Beauty products used up in January 2015

Hydrating and cleansing products I used up in January 2015.

Beauty products used up in January 2015

January was a hectic month for me; February promises to be even more so, with a lot of travelling. I could only use two face masks last month, instead of my usual weekly packs. Nor did I exfoliate even once. Who has the time to live anymore?
I did, however, stick to my all-over-moisturising and strict facial cleansing routines. So this empties post is divided into hydrating products and cleansing products.

Check out the beauty products I used up in January 2015, and my quick thoughts about each:



Hydrating products used up in January 2015


Botanical Splash natural body moisturiser, reviewed here

This 100% natural, plant oil-based moisturiser has been a godsend during the dry season. A few drops after every shower keeps the reptilian fish scales at bay, and the lightweight, non-greasy oil smells great. Read my detailed review here.
Buy it here.
Repurchase? Yes.
Botanical Splash natural body moisturiser

The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion

A rather heavy foot cream, my favourite part about this was the pepperminty smell. It also kept my feet cool all night - I have feet that get really warm and uncomfy while sleeping. I am not a fan of TBS products right now - here's why - and there are a few other foot creams waiting in my stash, so I will not be repurchasing. Also, a foot mask used two or three times a week is a lot better than a foot cream.
Repurchase? No.
 The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion

Konad Mango Moisture Hand Cream

This hand cream had the most sweet, fruity fragrance. It absorbed easily enough. There are a few hand creams I have to get out of the way, so I will not be repurchasing.
Repurchase? No.
 Konad Mango Moisture Hand Cream

Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Eye Cream

I received this free eye cream sample sometime last year; for something that costs $100 for 1.40oz, this did not do anything for my dark circle or dry under-eye area.
Repurchase? No, I still possess all my mental faculties, thank you very much!
 Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Eye Cream

Sheet masks

Both masks this time are tea tree-based; tea tree is one ingredient that does not do anything for my breakouts or oily skin.
Repurchase? Nope.
Tea tree sheet masks

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask, reviewed here

A pair of socks that you wear overnight, these will deliver concentrated hydrating serum to the feet for hours. There is no moisture loss or staining of bedclothes or hosiery, thanks to the protective plastic sleeves. Think of it as a foot spa while you sleep. Detailed review here.
Buy it here.
Repurchase? Of course!
Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask


Cleansing products


5 Alpha Control Cleansing Gel

I fail to see how they can claim this controls oil. Normally, face washes meant for oily skin leave my skin matte and pleasantly tight till the grease comes back - this did neither. Nor did it get rid of my makeup. 
Repurchase? Whaffor?
 5 Alpha Control Cleansing Gel

Shamar Aloe Vera and Goat Milk Soap

I picked this up from this village while trekking in the Western Ghat hills (one of the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world, in terms of diverse flora and fauna) last Fall - the soap is made by the locals of the area and is packed in bark. It is, without a doubt, the best soap I have ever used. The smell was great and it was so creamy and decadent. I am KICKING myself seriously for not having bought more than one, or a few dozen. Who can be bothered to climb all those miles again - with motion sickness - for soap?
Repurchase? I want to, but the fiddly thing seems to be unavailable away from mountain tops and the website won't sell online.
 Shamar Aloe Vera and Goat Milk Soap

Palan Crysence 100% Natural Mineral Marin Shampoo and Power Treatment

My hair loved the mild, watery shampoo; the power treatment did not do anything for me and caused enough product build up to necessitate immediate hair brush cleansing. I mean that! Who knew a mere conditioner could pack so much lint?
Repurchase? The shampoo alone.
 Palan Crysence 100% Natural Mineral Marin Shampoo and Power Treatment

That's it for January '15. I'm not really pleased with the quantity of empties or my skincare regimen; hopefully I will stick to my routine better in February.

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  1. That soap looks amazing! Such a shame that they don't sell it online. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That face cream is NUTS! $100 for no results?! No thank you! Also that's too bad about the soap - you'd think they'd get the hint that they need to expand their sales to their website!

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  3. I need those hydrating foot socks and I love all goat milk soaps plus the packaging is very cute. Great short reviews!

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  4. $100 for that YSL eye cream? NO THANK YOU! I see why you cut off the top to get every last drop. I would have boiled the container and used the water lol just so I make sure I'm getting my monies worth j/k


    I do want to try the goat milk soap

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  5. What is your favorite foot mask?

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  6. Lovely favorites!
    Nice to discover new products...

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  7. I'm with you. $100 for an eye cream that doesn't give good face? Nope. I'll stick to my drugstore cheapie. That shizz works.

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  8. ROFL I should probably have boiled the tube as well!! I was thrilled to get this sample and the SA actually thought I would go back and buy the full size!

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  9. I'm pretty much addicted to the foot socks now - just bought 15 of them today; that should see me through till May.

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  10. WHAAAAAT?!!?! You didn't exfoliate once?! lol, j/k, j/k :) I have to, even with just a washcloth in the shower. I'm a little addicted to the smoothness. Anyhoo... Think of going back to the Western Ghat hills as another experience (because it sounds very much worth visiting more than just once) and then stock up on soaps as a bonus! Also BOOO on the eye cream. Sheesh.

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  11. Foot mask?? Okay, I've got to try one! And I can't go more than two days without exfoliating. I'm compulsive about it, haha.

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  12. That's a shame the YSL didn't work =( Well... not a shame for my wallet lol

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  13. I like TBS peppermint foot cream - the thick one in the jar - but not the cooling spray. Haven't tried this lotion. That soap packed in the bark sounds amazing.. and now that I can't get it, i want it! lol. Too bad they won't sell online. Guess the trek is part of the experience, but one I won't have.

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  14. I love Etude House. I didn't know that they had a foot mask!

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  15. I have seen so many products from Etude House and I'm always intrigued. I have yet to try anything from the brand... but I'm always interested in their skincare.

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  16. I love the foot spray and I hate that TBS is so shady lackey because I love their cooling products for my migraines!

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  17. I love your empties, I want to try them all! That goat milk soap at the end sounds incredible!!

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  18. I love empty posts! It really gives ne an inside look at what other bloggers are loving :)

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  19. I want to try that Etude House! I was considering the cooling foot lotion, but I'll cross it off my list

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  20. Wow! That soap holder wass looking cute indeed!

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  21. That foot lotion sounds great! I understand from reading your linked post why you'd stop buying from the body shop though.

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  22. Your empties have the cutest packaging. I wanna try that goat milk soap just for the wrapping

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  23. Anything that comes in disposable socks, really - currently loving the Etude House Rich Shea Butter foot mask.

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  24. Which is your HG drugstore eye cream? I'm in the market for a new one.

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  25. Honestly, I didn't exfoliate, not even once :( There were days when I crashed without flossing... I can't wait to grow old and become a pensioner LOL.

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  26. I love trekking but the idea of going to the same spot to get a soap doesn't appeal LOL.

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  27. Not a shame for mine either LOL.

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  28. I've vowed to exfoliate regularly in February. Another month like Jan and I'll give it all up and go meditate.

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  29. I am terrible at using up my products lol. The only thing I consistently empty out are my skincare goodies. I recently emptied out my Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil, and I was pretty happy about that lol!

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  30. That soap packaging is the cutest and cleverest thing ever!

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  31. Great empties! I had a few actually this month!! My sugar scrub, moisturizer, and some other fun stuff. :)

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  32. The Etude House foot mask sounds like something I totally need!

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  33. Love your honestly! I think I need that Etude Foot Mask. My feet have been terribly dry and peeling this winter and it's just making me cringe!

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  34. I love cooling foot lotions! Except this time of year...my toes are icicles lol

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  35. Ohhh you have me interested in that foot mask now. Enabler!

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  36. It was launched about a year ago and does a great job!

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  37. I love Etude House! That shizz works!

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  38. It does. Products always work very well for me when I can't repurchase them, whereas horrible stuff is always easily available :(

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  39. I recommend the Etude House foot mask above the foot lotion anyday!

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  40. Argh, I just realised that I binned that packaging. It would have been great to store paperclips on the desk.

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  41. You just made me kick myself yet again for binning it - I could have stored paperclips on the desk or something...

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  42. I wish I hadn't binned that packaging :( Could have used it to store paperclips or something.

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  43. Is that from A Beautiful World? I LOVE that stuff!

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  44. I'm kicking myself for binning that packaging :( Could have used it to store paperclips or whatever.

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  45. I'm hoping to empty my favourite sugar scrub next month - there was 300ml of it!

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  46. I highly recommend it above any foot lotion!

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  47. Then you definitely need it - it gives soft feet overnight!

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  48. Mine are the opposite; can we swap LOL

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  49. I can't recommend it enough!

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  50. I use the RoC Retinol Corexxion. (In the white and gold tube.) It's effective and under $25.00 US a tube. Seriously, that stuff works. At fifty, my eye area looks far better than it has any right to. If I don't use that eye cream, there is a difference that I don't like! lol RoC is not, as far as I know, cruelty free, tho so if that is important to you, it may not be right for you. :)

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  51. I'm not particularly about cruelty-free (mostly after eye-witnessing animal testing for diabetes drugs and being told it's either that or volunteer myself) - just ordered RoC Retinol Corexxion on Amazon. Thanks for the tip!

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  52. haha...so I guess the YSL is a no-purchase then.

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