Used up so far... Part III

Welcome to the third instalment of my "series"... basically me trying to work through all the things I own and determine what I like, what I can do without, and what I absolutely cannot stand out of my skincare/cosmetics/haircare collection (if you could call it that).

Over the past week, 4 more products have been finished, some impressing more than others.

1. C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream

I bought this from Bath and Body Works several months ago, stuck it in a drawer and completely forgot about it until I ran out of the Twilight Woods body butter I finished in one of my previous posts. I then decided to use it up rather than moving on and purchasing a new body lotion. The verdict: I really loved this cream!
It is completely non-greasy, sinks right in to the skin yet immediately replenishes moisture. It also gives the skin a nice hydrated sheen and it smells really good (like lemons, of course). It reminds me of some sort of delicious lemon pie.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it does not contain any artificial fragrances or colouring - meaning the faint yellow colour of the lotion and the yummy smell are completely natural and due to the lemon oils inside this cream. This was so so so much better than the body lotions and butters that I have tried from Bath and Body Works before!
I am keen to try some Fresh body lotions next, but I would most certainly repurchase this in the future :)

2. MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

This was also purchased ages ago (I think last winter, from the Style Black collection that MAC put out). It was limited edition and a lot of people really loved it. Unfortunately, after the first time I used it, it broke my face out like crazy! I can see why people did like it, because the texture of the granules was great and it really exfoliated well. The granules are slightly more coarse than those in the MAC Microfine Refinisher (which is also a great facial exfoliator), yet smaller and less harsh than the bits in St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
Since I couldn't use it on my face any further, I used it up as a body exfoliator. It made my skin feel very soft and worked well. It smelled a bit funky, like most things that come from the Earth, and it does get a bit messy since it's so black.
Since I could only use it as a body exfoliator and you get a really small amount in the tube, it's really not worth the money. It was pretty expensive, at around $30 CND if I remember correctly... and I completely used it up in only 2 weeks.
I am sure there are other body exfoliators out there that are more efficient (feel free to recommend me some!).

3. Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Dare Body Mist

This doesn't need a rambly description... it's a sheer, less concentrated body spray version of Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Dare fragrance. It's one of the few fragrances of theirs that I like, and they had a sale last year so I managed to pick up one of these for half price (they're regularly $15). Considering it took me over a year to use this up, I wouldn't repurchase this. The smell was OK, but I'd rather not waste my money on body sprays since they don't last long and I just always tend to reach for my perfumes!

4. Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara

I reviewed this in a previous post so I'm not going to ramble about it again. Despite its fast drying time, it is the best mascara I have tried to date. It does in one coat what others (at the moment I'm using L'Oreal Volume Million) take 2 or 3 coats to do... offers great volume and length and doesn't flake off or transfer.
I will definitely repurchase this and in fact I already have repurchased it... just waiting to finish my L'Oreal mascara first before I can return to this :)

Hope you enjoyed this week's instalment and that you find these posts a bit useful. I am really enjoying working through things and making room for new products to try. I think Lush Ocean Salt will be the next exfoliator that I want to buy - have any of you been using it?

Have a great week :)


- Sandra