April Empties

Monthly Empties

Another month has passed by and I have used up some products that I have loved, not liked and one that have ranted about because of what is in the product! But I will let you discover which one that is. I love that satisfaction of finishing up a product I think that it is a real achievement, especially when there are so many products out there and lets not talk about newly released products that like to entice us. I have made a real effort this year to work through some of my products that I have had around for a while and not to push them aside over the newly releases. As I have found that working through some of my older products that I’m not throwing out a lot because they have gone off. Now let’s get back to my empties this month….

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L’Oreal Vitamino Colour Fresh Masque

I get my hair coloured often and have used colour protecting shampoos and conditioners before but only until the bottles are finished and then revert back to my normal products. But the last time I was at the hairdressers they recommended that I use L’Oreal Vitamino Colour Fresh Masque twice a week to help protect and enhance the colour. I’m so glad I purchased this one. My hair was left shiny, soft (helps to protect hair follicles from split ends) and the colour was true to colour and not brassy at all.

Repurchase: Yes

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray post

I have used this hair protector many times I have posted about this product in an empties post previously. I like that this heat protector doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down or doesn’t leave my hair looking oily during the day whilst protecting my hair when using my hair appliances.

Repurchase: Yes

NIP & FAB Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads

I got on the bandwagon with this product – as these cleansing pads were all over social media thanks to Kylie Jenner and for me they are highly “overrated”. They didn’t do anything; they were just cotton pads soaked in water it seemed. I had no tingling on the skin when I swiped in circular motion over my skin, like I have with Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (now these cleansing peels you can feel upon first swipe – you actually see an improvement in your skin). The NIP & FAB Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads don’t have enough Glycolic acid (2.8%) to be actually doing anything for the skin. These cleansing pads would be good for a young teenager (13 or 14) starting out in skincare but then a teenager would not need to use a facial peel on their skin anyway. These did not make my skin brighter, smoother or even well hydrated they were a waste of money in my opinion. I hope that you have had better luck with these Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads.

Repurchase: Definitely NO

Hourglass Veil Primer post

I’m a huge fan of this primer – previously I only wore this primer on a special occasion when I wanted my makeup to last for hours and look flawless because it is so expensive. But I soon realized because of the SPF it probably wasn’t good that this primer was just sitting on my makeup table not being used as the SPF will pass its prime. I love that this primer is lightweight and just melts into the skin, leaving me with radiant skin. My skin is always left looking flawless, not oily during the day and my foundation looking great from the moment I apply in the morning until the end of the day with no colour fade. The only gripe I had was with the glass bottle and pump as it is not travel friendly but more importantly I was left with some primer at the bottom of the glass bottle that the pump would not dispense – this was frustrating but I turned the bottle upside down and then with the tip of plastic on the pump was able to use up all the primer. But this was the only negative – this is a great primer can’t recommend it enough.

Repurchase: Yes (already repurchased in the squeezable tube)

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascarapost

This mascara I was excited to try as it had a lot of promise – as this was a high impact extreme mascara. It was not extreme, but I was able to layer the mascara nicely without clumping and this did not flake during the day but it didn’t provide extreme volume as promised but did hold a curl; otherwise it was a good mascara. As mentioned in my Mascara Edit the only problem that I had was that the silver lid came away from the wand and this is the second Clinique mascara that I have purchased that this has happened to which is disappointing.

Repurchase: Maybe

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Eve Lom Cleanser

Let me start with saying that I had high expectations for this cleanser as I have seen some fantastic reviews on this cleanser previously. That was until I discovered that this high end ($79 – $208 AUD) was full of ‘Mineral Oil’. This product was the first pioneering balm cleanser that began its life in the early 1980’s and I can understand that I ‘Mineral Oil’ was used then but in this day and age do we really want or need to have a product filler that is the leftover product that is taken out of petrol on our skin. Caroline Hirons explains this best in her rant here.

Eve Lom is all about using natural oils and herbs in her products but then chooses to put a product filler like ‘Mineral Oil’ in her cleanser. This is where I have a huge issue with this cleanser – if it is supposed to be all natural why is there ‘Mineral Oil’ in the product that the petrol companies don’t want and sell off to companies for a profit. And if I’m going to pay up $208AUD for the large size I want this to be a natural product.

It was difficult to finish this cleanser and I will say it lasted me months as I didn’t like to use every day after I found out what was in it. And can I say that on Eve Lom recommendation of how to use it just took too long. The smell is off putting to me it actually smells of petrol (so much that I had to hold my breath because the smell was just off putting)  where others have said that they love the smell – and I never liked the left very oily residue on my skin afterwards. I am so glad that I have finally finished this product as I think I would have thrown it out with product left in the tub if I had it any longer.

This cleanser was supposed to help clear my skin with clove oil and take the redness away this cleanser was designed to drain away the toxins from the Eucalyptus oil and the Hops Oil, Egyptian Chamomile and the Cocoa Butter are meant to tone and soften/condition the skin. These products all sound great and they would be good if just didn’t have a product filler in it  and finally what irks me is this is a “multi-award winning product” I just don’t understand are these people who are handing out these awards not looking to see what is actually in the product and that it is very harmful.

Repurchase: NO, NO, NO (rant over!! There are many other cleansing balms that are 1000% better than this one)

Indeed Laboratories Pepta-Bright Post

Pepta-Bright is a brightening that helps to diminish any dark spots or hyper-pigmentation. And I will say that this did just that for my skin. I have little pigmentation on the corners of my forehead and this helped to lighten them and to this helped to keep any dark spots at bay. For any beauties that don’t want to spend a lot of $$$ on a product that will help to diminish your dark spots and hyper-pigmentation this is a good one.

Repurchase: Yes

The Balm Put A Lid On It

This eye primer is my dupe for Urban Decay Primer Potion. This eye primer provides your eye area with a smooth even and enhanced eyelid ready for eyeshadow. I found my eyeshadow applied with ease even for some of the shadows that are hard to blend out. My eyeshadow lasted all day with no fading that helped to enhance the eyeshadow colours. This little tube lasted for months well worth it.

Repurchase: Yes

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

This foundation would have to be one of my favourites. I love the natural non cakey or masky look of the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Even Finish Foundation. You do get a even finish to your skin when wearing. This foundation is oil free and this past summer it showed me how good it is as I only had my normal oil showing through in the afternoon and not within half hour of applying like with some other foundations. I love that it is lightweight as I never feel like I’m wearing any product – this always stays natural and is a foundation that you can build up to full coverage if need be. This foundation does not oxidise it stays true to its actual colour – and an added bonus it comes with a pump so there are no messy bottles and lids here.

Repurchase: Yes


What are some of the products that you have finished this past month?

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