empties

Empties: November 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love an empties post. They seem so honest and informative! If you want to see what I thought about the products I have finished and whether or not I would repurchase them, keep on reading.

 

Hair 

Cedel Dry Shampoo


This is not the first time I’ve used this dry shampoo and I doubt it will be the last. Is it my favourite dry shampoo I’ve ever used? No. Having said that, it is affordable, readily available at most supermarkets/Priceline/pharmacies and it does the job. The only two things I don’t love about it is the white cast it gives off (which can be frustrating on darker hair) and that it doesn’t leave me with run-my-fingers-leisurely-through-my-locks softness. But, really no dry shampoo does that and, like I said, it cleans my hair.

 

Repurchase? I’d say so.

 

Bumble and Bumble Prep


I’m really very lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I find it time consuming and frustrating and I’m just not very good at it. So, naturally, my blow-drying routine normally consists of me flipping my hair upside down and waving the hair dyer around until it’s dry enough.   This prep spray has my lazy routine looking like I’ve had a professional blowout. Thick, luscious volume. If you have pancake hair like me, get this in your life.

 

Repurchase? ASAP.

 

Skin

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water


I honestly don’t even know how I came to have this in my draw. I’m assuming at some point it came free with another La Roche Posay product as it’s certainly not something I would normally bother spending my money on. Having said that, I really enjoyed using this both as a toner and as a refresher on long-haul flights. But, to be honest, it’s water in a can and you can find much more affordable alternatives.

 

Repurchase? Nah. Well, maybe if I’m feeling fancy.

 

The Fix Coffee Scrub


We are Tassie girls, born and bred, and we love to support local brands, businesses and communities. So when we saw this coffee scrub at a twilight market, as both Tasmanians and avid coffee scrub enthusiasts, we snatched it right up. It’s available from their Etsy page and makes a really awesome gift (it was our gift of choice for friends and family in 2015).

 

In comparison to say the Frank coffee scrub it is less…moist (sorry, I hate that word too).   At first I thought this meant it would be less moisturising, but it was equally as moisturising, it just left our bath tub less slippery. So it was actually a plus! It also smells like peppermint. Honestly it’s heavenly, get around it.

 

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Skin Republic Foot Peel


I’m going to keep this short and sweet. M has used foot peels in the past (not this brand) that, although completely disgusting, looks fun as hell and left her with the feet of an angel and I wanted in on some of that action. This foot peel promises to remove dead skin in seven days. It has been 3 weeks and I am still sans angel feet. In fact I think they may be worse, just a little peely but with none of the satisfaction that M experienced.

 

Repurchase? Nope. Total waste of $15.

 

NKD Body Scrub – Mint


As mentioned above, we are skin scrub junkies. It is a bandwagon upon which we have well and truly jumped. This scrub from NKD Body is….meh. Don’t get me wrong, it smelled lovely and it exfoliated my skin, it just didn’t do it as well as other products (such as The Fix mentioned earlier). My skin was softer, it just wasn’t “omg you have you feel my leg, isn’t it the softest things you’ve EVER FELT” soft. This scrub may be perhaps suited to people with more sensitive skin.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps as a gift.

 

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment


That is quite the lengthy title for what is essentially an eye cream; An eye cream that I really enjoyed. I saw visible difference in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth (because I apply it there also), it kept my dry skin moisturised all day, and was perfect prep for undereye concealer. If you have oily skin I would steer clear of this product, it sometimes even left my dry skin looking greasy if I used too much product.

 

Having said all of that, I am currently using a cheaper drugstore eye cream that is giving me very similar results for a much smaller price.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps in a sale.

 

Makeup

 

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer


As mentioned in my recent(ish) Travel Makeup Bag post, it is one of life’s great mysteries to me why this concealer is not more popular.

 

As it’s name suggests it both hydrates and conceals my under eyes whilst looking completely natural. It doesn’t highlight, but for everyday that is exactly what I’m after. It is honestly my favourite under eye concealer for every day. If you have dry skin, you have to try this out.

 

I have used it for blemishes when I don’t have any other product on me and, for a short term solution, it worked fine. It is very moisturising so it works best set with powder.

 

Repurchase? I already had a backup.

 

BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser – Liquid


I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this was worth the money when baby shampoo has been doing a pretty good job for me all this time. I was wrong. This is the only thing that gets my BeautyBlenders/beauty sponges looking like new. It does have a pretty strong scent (which I didn’t notice until Karima McKimmie pointed it out – thanks for that gal!) but if you can get past/don’t mind that then you have to try this out.

 

Repurchase? Yes. However, M tells me that the solid BlenderCleanser is even better and without the scent, so maybe I’ll check that out first.

 

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious


I have a feeling that this product may be discontinued, but I’m going to review it anyway. Did this make my lashes grow? Nope. Was it a good mascara otherwise? Yeah. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried but it was waterproof, a lovely jet black and it did the job at a reasonable price. I definitely used this mascara well past the time where it should have been replaced.

 

Repurchase? I would have if it wasn’t discontinued. I will if I see it in a discount shop.

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


I’m sure I can’t be the only one who had their life transformed by beauty sponges. I am a HUGE fan of the way they apply my foundation. Yes, the OG BeautyBlender is really fantastic, but to be honest, I think I prefer the Real Techniques sponge. It is a bit softer but without soaking up any more product, and I think it just gives a better finish with less effort for me. The only downside and the only reason I am throwing this out (aside from the fact that it is 2 years old and that is disgusting and it probably has diseases by now) is that it tears reeeeaalllly easily. Which is not an issue I have had with any other beauty sponge.

 

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Have you tried any of these products? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful,

N x

Empties June 2016

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Hair Care

NKD Hair Mask – Citrus

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This mask gives me life. The citrus scent isn’t my favourite smell in the world, but it’s by no means bad. Other than that I am a huge fan! It makes my hair so soft and saved my locks throughout summer. I have been giving this as gifts this year and people love it. I am super keen to try the newer vanilla scent, yuuumm!

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Toni&Guy Dry Shampoo – Cleanse

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First of all, this packaging is just so sleek and elegant. I’m not gonna lie, that is 99% of the reason I chose to buy this brand, it looks so good in my bathroom. As for the actual product… I liked it, I just didn’t love it. It claims to “create second day volume and freshness”, and it did make my hair feel slightly cleaner, but nowhere near as much as other brands. It gave me a little volume, but again, nowhere near as much as other brands. The scent was not great, I got used to it eventually but initially I was really hating on the smell, and it stuck around all day. What I did love was the lack of that dry-shampoo-white-streak that you get with other brands when you first apply it. This baby did not have that issue.

Repurchase? Probably not.

 

Skin care

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic

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My mum actually bought this toner, and decided she didn’t like it pretty early in the piece and so gave it to me (gotta love that). I really liked this toner! As somebody who has traditionally skipped that step I was pleasantly surprised by the difference this made. It smells lovely (like cucumbers) and really added some hydration to my skincare routine. Is it worth the AU$48? I’m not sure. I have since replaced it with other cheaper hydrating toners and I feel they are doing a similar job for far less money.

Repurchase? If I win the lottery.

 

Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion

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Again, my mum gave me this after she decided she didn’t like it. It is another toner-esque product that you use post-cleanse and pre-moisturise. This baby will set you back a whopping AU$66, and I just don’t think it’s worth it. Did it hydrate my skin? Yes. Did it do it so much more than cheaper alternatives that I’m willing to sell my first born to purchase it? Not even close. I expected it to blow my mind and completely repair my dry skin. It didn’t.

Repurchase? Nope.

 

Michael Todd True Organics Cranberry Antiox Toner

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I LOVE this toner. This is the trial size but I have had the full size in the past. I have really loved all of the Michael Todd toners I have tried to be honest, it’s such a great brand, and so affordable for the quality and size of the product. This one is particularly great for dry or mature skin types. I like to use it in winter when my skin is struggling in the hydration department or when I am travelling.

Repurchase? For sure.

Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream

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I have reviewed this night cream before (see here) and I will love it until the day I die. Whenever I branch out and try another night cream I always seem to come crawling back to my first love. Even those products that match up in effectiveness don’t match up in price. So affordable and so good. I can’t recommend this enough.

Repurchase? Forever and always.

 

Moreish Euphoria Cream Cleanser

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I have recently done a review on a few of the Moreish skincare range (see here). As I said in that post, I liked this, but it just didn’t make me swoon.

Repurchase? Doubtful.

 

Moreish Liquid Gold Argan Oil

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I have recently done a review on a few of the Moreish skincare range (see here). As I said in that post, for my dry winter skin, this bad boy is my saviour. I was pleasantly surprised.

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Makeup

Reach Techniques Stippling Brush

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I realise that this isn’t technically an ‘empty’, but it’s ready to be thrown out, and for that reason I have included it. I love Real Techniques, I think their products are fabulous and at reasonable prices. We have been using them for years and for the most part they have lasted fantastically, with the exception of this little fella. All of a sudden, for no reason, the hairs just started coming out all over the place. We’ve treated it the same as all of the others, so…yeah, a bit disappointing.

Repurchase? If needed.

 

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation

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We’ve have mentioned this in several favourites and must-have posts. It is my go-to on days when I just can’t decide what level of coverage I want or when my skin doesn’t love life. It’s perfect for natural days or beautifully buildable for a little more coverage. Big thumbs up from us!

Repurchase? I already had a backup in the cupboard.

 

Covergirl + Olay Serum Primer

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I picked this up when I was looking for a hydrating primer and it really came through. It was slightly more expensive for a drugstore product but I think it was worth it. Really helped to moisturise my skin to create a great base for my foundation.

Repurchase? For sure.

 

The Body Shop Moisturise It Skin Primer

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In general, I really love The Body Shop primers. They do exactly what it says on the bottle! And this one is no exception. This baby moisturises my skin and leaves it supple and hydrated ready for the rest of my makeup. Definitely recommend it for dry-skinned gals.

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

The Body Shop Matte It Skin Primer

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As I said, I love body shop primers. Whilst my skin is mostly dry, it is also sometimes combination, especially in my t-zone. In summer, my t-zone can freak out and become an oil slick. A bit of this primer in those oily areas and my makeup lasts longer than it does otherwise. I also love it in winter for nights out as it extends the wear of my foundation.

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer

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I purchased this in the middle of winter, hoping it would moisturise my skin and help ease the appearance of those small lines that dry skin + makeup seem to bring about. It hydrated, but it also left my skin feeling greasy and my makeup seemed to slip right off it, which is not anybody’s goal! It also made my skin breakout. Not winning on any fronts.

Repurchase? Hell no.

 

Chi Chi Fabulous and Flawless Foundation

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This was an early love of mine, and every time I come back to it I have a “omg this foundation really is just as great as I remember it being!”. Great coverage whilst also leaving a natural appearance, hydrating but not oily and it lasts all day. And so affordable! Love it.

Repurchase? Definitely.

What products have you used up lately? Let me know in the comments below – N x

 

 

EMPTIES – NOVEMBER 2015

Hair Care

QV Hair Nourishing Shampoo

IMG_0004_2I have a sensitive scalp so the QV shampoo and conditioner is great! The gentle range is definitely not made for anyone with more hair than a buzz cut so I like to use the Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner to keep my hair squeaky clean and luscious without irritating my scalp.

Repurchase? Yes – over and over again!

Skin Care

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap – Extra Mild

IMG_0001_2My skin went through a really bad patch a few months ago and I searched high and low for something that would save me from my dry-flaky hell. Quite a few people recommended that I try the Clinique Extra Mild facial cleanser so I picked it up from Myer. This did nothing for my skin. It’s not like it made it worse, and it did have a lovely creamy texture but it just wasn’t the saviour I was hoping for.

Repurchase? No.

 

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Exfoliator

IMG_0003_2This is a fabulous exfoliator! It has vitamin C in it, so I found it gave my skin a nice morning (or night time) glow and was gentle enough on my skin to use every day! I also have very sensitive and dry skin and I found that it neither irritated or dried out my skin! Thanks Clean & Clear!

Repurchase? Definitely!

 

Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser

IMG_0009_2If you Google “Michael Todd review” the number of hits that involve this cleanser far outweigh any of their other products. The vast majority of those reviews are incredibly positive; I however have mixed feelings about it. It is formulated for acne and oily skin, not my combination skin type, and this is probably why this made my skin dry. Like, drrrryyyyyy. If I used it at the beginning of my shower by the end of it my skin felt uncomfortably tight and dry, even my oily areas felt too dry.

Repurchase? No. But oily skinned gals, this may be your lifesaver.

Dry/Combination skin types, check out their Honey & Oat cleanser here.

 

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

IMG_0010_2This scrub was gentle enough not to irritate my skin with regular use, but I just didn’t get the same results as I did with the Tropical Fruit scrub. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, I just didn’t love it.

Repurchase? No.

Sukin Facial Treatment Oil

IMG_0011_2I was really excited to try this product out. I’m a huge fan of Sukin products and love their rosehip oil. The packaging says that the combined argan, rosehip, maracuja, jojoba oils will leave me with brighter and softer skin within four weeks. The results were…meh. I mean, it worked I guess. It kept my skin hydrated and soft, but I didn’t get the same results in brightening that I did with Sukin’s regular rosehip oil or Trilogy’s Rosehip Plus (the latter in particular was like WOW).

Repurchase? No.

Fragrances

Si by Giorgio Armani EDP

IMG_0015I got my first bottle of Si at the Boxing day sales and Myer last year and instantly fell in love! It’s the perfect musky, yet sweet fragrance and one that I would literally get a comment on every single day I wore it. I was devastated when I ran out and am tossing up whether I should get the instense version or the normal Eau De Parfum for my next bottle… What do you think?

Repurchase? Absolutely!

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

IMG_0020This is not my first bottle of SJP’s Lovely and it will not be my last. I have been wearing this since I was 16 (at the birth of my Sex & the City love) and I am yet to stop loving the gorgeous soft, floral scent. It’s inexpensive and yet gorgeous. I highly recommend it! You’ll love it as much as I do.

Repurchase? Always. Forever. Yes.

 

Make-Up

The Body Shop Baked to Last Bronzer in Warm Glow

IMG_0008_2This is my go-to bronzer when I am seriously in need of a bronzed healthy glow. If I fall sick (and look it), this baby revives my poor sickly face. People actually compliment my skin tone on sick days – not a bad effort by this bronzer. When I started to hit pan I actually said “noooooooo!” aloud, I love this bronzer that much. Get it in your life.

Repurchase? Hells yes. Asap.

 

Stila One Step Correct Primer

IMG_0022This is one of the most hydrating primers I have ever used but I just don’t see any colour correcting properties using it! I’ve used it on days when my face almost looks sunburnt in some areas and there is no difference at all. I’m not sure if I wasn’t using it right but I wouldn’t really recommend it for anyone who needs big help with colour correcting.

Repurchase? No, sorry.

 

MAC Face & Body

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You’ve heard us talk about MAC’s Face and Body Foundation before and I am sure it won’t be the last time. It is our fail safe, holygrail foundation. You can wear it sheer for a natural look and build it up in areas where you need more coverage and it will never look cakey as it is water based! We have converted COUNTLESS friends and family members onto Face and Body and will forever wear this liquid gold!

Repurchase? Forever.

 

Plink by MAC

IMG_0017Plink! is my favourite natural lipstick of all time! If I don’t know what to wear I’ll always go for it. It’s like my lips, but better and never lets me down! You can read more about Plink! and my other MAC lipsticks in my MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION post.

Repurchase? Already have.

MAC Bronzer in Matte Bronze

IMG_0016This is my favourite matte bronzer and I’m already quite far through my second pan. It was my first every bronzer and I did A LOT of research in to what I wanted so I didn’t waste my pennies and I was not disappointed in my decision! It’s not super pigmented so you can build it up to whatever kind of look you want and it doesn’t go patchy. Love, love, love this bronzer for an every day look!

Repurchase? Absolutely!

 

Until next time, stay happy!

N & M xx

 

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