Popping into my time machine and rewinding to… Empties Vol. 6

July 10, 2018

As mentioned in my previous post, I was on a crazy spring-cleaning mission towards the end of last year, and threw out empty bottles and containers for an empties post before December was up.  And recently as I was scrolling through my photo album, I realized that I had left this one out when I prepared my last empties post for 2017.  So for the sake of completeness (mainly for my own record-keeping), I’m turning on the time machine for a brief respite, and naming this post simply Empties Vol. 6 (but it really should be Vol. 4a).

Empties vol. 06


  1. La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover was highly recommended to me by several of my European Instagram-friends, and since I ran out of my usual Chanel, decided to pick this up when I was in Germany last year.  For a drugstore product, this cost as much as departmental-store, maybe 15-20% cheaper than Chanel.  But frankly, I just don’t like it as much… gentle as it is, I still found it sting my eyes ever so slightly, and it doesn’t clean as thoroughly.  I need to go back a 2nd and 3rd time to get every last trace of my mascara off.  So I end up using this up more quickly.
  2. Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (reviewed here) is a repurchase for me, I’ve already gone through 3 bottles.  The finest mist ever, and most hydrating.
  3. Kanebo Graceful Flow Lotion* is a gentle and luxurious lotion that is alcohol-free and packed full of great antiaging ingredients.  Read the full review here.
  4. Kose Cosmeport sheet masks* are wonderful value for money!  I finished 2 huge packs here, Clear Turn White with Hyaluronic Acid comes in a box of 5, and Babyish comes in a pack of 6.  The problem with the Babyish is that they don’t come individually wrapped, and they are designed to be used daily.  My skin did turn smoother and plumper with daily use of these masks, and they did not turn out to be too rich and cause breakouts either.  If you get the chance to try these out, I highly recommend them!
  5. Shiseido Perfect UV Protector (reviewed here) is a staple in my household and I have repurchased this already.  The WetForce technology keeps the sun protection in place even when swimming, and it is lightweight, non-greasy, and does not irritate my son’s eczema-prone skin.  It comes with SPF5+ PA++++ protection, which is the best you can ever get.
  6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution* (reviewed here) is a lightweight serum for acne-prone skin.  It is a much gentler alternative to the brand’s famed Tea Tree Oil, and great for those serum junkies out there.  Can’t say it helped with my acne though, and now that I’ve stopped, my skin is as good as ever.
  7. Porcelain Face Spa Hydrocare Bio Cellulose Mask* is produced by a local Singaporean aesthetics group.  The mask feels luxurious and fits the facial contours well. My skin definitely feels plumped and soothed after using it.  But priced at SGD38 a sheet, this is definitely a notch above other high-end brands, and not as easily accessible, so I will not go out of my way to repurchase.

Hair & Bodycare:

  1. Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub is formulated with natural bamboo powders that are incredibly fine, non-aggravating, and gives a thorough scrub.  A little goes a long way, and this tube has lasted me for a year even though I use it at least once a week.  I’ve used this before and loved it years ago, and still do.  Highly recommend you try it if you’re looking for a good body scrub.
  2. Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask (reviewed here) is the 2nd or 3rd hair mask from the line that I’ve emptied.  As I’ve said before, I love the Goldwell Kerasilk range to bits, and will always have something from this line on my shelf at any point of time.
  3. The Body Shop English Rose Instant Glow Body Butter* smells sooooo good!!  I love The Body Shop’s body butters, there’s always 1 near by.
  4. Sephora Collection Cotton Flower Bubble Bath* does not produce really good foam, and it is not heavily scented, which is great for those of you who prefer something plainer, but from a bubble bath perspective not adequate imho.  This bottle also was hard to squeeze out, and then it cracked down the middle when I dropped it on the floor.  Oh wells.
  5. Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams* are over-running my storage, and I am trying my best to use them up!  They’re not my favourite formula though, the scent is usually too strong for my liking and not heavy-duty enough. Of the 2 I binned, 1 was fully (or pretty darn close to) used up whilst the other I decided to give up because I just couldn’t live with the scent.


  1. RMK Top Coat* (reviewed here) was reformulated last summer and I used it up soon after.  Nice and glossy, quick to dry, really a pleasure to use.  It started drying up when I was about halfway through though, and got too gloopy when there was about 20% left.  I experience the same thing with just about every brand though, Dior is much worse, I can’t even get half out of that one.  Do you have the same problem?
  2. Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-cara* (reviewed here) is amazing, I was surprised how quickly this ran out!  It gives the most natural looking pair of brows, and is so easy to use.  This is on my list to repurchase, but first I’d like to empty out a few brow pencils *discipline*.

And there you have it!  My life in products… recorded in the chronicles of time.  I find it fascinating how many / little products actually make a re-appearance in these empties.  How about you?  Do you repurchase the same products over and over, or do you like to try something new?

Some of the products featured here today were provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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