06 September, 2014

August's farewelled products (and Beauty Diet update)

Ah the irony - another unattractive pile of empty products I've used in my mission to make myself more beautiful...
Skin care
81) Maybelline Makeup Remover Eye & Lip (70ml/2.4 fl. oz.) - Maybelline have gone and repackaged and reformulated again and have reverted to the blue and clear dual-phase liquid.  It does a perfectly gentle job of removing my eye makeup, and even if it's not quite as effective as Lancôme Bifacil (which I keep saying is too expensive) I'll be buying another bottle soon because it's a handy size for travel and it's cheap!
82) Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes (30 towelettes) - Damn, I'm getting a bit bored of these now but I still have a few packs to go.  One really annoying thing was a packaging fail:  the resealable lid came away from the pack so that makes me reluctant to take these away on my upcoming trip.
83) Pond's Flawless White Lightening Day Cream (50g) - This was the biggest disappointment of the year because I NEVER GOT TO USE IT. The expiry date is February 2015 but the cream had separated into a solid mass surrounded by watery liquid.  I gave it one valiant, stupid try but realized applying this grainy stuff was a risky prospect so washed it off and tossed the jar into my empties bag.  I don't have a sales receipt to exchange the product and after that experience I don't want to repurchase it.
84) & 85) La Clinica White Brilliant Intensive Correction Hydrating Day Cream (50ml/1.76 fl. oz. and 10ml sample size)* - I've used this day cream as part of the White Brilliant routine and it penetrates quickly, making my sleepy skin look just that little bit more radiant in the morning.  My pigmentation which is still my primary skin concern hasn't deteriorated so that's comforting.  Of course I wish I could completely eliminate my pigmentation but I'm not at the point of resorting to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments just yet and anything that keeps me away from that point is a good thing.
Hand and body care
86) OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover (120ml/4 fl.oz) - My seventh bottle and counting.  I couldn't get a full size bottle recently so I've resorted to a tiny travel size.  That tells you (and me) what I think about this remover. 
87) MOR Snow Gardenia Hand & Body Wash (500ml) - This bottle moved from the shower to the hand basin after a while only because it's so big and my caddy was getting crowded! A very heady floral scent, luxuriant in lather, and lasted an eternity so I enjoyed it both for showering and for washing my hands.  MOR never skimp on their fragrances and this is no exception.   
88) Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Hand Therapy (25g/0.9 oz. travel size) - A beautifully "green" scent and one of my many C & E hand creams.  I'll tell you again why I'm a fan:  these hand creams are rich in scent, rich in moisture without being greasy, and gentle on my sensitive skin.
This will be my last beauty diet update before I head off for my Japan-Hawaii trip next week!  Sophie, Anissa, Norlin are planning to continue for the rest of the year so I may well be resuming when I get back.  I've been a little obsessed with makeup decluttering and downsizing YouTube videos lately so my attitude to makeup shopping is changing - maybe?
89) L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (Medium Skin) - This is the month for fails it seems because this was another packaging fail.  Cosmetic companies please take note: Clear plastic packaging just doesn't stand up to everyday wear and tear because it's just too brittle! I can't carry a powder pan in my makeup bag once the lid has broken off now can I? Getting off that particular soapbox the powder itself offered less coverage than I've come to expect from a bb powder and it didn't work well for mattifying either so I won't be repurchasing.

90) MAC Cremesheen Lipstick (Modesty) - A great mauve-nude MLBB lipstick with a creamy, glossy finish.  Love.
91) Wet n Wild Coloricon Trio (Walking On Eggshells) - The perfect palette for everyday with its combination of ivory, warm pink and golden brown shades.  I'm not feeling too sad this time because I have a backup!

91) Tom Ford Rive D'Ambre EDP (1.5ml) - Weirdly enough this came in a Plum Japonais holder so I was almost disappointed until I smelled the rather crisp, zesty fragrance.  A lighter, easier to wear daytime fragrance from the TF wardrobe and I wasn't at all surprised to read this is unisex.  Notes are:  citruses, amber, bergamot, lemon, bitter orange, tarragon, mint, cardamom, cognac and tolu balsam.
So that's it for another episode of empties!

(Products marked * were provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)


  1. I love the idea about blogging about empties! I think all too often people indulge in purchasing and hype of products and once the hype is gone, revert back to their standard favourites and products are wasted because things never finish.
    Loved reading your blog post this sunday morning :)

    1. Thank you so much Penny! Comments like yours make me feel these posts are worthwhile. I always feel that once I've finished a product I really know it and then I can give you my full impressions, even where I've changed my mind along the way!

  2. Nice job! My attitude has changed this year as well. Even on this trip I haven't bought as much as I used to! I haven't been wearing as much makeup also the last couple of months, so I think that helps too. Plus, I'm more interested in skincare lately. You know, that getting old thing is on my mind haha!

    1. You and me both on the aging thing...

      I get nostalgic when I talk to some younger women who - just like I did - only occasionally apply moisturiser. These days I'm into EVERYTHING just trying to delay the inevitable!!!

      Yes it will be interesting to see how much I buy this time and what I buy this time!

  3. Nice work. You always seem to get through so much stuff, Vita! I'm so fickle with the products I use. I'll use something for a while then start something new and exciting so I rarely finish products up!

    Angie | www.anobsessionwiththefabulous.com

    1. I'm just a stubborn woman! Actually I've always been the kind of person who winds up the toothpaste tube or squeezes the bejesus out of it to get the last precious remnants out of it - I can't get that 'waste not want not' mentality out of my system so something has to literally have gone off or be a complete and utter fail before I turn my back on it. Must be my upbringing I guess!...

  4. I don't know how you finish up eye shadows so quickly! I've still yet to hit pan. In fact, I'm nowhere near close and all my shadows look pretty much new. @___@

    I think that I'll attempt a variation on your beauty diet. Spent all day looking around at new pretties and felt like I had run out of every excuse in the book. Too many things at home!

    1. It's all about focus...

      Nah, it's all about picking that one thing you think you can stand wearing everyday and just going with that - makes for a bit of a makeup rut though. That's why I've been enjoying your makeup diary posts so much because they remind me of the fun of using a wider variety of stuff! Now that I'm on a bit of a beauty diet hiatus I think I'll aim for somewhere in the middle and have my high rotation staples PLUS make an effort to delve into the new a lot more often!

      Regarding the eye shadow? I got it pretty close to finished when my cat went for a walk across my bathroom counter and knocked it to the floor! Needless to say the mixed up, crumbled remnants were beyond saving! Lol

    2. Well, I see now. I just need a cat! Hahaha!

    3. Yep! Especially one with a big butt!!!

  5. I love looking at your empties, you are the best in the biz at it. Perhaps one of my favourite beauty snaps to stare at, too? So definitely not unattractive as you said at the beginning of this post!

    I was wowed at the look of that Ponds cream but oh my goodness how terrible that it had turned!?

    1. Oh man that Ponds cream was literally the biggest disappointment!!! Sometimes it's not a good idea to keep things although this was still in the box and stored in a cool dark place so I'm a bit clueless as to why it went bad.

      Also, it's nice to know you like perving on empty beauty products as much as I do!!!

  6. OMG, Vita! You finished an eyeshadow trio!!! I'm extremely impressed! MAC Modesty is one of my favorite MAC lipsticks ever! :)

    1. Honestly I don't know when or if I'll ever do THAT again so I'll just bask in the glory of finishing an eye shadow palette!

      MAC Modesty is one of the most perfect mauve nudes isn't it!!!


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