January Empties

Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes (repurchased/would repurchase) – These are my favourite facial wipes, and I will continue to purchase them over and over again. I’ve reviewed these previously, but I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that these are a dry wipe. I’m a super weirdo and I prefer dry wipes but I know many people don’t, so if you’re not down with dry wipes please don’t purchase these. How many times can I say dry wipes in a paragraph? Dry. Wipes. Dry wipes.

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm (would repurchase) – I l-o-v-e this lip balm. It feels luxurious and moisturising on my lips, and as an added benefit has a delicious fresh lemony scent. I haven’t repurchased this yet, but I will definitely be buying another tube once I make my way through my extensive and overwhelming existing lip balm stash.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle (repurchased) – I have a mini stash of these, so I’m trying to make my way through them all gradually. I love the way these make my hair feel, but I can’t use them too often because they’re quite thick/heavy and I find that they tend to weigh my hair down a little bit. I’ve been using these for years and I still don’t look like Liv Tyler, so I don’t know what’s going on.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Face Cleanser (repurchased) – This is my holy grail facial cleanser. I can’t speak highly enough about the Paula’s Choice skin care range. I’ve not had one major breakout (hormonal, or otherwise), since starting to use these products. This is a nice lightweight gel cleanser, and I use it both morning and night.

Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner – I picked up my half-empty bottle of this toner to finish it up, and after using the Paula’s Choice toners for a few consecutive months, this felt akin to using corner-store brown paper bag moonshine on my face. Or so I imagine.

Maybelline Loose Powder in Light (repurchased) – This has been my favourite loose powder for quite a while now. The shade ‘light’ is fair enough for me to wear comfortably, but not so white that it adds a ghostly glow to my face. I will acquire that naturally by never setting foot in direct sunlight, thank you very much.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (repurchased) – I used to use this cleanser on my face a few years back, but I’ve since replaced it with something else (see Paula’s choice above), so I now use this as a gentle alternative to body cleanser/shower gel.

August Empties

Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse – I really loved this product. I tend to use a clarifying shampoo once a week or so if I feel like my hair is being weighed down by too much product. This worked wonderfully to help remove build up but it was killer to use in Winter, as you have to rinse your hair with cold water to properly remove the product. Brr. I will definitely repurchase this.

Haus of Gloi Vice Pumpkin Butter – Ugh, I wanted so badly to like the smell of this but it was just so overwhelming that I actually grew to loathe it. If you’re a fan of heady chocolate/hazelnut scents this could be for you.

Haus of Gloi Ghost Puffs Pumpkin Butter – If want to smell like caramel buttered popcorn buy this immediately. If they’re sold out just check back from time to time to see if the stock has been refilled. I have a full sized back up of this lotion in my cupboard and I can’t wait to drag it out again next Winter.

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Masque – I remember now why I’m not a huge fan of the LUSH fresh face masques, and it’s basically because they tend to go off before I have a chance to use them up. Other than that I enjoyed using this masque, though I did have a couple of breakouts pop up after using it which was a bit strange.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle – I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love these little 3 minute hair treatments. They work wonderfully for me and I always have a few on hand in my beauty cupboard.

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara in Black Lace – I can’t quite remember where this mascara came from, but I have the feeling it was a gift with purchase from Adore Beauty. I didn’t think very highly of this mascara, it has a very wet consistency and transferred to my upper lids every time I used it. I haven’t finished up the entire tube but I’ve had it kicking around for at least a year now so it’s time for it to go.

Skindanavia No More Shine Makeup Finish – I use this every morning to help set and freshen up my makeup look. I didn’t use it a couple of times and felt like my skin looked like that of a dusty corpse. I have another bottle ready to go in my cupboard and I can see myself continuing to purchase this until I find a decent and more affordable substitute.

Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil – My holy grail skin serum. I love this stuff, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned about a million times on this blog already. I don’t have a back up in my cupboard at the moment but I’ll definitely be repurchasing this again when I’m in the neighborhood of a Kosmea counter.

Becca Lip & Cheek Creme in Rosebud – Do you know how oddly satisfying it is to use up an entire blush? It’s magical. I loved this blush but I wasn’t sad to see it go because it felt like such a monumental achievement. I’m not sure that I’ll repurchase this, I don’t stay loyal to blush (except for the Stila convertible colour in gerbera which I finished up and repurchased some time last year) because there are so many beautiful products out there that I want to try.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light – I’ve had two tubes of this concealer in this shade (and two in the shade fair) and for some reason, the ‘light’ shade packaging always seems to break. This is the darker of the two shades, so I’ll be purchasing this again when the weather heats up and I start to get some colour on my face.

L’Oreal Sublime Mousse Conditioner – As always, I managed to finish up one of these little conditioners that comes with my hair dye. Nothing too exciting.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps – I really liked this body lotion, and would consider purchasing a full size of the product in the future. It was a nicely moisturising, unscented lotion that would be great for day-to-day use.

beautycycle Earth Restoring Balance Day Lotion – I liked this lotion, it was lightweight and smelled really refreshing and summery but it took a little bit of time to sink into my skin which would probably get annoying after a while. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing a full sized version of this any time soon.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream – If you’re in the market for gentle but hard working and super moisturising skin care products I highly recommend the Weleda almond products. I love everything I’ve tried from the range and this cream is no exception.

August Beauty Routine

I haven’t changed a lot in my routine moving from July to August. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the products that I really enjoy using and those that seem to work for me, so when I mix things up it’s usually because I’m trying to use something up or I simply feel like trying something different. On my face and bod in August:

Skin Care
Makeup Remover: Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser
Face Wipes: The Face Shop Herb Day Cotton Wipes
Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant / Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead + Bamboo Facial Exfoliant
Toner: Echolife Lavender Facial Mist
Moisturiser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream / Philosophy The Miracle Worker
Night Treatment: Kosmea Rose Hip Oil / Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Spot Treatment: Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
Eye Cream: Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream
Mask: LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic
Lip Balm: C.O. Bigelow Blueberry Rose Salve / Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment / Jack Black Black Tea & Blackberry Lip Balm / Burt’s Bees Mango Lip Balm

Body Care
Hand Cream: True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream / Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme
Body Scrub: Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub
Shower Gel/Cream/Lotion: Burt’s Bees Shea & Milk Body Wash
Soap: Alchemic Muse Chiquita Soap
Hand Soap: Bath + Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Foaming Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap
Body Lotion: Haus of Gloi Vice Body Lotion / MOR Marshmallow Body Butter / LUSH Sympathy For The Skin Body Lotion
Perfume: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille / Firebird Bath & Body Brown Sugar Perfume Oil
Candle: Slatkin & Co Twisted Peppermint Candle

Hair Care
Shampoo: Seven Wonders Moroccan Oil / Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying
Conditioner: Seven Wonders Moroccan Oil / Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying
Treatment: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
Shine Spray: evo Love Touch
Hair Spray: O&M Queenie Hair Spray
Leave In Conditioner/Treatment: Kerastase Oleo Relax
Styling Product: Kerastase Nectar Thermique

Project 50 Pan (part 6)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I managed to finish up some big ticket project 50 pan items over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been finishing products quite steadily throughout this pan, so it hasn’t been too much of a struggle for me. Having said that, I do sense dry times ahead.

31: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle – I love to keep a few of these tubes on hand for hair emergencies. I think I have one left in my cupboard so I might try and make that last as long as possible (hopefully until the end of pan) but I will definitely have to repurchase these at some stage in the future. Possibly the best last-ditch hair saviour I’ve come across.

32: Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Another holy grail item for me, this time my favourite mascara. Luckily I have a backup of this in my cupboard ready to go for when I finish up the sample size tube that I’m currently working through.

33: Bath + Body Works Aruba Coconut Body Lotion – When Bath + Body Works launch a new fragrance range they usually have a limited time offer where you can buy a trial size of the product for $1 or so. I bought this body lotion during one of these promotions & used it almost exclusively when I was on holiday in Bali. Because of that I have fond memories of this scent, and as I like the formulation of the Bath + Body Works Body lotions in general I can see myself repurchasing this in the future.

34: Dermalogica Precleanse – This is my holy grail cleansing oil so I’m not sure how well I’ll fare without it, but I have a few other precleanse products that I’m going to try to use up before purchasing another bottle of this (which I will definitely do in the future).

35: Bath + Body Works Caramel Apple Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap – I usually buy 2-3 Bath + Body Works Hand Soaps every season and this was one of my Autumn picks for this year. I was kind of disappointed with the smell, it’s more of a medicine scent than anything too caramel for me. Having said that, my sister & other people who used this soap really liked it so go figure. I don’t think I’d opt for this scent when buying hand soap in the future.

Note: I don’t normally write mini reviews of products when I finish them up, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people do and it’s actually the way I prefer empties posts to be so I think I’ll stick to this format from now on.

Project 50 Pan [completed]

01 – Bath + Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap
02Unico Hair Serum
03 – The Face Shop Real Nature Kelp Mask
04Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera (I have a back-up of this in my cupboard)
05 – evo Main Prescription Protein Treatment (I would repurchase this, but I have a few other hair treatments sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used up first)

06 – Passport Tahiti Moana Body Wash
07 – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer (I would repurchase this, but I have other moisturisers to use up first before I buy any more)
08 – Flourish Perfume Oil in Sugar (I will definitely be repurchasing this after P50P)
09 – Kosmea Organic Rose Mist
10 – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (One of my holy grail skin care items, if I didn’t have another of these in my cupboard ready to be used I would have repurchased and not included it in this tally)

11 – Original & Mineral Fine Intellect Shampoo
12 – The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
13 – Wella Enrich Moisturising Treatment
14 – Bloom Vanilla Bean Scented Soap
15 – Haus of Gloi Litchi Milk Tea Pumpkin Butter

16 – La Mer The Lipbalm
17 – NYX Matte Blotting Paper
18 – Bath + Body Works Raspberry Ganache Swirl Anti-Bac Hand Gel
19 – Prescriptives Flawless Skin Foundation in Camellia B/R
20 – Bath + Body Works Peach Bellini Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap

21 – Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo
22 – Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner
23 – Flourish Bath & Body Perfume Oil in Almond Milk
24 – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
25 – Bloom Shea Butter Hand Cream

26 – Pantene Nourished Shine Shampoo
27 – The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
28 – John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo
29 – John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner
30 – Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

31 – Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
32 – Lancome Hypnose Mascara
33 – Bath + Body Works Aruba Coconut Body Lotion
34 – Dermalogica Precleanse
35 – Bath + Body Works Caramel Apple Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap

36: Nivea Daily Essentials Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes
37: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
38: Philosophy ‘The Supernatural’ Blotting Papers
39: Skindanavia No More Shine Makeup Finish
40: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair

41: Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
42: Dermalogica Active Moist
43: Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut Shower Gel
44: Ole Henriksen Roll On Blemish Attack
45: Lancome Hypnose Mascara
46: L’Oreal Elnet Hair Spray
47: Benefit ‘It’s Potent’ Eye Cream
48: NYX Felt Tip Liner
49: Bath + Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Anti-Bacterial Waterless Hand Foam
50: Flourish Bath + Body Almond Milk Body Lotion