November/December 2013 Empties | KITSCH/SNITCH

November/December 2013 Empties

January 11, 2014

I have used up so many products in the last two months, and I have been putting off writing this post because its going to be a long one! I think I might have to keep the review of each product very brief, otherwise this will turn into a thesis!

If you can't be bothered reading this huge post, I also did an empties video below:

So these are the products I have finished up in Nov/Dec... Brace yourself, empties are coming!

Micheal Todd True Organics Organic Lemon Toner: I bought this toner when I placed an order for the (ever so raved about) blue green algae toner. I thought, since I am paying for shipping from the US, I may as well try a couple of toners. This one caught my eye because it contains AHA which gently exfoliates your skin. I don't know why I decided to try this one first, but after trying both toners, the blue green algae one just seems to work better. These are $18.50 each (plus shipping) from the Michael Todd website, but you can always find discount codes floating around which pay for shipping. Repurchase: no - prefer the blue green algae one

Yes To Cucumber Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner: Where do I start? Ok, I bought these from Priceline when they were 40% off (normally they are $13ish each for 500ml). I mainly bought these because I don't mind the Yes To brand, and because I adore the smell of cucumber in skincare (and I guess haircare). The product itself was ok, it reminded me of supermarket quality shampoo and conditioner (not bad, but nothing to rave about), but I hated the packaging! The lid of the shampoo kept popping off, and the conditioner was too thick to easily pass through the spout (is that the correct term?) of the lid. This drove me insane! I ended up pulling the lids off completely. The packaging alone would stop me from buying this again. Repurchase: no

Nivea In Shower Rich Body Lotion Skin Conditioner: I didn't like this stuff! I think I have been a little spoilt from trying the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (see my comparison blog post here), which is completely amazing! Compared to the Lush one, this body conditioner feels like a cheap thin body lotion that doesn't seem like its formulated to be used in the shower. The Lush body conditioner is thick and it makes your skin quite tacky (which eventually sinks in and feels hydrating), but the Nivea one doesn't do this. Even though the Nivea one is heaps cheaper than the Lush one, I would prefer to spend the money on the Lush one because it actually works and you only need to use a small amount to get a good result. Repurchase: no!

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil Anti-Irritation: I don't quite understand how this is a cleansing oil, it just feels like a normal body wash. This has a really interesting scent that I can't pin point, it is fresh and clean but slightly fruity... almost pear scented. This is designed for dry skin, and even though I do have dry patches on my back, I didn't think this was suited for my skin. It wasn't bad, but I was concerned at one point in time that it was making my break out a little... so I only really used it occasionally. Repurchase: no

Dermalogica Daily Micofoliant: Yet another product that I wasn't too impressed with. This is a powder that you mix with water (fiddly!) and it "activates" and works as a chemical exfoliant. This is quite a hyped up product and I wasn't a big fan. I am a fan of exfoliators that actually scrub and I just didn't find that this did much for me. This took me around 18 months to finish, and I only finished it up because I wanted to get rid of it. This is also pretty expensive ($69 - previously closer to $90!) and I honestly think the St Ives Green Tea Scrub is much better! Repurchase: no

DermaVeen Everyday Moisturising Cream: I decided to buy this to combat my dry patches on my back after trying a sachet sample that I really liked. This is a great body lotion if you are looking for a really thick heavy duty body lotion, but I felt that it was too thick and greasy for my back, but it made a good lotion for my legs. Repurchase: no because it doesn't really suit my skin needs

Goddamn I have a lot of empties! I might have to make this brief!

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Medium 3: I don't mind this foundation for a lightweight matte foundation, but it's not good enough to recommend to people. I bought this dark shade while it was on sale so I can mix it with some winter foundations to darken them for last summer. I am throwing this out because I haven't used it in a year. Repurchase: maybe, but definitely not any time soon (I have so many foundations), and I wouldn't buy this shade

Baji Kakadu Plum Antioxidant Formula Face Scrub: I got this in a beauty box and I wasn't a fan. I like natural skincare, but this smelt funny and it was super scratchy. I didn't like using this on my face so I used it up on my body. Repurchase: no

Happy Skincare Cloud 9 Deep Cleaning Balm sample: This was one of the first cleansing balms that I have tried and I really liked it. It doesn't do the best job of removing makeup so I really only use this in the morning. It smells like lemon and watermelon, it isn't greasy, it makes my skin super smooth and it is really hydrating. Repurchase: already have! See my full review here

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Ange-Correcting Cream sample: This is a nice thick luxurious moisturiser but it costs a crazy amount (over $400 for a tub), and to be completely honest, if I had a lot of money I still wouldn't buy this for $400... it's nice, but not THAT nice! It is a pleasure to use as a sample though. Repurchase: no

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator sample: This is a weird product - it is a serum that smells like orange (yum) and it has some shimmer in it that is supposed to create a luminous effect. I like using this because it smells nice and it feels nice on my skin, but because I wear it under foundation the illuminator doesn't show through. I pretty much use this because it's nice, not because it does much for my skin. Repurchase: only if it was hugely reduced on sale

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat: I love this top coat, I even included it in my Top 13 Other Beauty Products of 2013 post. This makes your nails shiny (as the name suggests) but it also makes your nail polish last a lot longer than normal. I always use this and it makes a cheap nail polish last a good 5 days with minimal chipping. I can easily go a whole working week without having to repaint my nails thanks to this top coat... which is really handy if you work full time! The only negative about this is that the bottle is silver so you can't see when you have run out. This is currently half price at Chemist Warehouse. Repurchase: already have, and am planning on getting a backup!

Nude Pro Genius Treatment Oil sample: I love face oils, but this was a bit meh. I called this the pizza oil because it smells like oregano and herbs that are commonly found on pizza. It was probably too greasy for me and I prefer good old rosehip oil. Repurchase: no

Lush Gorgeous and Vanishing Cream facial moisturiser samples: I love Lush but so far I haven't been super impressed with the facial moisturisers I have tried. Gorgeous is a nice thick moisturiser (great for a night moisturiser) but I wasn't a fan of the scent. Vanishing Cream is supposed to be a light moisturiser that is designed for oily skin... I found it too greasy for daily wear. I haven't given up hope on Lush facial moisturisers, because they do have quite a large range and I do like the ingredients. Repurchase: no

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm: I totally forgot that I finished this and now I want to run out and get a new one! I love this lip balm, I have tried 4 balms in this range and this Honey one is by far the best! It doesn't smell like honey, it is more of a tingly peppermint/menthol scent. If you have chapped lips, this is amazing. This retails for under $7 from Priceline. Repurchase: yes, ASAP!

Carmex Original Moisturising Lip Balm: I really like Carmex (only the original scent), and I would repurchase this eventually, but after thinking about the Burt's Bees one, this one isn't as good. This is also has menthol and a tube lasts ages! Repurchase: yes, but not running out to get it any time soon

Davroe Moisture Senses Argan Oil: This oil took me about a year to use up. It is thick and doesn't weigh down my hair, and it has a nice fruity/floral scent which is quite rare for hair oils (which often have the same Moroccan Oil scent). This is quite an affordable hair oil, but it isn't as amazing as Moroccan Oil... and I want to repurchase Moroccan Oil as soon as I use up all of my hair oils that I currently have. Repurchase: maybe

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water: I made a conscious effort over the last month to use up some of these thermal spray samples that I have taking up space in my cupboard. I use these before I apply my face oil/serum so that my face is a little damp, which helps the product apply more easily. I still feel like these are just cans of water that you spray on your face... but this one is refreshing and it sprays a nice even mist. This spray doesn't have any perfume and it is suited for sensitive skin. Repurchase: meh

Kosmean Hydrating Rosewater Mist: This is the same thing as above but it is scented and the product doesn't dispense in an even mist like the La Roche-Posay one. You would like this if you like rose scents. Repurchase: no

U Skin Solutions Clean and Go Exfoliating Gel Cleanser: Pffft! I bought this accidentally, I originally wanted to get the clarifying gel and ordered this my mistake. It's a basic cream product that contains exfoliating particles and I honestly didn't feel that this was worth the money (this costs around $30!). Repurchase: nope! St Ives Green Tea Scrub is 10x better!

Living Proof Full Thickening Cream sample: This is a cream designed to add volume to your hair. The only real thing I can say about it is that it wasn't greasy and didn't weigh my hair down. I don't know if it particularly made a huge difference with the volume of my hair. Repurchase: no

Swisse Hand Cream with Vitamin F and Pomegranate samples: I love this hand cream, it is nourishing, smells like lemongrass and doesn't leave a greasy residue on my hands. Repurchase: already have

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub sample: This was an ok product. It was a cream cleanser that contained cocoa granules. The granules did exfoliate quite well but I wish this had a cocoa butter scent to it like the majority of the Palmer's range... it instead had a soap like scent which I wasn't a huge fan of. Repurchase: possibly

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel: This is a very well known limited editions Christmas shower gel that smells like lollies. I bought this on sale in the 2012 boxing day sales and I have repurchased a large bottle in the 2013 boxing day sales. This great if you love sickly sweet scents. Repurchase: already have

Rexona Stress Control 48 Hour deodorant: I bought these when they were on sale for 2 for 1. I wanted to add these in to mention that I didn't like them because they left white marks on my clothes. Other than that they did a decent job at reducing sweating. I didn't realise deodorant still left white marks these days, I thought that was a thing of the past! I much prefer the Norsca ones. Repurchase: nope, I hate white marks!

Nivea Anti-Perspirant Stress Protect 48 Hour deodorant: This was an ok deodorant,  it worked pretty well and I had no complaints. Repurchase: already have (because I found it on sale)

Garnier Mineral InvisiMax 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant deodorant: I didn't think this worked as well as the Nivea roll on, and I found that I used it up pretty quickly. Repurchase: not unless its on sale

Alfaparf Milano Semi Dilino Reconstruction For Damaged Hair Reparative Shampoo and Mask samples: These samples actually contained quite a lot of product and I was able to use them for a few weeks. I did really like these, they had a nice smell and made my hair feel really clean and volumised. I saw these in Hairhouse Warehouse today and would consider buying them when I finish my current shampoo and conditioner. Repurchase: yes

Evo The Therapist Calming Shampoo and Conditioner samples and Ritual Salvaltion Shampoo and Conditioner samples: I like the Evo range of haircare. I think I prefered The Therapist range, but they were both pretty good. I wouldn't have any complaints about buying any of these, expect that I don't like the packaging because its hard to get the last parts of the product out (well for the samples anyway). Repurchase: possibly

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser and Hydration Cream samples: I really didn't like the exfoliating cleaner (it felt like it did nothing) but I did really like the moisturiser. The mosituriser was very thick and worked really well as a night time cream. I would recommend the moisturiser for anyone who needs a really thick night moisturiser. Repurchase: possibly the moisturiser, not the exfoliant.

Beauty Care Makeup Remover Pads 100 pack: I bought these for $1 a packet (I still have one under my sink). What I didn't like about these were that they were very thin so I needed to use two at once. Repurchase: probably not

Crest 3D Whitestrip 2 Hour Express: I bought a 4 pack of these from eBay about 2 years ago, and I recently found this last pack hidden in a drawer. You apply these for 2 hours and they do significantly whiten your teeth, but they also make your teeth very sensitive for about a week. I like the effect but I hate the sensitivity it creates. Repurchase: maybe, but not any time soon.

Wei White Lotus Hydrating Face Treatment Pad: This is a cloth mask and I wrote on the back of this pack "smells bad, mask broke". Repurchase: no

Apivita Express beauty with Apricot: I really liked this scrub, it worked really well! I would repurchase it for sure if you could buy it in a bottle form, but I don't like these sachets. Repurchase: no

Wotnot Facial Wipes 5 pack: I wouldn't repurchase this because I don't use face wipes, but there was nothing particularly wrong with these ones. Repurchase: no

Woolworths Homebrand Baby Wipes 80 pack: I keep these on my makeup table and I use these to wipe my hands before/during applying my makeup. These are really cheap and I need to buy more asap! Repurchase: yes

Jesus! What a long post! Thanks for making it to the end.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?


  1. Wow, so many empties! Great variety and helpful reviews! I'd been super curious about the Dermalogica Microexfoliant, so I appreciate your opinion :)


  2. Great post. I have so many empties.... 6 months worth. I really need to sit down and write it up but know I need about 50hours to do it hahaha.

    PS I ordered the Happy Skincare sample set last week. I can't wait to receive it :)

  3. So many empties!!! Idealist is amazing (esp without foundation), but soooooo expensive!! Feel the same about Beauty Care makeup remover pads unfortunately.

  4. That is an impressive amount of empties! The baby wipes sound like a good purchase! I'll have to look into those.

  5. I'm a fan of Burt's Bees lip balms. You're probably also going to love the pomegranate one and the ultra moisturizing one. Their tinted lip balms are also perfect for adding a hint of colour when you need to dash and go - my fav tint is Petunia.

    1. i've tried the pomegranate one and wasnt a fan :P hated the scent


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