Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Empties: May 2012

It's June already?!

I am always late with posting Empties, but my best friend and Claire (her first Emptes post!) have already posted theirs, and on time too! 

These days I find myself finishing off sample and travel sizes, and I honestly haven't bought any skincare/makeup that I don't need (with the exception of one product which will be revealed below). Really happy with the conscious effort I am making. Here are my May's Empties:

1. ASIENCE Deep Nourish Shampoo
This is a travel size which I had kept for weekend trips, but have decided to finish it off as it has been sitting around for ages. As I have mentioned previously, Asience used to be my favourite shampoo/conditioner/treatment to use as it left my long hair really soft and nicely scented. My only gripe it that my roots end to get oily by the end of the day. I am currently trying a new shampoo and am liking it so far. Review to come! Repurchase? Only if I can't find something better.

2. BATISTE Dry Shampoo (Diva)
Reviewed here. I go through 1 can every month or so, as I only wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. Love this product! Repurchase? Yes!! There is only ONE can left in my stash!!

3. AQUOLINA Wild Strawberry Scrub Shower Gel, 300ml
I added this to my SaSa shopping basket to qualify for free shipping; I figured I couldn't go wrong with strawberry scented body wash. And I was right, it smells like strawberries but not the sickly sweet kind and it always leaves my bathroom smelling very nice too. There is black bits in the gel as well to help exfoliate, and they are not harsh at all. Repurchase? Probably, if I can't find another product to qualify for free shipping on

4. ETUDE HOUSE Sweet Heart Creamy Body Lotion, 290ml
It had half left when my sister passed it to me, I used it as a night lotion for my legs and arms. Smells nice and floral, I always wake up to soft skin. However I wouldn't use it in the morning as it makes my skin sticky under the humid air. Repurchase? No, nothing special plus I want to try other lotions.

5. VARDI & MIGDAL Dead Sea Body & Hand Cream (Natural), 150ml
"Rich in natural moisturizers, dead sea minerals and natural oils", the scent of this lotion reminds me of pears, in a good way. I bought this with my best friend in 2010 and just got round to finishing it (I saw hers just the other day and it is still full! Stalk her here). It is very moisturizing but leaves no residue nor stickiness, infact it absorbs really fast. Repurchase? Though it was good, this product is actually not available for sale in Malaysia, we bought it in Singapore on one of our trips down.

6. CACHAREL Amor Amor Body Lotion, 50ml
I love this body lotion, it absorbs quickly and the scent is very soft and reminds me of Adelaide cause I always used the matching perfume when I visited a good friend of mine. I kept this on my work desk and used it as a hand cream. Repurchase? Yes, when I get round to buying the perfume again.

 7. ROSETTE Hello Kitty Apple Gommage
Just like many girls, I have a soft spot for Hello Kitty (not so much these days) and when I saw this as Isetan, I just grabbed them thinking how cute they would look in my bathroom. This is actually a face peel which you use on dry, clean skin. It is a clear gel and as you keep rubbing gently on your face, the gel starts to pill and you are left with white bits of squishy flakes. This didn't do much for my skin, no nasty reactions and it left my skin slightly softer but it wasn't great or anything. It has been open since late 2010 and I was basically using it on my body just to finish it off. Repurchase? No, it's cute but it doesnt work very well.

8. ROSETTE Hello Kitty Collagen Wash
Okay, by now I have read enough to know that collagen can NOT be absorbed by the skin via application of creams but instead has to be produced internally to see a difference in my skin. This cleanser shares the same scent as the Gommage, and a little bit foams up to a nice, fluffy lather. I have a few cleansers open and I used this on/off in the mornings. It does leave my skin very clean, though a little taut but it's nothing a little face mist can't fix. I was also using this as a body wash as it has been sitting on the counter for way too long. Repurchase? No, I am moving towards more "botanical" face products.

9. KISS ME Heroine Make Essence in BB cream, 30ml
I have tried many BB creams and this is my favourite so far. In terms of coverage, oil control, ability to last for more than 12 hours, I love this! I am not sure if it comes in other shades but I am usually a CHANEL 20 & MAC 20 (fair with pink undertones) and this suits me PERFECTLY! I dont even need to blend it into my neck. This lasted me for more than a year, but only because I was switching between foundations and other BB creams. Repurchase? Most definitely, if I can't find a better BB cream after I finish/test out the other BB creams in my stash: Garnier, Maybelline, Luview..

10. & 11. SHU UEMURA Deepsea Hydrability Serum & Gel cream moisturizer
My skin, although prone to oiliness on the T-zone is actually very dry on the surface, which creates a huge problem for me as I can't use oil-free/oil-control as it would further dry it out and I also can't use too moisturizing creams as my sensitive/acne-prone skin would breakout. I was expecting my skin to be smoother and more plumped up with use of these products but unfortunately I didn't see much of a difference. Infact, I think the gel-cream might have caused me to break out as well (but it might have also been hormonal) and I ended up using that on my neck instead. The serum is light and absorbs very well if you don't use too much. Repurchase? No, not very keen on Shu Uemura products besides their cleansing oils which are awesome- the 450ml bottle really lasts a loooonnggg time. Which is kinda annoying me because I want to open my other products! haha 

Total products emptied: 11
Total thrown out: 0
Total: 11
Total Feb-May: 44

And for the one product which I bought but did not really need...

CHANEL Hydra Beauty Gel Creme "Protection, radiance booster + softness". SOLD.

The pouch/clutch was a nice gift my SA reserved for me as a regular customer. No purchase necessary!  If you like the service/tips which was shared by a SA, always return to purchase from them. They will definitely remember you and keep you in mind for future events/promotions. My SA has been serving me since 2008!

I won't be using this until my skin clears up even more. It is looking much better these days but I still want to wait, plus I have quite a few other opened products on the dresser. The scent in this moisturizer is a natural camellia extract, very soft and pretty! I've been really good so I can afford to splurge a little, plus I do need a proper night moisturizer *justifying my purchase*.

Half a year has already flown by, quite a few things have changed in my life and things are going to change even more. I can't wait!


  1. OMG! You only have one can of dry shampoo left and you still give me one?! >_< I feel so bad now!

    1. Dont feel bad!! Good things are meant to be shared :D esp beauty products/tips plus you are going to take pics soon, and all brides should look their best! Hope you like it as much as I do!

  2. ooohh the bb cream and the chanel moisturizer seem pretty intriguing!! i checked out the bb cream on ebay and it's rather cheap too <3 i'll definitely try that one out (especially since the etude house one was a bit disappointing)... love the cute chanel bag too :) your SA is so nice!

    1. The BB cream really surprised me, I like it because it has a very high coverage.. what do you do with the BB creams which dont make the cut? I try to finish it up by mixing it with other products or giving it to my mother (if it is too fair/zero oil control/low coverage) :D

  3. I've always wanted to try batiste dry shampoos! nice to see your opinion about it! ^^ and the kiss me BB cream seems to be really nice to use
    Btw I've just found your blog thanks to Lippi's blog, and I really like it! =)

    1. Hi Amandine :D thank you for your kind words! You really should give Batiste a go, it isnt available in my country so I am a bit sad.. I can only stock up when I visit Australia. Thanks for leaving a comment (:

  4. jargers your post is scary! anws, i'm getting some small break outs lately.. could it be from the oil control moisturizer i got fr sk-ii? since u shared your skin issues about not being able to use oil control products :/ i look bad now.. :( btw, face mist.. no go for me? do you leave it on until all evaporates or what?.. i feel icky using mist.. pls share if there's actually aright way of using it! hehehe

    1. why is my post scary!! haha small break outs could be from all your late nights and NOT WASHING YOUR FACE! dont be blaming the sk-ii moisturizer :D its not even an oil control one, just maybe the lightest of the lot. I cant use oil-control cause it dries me out and i get dull, flaky skin.. and i break out if the cream is too rich.

      umm i use the face mist in the morning and night, after i wash my face and after the toner.. a good one doesnt make u feel sticky at all it just absorbs into the skin! at least thats how i use mine.. but people also use it straight after a facewash before their toner, try a few techniques see which works for you (: i seriously think your breakouts have nothing to do with the moisturizer hehe

    2. ok i have the caudalie mist which i use for my shins and feet. ok please dont smack me. I will use it on my face now hahaha!