Month: October 2013

September Empties

Hey I’m slowly catching up! Sorry pics are look a bit sloppy …


SANA Super Quick Gel Pencilliner EX in Real Black
This was my backup I bought in Hong Kong last year. I used this liner exclusively for a month or so and finished it. Probably the fastest product I used up.

I blogged about this here, here and it was one of my favourites for 2012. Honestly this is the best type of eyeliner for daily use. By that I mean if you’re like me and you don’t have the time to draw the perfect line or that perfect flick in the morning because you opted for that extra 15 minutes of sleep instead; and you just want to finish your makeup and run out the door so you’ll be on time for work. Here you have all the best qualities of a gel liner without the hassle – no brushes, only a convenient twist pencil form that doesn’t need to be sharpened. You just need to make sure the one you’re getting has a really fine tip. The 2mm here is perfect. Any bigger and you might as well opt for a pencil cos believe me, you will want to sharpen a wide blunt tip.

I noticed shu uemura has a similar liner [link to shu USA site] that came out earlier this year. I can imagine it being really good too but the SANA one cost me 9 euros. So there’s that. Another budget one is Kate’s version, which I have heard good things about [link to Kate Malaysia website, perhaps]. I will try to pick that one up next time.

Repurchase? Yes.

Yves Roche Hamamélis Super-soft anti-perspirant deodorant (50ml)  – Made in France
Paraben-free and formulated for sensitive skin. This is one of the products from the witch hazel range at Yves Rocher. The ‘super-soft’ I guess refers to the scent. It has a nice, ‘soft’ scent, which by the way they claim is an ‘allergen-free fragrance’. There are no animal ingredients – the deodorising agent is of botanical origin. They do not recommend applying on broken skin or after epilation.

Honestly, most deodorant that contain aluminium works fine with me and in the end is a matter of scent and whether you like the fragrance or not. I quite liked this, it’s very clean and easy and doesn’t shout that it’s there.

Repurchase? If I run out of new scents to try, why not?

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (60g) – Made in Japan
This was another product that I planned on writing an independant post on, as part of a review of 3 different cleansing oils I was using (I’m still using the other two so maybe I will write that post). So I’ll be succinct here: The DHC oil is efficient and gentle. No fragrance, it just smelt of olive oil. My eyes never stung when the product or residue got in, I just had blurry vision until I rinsed everything out. I like the pump as well and a smaller size is avaible for those who intend on travelling with it. I picked this up when I saw it at a Monoprix (not my local but a bigger one). I will say that I didn’t see it anymore the last time I was there. I can’t remember how much it cost but it certainly wasn’t a bargain. With so many other brands doing their cleansing oils (like L’oreal, Mixa etc) at a cheaper price I guess it’s hard to compete?

Repurchase?  I did enjoy using this and I will certainly go back to DHC if I couldn’t find a better/more affordable replacement. And easier to find.

August Empties

No empties for June, six for July, and three for August:

august emptiesSorry pics are a bit blurry.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane (40ml) – Made in France
Can’t remember how many tubes I’ve gone through of this. It’s just a very simple moisturiser that does the job without any bells and whistles, and I like its simplicity. I turn back to this when my skin feels overwhelmed. I’m curious about the other moisturisers in the LRP ranges and may try another one for my next purchase.

Repurchase? Yes.

Yves Rocher Apple Delight Body Scrub (50ml) – Made in Ireland
This is part of a duo that started my whole Yves Rocher run. It was a small set of body scrub with a body cream that looked like this:


Again I intended to write a separate post for the YR body products but oh well. I wanted this badly because of the scent, which is of apples and vanilla. I also really liked the texture of the body cream. It was part of last year’s holiday collection and I picked it up when it went on sale earlier this year. They are both tiny, but surprisingly the scrub lasted me quite a while, I used it once to twice per week and got the Guy to try it out as well. It’s a regular run-of-the-mill body scrub. The particles are quite fine but can feel a little rough at times. It can leave a bit of residue in the shower though.

Repurchase? Sure, if the price is right (YR does lots of promotions) I wouldn’t mind trying another scent.

Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream (40ml)
Paraben-free, this little tube of handcream came in a sampler set together with 3 other products. Being a handcream freak I’m not surprised this is the first product I used up. I was surprised at how much I like this handcream, since I tend to prefer heavier textures. It’s one of the nicest creams in a light formula that I’ve used. It has that ocean/blue smell that companies tend to use to conjure up those particular image but it’s not a deal-breaker for me.

Repurchase? A big yes.

July Empties

The beginning of some back blogging … a few empties posts from the last few months. Here are the empties I had for July:

july empties

Yves Rocher Nutri-Sily Conditioner (150ml) – Made in France
Paraben, colorant and silicone free, this is their oat conditioner. Claims to ‘nourish your hair fibre and gives it more volume’, making your hair ‘easier to detangle, supple, silky and shiny’.

Honestly I wasn’t particularly impressed with this conditioner and couldn’t wait to finish it up so I can move on. As I’ve found with Yves Rocher (and The Body Shop or similar companies) their products can be quite heavily fragranced and it plays a huge role in how you experience their products. Somewhere sometime I stopped enjoying their oats scent, but mainly I didn’t find this conditioner spectacular and my hair wasn’t much shinier or more supple. I don’t need volume so I can’t comment on that front but all in all it’s just very average and I wouldn’t go out of my way to use this.

Repurchase? Nope.

Cattier Shampoo for frequent use – with Yogurt Solution (250ml) – Made in France
Cattier is a pharmacy/drug-store brand that does organic stuff. I picked this one up at my local Monoprix. One of their cult products is their pink clay mask, which I have and will review one day … hopefully in the not too distant future.

I got this shampoo because I am curious about this range. The shampoo is 100% organic and it’s guaranteed to be free of paraben and phenoxyethanol (a preservative). It smells nothing of yogurt at all, it’s quite runny though. It has an essential oil type of fragrance that’s not overwhelming at all. The blurb behind the bottle promises ‘light, soft and shiny hair of any types … enriched with wheat proteins to nourish and strengthen hair and make it easy to untangle’. Hmmm seems like untangling hair is a popular concern.

For an organic shampoo it’s not bad at all. This coming from someone who likes big foams when washing her hair. It gives a light foam (more like a mousse really) and it does its job cleaning my hair. I do tend to use a fair amount though because of how runny it is (and wanting more suds).

Repurchase? It’s cheap and efficient … in a pinch, why not? But I like the Melvita shampoo I’m using now a lot more.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta (60g) – Made in Japan
First review is here and a short blurb in the January empties post. This is a product that I enjoyed using tremendously. It was my second and last jar and I honestly felt I needed to go out and buy a replacement ASAP when I scooped up the last bit. But thanks to my hoarding habit and the Project 2×5 pan I wasn’t allowed to and thus my conclusion now is that while it’s a nice product that made my skin feel so very plump when I was using it, 3 months on my skin isn’t left in a state of disrepair. It doesn’t look spectacular, no, and I still get hormonal spots and so on and I don’t really watch my diet etc but it doesn’t look too shabby either. I mean, it looks normal. I don’t feel like I need this jelly to get my skin back on track. I think if you use a moisturising mask deligently you’ll be ok.

Repurchase? This one is up in the air. All I know is I don’t feel as strongly about this as Shiseido’s Future Solution.

Vichy Idealia (55g) – Made in France
This cream from Vichy is marketed as a universal cream (by that I mean for all skin types) that helps with lines, unifying and smoothening skin tone. I’m struggling with the translation but here’s Vichy’s english website. The AHAs are apparently naturally found in the kombucha (they said so on the french website). Here’s a picture of the cream I took before I used it all up:


I intended to write a dedicated post on this once upon a time you see. Anyway, it has a floral/fruity scent and the texture is very light. For a while this was the only cream I used both day and night and I remember I was using this on my ski trip and after, when I got that terrible ski goggles tan mark. I thought this cream helped with unifying my complexion within a reasonable amount of time. Meaning it could’ve taken longer if I wasn’t using this. However while I liked all that I didn’t like the perfume and really wished that Vichy didn’t put that in. I don’t mind the scent but it’s just completely unnecessary.

Repurchase? If they made a plain white one with no perfume, yes.

Embryolisse Hydra-Masque (60ml) – Made in France
Said to be for all skin types, providing ‘intensive moisturising and regenerating care’. No parabens.

I haven’t actually finished this tube but this is going out because it’s been more than a year since I’ve had it opened. It contains hyaluronic acid, sweet almond and sesame oils, vitamins etc. Unfortunately I’ve thrown out the box that has the full list of ingredients. I’m pretty sure it has alcohol. I thought this was just alright. I’ve used better hydrating masks.

Repurchase? No.

Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream (15ml) – Made in France
This is from Caudalie’s Pulpe Vitamine range, which is their anti-aging skincare range. This little tube didn’t do anything special for me however. I don’t really expect eye creams to anyway.

Repurchase? No.