February Empties (P50P Pt 2)

08: Tanda Lychee & Black Tea Candle – I’ve had this candle sitting in my cupboard half-burned for a couple of years now. I go through phases with candles and for some reason I never seem to be able to burn one completely through in one go. I dug this one out of the cupboard because it was summer and I wanted a nice fresh scent.

09: Karuna Hydrating Face Mask – Unfortunately, I can’t give this mask a very good review as I had some sort of reaction to it that left my face red and inflamed the next day. I felt like it left a lot of product on my face once I removed the sheet mask, and my skin did feel hydrated that night, but what happened the next day discounts any of the positives for me.

10: Benefit Erase Paste in Light – One of my old school “holy grail” products, that has since been replaced but is still up there with products I would repurchase. I really like this for under-eye coverage, but I find it a bit too thick for spot coverage.

11: L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Black – I picked this up once I ran out of my last tube of Lancome Hypnose and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. This wore well throughout the day, and did add quite a bit of volume to the lashes. I also really liked the style of the wand, which is important for me when it comes to mascara. Having said that, I’ve now switched back to Lancome Hypnose because honestly nothing compares.

January Empties (P50P Pt 1)

01: L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo – I really liked this shampoo, and I would happily purchase it again. I’ve found it difficult to find “drug store” hair products that don’t weigh down my fine hair, but this does a really good job of cleaning and leaving my hair soft without stripping or weighing it down.

02: L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo – Don’t ask me why I had two of these tubes kicking around in my shower, but I did. As above, I loved this and would definitely repurchase it (after I’ve finished my Project Pan, of course).

03: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner – This is probably my number one favourite drugstore hair care range. As with the L’Oreal Everstrong, this shampoo & conditioner duo works really well with fine hair, although I will say that this works a little bit better in adding silkiness and shine to the hair but they’re pretty much on-par in every other way.

04: Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – My first empty of the year! I had a back up of this ready to go once I’d finished this bottle because it’s my favourite nail polish remover. It smells good(?), and it works well to remove polish but still feels nice and gentle on my nails.

05: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – I’m only able to include this in my Project 50 Pan tally because I already had a replacement in my stash ready and waiting. All future bottles of this will not be considered, because they will be replacements of something I’ve already finished up this year. Still my number one foundation.

06: Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster – As above, I’m only able to include this because I had another bottle ready and waiting to go once this was finished. I only use this to help darken my Givenchy Foundation, which is slightly too light for me during summer. If I wear this alone it’s too dark, so I need to mix the two to find balance.

07: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa – I was in two minds about including this, because I was seriously tempted to repurchase it. I talked myself out of it, because I have some other summery lip products that I want to try and finish up and get rid of. This is my most worn lip colour in the warmer months, I l-o-v-e it and I’m so sad to see it go.

December Empties

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – This is my daily body cleanser, and because I use it every day I go through these large tubs frequently. This is an auto-repurchase for me, and I always have a back-up on my shelf ready to go for when the tub I’m using runs out. This is a great cleanser to use if you have sensitive skin.

Herbal Essences ‘Hello Hydration’ Shampoo – This is one of my favourite “drug store” shampoos, and I find I always go back to it when I’m looking for a new shampoo. It’s great for fine hair prone to oiliness (like mine), and I find it leaves my hair feeling really soft and silky. I know I’ll be repurchasing this in the future when I can’t think of anything else to try.

Original Source Coconut & Shea Butter Shower Gel – These inexpensive shower gels that you can buy at Coles and Woolworths are actually really good quality. This is Sebastian’s favourite from the range, so I pick it up whenever I spot it (and when he’s low in whatever shower gel he’s using at the moment). The smell is definitely more shea butter than coconut, and I know this because Sebastian loathes coconut scented things.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Toner – Things that are upsetting: the Hydralight range has been removed from the Paula’s Choice website. This has been my holy grail skin care range for a few years now, so hopefully I can find something I like just as much from Paula’s Choice; otherwise it’s back to Dermalogica for me. I have a couple of these toners squirreled away, so I’m not completely out just yet. These are dark days.

Glasshouse ‘Night Before Christmas’ Candle – I’ve had this candle for around 5 years and that’s probably because I only burn it around Christmas. Whenever I smell it, I’m automatically transported to Christmas and it’s wonderful. To be honest the candle is not completely burned down, but the plastic lining of the glass has started to bubble out and melt so I decided it was time to let it go. I probably won’t repurchase this particular candle, but I’ll definitely be picking up another Christmas-themed one at the end of the year.

Paula’s Choice Clear Cleanser (travel size) – I ordered this with the intention of having Sebastian use it to help control his oily skin situation, instead I ended up using it on my hormonal acne. This worked really well, and I am going to purchase a full size version for the odd occasions when my skin breaks out. After Project 50 Pan!

Laura Mercier Loose Powder (in translucent) – This is my favourite loose powder, and I’m always equal part amazed and devastated when I use up a full container. I’m making my way through a Clinique powder at the moment, but I will definitely be returning to this in the future.

NARS Creamy Concealer (in vanilla) – This is my new holy-grail concealer. The only thing I don’t like about it is that because of the packaging I feel like there is a LOT left that I haven’t been able to use. Still, I’ll continue to repurchase it because I just love how god damn creamy it is.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – This is my go-to moisturiser, and luckily I have one (maybe more?) stashed away for when this ran out. When that runs out I’m not sure what I’ll do. PANIC.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is second to the throne as far as holy grail moisturisers are concerned, and I was happy to switch things up during December and finish off this tube. It’s lovely and lightweight which makes it a really good product to use during the warmer months of the year. Highly recommend.

October Empties

LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids Shower Gel – I picked this up earlier in the year when we were on holiday in Adelaide buying a couple of bath bombs to use in our hotel bathtub. We were standing in line and Sebastian caught a whiff of this and loved it, so of course it came home with us. If you love the smell of honey this is definitely one to pick up.

Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey Shower Milk – Are you sensing a theme with shower products here? Sebastian uses shower gel on a daily basis, so we go through bottles regularly. He prefers sweet ‘gourmand’ type scents, so this fit the bill. I didn’t use this so I can’t give much of a rating on it, but he seemed to like it well enough and it’s reasonably priced which is always a good thing.

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbene Antiperspirant Deodorant – This is my favourite deodorant, and I use it daily so I go through about a bottle a month. The smell of this is amazing, it’s probably the best smelling drug store deodorant I’ve ever found. I don’t sweat that much, but I think this works well to keep my perspiration at bay.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner – I was so sad to finish this up, because I don’t have a back up in my beauty cupboard and I’m trying to use up all of the stuff I own before purchasing anything new. This had all of the wonderful elements of the regular 3 minute miracle treatment, but with the added benefit of being light enough to use daily. It also smells 2000% better than the regular treatment, IMO.

Luminessence Candle in French Pear – I’ve had this candle for YEARS, so it was a relief to finally burn through it. I can’t remember where I got this from because it’s been such a long time, but if you stumble across this brand it’s worth checking out. This smelled amazing, and the throw of the candle was really impressive.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Can you believe I used up a full tube of this, my beloved holy grail mascara, and did not have a back up to use straight after? If you haven’t heard me rave about this mascara until I become blue in the face, consider yourself lucky. This is the best mascara I’ve ever used, and I’m so sad that this tube finished up.

sample: Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel – It’s always hard to judge the quality of a product based on a sample, but sometimes I come across something that works well enough for me to want to immediately purchase the full-sized version. This is one of those products. However the full-sized version of this is $128 AUD, so it’s on hold for now.

sample: RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup remover Wipe – I was skeptical about this when I first started using it to remove my makeup, but honestly once I was finished I was a convert. This wipe does a great job of removing makeup while still feeling really gentle on the skin. I also love the feeling of the coconut oil that remains on the skin, it feels like a little bit of luxury.

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.