Empties: November & December 2017

So here we are at the beginning of a new year already! 2017 seems like it flew by! I definitely put the blog on the back burner this year, as my job simply takes most of my time. That probably won't change in 2018, but I'm determined to keep up my empties post as I love to tally up what I've used up at the end of each month. It also keeps my blog updated so that when I do have some extra time and feel like writing a post, I still can. I wish you all a wonderful new year, thank you for sticking around, and here's my last empties post for 2017 and a roundup of the total for the past year.

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 200ml
A really good moisturiser. It hydrates really well, but is light in texture and absorbs quickly.

Cane + Austin Retexturize Glycolic Complex Treatment Lotion 200ml
I used this on my upper body mainly, to help repair the skin after the summer sun. It did leave my skin in really good condition, with a really even skintone and smooth texture. I want to re-purchase this to use next year after the summer as well.

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life 200ml
This is a really good scrub. I love especially that it comes in a tube, making it much more convenient than the ones in the tubs. The scrub is also good - quite intense, and it doesn't disappear as you use it, like so many do. I've already re-purchased this.

Tromborg Aroma Therapy Bath & Shower Wash in Stimulating Ginger 200ml
This was so nice. The refreshing scent of ginger and lemon really served as a nice pick-me-up in the mornings. The shower gel also lathers well, and a little goes a long way.

Givenchy Play Eau de Parfum Intense 75ml
This is a really nice perfume. I feel Givenchy is a very underrated brand, both in terms of their makeup and their perfumes. They have a lot of really good products, and really good perfumes. Play For Her Intense is a beautiful scent with floral topnotes, over a musky base. Notes include orchid, pink pepper, tonka beans, patchouli, benzoin sandalwood, peach, tiare flower, orange blossom, magnolia and amyris.

Sarah Happ Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean 30g
This is a good lip scrub, but I don't find myself reaching for it often as I find it to be kind of messy to get off. I prefer scrubs in stick-form, or like my Kaplan MD lip mask that uses a chemical exfoliant.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 2,2g
This is a really nice lip balm. Like all lip balms, it's not as intensely moisturising as the ones that comes in a pot, but as far as lip balm sticks go it's one of the better ones I've tried. It also smells really good.

Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment 1ml
This is a really nice lip balm that works really well under lipstick. It hydrates and helps plump the contours of the lips.

Voluspa Pomegranate Blood Orange 113g
This was a really good smelling candle, with excellent throw. The Voluspa candles are in general very good. Not as good as Diptyque, Cire Trudon and Byredo, no, but of the mid-range candles they are among the nicer ones.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Candle 260g
This was such a disappointment. I love the Cire Trudon Abd el Kader candle, and thought this might be somewhat similar with mint and citrus scents, but it didn't only not smell like I had hoped, it had no smell at all!(!). I will never waste my money on any Malin+Goetz candles again. Nor probably their skincare, I also bought the mojito lip balm which also didn't smell like anything at all.

Beautyblender Blendercleanser 180ml
I've had this lying around forever and finally finished it. I used this as a brush cleanser, as I find only soap bars clean the beauty blenders. It was ok, but I don't feel a need to buy it again, as it's nothing special.

Bath and Body Works PocketBac in Farmstand Apple 29ml
This was nice enough. The smell of this one wasn't my favourite, but the hand sanitizer is nice enough - it doesn't leave any sticky residue that some can do.

Accentra Hand & Nail Cream White Musk 30ml
A nice hand cream. Nothing special, but nice.

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths x 10
As far as wipes go, these are the only ones I'll use. I love this 10 pack size that is perfect for when I travel, weekend-trips especially.

Nude by Nature Gentle Make-Up Remover 120ml
This was very nice. Gentle, but very effective at removing even heavy eye makeup.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 90ml
This is one of my favourite cleansing balms, and the best one I've tried that is on the more affordable side. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly cleansing balm, I really recommend this one.

Guerlain Creme de Beaute 200ml
This was ok, but I never really enjoyed using it. It was a bit too sticky for a quick and easy morning cleanse, and a bit too thin to be a proper cleansing balm. I used it up in the mornings, and enjoyed it ok, but am happy to have finished it, and won't buy it again.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads 60 disks
These are really nice. Gentle, but efficient. I don't use them everyday, as my skin is a bit too sensitive to use them everyday, but if you have skin that handles more harsh exfoliants, you could probably use this everyday.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc
The best morning time spritz. I spray this on my face after cleansing, and gently tap it into the skin. It soothes, balances and heals. It's the best, and I'v been through countless bottles over the years, and have approximatively 6 back-ups at all times.

La Prairie Age Management Balancer 250ml
This is one of the best toners I've used! It's slightly exfoliating, but not more than I can use it everyday. I've been using it every evening. It keeps skin clear, balanced, helps with texture and helps all the serums and moisturisers I put on top absorbs and work better. I will definitely buy this again, and highly recommend it.

La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night 40ml
The best retinol treatment I've used. I've returned to this again and again over the years. It's gentle, but super efficient. It keeps skin clear, even toned, helps with texture, balances sebum-production and helps heal scarring, pigmentation and any breakouts I may have.

La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum 5ml
This is a nice hydrating serum. Good hydrating serums are easier to come by, so if you have a limited budget, I wouldn't say this is the one to spurge on, but taking the price aside, this is a very good hydrating serum that helps plump and hydrate the skin, whilst being light and not making skin at all oily.

La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex 15ml
This is amazing. I think this is my third or fourth one. This instantly gives the eye a lift, you can feel it happening. It tightens the skin both immediately and helps give a lift long-term. It's also a really good base for makeup. I use this every morning under my eye cream, and sometimes also in the evenings.

Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray 300ml
This is fantastic! I spray some of this up into the ends of my hair, and it gives my hair instant beach waves. It doesn't make hair sticky, doesn't dry it out, and smells absolutely incredible.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray 300ml
Same as above - only I spray this into my roots. It gives my hair an incredible lift and volume, and also helps keep my roots oil-free.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle 150ml x 2
I've converted to dry shampoo powder, but as far as dry shampoo sprays go, this is the best one I've used.

Chanel 561 Suspicious, 571 Fracas, 617 Holiday, 531 Peridot, 657 Azure. Dior 659, 643 Diablotine, 187 Perle, 155 Tutu, 413 Grege. Guerlain 121, 168. Lancome 147M, 112B, 375B, 419B, 407N. Estee Lauder H0 Insatiable.
I said I would never get rid of my Dior or Chanel polishes, but the time has come. These are all old, and therefore I am getting rid of them. I haven't bought nail polishes in over three years, and I'm still yet to finish almost any. At this point I'm sticking to my no-buy until I've gotten rid off all of them, and then I'll "re-start" a very small new nail polishes "collection" consisting of around 5 polishes max at any given time. But I am still quite far away from this goal, as I still have quite a few left. To be continued!

Nars All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Light 2 Mont Blanc 30ml
One of my favourite foundations. I've already got a back up ready. I use barely two drops to cover my entire face. It covers well, gives the skin a beautiful natural "velvety" finish, and it's long lasting. The colour is also a really good match.

Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick 8,5g
This was really good in terms of easy to apply, and easy to blend, but the product itself isn't the best quality. It broke of at the base pretty early on, and I've got a third left that I have to get rid of as it fell out of the tube, and on the floor. Besides this, it's a really good product, the shade is also perfect for that contour/bronze mixed use.

Cle de Peau The Concealer
The best concealer. Natural, covers almost anything, blends into seamless perfection, and lasts really well. It has it's cult-status reputation for good reason.

Bare Mineral Original SPF15 Foundation in Medium Beige
I've never really gotten into using powder foundation, but as far as powder foundation goes, this is of the better ones I've used. It looks good once applied, but I find it doesn't last well beyond about 5 hours, even with a primer.

YABY powders in 'pf089 fairy' & 'pd100 invisible'
The one that is empty, I've used to set my under-eye concealer, and it worked really well for this. The other one has hard pan, and thus I am getting rid of it.

No Name Blush Palette from Camera Ready Cosmetics
I ordered this blush palette years ago from Camera Ready Cosmetics. I don't remember at all the name, nor does it say on the packaging. The palette is ok, but really good value for money. I don't remember the price exactly, but it wasn't a lot. The colour mix is also really good, if you are a professional make-up artist. Quality is also pretty decent. Sorry I can't remember the brand! Either way, it's old so I am getting rid of it.

Nars 9966 Danmari All About Cheek Palette 3,6g x 6
I remember being so excited about this palette when I bought it, but haven't really reached for it much since. I've used it here and there, but none of the colours were complete hits, and the highlighter shade is glittery, which I personally don't like in a highlighter. I've finally decided to stop holding on to it, as I will never throughly enjoy using it, and just get rid of it. It is a bit old anyway.

Urban Decay Naked 1 & Naked 2
These I have loved, but they are old now and it's time to get rid of them. I started half-assed panning certain shades in the two palettes this fall, but realised I don't love using them, as much as I do other shadows. I've used both palettes a lot, and am honestly fine with the use I've gotten out of them, to get rid of them now. They are very good palettes though, with a nice colour selection that works well together. I just have other things now that I prefer and would rather use.

Dior Holiday Eyeshadow & Lipstick Palette ( limited edition)
This is such a beautiful, but not very wearable palette. The gold and silver eyeshadows are super pigmented and high shine, and apply beautifully to the lid. There's not many occasions that call for shiny silver or gold lids though, so unfortunately I haven't reached for it as much as I hoped for. The palette is old now, so it's time to get rid of it.

Mac Matte Lipstick in Party Parrot & Pink Pigeon ( limited edition )
These are one of the first reviews I wrote on the blog. These were amazing lipsticks. Super pigmented, long lasting and comfortable on the lips. I've kept them around for a bit too long, but they are old and so they need to go.

Dior Rouge Dior in 786 Mauve Mystere ( discontinued )
This is a beautiful shade that I loved pairing with a gold eye with black winged liner. Unfortunately, purple lipstick isn't an everyday occurance, so I haven't used it enough to fully use it up. Either way, it was a fun item to have, and now it needs to go as it's old.

Nude by Nature Allure Defining Mascara in 01 Black
This was a good mascara. It has a plastic brush, that is thin with short bristles. It lenghtens really well, gives some volume, and is a nice deep black. Unfortunately the wand is bad quality, and ended up breaking off inside the tube. Hopefully Nude by Nature will fix this soon, as it's otherwise a very nice mascara.

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeliner in 12
This was a dark purple eyeliner that I've used here and there. I never enjoyed using it too much, as it was quite stiff and so it would tug a bit at the eye. Even after warming it up against the back of my hand. It's now completely dried out, and so in the bin it goes. None of the Dolce & Gabbana eyeliners I've bought have impressed me much, as they were all too dry and had little payoff. Needless to say, I won't buy Dolce & Gabanna eyeliners again.

Normal: 24
Deluxe Sample: 2
Sample: 1
Makeup Item: 15
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 0
Sample Makeup Item: 1
Nail polish: 18
Mini nail polish: 0
Jumbo Size: 0

2017 TOTAL:
Normal: 146
Deluxe Sample: 27
Sample: 24
Makeup Item: 108
Deluxe Sample/Mini Size Makeup Item: 4
Sample Makeup Item: 3
Nail polish: 45
Mini nail polish: 2
Jumbo Size: 8


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