September Empties

 

Aveda Rosemary & Mint Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner – I have become a big fan of the Aveda hair care range, and this duo is one of my new favourites. I saw a noticeable different in how shiny my hair was when I used this, and it felt properly “clean” without feeling stripped or dry. I love the combination of rosemary and mint scents too, so this was a lovely product overall. I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future.
 
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum – A good friend of mine recommended this serum, and her skin was GLOWING when I asked her what she was using on her skin so I picked up a bottle straight away. This was a lovely serum, inexpensive and something that worked well with my sensitive skin. I felt that it plumped up my skin and did give me a bit of extra glow (which I needed). I have a few other serums to make my way through, but I will be repurchasing this for sure.
 
Moroccanoil – I have so many half-empty beauty products sitting in my cupboard, and I am making a conscious effort to use a lot of them up. This was something I had been meaning to finish off for a while, and I’m glad that it’s done. I do like Moroccanoil, and I can definitely notice a difference in how sleek and shiny my hair is after I use it in combination with blow drying my hair. Having said that I have started to find it to be a bit too heavy for my fine hair, and I prefer to use a more lightweight option like a cream.
 
Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay – This is one of my favourite home fragrances, and I have been through so many of these candles throughout the years. I only had a little bit of this one left so I decided to burn it in our living space and finish it off. If you like the sound of a lime / coconut fragrance blend, this could be the perfect candle for you.

August Empties

 

Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist – I love a good rose mist and this is one of my favourites because it has a nice (read: subtle) rose fragrance to it that doesn’t smell artificial. I also like that the mist itself is quite fine, as sometimes these products can have a heavy spray that makes it feel like you’ve turned a hose on yourself.
 
O&M Original Queenie Firm hold Hair Spray – The good thing about this product is that it’s my all-time favourite hair spray and is the only product that manages to keep a curl in my hair for an entire day. The bad thing is that Sebastian has also grown to love using it on his hair, which means I go through bottles much faster than I used to. If you have fine hair that struggles to hold a curl I highly recommend trying this, it works wonders for me.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This bottle was instantly replenished and replaced in my beauty cupboard because it’s a staple in my skincare routine. I gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, and I try to use it two to three times a week in the shower to help keep my skin clear and bright looking.
 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom – I love these Mario Badescu sprays but they definitely fall under the “makes it feel like you’ve turned a hose on yourself” category for product design. The smell of this was lovely and light, with orange blossom really coming through. I probably wouldn’t purchase this again on it’s own, but I enjoyed having a chance to try it out in the set of four I received as a gift for Christmas last year.
 
Aveda NutriPlenish Shampoo & Conditioner (Deep Moisture) – I really loved this duo. I felt like it did wonders for my hair and when I used it I received a lot of compliments on how shiny my hair was. I decided to try the light moisture version after using these, but I think I’ll switch back to this version once I’m finished with those.
 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – Ever since Givenchy discontinued their Photo Perfexion range, this has stepped up to be my favourite foundation. A little bit goes a long way for me, and I’m really glad to have so easily found a decent shade match for my pale ass face.

April Empties

 

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel – I picked this up on a whim when buying a Christmas present for my secret santa at work, and it is now one of my favourite shower products. The fragrance of the gel stays on your skin for quite a while after the shower, so keep that in mind if you do not want to smell like a piece of strawberry hubba bubba bubble gum.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This product has been a staple in my skincare regime for many years now. I use it 2-3 times a week and I know that it helps to keep my skin clear because when I stop using it my skin sort of RIOTS. This is a really gentle exfoliant for people with sensitive skin.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This is another staple in my skincare regime and I normally have a back up on hand and ready to go when I run out. This time I have switched to something different, but you can be sure that I will revert back to this when I’m finished with what I’m currently using.
 
NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – This is my current favourite concealer, and one I have been using for a couple of years now. It is a perfect match for my skintone, which can be difficult for me to find so I think I’ll be sticking with it for a while. My only gripe with this product is the packaging. A substantial amount of product ends up getting left in the tube because it’s so hard to get the last of it out.
 
Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner – Although I’m a huge fan of some of the Aveda hair care range, I wasn’t that fond of these two. This duo left my hair feeling quite brittle and easily tangled when I would comb through it after a shower. I won’t be purchasing these particular products from the range again.

April/May Empties

 

Terax Crema Moisturising Daily Conditioner – This is one of my favourite luxury hair items that I treat myself to using once or twice a week. I’ve been using this for years, ever since Liv Tyler (my Queen of hair inspiration) mentioned using it in an interview years ago. This is something I purchase from time to time as a bit of a splurge, and I’m so sad to have run out. Have I already purchased another tube? Maybe.

Kmart Prosecco Pear Candle – I picked this up mostly for the aesthetics and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like the smell. It smells pretty much exactly as you would imagine the mix of prosecco and pear to smell. The biggest downside to this was the throw wasn’t great and it was only if you were in the general vicinity of the candle you were able to pick up on the scent, but for $9 I feel like I can’t really complain.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque – This has been my favourite under-eye concealer for a few years now, but I think it’s time to move on to something different. This was an okay concealer but honestly, I’m starting to feel like I need something industrial-strength to cover my dark circles. These bad boys are genetic and I’ve had them since I was a little kid. So, for now, it’s farewell to this Bobbi Brown concealer.

[sample] Benefit The Porefessional Pearl Primer – I really enjoyed using this primer, I felt like it did a great job of mattifying my skin and keeping my makeup in place throughout my workday. I’ll be looking at picking up a full sized version of this once my Hourglass primer runs out.

March Empties

 

Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ Marine Boosting Mist – This was a product that came with a Tarte highlighting set Sebastian picked up for me in Sephora Singapore last year, and to be honest I was really surprised by how much I loved it. It somehow managed to hydrate my skin and make it look dewy and fresh with a couple of spritzes. It also smelled incredible, a fresh citrus scent that I found really uplifting. I will definitely be adding this to my list of things to buy when I’m wanting to treat myself.

asap Daily Facial Cleanser (with AHA) – Because I stick to using Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica facial cleansers for the most part, I’ve had Sebastian use up a few bottles that were sitting unused in my beauty cupboard. This cleanser did the job well for him, and Sebastian has noticed that he prefers skincare that contains AHA (to help control his milia), so this was right up his alley.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Shower Gel – I purchased this as part of Sebastian’s Christmas present last year, and it was so tempting to steal this and use it all for myself. This smells incredible. If you are someone who loves vanilla/sweet scented products this is definitely for you. The Philosophy shower gels are always a pleasure to use, they lather up well, rinse off easily, and leave your skin smelling amazing. I would definitely repurchase this again – maybe as another little treat this Christmas?

Avène Micellar Lotion – Random fact about this product, I picked it up in Bali a couple of years ago because I needed to break some change in a pharmacy and this looked like something I might want to try. I didn’t like this at all, it had an overwhelming rose fragrance to it and I felt like it wasn’t the best for my sensitive skin.

Ahava Velvet Body Lotion in Tropical Pineapple & White Peach – This was a deluxe sample that came along with a skin care purchase I made a couple of years ago, and I finally made the effort to use it up. This was a really nice lotion that hydrated my skin without leaving too much of a residue. The smell was nice–fresh and fruity without being too sweet.