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Foil Challenge

I know we all talked about this but I need it in writing to hold myself more accountable! I have picked out around 28 foils that I am hoping to get through by the end of Feb. thatโ€™s 1 foil a day unless I decide to stack more than one! Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™ve picked randomly! 



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May Foils!


I liked everything!


Tatcha The Texture Tonic AHA Liquid Exfoliating Treatment 5.07 oz/ 150 mL #did dry my skin out. But I like how smooth it made me feel.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One AHA Lactic Acid Treatment #made my skin very sensitive. I have more but I think I may gift them or ration it. #

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@ather, lovin' the photo bomb by the fur baby. It's too bad that the exfoliating treatments made your skin dry or sensitive. Do you have an exfoliating product that works well for you?

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@itsfi  Aww thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š I did have a good picture but I opted to post the photobomb one!! Hmmm Iโ€™m trying to think of there is one I donโ€™t notice an issue with. #SEPHORA COLLECTION Gentle Exfoliating Peeling Serum with Niacinamide + Lactic Acid 1 oz / 30 mL  I believe didnโ€™t cause any issues for me. I will add it to test out again. But I remember it didnโ€™t cause any issues. Iโ€™m also wondering if my skin hasnโ€™t been the best all week. Last Saturday we had a soccer tournament all day Saturday and it was so windy and I had wind burn. And after that I planted my garden. Monday and Wednesday night we had soccer again and it was cold and windy both nights. I end up with a blanket wrapped around me to protect me from the elements. Tomorrow calls for rain. So that will be fun for soccer! โšฝ๏ธ it might not be the best skin to use it but I had some texture that I was hoping to resolve with the exfoliation I think due to the wind burn! 

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May Foils = 3

I have been MIA for a while but now I am back and it feels amazing!




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@Mellmars1185, we're glad you're back! How did you like the scent on the Moroccanoil shower gel and body lotion?

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@itsfi Thank you ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ™. To be honest the shower gel smell ok but I wasn't noticeable after showering. I wasn't much of a fan of the lotion. It smelled 'off' to me. I prefered the texture of the body souffle over the lotion. I found the lotion a bit runny.

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@Mellmars1185  Good job!! Welcome back! 

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@ather Thank you!

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May 2024 Foils  

Only a handful of foils this month @ather

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๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ  Botanist Botanical Shampoo Iris & Freesia - the scent is subtly floral and that was about the only thing that worked for me for this shampoo. It made my hair feel stringy and dry. No bueno. 
๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ  Botanist Botanical Treatment Peony & Berry - Even when I'm not fond of a shampoo, I usually like the corresponding conditioner. That was not the case with this after shampoo treatment. I thought perhaps it was because the shampoo made my hair feel so stringy that this conditioner was already handicapped before I even got to using it. Not so; I tried it after a well-liked shampoo and same results - my hair didn't feel hydrated or moisturized and working the product through the length of my hair was much more challenging than I expected or prefer.
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ  I had forgotten but I've used Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid (x2) a few times a while back. I recall liking it then, and I like it now. It's not necessarily a product I feel like I need to run out and purchase, but it is one that I would be happy to use if I had it lying around.
๐Ÿ™Š innisfree Cherry Blossom Dewy Glow Jelly Moisturizer with Niacinimide 1.69 oz / 50 ml is a lightweight gel moisturizer. It's nice but too light (not moisturizing enough) on its own for my skin type (normal-to-dry). It would be better suited for those with oily skin types
Emoji Key:
๐Ÿ = GOAT = Greatest Of All Time (have gone through at least two of the particular product and other comparable items)
๐Ÿ˜˜ = Chefโ€™s Kiss = Outstanding 
โค๏ธ = Love 
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ = Like 
๐Ÿซค = Okay; โ€œItโ€™s fine.โ€; โ€œmehโ€
๐Ÿ”ฌ = Undecided = โ€œStill looking into itโ€
๐Ÿ™Š = Not for me / my skin type
๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ = โŒ = โ€œNo, non, nein, nyet, โ€ฆโ€ 

Foils Dashboard:

Month-to-Date = 5

Year-to-Date = 43

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@itsfi what a bummer about the Botanist samples!  I've actually given Botanist the side eye for awhile and have toyed with the idea of trying out their products but you're the second person in the last week that's mentioned how drying their products are.  I totally appreciate your review because I think maybe that's convinced me to pass on trying the brand.

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Ohhh, I'm sorry @CookieGirl1. It could just be that my hair wasn't a good fit for the shampoo and conditioner, and same for the other person, maybe? I was actually surprised by how this S&C duo performed - my hair has responded either well or very well to about 80-90% of Japanese or Korean shampoo and conditioners that I have tried. This Botanist combo though, ouch! fell flat. I went through both foils so 2 full uses and each time, I had to follow up with one of the shampoo and conditioners in my regular rotation. It made it easier to stick to my shampoo-and-conditioner-no-buy though. Ha!

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@itsfi  Great job using up some foils. Itโ€™s to bad they didnโ€™t work out but better because thereโ€™s so many ๐Ÿโ€™s out there. No need to waste time on not for you! I think I have one of those CT moisturizers kicking around. I havenโ€™t tried it yet I donโ€™t think. ๐Ÿค” 

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So true @ather! They can't all be ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ, right?! Right!! The CT moisturizer is fine - I know many folks enjoy it. There are just other moisturizers I like more and would choose over the CT. I've decided that moving forward, if I have a foil sample that I'm just not feeling wowwed about trying, I'll put it in the "things to be donated" bin. That way, someone who could use the product can do so and it'll help clear out products that I wouldn't otherwise enjoy or want to use. 



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@itsfi  Such a smart idea!! 

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Thanks @ather! It's the most practical solution I have at the moment when it comes to foils. That, combined with trying very hard to only pick up foils of products I really want to try or that I know I will use / reach for. 

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@itsfi  sorry so many of your foils this past month were misses for you! Those shampoo & conditioner scents sound so nice too, what a bummer that the rest of the formula didn't work out. Still, if you're going to have a product be a dud, better for it to be a foil or sample than a full size!

I think I might have tried that innisfree moisturizer, or possibly a previous version of it - if it's the same one I'm thinking of, anyway - and it actually made me break out, which was very surprising since I don't have sensitive skin and I've never had that problem with a product before.

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Thank you @caitbird; you win some, you lose some, right?! They can't all be amazing, and the subpar products make us appreciate the good stuff even more when we come across them, yes?! I've given away most of my samples and the ones I have left are, for the most part, either tried-and-true beauties or products I've been wanting to try. 


Oh no, I'm so sorry that the innisfree made you break out. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ I wonder if it was the fragrance in it or maybe just an ingredient that did not suit you. I tend to do fairly well with innisfree products but I knew going in, the consistency of the moisturizer would be too light for me. I probably should have included it in the batch of samples I donated. Lesson learned. 

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@itsfi  that's very true, the products that don't work for me make me appreciate my favs even more! I really need to go through my samples and pull some more out to donate - I don't have that many makeup samples at the moment, but I have skincare samples coming out of my ears, it seems like. Some of them are products I've been wanting to try, but others I could probably part with and not miss much.

I'm pretty lucky in that I haven't had a bad reaction to very many products, out of the many I've tried. Just something in that moisturizer didn't agree with my skin.

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That's awesome @caitbird that your skin can handle a lot of different products. It makes it even more fun to try different skincare products. ๐Ÿ˜ 

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April 2024 Foils  

April was a very slow month for foils and sheet masks alike @ather. We have two of each. 

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โค๏ธ  Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Mask 5 oz / 150 mL - I was able to get in 2 generous applications witht this packet and have been happy with how nourishing and restorative (?) this made my hair with each use. I'm good with hair masks but I'll definitely consider this one when it comes time to picking up another hair mask. 

๐Ÿ‘  Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream 0.51 oz / 15 ml has a lovely balmy, but light, consistency that applies and absorbs smoothly and quickly. Strangely I was only able to get one use from this packet ๐Ÿค” - in the past, I've been able to get multiple applications, even with being generous with how much product I use. The one use isn't going to yield any noticeable results (and to be fair, my undereye area is not the area of my eyes that have the fine lines and wrinkles), but this did make my under eyes look more soft and moisturized the next morning. 

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๐Ÿซค  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DermInfusionsโ„ข Lift + Repair Eye Mask is okay. I didn't experience any irritation, but I didn't see any noticeable results either. There's also a smell to this mask that was off - it had a slight chemical scent to it. 

๐Ÿ˜˜  I have two favorite cica-centered sheet masks. The Creme Shop Cica Mend Animal Face Mask is one of them. It really is outstanding, and my goodness, how cute is the actual print on the sheet! ๐Ÿฏ 

Emoji Legend:


๐Ÿ= GOAT = Greatest Of All Time (have gone through at least two of the particular product and other comparable items)

๐Ÿ˜˜ = Chefโ€™s Kiss = Outstanding 

โค๏ธ = Love 

๐Ÿ‘ = Like 

๐Ÿซค = Okay; โ€œItโ€™s fine.โ€; โ€œmehโ€

๐Ÿ”ฌ= Undecided = โ€œStill looking into itโ€

๐Ÿ™Š= Not for me / my skin type

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ = โŒ = โ€œNo, non, nein, nyet, โ€ฆโ€ 

Foils Dashboard:

Month-to-Date = 4

Year-to-Date = 38


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