Beauty Empties: September 2016


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.


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

Beauty empties 2016.07

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

Empties 2016.06

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

Beauty empties: May 2016

Empties May 2016

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray: I’ve gone through so many bottles of these. I always dry my hair with a hair dryer after washing in the mornings otherwise it would take too long to dry, so I use this before applying that heat. I like that it makes my hair a little bit softer afterwards when dry and it doesn’t feel like there is anything left in my hair, but other than that there are overt differences. But it’s like sunscreen… the effects of “less damage” is not always obvious but I like to think it is doing something to protect against heat damage. I also like it because it’s so cheap and I don’t like to spend so much on my hair. That’s a reason, right?

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray 300mL via Priceline $7.99 (frequently 50% for $3.99, + cashback via Cashrewards)

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: This is very much the “typical” cream. It’s got that nice light but creamy texture, absorbs nicely into the skin and is lightly moisturising but not greasy. It’s great for day time but personally I would prefer something more hydrating during the nights. I still liked it enough and thought it was decent value for the larger size. However, the larger size means it takes a long time to use up, which isn’t ideal with that packaging. It got a bit dry and crusty towards the end. Overall I did really enjoy this simple moisturiser, but I’m unlikely to repurchase any time soon.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream 125mL via David Jones $69; 50mL via David Jones $38 (+ cashback via Cashrewards)

Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection SPF 15: I’ve had this for too many years and finally made myself finish it recently. I tried most of Shiseido’s “The Skincare” line and this one I liked the least. The packaging and pump mechanism meant I had no idea how much product was left (plus it is so unecessarily bulky). The texture is runny, but leaves a slight greasy finish (that you get from sunscreen) on the skin without feeling like it was hydrating or moisturising my skin. Disappointing product.

Can’t find stock online – has this been discontinued?!