It’s been over three months since my last empties update and I thought it may be a good time to take out the trash again… 🙂 I actually almost have enough products for two posts, but let’s get the first ten of 2018 out of the way first.

I have to say I’ve been really enjoying using up beauty products in the last six months or so. Since I’m not really an established beauty blogger in the US yet, I’m getting much less PR than I was in Australia. In turn, this gives me a chance to shop my stash and finish up all the half empty containers taking space on my bathroom shelves (actually, they are mostly gone by now). I feel like I’m decluttering my life a bit and it feels awesome. Maybe one day I’ll get back to being a one day cream, one night cream type of person – at this stage I’d really like that…

2018 empties

Enough rambling, let’s take a closer look at all the empty products I’m about to get rid of.

Cocoa Brown Rough Stuff 3 in 1 Body Scrub

Let’s start from a product that is ok, but did not blow my mind. The Cocoa Brown Body Scrub certainly does the job, but doesn’t have the wow factor. I like the grittiness of the scrub and how effective it is at removing dead skin cells. What I’m not the biggest fan of is the scent and that’s a big one for me when it comes to body scrubs. I would recommend this one to the fake tan lovers, I’ll keep looking for something better.

Repurchase? Don’t think so.

2018 empties

Olay Fresh Outlast Invigorating Champagne Mango & White Ginger Body Wash

Interesting scent, isn’t it? Champagne Mango is definitely something I would try as a desert or a drink… Interestingly enough, it does work well in a shower gel format as well. I can’t say I was able to detect the white ginger, but nonetheless it’s a nice body wash. Lathers well, does what it needs to do and lasts fairly well. A solid product from Olay.

Repurchase? Possibly, although I’m really into the Aveeno body washes at the moment.

Kosmea Rose Body Lotion

I’m a big fan of rose scented body products and this one certainly stands out. The fragrance is quite strong here and seems very “real”. I was actually comparing this body lotion to the more expensive competitor from Ren and it was not even a close call. The Kosmea product is so much nicer not only in the scent category, but I also like the formula better. It’s fairly lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. If you’re looking for a rose scented lotion, give this one a go.

Repurchase? Possibly, I think Kosmea products are available in the US. I’ll definitely consider it when I’m shopping for a body lotion again.

2018 empties

Rexona Clinical Protection Deodorant

Another one down… It has proven itself in the hot Texas weather and it was my go to product in Australia. Check my previous empties posts if you want to find out more about the Rexona Deodorant.

Repurchase? For sure, over and over again.

Al’chemy Ginkgo & Jojoba Intensive Moisture Hair Masque

My all time favorite hair mask – if there’s one hair product I can recommend to everyone, it’s this one. I’ve been using it for years now (on and off, but fairly consistently) and it’s been doing wonders for my hair. I’ve been using more heat tools in the recent months but there doesn’t seem to be much damage to my strands thanks to this moisture booster. The herbal scent is lovely and lingers for at least a day. Plus, it’s a natural product, which is always a bonus.

Repurchase? Yup, no doubt about it.

Garnier Micelar Water in Oil

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Garnier Micellar Water for years so it was only fair to try their new formula. At first I was obsessed with the Water in Oil version, but overtime I was just looking forward to finishing up a bottle and coming back to the original one. And to be honest, I can’t really pinpoint why. It could be the oilier consistency or the fact that as you use the product up, the balance between water and oil changes. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad product, because it does remove makeup just a well as other micellar waters on the market. Just a matter of preference…

Repurchase? Probably not at this stage. I’ll stick to their regular micellar water.

2018 skincare empties

Ella Bache Hydra Hyaluronic Cellular Serum

This product is a perfect example of an item that was pushed to the back of the shelf to make space for something new. It’s actually a really good hydrating serum and I was very happy to rediscover it in my stash. The lightweight consistency absorbs fast and is perfect to use under makeup. And, most importantly, the serum maintains good hydration levels of the skin and prevents the dryness from resurfacing as the day goes by. A solid serum from Ella Bache. I feel like it’s a very underrated brand but everything I’ve tried so far was high quality.

Repurchase? Maybe, I’m not sure whether the brand is easily available in the US.

Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser

I’ve recently talked about this product in the 2017 favorites post and here it is again! It took really long but I’ve finally gone through one of those. It’s a great cleanser for those of you with dry skin because it’s not harsh, but does an excellent job at removing dirt and makeup off the face. It will leave your complexion feeling clean and comfortable to the point where you won’t be reaching for a moisturizer immediately after rinsing it off.

Repurchase? Already have a back up.

Hylamide SubQ Anti Age Serum. 

The eye serum from the SubQ range is a favorite of mine, but the facial serum came a bit flat. I can’t say I disliked using it, but at the same time it didn’t really do that much in the anti-ageing department. Maybe I just don’t have that many issues to combat – wouldn’t that be great? I like the light formula and the hygienic application method, but at the same time I know that there are better things out there.

Repurchase? Don’t think so. I am eyeing a couple of product from their sister brand The Ordinary though…

wet'n'wild photo focus setting spray

Wet’n’Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray

It’s always nice to include a makeup item in the empties and today I have a setting spray to talk about. The Wet’n’Wild Photo Focus spray is very affordable and does the job just fine on dry skin. I’d say it’s a basic product that will prolong the wear of makeup but won’t really do much more. I don’t think it’s that great at reducing the powdery look or adding hydration to your skin. However, if you’re on a budget and just want something to lock your makeup in, I’d say it’s worth giving this one a try.

Repurchase? I have found a better product since using this one up, so probably not anytime soon.

Done and dusted, I’m looking forward to using up as much as I can in 2018! Yay for empties!

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