Thursday, 9 April 2015
Empties 2015 | Spring Edition
To be frank, I'd love to do this more regularly and frequently. That way I can type more about less products in each post. However, in reality I do not have the time to gather up my beauty trash that often, nor on top of that, the time to sit down and type that much.
Therefore, this is my first 2015 update on Empties. Let's do it!
There are 19 items in the first picture - Wow. Please bear with me...
AMERICAN HEALTH evening primrose oil (info/buy) for women's health, I used it to help with PMS, now after giving birth and such I don't feel so bad during my period, probably no need.
HEALTH PLUS INC Super Colon Cleanse (info/buy) effectively, will repurchase.
WYETH Materna (info), continue taking, will do so until Roma is off breastfeeding.
ROYAL MEDIC CS4 Cordyceps Capsules (info), both by me and Mr. A.
GOLD COLLAGEN Pure Gold Collagen (info) from a Look Fantastic Beauty Box, not disgusting, but nothing special.
NORDIC NATURALS Prenatal DHA (info/buy), will continue same as Materna.
EARTH MAMA ANGEL BABY Bath Blossoms (info/buy, discount code: JBF362), the best bath product for baby/kid I've tried so far. Repurchased.
FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Cream, half used on baby, half used on me. I think colloidal oatmeal is a great ingredient, and I will continue finding moisturiser with it for Roma. (NB: Aveeno makes several and I have bought that as replacement, info/buy, discount code: JBF362)
LACTACYD White Intimate, my favourite scent out of the bunch, repurchased.
LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel, one of my holy grail shower product. Expensive but divine.
BURT'S BEES Milk and Honey Body Lotion, nothing special.
BIOGLO Red Ginseng Body Scrub, one of my favourites, not so keen on shopping at ecosway though.
REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion, smells good, works well.
JAYANTI Cellulite Cream & Toning Body Cream (pictured below) from Glamabox, texture not bad, nothing special.
PHYTODESS Vitamin C Shampoo, all right.
JIMMBENNY Tea Tree Cooling Conditioner, still have one and a half bottle for Mr to go through, the cooling sensation on scalp is really quite addictive.
NEALS YARD REMEDIES Aromatherapy Organic Candle - Energising, doesn't smell particularly appealing to my taste.
OLAY Deep Cleansing for Combination/Oily (pictured above), one of my holy grail lazy face washing product which doubles up as good face make up removal. What a shame it is no longer sold here - need US friends to help if I am to replenish.
KANEBO Eye Make Up Remover, great drugstore product, will consider repurchase if I visit JP again; I won't pay the marked-up counter price in HK for this.
*BELIF Hungarian Water Essence, like it a lot, very nice hydrating serum.
ISEHAN HEROINE MAKE Mascara Remover, a staple in my stash, I will always have this as hardcore waterproof stubbon mascaras are my thing.
ESTEE LAUDER Optimizer Intensive Boosting Lotion, no idea why I bought this, and didn't bother to find out what it actually promises to do, I just use it up as a final toner when I'm using more than one.
ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair, adore this stuff, will always always always have one in rotation.
PURE HEALS Ginseng Berry 27 Cover Cushion SPF50+ PA+++, sad quality, the cushion itself 'melted' in the liquid foundation thing. It was pretty nice for the first few applications but given that it goes bad in just a few months is a gigantic No-No. Bought at Colourmix.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash, works on my lashes meaning it holds the curl, but only for a week or so. This dried up way too soon.
KAO Steam Eye Mask #Unscented #Chamomile
3 + 7 pieces of my all time put-me-to-sleep-in-seconds essential.
MY SCHEMING Crystal Hydrating Eye Mask, I was gentle, but this broke when I take it out from its packaging, big fail.
KI Collagen Concentrate Paper Mask (info/buy), great for its price.
SUNWOO COSME EGF Chocolate Mask, nothing special.
DREAM SKIN Donkey Milk supreme Hydro Gel Mask, donkey milk is supposed to be nourishing while not sticky or overly heavy. However, not moisturising at all on my skin.
MY BEAUTY DIARY Autumn Repair Pack, great hydrating mask when skin is a little sensitive and dry. Love.
FAITH IN FACE Miss Invisible Pore Pore Tightening Mask, new found top favourite sheet masks. Not the cheapest but very widely available at Mannings. I have also purchased two other variations and am dying to use them.
JOSERISTINE White Musk Bedtime Shower Gel, okay.
JIMMBENNY Bergamot Fresh Shower Gel, okay.
FAITH IN FACE Egg White Whip, not a big fan of foaming cleanser but this gives crazy amount of thick bubbles and isn't drying.
DR. WU Intensive Whitening Serum with AA2G, what difference am I suppose to notice with one little foil sample?
KIEHL'S Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, /copy and paste/ what difference am I suppose to notice with one little foil sample?
SHISEIDO Ultimune, not bad, I like the texture and feel of it.
SHISEIDO Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum, I prefer this than the Ultimune. It is creamier, thicker and overall more luxurious. Not that it is necessarily targeted for my skin...
THE HISTORY OF WHOO In Yang Sleeping Pack, lovely.
CLINIQUE Repairwear Laser Focus, still have more samples of this, but when I run out I may repurchase.
RMK Make Up Base, nice, and I have recently bought a full size.
In the last week of March I have accumulated enough empties to take more photos of, so here they go in random order/categorisation...
DOVE Gentle Exfoliating Shower, too gentle. Also the 'fresh' fragrance doesn't appeal to me as much as the original creamy milky scent.
NANOGEN Thickening Treatment Shampoo & Conditioner For Women, doesn't do me any good. Actually I find my hair shedding more than when I was not using this. Trying out two other shampoos targeted at 40+ and 50+ hair now - while I'm not even over 30!
more ROYAL MEDIC CS4 Cordyceps Capsules
GATSBY Cool Shock Deodorant Roll-On - Fougere, not my nor his favourite scent.
LUSH Buffy Body Butter, not sure if it is it because mold has been growing on it. Yuck.
BABYSPA Calming Eczema Relief Cream (info/buy) very gentle and great basic moisturiser. Not enough for my baby's skin though. I'd recommend this if you want good ingredients and your little one doesn't have very dry skin.
BOURJOIS Foaming Cleansing Cream, Black Jacq status. Still have a back-up. This smells like sweet heaven and is effective at make up removal while gentle too.
*ALBION Exage Melt Oil Cleansing, I think this may cause break out on me.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Foaming Gel, always handy to have around to use on face or my back if I have break-outs.
OLAY Total Effects Moisturizer + Essence Duo, one of my favourite Olay products. Even though our local Olay is made in China, this actually works and feel very good quality. Not super cheap though. (the super cheap ones come from Thailand or other Asian countries - I dare not try those)
*WELEDA Gentle Cleansing Milk (info/buy), I've been trying to practise Caroline Hirons' cleansing method so I figure I should use this up. Great ingredients and goo brand. But I've too many other products to keep me busy, won't buy this in near future.
PRESTIGE My Biggest Lashes
the wand is too big, it is larger than my entire eye and eye lid area. Un-useable.
HEROINE MAKE Volume and Curl Mascara, Long and Curl Mascara
Holy Grail mascaras, hold the curl in my lashes, make them visible and very waterproof.
BONAVOCE Ultra Long Mascara "Comb Type" #Vivid Black
Also HG status, repurchased one, and also got a Volume type to try.
CREER BEAUTE LA ROSE DE VERSAILLES Liquid Eyeliner
One of my favourites. Very black, super long-lasting, great calligraphy brush tip.
ORACLE IPL Hydro Gel Mask, surprisingly positively impressive. Want to get more from Watson's.
MEDIENTAL Oxyderm Science 4D Charcoal 4D Black Mask, not too impressive, especially considering this is a little expensive.
BRTC Ginseng Stem Cell Mask, good stuff.
MY BEAUTY DIARY Autumn Repair Pack, see above.
KAO Good-Night Neck Body Patch
The weather may be too warm to use it now, but it is some great comforting stuff to use before bed, or rather, in bed~
*LANCOME Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector
The old one (LR 2412) is pearly and semi-translucent, while the new one (LR 2412 4% - CX) is milky and emulsion-like. Both smell beautiful, aka heavily perfumed, and feel really good on the skin. Applying them is a dream, so I may one day splurge HK$900+ for a bottle.
COSMETIC SKIN SOLUTIONS LLC Hydra B5 Gel
Nice clear gel with some texture/viscosity. Nice and hydrating, not sticky after absorption.
*SHU UEMURA Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-dullness Cleansing Oil
Nice stuff, but I will never pay full price for this mineral oil. A great alternative is DHC olive oil cleansing oil.
VICHY Aqualia Thermal Serum
Beautiful in texture (and fragrance), will buy one when my hydrating serums run low.
SUPERDRUG Vitamin E Facial Cleansing Wipes
Not good, just use this for wiping swatches really.
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