March Empties – Hair, Nails, Lips & Skin

Another month, another bunch of products used up and ready to be written about! It’s a bit of a mixed bag, with a couple of hair products and nail polishes, as well as a lip gloss and a fake tan. Let’s get cracking!

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Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Keep A Secret
I really liked this lip gloss, and it was a great ‘my lips but better’ shade but unfortunately it expired. I noticed that the smell and texture had changed, and reluctantly tossed it. I searched online to find pricing information for this and it looks like the Rimmel Vinyl Gloss range has been discontinued which is a shame, I have high standard for lip gloss and this met them.

Repurchase? If possible.

OPI – Big Apple Red
I absolutely loved this polish and was so sad to see that I hadn’t properly closed the lid, and it had spilled and dried up. I received it from Beauty Review as part of a trial around two years ago, and at the time I said it was the perfect classic red – I still stand by that! I find most OPI nail polishes can be slightly sheer, and this typically required 3 coats for perfect opacity.

Repurchase? Maybe, if I didn’t have other similar polishes.

orly white out and OPI big apple red

Orly – White Out
This polish faced a similar fate as my OPI polish, which I was similarly sad about. I really like Orly polishes, especially the fact they have a lot of minis, because really who ever finishes a nail polish? Not me, that’s for sure. This is good and opaque, even when I’ve used it over other colours in nail art.

Repurchase? Absolutely.

Chi Chi Solarium in a can
I don’t do a huge amount of fake tanning but every now and then I like to give myself a bit of colour, usually on my legs. I liked this, I found that it didn’t often go streaky and that it didn’t stink, unlike other fake tans I’d tried – it’s caramel-fudge scented! The bottle says it can be used on the face but I’ve never attempted that, too risky in case it didn’t blend well, plus then my foundation wouldn’t match.

Repurchase? Probably will next summer.

Chi Chi Solarium in a can

Dove Heat Defence Therapy

To be honest, I have no idea how heat protectant works, only that you should use it. I suppose it has worked, because my hair hasn’t become damaged, but I also use heat so rarely that I doubt it would have? This has taken me a few years to finish, I might blow dry my hair once a fortnight, at the most. Does anyone understand how this works? Is it just a hair product industry conspiracy to make us spend money?

Repurchase? I tried to, couldn’t find it, so I bought a different kind.

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry

Again, I’m not quite sure how this works BUT I LOVE IT! I got it as a sample with a Sephora order and I have been besotted with it. I put a little bit through my hair, and then blow dry, and it makes it so nice and sleek. It’s also a heat protectant, so a bit of a two-birds-one-stone scenario. I didn’t even need to apply another serum after blowdrying, which I normally would, so actually that makes it three birds with this one stone. Like all Bumble and Bumble products, it’s quite pricey – $45 for 150ml but even this little 15ml sample has lasted me a while, you don’t need to use a huge amount, even with my mane.

Repurchase? I think I’ll invest in this once my stash of similar products is finished (approx a million years time).

Bumble and Bumble straight blow dry Straight and Dove Heat defence therapy

Phew, that’s all of them! Have you used any of these products? Do you know how heat protectants work? If so, I’d love your comments!

lena x



  • Lena! You can fix up your nail polish with polish thinner, there’s no need to toss them 🙂 Seche Restore is great and I’ve heard good things about OPI and Orly’s ones too.

    • Thanks for looking out for me and my polish Lani. I have the Orly one, and I tried, but they were practically solid 🙁

      • Bummer! I’ve had a few like that and I fill them all the way to the top with the thinner and then let them sit for a few days before shaking the life out of them, then repeating if necessary. I haven’t yet lost a patient, haha.

        • Such dedication! I think I might have made more of an effort if I didn’t already have dupes – I just got a white in a goodie bag, and I have a few pretty similar reds, but these weren’t really that special. I’ll keep that in mind if I have any other tragedies!

  • I have always wondered about heat protection sprays and if they really do protect the hair! That bumble and bumble stufd sounds good. Where in NZ can you buy it? Xx

    • You can get it at Mecca Cosmetica. It doesn’t quite make my hair straight, but it makes it look much more sleek and with fewer fly aways.