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.

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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.

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

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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…

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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…

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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: September, Part 1

I have learned, since becoming a beauty blogger, the true value of completely finishing a product. Goodness knows, I used to be a one-trick pony using only one shampoo until it was all gone. Never changing facial washes until the one I was currently using was used up. Now, I have no less than 4 shampoos in the shower and at least 3 conditioners going. So, when I finish up ANYTHING, it’s worthy of a post!

I have quite an assortment to show…

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From haircare to skincare, this Toss or Trash segment has a main theme of MOISTURIZE. Starting with the big ass can of hairspray…

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Tresemme’s most popular hairspray is the Extra Firm Control, all day humidity resistance. Does this one do the job? You bet! And this can lasted me for months. Not that I’m light on the spray, mind you. What I didn’t like was that this hairspray has dried out my already dry tresses. Even applying gently, at least in my mind, it has dried out my hair. I used it all up but, I will not be purchasing this one again. I need a hairspray that puts back in some moisture.

My skin is also dry and, getting drier by the minute. So, a moisturizing wash is a must…

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I received this small bottle of Shea Terra Organics African Black Soap Body Wash in one of my monthly subscription boxes. I’m sorry that I don’t remember which one. This sample was Menthe or, had a peppermint oil in it. Fabulous! It wasn’t over the top peppermint like some body soaps can be. This was delicate and still refreshing. I liked the way this felt on my skin after a long morning run. I loved using it on my face as well as my body. I didn’t feel like my skin’s acid mantel was being stripped off with this wash. I felt super clean. This is one that I would replace.

After washing with Shea Terra, the next step is to dry off and moisturize my body…

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The fragrance of Suave’s Moroccan Infusion body lotion is divine. My skin drank this up. I could tell it was doing my skin good because my normally, very dry elbows stayed smooth. I did feel that the staying power of the moisturizer wasn’t there all day, however. I have since gotten into the habit of reapplying a lotion before bedtime. So, I am rather surprised that with all the moisturizing properties listed in this lotion that it didn’t last the entire day. My skin didn’t seem any more radiant, either. For that reason, it’s trash and I won’t be replacing it.

I’m super fussy about getting moisture into my hair but I’m even more fanatic about it with my face. My age and the dry climate where I live are not doing me any favors!! The war is ON!!…

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Kiehl’s is my saving grace. I’m SO happy I have discovered this brand. I received this eye cream at a store grand opening almost 2 years ago. Even though I have not used it regularly, as I test other eye creams out, this was my go-to when I wasn’t testing. I’d say it’s my staple. Rosa Arctica Eye Cream is thick enough that I instantly feel the moisturizing happening. However, it isn’t so heavy that it makes my foundation look off or clumpy. There isn’t really any smell to it but I can tell that it is a higher-end product by how well it performs. I am definitely replacing this.

What’s in your arsenal for keeping moisture in your hair and skin? Have you tried any of these products before?

Nature’s Gate: 40th Anniversary Herbal Body Wash

I know I’m not the only one that works hard at keeping her skin in tip-top shape. Sure, I want it clean but, I also want it to be healthy too. My skin is my armor, if you will, to keeping all the environmental hazards at bay. I don’t want my body soap stripping down my barriers either. Dry, itchy skin is not fun. I found a bath soap that keeps me healthy in more ways than one.

Nature’s Gate Herbal Body Wash is one of the most simple body washes around. I have used their body wash, lotions, deodorants and oral care items many times before because they are a known and trusted brand. Here’s a body wash I received in my Bulu box a few months ago…

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I know they have been quite a staple in the holistic bath section of stores for some time and they now celebrate it with a 40th anniversary herbal bath wash.

Just what I have come to expect from Nature’s Gate; lots of goodness…

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Number one: they are cruelty-free. They always have been! They leave out the sulfates and parabens that can wreck your skin’s acid mantle and put in all the body-friendly oils and herbs. You bet this smells divine!! I had no problems washing my face with this when I showered. This pump bottle is 16 ounces and it lasted me for months. I loved how clean and refreshed this herbal wash left my skin. I can easily recommend this wash to practically anyone.

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I don’t mind that Nature’s Gate wash has lots of ingredients. Just look! These are all healthy and vegan ingredients. And, this is made in the USA.

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When you purchase from Nature’s Gate, you help the environment as well. The company works diligently on keeping our drinkable water supply clean. I learned from their website that if you put all of the Earth’s water into one bucket, only one TEASPOON of it is drinkable! I want to support that cause!

Have you tried any Nature’s Gate products? You can purchase from them online or, use their store locator to find a store near you.

Toss Or Trash: Pretty Cool When Even The Trash Smells Good

The Toss or Trash series hasn’t been around in a while however, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything tossed or trashed! I’m still working on where to take my blog photographs now that it’s too cold outside. I also, confessingly, haven’t kept up on photographing the used items and then physically throwing them away. Eeewww! Luckily, nothing is rotten or gross.

As a refresher, here’s how the Toss or Trash series works: Toss means I have no intentions of buying that item again. It gets a thumbs down. Trash means I used it up and, would purchase it again. There can be middle of the road too but, I always give my opinion on why it is either Toss or Trash

Look! This one even works to keep odors away!!!…

auto curler swatches 019Let’s just say that my husband has different closet habits than I do. I don’t share my closet with him because of that. But, they both do get air fresheners. I like Renuzit’s Super Odor Killer fragrance, which I always get from his closet. I buy these by the half dozen and use them also in the kitty room too. So, it is easier just to buy the Super Odor Killer fragrance and use it everywhere. I get them at Walmart for a bit less than a dollar. If they have price rollbacks on any, I’ll get them for my closet. However, this rather neutral fragrance works without complaints in my husband’s closet and in the kitty room.

Milani Cosmetics is one of my favorites. They make several different mascaras, and one of my top favorites (that would be Total Lash Cover Mascara), but this one isn’t one of them. I did a review on this one called ‘Runway Lashes’. Oh, it’s Trash….I’m just done with it. And, I do like it…

auto curler swatches 041 auto curler swatches 042Its time to go arrived. I do NOT like spiders and just the thought of the so-called ‘spider leg’ lashes curls my TOES!!! So, there i’\ wass no internal mental struggle about throwing away mascara that is done dried up.

As as mentioned, this one isn’t a favorite mascara but it is a 6 on a scale of 10. There are just so many other mascaras I like better.

If I want my closets to smell fresh you can bet I love fresh-smelling laundry. Bath and Body Works makes my favorite fresh-washed laundry fragrances in a body wash;

auto curler swatches 040‘Sea Island Cotton’ is a core fragrance with Bath and Body Works. I used this one for the first part of last year while I lived with my brother and his family while I transitioned from Orlando to the Denver area. My brother is extremely sensitive to odors so this one was a good choice as it isn’t over-powering. It is also a good crossover fragrance for men since it smells like laundry and not flowery. My husband doesn’t mind using it. This is Trash because I already have a replacement.

I talked about my favorite cuticle oil, Dadi Oil, in a past radio show. You can find the link to that here. My raving comments have not waned at all for this cuticle oil. It’s Trash but I do have one beef with it; it’s hard to come by. It is sold through nail salons and I have found only one that sells it here in Denver. But, she only sells the little sample bottle. This one was the last of my full-size…

auto curler swatches 069And I SWEAR!!! This is NOT real chicken POOP!!!! Not even close!!! I’m having a hard time finding more Chicken Poop, because I want more Chicken Poop for my lips!!! I already reviewed this and told you why…

auto curler swatches 068Seriously, one of the best lip salves I have ever used! It’s Trash and I want a replacement!! Who would have thought Chicken Poop would be so hard to come by. Hmmmm…..

Ah, I feel slightly unburdened getting rid of the used-up beauties. Share with me which ones you have tried before and if you liked them.