March +April Empties

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 Beauty

Lena Talks Beauty empty beauty product review, skincare hair and body products

March and April  was a bumper month for empties, particularly on the skincare front. Some of that was because I threw out some products that I wasn’t crazy about, and others was because of I have been trying to only use one product from each category at a time. My friend Victoria does that and her good habits have been rubbing off on me and stopping me from turning into someone on Hoarders. This post includes brands such as Simple, Garnier, Neutrogena, Schwarzkopf, Goodness, Palmer’s, La Roche Posay and more!

My May Empties

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 Body

May Empties - OGX, Plantae, Madre Labs, Za, Kiehl's, Dove, XO Beauty - Lena Talks Beauty

Another month, another empties post, and this time I’ve finished up some products that I truly loved! I have emptied products from Plantae, OGX, Madre Labs, Dove, Za, Kiehl’s, and XO Beauty. Okay, so one isn’t technically an empty but it’s something I’m throwing out so it counts for this. That’s one haircare item, two skincare, three body, and one makeup tool. Let’s get into it!

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iHerb wishlist

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 Makeup

Time has come for me to do another iHerb wishlist post! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this great site, iHerb is a US-based online store that sells a variety of products – from makeup, to skincare, as well as snacks, and supplements too. It caters to many of my interests for this reason, and I shop on there fairly regularly. This post contains affiliate links, but I shopped on iHerb long before I earned affiliate credit, and would link to it regardless. All prices in this post are in USD, as that is how iHerb list their prices, and it’s easy for people to convert into whatever currency they use, as I have readers all around the world. I’ve got a mixture of items in here, from skincare, to makeup, to tea!

madre labs hand cream


The first thing in my cart that I am definitely buying is the Madre Labs hand cream with Argan oil. I have bought this previously and used it up – even cutting the top off the tube to get it all out as you can see in this empties post. It’s so nice for the dry skin I get in winter, and I’ve really been missing it lately. 

elf soiree eyeshadow


I’ve liked most of the makeup that I have bought from ELF, and these lustrous eyeshadows look really nice. Reviews and swatches online tell me that this is a creamy gel formula that is long lasting, so perfect for a night out. For only $3, how can you go past this!

elf copper cream eyeliner

E.L.F. Cosmetics Cream Eyeliner – Copper $3

Lately I’ve been into wearing gel or cream eyeliner, and bringing the colour under my eye as well (as inspired by Lani Loves). I’ve read that the ELF cream eyeliners don’t budge once they’re on, which I very much like the sound of, and it looks like a gorgeous rich shade. The brush will probably be rubbish but I have an Ecotools eyeliner brush I love – also from iHerb.

hurraw black cherry lip balm

Hurraw! Tinted Lip Balm – Black Cherry $3.37

People seem to be crazy about Hurraw lip balms, and I’ve had FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) about them, so I’ve gotta have one. I love cherry flavoured things, and this will also give me the opportunity to sing about cherry chapstick. For less than $4, how can I resist trying one? Having a balm with a tint to it is nice for if I don’t particularly feel like wearing lipstick but want a bit of colour and moisture on my lips.

harney and sons chocolate mint tea


Last weekend at #brunchclub I noticed this Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint flavoured black tea on the menu.  Angela from A Style Collector told me that it was delicious and available on iHerb! I love tea, and my formerly significant tea hoard is running low, so it’s time to order some more. This is a loose leaf tea, so you need to use a teapot or a mesh infuser – I have a couple of the iherb mesh tea infusers that are only 50c and they’re very handy.

If you’ve never shopped on iHerb before, enter my affiliate code JPP391 at the checkout, and you’ll save between $5-10! That makes already cheap prices even better.

Is there anything you think I’m missing from this order? What are the best products to order from iHerb? Let me know in the comments!



October empties

Monday, November 3rd 2014 Skincare

October is a bit light on the empties front. I tried quite a lot of new products, so I didn’t really get through many of my existing products. Everything I used up was skincare, no makeup or even hair products this month. A couple of these products have become favourites of mine, so read on to see what they are.

Paulas Choice C15, madre labs hand cream, clinique moisture surge, linden leaves eye rescue serum


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