I rarely do these types of posts on the blog, because I find it difficult to keep any packaging around once I finish the product. I just like to recycle/get rid of it right away just to have less stuff in my home. But after coming back from my trip in September, not only I have accumulated some empties between now and then, but also did some deep cleaning and thought it might be fun to revise some previously reviewed (now expired) products.
LIVE CLEAN FRESH WATER HYDRATING SHAMPOO
This shampoo has really good reviews on Amazon. It’s sulfate-free, contains 98% of plant ingredients, and is formulated for all hair types, especially dry and damaged. I like that its size (350 ml) is larger than the standard 250 ml shampoo bottle. The shampoo is almost clear/blueish and not too thick, it also gives a good lather and has a nice, refreshing scent. I liked this shampoo when I first started washing my hair with it, because it was pleasant to use and made my hair squeaky clean. But as I continued using it, I started to notice that it made my hair more puffy and frizzy than usual. Neither a conditioner, nor any leave-ins helped with that, so I was glad to finally finish it and say goodbye. I won’t be repurchasing this particular shampoo again, though, I might try other shampoos from this brand.
LIVE CLEAN EXOTIC SHINE BALI OIL SMOOTHING CONDITIONER
Like all Live Clean shampoos and conditioners, the Exotic Silk conditioner comes in 350ml bottle. Enriched with sweet almond and coconut oils and extracts, this conditioner is a nourishing and restorative product suitable for all hair types. The scent is pretty strong and sweet, so keep this in mind, if you prefer unscented or mild scented beauty products. Although, it comes out of the bottle rich and thick, it’s actually on the lighter side and doesn’t weight hair down at all. It doesn’t give a lot of smoothness, but it’s moisturizing and overall a nice and affordable every day haircare product.
TARA SMITH BASE COAT SERUM* (review)
I’ve received this vegan hair serum in one of the Vegan Cuts boxes as a sample. As you can see, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous – that parrot is such an awesome model. The serum itself has a thick, gel-like consistency. It worked great for my hair making it noticeably smoother and without leaving any greasiness. Also, it protects from heat, so it can be used for heat-styling. It does contain silicone, dimethicone, a synthetic ingredient that I try to avoid in my beauty routine as much as possible, so I won’t be repurchasing this serum.
VIOLET WHITE PEONY FACE CREAM*
Most of you would agree with me that peony flowers are beautiful! But did you know that peony flower extract is also beneficial for your skin? I didn’t until Violet contacted me and I learned that peony extract not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also a strong antioxidant. I’ve completely used up the 30ml jar of this pink and intensely scented face cream and, unfortunately, I must say that I don’t feel any resemblance to actual peony flower scent and it is way too intense for my nose. The product has a thick mousse consistency of a whipped cream. It’s recommended for normal, dry and combination skin types, but I feel that because it’s so rich and heavy, it would mostly benefit those with dehydrated, dull and thirsty skin conditions.
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY CARROT BUTTER CLEANSER* (review)
I have already reviewed this cleanser on the blog and my experience with it was nothing but positive. I still think this is a must-have cleanser for dry / dehydrated skin or for those who are looking for quality skincare product for oil cleansing. If you go to my previous review of this cleanser, you’ll see that it has lasted me over a year! This is because you only need a small amount each time you use it, and also it’s more of a seasonal skincare product that works best in cold seasons when your skin needs that nourishment, care and protection the most.
MARTINA GEBHARDT 7 HERBS MASK
A face and decollete mask with 7 herbs as principal ingredients: horsetail, plantain, yarrow, peppermint, balm mint, sage, and thyme. According to the product, a combination of these herbs helps to purify and rejuvenate any skin type. 7 Herbs Mask comes in a ceramic jar with a plastic lid. It has a delicate herbal scent, which remind me of lemongrass. There are no detailed instructions on how to use the product, except to apply a generous amount once a week. I don’t know how long you’re supposed to keep it on your face, but I leave most of my masks for around 20-30 minutes, so this is what I did with 7 Herbs Mask too. The consistency of it is rich and creamy, but it actually starts to gently tighten the skin after 15 minutes or so. I expected it to be just another moisturizing mask, but it actually also tones and firms my skin by visibly softening deep lines on my forehead. Very satisfied with this product!
MOOM FACE & BIKINI WAX STRIPES
I was hesitant to put these MOOM face and bikini stripes to this empties list, I repurchase them over and over, but I don’t want to repeat myself too many times. I’ve tried a few other natural sugar wax brands, but MOOM is the one I keep coming back to. Yes, it’s way cheaper and better to make your own sugar wax at home, but I don’t like the messy process. I like how these stripes are easy and almost painless to use, and does the job wonderfully. However, if you like sugaring and know a brand that you would recommend, I’d love to hear from you!
MAYA CHIA THE SUPER COUPLE ULTRA LUXE FACE OIL* (review)
I loved it from the first time I’ve tried it, so it was a sad moment when I squeezed out the last drops of this serum from the bottle. In short, this is a light-weight and luxurious serum oil for those who want softness and a healthy glow for their skin.
HENNE ORGANICS LIP BALM
An intensive luxe lip balm with certified organic ingredients. I liked it a lot and could feel the difference between most cheaper lip balms and this one. However, $22 for a lip balm is a bit over my budget at the moment, but if you’re looking to splurge for a quality lip care product, this one is worth consideration.
WHAMISA OLIVE LEAF MIST* 80ml / $38
I see other bloggers reviewing Korean organic beauty brands on their blogs all the time, but this is my first time giving one a try. Whamisa Olive Leaf Mist is a water-free spray mist for all skin types, containing an impressive list of healing and hydrating plant extracts. I like the sleek bottle with an inclusion of two actual olive leafs. The spray mist is hydrating and doesn’t leave any greasiness on my skin. As you can see, there’s still a quarter of the bottle left, which I’m going to use up with pleasure.
Available: Glow Recipe (US) / Whamisa UK
H&M LEMON LIP BALM (review)
Made with certified organic ingredients, this is a nice, affordable and moisturizing lip balm for everyday use.
ZAO SILK FOUNDATION (review)
This foundation is not empty, it’s actually almost half-full, but I decided to stop using it because it’s too drying for my already dry skin. I like the coverage, consistency and its clean ingredient list, but, especially now in winter, it looks too cakey on my skin and makes it feel uncomfortable.
ILIA POLKA DOTS & MOONBEAMS HIGHLIGHTER STICK* (review)
One of my top 5 organic highlighters! Very compact and travel-friendly, easy to use and gives a subtle beautiful glow. I had this highlighter for a year and still have plenty of it left, but it doesn’t apply on the skin as smooth as it used to, so it looks like it has expired.
MADARA MOON FLOWER TINTING FLUID (review)
I’ve used this tinting fluid a few times, but I’m still undecided if I like it or not. I mean, I enjoy its smooth application, hydrating consistency and the way it makes my makeup look natural, but the shade is just too pink for my skin tone. Please, Madara, add a few more options!
ZOYA SAVITA MATTE NAIL POLISH (review)
Savita is a limited edition matte purple shade and probably the most gorgeous nail polish color that I’ve ever seen. The only downside is that if you want to keep this color on your nails for longer than a day, you need a matte base. Otherwise, it just peels off instantly. I rarely use it, but I still had kept this nail polish in my stash until now, however, it’s time to get rid of it because of the expiration date.
DELIZIOSO CREAM BLUSH in OUTRAGEOUS* (review)
This mini cream blush came in one of Vegan Cuts monthly boxes and has lasted me ages and, although, I used it quite often, I managed to use up about a third of this sample sized jar until it completely dried out. Awesome product, definitely try it out, if you have a chance.
DR.HAUSCHKA LE BLUSH TRIO (review)
This blush trio is from Dr. Hauschka Chorus Limited Edition Collection announced in 2014. Chorus was one of the most unique and beautiful LE collections ever released by Dr. Hauschka and since then there were almost the same products over and over, which got pretty boring, if you ask me. This blush trio contains 3 shades: 2 blushes and a bronzer. You can see all the shades and read more about this product here.
BENECOS NATURAL POWDER BLUSH
As you can see, there’s not much left of this Benecos blush in Mallow Rose. It was a lovely, affordable cool-toned pink blush, which is now discontinued.
HIGHER NATURE CHLORELLA VEGETARIAN SUPPLEMENT
Chlorella is a type of algae, praised for its detoxifying and naturally cleansing abilities. I usually add these kinds of supplements (chlorella, spirulina, etc) to my smoothies twice a week at most, so this bottle lasted me about 6 months. I’m not going to repurchase this particular product since I’m thinking about getting spirulina powder instead.
EAT CLEAN PURE MATCHA GREEN TEA*
I confess, I’m not a fan of green tea (or any tea, for that matter), but matcha has surprised me a lot! This pure green matcha tea with an absolutely delicious mild taste is loaded with health benefits. Also, just a single cup significantly boosts my energy levels and makes me feel more focused and productive.
That’s all for now! Do you see any favorites of yours?
Nail polish doesn’t expire. Revive it with some thinner if need be (I like the one OPI makes) and carry on painting! If you find the matte finish too high-maintenance; opt for a glossy top coat.
Everyone seems to be talking about matcha green tea but I haven’t tried it yet. It’s good to hear you enjoyed it. Maybe it’s time I give it a go aswell..