4.16.2017

Empties: March 2017




March has been massive for empties! I finished heaps, and on top of that ended up de-cluttering quite a bit of makeup. It's been approximatively 2 years since I did a massive declutter last. There's a lot of stuff I kept then that I've gotten rid of now because I either just wasn't using it, or I just wanted to move on.



Ole Henriksen Power Bright x 1 ( here )
I've been absolutely loving this and the Power Peel for the past few months. The Power Bright is an intense vitamin C treatment. Step one is a manual scrub, then the next two steps perform the vitamin-c treatment. It gives me super smooth and soft skin that is brighter and has an amazing glow. I have a pack of 6 treatments and have started doing one a week.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml ( here )
A great dupe for the Bioderma, but it's not as good. The Bioderma is much better in terms of actually removing makeup. This one I find mostly moves makeup around. It's ok for me that goes in and cleanses the skin afterwards anyway, but if you like to do your cleansing in one step, this really won't do.

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths Brightening ( here )
I don't normally neither like or use wipes, but these are the only ones I can use. It's efficient, yet gentle on the skin and eyes. I also find it helps even the skintone if I let the product absorb into the skin for a while before I do my evening skincare routine.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser 118ml ( here )
I love this! The texture is really smooth and soft, and feels super comfortable on the skin. I remove it with a damp wash cloth, like I do with any cleansing balm. I'm already on to another tub. This one lasted me ages, I think I opened it in October or something around there!



La Roche-Posay Serozinc 150ml ( here )
No need to say anything more here, there's one featured in more or less every favourites post I do. Besides wishing I didn't go through these so quickly, I absolutely love it and will continue to re-purchase as long as it's available to buy.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator 125ml ( here )
This is a nice gentle daily exfoliant. I've come to prefer the versions that come pre-soaked in tubs, and will be sticking with those.

Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Cream 15ml ( here )
This is really good. It hydrates really well, keeps eye bags at a minimum, and really does help stimulate lash- and eyebrow growth.

Supergoop Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with Oat Peptides SPF 37 15ml ( here )
My favourite daytime eye cream! I've been through countless tubes and have moved on to another one.



Filorga C-Recover 10ml x 2 ( here )
These are the last two of three bottles of super concentrated vitamin-c treatment. This noticeably helped even my skintone and gave my skin a nice glow. I definitely want to buy another pack and do this treatment again.

Vichy Aqua Thermal Serum 30ml ( here )
This is decent in terms of moisture, but I didn't find the texture to be all that nice. It felt a bit thick and not at all luxurious. It's ok, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing special. I probably won't buy it again, there are other things that are just so much better and feels nicer to use.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion 50ml ( here )
One of my favourite day creams. This is super light while still hydrating the skin really well. It doesn't bother makeup, leaves my skin feeling comfortable all day - not dry, and not oily. I've already bought another bottle that I'll be moving onto.



Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 15ml ( here )
I love this! I've been using the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster almost everyday since it was first released. I love that I can just mix this with my day cream and my skin gets a nice slight glow all-year round.

Clarins UV PLUS Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50 30ml ( here )
This is the best sunscreen I've used in a long time! It basically disappears almost immediately after it's been applied. It's un-detectable on the skin both in terms of it not giving any kind of white-cast, it being completely matte and not at all greasy, and it also doesn't disturb makeup neither when it goes on or in terms of staying power.

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50 60ml ( discontinued )
I'm ashamed to say I completely forgot I had this, and realised it had already expired. It was a nice sunscreen. Light, had that vitamin-c smell and felt nice on the skin. That's my recollection of it anyway, as I haven't used it for a while. I'm getting rid of it now as expired sunscreen is literally a waste of time to be using.



Leonor Greyl L'Huile de Leonor Greyl 95ml ( here )
This is one of those pre-wash treatments. You are supposed to apply this throughout the hair before washing it, let it do it's thing, and then shampoo and wash as normal. A nice concept, but I never ended up using it. Mostly because it was such a hassle. The oil is coconut-based and hardens unless it's really warm. That meant I had to pour warm water in a bowl, put this in the water and let the contents slowly melt. Too time-consuming, and the results weren't anything that special either.

Soap & Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel 500ml ( here )
One of my favourite body washes. I've been through more than I can remember. It smells good, is gentle on the skin and very reasonably priced. I've already moved onto another one.

Kicks Body Lotion in Vanilla & Coconut 300ml ( gwp )
Kicks is a beauty retailer chain in Norway, and this is part of their own-brand products. I received this as a really generous gift with purchase. It smells nice, and hydrates well without being greasy. Definitely something I wouldn't mind getting or buying again.

Biotherm Eau Pure 48h antipersperant 75ml ( here )
Biotherm's deodorant is my favourite and has been for years. This version has the added "Eau Pure" scent, which is basically just a scent that smells clean. It's great - one I will definitely keep purchasing.



Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream fig leaf scented 30ml ( limited edition )
Clarins' original Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is one of my all-time favourite hand creams. This one, however, I had a terrible reaction to. I think it was the added scent. I ended up with a terrible rash all over my hands, and the cream did absolutely nothing in terms of hydration either. I'll keep buying the regular one, but will stay way clear of the scented ones.

Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40 30ml ( here )
My favourite hand cream for use during the day. Mostly due to the SPF. As a hand cream it's mostly just alright - moisturising, but nothing mayor. It's lightweight though, and absorbs super quickly.

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil 30ml ( here )
One of my all-time favourite body oils. Really does get rid of excess water, and makes skin super smooth and soft.



Elie Saab Le Parfum 50ml ( here )
I can't believe I actually finished a whole perfume! This is one of my favourites though, and one that works for any occasion, all year round. I will definitely buy it again, but am hoping I can wait until at least the holidays, and get it in a holiday set. If you are a fan or orange blossom, you will love this. The notes are African orange flower, jasmine, white honey, patchouli, rose and virginia cedar.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk EdT 1.2ml ( here )
I've had this one my to-buy list for a long time. It's a beautiful flowery scent that is very unique. It has notes of coconut milk, ylang-ylang, musk, heliotrope, lemon, pink pepper, bergamot, benzoin and cedar.

OPI Minnie Style 15ml ( limited edition )
This was a beautiful glitter top coat with white and red specks. Unfortunately I feel the polish has expired. It's runny and I can barely get the brush to grab any of the glitters anymore. It's really high time I started decluttering some more of my nail polishes, so in a way I'm happy to be one more down.



Balance Me Facial Expression Filler 15ml ( here )
I don't have lines yet, but used this as a pore-filling primer. It has a silicone feel, very similar to typical pore and line filling primers. It worked ok for that, nothing special. To be honest I'm not sure it's even meant to be used as a primer, so I can't fault it for not working exceptionally well as one, it's just the only way I found to use it. I received it as part of Lookfantastic subscribtion box a long time ago.

Guerlain M├ęteorites Base 30ml ( here )
This, however, is one of my all-time favourite primers. It keeps makeup in place in even really warm weather, fills in pores and helps foundation go on much smoother. I'm onto my next bottle, which is bottle number more than I can count.

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in 3 Medium here )
I bought this tinted brow gel last summer and have been obsessed. It keeps brows in place all day, and the tint adds definition to the brow making it appear much more natural. Love this, have moved onto a new tube already.



Make Up For Ever Super Matte  Loose Powder 28g ( here )
I did a clear out of my loose powders and got rid of a bunch, mostly as I just wasn't using them. This one is terrible - way too matte and looks unnatural on the skin. I also don't particularly enjoy their famous HD powder, so I'm basically going to not be buying too much powder from Make Up For Ever going forward.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in N10 Fairly Light 8g ( here )
This I've just used up. I like the coverage and initial look it gives. It's not the most natural looking powder foundation in the world, but it's ok and looks good. The downside is it just doesn't last very long. At least not on my skin. I enjoyed using it, and am happy I used it all up, but I probably won't be buying it again.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light 10g ( here )
My all-time favourite powder. This gives skin a beautiful natural glow, the yellow tint counteracts any redness, and it keeps makeup lasting longer than if you don't set it. It's not mattifying, so if you have oily skin, perhaps this isn't for you, or at least use something else in the t-zone. Either way, I absolutely love it, and will always keep re-purchasing. I've moved on to my backup.

Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Beige Suede & Banana Luxury 42g x 2 ( here )
These two I've never ended up reaching for as they are just too dark for me, even the banana powder. I ordered these online, and while the darker one almost works as a bronzer, it's just too much hassle to use. The lid on these is so small it's hard to control how much goes on the brush, and to get the product on evenly.


YSL Golden Gloss x 2  ( discontinued )
Finally I have a lot of lip products I'm getting rid of. First I have two YSL glosses. These are nice, but way too glittery. I don't think they even make these anymore, but if they do I'd say steer clear if you don't enjoy glitter, but if you do love a glittery lipgloss you'll love these!

Chanel Glossimer in 175  ( limited edition )
This one I've kept for so long even though I never used it. I love the colour and the finish, so I really wanted to make it work. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess. It applies unevenly, bleeds and dried my lips out. The other Glossimers I have and have had in the past are much better, so I guess this one was a bit of a dud.

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer in 420 & 471 7.5ml x 2 ( here )
These two are lovely, but they are old and I'm just not reaching for them anymore. If you love a gloss to be more on the sheer side, giving your lips more of a tint you should check these out. They also don't dry lips out and are surprisingly long-lasting.



Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Rebel ( here )
This one I've actually used up, so that makes me happy. This has a nice minty flavour, goes on evenly, feels comfortable on the lips and the colour is a beautiful natural pink. If I didn't have a stressful amount of lip products already that I was trying to go through, I'd consider getting the full-size of this one.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Lovesick, Sweetheart, Honey & Romantic 2.7g x 5  ( here )
These I've loved and used tonnes, but I just realised they are a bit old and it felt like it was time to let them go. My favourites have been Honey (nude pink) and Rendezvous (orange).

Estee Lauder Pure Color in 25 Melon Shimmer ( gwp )
This is a GWP that I've just never ended up using. The colour is a shiny orange shade, which just isn't flattering on my skintone. The formulation itself is decent, but nothing special.



MARCH TOTAL:
Normal: 22
Deluxe Sample: 0
Sample: 1
Makeup Item: 17
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 3
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 1
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 1

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 49
Deluxe Sample: 3
Sample: 7
Makeup Item: 22
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 4
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 1
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 3




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