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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Empties #6

I'll admit: I've been pretty lazy in the past when it came to the collating (read: taking photos) of my empties last year, I just held on to everything until a day where I could be bothered (never) but LOOK AT ME NOW! It's been about two months since my last (huge) empties post and I'm not going to lie, I feel pretty accomplished. How long regular these posts will be from here on out? Who knows but for the time being, let's all celebrate me being substantially less lazy than usual by going through my trash. We're all friends here. Besides, it's not actually a weird thing to do in the beauty-blogging world. Right? Guys?!

This is the first cleanser that I've found that works for me! As you've probably read 4,000 times on the blog, finding a cleanser that works on my dry/normal combination, sensitive skin was hard. I bought this after a recommendation from a few of my blogger pals as it's formulated for dry and sensitive skin. The texture is luxuriously milky - it feels more like you're putting moisturiser on rather than a cleanser. It's creamy and gentle, yet still manages to break through makeup and grit, leaving my skin feeling fresh and more supple than any cleanser I've tried, I guess due to the vitamin E. Because it is so gentle, I can use it to remove my eye makeup without burning the shit out of my eyes, and it's pretty effective at doing so, but I'm also not sure how deeply its cleansing my pores, so I still like to perform a deep cleanse once a week. Whatever the case, it seems to work wonderfully, leaving my face feeling soft and fresh, and less dry than ever.

Repurchase? I already have. The bigger, pump bottle this time.

Though alcohol-based astringents are rather harsh on the skin, I've been using this lil' baby for years because it does THE BEST job of cleaning and refreshing the skin (when your cotton ball comes away brown and grimy, even after washing, you know it's clearing deep down in the pores) without leaving any residue behind. In regards to the 'blackhead eliminating' claims: I honestly don't see a difference when it comes to clearing those nasty things up, although it does get really deep down, so I suppose it's preventing any new ones from appearing - I certainly haven't had any new patches pop up.

Repurchase? I'm on to bottle 99999999999 right now.

I love, love, LOVE this gel moisturizer. It's got such a clever formula that continuously releases moisture throughout the day without going too far and leaving the skin looking oily and blegh. It has such a refreshingly light and non-sticky texture that my skin slurps right up. My dry patches have been getting the nourishment they need and my skin looks nothing but supple when I wear it. The scent reminds me of jellybeans, too, and does not irritate my sensitive skin, which is an added bonus.

Repurchase? Always

AVON Naturals Strawberry Body Yoghurt (no longer available)
 This truly does look and smell like yoghurt. It is a lovely, light all-over body moisturiser - pretty standard. It's kind of similar to The Body Shop's offering, only much less greasy (and somewhat cheaper). It sinks right in to the skin, providing sweet-smelling, hydration all day long without any "slimy" residue.

Repurchase? They've unfortunately stopped making this, otherwise I probably would.

Brittney Spears Fantasy Perfume *
This is an old scent, my gosh. I have about 50 perfumes sitting around waiting to use, so I decided to start using up my older ones first. We all know the scent: sweet and vanilla-y. It really took me back to my younger days. Unfortunately, the spritzer just kind of stopped working, so there was a little bit left in the bottle that I ultimately had to throw away.

Repurchase? Probably not. It's lovely, but my taste in perfume has matured somewhat.

Nip+fab Kale Fix Dry Skin Moisturiser
After years and years of painfully searching for the right moisturiser for me, this was probably the best one I'd tried to date. The concept of superfood for the face really intrigued me. I used it daily, which would be ideal for drier skin types (although I prefer a moisturiser with SPF for during the day), but if you're an oilier gal, this would be better used at night as it's a little on the thick side. Not at the thick, goopy, uncomfortable level, but thicker than your standard day-time moisturiser. I usually pair it with a drop or two of my rosehip oil before bed and it has truly done an amazing job at comforting my dry patches, and I truly do wake up with softer skin than I ever have before. I also very much appreciate the pump mechanism. The only thing I have a slight issue with, is the smell. It's not unpleasant, per se, it's.. well.. it's hard to describe. Like perfumed kale? Yeah. Not unbearable but definitely a surprise when I first used it.

Repurchase? I'm trying La Roche Posay's Toleriane Riche right now, but I would repurchase this if I decide that it works better.

AVON Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner (Blackest Night)
I've been using this eye liner for longer than I can remember. I've tried so many others, and this is what I keep coming back to when I want a waterproof liner. It doesn't glide on as smoothly as smudgeable formulas (obviously) but if you're looking for solid lines that stay put all day - this is your liner. It doesn't work the best on the waterline, so I only use it on my top lash line, but it is waterproof, smudge proof, super black and retractable (goodbye, sharpening) which is all I'm after, really.

I always try my best to avoid face wipes, but I've always got a pack on my table on the rare occasion I'm feeling too lazy (drunk) to properly remove my makeup before bed. These are far more gentle than any other brand I've tried, and don't sting my eyes at all. Best of all, a tenderness I  usually get around my eyes when using wipes isn't present at all. They also do a surprisingly good job removing makeup - even waterproof mascara, which is always difficult for me to take off. The wipes do leave a slight residue behind, but it actually feels like a lotion - not greasy or sticky at all and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin unexpectedly soft and moisturised.

My lawd this is expensive! $70 will get you a pack of 5 sheet masks. Luckily I received a single mask in a subscription box a while back and completely forgot about it until recently. This is obviously geared towards more mature skin than what my 23 year-old self has as it claims to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It did make my skin feel wonderfully soft, plum and radiant, though. A lovely little treat if I do say so myself.

Repurchase? Not likely. My skin just isn't in need of the benefits this offers.

There truly is nothing more soothing to me than being able to finally throw away a handful of empty products that I'd been holding on to for a while and hey! If you still haven't got your fix of snooping through others' rubbish (you weirdo), be sure to check my previous empties posts!

Is there anything here that you'd like to try for yourself?

As always, this post has not been sponsored by anyone, in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain one or two affiliate links. Feel free to find and purchase the products mentioned elsewhere if you don't get down like that. I will always disclose such information using an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.


  1. This only proves how much you love and enjoyed your products. This is the first time i read a post about empties :) More empties soon!

  2. Everything looks fantastic. I've always liked Neutrogena products.

  3. Lakeisha WilliamsMarch 23, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    i use the neutrogena makeup remover when I travel. Love it. Never heard of this "empties" thing before

    the fashion Sherlock

  4. I did empties on my blog for a few years, but I've stopped this year since I'm blogging less often. Taking pictures was always a huge undertaking cause I always had so many products, lol!
    I think the only product I've tried from your list is the Neutrogena wipes, and they didn't work well for me, the product they left behind was too heavy for me so I used them to clean up arm swatches instead. :-)

  5. The way you write really talks abut how much you love all the products. Everything looks pretty cool.

  6. I'd love to try that Neutrogena water gel. I'm still in the search of getting the best water based moisturizer.

  7. I'm always too scared t try anything new in case I purchase it and then never use it. Thank you for posting your recommendations on whether or not to buy!!

  8. I've used the neutrogen products andI really enjoy them. I will have to try the waterproof liner from Avon because I am always on the hunt for a good non-smudging liner.

  9. Shannon - Fit SlowCooker QueenMarch 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    I'll definitely look in to the gel moisturizer, especially since you gave it such high remarks. Thank you for the honest review!

  10. I have tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water gel and really loved it. I am thinking of buying a new one.

  11. Michelle/cocowouldapprove.comMarch 23, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    I love the Neutrogena mask and have been wanting to try the Jurlique madk

  12. I have that same Brittany Spears perfume. Ive been trying to finish it for almost two years now. Ugh!

  13. Berniedette PetiteAndTonedMarch 23, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Love how these products are tried and true to you, Christie! I feel like I'm forever always buying those neutrogena wipes! They come in so handy! I love their eye make up remover that is lotion based. It doesn't hurt my eyes!


    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

  14. I still love that Britney perfume, not gonna lie! Mine is getting really old though. I loved the glimmersticks from Avon, I had the prettiest brown shade that was perfect on the waterline x

    Beauty From Katie

  15. Ooh I've always wanted to try the Netrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I think I will get a bottle this weekend. I have to do better with cleaning and moisturizing my skin.

  16. Thanks, Blair. I definitely do enjoy using a range of products. I'll try my best to keep up a regular empties schedule. :) x

  17. Thanks, Amber. I'm quite the Neutrogena fam myself. :) x

  18. They're definitely handy for travel. I'm glad I could be your first empties aha. x

  19. Ahahaaha I feel you there, Chantal. I'm super lazy when it comes to taking photos on the best of days, let alone when I have 1,000 things to photograph.

    It's a shame you didn't enjoy the wipes - I love them. I could see how they would be handy to remove the dreaded arm swatches, though. :) x

  20. I do have quite a lot of love for my products aha. Thanks for stopping by. :) x

  21. Oh man! This is amazing, Cheryl! If a water-based moisturiser is what you're after, this is definitely worth a try. :) x

  22. That's where the blogging world comes in handy. I'll rarely buy something without consulting fellow blogger's reviews first. :) Glad I could help. x

  23. Neutrogena sure do have a good range. :)
    If non-smudging is what you're after, look no further than this one. When I say it does not move, I really mean it does not move aha. x

  24. It's up there amongst my favourite skincare products for sure. Definitely worth a try if you ask me. :) x

  25. Yesss, girl! I'm a huge fan aha. I'd definitely recommend buying another if you loved it the first time 'round. x

  26. The Jurlique mask is definitely an indulgence. I felt so fancy, even though I looked so ridiculous haha. Sheet masks are not pretty. :P x

  27. I swear it's never-ending. My bottle lasted me so damn long aha. x

  28. Thanks, Berniedette. :) These wipes are definitely my go-to. I've tried other brands, but these are the best in my opinion. :) I've got to look in to their make-up remover. Thanks for the recommendation! x

  29. Yessss aha. I swear it's a bottomless pit. My bottle just didn't seem to run out and I had it for yearsssss!
    I'm glad you like Avon's eye liner, too. Brown on the waterline looks so pretty - I love it. :) x

  30. I highly recommend this, girl. Definitely worth a try if you ask me. :) x

  31. Berniedette PetiteAndTonedMarch 24, 2017 at 12:12 AM

    This is what it looks like, Christie:


  32. I loved your list of products.Neutrogena is definitely my favorite

  33. I love Nip + Fab skincare actually, I need to have a nose for my moisturiser!

    Annabel ♥

    Mascara & Maltesers

  34. I absolutely love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost, I've gone through so many tubs already and I use it every day!! It's just sooo good!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  35. I always admire empties post. I never manage to keep my empties :D Love those neutrogena make up remover wipes a lot too

    x, Juliet

  36. They do make some amazing products. :) x

  37. I've not tried a whole lot of Nip + Fab, but what I have used, I've loved. I should look in to them more. :) x

  38. Yessss! Day and night, Hydro Boost is life. x

  39. Ahaha I never used to like hoarding all of my empty bottles, but it's become kind of therapeutic to me to do one big throw away after my post. :) The wipes are probably the best I've tried - glad you enjoy them too. x


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