A New Day

Taking a look at all of the things I've been missing

Use It – November and December 2015

on January 2, 2016

Hello again!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday celebration over the last couple weeks. I’ve been busy celebrating everything with lots of good food and wine.

I’m unsure how exactly this happened, but I didn’t finish any full-size products until the last day of November. There were a handful of samples (see following paragraph…), but little progress on actually de-stashing anything.

If you follow me on Instagram (@lvp8779), you know that I’m participating in the #sampledout challenge. While there is no way I will be sample free by 2016, I hope to make a significant dent. After several months of posting the reviews of samples on here, that unless they are a deluxe sample, the review will exist on Instagram. So be sure to check it out!

As always, everything is broken down into one of the following categories: skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle.



Avène Cleansing Foam Mousse – I am sad to see the end of this, however it lasted much longer than I anticipated. I discussed this a while back as part of my morning skincare routine. Since running out, I’ve been using the Avène gel cleanser and it just is not the same.. I will revisit this again or sure. Available at Birchbox.com for $20 for 5.29oz.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask – OUCH! This shit hurts! I have tried this several times and it has gotten progressively worse. Last time I used this, I had to apply cooling gel afterwards. It doesn’t clean pores, but it does manage to rip out every tiny hair on my face. I do NOT get the hype.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye – this was a very generous deluxe sample that lasted nearly 2 months. This felt more like a gel and really moisturized the skin around my eyes. I might consider purchasing down the road. Available at Macy’s for $58 (size unknown).

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Toner – Oh wow. Toner is toner, right? Wrong. This was refreshing and even a bit hydrating. It really changed my feelings on how I’ve been using toner! I have another deluxe sample but would definitely consider purchasing. Available at Saks for $135 for 4.2oz (YIKES!).

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum – first of all, I’m really surprised to get through this so quickly. I picked this up in the spring and used it twice a day for a while and then it became strictly part of my morning skincare routine. I did enjoy this and found it to really help de-puff my under eye area and smooth crow’s feet. While I do like this, I would not repurchase, but only because I have found something I like even more. Available at select Laura Mercier counters for $83 for 0.5oz.

Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate – this might look small, but this was a 2-3 month deluxe sample. This was a great serum for the transitional months. I felt like it hydrated, but didn’t leave me feeling oily or that I had a lot of products on my face. I have an abundance of full-size serums right now so am not really in the market for another. This would definitely be a contender down the road. Available at Nordstrom and select Sephora for $65 for 1oz.


NARS Concealer in Chantilly – consider me unimpressed. This somewhat covered dark circles and blemishes and regularly creased and settled in fine lines. It doesn’t inspire me to buy any of the other NARS concealers or foundations. Available at Sephora for $25 for 0.07oz.


Bath and Body Works Body Lotion and Shower Gel in Mango Mandarin – I won’t say much about this since it is discontinued… Much like the Dancing Waters in my October Use It post, this is another scent I love and have enough stockpiled for the next 3 years.

Bliss Fat Girl Slim –  let’s just start with the fact that this is the worst product name EVER. That aside, it really does tighten and firm. I am sad to see this go… and it lasted a really long time. If I found this on sale or a great set, I would repurchase. I am not rushing out though… available at Sephora and bliss.com for $36 for 6oz.

LUSH Sultana of Soap – this looks and smells good enough to eat.  This is very hydrating and leaves my skin super soft. I really like this – unfortunately it just doesn’t last and I have to slice it and ration so it doesn’t disintegrate. Probably would not repurchase. Available at LUSH for about $4 per oz.


Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cool and Crisp Fresh – same old. Love it. Will repurchase again and again. Available at Ulta or Drugstore.com for $8-10 for 6.73oz.

Fekkai Argan Intense Fortifying Masque – I had really high expectations for this. I’ve used the color treatment masque before and found it to be nourishing and softening. This however, did not have any noticeable results. After leaving in for 5-8 minutes, I didn’t get the same feeling. This was another disappointing product. Available at Drugstore.com for $7.99 for 1.69oz.


Smile Sciences Teeth Whitening Pen – I’m only getting rid of this because it has expired. This was included in one of last year’s quarterly Allure boxes so I used it a while ago off and on. It was very easy to use and left my teeth whiter and brighter without irritating my gums. Available on the company website for $78. If it were a more reasonable price, I would buy in a heartbeat.


Botanical Nutrients Hair Reconstructor – remember when Bath and Body Works had their own hair care line? No? Well it wasn’t in this decade. And I haven’t used it this decade either…

MAC Softsparkle Eye Pencil in Mint and Olive – SO OLD… this was a limited edition liner from forever ago. I thought I could make it work after the lid broke. I was wrong. I loved the color but the formula was so dry and hard to work with even with the working lid.

So here is the grand total of products used in 2015:

Skincare: 26

Lip products: 6

Foundation: 2

Blush: 1

Eye makeup: 7

Nail products: 7

Hair products: 9

Body products: 27

Other: 14

Home: 5

Total Full-Size: 104

Toss: 22

Samples: 94

Grand Total: 220

There you have it, friends!

I hope you enjoyed my year in empties and made some progress on your own de-stashing journey!


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