I swear now that I’ve committed myself to recording and reviewing my skincare and haircare empties every three months, my product use seems to be accelerating at an alarming rate! My first empties post only contained 6 products. In this post that number has blown out to a whopping 23 products. I blame Mr CC. I’ve created a skincare consuming monster.
Empties: The Concept
When you have so many beauty products that its almost impossible to completely finish something. So, when you do, its both an achievement and a sign that you’ve hit upon a winner.
Every quarter I divulge the products I use up. It serves as a prompt for me to share the things that I have found to work, and also keeps me honest. I will only ever review and recommend the products I truly use and love. This is also the reason you see me holding the sometimes-half-used featured products in my skin and hair care review posts.
Products Emptied: May → July 2016:
Yes, this post is rather late. Lets ignore that and have a rummage through my recycling shall we?
[A’kin] Dry Shampoo
For anyone who has got hooked on Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray, A’kin’s Dry Shampoo is something to check out. No, it doesn’t have the same finesse and beautiful packaging that Oribe has but it gives your hair the same grippy texture – that of brushed out product and matte lived-in hair – plus a shot of volume just like its much fancier cousin. It’s lemon scent does kind of remind me of a health food store but for a product that gives you the same result as something so high end and for about a quarter of the price its worth a look.
I can’t even remember where I got this as a gift with purchase, hmmm… I’m thinking Adore Beauty because thats where I usually get my Liquid Gold… Anyway, its a powder exfoliator that uses fruit enzymes to gently loosen any dead cells sticking to the surface of your skin. You shake the powder out into your hand mix it with a few drops of water into a paste which you apply to a damp face. (It literally looks like flour and smells like icing mixture) Rinse after about 5 mins and your skin feels sparkling clean and so much smoother. Not a physical exfoliant – don’t massage it to your skin – just let it sit there and let the enzymes nibble away. This is an ace ‘instant spruce’ for skin feeling a bit grubby/congested/dull.
Available from Adore Beauty with free shipping to AU and international shipping from $6.95(AUD) to the US and UK.
If you have fine slippy hair or hair that goes instantly flat, you’re gonna love this. Its Dolly-Parton-bouffant-in-a-can! Effectively, its an aerosol version of those matte volume powders.
Don’t expect to be able to drag a brush through your hair after using this. This dry shampoo gives your hair such grip its like you’ve back-combed the living bejesus out of it. Braids will stay in place, up-dos will maintain height with no slippage and no whispies. Buns will be perfectly messy or voluminous and groomed and will stay that way, depending on the look you were going for.
Beware dark haired beauties – its white. So spray into sections of hair away from your hairline or part.
Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base
LOVE this stuff. Been using it for years, both on its own to stop me looking dead and under makeup as a primer. Full Review + Availability Here.
Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads
Never ever for my face. These are great to have on hand for any post-wax ingrown hairs because of the anti-inflammatory and exfoliating action of the salicylic acid the Ultra Rapid Action Pads contain. But they also contain an enormous amount of alcohol so please don’t use them immediately after waxing – Ouch! They’re also great for a quick clean-up of palms and other dry areas when your fake tan has gone a little dark. I’ve just got my hands on some Stridex which are similar but alcohol free and I’ll post about those when I’ve had a bit more of a play. Clearasil is available from your regular supermarket, but you can also grab it from Amazon if online is your thing.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]
Effaclar Duo [+] has a reputation it absolutely lives up to. If you are past your teenage years and your skin still breaks out then you want a tube of this on hand. Actually, teenage acne products are pretty terrible (and harsh – see above) so if you’re having breakouts at any time, you want a tube of this on hand. I always have a spare as a backup. I also use it preemptively when I know that lovely jawline hormonal breakout is imminent.
It helps unclog congestion but my absolute favourite thing is it also goes to work on the residual marks left behind by a spot long gone.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
This stuff somehow makes your skin less prone to freaking out. Always a good thing. And in a really fine aerosol mist format. Definitely recommend. Full Review + Availability Here
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I like a good hydrating facial mist. For me they need hydrating ingredients like Aloe, need a fine mist so your face/hair/clothing don’t get covered in droplets, come in a decent size and not cost the world. You’d think that was quite a lot to ask, but Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Mist ticks all those boxes.
The atomiser dispenses a fine cloud of mist. The formula is packed with aloe and saves my face from falling off between cleansing and serum via brushing my teeth. Its also a great product to have handy to dampen makeup brushes for more intense pigment application. It smells like roses and it comes in 236ml (8oz) for a bargainous $13AU.
Available worldwide from Beauty Bay (Tip: buy 2 and you qualify for free international shipping)
Nubian Heritage Body Wash – Honey & Black Seed + Raw Shea Butter
This is LOVE. Nubian Heritage make amazing body products based around Shea Butter. So far I’ve powered through these two body washes and have some sugar scrub, body lotion and natural deodorant in other fragrances on the go. The Honey & Black Seed formula has a sweet woodsy scent which is slightly floral and reminiscent of honey while the Raw Shea Butter has a rich spicy scent that has an element of creamy vanilla to it. I would say both scents are unisex and linger a little on the skin.
As to the formula, the body washes are very gentle on the skin. They soap up into a creamy lather but are SLS free, which is a must for me. The inclusion of shea butter high up on the ingredients list make this formula particularly nourishing. I found out Mr CC started ‘borrowing’ my body wash because he found it soothing on his post-4-hour-bike-ride beat-up skin. I’ve started hoarding these so I never run out.
Available worldwide from iHerb. (Tip: iHerb offer volume discounts – hence my hoarding – and you can also receive 10% loyalty discount if you create an account)
My ultimate-all-time-favourite desert-island-worthy lip balm. This stuff is THICK, which takes a little getting used to as it creates a physical barrier on your lips. The best bit is it has a completely matte finish so it doesn’t interfere with matte lipstick and is perfect on men with dry lips who don’t appreciate the glossy lip look.
Available worldwide from Escentual (1/3 off French Pharmacy at the time of posting)
Oral B 3D White Diamond Strong Toothpaste
As dedicated users of Oral-B (Crest) 3D Glamorous White Toothpaste we were curious to see what the difference was between Glamorous White and Diamond Strong.
Basically two things: The texture is a little more gritty. (If you’re familiar with the cleaning product Gumption you get the idea.) The mint flavour also tastes different. It may or may not have been a striped formula (Glamorous White is ironically blue) but I can no longer tell as the remnants of the tube have all been squished together.
Glamorous White is still my fave. Both are available from your regular supermarket, or Amazon if you’re agoraphobic.
Mr CC has been using this one. These are his thoughts:
A must for coffee drinkers. It won’t make your teeth whiter than they naturally are but it will stop your teeth discolouring from the coffee. (If used with the matching toothpaste and strips it does have a whitening affect.) There is a bleach-y taste even though its flavoured with mint, but the taste doesn’t linger.
Oral-B is synonymous with Crest for those in the US. Available at your regular supermarket or again, through Amazon.
Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum
The reason you buy this hair serum is the way it smells. Jasmine. It works just like any other hair serum, smoothing frizzies and imparting shine. But it makes you feel like Lady Godiva as your hair swooshes in the breeze and you catch the unmistakable scent of fresh jasmine warmed under the hot summer sun. Delish! Available AU | US | UK
So many people have raved about Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo. I originally heard about it from A Model Recommends when I first began a dedicated search for SLS-free shampoos (which this is).
I really tried to like it. It smells like apples. It doesn’t contain any of the things I don’t want it to contain. There is an overwhelming amount of people who swear that it has solved their flaky itchy scalp problems. But I don’t like it.
For three reasons: 1) This may be TMI, but I still have a flaky itchy scalp after using it, all 250ml. But then maybe my problem doesn’t stem from the shampoo I use… 2) I don’t feel like it ‘deals’ with the product in my hair. It’s as though it can only concentrate on one thing at a time, so it gets distracted by the hairspray and texturiser in my hair and then is too worn out to ‘do anything’ to my scalp. By too worn out, I mean there are no suds left. Is it really cleaning? Or am I literally massaging water into my scalp? 3) That bloody cap! C’mon shampoo brands… I want a bottle I can stand upside down when I want to get at the last half of the product.
Its a cult product for a reason! Yes, it lives up to its hype. It gently resurfaces all the while soothing the skin with oodles of Aloe and Glycerin. And its alcohol free! I’ve started buying this in multiples so I have a back up supply. Thats a sure sign its made it into my Cosmetic Hall of Fame. Full Review + Availability Here
Oh, and in combination with the Serozinc it makes a great 1-2 Punch ‘double tone’: Acid first (Pixi) then soothing product second (Serozinc) for bright plump hydrated skin. Follow with moisturiser after, of course.
Appearing often and previously reviewed, linked to their original appearance.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo (Original Formula) x2 – Mamba + Original Scent
- OGX (formerly Organix) B5 Conditioner and Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner.
- Oral B 3D White – Glamorous White Toothpaste
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Wash – Natural Cocoa Scent
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion – Coconut
Phew! What a marathon. Bed-time for me, after I take all this recycling out…