Trash Stash: October 2015

October’s trash stash features an exciting bunch of MAKEUP products – woohoo!  Every month I put my empties in a Sephora tote and this month, it was overflowing:
But I did manage to get a group shot:
Last month I seemed to have finished all my face skincare, but this month I seemed to have finished all my base makeup!

Skincare, body and hair items first:
MAC Cleanse Off Oil – $37 for 150ml (MAC stores, The Bay and online)
This is an olive oil based cleansing oil, rather than a mineral oil base – so it would suitable for those who can’t tolerate mineral oil. It is quite expensive, but I love how effective it is. It’s my top 3 cleansing oils. I do like trying different cleansing oils but I will always return to this one.  The bottle is going into my pile of Back 2 MAC empties!
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner โ€“ $9 for 125ml (Rexall and health food stores)
I’ve mentioned this multiple times and I will continue to buy this since it’s perfection in a bottle.  It’s hydrating without being too heavy, and the spray pump delivers such a fine mist – like a fairy sprinkling moisture droplets on my face! ๐Ÿ˜€
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment – $48 USD for 15ml (online)
I got this from Groupon along with the gimmicky Eye-O-Sonic device for ~$30. The eye treatment is a really watery milky serum that doesn’t absorb into the skin very well. The dispensing mechanism is really pointless – I don’t use the nozzle to apply to my eyes.  The product is not very hydrating and I didn’t notice any difference to my eye area.  I reserved this for summer time usage when I tested it and noticed how lightweight it was.
Stash worthiness: 4/10     Repurchase: No
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream – $56 for 15ml (The Bay, Murale, Sephora)
I redeemed Optimum Points for this, but unfortunately, I picked up the wrong item. I had really wanted the Extra Eye Repair Cream, but the jars look so similar! The Hydrating Eye Cream ended up being too lightweight for my under eye area – my skin soaked up this product almost immediately, leaving the area looking dry. I actually ended up using this as my day moisturizer to finish it up. I would recommend this product for those who do not need much moisture on their under eye area – it’s a nice fragrance-free product.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: No

Sana Hiaruronsan Moisture Gel โ€“ $18 for 25g
This contains hyaluronic acid and has a powdery matte finish once dried, making it a base for the the summer.  It has a bit of a baby powder scent but isnโ€™t overwhelming.  The little matryoshka doll container is too cute to throw away – I’m trying to figure out what to do with it.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: No (discontinued)

TheFaceShop konjac sponge – $4 each (TheFaceShop and online)
I use a konjac sponge every morning to wash my face in the shower. It’s just become a habit now. It helps to lather up my face wash and provides gentle exfoliation.  TheFaceShop one is my favourite of all the ones I’ve tried so far – and it seems like the store has a constant supply of now after they were out of stock for months.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes
Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask – $31 for 50ml (department stores & online)
I love this pink clay based mask! When I was younger, I used the stinky cult favourite Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque – but now I would never apply something so strong to my sensitive skin.  The Clarins one is so gentle yet effective – whenever my skin acts up, I apply this and it calms it down without over-stripping the skin.  It’s a bit pricey for a mask but this tube did last me at least 6 months.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Avon Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant (I think it was around $30 for the 75ml tube, unfortunately this is discontinued)
This is a very fine grain scrub that’s not too abrasive for my skin – it uses aluminum powder as its exfoliant.  Once upon a time I was really into microdermabrasion type of products – lots of them felt like I was rubbing shards of glass onto my skin, but this Avon one fit the bill.  My skin felt smooth and soft after using this, but didn’t turn super red / splotchy from the abrasion.
Stash worthiness: 8/10     Repurchase: No (discontinued)
Sisley Eau Efficace Gentle Makeup Remover for eyes and lips (deluxe sample) – USD $125 for 300ml
I am shocked at how awful this is at removing eye makeup considering how outrageously expensive this line is. It smears the makeup around rather than removing it – it can’t even handle non-waterproof mascara.  I ended up using this up as a second step cleanser for my face after I oil cleansed.  The only good thing about this is that it didn’t irritate my skin. I have another deluxe sample of this in stash – I am tempted to just throw it away! You know what’s an excellent gentle eye makeup remover? Rimmel. That stuff is amazing and it’s only $9.
Stash worthiness: 2/10     Repurchase: No!

The Face Shop THE THERAPY Essential Formula Emulsion โ€“ $40 for 130ml (The Face Shop stores and online)
I received this as part of a kit that I purchased – unfortunately, this product ended up breaking me out. I broke the cardinal rule of not using a whole bunch of new skincare products all at once – so when my skin began to flare up I had to do some deductive sleuthing to figure out which one was the cause. I finally narrowed it down to this product over Thanksgiving weekend because it was the only cream I brought along, and my face erupted in little bumps all over my forehead and cheeks! Even the SO asked me wtf happened to my face? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ  It’s too bad because I do like this emulsion as it is lightweight yet very hydrating. I’m trying to figure out which ingredient might be the culprit – I’m thinking it might be the palm or canola oil? My skin typically hates “natural” type oils.
Stash worthiness: 6/10     Repurchase: No

Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (gwp size) โ€“ $30 for 125ml (department stores and online)
I’ve received and gone through countless bottles of this. It’s effective to remove stubborn waterproof eye makeup, and gentle to the eye area. I just don’t think it’s worth the high price tag, and I do find that it clouds my vision and leaves a greasy film on my skin. I wouldn’t purchase the full size.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: No
Poshรฉ topcoat – $11 for 14ml (Sally Beauty Supply)
I didn’t take a picture of it but I dumped out the rest of my pink tinted Poshรฉ so I could start fresh. I decanted from my big bottle back into the empty small bottle.  Check out my review of this topcoat here.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Beauty Secrets Nourishing Acetone Nail Polish Remover – $9 for $946ml (Sally Beauty Supply)
This has been my go-to nail polish remover ever since Walmart stopped carrying my old favourite, the ONYX Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover. I go through this ~1L bottle about once every 8 months. This is a Sally Beauty exclusive and they sell it in various sizes, including a jug that’s 4 times this size.  I decant this into a Zoya Remove pump bottle that I’ve probably been reusing for the past 6 years (Zoya Remove is awesome, but too expensive for what it is).  This remover gets the job done – I even removed UV gel polish using this.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Neutrogena T/Gelยฎ Therapeutic Shampoo – $10 for 130ml (drugstores)
This smells like the perfect blend of tar and moth balls. It boasts that it contains 0.5% real coal tar! I relied on this for itchy flaky scalp last winter and just manage to finish it.  It works well (nice lather, cleans hair but doesn’t strip it) but I’ve found other products work well too (Head & Shoulders) and doesn’t leave my hair stinking like tar + moth balls all day.
Stash worthiness: 7/10     Repurchase: No
Ion Curl Solutions Styling Creme – $8 for 177ml (Sally Beauty Supply)
I’ve used this before and I really like it.  And since my beloved Biotera Curl Creme has been confirmed as officially discontinued, this Ion one will likely become my next staple.  I need remember to only use a small amount of this or else my hair gets crunchy.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Curl Keeper โ€“ $17 for 250ml (salons / online)
I’ve been going through this stuff like water! I love it and will continue using this as long as they make it (or if I find something better / cheaper).
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Fat Hair 0 Calories Root Lifter Spray – $12 (drugstores)
I got this in the clearance section so I paid half the regular price.  It’s just ok – some days I can’t tell the difference between using this spay and not.  I still prefer the now discontinued John Frieda Root Awakening spray.  I haven’t found a comparable replacement – yet!
Stash worthiness: 6/10     Repurchase: No
Delon+ Premium Cotton Roundsโ€“ approx $1.60 for 100 count (available at Costco and
I used these up every few months but I keep forgetting to keep the bag for trash stash posts.  I use this nightly for my toner – it has a mesh exfoliating layer, is lint-free, and doesn’t fall apart.  Itโ€™s very inexpensive and something that I always keep on hand.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Nivea Stress Protect stick โ€“ $6 for 43g (drugstores)
This is my favourite antiperspirant BUT I’m going to try to give antiperspirants a rest. This winter I’m going to test out natural deodorant options that don’t contain aluminum. I’m just not sure to make of the information out there.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Maybe
Time & Again Shea Butter in Gentle Rain
I received this as gift and it’s pretty good. I use it as a hand / foot cream at bed time. I like the formula – it’s thick but not greasy. Unfortunately I don’t love the scent. I’m not even sure where to buy this brand – it says Ganz on the back so I’m assuming at gifty / card stores.
Stash worthiness: 6/10     Repurchase: No

TonyMoly Peach Anti-Aging Hand Cream โ€“ $7 for 30g
I received this as a present as well.  I did not have high hopes for this hand cream โ€“ but it is a fantastic hand cream with a soft natural peach scent. Itโ€™s not greasy and absorbs quickly and feels hydrating on my hands. It did get quite thick and dried out toward the end so I couldn’t even scoop out the last bits, I guess it dried out due to the jar packaging.
Stash worthiness: 8/10     Repurchase: Yes
Sephora Blotting Papers in Natural Lavender – $10 for 100 sheets (Sephora)
These are actually quite good and reminded me of the Shiseido ones that I like a lot.  Sephora doesn’t sell this particular kind but they offer a Herbal Rose version now.  The sheets are larger than the average blotting sheet so only 1 sheet is needed per blot instead of the typical 2 (big moon face problems) – great value.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer – $15 for 15ml (London Drugs and online)
This is one of my favourite drugstore eyelid primers. It works perfectly to prevent my eye shadows from creasing and it doesn’t dry out my eyelids. I purchased this on a whim when Rexall was clearing out the whole Prestige line when they replaced it with NYX, so I got it for 50% off. This particular tube lasted me ~18 months with daily use – it was definitely worth it. I would consider repurchasing this if I come across the brand again. I’ve got another unopened tube of this, plus a couple of other primers to use up first.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Makeup ๐Ÿ˜€

Charmzone Natural Skinade BB Cream – $45 for 50ml (Amazon & online)
A favourite of mine. I did a review on this as one of my earliest posts so the pictures aren’t the greatest, but my review of it still stands – it’s an amazing BB cream that I will repurchase as long as I can find it!  I have an unopened tube of this bought late last year.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes
MAC Mineralize Skinfish Natural in Medium – $37 for 10g (MAC stores & online)
One of my favourite powders. It provides a satin finish that is very natural looking with some coverage (Charmzone BB cream + MSFN is my go to base combo). A compact lasts me around 4 months with daily usage.  This is also going into my Back 2 MAC empties pile!
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector in Light Medium 720
The end of an era. This was my HG under eye concealer which got discontinued it in 2011 (I did a Maybelline concealer overview here where I discuss this product in more detail). I bought a few back-ups – there are still some of these floating around for sale online, but even unopened, the stock is getting old now. My only complaint about this concealer was the tiny amount (2.7ml) of product in the tube.
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: No (discontinued)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Liner in 24L Taupe Brown – $15 for 1.2g (Sephora)
Look at the little nub of a pencil! I couldn’t even hold it to sharpen it anymore.  I was so happy to discover this a few years ago. I suffer from a debilitating deficiency in which I only have 3 viable eyelashes on my lower lash line. I look like an alien if I don’t wear just a hint of colour to create the illusion of lashes / depth on my lower lash line. But it was near impossible to find a light shade that looked inconspicuous. MUFE in 24L was the answer to my prayers! I’ve used up a couple of these liners before and already have a backup that I bought last year. The only downside to this pencil is that it’s not 100% budge-proof, I do have to set it with a bit of powder eye shadow (I like MAC Wedge for that purpose).
Stash worthiness: 9/10     Repurchase: Yes

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown – $15 for 0.5ml (drugstores)
This is one of my HG eyeliner pens. It has a brush tip which I prefer over the felt-tip type of pens – I find felt-tips to get clogged with product easily and tend to dry out quicker. This PF liner is made in Japan which makes sense since the Japanese liners are typically the best on the market (Koji, KissMe Heroine Make). The liner is superfine and the waterproof formula lasts all day without smudging or fading (not sure about the lash boosting clams?) What I love about the PF liner is that it is available in BROWN! It is SO difficult to find brown liquid liners – every brand offers black – and I prefer wearing brown liners for everyday. This liner lasted me at least 12 months and it’s just starting to dry out slightly but I figured it was time to toss it.
Stash worthiness: 10/10     Repurchase: Yes

Phew – I finished 28 items this month!  Truly, this month I really felt the impact of the No-Buy on whittling down my stash.  It’s a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚  Have you used any of these items?  Did you finish anything up in October?

59 thoughts on “Trash Stash: October 2015

  1. Wow you did awesome this month lovely! I only finished some of my essential skincare bits, not too many though! I haven’t finished my toothpaste and I’m using it religiously morning and evening and sometimes in between meals… Not to mention the s**t load of makeup I own!
    Pardon my *French* there! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…xx, Annie | Annieโ€™s Beauty

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  2. You killed it this month! I’ve used the Neutrogena T-gel, ugh the smell description is spot on! I also remember having that double ended Maybelline concealer at some point as well.

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  3. Wow, you finished so many things this month!

    What are your other two favourite cleansing oils? I’ve literally used up over a dozen bottles of the MAC Cleanse Off Oil and it hurts every time I buy one due to the price.

    I’ve heard lots of good things about The Face Shop’s Konjac sponge and how it’s a good dupe for the the Boscia Konjac sponge, which is several times the price of the one from The Face Shop…will definitely have to give that one a try!

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    1. Oh yes, the Boscia one is a rip off – the FaceShop konjac sponge is my favourite of all the ones I’ve tried so far. Totally worth it at $4 a pop!

      My 2 other favourite cleansing oils SO far is Origins (also pricey but not AS much as MAC’s):

      And Kose Softymo deep cleansing oil, which isn’t olive oil based but it doesn’t irritate my skin (can only buy it online though):

      But… I’m just starting to use the Muji Senstive Skin one (olive oil base) and I’m thinking it MIGHT knock the Kose one off the top 3! It’s not too expensive either – $15

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    1. Yes that peach hand cream is REALLY nice – I was so surprised since the packaging is so gimmicky. It’s pretty inexpensive too – next time you do an Asian Beauty haul, add it to your cart! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Unbelievable! I think you’ve outdone yourself this month.

    Oh jeez, I also used to use that QH Mint Julep masque. I think that put me off using masks forever…until recently I started to again. The Clarins rose mask sounds very nice.

    I don’t tend to get dandruff much anymore (YAY) but T-Gel was a staple in my shower, too. Nowadays I keep a bottle of the T-Gel shampoo+conditioner around, since it’s not as harsh as the regular stuff. But H&S never worked for me.

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    1. I was getting pretty psyched by the 3rd week of October seeing how many items I had accumulated!
      Yeah that Queen Helene mask is just terrible… but I guess for teenage skin it’s ok.
      I’ve been quite enjoying H&S with the almond – it’s meant for itchy scalp and it really does work for that purpose. It smells nice too!


  5. I love how animated you are about the makeup remover: “NO!” LOL. So yeah that packaging on the MT eye cream does look stupid. And that peach hand-cream totally looks like a butt. Just sayin.

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  6. I get excited when I finish ONE product; you, SM, have rightly put me to shame.
    WELL DONE on finishing SO MANY PRODUCTS – aah, the wonders of No Buy! (You actually come to the end of products and can give a Stash Worthiness rating).
    May we all aspire to someday complete as many products in a month as you.
    // Bea //

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    1. Thanks Bea! ๐Ÿ˜€ October just was one of those months – who knows how November / December will shape up, I bet I’ll have a bit of a lull in terms of empties since I just opened new products recently.

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  7. You are the winner of empties posts! 20+ finished up items is an accomplishment. Congrats on all the makeup products.
    I love MAC cleanse off oil. It’s the first one I ever tried and I loved it. It’s still my favorite but why must they raise the price!
    Wow you make me want to try the Sukin toner!
    I only use that sponge for my face once a month. I wouldn’t be able to do it everyday.
    Yes! Mint julep!!! I used to use that and it made my skin worse because it was way too strong and irritating for my sensitive skin.
    $125 is an insane price for anything makeup and this is just a makeup remover!
    Tar and moth balls sounds… Interesting.
    I should start putting cotton in my empties! I never think to do it.
    Tony moly peach hand cream is too cute!
    I was thinking of getting the sephora blotting sheets when my clean and clear stash runs out.
    MAC MSF is awesome! I’ll use it more when my maybelline dream matte dies.

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    1. What, you think that konjac sponge is too harsh? It’s really really gentle! ;?
      Yeah cottons, I keep forgetting to include it – same with the konjac sponge too, I tend to just chuck those out in the bathroom bin. Ooops
      You should check at health food stores for the Sukin line, that’s where I initially found it.
      If you’re super oily, maybe the linen paper type of blotting paper isn’t AS good as the Clean & Clear… but I find it perfect for what I need.
      Yay for empties! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€


  8. I tried a sample of the Bobbi Brown eye cream and eh wasn’t too impressed. It also irritated my eyes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh and that T Gel stuff reeks SO bad! But, I’ll give it that it is effective. I use it when I know I am not going anywhere because that scent lingers. :/

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  9. This is quite the impressive trash stash!
    That peach hand cream…it seriously looks like a peach! I love it!
    I’ve been thinking about that PF eyeliner, and the fact that it’s made in Japan is a huge selling point for quality! Maybe I’ll check it out next time!

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    1. I used to be REALLY bad at finishing up base products (foundation, powder, concealer) because I switch them all the time. Also, I get curious about a new product and would go out and buy more before I used what I had up first! Now with the No-Buy, it’s really forcing me to use up what I have! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Soooo many products!!!!!!๐Ÿ™ˆ lol I finished a couple products this month but not nearly as many as you! Lol๐Ÿ˜œ I’ll be doing an empties post too sometime soon๐Ÿ˜‰ I took quite a few screenshots of things I want to try;) lol

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      1. woopwoop!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to try the Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, the Nivea Stress Protect Antiperspirant (even though I am also going to purchase some all natural antiperspirants lol), the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and that Beauty Secrets Remover! Hopefully I can find all these products somewhere near me ! ๐Ÿ˜›


  11. I have been looking to try some new face products and now I know to definitely try that Clarins mask. The older I get the more sensitive my skin is. I haven’t been able to find a mask that actually does the trick without making me get a rash. Thanks for these reviews!

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  12. Wow, you finished an amazing amount of products this month. This no buy thing is really working well. The sukin toner sounds very interesting, might check that out.
    xx Anne

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    1. Yes, I would never have finished this many items if not for the No-Buy! I’m pleased with this month’s progress! ๐Ÿ˜€ The Sukin brand is an Australian brand (luckily available in Canada) – I hope you’re able to find it there!

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      1. I might have to consider this no buy concept, though I would never last a year. I honestly don’t know how you do that!
        I am able to get Sukin online, so I will check it out.


  13. I love empties posts! (Empty posts? That doesn’t sound rightโ€ฆwords are hard).
    Oddly enough the only thing out of this post that I’ve tried is the TGel, my grandmother used to use it.
    I’m glad to know that the Roth eye serum business isn’t really worth checking out, it’s an item I’ve eyeballed a few times.


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