August Empties

My current stash of beauty products has gotten a little ridiculous, even by my standards, so for the past two months I've trying to use up what I have instead of buying new things. I wouldn't call it a "no-buy", because I still replace staples like my Avene Akerat, and I also stocked up when my favorite BHA toners were on sale for 40% off. It's more of a "low-buy", if such a thing exists for skincare and makeup products.

And part of the fun of using up your stash is writing empties posts to make you feel accomplished, right? (let's pretend that doesn't sound as lame as it does...)

1. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

2. L'Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo. I alternate this with a deeper-cleaning shampoo depending on how my hair's feeling. I like it a lot and have another bottle in my shower (they were BOGO at Target a while ago). I'm not picky with shampoo and usually just get whatever's on sale, but I will probably keep using this. Oh, and it's way better than the regular EverCreme Nourishing Shampoo, which is actually thicker for some reason.

3. Etat Pur Micellar Water

4. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. I used to use a lot of Mario Badescu products in my daily routine, and although I've moved away from many of them, I still think it's a great brand. This is a very powerful chemical exfoliator that should only be used a few times a week. It's got simple, effective ingredients and I'd recommend it highly. As my rosacea's gotten worse, I stopped using this on my face, but it's also amazing at preventing irritation from razors if you use it on your legs with a Salux cloth before you shave. You only need the tiniest amount - this bottle took me two years to use up!

5. Kiehl's Hand Cream. Perfectly fine light hand cream, except for the unbearable rotting eucalyptus scent. I'm so glad I'm done with this one (it was a sample from last year).

6. Nivea Soft. Very lightweight body cream. It wasn't moisturizing enough for my dry skin, but I have friends who love it and you can't beat the price.

7. Avene Akerat Localized Cream. A true wonder product - I'm planning a full post on it in the next few weeks.

8. Pond's Facial Wipes. I don't use facial wipes on a daily basis but for traveling and camping they're handy. I wasn't a fan of the scent of these, but they were quite soft and didn't dry out once the package was opened and resealed.

9. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. This used to be my favorite topcoat until I got sick of having to waste so much product and money. No matter how much I thinned it, half the product would have to be thrown away because it turned thick, stringy and unusable.

10. Amlactin. I've bought several bottles of this over the years and will probably buy another one this winter. It's not my favorite AHA lotion and the price and inelegant texture are off-putting. This is usually what dermatologists will recommend for keratosis pilaris, but it doesn't help mine. However, it's unbeatable for dry knees and feet when used overnight.

11. Ocean Potion Ever Glow

Italy snapshots

My goodness, I've gotten lazy! I had a busy few weeks but even now that things have settled down, I've been neglecting my blog - it's scary sometimes how easy habits can be to break, especially the good ones. Anyways, a sweet email from Becca reminded me of how great the blogging community can be, and I'm excited to start posting again!

I don't really have any exceptional photos from my Italy trip - primarily because I'm not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination! I also didn't feel like hauling my DSLR around, so I mostly took snapshots with a secondhand point and shoot camera. But I do always love when other bloggers write a little about their travel experiences, so I'd like to share a few pictures of things that made me smile.

The view of Il Duomo from our hotel room in Florence:

Old men sunbathing and chatting along the Arno, taken from the window of the Uffizi Gallery:
An incredible balcony:
The driver of our hotel's shuttle to Murano was perhaps a bit overconfident...
I like the reject glass better than the expensive stuff in the galleries.

It always amused me that the government exiled the glassblowers to Murano because they were afraid that they'd burn down the whole (wooden!) city of Venice.

Look closely at the hats hanging on the wall - that's my favorite part!
Now I've got to go do something about those 1000+ unread posts in my Google Reader...

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