Sunday, October 2, 2011

Recent Empties and Chuckers

Hello, people! Yes, I'm still here and still struggling with my blogging mojo and my makeup mojo in general. I wore makeup one day last week and it was the first time in three months! I've been keen to get back into perfume but am hampered by hay fever. Never mind, I'm slowly working my way back.

These are empties from throughout August and September, and see that little jar of House of Gloi Twice is Nice Sugar Creme? I realised after I took the picture that I actually finished that months ago and mentioned it in another empties post, but I kept the jar around to use for something else and obviously never got around to cleaning it. Ew, feral! Okay, note to self - clean all the empty jars in the house today.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser: Jacquie has a habit of acquiring various cleansers, deciding she doesn't like them after a few tries, and then passing them on to me. I'm not entirely sure I've actually paid money for a cleanser all this year between her and Beauty Heaven sending me things for trials. Anyway, I didn't mind this but I don't think it did anything special - I used it in the shower in the mornings with my Clarisonic. I wouldn't buy it again - there's nothing about it that jumps out at me.

Radox Muscle Soothe Shower Gel: Noodles bought me this because I've been having muscle pain for the last few months (subsided but has flared up again since I had to move desks, grrr) and she thought it might help. Aww, bless. It's pretty horrible though (she hated it too) - smells all herby and blokey and doesn't do anything for muscles. I don't really see how a shower gel could, frankly. Won't be buying this again.

Garnier Skin Naturals CleanSensitive Anti-Tightness Cleansing Milk: Phew, what a gobful! Another of Jacquie's cast-offs, and I quite like this. I don't really know how much it is but if it's cheaper than my usual cream cleanser (Clarins Cleansing Milk), I'd consider repurchasing this during periods when I'm a bit povo.

L'Oreal EverStrong Deep Replenishing Masque: This was from a Beauty Heaven trial and Noodles used most it, as I'm not one for hair products generally (I like to keep it simple), and she loves messing about with her hair. Plus there's that whole jar in the shower thing I'm always bitching about (hate that!). Interestingly, I was watching one of jodik76's youtube videos the other day, and she talked about the annoyance of jars in the shower too, SO IT'S NOT JUST ME. I tried it a couple of times and it seemed just like hair conditioner in a jar to me. Meh.

Perfumatory Kiss of the Vampire Shower Whip & Shave Cream: Again, thing in a jar - what is up with that? I reviewed this a year ago so it's been hanging around for a while. I just kept forgetting to use it, but in the end I made a supreme effort to use it for shaving my legs and got through it. As I said in the review, gorgeous, gorgeous scent, but I'm not sure I would buy from them again given the lacklustre customer service. I believe the company's gone back to Canada now anyway (where they came from originally).

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant: I mentioned in my last empties post that I had two of these little trial size products and I was undecided about whether I would repurchase. I'm going to go with no - it's a nice scrub if you like scrubs. I don't really like scrubs.

Mirinesse Purify Melt & Vanish Face Makeup Remover: Another cleaning product from Jacquie - wait, is she trying to tell me something? This was a trial size and I used the whole lot one day when I was trying to find something to clean long-wear foundation off my foundation brushes. It was okay, not fantastic. It took a couple of gos for the stuff to 'melt & vanish'. I wouldn't buy this.

Boucheron by Boucheron 1.5ml spray perfume: I bought this from The Perfumed Court after reading a review of it in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide. Meh, it's not my thing.

Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover: I'm sure there would be those you are shocked I would put a supermarket nail polish remover on my nails, but I rarely wear nail polish, so it doesn't bother me. I've bought this one a million times and will probably continue to do so when I need nail polish remover.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Rejuvenating Cleansing Smoothing Toner: Man, who comes up with these names. I like toner, but they're all the same to me. I buy this one when I'm a bit povo and a Clarins one when I feel a bit more flush. I would (and no doubt will) repurchase this - it's probably my fourth or fifth bottle already.

L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrating Conditioner: From the same Beauty Heaven trial as the hair masque above. I tried this but it was too heavy for my hair so Noodles used it. It was unimpressive, and pricy for a supermarket conditioner ($15). I wouldn't repurchase it.

Terax Crema: HOLY GRAIL CONDITIONER. I don't know how many of these I've bought in the past, but I will continue to buy it, particularly now that Noodles has fallen in love with it as well.

I'm in decluttering mode at the moment, but my energy hasn't caught up with my motivation, so I've just been sorting little bits and pieces here and there. I had a mini clean-out of the bathroom cabinet the other day while I was waiting for my hair to dry or something, and decided to throw a few things out that had just been hanging around for too long.

Cherry Culture Bubble Gum Lip Balm: This is the one they send out free with all their orders. I don't like lip balms with petrolatum and chemicals in them (INORITE! I'M TURNING INTO A HIPPIE!), so I'm not using this. 

Body Language Soaps Black Licorice Lip Balm: I reviewed this a long time ago so I've had it for ages - there's nothing wrong with it (in fact it's quite nice), but I found it under the couch and there were bits of fluff stuck to it and it had melted and was generally a bit 'ew' so out it goes.

Skin Physics Cellugen Serum and Cellugen Night: These came with the Skin Physics LED wotsit that Beauty Heaven sent me last year. I've never really liked them and they've been hanging around a long time, so out they go.

Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream SPF15: Another one from Beauty Heaven (they always send me skincare, never makeup - what's that about?). I used almost all of this just because it was the only day moisturiser I had for a while. It's not really moisturising enough for me, and I don't have dry skin - it's very light and probably better suited to someone younger and hotter weather. I wouldn't buy it again.

Alpha-H Rejuvenating Cream: This was part of a starter kit I bought last year (though it was a full size). I used it for a while, then got bored and moved on to something else. I came back to it a few times but it never really grabbed my attention. There was probably about a quarter of it left and I never loved it so I decided it was time to go.

Joey New York Microdermabrasion Facial Peel: When Joey New York shut down and Priceline started getting rid of all their stuff, Jacquie I bought up whatever we could find, and sadly I only picked up one of these. I love this stuff, even though I am not a fan of scrubs generally. I have about a quarter left and it's been sitting around for close to two years, so it had to go. And I haven't used it for at least six months anyway, so it wasn't all that heartbreaking.


  1. At last Ive a few samples of Terax to try after YEARS of wanting to try it- so excited its your HG!

  2. Thanks for the mini review on the aveeno cleanser. Was tempted but now, I'll pass!

  3. Hope you get your makeup mojo back. ^_^ *hugs*

    Strangely, I like that cheapy little Cherry Culture lipbalm! *shrug*

  4. *singing in Bette Midler voice* Did you ever know that you're my empties heroooooooooooes?

    Haha, nice to see your progress! I feel the same way about the Aveeno cleanser. It looks as if it should be something good but is just kind of meh.

  5. MMBI, let me know what you think of the Terax!

    Gaelle, it's just nothing special. Not terrible but not great.

    femputer, Noodles like the lip balm - she has one that she uses quite a bit. I'm not generally squeamish about chemicals in makeup (I never give it a thought with lipstick or lipgloss), but lip balm is the one thing I go all hippie about, lol.

    Liz, if I can be your empties hero, my work here is done.

  6. heh you hippie, lol

    I've come to the conclusion that the Terax crema is good, it seems to make my hair lay smoother and less boofy :) so glad I bought it after reading your constant raves :D

  7. The cult of Terax. JOOOIIIINNNN USSSSSSS