Throwing Out The Trash | 2018 Empties Vol. 2

by - January 22, 2019


Keeping up with the whole decluttering trend that's so in at the moment (partially thanks to Marie Kondo and partially due to people wanting to lead a simpler lifestyle in 2019), I figured it was once again time to empty my beauty bin. Naturally, not before I shared with you all what I managed to finish up during the past few weeks!

As usual, I divided them into categories, for your convenience (and mine)!



Skincare
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. This gentle foam that doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight has been a frequent repurchase. I use this as a second cleanser after...
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, another product I keep going back to. It's hardly news that anyone who wears layers of makeup and/or SPF should be double cleansing, so an oil based cleanser is essential. I personally prefer butters to liquids: less messy to use and way more travel-friendly.
Apivita Hydration Natural Serum with Aloe & Hyaluronic Acid. A really old bottle that probably belonged in the bin a long time ago. I would only recommend this to someone looking to simultaneously add moisture and calm down a sensitized skin - if hydration is your sole concern, then there's far better HA formulas out there.
Bioderma Cotton Pads. Confession time: I loved these! Come to think of it, I should have kept at least one to show you, so now my description will have to suffice: think of them as little plush duvets for removing makeup, with a really high thread count duvet cover on the outside. Yes, they're that good.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. This hasn't reached Holy Grail status without good reason: it does a wonderful job at removing makeup and it's the most soothing to your skin among all of them. If you wish to go into a little more detail as to why it does so, I've dug up an old review here.
Fresh Line Vanilla Soothing Lip Therapy. Lovely lip balm that keeps your lips soft and nourished. I've reviewed this, along with a couple more from the range here.
Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser. This is from a travel sized sample kit they did a while back. In all honesty, I really enjoyed its texture: lovely & lightweight, it provided my skin with more than adequate hydration, but at 110 for the full size, there's no chance I'll be returning. Granted, it contains ruby crystals for that radiant effect, and I know some people swear by it, I just didn't feel the results on my skin justify a repeat purchase.




Bodycare
Nivea Invisible Antiperspirant. Not much to say about it, other than that I enjoyed using it and that I found the scent quite pleasant. I'd probably repurchase.
Nivea Protect & Care Antiperspirant Roll-On. I really liked this: it's alcohol-free and from what I can recall it didn't stain my clothes, but being a roll-on means you need to let it dry before you get dressed - and nobody got time for that, especially in the winter!
Noxzema Classic Antiperspirant Spray. Omg, I hate this with a passion! There's something so offensive in the formula, that made me cough every time I used it! As if I sprayed it in my mouth instead of my pits! Worst deodorant ever!
Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist. Another one bites the dust, no surprise here!
Sephora Monoi Creamy Body Wash. I finally finished this up! It smells delicious, but for me it's a very summery scent and once the weather gets colder, I go more gourmand than floral in the shower.
Ventus Beaute Hydrating Tropical Body Scrub. Very similar to the Palmer's Cocoa Body Scrub, it's one of the most affordable ones on the Greek market. If you know me by now, you probably remember that The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub is my absolute favorite, and this works in a pretty similar fashion.
Fresh Line Dione Soothing & Nurturing Body Souffle. A rich body butter with a very gentle fresh scent (think high-end soap). This one is marketed towards sensitive skin types, as it has a higher percentage of natural ingredients (94.4% to be specific), and although natural doesn't always mean "free from irritation", I think this would suit virtually everyone.
Fresh Line Pistachio & Almond Body Milk. Praise the heavens for this scent: rich, sweet, gourmand, ideal to make your body pampering sesh extra cozy and relaxing! You're gonna read about it again on here. Bet.



Haircare
Kerastase Aura Botanica Shampoo and Conditioner. Worth the splurge in my opinion! I gave them a shout out on my last empties' post, here.
Fresh Line Cleo Sensitive Scalp Hair Wash. Once again, a pretty good all-around shampoo, with the same formula as the rest of the Fresh Line hair wash range. Unfortunately, I found this particular scent to be a little more medicinal than my stomach could handle, so Cleo gets a no from me.
Olaplex No.3. Brace yourselves people, a review is in the works (but until I post it, maybe you can order yourselves a bottle or two and beat me to it)!
Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Cream. An unexpected miss from a brand that rarely disappoints: while it did protect my strands from the heat during styling, it felt too heavy for my fine hair. Furthermore, I found the scent too old ladylike for my taste.
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo. This is everything that Batiste isn't! On that note, I vow to never purchase Batiste again, when people start to think you went lighter in tone after using it, you know that product is crap. Try this one instead!



Makeup
Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (shade #13). For me, Korean brands are unparalleled when it comes to B.B. creams, I mean, after all, they only invented them! If you're looking for something with high SPF (42), medium/high medium buildable coverage and long lasting results, you may want to give this one a try. Personally, I'd classify this more as a foundation than a B.B. cream, because you can tell and feel that you're wearing a base product. I got the lightest shade, which has a slight grey undertone, although I don't think this is at all noticeable to others.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation. Although I don't wear this during the daytime, it's my go-to pick for nights out: it provides high medium coverage, it's relatively transfer resistant, and although it's not completely matte so as to make my already dry skin look dull and dreary, it's matte enough (ok, it's closer to a satin) to allow me to play around with my highlighters. I have a backup tube already.
L'Oreal Paris Paradise Extatic Mascara. I mean, it's good, better than Maybelline Total Temptation, but once again, another case of overhype. I liked its bristle brush though, which is similar to that of the...
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. At least with this one, I can understand the hype: if you enjoy a full-on, voluminous lash, you'll get along well with it. Not sure if it lives up to its name, however, or, if any beauty product should live up to that name for that matter!
CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Lilac Eclipse, and
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla. Apparently, I went through a mauve phase without even realising it and managed to finish not one, but two bottles?! Yes, the mini size still counts!
Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream. Probably the first matte liquid lipstick I ever tried, it's now long discontinued. Too bad, as it wasn't drying at all, and the shade (I think I had #3) complimented my skin tone beautifully.

All in all, 28 beauty products, and if you add those to the 36 from Vol. 1, then you get a whooping grand total of 64!!! Not bad at all *pats self on the back*!!!

Have you tried any of these products? Are you in a decluttering mode too for the new year?

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