January and February 2017 empties

Wednesday, March 8th 2017 Nails

Lena Talks Beauty empties post - swisspers, simple, weleda, sebastian, olaplex, palmolive, pure fiji, mac cosmetics, collection cosmetics, paula's choice, innisfree, orly, hk girl

It’s time for another empties post! I didn’t use many products up during January so decided to make it a combined affair with February. Then everything seemed to run out all at once! I’ve been really trying to finish one product before opening another but we all know how hard that is. I have finished skin, hair, body, makeup, and nail items, so at least one from each of the main categories that I blog about. Some are even full size! Now, without further ado, let’s get stuck in. I’ll be linking in the titles to where I have reviewed the products previously.


Simple cleansing facial wipes, swisspers rosehip facial cleansing wipes, paula's choice moisture boost spf30, innisfree pore skin solution mask review - Lena Talks beauty

Swisspers Rosehip Rejuvenating Facial Cleansing Wipes

I got these in a Priceline gift bag a couple of years ago and there’s a reason why it’s taken me until now to finish them. I just didn’t really like them, I didn’t like how they felt on my skin at all. I finished them off by using them to wipe off swatches from my hands/arms.

Repurchase? No way.

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

In contrast to the Swisspers ones, I love these. My all time favourite facial wipes.

Repurchase? Yes, I need to!

Innisfree Pore Skin Solution mask

My friend gave me this mask in a bundle of different sheet masks, and I’ve been trying to use them up. I don’t really remember anything particularly special about this one, I don’t think it did anything for my pores but it was nice and moisturising.

Repurchase? No

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex Broad Spectrum SPF30

I’ve been trying to work through my stash of samples, so used this for a few days. It was a quite nice daily moisturiser, and whilst SPF30 is a bit overkill for someone like me who is barely outside for 5 minutes each day, it would be good if you spend time outdoors often. Most moisturisers tend to have a maximum of SPF15.

Repurchase? Not in the market for it, but would consider.


Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion, Pure Fiji body lotion, Palmolive Oil infusions body moisturiser review by Lena Talks Beauty

Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion*

You might think, “a body lotion is a body lotion, why do you need so many half-used body lotions”. And some people, like one of my best friends Victoria, outright say that to me. But you, and she, might be wrong. I really loved using this Weleda body lotion, since it’s light on my skin whilst still being deeply moisturising. It’s great because I can apply it after a shower and don’t have to wait around for it to soak in like some thicker lotions.

Repurchase? I would, but I’ve had a pomegranate version sent to me already.

Pure Fiji Hydrating Body Lotion White Gingerlily Infusion

I can’t remember much about this, other than it smelled really nice. Sometimes that’s all you need!

(Re)purchase? I don’t think so, it’s quite pricey.

Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Moisturiser Citrus with Jojoba Oil

On the other hand, I know how I feel about this body lotion – I loved it. After attending a few events last year I have amassed quite a number of these Palmolive Infusions sample sachets. I’ve mentioned the Jasmine version in my August & September empties, and this one performs similar. I like the fresh and fruity fragrance.

Repurchase? If I was looking for one.


Olaplex no 3, Nuxe Huile prodigieuse, Sebastian hydre shampoo review by Lena Talks Beauty

Olaplex Hair Perfector No3

I was SO SAD to finish this. Most websites I saw said people get 6 treatments from this and I only got 4. That said, I do have a bit more hair that average. Olaplex seriously turned my hair around when I was thinking I’d have to go back to being brunette since blonde was so damaging. The biggest difference was from the in-salon treatments but this looked after my hair between appointments.

Repurchase? Yes, I’m booked in at the hairdresser next week and will get one then.

Sebastian Hydre Moisturising Shampoo

Now, for salon haircare that I regret buying. This was $40 and I can’t tell a difference between this and most supermarket shampoos, or cheaper salon shampoos.

Repurchase? Nope

Nuxe Huile Prodigueuse

I got this in a subscription box like 2 years ago, and only ended up using it because I somehow lost my bottle of Argan oil and needed something. It’s multi-purpose, but I used it exclusively on my hair. It’s a mixture of various oils – macadamia, sweet almond, olive, and many many more, plus some fragrance. Very expensive for what you get – $29 USD for a 45ml (1.6oz) bottle. I’d rather save my money and just buy the oils straight, considering you can get 100ml for under $10 from sites like iHerb,  or even pharmacies/health food stores.

Repurchase? No way


Home Essentials Acetone, HK Girl Glisten and Glow top coat, Orly Fast dry Drops, Weleda nail care pen review by Lena Talks Beauty

Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying and Super Shine Top Coat

I loved this top coat, and was so sad when I finished it. Towards the end it did get a bit gluggy, but a dash of Orly polish thinner fixed that right up. My manicures were so glossy, and always lasted at like 5 days before chipping.

Repurchase? I’m forcing myself to finish some others up first.

Orly Flash Dry Drops

It took me literally 2 years to finish these, since I don’t need them when using the Glisten & Glow topcoat, but they’ve come into handy when using some non-quick dry top coats.

Repurchase? I’d consider it

Home Essentials Acetone

Not the most exciting empty, but mostly I wanted to post about it to recommend BeautyGallery.co.nz. Normally acetone at pharmacies is like $8+ for a 100ml bottle, and not all hardware stores sell it these days since it’s used in making meth. My flatmate and I get through quite a lot since we both get gel manicures, and she get acrylics, plus cleaning up normal manicures too. So I bought a 473ml bottle for only $11 from Beauty Gallery. They sell a lot of other beauty supply products and I wanted to buy them all.

Repurchase? yes, but not from the pharmacy!

Weleda Nail Care Pen*

Having this nail oil pen in my handbag has really helped me with my nail care. Whenever I’m out and about, if I notice my cuticles are looking a bit dry I can put some on. The oils absorb so well into my skin, and aren’t too greasy. Cuticle oil is a real game changer if you want to grow your nails long and strong.

Repurchase? I’m planning on it!


Collection Cosmetics Longer Lash Lenghtening Mascara, MAC Cosmetics Eye Brows review by Lena Talks Beauty

Collection Longer Lash Lengthening Mascara*

This is a bit of an up-and-down review. I liked the look of the mascara, but I had real issues with getting the lengthening fibres in my eyes.

(Re) purchase? No.

MAC Eye Brows

I absolutely adored this eyebrow pencil when I bought it, since it made such delicate strokes and looked so natural with my hair colour. Unfortunately, I had real issues with it. I found that every time I did my brows, the pencil nib would break. Once I counted it breaking 4 times in one makeup session. That meant SO much wastage and for an expensive product that was really disappointing. Was it me?! Was it the pencil?! I really don’t know. Luckily, I went to a MAC Technique class and was given a MAC Brow Sculpt pencil which is much thicker and sturdier, and hasn’t broken once. I’ll be saving this for Back to MAC – if you bring in 6 empty products you get a free lipstick.

Repurchase? No.

Empty product total = 16. I’m going to keep track of this inspired by Sarah from Bows and Pleats

So there we have it – my empties for January and February 2017! I’m quite impressed with myself. It’s a few days into March now and I’ve already got a couple of items in my empties box too. Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to see your thoughts on them, whether you agree or disagree.

January and February Empties by Lena Talks Beauty

*PR Sample



  • Kez

    Haha, we are complete opposites in regards to the face wipes! I couldn’t stand the Simple wipes, but found the Swisspers to be better than average! Funny how it works out…

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  • I love the Simple wipes! They are so soft and gentle!


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