31 July 2014

Empties: July 2014

It's the last day of July, which means that tomorrow's my birthday! I can't wait for tomorrow to come so I can sing "It's my birthday, it's my birthday, I'mma spend my money" (Will.I.Am & Cody Wise - It's my birthday). I also will have a special offer for my mystery blog sale bags tomorrow, as I'll need all the money I can get so I can do as the song says. 

Getting back on topic, this month's empties!

In no particular order, here are my mini-reviews of each product.

1. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
I wasn't a big fan of this cleanser, and ended up using more than I needed each time so I can quickly finish this up and try a new cleanser. I didn't like the smell of this cleanser, and how it didn't lather with my clarisonic. My skin just didn't feel clean.

2. Bath & Body Works Wild Peach Poppies Shower Gel
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you can probably guess that I'm a fan of this Bath & Body Works (B&BW) shower gel. I have yet to come across a shower gel from B&BW that I don't like.

3. Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel
This shower gel will forever hold a special place in my heart. I used this during my stay in Tasmania when I was getting married, and this brought back memories every time I used this shower gel.

4. Aveeno Nourish+Moisturize Conditioner
I purchased this from iherb.com, as this is not available in Australian stores (that I'm aware of) after my mother-in-law really liked the Aveeno leave-in conditioner that she bought and tried in America. Although this nourish+moisturize conditioner smelt really nice, it didn't do much for my hair in terms of moisturizing. Therefore, I will not be repurchasing, as there are better (and more readily available) conditioners out there.

5. Selsun Blue Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
I raved about this shampoo in quite a few of my empties post. However, I feel like it's starting to lose its effectiveness. I have gone on to Nizoral, which is a lot more expensive, but it works and smell a whole lot better.

6 & 7. Gatsby Powdered Oil Clear Paper
I had an empty one of these in my handbag for ages, as I kept forgetting to pull it out for an empties post. It wasn't until I finished another one that I finally remembered, as I needed to put a new one in my bag. I really like these oil blotter papers, as they are so effective and relatively cheap. They leave a layer of powder on your face, which saves you the hassle of having to apply powder after. I've also found that the powder stops my face from getting too oily over the course of the rest of the day. So really, one blot is all I need for a 7am-6pm makeup day. Unfortunately, I don't think they are available in Australia, so I stock up whenever I go to Singapore.

8. Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express Waterproof mascara
Although Maybelline makes the best mascaras (in my opinion), I am not a fan of this one. I like the formula, and the brush, but I hate how the wand is flexible. I was hoping it'll grow on me, but I still hate how I don't have control in applying pressure so that the bristles of the brush makes good contact with my lashes and leave a significant amount of product behind (if that makes any sense at all). 

9. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in 129 Beige
I absolutely love this lip gloss and was (and still am) devastated that the tube is broken (I think it was from the move). It smells, tastes and looks amazing. I highly recommend this lip gloss!

That's it for this month's empties. Remember to come back tomorrow for the special offer on my mystery bags!


  1. Oh so many empties! I still haven't written a single empties post as a beauty blogger. Fail! I have been curious about the Mario Badescu but don't think I will be trying this one out after your mini review :(

    1. Mario Badescu makes excellent pimple treatments, but I'm not quite sure about their cleansers.

  2. That NYX lipgloss is so pretty, I own it too! Happy Birthday for tomorrow lovely! xx

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  3. oh, its a shame to see you didn't like the mario badescu cleanser! Im still trying to decide what I want to try from the brand!

    Melanie | Melaniface

    1. I love their healing cream, drying lotion and drying cream (although this one stinks).