3.07.2017

Empties: February 2017



I can't believe we've already been through two whole months of the year! Empties-wise I have to say I've been finishing up a lot of products I've been working on for a long time. This month I finally used up some more hair products (those take aages) and some makeup as well!





Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 30 Hydrating Milk 300 ml ( here )
This is only half empty. It's not that I skip sunscreen, I've just stopped sunbathing all-together and find I seldom need to use it. That and the summers in Norway aren't necessarily all that hot and sunny, so the body sunscreens don't get a lot of use from me. Still, I do need a bottle so I'll buy a new one for this summer. I'm throwing this away as it's two years old and probably has expired.

Biotherm Lait Corporel Anti-Drying Body Milk 400 ml ( here )
My favourite body lotion. I've already started using my back-up.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 100 ml ( here )
This is one of the best hand creams out there, at least for use during the day. It's not at all greasy, absorbs super quickly and hydrates really well. This is the hand cream I've kept at my desk at the office, and I'll definitely be buying a new tube to replace it.



Oribe Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield 100ml ( here )
My favourite leave-in conditioner. This is amazing. It makes my hair super soft, shiny and easy to style - all without weighing it down at all. My hair is still super light and I can get some much-needed volume. It's really expensive, but I will definitely re-purchase. Possibly the best leave-in conditioner I've used ever.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment 118 ml ( here )
This is a good leave-in treatment as well, but not as good as the Oribe. Compared to the Oribe one it weighs hair down a bit, and my hair doesn't feel as amazingly soft and shiny after I've used it. Oribe aside though, it's a good leave-in, but I've used better. I'd go for one of Kerastase's Thermique's over this, if you don't feel like shelling out for the Oribe one.

BlowPro Faux Dry Dry Shampoo ( here )
Sorry to be so repetitive, but this is another favourite I've used up this month. The best dry shampoo I've ever used. This actually makes my hair feel like I've just washed it. It gives that amazing clean feeling to the scalp and the powder mattes away any shine, just like a face-powder. If you haven't tried this yet - do - you will be amazed, it's absolutely mind-blowingly fantastic!



Diptyque Liquidambar 190g ( limited edition )
This was one of Diptyque's three limited edition holiday candles last year, so 2015. It smells really good, I wish I'd bought a back-up, If they re-release it I will definitely be buying it again. It's a beautiful warm amber scent. If you love amber, definitely check this out should it ever be released again.

Diptyque Menthe Verte 190g ( here )
From the regular line-up; I kind of wanted Menthe Verte to be a dupe for Cire Trudon's Abd el Khader - which is my favourite candle of all time. It wasn't. Still, it's a nice scent. It definitely has that slight bitterness to it from the green tea, and then the beautiful sweet and fresh mint makes it all come together in a refreshing and warm scent. Still, it's similar enough to Abd el Khader that I'll be sticking to that one going forward, but if you won't or can't buy Cire Trudon, I'd give this one a try.

Zoya Remove+ 237 ml ( here )
This is a decent nail polish remover. Nothing all that special, but it's not bad. The packaging is the best part - I love the pump. I also love how Zoya products have less chemicals in them, and therefore have re-purchased this.



Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly 30ml ( review - here )
This was really good, and especially for the price. It's super light, absorbs really quickly, but still moisturises really well. I couldn't even wear it everyday, because after 3-4 days my skin just wouldn't need it anymore. If you have dry skin and have difficulties finding a moisturiser that hydrates enough, without being greasy and interfering with your makeup, I'd definitely give this one a try.

Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask 30ml & No Puffery Cooling Roll-On 15ml ( here )
I'm combining these two into one as I've barely got anything to say about either of them, and for the same reason; I've barely used them. No good reason why, I've just forgotten about them all-together and never found they quite fit into my routine. It's such a shame, but there you go. They are now super old and it's definitely time to let them go as they are definitely expired.

Filorga C-Recover Radiance Anti-Fatigue Concentrate 10ml ( here )
This is one of three of these treatments that come in a box. This is my first one that I've finished, I'm about to finish my second one that will be in my March empties. I've been absolutely obsessed with it since I started using it. It gives my skin the most amazing glow and has evened out my skintone like nothing else. When I've used up the whole kit I'll definitely buy another one, this stuff is incredible.



Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil 15ml ( here )
This is nice, a nice rosehip oil, but I definitely still prefer my favourite version by Pai. The Ole Henriksen one just doesn't give the same immediate results that one does. Still, it's a decent rosehip oil, but if you have the choice between the two; I'd say go for the Pai.

Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil 8ml ( here )
This is a very nice cleansing oil. Not too greasy, and easy to get off. I still prefer the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil though.

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Day Cream 5ml ( discontinued )
This used to be one of my favourite day creams. It's been discontinued, so no need to go into great detail, but it was a good one.

Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Cream 30ml ( here )
This is a great morning cleansing cream. It's light in texture, doesn't irritate or make skin red, and washes off easily.



Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil ( here )
I love this oil. It hydrates, balances and makes skin plump and radiant. I've got the full-size and have been through a few bottles already.

Ole Henriksen Power Peel 4ml x 3 ( here )
This is a really good treatment. The first step is a manual scrub, then there's a two-step peel. First you apply the peel in "step 2" and then you add the "step 3" mask on top of the "step 2" peel. It's really good. It's a thorough peel, quite potent, but it didn't irritate my skin. My skin is not sensitive, but it can lean towards sensitive and there are definitely the occasionall product it reacts to. If you are looking for a more "serious" at-home peel, I'd recommend giving this one a try.

Vichy Idéalia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm 1.5ml ( here )
There's never too much to say about a sachet, but it was good. I liked it fair enough. Didn't bother my skin, didn't suffocate it, but provided enough hydration.



Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Light 2 Mont Blanc 30ml ( review - here )
One of my all-time favourite foundations. This is the fourth bottle I've gone through. I wanted to go at least a month without re-purchasing, to use my other foundations, but failed. I've grown so used to this I just had to buy it again, I need it on-hand. It is extremely thin in texture, but covers well and is really buildable. I love buildable foundations. They make it so easy to get ready quicker as I can just build it up where I need more, and honestly skip concealer if I really don't have the time. This also lasts really well and looks super natural.

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara in 01 Intense Black 3.5ml ( here )
An great mascara! It's really good! Gave lenght and volume, and no clumping. The serum in it really works - my lashes are definitely longer since using this. The sample also lasted me almost 2 and a half months! That's incredible!



La Mer The Powder in 01 Crème 25g ( review - here )
I'm sad this is finished, but as I've been working on getting through it a small part of me is happy I used it all up as well. This is a really nice powder - keeps makeup on all day, but with a semi-matte completely natural finish. It's recently been re-formulated and re-packaged so this isn't available anymore unfortunately. If it was I probably would have re-purchased.

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 02 Terra 21g ( review - here )
Terra has been one of my favourite bronzers since getting it, and I am definitely sad it's all gone. There's stilll a bit around the edges, and I've been trying to use that, but it has a hardened top surface, and my brushes get too damaged. Tom Ford seem to have a new bronzer formulation, that I will be excited to try. I hope it's as good, or even better, than the old formula, and really hope the colour is exactly the same - as that is part of what makes Terra so good for my pale skin.


FEBRUARY TOTAL:
Normal: 11
Deluxe Sample: 2
Sample: 5
Makeup Item: 4
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 0
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 0
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 2

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 27
Deluxe Sample: 3
Sample: 6
Makeup Item: 5
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 1
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 0
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 2





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