Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 2

This is part 2 of the monthly Replace or Reject segment. If you missed part 1, click here.

The two-tone green is Maybelline’s Eye Studio. The two below that are cream eyeshadows that I do not recall what brand…

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The Eye Studio is a two-tone powder green shadow called Ivy Icon. I didn’t find the colors to be saturated enough for my taste. And, I just didn’t reach for it. I wouldn’t replace it…

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The two cream shadows were crease city. Even if I could remember where I got these, I wouldn’t replace them or recommend them…

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Two Milani Color Play eyeliners that are colors I don’t use…

 

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I tried them out and love the precision points on these liners. It’s just the colors are not for me.

I already made mention in part 1 that I’m over Chapstick balms. I haven’t even opened the Pumpkin Pie one…

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This is an assortment of 2 empties and one reject. First, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. I love this! This is the toner I use after using the facial wipes I review. I don’t use it every time but, during the first week of the 3 or more I test a wipe, I use the toner to see how much residue is left behind.  Kiehl’s is always a replace. This is my 2nd bottle since discovering Kiehl’s and I have already replaced this one.

 

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My beloved eyebrow pencil!! How I loved this as it was the perfect color for me…

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Definitely, well used and, used up. I can’t get the pencil into the sharpener any more. I am not even certain of the brand. I know it did come from the Dollar Tree and I picked it up on a whim. The tweezers were OK but, I have a favorite pair I prefer better. The pencil was the perfect blend of color and wax to fix and tame my brows. I’m sorry to let it go. It would be replaced without hesitation if I could find another.

This NYX lippie wasn’t a color I reach for. It’s pretty but I like my lipstick colors bolder. Also, the staying power was weak on this shade…

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I also found this Prestige lipstick that I don’t use. I actually did a review on it a very long time ago! This one had better staying power, it’s just not a color I love…

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So, there you have it. There are a few empties and lot of rejects. It feels really good to clear out things I don’t use. In fact, I finished up several paperback books and recycled them to the library at the retirement home where my Mother lives. I love books way too much to throw them away!

How have you been doing with clearing out your unused makeup?

Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 1

The Toss or Trash segment has been a tradition at the Vanity for over 3-1/2 years. I am changing the name to Replace or Reject to more clearly reflect the final outcome of my empties or, in some instances, a flat out rejection of a product. I’m not holding back either!

For March, I did very well with finishing up products. For this review, I picked these three to start off…

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First, on the left, is a lip balm from Bath and Body Works…DSCF0002 DSCF0003

Let me say that this balm never smelled like honey or apples and it turned bad, anyway, since I never reached for it, in the first place. It’s a hard balm too. After discovering Soft Lips balms, reviewed here, I decided I don’t have to put up with hard lip balms anymore. And, since I turned my family members onto Soft Lips, as well, I can’t pass this Bath and Body Works stick off onto them.

This did have a slight tint to it. I had to make sure I didn’t color outside of the lines with stick!

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Next, I tried the Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. I used up almost all of this product in hopes that it would work for me. There was about 2/5 left when I decided that it wasn’t going to happen and deemed it a reject.

Now, the product is very good but, just not for my skin type which is normal to dry. I need more moisturizing properties than this Simple product provides. I would recommend it for those that have oily skin. I did find the gel texture to be too sticky for my preference.

Last is the Instant Youth Potion. I reviewed this as part of the ZMask set here. Since I have dedicated this year to using up or, purging products, I started using the Instant Youth Potion every day. I did use it for my morning routine as it has some skin-tightening properties. I liked how it smoothed out my fine lines almost instantly. This potion isn’t truly a Reject, as I wouldn’t mind using it again. However, since there are so many other products I have to use up and, Instant Youth Potion isn’t easily purchased at a store, I have no plans on replacing it.

Have you been doing good with purging at your own Vanity? Which of these products have you used?

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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: It’s Been A While But I Have A Pile

It’s been a while since I blogged a Toss or Trash post. I’ve been saving up my empties and putting them in a box. This weekend I went to look for something and I found two boxes full of trash! Yuck! I photographed these and got them out of the house!!!

Let’s start with the hair products. I just finished up L’Oreal’s EverStrong Overnight Hair Repair Treatment. I love that stuff! And, I’m going to miss it. I gave up buying L’Oreal products this year.  I am choosing to stop purchasing from, at least, one company a year that continues to test on animals. Thus, I won’t be replacing any of the L’Oreal haircare products that I have used for so long. And that includes the Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner. Here, you see that I finished the conditioner. As much as I love these two products, I love animals more…

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Suave’s Moroccan Deep Conditioner has made my hair super soft. And, the smell is lovely!!!! I found that I needed to use a lot of it for my hair to turn out soft though. I couldn’t be stingy and still get my wide-tooth comb through my hair. All in all, I would say that all of these are trash, meaning I would buy them again. But, since L’Oreal and I have parted ways, these won’t get replaced with same. And the Moroccan Conditioner was just OK. I am placing that in the trash column. (Yes, I know Suave is made by Unilever who still tests on animals.)

Next up are two spray leave-in conditioners…

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I purchased both of these over 2 years ago at a beauty show in Orlando. It’s funny how both of them became empty at about the same time.

First, Black 15 in 1 is a brand I had high hopes for. When I purchased this leave-in conditioner, I also purchased the shampoo and conditioner by that brand. Of the three, I did like the leave-in conditioner the most but, it is not a product that blew me away. I have no intention of repurchasing it…

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I have quite a love affair with leave-in conditioners. As I have aged, my hair is getting thinner and becomes dried out faster. I knew this was coming as I saw it happening to my mother. At least I am working on being proactive and treating my hair the best that I can. 12 Benefits leave-in conditioner is a winner because I feel that it helps keep my hair healthy. I would repurchase this one if I knew where I could readily pick it up. However, I have never seen it in any store or salon that I have visited…

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Next are the face products. Kiehl’s is my go-to brand. They give out samples and that’s what wins me over. I used Avon’s Anew line from the beginning, however, when I went to a blogger event at Nordstrom’s and Kiehl’s gave their demonstrations and I took home samples, that’s all it took for me to fall hook, line and sinker! I won’t lie; the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is expensive. This bottle is $70 and it’s only 1.7 ounces. It does last me a year, though. I use about 5 to 6 drops per night. When I am not testing out another product for a review, Midnight Recovery Concentrate is my best and favorite love.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick was a discovery from doing a review for them. This simple little balm stick does a lot of different jobs. I use it on my lips and all around my mouth, for my dry cuticles and I will rub some of it under my eyes when I feel like my skin is especially dry there. I also put it on pimples so they don’t scar. For $2.50, you get a work horse! I have already replaced this as I don’t want to be without it. Now, for Avon’s Lip Treatment…

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OK, this stuff is great! What is not great is that I had to swipe my finger in it to use it. I know I could have used a Q-tip (too hairy) or a lip brush (too much of a hassle at bedtime) but, it just got to be gross. And, since I have medium-length nails, it really got to be a hassle towards the bottom of the jar. And, I think this little, bitty jar lasted me like over 2 years!!! It just couldn’t be used up!!!! I was so happy to finally finish it! As much as I liked how it worked on my lips and kept them moist, I don’t like the packaging so I will not be repurchasing this. Look, the label didn’t even last as long as the product!…

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I moved from Orlando to Denver last year and came out here before my husband. He stayed behind for several months to not only pack up our house but to deal with selling it and all that. When he told me he went to Bath and Body Works and asked for empty boxes to pack all my products from them, and they gave him CASES so he could pack up all my candles, lotions and potions from them, I was shamed into facing the fact that I owned my own B&BW!!! I have diligently worked on not only reducing my inventory but also, not so readily buying their new fragrances every season. Here’s what I have used up in the past few months…

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But, don’t you just LOVE getting those minis to try out fragrances!!!! I do! And, their Stress Relief body wash and lotion are stables at the vanity. That’s a good thing!!! I loved all of these fragrances. The ‘Be Enchanted’ was a hot passion for me when it first came out too.

Last, are the body and hand lotions…

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La Source is from Evelyn and Crabtree and I love their hand lotions. There was an outlet store I visited often when I lived in Orlando so I had quite a few of these around. Now I’m seeing the end of them and miss that store! If you are looking for a very moisturizing hand lotion with instant results, you will want to get yourself La Source. There’s not much of a fragrance to this one; it’s busy being therapeutic!!!

Proclaim’s Coconut & Macadamia Nut Oil hand lotion didn’t smell as nice as I thought it would. Coming from Sally’s Beauty Supply, I thought it would be a winner. But, I won’t be seeking to replace this one just because it wasn’t all that great.

Jergen’s BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream lotion smells very nice. And, I liked how it made my skin soft. But, that’s about all it did. So, there’s no ‘illuminating’ and ‘firming’ like the claims state. I’m rather disappointed too.

Have you tried any of these products? See any that you want to try out?

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…

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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.

Toss or Trash: Random Collections

During my move to another state, I have been actually saving my trash and toss items. And I have boxes of new products to review. However, along with moving there has been apartment hunting, starting a new job and just learning my way around. First order of business, after getting a new vehicle, was…where are the Walgreens, are there Ulta stores near by and, how do I get to Rite Aid?

Let me show you some of the bottom of the pan/can/bottle items…

toss or trash 011These are two new-to-me products. I wanted to test out something different than my usual fare. Suave is a product that I used in my early adult years. Mainly because it is inexpensive. However, this time I picked the ‘milk and honey splash’ for the aroma. It isn’t overwhelming; it’s a fresh, warm fragrance. And this wash didn’t dry out my skin. This is trash because I would use it again.

The Sauve Max Hold hairspray was another attempt at giving a new-to-me product a try. Again, I was quite happy with this hairspray. It didn’t have hardly any aroma, it didn’t make my hair feel dried out and, it did hold my hair in place. Mostly I spray my bangs and the wispies behind my ears. Sauve, again, is something I can recommend for those that, like me, have fine hair and want to keep it in place without a crunchy feel.

Here are a a couple of toss items and, one trash…

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In the middle is another Laura Geller product that is used to make a shadow into a liner. I used this quite a bit. However, once it is used for one shade, it starts to contaminate the next shades I would pick. Laura Geller has another product similar to this that is in a small squeeze bottle and does the job in a way that there is no contamination between uses. I will deem this a toss because I wouldn’t repurchase it.

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Last is ‘Degree: Sheer Powder’ antiperspirant and deodorant. As a faithful reader, you know that deodorant is something that I’m so fickle about. I never get the same brand or fragrance twice. However, I can say that I like this Degree and the fragrance was light and powdery; just as it is named. I didn’t have any staining or marks on my clothing from using this product. It did its job and I can recommend it.

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With the exception of the Laura Geller products, you can find the other items at most drug and mass retail stores. Laura Geller has been selling her products for over a year at Ulta and I’m happy to see that she has made them easier to purchase by doing so. The two products of hers that I have reviewed, I purchased from QVC.

Have you tried any of these products?

Toss Or Trash: December 2012

During the Winter Holidays, I burned up as many Bath and Body Works candles as I could. Here are some that are done and I loved them all…

swatches toss notd 130Merry Mistletoe was a very soft fragrance; not bold at all. I found Sparkling Icicles to be the same way. But I enjoyed it. After I had burned these to the end, I set them on the floor by my bookcase. I see how dusty that place is!!

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Then, I used up quite a bit of hair products…

swatches toss notd 142Love me some Pantene! I stocked up, big time, when these there 75% at CVS almost 2 years ago. It was worth it. I got the Rock Your Hair hairspray this year at Premiere Orlando. It’s an awesome hairspray without being overly stiff. I have seen this line off and on at Ross Dress For Less. If I find it again, I will repurchase it.

The next two from Macadamia Natural Oil surprised me. I am just sort of OK on the hairspray. It only had a mild hold, it did smell good and my hair didn’t feel dried out from using it. However, it is rather expensive at around $23. And the cleansing conditioner, at almost $40, was a total waste, in my opinion. I didn’t get the soft hair I usually get when I use the leave-in oil treatments by Macadamia Natural Oil. And, this can was a hold down pump to dispense. It didn’t hold a lot of product. I won’t be repurchasing either of these two.

There wasn’t much in the way of makeup…

swatches toss notd 152Nailene’s Miracle Worker was sent to me for review. I loved it! But now, I can’t find anywhere to repurchase it! My nails are naturally thin and this treatment was one of the best I have ever used. The Ardell false eyelashes were just plum used up. These are my favorite stye too. They became too ragged to wear anymore. I’m on the lookout to replace this style. The Avon product is a cream concealer. I ran across this de-stashing my old stuff. I don’t think they make this anymore, as I have had this since the ’90’s. 😉 As you can tell, that green concealer hid a lot of red spots/areas on my face. I liked the consistency because it stayed put, period! Since I can’t truly remember how long I’ve had this, I am throwing it out.

The Lush Lip Scrub was good. I got one of those little desposible test spatulas to take out a bit of the product. Then, I took that little scoop of product into the shower and used it there. It was a lot less messy that way. As much as I loved this product, I feel I can find something just as good for half the price. I feel Lush’s prices to be way out of line for what they deliver. I found a lip scrub that has a lip balm in the cap by Victoria’s Secret for half the Lush price. If you don’t worry about money, this Lip Scrub is all that.

Last is Cellnique Renewal Serum. I reviewed this, initially, here. I loved it then and I love it even more now. This was a wonderful product to use. I used it both for my day and night time ritual. This, along with the Reversal Platinum Cream, are a top favorite skincare line for me. If I did not have other skincare products to review, these two are difinitely a set I would use continually. I’m sad to see this used up. And, just this week, I used up the Reversal Platinum Cream. Boo hoo.

Anything here that you have tried and liked?

Toss Or Trash: November 2012

I’m excited!!! I’m getting in my Toss or Trash post well before the middle of the month. This is a good thing!

First, I’d like to explain my topic of Toss or Trash. In a given month, I collect cosmetics (and candles) that I have used up and/or am just getting rid of. A ‘trash’ item is something that is used up and I would purchase it again. A ‘toss’ item is something that I have quit using before it is all gone because I don’t like it or sometimes, because it went bad. As I list each item, I note which one of the categories the item belongs into.

For November, I grouped my items a bit differently. Before, I would group similar items together, such as all candles together or, all skin care items together. This time I grouped the tosses together. I did the same with the trash items. Leave me a comment which works better for you.

I’m grouping all the candles I burned up for November as, I would purchase them again. In fact, Marshmallow Fireside is one of my ultimate favorite fragrances. Fresh Balsam is my Christmas Tree replacement. With this candle burning up on a high bookcase, it is safer than a real tree because of the furry beasts that live with me.

These are products I am tossing…

I’ll start from the left. First is a Eye & Lip Mechanical Jumbo Pencil from Princessa. The shade is Plum and it is a rich berry color. I love the color. But, this pencil bled like crazy and I rarely have lipsticks that bleed. For a buck, I’m not too shook up to toss it. Next is a lip balm from Southern Magnolia Minerals. This is a vanilla mint flavor. It turned on me, just a little, before I finished it so that’s why I’m tossing it. I don’t seem to do well with lip balms as they turn on me very quickly. I did like this one before it went bad though.

Next is Ulta’s trial size of Rejuvenating Bath and Shower Gel. This fragrance is Lavender Woods. I’ll stick with Bath and Body Works. Ulta’s stuff has too weak of a fragrance.

I purchased several Nabi lip liners this summer. However, Lilac Glitter is too hard and it’s difficult to get it on my lips. For a dollar, it isn’t worth the effort.

I have used up just about half of the St. Ives Peel-Off Hydroxy Masque. I don’t feel it was doing a good enough job to keep in the skin care line-up. I have many more masks that I would rather use.

L’Oreal’s Double Extend mascara was a total zero. The black mascara wasn’t even thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes. And, the bronze-y highlighter part didn’t make a difference either. It has sat around long enough at the vanity that it has dried up. No replacing this at all!

Last is an Avon product. This is called Double Play: Liner and Gloss. I’m not able to tell you the name of the color because there is a code stamped right over the name. However, the liner is a dark blue and the gloss is a frosty, very pale blue. The gloss is a terrible color on me. The eyeliner ends up on my brow bone after just an hour. Two fails.

Now, here is the trash…

I am a big fan of Pantene. I don’t buy into that jazz about it building up on my hair. This has never happened to me. I have dry, fine hair and this is my favorite conditioner. It smells clean and leaves my hair incredibly soft and doesn’t flatten out my curls. I had a coupon and had this one replaced before it was even used up.

The last three items for trash…

I’ll start from the right this time. I have mentioned before that I am totally fickle with deodorant. I got this one in the clearance end-cap at Target. It did the job and smelled good. The only negative thing is that the applicator came loose before it was totally used up. I would recommend Degree Girl as well as the same fragrance.

The CVS Detoxifying Cleansing Towelettes dried up on me before I could use them all up. Out of 25, I think there are about 8 left. And I think the opening is a secure one too, so I’m surprised they dried up. I recommend these as they did remove my makeup. However, I would recommend that you use them all up rather than setting them aside and coming back to them at a later time. That’s what happened to me.

Last is a Hana K makeup brush. I cannot tell you how long I had this brush. I know I had it before I moved to Florida, so I have had it at least 4 years. I used it to apply sparkly powders on my face and decollete. I used it well because it is a frayed mess now…

It really looks bad next to Kayla’s silky, soft fur…

She just happened to get up in the window while I was photographing these items. What blogger can pass up a chance to add their pet into the post?

How do you like my grouping this time? Have you given any of these items a try and, what did you think of them?