Monday, October 3, 2011

Using My Stash

It's been a couple of months since my last Using My Stash post (done on July 25) and I've gathered enough empties to be able to do a post. While it may seem like I used up a lot of items, many of them were sample sizes and mini/travel sizes. I will notate when it was a full-sized item.

First up is hair care.

All of these were travel-sized tubes. There were all various lines from Alterna brand. I'm glad that I bought travel-sized items because they were just okay, not "wow" for me. The only one that I really liked enough to buy a full-sized bottle was the Bamboo line. Mainly I really liked the scent of it and it worked well on my hair. I've recently cut my hair off significantly to get rid of the damaged ends that were plaguing me so I don't think that I need the highly moisturizing shampoo and conditioners any more. I'll go back to using my Lux shampoo (Japanese line).

Next up is cleansers.

The two Philosophy bottles were minis. I don't really care for Philosophy shower gels so I definitely will not be purchasing any. The Lush bottle is regular-sized, I think (it was gifted to me by the lovely Brianna). It was called "It's Raining Men" which is the shower gel version of "Honey I Washed the Kids". I really liked it a lot. It's an LE item which comes and goes so hopefully I can catch it if they do bring it back in. Tony Moly Tokyo Cherry Blossom Foam Cleanser is full sized. I believe it's supposed to be a facial cleanser but I ended up using it as a shower gel. I didn't care for it much as a facial cleanser and it was so-so as a shower gel.

Next is skin care. There were quite a bit of little bitty bottles so I ended up having to take two pictures.

In this first picture I used up a sample bottle of The Face Shop "the smim" toner, sample bottle of Nature Republic "Omega Wrinkle Filler" softener and two sample bottles from Etude House Collagen Moistfull line, facial freshner and essence. All of these were brought back from Korea for me although the Moistfull ones that I used might have been gifted to me by someone. There were okay but don't think that I would purchase it on my own. From FANCL I used up travel-sized bottles of Lotion and Milky Lotion. I liked these and would purchase it if the opportunity comes up. Travel-sized bottle of Shiseido "The Skincare" hydro-balancing softener lotion. I've used full-sized bottles of this before.  Full-sized jar of Noevir Protecting Skin Cream is a standard in my morning skincare routine. Full-sized bottle of Cle de Peau Face Serum. It was okay but not something that wowed me. Full-sized tube of Noevir Raysela Sunscreen for face. This too is a standard of my morning skincare routine. I already have several backups of it but will be using a sunscreen from ZA, which was gifted to me. ZA hasn't been available in Hawaii for a long time now but I used to use it a long time ago and really liked it.

Continuing on with this second picture is full-sized Lancaster 365 Cellular Elixir, which is basically a serum. I liked it but there are other serums that cost less that I like too. Full-sized Yuuka Face Soap from Japan. This is a facial soap that is made from chemical-free green tea. It comes with a foaming net which creates a fine foam, which is supposed to be effective in cleansing your skin and ridding it of the fine dirt hidden in lines and pores. From what I understand, it is not an inexpensive soap and has been highly rated in the past. This was given to me by my daughter-in-law a year or so ago and it's taken me this long to use it. It's okay but I'm not overly impressed by it. From the picture, you can see that I have another unused soap, which was given to me this summer by her mother.

Lastly is makeup.

This is a MAC pan that had Motif in it. I can't take full credit for having used it up completely. I actually was carrying my 4-pan MAC palette (like the one pictured) in my purse. Motif looked somewhat like the pan with Print, which is next to the empty Motif pan. There was actually less product of Motif in the pan than Print. When I pulled it out of my purse the next day, Motif was all broken up and unusable. I will be saving the empty pan so that I can use it to press a pigment color.

That's it for these last two months. I still have a decent amount of samples of skincare items as well as some full-sized bottles that will need to be used. I think that I will need to purchase a toner soon, which will most likely be from Noevir.



Jamilla Camel said...

Glad to see that you're motoring through your products! Very impressive usage rate!

galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Thank you! At least this in one of the things that I said I'd do that I'm actually sticking to. It feels good going through and using my stash but at the same time, it's kind of sad that it's dwindling down. Gosh, I sound like such a hoarder!


Anonymous said...

wow I'm impressed with the amount of stuff you've used up, especially with eye makeup... I have yet to do that LOL.

Noniek said...

My makeup has never used up like yours. I have to learn from you :)

Blair said...

I usually toss the cleansers that don't work on my face away, never thought of using them as a shower gel!! O.o

Jen said...

I never knew you could use cleansers as body wash.. that's very smart :D Glad to see you actually using things up and keeping track.. i ave a hard time using one up!

K said...

It's Raining Men has recently been made permanent by Lush!! I think the bottle you have is the smallest size they carry (3.3 oz), but I think it's big enough. They also have a medium (8.4 oz) and a large (16.9 oz), and it's taken me nearly 6 months to go through the large size!

Thank you also for your comments about chashizuku! I've been interested in this soap, but it's nice to hear some comments from someone that wasn't wowed by it!

galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--Don't be too impressed. As I said, most of them were sample/trial/travel sizes. As for the eye makeup, I've been using it for years!


galpal.hi said...

@Noniek--Thank you for visiting and commenting! Those eyeshadow colors are pretty much my basics so they get used almost every day. I have a lot of others that don't even seem to have a dent in them.


galpal.hi said...

@Blair--It seemed like such a waste to throw out those cleansers or have them sit in the dark recess of my cabinet. I figured that if they are gentle enough to be used on your face, it's definitely okay on your body. You also will use more of it as a shower gel so you'll get rid of it a lot quicker.


galpal.hi said...

@Jen--Yup, usually stronger, harsher products is in a body wash so using the facial cleanser as a body cleanser will work out.


galpal.hi said...

@K--Thank you for letting me know! I will definitely be going to my local Lush to pick up some It's Raining Men!

As for the chashizuku, I just didn't find it anything special. It's a facial soap. As most facial soaps, it kind of left my face feeling a bit tight, which I do not like. It also doesn't foam up well on it's own. It does come with a foaming net though.