IT TAKES FOREVER TO FINISH A PRODUCT: My latest accomplishments

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If it’s your first time getting a glimpse of my beauty vanity, you’d probably conclude that I have enough products to stock a small boutique. You’d be right at that too. The joy and curiosity of trying new products sometimes, okay maybe very often, overrides the practicality of finishing up each and every jar and bottle. Funny enough, I do consider myself a kind of sample store for any friends who are curious in a beauty product and I always have a little stash of jars ready to scoop samples. Yet on the rare occasion that I finish a product practically all by myself, this calls for a proper celebration!
Andalou FRESH SkinInc Skincare

Of all things, I think skincare is probably the first item that gets used and replaced frequently because we use it twice a day, day in day out. But as someone who likes to have options (hey, variety is the spice of life right?) it actually takes me a surprisingly long time to see the bottom of a jar.

My latest accomplishments  however have been two face creams and a deluxe sample skin serum. First up the Andalou Probiotic +C Renewal Cream (reviewed) is something I stored away for the winter but have since fallen back in love with it and quickly hit bottom since the weather warmed up. The light texture is perfect for layering and even more perfect for fickle combination skin like mine. Now the FRESH Creme Ancienne* (reviewed) is something I never thought I’d see the bottom of, granted it’s 100ml, however between a sample given to my best friend and naughtily indulging in this all over my neck and chest, I can proudly announce that there’s only about a week left in this jar also. My motto with this luxury is, why be stingy when it has an expiry date? I’ve had a well deserving winter fling with this and would gladly have it back in my life in the future. Lastly,  I’ve working to the last bits of a deluxe sample of SkinInc’s Anti-aging Serum* for an upcoming review. Don’t you just love these sizes? Enough to get a real feel for the product without the looming pressure of having to use it up fast!

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Now with three products set to clear from my vanity, I’m already plotting their replacements but that is for another post and another day. But one thing I’d love to know is, how long does it take you to finish up a beauty product? Especially skincare? Share your experience (and maybe some funny stories) down below!

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Beauty Empties:: Ep. #3 | June

Seeing a bagful of empty bottles and tubes somehow makes me feel smug and productive, I suppose perhaps in a way that only a beauty product collector can understand. Of course, too often my space is littered with small stashes of half used products but it’s a great feeling to snap the lid and call it done. (Not to mention this means you now have room for more new things *cheeky smile*)

  • THE BODY SHOP | Cocoa Butter Body Butter | reviewed
  • SHISEIDO | Tsubaki “Damage Care” Haircare
  • OPI | Nail Envy Strengthener
  • NAILTIQUES | Formula #02 Treatment
  • PANTENE | Pro-V Fine Hair Hairspray
  • GLAM GLOW | Tingling and Exfoliating Mask | reviewed
  • ESSENCE | Get Big! Lashes Mascara | review
  • DOLLYWINK | Liquid Eyeliner | reviewed
  • L’OREAL | Lash Serum

Where to find them::
The Body Shop:: Online, in stores.
Shiseido Tsubaki & Dollywink:: Ichibankao, SaSa, eBay, select Asian supermarkets
OPI & Nailtiques:: Nail salons, select drugstores, eBay
Pantene, Essence, L’Oreal:: Drugstores nation wide, Shoppers Drug Mart exclusively for Essence
Glam Glow:: Online, Sephora and select skincare boutiques

With this done and off to the recycling bin, I’m now working on using up quite a few hair products that’s been lying around. It’s one of my major weakness when it comes to the drugstore as they go on sale so often and there is almost always a coupon. A few unloved Bath and Body Works lotions have also been calling my name, oh those 3 for 3 sales!

Beauty Empties: Ep. #2 | January

It’s time for another round of Beauty Empties, where I share with you what’s been gathering in my recyclables bag from products that I’ve been eager to repurchase to those that can just get out of my life. Haven’t been getting much sun here recently for filming but the show must go on!


  • Neutrogena | Makeup removing towelette
  • Lucido-L | Hair wax | “Round Ridge”
  • Benefit | Be Bright | Moisture prep toning lotion | reviewed
  • St. Ives | Apricot Scrub (Original)
    • Green Tea Cleanser
    • Green Tea Scrub
  • Crabtree & Evelyn | Rosewater hand therapy
  • Skin79 | White Reviving moisturizing cream | reviewed
  • Tony Moly | Floria Whitening capsule essence | reviewed
  • The Body Shop | Strawberry body butter

I tend to finish up products in a groupings it seems, sometimes it’s more skincare, while other times it’s a bunch of hair things or makeup. But as per usual I always have too many items open all at once (out of excitement), though I’m working on doing better on that. Gotta start using up my beauty stash this year!

Beauty Empties| Episode #1 | October

Oh yey! Welcome to my first beauty product empties post and I can’t be more excited because I’ve been watching loads of them lately and it seems like such fun. By the time you go through a whole bottle of product, you’re likely to either love it to bits and pieces or just can’t wait to throw it away. Let’s see what I’ve gathered in my recycling bag.

  • Sally Hershberger | Wreck & Roll Texturzing Gel
  • Organix | Renewing Moroccan Argan oil (reviewed)
  • Pantene | Intensive Restoration Treatment
  • AHAVA | Deadsea Water Mineral handcream
  • QUO by Orly | Polish Keep topcoat
  • L’Oreal | Lash Serum Mascara
  • Maybelline | Volum’ Express Falsies mascara
  • Canmake | Stretch & Cover Waterproof concealer (reviewed)

Sally Hershberger and Quo products are available in Canada exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. AHAVA is available online or in select salons nationwide. Canmake can be found through ebay or on Ichibankao online. 

What beauty products have you used up recently?
The good stuff? The bad stuff?
Leave me a comment below!