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Empty! February 2014.

28 February 2014
This month was the month of smashing through samples. After picking up both the David Jones Beauty Totes I felt it was really important to make my way through as many as I could because I'm seriously trying to avoid major sample hoarding because, you know, My name is Hailey and I have major fucking beauty hoarding problems.

Another thing I did was go through my bathroom cabinets and not just one of those half assed 'pull out a few things in front and try to finish them off' kind of deal, I pulled every single item out, checked the use by date and put them back in order of soonest expiring and amount of product left, so stuff will actually get finished!

Anyway, lets get to the real reason you're here, all the empty stuff I held on to all month and then took photos of, because we aren't weirdos.

Wella Pro Series Colour Conditioner - It's white and it's cheap (sounds like a good joke), picked it up because I've started making my own hair toner. Wouldn't use it as a conditioner because it's fairly crap but for diluting and carrying colour it's good enough.
Repurchase? Yes, for toning purposes only and even then I'd only buy it if it was on sale.

Smith Street Market Candy Love Body Wash - Smells kind of like generic candy, ie; sweet, and rinses off the body in pink foamy bubbles. Too much pigment Smith Street! Feel sorry for everyone who found this under the tree on Christmas Day.
Repurchase? Fuck no.

Ansell M/L Disposable Gloves - I powered through these in less than a month, they are fine but I can never find them in a small size and that pisses me off, also they are expensive.
Repurchase? No, I finally got my brain together and purchased gloves at a trade store, super cheap and the small size fits me like a glove. Snort.

Manicare Disposable Mascara Wands - These are good quality but not great for professional use, they are way too expensive. If you buy these for yourself then you should know they can be washed, sanitised and re-used, there is no reason to throw them away.
Repurchase? No, again something I buy from a trade store, these were picked up in an emergency.

Dare To Wear Cotton Tips - When I emptied out the last few cotton tips in this packet I was shocked that I had used almost 1000 cotton tips in less than a year, how? HOW!?!
Repurchase? Yes, although my usual place of purchase was out of stock so I had to buy a shitty little pack which will last me about 5 minutes.

Swisspers Cotton Balls - My fave cotton balls are the Swisspers Baby ones, they are so big!! But every time I go to buy them they are out of stock and the packs are too small for the amount I go through. Mum went ahead and purchased 2 packs of the Dare To Wear brand and I'm not so excited about using them because they look so small.
Repurchase? Yeah, probably but only because THE BABY ONES ARE ALWAYS OUT OF STOCK!!!

De Lorenzo Equilibrium Hair Masque - DL still make this but it's been reformulated and the packaging is different.
Repurchase? No because the new formula is shit not as good.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Deep Pore Scrub - Love, want more.
Repurchase? Yes, just gotta make a dent in some of my other scrubs first.

Gorgeous Cosmetics First Base Primer - This was actually out of my freelancing kit but I was proud that I had used up a whole bottle, yay me! Not a bad primer, works brilliantly with the Gorgeous Cosmetics Foundations.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Hub Makeup Mascara - Another kit item, pretty crap, just doesn't do a whole lot for the lashes.
Repurchase? No.

Benefit They're Real Mascara - Wonderful! Right up there with the best mascaras I've tried.
Repurchase? Likely, but I already have a backup.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer - Super favourite and must buy more!
Repurchase? Yes!

Skinvitals Q-Lift Face Mask - Really impressive! These do something! Review coming soon.
Repurchase? Yes.

Isocol Travel Spray - Staple product but I'm also kind of making the transition in to using 100% isopropyl so when the spray cap fell off this and I couldn't get it back on I didn't cry too much.
Repurchase? Not sure yet but leaning towards no.

Invite E Vitamin E Cream - Awesome cream for dry skin, lasted ages and really effective.
Repurchase? Not just yet, I have quite a few similar products to get through first.

Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream - Really nice day cream, it took me a while to develop a love for this one but I was sad to see it go when I squeezed the last little drop out of the tube.
Repurchase? Yes, most likely in winter when dry skin starts to rear it's ugly head.

Samples, Samples, Samples!

Jennifer Lopez Live Luxe Perfume Cards x2 - I have too many perfume cards, it's ridiculous. I feel like they are useless but I got a days wear of new perfume from this, since I was craving something different that makes me happy. I will not bitch about these cards any more.
Repurchase? While it's a nice scent it's not something I desperately must own so not likely.

Avene Ystheal+ Emulsion - Facial moisturiser that is best used at night, contains retinol and supposed to help with signs of ageing. Was nice but obviously not large enough to see results.
Repurchase? Mmmm maybe, although knowing that Avene carries a product like this is handy and makes me a little more interested in the brand so it could probably lead to me throwing my money at them.

Kerastase Nutritive Lait Vital - Yay for foil packets! Sarcasm aside I really REALLY think this conditioner sample needed to be put in to a small bottle so that users could at least get 2 uses out of it, I think it was nice but I gotta say it's hard to tell with one use during a bleaching process. Also feel like I must mention the scent, it was bloody crap and I expected so SO much more from a Kerastase product.
Repurchase? I'm in love with everything Kerastase as it is so I have wanted to try this for a while now, it's peaked my interest enough to possibly throw my money at them too.

Elie Saab Le Perfum - I have no issue what so ever receiving perfume samples like this especially if they are eau de parfum, I tend to keep them for special events where I'll be carrying a bag that is just slightly bigger than my hand. It's a nice woodsy floral with some slight fruity notes. Delish.
Repurchase? I can't afford expensive perfume, so no.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose - I love this stuff so much and I covet it regularly.
Repurchase? When I'm rolling in disposable income I will totally buy this. Which will likely be never. On a serious note I do keep my eye out for specials that could make buying this perfume a little less painful.

Lancome Vissionaire - I Saturday Sampled this, ehh it wasn't impressive.
Repurchase? Pfft, no.

Lancome Advanced Genifique - Also Saturday Sampled (same link as above).
Repurchase? No, I'd prefer to buy Midnight Rose.

Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation - I actually finished this ages ago, it must have fallen out of my empties bag because I found it behind my mirror and nearly sucked it up the vacuum cleaner. This was also Saturday Sampled.
Repurchase? Already have.

Designer Brands Paw Paw Plus - It was alright, I'm not big on paw paw ointment so I can't really compare it to anything.
Repurchase? Not likely, I just didn't find it exciting enough.

Pantene Aqua Light Conditioner - I ended up with what seemed like 100 samples of this, it smells great but isn't nourishing enough for my hair, likely to give most to mum because she loves her some Pantene! Might save a few for myself because my hair responds so well to a change in cleansing and conditioning products every so often even if they aren't suited to my hair.
Repurchase? No.

Mor Marshmallow Body Butter - Not bad, smells like musk sticks if you ask me. Really thick, hydrating and left my skin soft.
Repurchase? Nope, I like the product but the small isn't me and I don't want it all over my body.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resufacing Gel Mask - Nice enough, cooling and left my face feeling quite nice.
Repurchase? No, way out of my budget.

Mor Lychee Flower Body Butter - Delicious! Again hydrating and thick and ticks boxes scent wise for me.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Avene Gentle Body Scrub - Was ok, definitely gentle (read: not scrubby enough for me), would be great for those with sensitive skin. As far as I know this isn't available in Australia, came with a pack I purchased in France.
Repurchase? Nope.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara - Review here. Awesome stuff!
Repurchase? Possibly, it's a little out of my price range at the moment but if I were choosing between this and Benefit's They're Real, I would spend extra for this.

Kerastase Bain Satin 1 Shampoo - Was ok, sample was too small to really grasp whether I liked it or not. Also it stinks.
Repurchase? Probably not.

What was in the deep, dark recesses of my bathroom cabinets?

Reef Coconut Sun Tan Oil SPF 15 - I do like me some tanning oil, just not expired ones. Not crying any tears over tossing this out as it was almost finished anyway. Must say it's a nice oil though and one I would go back to for sure.
Repurchase? Next time I'm in need I wouldn't hesitate.

Banana Boat Protective Tanning Oil SPF 15 - Another expired tanning oil, this is easily my favourite tanning oil of all time, it's just a shame it's not sold in Australia. Although I'm sad it has to go and I can't get more, this one is literally one or two sprays away from being empty.
Repurchase? Totally majorly yes a million times over.

Natio Brow and Lash Mascara - When I saw this I nearly threw up. It's supposed to be clear. Enough said.
Repurchase? From what I remember it was just ok, so probably not. Also I'm traumatised by what is potentially growing in there.

Dior Diorshow Unlimited - Don't ask me how old this is because I have no fucking clue!
Repurchase? I reckon this has probably been discontinued for the past decade.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luminescent Veil - I was pretty sad when I pulled this out of the cabinet and saw how much was left in it, it looked like it had barely been touched and I have no clue what I was thinking. I remember it being amazing.
Repurchase? I believe this has been discontinued for a really looooong time.

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator - Oh look! A turn of the century Revlon product! I have a problem.
Repurchase? If I had a time machine I might consider it.

These products have made me consider leaving all of my products out in the open on counter tops, so perhaps they won't sit in hidden places for the next ten years.

Got any revolting old product stories to tell?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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3 comments on "Empty! February 2014."
  1. Wow, that's a lot of empties! I love MOR but some of their products have the most awful scent, when I purchase I need to go back and forth sniffing every single product.

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

  2. I agree! Some MOR products are borderline repulsive for me and I find it difficult to decide on the ones I like.

  3. Oh, I'm absolutely in love with the Elie Saab perfume and it will be the next perfume I'll buy once I can justify the cost!