Empties this September

Guys, I think I did alright this month. Not great, but alright. Anyone seen Eddie Izzard’s neanderthal clip? Imagine “alright” said just like that. Or not? I don’t know.

And just quickly… in other news, a friend of mine came back from the UK bringing with him some wonderful spoils. I put in a little Boots haul and I received an amazing present from Holly (hi Holly!). It contained my first ever NARS and Illamasqua products! And some Laura Mercier and incidently, the nail polish I was going to buy myself but never did (obviously)! I might take some pics or something to show you guys.

But on to the list!

Benefit Fake Up – 01 Light
I picked this up when I was in the UK (was it a year and a half ago???? TIME, where are you going??) along with the Boing concealer or whatever it’s called. I used this for under my eyes and it wasn’t until this year that I used it regularly for some reason. Anyway, it was super pigmented, creamy and worked pretty darn well. Farewell! I wish you were still sold in SA!

FYI, it has been replaced with Wet & Wild (I giggle every time. I’m sorry. I can’t help it) Cover-Up. I’ll let you know what I think when I finish it.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstruct Deep Conditioner
I liked this a whole lot more the first time I used it. This was my second-ish bottle and it was nice, but it didn’t give me the same amazing results this time round, which is odd. Maybe my hair is harder to please now? Not sure. Anyway, I liked the smell, I liked that it didn’t have a cap but was so easy to squeeze out and didn’t spill or leak. I might try another version of this when I feel inspired to buy Aussie again.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
This was a 10ml sample I received in a Caudalie gift set I ordered when my brother was in the UK earlier this year. I loved this stuff. Seriously. It was so hydrating but sank in really quickly. It made my skin feel amazing and it smelt nice and didn’t aggravate or cause any redness. I’d buy this again if it was actually available here. Sigh. Come to SA, damnit!

CaribbeanTan Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – Cinnamon and Coconut
I bought this thinking it would be a nice replacement for all The Body Shop exfoliators I manage to get through. I mean, it was about R45 or something ridiculous. Sadly, it felt like a R45 scrub – and not in a good way.

It was mostly liquid, but when mixed up, it was slightly better (obviously) but honestly, it didn’t last long, was quite abrasive (which suits me fine, but might bother someone else) and it seemed like they had just chucked some Robertson’s ground cinnamon in there. Come on guys, more effort! Also, I didn’t get any coconutty goodness 😦

Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body Wash – Moisturising Honey and Almond Milk
Yes, I bought this because tons of bloggers have mentioned this sometime in their blogging life. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. Was the hype real or sponsored? I’m leaning towards the latter…The first two or three times I used it, I loved it. After that, not so much.

So how does this differ from usual body washes? It comes in a shaving gel can, and works pretty much the same way. You depress the button and out comes a gel that foams up. Only, after the first few times, it didn’t come out as easy and wasn’t nearly as foamy, so I found myself using a bit more than I usually would. The can says it’s good for 40 showers, but I didn’t even get a month’s worth out of this. And sadly, in the end, the smell became cloying and meh,

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Oh hello! I bought this to replace my The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil because I really wanted to give a balm a try. This stuff was great and lasted FOREVER. One thing it did do was make my eyes a bit cloudly after I rinsed it off, but it didn’t sting and cleaned like a bomb. It was easier to travel with and is definitely something I’d like to repurchase in the future.

I went budget after I finished the Clinique and bought The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm to compare… and err… not even close. It stings my eyes for some reason, and I find myself thinking about going back to the good old Camomile Cleansing Oil…

Vichy Normaderm Total Mat Anti-shine Anti-humidity Fresh Hydrating Gel
LONGEST NAME EVER. I loved this stuff. I have combo/oily skin and normally around mid-afternoon I feel a bit slippy. Ew, I know. This made everything awesome ALL THE TIME. It didn’t feel very hydrating though…

Anyway, I’d get this again. It would definitely work for summer, cos we all know how crazy hot it can get. I’m busy using Olay’s Smooth and something for oily/combo skin and it’s pretty nice.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil
Yes! Finally finished this stuff. Would it sound weird if I said this was a very oily oil? I’ve been in love with Nuxe’s offering, which would definitely make this seem like an oil slick considering Nuxe is a DRY oil, but it’s also oilier than tissue oil and baby oil. Think… olive oil. Olive oil for the skin. Which sounds nice in theory.

It took forever to rub in and was so damned pungant. I just wasn’t a fan, unfortunately, so I used this to shave my legs with. I wouldn’t really suggest trying that. It clogged up the razor really quickly and I ended up cutting myself and almost bled out and died. Okay. I’m being a bit dramatic there, but I had to suture my leg because it was still bleeding after a week. That’s some serious business. I’m pleased to report I’m finally scabbing 😛 Sorry.

Phew. Hope you guys had a good September! Christmas is so close! CAN.NOT. WAIT!

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The September must-have list

As always, there are many, many things I want and most of them are unobtainable. But a girl can wish, yes?

  • New cellphone FINALLY!
  • Zana Products Crazy Cat Lady pouch (I use one of their chevron-patterned pouches for makeup, but a cat one is definitely more “me”) Got it for my birthday in the following year May 🙂
  • Converse Monochrome high-tops size 4.5 Bought sometime in the following year. And unhappy about it. They’re pretty much dead as of April 2016 😦
  • Clarins Instant Light Illuminating Base in Champagne
  • Mac Patisserie lipstick
  • Mac Sable eyeshadow Bought myself this in the new year.
  • Lush – Rub Rub Rub Got this for my birthday in the following year May.
  • Lush – African Paradise
  • Lush – Buffy exfoliator
  • Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner – Espresso Ink or Black Ink
  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush Bought this in 2016
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush Got this for my birthday in the May
  • A pencil brush. I’m not fussy 😛
  • Decent pair of black jeans I found a pair of nice navy blue ones at Edgars which will have to do for now!
  • Sun hat
  • Leather sandals
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil Bought this myself sometime after May the following year.

August Empties

Woohoo! We’re another month closer to Christmas 😛 Okay, yeah, I’m a bit of a Christmas fiend. It’s just a great time of year and I love giving and receiving presents and the food is awesome, and and and… But back to the point…

August was a pretty decent month for finishing products. I even hit pan on two eyeshadows, but since I didn’t finish them, I haven’t added them to the list. I also managed to do some sneaky Boots shopping thanks to a friend who was in England for holiday. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the new goodies! 

So here we go:

Stila One Step Correct
This is an interesting product. It looks like a DNA coil in a plastic container with a pump. It has three colours swirled together, green being the most important one for me, which are supposed to correct your complexion. I say “supposed” because I think maybe it either doesn’t work for me OR I need the hard tack to correct my pink. And believe me, there’s a lot of peaches and cream happening here.

As a primer, I don’t think it worked that well for me. I’m on the combo/oily side of things, and it made my Garnier BB cream (the one for oily/combo skin) almost separate (???) and slide off. It wasn’t pretty. I ended up switching to the mattest foundation I own – Clarins Ever Matte – and that seemed to help when using this, but yeah, I’m pretty glad it’s finished.

I do, however, realllllly like the powder/compact version of this stuff. It’s one of those grindy majigs, and I think it does a great job whenever I use it. I might have to acquire one of those again, since I used it up ages ago.

Uriage Anti-Redness Cream
Can you see a trend here? I’m gonna be honest… I didn’t see ANY difference. It was very hydrating, though. I used it as my night cream after I realised it didn’t really do much for the daytime pink look. When I woke up in the morning, my skin felt great. But price wise… this won’t really be a repurchase.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream
Another product that didn’t really make a difference. Okay, let me rephrase that: I didn’t notice a difference OTHER THAN a hydrated undereye area (which I liked) and I really enjoyed the process of putting it on, rubbing it in… It made me feel like I was looking after my skin. And it felt soothing. But did it smooth or get rid of fine lines? I have no idea. My eyes look exactly the same.

I am currently eyecream-less because I’m a poor girl, and also, is it really a necessity when you’re using a serum? I doubt it.

Esse Light Moisturiser for Young or Oily Skins
I really liked this. It lasted forever! I can’t use anything too moisturising in the morning, because honestly, who has time to sit around and wait FOREVER for moisturiser to sink in? So this was really great. I think I read a review about Esse products on Mothercitymom, which prompted me to buy the microderm exfoliator (serious love for that), and that in turn prompted me to try the creams.

This is a possible repurchase. Possible because I need the funds first. Or there needs to be an awesome sale.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Body Balm
You don’t even want to know how long it has taken me to finish this stuff. When I scraped the last bit out, I’m sure the heavens opened and angel tears rained down. This stuff is seriously moisturising. And smells REALLY strong. So if those two things aren’t on the top of your must-haves for a body butter, I’d suggest skipping this.

I received this body balm as a gift. It’s definitely not something I’d consider repurchasing. It interferred with my perfume if I used it in the day, so it was definitely something I’d wear on weekends or in the evenings. But that aside, it’s not a bad scent. It’s just like a megaphone for your skin. It’s seriously hydrating and smooth, but took a long time to sink in.

Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil
Now why would I include this in a beauty product round up? Well, I’ve been using it instead of shaving cream. I found a full bottle of this stuff right at the back of my shelf and wondered what the hell I’d use it for. So I did some googling, because I wasn’t about to slather it all over my body. And the most prominent result I found was that it makes a great shaving companion.

And yes it does. I stopped getting knicks, I got the smoothest shave and longer life from my razor blades, and it’s just great. Also, it’s moisturising, so I didn’t get any of that itchy post-shave thing or the lizard legs from the desert like I sometimes do. Repurchase? Hellz yes. It’s cheaper than shaving cream… BUT I’m busy trying to use up The Body Shop oil I got with that Body Balm. Again. Don’t really…like that stuff much. It’s so oily. Does that make sense?

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Face Cleanser
Oh yes. Repurchase forever, guys. I’m sure it’s just aqueous cream in a bottle. And that isn’t a bad thing. It has no perfume or fragrance, it doesn’t irritate my moody skin and it feels refreshing and moisturising. I use this in the morning. I would suggest only ever using this in the morning because it will do NOTHING for your makeup.

Radox Herbal Smoothie Body Wash in Soul Soother
Another present that I’ve finished up. It was so creamy. I completely forgot how nice this stuff is. The scent wasn’t my favourite (strawberry) but the texture was great. I’d definitely get another version of this. But, I’ve bought an economy size Nivea body wash. Yeah, poor times.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum sample
I received this tiny little sachet from PrincessNoo as a little extra when I got some stuff from her blogsale. I actually kinda liked it! It’s not something I’d buy myself though. At the moment I’m using Indeed Labs Hydraluron (viva sales!) and The Body Shop Vitamin E Oil in Serum… both of which I love and could write poetry about. But I shall spare you.

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Moisturiser sample
I was walking around Tygervalley I think (lego-hunting, ofcourse) and was handed one of these free samples. I kind of forgot about it until I spent the weekend away from home. It popped into my mind while I was packing and I was like “that would be a good idea to bring along!” so I did. And it was great. It smells SO NICE. Maybe one day I’ll be chucking this in my shopping basket.

The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub
So, do you remember me saying last month that I bought a bigggggg tub of this scrub in the TBS sale. Well. I flattened it, obviously. Scrubs are one thing in my life that *don’t last*. I actually bought some Caribbean Tan exfoliator as a replacement. Cos, R45. I don’t tan. I don’t self-tan. But it smells like cinnamon, so there we go.

Here’s to hoping I don’t give in to the #feelingspendy mood I’ve been trying to hold back for the past forever. Until next month!

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