Empties: December 2016

Finally - here it is; my last empties post of 2016! It's really, really late, but I couldn't skip it, so at last let's see what the total numbers are for the past year.

Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner 300ml ( here )
I finished the shampoo in November, and the conditioner shortly thereafter, right at the beginning of December. I love Joico. Basically everything I've tried from the brand, I've absolutely loved, and the Moisture Recovery line is no different. I used to use the K-Pak products religiously when I was bleaching my hair, and it did a wonderful job at keeping my hair in great condition. For now, my hair mostly just needs moisture, which this gives a plenty. It keeps my hair soft, shiny, manageable and hydrated, all without weighing it down. I've already re-purchased and am using a new bottle.

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray 246ml ( here )
This is really good! It really keeps my hairstyle locked-in - without it looking like I've sprayed hairspray on it. The only downside is I find it a bit drying on my hair - but what hairspray isn't? It also doesn't smell half bad.

Loréal ELVITAL Extraordinary Clay Clay-In-Mask Pre-Shampoo Treatment ( here )
A scalp mask like this is something I've never used before, so I was really excited to get this sample in a magazine. I have two samples and have so far only used the one. I can't say I noticed much of a difference. Perhaps some, I'm not sure. I'll have a bit of a better view on it after I've used the second one I hope.

Versace Bright Crystal Shower Gel 200ml ( here )
This was quite nice. It lathered well, was gentle on the skin and smelled really good. If you love the perfume you'll enjoy this.

Filorga Hand-Absolute 50ml ( here )
I was quite disappointed in this to be honest. I had expectations of it being a really nurturing hand cream, but found it did not do too much at all. It's fine to use as a handcream for during the day, but for the purpose of being an overnight intensive treatment, it didn't quite deliver.

Lumiage 3ml
This is the french "version" of latisse. As some of you will know I've been trying to grow out my eyebrows for ages. I was just about to give up, when I thought I'd give it a last ditch effort by trying something like this. I'm pleased to say it actually works! I've seen a definite improvement in both my brows being fuller, and hairs that haven't grown in ages due to plucking when I was younger, are still finally (though still slowly) starting to re-appear. I'm onto another bottle - hopefully by the end of that one I'll be finished with my "brow-rehab".

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster 15ml ( here )
Ole Henriksen isn't a brand I've used too much in the past, but I've recently gotten a few samples, and bought a few products from the brand. One of the products I was most excited to try was of course the famous Truth Serum. I'll say it's a very good vitamin c serum, but I have used better. Ling's version is still my absolute favourite - but this is on par with a lot of the other good ones I've used.

Biotherm Wonder Mud 5ml ( here )
This was nice. It's got some exfoliating beads in there, which gives a slight exfoliation. It's a bit sparse, so it didn't irritate my sometimes sensitive skin. If you enjoy the Glam Glow mud mask, but find them overly expensive, perhaps this would make a good substitute?

Filorga Optim-Eyes Lotion 110ml ( here )
I loved this. It's supposed to have a treatment that conditions the eyelashes and make them grow longer. I'm not sure I really noticed anything in terms of that exactly, but as an eye-makeup remover I absolutely loved it. It's super efficient, not too oily and most importantly; didn't irritate my sensitive eyes. I'm hooked and have already re-purchased!

Filorga Nutri-Filler Lips ( here )
Another winner by Filorga. This is supposed to make your lips bigger and I definitely think it works. It wont take you from 2 to 200, but it does slightly plump up the lips and make them look full. Most importantly, to me at least, they do a really good job of hydrating the lips - and keeping them hydrated, even after the product's worn off. It's been sold out everywhere in Norway for a while now, but it's at the top of my to-buy list for whenever they get it back in stock!

Elf Tone Correcting Powder 13.5g ( here )
I've used this as an under-eye setting powder and absolutely loved it! It gives a really nice brightening effect under the eyes, whilst still being natural - and keeps concealer in place really well. Definitely a product I'll be looking to re-purchase.

By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain 6.5ml ( here )
My all-time favourite under-eye highlighting concealer. I've basically been using only this for years. There's been a few new ones here and there that I've tried, but I always return to this one as it's just so much better. It gives good coverage (for a highlighting pen), and brightens up like no other highlighting pen I've ever used. If you haven't checked this out yet, you need to - you'll love it, trust me!

Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara 2ml ( here )
This was quite a disappointment. I have friends that absolutely love it, but it did just absolutely nothing for my lashes. All cards on the table; this has been hanging around in my samples bag for quite a while, so that could be the reason for it seemingly underperforming.

Rms Cream Eye Shadow in 'lunar' 4.25g ( here )
This gives a really nice natural sheen to the lid. If you love a natural makeup look and natural makeup this could be something to look into. Especially if your makeup collection isn't that big. I've used quite a bit of it, so I'm not that upset that half is going in the bin, but still.. I probably won't be buying as many natural products until I've pared down my makeup collection further and can actually commit to using a product at least fairly regularly.

Normal: 7
Deluxe Sample: 1
Sample: 2
Makeup Item: 3
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 1
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 0
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0

2016 TOTAL:
Normal: 142
Deluxe Sample: 33
Sample: 51
Makeup Item: 49
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 5
Sample Makeup Item: 3
Nail polish: 5
Mini nail polish: 2
Jumbo Size: 5

So there you have it - my total numbers for 2016! All combined that's 292 products total, if I've done my math right. That's a crazy amount of products - almost 300! Even more crazy is the fact that I've got so much left! 49 makeup items I'm quite happy with. Especially considering I haven't done any project panning. At least not until the end of the year. The project 7 pan I did at the end of the year really did push me to use up those extra seven products that I wouldn't have finished up otherwise. I also have to say I quite enjoyed panning again (after being burnt out about a year ago), so I'll definitely be looking to doing some more panning projects this year. Either way -  a good year for empties. I made quite a good and noticeable dent in my "stash" and hopefully 2017 will be even better! I'd really like to clear out another whole drawer - but we will see! :)

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