Empties: September 2016

Not only is this empties post late, it's also not as crammed full as usual. I put that down to travelling to Cannes for five days, as I did finish up a few samples there that I didn't bring back with me. While it's not an insane amount of stuff, I've finished products in every category that is the most difficult, so that I am pretty happy about, those categories being makeup, nail polish and hair products.

Biotherm Lait de Douche Cleansing Shower Milk 75ml ( here )
I've been through so many samples of this, and still really enjoy it. It's super gentle on the skin, but still lathers up nicely. If you've got dry or sensitive skin your skin will probably love this!

Elie Saab Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 30ml ( here )
Elie Saab's original perfume is one of my all-time favourites. I got this body lotion as part of the gift set I bought the perfume in, and I've been saving it for "special occasions" which never came, as I would always forget about this when they did. I finally decided to use it on my recent trip to Cannes. It was a nice body lotion, definitely. Not all that moisturising, but fine. I'd buy the full-size mostly for the scent, and if you love the perfume you'll probably like this, but other than that the lotion itself isn't particularly fantastic. I'd rather buy a really nice body lotion with no scent, and use the perfume, than buy this for just the scent and nothing else. It's fine though.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm 7g ( here )
Mojito is my favourite drink, and so I was very exciting to try this lip balm. Unfortunately it doesn't taste or smell like mojito, it actually has pretty much no taste. So that was pretty disappointing. Fortunately though, the lip balm itself is really really good. It hydrated my lips really well and kept them in really good condition. Soft and not dry to the point where I could go with nothing on my lips without feeling the instant need to re-apply something. That's a very good lip balm in my book.

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion 5ml ( discontinued )
I won't talk too much about this, because it's unfortunately been discontinued. That's a shame as this is a really good moisturiser. I've used the full size in the past and absolutely loved it. Hopefully La Prairie will bring out a similar moisturiser in a pump soon, as they now only offer heavier jar-packed moisturisers.

Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF50+ 30ml ( review - here )
I featured this in a favourites post and wrote a full review on it, so that should tell you already I really did enjoy this. It's a light cream that leaves no whitecast, absorbs fairly quickly, though I've used much faster ones, and definitely protects the skin. I found it to be a bit hydrating, and wouldn't recommend it for those with oily skin. It has no scent and nothing that irritated my skin. I especially loved the smaller size and the slim tube packaging, as it made it super easy to travel with.

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface 30ml ( here )
A very different retinol to the one featured in my most recent favourites post by La Prairie, but a very good one still. This is less effective than the La Prairie, and the results aren't as good, but it's also about one tenth the price. Yes, that is no exaggeration. This is also very gentle on the skin. If you either don't want or don't have the money to spend on expensive retinols, this is a really great option and one I highly, highly recommend. I will definitely buy this again in the future, and this is probably my third or fourth tube.

Yves Saint Laurent Eye Make-Up Remover Bi-Phase 100ml ( here )
This is a great eye makeup remover. One of my favourites. It's super efficient, gentle on the eyes, and the oily residue it leaves behind conditions the lashes and eye area really well. I've used several bottles of this in the past, and will definitely buy it again.

LING Skincare Hydra Squalane Advanced Nourishment Solution 30ml ( review - here )
You all know my love for the LING Skincare brand by now, I'm sure. This stuff is on a whole other level. While other hydrating serums mostly hydrates for the day you use it, and perhaps the next, this hydrates to the point where I don't need hydration for daays. I actually can't use this everyday as my skin gets super oily during the day (I only use this overnight) as it doesn't need any hydration at all and actually starts producing more oil than it needs. If you have dry or dehydrated skin of any kind, get this serum. Use it daily if you need it, or once or twice a week if you don't need it that much, like me. It will be the best your skin has ever been if you've got seriously dry skin. If not, you won't need hydrating serums as much, and can focus many more days on using serums for other things, such as anti-oxidants, evening of skintone, retinols and so on. I will definitely keep going with this serum, and I am already on to my backup. This was already my third or fourth one. One of my all-time favourite finds!

Macadamia Healing Oil Spray 125ml ( review - here )
Those of you who read my empties posts regularly will know I've been trying to go through some of my leave-in hair products for absolutely aages! Even with my long hair, it takes forever to go through any of these products, which makes it really excited when I do finally finish one, like this month. The Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is similar to the regular oil except it's lighter. This is great for those of us who don't want the heaviness of the regular oil to weigh down our hair, but you do sacrifice a bit in terms of nurture. I've used the regular oil, and I will say that one is much better with much more amazing results. You do sacrifice a bit of volume, but it does wonders for dry ends. If you don't need that much help though, this lighter version is a good less intense version that would work better for that kind of hair.

Nioxin Scalp Treatment fine hair for normal to thin-looking hair 100ml ( here )
I don't actually have any thinning of the hair, but I do have a scalp that sometimes get a bit itchy. I wanted to try this to see if it would make any kind of difference, and honestly can't say that it did. I used it everytime after washing my hair, but didn't notice much of an effect. I will say the sprayer was really nice, and made it easy to use in terms of getting the product on the scalp and not just the hair. Beyond that I can't say I noticed it doing much, especially as I haven't noticed a difference since running out of it.

Muji Peelable Cotton Pads 60 pieces ( here )
I've talked about these about a hundred times before. They are super soft, just as good as the Shiseido ones, and less than half the price.

Muji Unbleached Cotton Pads 135 pieces ( here )
These are a bit different to the other ones in that they aren't all white, and a lot softer and puffy. They are also larger, so I love to use this one for removing my face makeup with my Bioderma, or similar. The smaller ones I typically use for removing eye makeup and applying toner. Both are great, I absolutely recommend both.

Diptyque Feu de Bois Scented Candle 300g ( here )
This is one of my all-time favourite scented candles. It smells just like when you've lit the fireplace, and reminds me immediately of being a kid at one of our mountain cabins. It's warming, comforting and an amazing scent to fill the room with as it gets colder and darker outside. I will definitely buy this again.

OPI Mini 3.75 ml
Unfortunately I can't tell you the name of this, as for some unknown reason OPI decides to not put the name of the polishes on their mini bottles. This is old though, and I haven't bought any OPI minis for ages, so for all I know they've changed that by now, if not, they should. Either way, this is a very nice bright red. It's definitely a shade I will miss, but if I am being honest it's very dupeable, and I have a couple already in my collection that are very similar. Always exciting to be finishing off some nail polish though!

No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in 170 So Simple ( discontinued )
This is a beautiful neutral beige, that unfortunately has just gone bad. It's separated and doesn't want to mix back together, so in the bin it goes. This is exactly why I've been on a nail polish no-buy for almost three years now, while trying to work my way through them!

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige ( here )
This used to be one of my favourite foundations, and is one I've re-purchased so many times I've lost count. It's still a great foundation. The finish is a super natural velvety finish. It lasts well. It's buildable, though not to full coverage. The shades they offer unfortunately doesn't really fit me that well anymore as I've gotten paler and am in between 10 and 20. For that reason I won't be buying it again, but if they would release a 15 with neutral undertones, I would.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown ( here )
This is one of my all-time favourite brow products. Unfortunately it's gotten very dry and I just can't get it to look very natural anymore. As I keep growing my brows back, this has been the only product able to really fill in the gaps and make it look like I have much fuller brows than I have, without looking unnatural and drawn on. While I feel I should probably go through some more brow products before re-purchasing this, I definitely will eventually.

Normal: 10
Deluxe Sample: 2
Sample: 1
Makeup Item: 2
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 0
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 1
Mini nail polish: 1
Jumbo Size: 0 

2016 TOTAL:
Normal: 115
Deluxe Sample: 28
Sample: 46
Makeup Item: 34
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 4
Sample Makeup Item: 3
Nail polish: 5
Mini nail polish: 2
Jumbo Size: 3

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