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…


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


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?

  • BeautyJudy

    I’m actually not making extra efforts to moisturize right now and my skin and hair are ok! Although lately I’ve been using a leave-in conditioner from Rock My Hair when I wash it, because it helps detangle! I would love to replace that when it runs out!

    • You know, I have a few years on you, though! 😉

  • I only use that extra firm stuff when I need a style to hold HARD for the day. Like a wedding hair style. Or before a recital or something (when I was younger). That stuff is no joke.

    • Truth!! It was a bit of overkill on my part.

  • Anastasia

    ooh, I heard so many great things about that eye cream! I always use extra heavy moisturizers at night, and that tactic seems to work well for my skin.

    • I use a different Kiehl’s eye cream at night. LOL! Did I mention I LOVE Kiehl’s!!!

  • Ange

    I love that Suave moisturizer, I use it daily!

    • I’m glad it’s perfect for you! Have you tried the new body wash? I want to see how that works.

  • The Kiehls sounds great

    • It is everything it says it is. 🙂

  • I try to moisturize, like, every half hour hahah! I’ve got some form of lotion or oil or balm near me all the time.

    • I wish I was as fastidious as you! I NEED to be! I also need to be moisturizing my eyeballs more too and I have been slacking on that. But, I do drink tons of water and green tea every day.

  • erikatheicyone

    I’ll go for just about anything that can drench my dried out skin and hair… LOL

    • Your climate is even rougher than mine, I believe!

  • cindyprimebeauty

    You are SO right, I never use up anything anymore! I still have a big bottle of that Suave lotion! I love Kiehl’s Rise Artica line, try the other products too!

    • I do have the regular face moisturizer from that line. I just haven’t used it up yet. LOL! And, that’s one my husband likes as well.

  • I love African black soap, for my acne-prone skin, and my hubby’s eczema. It’s a wonderful product. And, it’s kinda cool to wash off with -black- soap, really. Lol

    • I was a bit concerned it would be too harsh for my dry skin but it was very balancing.

  • Must try the Tresseme for humidity! Oh, and the soap for my eczema!

    • I hope you don’t have extremely dry hair.

  • Justina

    I feel like I never run out of anything. I love Kiehls too!

    • I sorted out all the dry shampoo that I have and wow, I was surprised how many I had. I rarely use any of them!!! =0

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I commend you for finishing up! The struggle is real when you’re a blogger, haha!

    • It’s true! There are a few things I don’t have tons and tons of and I think that’s almost odd. Like, I have maybe just 5 mascaras. I do love the feeling of finishing up a beauty product. It’s almost like the feeling I get when I finish one of my morning runs: accomplished!

  • I feel the same way about finishing anything! It’s a miracle when it happens!

    • Do you have the almost uncontrollable need to go get something to fill the void?? LOL! I do for a brief moment.

  • Oh man… way to go for finishing those up… I’m the worst for me – everytime I think I’m almost there… I get something else to try. The blogger struggle is definitely real. lol

  • Betzy Carmona

    Surprisingly enough I finish most of my products such as skincare and hair care, and go through nail care and go to makeup frequently. I love finishing a product because I get to try something new and different,

    • I haven’t had the feeling that I have to finish up something before starting a new one in a very long time! LOL!

  • African black soap sounds so exotic. Like I would only be able to use it when I’m in the rainforest and have a magical waterfall to use as a shower.

    • You need to get you some. It’s really amazing stuff!

  • I swear I can’t ever finish a product! lol I need to start getting better at it!

    • By starting this running theme for my blog posts, it has helped me work at finishing up products.

  • BTBAshley

    I think the ONLY beauty products I ever finish are hair care ones: dry shampoo and regular shampoo.

    • Then I should give you some of these dry shampoos I have. I think a lot of them have been giving to me because I rarely use them.

  • I typically like all Shea Terra products.

    • I’d like to try more. This soap was really nice!

  • I love She A Terra. It’s so good!

  • LOVE that Suave line for hair as well!

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