Empties for October, November and December 2014

Here are the products I used up in the last 3 months of 2014! I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my empties.  When I watch empties videos on Youtube, I amazed at how many products people can use up in a month.  It takes me a very long time to use up skin care products, and makeup takes forever!

 

Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum
I apply only a very small amount of perfume, so it’s amazing when I use up a bottle!  I remember picking this up at a CCO in London quite a few years ago.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment (link goes to my review)
This product made it in to my favorite products of 2014! That’s pretty amazing considering I picked it up expecting not to like it.

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Bath and Body Works Cashmere Glow body lotion
I’m just about done with my BBW stash, just in time for another trip to the US!  This product smelled similar to the vanilla scents from BBW, but not quite as sweet.

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Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Super Rich Body Cream
This is part of the True Blue Spa line at BBW, and is thicker than their normal body lotions.

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Sleek Vintage Pigment
I bought this product when I went to London, and pressed it into a pan.  It is a shimmery antique gold color which I got a lot of use out of.

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Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel (link goes to my review)
This is a much loved, much repurchased product.

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Bath and Body Works Tiki Beach 3-wick candle
This was the first 3-wick candle I purchased, and I learned that they are way too big for me, and also do not burn evenly in my home.  I’ll stick to the medium candles from now on!

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Bath and Body Works Island Margarita 3-wick candle
You can see the soot at the top of the container, where the candle did not burn evenly!

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DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash
(link goes to my review)
This was a great facial cleanser for my skin, with gentle exfoliating properties.

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Urban Decay 24-7 eyeliner pencil in Zero and Whiskey (link goes to my review)
I got the Urban Decay Naked palette when it still came with this pencil, and now it is available to buy individually! From trying out this pencil, I found out that I definitely need to use brown eyeliner on my lower lash line as black looks too harsh. This was a great eyeliner, but I still love Jordana pencils more (and they are much, much more affordable!)

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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)
This product made it into my favorites numerous times. It feels lighter on the skin compared to the original Revlon Colorstay, but it did not last on my skin as well.

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Skinfood Fermented Soy Milk Wrinkle Care Sleeping Mask (link goes to my review)

 Sleeping masks are a hassle-free way to give your skin some pampering.  Just slather it on and go to sleep! It is surprising to me that while sleeping masks are popular in Korean cosmetic brands, I have never seen them in other countries.

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Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Facial Scrub (link goes to my review)

This is a very affordable skin care product that I picked up while I was in the Philippines. It did brighten my face, but the scrub was a little harsh.

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I enjoy reading other bloggers’ empties posts because the reviews tend to be more in depth, and I can find a lot of great products that I want to try next.  Hope that my empties post inspires you to try some of these products as well!

xoxo, K

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Review: DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash

Acne may be a part of life for many teenagers.  Thanks to my mother taking me to a dermatologist, I did not have severe acne.  However, every summer I would get small pimples around my nose and on my chin.  What was surprising to me about this skin condition was that it did not respond well to my dermatologist’s treatment, and one dermatologist even told me that I had to give up (not a good thing to say to a high schooler).

What I have learned since then is that during the summer and early winter, my skin’s cell turnover is extremely poor.  My skin responds well to products with a slight chemical peeling effect, containing AHA & BHA ingredients.  This is a review of the DET Clear Fruit Enzyme Powder Wash, a facial cleanser with such ingredients.

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What it does: (from the Meishoku website)

Natural papaya enzymes work to care for your dead skin cells. An impressive rinse off!  This silky powder facial cleanser contains papaya enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells, to help your skin improve its texture and clarity.

Price: The Meishoku website lists this product as 972 JPY (around $9-10) for 75 g.  (Note: The DET line is owned by Meishoku)

Scent: I did not detect a scent in this product

Availability: This product is widely available in major drugstores in Japan, such as Matsumoto Kiyoshi.  It is also available through the Meishoku website.

Pros:

  • This product did a good job at improving my cell turnover
  • With a face wash net, this product made a very impressive thick lather

Cons:

  • Some people find powdered facial washes to be messy to use
  • Without a face wash net, it was difficult to create a lather
  • Compared to traditional facial cleansers, this product is fairly expensive.

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I liked this product a lot, but I don’t need chemical peeling throughout the year. Maybe I will repurchase this next summer.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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