Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Empties:: Take One

Lo and behold, my first empties post!

I've been collecting things that I've finished up over the past few months (read year[s]) and have finally decided that I really should throw them out.. so as the sun was shining beautiful into my bathroom this chilly morning, I snapped away before sitting down to write this blog post.

To start off with, let me introduce the skin care regime that saved my face from all the unnecessary breakouts I experienced from sixth form up until my second year of university (when I discovered the range). 

Apologies for the seemingly stretched photos - stupidly didn't realise my camera was on widescreen setting ><

1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3-step: 
I think it took me just under a year to finish the entire regime, but it really did help my skin stop breaking out so much, and it even miraculously got rid of the gazillions of little spots on my forehead that everyone I'd met had felt the need to point out (and I mean everyone - I went to get my hair cut once, and the person washing my hair decided it would be kind to point out my forehead looked like spotty-bumps-ville.)

I have been meaning to review it for the longest time, but in brief, I found it was effective for me. The only downsides were that the toner had a very pungent smell of alcohol, and was in turn very drying. I found the moisturiser to be too light to put back in the moisture that the toner had drained out of my skin. Hardly scientific, but it definitely felt that way! I also used up the moisturiser very quickly, as I felt like my skin needed constant hydration to counter what the toner had taken away.. I even bought a new moisturiser in case the old one ran out, but never ended up using it. It's sitting brand new in its box, if anyone wants to take if off me. I think I bought it as part of a Bonus Time offer, but a few weeks later I bought the Clinique moisturising gel after a consultation with a Clinique representative who recommended it may be more effective, and that I could slowly make the switch over to their standard 3 step skin care range... so yeah :/ 

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel:
Difficult to finish as the pump has stopped pumping out the product (can't reach it), and I'm too lazy or short of time, especially in the mornings, to sit and shake the product out... I will finish this properly at some point! Good amount of hydration for my skin, non-sticky, non-fragranced. Perfect for me right now :)

Next up...

 I either really stink, or I've just been using this deodorant for a very long time...

3. Dove Go Fresh Anti-perspirant Deodorant in 'Fresh-Touch Cucumber & Green Tea':
I first came across this product when my sister's friend bought her a Dove travel kit with the tiny baby version in a cute wash bag. I grabbed it one day as I couldn't find the one I was using at the time, and never went back. The packaging calls it 'fresh-touch cucumber & green tea scent', but I personally think it smells of... really fresh stuff...

*total mind blank* 

It keeps me fresh all day, both physically *ahem* and smelllingly - I don't know, I couldn't think of the right word..

I try and stock up on this when there are offers :)

This post is getting MUCH longer than I anticipated ><

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo; A Hint of Colour in 'Dark & Deep Brown'
I actually got this dry shampoo free, when I was walking through Westfield London and there were people from the company handing them out at their promotional stands. I use this when I feel like my hair isn't too presentable for work. 

I find little difference in terms of appearance on my hair, between the non-coloured one and the above product. Both work quite well. My only complaint is that my fingers and shower water become brown-black when either massaging product into my hair or washing it out at the end of the day. It makes me worry the colour might transfer onto any light coloured clothing I might be wearing. 

5. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer:
This is the first item of make up that I have ever finished!

 *cue celebratory crazy dance*

I actually blogged about this a VERY long time ago, back when I had just started writing.. I still love this eye liner, and it still seems to be the only one I've used that is truly waterproof and doesn't budge. Even the Urban Decay Glide-On Pencils smudges on me. I will probably repurchase this at some point, after I've finished up my current ones or finished my current make up ban.

6. Veet Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream:
Shaving seems like a sensitive topic to talk about, but I felt like this gigantic, empty bottle deserved a spot in this post. It's a product that I always go back to, and is quick and easy to use. The only gripe is that you have to wait for it to work it's magic before going for a shower - otherwise it all washes off and becomes ineffective. It doesn't smell awful like the in-shower version, and is totally pain free unlike waxing. The giant 400ml pump helped me save a bit of money too, as it was several pounds cheaper than it's original 100ml/200ml squeeze tubes. The pump is easy to control, the spatula isn't scratchy, and most importantly, it works.

I am hoping I won't have to buy another bottle of this though, as I've just invested in an epilator and hope it will be the only thing I rely on for super smoothness from now on.

Sorry for such a long post! I think I got a bit too carried away... probably been away from blogging for too long...

I'd be really interested in knowing what products you've finished recently, and if you would recommend them!

Take care :)



  1. you are so lucky that the anti-blemish line worked on you! for me, it dried out my skin too much. then i had no choice then leaving all the unfinished bottles there >__<''

    1. Sorry to hear it didn't work out for you - I hope you find something soon! I know in the US that most places will accept returns even if the product has been used! I only wish it were like this in our countries too! Xx

  2. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

    The Rimmel eyeliner sounds promising. I've been repurchasing Koji twist pencil liner for many times but I feel that the formula seems to have changed and it smudges more easily now. Maybe I should try Rimmel.

    1. I would recommend either the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof liner or Rimmel's Scandaleyes liner. Both do not budge, but I find the Scandaleyes is creamier and easier to apply without any dragging Xx

  3. Hi Priscilla! Seems I didn't see this post pop up on my blog, but when I went through my feeds I all of a sudden saw this, and wanted to ask you a couple of questions on the Veet.

    I remember years and years ago, I once bought a bottle of this kind of cream (also Veet, but because it was like a 100 years ago, the formula probably wasn't the same as the one now), and it smelled up the whole bathroom with this very unpleasant chemical scent. Did its job just fine though. Then the next bottle I bought (same brand and everything) caused a burning feeling? That didn't seem so right so then I just gave up these kinds of creams.

    So I guess what I want to ask is this: does it really work so well? Does it cause any discomfort? How long have you been using this particular product, and have you always been happy with it? I'm looking for a replacement for my usual waxing/epilating (sometimes you just don't feel like pain, you know) and I gave up shaving a long long time ago.

    This feels awkward writing down but we're all girls, so this shouldn't be a really big deal, right? o.O

    1. Hi Bibi :) I don't think it's a big deal :D I feel like we're friends anyway, and the blogosphere is for collecting all sorts of useful information, no matter how weird or awkward it seems (like my posts) :p

      With regards to the chemical scent, the scent from my Veet cream wasn't a floral, perfume-like fragrance, but it didn't smell strongly of chemicals either - I'm not sure how to describe it, but I personally didn't think it smelt terrible. My sister tried the in-shower one that came in a green tube accompanied by a sponge. That one actually smells horrible, and I think she stopped using it for that very reason.

      I actually repeatedly bought and used this product for 5 years straight.. I tried waxing strips once, but as soon as I'd finished the pack of strips, I went straight back to this. It worked for me; it was quick, pain free, and left my legs really smooth too (too much info? ><) I do remember the first few times I used it, I freaked out a bit because I felt a stinging sensation on my legs.. the packaging said to immediately wash it off, so I did, BUT I continued trying it and I never got that stinging sensation after a about 3 uses, and I just ended up using this for a very, very long time.. I epilate now, and the cream is definitely a lot faster and totally pain free.. and you don't have to worry as much about in grown hairs and general exfoliation, as this makes your legs super smooth too..

      I hope that helps >< Let me know if there's anything else you want to know, and I'll try and help! :)

  4. It absolutely helped, thank you very much! I'm hovering between wax strips and epilating at the moment, but the last one really causes me ingrown hairs, and that's not really what I'm going for. Plus, it takes forever. But shaving never gives me really good results, unless I'd do it every day, and really, who has time for that? Maybe I should give this kind of Veet another shot, see if it works for me as well as it does for you.

    Oh, the one I tried had a sponge too! Maybe it was the same one your sister used to use. Yeah that one smelt horrible. Like I was rubbing paint thinner on me or something.

    1. That was my main worry when I first started epilating.. but I heard it was the only way to get rid of the dreaded armpit darkness >< The Veet cream said it would reduce the thickness of the hairs that grew back, so that they would appear less visible, grow back softer, and you would have longer between shaves. You can't use the cream every day though - they recommend you wait 72 hours between each use. Definitely do not use deodorants after... I made that mistake once T_T I would say it's probably best to get a small tube of the removal cream for sensitive skin :) that way, you can try it out and reduce the likelihood of it stinking and being horrid to your skin :)

    2. I took the plunge and bought a tube! Tested it first, the patch I tried it on looks normal, i.e. just-shaved (meaning, with my whiter than white skin, you can still kinda see black-ish spots shining through). Maybe I should leave it on a tad bit longer next time. No irritation so far! Yay!


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