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

Beauty Empties: August 2016

No August Food Lately post because there was only one dish I really loved, so I’ll add it to September’s.

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Grown Alchemist Hydra Repair Day Cream Camellia & Geranium Blossom: I got a Grown Alchemist facial kit as a gift from friends a few years ago for me to try out this cruelty-free brand so there was a lot of their skincare range in smaller sizes. I liked some of the stuff. This cream has taken me a long time to use because I don’t really like it. It’s very thick and kind of sits greasily on top of my skin. It also smells too natural and floral-y for me.

Grown Alchemist Hydra Repair Day Cream Camellia & Geranium Blossom 65mL via Myer $34.96

I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Body Butter: This scent is probably my favourite from the brand. As a body butter, it’s pretty standard. It’s not a super thick body butter, but it’s absorbed quickly and does a decent job moisturising. It also smells nice and is cheap. I have no real complaints!

I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Body Butter 200mL via Priceline $7.99 (frequently on sale; + cashback via CashRewards)

Beauty Empties: July 2016

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Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream SPF42 PA+++ (23): I remember back in the day when BB creams and K-beauty first took off, this was one of THE products. As I am currently working through old products, I’ve managed to finally finish the last few pumps of this one. I like the texture and the blendability. It’s coverage is lightweight to medium. The reason I stopped using it at the time was actually because I found a different Missha BB cream which I liked more. Shade 23 is relatively close to my skin colour, but the overall finish on the skin is slightly white cast, grey and ash-toned colour. I think this is fairly common from Asian base makeup.

Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream SPF42 PA+++ 50mL via Missha AU $32.90; via eBay

I Love… Mango & Papaya Super Soft Hand Lotion: I discovered this brand in a Boots store in Thailand, and fell in love with the smells (plus I’ve always wanted to try more British beauty products). One of the things I brought back was this hand cream. The mango & papaya line is one of my favourite two scents from the brand. It’s a cheap and nice hand cream. It’s not greasy and does a decent job.

I Love… Mango & Papaya Super Soft Hand Lotion 75mL via Priceline $4.99 (+ cashback via CashRewards)

Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner (deep black): I mentioned my other favourite everyday liquid eyeliner that I used up in June. Being from the same company, they could very well be the same formula, but there are subtle differences in the pen and tip (so it’s mostly ergonomics). This one has a smaller and sharper tip, but otherwise it is also super black, super waterproof and doesn’t budge. This also benefits from being in the Dolly Wink range by the popular model, Masuwaka Tsubasa. It seems there have been a lot of updates lately (it’s now called III), but I am cautiously confident it’s very nearly the same product (or I can’t really tell the difference from the original).

Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner III via Sasa US$12.50 (+ cashback via CashRewards); via eBay

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I wrote a full review previously. This is probably my favourite eye cream to date because it’s so creamy, moisturising and thick (I actually really like that). As soon as I was running out, I was very genersouly gifted one for my birthday!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 14mL via Myer $43

Lush Tea Tree Water: This is my second bottle. I can’t say it’s amazing or anything as I’m not fussy about toners. I tried this initially because it’s name said tea tree water – seriously. I would be a lot more impressed now if it didn’t contain perfume. For a while, I sprayed onto a cotton pad, then I sprayed it directly onto my face, then I spray it into my hand to pat onto my face. I’ve decided I’m not a fan of spray toners and would prefer it to be simpler. It’s a calming toner and helps after cleansing to prep the face for moisture, but there’s nothing else remotely noticeable about it. It feels almost exactly like water and I’m not sure whether I personally like that or not (even if it’s called “water”). I think I’ll probably not be going back to this in the near future.

Lush Tea Tree Water 250g via Lush $19.95

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick “Pure Zen”: This isn’t an “empty” in the usual sense. It melted in the car one summer and the whole lipstick started coming off. Since it’s impossible to use thanks to the dettached bullet, I’ve decided to just throw the product out (finally). Actually I got it in HK a long time ago, in a rush trip to MAC. This was meant to be an easy nude, but I never really liked it. The forumla sits on top of the lips in a patchy layer, exaggerates any and all creases, and slides everywhere. I was pretty disappointed in MAC lipsticks.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick “Pure Zen” 3g via MAC AU

Beauty empties: June 2016

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Koji Line Beat 24h Long Lasting Eyeliner: I use deep black. For the past six-ish years, this and another Koji liquid liner are the only two eyeliners I’ve used (I only tried two others in between). This is a holy grail item for me. It’s so perfect I never think about trying out anything else. I’m so used to the tip and weight of this pen that I can do my liner really quickly every single day. It’s incredibly black, precise, waterproof, doesn’t smudge… did I mention it’s my holy grail? (For some reason I have two others in use at the moment… what?!)

Koji Line Beat 24h Long Lasting Eyeliner via Sasa US$16.60 (+ cashback via CashRewards); via eBay

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment: I wrote a full review here. The more I used it, the more I disliked it. Mostly I just found the texture so balmy and slippery I couldn’t get the amount I wanted out of the jar! Because of the texture, I also felt like I needed more product to spread around the eye area. This was totally not worth the price tag! Major regrets.

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment 10mL via Sephora $46 (+ cashback via CashRewards)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I use Custard. This concealer is very popular and I completely agree with the hype. It is so creamy, blends really well and has amazing coverage. I use a little concealer brush to press/dab, so it really gets worked into the skin without sliding around. Custard is a perfect match for my face, but when I tried to use it under the eyes at the start, the colour was all off. When I ran out, I purchased the lighter Vanilla shade, hoping that it could do double duty as a face and under eye concealer, but this time it was too light for my spots and hyperpigmentation and that looked bizarre. So I returned it for Custard, because I think it works better for face concealing than under eye concealing anyway (a tad dry for the under eyes). This is pretty darn good product.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 6.5mL via Mecca $43