January/February Empties | KITSCH/SNITCH

January/February Empties

February 23, 2014

Are you ready for another epically long empties post? These are the products that I used up in January/February of 2014. 

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: I love this dry shampoo, it will be the one that I will continue to repurchase over and over again. This is the brown version (I think they have other colours too), which means that I don't have to worry about brushing out the white residue. This also only costs $4.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

De Lorenzo Elements Mudslide Strong Hold Paste: I got this from a Lust Have It Eco box and I only started using it at the start of 2013 when I got a pixie cut. This took me about a year to use up and I did really like it, it wasn't too sticky and it did work well at styling my hair. After using it for a year I want to try something new so I won't be repurchasing it yet. You can get this at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: Maybe

Davroe Wellbeing Treatments Replenish Jojoba Creme Treatment: I also got this from a Lust Have It box a few months ago, and I didn't mind this product but the tube was so small that it didn't really last all that long. I probably got half a dozen uses out of this and for that reason alone I wouldn't repurchase it. I think this costs around $12 for this small 50ml tube and you can now get Davroe products at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: No

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser: This is a great basic cleanser for people who suffer from oily or spot prone skin. This is super foaming, super clarifying, and reasonably priced ($10.99 from Priceline). I would recommend this for anyone who has that type of skin and is on a budget. I would repurchase this down the tack but I am wanting something a little more luxurious at the moment. Repurchase: Eventually

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I love this product! It is a basic necessity in my skincare routine and I have already bought another one. This is a very thin moisturiser/serum type product that helps clear pimples and unclog pores. I have noticed a big reduction of blemishes after using this consistently. I use this as a daily moisturiser, or if I am having a bad skin week I use this in the morning and at night. I buy this at Priceline. Repurchase: Already have

Summer Tan Dark Self Action Tan: I originally got this in a Lust Have It box, but I bought a backup online from here. This is a great product because the dark chocolate brown shade gives you a natural instant bronzed look that develops into a tan (and you can see if you miss spots!). This does come in a lighter shade, but this dark shade means that I only need to apply one coat to get a good amount of colour. This does wear off pretty quickly (after 2-3 days) but it fades quite naturally. It also doesn't smell like fake tan nor does it transfer onto clothes or your sheets so I love it. I did a full review of this product here. Repurchase: Already have

Sportsgirl Here Today Tanned Tomorrow Gradual Tanner: I just looked on the Sportsgirl website and this is no longer available, however they do have a newer gradual tanner so I am not sure if that is the same product just repackaged. If it is the same product then I will not hesitate to pick up one of these up! This is the only gradual tanner that I have tried that doesn't smell like fake tan, it is a thick moisturiser that smells like vanilla/caramel and never really ends up developing into that typical fake tan scent. I did a full review of this ages ago, you can check it out here. Repurchase: Yes

Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Gel: I bought this while it was on sale at Coles for $2. Original Source is probably my favorite supermarket brand of shower gels... I love the lime one and the mint one, and when I saw this one I had to try it. It smells a lot like a strawberry milk shade, and strawberry is my favourite flavour of milk shade/ice-cream. This scent isn't one that would appeal to everyone, and there were some days where I loved it, and other days where I found this to be too much. This didn't last very long (I might have got a few weeks of use out of this bottle) but I would definitely buy it again in the future. Repurchase: Yes

Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover: I used to look for the cheapest nail polish remover in store, but after trying this one, I realised that spending a few more dollars is worth it! This removes nail polish a lot more effectively than the home brand/cheaper ones, and as a result you don't need to use as much. You can buy this from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse. Repurchase: Already have

Nivea Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Waterproof Make-Up Remover: Three words: I. Hate. This! This is a cream makeup remover, and when you apply some to a cotton pad it doesn't actually soak into the cotton pad, so it just smears it onto your eyes. It feels like you are smearing conditioner into you eyes and it doesn't remove makeup very well. I would not recommend this to anyone! You can get this at Priceline. Repurchase: Hell no!

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge: This is an amazing product for cleaning brushes/beauty blender type sponges. It works so efficiently that it has cut my brush cleaning time at least by a half. This is supposed to be too harsh on natural haired brushes, but luckily I mainly only have synthetic brushes. This also only costs $2.80 from Daiso so it is an amazing purchase. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Already have

One Skin System Vital Night Regenerate: This is an ok night oil, but it's nothing to rave about. I do have another one of these, mainly because I bought two while they were on sale for $20 each at the One Skin System website (normally they are $79). It is a pretty good oil and it does make my skin feel quite smooth, but it is a very greasy oil and isn't as comfortable as something like a rosehip oil. This also has a really strong herbal scent (like fresh cut parsley), and I will happily use my second bottle of this, but I won't repurchase it again because I prefer rosehip oil. Repurchase: No

Biore Pore Strips: I bought this ages ago and they sat under my sink for over a year. I started using these again recently and even though I haven't repurchased these particular ones, I have repurchased the pore strips by 10.0.6, which I think are slightly better than these Biore ones. You can buy the Biore pore strips and the 10.0.6 pore strips from Priceline. Repurchase: Maybe

Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum: I bought this from the Estee Lauder corporate store and they were selling these 50ml bottles of serum for $30 because they were getting rid of old stock to make room for the reformulated formula. I did really enjoy this, I used it as a day serum and it was very light and almost had a natural powder finish. I won't buy this because the 30ml costs $115 from Myer or David Jones, and it definitely isn't worth that amount of money! Repurchase: No

Garnier BB Cream  Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin in Light: This is my all time favourite BB cream. As I have oily combination skin, most other BB creams leave me really oily or they don't have as much coverage as I normally like. This is a very runny product that has great coverage and has a matte finish. The only down side was that it did apply a little streaky and requires buffing, and because it was runny it often dispensed too quickly. This light shade matches my skin colour really well, but since there are only two shades available (light and medium), they wouldn't suit everyone. These also tend to oxidise a little throughout the day. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Yes

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation in 840 Natural Beige: This is my go to foundation! It has a matte-ish finish, it lasts all day, has medium but buildable coverage, and it only costs $19.95 from Priceline (but I bought mine on sale for $10). I did a full review on this foundation here, and I have already repurchased it! I use this easily 5 out of 7 days in a week. Repurchase: Already have

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: This is my absolute favourite sunscreen, I wear this under my makeup on a daily basis and it doesn't make me at all greasy! I haven't yet repurchased it because I am trying to use up another one that I have, but this is going to be the only sunscreen I use in the future! I did a full review here and I buy mine from Chemist Warehouse because it's $8 cheaper than at Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is another holy grail product that I have already repurchased. I use this as a serum at night and I find that it helps to even out the oiliness in my skin and also to prevent break outs. I reviewed this here. I buy this at Chemist Warehouse whenever it's on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream: I got this in a gift with purchase and I haven't noticed any great effect from it. I used it up by using it as a neck cream because my eyes have been reacting weirdly to something lately and I thought that this may have been the culprit (not sure if this is the cause yet). I think Jurlique products are way overpriced and actually aren't all that great for your skin, so I won't repurchase this. I got this at Myer and I think it retails for $52. Repurchase: No

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex: I keep trying Alpha-H products and they keep disappointing me. This was a nice eye gel which was quite cooling and I think it was a lot better than the Jurlique eye cream, but the pump dispensed so much product that I used this up really quickly! One pump nearly distributed enough product to cover your whole face and the packaging wouldn't let you dispense less than a whole pump. This retails for a whopping $69.50 from the Bellabox website and luckily I used Bellabox points to buy this! I didn't mind the product but there was so much waste and it is very expensive. Repurchase: No

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser: Ultrabland sounds like the name of a really boring superhero. This is a thick cleansing balm that did a great job at removing makeup (even stubborn mascara), but it was so greasy that you had to double cleanse to remove the oily residue. If you aren't phased by greasy residue then I would recommend this... but I was phased by it. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: No

Lush Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser: This was a weird cleanser! It is a firm paste that you mix with water and it creates a really gentle exfoliating cleanser. This did leave my skin super soft, but it was a very messy cleanser. When you used this, dried lavender and chunks of almond meal would fall off your face, so I was only able to use this in the shower. I would consider repurchasing this in the future. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask: This was a great product! It's a fresh mask so you need to keep it in the fridge and it lasts only a couple of weeks. It smells like chocolate and mint and it is designed to remove oil and clear up skin. My only issue with this is that you get so much in the tub that it's hard to use it all up before it goes off. You can get this from Lush. Repurchase: Yes

Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance and Anti-Fatigue Concealer in 52: The best Bourjois products are the foundations and concealers. This is a great creamy, full coverage concealer and I would definitely consider repurchasing this (not that I need concealers any time soon). This shade was too light for me, so I would track down the 53 next time. This retails for $24 at Priceline. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic: I loved this! This was a limited edition Christmas product, and if this available next year I will buy a few. This smells like the Twilight shower gel, which is one of my favourite Lush scents, and it made the bath a really dark purple colour. Repurchase: Yes

DKNY Be Delicious Perfume: This was my handbag perfume and I was sad to finish it! It has a nice sweet but fresh fruity scent. I will definitely buy this if I see it on sale soon. Repurchase: Eventually

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose sample: This is the next perfume I want to buy! I got this little sample from a Lancome Chritsmas gift pack, and I will buy the large bottle soon! It smells like rose and blackcurrant and it is the perfect mix between sweet and floral. The scent also lasts a long time. You can buy these at Myer or David Jones and I think there are three sizes available. Repurchase: Yes!

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 230: This was my handbag powder until it broke. I wasn't a huge fan of this and rarely reached for it. I didn't think it provided much coverage and there are way better powders on the market. This isn't finished, but I can't be bothered using it up now that it is. This retails for $14.95 from Priceline but I prefer the Australis Powder (see below). Repurchase: No

Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Deep Natural: I love this powder! The packaging is great, it contains a mirror and a sponge and it is sturdy and won't accidentally open in your bag. The product is soft and finely milled, provides decent coverage, and has a nice matte finish. This retails for $11.40 from Priceline, but I stock up on a few when they are on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Mirenesse Tight Liner in Saphire Blue: I hate Mirenesse, and wouldn't buy this for that reason alone. This is a felt tip liner and I loved the blue shade. This did end up drying out pretty quickly so I didn't get much use out of it. I have no idea why it's called a tight liner, since most people will use this for a liquid liner... and I never attempted to use it on the tight line. You can get this from the Mirenesse website. Repurchase: No

Eye Of Horus Liquid Define in Black: This is probably my favourite felt tip liner, it lasted a long time without drying up, it was very pigmented, and it was waterproof (which was the best thing about this liner). I would consider repurchasing this, but I wish you could get it in store rather than just online. These retail for $30 from the Eye Of Horus website, but you can order them in packs which make them better value... the mascara is also amazing! Repurchase: Eventually

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black: This used to be my favourite liner when I was in highschool. This works well, and I love that it is a twist up liner, but I think the Rimmel Scandaleye Kohl Kajal ones are better and also cheaper ($9.95). These retail for $23.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: No

Phew! That was a long empties post! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!

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  1. Wow!! A good range of finished products. I didn't like the Biore pore strips, a lot of my friends swear by it. I feel like it just stripped off some of my epidermis and made my nose awfully dry.

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

  2. So many empties!!

    The daiso cleanser is fine on natural hair brushes, I've never had a problem with it drying them out but I do find it takes more rinsing although that's pretty standard with any deep cleanser I use on my natural hair brushes.

  3. Ooo...so glad you really really love the diaso brush cleaner, it's even cheaper here and I always have at least three bottles stand by since they sell out quickly in store. I'd love to try that covergirl foundation and the garnier bb cream eventually! Thanks for the overviews!

  4. You can buy Eye of Horus in stores. Check out their website for a stockist near you. There's a chemist near me that sells it. I've also seen it in various health shops. I love the mascara and liquid liner. I want to get their eyeliner pencils next.

  5. So many great empties! I have to thank you for raving so much about the Garnier BB Cream- bought it because of your reviews and it really is fab! And you've inspired me to pick up a Lush Cupcake mask sometime soon :)



  6. I received that Davroe treatment from LHI as well and had no idea it was full sized. It's tiny! I honestly thought it was a sample.
    I just placed a Priceline order on the weekend that includes that dry shampoo - hope I like it as much as you do :)

  7. Great range of products, the Summertan tanner is my absolute favourite! Best tanner ever! I'll have to try the Polished London dry shampoo next.. and I use a Revlon Colorstay liner too but agree that there are better ones, do like the twist up though :)


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