While cleaning my bathroom a few weeks ago I noticed I’ve accumulated a number of half-empty (or half full, depending on your outlook on life) products. I found myself hoarding some of these products for special occasions. While other products, I completely forgot about, and as a result, sat in the medicine cabinet collecting dust. Over the last few weeks, I’ve made a point to use up these items. Now at the end of September, I would like to share my thoughts on how I liked them.
I never really believed there was a difference in the shampoo you buy at the grocery store versus the shampoo sold at a salon. This Redkin shampoo has proven me wrong. This shampoo has kept my color from fading while leaving my hair feeling extremely clean and voluminous. Admittedly, I would use this shampoo for special occasions. I’ve come to the conclusion, if I’m going to spend time and money on coloring my hair, I should maintain it with a quality shampoo.
Years ago, I remember reading rave reviews about Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil from other bloggers. At the time skincare wasn’t a part of my nightly routine. My life changed when a facialist told me I have dry skin and should consider a nightly moisturizer. I was 25 at the time. From that moment on the thought of premature aging started me on a path to keep my skin happy and healthy.
The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is magic. After my evening shower, I apply a few drops in my palm, rub my hands together and press them into my face. Without fail, I notice my skin tone is even, redness is reduced, and doesn’t leave my skin looking oily. It has taken me over a year to go through this bottle for two reasons: I don’t use it every day; I usually apply it two or three times a week. Reason two, a little goes a long way. This will definitely be on my repurchase list.
Living in Florida it is perpetually hot outside. I find myself in shorts or dresses most of the time. This means, my legs are on display for the world to see. Over the Summer, I noticed I developed little bumps on the back of my legs. The texture of my skin would be uneven like I had small goosebumps and sometimes they would turn red. Aaron, being the problem solver he is, suggested I try Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy Daily Skin Therapy.
This is another product with a cult following. Amazon has thousands of reviews singing the praise of this product. It has performed miracles for people who have tried everything to repair their bumpy skin. I decided to give it a try. I applied it every night for a week. Just like those who used it before me, I saw a noticeable difference in my skin texture. After I felt my skin was cleared, I used it sporadically when I felt I needed a little extra moisture or a touch-up on my legs.
When asked what I want for Christmas one of my go-to requests are sheet masks. I don’t buy masks for myself, but when I receive them as gifts I enjoy them immensely. In my quest to organize my bathroom baskets, I was pleasantly surprised to find I had a few masks tucked way. I applied the Tony Moly Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Mask as I drank wine from a can and watched T.V. For me, this is the ultimate in self-care Saturday. With most sheet masks, I don’t put a lot of pressure on them to transform my skin. I equate them to having cucumbers on your eyes when at the spa. Are they doing anything, really? Probably not, but it’s the psychology of feeling like I’m pampering myself.
Kirkland Contact Lens Solution
I don’t have any wild opinions about contact lens solution. I bought this contact solution from Costco over a year ago. This is the first of three bottles I have emptied. The product itself does a great job. It slightly annoys me that I’m storing such large bottles of contact solution for years before they are used. At this rate, I’m stocked up until 2023. Finishing this bottle of solution did remind me I need to make an eye appointment and reorder contact lenses.
Lush Shower Gel
Aaron and I stopped by Lush to pick up a gift for his mom a few months ago. In the process, the sales associate asked if we would like to try some samples for ourselves. Up to this point, I have only tried the bath bombs (which I am a big fan). I ended up with a coffee face scrub and an olive branch scented shower gel. The samples come in these cute little pots, which can be returned for a discount towards a future purchase. The olive branch scent wasn’t my favorite. It was a bit too earthy smelling for me. I’m glad I didn’t commit to a big bottle of shower gel I wasn’t wild about. It did foam up on my shower poof nicely, which leads me to believe, I would enjoy the product if I can find a scent I like.
A coconut-scented shower gel is more my speed. Softsoap shower gel has never let me down. The coconut scent isn’t overpowering and it leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. If I was looking for a cleanser to remove a layer of skin with the scrubbing beads, this isn’t it. The beads floating in the soap acting as the “scrub” disappear into my shower poof. But the lather is thick, leave behind a light coconut scent reminiscent of a beach vacation.
Do you find yourself collecting bath and beauty products? It is so easy to get bored with a product and move on to the next. For the remainder of September, I challenge you to find products hidden away in the bathroom and use them up. Let me know if you are successful in emptying an overdue bath product.