Here are my thoughts on products 9 to 15. Bare with me its a little long.
Product 9: Giorgio Armani Creme Nera Regenerating Cream. I received this deluxe sample during another beauty event at Holt Renfrew (Boy or boy does Holts know how to throw beauty events, you never walk out of there empty handed!). This is probably one of the most luxurious and expensive sample I have received to date. A full size tub of this cost roughly $275 (1.7 oz). According the the Armani site: Creme Nera is described as a "unique cell regenerating cream inspired by the Italian island of Pantelleria. Containing a unique formulation of obsidian, a natural mineral compound extracted from the petrified lava on Pantelleria, crema nera perfectly captures the Earth's rejuvenating secrets. This exceptional, patented formula is scientifically proven to actively restore and revitalize skin's natural radiance and regenerate surface cells". At first it felt a little grainy on the back of my hand, but once I applied it to my face it literally melted into my skin. There is a faint scent to this creme, I can't exactly pin point what the scent was. It's not strong enough to deter me from purchasing the product, but I can do with out it. The scent reminded me of a volcano, not that I have ever been to a volcano, but if I did this is what I imagine it would smell like. I used creme nera for about a month, and to be honest I don't know if I noticed a significant difference on my skin. I don't know if my skin became more radiant because creme nera actually worked, or if I tricked my mind into seeing a change because of my high hopes. The way Armani was marketing this product, almost made it sound magical. I was almost hooked too! I seriously debated on purchasing this, but the fact of shelling out $275 made me cringed. I personally like my cremes to have some sort of moisturising ability, which I found Creme Nera to lack. I think if it did resolve some of my dry patches I typically experience during winter, I would have definitely splurged. Would I purchase again? If I had unlimited funds, I probably would have. But since I don't, it's a no (for now anyways).
Product 10: Bioderma Sensibio Light Smoothing Cream. I receive a sample size of this product when I purchased by first bottle of the magic water (AKA the Bioderma Sensibio H20). Lets just say, the sample had me sold from the beginning and I purchased a full size version. Currently on my second tube and here's why. The smoothing creme is very reminiscent to my Shu Uemura depsea hydrability moisturizing cream. At one point I thought it was a dupe to the Shu moisturizing cream. I was so excited thinking I found a cheaper alternative to Shu. But when winter rolled around and I picked up Shu again, my bubble was busted. Shu Uemura depsea hydrability moisturizing cream is much thicker in texture and can remedy any dry spots in a jiffy, it is my holy grail moisturizer. Shu is my preferred moisturizer during our long cold winter months. Sensibio light smoothing cream has a much more lighter fluffier feel to it, which would make it more suitable for the spring/summer months. I find it absorbs well into my skin without making me oil up like an oil slick, plus there is no scent. I honestly think it would also make an amazing hand cream, I love how it soft it makes my hand feel (but I don't think I willing to sacrifice a $25 face cream for my hands). Would I purchase again? Definitely (currently have a second tube in waiting).
Product 11: Shu Uemura pure:nu gentle cleansing oil-in-gel. Is suppose to be equivalent to his cult hit oil cleanser, but in a more convenient gel formula. I have to say this is one Shu product that was a miss for me. I actually really dislike it. It's texture reminds me of Cetaphil, except its not as fluid (it does not spread over the skin as easily, it actually requires a quite a bit of work and quite a bit of product too). To be honest I also don't find that it removes makeup as well is its counter part. Would I purchase again? No.
Product 12: Bioderma Sensibio H20. Two words "magic water". It is hands down the best micellar water on the market. First read about this on Lise Eldrigde's blog, which set of the hunt for this product. I tend to get a little OCD when I have my eyes on a certain product, I thought I would never be able to find this product in Canada after reading how difficult it was to find in North America, but lo and behold it's practically in all pharmacy's. There is a reason why this has reached cult status and is basically in every makeup artist's kit. It dissolves all traces of eye makeup, even if I have water proofed it! Would I purchase again? Definite yes, I'm currently on my 3rd bottle.
Product 13: Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Lotion. Meh, picked up at a drug store out of curiosity, didn't really do anything for me. I don't really have much to say about this. I had this in my stash, and I'm determine to use up as much as I can. Would I purchase again? No.
Product 14: Anna Sui Gel Cleanser. Picked this up during the Clarins annual warehouse sale. I think I purchased this because I feel in love with the bottle. It didn't impress me and didn't do anything for me either; the one notable thing about this is the strong artificial floral scent. Would I purchase this again? No.
Tada all my empties: