Empties #3: November 2013


Another month has gone by so quickly. After I stopped buying so many new products to try out every month, I find that I have been accumulating empties at a much faster rate. You know you’re an addict when you feel a sense of happiness as another bottle bites the dust!

1. Bifesta Brightup Cleansing Lotion
Reviewed here. Will definitely repurchase!

2. Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo with Natural Tsubaki Oil
A great shampoo; I find it makes my skin very nice and smooth, without making my hair greasy despite the “oil” in its name. Will repurchase.

3. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting
A good sized sample that I received from one of the beauty boxes but after using it for a couple of weeks, I didn’t find that my complexion was any better. It’s quite light in texture and absorbs quite quickly. Won’t repurchase.

4. The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream
Received this free with a magazine. It’s quite light in texture, which is expected as it’s a day cream, but I find that it breaks down my face makeup way too fast in the usually hot Singapore climate, even for my very dry skin, and there is no SPF. However, it’s also not moisturizing enough for me to use as a night cream. Won’t repurchase.

5. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector
Reviewed here. A really lovely tinted moisturiser.

6. Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Rose
I’ve had this for a while and finally finished it. I like it; it’s a nice rosy hue, kind of like my lips but better. It’s very pigmented, glides on easily and affordable. It’s quite soft though, so it tends to break easily.

7. Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
One of my favourite face powders; it smells amazing, like some sweet fruit similar to its other Healthy Mix foundations. It’s quite light, and does not look powdery or cake-y on the skin. This is actually the second one that I have run through, and will definitely be repurchasing.

9 & 10. 2 x Eucerin DermoPurifyer Active Concentrate
Bought this, 1 for the bf and 1 for myself, at about S$30 each, after a blogger raved about it. I totally regret it – I later realised that the blogger raves about everything sent to her1 This was an utterly useless product; didn’t do anything for my dry skin or my bf’s acne-prone oily skin.

8. Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes
9 & 10. 2 x Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Water
Some useful gym skincare items. Used up another packet of Garnier cleansing wipes, which I really enjoy for its convenience and removes makeup easily. I also bring along little samples tubes of the Sulwhasoo Whitening Water which I use as a hydrating toner; I love the smell and it seems to bring back some moisture to my skin post a hot bath after gym.

11. Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O
Not really a fan; I feel like the texture is a bit too heavy – like I have to rub extra hard to spread it over my face. It makes my eyes blur up for a few seconds – it does clear up but I don’t like that feeling. It does remove my makeup very easily, even waterproof ones. I won’t be repurchasing this one but I’m looking forward to trying out the Ultime8 version.

12. Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion
I really liked this toner – it smells amazing; the rose scent is quite obvious but not overpowering. It feels rather refreshing but does not dry out my skin. Don’t see any skincare benefits but feels great. Will repurchase!

13. Essence Colour & Go Quick Drying Nail Polish in 47 Red-dy to go
14. Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner
I’ve had the Revlon eyeliner for so long that I didn’t even realize that I still had it; I must have loved it because it’s quite used up, but decided to trash it since its so old. The Essence Nail Polish also dried out so I had to throw it.

15. PureDKNY Perfume Vial
I’m not usually a perfume wearer but I really enjoyed this! It’s quite a light scent, and does not choke me like most perfumes do. I’m not good at talking about scents but I like how ‘clean’ and fresh it smells.

16. Too Faced Perfect Eyeliner
Blogged about here. I loved this and will repurchase.

And that’s it for another month of empties! It’s quite surprising to me that I have averaged more than 10 empties per month over the last 3 months. I hope you have enjoyed looking through my empties as much as I love reading other people’s empties post!

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Empties #1: September 2013

My first empties post! I had a little weird sense of happiness as I wrote this; there’s just something great about completing a product, or dumping something out. A quick little overview below on everything that I have used up; I think this should serve as a nice reminder for myself of what I have loved, and what I didn’t, when I have to replenish my beauty stock.

1. Sally Hansen Moisturizing Fast & Gentle Polish Remover
I really do generally like Sally Hansen’s polish removers – I find that they remove polish effectively without really drying my hands.

2. Gillette Satin Care Dry Skin
3. Lactacyd Pro Balance Daily Feminine Wash
A couple of ladies products that I am sure nobody wants to read about. Or rather, I really don’t have that much thoughts on them.

4. Lush Coco Lotion Hand & Body Lotion
An overpriced body lotion; at 225g, this is a reasonably large bottle but as the expiry date was really short, I couldn’t finish it on time before it turned into a weird sour milk smelling gunk. It doesn’t have added fragrance, but does have a light natural scent that I cannot describe. It does quite a good job at moisturizing my really dry legs but at its price, I expect better and will not repurchase it. Thank goodness I got this in a sale for half price.

5. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in 250 Medium Beige

One of my favourite foundations! It looks really natural on and has medium coverage; I don’t really need concealer except for really bad skin days. The downside is that I can feel it sitting on my skin, and it can sometimes feel a little too much under Singapore heat – and I have very dry skin so I can’t imagine what it’s like for oily skin! I am also not particularly a fan of the packaging. But, I still love how beautiful this makes my skin looks!

6. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus
Favourite powder! I have tons of powders but I find myself reaching back to this whenever I have a major event that I have to look flawless for. It never looks cake-y on my skin and sets my makeup beautifully. I have already bought a new one because I just don’t feel safe without it.

7. Manicare Cosmetica Powder Brush
In my over-200 count of makeup brushes, I have to say that this is the worst brush I have ever bought. It’s very scratchy, the hair never stops falling out, and the last straw came when the handle broke! I have other Manicare brushes, but the Cosmetica line is the worst. Will not purchase another.

8. Supernail nail polish thinner
9. Ichikami Hair Treatment

The supernail nail polish thinner was rather forgettable – somehow it managed to evaporate even though the cap was tightly screwed on, and I have barely used it a couple of times. The hair treatment was pretty good – I managed to get about 3 uses out of the sample size and my hair did feel really soft after each use; would probably purchase the full size to test it out further when I finish up my hoard of hair products.

10. Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream
A rather thick cream that I slather on at night; despite its texture it sinks in rather quickly. I do like it and am quite obsessed with the signature ginseng smell of Sulwhasoo’s products. Not sure if I would repurchase this but I will definitely be checking out more of Sulwhasoo’s products!

11. Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+
A pretty good sunscreen in my opinion; I love that it has SPF50 and it doesn’t clog my pores. It does feel a little thick and sticky on application, but my dry skin soaks it all up within a couple of minutes.

12. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules
My most loved serum/oil! I use this like a moisturising oil at night in place of a cream about once a week and I always wake up to freshly plumped skin with a beautiful glow. It is pretty expensive, but I have an endless supply of samples courtesy of Mum who is also obsessed with this; she buys the full size and asks for lots of samples for me. If my supply ever ends, I would gladly pay full price for it.

13. Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara
I got this as part of a box set gifted by the bf. I’m not a big fan of this; I have a lot of rather long and dark lashes, and this doesn’t do anything for them. I wouldn’t call this “extreme” anything, but it’s ok for an everyday natural look. Definitely not for an extreme party. Won’t repurchase.

I’m kind of in shock at this moment that I have managed to use up 13 products! Okay, I didn’t really use them all up in 1 month – I have tons of products that had only little remnants left in them and I just decided to start clearing them out. Have you used up any items this month too?