I figured rather than a traditional empties post I would try something new, where I talk about products I’ve finished up and what I’ve replaced them with, so it’s like an empties and a haul all in one. I got the idea from ttsandra who is a Canadian YouTuber who I think is awesome, and hopefully you guys like this new format.
Something that both myself and my boyfriend use is the Garnier Micellar Water (AU). I’ve talked about it before so it doesn’t really need much of an introduction. It works perfectly, is really affordable and I can’t complain about it, so once it ran out I just pulled out a new bottle that I already had waiting to go. Although I’m tempted to pick up a bottle of Bioderma (AU) every now and then I can’t justify the price when the Garnier one is just as good.
As I was coming to the end of my bottle of The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil (AU) I was trying to think of what to buy next. Back in the day it seemed like there was a never ending list of cleansers I wanted to try, but this time around I couldn’t think of anything new that looked interesting to me. It just seems like everyone has found their favourites and there aren’t many new cleansers that get a look in.
So I decided to go back to an old faithful, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (AU). This is actually my mum’s favourite and the one she keeps repurchasing, and I was a big fan when I went through my first tub a while back and felt like I was missing it.
I’m perfectly happy using a cleansing oil, but if push came to shove I love a good balm even more as there’s almost no chance of making a mess, and they’re just slightly more satisfying.
The Clinique one has the most perfect, buttery consistency that melts instantly as you work it into your face. It completely removes makeup with ease and I’m really loving having this back in my life. It’s unscented so it's great for sensitive skin, and although that can detract from the luxury aspect a little, the texture more than makes up for it.
While briefly in Australia recently I made sure to stop in at Mecca to pick up a new tube of their To Save Face SPF 30. I’m almost finished with my SPF 50 from the same line, but decided to switch back to the 30 because it comes in a 100ml bottle, while the SPF 50 is 75mls.
Since I don’t have access to this sunscreen in Canada I wanted to get the one with more product so it would last longer. I also figured since we’re heading into winter and I probably won’t be outside for more than like 15 minutes a day I don’t really need to be using SPF 50 as the 30 will be more than sufficient.
Bath & Shower
As I was reaching the end of the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash (AU) I was approached to try out the Le Petit Marsailles Body Washes*. I loved the Soap & Glory one because it smells like mojitos but after 500mls it’s nice to change things up, and body wash is always something I like to switch around once I’m done.
Apparently Le Petit Marsailles are the best-selling body washes in France, and they’ve just launched in Canada and are available at most pharmacies/drugstores and supermarkets, as well as on Amazon. I was sent the Lavender Honey and Vanilla Milk scents to try and they’re lovely, foamy body washes that lather up nicely.
I know Provence is famous for its lavender but the lavender honey scent actually reminds me more of Croatia because when I was there with my parents a few years ago we bought some lavender honey from a roadside stand, so it’s been really nice to be reminded of that during my morning shower.
It’s no secret that I’m hugely into baths and I was so happy when we found our apartment AND it had a bath! I’ve been using The Body Shop Argan Oil Bubble Bath (AU) which was been nice, but it’s a fairly small bottle and it doesn’t smell like anything in particular, and since I’m coming to the end of it I want to try something else. I haven’t actually purchased a new bubble bath just yet but I wanted to include it in this post and ask if anyone has any recommendations for me, so please let me know if you have a favourite bubble bath!
I’m definitely no purist when it comes to haircare. I’ve dabbled a little in high end haircare but ultimately I’m so low-maintenance (aka lazy) with my hair that I wince at the thought of paying $80-100 for a high end shampoo & conditioner set as I just don’t think it would be worth it for me. I’ve used several bottles of the L’Oreal EverCreme Shampoo (can't find AU) and the Conditioner before so when we moved I just stuck with those as they’re affordable, easy to find and my hair seems to like them.
Because I use a hair mask half the time, I go through shampoo much more quickly because I don’t use conditioner every time I wash my hair. I can’t remember who it was, but I’d heard someone talk about the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo (AU) and how it’s meant for people with oily roots and dry ends. I never really notice a massive difference between shampoos but figured it would be worth mixing things up since this caught my eye. I’ve only used it a few times so far but it seems to be doing a good job and I think I may have been getting away with an extra day before needing dry shampoo, so I’m happy so far.
I’ve been through 3 minis of the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer (AU) and figured it was about time I just bought the full sized bottle. It’s a detangler and a UV and heat protectant in one, and although I don’t heat style my hair every time I wash it, it doesn’t hurt to have it in there as it saves me from using an extra product when I do want to use heat. It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy or really do anything undesirable at all, which is why I didn’t really think about buying anything else.
I don't know if you'd really call an eye mask a beauty tool, but I'm going to anyway. I’m a seriously light sleeper and if I’m not wearing an eye mask, unless the room is pitch black, the light coming through the sides of the curtains/blinds will wake me up. I’ve been getting by with a cheap eye mask I bought about a year ago, but for whatever reason it started leaving marks on my pillowcase, so I figured it was time for an upgrade.
If you also need an eye mask to sleep you’ll know they’re not all created equal. Some let in a lot of light, which makes them basically pointless. They’re also not a super popular item so there don’t seem to be that many to choose from if you’re looking to get something half-decent. In fact, the only one on Sephora online is the Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask (AU). I wasn’t really prepared to pay $44 for an eye mask, but I spotted it on sale for $33 and since I hadn’t seen anything else even worth considering, and I just wanted to get a new one already, I picked it up knowing I’d be able to return it if it wasn’t worth the money.
While I don’t think it’s necessary to spend close to $50 on an eye mask, the shape and fit of it is perfect and it’s super comfortable to sleep in. I’ve found some with a plain elastic strap to pull too much and feel like they’re pressing into my eyes which distracts me when I’m trying to sleep, but this has an adjustable elastic strap (like a bra strap), and it’s very soft and easy to sleep in. This one also claims to be copper infused which is meant to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t particularly care one way or another if my eye mask contains copper fibres, because I’m not sure I believe it’s going to do anything. I definitely didn’t choose this eye mask for that reason, but I guess it doesn’t hurt.
Another beauty tool that needed replacing were my eyelash curlers. I’d been using a pair of Shu Uemura (AU) ones for years but as I couldn’t find replacement pads for them after a while they had just seen better days. I went a few months without lash curlers as I didn’t think they were a total necessity, but I started to get the itch and knew that I just needed to buy a new set.
There wasn’t really a question about which ones I was going for as the Surratt Relevee Lash Curler (AU) seem to be the new blogger favourite. After the first use I basically breathed a sigh of relief and wondered how I had gone so long without them – they really do make a huge difference and I’m very glad to have these in my life.
They’re nice and wide so they fit all my lashes in, and they don’t pinch either, which were issues I had with the Shu Uemura ones. These are super luxe too – they came in a sturdy black cardboard box, and in that was a little black velvet pouch housing the curlers, which was definitely more than I was expecting. It might seem like a lot to spend on lash curlers, but these really do push the lashes right up and with a good mascara I feel like the curl holds really well throughout the day. Plus a decent pair should last you a few years so it’s not that bad if you think of it like that.