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October Empties – hair, skin, body products

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!

OGX, Schwarzkopf, Palmolive, Maybelline, Clinique, Far Botanicals, Za, hi-pro-pac, sebastien reviews - Lena Talks Beauty

August & September Empties

I didn’t use up very many products during August, so I decide to save my empties for a combo August and September post. I used 14 different products up, and the majority of them were full size which is a particularly good effort. Hair products feature heavily, because I did a bit of damage to my hair by lightening it significantly. I have previously written posts about a number of these products, and I will link to them if you’d like to read more about them. With each product I say whether I would repurchase them – some of them were sent to me by brands and I marked them with an asterix – so really it’s more, would I purchase them myself. I also answer that question from a perspective of  if I didn’t have a lifetime supply of these products already sitting in my bathroom. The brands I’ve used up include OGX, Hi-Pro-Pac, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian, Palmolive, Far Botanicals, Za Cosmetics, Maybelline, and Clinique.

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

June and July empties

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.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Health Basics Nail Polish Remover, Zoya Remove+ - Lena Talks beauty-001

October Empties – hair, skin, and nails

This month my empties box actually OVERFLOWED! So, I’ve actually split this post into two – today is skincare, hair, and nail products and later in the week we’ll get to makeup. Some of the things in this post aren’t empties in the true sense of the word, but they are products I’m throwing away, so they count.

Outtakes

My recently posted some outtakes from her blog photo sessions and I’ve decided to do the same. I take so many more photos than I ever actually use, and some of them are terrible, hilarious and a mixture of the two. I’ll link the actual blog posts also, in case these outtakes inspire you to see them properly. So, without further ado:   I was trying to keep my eyes wide open to demonstrate Benefit Roller Lash mascara but instead I just ended up looking very strange. For a better version, and a review of the mascara, click here.

May Empties

Another month, another empties post! I’ve managed to use up 10 products over the last month – 6 full size, and 4 samples. I’m pretty impressed with it, and it goes to show what not buying new things and focusing on finishing specific products can do. I’ve been enjoying finishing products, and taking the time to write a post and evaluate whether I will purchase them again. Last month I split the post into two, and I considered doing thatagain this month but it just took so long, so this month I am doing them all together and am just going to attempt to be brief – something that is decidedly not easy for me! I’m still on a no-buy, as I detailed in this post, but for the purposes of this post my evaluation of whether I would repurchase a product is as if I could afford to shop – and as if I didn’t have a ridiculous stash of products as it is.

Hair styling with Schwarzkopf

If you’re following me on social media, (and you should be! Links in the sidebar), you might be aware that I’ve recently had a hair transformation. I had about 15cm cut off, and I also dyed it darker. For the last couple of years I’ve been getting blonde highlights, but I didn’t feel like keeping up with the the expense and inconvenience of the maintenance. It’s been funny seeing peoples’ reactions – people who have know me forever aren’t too fazed by it, a couple of people have said it’s like the old Lena, whereas newer people are like ‘wow it’s so different!!’ Since it’s been shorter, I’ve been wearing it out a lot more as opposed to just twisting it up into a top knot. This meant I’ve started to make use of some styling products, and one of them is the Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultîme biotin+ volume Soufflé* that I was sent. This is a mousse type product that adds body and texture without weighing it down or being sticky.

April empties – part two!

I used up so many products during April that I had to make two posts for my empties! In this post I’ll be telling you what I think about Frank Body Scub, Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Shampoo and Conditioner, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter. Like I said in my last post, I’m very impressed with how many full sized products I managed to use up during April.

Goodie Box Birthday Box

This month I ordered my first GoodieBox, which is a beauty subscription box based here in NZ, along the likes of Birchbox which is in the US. It was their second birthday this month and there was going to be a super special box in store, so I decided to sign up. It arrived the other day, and I have to say, on first glance I was disappointed, but further evaluation has made me like it more.  I think I’d built it up to be OMGAMAZING in my head, because of all the buzz about it. Here’s what I got: The products were as follows, and prices are NZ recommended retail price, according to information from Goodie Box. Benefit They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (sample). The much-hyped Benefit liner sample was absolutely tiny, as you can see in the picture. I wasn’t expecting it to be full sized, but I thought the sample would be larger, and so did a lot of other people I know. But anyway, time to review the liner itself! It was kind of hard to apply due to how small it was I felt clumsy holding it, but I think I did a pretty decent job […]