Heigh ho. Four more months and we will be in 2016. I hate how fast-paced our lives have become.
Personal care is often adversely affected when you are short for time. I went through a couple of weeks in July when I did not moisturise at all and had flaky elbows within a week. Thankfully, I am now back to my routine of all-over moisturising two times a day. I have also resumed co-washing (eschewing shampoo and washing my hair only with condish). And I am seeing results already - fewer tangles; less hair-loss.
Scroll down to find out what beauty products I emptied in August 2015 and for my quick impressions about each.
Hair care products
Schwarzkopf Supersoft Bio Pomegranate ConditionerI used this for co-washing my hair. It left my hair smelling absolutely amazing. This is a good brand for co-washing because it is lightweight and "slippery". Trouble is, I need a lot of it because my hair goes right down to my lower back.
Repurchase? Done but other fragrances.
Skin Doctor Lavender ShampooNo, no, no. I used this only for cleaning my brushes! It did a decent job - I got this in a kit with a loofah, bath salts and a bunch of other bath products. But I prefer Johnson's Baby Shampoo for my brushes, though I will use up all my sulphate-shampoos that way.
Repurchase? No. I have enough shampoos to be used up as brush cleansers.
Lancome Bifacil Makeup RemoverBig Fat Love Forever. No other makeup remover does as good a job on waterproof mascara as Bifacil. Plus, it gets so much gunk out of my Beautyblender, I sometimes debate changing Beautyblenders every three days.
Repurchase? Done. Two in stock!
Estee Lauder Ideallist Even Skin IlluminatorDefinitely did not even out my skin or illuminate it. Did nothing. Zilch. Nada. Shocking - EL products usually work for me.
Repurchase? No. I would rather invest in a proper highlighter or foundation.
Macadamia Lip BalmGot this off a Lufthansa flight. Slightly too runny, but fragrance-free and very hydrating.
Repurchase? Cannot, haha. Besides, Etihad gives you Korres products. Much better.
Bath and Body
Soap & Glory Heel GeniusMeet my favourite foot cream. The answer to all my calluses and cracked heels. Solves all foot problems in a maximum of one week. Usually less.
Vaseline Intensive Care Hand and Nail creamBought this in an emergency when I had run out. Not a fan. There are far more luxurious and pampering hand creams out there.
Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body ButterGrace Cole is my favourite body moisturiser brand, ever. Paraben- and cruelty-free, very affordable, nicely hydrating and easily absorbed AND with lovely fragrances. What more can you ask for, the Koh-i-noor diamond in a jar?
Repurchase? Forever! Various fragrances.
Sephora Perfume Spray in CranberrySickly-sweet smell of a glass of tropicana. Never again! I picked this up in order to get some points on my Sephora Black Card and qualify for a gift. Bad idea. You want to smell like slightly overripe fruit? Here goes.
Repurchase? Ugh, no! Why would anyone WANT to smell like slightly overripe fruit, unless they wanted to collect fruit flies as a hobby?
Masks and Packs
Assortment of Korean sheet masks.Will not repurchase sheet masks because there are so many out there to try. I will be keeping the empty PSY mask packet haha. I bet you are hearing the Gangnam Style song in your head right now! Hope I gave you an ear-worm :)
Eve Lom Rescue MaskThis is a great mask for calming stressed skin without drying it out. Loved it and will definitely consider buying again.
Repurchase? When I can afford it.