Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Final Empties for 2014

Though I thought my efforts at finishing products like skincare was decent in 2014, overall there was not a lot of makeup coming through and my aim for the New Year is to change that around. Committing to finishing something like a cleanser or moisturiser is evidently easier for me than finishing a blush pan or a lipgloss, so I plan on not only giving away a lot of unloved makeup this year but using up ‘almost done’ products to create some breathing room in my collection. I have a post detailing this coming up soon, but for now here are more of the products I finished off in 2014!

Shower Products
Dove Go Fresh Shower Gel* - The scent of this was lovely and once I’ve finished a few more body washes I will be exploring the Dove line a bit further.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil* - I can’t speak highly enough of this stuff, truly luxurious and worthy of all the hype it has in the beauty community.

Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (Sensitive + Classic) - My standard shampoo, as it is the only one my scalp will tolerate. I’m hoping to find another anti-dandruff shampoo in 2015 but the process of trying them out scares my poor scalp…

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel - Though I adore the TBS shower gel formulation, this scent did nothing for me.

L’Oreal  Elvive Fibralogy Thickening Conditioner - I didn’t mind this, though it was the pretty packaging rather than the promise of thickened hair that persuaded me to make the purchase. It became hard to get out of the tube at the end though so I’m not sure if I will repurchase at this stage.

Garnier Body Beauty Oil Scrub* - Heavenly, and the only reason I haven’t given this the full review it deserves is because Mister Bovary burned through it thinking it was a simple body wash! I need to pick up another tube to enjoy, review and ultimately hide from the husband…
Body Products
Rexona Deodorant x3 - Rexona is the Bovary household jam, we love the stuff (particularly the Tropical Energy scent, lovely!)

Old Spice ‘Fiji’ Deodorant - Mister and I bought new deodorants in CVS as we didn’t want to fly the first long haul flight with aerosols, and we each chose a stick deodorant - do American’s not have aerosol deo’s? We couldn’t find any! This was his choice and the scent was off the chain - I’m going to buy the body spray for our daily use next time I’m out shopping.

Endota Spa Lavender & Alpine Pepper Hand Cream* - My very favourite hand cream, the scent is lovely and the formula top notch.

Burberry Weekend Perfume Sample - Don’t remember too much about this scent, I want to burn through some of my samples though.
Face Products
Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte SPF30 Sunscreen* - I’ve often raved about how much I love this, the protection is nice and high and the citrus scent is so appealing to me. I love using this under make-up as it is a great daytime primer!

Bioderma Crealine h20 (travel size) - I’ve moved onto the much cheaper Garnier for my cleansing water but have a few of these floating around from the Priceline 40% skincare sale.

Covergirl Outlast Foundation - This is one of the best foundations I’ve tried thus far and I will definitely repurchase.

TheBalm Time Balm White Tea Rose Face Cleanser* - I have a full review of this coming!

La Mav Hyaluronic Daily Moisture Crème* - This was a bit too light for my skin which has become a bit drier lately, so Mister ended up finishing this and liked it quite a lot.

Jurlique Intense Recovery Mask* - This was tingly and refreshing and the sample tube lasted an age.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover* - Really wasn’t a fan of this, this opinion was cemented when I moved onto the next bottle in my stash (a Maybelline one) and it knocked the socks off of this one.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - My beloved HG serum, saves my skin daily.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* - Once upon a time I preferred the Alpha H exfoliant to this, but then my opinion flipped and this came out on top. A really great staple from the skincare giants!

Apivita Express Beauty Mask with Pink Clay* - This was a nice clay-based mask, I used it in conjunction with a few others and think the sachets are cute if a little awkward to use effectively.

I’m quite proud of finishing up skincare during 2014, I once chopped and changed so often that product went to waste but now I think I’ve turned that all around. Sad to think that my pricy and beloved Lancome Dreamtone will be in the next empties post though…

Emma x

*Provided for consideration. Honesty, always.


  1. I'm so surprised you didn't care much for TBS Cherry Blossom shower gel! Oh well each to their own I suppose! A few things I want to try out now though :D

    Sweetaholic Beauty

    1. I really wanted to but for some reason cherry blossom scents always fall short for me - I prefer things really sweet I think? the formula of TBS is great though I love the Satsuma and Moringa scent among many others :)

  2. You've really been killing it with the skincare Emma! I'm practically drowning in the stuff at the moment and I need to get through my gazillion or so samples too :p

    1. Thanks Vita - my efforts at committing until they are finished seems to be paying off, I should have been like this from the start instead of switching products around all the time!

  3. Wow, good job on all the empties, Emma! Yeah, aerosol deodorants are not so easy to come by in the US for some reason, I've switched to sticks and gels too. I still need to try that Covergirl foundation!

    1. Thank you Monika! I adore the Covergirl foundation, waiting for it to be on sale so I can replenish stocks :)

  4. Mmm, my boyfriend uses the same antiperspirant in that scent, and it IS quite glorious. I wish you success in finishing some makeup empties - it's infinitely harder to do, but if you're committed I'm sure you'll get 'er done! :)

    1. The scent is amaaaazing I want it in body spray form so badly!


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