Products I've Used Up

The first month of 2013 has flown by, I bet this year is going to be over before we know it. Hold your horses, I didn't finish all these products in just one month, I kept a fish bowl on my makeup storage so that I could toss a product in every time I had run out of it. I plan to do this every month from now on. Some months might be skipped due to nothing being finished. But that will play out over time.

Koh Essential Hand Nourisher
 This sample size jar came in one of my first ever Glossyboxes. I immediately fell head over heels with the smell and when I saw the effect this stuff had on my hands the love grew even stronger. It's blooming expensive, but it's the only hand cream that softens my calloused weather worn hands while also moisturizing and improving the quality of my nails. 
 Repurchase? Yes, I already have a trusty tube at the bottom of my everyday handbag

Essence Matt top coat
The idea of a matt top coat really sparked my interest. And I have made many nail polish looks with this baby, but sadly it has gone incredibly thick and gloopy and it is time for us to part. I have scowered the essence display but it appears to have disappeared. I'm now on the market for another good quality, acceptable price top coat.
Repurchase? Wish I could, but like I said. It has disappeared.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
I have written a full on review of this before, and have used it up completely. I liked the effect it gave on my hair. But it started to weigh it down after a while and made my hair look oily after just a day and a half. Me being a firm believer in not washing your hair too much, this wasn't a product I could really love. 
Repurchase? No, I want to use treatments that don't weigh my locks down.

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation
This turned out to be one of my favorite products. The formula is lovely light and the coverage is just enough for my skin. I spent a good amount of time using this. I tend to go for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream on regular days. If I needed more coverage I would use this, or when photos needed to be taken. I have tried different foundations since then, but this is still high on my top list. 
Repurchase? Yes, but not until I have finished the other foundations in my drawer.

Syoss Smooth & Hold Ultra Strong hairspray
Now that my bangs are cut and I purchased a new curling wand, I find myself using a lot more hairspray. I still had this huge spray from back when I used my clip in extensions, although those have long retired, this bottle remained in my storage. I have used it up over the last three months. It's an okay hairspray, but not spectacular.
Repurchase? No, I bought the L'Oreal Elnett hairspray which was on offer. 

Bioderma H2O Solution Micellaire
This. Stuff. Works. Like a dream, I have to add. The formula is soft and gentle but it melts down makeup like no other. Even waterproof mascara soaks right off. I use this with a large oval cotton pad. Soak it in Bioderma and use one side for my eye makeup, the other side for the rest of my face and finish with my Sigma Cleanse and Polish tool and my favorite cleanser and that's it. The perfect cleansing routine.
Repurchase? Definitely. I ordered a new one when I had an inch left in this bottle.

Guerlain Le Petit Robe Noire perfume sample
Sad but true, this might just be the best perfume in the world. But I am allergic to it. Upon wearing it for the first time my neck broke out in flaming red hot patches that stayed on for a day or two. No matter how much I clawed at or washed my neck. That was a sad, sad day. But I found a way to make it work! I spritz it on my clothes or in my hair. That works perfect, and I am so in love with the scent. Shame it ridiculously expensive!
Repurchase? Not at the moment, I have far too many bottles of perfume to finish

Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin
I have sung the praise of this product many a time. This is perfect for an everyday light amount of coverage that leaves your skin feeling and looking matte and controlled. 
Repurchase? Yes, already have a new tube in my drawer

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Trace Bronzing Spray
Self tanning sprays are a miracle for pale girls like me. During the summer and deep into fall I used this bronzing spray. This one is particularly nice. It dries super quick and the color develops beautifully in a short time. You could spray this on in the morning and be gorgeously tan for a party at night. 
Repurchase? I definitely would. But I think Garnier killed this product last summer.

Redken Forceful 23 hairspray
Another sample from a beauty subscription. I liked the finish of it, but the hold wasn't enough. My hair is pretty thick and heavy and I need a pretty extreme hold to keep curls in. 
Repurchase? No.

Diesel Fuel for Life Unlimited perfume
Bought this ages ago with a gift card. Back when I only wore powder and the occasional swipe of pencil eyeliner, oh those days seem far away. I loved and still love the scent but my taste in perfume has evolved. I now go for deeper more complex scents.
Repurchase? No.


  1. Beauty UK in Superdrug have a good top coat and its only £2.99 :)

    I really want to try the Bioderma!
    Natalie xx

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! If I ever go to the UK I will be sure to search the aisles in Boots. XO

  2. Empties are probably my favorite posts to read! Very well done lady!

  3. Well done on finishing all those products. Skincare and hair care is where I really need to cut down. I have managed to finish some makeup items this month which I am so pleased about! They are the hardest to get through!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  4. I really like Garnier products so I want to give the BB cream a chance. Great post xx

  5. Anonymous26/3/13 04:30

    Same here, I like the Garnier products. I've been using BB cream and I have no regrets since there is an improvement with my skin.

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