Empties April 2019 + Mini Project Pan Update

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Another month just flew by, and I managed to finish up a fair number of products in my stash. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan to re-buy or not, and link you to the original reviews.

Hair, Bath and Body:

Empties Apr2019 1

Alba Botanicals Hawaiian Body Cream – I LOVE this stuff so much, it smells amazing, and is super luxurious and hydrating. And, it is very affordable. I’ll likely buy this one very soon. Review is here.

Attitude Super Leaves Volume & Shine Shampoo – Another great shampoo from Attitude. I will probably buy this (or another one from their range) at some point –  especially because they now have bulk packaging so you can just refill your bottles and save on plastic. I don’t need to repurchase right away as I’m still using my shampoo and conditioner from Oneka. Review is here.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel – Another gem from my Petit Vour subscription. I really liked this one, so I would buy a full size once my stash is cleared out. Review is here.

Skincare and Mini Project Pan Update:

Empties April 2019 - Pacifica, Lowen's, The Ordinary

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash – I really liked this one a lot, so good for sensitive skin. I have several cleansers to use up, so no plans to repurchase right away. Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Eye Cream – Another Petit Vour gem! Really great brightening eye cream, I use it daily, and have another deluxe sample in my stash, so no need to purchase a full size right now. Review is here.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Lip Balms in Funky Cold Camelina and Creamsicle – These came in a beautiful PR package. I am a lip balm addict, and I absolutely loved these two. I have a few more from Lowen’s so I don’t need to purchase replacements right now. I’m currently using the Be Local Lip Balm from Lowen’s. Review is here.

Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash Empties and Update: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid and Ascorbyl Glucoside – I was able to successfully finish these two from mini project pan.  The Argireline Solution has just under 1/8 left to use up, and the Caffeine Solution has just under 1/4 left to use up. They will hopefully be in my May Empties. No plans to repurchase right now, I’d like to try some other brands.

Makeup De-Stash / De-Clutter:

Empties April 2019 - Makeup De-stash

Urban Decay Lipstick in Fiend – This was nearly finished, but it was so old, and was definitely going off. It was one of my fave MLBB lipstick shades. I don’t even think that this shade exists anymore!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – I got this back when Nars was cruelty free, possibly in one of the Beauty Insider annual birthday gifts. It is quite old and had started to dry out.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara – Another Petit Vour find. I liked how this mascara made my lashes feel, but my eyes are too watery for this mascara so it just is not the one for me. Review is here.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion – I’ve been using this and the shade Zero for a million years (repurchased several times). This one is quite old and is dried out, so into the bin it goes. I have a ton of black liners in my stash, so no need to repurchase right now. I’m currently using the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen.

There you have it, all the empties and de-stash for this month! Have you finished up much this month? Do you ever de-stash / de-clutter?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: This blog post contains a mix of products – mostly purchased by me, but some are PR samples (as indicated above). However, my opinion is my own, regardless.

Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash

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As you all know, I’ve been trying to work my way through my stash and use things up each month. I have a few serums that are getting a little old, and I really want to commit to finishing them up before buying anything new (and before they go off).

All four of these serums only have approximately 1/4 left, and I’m hoping to finish them up by the end of April. Let’s take a look at what I discovered hiding at the back of my skincare shelf:

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% – originally reviewed here. I just started using this one again about two weeks ago.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – originally reviewed here. Another one that I’ve been using every morning under eye creams for about two weeks.

The next two, the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vitamin C) and Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion – original reviews here and here. I set these two aside when testing out some creams that had c and retinol in their formulations, because I didn’t want to overdo it ingredient-wise to prevent irritating my sensitive skin. I’m going to alternate between these two serums in my night-time skincare routine.

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

I’ll be checking in with my progress in a few weeks (on or before the end of April).

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I paid for these serums.

Monthly Empties – November 2018

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Another month of products that I’ve managed to finish up. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan on repurchasing (or not).

Haircare:

Empties November 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo in Color Protection (Avocado Oil & Pomegranate) – I finished up the conditioner awhile back. I really like the shampoos and conditioners from Attitude, I’ve tried a few of the formulations in the Super Leaves line, and in fact, I’m testing out another one right now, so I won’t be re-purchasing right away. (Reviews for the Color Protection and Nourishing & Strengthening)

Ouai Wave Spray – This wave spray worked so well for my hair – I love the beautiful beachy waves that it gives, but unless they come out with a milder scent, I probably won’t re-purchase. If you aren’t sensitive to scents, you will probably love this one. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties November 2018

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask – this came in a Petit Vour box. I really liked this clay mask, I think that I managed to get six uses from the package. I have a few facial masks in my stash to use up so I don’t plan on purchasing at this time. Review is here.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Serum – This was nearly finished when I knocked it over and the bottle shattered on my bathroom floor! Oops! I have so many serums to use up, that I am not buying any at this time until I finished up several more. Review is here.

Personelle Brand Facial Cotton Squares – I use these for removing mascara and swatches. I tend to buy whatever is on sale. These ones were not soft, and tended to leave cotton fibres in my lashes, so I’m going to try to remember not to buy these ones again.

Olverum Bath Oil – Another Petit Vour box gem – I absolutely LOVED this bath oil! I managed to get five or six baths from this bottle. This bath oil is at the top of my wishlist! I’m only buying necessary things for myself right now and this one is a luxury splurge. Review is here.

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum – I received this in a mega awesome giveaway package that I had won from Poetic Blend. This is a beautiful hydrating serum, it is on my wishlist to purchase after I use up a few more serums from my stash. Review is here.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue – This is a must have for nails  / cuticles! I’m currently using up a cuticle oil from my stash, so I don’t need to repurchase this yet, but again, it is one that I have on my wishlist. Review is here.

Makeup Decluttering:

Empties November 2018

I liked all three of these products, but it is time to let them go as I’ve either had them way too long, or they’ve dried out. The two highlighters Nyx Born to Glow and Soap & Glory Glow All Out were featured recently in my Highlighter Stash, but sadly they’ve started to go off or dry out. The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip was in the shade Frick n Frack – which I LOVED – has also started to dry out, so it is high time to let it go!

Did you finish up a lot this month? I’m pretty happy with the progress that I making in working my way through my stash and using things up whenever possible, and decluttering when products have been kept too long.

Thanks for reading!

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

 

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

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Today I’m reviewing the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA from the Ordinary / Deciem. This review has been in my drafts folder for quite awhile, I put it on hold due to recent Deciem drama-lama stuff.  I decided that I would finally publish the review before I finish it up as I’ve been using it since March! [info in italics taken from the website]

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is 76.0 daltons, for example). This larger size allows mandelic acid to penetrate the skin more slowly which in turn makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin. You don’t need a concentration of more than 10%, because then you would simply be achieving an indirect peeling strength that is more easily offered through lower percentages of glycolic acid.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Since I have sensitive skin I chose to try this Alpha Hydroxy Acid as it was supposed to be gentle and suitable for sensitive types. I did my usual patch test, just in case before testing it out on my face.

It actually feels similar to a light facial oil when applied, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I did not feel any tingle sensation like I do with most AHAs. It has a very gentle exfoliation effect, so don’t expect huge results the first time that you use it. Despite that, it does brighten and smooth the skin. For me, it is gentle enough that I could use it every night, but I don’t because I alternate between the Mandelic Acid, the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (the new version of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion), and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

AHAs might make your skin more sun sensitive, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. You should be wearing it anyway!

Ingredients: Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Have you tried this one? Or another version of Mandelic Acid? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Monthly Empties – March 2018

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Today I’d like to share my monthly empties with you. I’ve been making great progress in using up products in my stash and only purchasing replacements as I use things up!

Skincare:

Empties March 2018

Natura Siberica Saaremaa Moisturizing Hand Cream – I’ve been using this hand cream since I was gifted it when we were in Estonia in August. I’m sad that this one is empty, it was so good! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on another tube via the Mr’s Eestie family. Review is here. (Gift from family)

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream – This small pot of cream was heaven-sent! I used this one up during our cold snap and it really helped with any dry patches. Review is here. (Petit Vour subscription paid for by me)

The Ordinary Argireline Solution – At first I wasn’t sure that this watery serum was doing anything, but I noticed a difference after around 2 to 3 months. I use it on my forehead and around my mouth. I just got a backup of this one. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Sheet Mask – I actually remembered to keep the package for my monthly empties! This facial mask is gloriously rose scented and super hydrating. There is tons of essence / serum. I think I only have one more of these masks in my stash. Review is here. (PR Sample)

Sothys Crème Jeunesse / Youth Cream – This was such a beautiful facial cream. I used it day and night all winter. Very rich and hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy. Review is here. (PR Sample)

Farmacy Beauty Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil – This was probably the first cleansing oil that I had ever used. It works so well to effectively yet gently remove makeup and deep clean the skin without drying it out. I’m currently using the Farmacy Green Clean Balm, so I don’t need to replace this one just yet. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

The Ordinary HA 2% Serum – This might be the second or third bottle that I’ve used up. Since a lot fo the products that I use have HA in them, I don’t feel that I need to replace this for the hopefully upcoming warmer weather, but will probably return to this serum in the colder months. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

Makeup & Essential Oils

Empties March 2018

Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep / Peaceful Night Blend – This one is used nightly at our house. It is a lovely blend of orange, tangerine, lavender, chammomile, ylang ylang and sandalwood. I’ve already re-purchased the 30ml bottle. (Purchased by me).

Essence Volume Styliste 18h Curl & Hold Mascara – I liked this mascara, but I prefer the False Lash one better. Review is here. (Purchased by me).

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – This was great because it has a high SPF, but I want something with lighter coverage. Plus I’ve had it since 2015, so it was time to get rid of it. Review is here (Purchased by me).

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Cream – I never wear this pink toned nude lipstick, and the scent is starting to go off, so it is time to declutter this one from my stash. Review is here. (Purchased by me).

Empties March 2018

So there you have it, I think that I made great progress in working my way through my stash this month! How about you, have you finished up much this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure – all products have been identified as being either gifted (from family), PR, or purchased by me.

Weekly Re-cap Jan 8th to 14th (2018)

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, Jan 8th – Best of 2017 – Makeup

Wednesday, Jan 10th – Petit Vour Unboxing and First Impressions (December 2017 Box)

Petit Vour December 2017

Friday, Jan 12th – Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque Review

What else?

I’m still managing to keep up with the Yoga With Adriene YWA True daily practices so far. Nearly at the half-way mark for the 30 days!

I bought myself a new pair of winter boots because my old pair was not warm and were heavy and so uncomfortable.

Columbia Minx Mid Boots

These are the Columbia Minx Mid boots, and they have are waterproof, breathable, and toasty warm (up to -25F / -32C). They are super lightweight and the soles feel bouncy!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for disclosures.

Best of 2017 – Makeup

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Today I’m sharing my top makeup picks for 2017. These are all new to me products that I’ve tested out during the year, and do not include any old favourites. These products are the most used, and most loved additions to my makeup collection in 2017.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Masion Jacynthe Fluide de Teint / Fluid Foundation (PR Sample) – This is the perfect foundation for this time of year when my skin needs extra moisture as this is a hydrating and dewy finish foundation. I’ve been adding in a little of one of my paler foundations to get a perfect shade match for my winter pale skin. Reviewed here.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation – This is a great all year round foundation as it contains some SPF, and is lightweight, with what I would call a semi-matte finish (not a super flat matte). I have this in two shades (1.2P and 1.1N). I’d like to try the 1.1P next. Lately I’ve been mixing the two together to make the perfect shade for me! Reviewed here and here.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder – I use this powder to set my Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation, to make the finish is little less dewy, and to cut down on shine on my nose for other foundations. Reviewed here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminateur / Illuminator  (PR Sample) – I have this in the shade Sparkling Sun, a pale gold toned highlighter. It is great for adding a subtle glow to the skin. Out of all the highlighters that I own, I seem to use this one the most. Reviewed here.

Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer – This concealer works so well for the under eye area as it hydrates and conceals. Reviewed here.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Pepper, Rhubarb, and Verbena – I’ve been wearing these lipsticks ALL THE TIME since purchasing my first one in the spring. The best lipstick formula I’ve ever tried. Reviewed here, here and here.

Sothys Paris Velvet Effect Lipstick in Rose le Pic (PR Sample) – This lipstick formula comes close to the perfection of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick. It is a very wearable rose shade that I’ve been wearing a lot. Reviewed here.

Essence Cosmetics The False Lashes Mascara – This is the best non-waterproof mascara I’ve ever tried. My eyes water easily, so most non-waterproof mascaras are a no-go for me. This one has everything I look for in a mascara – deep, dark, ultra black, volumizing, lengthening, AND hold a curl without flaking or running / smearing. I need to pick up a new tube asap! Reviewed here.

What were your most favourite products for 2017?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All PR Samples identified, the rest have been purchased by me. My opinion is my own.

Best 17 of 2017 – Skin and Hair Care

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Today I am sharing my picks for the best of 2017 in Skincare, Bath / Body and Hair Care – in some categories I picked more than one product.

Skincare:

Best of Skin1

Best Cleansers of 2017 – Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Balm and Juice Beauty Brightening Gel Cleanser. Both have become my favourite cleansers that I tried this past year! Reviewed here and here.

Best Serums of 2017 – The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% and Buffet. I’ve gone through two of each of these and they work really well for my sensitive skin. Reviewed here and here.

Best Eye Cream / Serum of 2017 – The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. This is the the only caffeine based eye serum that I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes. It works well for calming undereye puffiness. Review is here.

Best Toner of 2017 – The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Admittedly, I’ve not tried a lot of toners this year, but this one works well for my skin. I only use it a few times a week and not daily. Review is here.

Best Facial Oil of 2017 – Poetic Blend Ghost Oil. This came in a Petit Vour box, and I absolutely love it, especially now that we are in the midst of cold winter weather. Review is here.

Best in Bath and Body 2017

Best of 2017

Best in Body Care 2017 – Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm (PR Sample) and Satya Organic Eczema Relief. Both are amazing. Reviews are here and here.

Best in Lip Care 2017 – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Joik Gloss and Care Lip Oil. I’m a lip balm addict and these two are the best! Review are here and here.

Best in Bath 2017 – Wildcraft Buff Scrub and Joik Luxurious Rose Bathmilk. This is the nicest body scrub, and it smells amazing. It says that it can be used on the face, but my facial skin is far too sensitive. I’m sad that I’ve used up the last of my Joik Rose Bathmilk – it was so lovely and the scent was glorious. Reviews here and here.

Best Hand Cream 2017 – Natura Siberica Saaremaa Mositurizing Hand Cream. I was gifted this while in Estonia, and it is such an amazing hand cream. I use it daily in the colder weather. Review is here.

Best in Hair Care 2017

Best of 2017

Best Hair Accessory 2017 – GummiBand Hair Cords (PR Sample). I’ve been using these daily since getting them. I have one on my wrist as I’m typing, haha! Review is here.

Best Hair Product 2017 – Briogeo Curl Charisma. Helps tame my unruly wavy hair and make it look good without being crunchy or heavy. Review is here.

Best Dry Shampoo 2017 –  Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This was diffiuclt to choose between this one and my usual one from Co-Lab. I like that it doesn’t make my hair feel gross, or add a white cast and adds a nice amount of volume. Review is here.

Next week I’ll have by Top 17 of 2017 in makeup!

December 2017 Empties

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I didn’t finish up as many products as I had hoped this month, but some progress is better than none at all!

Today marks my 500th blog post!

Dec 2017 Empties

Joik Gloss and Care Lip Oil (Huuleõli) – I bought this in Estonia in August, and I am sad that I’ve already finished it! I’m kicking myself for not buying several of these lip oils for my stash! The original review is here.

The Ordinary Buffet Serum – This is my second bottle of this serum, it works well for my sensitive skin. I’ll be re-purchasing a new one soon. The original review is here.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – This is a great day or night moisturizer, lightweight yet hydrating and non-greasy. And it plays nicely with my foundation. I’ll re-purchase when I place my next order from The Ordinary. Original review is here.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Apple Brightening Cream *PR Sample* – I used this one as a night cream, great for winter weather. I have a few night creams to use up, so I don’t need to repurchase a night cream at this time. Original review is here.

Dec 2017 Empties

Were you able to finish up very many products this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: All PR samples identified. All opinions my own whether I purchased a product or not.