July 2014 Empties

Another month has come and gone, and other than last week’s Baby Lips slip, I’m chugging right along with my shopping ban. My shower is starting to look rather empty, which is not something I’ve been able to say in a long, long time. Here’s what I used up during the month of July:
Oscar Blandi Balsamo di Jasmine Smoothing Conditioner: If you like the smell of jasmine, which I definitely do, there are few conditioners on earth that smell as amazing as this one. It also leaves hair shiny and soft, and really helps keep frizz at bay. My husband also really liked using it as a shaving cream – it’s apparently very easy on the skin!

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths: Since I just wrote about these, I won’t go into much detail here. Suffice it to say that they work well and did not last long!

Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser: This is another quick and easy cleanser – just pour some on a cotton pad and swipe it across your face. I’ve returned to this refreshing waterless cleanser again and again over the years. It can be a little drying, so I’d recommend it to those with oily skin, or as a summertime cleanser for those with normal or combination skin.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner: This is a decent conditioner that smells like vacation. I often use this conditioner as a shaving cream.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB: I’ve written about this BB cream before. It’s my spring/summer favorite. It contains SPF 30, covers blemishes and withstands high heat and humidity. The tint is not quite light enough for my basically translucent skin during the winter months, which is the only reason I don’t use it year-round!

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips: This teeny .1 ounce tube of balm was my surprise favorite this month. This itty bitty tube lasted me months of daily use. Not only that, but a tiny dab on my lips every night kept my lips soft and supple. I’ve found that other thick lip balms can make the skin around my mouth break out, but that hasn’t been a problem at all with this one. A new favorite, for sure!

Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths: Gentle Skincare To Go

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing ClothsI know lots of ladies who count on Cetaphil to keep their sensitive skin looking clean and fresh. It’s a name you often see in top-ten lists of drugstore standbys and lifetime favorites. As a result, though I’ve never been a Cetaphil user, it’s a brand that I trust when it comes to quality skincare.

Several weeks ago while watching some crap television on a lazy Saturday afternoon, I saw a commercial for Cetaphil’s new Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, and I was instantly intrigued. I love a good cleansing cloth and I think having some sort of quick-and-easy cleanser is an absolute necessity. Let’s face it – we all have days when we are too tired/lazy/busy to wash our faces properly, but I have never been too busy to grab a cleansing cloth and swipe it over my face.

Having recently run out of my old quick cleanser, I picked up a package of the Cetaphil cleansing cloths a few weeks ago. I’ve been using these gentle wipes for almost two weeks now, and so far I give them a solid A. They clean skin without drying and keep oil in check for hours. And after a week of daily use I noticed that my skin was positively glowing. My husband has even started using them, with great results. Bottom line: sensitive skin or not, these new cleansing cloths make effective, gentle skincare quick and easy, anytime, anywhere.