Saturday, December 6, 2014

Long Gone

Just a quick empties post today featuring some staples that need replacing on this rainy day! I have another post coming up of exclusively Lush products because I'm going to take 5 empty pots back in exchange for a free fresh face mask (and I've never done it before and I've never tried Lush face masks before so it's all quite exciting!). I'm sorry some images have a slight blur- I was taking them in the afternoon and catching the last rays of light.

I posted about this L'Oreal EverCreme Sulfate-Free Nourishing Shampoo in my latest monthly Favourites and I love the way it cleanses my hair and leaves it feeling luxuriously soft. I did bleach sections of my hair to dye it brown and even though it was virgin and healthy, lifting the pigment out of naturally black hair left it quite prone to breakage so using a hydrating, nourishing shampoo like this one was great. I would definitely repurchase when the weather starts to cool down again, but I bought a bottle of the EverSleek version of the L'Oreal shampoos because its Intense Smoothing formula will be better-suited to summer.

I love face masks, and this Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque was one of the first ones I tried. It's a great basic clarifying mask and I buy mine off iHerb (use the discount code OVO135 for $5 or $10 off your order!) for under $4, which is crazily good value for a huge bottle. I believe this is my 4th or 5th bottle of the stuff and I'm currently working my way through the back-up bottle that I bought a couple of months ago. I use this in place of a cleanser sometimes, as I used to use the REN ClearCalm Clay Cleanser and after using that I realised I could use clarifying clay masks in the same way by applying it and leaving it for a minute before massaging it over the skin. This quick routine is ideal for cheap masks like this one and is especially helpful to help congested skin along before breakouts start cropping up.

These EcoTools Clear Complexion Cleansing Sponges (white/clear is for Sensitive Skin, grey one has bamboo charcoal for deep cleansing acne-prone skin) have both featured in Favourites posts because I think they're awesome at making the most of your cleanser and getting the gunk out of large pores on the t-zone. I bought these from iHerb and at one stage I was making regular orders for the Queen Helene mask and an EcoTools sponge. These konjac sponges swell up when rinsed and squeezed and the texture becomes soft and bouncy. They gently slough off dry flaky skin while working the cleanser across the face to give it a thorough cleanse. I like the teardrop shape and alternate between using the flat side and the domed side- both do a great job. After trying both thoroughly I think both work equally well for me and my acne-prone, combination skin but those with particularly sensitive skin might want to start off with the sensitive skin-specific sponge.

I loved this Lush So White Shower Gel (limited edition for Christmas) scent- as raved about in my October Favourites. I love the fresh apple fragrance and the formulation is so good that it leaves the skin delicately scented. The Lush sales assistant told me that it can be used as shampoo as well, and I did experiment with putting it through my hair and I think it would be best to leave it at a body wash. Sorry. However, I'm hoping to pay Lush a visit to catch the Shine gift pack in the Boxing Day sale to restock on my favourite things from the Christmas collection. If you go instore and sniff this and like it as much as I do, I advise getting the medium-sized bottle because it's better value and you won't regret getting a mini one like I regretted.

I first heard about this Nivea Extra Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant from an Ingrid Nilsen video years ago and I've always had problems with discolouration on my skin so I was excited to try it when I saw it in Watsons in Singapore. This was the first non-liquid roll-on deodorant that I've used and I do like it but I haven't seen much in terms of whitening so I think I'll give natural deodorant a go next. I recently ordered a Weleda deodorant so I'll see how that goes.

I forgot to include this in the photos because I stored my empties in a drawer and from above this white lid completely escaped my notice, but I used up the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads months and months ago and I miss them dearly. They are formulated so flawlessly- no nasty ingredients and Caroline Hirons-approved. I loved using these for the routine of swiping them across the skin, for the way it makes my skin feel and the resulting texture that my skin took on after using these for a few weeks. I wouldn't repurchase just because I bought these in a set for $20 and if I were to repurchase, they cost $30, and at that price I'm not 100% certain that they're worth it. If you would like to try First Aid Beauty products, they are stocked in larger Woolworths stores across the country!


  1. Great empties! Wowza, you've finished 5 tubes of the Mint mask?? I'm still workin on my first haha! I should try it as a cleanser :) I really loved the FAB pads - I'm yet to check them out in Woolies tho :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. It was the only clarifying face mask I had on hand, before I bought the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask! Not having a selection really helped me use it up and not faff about with 'oh which one shall I use today?'. I love the Aesop Parsley Seed one but you can literally buy 10 Queen Helene masks for the price of one from Aesop. Just bein' savvy.
    The FAB pads are great and while the Go-To Swipeys are appealing too, I can't justify how much they cost! I haven't noticed my skin reacting badly without a chemical exfoliant in the routine so I miss them but I don't really mind.

  3. The Ecotools tool cleansing sponge sounds good! I really need something that will help to clear my pores ugh. Wow never thought about using the Queen Helene mask as a cleanser! I love it for my breakouts :)

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  4. I used to use a scrubby silicone pad like Bubzbeauty showed in an old video- except hers was pink and shaped like a fish- but I got that at Watsons in Singapore and I haven't seen anything like it here! I really like cleansing with konjac sponges- they last for about 3 months befor eyou have to replace them. You might like the REN 3 ClearCalm Clay Cleanser or whatever it's called- it's not insanely expensive and now comes in a larger bottle (200mL instead of 150mL) than back when I bought it at the end of 2013. I use the Queen Helene in a very similar way and it's so good when you learn to manage your skin in times of stress/hormones/etc.

  5. I used to have the Mint Julep Masque years and years ago but it's of course been thrown out now. I remember it quite fondly although I think I wanted it to perform better on my skin than it did (so much hype on MakeupAlley) so I never repurchased it.

    I used to really like that L'Oreal shampoo but I feel like it can make my hair greasier earlier than it usually becomes. I've moved onto the Tsubaki shampoo range now but it's not sold in Australia, so I guess I'll have to find an alternative in a couple of months when my stock runs out. :P

  6. I keep repurchasing it because it's such a good basic! I love the Aesop and the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask, and I'm trying a Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic mask right now which is nice but for cheap and cheerful I think the Mint Julep Masque is quite worth the hype.
    I think you've spoken about Tsubaki before- I've heard good things about it but I haven't heard of or tried anything as good as the L'Oreal that's available locally! I quite like the range available as well- I like switching for the season. Now that the weather's warming up, I do agree that the EverCreme is making my hair greasier than normal but it was nice for the cold season. :)