Saturday, 2 November 2013

Trash Talk: October Empties

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From the shift to vintage and thrifty trends to the influx of product empties posts, it seems that the blogging community is obsessed with other people's trash. And I am the first to admit, I am all about that bandwagon. Don't they always say that one mans trash is another's treasure? Well in is particular case, this trash also happens to be my treasure. In the world of products it is rare that I finish anything, so if I have it's likely pretty darn special. Or pretty awful. We've gotten over the honeymoon phase and I can see it's true colours. For some reason I have been hording empty containers of my finished products, so I might as well talk about them so I can finally throw the damn things away. Lets dive in to my bin shall we?

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
Right off the bat, we're starting with two of my "holy grail" products. Having combo-oily acne prone skin, thank you for that blessing, always meant I was weary of super heavy facial moisturizers. I used to bite the bullet and pay $30 a pop for the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel, but when I found this stuff I was in skin heaven. The original I use during the day and it is the perfect amount of hydration without any of the greasiness of moisturizer. The "dry skin" version I use it at night, especially as the weather starts to get a bit more crisp.

Recommendation? Oily skin girls rejoice and get your butt to the checkout.

Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Taking off my makeup at night is one of my least favourite parts of my whole nightly routine. It's just so tedious and can take a bit of elbow grease, and you'll still wake up to those lovely raccoon eyes. Enter: facial cleaning cloths. The lazy girls bff. But as per usual, convenience can come at a high cost. Most wipes worth their salt are fairly expensive for something you plan on using everyday. These wipes from Costco come, like everything from Costco, in what I like to call "industrial size". 150 wipes for $11? Sold. They're probably not the best ones out there but they do the job for me, and they don't cost an arm and a leg to keep the habit going. Bonus: the box comes with a couple of "travel" packs with less wipes that are perfect for my gym bag.

Recommendation? If you have access to a Costco card, I would say they are worth a try.

Bath & Body Works Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion

This has taken me probably 10 years to go through. Now that I think about it, it probably should have hit the road a long time ago. Oops. The smell was nice in small doses, but a little to strong for frequent use. It also wasn't super moisturizing, but left that tacky feeling on the skin for hours.

Recommendation? I'd say skip it. There are way better moisturizers that are easier on the wallet and the nostrils.

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

I've used this stuff for a couple of years now, and I have no complaints. It's a super gentle cleanser that works well with the clairsonic. I've heard talk that it doesn't really do much, but it didn't seem to irritate my skin or cause me any breakouts so it's a good 'un in my books. 

Recommendation? I'm trying something new right now, but I would definitely repurchase in the future as my old faithful.

Batiste/Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo
Ah, dry shampoo. One of my favourite products of all time, and another lazy girl's delight. I can't even remember my life before this stuff, is that sad? My name is Nadia, and I am a dry shampoo addict. I have learned in my years of experience, however, that all dry shampoos are not created equal. 

When it comes to these two, they might appeal to different people for different reasons. The Not Your Mother's is completely transparent, so might be good for those brown haired beauties (sorry fellow Canadians, you'll have to pop over the boarder to get your hands on it). It is less expensive, however, I didn't find it to be quite as effective. Batiste on the other hand, can leave quite and obvious residue behind. As a, ahem bottle, blonde I don't mind so much. In fact, it sometimes helps blend in my roots while I'm in between visits to my favourite stylist. I actually prefer the one specifically for blondes for this reason - plus it smells heavenly. Unfortunately, it has only been spotted on rare occasions at Winners, otherwise residing over the US border with the rest of the cool new products.

Recommendation? I would definitely go for Batiste over NYM. There are apparently many colours and flavours available to my friends to the South, but even with the more limited selection in the Great White North there's bound to be a scent you don't find offensive.

And finally, my summer scent. Ralph Lauren Rocks.

This may be cheating a bit, but this bottle was graciously "donated" to me by my roommate last year sometime. At first I hardly ever touched it, but when summer hit it became my go to. It's a warm fruity scent that's not too overpowering and not too sweet. I'm not a huge fan of super sweet scents, they tend to give me a headache, but this one was just the right balance without going overboard. I loved it so much that I went on a mad hunt for it once I saw it was running low. Unfortunately, it is discontinued, but you can find it online or if you live in Toronto, in one of the tiny perfume filled stores in the Path off the Subway. I might have gotten overcharged, but I was just happy to have a steady supply.

Recommendation? If you can find it, I highly recommend you take a sniff and get it while you still can!

And that's a wrap for this month's stash of trash, out of the house it goees!

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