formula is gentle and cleanses without leaving my skin feeling dry. I always remove my makeup before using this cleanser, as it is not 100% effective at makeup removal. I have already repurchased this product as my everyday cleanser.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash (2oz) [Original Review Here]
I don't find this body wash to be anything special, so I won't be purchasing the full size.

Live Clean Monoi Oil Liquid Hand Soap (500mL)
I have gone through a couple bottles of hand soap from Live Clean and I have already purchased another bottle in a different scent. I continue to enjoy the Monoi Oil scent and how the hand soap doesn't leave my hands feeling dry even though I wash them often.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (25mL)
This eye makeup remover didn't work for me. I need to use a lot more product to remove non-waterproof makeup and even then, the cotton rounds would feel scratchy against my skin (this doesn't happen when I use the same cotton rounds with other makeup removers). I will not purchase the full size.

SK-II Cellumination Cream EX (2.5mL)
While this sample didn't last long enough for any visible results, I really enjoyed testing it out. The formula has a bouncy texture in the jar that melts onto the skin when applied. The scent is nice and sufficiently moisturizing as a night cream. However, at US$160 for 50mL, I probably would not purchase the full size.

What products did you finish this month?

April 23, 2016

In the Mail: Topbox April 2016

Today I want to share the products that I received in my Topbox this month.

Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included).

My box with an approximate value of ~C$75
  • Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment - 60mL (full size 60mL for C$12) - value: C$12
  • CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment - 3.7mL (full size 15mL for US$19.90) - value: US$4.91
  • OFRA Lipliner (Wine) - 0.04oz (full size 0.04oz for US$13) - value: US$13
  • Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum - 7mL (full size 15mL for US$65) - value: US$30.33
  • Schick Hydro Silk Razor - Single Pack - value: ~C$10

There are two coupons in the razor packaging for use on refills, unfortunately both expired last year.

What did you receive this month?

April 10, 2016

Review: Ted Baker Wallet

Today I want to share my thoughts on my Ted Baker wallet in black leather with rose gold hardware and bow clasp. I am not sure if this exact combination of Ted Baker's signature wallet design (the Caaro Bow Top Leather Small Purse) is still available. Ted Baker makes different versions of this wallet in different colors, materials and clasp designs from season to season, but the fundamental features are very similar. I hope this review would be a helpful reference for anyone considering one of these wallets from Ted Baker.

March 31, 2016

Empties: March 2016

Another month, another empties. Today I want to share the products that I used up this month.

Andalou 1000 Roses Soothing Body Lotion (236mL) [Original Review Here]
This is my second bottle of this body lotion in two months. I feel like I went through this bottle much quicker than my first one. I am already on my third bottle of this light moisturizer. I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase.

Korres Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser (20mL)
The texture is light and the formula easily absorbs. The rose scent is heavy, but does not linger for long. I didn't notice any brightening effects from using this consistently as my night moisturizer for the past two months. I will not repurchase.

Shiseido Aquair Moist Hair Pack Shampoo (600mL)
The pump on this bottle was very convenient. I liked using this shampoo with the conditioner from the same line. The fragrance was enjoyable. However, this product was not special enough for me to repurchase.

SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream (2.5mL)
A little goes a long way with eye cream samples. I got about three months out of this sample and I really like it. Unfortunately, the 14.5mL retails for US$125 and I don't need such an expansive eye cream in my routine at the moment. I may splurge on the full size when my skin reaches a more mature stage.

What products did you finish this month?

March 24, 2016

In the Mail: Topbox March 2016

Although I don't feel very excited about this month's Topbox, today I want to share what I received.

Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription box with 4 deluxe samples for C$12+tax/month (shipping included).

My box with an approximate value of C$32.70
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask - 10mL (full size 100mL for C$68) - value: C$6.80
  • MaskerAide All Eyes On Me Hydrating Eye Gel Patch - 1 pair (4 pairs for C$25) - value: C$6.25
  • Mereadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer (Medium?) - 7mL (travel size 7mL for C$16) - value: C$16
  • Nova Scotia Fisherman Xtreme Lip Care (Fisher-Mint) - 5.2g (full size 9.9g for C$6.95) - value: C$3.65

What did you receive this month?