04 January, 2012

REVIEW: Products farewelled in December & the final 2011 tally!

Well, here's my final 2011 empties review post.  Now how close did I get to my goal of 100 empties for the year?

Skin care

87) Palmer's Daily Facial Lotion Lightweight Moisturiser SPF 15 (15ml/.5fl. oz sample size)
I'm a huge fan of Palmer's body lotions and potions but this sample tube is my first experience with their facial range.  This SPF lotion is quite rich and creamy in consistency and because it's the Palmer's signature cocoa butter formula, it has a subtle yummy cocoa scent.  It's also loaded with the following goodies:  shea butter, peptide complex, vitamin E, aloe vera, milk proteins and evening primrose.  It takes a few minutes to absorb  but provides a smooth base for makeup.  I would definitely buy a full size of this moisturiser and as a good beauty blogger I'd actually consider trying the rest of the range to do my 'research'.

88) Lucas' Papaw Ointment (25g)
I did one of my very first review posts on this fab little ointment back in February 2011 (click here).  At that time I wrote that a tube lasts me several months and this is the proof!  I honestly use a tiny dab of this every night as an overnight lip treatment and here we are 11 months later.  It's an all-in-one treatment and is great for treating dry cuticles, scratches, grazes and insect products.  A little wonder product, and a bedside table staple so this is a definite repurchase for me!

89) L'Oreal Gentle Make-up Remover for Eyes & Lips (125ml)
This was my 5th bottle finished this year. I've yet to find anything to beat the gentle but effective formula (click here for original review) but I've recently found a very similar product from Maybelline with less messy packaging.  Expect a full comparison review soon.

Hand & body care

90) Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion (354ml/12 fl. oz)
This was the second bottle I finished this year solely because I bought a twin-pack.  Aveeno's Daily Moisturising Lotion is the cotton underwear equivalent in body lotions IMO - functional and reliable but not sexy.  Great for scaly winter skin hidden under layers of clothes, but when my skin's exposed in summer I want something with a bit of fragrance. The other thing which annoyed me was the struggle to get the last bits of lotion out of the bottle, and I hate wastage.  I'm moving on to more interesting things for moisturising my body this summer.  See my original review here.

91) & 92) OPI Polish Remover (non-oily, moisturizing formula)
Well, Hello I've finished two bottles again this month, making 10 bottles for the year.  All my glitter mani's and regular summer pedi's will account for the increase.  Still my favourite I'm afraid.  If you haven't read my original review click here.

93) OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers Berry Juicie (30ml/1 fl. oz travel size)
Moving on from my unscented Aveeno body lotion I found this little bottle of Avojuice in my stash.  This isn't particularly sexy either but it is fruity! I didn't smell like berries but rather like grape bubblegum, which was fun and funny.  Anyway this lotion has avocado oil as one of its key ingredients and it absorbed super quickly and really did a great job of moisturising my limbs.  I know OPI has a whole range of different 'flavours' so while I wouldn't choose this fragrance again I'd love to try some others such as coconut melon or peach because it makes my skin feel really soft without being greasy and is a fun summer option.

94) Cowshed Cow Pat moisturising hand cream (50ml/1.69 fl.oz travel size)
Cute and amusing name!  I didn't buy this hand cream but got it as a freebie with a UK magazine.  UK mags are the best for freebies but that's another story... I don't know anything about the Cowshed brand because it's UK based but from the Cowshed website, it's very earth-friendly,  using "100% natural, premium quality essential oils" and doesn't test on animals.  Very worthy, and the hand cream felt great on my hands, but the scent is so strong!  Cow pat contains grapefruit and coriander essential oils but according to my son my hands smelt like pesto!  Every time I put this on around my hubby and son it provoked a verbal reaction from them.  This one's a fail.


95) NYX The Twin Cake powder (CP10 Sand Beige)
The packaging on this shamelessly declares, "This is the best powder I've ever used!!"  I bought this powder early 2011 as part of a bargain beauty challenge and I did fall a little in love with it because of the fine finish and because it's such versatile product.  I can brush it lightly over my skin for a soft sheer finish, use the dry sponge for medium, dewy coverage (my preferred way of wearing it) or use a wet sponge for full foundation-like coverage.  All this for $22AUD.  A definite repurchase.

96) L'oreal Touche Magique illuminating concealer (Rose Beige)
Not too bad a product but the brush drove me mad and I've moved on to Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch highlighting concealer as the best of the budget illuminating concealers.  See my post here .

So, I got pretty close to 100 empties and if I waited another week or two I'd probably have hit the century. It gives me something to aim for in 2012.  For a truly impressive yearly consumption tally check out Lil Lady's Life post here.  She managed to finish an amazing 165 products in one year - I'm in total awe!!

Now what's the breakdown of products?  This year I finished (including sample sizes):
  • 11 x bottles of nail polish remover
  • 9 x hand creams
  • 8 x facial moisturisers
  • 7 x body moisturisers
  • 6 x lipsticks
  • 6 x fragrances
  • 5 x concealers
  • 5 x bottles of eye make-up remover
  • 5 x facial cleansers
  • 4 x facial serums
  • 3 x eyeshadows
  • 3 x mascaras
  • 3 x nail polish drying drops
  • 3 x pressed powders
  • 3 x mascaras
  • 2 x cuticle oils/creams
  • 2 x lip glosses
  • 2 x top coats
  • 2 x facial softeners
  • 2 x body scrubs
  • 2 x hair volumising products
  • 1 of each of the following:  Lucas' papaw ointment (don't know the category because it fits more than one!), lip pencil, nail strengthener, nail polish, eye pencil
Whew, I did that final tally to satisfy my own curiousity, just to see what I actually used most of during the past 12 months.  Let's see what this year brings!

Until my next post.

Vita :)


  1. What a fun post!!! I never thought to keep track of all the items I use but think that it's a great plan. Thanks again!!


  2. @Christina - It's a teeny bit obsessive on my part but it gives me a good idea of what I'm actually going to be able to use up next year! No excuses for buying any more lip gloss obviously when I only finished a measly 2 over the entire year!!

  3. I love the Palmers facial lotion! You should definitely try the cream cleanser, it's so good (it's cheapest from Chemist Warehouse hehe) xx

  4. I use Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment overnight too :) I'm not convinced it really does that much for me, but it certainly feels nice on the lips. I use that Aveeno moisturiser as my facial moisturiser XD

  5. Wow! Very impressive final tally! I love tallying things up like this too so don't worry, you are not alone :p x

  6. @Corrina - Thanks, I think I'm convinced. I don't think I've tried a Palmer's product I haven't loved!

    @SilhouetteScreams - You're using body lotion on your face? Now I'm intrigued...

    @Claire - I remember you did a little tally or sorting post, explaining it away to your psychology quals. Well, guess what?? There's at least two of us like that - it's gotta be the psych in us for sure, hehe :D

  7. Very impressive! Perhaps I should tally my empties like you have. So much work though!

  8. @Liz - I'd love see your final tally!

  9. You definitely inspired me with this so I will try to finish and write down the products which comes to an end and I will see if I can come close to your number

  10. @MissDoll - I just found it interesting to see what I actually used during the year and whether I'd made or beaten my target of 100 empties for the year. Have fun!

  11. I have NYX Twin Cake and think I've used it once...maybe? Gosh! I think I'll need to whip it out after I use up my Maybelline Dream Matte, in between repurchasing it. A great round up of empties! You did much much better than I did!

  12. @emmabovary - If you can find the right colour match then NYX powders are every bit as good as high-end products and they give added coverage if you need it. Anyway, see what you think!


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