November and December 2018 Empties - Buy or Bye

These are all the beauty and makeup products I've used up completely and finished for the months of November and December. Since we're away for part of December, I didn't finish off much, so I decided just to group the two months together. Since I've had a chance to finish off these products, I really know whether or not I like them and whether or not I want to invest in them again.

Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry and Mint Body Wash

Olay makes some of my favourite drugstore body washes. I feel they lather up really well and have some of the nicest scents available plus they don't dry out my skin. In fact most leave my skin feeling pretty moisturized, which is rare for me. This particular scent is a favourite. I love the scent of fresh strawberries and this has it, although it's not overpowering at all. I find it a bit more on the subtle side when it comes to fruity scented bath and body products. It lathers up nicely and washes off well, leaving behind a very faint strawberry scent.

Would I buy again? Absolutely! Olay body washes tend to go on sale quite a bit, so I grab this particular scent when they do. Full retail is only about $4.99 (and sale price can be about $2.99) so it won't break the bank.

L'Oreal Paris Magic Shampoo Invisible Dry Shampoo in Fresh Crush

I actually received this bottle complimentary to try out and review but it retails for about $8.97. It was excellent timing because my old dry shampoo was starting to irritate my scalp, so I was on the hunt for a new one. I was sad because I had loved my previous brand for so long. Turns out I actually loved this one. It sprays on without leaving your hair looking like a white, powdery mess and yet it soaks up all the oils and left my hair looking fresh and even gave it a little oomph. The scent on this is nice, but it is fairly strong (I find a lot of dry shampoos are). I kind of wish there were more unscented options available. I don't need my dry shampoo to smell so strongly. Or at all. I just don't want to look like a greaseball for the day. Is that too much to ask? That being said...I love the way this looks and performs. It's taken over as one of my new favourite dry shampoos.

Would I buy again? Absolutely! It worked really well for me and I'm curious what the other scent is like.

Nivea Nourishing Care Cream

I actually received this tiny sample complimentary as well. Actually three of them, which I've finished. It's hard to give a full review as these samples were small and I only got to use it three times instead of finished a full bottle, but first impressions are good. The cream was thick and absorbed into my skin quickly. It has a nice, clean scent that isn't overpowering. It left my skin feeling moisturized and hydrated over a long period of time, but didn't feel greasy at all.

Would I buy again? Maybe. This cream is $12.97 and although I actually like it so far, there are other creams that I enjoy too. If it goes on sale, I might give it another shot.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

I think I've probably written about this before and I'm sure I'll probably write about this again, because it is my go-to. I put this on before my moisturizer. It absorbs well into my skin and dries a little tacky, which is pretty normal for Hyaluronic Acid. Not a biggie since you have to follow this with your favourite moisturizer. I use three drops of this morning and night to help give my skin a bit of a boost in moisture. What this acid does is pull moisture out of the air into your skin, which is as you can imagine is helpful as you age.

Would I buy again? Yes. I have a few on hand at all times, because the website has a tendency to run out of stock.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free

I've really been wanting to try some Hourglass products, but they are fairly pricey. I was excited to try out this foundation as matte foundations are my wheelhouse. The foundation applied evenly and blended out well on my skin. It had a good medium coverage to it and wasn't overly dry looking, which is good when dealing with a matte foundation. It did seem to emphasize a few of my fine lines and wrinkles, but I was only able to get one use out of the sample, so it's hard to judge it fully. I would love the chance to try it again with a more moisturizing primer and see how it looks. It did make my skin look good and the shade match was really good for me (I used Pearl, which is fair with neutral undertones).

Would I buy again? Probably not. It's $68 for a tube. That's a little out of my price range for foundation, especially since it wasn't amazing on my skin the first time I tried it.

Beauty by Earth Superfruits and Sea Kelp Facial Cleanser

I used this cleanser a few times and then I passed it along to my eldest daughter. She has some issues with breakouts and was looking for something a little more natural to try as she has some allergies. I did enjoy this cleanser, but my daughter absolutely loves it. It became her go-to as it helped her skin have less breakouts.

Would I buy again? Yes. My daughter has already re-purchased, although I'm a little sad to see the price has since gone up from $20 to $26,99. She may reconsider next time.

This post is not sponsored. It may contain monetized or affiliate links to products that I may or may not recommend. This does not affect my review of the product.

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