Empties: April 2017

Apologies are in order for basically not blogging anymore, besides favourites and empties posts. This time I'm even skipping the favourites one. As I've mentioned before, I started a new job in April. I have a lot of responsibillities, everything is new and I barely have time to go home and sleep. For now, work is of course a priority and the blog is on a semi-pause. I'm sure you understand. I do want to stay on top of my empties posts though, as I love to keep the tally throughout the year. So, while quite late, better late than never; here are my empties for the month of April.

 Ole Henriksen Body Sleek Hydrating Lotion 355ml ( discontinued )
The consistency of this was weird. Besides that it was fine. It absorbed quickly and hydrated ok, nothing special. For the price though, I expected more. Not something I'll be buying again.

Kiehl's Richly Hydrating Hand Cream 'Coriander' 75ml ( here )
I picked up three of these when they were released for christmas.The formula is great - super hydrating but not greasy, and I love the scent. After looking online though, it seems it's back in stock a few places, so perhaps they are making this a permanent product? If so, great, it's a great hand cream and it smells really, really good.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate 240ml ( here )
This was really good for early mornings. As it is a gel, it absorbs super quickly, allowing me to get dressed quickly after applying it. Though light, it hydrated very well. I'll definitely be buying again.

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment 30ml ( here )
My favourite body oil. This really does help you get rid of that excess water weight. If you tend to get puffy legs, feet, whatever, I recommend giving this a try.

Sachajuan Thickening Conditioner 250ml ( here )
I love the Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. It really gives my hair a noticeable increase in volume, whilst still keeping hair in good condition. I've already moved on to my second bottle.

Rahua Voluminous Spray 178ml ( here )
This was disappointing. It basically dose nothing much of anything. It was ok, but nothing I'll be re-purchasing.

Phyto Phytokératine Extreme 30ml ( here )
I received this deluxe sample in a beauty sample box. It's a good leave-in - it hydrated really well and left hair shiny and soft. It did weigh my hair down a bit, so it's not something I'll buy the full size of, but if you have really dry hair this could potentially be perfect for your hair.

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths 10 Cloths x 2  ( here )
These are the only cleansing wipes I'll use. I really find they help make my skin clearer and skintone more even. They don't remove all my makeup, and definitely not eye makeup, so I don't advice using only this and no cleanser, definitely not, but as a quick removal of most of my makeup, I love it. 

Ole Henriksen PowerBright ( here )
This is a very nice and intense vitamin c treatment. Step one is a manual exfoliant, step two and three an intense vitamin c treatment. Gives skin a glow, helps even the skintone and smooths texture.

Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol 60ml ( here )
This was disappointing. Not only did it do absolutely nothing to hydrate my skin, it irritated it. I am throwing it out barely used, and will definitely never buy again. Still love many Aesop products, but definitely not this one.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask 50ml ( discontinued )
This is a nice and gentle peel. It's nothing spectacular, but if you have skin that is a bit more sensitive and you are looking for a gentle peel, this could have been a good bet, except it seems it's been discontinued.

LUMENE Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence 2ml x 2 ( here )
I've received quite a few sachets of this, that I've used spread out over April and the month before. These were my last two sachets. I have to say - I can't say I noticed anything in terms of results. It's possible it's good, but the sachets didn't let me use it long enough.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 1.5ml ( here )
This basically did nothing after the one time of use I was able to get out of the sachet.

Biotherm Aquasource Gel 5ml ( here )
A nice decent hydrating gel. For a gel, it's quite moisturizing. If you are struggling to find a moisturizer that hydrates enough without making your skin oily, this could be interesting to take a look at. 

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml ( here )
I've used several full size tubes of this in the past. It was my go-to peel back in the day. It's a good peel. Gentle, but still gives good noticeable results.

Yves Saint Laurent Belle d'Opium Eau de Parfum 50ml ( discontinued )
I was a bit sad when I finished it, but as I have way too much perfume I am happy to be getting through some. This has been discontinued, so I won't go into too much detail, but it's a nice, quite commercial take on the cult classic "Opium". It has notes of incense, sandalwood, white pepper, Casablanca lily, fruity notes, tobacco, gardenia, patchouli, jasmine, peach, amber, mandarine, rose and vanilla.

BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask ( here )
This is so good! Deserves all the hype it gets! I've used this basically every night for about a year and a half. It leaves my lips super soft and comfortable, even throughout the coming day. BITE isn't available to buy in Norway (yet?), but if it was I would definitely no-doubt pick up another one!

Ole Henriksen Fresh Lips SPF 15 14g ( discontinued )
This is a decent lip balm, but nothing special. It's not even empty, but the packaging broke around the edges and it's spilling out everywhere so I had to get rid of it. That is, of course, really annoying, and would have kept me from re-purchasing, though it is already discontinued.

Dior 231 Bikinilimited edition )
It was time for me to start downsizing my nail polish collection, and I've started out with these four. First off is a rather unimpressive pale orange colour from Dior. It looks decent on the nails, and performs well enough, but I don't absolutely love it and it's getting old, so I decided to get rid of it.

Chanel 473 Coromandeldiscontinued )
This one I've basically used up. It doesn't look like it in the picture, but there is barely any left. This has been my go-to nail polish for my toes for the last two years. It's the perfect red - quite neutral in terms of undertone, so it goes with everything, all year round.

Chanel 569 Empriselimited edition )
Emprise is quite beautiful, but the same goes here; I never fell absolutely in love with it, the colour isn't all that special, you need quite a few cotes to get it opaque (and I personally always want my nail polish to be opaque), and it's getting old.

Estée Lauder 10 Hot Coraldiscontinued )
This one has just gotten old. It's thick, sticky and impossible to apply nicely. The color was quite nice though.

Ben Nye Cameo Luxury Powder 42g & Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder 49g ( here & here )
I got rid of quite a few of these last month, and for April I am getting rid of the rest. I just don't love them. They look too matte on the skin for my liking, and the white powder gave a bit of a white cast. They are a great bargain and I know lots of people love these, but unfortunately they weren't a match for my personal tastes, and so I also won't be buying again.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No 20 ( here )
This is a beautiful powder. It adds a little bit of coverage, helps blend everything seamlessly together, and gives the skin a natural satin finish - not too shiny, not too matte. I've finished it completely, and definitely want to buy this again.

RMS beauty 'un' cover-up in 00
( here )
The un-coverup is actually a really good concealer. It is a bit emolient, but once it sets it stays put all day. There's coconut oil in it, so it doesn't dry out the skin under the eyes, but like I said, still stays put really really well. It also covers quite a lot of sins. If you are looking to delve into more natural makeup, this is an excellent concealer option.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen in 00 Stand Corrected ( here )
I love this! It covers pretty well for a highlighting pen, does an excellent job of brightening up the face, and the applicator - oh the applicator is fantastic! It has a cooling effect that feels absolutely heavenly in the morning. I've already bought another one!

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray 118ml ( here )
I used to absolutely loved it, and then just stopped using it for no apparent reason. I picked it back up the past few months to finish the bottle. It definitely works, and I will probably buy a new bottle to help my makeup last through the summer months. This is definitely more of a summer product for me.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara in in 01 Black ( here )
This was a massive disappointment! It does absolutely nothing for my lashes. The formula is wet and goes everywhere, it clumps, and my lashes gets a tiny bit longer, but that's it. Needless to say, this isn't really for me, but mascara is such a personal product that I'm sure there are many out there that have this as they're new favourite mascara. Like I said, just not for me.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict in Black ( here )
This one, however, is fantastic! Adds length, volume, doesn't clump and holds a curl really well. Definitely buying this again.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ( here )
This is a great clear brow gel. It keeps hairs in place, without being too crunchy or noticeable. I'm hooked on the Benefit Gimme Brow at the moment though, and will be sticking to that one.

Fusion Beauty Brow Serumcouldn't find it online )
I felt this did a tiny bit in terms of getting my eyebrow hairs to grow faster, but not enough to re-purchase, especially not considering the hefty price tag.

Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in No 24 ( here )
After hanging on to a lot of my eyeliners and lip liners for a long time without every reaching for them, this month I decided it was time for a serious de-clutter. First off I have this brown red on from Make Up For Ever. The colour is ok, the formula is a bit too dry and tough to work with, which is why I seldom reach for it.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip 1C
( here )
This formula is a lot better, and this colour is a very nice pinky nude. I'm only getting rid of it as it's really old, and as it's a cream product I feel it was time to get rid of it.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L ( here )
I don't use black eyeliner. It's too harsh on my waterline. For the upper lash line, I use liquid or gel only, I don't like the look of a pencil. So I never used this, and now it's time to get rid of it.

Make Up For Ever Eye Pencil No 0discontinued )
This was just too white on the waterline, and not a good look.

Mac Chromographic Pencil in High Def Cyan
limited edition )
I need to stop buying these wonderful colorful eyeliners in the summer, because as beautiful as they are, I never tend to reach for them. 

Anastasia Brow Duality in Matte Shell and Lace Shimmer 4.8g ( here )
This was such a fail. The matte beige side was super patchy and impossible to use for anything. The gold shade is a really unimpressive boring gold shade that lacks in terms of pigmentation. 

Mac Eyeshadow in 'Brule' 1.5g ( here )
Now for one I actually used up! A whole eyeshadow! Brule is a matte nude shade that I've used on my brow bone. If I didn't have a ridiculous amount of other shades of this, I'd consider re-purchasing as it really did it's job well.

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in 7 ( here )
This was pretty good as both a blush and matte lip color. The texture was a bit of a "moussey type"and applied pretty well to the cheeks. On the lips it had a matte and comfortable texture, though I found it drying after wearing it for a whole day.

Clarins Gloss Prodige in 02 Nude ( here )
This was a very nice nude gloss. It has a kind of metallic finish I could never get quite on board with, but besides that the color was beautiful, it had a really nice scent, and most of all - sat really comfortable on the lips without drying them out.

Chanel Glossimier in 178 ( limited edition )
This was part of a spring or summer collection a few years back, and quickly became one of my all-time favorite lip glosses. This and another one from the same collection. I've hung on to them for ever, not wanting to use them up, but realized a few months ago how silly that was as they will just end up going bad. This was a beautiful sheer popsicle red, that I am really hoping I'll eventually be able to dupe, if you know of any possible dupes - please let me know!

RMS beauty Lip2Cheek in Modest ( here )
This was quite a nice product, that actually does work as both a cheek and lip color! It has a matte finish, and on the lips was a bright coral, on the cheeks a slightly too red for my personal tastes, but overall quite a beautiful blush. If you love a bright pop of color on your cheeks and/or lips, this is quite a stunning option. I haven't used it up completely, but as I am really trying to get through a lot of my lip products before they go bad, I decided that over half was good enough. Not a strategy I am wishing to continue with after I've downsized and started purchasing lip products again, but for now it's a necessary one if I am ever to get through my "collection".

Tom Ford Lipstick in 03 'Casablanca' ( here )
This was really though to get rid of, as it's one of my all-time favorite lipsticks. I've used it a lot, and there's not that much left, but it's still far from all used up. The reason I am getting rid of it is that it has gone bad. It stinks, and if i wear it my lips start to peel. I am really hoping I'll  be able to get through my other Tom Ford lipsticks before they go off as well. Tom Ford lipsticks have a bit of a reputation of going bad quickly, so I am not sure I'll buy this again, though the color is one of the prettiest I've found. If you know of a dupe for Casablanca, please let me know!

Normal: 10
Deluxe Sample: 6
Sample: 4
Makeup Item: 22
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 0
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish: 4
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 59
Deluxe Sample: 9
Sample: 11
Makeup Item:44
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 4
Sample Makeup Item: 0
Nail polish:5
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 3

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