30 October 2012

September & October Empties

Since I haven't been around in September to blog about my empties for the month, I've decided to merge both September and October empties together. I haven't really used up much but I have left two or three nearly finished products in Singapore with my sister...

But first, I'll just go through the products I've used up.

1. Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care - 5ml
I received this moisturizer in my Bellabox September box and thought it was the perfect size for my travels. I also brought along my trusty Christian Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield spf 50+, as I knew it wouldn't last all 5 weeks that I have been away for. This moisturizer claims to "smooths and purifies the skin whilst helping to eliminate blemishes and blackheads". I actually develop a huge pimple on my chin (I seldom get pimples thanks to the pill), so I didn't really think this was at all great at eliminating blemishes. As for blackheads, I don't remember getting them whilst using this product. Would I repurchase? Probably not. I still am very much in love with my Diorsnow.

2. Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
This tube of mattifier lasted me about 3 or 4 months. I think it did a fantastic job at keeping my makeup matte all day, although I have been using other mattifying products such as powders and primers. I applied this after my moisturizer, before a primer. I can't remember how much I paid for it but I remember it being quite pricey. So as to whether I would repurchase, most probably if I can afford it.

3. Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Black
 This has got to be one of my favouritest mascara ever. The only reason why I threw this out was because it was getting too clumpy, but it still did the job of volumising my lashes. Although it was clumpy, I still found it so hard to throw this out. So as a reward, I bought a whole heap of other mascaras to cheer myself up, as can be seen in my haul in the UK. Would I repurchase? Hells YEAH, despite the astronomical price tag (damn you Australian prices....)

4. L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Powder in 414 Creamy Natural
As you can see in the photo above that I did not use up all of the powder. I decided to throw it out because it was bulky and I was on a tight weight restriction of 15kg out of Paris (was near the end of my trip and I accumulated too much stuff) and into UK. This powder did the job ok but was nothing really special. I thought the packaging was a bit on the crap side. The brush was scratchy and I couldn't for the life of me use it to apply the powder evenly. I also didn't like how the mirror was at the back of the powder. How are you meant to use the mirror without getting any loose powder all over the place? I probably wouldn't repurchase as there are too many powders out there on the market that I'm keen to try out.

5. Appelles Bath & Body Body Booster Skin Lotion in Wild Berry
Got this in my Lust Have It August box. If you read my LHI review, I mentioned that I loved the smell of this lotion and I did till the very last drop. However moisturizing capability wasn't as great as the Avene Cold Cream Body Lotion, which I have used when I got winter itches during the colder months. As a result, I don't think I will be repurchasing, as I would rather put my money for lotions towards ones that actually moisturize.

6. Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shampoo (50ml) & Conditioner (30ml)
Pulled a dodgy and stole borrowed this image from my Lust Have It July post. These sample sized items from beauty subscription boxes really came in handy for my travels to Europe and Singapore. I didn't think much about this Matrix Biolage range. It didn't do anything for me that made me think "Wow! I need to get more of this!", and as such I wouldn't repurchase.

7. Kao Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Makeup Remover Sheets
Image Source: Kao Singapore
I purchased this in Singapore when I was there for a family emergency trip in August. The only con about this product is that it is a bit bulky for travelling. Other than that, I love love love these makeup remover sheets. They removed my waterproof mascara so efficiently - all I had to do was hold the sheet to my eyelashes (eyes shut obviously) for about 5 seconds and Viola! All gone! The sheets were also really moist and were the perfect size for my face (I normally have to cut makeup remover sheets from other brands in half, so I don't waste them).  Would definitely repurchase... In fact, I've already bought 2 refill packs.

8. Benefit Porefessional - 7.5ml
Another dodgy picture I stole borrowed from another post - Bellabox June. If you're a regular reader, then you'd know my thoughts on Benefit's Porefessional. If you aren't, then I'll quickly sum it up... It's ok. I would use it if someone gave it to me, but there are so many other primers out there that I would love to try and so I would not repurchase... yet... It does the job, but for some strange reason I'm not completely in love... Hmm maybe it's the packaging. I think I might like it more if it was a pump bottle... I hate screwing lids on after use (I'm such a lazy person :P)

9. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner
Image Source: Body Shop USA
Purchased this from a The Body Shop outlet in Singapore. This is supposedly meant to hydrate and detangle hair except it really didn't do much for me. Sure it detangled... until your hair's dry... It wasn't hydrating at all and smelt foul. Even the bf hated it. He said it gave him a headache, but since it was the only conditioner that I had in Europe (before I found Aussie in UK), we had to suck it up and finish using it. I was so glad that we finished it that I threw it out before remembering to take a photo. Would I repurchase? Hell no.

10. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel (Travel Size)
Image Source: Bath & Body Works
 I forgot to take a photo of this before I threw the bottle out. I bought this from Singapore Changi Airport duty free. I absolutely love this shower gel! It smelt great, and left me smelling amazing after my shower. Would definitely repurchase.

11. Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Shower Gel (Travel Size)
Image Source: Bath & Body Works
This is one of the products that I nearly finished but left it with my sister in Singapore. I didn't want to waste it by throwing it out because this shower gel smells reeeeally good too. So good, that the bf even liked it! I also purchased this at Singapore Changi Airport duty free, and would repurchase!

12. Matrix Total Results Moisture Shampoo
Image Source: Matrix Australia
This is another product that I left with my sister. I had a bit left that I didn't want to waste. I purchased this from Hairhouse Warehouse a couple of months ago. It is a decent shampoo that made my scalp and hair feel clean after a wash. I would probably repurchase once I finish my stash of shampoos.

I think that's all the products I've used up in September and October. What about you? Have you found a HG that I must know about? 


  1. Great empties post! I have a deluxe sample of the Lancome Hypnose and now I'm super excited to try it out :) & I'm definitely going to have to check out those B&BW shower gels!


    1. ahhh I'm so jealous you're in the states and have access to B&BW! Would looove to get my hands on some new shower gels. Hopefully you'll love the Lancome Hypnose as much as I do :)

  2. The Sébium AKN looks interesting. I've been suffering from a breakout for more than a month now, but regular spot treatments make my skin sting.I also have slightly combination skin, so hopefully this will be hydrating enough but can still get rid of my blemishes.

    Marisha Wick
    Jamaican Black Castor

    1. Have you tried Mario Badescu for your spots? I should really do a proper review for their products as they're my HG when it comes to spot treatments. I highly recommend their Drying Lotion and Healing Cream.

  3. Great post :) I loved the sound of the banana conditioner until I read your review :( I didn't like the Bioderma Sebium either!

    1. Thanks! I'm just not a big banana fan. It smells like squished bananas, if that's your thing, then maybe you'll enjoy it a bit more than me.

  4. I really like the porefessional :) I have one tube going and one as a backup but I got them at US prices and I definitely wouldn't buy it in Australia. I'm amazed at how much you've finished! I always try but I managed to only finish a handful of things over September and October.

    1. Australian prices are such a rip! But then again taking into account wages, I guess it's as bad... Anyway, I've used quite a few toiletries only because they were small sizes, and I was sharing them with the BF.. Plus it was over two months :P

  5. I sooo want to be able to buy bath and body works products :(
    I would really like to have the Cherry Blossom stuff!

    Lancôme Mascaras always smell amazing and my lashes are just beautiful after using it.. but the price hurts my wallet :D