January’s Toss or Trash Segment

I am challenging myself to finish more products this year and I have been doing, in my opinion, a grand job!

Here are my finishes for January, starting with the top of my head…



Suave’s Moroccan conditioner for color treated hair. This one is a keeper just for the fragrance! This large bottle runs about $5. It doesn’t strip my hair color as fast as a regular conditioner for dry hair and I use the matching shampoo. I don’t have to be skimpy on using a lot of this conditioner since it is so inexpensive.

I keep at least 3 deodorants in rotation because, it seems, if I use just one all the time, I become resistant to its affects. Degree is one of my favorite brands as it works fairly hard…

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Plus, I love the smell of lilacs. Not that I continually smell my pits after using this. Hee hee! This Degree line doesn’t leave white marks on my darker clothing so it’s a keeper too.

Boy, my poor hands have taken a beating this winter! Thank goodness I stock up on Silk Elements Shea Butter with Olive Oil Hand Cream when Sally’s has it on sale before Christmas…



This is another product that I love the fragrance. I highly recommend this hand cream and it is my favorite. Extra points for it keeping my elbows soft too.

It seems that over the last 3 months my Toss or Trash segments have the running theme of moisturize. Lush’s Charity Pot lotion was highly recommended to me for being super humectant but, I allowed myself to get side-tracked while I was at the Lush store and got its predecessor, Formulae Known As…



I did get a little sample of Charity Pot and in retrospect, I should have gone with that because it is must more moisturizing than Formulae Known As. I won’t be replacing this lotion but will be getting Charity Pot next time.

Another product that I never want to be without is Bath & Body Works’ Stress Relief body wash…

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You won’t find me without the partnering lotion of this fragrance either. Not only does this body wash not dry my skin out but, it is like bathing in liquid Valium. Stress Relief has been a staple at the vanity before there even was a vanity!!! If fragrance has an effect on you, let this one melt away all your tension and let it flow right down the shower drain. This wash, along with the lotion, are easy to snag for around $5 on sale at B&BW throughout the year.

How have you been doing with finishing up products?

Toss or Trash: November 2014 Part II

I’m clearing out and making room and, I love it! I’m finishing up lots and lots of products. These nail polish remover pads from L.A. Colors were awesome!…

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Even though it states that they are strawberry scented, these still smell like nail polish remover. But, if they are not the hardest working polish remover pads, I don’t know what is! I actually had to use about two to three per removal only because they are rather small but, this formula didn’t dry my cuticles out one bit. I’ll pick up more when I can find them.

With no doubt, my hair has gone through a huge change since leaving Florida and moving to Colorado. I’ve been trying lots of different moisturizing products in my quest for soft tresses….

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I was lured into thinking Tresemme’s Liquid Gold Shine Therapy would make my hair shimmery-golden. Not really. And, it didn’t give me any moisture either. The only thing it did do was keep my hair from becoming overly frizzy. However, Bath and Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel is still one of my favorite BBW fragrance. And, their washes never dry out my skin. That one I’ll replace.

I was giving this Avon lipstick sample with my last order of Moisture Effect Eye Makeup Remover (one of my very favorite eye makeup removers and I highly recommend). Take a look at what the sample looks like after just ONE try…

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The product is so soft that it just mushed up! Trust me, I’m not a Messy Marvin with my makeup but this was ridiculous.  I think the name is ‘Pink Flush’ but I don’t know which line it is from. As much as I love the color, this lippie not only had a problem staying in the tube, it roamed around my lips as well! Too messy so, I threw it away.

Earlier this summer, I got this free sample of Urban Decay’s Vitamin Infusion Complexion Prep Spray. Sadly, I just didn’t find that this spray added anything to my skin. My pores didn’t seem to be minimized nor did my makeup become less shiny throughout the day…



My makeup didn’t seem to, noticeably, last longer, either. If you have used this, I’d love to know what your experience has been.

I’m really on a roll using up products. I’m looking for bottles and tubes that are almost used up and grabbing them to finish eyeing a spot for them in the Toss or Trash feature. In my quest to find such items, I discovered a bottle of Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength LIne-Reducing Concentrate I had. I have just finished up my last bottle and knew I trip to Kiehl’s was in order. However, finding this backup bottle saved me almost $60 that I didn’t need to spend! Plus, I found a couple of bottle of Suave body lotion that I caught on sale earlier this year so I didn’t need to replace any of those.

What was the last beauty product you used up?

Toss or Trash: November 2014

I have been on a ‘use whatcha got’ kick rather than a ‘buy everything’ mode. Admittedly, there is a lot of satisfaction in this!

Some of my motivation has been finding a shampoo (and conditioner) that will give my hair moisture for at least two days. And, since my hair has been dry, it has also been breaking. So, between using ultra-moisturizing conditioners, I have been using Suave’s Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage Shampoo…

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I bought the accompanying conditioner of this, as well, however, I use up conditioners much faster. While I didn’t get the max of 95% less breakage, I did see a reduction. And, while this shampoo does work, it didn’t seem to do much in the way of adding moisture to my locks. Once I get a better handle on my hair retaining moisture longer, I believe the breakage will cease.

Along with finding a shampoo and conditioner combo that moisturize, I have been refraining from using hair spray or, at least a spray that doesn’t dry my hair out. Since I am self-employed and work alone, sometimes I can go all day without even needed to wear makeup or go beyond a ponytail for a hairstyle. But, since I have been growing out my bangs, I have needed a touch of hairspray to keep my hair out of my eyes. I have been using Dove’s Style & Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray…

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Even though this is the ‘extra strong’ strength, I didn’t find it to be so strong that it made my hair stiff or crunchy. There’s virtually no fragrance to this so for those that may be sensitive to fragrances, you might consider trying this one. I don’t know that I saw my hair having enhanced luminosity but, it didn’t dull my hair either. And, I didn’t find Style & Care to be overly-drying to my hair. On the other hand, I don’t think it added moisture either. I would repurchase this hair spray just because it didn’t out and out make my hair feel dried out.

One type of beauty product I don’t have lots of is mascara. Probably because I can be really fickle with all other types of beauty products but I stay close to a select three different mascaras. I was trying out Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe after reading positive reviews on it…

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While I did find the brush to work very well, the product itself, dried up quicker than my other mascaras. If you look closely, you can see that some of the spikes on the wand are not even coated with the product. I don’t feel that this tube lasted as long as most. However, there isn’t an easy way to find out if I even bought an old tube. It could have been on the shelf for a long time before I purchased it.

As I stated, I don’t switch mascara brands very often. However, if presented with the opportunity to try Lash Blast Luxe again, I would just because I did like how the wand performed.

Earlier this year, I was working as a merchandiser for Unilever and I received Degree Clinical Protection antiperspirant/deodorant at a regional meeting…

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The ‘Stress Control’ fragrance was one of the newer fragrances at the end of last year. I was excited to try this one. Even though the ‘clinical’ type of deodorants are more expensive and, there is less product in these compared to the regular stick deodorants, I found that the clinical protection truly does work better. They have twice the amount of active ingredient.

The last photo of the deodorant shows not only how the product is delivered but also, this is all used up. There isn’t any more product to dispense. Of course, I rotate about three deodorants at a time so, I didn’t get caught without any. However, do keep in mind that you can’t quite tell when this product is about to run out. I have replaced it because this is my current favorite deodorant.

How have you been doing with using up beauty products rather than making new purcases? What’s your favorite deodorant?

Toss Or Trash: September 2014 Part 2

This is Part 2 for September’s Toss or Trash segment. If you missed Part 1, click here.

This one could be subtitled ‘Suds and Soft’. All these items were purchased with the intention of cleaning and softening. Let’s check out how the items I tried held up.


My shower doesn’t have a lot of room for products however, I do the best that I can. My husband only needs one corner, right? Ha! When I was working as a merchandiser, it was really easy to get swayed to try out products that I handled day after day. Suave’s Natural Infusion All Day Body Conditioner says that it rivals Pureology. If you check out the price of Pureology, you know that it is one of the higher priced hair care items at the drugstore. Suave has their prices at the other end of the spectrum. Even if the price was a bit higher, I would still use this Suave conditioner. It smells so nice and it made my hair super soft. I have dry hair and it is thin so, I can’t use a super heavy conditioner. I think this one got it just right for my hair needs.

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I bought Caress’ Passionate Spell because I found some that had leaked all over in the store while I was merchandising. Since I was working for the company that makes Caress, it was my job to make the display look nice and presentable, I cleaned it up. Lucky me that it was body soap!! Passionate Spell has the fragrance of Passionfruit and Fiery Orange Rose. I don’t think I have ever smelled a fiery Orange Rose but I can tell you this; Passionate Spell is divine! I would definitely pick up this wash again. It cleans well without leaving my skin the least bit dry.


To keep my skin soft, here are a couple of body butters I tried out…


I’ll be honest with you; Pacifica is not a lotion you want to hoard. I really loved the smell of Indian Coconut Nectar, a lot. I guess since the bottle isn’t very big at 2.5 ounces, I wanted to stretch it out. Then, it got shoved to the back of the drawer. When I rediscovered it, the lotion had gone rancid and I had to throw it out with about a third still unused. What a loss! So, use my bad lotion management to your advantage. Do try this but, don’t expect it to last over a year. This body butter is ultra-moisturizing and the fragrance lingers…



Lucky for me that the Crabtree & Evelyn body butter doesn’t spoil as fast. I know I’ve had this at least 2 years. Again, it got pushed to the side as newer products came to my vanity. Naturals Nourishing Body Butter is another lotion that is very thick and luxurious. The fragrance was nutty and soothing. You can just tell by the ingredients, all that nut butter is going to pamper your skin…



Everything in this post is trash, which means, I used it up (well, except for the Pacifica) and I would buy it again. I learned my lesson, yet again, to work on using up what I currently have before moving on to something else. Yea….right. Like that’s gonna happen!!!!

Have you tried any of these products? What product have you hoarded only to have it spoil?

Toss Or Trash: June 2012

There’s not a lot of stuff from June to go over. But it is still gratifying to know that I’m using stuff up or getting rid of it if I don’t like it.

I’ll begin with the shower stuff…

I’m counting my exfoliating gloves as trash. These are old and I need a new pair. This pair has served me well. Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner is also trash. However, I don’t feel my hair was any more shiny using this particular product. I won’t be buying it again, even though I paid next to nothing for it and I did like how soft it made my hair.

All Bath and Body Works candles are trash. If it doesn’t smell good in the store, it isn’t coming home with me. The Lemon Mint Leaf, I got earlier this spring and it was perfect for that time of year. S’mores is from last winter but still a nice one. Cranberry Pear Bellini was just OK. It wasn’t very strong. But it smelled like something I’d like to have as a drink.

I feel negligent with only two makeup items for June. The Milani eyeliner in ‘Brazilian Brown’ is a toss. First, it is just not smooth or creamy to apply. And second, I’m not wild about the color. I guess I like my browns to be more brown-ier.

The Wet ‘N Wild base coat is old. However, you might notice I used up almost every drop of it. This was an awesome base coat! It’s a trash, however I have so many other base coats on hand that I won’t be seeking this one out. I still recommend it.

The body products are all trash. I am not devoted to any brand of deodorant but it does have to be an antiperspirant, as well. Secret was on clearance at Target. I did like it and it smelled very nice. It was one of the ‘twist up through the holes’ dispensers. It had a sticker that claimed I’d have to shave less. I wax, however I didn’t notice a difference.

Bath and Body Details was a spontaneous purchase. I did smell it before I bought it and that’s why I got it. I didn’t know it was going to feel so luxurious. But, I wasn’t happy that the second ingredient was mineral oil. I rarely buy skin lotions that have that in it. But the ‘Country Meadow’ fragrance was so wonderful. It is almost predominantly lavender. I know a lot of people think lavender and think of it as some old lady perfume. I thought the same thing. But when I began studying essential oils and the benefits of lavender, I gave it a try and I’m hooked. I soooo love lavender.

Last is a lotion that mark put out called ‘Bohista’. It fits mark’s whole bohemian feel. This lotion wasn’t so moisturizing as it was fragrant. It had spicy notes to it, which I find erotic. It wasn’t a heady or strong fragrance, but just the right amount to give a feel of sultry.

Have you tried any of these products? I’m be interested to hear what you think of them.


Toss or Trash: May 2012

There is so much to blog about that I’m overwhelmed and backlogged. It’s not a bad thing as I know many bloggers get writer’s block or get uninspired. So, I’m looking at this as a very positive situation. And, maybe a reason to bump up to more than 6 posts a week. That is mostly dictated by how much time I have, however.

There is one downside of doing a monthly ‘Toss or Trash’ post; it makes the year feel like it is going by a lot faster. So, are we really halfway done with this year!?

It doesn’t seem like I had a lot of products for May’s edition. Nevertheless, here we go…

These two are trash, but I’d get them again! Especially the Dove Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash. This was nice! It made my skin feel soft and moisturized, just what I’d expect from anything with shea butter. The fragrance of this one is warm vanilla and brown sugar scent. Love!!!

This Details Bath & Body spray is something I’ve used off and on for several years. I don’t even know if they make this fragrance anymore. And, that’s why I was hoarding it. This is Sparkling Champagne; 2 Phase Body Mist; Tuscan Sunset. It smelled yummy. Again, something with a bit of vanilla in it. The mist had two different liquids in it so one floated above the other, like oil and vinegar. I liked that there was oil in this as my skin needs loves moisturizers.

Not a whole lot of makeup this time around…

I figured with Cover Girl’s Lash Blast Fusion mascara being in this huge-ass tube that it would last at least 3 years. Well, it didn’t last that long. Not even close. I think the only time I’ve had a mascara dry up this fast was in one of those no-name Christmas makeup sets. This has a huge-ass brush to it too and I did like it while it was fresh. This is a toss. (OK, I had it less than a year however, I didn’t use it daily.)

Next are some doozy tosses…

Starting on the left is elf’s liquid eyeliner in ‘Pearl’. Should be called putty because it wasn’t liquid, per se. The tip of this eyeliner is hard like a pencil and not a flexible brush. There was no ‘line’ in this ‘eyeliner’. It was globby.

Next is another Walgreen’s clearance disaster. This is Maybelline’s ‘Pink of Me’ lipstick. I’m sorry I don’t know what collection or type this lipstick is. But I can tell you where it’s going: to the trash. Granted, it was $1.75 in the clearance bit AND, I had a $1 off coupon. But jiminy, Walgreens, don’t put the spoiled crap on clearance! In last month’s Toss or Trash edition, I had the same experience with the Yes To Carrots lip balm. Let me say that this lipstick was stinky like ‘falling behind the vanity and forgotten for 7 years’ stinky. It is such a pretty color too. 

I am really picky about purchasing nail treatments. At least I thought I was. I thought this one was going to be good just on looks alone. This is Sally Hansen’s VitaSurge cuticle gel. Sounds effective but, it sucked. It didn’t moisturize my cuticles. It just left them with a gooey, sticky feeling. That was with rubbing it in well too.

Well, I did try another cuticle oil and even though I liked this one, it wasn’t worth the money. But I only have myself to blame. I let one of those mall kiosk people talk me into not only getting one set of a hand and nail care kit but TWO because I was getting a GREAT DEAL!

Don’t judge. Just let me be an example that most of those kiosks that sell beauty items are totally overpriced. I had buyer’s remorse and this kiosk had the nerve to call security on me when I wanted a refund. This brand is Seacrest and is supposed to be from the Dead Sea. Whatever. It was a good cuticle oil, as I mentioned. But I could have picked it up for peanuts on ebay. This is trash but I will not be purchasing again.

When I was subscribing to Birchbox, I did get a lot of samples that I liked trying. And this one was a nice size to sample. It’s Redken’s Shine Flash 02 glistening mist. When I think of a ‘mist’, I think of a pump and not a spray but, this is a spray like hairspray. Anyway, I wasn’t seeing a significant difference in shine when I used this. So it isn’t something I’ll buy a full-size one.

I read a lot of beauty blogs that also love candles. Me too!…

My candles get sooty because I burn them in a room with a ceiling fan. Hey, it’s Florida here and you bet your candle flame I’m going to keep my fans on!
From the left: Winter Cabin (loved and a favorite), S’mores (was OK, just not a favorite), Kitchen Spice (nice to have in the living room) and Wild Strawberry (I liked it but don’t feel the need to get it again). 

I used the Details spray every day. I rarely, before doing this series, would use a fragrance two days in a row. I, truly, have so much perfume and bath lotions and potions I can rotate them all year and not have the same smell. And, I found I get kind of bored using the same fragrance almost all month. 

How about you…do you like to rotate with different fragrances or, do you have a signature perfume?

Toss Or Trash: April 2012

This post will be about April’s Toss or Trash. I don’t think I was as tossy or trashy as March!

Here we go…

First, I have the skin care items:

Bath and Body Works: True Blue Monoi Oil Nourishing Body Lotion
Trash: I used this up and loved it. This was the hand lotion I kept on the end table where I watch TV. I love the smell of this and it was very silky. This lotion has a lot of seed oils in it so that has to make it super soft. I only got this mini to try out before I invested in a full size. I don’t know how soon I’ll get that, as I’m trying to use all these lotions up, but it is certainly one that I would repurchase.

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Trash: I got this as a sample, along with the AM version, at the Women’s Home Show last year. I was delightfully surprised that I actually liked this. It has more ‘medicinal’ type of ingredients rather than natural ones. This is heavy enough for my tastes but may be too much for anyone with oily skin. There isn’t much of a smell. Again, I would repurchase if I already didn’t have a lot of stuff on hand.

Garnier Moisture Rescue
Trash: This bottle lasted me so long. After washing my face in the morning, I would put this on before I went out to run. This has an SPF 15. I have, since, bumped it up my SPF level with CeraVe AM lotion because it has SPF 40. But, I just love the smell of this Garnier lotion. It is light enough that my face doesn’t feel slick but has enough moisture that I do feel my skin is hydrated. Most definitely will repurchase.

Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy Collection: Rosewater
Trash: This smelled so sophisticated that I found myself hoarding it instead of using it. This isn’t a hand cream that I would normally get. But I fell in love with the light rose fragrance and the lotion smoothed over my dry knuckles making them kissable. I think of this as a ‘mature’ product because I wouldn’t have gone for this in my 20’s or 30’s. I still recommend it to anyone that likes a rose fragrance. I would purchase this again.

Bath and Body Works: True Blue Exhilarating & Exfoliating Face Scrub-Citrus
Trash: I can’t tell anyone this but, my hubs likes this one a lot. He liked the fine grit to this and the non-girly citrus fragrance. I like it too. However, I’ll repurchase it for him as well. Since my favorite exfoliating scrub by St. Ives has been discontinued, I have been looking for something like it. This is very close.

Avon’s Anew Clinical: Line and Wrinkle Corrector
Trash: Gosh, this is my favorite eye cream. I use it in the morning and at night. Well, I did until this ran out. Now I have so many samples and other products to try that my endeared eye cream no longer has me as its faithful lover. When I’m asked how do I not look my age, I say I owe it to Avon’s Anew line. I recommend it for anyone. If I wasn’t a beauty blogger, I would be using only this one.

Zoya’s Remove+ Nail Polish Remover
Trash: This is a staple at the vanity’s nail bar. Nail bloggers have influenced me on trying this and now I’m in love with it. This is only like my 3rd bottle, not counting the huge one I got to refill. But this one came this way; what’s that purple stuff at the top? I didn’t open it to find out. Totally recommend this, especially if you change your nail polish often.

Southern Magnolia Minerals Hair & Skin Tonic; Skin Revival Night Creme
Trash: I used these babies up in a flash. Not because they were very small samples, but because I love the products. I already purchased, and reviewed, the full-size version of the Hair & Skin Tonic. Love it!!! I really liked the Night Creme too. It is on my list to repurchase as well. I just have so many other creams I’m using up. However, I like this one as it isn’t overly heavy and it has a light fragrance. 

Next are the makeup products…

Unknown Lip Crayon
Toss: It’s history because I have so many other crayons like this one, but with better longevity on staying on my lips. I’m crazy about the color. Yet, the pigment didn’t stay long enough. I’m finding myself weakening as I look at it while I review it. I really like the color! Sigh, I must move on. Also, the color part didn’t want to stay in the barrel when I tried to sharpen it.

Styli-Style Lip Liner: Bare
Trash: This is my all-time, very favorite, can’t live without it lip liner. This color is PERFECT for me. It is just a couple of shades darker than my own lips. Styli-Style stays on all day. I love it. I have already replaced it. I wasn’t going to give up this one until I got a replacement either. But it was having that same issue of the colored center coming out when I tried to sharpen it.

Say Yes To Carrots: C Me Smile Lip Butter
Toss: This balm was on the shelf way too long. It has turned. Nasty smell and weird taste. I got this last month, so it isn’t old to me. But I did get it on clearance at Walgreen’s and I have a feeling I know why: move out the old stuff! 

 LA Splash Waterproof Mascara: Impermeable
Toss: Gosh, I really love the way this mascara looks in the tube. But it did not translate onto my lashes. It didn’t do anything for my lashes. And this dried up like a neglected houseplant. I had to really scratch to get this…

Just pretend you don’t see that lipstick swatch, OK? Thank you.


Avon’s False Lash Effect: Black
Toss: I gave this a good go. But it didn’t make my lashes thicker or even close to a false eye lash look. And if you have ever wondered about mascara contamination, this end was a white cream when it was new…

I have way too many fab mascaras right now to even put up with this one.


L’Oreal’s HIP Color Cream Crayon: Perfectionist (Black)
Toss: Yes, this is very pigmented. No, it wouldn’t stay put. Sit. Stay! Nope. Didn’t happen. I tried like hell to get this one to work. I even took a liner brush and tried to use it with a very thin line. But this eye crayon had wonderlust!
Don’t let this swatch fool you; it has a seriously bad roving eye…

I’m so on a roll with tossing and trashing! 
This is a very old Benefit product. The label fell off it so I can’t tell you the name of it. I got it off ebay too. Hence, the $8.80 price. This was a liquid that sealed down eyeliner or lipstick. I used it to hold down eyeliner. It was good too. Then I just got away from using it. As I’m destashing, I found it and poof! it had all evaporated. I thought I had seen it on Benefit’s site but I just looked and didn’t see it. Well, it’s a Trash.

And at the end of the line is a used up Bath and Body Works candle…


Trash: This mini candle is Lavender Macaroon. Yes, this is an ‘OMG’ fragrance. And those stinkers at B&BW, they only made this scent in minis! Oh, well. I only bought about 10 to tide me over til the next ‘OMG!’

If you forgot how this works, I TRASH it because it is used up. I TOSS it if it doesn’t work for me or live up to my expectations. All the opinions are my own.

Toss or Trash: March 2012 Part 3

OK…let’s wrap this segment up and put a cherry one top!

This third, and final, part finishes up with the body products…

Starting at the left: Bath and Body Work’s Apple Blossom Citrus body lotion; CeraVe PM Facial Lotion; Proclaim Natural 7 Oil; Southern Magnolia Minerals Hair and Skin Tonic; The Healing Garden Organics Pomegranate and Vanilla body spray.

These are all keepers!

Let me start with the Bath and Body Works lotion. I get the small sample bottles when they release them prior to the full size. I liked this one so I got the ‘main three’ that I get from B&BW; shower gel, body lotion and body spray. I liked this fragrance because it smells very fresh and clean.

The Proclaim 7 Oil I got at Sally’s. Now I have used this for a long time because the Sally’s I visit does not carry the Ginseng Miracle Oil that is sort of the same. The difference, to me, is the smell. Ginseng is more delightful. Anyhoo, the main oil in Proclaim is olive oil. I have been using this at night, along with cotton gloves, to help soften my cuticles. I found the Ginseng Oil just recently, so I’m using that now.

Ooohhh, let me tell you my love for the Healing Gardens body mist! I LOVE the smell of this. In a nutshell, I have only found this one time at Walgreens, some time back. It was a display sitting behind another, different one on the new product shelf. You know my snoopy self, I found it and wanted it. It didn’t ring up at the register. They called the store manager back and she said that it wasn’t suppose to be out and couldn’t sell it to me. As you can see from the photo, I won.

The CeraVe is a free sample I got at the Southern Women’s Home Show last year. I’ll save this for a Sample Sunday review.

Now, the best for last. If you read my blog often, you may have come across my posts for the best mineral foundation in the world: Southern Magnolia Minerals. This is an indy company that I have been purchasing my minerals from for well over 5 years, if not more. I got this Hair and Skin Tonic as a sample in my last order.

Is this something that I can use on my skin AND my hair? Yep! And I do. I just placed my order for the full size this weekend. Southern Magnolia Minerals had a weekend special where everything was 50%!!! I’ll do a full review on this tonic at a later date. I’ll leave with saying it smells great and works!!!

Do you see anything of interest? Have you tried any of these and would like to comment?

Toss or Trash: March 2012 Part 2

As I had mentioned in the previous post, Toss or Trash for March, I am finding it very gratifying to finish up products or letting them go because they are not giving me the benefit I thought they would. I’m also cleaning out my car garage. It’s high time that at least one car fit into a two-car garage. Now that’s gratifying!

Part 2 I will run through my toss or trash makeup products for March. Here are the items…

Starting at the top: Sally Hansen’s Prep & Perfect Lipcare: Avon’s Brilliant Moisture Lipcolor in Biqou; Sally Hansen’s eyeliner and mascara duo; Wet ‘n Wild’s Idol Eyes in Distress; Jane’s Colorsticks Eye Color & Liner in a shade I will call Lavender.

Item I have replaced: Sally Hansen’s Prep & Perfect Lipcare, it’s a primer and works. Towards the end, however, it started to get clumpy but would smooth out with my finger.

The item I want to replace: Sally Hansen’s eyeliner and mascara duo. The exact name of the product has worn off. I would replace this for the eyeliner color. The shade is a bronzed brown. The mascara wasn’t that good. Even though the mascara looks like the same color as the liner, it is black when I swatched it. And it dried up way before the pencil was done. I’m going to hang onto the pencil to see if I can run across a duplicate.

Everything else is getting tossed. The Idol Eyes was such a disappointment. I got all the colors and I think this is the issue with them all; they crease like mad. I tried everything I could think of to save it. The blue is vibrant and sultry. Same with the Jane eyestick. I couldn’t salvage that from creasing either.

The Avon lipstick is old and smells weird now. I easily have a dupe for it.

More stuff…

Top to bottom: Cargo’s Lash Activator in black; Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips: Custom Eyeliner, Eye Shadow and Highlighter for Brown Eyes; Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in blackened brown; Anastasia’s Lash Lifting Mascara in black; High Impact’s Shadow Fix.

Only keeper is Cargo’s mascara. I got this as a sample in my Birchbox. I have never used a Cargo product before, but I liked how this mascara lengthened my lashes. It has a flexible brush and that made a difference too.

The Shimmer Strips was too weak and cumbersome to use. The Revlon eye pen was cool, until it dried up, in the tube, on me. I feel it should have lasted longer. Anastasia’s mascara, I believe came in a Birchbox, but for a company that claims to be all that, this was sucky.

Last is the Shadow Fix. I couldn’t get this to behave. It’s supposed to be a shadow primer but it didn’t work for me.

I have one more blog on this subject and it will be on body products.

Any of these items work for you?

Toss or Trash: March 2012 Part 1

When I type my post, the font seems larger than when I actually publish it. So, I’m going to test out using the next size up. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

It is actually fun seeing how many beauty products I use up and how many I’m OK with letting go. In fact, it is getting me to look for opportunities to toss or trash.

So that I don’t write a huge book (just a small one!), I’m going to break this segment down into parts like I did for February. At this rate, I may have to toss out tossed stuff to keep it down to an interesting level. I don’t know if I’d follow a blog that just talked about the crap someone was throwing away. 🙂

I’m going to start off with the hair products…

At the end of 2010, CVS had a huge clearance on Pantene. I mean HUGE! I stocked up on it like I was at Costco. I’m very fickle about shampoos and conditioners. Loyal only for as long as it takes to finish the product. And, I use several different ones at the same time…

 Back row: Pantene Repair and Protect Shampoo; Pantene Fragile to Strong Conditioner; Pantene Beautiful Lengths Conditioner. Front row: L’Oreal’s EverStrong Overnight Repair Treatment; Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil: Gloss and Shine Polisher; Amika Oil Treatment; Beyond The Zone’s The Scruncher.

All of these are trash except for The Scruncher. I’m done with crispy, scrunched hair. No sense in hanging on to this. 

The Pantene collection is just about 1/3 of what I purchased during the clearance. Pantene was redoing their packaging and they were clearing out the old. Pantene is a decent haircare line. I like it. However, I don’t see or feel a difference between the different formulas. 

The two oils were very different. Creme of Nature is truly a polisher and not a product that added moisture. But Amika, which I got from my Birchbox, was rather nice. It had a great fragrance and my hair did feel softer while using it. However, it’s not my Macadamia Oil! That is my oil treatment standard.

The winner of the lot is the L’Oreal Overnight Repair Treatment. I actually got a small sample of this somewhere and loved it so much I did buy it. I’m on my second one now.

First, I love the fragrance of this…OMG! It’s a creme rather than a serum or lotion. It makes my hair feel soft and, of course, smell awesome. It isn’t oily but do remember, I color my hair and it is dry. One caveat, when I purchased a replacement, I found it at Walgreens as clearance. I’m hoping they are just changing the packaging, like Pantene did. I’ll be sad if I’m on the last treatment. I have noticed that I don’t see it at the Walmart or Target stores I shop in. 

Are you using any of these products? Are you faithful to a haircare system or fickle, like me?