Let’s talk trash #3

Hi friends,

I haven’t done an empties post in many moons, so it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I’ll only stick to the products worth mentioning (good and bad)

Skinstitut – L-lactic Cleanser

I think I have spoken about this before in a favourites blog, but it deserves another mention.  This cleanser is so effective but doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. L-Lactic Cleanser actually hydrates and nourishes the skin, while working on congested areas and improving the skins integrity. Over time my skin looks much more healthy and even has a bit of a glow about it.  I have already repurchased this cleanser and will again and again.

Dr Bronners Pure Castle Liquid Soap – Tea Tree

This soap is incredible – It is completely organic, plus the ingredients are ethically sourced and fair trade certified. That alone is impressive, however this humble liquid soap is impressive for so many other reasons, upwards of 18 to be exact. Dr Bronners can be used to wash almost anything. I use it on the floors, when I clean the bathroom, if I’ve ran out of body wash, to wash my fruit and veggies even. But what I love it best for is cleaning my make-up brushes. My brushes come up sparkling! Even those beautiful white Zoeva brushes that are always stained orange and red, they come up as good as new and with very little effort.  I’ve already gone through 2 of these and there are 2 brand new Lavender  and Rose scented bottles waiting for me. I highly recommend.

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Trefiel Anti Aging Lace Hydromask

This has got to be the most beautiful sheet mask I have ever used – And silly me forgot to take a photo! The mask looks like black lace on your skin, much better than those scary white cloth sheet masks.  Trefiel Lace Hydromask boasts premium ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for hydration, skin repair and free-radical protection. The ingredients are also plant-based and GMO free, meaning they contain no nasty chemicals and won’t harm your precious skin.  The mask feels cool and soothing on the skin and is much easier to wear than other sheet masks. This mask is really lovely to use, I will definitely re-purchase (Sorry again for not taking a picture of the beautiful lace detail)

Skinny Tan – Body Mousse

If you have been reading for a while you know that I h ave never been much of  a fake tanner, until recently. This little bottle of sunshine changed all of that. This tanner is so easy to use with beautiful natural-streak free results. Never had I used a product with such a natural bronze colour, without being too orange. The mousse is so easy to buff in and not-at-all sticky. It does transfer slightly on clothes, but didn’t stain my sheets at all. The scent isn’t offensive, the tan lasts for over a week and wears off evenly.  I have also gotten so many uses out of the one bottle, I am amazed. This little guy has turned me into a weekly tanner.

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Antipodes – Aura Manuka Honey Mask

I am sure Aura isn’t a stranger to regular readers of the blog; I adore this mask.  Full of antibacterial properties and intense hydration, this mask is so soothing, nourishing and gets to work on any pesky pimples. This can be left on for 10 minutes, an hour or all night for an especially intense treatment. Aura smells of juicy mandarin and creamy vanilla, and it spreads so easily all over the face. It really is a pleasure to use. I like to massage the mask into my skin using a jade roller for better absorption. I am truly sad that my tube has run out, but with so many other hyrdration masks waiting to get on my face, it’s only fair I don’t re-purchase just yet….. but it will certainly make its way back into my stash in no time. I would like 1x life supply of Aura please, skincare gods.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid.

I usually love Bioderma – They have innovative products that are of such a high-quality, I am often surprised that they are sold in Priceline. But this little guy, let me down. This Corrective Care Fluid states that it is a purifying, smoothing cream that hydrates and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. For me, none of these statements ring true. The fluid is very thin, I find no moisturising benefits for my skin. I used the whole tube, which lasted quite a while,  but never noticed a difference in blackheads, smoothing or purifying. I had read that some people used this as a primer, but when I tried this, the product just seemed to ball up under my foundation. I sadly found nothing positive about this. But that is not to say that it won’t work for anybody else. My love for Bioderma will forever remain.

Loreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Strengthening and Repairing Mask Treatment

This was another disappointing product  for me. I use a hair treatment mask every time I wash my hair; I am all about that soft, hydrated hair life. I cannot function if my hair is knotty or dry.  I was looking forward to this treatment, it is marketed as Loreal’s most gentle treatment and is 100% sulphate-free. But unfortunately it was a little too gentle, in that it did nothing for me. The mask is fairly runny but has a beautiful fresh scent. It applies effortlessly and feels lovely in the hair. However, after washing and drying my hair was dry and felt similar to straw. I played around with the amount I used but kept getting similar results. I won’t be purchasing this guy again.

 

 

Speak soon lovers,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

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Let’s talk trash

Hello beautiful people,

Are you ready for another installment of Trash Talk?

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray ($23-49)

This little bottle of magic is a holy grail item to me. I first used this a year or so ago and instantly fell in love. I noticed such a huge difference in the longevity of my foundation and oil control. Any excess powders dissipated and my make-up is set and look fresh as a daisy all day. It is a little on the more expensive side of things, which is why I buy the smaller bottle, but it lasts quite a while.  The All Nighter Setting Spray has already been re-purchased and will be again and again.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold ($ 59.95)

Liquid Gold is a cult product, everyone raves about the miracle results – Firmer skin, smaller pores, reduction in wrinkles and  refined skin texture. I might be shunned from the beauty community for saying this, but I just don’t see it. While I feel like it does make a small difference, I just don’t see these miraculous results the morning after; nothing that is screaming fresh, youthful skin as some people describe. I so desperately want this to work for me as it works for others, but I am not sure whether I can shell out another $60 if I am unsure about it. I really love Go-To Skincare’s exfoliating swipeys, I think that they may be a better option for me. However, I don’t believe I am quite ready to give up on Liquid Gold just yet.

Olaplex – Hair Perfector take home treatment

What a huge miracle in a little bottle. As a blondie with fine and generally dry hair this little guy is a godsend. My hairdresser uses this in my hair colour and then this is the take home treatment to use weekly. As I understand it, Olaplex reconnects and bonds hair fibres which limits damage during and after colouring. It is free from silicones, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty free.  For the last 6 months or so I have been using this at home and in the salon and the results are undeniably good. It is an extra $80 or so on top of your usual salon expenses, but I fully recommend it for blondes, especially if you are trying to go lighter.

Fudge – Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo ($19.95)

This is an old favourite of mine. I have gone through so so so so many of these babies.  Absolutely nothing tones and looks after my hair like this shampoo does.  I have a thing about brassiness in my hair, I would much rather it be an over-toned grayish purple than yellow, and Clean Blonde is the only shampoo that actually makes a difference. The smell is uplifting and the shampoo itself is a dark indigo colour. It doesn’t dry out my fine blonde locks and always removes any yellow tones. It can slightly stain any dry skin on your hands, but I don’t find that a problem. I cannot say enough good things about this product. Now I just need a lifetime supply, haha!

Lush – Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask ($35.95)

I was so excited for the Australian release of this mask. I love anything coffee, anything scrubby and most products from Lush, so this sounded amazing. Firstly the small was incredible! So energizing and uplifting and exactly what you’d expect. It is perfect for those bleary-eyed monday morning showers. The formula is somewhat creamy speckled with grains of coffee. It feels quite nice on the skin, but I found the grains a little too abrasive on my face. So I use it on my body and very gently on my face.  I have used many coffee scrubs over the years and I wouldn’t say this is a favourite nor is it even in my top 5.  I don’t want to take away from it, because there is nothing overly wrong with it, but I just don’t love it.

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Catwalk by Tigi – Oatmeal and Honey Hair Mask ($25.95)

Now this is what I call liquid gold. This hair mask is everything. It smells incredibly delicious and leaves my hair so so so soft, healthy, smooth and shiny. It looks beautiful when air-dried, but also is so much better to style after using this. I honestly cannot get over how healthy this makes me hair look and feel.   I tend to use hair masks over regular conditioners because of the hydration factor, and because of this I have come across many duds that just don’t work. Many masks are leave my dry hair greasy, limp and lifeless regardless of how much or how little I use. I have never found one that ticks all the boxes. But boy, does this little tub deliver. My hair is swishy, soft and smells like banana porridge (That’s a good thing). I always have a good hair day when I have conditioned with this mask. Annnnnd I have run out, so bad hair days all round. Now if I could get a lifetime supply of this one too, that’d be great.

 

What empties have you had this month? Link your own empties post in the comments. What would you repurchase or steer clear from?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I genuinely believe are worthy of a mention.