Taking out the trash VI – June 2016 Empties

Empties and watermelon – is there anything else you need for a chilled summer evening? I don’t think so.

This months version features a lot of Antipodes products, which brings back memories of our road trip to New Zealand. And of course turns up the ancient question:

Why does everything always have to run out at the same time?

Taking out the trash VI - June 2016 Empties

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Taking out the trash V – May Empties

Another month, another empties video. This time it is a little bit of everything: Makeup and skincare as well as hair and body care. Oh, and a perfume!


Taking out the trash V - May Empties
Taking out the trash V – May Empties


Not that I am going through all these products in one month, mind you, but I am making an effort to finish my stuff before using new one. And as I felt like I needed to stop rambling for ten minutes plus about my trash, I made different piles to film different videos in the time coming.



Yes, I sat there organizing my trash. And planning to use this trash in the upcoming months. This is either art or very disturbing. I will leave it to you to judge.

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Taking out the trash IV – April 2016 Empties

Again I have been collecting my empty skincare containers and the few bits of makeup that are actually not going to be used anymore and threw all in for a video.

Taking out the trash
Taking out the trash


Go get yourself a cup of tea, as it is a long one, but you will be rewarded with mini-reviews and a whole lot of dirty packaging.


Now if that doesn’t tempt you…

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Taking out the trash III

Time to throw away my empties once again this year. And because I don’t believe in waiting for New Years Eve to start something new, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to film my first ever YouTube video!


So if you want to see me „ahm“ and „äh“, struggle for words and get sad about Body Butter, click play or watch it here on YouTube.

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Taking out the trash – Part 2

Taking out the trash is my version of the „Empties“ posts and videos that are really popular on YouTube and blogs.

Recently I have tried to finish my stuff before I actually go out and buy something new, and even though I may have slipped sometimes, I am actually doing pretty good.
Time to reward myself with a shopping spree, don’t you think? Ah, just kidding, I still have so much more to use up…

Collecting my empties in style

What to expect?
Well, apart from gross looking packaging you will get a mini-review and the final verdict whether or not I am going to repurchase.

Enjoy a mixture of skin care, body care, hair care and even one finished makeup item (yay!)

Skincare empties

1. Skin Care
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (Travel Size):
Miracle in a bottle with an awful scent. I love it and reviewed it in more depth here.
Rebuy? Yes, but I have another travel size in my stash that I will use up first.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover:
Basically the affordable dupe to the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I reviewed it in depth here.
Rebuy? Already have.

AlphaH Liquid Gold:
A chemical exfoliant with glycolic acid. One of the staples in my skincare routine. In-depth review here.
Rebuy? Already have. Never without a backup!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo:
The „original“ formula, before they came out with the + version. I promised a comparison post and will do one soon. To be honest, I like this one better for dealing with impurities and breakouts when they appear.
Rebuy? Yes.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliant Brightening Toner:
Again a chemical exfoliant (or acid toner), this time with a different blend of acids. Gentle enough to use it in the mornings. I previously reviewed it here.
Rebuy? Yes. I haven’t had it for a few weeks now, used it again when I was at my parents place and realized I had missed it.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser:
My go-to morning cleanse, helps mattify my skin throughout the day and isn’t too drying. Lovely. In-depth review here.
Rebuy? Yes. This was my fourth bottle and I am currently on my last backup. Time for a Cult Beauty order soon.

Neutrogena Hydroboost eye roll-on:
I needed an eye cream back in New Zealand, so I picked this one up. It has a tightening feeling, is a little sticky due to the hyaluronic acid included but sinks in well and is good to wear under makeup. I dislike the roll-on, but then again I never like them.
Rebuy? Maybe. It is a decent product, but it doesn’t wow me.

Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Eye Cream:
Another random eye cream I picked up when I needed a new one. Easy to wear, not too pricey, nice ingredients.
Rebuy? Maybe. As I said above, it is a decent product, but it doesn’t blow my mind.

Clinique take the day off cleansing balm:
I adore balm cleansers, and I really, really like this one. It was reviewed here.
Rebuy? Yes, at some point. Right now, there are a few other balm cleansers/ cleansing oils I have to finish first.

Nuxe Rêve de miel lip balm:
My holy grail when it comes to nourishing my lips. Quite thick in consistency, so I tend to use it at night, but it helps keeping my lips chap-free like no other.
Rebuy? I am never without a backup.

Body Care Empties

2. Body Care
The Body Shop Body Butter in Shea:
I am very good at moisturizing my body, even throughout summer, because despite having normal to combination skin on my face, my body is like Sahara desert. TBS Body Butters are rich enough to keep dry, flaky skin at bay, but do sink in quick enough to get dressed and are gorgeously scented. Shea Butter is my everyday choice, because the warm, subtle scent goes perfect with any perfume I might be wearing.
Rebuy? Yes. Always have backups in my cabinet.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Sweet Indulgence Body Butter:
This one was purchased in New Zealand as part of the „Try the local stuff“ I do whenever I travel. Honey scented, nourishing, but takes a tad longer to sink in completely. In-depth review here.
Rebuy? No. I like it, but I´d have to order online, so I will stick to my other stuff.

Alverde Body Butter Macadamia Nut:
This is a DM-exclusive body butter said to be a dupe for TBS Body Butters. It is (a lot) cheaper and all organic, but takes longer to sink in and lacks the variety of scents.
Rebuy? Yes. Although I still use my TBS Body Butters, I pick up one of these frequently.

L´Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion 15% Shea Butter:
I got this one in a travel set of L´Occitane products. And I have to say, I am disappointed. The hand creams are great, I always have on in my handbag, but this stuff? It just wasn’t moisturizing enough, despite being marketed as „Ultra Rich“. But the smell is nice.
Rebuy? No. I much prefer my Body Butters.

Haircare and Makeup Empties

Hair Care and Makeup:
Bioderma Solution Micellaire Peaux Sensibles:
Okay, this one is clearly in the wrong category. It is not used on my hair, but as a first cleanse in the evening. Don’t ask me how it ended up on this picture. But I love it.
Rebuy? Yes. Always have a backup.

LUSH Marilyn Hair Treatment:
A hair mask that contains oils to nourish and chamomile and lemon juice to lighten my hair. It leaves everything soft and less dull, so I like it a lot.
Rebuy? Already have. You have seen the new pot in my review here.

L´Oréal Ever Rich Hair Mask:
This one is a cheat. It isn’t empty. I just don’t like it. The smell is sickly sweet, the ingredients are just okay and I feel like it does nothing for my hair. I will not use it up.
Rebuy? Definitely not.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in „Light“:
As I mentioned in the review here, it oxidizes on me and thus is only a good match in summer. With summer being here again, I was able to finish it. Still like the coverage and the way it feels, but I cant get over the leaking and oxidizing.
Rebuy? No.

Wow, that was a long one. Are you still awake?
Have you tried and liked/disliked any of the mentioned products?
And are you as bad as I am in finishing makeup?


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Taking out the Trash – Empties

I have debated for ages whether or not I wanted to include an „Empties“ post on my blog.

On other blogs and especially on You Tube I enjoy them, but talking about them myself struck me as being quite boring.

Now that I adopted a three times weekly upload schedule, I figured it was justified to throw in a post a little less meaningful (I know I write about makeup. This is meaningful to me!) as the other ones and decided to give it a go.

My empties bag. I like a bag with attitude!

So there you go:
My trash, short reviews included.

The face stuff

1. Face Stuff:
La Roche Posay Serozinc:
A firm favorite, used in the morning after my acid toner. Review here
Rebuy? Already have.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
The old version, without the + and thus without effect against dark spots. After having tried the old and the new formula, I think I prefer the old one. I will do a comparison soon.
Rebuy? No longer available. But I still have a backup.

Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
A lightweight eye cream that sits great under Makeup. I have used it for years, but I am not sure if it is still hydrating enough for my aging eye area.
Rebuy? Maybe.

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Ageing Eye Balm
Lightweight, sits well under Makeup. This is slightly more nourishing than the Lush one, but I didn’t feel it did something special.
Rebuy? I don’t think so.

Estée Lauder Advanced Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
A very lovely, though a little silicone-heavy serum. Review here
Rebuy? Yes, the 100 ml bottle at Duty-Free.
Edit: As the lovely Sunny from Mostly Sunny pointed out, the updated version is actually silicone-free. The one thing that still may be of concern to some is the use of different PEGs.

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads
Far from the original Clearasil „Burn your face off“ products of my youth, I love them for acid toning. Review here
Rebuy? Yes.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm
This was my first balm cleanser ever, and I loved it. But during pregnancy I just couldn’t stand the smell, so I turned to the Clinique Take the Day off and only recently finished this one. I will do a review on it as soon as repurchased, because the pot looks so disgusting right now I can’t take pictures.
Rebuy? Yes. After I finished the other cleansers lined up…

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm
Hands down the best lip balm i have ever tried. My savior during air-condition and harsh winter winds. I use it pretty much all year round.
Rebuy? Yes. Never want to be without it.

The body stuff

2. Body Stuff
Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Cream
This is a rich, heavy duty hand cream with a herbaceous smell. I use it at night time, because it takes some time to sink in, but it is a blessing for my dry and chapped hands.
Rebuy? Yes.

L´Occitane en Provence Dry Skin Foot Cream
A foot cream rich in Shea butter. Pleasant in texture and smell, but not rich enough for my feet.
Rebuy? No.

The hair stuff

3. Hair Stuff
Organic Hair Fertilizer
I am desperate to have long, healthy locks, but somehow my hair doesn’t seem to grow at all. At least in my mind, so I went ahead and bought this product. With pregnancy, the hairloss and a much needed chop, I can’t tell if this really has made a difference, but it contains some lovely ingredients.
Rebuy? Maybe.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Travel Size in Original (not pictured)
I wash my hair only twice a week, and depending on my workouts I sometimes need a little refreshing of the roots, which is why I like to keep some dry shampoo at hand. This one has been in my hand-/ diaper- or gym bag due to its convenient size.
Rebuy? Yes. Accidentally bought the Cherry scented one last time. Don’t do that!

The makeup stuff

4. Makeup
Bobby Brown Corrector in „Light Bisque“
My go-to Corrector for quite some time now. Great at neutralizing the blue in my dark circles.
I will review it once I get a new one.
But a quick question: Am I the only one who keeps breaking them? Every one I owned lost its lid about halfway through using it…
Rebuy? Yes, once I finished the one I am using right now.

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
Basically MACs version of a BB Cream/ Tinted Moisturizer. Light in coverage, dewy in finish, with a lot of added skincare benefits. Review here
Rebuy? No. I want a little more coverage.

L´Oréal Super Liner in „Black Laquer“
I love, love, love L´Oréals Super Liner in Extra Black Gloss (Review here) and accidentally grabbed the Black Laquer version. This one peeled off my eyelids within hours, despite looking really lovely at first.
Rebuy? No. I´ll stick with the other one.

So that´s it for this time.
I get to take the trash out and you get to leave me a comment below:
Did you like this post with the added links and mini-reviews?
What have you finished recently you are going to rebuy?