Empties: The Concept
When you have so many beauty products 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 (sometines half used) featured products in my review posts.
And it also means you get multiple reviews in one post! With that said, lets crack on. Q2 2016* is chock full of products that just do what they’re meant to!
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Wash – Cocoa Butter and Coconut variation
My skin hates Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate in foaming products. Palmer’s body washes are relatively cheap, and made without SLS/SLES, among a bunch of other things. They’re also moisturising and the fragrance is fairly gender neutral. I hoard these whenever I see them on sale as we tend to go through about 1 a month. This specific body wash range seems only to be available in Australia. I get mine at Coles.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion
A daily post-shower ritual for me. I have used countless bottles.
Its a little tricky to find as not all stores that carry Palmer’s carry this particular formula but is available at drugstore.com for those in the US, Superdrug for those in the UK, and for the Aussies, its available at Target and Priceline, but not currently through their online stores.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion – Coconut Rich
Fast absorbing and fast to apply. Very light formula. This is not your heavy duty ‘save my skin from cracking and falling off’ kind of body moisturiser. This will keep your skin comfortable if you don’t have the time to let anything heavier sink in before you dress. Just stand over a bathmat while you’re applying. No one enjoys slipping in lotion on the bathroom floor. And rinse the nozzle when you’re done or it clogs with build up pretty fast. This does contain mineral oil, so avoid if that is something you’re not into/can’t use.
Available at Superdrug for those in the UK. For Australia and the US, it is not available for sale online (aerosol can maybe?) but is available at Coles and Walgreens respectively.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Mamba scent
The original standard in dry shampoo and still good. The Mamba scent is fresh and fruity (much less ‘old lady’ than the original). Great at sorting out oily roots – even better when used on fresh hair as a precaution against oil. Mattifies if you want that mussed, beachy, I-didn’t-try-too-hard-except-really -I-did look. Brunettes beware though. This can make your hair look grey. Bottle blondes, depending on how dark your natural colour is, this can mask roots. Even better, get the coloured versions, and your hair colour will look fresh – including root touch-ups – no matter whether you’re a blonde/brunette/redhead.
Available in Australia in Coles and Priceline. I couldn’t find the Mamba scent online in the US, but Walgreens do have the tinted versions. Again, no Mamba in the UK, but Superdrug have the most extensive selection of Batiste including formulas I’ve never seen!
Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray
Ironically, not available in Australia! I am desperately trying to find a dupe and will definitely post about if I do. Aussie Instant Freeze sets your hair LIKE ROCK. Got whispies? This will glue ’em down. Hair sliding out of your do? Grips like nothing else. Want body and waves, but don’t have time to use an iron, or hot rollers? Spray then scrunch, voila! Wan’t volume? It will give you massive Dolly Parton hair if you flip your hair over and spray. Hair doesn’t hold a curl? It will now. Even through humidity! Can’t get your ponytail to ‘bump’? Spray this in first, it’ll give your hair lift, and stiffness to hold it.
And it smells good too!
I brought 6 bottles home with me from the US in September 2014 and I’ve been rationing them since. I’m on my last bottle. My hair will never be the same again. Available from Walgreens and Target in the US. Aussie is available in the UK, but the range is completely different to that in the US.
Oral B 3D White Toothpaste – Glamorous White
Seen before and much loved. The whitening toothpaste to use if you don’t like the taste/texture of other whitening toothpastes. Doesn’t sensitise. Just works. This must be empties 5 and 6 of this product pictured above!
Again, available at Coles in Aus. In the UK Oral-B calls this toothpaste ‘Glamorous Shine’ and its available at Superdrug. In the US, this toothpaste is made by Crest (both Oral-B and Crest are owned by Proctor & Gamble) and is available at Walgreens.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum
A skincare standard in my bathroom and my empties. If you have skin, no matter what the type, you need this.
Available within the EU with free shipping from Look Fantastic. For the US, Vichy Aqualia is available from SkinStore. Since online stores stopped shipping this to Australia (The entire Vichy range is not available in Australia so not sure why the brand has requested the restriction) I have not been able to find a stockist local or otherwise. When I do I will update both this post and the review post.
Eysilix by Indeed Labs
Another standard. Also loved by Mr CC to de-crinkle his late-night, early-morning work schedule induced tired eyes. Check the original review for availability.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – Soothing Repairing Balm
For stressed out skin that is dry, flakey, irritated, red and sore or otherwise compromised. This stuff is seriously thick and emollient. Definitely your overnight treatment type scenario if you’re using it on your face as it will melt makeup like nobody’s business. The B5 and added minerals help your skin repair is natural barrier. This will take down the redness from over enthusiastic exfoliation overnight. It definitely deserves a standalone review.
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream – Cream-Gel Texture
My day cream of choice for the past 8 years. I try new things and they’re just not the same. I always, always come back to this. The BEST moisturiser for if you have combo-oily skin. Such a beautiful texture: part cream, part gel. This hydrates without tackiness so skin feels fresh and clean and plumped without turning into an oil slick within the next hour. Stay tuned for a full review on this. Truly a ‘can’t live without’ product.
Collecting my empties every 3 months has really opened my eyes as to what I really use – and how quickly I use it! So tell me, what products can’t you live without? What do you repeat purchase without even thinking about it? I’d love to know…
*as in November, December, January. I’m working on a Retail Season Sales Quarter, because that is how my brain works.