From the Editor’s Desk: Winter 2016 Beauty Empties

    It’s been a hot moment since I went through my beauty empties and gave my thoughts on various products in November. So, today I’m talking winter empties and emptying the box I reserve for just such things. From my trashcan to you, here we go!

© Gil Segev 2016

© Gil Segev 2016

    Peter Thomas Roth Strawberry Scrub Fruit Enzyme Polisher ($38*): If the price doesn’t send you running in the other direction, there’s definitely something to be said about the delicious strawberry ice-cream scent of this scrub. The label says it can be used daily on the face and body, but with ground almonds I fear it will wreak havoc on facial skin. Used it up just fine, but won’t repurchase any time soon.

    LUSH Cosmetics Cranberry Festive Face Mask ($8.95*): Not a fan of this one. Burnt while it was on, made me bright red when I washed it off, and broke me out severely the following morning. Cranberries should be eaten, not worn. No plans of repurchasing, ever. Also, how are you supposed to use 60 grams of this stuff in the three weeks you have before it expires, given that even a twice-weekly liberal application is barely a few grams?

    Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 200 Soft Beige: Discontinued, but probably one of my drugstore favourites. Good coverage and it lasted forever (for reference, I bought it for the first episode of ShowTime in 2012). Still, it has a weird sunscreen smell and tends to break up through the day. Will have to see how the new and improved version compares.

    Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo ($2.99*): Possibly discontinued as well? After being so impressed with their Honey, I’m Strong conditioner I thought I’d give shampoo a go. Did nothing noticeable to my hair, but the coconut smell was nice. Would not repurchase.

    Quo Nail Polish Remover: Another month, another nail polish remover. I finished this travel-sized one on my Halloween tutorial, which I attempted a total of 3 times; if that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! I would repurchase for correcting mistakes, but for total removal I’m 100% sold on the Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter ($9.50*).

    Stella McCartney Stella Body Lotion ($45*): If you get this in a gift set with perfume and shower gel it’s not bad, but if you buy it alone you must be out of your mind. Not a big fan of this scent, and the lotion was on the thin side. Would not repurchase.

    Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate ($24*): I’m fairly sure this is simply a fancy toner. It has a nice floral scent and a cooling gel texture, but doesn’t do anything to my skin as far as I’m concerned, even when used with the recommended $11 cotton pads (!). Would not repurchase, and I question the need for a toner in my routine at all.

    EOS Sweet Mint and Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($4.58*): If I had a dollar for every lip balm I’ve dropped onto dirty floors and ruined I would have approximately $2. Would repurchase, even if using them once their dome is gone is next to impossible and extremely uncomfortable.

    Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray ($15*): You definitely don’t need this. It claims to be one of those “do all” products that preps, sets, and refreshes. In reality, it smells bad and it a waste of time and money. Would not repurchase.

    Lavanila The Healthy Mini Deodorant in Vanilla Snowberry ($8*): I can confidently say that this product is overhyped, and that snowberry is not even a real thing (or at least, it shouldn’t be). Keep away from anyone with hair in their underarms (i.e. everyone) because it’s a messy, flaky, and not all that smelly mess. Would not repurchase, as I have Old Spice alternatives that cost half as much and won’t make me feel like I want to shave my entire upper body.

    Old Spice Pure Sport High Endurance Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant ($3.97*): Speaking of Old Spice deodorants that work, this is not one of them. It smells bad (like, hold-your-breath bad) and applies like white spray-paint. Would not repurchase.

    Bath & Body Works Cool Amazon Rain and Bourbon Strawberry & Vanilla 24 Hour Moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream: love the formula, not crazy about the scent of the former but love the latter (nearly identical to the PTR scrub). Would repurchase in specific fragrances.

    Gillette Foamy Shave Foam ($8.66*): Not my favorite but will do in a pinch. Classic airy texture and fresh scent, doesn’t work well in the shower as it tends to wash away too quickly. Will likely repurchase.

    SeaRx Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion and Advanced Scar Gel ($32 each*): Reviewed here. Would repurchase the Advanced Scar Gel.

    Avon Anew Men Protective Shave Gel ($10*): Hated this. You need to work in small sections or it will just not work. Would not repurchase.

© Gil Segev 2016

© Gil Segev 2016

    Bath & Body Works Lush Pink Dragonfruit Body Lotion: Discontinued, but I will not miss the scent (which was almost entirely sugar-glazed pineapple anyways). I prefer the body creams to B&BW’s lotions. Would not repurchase.

    The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream ($10*): Did not like this hand cream because it was not deeply hydrating and smelled funky. It also has that “watery” feeling when it just won’t sink into the skin. Would not repurchase.

    Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream ($19*): This hand cream, on the other hand, is perfection. Gorgeous citrus scent, deeply hydrating but not greasy, and made my hands noticeably soft. Would repurchase a hundred times and recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Perfumed Body Lotion ($60*): I wouldn’t pay that much for the full size, but this deluxe sample was nice. Smells great, very candy-like with a generous dose of orange, but this lotion felt thin. Prefer the body cream, would not repurchase.

    Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel ($21*): They must have bribed Allure to receive their Best of Beauty Award, because this is horrible. Feels and smells like straight up alcohol, does nothing, and is overpriced. Would never repurchase.

    Clarasonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Skin Illuminating Cleanser ($25*): I would not say that this cleanser is brightening, but it was a nice combination of foamy and creamy. Nice smell as well. Used it with my Luna Mini and liked the results. May repurchase.

    Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream ($195*): No matter how pretty this smells or how nice it felt on my skin, it is not worth that much for my skin at this point in time. Would not repurchase.

    Evian Mineral Water Spray ($15*): Do you like paying way too much for water in a can? Then this product is for you. For the rest of us, out of the tap will do just fine. Would not repurchase.

    Amore Pacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence ($95*): This one is worth the price. Great serum for the eyes, and the full-size comes with a metal ball that massages the delicate area. Would consider repurchasing.

    Merida Cleansing Wipes ($1.25*): Yep, these are dollar store wipes. No, they’re not any worse than fancy ones. Would repurchase.

    Jealous Body Scrub Grapeseed + Macadamia ($18.95*): Reviewed here. Would not repurchase as it makes a giant mess.

    Sephora Collection Green Tea Fiber Mask ($8*): Loved this, and it’s such a nice treat. Would repurchase.

    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum ($110*): Don’t even remember this one. Would not repurchase.

    Essence Sun Kiss-ed Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 03 Sunset Paradise: Discontinued. This is the hardest eye shadow I’ve ever felt, and is entirely unusable. Would not repurchase.

    China Glaze Frostbite ($7.95*): Used this for our Fourth of July tutorial, but it got gunked up. Would not repurchase.



     Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season?

*Prices true at time of writing.

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