Beauty Empties: March & April 2017

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation (I20 & I40): This one is my HG foundation, and unfortunately (devastatingly, really) discontinued. I typically mix 2-3 parts of the lighter shade to 1 part of the darker shade depending on the season and how light or dark I am. I could go with I20 in winters. I used up one of each shade the other month. I only have two I20 and one I40 left (eep). I hate looking for new foundations but I will really have to get onto it soon. I love the compact, clean packaging and unlike a pump or tube, you can get every last drop out. I’ve rambled before about how I love the liquid formula and finish. This foundation is amazing! I talked about this previously in an empties post.

Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Refreshing Lip Balm: This is my ideal lip balm texture. I’m struggling to find alternatives to Burt’s Bees since they’re no longer cruelty free.

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara: I love this mascara and this was my second tube after a few years. It’s brilliant for short Asian lashes – it holds shape, lengthens like woah, and adds some volume. The lengthening fibres can get out of hand sometimes and I have to carefully remove some, haha. It comes off fine with my usual makeup remover oil, but won’t smudge at all during the day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: I received a deluxe sample from Mecca (with the same wand as the full size). The formula was too heavy for my measly lashes, and the curls drooped immediately under the weight. It was also a bit clumpy. I wasn’t a fan, despite all the hype.

Beauty Empties: February 2017

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Hand and Nail Creme: This was a gift and I ended up loving it so much. It has a great texture that was easily absorbed and not greasy. It left my hands feeling so smooth every single time. I wanted to repurchase it but it was too difficult to get without paying shipping.

Shiseido More Deep Medicated Hand Cream: I got this for free from a Sasa order. It was a great handbag size hand cream. I didn’t like it all that much because it was fairly heavy and greasy.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter Cream: I’m obsessed with the smell of this body butter. It’s like a really lemon-y lemonade, and it’s so refreshing! I love the consistency of this body butter as well – very smooth and quick to absorb.

Kracie Naive Facial Cleansing Foam (Peach Leaf): I rotate between the “types” of this face wash, but I’ve been using this line of face wash just as religiously as my makeup remover for well over five years. This was the last bottle of the old packaging I had. I like that it’s a cream to foam type of cleanser (that’s my favourite type), so the skin feels really clean but not dry and stripped. I use it with my little silicon exfoliating thing every day and it takes off all my face makeup in one round. I haven’t changed up this routine in years.

Beauty empties: January 2017

Mario Badescu Lip Wax: This is pretty funny because I only owned it for a few days. I absolutely hated it. I like my lip balms in a twist tube, but this was incredibly oily and so ridiculously soft. It felt so gross on my lips. T also tried it and hated it. The other day I was twisting it up to see how much there was in total (you know, to prepare myself for how long it would take to use up), and on reaching the end I was unable to twist it back down. The whole thing collapsed when I tried to gently push it down. I’m not going to lie, I’m barely even sad. I hated it. I just wish I hadn’t wasted my money.

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear: I’ve been purchasing Burt’s Bees lip balms for many years and still have a few more in use. I’m switching out now (hence trying the Mario Badescu one) because I no longer consider them cruelty free. I really liked this lip balm, despite not liking coconut, because the pear smell was much stronger. It was also a good lip balm consistency, and hydrating without being greasy.

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil – Rosehip & Camellia Seed: I was gifted this a few years ago but found it too oily. Last year I started using it again, this time using very small amounts. I immediately fell in love with it. I usually use it at night, and my skin is really hydrated and soft when I wake up. It’s worked great through the winter and summer seasons. As it was running out, my friends kindly gifted me another bottle for Christmas, which I am now happily using. I hear great things about rosehip oil too, so hopefully my skin’s benefiting from that.

Beauty Empties: October & November 2016

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Koji Line Beat 24h Long Lasting Liquid Eyeliner (black): I’ve gone on about this already. I actually used up two of these recently, because by accident I’ve had three in use this year (and not because the product doesn’t last long). This is probably my holy grail liquid eyeliner and because of that it’ll keep being purchased and used up.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (52): I purchased this many years ago because a lot of the internet seems to recommend it. I think it was an okay colour match considering how rushed I was at the drugstore. Unfortunately I hated it the moment I used it, and forced myself to finish it in recent months because I’ve committed myself to doing so with all my products. Instead of blending into my skin, it slides all over the place. The finish is terrible on me – you can see streak marks, it barely covers anything and it totally accentuates dry patches. It’s been a horrible product and I had to really push myself to use it up.

Shiseido Revital Lotion EX I: I received this as a gift, and I never would have purchased this myself. It’s meant to be used after a toner, but the texture is incredibly watery and light so I assumed one would use a moisturiser on top (there’s no way this would have cut it for me without something heavier on top). That’s how I used it, and I suppose it did no harm but I would prefer a more traditional serum or oil after toning. This just felt like watery milk.

I Love… Mango & Papaya Nourishing Body Butter: This is one of my two favourite scents from the brand. Like the others, I find this a fuss-free and easy to use body butter that does a good job for the price.

Beauty Empties: September 2016

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I got the 170g size to use as a face cream and frankly it was too big. I was using it twice daily for like one and a half years, the packaging got grubby and I hated that I was dipping into the tub for so long. I thought it didn’t really absorb into the skin and wasn’t moisturising enough. In hindsight I wish I had switched to using it as a body or hand cream – I think it would’ve been much better. It’s a pretty good value cream, especially the larger sizes. I can see myself repurchasing this as a hand and body cream.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 56g – 340g (four sizes) via Beauty Bay $11 – $36.30

NUXE Contour Des Yeux Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Eye Cream: This was one of the first NUXE items I tried. I hated the bulky packaging and pump because I had no idea how much was left. I prefer very creamy and moisturising eye creams, and this was too light and watery for me.

NUXE Contour Des Yeux Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Eye Cream 15ml via Feel Unique $31.10

KOSE Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil: HOLY GRAIL ALERT. I’ve used this non stop for at least five years as my eye make up remover. I think this has a bit of a cult following in Asia but perhaps not very well known overseas. I rotated through a few Japanese cleansers (including the Softymo Speedy one) a long time ago and hit the jackpot with this one. While it’s meant for the whole face (including eyes), I use it almost exclusively for my eye area. It is an unbelievable oil cleanser for removing liquid eyeliner, waterproof mascara (the hardy Japanese kind), and eye shadows. My eyes are fairly sensitive and it doesn’t cause irritation. Once rinsed off with water, there’s no residue left behind. I don’t know what I would do without this. I’ve used the very popular Lancome and Clinique eye makeup removers too, and this is just so much better and gentler on the eyes! Fortunately it is also a drugstore product, therefore super inexpensive.

KOSE Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil 230mL via Sasa $6.80; eBay