Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

July to September 2017 Empties

December 2, 2017

It’s almost December and I haven’t yet posted this empties post until today. Alas, let’s get on with it, you’re here to read what I think about these products after all.

Elizabeth Arden Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

I received this in a gift set, but I believe it is available from Edgars. It worked really well and really easily. It’s something that I would purchase for myself.

Clicks Skin Care Collection Vitamin C+ SPF15 Day Cream

This is a pretty decent face cream. It’s also good value for money. Not the most amazing, but it’s definitely something I’d buy again.

LA Girl Pro Concealer

I bought into the hype and bought this concealer in toasty beige. I found that it does not have a lot of coverage so it’s mostly good for contouring. I don’t like the brush applicator, as I can’t clean it, I find it unhygienic. The price of these has increased dramatically, which is fine, cause I probably won’t purchase it again.

Basic Make up sponges

I threw away my UBU beauty blender and foundation brush and ended up with nothing to apply foundation with. I bought a pack of these and they’re working well for the time being (that is until I can find another decent brush or blender). They’re great for popping in my gym bag as well.

Essence Eyeliner pen

I normally love this eyeliner pen, but this one dried out so quickly. I should have thrown it out a long time ago. I would definitely repurchase this baby and hope that it won’t dry out as quickly.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

The Benefit They’re Real Mascara is one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used. I’ve always said, “a mascara is a mascara is a mascara”, and this baby changed my mind. It made my lashes so long, defined and it curled perfectly. If you’re in PE, it can be bought at Woolworths in Walmer Park. I’m not sure how much it retails for, but I can assure you that it’s worth the splurge.

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

If you’ve been following my Winter 2017 project pan (which I’ve been I bought this lipstick before I learnt that it was a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. It is a wonderful nude that matched my skin tone perfectly. The formula takes a while for it to set and dry down to a matte, I think around 45 minutes. But once it does it stays on for ages.

Cutex Ultra Quick nail polish remover

Do you have products that you know you need to finish but just never reach for? This nail polish remover is one of those products. The Cutex brand is one that I used over and over, but once I learnt of the wonders of acetone, I never looked back. Until I discovered this nearly empty bottle at the back of my cupboard. Would I buy it again? Yes, but only if I couldn’t find plain acetone.

Random brush

A random, cheap brush that’s hard, can’t pick up eyeshadow and hurts my eyes when I try to apply it. Into the bin, it goes.

Pnp Cotton Wool Roll

It’s a pretty good product. I used it for my Medi-Heel treatments. It was easy to tear apart into a thin layer. Would definitely repurchase.

Clicks smooth sealed cotton pads

I prefer these cotton pads over the ones I’ve purchased at Dischem. They hold their shape really well so I would definitely repurchase them.

Essence Merry Berry hair fragrance

This hair fragrance is another product that I put in my winter project pan. I loved it so much, as it had a lovely vanilla scent. The scent is strong enough to smell, but it does not get overwhelmingly strong. The only disappointment is that the glitter particles in the spray do not actually show on the hair. This is a great product if your hair is clean but you’ve been in a smelly area (such as a braai) and you need to freshen it up. It was, unfortunately, a limited edition product.

Loreal Paris Studio Curl Power

This mousse is so old. I can’t recall when I bought it. The only reason why it survived my previous declutters, is that I kept telling myself I would use it when I let my hair dry naturally. I used it once and remembered why I haven’t used it for years. It makes my hair feel hard. So I’m leaving helmet hair behind and tossing this in the bin.

Keralong Argan Oil

I love this oil. It’s thin enough for regular use. I used it when I wash my hair and then applied it every 2 or 3 days from my ears to my ends. It helped my damaged ends look semi-healthy. If I knew where to buy this, I would purchase it.

Dark and Lovely Amla Legend replenishing hair mask

This is a very decent hair mask, however, I found that it was too heavy for my fine hair. I couldn’t leave it on my hair for longer than 5 to 10 minutes, else my hair would be oily and stringy. I enjoy making deep treatments out of my masks and leaving it on for 30 minutes but that was definitely a no-no with this mask.

Nicki Minaj The Pink Print

This perfume was a Christmas gift I bought myself two years ago. I absolutely loved the perfume and the bottle is stunning. It has a lovely sweet and citrus smell and is definitely what I consider a happy or summer smell. I seriously contemplated keeping the empty bottle as a decor piece. Eventually, I had to tell myself, I have too many actual decor pieces which I already do not have space for. I would repurchase and if I had space, keep the bottle once I finished the perfume.

Lentheric I heart vanilla

I love vanilla scents so it is no surprise that I enjoyed this body spray. My only gripe is that it does not all day. I would repurchase.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

I really love this perfume, however, I find that it’s out of my price range. It has a floral and fruity scent that is light, yet lasts all day. It reminds me of warm days at the beach.

Hugo Boss

I cannot recall the name of this tester, which is probably a good signal to you that I don’t love it, and probably wouldn’t buy it (because if I did, I wouldn’t have forgotten it).

Mitchum Advance Control Roll on

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous empties posts, you’ll know that this is a staple on my beauty shelf. As a sweaty lass, few products work well. For the most part, it stops me from sweating and if I do sweat it helps keep the sweat smell away.

Shield Germ Defence Roll on

If you sweat a normal amount, this would probably work well for you. For me, not so much. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t fantastic as it didn’t last all or for most of the day. This roll on was a freebie in my gift bag from the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. I ended up using it, as normally I keep a back up of the Mitchum one, but forgot to buy one before I ran out of it.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar

I haven’t used Dove cream bar in a while. So when I got this sample in a magazine, it was a nice reminder of what a great product their cream bar is. I would definitely purchase a bar for myself.

Magnolia Tissue Oil

This tissue oil is also another regular staple on my beauty shelf. It’s sold at PEP stores for a mere R 20, which is a great thing as I go through at least one bottle a month. It works well for uneven skin tone, dehydrated skin and stretch marks. I keep one in my gym bag, one on my beauty shelf and one as a backup.

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? Also, let me know in the comments what other products you’ve used up recently.

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  • Reply kirsty-rose December 2, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    I used to use that Clicks range! Some of these products I have used before but some I have never tried so it was good to see your thoughts on them! x

    • Reply Odette December 8, 2017 at 9:26 AM

      I enjoy trying their products especially as they’re so cost effective

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