August Empties

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – I’ve been through quite a lot of these hydralight lotions, and it’s safe to say they are my favourite from the Paula’s Choice range of day moisturisers. This is a great product to use year-round if you have normal skin. It does a great job of hydrating while being nice and lightweight, and I find that it sinks into the skin really easily. I’m still not a huge fan of the scent (a bit like what I imagine a sea cucumber would smell like), but at this point I think I’m just used to it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Similarly to the lotion, I’ve been through a large number of these toners, and they’re definitely one of my favourites. This is also a product that works well year-round if you have normal skin. As with most toners, I don’t notice a huge difference in my skin when using this, but my face always felt nicely refreshed and that’s good enough for me.

Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay – It took me about six months to burn through this candle, I know this because I ordered a few when I first moved from Perth to Adelaide. This candle was in my office, and I would burn it in the afternoons while I worked or when I would sit in my reading chair on weekends. This remains one of my favourite fragrances from Glasshouse, the combination of coconut and lime is nice and bright and smells really refreshing.

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturiser – This has been kicking around in my cupboard for quite a while now, and it was nice to finally use it up. I love this as a body moisturiser, it feels rich and nourishing on the skin and the shea butter fragrance was lovely. Unfortunately Jergen are not cruelty-free, so I will not be repurchasing this and will be making a conscious effort to seek out a cruelty-free product instead.

Firebird Perfume Oil in Almond Milk – This is an old-school product for me — I’ve had this sitting in my perfume collection for YEARS because I didn’t want to finish it. Because I’ve been working from home this year I haven’t been wearing as much perfume, and when I did want to wear a fragrance I would reach for this because it was lovely and subtle. This has reignited my interest in these perfume oils, and I’m planning on browsing Etsy at some stage in the near future to see what is currently available.

[sample] Tatcha Violet-C Mask – My friend Caitlin had been raving about this mask for ages, so I picked up a sample when I was shopping at Mecca recently. I absolutely love this mask. So much so that I purchased a full-size version after using up this sample. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re in the market for a brightening mask that will help even out your skintone.

[sample] SK-II R.N.A Power – This was a sample that came with my recent Adore Beauty order, and I was excited to try my first ever SK-II product. I liked this as a day cream, but it was nothing groundbreaking for me and certainly nothing that I could justify the price tag for.

July Empties

LUSH Sea Salted Caramel Soap – I picked this soap up recently, when my best friend visited Adelaide and we had a big day out shopping together. I know Sebastian loves anything salted caramel, and I figured he would enjoy this. Turns out he LOVES it, it’s his new favourite product to use in the shower, and we have already finished up a second bar.

Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 Dry Scalp Care – This is Sebastian’s shampoo of choice and although I wouldn’t personally purchase a 2-in-1 product, he seems happy enough with it and I will continue to purchase it.

Maybelline One By One Volume Express Mascara – I have a few old (unopened) mascaras kicking around in my beauty cupboard and I’m trying to use them all up. I’m so faithful to my holy grail Lancome mascara that buying anything else feels like too much of a risk or experiment to purchase, so once I’ve finished up these old ones I doubt I will repurchase any of them. Unless of course there are some superstar stand-outs. This was nothing special and didn’t really do much to lengthen or thicken my lashes so I’m not going to be repurchasing it in the future.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – As mentioned above, this is my holy grail mascara and something I repurchase time and time again. This is the best mascara that I’ve come across for lengthening and thickening lashes without any dropout or smudging by the end of the day. I often receive compliments on my lashes and I put it all down to this incredible product.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena – This is the only deodorant I use, and that is mostly because it smells really good. I have loved all of the deodorants in the Dove range, but this has been the stand out for me so far. I’ll continue to purchase this until I get sick of the scent.

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – This is one of my favourite Paula’s Choice products, and I’ve finished a fair few of these tubes over the years. This is one of those rare skin care products where you can see results almost immediately. My skin drinks this up and always seems to look healthier when I use this as part of my daily routine.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Another repeat offender in my empties posts, this is a product we are never without in our shower. This is really gentle and is great to use on sensitive skin, so we both use it as a body cleanser. I have repurchased another tub of this, and I spotted some mega tubs at Costco that I’ll be picking up next time we shop there.

Darphin Beauty Revealing Cream – I feel like this product was a gift from the universe right when my skin needed it most. This was one of the most hydrating moisturisers I have ever used and my skin loved it, but only for a period of time. After a little while it got to be a little bit too heavy and I switched to using it as a neck cream instead. This is a heavily fragranced product, so if that is something that puts you off when it comes to skin care you might want to keep that in mind.

[sample] Mecca Maxima Bring On Bright Primer – I liked this primer so much that I went out and bought a full sized version of it as soon as this little tube had run out. I also convinced my best friend to buy it, and she said it has “revolutionized her face”. This is a really wonderful illuminating primer, so if you’re looking for something to brighten up your face, I’d recommend checking this out.

May Empties

Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry Shower Gel – I’m trying to make my way through a massive tub of body products that I have accumulated over the years, and this was first off the rank for shower gels. This was a decent product, and it got the job done. This basically smelled exactly like a strawberry milkshake, but unfortunately the fragrance didn’t transfer to the skin or linger after a shower. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful that you can pick up from the supermarket.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – You’ll notice this popping up in quite a few empties posts, as I always have a bottle of this cleanser in my shower. This is a holy grail item for me, and it’s something I repurchase all the time. If you’re looking for a really gentle cleanser that works well with sensitive skin I would highly recommend checking this out.

Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island [burnt sugar and fig] – This candle smells absolutely incredible. It’s a sugary scent for sure, but the fig gives it a fresh sort of kick so it’s not overly sweet. I had this burning in the main living area of our house, and had a couple of people who came over to visit comment on how good it smelled.

[sample] Jojoba Daily Light Moisturiser – I was surprised by how much I liked this moisturiser. So much so, that I was tempted to purchase a full size once I had run out of this sample. Good sense kicked in though and I remembered that I have about 10 untouched moisturisers sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used. I’ll be keeping this in mind for the future when I eventually run out.

[sample] Clinique Moisture Surge – This was an okay moisturiser, I don’t remember it that clearly (unlike the Jojoba one), so it can’t have been anything groundbreaking. I know that it didn’t have a negative impact on my sensitive skin though, and that’s always a plus in my book.

April Empties

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Facial Cleanser – This is still my favourite facial cleanser, and I’ve been using it for so long now that I’m hesitant to try anything new in case my skin erupts in protest. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this, but you can bet I had a full bottle in the cupboard ready to go when this one ran out.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner – This was a decent toner, although I don’t feel like it did anything to reduce the size of my pores. To be fair that could be because I’m officially beyond help in that department.

Dove Go Fresh Rejuvenative Body Wash in ‘Pear & Aloe Vera Scent’ – I ordered this as part of a grocery order to be sent to the house in Adelaide (for Sebastian to use) before I moved over from Perth, as I still had all the beauty products with me. This was a decent body wash, I liked the pear smell but I think it’s more of a summer fragrance for me.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in ‘Perfect Ivory’ – Yep, still my number one foundation. I’m starting to panic a little bit because I had one bottle of this remaining and now it’s nearly finished. I also have a couple of other staple products on their last legs, which means a Sephora order is in my near future and my bank balance is weeping at the thought of it.

Clinique Blended Face Powder in ‘Invisible Blend’ – I liked this setting powder, and although some powders that claim to be “translucent” actually aren’t, this did well to blend into the ghost-white skin on my face. Although this isn’t my all-time favourite (I think that title would have to go to Laura Mercier), I would consider repurchasing it in the future. Especially considering Laura Mercier is not going to be available in Australia after the end of June.

Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask – I really like these Garnier masks, they do a great job of pumping the skin full of hydration and they’re reasonably inexpensive compared to other sheet masks on the market.

Lonvitalite Collagen Firming & Moisturising Silk Sheet Mask – This was a perfectly decent sheet mask, and did a nice job of moisturising my skin. But honestly, I think purely for the price point you’re better off going with something from the Garnier range.

October Empties (P50P Pt 9)

Sample: Clarins Double Serum & Multi-Active Day – I am a big fan of Clarins oils and serums, so I’m wasn’t surprised to find that I really liked the Double Serum. It was scented but didn’t irritate the skin, was absorbed quickly and left my face looking nice and plump the next day. The Multi-Active Day cream was not my favourite, it was heavily scented (enough for me to still smell it for a long time after applying it to my face) and too heavy for me to wear as a day cream. I would consider picking up the full sized serum, but not the day cream.

32: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – This product is a new discovery for me this year and now a firm favourite in my skincare cupboard. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I am trying to finish this damn Project Pan I have not been able to repurchase. But you can bet that when I’m next in a position to be buying face wipes this is what I’ll be picking up.

33: Glasshouse Candle in Tahaa (vanilla caramel) – To be honest, I’m not a big fan of this scent because it’s too close to being sickly sweet. It is however one of Sebastian’s favourites and I purchased this mini candle as part of his Christmas gift last year. I wouldn’t repurchase this for myself, but he loves it so it might still make a reappearance in the future.

34: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel – Um, what?! A Paula’s Choice product that I didn’t repurchase immediately? It is only because I am participating in this pan that I didn’t repurchase this. I loved this moisturiser, and it has replaced Hydralight as my favourite in the range. This has more of a gel-like texture, and my combination skin absolutely loved it. I think this would work well in the warmer months because it feels nice and light on the skin.

35: Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Face Mask Sheet – I picked up a couple of these sheet masks while placing a Chemist Warehouse order not really expecting much but I actually really love them. They work well on my sensitive skin, and do seem to have visible results. I am leaning more and more towards sheet masks lately, they really play into my laziness. They’re so easy to use and I don’t have to spend any time washing any additional product off my face afterwards. These masks in particular are only $6.99 and are definitely worth checking out.