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?

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Cream; A Real Keeper For My Peepers

I got to be a part of Kiehl’s New Store Grand Opening last year at the Mall at Millenia, Orlando, FL. One of the great products I received was the Rosa Arctica Eye Cream. Fans, this is the bomb!

kiehls icing mani ugly face 002I have been using eye creams for at least 20 years. And I have tried a lot of different ones in those 2 decades. So, when I can say that this is a fantastic eye cream, I’m not kidding around!…

kiehls icing mani ugly face 004Keihl’s packaging theme is like an old-time apothecary. I’m very intrigued by that. And, at the same time drawn to the science of it. It isn’t necessary to google information on Rosa Artica either. It’s right on the box…

kiehls icing mani ugly face 006So, this is what Keihl’s claims for this product but, what are the ingredients? That’s what I want to know!…

kiehls icing mani ugly face 008Well, now I will need to do some googling because I really don’t know what all of these ingredients are. However, I do recommend that if you have sensitive skin, you give these ingredients a go-over. I have fairly behaving skin so I went ahead and tried it out…

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I found Rosa Arctica Eye Cream to be one of the richest and creamiest eye creams I have ever used. This made the skin around my eyes very soft and smoothed out, instantly, the fine lines around the outside of my eye area. I have used Kiehl’s for over 4 months. Even with moving to a much drier climate, my eye area continues to feel hydrated, soft and smooth. I have experienced no negative results from using this eye cream.

I’m so confident that Rosa Arctica Eye Cream is perfect for my skin that I can show you a photo of my eye after 4 months of using this product…

kiehls icing mani ugly face 032I do have on eye makeup; mascara, pencil liner and shadow. However, I don’t have any other makeup on my skin. I do have a disclaimer, however. That prominent line, directly under my eye, is a scar from reconstructive surgery I had after a car accident. It is a 30 year old scar and it was directly under my lashes back then. But, as you can see, that is really the only deep line I have. So, for a 51 year old face, this month, I think Kiehl’s is a winner for this face!

This product was provided to me as a promotional item. This is my own, honest opinion.

Twinkle Not Wrinkle: Nurturing Force’s Do It All Eye Primer

In my quest to find a shadow primer that works with me, I had my eyes peeled to find something while I was at The Makeup Show Orlando. I happened upon the Nurturing Force booth…

The name of the product is easy to remember; ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’…

For just one product look at ALL the benefits it holds…

And one benefit for the entire world: no animal testing!

‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is really as rich of a cream as my photo shows…

And a quick swatch shows how quickly it absorbs (must have been no more than 6 seconds) and vanishes…

Nothing. It disappears. But, don’t think that it has stopped working. I found that this workhorse made my shadows stay put for up to 8 hours. The only product that didn’t stay in place was a dual end coloricon eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild.

What I also liked about ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is that even though it is one of the richest creams I have ever used around my eyes, is that it didn’t feel greasy or heavy. I didn’t need but the smallest amount to hydrate my skin around my eyes and hold my shadows in place. It has virtually no fragrance. And Nurturing Force states that this is even good for the most sensitive skin. I have behaving skin and not overly sensitive however, I feel that this cream would be OK with most sensitive skins.

Right from their website: “With our Aloe Vera Gel First Ingredient Formula, our main ingredient Aloe Vera Gel contains Antioxidants; plus we have added Comfrey Plant Extract & Avocado Oil. It is a rich non-oily cream formula, which helps to hydrate and protect the lids and sensitive areas around the eyes at night.” All of those ingredients spell ‘nurturing’.

The website price is $38. I say that’s a great deal considering how many products I use for what ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ can do.