And Then, There Was None

I think it’s that time of year again. I usually use up more skincare around this time, then I’d replenish and most will be gone 6 months or a year later. So, don’t be surprised to see lots of skincare here. I just want to list down some things I used up, because I’m keeping track of what I have consumed, what I liked and what I didn’t.



The picture looks rather crappy because it is. Took it when it was really dark, and those I took with flash just looked even crappier. It was one of those lazy days – I didn’t set up proper lighting >_< Anyway, I’d like to talk about those serums first. I’m a serum junkie because they’re potent and most of them work. I love the Diorsnow Anti Spot Serum and also the Guerlain P.E.A.R.L.. The Clarins one, well, compared to the other two, isn’t much of a love. More of just a like. I have reviewed them before, so please click on the links if you wish to know more.

I recently talked about that Nuxe skincare set, and also the Murad samples, so I won’t say much. I’ve enjoyed the Vichy Normaderm foam cleanser a lot and I’m sad that I can’t replenish. I bought this when I was in Singapore, so the next time I’m there, I’d stock up. Oh Vichy, why did you leave?

There are only 2 makeup items here and they are the Benefit PowderflageΒ and MAC False Lashes mascara. I’ve had that MAC mascara for ages but never used it much. Then after using it for about 2 weeks, my eyes started to itch. That taught me to use my mascaras ‘fresh’ rather than just saving them for later. My bad. I’m going to use those older ones I haven’t opened and the newer ones for later.

I’m happy to see so many empty bottles, but I’m also feeling the pinch because I had to buy new serums. I am on a mission to use up a couple of moisturizers, so hopefully I’ll be able to include them in the next empties post… you know, just so I could say “See? I actually use the stuff I have. I don’t just hoard”.


xoxo Lily



  • Wheee empties! Which new serum did you pick up?

    • I knew I was emptying a few, so I bought the new ANR2 and a couple from Ren. Haven’t opened the Ren ones, thought I’d also use up some sample serums first. I also want to pick up the Dior Capture Totale serum one day – have to start on anti ageing instead of always using brightening ones πŸ™‚

  • Yay empties! It’s so satisfying to see everything you’ve used up in one place. I gave up on an empties “collection” after I started college (apartment looks cluttered enough as it is), but I still feel a little bit of satisfaction every time I hear something hit the bottom of the trashcan.

    Wish serums weren’t so goshdarn expensive, they’re one of my favorite things too!

    • I wish serums weren’t so expensive too! I guess if I got a really good serum, I could skim on cleansers and toners. Then again, I’d end up with expensive ones most of the time >_<

  • Oh I should do one those post soon, I have a few empties myself but not as many. My skincare routine is a little on the boring side. Good job!

    • Yes you should, Helene πŸ™‚ I think it’s satisfying to say, hey! I used these up πŸ™‚

  • NICE!! I’m on an organic skincare mission at the moment. But GEEEEEEZ it’s so much $$$$ all the good stuff! My wallet is crying in anticipation lol!

    • I got myself a Pai starter kit, and I’m slowly trying the products. I mean, I don’t have really sensitive skin, and so far I’m not allergic to fragrances or silicones or what not, but I think it’s good to know my skin is getting a break from those things and drinking in organic stuff. I don’t even know if it makes sense >_<

  • Good job Lily, that’s a lot of full-sized items and a lot of samples! It’s so funny, you just used up all of your serums and I have so many to go through – I don’t even know how they accumulated like that! My problem sometimes with using up my skincare samples is that they’re not ideal for me – I’d prefer to repurchase a different item I liked more – but I don’t want to throw them away ;(

    • Thanks Monika. Yeah, I had a few to go through beginning of the year, but I’m done with them now so yay!

  • I hate running out of skincare, too! T_T So expensive to replace everything, and it ALWAYS all runs out at the same time. How is that even possible??? ARGH

    • I know what you mean >_< I try to purchase them separately. So expensive to buy them together. Eeps!

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    I had the same experience with mascara… a bunch of samples I was saving/not opening seemed to go bad really fast, and I realized the reason must’ve been that I waited so long to use them

    • You’re right about that. I just dug up a couple I’ve been saving, for reasons unknown. LOL! So now I’m using them πŸ™‚

  • Liz

    You finished a Powderflage? Holy cow. Loose powders take FOREVER. Good job, Lily!

    • Well, I kinda cheated a little. I also used it to set my T-zone. I’ve had this for ages though!

  • I just finished a GIANT TUB of Soap & Glory Righteous Butter and it felt AMAZING! there is something so satisfying about using something up to the last drop! πŸ™‚ I’ve been saving my empties for awhile now but haven’t yet done a post. I cracked up at this: “The picture looks rather crappy because it is.” I heart you.

    • LOL! Sometimes I just type without filtering or proof reading. Heh.
      I have a hard time using up body lotions. I usually use it half way then give it to my mom who has drier skin. I think the only body products I can ever finish are bath and shower gels.