I’ve had these empty products sitting around for so long, that by the time I’m posting this, I’ve already got another basket full of more items. This batch was a grouping of random deluxe sample sizes and trial-and-error products in finding what worked for me.
Once again, a couple of Costco’s Delon cotton pads, (L-R) Peter Thomas Roth’s Anti-Aging Cleansing gel, which did several things – it was oil free, had anti-wrinkle technology, clarified – this burned my skin every time I used it. Even as I worked it into my skin, it stung. Clarins SPF 50+ Crème Solaire sunscreen for my face was one of my favorites. The flowery and clean scent reminds me of Hong Kong. It’s creamy, but not greasy. I’ll be purchasing the full bottle of this. Clinique’s Claryfing Lotion #2 is something I’ve used before. Boots Botanics Hydrating Night Cream All Bright and Boots Botanics Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15 Shine Away are obviously repeats mentioned in previous favorites posts. Both are affordable and effective products. Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub 100% Natural I feel is the more expensive version of St. Ives peach scrub. I’d say stick with St. Ives, you get the same product. I really loved the Simple Eye Makeup Remover, as it totally took off my waterproof makeup with no problem. This came free with another product and so at first I was skeptical of its claims. I loved it, but unfortunately, It’s hard to find around here. Many places carry the Simple line, but not the eye makeup remover.
As for mascaras, I’ve had a few going all at once. Cover Girl’s Clump Crusher in waterproof still remains my favorite. I liked the formula of Physician Formula’s Organic Wear, but it wasn’t waterproof. Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes smeared and the extremely large brush made it impossible to get a smudge-free application. The Firework’s mascara in waterproof was a weird formula, because when I took it off at night, it came off in rubbery bits. That weirded me out enough to stop using it.
I wasn’t a fan of Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing shampoo because it caused a lot of breakage while washing. It wasn’t a smooth lather and I started hating the scent. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Rose body lotion was okay – the rose scent was too overpowering as it lingered on your skin all day. I loved Josie Maran’s Argan Balm, which came in a holiday kit of hers last year. It was smooth, super moisturizing and I’ll be able to reuse the tin. I love all of her products. Ahava’s Mineral Body Lotion in Water was okay – again, not a fan of the powerful scent. Bath and Body Works’ Orange Sapphire body lotion was a very clean, mandarin orange scent, which I loved.
There were a lot of miscellaneous items this time, as I’m still trying to find what works for me. My goal is to settle into favorites that I know will work with my skin type, and yet, I’m still struggling with the need to try new things. This time around, I do know that Josie Maran never fails to make things I love, Boots products are always something to fall back on, and now I’m curious to try out more of what Clarins has to offer.