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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Beauty Empties | Deux


One, two, three.... It's been a few t w o months since my last debrief of the empty beauty containers sitting in my bathroom; hoarder alert. Abeit, explaining the elephant in the photo--I've used up loads of beauty products (and have even included more than one makeup product) *gasp*.

Skincare is usually my most-used category considering I don't often deviate from my favorites and continue to slap on the same stuff morning and night. First, it's never a Parisian To Be empties post with a used-up bottle of the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. And, you guessed it; I've already repurchased. There also remains a bottle of the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer by its side, aimed at redness prone skin that needs a bit of hydration. Despite the green tint, I found the thin cream to do nothing for my Rudolph-esque cheeks, nose appearance and not quite fabulous on the hydrating front either. On the other hand, the Yu Be Moisturizing Skin Creme has been sorting out my dry lips and rough patches...for the short moments it lasted. No, it's not a necessary product and you'll survive without it (surprising), but it was lovely nonetheless and if I've ever got a few spare pennies hanging around, I know where I'll put them. Equally as miniature was a sample of the Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil. I try not to include packet-sized samples in these pre-shopping confessions, but I wanted to tell you that, first, I adored the stuff, and, second, it's already been added to my Christmas wishlist--because I'm basically five.

Unfortunately, I've come to the end of the most expensive skincare items in my stash; serums. First of all, I'd recommend to save your pennies on the Origins Mega Bright Serum. The consistency was nice, its morning application was equally as dreamy, but it wasn't good enough to recieve the Lillian stamp of approval nor effective enough to be worth the doe. On the contrary, if you've been considering purchasing the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, then your time has expired and you must do so immediately. In addressing a number of possible hesitiations, don't fear the price (because mine effectively lasted six months) or the fact that it may not fit with your skin type. Not only does it only fix any skin woe under the sun, but it has recently been reformulated (and a post penning the souped up version is on its way).
Another slightly reformulated potion (actually repackaged) is the Lierac Diotpi Calm Anti-Fatigue Eye Balm and Mask. To be blunt, I didn't quite sort through the pros of this stuff and couldn't quite pinpoint the benefits either. Similarly, my much past beloved Clarisonic has seen more adored days. In an experimental mood, I picked the thing up only to realize that, first, it was out of battery (I hate it when that happens) and, second, that the brush really needed a replacement. Although I no longer have to cringe as I buff my face, I still don't quite use my new Clarisonic Normal Brush Head as much as the adverts initiate--which is a scam anyway.

On a more positive note, I've used up a bottle of the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (pictured is Lavender) which, let's be honest, is seriously magical stuff. As a body wash, hand soap, sink cleaner (hey--it works), and brush cleanser, I've already purchased a second bottle of the desert island staple.
Makeup-wise, I've used up two mascaras. The waterproof baby is the L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. In short, it's not the most water resistant option I've tried and a seriously light hand is always needed. For the non-waterproof counterpart, I've finally said sayonara to the Lancome Hypnose Mascara. Although they have a million corresponding counterparts to the rest of the Hypnose line now, I'm still head over heels for the original--but not for the price. Considering the wallet and taking into account my lash appearance, I believe that I much prefer my Maybelline alternative.

Pat yourself on the back if you've managed to read this whole thing. I promise next time I'll complete a more condensed version. I guess the trash hiding was just really well hid.

5 comments :

  1. I absolutely love Dr Bronner's soap for my brushes! And I've also recently become hooked on the Ren cleanser. Such amazing products! I also really want to try the ANR, so so tempted! Also just wanted to say, I love the way you write! xx


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  2. Really intrigued by the Maybelline Full & Soft now, never really looked into it before but I do love a dupe! x

    thunderl0ve

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  3. Awww; don't be sad. Sometimes technology just delivers bigger and better things. You were lucky, though. *wink* xo

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  4. Definitely check it out. It's my favooourrrrite. xo

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  5. N'awww; it's so lovely of you to say. *kiss kiss* xo

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