Sunday, 29 July 2012

Going...going...gone! July Empties.

'Tis nearly the end of July, my feathered friends! So what better way to celebrate than by rummaging through the my garbage! Yay! Here are the beauty products I've finished over the past month, and a few mini reviews of them. Hopefully they're somewhat helpful or interesting for you to read. If not, this is a post for my own benefit. A nice little way of documenting my thoughts on products I may or may not buy again. Potentially enjoy!

1. Caudalie Cleansing Water (200mls)
So freakin' good! I've been using this cleanser daily over the last couple of months to remove my makeup. As the name suggests, it's a water-like liquid rather than a cream. This works perfectly for me because I definitely prefer a liquid makeup remover to a cream. Especially around sensitive areas like my eyes, where a cream can often find a way of seeping in and stinging me. The sneaky little so and so! To use, you simply soak a cotton pad and wipe it across your face. Easy peezy! No messy rinsing necessary! I'm yet to try this cleanser out on waterproof makeup, so I can't tell you whether it's good in that department. However, I can say that I've found it really effective on non-waterproof makeup. Similar to the Bioderma actually. Plus the smell is fresh and love-er-ly. I did a more detailed review of it here if you're interested.

Would I buy it again? Already have!  

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical (150mls)
I'm going to assume that we're all pretty familiar with this brand of dry shampoo. It's perhaps the most affordable and widely available brand. At least for us Aussie chickadees. I don't have any other dry shampoos to compare this too, but I still think it's pretty safe to say that I really like it. It volumises and refreshes my hair when it's not quite looking (or smelling!) it's best. This is by far my favourite scent of the entire range as it smells like fruit and coconut. Yum! My one complaint with this product is that it tends to leave some grey/white colour in your hair if you don't brush it out properly. Also, I think they need to be available in a larger sized cans. 150mls runs out way too quickly if you've got long hair like mine.

Would I buy it again? Yes. 

3. Revlon Nutri-Color Creme in 600 Fire Red (200mls)
These Nutri-Color Creme's are seriously a godsend for those of us with dyed hair. Bright or otherwise. I've already been through two tubes of this stuff it's so good. Basically, this is a pigment depositing treatment which maintains the colour of your hair between salon visits. It also doubles as a conditioning treatment (although, in that department, I honestly think you'd get a slightly better result with something like Redken's All Soft Heavy Creme). After shampooing, you wring your hair out, throw on some gloves (not provided), massage it into your locks, and then comb it through. Then, after 3 minutes, you simply rinse it off. That's it! I should mention, you do have to be a little bit careful when applying this one as it can stain. A small price to pay for the amazing end result though. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that this product is solely responsible for making sure my hair has stayed red over time. Instead of fading into a fluorescent coral pink colour, as it tends to want to do.

Would I buy it again? I have! Several times. I'll definitely be sticking with this one. Although, I'm considering alternating it fortnightly with a Joico or Redken treatment as I think my hair also needs some extra hydration.   

4. MaxFactor Professional Loose Powder in Translucent (15gms)
I don't quite know what to say about this one, other than "it did the job". Translucent powders are hard to review because I feel like the makeup underneath the powder can often alter it's effectiveness. I've never really stuck with one particular powder to tell you the truth. I usually just pick whichever one's on sale. Often switching between MaxFactor, Covergirl or Natio. It wasn't until recently that I decided to lash out and purchase a Laura Mercier setting powder. I can only tell the difference between them in as far as the Laura Mercier one is finer, and therefore looks a little more natural on the face. This MaxFactor one is ok though. It did a pretty good job of setting my makeup, and didn't give me a white cast in photos. So that's definitely a plus. Haha! Helpful, I know.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. I think I'll probably stick with the Laura Mercier one though. I feel like you can't really go wrong with a high-end powder.  

5. Lush Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (75gms)
I love the Love Lettuce. Really I do. It's a fresh face mask from Lush which contains almond, seaweed and lavender. I wont harp on about it too much as I already did so here, but I will say that this has definitely made it into my theoretical top three Lush products list. Even my boyfriend liked it! 

Would I buy it again? In a heartbeat!

6. Salon Professional Final Net Hairspray in Super Hold (50gms)
I bought this purely on the basis that I needed a mini replacement for my handbag, and this one was the cheapest. I've definitely tried better. It held my hair fine (which I guess, is the main thing), but it was sticky to touch, and smelt unbearably strong and 'hairsprayish'. Even to the point that people were commenting that they could smell it on me. That's never, ever, a good thing. Blah!

Would I buy it again? No. Any recommendations for better options?


  1. How much is the cleansing water and where do you buy it from? I am very curious :P

    It's good to see you have so many products that you would repurchase!

  2. Haha! Yeah. I've been really happy with a lot of the products I've been picking up recently. Of course, it definitely helps that I tend to do a lot of research before buying. Especially if the products are a little pricey.

    Oh and I picked up the Caudalie Cleansing Water from for AUD $22.95. Not too shabby in my opinion.

  3. Feels great when you've finished a couple of products! Unfortunately I struggle to do this, ARGH! Must get onto project 10 pan or something.

    I've tried the Causalie Cleasing water, expensive but such good stuff! xx

    1. What's project 10 pan? I feel like I'm out of the blogging loop there!

      Finishing products is damn satisfying though! It can get a little daunting when you have too many piling up.

      Yeah the Caudalie's one of my favourites, that's for sure. Good skincare (especially from France) always seems to be pretty steep. Still, worth it in my opinion.


  4. Might give Caudalie a go after my Bioderma has run out. Sounds like the two are really similar. Batiste makes really good dry shampoo - I'd been faithful to my Klorane and didn't think anything could rival it, but Batiste I think is fractionally more powerful. But both have the issue with the white powder look if you don't brush through thoroughly. Really want to give Lush masks a go, keep seeing them featured on blogs to rave reviews :)

    1. The Caudalie Cleansing Water is definitely worth a try. I think I may love it even more in summer. It's so refreshing.

      I've actually never tried Klorane. It doesn't seem like there are an awful lot of dry shampoos on the market (at least not in Priceline anyway). So I've kind of just stuck with the most popular one.

      Totally suggest hitting up some Lush masks. They're probably my favourite type of products that Lush produce.