A lot of empties this month – I’m trying to sort through my overwhelming cache of things and get rid of products I don’t use, like or have gone bad.
Final Net hair spray – I don’t mind a quick dash of hairspray after I’ve done my hair and this did a decent job. Plus the smell took me back to my dance concert days.
Fabulosity EDP – This was a blind buy that didn’t work on me. I expected it to be more fruity/vanilla but it’s floral so I’m taking it to work to use as the communal perfume.
Pacifica Sandalwood Body Butter – This is only half empty but I just can’t take the smell any more. I love sandalwood but this isn’t really that sandalwoody and the cream isn’t good enough to overcome the smell problem.
Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel – The Korres shower gels are my favourite formulation and this was another good one, though not their best. It was more a milky, nutty scent than full on coconut.
Hamilton Urederm Cream – Love this, automatic re-purchase.
Kmart Sugar Mint Body Scrub – This was $3 so I thought I’d give it a shot. In short, it’s TERRIBLE. There’s no scrubby bits really and it can’t even be used as a shower gel because it doesn’t lather. Chucking it.
Thierry Mugler Angel hand cream – Used this as a body lotion and it was great, left just the right amount of what’s a very strong scent.
Shiseido Honey Cake soap – This was a Japan purchase I’d been hoarding and apparently it’s a bit of a cult product there. it doesn’t smell like honey and is more like ordinary old Pears soap so I wouldn’t bother hunting it down again. Nice but not special.
EOS cucumber hand cream – I don’t like hand cream but bought this in the US because I loved the smell and the packaging. Sadly it’s gone off so I’m chucking it.
Biore Pore Cleansing Strips – Automatic re-purchase
Swisspers Cucumber Facial Wipes – Bought these for travel because my half-litre of Shu Uemura cleansing oil doesn’t travel well. They were nice and did a decent job.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Radiance Boosting Mulberry Foam Cleanser – I love a good foam pump cleanser and really enjoyed this. It did a great job of cleaning my face without stripping it and has the most amazing fruity scent.
Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Intensive Skin Repair Serum – This was an old sale purchase that has gone bad so I’m chucking it.
Derma Q10 + Retinol Skin Repair Serum – This is a really cheap supermarket line and I think the serum was about $5. It didn’t do much for my face so I used it on my décolletage and it was fine.
Lancôme Advanced Genefique Serum – I liked this more than I expected and would consider a full size purchase. it made my skin feel lovely.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost – This is a serumy type product that has the texture of a silicone primer, so I used it as such. It was nice and light and made make up slip on easily. However it has a glass bottle and a pump pack that gave up with about a fifth of the product still in there. it was impossible to scrape out too, which is pretty frustrating.
L’Oreal Revitalift Laser x 3 day cream – This is a sample and I also finished a full size jar (which was in a plastic Sephora tub after I took the heavy glass original packaging overseas). I really liked it but probably not enough to immediately re-purchase.
Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk sample – This was OK but cleansing milks aren’t usually strong enough for my skin.
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum – This was OK, nothing special. I wouldn’t re-purchase.
Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Serum – This sample came in an Adore kit and I didn’t mind it. Usually I’m not big on eye cream but this was lovely to use.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – I love this but I have issues with it. The shimmer is too much on my skin and it makes me look oily only hours later. I’ve been through over half of the bottle but I have better products waiting in the wings so I’m getting rid of it.
Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup – God knows what I was doing when I bought this as it’s about three shades too dark for my skin. I’m going to give it to a friend.
Max Factor Whipped Crème foundation – This was a sample from a UK magazine and I’m devastated because you can’t buy the product here. It has a beautiful matte finish.
Maybelline Cosmic Edge Bronze Shimmer Powder – This stuff is at least 15 years old. It is very very dark and very very shimmery, though with an incredibly light hand it works well. However it’s loose and grotty and old so I’m chucking it.
Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to Power Eye Shadow Quad in Buff – These aren’t great. They’re creamy but they never really set and soon migrate into your crease. Chucking.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Passionfruit Shimmer – This came free with a magazine and it’s OK but I don’t love it and have 100 similar shades. Passing on to a friend.
Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Ashen Glow - This wasn’t as good as the other pencil I bought (Caramel Flame) and it’s a harder texture with glitter. Giving it to a friend as I don’t love it.
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 103 – This matte pink has a great formula but the colour is a touch too pale for me so I’m giving it to a friend.
Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn Lip Gloss in Renesme Red – God knows what I was thinking. This is glitter city so I’m giving it away.
Cover Girl WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss in Papaya Splash – This is nice but pretty much sheer and I have a million of those. Giving to a friend.
Essence 50s Girls Lipstick in Back to the 50s - This is a nice straight red with a creamy finish but I have enough reds already. Giving away.
Bloom Eyeshadow in Olive – I have a L’Oreal Infaillible that’s a dupe for this colour but the product is better, so I’m handing this one off.