This is my 1st time doing a blog post on empties, hope to continue this periodically, if I remember to keep the empty containers.
1st up is CP-1 Keratin Silk Injection for Dry and Damaged Hair. It’s a Korean beauty product that I purchased in my very 1st order from BeautyNetKorea and it came in a pair of 20 mL tubes.
It’s a leave in ceramide treatment that is supposed to be hydrating and protecting with keratin amino acids, silk elastin, and wheat protein. Protecting against styling and heat damage – though I didn’t really need this part as I don’t heat style my hair very often. I absolutely LOVE the way this product smells, it’s on the sweet side, kind of like berries, but not, kind of like a salon conditioner scent, but not. I don’t know it’s hard to describe, but I LOVE IT! When I put it in my hair, it makes it silkier with a little bit of a healthier shine. I was using the 1st tube twice a day and it went quickly, so when I started on the 2nd tube I went to using it once a day or every other day (until I started testing another leave-in hair treatment, then I stopped using this for the purpose of review control). Since these are shipped internationally, I placed a 2nd order with BNK before I ran out of this 2nd tube, but bought 5 (total of 10 since each order comes with 2) to last me a while. To be honest, I’d use this just for the scent! But love that it does other things for my hair, as well. Retails for $6.64USD (link)
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream 3 mL sample, came in one of my Birchbox boxes. Description via Birchbox: “Professional Japanese mountain climbers use this all-over moisturizer to keep their skin protected when they’re scaling Mount Everest, so you know there must be something special about it. Invented by a pharmacist back in the 1950s, Yu-Be has been Japan’s top-selling skin cream for over 50 years. Great for head-to-toe hydration, it helps with all forms of stubborn dryness, including flaky red skin, chapped lips, and callused feet. The natural formula is free of ingredients like artificial dyes, fragrances, and petrolatum. It’s so gentle that even infants and kids can safely use it.”
This tube is super small and didn’t have a whole lot of product within it, in fact it was barely enough for a one use application. When I tried this I immediately associated it with a cross between Tiger Balm and Gold Bond. It has the ointment texture and scent of Tiger Balm, and that oily-residue feel of Gold Bond. I grew up on Tiger Balm, so it doesn’t bother me that much, but if you’re not used to it, it can be a very strong scent. It went on like an ointment, turning white upon application until it absorbed into the skin. While it did soften my skin, since it was only one application, it’s difficult to tell whether there would be any long-lasting effects from continued use. Retails for $16 for a 1.25 oz tube (link)
Gold Bond Ultimate skin Therapy Cream Strength & Resilience. This was from my 1st Pinch Me box, I’m oddly supposed to get this one again in my 2nd box too. Gold Bond’s description: “Moisturizes and improves texture of aging and mature skin. Over time, skin loses vital nutrients. The moisture barrier is weakened, and skin appears older, less resilient. […] uniquely formulated to help replenish and retain skin moisture naturally lost through the aging process. With a blend of 7 plumping moisturizers, vital proteins, and lipids, skin looks and feels stronger, more resilient, and youthful. Clinically tested. Proven effective. Hypoallergenic • Fragrance Free • Dermatologist Tested • Non-Greasy • 24 Hour Moisturization”
I liked that this one was fragrance free. I’ve tried Gold Bond products before and have liked them, but they always had that heavy greasy feel. Where this product doesn’t have as heavy a feel, it still does have a slightly greasy feel that disappears after a while. What I noticed, however, is when taking a shower, I can feel a slippery residue on my skin, so I’m not sure how deeply penetrating this formula is or if it acts as a barrier in addition to deep down moisturizing. It softens the skin as purported and I’d use this again. Retails for about $9-10 on Amazon and in major drugstores for a 13 oz bottle w/pump or $6-7 for a 4 oz tube.
I was going to put all 10, in one post, but seeing how long this is already, I’m going to break it into 3 separate posts.
Have you used any of the above? If so, tell me about your thoughts or opinions about them.