Trash Stash: July 2016

It’s a holiday here today. It’s just called a Civic holiday but the implying varies depending where you live in Canada. In BC, it’s called British Columbia Day, in Alberta it’s called Heritage Day… very specifically, in the city of Toronto, it’s Simcoe Day. Simcoe Day is named after John Graves Simcoe, who founded the town of York, upper Canada, which became Toronto. He was also the first lieutenant governor of the province. teď víš!

Onward to the July trash Stash:

I’d call this month a pretty average month in terms of using things up, except for ONE epic empty that I’ve been working away at for YEARS.

Péče o kůži

Superfacialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing oil – C$13 for 200ml
I stocked up on these from Winners a while back and I’m just working my way through my stash. It smells like orange Creamsicle and the base oil is sunflower oil – what’s there not to love?
Stash hodnota: 9/10 odkup: ano

Saje sensitive Elixir Calming Skin Serum – C$19.95 for 30ml
I evaluated this! here ya go.
Stash hodnota: 9/10 odkup: ano

Body shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner – $13 for 200ml
I’m not typically faithful to toners but this is one I’ve repurchased. It’s a thicker consistency compared to other toners, like a watery gel. It lives up to its name – it’s very hydrating and I recommend this for all skin types.
Stash hodnota: 10/10 odkup: ano

Paula’s choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant – $28 for 100ml
This is an OLD bottle. I purchased it on clearance because PC was changing up their packaging. I’ve tried both AHA and BHA in both liquid and gel format and I much choose the liquid format. The gel leaves a sticky residue on the skin. They’re both effective though. I am thinking of getting the lotion format next to test out.
Stash hodnota: 7/10 zpětného odkupu: ne

Smashbox photo finish primer Water – $37 for 116ml
This stuff sucks – I evaluated it here. I ended up mixing some glycerin into it and a bit of rosewater too – it was much more tolerable that way. and good riddance!
Stash hodnota: 3/10 výkup: ne

Delon+ premium Cotton Rounds – approx $1.60 for 100 count
Another staple. I’ve probably got 10 unopened packs of this which I got from Costco.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Fruits & passion green Tea sheet mask – $2
I never knew Fruits & passion provided sheet masks. I suspect it’s due to its new-ish owners, LG, which also owns TheFaceShop. The mask is made in Korea, and the packaging looks a lot like TheFaceShop masks. There’s a good amount of serum in the pouch. The eye and mouth placements are good on these, but the sheet is too short length-wise for my face.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: Yes

TheFaceShop Konjac sponge
Speaking of TheFaceShop, this is my preferred face sponge. I probably use these for longer than is recommended.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Péče o vlasy

TRESemmé TRES two Ultra fine mist Hair Spray – C$8 for 311g
This is my longtime preferred hair spray but I’m getting itchy to try something new. any recommendations? I use hair spray primarily to tame fly-aways at the top of my head. I like a very fine mist and no residue or shiny “hair spray” look. and something that smells good.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Curl Keeper – $17 for 250ml
This shows up every other month, it seems. I’m now using a hair mousse. I haven’t used a hair mousse in years.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Péče o tělo

Bath & Body works Waikiki beach Coconut shower Gel – C$12.50 for 295ml
This was the limited edition version from 2015 – they changed the label artwork for this years’ version to show a coconut rather than a hibiscus. I still have another unopened bottle from the 2015 – I didn’t pick up any from 2016 and now I wish I had so I can compare. I heard that the scent was changed slightly (and not for the better). But, this one is great. I’m putting “maybe” as a repurchase because BBW might bring this back next year, who knows!
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Maybe

Blue + cross Cuticle remover – C$6 for 473ml
This is the epic empty! I think I’ve been using this bottle for at least 5 years. I’ve tried various cuticle removers over the years from Sally Hansen, Avon, Mavala etc. but this one beats them all and it’s cheap as chips! There are only 5 ingredients in this with the essential ingredient being potassium hydroxide which has a high ph (alkaline) and essentially beats down the dead skin until the skin says “my apologies, I’ll just vacate the premises”. I decant from this massive bottle into a small squeeze bottle to use – about 2 drops per nail is all you need. I wait about a minute for it to work its magic and then push back my cuticles.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Samples / travel Sizes

I’m really digging into my sample stash lately – I’ve been making good progress!

TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping pack – this is my first sleeping mask andI liked it – doesn’t feel heavy and did offer great hydration.

Body shop Vitamin C radiance Capsule – I was curious about this and the SA gave me a capsule to try out. thankful I evaluated it – it felt much more like a primer than a serum.

Blinc Mascara Amplified – this was my first time trying tubing mascara and it was such a letdown. It offers no volume and hardly any length. and it didn’t hold a curl.

Blinc eyebrow Mousse – made my brows crispy and clump together – didn’t like that.

Coastal Scents small hot Pots Eye shadow in Chamois nude – My friend got this in her Ipsy bag and passed it to me. I really like this for a brow bone highlight. RIP little man (shown here beside a Canadian quarter for scale – Canadian quarters are the same size as American ones, thus we often get American quarters mixed into our change.)

Mary Kay Timewise night service – this is a gel serum with little coloured beads suspended. It was ok, but nothing mind-blowing.

Clarins very Restorative night wear – this was good but unremarkable to me. The sample only contained enough product for 3 uses so I can’t form a true impression of it except that it smelled good and my skin didn’t break out.

Biotherm Biocils Lash Optimizer – this, however, was love at first sight! I’ve had multiples samples of this and have a full size bottle which I’ll be opening soon. This is probably my preferred waterproof eye makeup remover – effective yet gentle and does not leave a greasy film.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk  – I talk about this product in the review post for the Saje serum, coincidentally.

Biotherm Aquasource Gel – this is similar to the Clinique moisture surge extended Thirst relief but this is heavily scented and much more watery.

History of Whoo Seol Whitening Intensive – this is a thick serum / paste implied to be applied after essence and before face cream. I focused this on my freckles and it did diddly-squat. This was a sample I received as part of a kit I purchased 3 years ago now. Which I still haven’t opened. It’s on my next skincare hit list.

Rimmel stay Matte liquid Mousse foundation in 100 Ivory – I think I tore this out of a magazine. It’s actually quite good – it does have a whipped mousse texture but is a bit liquidy (hence the name!) It doesn’t cling to dry spots and does keep the face matte. I’d consider purchasing a full size of this. The colour match is good, I might opt for “True Ivory” which looks to be slightly warmer. I have another sample pouch – one pouch is enough for 2 uses.

Cake charm Vanilla Cashmere Velveteen Hand cream – a beautiful hand cream in a limited edition scent – Milk Made is still my favourite!

Body shop Piñita Colada shower Gel and Body Butter – I was thrilled for this launch but after trying the samples I chose not to purchase the full size. The piña colada scent leans heavy on the pineapple, barely any trace of coconut.

Those are my trash stash for July – did you use up anything last month?

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