It has been quite a while since I have posted due to a very busy few months (which I’ll spare you all the boring details of), and this post in particular is well overdue. I declared on my Instagram that I would do an empties review once a month and clearly that didn’t happen, but we’re here now, so let’s get right into it.
The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream ($52.99) is one of the best moisturisers I have used. It’s really hydrating without being too greasy, absorbs quickly and smells really good! Antipodes are a New Zealand brand offering organic, cruelty-free products with a big focus on sustainability, so are well worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new skincare items. They are on the pricey side for a “drugstore” brand so I always wait for the famous Priceline skincare sale to purchase.
I am sure you are all aware of the magical cleansing properties of the very-specifically named Detergent for Puff and Sponge from Daiso, but if you’re not, invest that $2.80 and find out for yourself. I burn through these like crazy and always buy extras in case it is discontinued one day (a ghastly thought!) Bonus shot of my sleeping puppies in the background of this shot.
Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder ($12.95) is another one of my staples. It is my favourite everyday setting powder. Does the job perfectly, cruelty free and really affordable.
This Batiste Hold Me Hairspray came in a Bella Box and I was really excited to try it as Batiste’s dry shampoo is so good. I was really impressed with this product. I have quite fine hair and since getting it cut super short, hairspray is a must to keep everything in place. It holds well without feeling gross and sticky, and is definitely invisible in your hair like it claims – no weird crunchy film on your hair. It also smells lovely! I’ll definitely be purchasing this again.
I started using rosehip oil after hearing about all the good things it did for Crystal Conte. This was the first one I purchased and it felt like it lasted forever. I use it as the final step in my before-bed skincare routine and I have noticed a big improvement in my skin since I’ve been using it. I can’t imagine rosehip oils from other brands being all that different but the Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil is certified organic and vegan, and they are an Australian company so definitely a good option if you’re keen to try this product.
I picked up the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant tin on a whim going through the duty free checkout at the airport last May, and I am devastated that I have finally finished it because a quick Google tells me that it’s not actually that easy to find in Australia! I find a lot of lip balms actually dry my lips out more but this one is the best I have ever used and I’m going to stock up if I ever find it again. If anyone out there sees it anywhere please do let me know!
I can’t remember the last time I finished a fragrance! Anais Anais L’Original by Cacharel is a little cheapie that I picked up from Priceline mostly because I thought the bottle was super cute, but I think the fragrance is beautiful! My favourite scents are quite old-fashioned and “nanna-ish” and this one fit the bill perfectly. I know fragrance is a very subjective thing so it’s not really something I can recommend without you trying for yourself, but this is one that I will definitely go back to, and it’s only $25 for a 30ml bottle.
I’m slowly working my way through the collection of masks that I have accumulated. The Manuka Honey and Collagen sheet masks are Etude House, Broccoli sheet mask is TonyMoly and Blemish Mud is Montagne Jeunesse. To be honest, I don’t think any of these masks did too much for my skin, but the sheet masks feel lovely, cool and moisturising so perfect to relax in on a Sunday. In fact, I think I’m off to do another one now!
Have you tried any of these products? I would love to hear your thoughts! As always, let me know if there’s anything you would like me to talk about next, and I’ll see you back here next time.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Love, Sarah xx