Empties: August & September

Wednesday, October 4th 2017 Beauty

Lena Talks Beauty Empties - August and September

Time has got away on me – my formerly monthly empties posts have now seemed to become every second month! This post is a bit of a long one, so I better get cracking. I finished 15 products, 12 of them full size (including 2 single-use masks), and 3 mini/sample sized. The products range across haircare, skincare, body products, makeup, and nails.

My current skincare routine – winter 2017

Wednesday, August 9th 2017 Beauty, Skincare

Lena Talks Beauty skincare routine - neutrogena, goodness, la roche-posay, seed and soul, clinique, garnier, instanatural, avene, and dermalogica

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine:

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!

October Empties – hair, skin, body products

Monday, November 7th 2016 Makeup


Another month, another round of empties. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish products, especially some of my many sample sachets that I’ve been hoarding for years. 13 different products isn’t a bad effort in my book. They were mostly skin and body care products, with a few haircare products, and one makeup item rounding out the group. The brands featured include Paula’s Choice, Neutrogena, Maybelline, Lush, and Vaseline. Let’s crack into it!

June and July empties

Sunday, July 31st 2016 Makeup

Batiste, Clinique, Simple, Collection, Trilogy, Rimmel, Lush, The Body Shop, Hask, Neutrogena - Lena Talks Beauty

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s empties time! I completely forgot to write one for June, which means we have a bumper crop of used up products. There are 4 skincare, 3 body products, 6 makeup, and 2 haircare, most of them are even full size. Products are from brands such as Clinique, Batiste, Lush, Bare Minerals, Bourjois and much much more. Keep reading for my reviews on all of these products. Some of these products were sent to me from brands and PR companies, and those have been marked with an asterix – however my opinion is always honest.

February Empties

Monday, February 29th 2016 Skincare

Weleda almond body wash, clinique pep-start eye cream, neutrogena senstive skin sunscreen, dr bronners soap, tony moly lip mask, innisfree trouble care mask, fuss free naturals face wipes

It’s that time again – empties time! As usual, I’ve collected all of the beauty products that I’ve finished during the month and will be reviewing them all. I finished (or decided to throw out) 7 products and this time they were all skincare. My empties are from Weleda, Fuss Free Naturals, Neutrogena, Dr Bronner’s, Clinique, Innisfree and Tony Moly – keep reading for my reviews.

Weleda almond body wash, clinique pep-start eye cream, neutrogena senstive skin sunscreen, dr bronners soap, tony moly lip mask, innisfree trouble care mask, fuss free naturals face wipes 2

January Empties

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 Nails


During January I managed to finish a respectable five products, as well as deciding to throw out a couple of things that I just never use. They were: Trilogy botanical body wash*, Eleven miracle hair treatment, Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 15 as well as a sample size, Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil, Kleancolour Madly Matte top coat, and Jordana calcium basecoat. All bar one of them were full sized as well, so that’s a good effort. I haven’t been wearing as much makeup lately because it is SO HOT and humid here in Auckland so that probably explains why everything is skincare, hair, body, and nail products.

eleven miracle hair treatment, trilogy adrian hailwood body wash - lena talks beauty

Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment

I got this in a subscription box way back in September 2014! I went back to see what I wrote about it when I originally got it and I said “Even considering how much I need to use for my long hair, I think this would last a fairly decent amount of time, so it’s good value for money” – well I was right! I used this the majority of times that I wash my hair and I always noticed a difference in how it dried.

Repurchase? Probably, I’m currently using a similar product but will buy this again.

Trilogy Botanical Body Wash – Hailwood limited edition*

This is Trilogy’s classic Botanical Body Wash in beautiful limited edition packaging in a collaboration with NZ fashion label Hailwood. The scent is nice and it’s unisex (compared to a lot of the body washes I use/buy) so guys have been happy using it too. I like Trilogy’s eco-friendly ethos as it’s research based and isn’t hysterical about chemicals like some natural skincare companies are.

Repurchase? A bit expensive for me, but maybe as a gift for someone special.

Kleancolour madly matte, jordana calcium basecoat, manicare cuticle therapy - lena talks beauty

Kleancolor Madly matte top coat

The reason why this is in my empties despite being nearly full is that it’s a terrible product. I replaced it with Sally Hansen Big Matte top coat which you can read a review of here). If you want a bargain then save yourself some money and don’t buy it,

Repurchase? No way

Jordana Calcium Gel

I bought this at a time of desperation when my nails kept breaking, but it didn’t have any real benefit. My nail technician friends don’t think base coats or things like this are of any use, or at least no more so than a plain clear nail polish. I gave up using it after a while and stuck to my favourite Orly Bonder or Essie Fill the Gaps.

Repurchase? No.

Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil

In contrast to base coats, cuticle oil is something I’m always told is beneficial for my nails so I try my best to use it regularly. Manicare Cuticle Therapy oil has Apricot oil, Wheat germ oil, mineral oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera extract so it’s a great combination of nourishing ingredients. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was that it was hard to get the last of the oil out of the bottle with the brush, I had to resort to pouring it onto my nails. Instead of buying this again I bought Benecos Natural Nail Care pen because of the handy dispensing mechanism – buy it from iherb.com

Repurchase? No, but wouldn’t rule it out.

neutrogena hydro boost spf 15, neutrogena hydro boost - lena talks beauty

Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF15 & Neutrogena Hydro Boost

I’ve written about how much I like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in previous posts, and I still feel the same about it. I like that it’s Hyaluronic Acid based but you don’t have to apply it separately like the famed Hydraluron serum which I was pretty lazy with applying. However, I’m a creature who seeks novelty so I haven’t repurchased the Hydro Boost SPF 15. The classic Hydro Boost was also nice but I have sooo many other moisturisers that this one didn’t tickle my fancy enough to buy again.

Repurchase? Maybe one day.

Good effort me! I’ll be moving within the next month or so, so i imagine next month’s empties post will be pretty full because I’ll have to do some downsizing of my collection. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?


*Product provided for review.

November Empties

Monday, December 21st 2015 Makeup

MAC foundation, clinique sample, marc jacobs dot - lena talks beauty.31

I know, it’s the middle of December and I’m writing about the beauty products that I used up in November. Better late than never, right? I finished up quite a few different products – hair care, skincare, makeup, and body. That was a mixture of full sized, and samples, and overall I’m feeling quite accomplished. By the way, when I say ‘repurchase’, some of them I didn’t actually purchase but got sent from brands, or got samples at counter but my evaluation remains the same – would I spend my money on them in the future. Right, now let’s get on with the reviews!

November empties - Tresemme, neutrogena, mac, clinique and giovanni

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask

Thursday, November 26th 2015 Skincare

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask - Lena Talks Beauty

Sheet masks have long been popular in Asian skincare, but they’ve now made their way into Western skincare brands which I am very excited about. What is a sheet mask? A sheet mask is a thin sheet of cotton which is soaked in a liquid toner, serum, or essence. They have a variety of different purposes, but the type I like to use the most are moisturising. The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask* fits into that category, as it uses Hyaluronic Acid which adds a lot of moisture to the skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask - Lena Talks Beauty

July Empties

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 Nails

paulas choice bha, mac studio sculpt, neutrogena hydroboost SPF 15

This month is the first anniversary of when I started doing empties posts! I went through a bit of a walk down memory lane, revisiting old posts and seeing what I thought of products from months gone by. During July I finished, or decided to throw away, a whopping ten products. The number of products coming in really outweighs those, but let’s not think about that! There are four makeup items, three skincare, one hair care, one nails, and one oral health product, so let’s get cracking with the reviews.

July empties


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