9.30.2017

Empties: August 2017



Finally, my August empties! There's a really good chunk of makeup, which is always exciting and also some skincare I've been working on for a while. I've also finally started doing some much-needed downsizing of my nail polishes!



Sachajuan Body Lotion in Ginger Flower 300ml
This is a nice body lotion that smells really good. It's light and absorbs well, but still hydrating.

La Prairie Gradual Tanning Lotion 180ml ( discontinued )
This I found to be quite underwhelming. It honestly didn't do much. For the price, I expect noticeable results.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 200ml ( here )
This is a really nice body butter, and especially for the price! If you are on a budget, but in need of a more intense boost of hydation, this is a safe bet.

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil 30ml ( here )
One of my favourite products! I've been through countless bottles. It really does tone - only temporarily and in terms of getting rid of excess water weight, but sometimes that's all you need. It's also a wonderful oil all on it's own - it makes skin super smooth and hydrates it, without being too thick. It also smells super good!

Sephora Deodorant Spray 10ml ( not online )
I use this when I travel as it's sleek and small, so easy to pack. It works well, but the smell is more of a mens scent than a female. I'll keep using these for travelling, but I really wish they would make it in a different scent..



Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths Brightening 10 cloths ( here )
I usually shun wipes like the plague, and I will never use these on the regular, but as far as wipes go these are the best I've used, and the only ones I'll consider for the sometimes important inconvenience factor. If you use wipes, regularly or semi-regularly - go for these.

Ole Henriksen PowerBright ( here )
This is a nice intensive vitamin C treatment. It certainly gives the skin a boost, glow, and helps even the skintone. I'm still hooked on my Ling Skincare Vitamin C serum, but as far as at-home treatments go, this is very nice to use now and then.

Ole Henriksen PowerPeel ( here )
A very nice and strong at-home peel. There's both a manual and chemical peel - and it leaves skin supersoft and smooth!

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum 0.75ml x 2 ( here )
This was ok, but nothing all that special. I just didn't see any results, at all, so I will not be looking into buying the full size.

Fresh Skincare Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 4ml ( here )
This definitely tightened my skin. The morning after leaving it on all night my skin felt tighter. Unfortunately it also broke me out, so I won't be buying it, at least not until I'm much older and perhaps will be keen to try it again. Having said that, by that stage there'll probably (hopefully) be something newer that's even better. Bottom line; it does give results, so if you are a few years older than me and your skin typically enjoys more active ingredients and treatments, it could be interesting to get a sample and give it a go.



Filorga Hyal-Defence 30ml ( discontinued? )
This was a decent hyaluron acid serum, but nothing above average. I've used way, way better hyaluronic acid serums than this, that I would prefer to re-purchase. One example is the Vinosource serum by Caudalie - that one is excellent!.

LING Skincare Hi-Vitamin C 12% Anti-Oxidant Brightening Solution 30ml ( reviewhere )
My favourite Vitamin C serum. I've tried other before, and since getting hooked on this, and there's just nothing that even comes close. I'm interested in trying the Drunk Elephant one, but I'd be surprised if it's better than the Ling one. If you have LING Skincare available where you live, I really urge you to give their products a look, and especially the Vitamin C serum.

Bioderma Solution Micellaire 100ml ( here )
This is my favourite cleansing water. It's the most effective and gentle one I've tried, which is a really impressive feat to have in one product.

Clarins UV PLUS Day Screen Multi-Protection 30ml ( here )
The best sunscreen. Super lightweight, absorbs in just seconds, and really does protect the skin against the suns harmful rays.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 15ml ( here )
I love these. As I use SPF 50 on the daily, I never get much, or any of a tan. And that's the point, so no problem there. I do, like most people, look a bit better with a healthy glow, and mixing three drops of this into my day cream provides that, without having to ever expose my skin to the sun.



Diptyque Hiver Candle 70g ( limited edition )
This is one of the best candles I've had. It smells just like.. winter. It smells like one of my mountain cabins in the winter, with wooden walls, a burning fire, and cold snow outside.. I can't explain it, but this really smells just like winter. It's a limited edition candle, but they keep bringing it back every holiday, so if they do this year I really recommend picking one up. I'll be buying the large size this time around!

Aco Nail Strengthener 5ml
This didin't really do much, so I decided to stop bothering with it and just get rid of it.

Lumigan 3ml
This is fantastic! I pick up two bottles of this every time I'm in France. I take a drop or two and use it on the sparse parts of my eyebrows and take what's left along the upper lash line. It really has helped both my brows grow back and gives me longer and fuller lashes.



OPI Nail Laquer Mini's 3.75ml x 2, Rimmel Lycra Pro in 291 Urban Princess, Lancome 441N (purple) & 105M (orange) 6ml x 2, OPI Nail Lacquers in 'Overexposed in South Beach' 15ml & 'Tutti Frutti Tonga' 15ml, Essie 74 Tart Deco 13.5ml & Illamasqua Nail Varnish in ' Purity' 15ml
These are all either old, old and separated, or I just never liked them much to begin with. I've stopped buying nail polish for over 3 years now, but I have still yet to really make a dent in my polish "collection". And not for a lack of trying, I do wear nail polish almost all the time. It's now time to start some serious decluttering, and I've gotten the ball rolling with these 9. As time passes it will be less difficult to get rid of my polishes, as they all start to be old either way.



Yaby Powders in 'pf091' light, PF065, PF048, 'pf0909' dark, PF037, PF056, PF023 ( here )
These were part of my kit when I was working as a makeup powders. They are good in quality, and have a decent price point. I'm getting rid of these now as they've gotten old, and has hard pan.



Guerlain Meteorites Compact in 3 Medium 10g ( here )
This one I've actually finished, which is the best feeling. I love the meteorites powders, both pressed and the pearls version. This gives a natural luminous finish to the skin, and helps keep makeup looking good and fresh for much longer. It does a bit in terms of oil control, but not too much. It also works really well to touch up throughout the day, as the powder is so light and doesn't "build up" into a cakey mess, like so many other powders tend to do. If I didn't have so many powders already, this is one I would definitely re-purchase.

By Terry Tea to Tan Water Color Bronzer in 1 Bronze Bay 30ml ( here )
This is basically a tinted water. It gives a super natural bronzed tint to the skin. I got back into using it lately, but found it irritated my skin. I think it's due to it being a bit old, so I'm getting rid of it. If I ever have a smaller collection and can commit to using it everyday I would buy this again as the results are super pretty.

Urban Decay De-Slick 30ml ( here )
I've had this travel size of the De-Slick for ages and re-filled it from the bigger bottle, but decided this month it was time to get rid of it. I'm contemplating getting a new one. It's super handy, and fantastic for keeping your makeup on in hot weather during the summer months. I'll re-purchase, but will try to wait until spring next year.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 5 30ml ( here )
This one I just never got along with. It was sold to me as a liquid blush, but the pigment just wasn't there. It was a bit dark and pigmented to use as a highlighter on my pale skin, and therefore also wasn't the best mixed in with foundation. I know other people absolutely loved these coloured ones, but I just couldn't quite figure out a way to make it work for me. Now it's gotten old, and it's time to get rid of it. Quite a shame, and a waste of money, but I guess you will always end up with a dud here and there, no matter how much you try not to.



Lancome Absolu Voyage Complete Makeup Palette ( travel retail exclusive )
I bought this ages ago to use when I was travelling, but just always ended up forgetting I had it in the first place. It's a shame as the powders are quite good, especially the eyeshadows were beautiful. I still like the idea of a travel palette like this, where you have everything in one product. If I ever have a smaller collection I'd consider buying something like this again, but would try to incorporate it for use at home as well, in order to not forget about it.

Dior GWP Palette
I got this as a gift with purchase a while ago, but never end up reaching for it. I've decided to give it to someone I know instead so they can use it, otherwise it will just sit in my drawers and I'd eventually have to get rid of it. The shadows are all nice, as Dior shadows are, as are the lip products.



My Face Cosmetics Bling Tone in Purple Haze ( discontinued )
My Face was a makeup line started by Charlotte Tilbury years ago, and I loved her Bling Tones. This one I've hung onto as it's just so beautiful when swatched, however, when am I ever going to use purple glitter shadow? (never, so I'm getting rid of it).

Mac Eyeshadow in Romp ( discontinued? )
This is a super beautiful bronze brown eyeshadow, that I've almost used up completely. It's super old now, so I've decided to get rid of it. I don't think Mac makes it anymore, but if they do I really recommend it.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No 40 ( here )
I've always saved this super cute gift with purchase as I thought I'd use it as a brown eyeshadow. However, I have a thousand brown eyeshadows that are actually eyeshadows and would rather focus on them.

Mac Eyeshadow in Corduroy ( here )
Speaking of brown eyeshadows, this one is a super nice dark matte. It's old and has hard pan, so I'm getting rid of it.



Marc Jacobs Beauty Omega Lash Mascara ( here )
This was ok, but super dry and was impossible to use after not even a month. It could be that I've kept it too long in my drawer before using it, but I've done that with a lot of mascaras and they haven't been this dry this quickly.

MaxFactor Masterpiece Max 5.3ml ( here )
This is fantastic! Lengthens, separates, doesn't flake or smudge and the tiny sample lasted for ages! Almost two months! If I didn't have a few mascaras already ready to go, I'd definitely be looking at buying the full size.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in 402 1.5ml ( discontinued? )
This was nice enough as a pigmented red lip gloss /liquid lipstick hybrid, but nothing too spectacular.



AUGUST TOTAL:
Normal: 15
Deluxe Sample: 1
Sample: 3
Makeup Item: 18
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 0
Sample Makeup Item: 2
Nail polish: 7
Mini nail polish: 2
Jumbo Size: 0

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 97
Deluxe Sample: 16
Sample: 21
Makeup Item: 77
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 4
Sample Makeup Item: 2
Nail polish: 14
Mini nail polish: 2
Jumbo Size: 5



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