2.15.2017

Empties: January 2017




Sorry about another delay between posts, but work is continuing to be incredibly time-consuming. I've barely been home to sleep the past two weeks. Either way - I'm excited to bring you the very first empties post of 2017.




The Body Shop Dead Sea Salt Scrub 350 ml ( here )
This is part of the Body Shop's Spa of the World range, which has a lot of products I really, really enjoy. This is a bit more expensive than the regular body scrubs, but you do get 100 ml more product, so it's actually not more expensive if you break it down. Either way - it's fantastic! It gives a really gritty and good scrub, doesn't dissolve into nothing after one second, doesn't leave an impossible-to-get-rid-of oily film on the skin, but does leave it smooth and soft. Definitely a scrub I want to buy again.

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub 250 ml ( limited edition )
Another Body Shop scrub. This didn't do much scrubbing, but I enjoyed using it on my chest and back as my skin there is a bit more sensitive. I absolutely love the Virgin Mojito scented products the Body Shop did, so for the scent alone I absolutely loved this. I hope they bring it back or make the scent permanent - it's probably the best smelling body products I've used ever! Seriously.

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 200 ml ( here )
The Body Shop body butters are all very nice and it's a product I return to time and time again. The Shea Butter scent was nice, subtle, but nothing too fantastic either. I'll probably buy another scent next time, though this wasn't bad in any way.

Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Perfumed Body Lotion 500 ml ( here )
I don't buy much Elizabeth Arden products, but I saw this last time I was in need of a body lotion and thought I'd give it a try. It was quite nice actually. It was moisturising, but light and absorbed quickly. It had a nice fresh scent, but nothing overpowering, and nothing that lingered. It wasn't so fantastic that I absolutely have to buy this again, but I certainly wouldn't mind getting it again should I come across it next time I need a body lotion.



MUJI Cut Cotton x 60 ( here )
MUJI still make my all-time favourite cotton, and I'll keep re-purchasing for as long as they keep making it.

Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace Fragrance Mist 250 ml ( here )
I'm not really into body mists as I have so much perfume, so I used this up as a room spray. The scent is nice, especially if you love vanilla - so if you love body mists or light scents, and vanilla-fragrance, you might really enjoy this one.

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex 100ml ( here )
This is my second or third tube of this. It's a really good handcream. It nourishes and hydrates really well, without being greasy or leaving residue. Will definitely be buying again.



La Roche-Posay Serozinc 150 ml ( here )
My favourite toner for my morning skincare routine. I've been using this - and nothing else - for years now and have no intention or desire to neither switch or even try anything else.

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner 120 ml ( here )
I bought this after MakeupMLC recommended it. She compared it to the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, and so I obviously had to give it a try when I had the chance. Fresh isn't available in Norway (not even through online shopping, sites that sell it won't ship it here), so I bought this on a trip to London. If I could buy it again, I most definitely would. It's a thicker lotion that really nourishes the skin. It also helped keep my skin clear and skintone more even. It's a really good toner. If you have fresh available where you live, you should give it a try.

La Prairie Purifying Cream Cleanser 200ml ( review - here )
Another long-time favourite product. I've been through more tubes than I can recall and continue to re-purchase. I'm onto my next one.

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths x 10 ( here )
I typically don't like cleansing wipes, these are the only ones I'll use. They smell really nice and refreshing, and do a decent job at removing makeup. It's not so good for mascara, and it definitely doesn't take all makeup off. I use this as the first step, and then I wash my face. This is not something you can use alone to get your makeup off and clean your skin- it will not, at all, do the job on it's own.



Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate 15 ml ( reviewhere )
This was decent, but not the best eye serum I've ever used, and for that reason I probably won't be buying it again. It was nice, and made the eye area look healthier, plumper and better than if I didn't use it - but compared to other eye serums, the effects were much less noticeable.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil 30 ml ( review - here )
One of my all-time favourite face oils. I've tried to use other things since finishing this, but notice such a difference when I'm not using this that I just had to open my new one the other day. Immediately I notice my skin being just overall happier, balanced, clearer, plumper and perfectly hydrated. I'll probably always keep re-purchasing this.

Clarins UV PLUS Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50 30 ml ( here )
This is my favourite sunscreen currently. I moved right onto my second tube after finishing this one. It's fantastic - really lightweight, no whitecast, not at all greasy, absorbs almost immediately and protects from the sun. If you are struggling to find a sunscreen for everyday, definitely give this one a try - it's hands down one of the best sunscreens I've ever used.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 2 ml ( review - here )
I've used countless bottles of this serum over the years, and I still love it. It's super lightweight and gives skin a beautiful glow. I love getting samples of this and using them when I travel, as this makes my skin look a lot more healthy and well-rested than I typically feel after a long day (or night) of travelling.



Filorga Hydra-Filler 50 ml ( here )
This is a really nice moisturiser. It's on the more intense side, so I used it as a night cream. Having said that, it has a very matte finish, so if your skin needs a lot of nutrition and hydration also during the day - this could be the perfect cream for you. I find it plumped the skin, hydrated deeply and kept my skin in overall good condition. I'm probably going to buy this again.

La Mer Creme de La Mer 60 ml ( review - here )
My all-time favourite night cream ever. This is just a miracle worker. I know that's also how they market it, but I'm telling you - it's the word that genuinely comes to mind. Any skin problem I face - be it blemishes, general discomfort, skin out of balance, dry - anything: apply this, go to sleep and wake up with perfect or near-perfect skin. If not perfect continue for 2-3 nights and then, definitely, perfect skin. It doesn't matter what the problem is, La Mer always fixes my skin. It's insanely expensive, but I see it as an investment in good-skin insurance. I will always keep re-purchasing this!

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask 75 ml ( here )
This is a nice hydrating mask. It can be massaged into the skin and be more or less invisible on the skin, so it's definitely one you can sleep with or use on long-haul flights if you enjoy masking while flying. It gives skin a nice boost of hydration, and not much else, but if hydration is what you are after this is definitely a good one.



Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 30 ml ( review - here )
I quite enjoyed this. It was a good primer in itself; foundation went on smoother and lasted a bit longer. Not the best primer, but decent. The added bonus of SPF 50 is what sold me on it. Merging these two steps into one saves me quite a bit of time every morning. I've bought the Murad Invisiblur Primer to try next, but if I don't enjoy that one I'll return to this one.

Benefit They're Real Mascara 3.0 g ( here )
I finally got to try this much-hyped mascara and I get what it's all about - good and bad. It definitely gives long and thicker amazing lashes. Truly one of the better mascaras I've ever used. I also completely agree that it's near impossible to get off. Notice I said near impossible, not impossible. With a nice dual phase eye makeup remover it definitely all comes off, you just need a bit of patience. Even with it being so hard to get off, I do want to get the full size.


JANUARY TOTAL:
Normal: 16
Deluxe Sample: 1
Sample: 1
Makeup Item: 1
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 1
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 0
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 16
Deluxe Sample: 1
Sample: 1
Makeup Item: 1
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 1
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 0
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0


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