Empties for the months of April, May and June 2013

Filed Under (cosmetics, haircare, nail polish, scrub, skincare, treatment) by rinnah on 01-07-2013

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OK, so I finally got my act together this past quarter and managed to finish/use up/throw out/give away some stuff. Go me. Hahah.

OPI Drip Dry

This is a bottle of OPI Drip Dry that I bought years ago with the nail polish that started it all – OPI’s iconic I’m Not A Waitress. This is an empty that’s not really an empty that I managed to finish. In fact I think I only ever used it a few times and even then mostly on my toes when I gave myself a pedicure. It’s an empty only because it totally and completely dried up without my knowledge. (I know, I know, I’m a terrible hoarder.) I don’t really have a need to use an additional product to hasten manicure/pedicure dry time (not with my must have Seche Vite top coat around) so I wouldn’t be repurchasing anytime soon.

I also finished up the last remnants of a tube of Dynavate-N, which is a steroid cream that I use to control my eczema. Not an empty that I’m proud of but it’s a necessary evil at this point in time. To give you an idea of the amount of steroids I’m on, I have multiple tubes of this cream – with me in my handbag, one at office, two in my room in Singapore and one at home in Malaysia. They’re all in various stages of use so I kinda regularly finish it off.

The other item on the empty list but not pictured is a tube of Colgate toothpaste – pretty much self-explanatory, that one.

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Passed on a practically new tube of Pure Nutraceuticals pawpaw ointment that I opened but couldn’t stand the smell of – looks like fermented pawpaw and I are not meant to be best buds after all. I couldn’t verify the efficacy of this product on my eczema because I just couldn’t get past the smell.

Last empty for the quarter was again a bottle of Lactacyd – another self-explanatory empty.

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Threw out a barely used tub of Lucido-l hair wax (forgot to photograph it before it went into the trash so here’s a standard product shot) – remnant leftover from my buzz/undercut hairstyle last year as I’m now growing it out into a slightly longer bob. I have a mild suspicion that using the hair wax (or any hair styling product) aggravated my eczema because it was worse wherever my hair touched/covered my face, especially around my eyes. It also made my scalp itchy and flaky. The silly things we do in the name of vanity and fashion!

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Passed on a tube of Neutrogena Deep Clean blackhead eliminating daily scrub that I bought but again, hardly used. Even though I only used it for my nose a few times, it felt too harsh for my sensitive skin so eventually I stopped using it. If you have oily skin it may work for you though, as other bloggers love it. I’m starting to wonder if Neutrogena and I are not meant to be or if I’m picking all the wrong products from this brand.

It seems as though I’ve made progress but compared with the number of products I bought in the corresponding period, the input is far greater than the output. I really should do better at this whole empty business. Sigh.

Empties for the month of August 2012

Filed Under (bodycare, haircare, shampoo) by rinnah on 31-08-2012

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Thank God it’s Friday again! :)

Even as you read this post, I’m celebrating the National Day of Malaysia with a whole lot of makan events with family and friends – I have breakfast, brunch and dinner appointments all lined up today!

Onwards to the post. I lamented previously that I had an empty problem where I never seemed to be able to finish any of my beauty products due to a rather fickle habit of moving on to new products without finishing the old opened one. Encouraged egged on by Domncroxd, I put my mind to the task and managed to finish two products this month. Go me! :P

Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff shampoo

First up is my old faithful standby Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo. I am slightly ashamed to say that I brought this with me to Singapore 17 months ago but only managed to finish it this month after having abandoned it for other, flashier and newer shampoos. I used to reserve it for use only after workouts or particularly sweaty days as I love the cooling menthol feel on my scalp. This does help in controlling the flakies somewhat when I had eczema breakouts and is also awesome for stripping away the oilies. Sometimes a bit too good at stripping though so I pair it with a soft conditioner (currently using Pantene Aqua Light range).

Lactacyd Intimate Feminine Hygiene Wash

The other empty for the month is a feminine hygiene wash product, Lactacyd. Rather self explanatory, this one. I can only say that I bought a bottle in Singapore and it had a thicker liquid texture but the bottle bought in Malaysia had a watery and runny texture. Both bottles stated that they were manufactured in the same place though. I’m still not sure which one is the faulty bottle, but I didn’t like the watery one. It felt like it wasn’t really cleansing anything. I’ll repurchase again in Singapore to see if it’s like the initial bottle I used.

And that’s it for my August empties. Hopefully *fingers crossed* I’ll finish something in September that I can write about. Hahah.

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