18 January, 2013

REVIEW: December's farewelled products & the 2012 tally!

Finallyyyyyyy!!!! My last empties for last year!  I'm going to try and keep it brief -

Skin care

128) L'Occitane Cleansing Refreshing Cloth with Shea Extract (Sample)
I don't have much to say about this because the sample pack contained only a single wipe.  It did cleanse my skin gently without any tightness but there was nothing remarkable about it other than me knowing it contains shea extract.  I can't find any further information on these on the L'Occitane website so I don't have any idea how they would compare to other products in terms of price, and further research suggests these may only be available as hotel amenities rather than for general retail.

129) Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover (112 ml)
I bought a bottle to try after seeing it on lovely Larie's blog because it's another one of those dual-action makeup remover formulas that I'm so addicted to.  It was just as effective as my usual Maybelline remover, taking off waterproof mascara easily and without any tears - what I didn't like is the open necked bottle, and yes clumsy me did manage to spill it once.  Good product, minus the non spill-proof packaging.

130) Nivea Soothing Cleansing Mousse for Dry & Sensitive Skin (150ml)
I totally enjoyed using this soft mousse cleanser and my skin felt moisturised after rinsing it off in my morning shower.  If I had to fault it in any way I'd say it wasn't travel-friendly but honestly, I just loved it! See a more detailed review here.

131) Bloom off, off and away cleansing wipes (24 wipes)
This was my second pack simply because of they were a bargain at 3 bucks but I wouldn't buy these at full price.  My full review is in my November post here.

Hand and body care

131) Puretopia Glowingly Smooth Body Polish (200ml/6.8 fl.oz.)
This was like exfoliating with scented river sand!  It did an average job of exfoliating my skin and made a heck of a mess in my shower - granules everywhere! Buy this again? No.

132) OPI Original Polish Remover ( 120ml/4fl.oz) - I guzzled my way through 11 bottles of this brand of remover in 2012!

133) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (1 litre) - My everyday in-shower cleanser - I finally upgraded to the jumbo bottle! This was my 5th bottle of Cetaphil for the year.


134) Revlon Wet/Dry Shadow Quad (Tickled Pink LE) - This vintage Revlon quad comprised four shimmery highlight shades so I used it every other day. Not surprisingly, it's gone!

135) Revlon Lip Butter (Peach Parfait) - I got caught up in the lip butter hype and bought a few of these. Peach Parfait was my favourite because of its soft pink/peach shade and yep, I literally wore through it like butter too, actually disconcertingly fast for a lip product so I don't think these tubes are great value for money because they wear down so fast. The fuss about these has since been overtaken by Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains - and they ARE worth the hype in my opinion.

136) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Pinkerbelle) - I was sad to see this pretty blue-toned pink lipstick go because it was another LE.

137) Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara (Waterproof - Black) - Good, genuinely waterproof formula for a natural-looking lash look but I hated the prickly brush!

And that's it for the year - somehow I used up 137 products compared to 2011's total of 96 and well exceeded my goal of 100 empties. To satisfy my own curiosity mainly, here's the detailed breakdown by category (includes sample sizes):
Skin care:
  • 11 x packs of cleansing wipes
  • 7 x cleansers
  • 6 x bottles of makeup remover
  • 6 x moisturisers
  • 3 x serums
  • 3 x lip balms
  • 2 x facial sunscreens
  • 1 x night cream

Hand and body care:
  • 13 x bottles of nail polish remover
  • 8 x bottles of body lotion
  • 8 x tubes of hand cream
  • 7 x bottles of body cleanser
  • 4 x body exfoliants
  • 4 x bottles of top coat
  • 3 x body creams
  • 2 x bottles of nail polish drying drops
  • 1 x bottle of base coat
  • 1 x bottle of nail colour
  • 1 x cuticle treatment
  • 1 x bottle of hand wash
  • 1 x tube of foot cream
  • 1 x dry shampoo
  • 1 x hair volumising spray
  • 1 x pack of soap sheets

  • 5 x sample/travel size bottles or vials
  • 3 x full size bottles 

  • 9 x lip glosses
  • 7 x lipsticks
  • 6 x tubes of mascara
  • 5 x concealers
  • 3 x eyeshadows
  • 1 x translucent pressed powder
  • 1 x powder foundation
  • 1 x powder blush
  • 1 x lipliner pencil
  • 1 x eyeliner pencil
Whew! That is IT for now!
Vita :)


  1. Oh my goodness, that is crazy - I can't believe you managed to do that! You know what I'm like - it makes me so sad to use a product up, especially limited edition things. I don't know how I would cope!

    1. It's very bittersweet when I use up LE products, I can tell you! I actually consciously slow down using them when they get close to end just to make them last a little bit longer - unless it's something I'm tired of! xo

  2. Hi Vita, I am super-impressed that you used up a whole eyshadow quad! SUPER-IMPRESSED!!! :-)

    1. Thank you! I think I was using it for 2 years but I did used it frequently because all the shades were great for highlighting :)

  3. I never thought of tallying up my products! Definitely gonna do that this year. I use up lots of bubble baths and stuff but hardly ever manage to get through makeup!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    1. I started this crazy exercise in 2011 after completing my first Project 10 Pan - it becomes quite addictive and brings out the (scarily) competitive side in me!

  4. OH WOW! i've nerver seen that much empty products in one post! following you ... regards from vienna

    1. What a way to get your attention, hey! ;) Welcome! xo

  5. Great review,I have to try Cetaphil cleanser.
    I wonder if you would like to follow each other :).

    1. Thank you - Cetaphil is a must have for me :)

  6. The Neutrogena Makeup Remover is my go-to from the drugstore. I need to try the Maybelline one if it works the same xx

    1. I mainly like the Maybelline because the bottle design is spill-proof! Yes, the remover works the same as Neutrogena or Lancome's Bifacil :)

  7. You actually go through cosmetics! You're my hero. I've spilled my neutrogena remover, too, LOL. But I've tried some with smaller openings and I'm not patient enough to squirt or shake it out, so big openings it is!

    1. LOL! You're just a little less patient than me Larie! I'm happy I keep going through cosmetics - now I wish I could just stop being tempted by them ;)

  8. Wow you've really been good :)

    1. Thanks Ina! I'm trying to be good, don't if I'm completely succeeding, LOL!

  9. Nice work Vita!
    I haven't tried the just bitten yet, thanks for the thumbs up.
    x Marnie

    1. Oooh, the balm stains really are as good as they say! I believe Clinique might be releasing something similar too :)

  10. Wow that is an impressive final tally! I'm aiming to use up 50 makeup items (I'm not so bothered about skincare etc as I only ever have 1 open at a time) in 2013. I may be being a bit ambitious here...

    1. I'll be totally cheering you on to finish 50 makeup items! Just checked my own tally for makeup and I got to 35 (helped along by a P10P and lipstick ban) so I'll be in awe if you do 50! Go Claire!!!! You will forever be my hero! xo


    I don't know how you do it. I'm about to call off my lippie ban and that was only 5 lippies in 1.5 years. Teach me the ways!

    1. The only 'tip' I can give you when it comes to lipstick is reapply reapply reapply! Do it after your morning coffee (or tea, haha!), after lunch and before you leave work - but that's just my OCD about lipstick I guess! xo


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