Thursday, November 11, 2010

Used up so far... Part II

As I continue trudging along on the journey of using up products in order to figure out what I really enjoy using and what I could do without, three more products bit the dust this week.
Let's talk about the victims:

1. Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm

Burt's Bees is a brand that I really like. I enjoy their simple premise - all natural products that contain the soothing powers of honey and beeswax. This lip balm was really nice, non-sticky, and while the smell wasn't the most enjoyable in the world for me (the smell of honey doesn't really make me swoon), it did its job. It wasn't overly slick on the lips, either, and served as a great primer for the days in which I was using a dried lipstick.
Having said that, it does not really fulfill my dry lip needs in the colder seasons. It works well as a primer but as a treatment I find that I need something slightly richer.
I prefer the MAC Lip Conditioner over this, but that one is not nearly as natural.

Would I repurchase this? Probably.
I'm keen on maybe trying the Mango version. I wouldn't repurchase the Honey kind, but I wouldn't rule out Burt's Bees lip balms forever.

2. MAC Peachykeen Blush (Sheertone Shimmer finish)

This was my first ever blush from MAC. I bought this about 2 years ago (so just goes to show how long a MAC blush can last) and it suited my skintone quite well. I would probably be somewhere in between NC 25 - NC 35 in MAC foundations, depending on the season. My skin has predominantly yellow undertones. The finish of this was very beautiful. The shimmer very soft and for me, it provided just the right amount of glow so that I didn't need to use a highlighter. I am not too crazy about highlighters, anyway.
It's somewhere in between NARS Orgasm and NARS Deep Throat blushes, I'd say. Similar family... a good blend of peach and pink. It's a warm-toned blush.

Would I repurchase this? Probably not. With NARS Deep Throat in my collection, which isn't going to be finished anytime soon, it fulfills my pink/peach blush needs just enough.
Also, if you happen to own the NYC Blushable Cream Stick in the colour "Plaza Pink", it is pretty much a perfect colour dupe for MAC's Peachykeen, at a fraction of the price!

So all in all, I enjoyed the product, but it's not something I can't live without.

3. LUSH Big Shampoo

I had a love/hate relationship with this product. I talked in my haircare video about how much I didn't like it... and as a regular shampoo, it's probably not a good option. It's extremely drying and if you have colour-treated hair, it strips your colour like nothing else.
However, as a clarifying shampoo to use strictly on the roots about once a week, it works wonders. If you are like me and don't wash your hair every day (I wash my hair about every 3-4 days), and if you use dry shampoo, you know that there can be some disgusting build-up in the hair over time.
Just a small amount of LUSH Big shampoo (about a teaspoon, I'd say), massaged well just at the roots seems to do the trick. The large salt granules inside make it a great exfoliator for your scalp, which minimizes flaky skin, and if your hair is prone to getting very oily at the roots (like me), it is excellent at getting all the gunk out and leaving your roots squeaky clean.

Since my hair is colour-treated, I don't use this all over. I use a more gentle shampoo for the rest of my hair and leave Big for the roots only.

I would repurchase this. I've tried other clarifying shampoos before and they just didn't perform as well as this. Plus, the scalp exfoliation is a nice bonus!

That's my product roundup for the time being... I hope you enjoyed my blabbering about what I've been using... are there any products you have finished this week? What's your verdict on them?

Hope you all have a fantastic rest of the week and an even better weekend!

- Sandra


  1. This is a great post! I love seeing the products that people actually use and finish off! :]

  2. I admire you. I never finish anything.
    Well, that's a lie - I just finished my BodyShop Seaweed cleanser and my Bioderma foam moisturizer cleanser but these are staples I keep on using and replacing. The day I hit pan on an eyeshadow or blush is yet to come!

  3. i've recently used up my burt's bees honey lip balm as well and i quite liked it. i'm currently using nivea's milk & honey lip balm and i have to say it's much more moisturizing. you should try it out :)

  4. I've nearly finished my Kiehls Avocado Eye cream - and I'm definitely repurchasing it!

  5. I can't remember if I prefer the regular burts bees lip balm or the honey one but one thing I can say is that the pomegranate one is TERRIBLE!! I guess the mango one is new? Despite the steep price I'm still sticking with the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment!

    Great post!!


  6. Wow, I'm amazed that you finished a blush, I've never finished a blush!

  7. You've always got to have a bit of bert bees in your handbag, love it! x

  8. I finished my Olay mascara and make-up remover. It was alright - it didn't remove makeup as easily as I would like, but it got the job done. I repurchased Pond's cold cream to replace it (the one with the green cap). I think it removes make-up better and is moisturizing for the fall/winter season =) My skin gets pretty dry during the winter and I sometimes just use this as my face cleanser for the winter.

    hope you had a good day!


  9. May give the shampoo a go. I like Burts Bees lip balm but keep going back to Palmers Cocoa Butter one too.

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