Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beauty Empties | Quatre

I swear: the older I get, the faster time flies. In the words of my Latin ancestors (except, I don't think I have any), carpe diem. Unfortunately, this mandates that I'm seizing each day in March; how are we already in March?
And how will I be spending such a pass time? Discussing my garbage, of course; it's only beauty blogger behavior.

On the makeup front, I've come to the dregs of the two products--an all-time record here on Parisian To Be. First, the Origins Plantscription Concealer has hit the bin. Although it hasn't exactly 'run out,' per say, I've had for a good long while and can't stand the thought of putting such a potentially unhygienic applicator on my skin. Nevertheless, this was an astonishing concealer; don't let the anti-aging claims scare you away. I haven't repurchased on account of another covetable covering tube, but maybe in the future, this will lie in my stash again.
Second is the L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara which has been lying collecting dust for a while now. I'll admit that this has to be the most lengthening mascara I've ever come across--et je l'adore--but, for an everyday nudge, it's a little over the top for my liking.

By the end of this paragraph you will deduce one fact: I must be really clean--because I've gone through three bottles of shower gels.
The first of the trio is the Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Showergel. The massive bottle has lasted me well over a year now, and can we please take a moment to appreciate the pump. The scent was gorgeous, but got to be a little too much and overpowering at times. Among the formula, it also was quite stripping, as well.
My most recent use up was the Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Shower Gel (which wasn't quite as long lasting). The scent, although pretty, wasn't quite my suiting, and it was not as moisturizing as I would have wished.
The last one, is kind of a cheat; I use the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Peppermint for everything: hand washing, shampoo (my current method of madness), as a brush cleanser, and, as per the category, as a body wash. No matter how I sud the castile formula, it's always fabulous. This hippie bottle will always be a staple; I've previously poured through another peppermint and a lavender, and currently have almond (my favorite thus far) on the go.

In the skincare category, I've dug through two Origins products.
The Origins Make A Difference + Rejuvenating Treatment has sat unused for the past four months and I think it's time to say au revoir. Although I'll admit that I really, really loved this stuff--and not just for the mint packaging--Annabel's review had me thinking twice about using it. In addition, I'm not keen on anything in a pot, as it always feels really dirty and germy.
Last, the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask has also squeezed out its last application and I'm still on the fence. Although this stuff is ridiculously clarifying, I think it's too drying and rough for my sensitive complexion. Also, I can't help but compare it to the  glory that is the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, of which I can't even compare the two.

A start on spring cleaning and a new beauty shopping list to run and complete; seizing the day isn't quite as hard as I thought.


  1. I know what you mean about pot moisturisers, the packaging is lovely but It's not very hygienic.

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  2. Some awesome products here! The Origins mask is a beaut.


  3. Ive been meaning to try the Loreal mascara :)

    Berrie-Blogs | Beauty Blog x

  4. I'd love to try the Origins charcoal mask.

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  5. Oh I really want to try the L'Oreal Telescopic - better get my mitts on it before it goes out of production, huh? T xx

  6. I love S&G but agree that their scents can be a little over powering! I always want to do empties posts but forget and throw my stuff away! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  7. I've never been into shower gels, just pick up whats on offer at the supermarket haha!

    Do you prefer the origins or nars concealer?

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  8. I love the castile soap and the origins charcoal mask too! :) I just got a full size of the mask yesterday xx
    -Chaitra | PinkPot

  9. Oh, please enjoy! xo

  10. Haha! I'll admit that it's very strange to hoard empty packaging, but these posts are some of my favorites, nonetheless. xo

  11. Oh, yes. Why are L'oreal doing this; it's so good! xo

  12. i agree about the origins mask :) i think that it works well as an overnight treatment on breakouts though!


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