Empties 17/08/2016

It’s empties time again! I actually finished up quite a few more products than what is included in the post, because I threw them out and now I can’t remember what they were. Great work, Jessica. Here’s what I finished up over the last few weeks –

L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct Conditioner – I always finish up my conditioner before the matching shampoo and it’s a real pain in the butt. I really loved this product (review here), and have already repurchased both this and the matching shampoo.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my favourite mascara, my holy grail, the only mascara I ever use or purchase. I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times by now. If you haven’t already tried this mascara PLEASE DO SO ASAP. It is a game changer.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – I purchased a new foundation while we were in Melbourne (shock horror, I know), but of course I remain faithful to my all time favourite. I’d absolutely recomend people try this but it can be quite difficult to come by. However, if you stumble across it somehow (probably in a Sephora somewhere), go ahead and give it a try!

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – I was so upset to finish this, because it’s a staple in my daily skin care routine. To top things off, I purchased a replacement from Paula’s Choice but didn’t select the ‘light’ version, and the regular serum doesn’t work for me at all. I’m tempted to repurchase the correct one, but I think I’ll stick with my hydrating oils for a little while and see how I go.

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray – Another holy grail item! Why is it all the products I have to / want to repurchase finish up at the same time? It’s so expensive! Anyhoo, this is another thing you’ve probably heard me waffle on about numerous times. I use it every day to set or refresh my makeup, and I can’t live without it.

Empties

I’m at the stage now where I’m never really that happy about finishing beauty products, because I’m using mostly favourites and holy grail items. Empties used to mean I’d finished up something that I could probably live without, and gave me a little feeling of accomplishment. Now they just mean I have to fork out money for replacements.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena – This has to be the best smelling deodorant I’ve ever found, and I will use it until they no longer stock it anywhere on Earth. The plus side is, it also works really well! Win-win.

Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray – I could never spray this directly on my hair, because too much product came out with each spray and it is reasonably heavy (at least for my fine hair), so I’d have to spray it directly on the palm of my hands and then apply it. I’d ould also have to use it prior to blow-drying, otherwise it left my looking slightly greasy and limp. Although it’s a bit of a high maintenance product for me I still really like it, when I use it in a way that works for my hair it leaves everything looking really glossy and sleek. I’m on the fence about repurchasing though, I think I’m fine sticking with plain old Moroccanoil for now.

Fresh Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose – I adore these tinted lip conditioners from Fresh, and this is my favourite shade. The only downside to the product is the scent, which can become quite overpowering by the time you reach the end of the tube. This was a special limited edition in a rose scent, which made a nice change from the usual lemon scent but as always I was sick of it by the time this was empty. These lip conditioners are long-lasting and moisturising on the lips, and this is my go-to lip product for every day. And yes of course I have another one ready to go now that this is finished. *praise hands*

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is my favourite daily moisturiser and I was extremely disappointed when it ran out because I (shock horror) do not have any back-ups in my beauty cupboard. On the plus side, I’m glad I finished this up because I’ve been trying another moisturiser (also by Paula’s Choice), and am really loving it. Lose-win?

Empties 19/02/2016

Hi there! long time no see. I’ve been thinking quite hard about what direction I wanted to take the blog in this year, and to be honest I’ve been wondering if I want to continue with it at all. I’ve decided for now that I do, but the overall theme of the blog may change slightly. I’m feeling the pull to lean more towards personal tracking and journalling, for myself rather than anything else. I don’t tend to read blogs anymore, so now I think if I’m going to write I may as well write for myself. I will still include a lot of similar content (what I’m reading, what beauty products I’m loving, etc), but I’m going to try and inject my voice into the posts a little bit more. Because I find that is one thing missing from a lot of blogs, and it’s one thing that has always drawn me to read (and keep reading) a blog. Here’s an old favourite to start with – Empties. Here’s what I’ve used up so far this year –

Bioderma Crealine H2O – Remember when this first became really popular in Australia and everyone went absolutely bonkers for it? This really is one of the best products for removing makeup, and it’s been a lifesaver for me on many occasions where my winged eyeliner has gone a bit wonky. To be honest, I tend to skip the step of removing makeup before cleansing my face at night, so I don’t think I’ll repurchase this just yet. I have a similar product from another brand sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used, and I think I’ll opt for that in the case of eyeliner disaster for now.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – My blood runs cold every time I finish another bottle of this foundation, because it means I’m one step closer to the bottom of my stash. Lately I’ve been considering looking into a new foundation, mostly because this one is a bit of a pain in the butt to get my hands on. Any and all suggestions for a lightweight foundation for very fair skin are welcome!

YSL Touche Eclat in #1 – This is one of those products I buy every now and then when I’m feeling particularly spendy. I never repurchase it right away, because although I’d consider it a holy grail sort of product, it’s not something I can’t live without.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I never stray from this mascara. If you haven’t tried this mascara yet, I urge you to pick it up next time you’re in the market for one. It’s honestly the best I’ve ever used, and I can see myself staying loyal to it for years to come.

Ecoya Reed Diffuser in Coconut & Elderflower – This mini reed diffuser was a gift with purchase at Freedom a year or so ago, and I’m so glad I was exposed to it because this scent is truly lovely and is now my favourite to have in the bedroom. I picked up a full sized version of this as soon as the mini ran out.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP – This has been one of my favourite perfumes for around ten years now. I can’t remember what first inspired me to pick it up, but I know I’ve nearly always had a bottle of this in my collection ever since age 19 or 20. I’ll always remember one holiday with friends where a male friend of mine picked up my scarf and took a great big sniff of it and exclaimed how lovely it smelled. All thanks to Coco Mademoiselle. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this scent, and when I tell people what I’m wearing they’re often disappointed because they already own it. I love that fragrance can smell so different on people, and I’m happy this one works so well for me.

December Empties

Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Another month down, another packet of these bad boys finished. These remain my favourite face wipes, and I will definitely continue to use them throughout 2016.
LUSH ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ Shower Gel – It took me forever to get through this, and I’m not really sure why because I really liked it. It had a very natural honey scent, with a hint of floral undertones. I especially liked the way the gentle scent lingered on my skin after a shower. I would consider buying this again, if I’m ever in LUSH and in the mood for something summery.
Philosophy Shortbread Cookie Shower Gel – To be honest this empty is mostly Sebastian’s doing, but I also used it from time to time. This is one of those body products that you really have to remind yourself not to eat, it smells that good.
Swisspers Make Up Pads – I don’t normally include products like this in my monthly empties, but I thought I would this time around so you could see some of my “holy grail” basics. I buy these in bulk at Chemist Warehouse, because I go through a roll of them every couple of months. These are the best quality makeup rounds that I’ve found, they don’t shred or the skin and the edges don’t feel hard and abrasive at all.
L’Oreal Preference Hair Dye in ‘Tahiti’ – Although I’ve made a triumphant return to getting my hair done at an actual hairdresser, I do still rely on box dye from time to time. I have two go-to shades, and this is one of them.
Dove Go Fresh Deoderant in Pomegranate + Lemon Verbena – This is another “holy grail” staple product that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before, but I go through bottles of this all the time. I’d say this is the best smelling deoderant on the market by far.

October Empties

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream – You guys know I’m not a huge fan of any particular eye cream, I’m not loyal to any brand or any product because I’ve never had anything really stand out for me in quality. I picked this up from Priceline a long time ago, and only recently managed to finish it up. I actually really enjoyed this eye cream, it worked well with my sensitive skin, seemed to be quick to absorb into my skin, and didn’t irritate my eyes in any way.
Poshe Super-Fast Drying Topcoat – This has been my favourite topcoat for many years, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online to repurchase. I love it because it really is super-fast drying, and it leaves a really nice shine on the nail once it’s been applied. It gets really gluggy towards the end, but such is life with this sort of product I guess. If anyone knows where I can get this online, let me know!
Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment – This was a good deep conditioning treatment, and one that I could use every couple of days (rather than once a week), because it wasn’t too heavy on my fine hair. It claims to “reverse the look of up to 2 years of damage” on the hair, which I wouldn’t say is true – at least not for me. It was a decent weekly conditioning treatment though, and I would definitely purchase it again.
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Ahh, old faithful. This is my daily toner, my holy grail, and you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about Paula’s Choice products by now. Will definitely be repurchasing this, in fact I’m due for a stash refill so I will probably reorder another couple of bottles today!