May Empties and Two Favorites

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There were many things that I loved during the month of May, but it's mostly the same old stuff I've been telling you about. I just have a couple of new things that I will share at the end of this post. There were a lot of products that were almost used up, so I just went ahead this month and finished them off. It's nice to clear out a little space.

This might get festive.

Giovanni Nutrafix hair Reconstructor
I really liked this deep conditioner. Giovanni is a more natural brand with vegan and vegetarian options, and it's cruelty free. This is probably the best conditioner I have found that does not have silicones in the ingredients. I got this at Ulta for around $8, but I couldn't find it on the Ulta website. I hope this hasn't been discontinued! I would get this again if I can find it.

Hask Argan Oil  Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment*
I like this hair mask, but the packaging is a bit frustrating. You can get multiple uses out of the package, but it is not resealable. I sealed it in a plastic bag, but I ended up loosing some product because it got a little smashed in my bathroom. Hask does great hair products for the price, though. I would go purchase this, but I would have to put the product in another container.

Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo
Shampoos with sulfates aren't typically my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo! It left my hair feeling soft, and I would use this to get product buildup out of my hair. I would repurchase this.

Skin Care - Cleansers
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I use up a couple of these every month. These are my favorites of the towelettes. I will keep repurchasing these.

Kinerase Skin Smoothing Cleanser
This was a nice foam cleanser that I used in the mornings. It was nice, but I'm pretty sure a cleanser cannot give you smoother skin on its own. I'm not sure if I would use this again.

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser
I liked this cleanser more during the winter. This was going to expire soon, so I decided to go ahead and use it up. It cleansed my face without making it feel stripped and tight, and I found it to be as hydrating as a cleanser can be. I would purchase this again, but it would be in the winter.

Skin Care
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream
I really love Sibu's Sea Buckthorn oil, so I decided to try the eye cream. It was okay, but it wasn't really hydrating and didn't do anything impressive. I wanted to like it and expected to like it, but I'll pass on using this again.

Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30
I have used this before in the full size, and I got the small size for travel. This face lotion is lightweight and hydrating and is a great option for oily skin. I really like it, and I would use it again.

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30
This is a great formula for sensitive skin. It's moisturizing without being heavy. I really like this and have used it before. I have a coupon for this, so I will be making a purchase soon!

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30
This is the second bottle of this product that I have used. Every one I have purchased has come with a $2 off coupon for another one. This is a really good value even if you had to pay full price because it contains 4 fl oz/ 118mL. Typically, with these you only get 1-2.5 fl oz. This is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. This is my favorite moisturizer with spf for the summer. I will get this again before it gets crazy hot in Texas.

Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel sample
I was able to get a few applications out of this sample. It was very luxurious and hydrating, and I enjoyed using it. The packet says it has bamboo sap in it. I did like using it, but Amore Pacific is a rather expensive brand. I think I have another sample of this, so I may need to use it before I can decide how I feel about it. I did like it much more than the one from Sibu

Body Care
North Coast Organics - Death By Lavender All Natural Deodorant
I wouldn't normally show deodorant here, but I won this through a giveaway that Sissi from Beauty4Free2U had on her blog. I prefer to use a natural deodorant, and this brand has the most effective natural deodorants that I have ever used. I plan on doing a full review of all of the products I received because they are that good. Here's the company's website, if you are interested in any of their products. They have a list of stores that sell these too. 

Flower by Kenzo eau de parfum sample
The notes of this fragrance are Bulgarian rose, parma violet, bourbon vanilla, and white musk. I smell a little floral and a lot of the vanilla and musk. I enjoyed wearing this sample, but it's not one that I'm going to run and buy. Of the perfume samples I have used recently, this is one of my favorites.

Victoria's Secret Body Wash - Delicate Petals
I'm not really into the Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret body care products, but I will go for the shower gels. I'm not a huge fan of body sprays, but if there's a scent I like, then I like to enjoy it in the shower gel. I would use this again.

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara sample
This mascara provided my lashes with volume but without any clumps. The brush has short rubber bristles rather than the traditional nylon bristles. The brush seemed to make the difference for me. Since you can get such great mascaras at the drugstore, I don't think I'll be buying a full size of this. It was great to try!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara sample
This did lengthen my lashes and didn't make them feel dry and crunchy. The formula reminds me of the Maybelline Mega Plush mascara, but the Elizabeth Arden is a little thicker than the Maybelline. This mascara mostly gives length, but you can get a little bit of volume too. I'm not sure if I would buy a full size because of the price.

Whoa, that was a lot of empties for just one month, but wait! There's more! I have added a couple of favorites for you. 

I'm loving oils right now, and these two are really the only products that are different from my previous favorites and reviews. I use coconut oil for oil pulling because it actually helps me with some jaw issues that I have had. It has helped me out a lot! Here's one of the more practical articles on oil pulling with some links to peer reviewed journals if you would like information on what oil pulling is. You can also use coconut oil on your hair and as an allover moisturizer. My other favorite is the Desert Essence jojoba oil. I have been using this instead of body lotion and body butter. It's extremely moisturizing and absorbs quickly, so it doesn't leave your skin feeling oily.

Now that's everything! What have you used up recently? Anything you plan on getting again?

-xoxo Lauren

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All products marked * were sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid for a review.
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