Empties and Final Thoughts Q1 2015

Here are a few things I used up the first 3 months of year 2015. It’s pretty balanced this time round, with some skin, body and hair care, and some makeup. For makeup, there are a few I used up, and a few I had to throw out. As usual, quite a few things seen here have been reviewed, so I’ll link the reviews to the products. I’ll also let you know if I still feel the same way about them, after finishing the whole bottle. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. Let’s first start with body and hair care.


hair and body


I bought the Clarins body lotion and stretch mark cream when I was still pregnant. They are quite pricey, and while they worked well, I won’t be purchasing them again. The Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil was provided for review a year and a half ago, and I finally used up every single drop. I have already repurchased it. Yes, it’s really good. I even use it on Chloe and Ashlyn. Their hair gets tangled after shampoo so I just apply a little of this at the ends of their hair and voila, smooth shiny hair. Last but not least, the Kerastase Bain Divalent shampoo. This is quite good for oily roots and it doesn’t dry out my hair. It’s much better than the Bain Densifique shampoo, in my opinion. However, I already have a few shampoos I love so I won’t be repurchasing this.

Now on to skin care.





The Estee Lauder ANR serums need no introduction. I have always repurchased it once I ran out. I’m already half way through a full sized one. Time to get a backup soon. The Estee Lauder Micro Essence has been a great when used with the ANR serum. However, due to its price, and the fact that I’m now unemployed, I will be holding off on the repurchase. The Bi-Facil is also a regular in my skin care routine. It might be time to replace it though. I’ve found Dior to be better, and I will be reviewing it soon. I have grown to love the Clinique Even Better SPF40 sunblock. I was going to repurchase it when I was sent something else. Once I run out, I will be buying this again, as well as the Shiseido one.





There are a few things I used up including a Diorsnow powder, Dior Lip Maximizer and MAC Fix+. It took me FOREVER to use up the MAC Fix+ and no, I won’t be buying it again unless there’s a mini size. Even that, I don’t reach for it all that often so scrap that. I won’t be repurchasing. The Diorsnow powder was a limited edition so I can’t buy it again. I liked it quite a lot, but I have quite a few powders to go through. No buying powders, period. I already have another tube of Lip Maximizer on the stand by. This and the Dior Lip Glow are must haves in my opinion.

The Estee Lauder double wear concealer has to be thrown out because the wand broke. I’m not sure how that happened. I’m not too sad about it because it’s too thick for my liking anyway. Why did I purchase it in the first place? Beats me. I also decided to part ways with the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil. It is dry and stiff, just SUCKS. I can’t even give it to a friend. Oh wait, I could have given it to someone I didn’t like all that much. LOL! Last but not least, the Brow Lash pen and pencil duo I bought at Sasa. It’s a Japanese product and I didn’t even have it more than a few months. The pen already dried up (I think I only used it less than 5 times) and the brow pencil broke. FLIMSY – do not buy.

That’s it for the first quarter of 2015. What have you used up? Did you throw away unwanted makeup?


xoxo Lily