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!

November and December empties

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 Uncategorised

Cetaphil, simple, trilogy, za cosmetics, burts bees, living nature, the balm,, australis velourlips, stila,

This post is a combined November/December empties post since I didn’t finish many products during November. There’s also a section of the post which aren’t empty products, but they’ve either expired or somehow earned their space in the bin. I was just going to throw them out, but some of them I had never blogged about and wanted to say my piece. This is a fairly makeup heavy post, but there’s also skincare, nail care, and hair care included in there as well.

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!

All used up

Friday, August 1st 2014 Skincare

I’ve been dutifully using up samples, and so I have some more empties to review! There are products from Palmer’s, Aveeno, Neutrogena REN and Taylor Swift, so time to get into it. You’ll see there was a Dermalogica sample in the picture but I decided to review it with the rest of the Dermalogica samples, after I’d thrown the packets away so I couldn’t retake the photo.

Aveeno Dermalogica Neutrogena Palmer's Ren Taylor Swift Lena

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I’m reviewing these together because neither of them were very remarkable.. The Aveeno moisturiser is slightly lighter than the Palmer’s one, but both were acceptable, albeit unexciting moisturisers to use on my body. I would probably buy which ever one is cheaper, as they’re affordable supermarket products. You can also buy the Aveeno one on Mighty Ape.

Repurchase? Yes

Neutrogena hand cream
I absolutely love this hand cream, and have bought so many tubes of it in my life. It says ‘so concentrated that only a small amount leaves dry, cracked hands noticeably softer and smoother after just one application’ and I think that’s true. I get eczema and dryness on my hands, and this is just so good for it. The high glycerin content makes it a bit sticky, so I don’t apply it on my palms, just on the backs of my hands and around my cuticles and rub it in well. It’s very cheap, and available on Mighty Ape

Repurchase: Already have.

Neutrogena Norweigan Formula original hand cream Lena

A classic, and for good reason!


Ren Clean Skincare Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk

I have to say, I rolled my eyes a lot at the name of this product. ‘Clean skincare? I should hope so, I wouldn’t want it to be dirty. Hydra-calm? What does that even mean? Cleansing milk? Can’t they just say cleanser?’. I still feel pretty much the same about the name, but it was a pretty decent cleanser, didn’t make my skin feel dry or tight at all after I used it. I looked up the ingredients list, and while they are free of a lot of things, there are a lot of potentially irritating natural ingredients, including some which are undoubtedly used just for fragrance. I wouldn’t purchase it because of the price – it’s 16 GBP, or $30 NZ for 150ml, whereas my Cetaphil cleanser is between $20-30, depending on specials, for 500ml, and I just don’t think this is worth the money.

Repurchase: No.

REN clean skincare evercalm hydra-calm cleansing milk lena

Taylor by Taylor Swift
I got this as a sample at a department store, and have had it in my bag for those moments when I think I could do with some fragrance. I am hopeless at identifying notes of scents, so I’ll take this from Farmers’ website: “The fragrance begins with a burst of fresh fruits and flowers, blending luscious lychee and sparkling tangerine with a whisper of magnolia petals. Evoking a sense of femininity, the middle is a blushing bouquet of some of Taylor’s favourite flowers – peonies, hydrangeas and vanilla orchids. Anchoring the base is creamy sandalwood, warmed by an inviting mixture of apricot nectar, cashmere musk and a blend of woods”. I will say that it is a lovely fragrance, and I got compliments when I wore it. The Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml is $107 and the Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml is $146. I’ve never actually bought perfume for myself so I’m not sure if that’s a good price. The bottle is gorgeous, it’s almost worth buying just for it!

Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume

Have you tried any of these products – what do you think of them?
Are empties posts interesting?

Lena x



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