Oh hello there. The time has come for another empties post!
If you are new to my blog (hi!), empties posts are pretty much a recap of the products that I have used up in the last few months. The great thing about empties posts is that after completely using up the each product I have a good idea about whether or not I would repurchase these products.
If I have done any full reviews of these products, I have linked it in the product name.
I also did an empties video (sorry about it's length)
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil 450ml: Let's start with my most loved product, my Shu Uemura cleansing oil. This is the large bottle which is a bit of an investment (around $90ish) but it lasts me a whole year and I literally use this every night to remove my makeup. This dissolves makeup very easily and, because it emulsifies with water it doesn't leave any oily residue and is very easy to wash off. I will definitely be buying this again, but in the mean time I am using up the little sample bottles that I received when I bought the big bottle. If you aren't sure whether you want to spend $90odd on this product, they do have smaller sizes are around $30-$40.
Manicare Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads: I never buy these nail polish remover pads and I only really use them when I am given them/receive them in a pack. The thing that annoys me is that it takes so many pads to remove nail polish, I swear I use around 6 pads every time I remove my nail polish. I would only consider buying these if I was going traveling.
Goldwell Dual Senses Color Extra Rich 60 Sec Treatment: I really liked this! Sure, I don't really know the difference between a great hair mask and a good hair mask... but this one was pink and smells like raspberries! Case closed.
Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Repair Shampoo and Conditioner: These were good hair products, they had a nice scent, did a decent job, and the packaging looked nice (and if I had a guest bathroom this is the type of shampoo and conditioner that I would keep in there). But the main thing that impressed me was that these were free from sodium, sulfate, phosphate and parabens, and they were supposed to help protect your hair from UVA/UVB rays... but they worked like a normal shampoo and conditioner! Normally when shampoos are sulphate etc free then they don't foam well and you can't tell that they are cleaning your hair properly, but these worked well!
Invisible Zinv Environmental Skin Protector: This is like my 5th or 6th time I have bought this, so clearly I love it. This is a great sunscreen that doesn't make you feel greasy or make your makeup sit weirdly, its like you're not wearing any sunscreen at all! I did a review of my top 3 daily sunscreens and this was in it!
De Lorenzo Absolute Deep Cleanser Purifying Shampoo: This is a clarifying shampoo that is designed to be used occasionally to remove any build up of product. I really liked it, I thought it had a nice clean scent, worked well and I love the De Lorenzo brand. I used this once a week and followed it up with a hair treatment.
Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: Once again, this is a product that I have repurchased probably 4 or 5 times, and in fact I have two under my sink. This retails for under $5 full priced, it has a brown tint so it doesn't leave a white cast, and it does a good job at absorbing oil. This is my holy grail budget dry shampoo. This was featured in my bulk buys blog post.
Repurchase: Already have repurchased two!
Dr Bronner's Magic Soap in Peppermint: I liked this, but didn't love it. Dr Bronner soaps have a lot of hype in the beauty community and I know a lot of people use them as brush cleaners. I didn't think this worked very well as a brush cleaner, nor do I think it has 18 uses (as the bottle claims), but this is a pretty decent, albeit runny, body wash. The thing I liked most was that the peppermint scent was a nice scent to wake you up in the morning.
Jurlique Moisturising Hand Sanitiser: I don't remember why I bought this (I think it was to buy a couple of products so I can get a gift with purchase) but I had this for ages and didn't use it... but when I put it in my bathroom I started using it heaps! In fact, I was using it so much that I started really missing it when it was finished. This is an alcohol hand sanitiser that is also moisturising. Even though I am not a germ freak, this came in handy in a multitude of situations (including getting stubborn makeup off my hands). I would buy this again, but since I'm not a germ freak I won't be rushing out to get it urgently.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal in 53: I have now used up a Healthy Mix (original that is no longer available), a Healthy Mix Serum, and Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal (which has now taken over from the original) so clearly these are pretty decent foundations. I think this whole range is pretty fool proof and would suit most skin types (unless you are super super oily). I would repurchase this eventually but I am too excited to try other foundations first!
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator: I am not a fan of these powder exfoliants that you mix with water. I have tried three and wasn't super impressed with any of them. I did like how this one foamed up, so if you are a fan of this type of thing then you might want to try it.
Plunkets Vita E Natural Vitamin E Cream: I don't even remember using this lol... so I won't be commenting on whether or not I recommend it. I do like this brand though and am currently using their peel and their primer. I do vaguely remember hearing that this is the only hand cream on the Australian market that has vitamin E and rosehip... and it is also fragrance free (if that floats your boat).
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer: This is a clear silicon primer that worked quite well for smoothing pores and making my foundation last longer. I would repurchase this bit I bought it in the bargain bin at Priceline for $5 so I think they might be discontinued.
Garnier Pure Active Daily Pore Scrub Wash: DO NOT BUY THIS! This scrub dried out my face after a few days of using it consecutively, I felt like my face was chapped. Drying out your skin when you have oily/breakouts is a bad idea because it causes your skin to over produce oil. The only way I used this up was by using it as a body wash.
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Makeup Remover: This is a makeup removal oil that contains three types of oils - almond oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. This was designed to be applied to a cotton pad to remove makeup, and it worked really well. The main downside was that, unlike the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, this had a funky oily residue that had to be washed off with a cleanser. This wasn't anywhere as good as the Shu Uemura cleansing oils so I won't be buying this in the future.
BioElixia Body Shaper Exfoliating Body Polish: Eh, this was a very finely milled but very scratchy body scrub. This retails for over $30 and is not worth the money. The end.
BareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation: This was a one use sample so it was really hard to tell what I thought. It did last pretty well on my oily combo skin and I would love to give it a go.
Repurchase: I would give it a go
Eco Care Facial Cleansing Wipes in Organic Apple with Honey: I really like these wipes, they are natural, alcohol free, but they work well.
Coles Make-up Removal Pads: I go through quite a lot of makeup remover pads but I don't have a brand that I really like... I just buy whatever is convenient.
Manicare Disposable Mascara Brushes: I LOVE THESE! Note to self: you need to buy some of these soon! I use disposable mascara brushes to brush out my brows. One packet of 10 can last me around a year because I might use one brush a month.
Jar Body Scrub in Paris: I really liked the strawberry scent of this scrub, however I did find that this was too much effort! These do work really well as a harsh scrub (which is what I like) but the sugar dissolves pretty quickly, it is messy and fiddly, and if you get water in the bag then the sugar clumps up. If you are going to go to this effort then I would prefer to do it for the coffee scrub because it doesn't dissolve or clump up in the bag.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment: Like the BareMinerals foundation sample, I was only able to get one or two applications from this sample so it's very hard to tell what I think. This serum costs a whopping $125 for 30ml and I didn't see any instant results. I mainly put this is this post to see if anyone else has tried this and what they think long term.
Repurchase: Who knows?
BAH I forgot the two liners in the photo! One is the Covergirl Bombshell Intensity Liner which is a nice liquid liner that lasted all day... the only problem was that it dried out WITHIN A WEEK of me opening it! Not cool Covergirl! Definitely would not repurchase or recommend this! The next liner was the black liner from the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio. It was just an ok liner, the best part of it was that it was a twist up liner so you didn't need to sharpen it. Because it was quite firm you couldn't use this on the waterline which I thought was a little limiting. I probably wouldn't repurchase it.
So that's my rubbish for September and October. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?