Winter Empties: the (very) extended edit!
By Tina A. - March 10, 2014
Lo and behold, it's time for another rendition of "Empties"! And a pretty overwhelming one at that: I doubt I've ever made as big a dent in my beauty stash as this time ever before (pats self on the back)!
Allow me to present you with a quick run-through of what I managed to finish up over the past few months, before I chuck everything in the bin:
1. Kings & Queens Tsar Peter Tobacco Showergel. One of my top picks from the whole Kings & Queens range due to its more masculine scent, Tobacco has been a repeat purchase of mine over the years (a trend which I definitely don't see myself getting over any time soon)! ;)
2. Haus of Gloi Cozy Sweater Whipped Cream Soap. Another deliciously scented soap in whipped form (a.k.a. my personal favorite) by HoG bites the dust! Enter sad face! Full review here.
3. Haus of Gloi Sweet Potato Treat Whipped Soap. Despite what I said in my review, I ended up getting used to this gourmand scent after a while, and as a matter of fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit. See, that's the thing about Haus of Gloi: it's practically impossible for them to get it wrong (she said with her foot in her mouth)!
4. Haus of Gloi Three Treasures Sugar Exfoliant. By far one of my all-time favorite scents by HoG! I definitely regret not purchasing a full jar (or three), though as far as texture goes, I must say I prefer the bubbling scrub to this one: its lathering ability ensures it clings better to your skin. Full review here.
5. Haus of Gloi Rosy Cheeked Soft Bubbling Scrub. Another lovely, and very fresh scent that I'm saying goodbye to! Full review here.
6. Sephora Express Body Scrub & Mask. This basic, readily available body scrub does the job without breaking the bank - and for that it's already been repurchased! For the full lo-down on how exactly it works, read my review here.
7. Fresh Line Hephaestus Moisturizing & Soothing After Sun Milk*. I've had this one sitting on my bathroom shelf for a while, so I decided to use it up: it's a lovely body lotion, with a delicate shea/musky type of scent, that provides lightweight, but long lasting hydration. I'd definitely consider getting a backup, but at the moment I have enough body moisturisers to last me for a year (not even kidding)!
8. Fresh Line Orpheus & Eurydice Vanilla & Musk Body Milk. Dear Lord, this smells divine! Now, this I know I'll have to repurchase in the future!!!
9. The Body Shop Shea/Karite Eau De Toilette. I adore this scent, in fact I already have a backup waiting for me, but I can't bring myself to use it: it brings back some memories of when I wore this and who I was with when I was wearing it - let's call it a breakup of sorts. Glad it's dunzo, as for the backup it will have to wait a while longer (scent, you motherfucking memory trigger).
1. Fresh Line Polyhymnia Stimulating & Strengthening Hair Wash. A gentle shampoo that won't irritate the scalp or dry out your hair, and one that I'm considering repurchasing. Also ideal for frequent use (though, if you're used to shampoos that lather up a ton, this may not be the one for you).
2. Fresh Line Erato Repairing & Moisturizing Conditioner. Having tried almost all of the scents of Fresh Line's hair care range, I must say this is by far the best! Pretty darn good conditioner too, especially for those with overprocessed hair, like mine!
3. Garnier Cristal Color Hair Mask. This was inside a box dye kit, that I decided to salvage. An ok hair mask for my dry hair, but overall, nothing to write home about: in fact, those with flat or oily hair may find this a little too greasy.
4. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3 Μinute Treatment*. The most lightweight moisturizing product of the Triple Nutrition range is an easy to rinse out conditioner. Now, this wasn't exactly an ideal fit for me (the mask from that range will always have my heart), but it's nice to see something that would fit those with oilier hair or those that need to get out of the shower quickly.
5. John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Styling Spray. Seeing as insane hair frizz is a bit of a trademark of mine when it's raining out (which is more often than I'd like), I'm always on the lookout for products that prevent the dreaded "stuck my finger in a socket" look. This is one of the few things that actually make a difference - sadly, it runs out before you can say "frizz" (which reminds me, I need to order a backup asap).
6. Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. One of the most popular hair oils (the other one being Moroccanoil) is one that most of you love and rave about, I, however, am not quite sold: while I do prefer it to Moroccanoil, as I find the scent more pleasant, and the texture easier to work with, I'm trying to quit silicone based leave-in products alltogether.
1. Pai Organic Skincare Sampling Set, aka the beginning of my love affair with Pai. Extended review here. P.S.: The price for this has gone up, it's now €10 instead of €6, but it's still a good way to give the brand a go, particularly if your sensitive skin refuses to work with with other, more readily available brands.
2. Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Scrub. I used to enjoy this scrub way back in the day, but I've come across much better ones since. You can read my full review here.
3. Neal's Yard Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist. This to me, works like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir was supposed to: a herbal hydrating and refreshing facial spray, that's soothing at the same time. Even though it's slightly harder to find compared to the usual facial spray brands, I think it's worth the search.
4. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector*. I was fed up with seeing this sitting on a shelf, so I thought to myself: "I should finally use it up"! Little did I know, I had already finished this a long time ago: I could not get a full pump out of it (opaque packaging may look nice, but it's highly unpractical)! I've reviewed this here.
5. Soap & Glory Hand Food Cream. I'll never understand why this is so massively overhyped: yes, it's a decent moisturising hand cream, but next to all those amazing hand creams out there, it pales in comparison.
1. Bourjois 1, 2, 3 Perfect Foundation. Despite it being a good all-rounder foundation (satin finish, medium coverage, fairly long-lasting & easy to blend), it requires already smooth and plump skin to look good: if you're suffering from any dryness at all this will accentuate it 100% and end up looking cakey! Too bad, because the shade 50 was a good match for me (is it me, or does Healthy Mix Serum run darker than the rest of their foundations?)!
2. Avon Mega Effects Mascara. A decent formula with the gimmiest brush known to mankind! I don't know how some of you do it, but I ended up putting mascara on my eyelids almost every single time, no matter where I looked or whichever way I tilted my head or held the brush! See, even writing about this gets me worked up! :///
3. MAC Lipglass in Icescape. Another nude (and sticky) lipglass offering by MAC - damn, I still have a few of those I need to finish!
4. LipFusion Micro Collagen Lip Plump. My favorite lip plumper over the years! At the moment I'm using the XL version, but I prefer the original one, because it made my lips fuller without any stinging or numbing sensation.
5. The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment. This is another lipgloss that I've had for ages, if you can't tell! I don't even know what it's called!
6. L'Oreal Color Riche in 201 Rose Paradis. My favorite nude nail polish, that I should refrain from repurchasing, in order to give the other nudes in my collection a chance (I doubt they'll live up to this, though)! Swatch here.
And, that brings us to a staggering grand total of 26 items!!! Yowza!!! Feast your eyes people, for I doubt this is happening again anytime soon!!!
What have you used up recently?