Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rocktober Empties and Chuckers

Apologies for the blurry picture - I really must get 'my' camera back from Ben one of these days.

I haven't done an empties post for a while, and not because I haven't had any - I've actually been ploughing through stuff. I just couldn't be arsed, to be honest. 


Silk Naturals Oatmeal Serum, Super Serum, Apricot Cleansing Oil x 2, AHA Toner
These have been floating around for a while and all were almost used up but still a bit leftover, so I made the effort to finish them all and get them out of the cupboard. I really like Silk Naturals skin care products, and I used them faithfully for quite a few months, but no matter how much I like something I just get bored with it after a while and I want to go off and try something else. I'd definitely repurchase any or all of these in the future though, when I'm done sowing my skin care oats. 

Palmer's Gentle Daily Cleanser
I bought several Palmer's face care products a while ago when they were 30% off in a supermarket, and I HATED them. They're really thick, but not at all moisturising, which is very strange. The others were moisturisers, and I detested them so much I just threw them out. This one I threw in the shower to use in the mornings. It was really thick and hard to get out of the packaging, but the product itself wasn't too bad - a nice, creamy, semi-lathering cleanser that didn't dry out my face. I wouldn't buy it again though. 

Nivea Soft Hand Cream
Meh. As usual I bought a cheap hand cream on the fly and it didn't do much of anything. I'll probably buy it again some time just because that's what I seem to do. 

Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover
This is a staple - it's cheap and it does the job. I haven't replaced it as yet because I wanted to try a Garnier one that was on special (it's crap), but I'll definitely go back to this when the Garnier is done. 

Elixia Night Renew Complex
Worst. Packaging. Ever. This has a pump thing on top of a jar, so you have to press it down and the product comes out of a hole in the top and just sort of sits there - you have to swipe it off with your finger or a brush or a spatula. It's unbelievably stupid and all sorts of unhygienic. The product itself is nothing special, and certainly not worth the hefty price tag. I would not repurchase it. 

Lancome Genifique Youth Activivating Concentrate
This was a trial size that came in a set of serums from Adore Beauty. I've used this serum before and I find it pretty meh. According to Paula Begoun, it's almost identical to one of the L'Oreal ones - Youth Code, maybe? Same company, so that makes sense. Anyway, not worth the price tag and I would not buy a full size.


L'Oreal VolumeMillion Lashes Mascara
L'Oreal mascaras always smudge on me, which is annoying enough, but this one also had a rubber brush, and I was continually poking myself in the eye with it. The formula was wet and made my lashes clumpy, so I had to always comb through with a lash comb after. In short, I hated it. I lasted about a month and couldn't stand it any longer. 

Essence Clear Brow Gel
This is looking really gungy so it's going. It was cheap - maybe $3 - and I bought it along with a handful of other Essence things when they first made an appearance in Target just to see what the brand was like. I wasn't really impressed with any of it, and this was the only thing I've really used regularly. It doesn't do much - you could do a better job with a bit of hair spray on a spoolie, which I'll be going back to doing now. I just used it for the sake of using it, really. Definitely not a repurchase. 

ELF Eyelash Curler
A lot of people rave about this, and for the price it's a bargain ($1.25US from Nonpareil), but I didn't find it anything special. The little black thing died and I can't remember if it came with any spares, and if it did I don't know where they are, so I'm chucking it. I wouldn't bother repurchasing this.

Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush
The handle broke off and the brush started to shed dramatically, so I think the glue has died. I'm a bit sad about this, as I love my EDM face brushes. I considered buying another one immediately as I use this several times a week with my MAC MSF Natural, but I have one of those Crown Flat Bronzer brushes that does the same thing, so I resisted. I might buy another one one of these days.


  1. Did you get the Garnier one that you have to shake to mix it up? I have not one but TWO bottles of that. It's such an irritating product and goes EVERYWHERE.

    1. Yes, it's the Clean Sensitive one and it's useless. It was on sale in Chemist Warehouse and I picked it up on a whim while I was waiting in line.

  2. I'm using the Garnier eye makeup remover (the no shaking one) and yep, it is woeful. Posting about it this week actually, I'm almost done with it thank goodness ><

    1. Ugh, it's so bad. I'm determined to use it up and not waste it, but I'm throwing it around like a mofo and pouring way more than I need on the cotton pads just to get rid of it.

  3. That's a lot of empties! I'm trying to work my way through a lot of smaller items and mostly used items that I have floating around. Sorry to hear about your Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush. :-(

    1. Oh well, I think I paid about $10 and got 3 or 4 years of pretty heavy use out of it, so that's not bad going. :-)

  4. I'm so glad you did an empties post, I really love reading them!

  5. Glad you like Maybelline Express remover - it's my number 1 as well cos it's the cheapest with probably the best packaging. Having said that, at the moment I'm trying Neutrogena's oil free remover but it's a little sting-y on my eyes and the wide necked bottle opening means I could spill the damn thing any day...

    1. I have tried a Neutrogena one before and I found it stingy too. I love that I can get the Maybelline one in Coles, so I can throw it in my online grocery shopping basket (which I will be doing next week for sure).