July Empties

I've been remiss with my night time skin regimen the past couple of days weeks. I have been staying up late either sewing, blogging or wasting time on the 'net, and I have been too tired to to go through the whole skin care shebang. But I can't just quickly cleanse my face because makeup wipes make my skin too dry and cream cleanser make it too greasy. There's not much too take off anyway as my minimalist makeup applied at 9am have faded into nothingness by 2am. Luckily my skin hasn't suffered that much yet. My skin has become dry, rough, flaky and spotty. I guess that's the kick I needed to get back on track, and it starts tonight!

Anyhow, here are this month's empties and chuckers:


  1. Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum 30ml - This is awesome. I started using this in January on days I was not using the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime, which fell out of favour within a month of use. I eventually upped my Shiseido usage to twice a day because I noticed that it made my skin look really smooth right after applying it. It is a bit primer-like in its consistency, akin to the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum which I also loved as a morning serum. I already repurchased two backups within two weeks of use, because it was less than $50 from Catch of the Day!

  2. Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam 30ml - Love this! Cleanses without making me feel too greasy or too dry afterwards. I probably will cut it open after this post to extract the very last bits of this wonderful cleanser. Definitely a repurchase once I finish the non-extra creamy version in the July haul.

  3. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Face Wash 50g - Good for those who prefer a non-fragranced cleanser. Just as good as Shiseido, but not as pleasant for me scent-wise, so I will not repurchase this.

  4. Cath Kidston Wild Flowers Honeysuckle Hand Cream 30ml - I received this for free from Sephora Kuala Lumpur last year, and it seemed like a curious crossover between my makeup and sewing obsessions since I was vaguely aware that Cath Kidston is a fabric/bag designer. I was not an avid hand cream user despite my dry cracked hands and previously thought it superfluous when I already had a perfectly good body lotion. But I forced myself to use up this one, because I was gifted a few hand creams. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it moisturised my hands -- even after a couple of washes, my hands still felt soft! It was a revelation that sadly my current full-sized hand cream does not live up to. So I will probably purchase this when I run out of hand creams, but in a different scent.

  5. Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion 354ml - One of my go-to winter lotions. Nothing exciting, just a really good lotion to combat dry, itchy skin in winter. I will repurchase once I use up my backups.

  6. Palmolive Naturals Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit Splash 500ml - Palmolive shower gel is the standard body wash that we usually have in our bathroom. It's cheap, quite pleasantly fragranced and lasts us ages. We have repurchased this and other variants multiple times, and we usually keep a couple on hand. 

  7. Hope’s Relief Scalp + Hair Shampoo Formula 1 200ml - A good basic shampoo that didn’t dry my hair, but it didn't seem to do improve my scalp condition either so I won't repurchase this.

  8. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 5.7g sachet - I tried this on my legs and it smelled horrible. It's very thick but not terribly moisturising. This won't ever be on my shopping list.

  9. Face of Australia High Definition Liquid Eyeliner in Black - This is really old and I think it's earned its keep. It was great when it was new, but there are new formulas in the market that I'd like to try so I probably won't repurchase this.

  10. Face of Australia High Definition Liquid Eyeliner in Brown - same as above.

  11. Estée Lauder Artist's Mechanical Eye Pencil in Double Sandy - Even older than above. The black tip was hard and it smudged on me. The peach tip broke off. How it managed to elude all my pre-blog spring cleaning efforts, I'll never know.

  12. Silky Girl Funky Eyelights Pencil in Candy Pink - I don't think I have a use for an old, gritty, glittery pink eye pencil. But I can't bear to throw out the lovely green and blue shades yet. Maybe next month.

  13. Revlon Luxurious Colour Eyeliner in Antiqued Gold - Also old and I've got much smoother gold eyeliners from Urban Decay and Savvy by DB.

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