It’s empties time again! There was a whole drama behind putting up this post – I’ve been hoarding my empty bottles to put up these posts and hiding them away so that the cleaner for my apartment would not throw them before I take a picture of them all together. She does not like trash being hoarded. I had them lined up nicely on the window sill when I suddenly remembered that it was cleaning day! It was a mad rush to get them off and into a small box then into the back of my closet where she doesn’t touch but I definitely had a moment of panic. Anyway, on to the empties that I’ve taken so much effort to keep!
1. WestLab Pure Mineral Bathing Epsom Salt
2. WestLab Pure Mineral Bathing Himalayan Salt
I use up tons of bath salts and so usually opt for the cheaper ones but they do the job just as well in my opinion. These will probably be the last packets that I’ll purchase for a while because we are moving back to a house with no bath tubs.
3. Addiction Tinted Skin Protector SPF50+
I got this sample in Japan some time back and I really like this! This gave a reasonable amount of coverage and felt really comfortable on the skin.
4. Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
5. Gatineau Collagene Expert Smoothing Eye Pads
6. SkinFood Royal Honey Essential Queen’s Night Cream
A few sachets of skincare products that aren’t really worth their individual mentions. I don’t remember much about the Estee Lauder Idealist, and the Gatineau eye pads were really underwhelming for what they would have cost to purchase. I really did not like the SkinFood night cream because it was really thick and heavy.
7. Rituals Heavenly Hammam Organic Argan Oil & Eucalyptus Revitalising Bath Oil
I bought this on vacation when we found out that the hotel had a huge bath tub that we weren’t expecting. This is quite nice but a little strong on the eucalyptus scent, which leans towards the minty smell that I don’t like, though it’s not too bad. It’s a little oilier than the usual oils we love but it’s still really nice and it’s quite affordable.
8. Malin+Goetz Peppermint Shampoo x2
9. John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Shampoo
10. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Lighter Glow Shampoo
I’ve mentioned the Malin+Goetz shampoo in several empties post – I get them from a London hotel that we frequent and it’s quite nice but it’s not special enough for me to pay money for. I’m a big fan of most shampoos in the John Frieda line, especially the Brilliant Brunette ones because they really make my hair shine.
11. SpaMagik Beauty Balm SPF15 Natural
Got this in beauty box and it is surprisingly nice. The coverage is higher than I expected for a beauty balm. It feels comfortable and just a tiny bit thick but it served my skin well in winter.
12. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
A cleansing oil that I’ve loved for many years and I’ve repurchased countless bottles – this is a special packaging one that I bought in Japan. They remove makeup wonderfully, even waterproof eye makeup, without tugging on or drying out the skin. It’s an oil but emulsifies with water and doesn’t leave an oily layer. I highly recommend this!
13. Davines NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building Pak
Davines is usually one of my favourite hair brands but sadly this time I’m not a big fan of this product. It’s a bit thick and weighed down my hair – my hair was so flat for days.
14. Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence
An extremely “blah” bath essence but at least it was a sample size and cheap. I couldn’t smell the lemon or lemongrass, and it didn’t really do anything.
15. Tini Beauty Lipstick in Irish Creme
I actually finished this last month in my Lipstick Experiment but forgot about it and left it lolling around in my drawer. It’s a colour that I’ve grown to really like but I was being bored out of my mind with it after using it every single day until it was used up.
16. Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream
A pretty expensive cream but it takes forever to use up. It’s extremely hydrating; the texture is very thick and has a weird herbal scent but it worked amazingly in Winter when my skin was super dry. I wouldn’t use this in the summer months though or on oily skins.
17. d’skin Hydra-Protective Calming Cleanser
A creamy cleanser that becomes very soapy once you add water. It’s not drying but I didn’t enjoy it because it’s so soapy that it feels like it took forever to wash off.
18. bareMinerals Daily Recovery Concentrate with ActiveSoil Complex
I received this in a Look Incredible Beauty Box a few months back. I haven’t used it up but I don’t know the expiry date for this item so I was very wary about using it. I’ve been slathering it on my arms and legs instead.
Wow, this month’s empties have expanded! A good number of full size products have been used up and I’m very proud of myself. We have been getting the house ready to move very soon and I’m so glad that my giant box of beauty stuff has slowly reduced to a less insane size. It’s still quite a lot, but I still have a couple of months left and hopefully with this progress and better purchase habits it will be a “movable” amount by the time we move!
Have you used up any items this month?