August & September Empties

Monday, October 3rd 2016 Makeup

OGX, Schwarzkopf, Palmolive, Maybelline, Clinique, Far Botanicals, Za, hi-pro-pac, sebastien reviews - Lena Talks Beauty

I didn’t use up very many products during August, so I decide to save my empties for a combo August and September post. I used 14 different products up, and the majority of them were full size which is a particularly good effort. Hair products feature heavily, because I did a bit of damage to my hair by lightening it significantly. I have previously written posts about a number of these products, and I will link to them if you’d like to read more about them. With each product I say whether I would repurchase them – some of them were sent to me by brands and I marked them with an asterix – so really it’s more, would I purchase them myself. I also answer that question from a perspective of  if I didn’t have a lifetime supply of these products already sitting in my bathroom. The brands I’ve used up include OGX, Hi-Pro-Pac, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian, Palmolive, Far Botanicals, Za Cosmetics, Maybelline, and Clinique.


OGX Healing + Vitamin E Shampoo*

In my original post about this, I said that I didn’t think it did much in terms of healing my hair. After finishing it, I feel the same way but I have liked using it. It doesn’t make my hair feel dry or tangled, and it looks nice afterwards. OGX products are widely available at supermarkets and are priced affordably.

Repurchase? Yes I would, or I might try one of their other ranges like the Tsubaki blossom one.

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturising Treatment*

I have been using this treatment in place of conditioner when I wash my hair since it’s been recovering from some damage. It’s so nourishing, I just use handfuls of it and leave it in my hair while I’m washing my body/shaving/etc. The only bad thing I have to say is the packaging, because you have to put your hand inside it and it’s hard to scrape out the last of it.

Repurchase? Yes, I intend to.

Hi-Pro-Pac Extremely Damaged Hair Intense Protein Treatment

This is another part of my hair repair mission. I had the moisturising part covered but my hair also needed protein. I could tell that because it felt gummy and broke easily, especially when brushing my hair. This was a single use sachet that I put in my hair after shampooing, and left for about 5 minutes before washing out. I didn’t notice a major difference from it, but I think with regular use it would be great for my hair.

Repurchase? If the place where I bought it from wasn’t on the other side of town.

Sebastian Hydre Deep-Moisturising Treatment

I don’t usually buy salon haircare products as they’re so expensive, but I got suckered into it at a hair appointment earlier this year. To be honest, I regret doing it, because it cost $40 and didn’t really do anything magical. It’s only a 150ml tube and I have long, thick hair so I didn’t get many uses from it. People say salon products are better for your hair but I don’t notice that much difference and I’d rather spend my money on something fun.

Repurchase? No way.

OGX Healing and Vitamin E Shampoo, OGX Renewing Argan Oil Intense Moisturising Treatment, Hi-Pro-Pac protein treatment, Sebastian Hydre Deep Moisturising Treatment

Palmolive Active Nourishment Shampoo & Conditioner

Um. I’ll be honest and say I don’t remember anything about these. It must have been a while ago that I used them, probably in early August. I guess that means they wren’t terrible but they also weren’t amazing.

Repurchase? unlikely.

Far Botanicals Low Scent Hair Oil*

Last year I was sent a package of hair oils from Far Botanicals. Most of them were scented, but there was one that was just their base oils. It’s nice to use on my hair especially when it’s being a bit unruly. I know I’ve gone on about it before but I hate it when I see “hair oils” that are 99% silicone – Far Botanicals oils are ACTUALLY oils which is really good.

Repurchase? It’s a bit out of my budget.

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm

I think I’ve blogged about these before – for a while I seemed to get these sample sachets at every event I went to, and in every magazine. I’m finally come to the end of my collection of them and I’m a bit sad about it. I put it in my hair when when and it dries so much more nicely.

Repurchase? Yes I think so.

Palmolive Active Nourishment Shampoo and conditioner, Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair BB Balm, Far Botanicals Low Scent Hair Oil - Lena Talks Beauty


Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Moisturiser – Jasmine with Avocado oil

This is quite a new product and I got this sample in a goodie bag at New Zealand Fashion Week. It smells SO amazing and feels great on my skin. My mum loves Jasmine so the scent always makes me think of her which is nice. It soaks in to the skin nicely and doesn’t feel greasy. I’m not sure what the price is but I’m guessing it will be fairly cheap.

Repurchase? Yes I imagine so, once I need a new body lotion.

Za Deep Hydration Lasting Moisture Gel*

When I scraped out the last of the gel from this container I actually said nooooo out loud. This is perfect when you want a light moisturiser that provides plenty of hydration to the skin. I have been using it most mornings, either before makeup or on it’s own. It works well to prepare my face for makeup, I don’t feel the need to use primer when I am using this.

Repurchase? I’m forcing myself to finish some others first, but I definitely will be.

Palmolive Oil infusions body moisturiser jasmine with avocado oil, Za Deep Hydration Lasting Moisture Gel - Lena Talks Beauty


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

I ADORED this and was so sad when I finished it. I have tried a lot of different BB creams but most of them weren’t quite the right shade for my skin. Clinique has 5 different shades of CC cream so I could get one that was perfect for my skin. It was more expensive than ‘drugstore’ BB creams but I’m happy with the money I paid. It lasted ages too, and was just perfect for slapping on when I was too lazy to do a full face.

Repurchase? In the future definitely.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation*

This foundation is one that I’ve worn very regularly over the last year or so. I liked that it was fairly light coverage but could be buildable, or I could add to it with concealer on any spots that needed it. What I didn’t like was the packaging. There’s no pump so you have to just pour it out onto your hand. I found I ended up wasting so much product.

Repurchase? No, I bought the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation instead.

Clinique CC Cream, Maybelline fit me foundation - Lena Talks Beauty

Wow – that was a long one! If you’ve made it to the end, well done. I hope you found this useful and interesting – I know that I really enjoy reading empties posts. What products have you finished lately? If you’ve written an empties post for September, leave a comment with it down below.

*Product sent to me for review

OGX, Schwarzkopf, Palmolive, Maybelline, Clinique, Far Botanicals, Za, hi-pro-pac, sebastien reviews - Lena Talks Beauty




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