Saturday 2 February 2013

January Empties

Welcome to my first 'empties' post for 2013! 

All last year I titled these posts 'Au Revoirs' but I have decided to change it to 'empties' as it is the universally known name. Lately I have been on a bit of a mission to finish up all the new and half used products I have hidden away in cupboards, boxes and drawers. This is in a bit of an attempt to get rid of some of the clutter I have. I mean do I really need to keep four different cleansers in the bathroom? No, I do not.

In January I have done pretty well with emptying some products. I am not a fan of throwing things out, especially if there is nothing wrong with them. 

January's empties are:

Nutrimetics Botanicals Exfoliating Body Scrub in Vanilla & Guava 
The best part of this product was the smell. Otherwise it was a very coarse exfoliator that was too runny - not dense enough too actually work well. Would not repurchase.

Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover
I emptied this early in the month and as far as I can remember it was a fine nail polish remover. Nothing special nor disappointing.

Palmolive Heavenly Hands Foaming Hand Wash in Raspberry
Okay, this isn't really my empty. It is a family one but I really wanted to share it with you. I LOVE this hand wash. The smell is beautiful and it leaves my hands feeling moisturised. Will repurchase, this is actually the second bottle that has been used up.

Palmolive Body Butter Strawberry Smoother Exfoliating Body Wash
I got this in the December Bella Box (I think). The smell of this was amazing and as a body wash it was nice, though I would have preferred it without the exfoliating granules. The packaging was also a pain - too hard to actually squeeze the product out. May or may not purchase in the future.

Avon Naturals Refreshing Shower Gel in Juicy Watermelon
I love watermelon and I usually love the smell of it. This body wash though had a really fake smell to it and that totally ruined it. Otherwise it was a decent body wash. Wouldn't repurchase this scent (though I do have a strawberry one to use).

Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Ultra Foam Cleanser
I really enjoyed using this of a morning in the shower. It has a 'tingly cool boost' that is really awakens the skin. As a cleaser it was nice though possibly not well suited to my normal/dry skin. Probably wouldn't purchase this - it originally came in a Bella Box. 

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make Up Corrector Pen
I purchased this when I was trying to create the perfect flick eye liner (still haven't managed that by the way). All I can say about this was it was absolutely useless - maybe that is why it was on clearance when I purchased it. The pen just made a mess of any eye make up. A cotton bud dipped in Bioderma is much more effective. 

Clarins Cleasing Milk with Alpine Herbs 
I have had this lying around for ages and decided it was time to use it up. I really enjoyed this cleanser, it was really gentle yet effective on the skin. It also worked really well with my Clarisonic and could remove most make up. I would consider repurchasing. 

Clarins Toning Lotion Alcohol Free with Camomile
Same with the cleanser, have had it lying around for a while and decided to use it up. It was fine nothing overly special. Really didn't feel it was necessary after using the cleanser. 

Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil
I got this ages ago in a sample box back when Beauty Box was still around. As a cleanser it was really good and just melted away any make up or grime. I just can't get used to cleaning my skin with oil though.

Face of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes
Since starting work and some night coming home absolutely exhausted I have come to rely on make up removing wipes. They are great for a quick cleanse prior to falling into bed. These are nice though they can irritate my eyes a little. 

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
I received these as part of a Beauty Heaven Trial Team. They were nice cleansing wipes though sometimes my skin wasn't left feeling completely clean.

So there is my empties post! I had hoped to get this up yesterday but I wasn't feeling well by the time I got home from work after 6pm. I had a shower, dinner and straight to bed. Feeling much better today after a marathon 14 hour sleep.

What did you empty in January? 


  1. Hooray for marathon sleeps!

    I emptied so much! I really need to pop them up now lol.

    1. Marathon sleeps are the only marathons I can do haha :)

  2. I finished my Strawberry Smoother body wash too and loved it (although it was a pain in the ass to get all the product out, and I hope the full sized versions are better!)
    I managed to use a whole bunch of skincare samples this month and will post about them soon :) I want go get rid of a whole bunch of products before I go overseas for 7 months.

  3. I was interested to see what you thought of the FOA wipes. Not bad huh? I'm always using an eye and lip makeup remover so I didn't realise they irritated the eyes.

    1. Yeah I was being lazy and couldn't be bothered using both :)

  4. Hi Stephanie, I really enjoy reading your blog. I got the same Palmolive Body Butter Strawberry Smoother Exfoliating Body Wash in my beauty box (can't remember which) I thought it was just me but the container is really hard and I could barely get any product out at all. Frustrating.

    1. Thanks for reading :)
      The bottle was very annoying even adding some water to loosen it up didn't help.

  5. I am really interested to try out those FOA wipes!


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