29/01/2013

Products I've used up!


Five months of meticulously using the same products have finally paid off:
I've now collected a bag full of empties to share with you!

Along with the Project-10-Pan, I've committed myself to use up most of my beauty products, i.e. all the junk that has taken over my bathroom, closet, and bookshelves...

Here is the first batch of the products I've used up!


The Body Shop Vitamin E face mist*: I've been familiar with this product before and I've already mentioned why I'm not really loving it. To put it shortly, it benefits dry or dehydrated skin- the conditioning Glycerin and Panthenol aid for that matter. However, what I'm looking for in a facial spray is an overall feeling of refreshment, not some extra moisture on top of my sunscreen or makeup. Would I repurchase it? Probably not.

Avene Thermal Spring Water: this, I love. I truly believe it helps my skin to be healthier and less irritated. I've used up yet another 50ml can and I'm planning to buy the big one (that bares a strong resemblance to hair spray!). Would I repurchase it? Hell yeah!


The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing facial exfoliator: umm, allow me to rant over TBS some more... The Seaweed range is targeted to combination/oily skin and it carries some fantastic products- but, dear TBS, why make a face scrub that feels exactly like the Seaweed face wash with a few added grains? And the latter don't even exfoliate the skin! If I want to amplify my own face wash into a scrub, I'll add some baking soda instead. Would I repurchase it? Never- stay clear of it, people!

The Body Shop Aloe Calming facial cleanser: this, on the other hand, is lovely. Rich in Aloe Vera juice, no parabens, no fragrance, it gently cleanses the skin without stripping its moisture. I like it. Would I repurchase it? Definitely, some time in the future.


The Body Shop Elderflower eye gel: this is one of the few cult products from TBS that reflect the "Annita days", way before L'Oreal bought the brand. It's a lightweight, cooling gel that keeps the under eye area supple- though now that my fine lines are getting more prominent, I'll opt for an anti-wrinkle eye cream. Would I repurchase it? It's not for me anymore, though I do recommend it to eye cream beginners!

Fresh Line toner with lemon extract: this was a decent face toner. Although it's aimed to oily skin, it didn't dry out my face; alcohol has been replaced to witch hazel extract. FYI, it contains lots of essential oils- sensitive skin ladies, take notice! Would I repurchase it? Probably yes.


Last but not least, I used up every single drop of the mini Clinique 3-Step; I must admit, now I have seconds thoughts about the Clarifying Lotion. It sure is a fantastic exfoliator, but it also dries out the skin, so... Is it going to be a triumphant repurchase, or a beware-dry skin alert! case? I can't make up my mind!

I hope you found this post helpful- perhaps it might have saved you from a couple of terrible purchases! As for me, I'm now able to enjoy less clutter on my bathroom shelf... Woot woot!

Have you tried any of the products featured above?
Anything you've used up recently? Do share!

* I was given the Body Shop Vit E face mist for free. Sharing my honest opinions, as always.*

Evi   xx

31 comments:

  1. i just bought the avene big bottle! it's the best for me. i did a comparison for face waters in my blog. have you seen it?
    if you are interested...
    http://thoughtsofamakeupaholic.blogspot.gr/2012/10/comparisonfacial-waters.html

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    1. The Avene thermal water is fantastic, was surprised to read the one by Vichy irritated your skin! In my mind, they were all the same :/

      xx

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  2. I love reading empties posts! Great job Evi on using up products! I'm gathering empties as well now, I wanna use up as many products as I can, because I have too much stuff and it's getting really overwhelming! x

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I'm determined to keep up with this little project ;) You can do it, girl!

      xx

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  3. fine lines?Στα μάτια? Κι εγώ δυστυχώς :( και τις έχω από πολύ μικρή!Όχι ότι τώρα δεν είμαι μικρή ε!Να μας πεις αν βρήκες την τέλεια κρέμα ματιών...αν και έχω αμφιβολίες για την ύπαρξη της!

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    1. Άστα ρε κοπελιά, φρίκη! Μπα, δε βρήκα ακόμα καμία holy-grail! Έχω ελπίδες με τα Ρετινοειδή, will get back on that ;)

      xx

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  4. wow thats quite a few products dearie! i love that you're always so honest.

    I've tried almost all of the products from TBS seaweed range except for this face scrub. glad you did a review before i bought it ^_^ xxx

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    1. Glad I saved you from the Seaweed scrub! It's not in par with the rest products from the Seaweed range :(

      xx

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  5. Aw, I actually really liked the Body Shop Seaweed scrub! Too bad it didn't work out for you. I can see what you mean though - it doesn't exfoliate much. I really had to work it in in order to get it working.

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    1. Yeah, you see I like face scrubs with lots of tiny exfoliating particles!

      xx

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  6. Evi αν επιμένεις να δοκιμάσεις κρέμα ματιών με ρετινοειδή θα σου πρότεινα την Ystheal+ eye contour της Avene ( αν και είσαι μικρούλα όμως...). Εγώ σκοπεύω να επιστρεψω σε αυτή γιατι οι απλές ενυδατικές δεν αρκούν πλέον για μένα:( Είχα δει αποτελέσματα με τη χρήση της, είναι για τις λεπτές γραμμές και τη φοράς μόνο το βράδυ.
    Ένα έχω να σου πω...όταν θέλω κάτι από TBS τρέχω στο blog σου για πληροφορίες! ;) Με κάνεις να θέλω να δοκιμάσω πολλά από κει, πέρα από body care που είμαι και γω fan τους.

    xxx

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    1. Αυτή ακριβώς είχα κι εγώ στο μυαλό μου! Δεν είμαι μικρή μωρέεε ;)
      Από Body Shop ουυυ, είμαι φανατική πελάτισσα εδώ και χρόνια- αν έχεις καμιά απορία για οποιοδήποτε προϊόν, ρώτα ελεύθερα!

      xx

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  7. Ok, first of all, love this post!!!

    I think that slowly, but steadily, you'll find that the gentler the product, the better it is, regardless of your actual skintype, and I stand by that: even if you're oily/combination, harsher products will cleanse, surely, but will also disrupt any chance of normalcy further more - does that make sense?

    I couldn't agree with you more on the Thermal Spring Water mist, in fact, I find that any one of those from the "french pharmacy brands" works just as well! I do think that you might (again, might) like the Beauty Elixir one better than the TBS one (post on that in a few days), but, honestly, I'd stick to Avene/LRP/Vichy, just like you.

    Btw, I hadn't realised that the Fresh Line toner contains no alcohol - I think that a formulation like that (witch hazel, no alcohol) would be much better than sth like the Clinique toner... (I break out even thinking about that)!

    Then again, skincare is such a personal puzzle to solve... oh well, raise a glass to you for finishing up all those products, and here's to the better, new products waiting to be discovered!

    xxx

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    1. You are so right in your observations, I'm starting to realise that harsh skincare products are stressing out my skin. Plus as I'm getting older, my skin will only get drier so I don't want to speed up this process! I'm curious to see how you got on with the Beauty Elixir, it's one of the most talked about products!

      Hehe, I was so anxious to use up these products! I've now started a completely new skincare routine that I'm hoping it will do wonders to my skin ;)

      xx

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  8. Love the post! The clinique system is my holy routine :P I'm running out of my Bioderma H20 in a few days. I really need a new one :P


    xx

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    1. I really want to try the Biorderma H20 lotion!

      xx

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  9. I love unconditionally the Thermal Spring water of Avene! As for the rest haven't try much but the toner of TBS seaweed is absolutely gorgeous (don't know about the exfoliator) and sine I have oily skin too I'm in need in skincare products just like u so probably won't purchase it. Bravo for all those empties honey! Well done!
    xxxxx

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    1. The Seaweed toner and day moisturiser are fab, it's such a shame that the face scrub can't compare to these! Hehe I'm determined to use up every single skincare product on my stash ;)

      xx

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  10. Love love love this post! I adore the Avene Thermal water, I think I have a 50 ml bottle in each of my handbags. Total sucker for face mists! I also tried the 3 step by Clinique for my skintype and hated the lotion. I couldn't stand the alcohol scent and it made my (already) dry skin even drier. A big no-no.
    I am too testing out some eye creams at the moment, not so much for fine lines (which to be honest I've had since a young age from the occassional squinting and computer use) but for the ugly circles that seem to get darker by the minute. I really should use up some products that take up all the space in my room, but it's so difficult it stresses me out! Well done to you!

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    1. Ahhh finding an eye cream that really smooths the wrinkles or treats dark circles is a never ending quest! You know, you could try out using up one product at a time. It should be easier this way!

      xx

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  11. Wow, well done on getting rid of all of them!

    New follower here.

    If you want to check out my blog is http://thestellarskin.blogspot.co.uk/

    Rachel

    xoxo

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  12. I love these posts, I'm trying to use up products too. I like both the Body Shop and Avene sprays. I have used a couple jars or Elderflower but it's not for me anymore, the Vitamin E eye cream is better. I want to try the Vitamin C as well, I really wish it's brightening as it claims

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    1. Oh I've just bought the Vitamin E eye cream, I've got high hopes for it! Glad that you liked it!

      xx

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  13. I absolutely love the avene spray, it's super refreshing <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Oh, cool! Ain't it just fab? I use it every single day!

      xx

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  14. Πριν κάποιο καιρό είχα κάνει και εγώ μια ανάρτηση για τα δυο πρώτα προιοντά.! Πήγενε να την δεις στο blog μου αν θες!!
    studyaboutfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Θα πάω να το τσεκάρω, thx ;)
      xx

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  15. love the vitamin e facial mist! use it for setting make-up and i LOVE it! i also have a bottle of the aloe vera cleanser unopened... i was keeping it to one side for a blog sale or something as i have a load of cleansers to get through but i might keep on to it now! xxx

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    1. Oh, the Aloe cream cleanser is fantastic! It's really soothing and nice, I love it ;)

      xx

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