Monday, November 5, 2012

Product Empties/Products I've used up/What's in my garbage bin #1

Hello hello, this is the corresponding blog post for my "Product Empties/Products I've used up/What's in my garbage bin #1" video that is very belated.  I don't know about you but for me, I have mixed emotions when I finish using up products.  If it is a product that I really like; I feel sad about it coming to an end and even sadder if it is expensive.  If it is a product that I dislike; I'd say 'Good riddance!'.  Overall, it is very satisfying to finish using up products. 

After much hoarding of the empty packaging, I managed to gather a sizeable amount of product empties to film Product Empties/Products I've used up/What's in my garbage bin #1.  They were sitting in a corner in my room for quite sometime and I could not wait to bin them!  Imagine my satisfaction when I finally binned them. *cues maniac laughter* MUAHAHAHAHA....

To check out the video, click on the link below:

If you prefer to read about it, keep scrolling! :)

I hardly ever finish any makeup product so this is my only makeup product that I finished using.

Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner
I used to think that liquid eyeliners were intimidating and never ventured into the winged eye liner look until I got the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner.  This is a life changing product.  Now, it is easier to create that elusive winged eye liner look with the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner.  It has one of the finest tips in the market and it gives the user a lot of control when it comes to lining the eyes.  The colour is a matte black.  While it is not as black as Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner, this is one of the blacker eyeliners in the markets.  TWO THUMBS UP FOR THIS and I can't wait to repurchase it!

For your information, I am a HUGE My Beauty Diary Face Masks Fan.  My love for them started in 2010 when I was introduced to them in Hong Kong by my friend D.  We were there for a school program but she went to Hong Kong with her mum prior to the commencement of the school program.  Her mum left Hong Kong when the program commenced and she told me that she got her mum to bring back 8 boxes of these face masks.  At that time, I was not into makeup and skin care like I am now so 8 boxes of face masks sounded pretty incredible to me.

These face masks were on sale at Sasa (a Hong Kong cosmetics store) at that time so I bought 2 boxes based on D's recommendation.  Fast forward a couple of years, I lost count of how many boxes of these face masks I have used. :S

My Beauty Diary- Japanese Cherry Blossom Masks

My Beauty Diary- Black Pearl Mask

My Beauty Diary- Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask
The photos with the boxes indicate that I have used up the entire box of face masks.  Out of the three, my favourite is Black Pearl. 2nd would be Japanese Cherry Blossom.  While the 3rd is Earl Grey Tea & Macaron, I would not call it a 3rd favourite.  It feels good on my face but I don't think it works amazingly well for my face.  I would definitely repurchase Black Pearl and Japanese Cherry Blossom (I have repurchased many times already!) but I would not repurchase Earl Grey Tea & Macaron once I finish the entire boxful.

Sessenz (Lef to Right):  Bio-Tox Rejuvenating Lift Mask and L-Ascorbic Acid Ex Whitening Lift Mask
The Sessenz masks were gifted to me by my aunt who knows that I am a skincare junkie.  What makes the Sessenz masks so special are the hooks and the neck masks.  Each mask is bigger than your usual face mask and it comes with the bottom neck mask to nourish your neck area.  Our necks often get neglected as we focus on our face so Sessenz takes that into consideration and VIOLA!  A face and neck mask!  It shows that Sessenz has given much thought into its product which I really appreciate.  The mask also comes with 2 pairs of hooks- one for the face mask and one for the neck mask.  You hook them onto your ears and they prevent the mask from slipping off your face.  In my opinion, it is a great product concept.  While I have not used the masks continuously to tell whether the product claims worked, I did notice a visible difference in my face's condition.  It feels good on my face, it clarified my skin and I would definitely repurchase if it was available in Australia at a decent price point. (PS: Australian beauty products are very overpriced.) :(

Guardian Facial Makeup Remover Wipes
For a drugstore facial makeup remover wipe that is not expensive (from my recollection anyway), I was pretty impressed with it.  It did a very good job of removing my makeup quickly.  While it is not going to remove your waterpoof makeup, it is a handy product to keep in your vanity for days when you want to remove light makeup or non-waterproof makeup.  Its inexpensiveness also means that it is great for daily usage.  I have backups of these!

Left to right: Biotherm Biopur S.O.S Normalizer Toner and Cleanser (Moisturizer not pictured), Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (Combination Oily to Oily Skin), Lancome Genefique Youth Activator, Lancome Visionnaire and Benefit Eyes It's Potent Eye Cream.
For more details about the Biotherm Biopur S.O.S Normalizer Skin Care series, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Lancome Genefique and Lancome Visionnaire, check out my blog post or Youtube video about my skin care routine.  Biotherm Biopur S.O.S Skin Care series are currently discontinued or going to be discontinued so I would encourage you to buy it if you are hemming and hawwing about getting it.  I have backups but for now, I want to try to find a replacement before I start using my backups.  I have already repurchased the Clinique moisturizer, Lancome Genefique and Visionnaire!

As for Benefit Eyes It's Potent Eye Cream, it is a product that I am indifferent to.  It is not amazing that I will rush out to buy once I finished using it (though I do have one more in my collection), but it is not bad that I have anything to complain about it.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Mark Cream Concentrate
This is embarassing but yes, I do have stretch marks.  While this cream has not made my stretch marks miraculously disappear, I find that it has made a visible difference by improving the elasticity of my skin.  I have repurchased it and because I like it so much, I am currently trying out different variations of Palmer's Cocoa Butter's products for stretch marks.  
Bioré Gentle Make-up Removing Wipes and StriVictin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles
As these are only samples that I have only used once or twice, I have not actually tried it long enough to review it so no comments!
Bioré Black Nose Strips and Bioré Pore Perfector Nose Strips
The Bioré Black Nose Strips come in a pack of 10 which I purchased.  They work relatively well but they do not remove all the gunk from my nose completely.  The Pore Perfector Nose Strip was a sample that I received so no comments on that since it was a one time use only.

TRESemmé Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner
I have so much to say about the TRESemmé Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner that I will have a separate product review blog entry on these.

Korres Shower Gel (Guava) and LUX Exfoliating Body Wash (Tahitian Escape)
The Korres Shower Gel was okay but I am not a huge fan of the Guava scent.  On the other hand, I am a huge fan of LUX body wash because they all smell amazing!  With LUX body washes, you have the choice of exfoliating or regular body wash.  I love the entire range so I do use both the exfoliating and regular body washes.  With the exfoliating body washes, they are very gentle so I don't feel like they exfoliate my skin much.  You will definitely have to use a body scrub on top of the exfoliating body wash.  While it cannot replace a body scrub, it is a good body wash to use.

Left to Right: Soap & Glory Body Scrub (Scrub Actually), Boots No. 7 Body Scrub (Yoghurt), Victoria's Secret Body Scrub (Hello Darling) and Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub

My favourite body scrubs are from Soap & Glory.  Their scents are incredible!  I also used up Soap & Glory's Scrub of Your Life but I forgot to save the packaging of that.  Soap & Glory's Scrub Actually is an excellent body scrub that I will definitely recommend!  It does a great job at exfoliating and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized afterwards.  Comparing Scrub of Your Life and Scrub Actually, I prefer Scrub Actually because it is more exfoliating.  Scrub Actually's exfoliating brown sugar also dissolves as you exfoliate your skin.  I like how it does not leave residues in my shower. 

Boots Yoghurt Body Scrub does a decent job at exfoliating and moisturizing but it left residues in my shower.  It is especially troublesome when it dries up in the shower and will make your shower area look dirty. :( 

Victoria's Secret Body Scrub in Hello Darling is a decent body scrub.  However, when compared to the other body scrubs featured above, I find that I need more of this product to do the same job.  Maybe that's why it barely lasted a fortnight. (oops)

As for the Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub, it is a good product!  For a mini sized bottle, it lasted for a good period of time.  It does a decent job at exfoliating and I like the minty refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin.  I will definitely repurchase it once I finish the facial scrubs at home!  In fact, I can't wait to buy it and use it again...  Do bear in mind that it contains small amounts of salicylic acid so remember to protect your skin with SPF! 

Boots Caribbean Cocktail: A Very Berry Surprise Body Lotion
This is a very lightweight body lotion that smells scrumptious!  It smells like berry yoghurt which I love.  It is readily absorbed into my skin but it does not leave my skin feeling moisturized after a few hours.  It will be suitable for those living in warmer climates and people who love berry yoghurt scents!

So this is it for my blog entry version for my product empties.  I actually started this blog entry awhile ago but never got round to finishing it.  BAH!  This is a very long blog entry but I hope you will enjoy it nevertheless.  Stay tuned for more blog entries and Youtube videos!

annsleyw :)

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