Wednesday, 11 April 2012

April Empties - Part 1

So basically everything I have collected so far fit in this little cotton pad box - so cool - and as usual, I'm gonna break this down to several categories and then briefly 'reviewed' them along the way.  Let's jump straight into the products used up and their reviews, shall we?

Skin Care

#087 - Boots Botanics, Cleansing Balm
It took me forever to use this pot up because after I'm 2/3 in, my Muslin cloth disappeared.  Not until Sam sent me a new cloth did I restart to cleanse with this.  Also, although the more heavy oil/balm texture tends to work better in the drier seasons, I found the balm too hard to work with during Winter, so I may just quickly go through my backup pot this S/S2012...  Smells lovely and removes face make up very well.  Quite a luxury to use. 
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: Bored.

#088 - La Vie, De-wrinkle Eye Cream
Likes:  Souffle texture.  Dislikes:  Does nothing.
Rating: 1/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: Nah~

#089 - (Taiwan) Punky Candy Night Mask - White Peony
Compared to the pink (red rose) one, I like this a lot more.  Smells slightly more fresh and a little more hydrating on the skin.  Still don't beat my Naruko ones, but good enough for beginners.
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Maybe + Reason: if I would finish up all Naruko ones! XD

#090 - Talika, Lash Conditioning Cleanser
Stings eyes.
Rating: 0/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: as said.

#091, 092, 093 - Priori, CoffeeBerry Revitalizing Cleanser
It says it will foam in the 'Directions' on the back.  But this cleanser doesn't foam.  Non-foaming cleanser is not a problem with me, but I don't like when their claims totally mis-match their product.
Rating: 2/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: nothing spectacular.

#094 - Etude House, Honey+Ginseng Mask Pack
This small pack lasted for 2 full face usage.  Inside it is a clear yellow thick gel mask, with some suspended spheres for massage/special treatment (?).  Smells and feels amazing.  Will use the other 3 'flavours' up before re-buying.  
(see the original picture here)
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Pending + Reason: 3 others left.

#095 - Leader Price, Lait Demaquillant Cleansing Milk
Found this during my 'stock checking', and decided to use this up.  It is a rather thin milk consistency, no particular fragrance (just a light cosmetic scent), glides on smoothly and washes off easily.  I used this with my clarisonic mia and it worked.  Nothing more good or bad to say about this.
Rating: 2/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: not good enough.

#096 - Alpha H,Gentle Daily Exfoliant
Reviewed in my post here.
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: too tricky to play with.

#097 - Lierac, Hydra-Chrono Hydration Anti-age baume extreme peaux dehydratees (balm for extremely dehydrated skin)
I love love love the smell!  It is a rather heavy PINK gel cream.  Works amazing in healing my dry patches overnight and keep moisture in lock.  Not sure of the full size price but defintely want to get more of these - maybe this coming Winter~! 
Rating: 5/5 + Repurchase: Yes + Reason: Super Lovely.

#098 - Klorane, Soothing Make-up Removal Wipes with Cornflower
Likes: the packaging, the cleansing power.
Dislikes: the scent, the general concept of 'facial wipes'.
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: Not a fan of wipes.

Make Up

#099 - Benefit, Hoola Bronzer
Got these two samples with my previous Benefit haul from the US website, when there was a 20% off.  It is a really natural matte contour/bronzer.  The sample packaging is a bit funny though, because no brush can pick up the product from that cardboard however hard I tried.  I need to scrap the powder off with my fingernails, and then use a brush to pick up the loose powder.  #packagingfail 
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Yes, just ordered + Reason: Lovely.

#100 - Benefit, Stay Don't Stray Primer
I don't totally understand this.  It says it is a primer for eyelid (shadows) and under-eye (concealers). 
The sample is rather generous, last me a couple of uses.  It went on smoothly, didn't crease or allow eyeshadow on top to crease, has a slight tint to even out skin tone without being too obvious.  But as others similar primer, I find that even if I apply little amount carefully, they tend to leave some fingerprint or 'marks' around my eyes because they tend to dry quick.   
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason:  Have other primers.

#101 - Skin 79, Diamon Collection BB Cream (Pink bottle)

One of my favourite lighter coverage + feeling + dewy looking BB cream.  The shade is not too white nor grey nor pink.  Totally can help skin achieve the 'no make up good skin' look!  This might be the 1st full size BB cream I've ever used up!  May go back to this for a cheap option, after consuming my cupboards of base make up :P
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Probably yes + Reason: have too many now.

Body and Hair Care

#102 - The Body Shop, Satsuma Shower Gel
Amazing scent.  Not drying.  The only dislike is the bottle design (which I solved by buying a pump bottle) and the price (I'm lucky I got these in outlet store).  However, this scent might be discontinued in HK, as I don't see them in usual retail stores anymore... 
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Maybe not + Reason: I still have 2 big backups.

#103 - Barielle, Professional Protective Hand Cream
Light and lovely texture.  Baby-like and clean scent.  Nothing impressive though.
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: Blah.

#104 - L'Occitane, Repairing Shampoo with 5 essential oils for dry and damaged hair

Only enough for 1 usage so I can't tell much.  Smells lovely, quite herbal but not too much.  Leaves hair clean, clarified and okay soft, not too drying.
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Maybe + Reason: price?.

#105 - Pantene, Milky Deep Nourishing Intensive Treatment
Smells of the traditional Pantene hair care, different from the Clinicare line which has its particular scent.  Did condition my hair decently well, but the traditional Pantene tends to irritate my scalp and cause dandruff or other issue, hence no repurchase :P
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: as said.

#106 - Sanex, Zero% Normal Skin Shower Gel
More normal than anything I can describe. No comment :P
Rating: 2/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: :O

#107 - Lush, Mrs. Whippy Bath Bomb
Um.. Pretty nice and fun in terms of the pink frizzy ball inside.  The smell is delicious, and makes water quite moisturising and soothing for a bath.  However I don't think it worths the price.
(see the original picture here)
Rating: 3/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: too expensive.

#108 - QQ Foot, Foot Mask

Technically these will help the thick layers of dead skin peel off after the use.  This brand, in particular, requires wearing/applying for 1.5 hour before wash off.  The problem is, my skin is not 'peeling' afterwards - today is the 3rd day after usage and still no results!
Rating: 0/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: no effect.


#1008 - (no-brand) Eyeshadow Brush
This come in a big brush roll + brushes set I got on Taobao - i.e. Chinese Ebay.  This sheds like crazy, sometimes also bleeds blue/black ink after washes.  Goodbye!
Rating: 0/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: poor quality.

#1009 - Cle de Peau, Cotton
Full Review Here.
Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Yes + Reason: worth the splurge!

#1010 - Rimmel, Sexy Curves (not pictured, tossed)

Mentioned here.
Rating: 0/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: Dislike.

#1011 - Ardell Lashgrip, Eyelash Adhesive (not pictured, tossed)
Similiar to the one mentioned here.  But the one I'm tossing out is clear.  It came with a pair of lashes and applicator (also useless as far as I remember), hence it's smaller size than the dark one.  Separated in the tube.
Rating: 0/5 + Repurchase: No + Reason: NA.


2012 Empties Update:
Jumbo Size: 2 + NA
Full Size: 20 + 8
Deluxe Sample/Travel Size: 25 + 1
Samples: 18 + 13
Sheet Masks: 23 + NA
Random/Extras: 7 + 4

Project 20 Skin Care Update:
Start Date: 1st November, 2011
Balance Brought Down: 38.25
Finished: Jumbo/Full Size 4, Deluxe Sample/Travel Size 1, Samples 7
Total Finished: 6.25
Total Purchased: Nil
Distance from Goal: 32
Project 20 Body and Hair Update:
Start Date: 15th February, 2012
Balance Brought Down: 30
Finished: Jumbo/Full Size 3, Deluxe Sample/Travel Size x, Samples 4
Total Finished: 4
Total Purchased: Nil
Distance from Goal: 26

Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. I can't believe you have used up a bronzer even if it's only a sample ahah! Great work!

    1. that sample is just a thin layer of powder pressed on a cardboard - enough for just 1 or 2 contour usage (or colour swatch maybe)! hehe

  2. It is only April 10th and you already have an empties post up =O amazing!

    1. yea~ actuallyt these have been piling up since I took pictures of my last empties post (which is end of March), and many are samples - which are so easy to used up, to be frank :P



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