It’s time to take out the trash again and like always with me it’s overflowing with products I probably should have binned ages ago. As I’m super shit at doing regular empties blog posts you will have lots to see including makeup removal, hand creams, skin care, makeup, lip products and moisturisers. In each pic I have also featured my pretty new Empties Box thanks to my personalised label from Pretty Little Designs. Check them out at prettylittledesigns.com.au And keep reading to see which products were hits and which were shits!
- Australian Pure Beauty Eye Makeup Remover
- Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micelle Solution
- Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water
- Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution Makeup Removing Wipes
- Avenue Micellar Lotion
- Cetaphil Cleansing Wipes
Recently I’ve been trying a lot of new makeup removal brands and finally I’ve found a decent competitor to my favourite Garnier Micellar Water and it’s no surprise that it was from Bioderma! It removed makeup quicker and more efficiently than the other makeup removers and was much more gentle on the eyes. I liked the packaging of the Amie one but the fragrance was way to strong for my likings. The Australian Pure Beauty ones I bought on clearance and weren’t bad for the cheap price but did irritate my eye area a bit. The Nivea and Avene ones I had received in Beauty boxes a while back and think they were alright but not as good as Garnier.
- Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream
- Avon Christmas Hand Cream
- Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy
- Lush Love And Light Hand Cream
I loved the thickness and richness of the Jurlique and Crabtree & Evelyn Hand creams and found that they kept hands moisturised for longer than other cheaper brands I’ve used. For the price the Avon one is good and had a nice fresh cucumber smell. My favourite would have to be the Lush love and light hand cream it had a really unique scent and because it wasn’t too thick I could also use it on my face. It was perfect to have sitting on my bedside table and am keen to try a new one from Lush soon. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
- Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque
- Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
- Pangea Organics Facial Cleanser
- Little Innoscents Organic Massage Oil
- Femfresh Daily Intimate Wash
- Essenzza Cleanse & Exfoliate Mask
- Model Co Cream Cleanser
- Model Co Replenishing Rose Mist
My favourites from this bunch would have to be the Model Co products and the Sukin face mask. I’m not a big fan of Model Co’s Makeup range but was really impressed with their skincare line. The cream cleanser I liked to use after removing my makeup and found that it left my skin feeling hydrated and soft. The scent was nice and light similar to their rose hydrating mist. The Sukin face mask was nourishing and didn’t burn or dry out my skin. The natural ingredients gave it a unique scent and was always a pleasure to use. I wasn’t a fan of the Pangea cleanser mainly because of the strong Blood Orange scent it was quite strong. Femfresh was the one and only intimate wash I’ve ever tried and now that I have I don’t think I could go back to soap or body wash again. It wasn’t too bubbly and had a nice fragrance and gentle ingredients. To be honest I used the sheet mask pictured so long ago I don’t even remember what it was like. Guessing it wasn’t that great otherwise I would remember lol. Is it just me or do all Rosehip oils kinda seem the same? I liked this Sukin one as it was in a super cute bottle. I liked to use a few drops on my face before applying my makeup to hydrate my skin.
- Sensationail Gel Cleanser
- Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner Black
- Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Black
- Model Co Face Base Primer
- Ofra Absolute Cover Face Primer
- Jane Gem Face Primer
- Nice Huile Prodigieuse Oil
- Avon soufflé Foundation
- Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer
Let’s start this section with the products I didn’t like. The Jane Gem Primer was just plain weird. Not only was it super oily but it’s applicator looks like a nail polish brush and leaves most of the product in the container. I received this in a Beauty subscription box and wouldn’t recommend it. Another product I didn’t like is the Avon Soufflé Foundation. Not sure if they still sell this one but it felt more like a sunscreen on the skin than a foundation. The container was awkward to use and it was really hard to blend and had shit coverage. The Estée Lauder Mascara was amazing, if I didn’t already own a million mascaras this would be on my to buy list. Gives great length and volume and doesn’t clump. I’ve been through quite a few of these retractable Avon eyeliners and they apply well and are long lasting. (super affordable too!) I said before that I didn’t like Model Co’s Makeup range and this Primer was ok but not fantastic. I found it too be very oily and silicone like which seemed to make my foundation slip around a bit. I much preferred the Ofra and Bourjois primers. The Ofra one was thick and filled pores giving a smooth base. The happy Light Primer was a thinner liquid that hydrated and brightened the skin which helped give a beautiful glow. A bit like Mecca’s lit from within Primer. The Nuxe Oil was amazing and can be used in so many ways! Loved it in my hair and have got the full-size now! When I bought my Sensationail kit it included this nail cleanser which helps clean nails before the gel polish application. This lasted me ages as you only need a couple drops and found it works well so will be repurchasing next time I visit Priceline.
- Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo & Conditioner
- Pantene Aqua Light Treatment
- Joico Nourished Curl
- Toni & Guy Frizz Smoothing Curl Shampoo
- Brite One Day Colour Mousse Pastel Pink
Back in the day I used to go through so many hair products but now they last a little longer as I only wash my hair about once or twice a week. I recently tried Head & Shoulders And was really impressed with the results. Not only did it smell amazing but it made my hair feel so soft and lightweight. The Pantene Treatment was ok but not that fantastic, it kind of just seemed like a regular Conditioner not a treatment. (I’d much prefer to use a hair mask.) Both the Joico and Toni & Guy products which are made for curly hair were great. They were thick and helped to define curls well and reduce frizz. Over the years I’ve dyed my hair quite a few times but had never tried a one day hair colour before. This light pink hair mousse colour was terrible! It was super sticky and it didn’t dry properly on my hair. It caused my hair to stick together in knots and it wouldn’t even brush through. I think if I put paint in my hair it would have worked better lol. This went straight in the bin!
- Mac Lipsticks
- Essence Lipstick
- Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks
- Pandora Lip Gloss
- Sportsgirl Lipstick
- Avon Mini Lipsticks
- Model Co Matte Lipstick
I think it’s true that once you go Mac you never go back. 2 of the Mac lippys I finished we’re nudes that I have owned for quite a while and the other was damaged so I reported it into my z palette. The formula and packaging is a favourite of mine and they are just gorgous to wear. I hated the cheap lipstick smell of the essence lipstick but loved the shade and nude colour of the packaging. The Avon Lipsticks were super cute but the shades weren’t that great. These got deported aswell! The sportsgirl lipstick was to sparkly for my likings and I didn’t like the formula. I picked up the model co lipstick super cheap and loved it as it’s shade was similar to Mac’s myth. It was quite drying tho as it was super matte. Rimmel would have to be my go-to for affordable lipsticks and I would definitely recommend them. The Pandora lipgloss I got for free from the jewellers and was great for a natural lip. It’s been so long since I’ve worn gloss but made it my mission to finish this one off!
- Enbacci Rejuvenating Essential Creme
- Sukin Moisturisers
- Anew Clinical AF33
- Milk Ultra Light Moisturise
A long time fave skincare brand of mine is Sukin and I loved these moisturises for their natural ingredients and easy pump top bottles. They were very nourishing but were quite thick and heavy on the skin. Unlike Sukin the Milk and Enbacci moisturisers were super light weight and easily absorbed into the skin. They were perfect under makeup or worn on their own during the day. Note the Milk moisturiser container shape is a mega pain in the ass! Avon’s AF33 was super popular when it came out but being young and not having many wrinkles I didn’t really benefit from this Cream. The smell was quite chemically and I’d much prefer a natural alternative. If I had to pick my favourite out of this bunch it would be Enbacci’s moisturiser. I forgot to mention it smells like lemonade! So damn good.
Well if you made it this far you have done well. Sorry for the extra long post but I hope you enjoyed it and discovered some new products to try or not try! I know it can be hard with recommendations as some things work for some people but not for others! What beauty products have you finished lately?
(Some products featured in this post were kindly gifted for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.)