Here we go again. It's the start of a whole new year, and I'm starting a whole new empties tally with quite a bang. I mentioned in my December empties that while I did manage to finish up a few extra things to add to my 2015 numbers, a lot I didn't quite finish, and they are indeed in the first post of 2016 instead. There's fewer sachets and samples, though some, and mostly all full size products.
Biotherm Lait de Douche Cleansing Shower Milk 75ml ( here )
Another one of these. Still love the product, it's a creamy gentle shower gel, perfect if you've got dry and/or sensitive skin. I would absolutely buy a full-size.
Hand Chemistry Heel Hydration Complex 100ml ( here )
This is so good, I've ordered two more during the christmas sales at Lookfantastic. It keeps my feet in really good condition, they are super soft, even now in the middle of winter. It also absorbs super quickly so I can use it in the mornings as well.
S.W. Basics Body Scrub 178ml ( here )
I did not enjoy this, unfortunately. I think the concept is great, so I really wanted to like it, and the performance is ok, it's just it's so messy! This is basically just loose granules of different stuff mixed together in a glass jar. When scooping out a bit and scrubbing the skin with it, half the product winds up on the floor. Not something I'll ever buy again.
The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter 200ml ( limited edition )
I loved this! It smells absolutely amazing! The quality is on-par with any Body Shop body butter, so if you like them you'd like this. Not that you can buy it anymore, it's sold out everywhere and was limited edition just for christmas. I wanted to go back and buy a back-up, but I couldn't find it anywhere. If they release this scent again next year I'll definitely buy it again. For now I've still got the shower gel and shimmering body lotion left.
Fushi Virgin Baobab Seed Oil 100ml ( here )
This is decent, but I much prefer the Rosehip Oil Fushi does. This did moisturise and keep skin healthy, but I didn't find it did anything more than that. I'll stick to the Rosehip Oil.
Schmidt's Deodorant Fragrance Free ( here )
This was.. interesting. I'd say overall it's ok, but I kind of hated it and I'm glad it's finally done. I didn't think scooping this out with the spatula it came with (that broke after 5 uses), or thereafter the handle of a spoon, warming it up and applying it like a cream would feel like so much hassle, but it did. Especially compared to just the quick swipe solution of regular deodorants. It also didn't perform fantastically. This brand is natural though, so I love that, and they have come out with their deodorants in stick form (which I never understood why they didn't just do to begin with), which I might give a try. I really want this whole natural deodorant thing to work out.
Fushi Organic Neem Leef 60 Capsules ( here )
I've talked about this several times before. I really feel like these make a difference in my skin. If I have a period of bad skin I'll take two a day and I find it helps clear any blemishes much faster and my skin starts the healing process. I'm already onto my next bottle and will continue re-purchasing.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 60 Pads ( here )
It's Megan ( here ) who convinced me to finally give these a try, and I'm so happy I did. I love these! They are very gentle, but still efficient and so easy and handy to use. I'll definitely buy another tub after I've finished my other exfoliating toners.
Biotherm Biosource Instant Hydration Softening Lotion 125ml ( here )
This is a thicker toner which feels really good on my dehydrated skin. It's geared towards dry skin types and works really well at balancing the skin without stripping or drying it. The thicker formula I feel also helps add a bit of moisture to the skin, if only just a little. My skin definitely feels less tight between the toner and serum stage than with other toners.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc 150ml ( here )
Another toner! This I spray across my face every morning and it does wonderful things. It helps soothe any redness and overall calm skin down from washing and drying it. It's also anti-bacterial and I feel it helps move along the healing process of any blemishes, it also keeps my skin overall more clear and happy.
Bioderma Solution Micellaire 500ml ( here )
My favourite makeup remover. It's gentle enough for me to use to remove eye makeup on my sensitive eyes and also cleans makeup of my face without stripping my skin or leaving it feeling dry or tight. I love this, and will probably "always" keep re-purchasing.
Mac Pro Eye Makeup Remover 100ml ( here )
This was alright. It did sting my eyes a bit if I got it on my actual eye or waterline, but my eyes are very sensitive. Still, I won't buy it again due to that reason, but I'll say other than that it's a decent product, so if your eyes aren't super sensitive, you'll probably quite like this.
Lancome Hydra Zen Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream SPF 15 15ml ( here )
I used to use the Lancome Hydra Zen range exclusively in my late teens/early twenties. Both the day and night cream. The scent still brings a bit of nostalgia for me. Other than that it's still a very nice moisturiser indeed. It's not too heavy, but moisturises well, works well under makeup with my normal/dehydrated skin and I do find it to be a bit soothing for the skin. I wouldn't mind owning this again, but it's not a must-have.
Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream 50ml ( here )
This smells incredible - citrusy. Besides that I was a bit disappointed as this cream is quite hyped, and I found myself a bit underwhelmed. It's a fine cream, it's ok, but it's nothing spectacular. It moisturises well without being greasy, the scent is very nice, and it didn't irritate my skin or cause anything bad to happen. Besides that nothing particularly good happened either.
REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm 100ml ( review - here )
I've been through so many tubes of this and I will most definitely buy it again.
Biotherm Blue Therapy Night Cream 1.5ml x 2 ( here )
I've been through a lot of samples of this as well. It's a lovely simple cream that moisturises really well without being too heavy or clogging pores and it always leaves my skin in very good condition the morning after.
Inded Labs Hydraluron 30ml ( review - here )
This is incredible! We've had -15 Celsius here and using this everyday under my day cream, that isn't particularly heavy, has kept my skin in tip-top condition. I will definitely, definitely buy this again.
Ling Skincare Hi-Vitamin C 12% Anti-Oxidant Brightening Solution 30ml ( review - here )
Another one I can't be without. I'm already onto my next bottle. This clears acne, brightens the skin and helps fade pigmentation marks and heal blemishes. Seriously.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial 15ml ( review - here )
This is such a good one. The smell is absolutely intoxicating, for starters. The oil itself absorbs completely, which means you actually can use it on mornings, even busy ones. This imparts a gorgeous glow to the face, even when you really haven't deserved one. Perfect for days after you've had a bit too much wine, but don't want it to look like you did.
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask 60ml ( here )
I love the Parsley Seed range, and this one, the star of the show, I of course love as well. It's a clay mask that dries to a beige colour which is quite fun. Other than that it really clears the skin, but without stripping it completely. It's a bit more gentle, yet still super efficient at clearing and unclogging pores.
Kanebo Sensai Lifting Eye Cream 2ml ( here )
This is a very nice eye cream. It moisturises well and doesn't irritate my eyes. It's nothing absolutely spectacular though, so I probably won't buy the full size, but I'll gladly go through another sample.
Fresh Créme Ancienne Soft Cream 3ml ( here )
This was amazing! I got this sample at the Fresh store in London when I was there before christmas and I am just gutted it's impossible for me to order this from anywhere. Nowhere that has this will let me ship it to Norway, I have no idea why. Until I'm going somewhere I can actually buy Fresh cosmetics this will remain at the top of my to-buy list!
Kanebo Sensai Recovery Concentrate Cream 4.6ml ( here )
This is a nice moisturiser, I used it as a night cream. It's very moisturising, doesn't feel too heavy or clog pores and it made my skin look good and healthy next morning. It didn't do anything absolutely amazing though, and on some days I felt it didn't moisturise my skin quite enough for my liking.
Kanebo Sensai Ultimate The Cream 2ml ( here )
The Ultimate Cream by Sensai is incredibly expensive and while it's also a nice enough moisturiser, I can't say it did anything spectacular either, certainly not to warrant the hefty price tag.
Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Eye Contour Cream 2ml ( here )
This I only used for a few days until I decided to just get rid of the rest. It's a very thick balm that I find it almost impossible to spread across the skin around my eyes, especially without tugging at the skin. Not really applying it well or everywhere left the skin around my eyes a bit drier than usual, which is really not the point of applying eye cream, so I decided to just get rid of it. It could be that it's a bit harder to "spread" due to the cold weather here, but I'm not going to keep this around for months just to see if it works better then.
Klorane Shampoo with Nettle for Oil Control 400ml ( here )
I was so excited to try this when I picked it up as I love Klorane's Nettle Dry Shampoo and thought I'd then naturally love this as well. I don't. It's way too harsh on my scalp and hair. I put this away for a bit to use other things, thinking I'd eventually return to it to finish it up, but saw the other day that it had gone off. I've used over half and I don't like it, so I'm actually quite happy to have a good reason to just get rid off it.
Kanebo Sensay Shidenkai Volumising Shampoo 250ml ( here )
This is ok, but it doesn't do anything in terms of volumising, and it's also a bit drying on the hair and scalp. I have a friend that loves using this only, no conditioner, and feels it gives her a lot of volume. That may be true for her, but I can only speak for myself and I didn't notice any results and I don't like it. I do follow up with a conditioner though, I always do. I have long hair that needs it to not go split-end-crazy, but if you don't need to use conditioner, perhaps this would work for you.
Sachajuan Dry Hair Conditioner 250ml ( here )
I liked this ok, but I don't think I'll buy it again. It's a fairly heavy conditioner, which did treat my ends nicely, but it also ended up weighing my hair down a bit and didn't allow for much volume at all. I enjoyed using this when my hair really needed some extra care, but I didn't have time for a full-on hair mask. I'd consider buying it again for that purpose, but I'm hoping I'll find a conditioner that can really hydrate my ends without weighing my hair down at all, at least less.
Rahua Finishing Treatment 60ml ( here )
This I am getting rid off half-full/half-empty. I'm saying half-empty because I've wanted to get rid of this since it was basically full, but I've soldiered on through half the tub. I wanted to give it a good chance as I really love the Rahua brand, but after using half of it my conclusion is still the same; I don't like it. It makes my hair a bit stringy and dirty feeling, which is just not something I want for my hair, who does?
Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Eau de Parfum ( here )
I've decided to get rid of a few of my perfume mini bottles as they have simply gone off. I've kept these around as they are so beautiful and I didn't really want to throw them away. I realised this month though that that is just ridiculous and so I've started the process of letting go of some of these, starting with these four, all by YSL. First one is the newest of the bunch, Manifesto. I love this scent and this is one I would definitely buy if I didn't have such an overwhelming amount of perfume already. It's very vanilla heavy, which you might know by now, I absolutely love.
Yves Saint Laurent Elle Eau de Parfum 7.5ml ( here )
I don't remember how this smells, but it smells bad now and so I'm getting rid of it. I've had this for probably 10 years.
Yves Saint Laurent Cinéma Eau de Parfum 8ml x 2 ( here )
Same goes for these two. Cinema is very vanilla heavy with almond and amber among it's most prominent notes as well. Obviously, I have loved these in the past. Sadly they have gone off. I'm not sure if they still make Cinema, but if they do I'd love to own a bottle at some point.
Maple Holistics Peppermint Natural Lipbalm 4.25g ( here )
Maple Holistics sent me a bunch of amazing stuff a while back that I'm only getting round to using now due to my strict policy on not having too much stuff open at the same time. I couldn't wait to use this lip balm though, and it's so good! It smells of peppermint which I love and the lip balm actually worked really well at hydrating my lips. Usually lip balms in stick form do nothing for me, but this is the second one (the Caudalie lip balm is the first) I've found that actually keeps lips hydrated beyond the time the product is actually on the lips. I'd definitely re-purchase this if it was more easily available to me.
OPI French Bordeaux 15ml ( can't find it, discontinued? )
This is one of my older nail polishes and it just needs to go. As regular readers of the blog will know, I've been on a strict nail polish no-buy for over 2 years now, focusing on rotating through my stash. While that is a lot of fun, I'm never using any up, and since I don't want to focus on using one at a time either, downsizing is the only way to get my "collection" down. This one is a beautiful red colour that I've used so many times, the bottle is half empty. It's at that point where it's getting difficult and time consuming to paint my nails with as the bottle is so empty. Add to that that I've got about 20 other reds, and that I've had this for ages, and I felt it was time to just move on. Should I ever get to a more reasonable amount of nail polish I would actually really consider buying this again, it's a really great colour.
Fusion Beauty Lip Fusion XXL 8.22g ( here )
This is a really good lip balm. It's quite sticky and not something I think I'd ever like wearing during the day, but as an overnight treatment it's really good. It keeps my lips in good condition and also helps plump them and I do find my lips are a bit bigger when I am consistently using this. I've been through quite a few tubes of this over the years, and will most definitively buy it again.
Over the moon about... Pink Pepper & Amyris Hand Lotion 75ml ( limited edition )
I bought a three-pack of Over the moon about... hand creams at Boots before christmas, and while the packaging is super cute and they look absolutely gorgeous, the hand cream itself isn't that good. It just doesn't do much for my hands. They smell nice enough, also nothing too spectacular. I'll gladly use them up, but I doubt I'll buy any more hand creams from the brand.
Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Grege 6g ( review - discontinued? )
This was the palette I chose to pan for 2015 and while I didn't finish it completely, I am still really pleased with how far I got and have no difficulties letting go of what's left. Grege is a really nice natural palette that have been a go-to for me for years. I'll miss it, but I am happy to have downsized such a "large" item from my collection. I would consider buying it again at some point, but I think it's been discontinued since I can't find it anywhere online?
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yogurt 5g ( here )
The colour of this is really nice, but unfortunately it didn't last very long on the lids. It started to dry out a few months back, so I made en effort to use it more, but then the lid broke and then I smashed the product into the lid because it didn't "stop itself" anymore. It's a bit gross now and I've used a fair bit, plus it's not a favourite product so I felt it was fine to get rid of what's left.
By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain 6.5ml ( here )
This is my favourite highlighting pen. I've used and re-purchased only the Touche Veloutée highlighting pen for I think 3 years now. That totals to about 3 pens I think. I do use other undereye concealers as well, which helps this last longer (by not using it), but still this holds a lot of product. 6.5 ml might not sound like a whole lot, and it's not, but compare it to what's in other highlighting pens and you'll find they are all usually around half the amount.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch 1.5ml ( here )
I've had and finished a full-size tub of this in the past. It's was an ok product then, it's an ok product now. It helps smooth out pores and fine lines and helps foundation go on better and nicer, but it doesn't do anything in terms of lasting power, I found. Not something I'll buy again.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30 2ml ( here )
This was quite nice. I really love the concept of having a high SPF in my primer as it can save me a step. SPF 30 isn't quite high enough for me though. As a primer on it's own I found it to be nice enough, nothing spectacularly mind-blowing, but nice. Had it been SPF 50 instead of 30 I probably would've bought the full size. Armani has just released a primer with SPF 50 though, that I have ordered and am so excited to try and review for you guys, so keep an eye out for that it you are interested!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 2C 1.2g ( here )
This was part of my use-it-up project. I didn't quite finish it by the end of 2016, but I decided I was happy with how much I have used and so decided to get rid of the rest. Lip products are going to be a huge focus area for me to downsize and use up in 2016. It takes me ages to go through one so sometimes I feel like I don't need to use up the whole thing to feel like I can get rid of it. Either way this is a really good lip liner. It stays put, works great as a matte all-over lip colour as well as, of course, a lip liner. The colour is beautiful. A brownish red, a go-to for me for years. I'd love to own this colour in a lipstick.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 05 5ml ( here )
This was also in my use-it-up project, and while I didn't quite finish it I'm getting rid of the rest as well. It's a sample and with so many expensive lipsticks I need to use before they go bad I've realised spending weeks trying to use up something that was free is a bit ridiculous. As a product this is fantastic though, I've been through more than I can remember. This treats the lips and gives a barely-there tint. If you love a natural look then you need to try this. When I've finally gotten my lip product collection down to a size I am more comfortable with, I'd love to buy a full size of this.
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in RS306 'Titian' ( here )
This is also going due to it being a sample. I used it every day for a week and then decided that was enough. It's very beautiful mauve colour and the formula is also very nice. It's very creamy and pigmented, but also comfortable on the lips and it lasts really well. Definitely a formula to check out.
Deluxe Sample: 7
Makeup Item: 4
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 2
Sample Makeup Item: 2
Nail polish: 1
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0
Deluxe Sample: 7
Makeup Item: 4
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 2
Sample Makeup Item: 2
Nail polish: 1
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0