February 02, 2016

      One month down in good old 2016, and we're already starting things off on a good note when it comes to using up products and getting a feel for what works, and what's simply all hype.

      A few months ago, I made it a mission to finish products I had in my arsenal, and products I used daily, in attempts to budget myself for a more effective beauty regime and, of course, a fatter wallet. In the beauty world, we see so much BUY BUY BUY but how many times do we see someone use up a product they are raving about? Personally, I feel as if you dont really know a product until you've used every last bit of it. With that being said, here's what I used up in the month of January.

BabyGanics Night Time Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Orange Blossom - A foaming body wash with a very subtle scent. Lasts for months, very inexpensive.

      Would I buy it again? No. Unfortunately, the longer and thicker Miss Pen's hair gets, it needs more than this light soap can offer. I do recommend it for small babies with fine hair. We've used it since she was born.

the POREfessional face primer by Benefit cosmetics - A classic in the world of face primers. Lightweight and lightly scented but delivers amazing results.

      Would I buy it again? YES! It took getting this little sample with something else I ordered to remind me why this product is so good. I used to use it way back when, but never repurchased because of the price. After using this sample, I knew I had to have it again and went to Ulta the following day! It has a scent to it, but I actually enjoy it, and it doesn't break me out.

OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner & OGX Coconut Water Shampoo - Lightweight shampoo and conditioner, both appropriately scented. Both extremely affordable.

      Would I buy it again? I didn't enjoy the conditioner. I felt it left an odd residue on the crown of my head. I did enjoy the shampoo though, and could see going back to it in the summer months.

MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream - A no fuss brand out of Australia delivering the safest and most effective ingredients for a multitude of skincare concerns.

      Would I buy it again? This first tube was a gift from my lovely mate, Amber. I received it over the summer and it's thick consistency wasn't the best for summer time skin. However, back in mid December I dug it out after experiencing some dryness on my legs. I fell in LOVE! I highly suggest it if you're someone with allergies, sensitivities, and who needs something to keep your skin from getting super dry. MooGoo has an American website to which I have linked above. Nothing is ever affiliate here on According to Kiki! I just really love this stuff!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - Affordable drugstore mascara with a straight wand and plastic bristles.

       Would I buy it again? Yes. This is one of my favorite mascaras!

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste - Our favorite toothpaste. Read more about it here. We've been using this for years.

MAC Single in All that glitters - This beige gold color hybrid is probably in any makeup lovers collection. It was super duper hyped about five or so years ago, and this is actually my second single. $16 a pot, and a Veluxe Pearl finish.

      Would I buy it again? For now, no. It's a stunning shade, don't get me wrong. However, in this huge world of makeup, there's just so many colors to try and use up, a ton of which are hibernating in my own makeup drawer. I'm on a mission to use up as much as I possibly can this year, so for now, I don't see this shade as a total necessity.

Boots Botantics Organic Facial Oil with nourishing Rosehip - Spoiler alert, this is a total staple in my life. Read tons more about it here, and from a friend with totally opposite skin, who also loves it, here.

Andalou Naturals Rosewater Mask - Certified non-GMO ingredients, Vegan, and cruelty free. I discovered this brand at my local health food store. I've recently seen the brand in my local Target and they are available on Amazon.

KEEP THIS IN MIND: If this is a brand you're interested in trying out, I highly recommend seeking them out at your local health food store, Whole Foods, etc, or Amazon. Target has the prices of these products set ridiculously high. I purchased the Rosewater mask at my local health food store for $15, on Amazon it's $14. I saw the exact same product at Target over the weekend for $24.99! Just a heads up!

      Would I buy it again? There's a harsh stinging sensation when I use this product, which subsides in just a few minutes. At first, I thought it was a total deal breaker, but my skin was left stupidly soft. The burn however, was not caused by a chemical reaction. When rinsing the mask off, my face was not left red and blotchy like other burning sensations one experiences with masks. I think this is a product I'd repurchase.

elf Matte lip color in Tea Rose - elf's affordable $3 product line, meets the beauty world's trend of matte lips.

      Would I buy it again? No. The idea was there, but the product virtually fell apart in just a few uses. (I've purchased two of these and both of them broke).  I think this product had good potential. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver.

MegaSlick Balm Stain in Made You Pink - I first fell in love with these last Spring. Think Clinque chubby sticks for a heck of a lot cheaper.

      Would I buy it again? Heck yes. This thing is dirt cheap and my go to for weekends. I don't care for glossy lips, but after that gloss overlay wears down, it stains your lips the prettiest natural pink.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Sample - One of the leaders in highend makeup primers.

      Would I buy it? Fortunately this stuff was a sample. My skin didn't like this and broke out throughout the day when I was wearing it. Nothing else changed in my usual routine, so I'm assuming this was the culprit.

Benefit The POREfessional License to Blot - This is marketed as a makeup blotting stick. The full size has a triangle shaped stick, but the deluxe sample (pictured above) is round. Think glue stick for your face.

      Would I buy it? This product is probably the worst thing to ever come out of Benefit. First of all, you can not use it for it's marketed purpose. Unless you want a section of your foundation to be completely missing. In the end, I used up this deluxe sample by using it as a primer in my t zone. Don't waste your money.

Wet n' Wild Fergie Velvet Matte Lip color - I believe these have been discontinued. I purchased this at my local Walgreen's for less than a dollar during a mass Wet n' Wild sale and haven't seen them since.

      Would I buy it again? Wet n' Wild Fergie has some fantastic products. Their eye primer is my tried and true. However, this product was a total dud. Another matte lip product that literally dissolved in the twist up tube. There were many similarities to this product and the elf one I mentioned above, both having similar over all flaws. If you see these clearanced at your local Walgreen's, I'd honestly pass.

What products did you use up last month?
What products have you been loving lately? 

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