Tuesday, 7 January 2020

December Empties

I've been sitting here trying to decide what to blog about. It seems quite frivolous considering our country is burning with no relief in sight.
After pondering this for a few days I realised that trivial things are quite important during a crisis because they help us keep our minds off negative thoughts and give a welcome distraction.
Having said that, for those who are in the heart of it they have no power/phone coverage/water so the last thing they'll be thinking about is blogs/Instagram etc.
However, for those of us who aren't in the thick of it and who can't do anything to help, we need distraction.
Today, my contribution to that distraction is my December empties.



Origins Calm To Your Senses
Calm To Your Senses was one of my all time favourite scents. It's a beautiful mix of vanilla and lavender. I so wish they hadn't discontinued it. I'd love to find a perfume with the same scent but so far I've been unsuccessful. If you have any recommendations please let me know. 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body
Regular readers will be heartily sick of seeing this in my empties. It's one of our favourite sunscreens. It doesn't irritate our sensitive skin, absorbs quickly, works well under make-up and is regularly half price. I have about five back-up tubes. 

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil
I love a good shower oil, they're great for winter and lazy days when I can't be bothered using body lotion. Almond Shower Oil is lovely. It doesn't have a horrible marzipan scent, it's light and leaves my skin feeling hydrated without a greasy film.  

Daily Naturals Moisture Intense Shampoo
I really liked this shampoo and would happily repurchase, however I've switched to a zero waste shampoo bar. If I hadn't, this would be my new shampoo, it's reasonably priced, non-stripping and didn't weigh down my fine hair. 

Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
I don't know how but I seem to have a whole pile of these floating around. I haven't received a Clarins GWP for ages so I don't know where they come from. 
This is one of those meh cleansers. It's okay but it's not great. I use it up and am glad to see the back of it. I don't understand why they'd make a product like this, it's too gritty to be a cleanser and not gritty enough to be a scrub. Silly.  

Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser
Thankfully I can still use my Invisible Zinc without any eye irritation. It's a thicker formula which is great for my dry skin. I like that it's hydrating without being greasy, so it doesn't make my skin feel all heavy and clogged up at the end of the day. 

Nivea Body Lotion
Good old Nivea. They can always be relied on for decent, cheap products. I purchased this little pot in a set with three scented lotions and one unscented. They smelled nice and were pleasant to use.

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Moisturiser
I got about four uses out of this, so not really enough to form and opinion. It seemed nice, didn't irritate my skin and hydrated well.

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
This smells amazing! If I wasn't switching to bar soap it would be a definite repurchase. 

Replica Whispers In the Library Perfume
Oh how I love this gorgeous perfume. I don't usually like woody oriental perfumes but this isn't heavy at all, it's just beautiful. One day I'll purchase it, when I've made my way through my current perfume collection. 

Avene SPF 50 Sunscreen
I loved this sunscreen, however my sensitive eyes didn't. It's very light, absorbs quickly, isn't greasy and works well under make-up. As my eyes hated it I used it on my neck and chest. I'll probably pick up a tube next time it's on sale. 

Tribe Skincare Hydrate Me Night Moisturiser
If I didn't have dry skin I'd probably love this, however I need more hydration. I used this as a day cream, it's nice and non irritating but just doesn't provide enough hydration.

LaRoche-Posay Anthelios XL Sunscreen
Regular readers will be totally over seeing this sunscreen too. It's the only facial sunscreen I can use at the moment. If you have sensitive eyes, get your hands on this one, it's specially formulated for those of us with eyes that hate sunscreen. 

Tribe Skincare Fruit Tingle Shower Gel
I know people with KP love this, however I don't have KP so to me it's just a regular shower gel. It smells good and doesn't irritate but it's nothing special. 


Fresh One Drop Wonder
I've been wanting to try this for a while however the sample only gave two uses. It seemed like a bit of a nothing product, I couldn't even feel it on my lips so I won't be purchasing a full size tube. 

Bondi Sands SPF 30 Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion
This was lovely. I used it as a daily body sunscreen. It's light, smells nice and doesn't make my skin feel greasy. I'd prefer if it was SPF50. 
I'll definitely be purchasing a full sized tube. 

Verso Hand Serum
I've never used a hand serum. I suppose they're a good idea. There were two applications in this sachet, so I have no idea if it was any good. 

Buly Huile Antique Body Oil
OMG this smells amazing. It's a dry body oil so absorbs quickly and smells like heaven. Mecca don't stock it any more and I think it was quite expensive, so it's not something I'll be purchasing. 




These products were either passed to a better home or tossed out. 

The Soap and Glory and Too Faced products are ancient, I had them when we moved from Perth seven years ago. They've all been well used so I wasn't upset about tossing them.

I had a reaction to the Glam Glow and Omorovicza masks. I've used them both before but my skin is super sensitive at the moment and they both only had one use in them so I tossed them out. 

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