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Empties–products I’ve finished using #13

8 Nov

Well, whaddya know? It’s Empties time again!

Face Stuff
I received the Honua Skincare Beauty Products in one of my Beauty Heroes subscription boxes a few months back. I then bought a second box of them because I enjoyed them so much. I’ve even finished the second Aloha Youth Serum, which was a sad moment for me. The second Olena Turmeric Beauty Oil is on its final legs. These have a very calming effect on the skin and, despite the slightly funky smell, are some of my favourite Beauty Heroes discoveries.
Tucked in the middle of the Honua bottles is the Ferns and Moss Organic Face Serum. This was a hand me down from my cousin, so I just used this for a short amount of time. It’s a more viscous oil, which is very nourishing and healing.
I’ve now start my second bottle of the Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner. I think that this one product is largely responsible for how good my skin is looking lately. Of course there are other elements that contribute to skin health, but I just started using this every night as opposed to every other night, and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin. I have a patch of particularly stubborn pigmentation on my left cheek that is gradually subsiding, which I think can be attributed to this.
I decided to try out on of 100% Pure’s new(?) serums; the Organic Matcha Shielding Serum. This had a kind of sticky texture and, while it felt hydrating on the skin, I wasn’t overly blown away by it. I’m interested in trying out some of their even newer skincare that’s being released, but it’s just a matter of whether I can get easy access to it in Australia.
Lastly, is another bottle of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes . I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to purchase this one again. I’d bought it as a pair with the Luna Sleeping Oil, and have also run out of that. If I were to purchase another Sunday Riley skincare product, it would be the Luna oil for sure, as that is the one that I tended to notice made the most difference in my skin.

Body Stuff:
Ah, shower gel. Here’s the thing. Should one pay more than a few bucks for shower gel? Both of these were over $30AUD, which is a bit of a stretch, budget-wise. I used both of these more as a weekend treat kind of thing, or, the Cowshed one mainly in the evening when I felt like I could use a little aromatherapy to help wind down. I love the Knackered Cow scent, but the Grumpy Cow one is also good (and probably more apt a description of me). I don’t think I’ll get the REN Neroli and Grapefruit shower gel again as it started to remind me of the smell of dish detergent after a while, but I would definitely consider getting the Cowshed one again if I wanted to treat myself.
The jar there with the unidentifiable label on it is the True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask. This was another hand me down from my cousin when she moved back overseas and I fell in love with it. It is a serious business mask, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to tread carefully. It was a mask that I’d use if I felt my complexion was looking a little dull and it needed a kick up the butt to get glowing again. Having seen how much it costs ($140AUD), this is what I would call an aspirational product, and one that I will need to save up especially for at some point in the future.

I’m already onto my second tube of the Osmia Lip Doctor, although I’m sort of rationing it out because I like it so much and don’t want it to run out too quickly. It really feels nourishing on the lips and isn’t one of those faffy formulas that doesn’t stick around longer than five minutes, but rather a substantial amount of time. I love this stuff.
The Moogoo MSM Soothing Cream has a repeat feature in my bathroom cabinet for many years. These days I don’t really use a cream moisturiser at night (hello, oils), and I now use a tinted moisturiser with SPF in the mornings. Thanks to MooGoo making multipurpose creams, I used this up on my legs when my skin got all dry and scaly in the weird weather transition between Winter and Spring. I highly rate MooGoo as a brand. I always have something of theirs at home that gets regular use.
I already have a backup of the Osmia Night Body Oil in my drawers, but I’m not allowing myself to use it until I’ve finished up a few other oils. I start to get overwhelmed if I have too many things on the go at once. It’s a lovely smelling, very relaxing, very moisturising oil. It’s a bit pricey, but I’ll just tell myself I’m worth the occasional splurge.

Aromatherapy Stuff:
Now that I have a diffuser, I’m ripping through a lot of essential oils. My favourite is still the Australia Sleep Co Oil, but I have noticed with this brand that each bottle is slightly different, like the ratios of oils vary depending on the batch. I don’t mind though because it still smells amazing. I did also use up this trio from In Essense, which included a Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Orange Oil. I also had the Aromatherapy Associates Lavender, Manuka Honey and Wild Chamomile blend (as that’s my favourite candle scent) for ages, and finally used it up. The scent didn’t translate in the diffuser very well, but I’ll still keep buying the candle. I also got the Eco. Aroma Dream Drops. This one was very ylang-ylang heavy, which I didn’t enjoy so much so won’t buy it again. My aim now is to find a good quality Lavender oil and keep buying the Australia Sleep Co one.

Hair Stuff:
I can’t remember if I told the story earlier this year about the time I accidentally bought conditioner and conditioner, not shampoo and conditioner. I feel like I have. Well, I’ve finally finished it all of the Seaweed Bath Co Smoothing pair and Volumizing Conditioner. I cheated with the Volumizing Conditioner by using it as shaving cream since I suspect my scalp didn’t particularly like it. These weren’t totally bad products. I just ended up getting tired of using them and so ended up wasting product just to try and finish the bottles.
The Pureology Purify Shampoo was a hand me down from my sister. I only used this once a week, usually before I put my coloured conditioner through my hair. I don’t use any styling products in my hair, so I don’t really get any buildup, but I thought it was good at making sure my hair was ready to take on the coloured conditioner. Will I repurchase? No. I’m still in pursuit of the perfect shampoo and conditioner.

Random Extra Stuff:
Do you ever get smell or product fatigue? Like I mentioned with the shampoo and conditioner and the REN shower gel, I just kind of fell out of like with the BX Earth hand soap. I’m definitely not in a hurry to buy it again, purely based on the scent. Sure, there was no problem with its efficacy, but… the scent.
Friends, I finally finished my last EOS Lip Balm from the stash that I made my mother buy when she went to the States a couple of years ago. It has taken me quite a long time. I’ve recently acquired a new bunch of them (thank goodness). I’ve wanted to see if I can find another brand of lip balm that I love equally as much, but it’s a little daunting, seeing as how my lips are more prone to what I call “lip scabies” since my allergic reaction to my manky apartment/mould incident last year. If a formula is slightly not right or maybe past its use by, my lips get very sandpapery and burny… I’ve bought some different lip balms the last few weeks and none of them are cutting it the way that EOS balms do, or the aforementioned Osmia Lip Doctor, sadly.
Last, but not least there is the Karuna Karma Kit Face Mask Set. It included four different cloth face masks all targeted at different skin issues and types. They were wet, so very wet, with so much extra… juice… that you could spread down your neck and décolleté (and hands, arms, everywhere). Excess serumy stuff aside, I did see a noticeable difference in my complexion after using them. They’re quite pricey and not something I’d buy regularly, but I’d say they are a nice gift option for a loved one, or as an occasional present to oneself.

Honourable mentions must go to another two empty tubes of Weleda’s Skin Food, and the Michael Todd Organics Blue Green Algae Toner. Must. Buy. Again. I also just finished off another Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser, which makes me sad.

And that, my friends, is it for this round! I’d better post this before I randomly finish more products and have to tack them on the end again!

Hope you enjoyed this round up of products I’ve recently finished.

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Empties–products I’ve finished using #12

14 Aug

I did it again and left it too many months in between empties and now I have a hefty number of products to tell you about.

Hair Stuff:
Ah my trusty red Nak Colour Masque conditioner. I’m on my third (and probably final) bottle of this now. It’s quite potent so does a good job of reviving my colour week to week when I use it. I made the mistake of using it three washes in a row just before I went to the hairdresser last to refresh my hair and the colour did not want to come out.
These small bottles of the Yarok Volume Shampoo and Conditioner have been floating around for a while. I liked these, but I have a feeling that they didn’t leave my hair feeling very manageable and might have made my scalp itchy, like 90% of the hair products I use. I’m glad I got to try them though so I didn’t get the full size and felt like I had to use them. Shampoo and Conditioner is something that I do not need to buy any time soon after a mishap at a chemist in January where I accidentally bought conditioner and conditioner instead of shampoo and conditioner. I then had to go back to buy shampoo, but there was only one bottle there. It’s these fun moments in life that keep me on my toes.

Face Stuff:
Aw man, I miss that Laurel Facial Serum (Sun Damage Repair). I haven’t used it for months but I feel a bit wistful looking at the empty bottle. I think this may be a repurchase item when I actually need to buy another face oil. It smells beautiful and did wonders for my skin.
I wasn’t as big of a fan of the Maya Chia Super Couple Ultra Luxe Face Oil, which doesn’t mean it was a bad product. It had a less viscous texture than the Laurel one, so I guess it didn’t feel quite as luxurious to use? I’m not sure. Definitely not one that I’m keen to repurchase though.
Yet again, I’ve got a miniature of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I used the last few drops of another bottle last night, so now I’m not sure if I want to splash out on the full size, or restrict myself to a mini? Time will tell. I do feel like it makes a difference, but I’m wondering if I should try something new.
I am currently on a self-imposed lip product ban, because coming on to two years ago now, I bought a bulk lot of lip balms from EOS and I’m still finishing the last two off. I currently have about seven balms on the go, which you don’t need to tell me is excessive. EOS lip balms have been a firm favourite of mine over the last several years, but I’m now keen to try a few different brands to see how they stack up to my old beloved.

I see two bottles each of the Acure CGF Repair Serum and the La Mav Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum. I think the one I’m missing more at the moment is the brightening serum as I’ve got some stubborn pigmentation at the moment that is hanging around. I love both of these for their light texture that sinks straight into my skin leaving it feeling plump and fresh.
There is also the Sunday Riley Good Genes which was the pair to the Luna sleeping oil that I mentioned earlier. This smells a little funky to me, and I only use it occasionally. It has a slightly tingly feeling to is, so I assume it must be doing something. I have a second bottle of it on the go at the moment.

Moisturisers and Stuff:
OK, let’s go clockwise from the small black bottle up there on the top left, shall we? That is the Kahina Giving Beauty Body Serum Essaouira. It came as a mini sidekick in a Beauty Heroes box that I bought in a sale a few months back (I bought two!). I’ve really got into body oils this past year. Somehow I find them more pleasurable to use than creams. Anyway, this has a kind of planty herbal scent that took a little bit to get used to, but I found it to be a lovely product to use.
I can’t even remember when I bought this Origins Ginzing Moisturiser. A lady I watch on YouTube used to rave about this years ago, and because I’ve decided I need to be more diligent about using sunscreen on a daily basis, thought I should give this ago. This has kind of a strong scent, and it took me a while to get the hang of applying it. I first used to smoosh it in my fingers before blending it into my face. However, because it’s one of those self-adjusting formulas, it would get orange quickly before I’d blended it out. Then I figured out I should dot it on my face first and then blend from there. I don’t think I’ll buy this again, but it was ok while I had it.
The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is just one of those basic moisturisers that’s handy to have around. However, I’ve since discovered the Weleda Skin Food, which has blow this one out of the water.
I did a review on this Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Cream some months back. I don’t think it exists as a purchasable product anymore, so even if I did want to get it again, I can’t. It was a super pricey product, so maybe it’s for the best that I can’t get my paws on it again.
Ah, my trusty 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. This is my budget friendly but totally amazing eye cream. I am on probably my third or fourth tube of it now. Love this stuff.
I think Weleda Skin Food would hands down (pardon the pun) be my favourite hand/multipurpose cream. (Checking on my Empties #10, I’ve realised that I described it the same way almost verbatim, including the bad pun. So, nine months down the track with the same feedback and more tubes later, I guess it must be that good, hey?). It’s one of those good, thick, nourishing kind of medicinal creams that somehow doesn’t feel greasy either. It also leaves a nice sheen on the skin. A+ product.
The Tata Harper Repairative Moisturiser and Rejuvenating Serum came as a set with a couple of other products. I decided to buy the set as a “small” splurge to test the products. To me, Tata Harper is one of those brands that I aspire to one day be able to buy without getting clammy at the price. I think dryer skins than mine would like the moisturiser, and I think the serum was also good, but I don’t know if I’d want to splash the cash on them at this point when I’ve got cheaper alternatives that do equally as good a job.
I didn’t particularly get along with the 100% Pure Mattifying Primer. It had that weird sort of slippery texture that some silicone primers have. I can’t hang with that kind of texture, and I also feel like it didn’t keep me matte throughout the day anyway. I ended up neglecting this in my drawer and then got paranoid about expiry dates, so this was a pass. However, I do really like the illuminating primer from 100% Pure.

Random Extra Stuff I Forgot About Until Later:
I finished off the REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm recently. I’ve used this on and off for a few years. It’s a thick, luxe cleanser, but does sting like a bi-atch if you get it in your eyes. I’ve now got my hands on three other cleansers at the moment so don’t think this will be in my rotation again for a long while.
This Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask has been kicking around in my bathroom cabinet. I used to use this more frequently when my skin and I were on less friendly terms. Nowadays I don’t feel the need so much for this kind of mask and, if I do, I reach for my Josh Rosebrook one instead.
The Eco Tan Winter Skin was a hand me down from my cousin when she moved away. I used this in the warmer weather when I actually had exposed legs. This gives a nice, gradual tan to the skin and is far less risky to use than typical self-tanners. I think when proper summer arrives I might repurchase this so as to save the general public from being blinded by my moon tan.
I’ve had tubes of the Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask every so often over the years. It’s definitely not my favourite enzyme mask so I really only use this on my décolleté. I won’t be actively purchasing it again as I’ve found other ones that I feel are more effective.

Mental Wellbeing Stuff:
Back last year when I used to go to a yoga class, my last instructor had sprayed this Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Mist in the room during one of the classes. I fell in love with the smell. To me it smells gingery and fresh, but there is also an element of lavender in there. I’ve gone through two now and I’m part way through my third. This is a definite repurchase.
I’ve also been through a number of these flower essences (on the right) from Lotus Wei. I’ve kind of fallen off the bandwagon with these lately and not used my last one frequently enough to notice any difference, but I’m still keen to give more a go. I wouldn’t say these have a ‘pow’ kind of profound effect, but seem to prompt a more subtle shift in one’s mental space. At least that’s how I felt. Off to the left there is one of their anointing oils in Full Bloom. This has a spicy, fresh scent, which I do quite like and might get again one day.
Of course there is a trusty Rescue Remedy in there. I don’t know if this is more placebo than actually effective, but it’s kind of the same result, right? I am prone to getting panicky at times and this at least makes me feel like I can calm down a bit.
Last, but certainly not least is the Australian Sleep Co. Ultimate Sleep Blend Oil. I’m on my third bottle of this and starting to ration it out. I use it at night in my little diffuser and let the scent waft around me while I sleep. I love it and will definitely repurchase it once I run out of it.

Phew… All done!

A review: Lilfox Jungle Glow

8 Jul

One of the latest Beauty Heroes boxes I’ve received in the last few months featured the brand Lilfox. The full sized product that was sent was the Lilfox Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser and Mask.

Boasting of organic ingredients including raw honey, maracuja oil, amazonian white clay, and raw cacao, this is a cleanser touted to exfoliate and stimulate the skin with honey enzymes.

This is not for the faint hearted. Also, I believe, this should not be an everyday cleanser. This should probably be treated (ha) as more of a treatment mask. Considering the price–$75USD–you probably wouldn’t actually want to use it everyday.

I said in my review about the Acure Cleanser that I’m in a bit of a slump with regards to cleansers at the moment. I know this is a superficial thing in the grand scheme of life, but Skincare is a thing I find joy in. I’m still yet to find an everyday cleanser that will fill that little hole that’s currently missing in my skincare regimen.

So, this cleanser. It is not one to use to remove makeup at all. This one, I’ve found, is best to use as a second cleanse, and more like an exfoliating mask. I made the mistake when I first got it of using it everyday. My face was not too pleased with this approach. I now use it on occasions when I feel like my face could use a good ‘scrub’ and pep up, much like any other enzyme mask that I use every now and then.

This is kind of a gooey texture, most probably due to the honey in it. It’s like gritty honey, if that makes sense. I find that it spreads better on damp skin and to be gentle, oh so gentle, with any circular motion to scrub the skin.

My face feels super soft after using this and, yes, glowy. After I’ve gone through the rest of my skincare regimen, I feel like a nourishing oil is really beneficial to really give my skin a treat.

Now, will I purchase this again once this one has run out? Probably not. I use a fair few exfoliating masks for a (slightly) cheaper price and I feel they do just as good a job at exfoliating and stimulating my skin. But I will enjoy it while I have it and especially now that I’ve figured out how to best use it.

Who doesn’t love a complexion that glows?

A review: Acure Facial Cleansing Creme

8 Jun

After using a few higher end cleansers recently that also haven’t really blown my socks off, I decided it was time to search for a more budget-friendly option. Sometimes you can find real gems even on the cheaper end of the scale.

I bought this cleanser from a relatively new site that I’ve discovered, Green Soul Traders, but can also be purchased from Nourished Life for $19.95AUD.

It’s advertised as a pore minimising cleanser for normal to dry skin that effectively cleans the face without stripping its natural oils. Sounds good, right?

I started using this they way I usually do–dry face, massaging in to remove any makeup or grossness from the day, then rinsing off and then cleansing again with a simple cleanser to remove any residue or just to ensure all the day’s grime has been vanquished. I’ve now started using this as my second cleanse in the evening, and also occasionally (mostly weekends) in the morning. It rinses off cleanly, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh.

Pros: First off, the packaging is the type that I appreciate, in that it’s in a squeezy tube so there’s no faff in trying to scoop any product out. It has a good consistency, the kind of creamy balmy texture that I really like in a cleanser.
The scent is also refreshing, but it also leads me into the cons…

Cons: This stings like a bi-atch if you get it into your eyes. To be fair, I’m sure it says on the packaging not to use it near your eyeballs, but I’m sure I read somewhere that it can be used to remove makeup. So, then eyes seem like a fairly reasonable thing to also have makeup on, yes? Also, I’m not sure how dry skins would get along with this because even I, as an oily-skinned human, feel like it does perhaps too good a job at cleaning and I need to definitely moisturise afterwards.

I find Acure to be a bit of a hit and miss brand for me. I did not like their dry shampoo, but I do love their CGF Repair Serum and enjoyed the sample sized Brightening Facial Scrub that my cousin gave me. I think, though, that this one won’t be a repurchase item for me.

I’m in a bit of a cleanser.. what’s the word… slump at the moment. I haven’t used a really good one in ages. I’m back using the REN No.1 Purity Cleansing balm which I do love, but its drawback is that it doesn’t emulsify and rinse off cleanly. My current mission is to find another cleanser that ticks all of my boxes, but also doesn’t break the bank.

Wish me luck.

A review: Mūn Akwi Cleanser

13 Apr

I’ve now mentioned quite a few times recently that I subscribe to an organic subscription box service called Beauty Heroes. Every month I get sent a full sized product and one or two ‘sidekicks’ that might be a mini of a product from the same brand, or a companion, like a washer with a face cleanser.

That is what I received when I got the box containing the Mūn Akwi Cleanser a few months back.

This is what I would describe as an oily cream cleanser with a slightly herbal, inoffensive scent. And, indeed, it is an oil-based cleanser designed to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin whilst keeping it within the appropriate pH range to suit basically anyone and everyone’s skin type.

As per my usual regimen, I pumped out somewhere between a 5c-10c piece blob of this and applied it to my dry face, into my eyelashes even and then either rinsed or used a washcloth to remove the product.

I guess, because this is more of a luxury-priced item, that it would have been more worthwhile using it as a ‘second’ cleanser, rather than using it to remove makeup. However, the most makeup I have on my face is some mineral powder. I didn’t find it to be overly effective at removing waterproof mascara though. My face did always feel smooth and refreshed after using this and my skin never felt parched. Cleansers stripping the skin is a pet peeve of mine, especially if they’re marketed towards suiting sensitive skins. The benefit of an oily cleanser is that it doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. I felt like I was in a good skin phase while I was using this.

Towards the end of the bottle, the pump gave up the ghost so I ended up having the bottle open on its side and pouring out the remnants until I finished it, which was one drawback…

I don’t really know what else I can tell you about this cleanser. It ran out a few weeks ago, so it’s not really fresh in my mind. I won’t be in a rush to buy it again. It wasn’t quite the consistency I prefer, but I think drier skins than mine would appreciate it more. It definitely wasn’t a bad product–quite lovely, in fact–it just didn’t knock my socks off. When you also consider that, if you’re buying it in Australia, you’ll be forking out a whopping $92, it’s a hell of an investment to make. For that price I’d be expecting to be wowed a bit more somehow.

As for the washer? I feel a washer is a washer is a washer. Always handy to have them around though.

The good thing about this beauty box subscription is, even though some items may not be your next favourite, you’re trialing a full-sized product, getting a real idea of how you feel about it, at a discounted price. It feels less of a waste that way.

I’m now using yet another cleanser sent from Beauty Heroes, and a more budget option from Acure. Jury’s still out on both of these though, but I shall update you at some point in the future.

My current skincare routine

6 Mar

Something happened to me the other day. A lady from work popped by my office to say hello and that she wanted to tell me how good my skin was looking. It looked very clear and glowy, so ‘well done’.

It made my heart happy.

Of course I was wearing a little blush and bronzer to give a little extra life to my complexion, but I am proud to say that I am currently experiencing what I call a “good skin moment”. I don’t like to jinx myself by boasting about these things because I inevitably sprout a pimple practically within hours of admiring how well my skin has been behaving.

So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been using on my skin lately and giving you a peek into my bathroom cabinet where I keep most of my skincare.

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Morning:
First I cleanse my skin. Lately I’ve been using the Aurelia Probiotic Miracle Cleanser, mainly because I received a different, more oily cleanser that I wanted to use in the evenings and was too impatient to use this one up before starting a new one. Logical, right? It actually just ran out so I’m back to using my trusty MooGoo Milk Cleanser. I have an itch to repurchase the Aurelia one though.
Then I tone my skin with my trusty Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner. I wonder at what point I will find a replacement for this toner?
Next, I use the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream. This is an excellent budget buy and the best eye cream I’ve come across so far.
I then use the Acure EGF Serum. This has replaced my long-loved Hydraluron. I was looking to switch to a ‘greener’ brand, and this took my fancy during one of my late night shopping sprees on Nourished Life. I’m now just starting my second bottle of this.
Lastly, I use a moisturiser. I’m currently trying to finish off the Origins Vitazing Moisturiser, mainly because I’ve had the tube for probably two years now and I don’t like to waste things. Otherwise I use the MooGoo Full Cream Moisturiser, and on Sundays, because I wear no makeup, and I go to the markets in the morning, I’ve been using the MooGoo Anti-aging SPF 15 Moisturiser.

Evening:
I received this Mūn Akwi Cleanser in a Beauty Heroes box a couple of months ago. I should probably do a separate review of this. Short version is that it’s quite luxe, and I think that drier complexions would love it.
Shout out to the toner again… and the eye cream. I had been using the Bottega Organica one, but it has sadly run out and I’m questioning trying to justify spending around $150 on eye cream even though I miss it.
For serum, I’ve been using the La Mav Brightening Serum. This smells zingy like lemons and has a lovely, fluid texture. I’m also onto my second bottle of this. I sometimes struggle with pigmentation and this seems to be doing a good job of keeping any residual pigmentation at bay.
Lastly, the oils. I’ve been using the Laurel oil for months now and it is almost the never-ending supply. Lovely oil, smells a bit like honey to me, but there is no hint of honey in the ingredients. Just a tonne of beautiful oils. Two nights a week, I use the Sunday Riley Luna oil: one mid week, the other on Saturday night, just for a pep up. I’ve just now also started using the Maya Chia oil, which is less viscous than the Laurel one, slightly more orange, smells beautiful and also contains a bunch of wonderful ingredients.

Treatments/Masks:
I’ve taken a liking to chemical exfoliating masks. I used to be all about the clay masks, but I’m noticing a big difference with these resurfacing masks. I’ve tried the Tata Harper one, which makes my eyes water thinking about buying the full size. I’ve just finished the Laurel Honey Berry Mask which, like the Tata Harper mask, is more on the gentle side of masks, but still makes a noticeable difference to my complexion. One of my favourite discoveries is thanks to my cousin for offloading her ‘excess’ before moving overseas. It’s the True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask. Boy, do you feel this one at work. The results are well worth it. Since the Laurel mask ran out, I’ve allowed myself to try out the REN Glycolactic Mask. It isn’t very tingly, but it is effective. I even slather a bit over my lips and it leaves them plump and smooth.
For when my skin is feeling congested, I have enjoyed the Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask. This smells like Jaffas, which reminds me of a balm cleanser I tried years ago and haven’t managed to get a hold of again–the Stark Grapefruit Balm which has now apparently changed name to the Stark Aurora Balm. Mmm good memories.
Special shout out goes to the Origins Masks that I have used for a couple of years. The Clear Improvement Mask is a fairly heavy duty clay mask that draws out impurities. The Original Skin Mask is exfoliating and purifying, which I find is good for when your skin feels on the verge of some kind of freak out. Lastly, the Drink Up Intensive Mask is good for severely dehydrated skin. It’s a good one to use after a clay mask or if there is a change in weather and your skin feels tight and gross. Hiding somewhere is my Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask that I used to use on breakouts, but I haven’t been really suffering from those of late (fingers crossed).

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And that, my friends, is what I’ve been using on my skin lately. Hope you found it interesting!

Empties–products I’ve finished using #11

6 Feb

Seeing as I finished my Bottega Eye Cream, what other better way is there to start off the New Year February than to chuck out a bunch of empties, right? Right?

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Face Stuff:
Starting clockwise from the bottom left, this decent ‘sample’ size of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil came in the Cult Beauty Box that I wrote about a little while back. Well, some months on with a bi-weekly use of this, it finally ran out. I liked this so much I bought a travel-size version of this with its partner in crime, the Good Genes Treatmeant (which doesn’t smell great, fyi). What I like about this is that it doesn’t dry out my skin, but balances it. I’ve noticed that the texture of my skin is a lot more refined since I’ve used this. Winner. Pity it is so expensive!
Next is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. I didn’t actually buy this or use the entire jar–it was left to me by my cousin who was moving overseas and couldn’t take all of her skincare with her. This is a gentle but effective exfoliating mask that I tended to use on days when my skin was looking a bit average and I was in need of a glowy pick-me-up. It’s not as tingly as some masks I’ve used, but is definitely effective. I haven’t built up the courage to buy a full sized jar of this as Tata Harper is one of those ‘investment’ kind of organic skincare brands.
Tucked in there is a travel-size of the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. Again, this was a hand-me-down from my cousin. This smelled spicy like ginger and had a nice grittiness to it without it feeling like I Was going to scrub my face off. One for me to look out for in the future methinks.
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel ran out some time ago. I’ve since been using the Aurelia Cleanser, as well as a new one by Mūn, called the Akwi Purifying Cleanser. Each are beautiful in their own right. I would probably purchase the Oskia one again at some point in the future. I like the packaging aside from the fact that you can’t tell how much product is left. I got used to the interesting scent and definitely liked how it made my skin feel.
I’ve got two bottles there of the Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner, which has featured in past Empties of mine. The reason why I’ve included them again is because they’ve changed the packaging. Instead of a pour out top, it is now a pump. I had an accident with one of these bottles. It fell on the ground and the whole internal structure failed, causing an epic leak, and I ended up losing a lot of product. It made me sad. I ended up trying to fill up the second bottle, which I had been using for a while. This is when I discovered that as it pumps out product, the internal part moves up, not like a spray bottle with the little tube bits inside and so I couldn’t fill up much. Does that make any sense at all? I also refilled a travel sized bottle so I didn’t waste too much product and didn’t have to have it sitting upside down on my bathroom vanity for too long to stop any leakage. I do love this stuff–I just have to be less clumsy in the future.
I think that teeny tiny tube was a sample of the Darphin Hydraskin Light Cream Gel. This had a nice consistency, but it is quite heavily perfumed, which I didn’t get on with. I’ll stick to my plain old MooGoo, thanks.
Next is the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, which I think was the second type of hydrating facial toner things I’ve now tried out. I think this would be suited to more dry skins than mine, or maybe more for the dry, Winter months when my skin feels more parched. I don’t know if I’ll repurchase as I think I’ve found something I like more.
Then we have another sample (I’ve been ploughing through my samples stash) of the Uma Ultimate Brightening Mask, which came in a Beauty Heroes subscription box some months back. I did like this mask, although I accidentally didn’t shut the jar properly and didn’t get to use it all because it dried up. I’m not sure if I’d buy the full size, but it was nice while I had it.
Hanging on the bottom right is the GlamGlow Powermud Dual Cleanser, which was also a travel size because I didn’t want to shell out for the full size. This smells delicious in a weird way. It was pretty effective at purifying my skin, although these days I think I’m all about the enzyme masks. I don’t know if I will buy the full size ever, but maybe I’d get the travel one again.
And lastly, because I forgot to photograph it with the rest of the face stuff is the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, pictured below. I wasn’t totally blown away by this. Yes, it cleansed my skin well, and my face didn’t do anything freaky while I was using it. But I found it a bit meh, and the consistency of it was strange in that it would separate into a liquid and balm when you squeezed it out of the tube. Probably not one for repurchase, I think.

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Body Stuff:
My sister bought me this Bx Earth Shower Gel to replace stuff she’d used while she’d been staying at my place for a while. This smells delicious and it’s a good price as well as being sulfate free. I’ve since gone all out and purchased a couple of ridiculously expensive shower gels in the past month or so, but if I’m in the mood for fruity deliciousness again, I’ll be getting this for sure. It’s what I would call a cheap and cheerful product.
I haven’t technically finished this Mor moisturiser, but it kind of got to the point where it wasn’t exactly a pleasure to use it. Rather it just felt like I was slathering this on purely to empty the jar. I thought to myself that this was kind of silly so it’s getting chucked out. It has a nice texture and smells nice and sweet, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Hair Stuff:
Aaaallll the Rahua Shampoo samples. I’ve been on a bit of a samples kick at the moment. I kind of got to the point where I had so many samples stashed in my apartment that I kept ‘saving’ for special occasions that I reached a tipping point and decided to just start using them up. I’d recently read that samples had a shorter shelf life than their full-sized counterparts, so thought it best to use rather than potentially waste.
I’ve also run out of shampoo recently and haven’t wanted to go all out and buy a new one. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it’s getting a bit overwhelming trying to pick a good one, and not knowing whether it’s going to make my scalp itchy. Anyway, Rahua is nice, but the original one made my scalp a little itchy and it is ridiculously expensive.
The Cowshed Shampoo and Conditioner samples came in a travel kit. I quite like Cowshed’s shower gels, so thought I’d give their other products a whirl. I actually really liked these two, but I’m not sure if I’m going to splurge and get the full size.
Since I’ve dyed my hair an outrageous red colour, I’ve been using this coloured conditioner from Nak. So far, so good. My hairdresser (who has now abandoned me) would get excited about the vibrancy of my hair every time I went in to get my fringe trimmed. I’ve already bought a second bottle seeing as I think I’ll stick with the crazy colour for a few months longer.

I did actually have a few more empties to include in this post, but the photo for one didn’t work, and the rest was just old makeup that I decided to part ways with. If I’d gone through them all this post would have been waaaay too long and it’s already tipping to the point of being a cure for insomnia. I’m sorry!

The last few ‘interesting’ empties were mostly different Magnesium Oils that I’ve tried out–so far my favourite is actually the one that I’m using at the moment. It’s the Amazing Oils Magnesium Oil Spray. I can feel this one tingling away when I spray it on, compared to a couple of others I’d tried that didn’t feel like they did much of anything.

Embarrassingly, I’ve already started accumulating more empty things, seeing as it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get my butt into gear and finish this post off. It’s something about January, guys. You’re supposed to be motivated at the beginning of the New Year, but I’ve struggled to get going.

I’ll probably have to start on the next Empties post before too long so it doesn’t turn into a novel like this one, hey?

Talk soon, friends!