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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Empties: 2015 Hair Products

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to part two of my empties post series! This week will feature hair products I used up. I have a lot since I was trying to get rid of a lot of my half used bottles. I refused to buy anything new until I finished up some old stuff! I am pretty proud of myself hihi :)


1. Samples of Hana Shampoo (Soft and Silky and Anti Hairfall) - loved this especially the Soft and Silky variant
2. Sample of an old Kerastase Hair Mask (Nutri - Thermique) - this is an old mask my office mate gave to me that I forgot existed. I loved this, does anyone know if it's still available? I cant find it :(
3. Sample of an old L'oreal Hair Mask (Liss Ultime) - another from that office mate, I didn't like this as much as the Kerastase one.
4. Pantene Pro - V Silky Smooth Care Daily Treatment - this is another old bottle from the time this was limited edition and I hoarded. I love this, it rescues my hair when it becomes super dry and frizzy. It's too strong for my hair to be used everyday, so I only use when necessary.
5. Pantene Pro - V Shampoo (Total Damage Care) - I liked this, but it did not do anything miraculous for my hair. I used this prior to my haircut, when I had long hair that hadn't been cut in two years.
5. Syoss Shampoo (Anti - Dandruff) - I had problems with an itchy scalp, yet also wanted to try this new shampoo I seemed to see everywhere! It was definitely nowhere near good ol' Nizoral (what was I expecting really) and seemed to make my dandruff worse if I used it everyday! I stuck it out just to finish it. Not buying this again sadly :(
6. Syoss Shampoo (Repair) - This also did not do anything miraculous for my dry hair, but did not give me an itchy scalp. Pretty decent shampoo.
7. Celeteque Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo - I love this. I use it once a week to really clean my hair of residue and gunk from the whole week. It makes my hair feel so clean and so light! Definitely keeps the hair healthy and I strongly recommend this product :)
8. Hana Shampoo (Soft and Silky) - I loved the sample so much that I caved and bought the whole bottle! My whole family loves this, it makes your hair so soft and smooth. As a bonus, it smells great too!

Whew! That was quite the list. I still have more to come! Stay tuned :)

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Empties: 2015 Face Products

Hi Everyone!

Apparently I used up a lot of products since my last empties post because my little empties bag was overflowing already! So I'm back with another empties post :)

As there are a lot of products to talk about, I'll be splitting the post up into a series of four.

For this week, I'll do face products. Let's jump right into it!


1. Watsons Round Puffs - My go-to cotton pads. I've mentioned these so many times already, I'm sure you don't want to hear about it anymore :p

2. Silk Secrets Organics (Apricot) - Another long time favorite. They're cheap and they work. I use this to remove make up swatches and clean my face on days I don't wear much makeup.

3. Etude House Happy Teatime Cleansing Foam (Green Tea) - I bought this so long ago I can't even remember when! Heck, I don't think they even sell this anymore (do they?). I liked this cleanser since it made my face feel really clean and it smelled like green tea It was also really affordable. It took my ages to use this up and if Etude still sells this I would definitely repurchase.

4. Bifiesta Cleansing Lotion (Moist) - With all the hype around Bioderma, I was eager to try any cleaning water product. I tried this and fell in love. It removes make up completely and easily, and does not hurt my eyes. The smell reminds me of coconuts :)

5. Watsons Nose Pore Strips (Hawaiian Volcanic Ash) - Old favorite again. I love these nose strips. Best ones for me.

6. L'oreal Revitalift Eye Cream - This product was a pretty thick formula compared to other eye creams I've tried. It felt more moisturizing and did seem to minimize the lines I have around my eyes.

7. Celeteque Alcohol Free Toner (Hydration) - I like to use this when my skin is feeling dry. I definitely feel that it hydrates my skin, or at least makes my moisturizer work a little better.

8. Olay All in One Fairness Day Cream - I finished both the 20g and 40g bottles, so I think you can tell how much I love this product! :) It's a very good moisturizer that hydrates without leaving your face feeling extremely sticky. It is water based so it leaves a cooling effect when you put it on. I highly recommend this product! I even included it on my Reeco Profile! (I'll explain more about Reeco below).

9. Systema Tooth and Gum Care Active Toothpaste - I got this as a sample from somewhere I can't remember. It was nice and minty. Cleaned my teeth. Toothpaste isn't exciting haha!

10. Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub - I believe I got this from a BDJ box from long ago, I only finished it up this year! It was a great cleanser and I loved using this at the end of the day to wash my face. My skin always looked brighter after I used it.

11. The Body Shop  Eau de Toilette (Japanese Cherry Blossom) - Okay, so this isn't really a face product and I'm not sure why I included it in the picture lol. This is my favorite perfume ever. I would call it my signature scent. This is a really old bottle (they've already changed the packaging) and I only used it up now because I keep saving it! It has a soft flowery scent with a subtle powedery hint. I fail at scent descriptions. I've already bought another bottle :) Love love love this!! 

I think I did a pretty good job of clearing out old products that I had, a trend that will continue throughout this empties series :D I'm very proud of myself!

My next post about the hair products that I've used up. Please look out for it :) Thank you for reading!

* Reeco is a website that features product recommendations. It's a great place to check out what other people like and recommend. It's kind of like reading a blog, but you can seek out recommendations from so many other people  - all in one place. You can even follow other people to see what products they post. You can read more about them through their website.

Friday, 17 July 2015

How I: Fix melted lipstick

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever experienced twisting up your favorite tube of lipstick, only to find that it has either melted in the heat, or broken for some reason? Have you ever felt the devastation of having to throw away an otherwise perfectly good lipstick?

Well, I have. Around a year ago, a few of my lipsticks melted in the heat of last summer. I was able to document how I salvaged them.

If you're interested to see how I saved my melted lipsticks, keep on reading! :)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

How I: Deal with pimples and acne

Hi Everyone!

I've recently been having to deal with some pretty bad breakouts. I'm not sure if it's my hormonal imbalance acting up, the humidity+oil on my face or something else but whatever it is, it's been causing a number of pimples and cystic acne on my chin, forehead and nose. What terrible places to have blemishes!

Anyway, so aside from making sure I cleanse my face every morning and night, I also use spot treatments to help dry out the blemish faster.

Two products that I use for these are Human Nature's Acne Defense Tea Tree Solution Gel and Garnier's Pure Active Anti-Imperfections Roll-On. Both of these products work wonderfully at getting rid of my blemish problems.

The Human Nature gel works wonders on all sorts of acne, from tiny ones to bigger cystic ones like what I have to deal with occasionally. For tiny pimples, I find that this dries them out in a day or two of applying it once a day. For cystic acne, I usually have to put this on regularly every morning and night for around 3 days before I see it shrink. I usually then continue treating it with the Garnier roll-on.

I find that the Garnier roll-on is not as strong as the Human Nature gel, so this does best on smaller pimples or those already drying out. I have also tried using this on my acne, and I find that it does work, albeit taking longer than when I use Human Nature. I love the roll-on application of this though, since you don't have to use your fingers and it gives a nice cooling effect and mini massage to the skin.

Aside from these two products, I make sure to get enough water and sleep! :)

Thanks for reading~ What do you use to help clear up a bad breakout?