Update II: Skincare Clean Out

Back in October of last year, I was feeling quite overwhelmed by my skincare stash and felt it was time to empty some product. I decided to do a Skincare Clean Out, and aimed to use up these products before buying replacements...

***Items purchased by me. Links are to previous blog posts. 

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...this was my progress for my first Update: Skincare Clean Out...3 empties!!

Skincare Clean Out - gummyvision.com

And here's my final progress report:

3 empties, and 1 purge item!!

Pretty excited that I finished the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask!! It's really nice and I love that it doesn't wear off quickly - it's thick and lasts for several hours during the day and most definitely overnight. I would contemplate buying it again, but for now there are other balms I want to try first. 

I really enjoyed the One Love Organics Apple A Day Brightening Facial Cleanser. Nothing earth shattering, but it did leave my skin clean and fresh feeling. Still love the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, but by the end of this tube I was ready to move onto something else...afterall, I think this was my 4th or 5th tube?!!! I think that definitely shows some serious lovin' ha ha!!

My only fail was the Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Cleanser. As mentioned before, This just does nothing for me. I don't think it's an effective exfoliator, and as a cleanser it didn't rinse clean. If you have really dry skin it might work?? Even after trying to finish this up on my body I threw in the towel...wasn't worth it and I didn't enjoy it at all. 

I do have one item left, the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne. I do plan on finishing that up, but will leave that for a future Empties post instead! 

Overall I'm very pleased with how the Skincare Clean Out ended up!! Took me about 5 months to finish 6 products, with 1 product left that I do plan on finishing. And then only 1 failed item that I'll be purging. I finished this last batch in March, so let's add them to my running Empties totals for the year...

SKINCARE CLEAN OUT (2015) TOTALS

Empties, full size: 3

Empties, deluxe samples: 0

Purged, full size: 1

Purged, samples: 0

YEAR TO DATE TOTALS

Empties, full size: 15

Empties, deluxe samples: 3

Purged, full size: 6

Purged, samples: 1

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Mini Review: NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash

As mentioned HERE, I purchased this because I was in the market for a cleanser (nearly finished with all the cleansers from my Skincare Cleanout) and thought this sounded really interesting!! My mistake was not realizing this is actually a treatment, meant to be used up to 3x/week and not a daily cleanser. Whoops!! 

***Purchased by me. Affiliate links and links to previous posts included. 

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NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash, $42/2oz @ Sephora 

Off the bat, I like this the most out of the powder cleanser/exfoliators I have tried!! Unless you have really sensitive skin, I feel like you could use this more than the 3x/week because it's not super grainy. You can 'feel' it more than the Tatcha (I've tried the Classic, Gentle & Deep) and Amore Pacific Ones, but some of that is due to the fizziness. 

And yes this does fizz!!! Remember Pop Rocks? It's kind of like that, but less intense. Sounds like it would be an odd sensation on your face, but I kinda love it ha ha!! This also does have a fragrance...kind of a muted fruity/vanilla smell?? Very faint, but I like it so it doesn't bother me. 

This also manages to gently exfoliate, keeps my skin soft and also seems to add a hint of moisture. Not enough to replace a moisturizer by any means, but I don't feel like I have to immediately moisturize! And the times I do use it, I've been using it as a second cleanse after removing makeup and it works really well that way. 

The only thing I haven't noticed is much brightening. My skin looks & feels more fresh, but I think I may need more time to see any real brightening effects. ย 

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This is a really fun product, and I'm very happy to have it in my stash! Check out the video below to lean a little more about it :-)

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Reader Collaboration #1

Remember when I asked last week if anyone wanted to help with a blog post?!! Now it's time to read what everyone had to say!! 

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...And yes, I did finally order those watercolor pens in the pic!!

With so much beauty chat, I sometimes feel like I don't get to know many of you beyond your favorite blushes! Thought it would be fun to do something different, and to get to know you a little bit better in the process...

Keep scrolling for everyone's answers to the 5 questions in the first Reader Collaboration!! Thank you SO much to all who took the time to write in...I've really enjoyed reading what you wrote!! And please let me know if you like this type of post/collaboration and if you'd like to see more in the future...

xoxo Gummy :-)


Name: jenn

Blog : A Beautiful Zen          Blog Link: www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: my eyes

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : my brain

What are 2 things you admire in others?: willpower/ strength
empathy and the ability to connect

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: hard to say. sushi, pho or a big steak

What's the last book you read?: am currently read[ing] The Magician's Land.


Name: E.

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: I look great in many different colors of lipstick - bright, dark, red, etc :)

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I am thoughtful

What are 2 things you admire in others?: I admire people who are detail-oriented (because I am NOT) & people who have good boundaries (I'm working on it!)

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: This is difficult. Maybe I'd go with an excellent salad with tons of fresh/seasonal veggies, fresh herbs, and a bright citrusy dressing, with really good, fresh sourdough bread and good butter (salted). Or maybe I could have several excellent different salads (including salads with grains, cooked veggies, etc). And ice cream for dessert!

What's the last book you read?: Amy Poehler's Yes, Please.


Name: Lulle

Blog : Beaumiroir          Blog Link: beaumiroir-eng.blogspot.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: I like my green eyes. I think they're my best feature!

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I'm quite stubborn. It's sometimes a flaw but it also means that I don't give up easily, even when things don't go the way I would want them to.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Intelligence
A positive, generous view of the world we live in

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Appetizer: a lentil salad
Main course: blanquette de veau with rice and leaks
Dessert: rhubarb tart with meringue top

What's the last book you read?: A French crime novel, very dark but pretty good. The title was "Fakir" but I can't remember the name of the author right now!


Name: Lily

Blog Name: Chloe.Ash Beauty Blog          Blog Link: www.chloeash.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: I love my dimples. It's a conversation piece on its own, especially when all 3 of my children inherited it!

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My double jointed fingers. I can do party tricks with them ;-)

What are 2 things you admire in others?: To be superficial, I'm going to keep it at appearance. So, they are long thick lashes and mile high legs. Mine are short and stubby >_<

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: This is a trick question, isn't it? The first thing that came to my mind is some Korean hot and spicy broth with lots of meat. If I were to go, I'd want my stomach to be warm.

What's the last book you read?: Guilty... haven't had time to read anything since baby is born. But last year, right before I gave birth, I read a cookbook because I was addicted to baking. That counts right?


Name: Jenn

Blog Name: Procrastinating Pretty          Blog Link: www.procrastinatingpretty.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: No matter how poorly I do my hair, it has a magical ability to fall into something decent looking :)

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My ability to connect the dots and logic my way out of a problem. Or my relationship with butter, not sure.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Patience and creativity. I find myself lacking in both, so I'm always trying to learn from other patient/creative people :)

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Bone marrow on rye toast, roasted garlic pasta, a thin-crust pizza actually from Italy, and Crack Pie from Milk Bar. And throw in a couple fingers of Cask of Dreams scotch for good measure! Man, I have a carb problem.

What's the last book you read?: Hick, by Andrea Portes. Kind of dark, but very well written.


Name: Amna

Blog Name: Sicilianna Beauty          Blog Link: siciliannabeauty.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My hair! It cooperates and does whatever I need it to.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My happiness. I have a pretty positive outlook on life and I hope my happy energy rubs off on people.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Motivation and commitment

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Oh Wow! This is such a hard question. I'm not sure about food but my last dessert would be creme brulee. Sooo delicious!

What's the last book you read?: The First Phone Call from Heaven - Mitch Albom


Name: Divya

Blog Name: The Conscience Fund          Blog Link: theconsciencefund.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My eyes I think!

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I am brave!

What are 2 things you admire in others?: quick wit and diction

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Fish and chips!

What's the last book you read?: Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro


Name: Marรญa Josรฉ

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: It used to be my hair, but now... I'd say how bold lipsticks look on me. (Does it count as feature?)

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : Empathy with others

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Perseverance and, beauty related... Some people skill's for doing their eye make-up.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Bacon cheese fries, risotto, a burger and the birthday cake my parents' neighbour always makes for my birthday, with chocolate, custard, biscuits and almonds :) (in Spain, that type of cake is called "tarta de la abuela", what means " grannie's cake")
I would die of food coma after that!

What's the last book you read?: The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle


Name: Monique

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My cheek bones.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My persistence.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Intelligence and courage.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: My grandmother's chicken noodle soup.

What's the last book you read?: Station Eleven


Name: Tiffany

Blog Name: Will Work for Makeup          Blog Link: willworkformakeup.blogspot.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My smile. Thank goodness I wore braces!

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My compassion for others.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Honesty and kindness.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Lots of sushi and lots of ice cream from Salt & Straw in Portland, Oregon. Best ice cream ever!

What's the last book you read?: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


Name: kelly

Blog Name: a blog of vain pleasures          Blog Link: kelly-yes.blogspot.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My lashes.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I would like to think I am easy going and easy to confide in and talk to.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: passion and organization

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: lobster tail with butter, ribeye cooked medium rare with some A1 sauce, cheesy potato casserole. Strawberry cheesecake for dessert!

What's the last book you read?: Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides


Name: Charline

Blog Name: Charline Has a Blog          Blog Link: charlinehasablog.blogspot.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My eyes. They are a mixture of all the colours, which creates a lovely green from a distance. I've always been proud of them.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I'm very into music and I can read notes, play guitar, piano, flute... I can proudly claim that I can sing too :)

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Being able to plan out things and not procrastinate, being non-judgemental

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Anything with chocolate, really... I can't choose :(

What's the last book you read?: Paper Towns by John Green


Name: Nicole

Blog Name: Bagful of Notions          Blog Link: www.bagfulofnotions.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: my full lips

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : my work ethic

What are 2 things you admire in others?: the ability to put themselves out there, and the gift of the gab

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Spice Temple's hot and dry numbing wagyu beef, prawn dumplings, house fried rice, three shot chicken, and Rosetta's torrone. I love Neil Perry's restaurants.

What's the last book you read?: Amy Poehler's Yes Please! She's my bffl, she just doesn't know it yet.


Name: Angela

Blog Name: BeautyandtheCat          Blog Link: beautyandthecat.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My lips. They're full so I always like trying out new lip products.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I can draw funny comics.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Compassion and empathy.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Mac 'n' cheese, mashed potatoes, vegan buffalo "wings" and club sandwich, milk tea, and triple chocolate donuts. Basically carbs and more carbs.

What's the last book you read?: Crazy Rich Asians. Actually a pretty entertaining novel that exposed me to a side of Asian culture that I had never really thought about.


Name: Shana

Blog Name: Pretty funny and resourceful          Blog Link: prettyfunnyresourceful.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My brows. I'm lucky to have genetically full and shapely brows. They look pretty good (from afar) even when I let them grow wild and free.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : My ability to laugh! I laugh at all my own jokes.... I'm totally that person. Eventually I'll make you laugh to, even if you're laughing AT me!

What are 2 things you admire in others?: Perseverance. It's easy to admire someone who devotes years of schooling or self-study to perfect a skill I don't have. That's everything from whatever industry you may be in, or whatever hobby you enjoy.

Openness. In some cases I hold back and at other times I say way too much: I'm still figuring out that balance! I think you can be yourself without going too far toward either end of the spectrum.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: I can't say I have a preference for the actual "meal". But who says you can't make dessert into a meal? My answer is tiramisu from Kopp's Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA! Creamy espresso frozen custard, big chunks of spongey ladyfingers, delicious fudge swirls... you can't lose!

What's the last book you read?: A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz. It's an autobiography that follows the author over several decades of growing up in NYC. At pivotal moments in his life he realized how relatable Austen's works really were. Even though I don't enjoy Austen I've seen tons of Austen derivatives (such as Clueless) and recommend the miniseries "Lost in Austen" to everyone. I really liked this book, it was a cool way to understand Austen and it was a fun read.


Name: Vicky

Blog Name: blush and simplicity          Blog Link: blushandsimplicity.blogspot.com

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: I love my full brows.

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : I love that I'm a planner and like to have structure in my life and knowing all the little details.

What are 2 things you admire in others?: 1. People who can be spontaneous but are able to balance structure with spontaneity. 
2. People who are comfortable in their own skin and are confident in who they are and what they can do.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Even though chocolate is my absolute favourite food, I have to go with the mushroom ravioli with this amazing white wine cream sauce from the restaurant L'Express in Montreal. I sometimes have dreams about it.

What's the last book you read?: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd.


Name: Gummy

Blog Name: Gummy Vision

What is one beauty related feature you love about yourself?: My cheekbones - no need to contour there ha ha!

What is one non-beauty related feature you love about yourself? : That I can be still and not have to talk or be around people all the time. I love my quiet time :-)

What are 2 things you admire in others?: 

1. The ability to talk to anyone, anywhere. One of my cousins and my best friend are both like this and I always wish I had the same talent! Sometimes, I flat out don't know what to say to people, and/or I get my words all twisted and end up sounding like a mad woman I'm sure...I find social situations awkward in large groups especially! 

2. Physical strength, agility and talent whether it's a rock climber, master in Tai Chi or watching an Olympic swimmer. It amazes me what the body can do.

Last meal on earth (dessert included)...what would it be?: Cashew Chicken from Amarin Thai in San Diego. For dessert...Too Much Chocolate Cake recipe, with sour cream / cream cheese / chocolate frosting!!

What's the last book you read?: #Girlboss

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Empties: February 2015

Lot slower month than January, but I did manage to purge a few things so that's good!! 

***Items either purchased by me or received as a sample with purchase. Links are to previous blog posts. 

Empties: February 2015 - gummyvision.com

Empties:

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream - Staple item! Love it!!

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Mask - Love these!! The name has changed, but it's still the same product...review HERE. I received this as a sample so I am including it in the Empties for February. As a side note, I also finished the last one out of the box I had so now the box is actually empty too! But as written in the January Empties post, I'm not going to count it since I counted the individual masks last year...I'll only count the full empty boxes from now on. Sorry that's probably confusing! I'll probably repurchase, but will more than likely wait until I can catch them on sale. 

Professional Solutions Vitamin B,C,E & Ferulic Serum - Mentioned and review HERE as a Skincare Favorite of 2014. Still loving this and am on my second bottle. I'm really starting to notice the breaking up of some more stubborn  patches on my cheeks, so I'm going to keep at it!!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - Staple item!! Love it!!

Empties: February 2015 - gummyvision.com

Purged:

Ojon Rare Blend Oil - I've used about 1/2 of this bottle. While it's nice, I don't think it's outstanding and I'm kinda tired of trying to use it up. Plus I've found another hair oil (from Aveda) that I love, and I'd rather use that than the Ojon! Review to come on the new hair oil :-)

Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid - I've used this on and off for many years now. I think it's a fantastic product, but the Aveda hair oil mentioned above replaces the need for it and I'd rather use one product for multiple purposes. And I've used it for so long that I'm getting tired of trying to use it up as well! 

FEBRUARY TOTALS

Empties, full size: 3

Empties, deluxe samples: 1

Purged, full size: 2

Purged, samples: 1

YEAR TO DATE TOTALS

Empties, full size: 12

Empties, deluxe samples: 3

Purged, full size: 5

Purged, samples: 1

How did you do for February?!! Have you purged anything lately as well?!! 

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