Time to toss the containers from the items I have finished enjoying this past winter and here’s a peak at what is in my bin and what I would gladly repurchase or leave behind next time.

With regard to skincare, I am a masking nut. I love to mask and I take advantage of a variety of types of masks, from hydrating to deep cleansing. Here is a sample of the masks I have used up and some of them I have used in multiples.

The Yes To… masks are a bargain, no matter which version you purchase, as you can usually get two uses out of a single use pack.

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The Alba mask was new to me and pleasant enough although I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase that one again. It was the consistency of jelly and I didn’t particularly care for the residue it seemed to leave behind.

I really enjoy the AHAVA masks just as much as the Yes To…varieties. They are a bit pricier as a single use pack really is a one-time mask but the product is worth the price tag.

The Andelou Glycolic Mask is my all time favorite face mask these days and I just opened my second jar. I didn’t see it on the shelf in Ulta the last time I was there and in fact, didn’t spot any Andelou products on that visit so I hope they aren’t eliminating the line from their shelves. I love the cool, tingly sensation and the brightening exfoliation that I get from this mask at far less than its high-end counterpart.

The Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Eye Gel Masks are my favorite eye masks and I hate to be without them. I’ve gone through several of the four packs over the last couple of months and have a few more in my stash for the next few weeks.

Along skincare masks, I finished up a Pixi Glow Tonic travel pack. I purchased this in a pinch as Target was out of the bottles and I had exhausted my supply at home. To be honest, I don’t care for the pre-moistened pads and much prefer to buy the bottles and use my own exfoliating cotton rounds.

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I also managed to finally use up the last of my non-cruelty free Neutrogena Eye Make Up Remover so I will now be on the hunt for a cruelty-free brand. Recommendations are much appreciated.

Finally I squeezed the last bit of retinol out of both these StriVectin retinol serum and eye cream tubes that were in my travel container. I used them up at home knowing there wasn’t enough left in either to get me through another vacation. They are nice products and definitely worth the money if you are looking to indulge in a new retinol routine.

I had this Pur Rescue Squad DD cream in my stash for awhile and I do enjoy its moisture benefits in the winter months. I made a major mess of the tube cutting it open to scrape the last bits out of the bottom but I still had the box from one I had shipped to a friend in Puerto Rico recently.

I also emptied out a few body care items over the past couple of weeks including a body wash and cream from Bath & Body Works Christmas Holiday line. You can’t go wrong with B&BW products when you take advantage of sales and coupon specials and you’re sure to find a fragrance to suit everyone.

I have been enjoying hand soaps from Method at both my kitchen and bathroom sinks after having purchased several bottles on sale. I like this moisturizing version for the dry winter months although I think the Pear fragrance is my favorite.

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Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo is a winner for my natural curly hair and another great product at a very affordable price.

Bar soaps are a luxury for Mr. LucyLoves year ‘round and, for me, during the summer months when my skin is a little less dry. But we both enjoyed this Sandalwood and Patchouli bar for it’s warm, masculine scent.

Lastly, this Sweet Spot personal hygiene wash has been a godsend since menopause has started taking more of a toll. Yes, ladies, we even get dry, itchy, irritated skin ‘down there’ and this wash is perfect for gentle cleansing without the irritation of stronger body washes and soaps.

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I didn’t exhaust anything on the makeup front but did purchase new sponges for both makeup and under eye concealer application. I don’t use my sponges that often and with frequent cleaning they last a long time but it was time to retire the old ones.

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I finished another tin of Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This has been a favorite of mine for years but now that the cruelty-free status of Burt’s Bees is up in the air, I am not repurchasing until I have a definite answer on where they stand with animal testing and sales in China. If anyone out there has a cruelty-free alternative to recommend, I’d love to know.

As always, love what you use, use it to the fullest, and live a beautiful life.

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