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.

September Empties (P50P Pt 8)

28: Woodwick Candle in Campfire Marshmallow – This is one of those candles that crackles as it burns, and it was so lovely to light this on cold winter nights. I wasn’t a massive fan of this scent however, so I probably won’t be repurchasing this. I am happy to have another candle off the shelf and to see that my stash is slowly being whittled down.

29: Head & Shoulders Shampoo – This is Sebastian’s favourite shampoo, so we go through bottles fairly regularly. I don’t have much to say about this other than it does what it’s supposed to do, and that’s all I can really ask of it.

30: Head & Shoulders Conditioner – I don’t normally buy this to use with the shampoo, but the two came in a set so I figured we might as well give it a go. I don’t remember feeling anything in particular towards this (good or bad), so I assume it did the job well enough. I won’t be repurchasing it though, I’ll stick to the shampoo only from now on.

31: Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion – This was the never-ending bottle of lotion, and as much as I love this product I’m so glad to have finally finished it up. Lucky for me (groan) I think I have another couple of bottles of this stashed away in my cupboard from my Bath & Body Works hoarding days.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser – I haven’t included this in the tally this time around because I repurchased this prior to the bottle running out. If you’ve read any of my posts about skincare before you would know that this is my all-time favourite cleanser. I will keep repurchasing it until it is discontinued.

August Empties (P50P Pt 7)

23: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Volume Shampoo – I don’t feel like this had any sort of anti-aging impact on my hair (is that even a thing?) and it didn’t seem to add any volume, but having said that I did really like this shampoo. It smelled nice and citrus-y, lathered up well, and left my hair feeling clean and soft.

24: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Volume Conditioner – This is one of the few times I’ve been able to include both a shampoo and conditioner from a duo in one month’s empties. As with the shampoo, I liked this and would consider repurchasing both if I ever get the urge to splurge on some hair care.

25: Evo Mane Attention Protein Treatment – This is my favourite conditioning treatment. Because I have fine hair (a lot of it), when I use hair treatments I tend to only use them on the bottom half of my hair and this does an amazing job of tending to my frazzled ends.

26: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’m sad that I finished this. Although it’s probably a good thing because I feel like I’ve had this particular tube for so long it’s probably gone past its use by date. This is my favourite manual exfoliant, and I really wish I had another tube stashed away in my cupboard. Alas, I do not, which means I’ll need to use up some other stuff before I’m able to repurchase this.

27: Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island (Burnt Sugar & Fig) – Words cannot describe how much I love the scent of this candle. A LOT. There we go. I will definitely be tracking down a full-sized version of this once I’ve burnt through the candles in my stash. This is one of my favourite scents of all time, and if I could eat this candle I would.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Black – As you can see I am not including this in the Project Pan tally, because I repurchased it. And I will repurchase it FOREVER as it is my all-time favourite mascara and what I wear on my lashes every single day.