I have managed to use up quite a few products between the months of July & August. Some will be repurchased, while others I am just happy to get ride of, not many of those though!!
Starting from the left side of this mess I have two empty packages of the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. These have been my favorite makeup wipes of the ones I have tried. Generally I don't usually have to go in with a toner or makeup remover for my face makeup after using these, but I sometimes still have to follow up on some traces of eye makeup. These wipes have no scent and they leave my skin feeling refreshed and clean. In case you are wondering, I still wash my face at night after using these just to give my skin a good cleanse after. However, some nights when its been a long day/night I might just forgo a wash and stick with these.
Regardless of the type of day I've had, I find I've been reaching for my Boot Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner more and more. As gross as this might sound to some people, I have actually stopped washing my face in the morning. (I'll let you recover... okay moving on.) With my dry skin I can't afford to strip my face of oils so frequently, but I recognize that I need to still clean it somehow. So instead of going though a full oil stripping session with face wash I have resorted to a toner to I help to balance my skin, but still provide a soap free/basic/detergent free method. Also per my face wipe use above, if I have a heavier makeup day or just feel the extra use to cleanse my skin I will use this toner after, not always, but definitely in the morning!
The next few items were received in some of my past birchboxes. I did not find anything particularly amazing about these products, but it suppose it was nice to be able to try them out and figure out there are other better alternatives. I enjoyed using my Sprout Lip Balm which was cocoa flavored, but it didn't top my EOS or blistex ones, also at being priced at $4.00 and not available expect for online didn't convert me over. The next item is the Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo. I was excited to try this when I first received it, but it turned out to be a lack luster product. This is a concentrate shampoo, so your hair must be thoroughly soaked to adequately distribute the product. After you master this it acts much in the same way as Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo Shampoo, just a more expensive alternative.
The last birchbox item of this lot is the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. This multifunction leave-in mist claims to provide moisturize, detangle, add shine, reduce frizz, amongst many other benefits. Did I see these? Well, my hair felt very brittle and dry after using. I don't have a major problem with frizz so I didn't see a noticeable difference. All in all, I did not see this as being a miracle or wonder product. I have been using the It's a 10 leave-in since finishing this and it is amazing! *Mini review* Since using the It's a 10 my hair has been really soft and feels uber moisturize. I don't see that many split ends any more and the scent isn't too overwhelming, unlike the Beauty Protector which reeks of coconut.
How long does it take you to use up a nail polish? It takes me ages, I know I have some really old ones... however, I find that I run through top coats extremely fast. So I just about finished two! I'm not sure of one of the brands, it was from a friend that worked at a nail salon. The other I am fully aware of the brand, it's OPI's top coat, which I have since repurchased.
These last two products are staples in my daily routine. I purchased a travel size version of my beloved Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam back in March and used it up on a recent overnight trip. I am surprised how long this travel size lasted me, as it is quite a lot smaller than the full. It you are unfamiliar then let me explain it's awesomeness. This is a weightless volumizing spray mousse, adding volume precisely where you want it without feeling like there is product in your hair. It's flexible, provides a lasting natural volume.
Lastly I tried, fell in love with, and used up the Nivea Touch of Smoothness Moisturizing Body Wash. I have dry skin and this leave my skin soft and smooth after a shower, not tight or stripped of oils. This does have a scent, which I generally don't like having, but I don't find the smell to be over whelming. So I can deal with that. Light scents are fine just not bold ones.
Alas, those are my empties for the months of July & August. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them if you have?