Friday, April 11, 2014

Empties: March 2014

It's Friday!! I don't talk much about work, but I do have a job in an industry I am passionate about and though I enjoy it immensely.. I enjoy my weekends even more! haha

3 months has already flown by, feels like I've just done February's empties yesterday!

Chanel Le Jour is a bit of a in between for me, I didn't break out but neither did I see or feel any substantial difference even with consistent use. It is supposed to reactivate and soothe the face, to give a smooth, luminous base. I would give this miss, the La Nuit is much better (I already bought a 2nd). Indeedlabs hydraluron is something which I really liked, but is not readily available in my area. There is only one store which carries it but I don't like it enough to drive 40 minutes to get to that mall. For a serum. My skin has been okay so far, I guess I can do without it. Until we meet again, dear hydraluron! Clarins Multi-Active Night cream is from the same range I am actively using, nothing excellent but it does the job and doesn't break me out. 

The Lotus Face Oil is something which I have repurchased over and over again, I think I have purchased almost 10 bottles of these? I use this in my moisturizer, in my masks, on its own, works beautifully and I strongly recommend to anyone with congested and oily skin. UV protection is really important to me and I only wear sunscreen on the makeup-less weekends, but only because my BB cream already has a SPF40. Whilst I've tried many brands, Clarins UV Plus HP is my favourite- it lasts, dries fast, isn't oily, soothes my skin and doesn't break me out. This is the Tinted Pink, which gives radiant skin, but I much prefer the Tinted Beige and the Original (white). I have quite a few samples from La Mer and I am slowly going through them. The La Mer Hydrating Infusion was a bit heavy on my skin, the texture is a little thick but I do like the scent. 

I have been slacking with bodycare, I finally finished the rose-scented Anna Sui Moisturizing Body Lotion. It's a nice rose and the light lotion absorbs really quickly. I had a little accident in my bathroom, left a very large candle burning for 24 hours and came home to a pool and waterfall of red wax down the walls. It looked rather artistic and I felt a little sorry I had to break it up. Some products were in the way and got wax trickled down the sides- Acca Kappa White Moss Shampoo & Conditioner, I LOVELOVELOVE their brushes, but their haircare... not so much.

Makeup! Been so long since any makeup appeared in the Empties posts.. the Shu Uemura x Aya Takano Gel Blusher (limited Edition) is a product I really liked. It was a bright cherry and when used sparingly, gave off a very natural flush which lasts the whole day. Only gripe was everytime I took it travelling, it would "explode" when I used it (even after waiting hours). Powder blushers are the way to go for me! The Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector can be used as a base or blended into foundation/BB cream. It was received as a Club Reward (redemption from Clarins purchase points), I'm still undecided on this.. it doesn't irritate my face but I am also not convinced. I switch between this and the Chanel Illuminating Base. For the past 10 years, my choice of eyeliner has been Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (Black). I love the staying power, the real pigmented black shade, everything! Except the price. Have since found a dupe for half the price, which even comes with a decent brush. 

It is so hard to use up perfumes because admittedly, my collection is not as small as I would like it to be. I do give them away, provided the scent has not turned but I still can't bear to throw out the older perfumes (might be due to the pretty packaging!). The YSL Babydoll is one of those which I have had for many many years, it doesn't smell good on the skin anymore and thus, has been reassigned as a Bathroom scent. It's a young scent, one which my mother got me whilst I was still in University and I was obsessed with it, collecting all variants of this perfume. This is the only one remaining and had shimmer. I love how scents are able to trigger memories.

The second scent, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numero 2 came in a mini collection.. I liked it, it was a floral based, but not enough to buy it. Most of the Aqua Allegoria range wears off quickly and would not last the whole day but it doesn't bother me as I can't handle most strong scents anyway. Side note: I am wearing Pampelune today and I can't stop sniffing my wrists!

I've changed the writing style for the Empties posts, the previous style feels a little.. robotic? Going to try and strike a balance between too many and not enough words LOL

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. ohhh yay :) i love seeing what people are actively using.. and not just that but completely finishing.. i tend to not finish products that i dislike.. so for you to finish these that is a feat unto it self lol! i will most definitely have to try that clarins UV plus.. i've become obsessed w/ SPF products as of late! thanks for the rec!!

    1. haha I usually try to find other purposes for products which I do not like, so I don't feel as guilty for the purchase I suppose :D

      The UV is really one of the best I've used, hope you would like it too!

  2. Share the gel liner dupe with us! Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Linh! It is actually the Maybelline Gel Liner :D Will do a quick comparison soon.. thank you for always coming back to read my blog and leaving comments, I really appreciate it!

      Hope you've had a great weekend!

  3. lovely blog :)