I actually cannot believe the number of empties I’ve gotten through! All of my beauty supplies are starting to shrink more and more and more….
Once again, I’m trying to use up a lot of products before buying new ones, and only buying something I specifically need, rather than just buying products, using them once or twice, getting bored and buying another, and creating a hoarder-style situation.
These are the empties I’ve used up in the last couple of months (PLEASE NOTE: I didn’t use full products of all of these, they were all partly used, some of them actually being almost finished).
Fake Bake Flawless Darker (R455 for 170ml on www.summerluxury.co.za) – My absolute favourite self tanner, this tanning spray comes with a mitt and is so easy to apply. The colour comes out much more natural than any tanner I’ve used, and after trying the Flawless tanner, I opted for the darker version so I’d use less. This lasted for ages, but I’m trying to finish up other tanners, and maybe try out some cheaper alternatives. If I can’t find one that’s good enough (and I haven’t yet), I’ll repurchase.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze gradual tanner (R79.95 for 250ml at Dischem) – A body lotion that you can apply to gradually build up a fake tan. I always loved this, but in the last year I’ve found proper self tanners that work better for me, and I’ve graduated from using gradual ones. Nice to have though, to top up a tan.
Tropitone Bronze It Medium Self Tan (125ml, you can usually get this at Clicks or Dischem) – I had hoped this would be a good alternative to the Fake Bake, but being an aerosol can meant that I got much less product, and it didn’t go as far. It also was a little too orange for my liking, so I won’t be repurchasing this.
L’Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray Straight (R59.95 for 170ml from Dischem) – A basic heat protectant spray, this worked pretty well for a cheaper brand. I’m using a GHD one at the moment, and to be honest, it really does work better, so not sure if I’d repurchase this.
Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Shampoo with black seed oil (R395 for 150g from Takealot) – I won this in a competition last year sometime, and gave it a go. It really didn’t impress me that much in quality, even though the packaging is so gorgeous, and the scent is lovely. But no way in hell am I paying R395 for a dry shampoo!
Batiste dry shampoo in Sassy and Daring Wild (around R79 for 200ml from Clicks) – My all-time favourite dry shampoo, and in my favourite scent (it smells like vanilla). I’ve been trying out the Colab dry shampoos from Clicks now, as they were said to be better, but I still prefer Batiste!
Essence Studio Nails Fast Cuticle Remover (R32.95 for 8ml from Dischem or Clicks) – Such a fantastic cuticle remover, I’ve already repurchased this.
Nuxe Reve de Miel hand and nail cream for dry and damaged hands (R143 for 75ml) – This hand cream smells lovely and definitely does the job, without leaving your hands greasy. However, I know I can get cheaper hand creams that also smell great and work just as well, if not better.
Lipidol Cleansing Body Oil (R79.95 for 200ml at Clicks) – I love oil shower products, and have made it my mission to try as many as possible. This one from Lipidol is amazing, it smells just like Roses Lime Cordial, and leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, without stripping it of moisture. The scent helps to really wake you up on those mornings you’re battling to get going too. I wouldn’t squeeze this onto your sponge though – massage it into your body, and then go over it with a sponge, as it doesn’t really lather up.
Avene Thermal Spring Water spray (around R150 for 150ml from Clicks) – I have sensitive and dehydrated skin, and this spray brings the life back to it, and is so soothing. I’ve already repurchased this, as I use it everyday, straight after I wash my face.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water (R189.95 for 250ml from Dischem or Clicks) – I use a micellar water every evening to take off my makeup before I cleanse my face, and while this used to be my favourite, I’m now hooked on the Garnier version. You get 400ml for a hell of a lot less, and to me it works better and is more soothing to my skin.
Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+ cream (dry touch) for sensitive skin (R208.95 for 40ml) – I have tried so many facial sunscreens, and they’ve either broken me out or been too oily. This one is fantastic, and it dries down, so makeup applies over it so well.
Ordinary Skincare Extraordinary Cleanser (R150 for 200ml from their website) – I received this from Beauty Bulletin to try out. It was a really great cleanser, it took my makeup off and wasn’t irritating in the slightest. I don’t think I’ll repurchase though, as I prefer my TBS Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil.
Skoon skincare Overnight Hydrating Mask Ruby Marine (R420 for 30ml from their website) – a coconut-based overnight face mask that leaves sensitive skin soothed and dehydrated skin soft and nourished. My first aid product for when my skin hates me.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix + spray (R250 for 100ml from MAC stores) – A staple in my makeup routine, I always set my makeup with this, as it makes it last longer, and just settles all of the makeup onto my skin. I’ve already repurchased this.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place foundation (R480 for 30ml) – This foundation is insanely expensive for me, but a bottle lasts me around 5 months, as you don’t need to use much. It leaves skin fully covered and flawless. I will probably repurchase this when I’ve gone through my stash of other foundations.
Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment (R179 for 7.4ml) – This was a fantastic concealer, and really did the job, as well as lasting for ages. I have found a more budget friendly version that I prefer though.
MAC Zoomlash Mascara sample size (R250 for 8g from MAC stores) – I received this when I placed an order online with MAC, and I have to say that I loved it. It worked really well. I won’t repurchase though, as I have found my favourite mascara this year – the Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Essence Gel Waterproof Eye Pencil in 01 Black Blaze (R41.95 for 0.57g from Dischem or Clicks) – My new favourite black eyeliner, this stays put no matter what! Already repurchased.
Tommy Hilfiger Peach Blossom eau de parfum (R525 for 30ml from Redsquare) – The most beautiful fragrance, I love this as my everyday perfume – it’s fruity yet floral, yet I can smell vanilla in there too. I’m so sad I’ve finished this, and when I’ve whittled away at a couple of my other perfumes, then I’ll repurchase.
There were also some duds in my empties, that are in actual fact not empty – I just cannot bring myself to finish them.
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil (R115.95 for 100ml) – No matter how I used this oil, my hair felt sticky and heavy. It just wasn’t for me. Even my sister who has much thicker hair couldn’t use this, as it had such a sticky feeling to it.
LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in ‘Fantasy’ (around R60 for 5g from Dischem) – I have the shade Dreamy and I adore it, but this shade is super super neon, yet after about 5 minutes it starts to flake off of your lips, leaving it patchy.
Caribbean Tan Tan in a Can Gradual Tanner in C (R92.95 for 200ml) – This literally did nothing to me, even after applying 3 times. And this was supposed to be the darkest shade?!?! I’m now trying their tanning spritzer and finding it to be much better.