Saturday, November 9, 2013

Spring Culling

The satisfying feel of finishing products is matched only by the 'eureka!' moment when you find something that works spectacularly for you. This post recounts products which I've finished up and includes things that I'm finally throwing out because they're veritable elders in my collection and it's time to retire them. I've loved some and neglected some- amassing the empty packaging for this post was the effort of a few months. 

Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil
I go on about this enough and it's a fundamental part of my evening skincare routine for its hydrating and nourishing properties. Three or four drops every night is more than enough, which meant that after six months' use I still have half the bottle left but I don't want to risk using it after its use-by date when the quality has deteriorated and its benefits have depleted. 
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Mist
I love this product and its brand, I'm sad it's not available outside of Asian countries because this is ideal for plane travel. Instead of spraying water or toner throughout a flight, this hydrating mist is almost as good as it gets. I also bought the big bottle of Hada Labo's Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Lotion but it doesn't work in the spray bottle because its consistency is more viscous. I hope my stopover in Hong Kong can include a trip to Sasa so I can stock up on more Hada Labo. 
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
It is by no means empty but this 'deluxe sample' didn't do all that much for me and it's now past its 6 month use-by date. 
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
Another staple in my skincare routine. When I try to stop using it, my skin breaks out. I've repurchased my third or fourth tube now. One tube usually lasts me around three months, depending how liberally I apply it. It's not cheap, but it's worth paying the $26 every couple of months because the returns of having clear skin are worth so much more.
Dove Protective Day Cream SPF 15
This is my second jar and I cleaned out the first last year, thinking it was an excellent moisturiser. This is still full but I've found moisturisers that work better for my skin and perform other functions besides hydrating. I'm getting rid of it because the pot is unhygienic and can catches dust and bacteria more easily so after a year its quality would be dubious.

Lush Mint Julips lip scrub
This was nice. One gripe is that it claims to be chocolate-mint scented and flavoured but there is absolutely no chocolate flavour or perfume in it whatsoever. I wouldn't spend another $10 on a pot of sugar (despite the Popcorn and Santa variations being released in the Christmas collection) but it was something I was bound to try and I'm glad I did.
Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
I found this wasn't the best to remove makeup- the Garnier 2-in-1 is still the best for that- but I used it on hasteful mornings and when I was at a church camp or overseas and felt too lazy to wash my face over a sink. It did a good job and my skin didn't suffer for it. I'm using Bioderma Sebium H20 for the same purpose now and it's just as good, if not better because of the astringent content.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This was hyped up and fun to try but I bought it in a kit that was exceptionally good value. I wouldn't buy it again outright unless I was ordering a few other things from FeelUnique to justify the wait of delivery time.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I didn't think this was spectacular. This is the old formulation from December 2012- they reformulated it this year and it's supposed to be better but I would rather put the $105 that this would cost towards Antipodes products which are cheaper and work better for me.

N.P.P.E. RD Protein Cream
This hair treatment is almost three years old. I bought it in a salon in Singapore when I got my hair done properly for the first time and it was nice but I didn't get the chance to finish it before it expired. I can't repurchase it because I haven't seen it sold elsewhere, but I'm currently using Morrocanoil and a L'Oreal hair serum and they're doing a good job.
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter 
I neglect body moisturisers so it took ages to finish this up. It was standard for a body butter, but the smell is deliciously nutty and evokes mental images of fireplaces and cosy wooden-walled libraries. I'm currently using the Jolly Orange variation and a newly purchased bottle of Dove Summer Glow so I wouldn't repurchase this.

L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara
This is a product which I don't consider worth the hype. It lengthens as promised and doesn't smudge on me, but it clumps lashes together and my preference for defined, cleanly separated lashes means that this isn't the one for me.
Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara
Now this, I love. I've found the Holy Grail of mascaras in this Japanese Heroine Make and Curl mascara line- I've tried both the Volume and Curl and Long and Curl versions and though they're equally water- and smudge-proof, the formulas are quite different but excellent nonetheless. I've already repurchased the Volume and Curl mascara from a shop in Sunnybank and the $20 it costs is well worth the results because their staying power beats Western drugstore waterproof mascara formulas by half a day.
Bobbi Brown Mahogany Eye Shadow
This is about 4 years old. I haven't touched it in a year and it has a weird smell. TMI? Sorry. I've bought MAC Brun to use as an eyebrow powder, and I've also got my favourite Lioele brow pencil on the go at the moment. Unless a Bobbi Brown price drop is in the works (an eye shadow costs $44!), I won't be buying anything from them in the foreseeable future.
Revlon Lip Butters in Strawberry Shortcake and Cotton Candy
Cool-toned pale pink lipsticks just don't work on me. And my tube of Strawberry Shortcake is oddly melty- I don't know why I keep trying to make these work, when they just don't sit right on my skin tone.
Models Prefer Sunkissed cream bronzer stick
I bought this out of curiosity and I should have known better than to try something cheap and nasty- I've never worn it out and I probably never will. The 6-month rule 'Have I worn it in 6 months? Will I wear it in 6 months?' is a determining factor in my clear-out sessions.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle
I didn't like this as much as its gentle oat milk counterpart because it has a stronger smell and the effects are harsher than I'd like. I did a comparison post but I hadn't used it for long enough to really see why the nettle version was different to the oat milk. When it says it's for oily hair and enables more infrequent shampoos, it does what it claims- it's noticeably more effective than the oat milk kind. I've since repurchased the gentle oat milk version when Priceline was giving away a mini can with the purchase of a full-size.


  1. Wow, that's really quite an impressive list of empties. I can see how it must've taken several months to accumulate. I go through periodic culling too - usually it's not so much "will I use it or have I used it in 6 months" but whether I have a superior substitute which I prefer using to it, or whether I even like it. I have heard that the new ANR is a superior formulation, but it's just way too expensive for me to justify. It seems like you're pretty strict with monitoring whether something might be past its best-by date. I haven't thought whether after 6 months the properties won't be as vital but let's hope not! :p

    1. It's like an all-stars batch of empties lol I did the same recently, going through and sorting which product is superior and more likely to be used- and the substitutes which are still nice in their own right get given to makeup-loving friends. I only recently went on the use-by date OCD rampage, and I really need to get another bottle of rose hip oil because I'm not dealing well without it haha.