Beauty Products Emptied in November 2016 + Link-up

My Gramps is down with bad knee trouble, to the point where he cannot walk. It has been going on for a month now and he has been stubborn about not investigating it, so I will be dragging him to doctors and tests from tomorrow. I've managed to forget my camera, so you'll have to make do with iPhone photos until Gramps gets a clean bill of health.
Over the last month, I have been diligent about hair care - I underwent a grand chop, donating 19'' of my locks, back in September. My hair is a lot healthier, and easier to manage. And, hair care products take longer to use up. I wish that was true with skincare - my skin seems to guzzle up product.      

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Beauty products I used up in November 2016, and quick impressions of each.
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Sachets and samples:

Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask

If you have any kind of skin trouble - dryness/flaking, spots, pigmentation, lines, scars... you need this miracle. I went straight back and bought the full-sized tube after one use of the sachet (I got two sachets as a gift with purchase back in August). Each sachet is good for two uses - apply overnight and wake up to far better skin in the morning.
Repurchase? Done, and I'm almost finished the tube I bought a few months ago. Unfortunately, this has become out of stock - I'm not surprised. 

Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Mask

The daytime companion to the above. Very nourishing and hydrating. Makes a great base for thicker makeup such as Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer.
Repurchase? Currently out of stock. Argh!

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Reviewed here. A 15-20 minute peel that provides chemical exfoliation in a jiffy. Don't follow up with a strong acid pad, but go for a hydrating toner or serum afterwards.
Repurchase? Done.

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

It took me a while to warm to Algenist's range, and now I love the Repairing Oil. This didn't wow me as much as the oil did, but it is a solid, rich moisturiser for the Winter.
Repurchase? No.

Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream

I LOVE Mizon's Snail All-in-One Cream and the Intensive Repair Ampoule. And the Snail Repair Perfect Cream and Sleeping Pack.
But this eye cream?
Sorry, ya'll. It PILLED on me. And I woke up with very dry under-eyes. I finished the tube on my elbows - it pilled even there. Whyyyy would a brand produce an amazing range of 5-6 products, with one God-awful product?
Repurchase? You think??
Beauty products I used up in November 2016.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Serum

A lightweight, quick-sinking serum for the mornings, when you have to wear makeup.
Repurchase? After making a dent in my serum stash. 

Teen Clear Trouble Cut Spot Clear Patches

Hydrocolloidal plasters, to be used when you have a popped/ruptured pimple. These are okay; they flatten the ruptured spot. But I feel CosRx's hydrocolloidal plaster does a better job at healing the spot overnight. This one pulls at the skin when you remove it.
Repurchase? No. 

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

I cut these in half, so they lasted four months. These make good, reasonably-strong-but-not-harsh pads for daily use.
Repurchase? Eventually.

Zymogen Centella Ferment Essence

If you have an ongoing breakout, this is the range to reach for. It works better than most spot treatments. Strong stuff.
Repurchase? I only use this during a breakout, and have enough to last me a while. 

Mizon Snail Repair Ex Ampoule

My favourite snail product. Repairs, soothes and hydrates the skin beautifully. Mizon and CosRx have stated that they do not harm the snails, so those are the brands I prefer.
Repurchase? I have four bottles or so, I think.

OST 21.5 Pure Vitamin C

I thought I would never love a Vitamin C as much as I loved OST's C20. Wrong! I love this far, far more! I'll never be without it again. It is 21.5% L-Ascorbic Acid - strong stuff, if you don't build up to it - and needs refrigeration. A bottle lasts me about a month, now that I use this two times a day.
Repurchase? Lifetime supply.
Beauty products I emptied in November 2016.

Hair care products:

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner

I prefer cleansing conditioners to regular shampoo, except once a month or so when I attack product build-up. This was richer and thicker than Wen. If you prefer lighter CO-washes, go for Wen. If you like em rich and nourishing, go for this - especially if you have thick, curly locks.
Repurchase? Not until I use up a bunch of CO-washes.

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Sally's Box Friendly Argan Hair Mask

I got this in a Memebox and forgot all about it until I was "autumn-cleaning" my hair care stash. You apply the serum first, and then seal it all in with a cap, before washing the lot off.
Repurchase? No. Too much of a hassle for me. 


Ouai Treatment Masque x 2


I'm loving how rich and nourishing Ouai masques are. These have helped ease my transition to short hair.
Repurchase? Once I go through a few other hair masks.

L'Oreal Professional Pro Keratin Refill Shampoo

It takes me ages to use up shampoo, because I only use it to remove product build-up, and prefer CO-washing. This wasn't anything special. Did the clarifying job.
Repurchase? No. Shampoos from beauty boxes will keep me going. 

Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Oil Creme

A pre-shampooing treatment. I prefer intensive treatment before washing, since post-wash treatments usually make my hair greasy. This did a nice job of softening my hair.
Repurchase? Probably. I need to think about it.
Hair care products I emptied in November 2016.

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