This post has been a while in the works- because I have sooooo many beauty products and like to switch around what I use, it takes me forever to use things. However, I have finally used up enough things to warrant a post. I like reading empties posts because if someone has used an entire product they must have a really clear idea of how it worked, and what they thought of it – much more in depth than a first impressions post. I have 6 products to review today, so let’s get to it!


MAC Face and Body N2 – $60NZD
I bought this just as I was getting into makeup – it was a nice way to start getting used to applying a full face of foundation. It’s not a very heavy coverage, but when combined with some spot concealer – usually MAC Pro Longwear concealer it was great for me. I usually applied it with a basic foundation brush, it’s a bit too runny to use just with your fingers. I only ever wore it on my face, not my body, but you have the option to, apparently! I don’t have any high quality photos of me wearing it unfortunately because I finished it before I started blogging but here’s one I pulled off instagram. I wear NW20 in other MAC foundations but the shades work differently in Face and Body so I wear N2. It costs $60 in NZ, and it’s an 50 ml bottle.
Repurchase? Maybe. I prefer a heavier coverage now. It is a good product if you’re after a nice light foundation.

Me wearing MAC Face and Body foundation
Me wearing MAC Face and Body foundation

L’Oreal Professionel Smooth Velours thermal blow dry milk
This isn’t the sort of thing that I would usually buy, I tend to keep my hair products fairly simple because with a lot of hair it can get expensive using a lot of fancy products. I got this in a goodie bag from my hairdresser, and I quite liked using it. You apply a hazelnut sized amount – quite specific I thought. I used more than that because I have such thick hair, and then rub it all through my damp hair before I blow dry it. It definitely made my hair much smoother, sometimes after I blow dry it it can be a bit fuzzy – I am not a blow drying champion like hairdressers are.
Repurchase? I can’t find out how much a full-size costs as it seems to be salon only, but if it’s not too expensive I would buy it.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
I’ve been using this cleanser for over a decade, and continually repurchase it. It’s gentle on my skin – never leaves it feeling dry or tight like some other cleansers do. It does have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it, which I know is drying for some people but it’s lower down the ingredients list than other brands, so it doesn’t foam as much or have as much of a drying effect. The 500ml bottle lasts me forever, and it usually is about $30 which is such a bargain. I just transfer some to a smaller bottle if I’m travelling somewhere. It removes light makeup but I do need to use a makeup remover to get mascara and heavier eye makeup off. It’s available at supermarkets, pharmacies, Farmers – just about everywhere.
Repurchase? Already have, and will continue to do so probably forever.

Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb Mascara
I finished this recently, and accidentally threw it away without photographing it – oops! So below this is a picture I found online of it, to show the great brush. I’d had it for a bit longer than was probably hygienec, but it was discontinued and I couldn’t bear to part with it. I really liked the small comb, I used it on my bottom lashes and they were never clumpy. But, now I have my Maybelline mascara with the bottom lash wand, so it’s a decent substitute, and also more affordable. I bought the Clinique mascara overseas where it was $16 USD but in NZ it’s closer to $40 as far as I know.
Repurchase? If it existed!

Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb Mascara
Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb Mascara

Silk Naturals Organic Olive Oil Moisturiser
I got this as a sample when I ordered my Lactic Acid toner and some makeup, and it was a great little hand cream to carry about in my handbag. It has Olive oil and Jojoba oil, both of which are very moisturising. There isn’t any added fragrance which is good for me, as fragrance can be irritating to the eczema I sometimes get on my hands, and really I don’t care if my hands don’t smell like flowers. With winter coming I need a heavier hand cream so I wouldn’t use this at the moment but if I order from them in the future I would get another mini size of this. Silk Naturals is an indie company that’s online only – here is where to buy the Olive Oil moisturiser. It costs 4oz (118ml) is $11.99 USD, or the size I have is $2.99 USD. 1 oz (30ml) is 
Repurchase: If I was ordering other things, I’d pop it in the cart, but wouldn’t order especially for this.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip oil
I have waxed lyrical about how much I love this product before, but since I finished it this week it deserves to be included in this post. I love using rosehip oil on my face, it’s incredibly moisturising and not greasy, and I’m pretty sure it’s helped clear up pigmentation from my acne. I have an entire post on rosehip oil which you can read for more about my love for it.
Repurchase: Definitely!

Have you tried any of these products – what did you think? Am I the only one who never finishes any beauty products because of having so many on the go at once?Lena x



  • I’ve been wanting to try F&B as it seems like really good value (even with NZ prices!) but I have soo many foundations to use up that it would be silly to get it. Ooooh and saw the Maybelline mascara today, but I went for the L’Oreal Telescopic instead (and a Maybelline Lip Elixir, yay!)

    • What foundations do you have? I tend to have only one at a time – all I have is MAC Studio Sculpt at the moment. Tell me what the Lip Elixir is like!

      • I quite like it — actually quite balmy and not sticky. I only got one (Raspberry Rhapsody) but tried the others on my finger pads and the brighter ones look like they leave a bit of a stain too.

        Oh god, foundations. My defence is that a couple of years ago I went much paler than I normally do in winter (was being a hermit) and then afterwards didn’t go as dark as I normally do, so went all over the place with shades and also trying out new brands. They’re all different finishes too. My favourites are the Lancome Teint Miracle, Clinique Pore Refining Solutions, YSL Teint Touche Eclat, and the Armani Maestro.

    • I can’t reply to your other comment! But what a fancy lady, all your foundations sound so elegant! Before Face and Body I had an Australis one that didn’t match very well and I rarely wore it for that reason. My face doesn’t really tan because I’m a hermit/obsessed with sunblock.

      I also have the Phoenix custom blend foundation but I’m just not into it, the texture is gross and I can’t convince myself I like it.

      • Hah yes I’m a foundation junkie! I think that’s what I’ve spent most of my makeup money on. I got the Phoenix custom blend too (matte) and it’s ok, doesn’t really keep me matte as such though. More of a satin finish. You have dry skin right? Did you get the other formula?

      • I got the matte one, I got it before my skin was dry though. It took three times to get the right colour, and i just don’t like it. The lighting in their shop is horrible too.

      • Yeah, I like the foundation on me but I’m not convinced their makeup is all that good. Haven’t tried many of their other products but reading reviews, it seems that it’s pretty overpriced for what it is.

  • Love empties posts! Glad you like cetaphil, I think it’s so important to be consistent with skin care and it’s a great brand! X


    • I definitely think consistency is important, and it has worked well for me for so long.