2.17.2018

Empties: January 2018






I'm starting 2018 with a massive declutter, primarily in my makeup collection. I feel like I'm entering a second wave of being able to let go of stuff. A lot of the makeup I am getting rid of now, I thought I was never going to be able to get rid of, short of using it up. I think the fact that I've actually stopped buying makeup for almost three years now, is why I am finally able to let go of these things. I realise I haven't reached for them for a while, they've had "their chance", and since I am not buying and buying and buying, I feel less guilty of getting rid of the stuff I don't use, since that really does mean I get to use the things I love, that I already own.



La Prairie Ice Crystal Serum 30ml
La Prairies Ice Crystal range is fantastic, and the serum is no different. It balances, hydrates, brightens the complexion and improves texture. It's fantastic, and one I'd love to re-purchase.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc 150ml
A staple. I spray this all over my face and gently pat it in, every morning after washing my face. It balances the skin and keeps it clear, blemish free and fights any skin irritation or redness.

Lancome Soleil Bronzer SPF50 50ml
This was ok, but a bit too thick. It worked fine to use on the beach during summer, but was too thick and greasy to use everyday under sunscreen. Not something I'll be buying again.

Ole Henriksen Firm Action Mask 50g
This is a really good clay mask! It keeps skin clear, and unclogs pores without stripping it too much, or irritating the skin. I've been through several bottles of this, and would love to re-purchase.

Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster 30ml
This has become a staple! I mix a few drops in with my daycream, and this gradually builds up a natural glow and slight tan.

Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil 30ml
A gorgeous face oil. It's a bit too thick for me to use during the day, but I've loved using it at night in place of both a serum and night cream. It hydrates the skin really well, and gives the skin a boost of nutrition. By next morning my skin is plump and radiant. I've been through several bottles of this in the past, and would love to re-purchase, but can't find anywhere that stocks Nude Skincare anymore?



Sephora Ginseng Mask
I bought a lot of these sheet masks when they were first released, but have been really underwhelmed by all of them. They barely do anything, don't fit well on the face and are uncomfortable to use. This was the final one I had, and I definitely won't pick up any more.

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask 5ml
I got a bunch of these samples a while back and have to say I'm a convert to the Life Plankton products. This is fantastic, I love using it as an overnight mask. It plumps and hydrates the skin amazingly, whilst also calming and soothing the skin. I really want to buy the full-size of this, and also am very interested in checking out the entire Life Plankton range by Biotherm.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml
The best cleansing balm. THE BEST. I've tried so many others, since religiously using this a few years back, and since returning to it I've realised it's just the best cleansing balm on the market. It's thick, but not so thick it's too hard to get off, it spreads easily across the skin, but still lets you get some grip to really clean the skin. It also smells incredible!

Biologique Recherche Creme Placenta 4ml
This was fine. It hydrated the skin ok, not too much, and helped even skintone and balanced the skin well. It smells absolutely disgusting and the name is quite off-putting as well. I'd deal with the name and the smell, if the product was mind-blowing, but it's just ok, so I definitely won't be buying the full-size.

Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Serum 3ml
This was fine, but nothing special. It helps smooth out the skin under the eyes, and helps hydrate, but doesn't do too much of anything. Not something I'm interested in trying the full-size of.



Guerlain Terracotta Sunless 150ml x 2
This was my favourite fake-tan for a while. It absorbs quickly, gives a super natural, but intense and even tan. It fades evenly, and actually smells pretty good. I haven't bothered with self-tan for a while, and unfortunately these have gone off.

Guerlain Terracotta Jambes de Gazelle 100ml
This is another product I loved, but just forgot to use. I would apply this to legs and arms, and it would tint the skin with a nice golden tan, that was really natural. It also gave the skin a healthy sheen. It's a beautiful product, that I wouldn't be opposed to buying again. Though then I would commit to actually using it.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Protect SPF15 100ml
This was fine, but it has a strong scent which meant it would irritate the skin on my face. I used it on my body, and it worked well. SPF15 is too low for me though, so if I were to re-purchase I would go for at least SPF30. Otherwise a nice SPF, though a bit expensive.

James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face 50ml
This is super nice. I would use this as an overnight mask and would wake up with skin that was plump and hydrated, with a nice even tan. It's a supergood product that I would love to buy again.



Biotherm Lait Corporel Anti-Drying Body Milk 400ml
My favourite body lotion. I've been through probably 100+ bottles in my life, seriously. It absorbs quickly and hydrates really well, whilst being non-irritating and super gentle to the skin.

Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil 100ml
This is a nice body oil. It really did help heal some scars and pigmentation marks on my body. I will definitely be buying again.

Tromborg Aroma Therapy Body Lotion 200ml
A gorgeous body butter. This is thick and delicious, and hydrates really really well, but still absorbs quickly and completely. It also smells insanely good!

Sachajuan Ginger Flower Body Lotion 300ml
This is fine. It has a nice smell, but it barely hydrates the skin. I won't re-purchase.



Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream 125ml
This is a really good foot cream. It's super hydrating and keeps my feet super soft. All while absorbing really quickly. One of my favourite foot creams, and one I will definitely buy again.

Kiehl´s Richly Hydrating Hand Cream in 'Coriander' 75ml
A nice hand cream that hydrates really well. It's really rich, but unfortunately also quite greasy. It doesn't really absorb. It was ok, as I used it overnight, but I will look elsewhere next time I need a new hand cream.

Byredo Blanche Hand Cream 30ml
This smells fantastic, but the product itself is just alright. It absorbs quickly, but unfortunately barely hydrates the hands. The lid also broke off almost immediately. For the price of this, that is just not at all ok. I will not buy any more Byredo hand creams.



Sachajuan Thickening Conditioner 250ml
This is fantastic for volume! It also manages to keep hair soft and manageable, without weighing it down at all. If you need volume, you should check this out!

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray 300ml
One of my all-time favourite styling products. I spray this to the ends of my hair, and it gives my hair soft beach curls. It's an incredible product, almost a bit like magic. This is my second bottle, and I am most definitely re-purchasing.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Conditioner 200ml
This was ok. The texture was quite thin, so I ended up having to use a lot, which meant going through the bottle quite quickly. It did moisturise and keep my hair soft and in nice condition, but I've used better conditioners, so I'll be trying something else next time I need to buy a new conditioner.



Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Nomad and Venous 15ml
I love the colours of these two, but they never performed too well, unfortunately. Now they have both separated, and are quite old, so it's time to get rid of them.

Rimmel Lycra Pro in 425 My Denim 12ml
The colour of this is fantastic, and the quality was also really good back when it was new. I am getting rid of it now, only because it's gotten old.

Chanel 595 Rouge Moiré
This one I am just bored of. The colour is beautiful, but it chips within hours! I can't be bothered taking the time to paint my nails, only to have it looking horrible already after just a few hours.



Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray 118ml
One of my all-time favourite makeup products! I've been through so many bottles I can't count, and will probably always keep re-purchasing. This really helps keep my t-zone shine-free all day and makes makeup last so much longer! It also helps set my makeup, and makes my makeup look more natural, and my skin more glowy.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Pink 6.2g
This is fantastic! I've used this everyday since buying it, and have already re-purchased and moved onto another tube. This does a really great job at correcting any darkness under the eyes. The texture is thin and blends easily. It also doesn't bother or interfere with my concealer at all. A fantastic product!

Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel 30ml
I bought this due to all the hype, but it never really impressed me too much. It gave the skin a nice glow, when applied on it's own, but once you put foundation over it, the effect doesn't really shine through. It also makes foundation last a bit shorter, which is not what I need. It's gotten quite old, and since I never really liked it anyway, I've decided to just cut my losses and get rid of it.

MaxFactor Smooth Effect Foundation in Sand 60 30ml
This was just never the right shade for me, and I can't be bothered with trying to make it work. It's basically full and brand new, so I will give it to a friend whose skincolor I think it will match.



Bare Minerals Foundation in 1G Light 2g x 2 + Original Foundation in Medium Beige
I've never really got on with mineral loose powder foundations. Among the ones I've tried, these have been on the better part of the scale, sure, it's just never going to be my preferred type of foundation. It doesn't look all that natural, looks cakey and powdery easily, and staying power is not very good. These are all three samples I've gotten for free, and will give to a friend that I know loves these kinds of products.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 7.1ml
This is an excellent primer, and I've been through several tubes of the full-size product over the years. This was a free samples size I've used up whilst travelling. I wish they sold it in this 7ml size, it's super convenient!

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 646 30 Montaigne 2,5g (Gift with Purchase)
Another gift with purchase. The colours are great, and in theory this would be perfect for travel, but I just never end up bringing it with me over other things. I will be giving this to a friend that travels a lot that I think will love it. Dior eyeshadows are excellent quality - both in terms of application and that they wear well.



Mac Blush in Fleur Power, Melba, Well Dressed, Mocha and Pink Cult
Mac blushes are nice - pigmented, but not too much, buildable and easy to blend. These are just a bit old, so I am getting rid of them.

Guerlain Parure de Nuit 10g
This beauty is a beautiful blush and highlighter mix, and when mixed together creates a beautiful light pink glowy pop to the cheeks. It's stunning, but unfortunately it's gotten old, so it needs to go.

Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel 15g
A limited edition gem! A gorgeous bright pink blush that blended super easily and was a true joy to use! It's old, so I am getting rid of it.

Nars Blush in Luster 4.8g
This was one of my favourite blushes for a long time. It's a bit old, and a bit too orange for my current complexion. I just can't get it to work for me anymore, so I am getting rid of it.



Estee Lauder Moder Mercury Illuminating Powder Gelée 5.5g
This limited edition gem I remember running around to so many stores to try and get a hold of. It's a stunning rose gold highlighter with a super shine to it. I'm getting rid of it as it's simply gotten too old.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun in The City Golden Glimmer Powder 15g
This is a beautiful highlighting powder that is absolutely stunning in the pan. Unfortunately it's way too yellow and gold to work on my complexion. It's also gotten old, so I am getting rid of it.

Dior Shimmer Powder in 002 Amber Diamond 10g
Long time beauty blog readers will remember this cult favourite! It was my favourite highlighter for a long time. Now it's old, so I am getting rid of it.



Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Medium Brown 1.6g
This is a great brow powder, worthy of all it's hype. Both in terms of colour, and the texture. It blends easily, gives just the right amount of pigment, and looks really natural. I'm really tempted to just re-purchase this, and I just might. I already really miss it.

Kiko Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner 1ml
This was ok, but it lasted just a few weeks! It's a cheaper product, but it's not so cheap that it really makes sense to buy at least one new a month. Then I'd rather invest in a nicer one that I can use for longer.

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeliner in 4
This was horrible. It was dry and dragging on the skin, with barely any pigmentation from the start. I am bored of trying to make it work, so am getting rid of it.

Loréal Paradise Extatic Mascara 6.4ml
This was really good, I get what all the hype is about! It gives longer, thicker and fluttery lashes! The only downside is that it dried out a bit too quickly. I'd love to buy again, but it's not one I need to re-purchase. I've used other mascaras that are better in that it lasted longer.



Yaby Natural Eyeshadows 40 Pan Palette
I bought three of these 40 pan palettes from Yaby a few years back. They are really good quality, great value for money and has served me well. I'm still keeping my two others, as they are full of bright coloured shimmers and mattes. Those two are unique to my collection. I don't use them much, as I don't tend to use a lot of bright colours, but since I already have them, I'd like to keep them so I have the option, should I crave some more colour. This one is neutral, and I have so many other neutral palettes, that are both newer and that I love more, so I am getting rid of this one for that reason.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sugar Frost & Rose Gold 1g x 2
I love the caviar sticks! Laura Mercier brings out a set of mini caviar sticks every christmas, or at least have done for the last few years. They are great value for those of us that love the caviar sticks, and allows you a lot of colour options. They are getting old now, so I've been focusing on trying to use them up. I've used these both up as bases. They work well as bases, as they are super long lasting. The caviar sticks continue to be one of my favourite cream bases, and once I'm done with all of the ones I've got, I'll re-purchase.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre 93 Impulsion 4g
I absolutely loved this back when I got it, and used it a lot. It hasn't seen much love for a while, as I've completely stopped using lighter colours on the lid. It's also old now, so it's time to get rid of it. The Illusion d'Ombres are absolutely beautiful cream to powder eyeshadows, with a lot glitter - but the grown-up "Tom Ford" kind of glitter. After all of these years, the Illusion d'Ombres are still some of the most beautiful lid products around.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 99 Hasard 2g
This was part of a limited edition collection, and I remember being absolutely obsessed with it when I first got it. It was the most beautiful and flattering brown-toned matte purple, that blended out super easily, and was buildable. Now it's old and the consistency has changed, so it's time to get rid of it.

Chanel Ombres Perlées de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette 5g
This is another product I was absolutely obsessed with when I bought it. The shadows were all super shiny, long-wearing and absolutely stunning. I've held on to it for way too long, due to sentimental reasons, but it's definitely time to get rid of it.



Makeup Forever Glitters in #1 & #2, Star Powder in 90902, 90943, 90940 & 90941.
These I've almost never used. The glitters are basically just loose glitter. They don't stick to the skin or behave any differently to glitter you can buy at the hobby store, to be honest. A complete waste of money. The other four shades are actually rather stunning - they are "star powders" and all have a beautiful duo-chrome effect. They have a gold, blue, pink and yellow toned shift to them, and adds an incredible dimension to eyeshadows you put them over. Now they are just too old, and I basically never use them, so I am getting rid of them.


Dior Rouge Dior in 999
Dior lipsticks are fantastic quality, and this red lipstick is no different. It's super pigmented, super pigmented, creamy and comfortable on the lips, but still long-wearing and doesn't smudge or bleed. I am getting rid of this one because it's old, but would definitely buy more Dior lipsticks in the future.

Tom Ford Lip Color in 09 True Coral
I love Tom Ford lipsticks, but this shade has been a bit of a fail for me. It's objectively beautiful, and works well in the summer months, but I rarely end up reaching for it, and it really doesn't work during the colder, darker months. It's now old and I am getting rid of it. Should I ever buy more Tom Ford lipsticks, it would have to be when I have downsized considerably, and I knew I would stick to wearing it weekly until it was used up. Otherwise they are simply too expensive.

Fresh Sugar Nude Lip Treatment 2.2g
This one I've actually used up! It's a barely tinted natural lip balm, that hydrates the lips, and smells absolutely amazing. If Fresh Cosmetics was available in Norway, I'd definitely be interested in getting the full size of this and also the plain lip balm.

Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment 1ml
This lip treatment is amazing. It's super hydrating, but super lightweight, and makes the perfect base for lipstick. It also helps plump the lips slightly, and make them look fuller. I have more samples of this, but once I'm through them, and my other lip balms, I'm definitely interested in getting the full size of this.



JANUARY TOTAL:
Skincare: 10
Haircare: 3
Bodycare: 10
Makeup: 39
Nail polish: 4
Perfume: 0
Samples: 4
Total: 70

2018 TOTAL:
Skincare: 10
Haircare: 3
Bodycare: 10
Makeup: 39
Nail polish: 4
Perfume: 0
Samples: 4
Total: 70


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