01 September 2013

August Empties

Yay it's officially Spring, which happens to be one of my favourite seasons :) I've got quite a few empties this month (well, last month), with a fair few being samples.

Lush - I Love Juicy
Jenny from The Shopping Queen purchased this bottle of shampoo from Lush, as she wanted an orange juice smelling shampoo and thought this was the answer to her prayers. However, when she got home, it wasn't what she wanted (she reckons it smells like the Tree of Life shop if memory serves me right), so she really kindly sent this to me. I thought it smelt insanely like oranges though. My hair felt really squeaky clean after, and by squeaky clean, I mean the feeling you get when you rub your hand against a really clean glass door, and it feels so squeaky clean.... Can anyone relate? :-s

I probably wouldn't repurchase though, as my scalp didn't quite agree with this shampoo, and I think it dried my hair out a little too much.

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Bali Mango (travel sized) and Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Honey Sweetheart
It's no secret how much I love Bath & Body Works. I still haven't found a Bath & Body Works product I don't like yet. If you love sweet smelling skincare products, you'd love Bath & Body Works. I would definitely repurchase both products!

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Cleanser
Not entirely sure about the claims on the bottle. It didn't "wake me up" nor controlled my shine-niness all that well. However, it worked surprisingly well with my Clarisonic because it doesn't take much pressure to burst the yellow and green beads suspended in this face wash. The only problem was the un-burst beads that got stuck in between my clarisonic brush head bristles. Although, it wasn't all that hard to wash away the beads that were stuck. It didn't strip the natural oils off my face. So it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. However, I won't be repurchasing this, as it didn't impress me enough, and I'm still looking for the perfect cleanser that will help with oil control.

Clarisonic Brush Head (Sensitive)

I thought I'd throw this in this post more for my records, so I can find out the last time I replaced the brush head. I've replaced this sensitive brush head with a normal one, and I honestly think the normal one is slightly more gentle than the sensitive one. Other than that, I can't really tell the difference between the two brush heads, in terms of improvement in skin condition and how well the clarisonic cleanses my skin. I'd probably repurchase the sensitive brush head, if it was the cheapest option.

Biore Cleansing Makeup Removing Wipes
This is probably the third or fourth time that this product has appeared in an empties post (read here and here). I love these makeup remover wipes because they are so moist and so effective in removing stubborn waterproof mascara, without leaving my skin feel disgustingly oily. They are quite costly, but so worth it. I'd definitely repurchase, the next time I'm in Singapore.

A whole heap of samples...
L-R: Lush face powder; Lush Tea Tree Water Toner; Lush Angels on Bare Skin; Lush Enzymion Face Moisturizer; Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturizing UV Protection; Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (New formula); Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser; Jurlique Clarifying Day Care Lotion
Lush Samples: I've done a blog post on the Lush samples that I used up, so I won't waffle on about them (read here). I didn't think much of the face powder. It didn't help with shine control. I won't be purchasing the full size of any of the Lush products.

Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturizing UV Protection: The Diorsnow Moisturizing UV Protection has made an appearance in an empties post before (read here). I absolutely love this moisturizer/sunscreen. It doesn't feel too heavy on my skin, it's a 2-in-1, smells really good and it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. Will be repurchasing again (although probably in travel-sized tubes, as it works out to be cheaper).

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: I have the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate and in terms of effects, I haven't noticed any difference between the two. The concentrate is thicker and is pale-yellow/golden in colour, whilst the new formula of the Advanced Night Repair is more translucent and thinner in consistency. Both products absorbed really well and quickly into my skin. I probably wouldn't run out and purchase the new formula of this if you already have the old one or the concentrate like I do.

Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser and Clarifying Day Care Lotion: I received these two sachets after telling the sales assistant at Jurlique about my crazy oil problems and my quest to develop a skincare routine that will bring my oil production down enough for me not to have to blot at all. The two sachets lasted me about 3 days, and I didn't find that it helped slow down oil production. Thus, I will not be purchasing the full sized versions of these products.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
I received this in my August Lust Have It box (read here). I had to mix Shell 130 (the lightest colour) with Natural Beige (170) to match my skintone. Unfortunately, it was only enough for one application, and I can't definitely say whether or not this is for me. But it did give a pretty light coverage, and didn't feel too heavy on my skin. It was easy enough to blend out (I used my fingers). However, I don't think this is suited for my skin type. My skin felt a little more oilier than it normally does with other foundations. Therefore, I probably wouldn't purchase the full-sized product.

What have you emptied last month?


  1. Yay! You finished the shampoo :) I'm so happy that it didn't go to waste although I can't believe you kept going with it :P

    1. I don't like wasting products... although towards the end, I kind of used more than necessary :P But thanks so much for sending it to me :)

  2. Yay for Spring! I'm so jealous you got your hands on B&BW products! I really need to splurge and grab a bunch of products off eBay.

    1. B&BW is sooo worth it. If you are going to do a US haul someday soon, get it straight from B&BW, they run promotions all the time and shipping isn't too bad.

  3. Wow so many empties! I really want to try the B&BW products too, they look amazing! A shame none of the Lush goodies impressed you!

    1. I try. I have so many products to use up, it's crazy!

      I reckon you should get some next time you do a US haul ;)

  4. B&BW stuff smells AMAZING! I'm like a kid going into a candy store with all the scents :P

  5. Oh, shame about the shampoo. But when I purchase an item and don't really like the product I don't like to waste it. So normally I do the same as your friend, I give it to someone who likes it. =)

  6. I love empty posts! :) I love lush products xx