January Empties

I don't think I usually have this many empties, since I switch products a lot and shove stuff I do not like under the sink. But knowing I'll be doing an empties post forces me to either use them up, find alternative ways of using them or pass/toss those that don't work for me.

  1. Clarins Lipstick - I finished this a long time ago and thought I'd keep it until I repurchased it. Now that I have so many other lipsticks, I don't think I'll ever repurchase this one.
  2. Givenchy Le Prisme Face Powder (depotted & palette reused) - Purchased from Sephora Paris, this powder was much loved and kept mainly in my handbag for touch ups until I hit pan and it started to crumble. I used it as my morning powder until I could no longer stand the crumbs falling on the carpet anymore. I may or may not repurchase. I have quite a few to get through before I need another powder.
  3. Bare Minerals i.d. Mineral Veil - I made a conscious effort to use this up as it has been sitting unused for almost a year. It's not bad, but not great either. I will not repurchase this.
  4. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser - This one's in my Top 11 for 2011, so I have already repurchased this.
  5. Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser - This is a cleanser I have grown to love. The scent and the mild foaminess feel refreshing in the mornings and it doesn't dry my skin especially in the summer. I will repurchase when I'm running low on facial cleansers.
  6. L'Oreal Derma Genesis Pore Minimising Smoother - I just didn't like how this smelled like laundry detergent to me, and I don't think it minimised my pores anyway. So it was shelved until I recently decided to try and use it as body lotion. Ugh, still smelled awful but I managed to finish it.
  7. Garnier CleanDetox Detoxifying Exfoliation Wash - The exfoliating particles were too rough and scratchy for my face, so I used it on my arms and legs, but there was not enough particles to do a thorough job for that. Now it feels like I just wasted my time trying to finish this.
  8. Gaia Natural Pure Natural Organic Shampoo - Ric has been warning me of the evils of engine degreaser Sodium Laureth Sulfate, so I bought us some organic shampoo. I like it but I don't feel it's cleans my hair/scalp very well probably, because a baby shampoo is no match for my daily use of Pantene conditioner. When we run low of our current shampoo, I plan to try Hope's Relief shampoo.
  9. Pantene Pro-V Deep Fortifying Treatment - I've repurchased this several times now because it's cheap and effective. But I plan to try Hope's Relief when I've used up the many half used bottles of conditioner I have under the sink.
  10. Lux Tropical Sunset Body Wash - We buy in bulk any body wash that's on special, so it'll buy a while before I get to buy an SLS-free one.
  11. SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C sample - I did not consistently use this until recently, but it probably lost its potency a while ago so I did not really see much results. I will not purchase this, but it's great that the pump bottle is reusable.
  12. Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb sample - Pretty, sweet, but nothing special for me.
  13. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Facial Lotion SPF15 sample - Not bad, but not exciting. I probably used it a couple of times on my face, but I just preferred to use other moisturisers. Used it on my arms and legs til I was done with it.
Not empty, but tossed:
  1. Redwin Coal Tar Shampoo - Tossed after reading MsSparkleArkle's post on 10 Substances To Avoid in Cosmetics
  2. Innoxa SkinSensitive Daily Moisture Protection SPF15 - Had this for so long it looks a bit off.
  3. Nivea Glamorous Gloss in Natural - This smells really sickly sweet at first but it sort of starts to take on a chemical flavour that I just can't stand. Maybe it's off, so it's going into the bin.
  4. CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Mascara in Black Platinum - I really like this one even though it does smudge a bit. I will try the original LashBlast when I use up the long queue of mascaras that I have. Had this for over a year that's why I'm tossing it.
  5. CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Mascara in Black Emerald - For some reason this smudges more, and it looks more grey than black. Not very flattering at all.
  6. Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown - Accidentally picked the wrong colour and the waterproof formula is just too hard to remove for me without losing a few lashes. I already have black lashes so I see no reason to dull them down.
Here's to hoping I have more empties than hauls next month.


  1. Nice collection of empties. I love finishing things - it makes me feel like I've accomplished something. Haha, I don't aspire to much! ;-)

    1. I love it, too! It's great having a goal and accomplishing it! Empties are definitely a cause for celebration ;-)



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