Yves Rocher Désir de Nature Perfumed Shower Gel – $14 for 200ml (Yves Rocher online or stores)
Smells like lilies and honeysuckle which I really enjoy – very refreshing in the mornings. This lathers up nicely. A huge plus is that I got this for free from an online order. YR is the best for freebies. It took me about a month and a half to go through this tube.
Stash worthiness: 8/10 Repurchase: No (why pay when I can get it for free)
Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil – $14 for 200ml (Body Shop stores or online)
I really enjoyed the silkiness of this dry oil for the body. It’s not as hydrating as one might expect from an oil but it feels nice when the weather gets a bit warmer. I have 2 other kinds of oils from this range including a chocolate one. I mentioned these in my post on oils.
Stash worthiness: 8/10 Repurchase: Yes
Steam Cream – $22 for 75g (online / specialty stores)
The only reason why I bought this was because it was 50% off. Steam Cream took the beauty world by storm a few years ago when it launched but I don’t hear much about it any more. The idea is that the steam process makes the cream easier to absorb into the skin. In reality, it’s just a lightweight cream that smells strongly of lavender. It’s definitely not a cream for skin that is sensitive to fragrance – I used up this tin primarily as hand cream – I can’t imagine putting it on my face. The attraction of this product isn’t the cream inside, but rather, it’s the limited edition tin designs. The tin design I have is called Yoshino and features cherry blossoms which is quite apropos for this time of the year when all of the cherry blossoms were in bloom! I will likely keep this tin to hold some beads or other trinkets. I have another tin of Steam Cream in my stash in another design which was a gift.
Stash worthiness: 5/10 Repurchase: No
Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Unscented hair spray – $8 for 311g (drugstores)
For some reason I decided to deviate from my usual regular Tresemme to the unscented, and I didn’t like it as much. As much as a hair spray is to tame flyaways or provide hold for a ‘do, the smell that it leaves in the hair does play a factor. I didn’t realize I’d miss a scent until it was gone.
Stash worthiness: 6/10 Repurchase: No for the unscented – will repurchase the regular kind
Nizoral 2% ketoconazole shampoo – $17 for 120ml (drugstores)
I reviewed this in my winter scalp rescue post. I still use this on and off even during the summer months – it really gets my scalp feeling very clean.
Stash worthiness: 10/10 Repurchase: Yes
The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner – $13 for 200ml (Body Shop stores or online)
I discussed this in my winter skincare routine post, and I absolutely recommend this for all skin types. I’ve got a bunch of other toners to use up but you can bet that I’ll repurchase this for next winter!
Stash worthiness: 10/10 Repurchase: Yes
NeoStrata Hydra-Infusion 24 Hr Hydrating Serum – $38for 30ml (Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall)
I love this so much that it was in my best of 2014 discoveries post, and it even has its own dedicated entry.
Stash worthiness: 10/10 duh Repurchase: Yes
MAC Strobe Cream (Sized to go) – $12 for 30ml (MAC stores and online)
I’d heard so much about this product for providing a nice glow to the skin, and according to Paula’s Choice, the cream itself is packed full of antioxidants and skin benefit ingredients. I like applying this under my foundation just at the cheek area as a highlight – but I find the perfume-y fragrance to be a little bit strong. The travel size is very good value. The full sized Strobe Cream is $40 for 50ml. So the travel size per ml price is actually half price of the full size product! If I repurchase this, I’d only buy it in the travel size. Unfortunately travel size products do not qualify for Back-to MAC so this is just going into the recycling bin.
Stash worthiness: 7/10 Repurchase: Maybe
Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Micellar Cleansing Water – $19 for 200ml (Yves Rocher online or stores)
Don’t get too excited, this empty Bioderma bottle didn’t contain Brioderma. Well, technically a long time ago it did, but I’ve since moved on [Bioderma is my 4th favourite micellar water that I’ve tried so far: 1) Yves Rocher 2) Caudalie 3) Reversa which I’m using right now and it’s knocked Bioderma off the 3rd spot]. I did side by side comparisons on cotton rounds between YR and Bioderma, and the YR lifted off so much more makeup / dirt compared to the Bioderma, I was hooked ever since. I do like the convenience of the Bioderma pump bottle, so I have been reusing it again and again – it can hold 2 full bottles of the YR water.
Stash worthiness: 10/10 Repurchase: Yes but never pay full price for this! I normally pay $9 per bottle
Of the grouping of these 4 lash products – 3 of them I love, and one I detest. Let’s talk about the 3 I love quickly:
Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara topcoat ($24 for 7ml, which was opened a year ago!) and Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base ($25 for 8m) were showcased separately during Lash Week: Mascara topcoat: Clarins vs bareMinerals and Mascara Base: Shiseido vs Dr. Mascara Fixer. Both are fantastic and I have already repurchased the Clarins. Stash worthiness: 10/10 Repurchase: Yes for Clarins, No for Shiseido since Etude House is so good and cheaper
L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara (discontinued)
My all time HG mascara that I’ve stockpiled. One down, another 5 more to go. I reckon by 2017 I will have used up all of my stash.
Stash worthiness: 10/10 Repurchase: 😦
The one I loathe:
NYX Faux Lashes mascara – $7 (Rexall / online)
This mascara was awful. I don’t even remember where I got it from but I hope I didn’t pay much for it. The wand has silicone bristles that are so spiky, they poke my eyes (and I’m normally fine with silicone bristles). The fibres in the mascara would flake and get into my eyes causing additional irritation. Then on top of that, this smudges under my eyes like crazy. The effect looks ok on the lashes but I was constantly blinking and rubbing my eyes – I couldn’t stand to wear this for more than a few days. What a waste!
Stash worthiness: 2/10 Repurchase: No
Bunch o’ samples:
• The mascara samples were all part of my mini mascara, mini reviews post from Lash Week
• Biotherm Biocils eye makeup remover is amazing – I bought a full sized bottle ($31 for 125ml) based on how much I loved the gwp samples
• the Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum is a bunch of crock, did nothing
You made it! I present to you this virtual gold star ⭐
Have you tried any of these products?