Decluttering in 2017: Skincare & Haircare Products

Hallelujah – this is my final decluttering post!  Who knew that decluttering would be this much work?  I feel like I’ve been doing empties posts once a week for the last month; going forward I think I’m just going to combine empties and decluttering into one post – I think that makes sense.

My last round of decluttering is focused on skincare and hair products.  There’s not much for skincare as I’m usually quite cautious in trying a lot of new things given how sensitive my skin is.  I have a few more hair care products as I used to always be looking for the next best thing (and failing miserably at it).  Many of the hair products below have been used twice or thrice and that’s it – such a waste of money.


Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Fix Serum

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer

I received this as part of a skincare set from ChickAdvisor to test out last year; this was my least favourite product out of the bunch.  This is very moisturizing – too much so for my skin.  Originally I thought I might use it as a night moisturizer in the colder, dryer months but I just haven’t reached for it so I’m going to get rid of it.  If you have really dry skin you might just like this though!

Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Fix Serum

This is sticky, thick and heavily scented – I didn’t like the way it felt on my skin.  The worst part is that it made me break out.  I only got a few uses out of it before I had to stop using it which was disappointing.

Eau Thermal Avene TriAcneal EXPERT

This got pushed to the back of my cabinet and it’s now expired.  I haven’t used it for a while but from what I remember it was pretty strong and intense treatment  – definitely best paired with a good moisturizer.  If you’re suffering from some bad breakouts it’s definitely worth a try.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye

This is the weirdest eye product I’ve ever used.  It actually does firm and tighten the eye area but it comes at a bit of a cost; it numbs your skin which is a really weird sensation and it leaves a powdery residue behind, which can highlight any dryness.  I’d rather deal with wrinkles than use this again.

Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

You probably can’t tell but there’s two of these in this photo (I stacked them).  I really liked this cleanser – it left my skin feeling super soft and removed my makeup with ease.  But there’s something in it that caused breakouts.  🙁  At the time I was using a few new products and through process of elimination I discovered this was the culprit.  If you don’t have sensitive skin I’d totally recommend this though – I really wish I could use it!

Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Fix Cleanser

Glycolic acid is one of my favourite skincare ingredients but it’s can be hard to find drugstore products that use it.  When I spotted this line at Shopper’s I picked out the cleanser and serum to test out.  Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed by either – oddly enough I found this left my skin feeling tight and dry even though it has a lesser amount of glycolic acid in it than any other product I’ve tried. It’s also gone from clear to cloudy so I’m assuming that it’s gone bad.

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

My mom passed this on to me and it’s brand new – never been opened.  I’m currently in the middle of using a bottle of this and after that, I’ve got a handful of cleansers that I want to get through.  I’ve also decided that I prefer cleansers that I can use to wash all of my makeup off; this has salicytic acid in it and as such, it shouldn’t be used near or on eyes.  That said, it’s one of the best cleansers for acne-prone skin I’ve ever used so I hope to find this a loving home where it’ll be utilized well.

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

I’ve used up about half of this cleanser and I’m just kind of meh about it.  It cleanses my skin fine but it’s another one that needs to be kept away from the eye area  It leaves a warming seasation behind on your skin that did feel nice, but I don’t feel like it really cleaned out my pores like it claimed to.


John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

I picked this up last year when we were traveling as I needed more dry shampoo and I thought I’d try something new.  I used it twice and hated it – it did absolutely nothing.  My hair was still oily after using it.  I’ll stick with my Batiste.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray

I’ve had some good success with John Frieda products in the past but this is not one of them.  I bought this to keep my style in place on mornings when the humidity was high as my hair tends to fall flat.  It did absolutely nothing – I might as well not even have bothered.  Big fail.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Advanced Protein Volumizer

I received some products from this this line of haircare courtesy of GlamSense earlier this year and I absolutely love the shampoo and conditioner.  Unfortunately I can’t say the same thing for this.  It’s a cream volumizing product but for me that’s pretty much an oxymoron – it really weighs my hair down and does nothing whatsoever to volumize it.  A mousse and a heat protectant work much better with my hair.

kms Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

kms Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

This is meant to be a heat protectant and styling product in one but all it did was tangle my hair and leave it full of knots; afterwards it felt crunchy and sticky as well.  It did pretty much the opposite of what I expected it to do. Would not recommend this!

amika Bigger is Better Blowout Spray

This product is no longer available – it appears to be discontinued.  Can’t say that I’m surprised – it was horrible.  Similar to the kms above, it made my hair tangly and left it feeling sticky and coated in residue. Such a pretty bottle though!

Ouidad Play Curl Volumizing Foam

My hair is stick straight but I love using products designed for curly hair to help mine hold curl and style.  I think I used this once – it’s a super thin, lightweight foam – bordering on watery.  It did nothing for me but I think if you have naturally curly hair and are just looking for an extremely lightweight styling product, this could be for you.

Tresemme Beautyful Volume Hair Maximizer

This was another haircare line that I received last year, again through GlamSense.  Same situation as the John Frieda cream volumizer above – it weighed my hair down and made it fall flat and feel greasy.  I just don’t do cream products!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist

Bed Head TIGI Dumb Blonde Leave-In Conditioner X2

I don’t even know why I have two of these in my stash – I don’t even really like this!  I think I enjoyed the shampoo that went along with it at the time so I stocked up on both but I always use less conditoner than shampoo so this was a bit excessive.  Regardless this is about 5 years old and I can’t even remember much about it except that it wasn’t life changing and obviously not worth using up.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist

This product has a cult following but I had never tried it; turns out I wasn’t missing anything.  As per most deep conditioners, this was way too thick and heavy for my hair – it left it so greasy!  That said, I think they have different versions of this so if I came across a more lightweight version I’d be interested in giving it a try.

eva Unbreakable Hair Kervais Leave-In Cream

I actually really liked this leave-in conditioner but this is really old and it doesn’t smell the same as it used to.  I used it consistently for a while and then it got overshadowed by other products and now it just appears to have gone bad.  Unfortunately they don’t seem to make it anymore, otherwise I’d definitely repurchase it!

Embelleze Novex Brazillian Keratin Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Nothing new here – very intense deep conditioner that is way too overpowering for my fine hair.

That’s it – I’m done!  My next decluttering-related post will be an update on how I’m doing on my Project Pan – that will likely go up in June sometime.

What products have you decluttered recently?


  1. stashy says

    I find skincare difficult to declutter for some reason. I always try to “make it work” and unless it’s harming my skin, I’ll keep using it or mixing it with something else. I’ll even use it as hand / foot cream to use it up! 😛
    The Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye sounds WEIRD.
    So odd that the Cerave cleanser caused breakouts! I often think cleansers couldn’t do much damage since it’s rinsed off completely and doesn’t really sit on the skin for long. Too bad.
    Good to know about the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo – I’ve always been curious about that brand. Maybe more for the name? 😛
    I’ve been seeing Ouidad products at Winners – might need to try that curl foam thing.
    Awesome decluttering series. Looking forward to your Project Pan update. 🙂

    • prettyrufflife says

      Typically I try to make things work too but sometimes I just can’t be bothered.

      If you don’t like a heavy dry shampoo you might like the Not Your Mother’s – I think you liked the CoLab dry shampoo right? I hated it and I found this similar. So it may work for you!

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

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