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September Empties: Makeup and Skincare

Thursday, 18 September 2014
I have been hoarding all my empties for a while and now it is finally time to post them. I have a very bad shopping problem so I don't empty anywhere near as many products as I should but I am actively trying to finish products before I go out and buy new ones. We will see how well that actually goes I guess.

La-Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel $22.99
The more I think about this the more I wonder why I picked this one when I was looking to try out the La Roche-Posay range. I think it stems from years of picking the oily skin option but recently my skin has dried out a lot and I would classify it as normal/dry now. In saying that, I understand why people like this range but it just isn't for me. If you have oily skin but you are still looking for a fairly gentle option that doesn't dry you out too much particularly if you have more sensitive skin, you may want to check this one out.
Repurchase? No, it just isn't the right cleanser for my skin type.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution Micellaire $19.99 for 100mL
Oh, Crealine H20 how I love you! First of all, if you are going to buy this don't buy this little bottle because it is really expensive. The 250mL and 500mL are way better value and I only have this little one because it was a free gift when I bought two Bioderma products. Anyway, this stuff is amazing! No really. I have always hated makeup removers because they left a gross residue on my skin. I especially hate the oil based ones which feel terrible but are necessary to get most mascara, eyeliner, etc off. No more, I say! This stuff seriously just feels like water but it removes everything. I will eventually try out cheaper dupes like the Garnier cleansing water just for comparison but I can't see anything beating the original and the best.
Repurchase? Yes, forever repurchase. In fact I already have. I simply won't be without this stuff and I always have a back up. It can get a little pricey but it's just too good I don't care. I always buy the bigger bottles which are way better value, especially when Priceline has their 20% off all Bioderma which is on now until the 24th September.

Olay Moisturising Lotion $14.99 for 150mL
An oldie but a goodie! I had a really weird skin month around the start of winter and I just couldn't find a moisturiser I could get on with. I have used this one before so I picked it up hoping it would get me through my skin's minor spack attack and it did! While this is a fairly simple one, and I know their are better moisturisers out there so the search will continue, it is one I can rely on and pick up anywhere nice and cheap when I need a quick solution.
Repurchase? Not right away but I know it is one I can fall back on and I will probably pick it up again down the track when I get annoyed with various other moisturisers.

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner $9.99
I have been through a couple of these and I really like this toner. It can be really hard to find a nice toner that is alcohol free and this one is alcohol, paraben and every-other-nasty free. It has chamomile and rosewater which are both really good for toning and soothing skin so you really just can't go wrong. Sukin also gets extra points for being a great Aussie brand that does not test on animals, is 100% vegan and carbon neutral. All for under ten bucks! I really love this brand if you can't already tell.
Repurchase? Definitely! I already had a back up for this one ready to go before it even ran out.

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion $30.99
Okay there is actually a bit of a long story associated with this one but I swear it is relevant. When I was in Europe earlier this year my skin started to dry out within a few days so I went to the Body Shop and picked up the Vitamin E Day Cream as a richer moisturiser. I then promptly had the worst allergic reaction of my life because of it and my entire face was red, really sore and covered in little red bumps which then peeled and flaked off. Basically it was terrible and dead set painful. By the time I got to Berlin it was at its worse and the whole -15 degree plus windchill thing was not helping my poor face so I went into a pharmacy and spent something crazy like 50 Euros getting a new cleanser and moisturiser to use while my skin healed because I was using acne stuff at the time which was just making things worse. The money was totally worth it though! I bought this cleanser and the Tolerance Extreme Cream ($59.99) and it soothed my really sore skin from the moment I put it on and helped to clear up my allergic reaction faster than I thought possible. I finished the cream when I was overseas because I was just slathering it on to help get my skin back to normal, which I did in about one week or so. Seriously, it was a life saver and I feel this deep sense of gratitude which is really weird considering they're only skincare products. The key thing though was I left it alone, moisturised well and did not wear any makeup while it was healing even though I looked terrible.
Repurchase?  I don't usually have problematic skin so probably not but if I ever have a bad allergic reaction to face products again I will definitely get it. I am way more careful with spot testing products now so hopefully that won't happen. It's good to know this is available though and if you have extremely problematic allergic skin or have had a really bad one off reaction definitely consider this. It is worth the money.

Benefit They're Real Mascara $38 for full size
Because I order my Benefit in bulk from the USA website and really like the Benefit packs I generally end up with a couple of these little sample ones floating around, as well as always having my full sized tube on hand. I have nothing but praise for this mascara which I talk about more here, and it is without a doubt my holy grail mascara.
Repurchase? Always and forever.

Benefit Porefessional Primer $53 for full size
This is another one I got a deluxe sample in a Benefit pack and I really liked it. The price here in Australia is frankly ridiculous which is probably why it took me so long to try it. In fact, if I had never go the sample I doubt I ever would have which is a pity because it is the best primer I've ever tried. It would have been a shame if the Australian prices stopped me from ever discovering it.
Repurchase? I will but not from any Australian store. It is only $31 USD from the USA website so it is at the top of the list for when I do my next bulk order to qualify for the free international shipping.

So there are my empties for the month. Let me know if you have tried any of these and which product you last used up in the comments.

Stay Rosy.

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