Dec 1, 2012

The empties: October & November 2012 (and a little philosophy)

How's your weekend so far? We're in the middle of carton boxes, again, starting to UNpack in our new house. My hands and nails have certainly suffered these days! I was needing a break and I thought to publish this idea I saw somewhere and that was in my drafts. "The Empties!!"
This is what I've used up the past month or so, and my opinion whether I'd repurchase or not:
  • Christian Dior Miss Dior Chérie L'eau. Repurchase: I would, I love it, specially for spring.
  • Précision Chanel Gel pureté. Repurchase: of course, is my go-to cleanser
  • Précision Chanel Lotion Confort. Repurchase: sure, is my go-to toner
  • The Body Shop Body Butter Duo Sweet Pea. Repurchase: I won't, I've got enough of the scent. need to change!
  • The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel. Repurchase: already have! the scent is lovely for all the family (meaning is not too "girly" lol).
  • Nivea SOS Hand Balm Repair & Care. Repurchase: I would, it's a Great product, but for the time being I have other mosturizers to be used up first (including my lovely The body shop Holiday Edition!)
  • Labello Lipcare Classic. Repurchase: I have so many backup lipbalm that I could post about it! lol! I wont repurchase this, or any other, for that reason. But you all know is a classic.
  • Rausch Baume nutritif aux germes de blé. Repurchase: I would, I love the scent and how it leaves my hair soft.
  • Rausch Shampooing Volumateur à la Mauve. Repurchase: I would, but not for winter. With wool clothes my hair gets static electricity :(
  • Benefit Refined Finish facial Polish. Repurchase: not really. I've used better products for the same price.
  • Seche Vite. Repurchase: already have, although I wish to find a topcoat that does the same but is free of Toluene. Do you know one like this?
  • Gemey Maybelline Dissolvant douceur (acetone free). Repurchase: already have! This stuff is great!
  • Gemey Maybelline Dissolvant Express (with acetone) Repurchase: I won't. In fact I had better results with the acetone free version which removes polish and nail glue faster, smells better and damages less my skin.
  • NYX Mascara (brown). Repurchase: already have! I like that it does not irritate my eyes (very sensitive eyes of mine), it's very convenient price wise, and is a good option when I don't want to wear black lashes.
  • Silky Cosmetics Bliss Whiped Sugar Polish. Repurchase: This company does not exist anymore :( Back in 2010 I bought 2 of these sugar scrub, and sadly finished this month, and now it's gone forever! I wish the scent could be shared online! it smells so wonderfully good!
Now a little of my philosophical digress:
I saw some of the beauty bloggers posting about the products they've used up, and I found it a good idea. Not only because that shows you like the product, but also, and more importantly to me,
that you appreciate the value and the cost of things. 
This may sound weird to some of you, but I was raised in the principle of "caring about what you have because it was not free". I'm not trying to say that we made a cult out of material things, not at all. But we were very aware that my parents worked their as*es off to get us (me and siblings) the best they could. And I've always appreciate that, because you keep in touch with reality.
Many of us blogging about beauty, may seem superficial and not caring about the value of things, because "we have so many" of these. While that is true -we actually own more products than average people would- I really wish not to give the impression that I don't care about what I get. Back in childhood we couldn't "open a new box of cookies, chocolate or whatever, until the previous wasn't finish" because they might go to waste, and we never threw away food. That's what I've learnt and that's what I try to do with beauty products I buy. For instance: I only open two mascaras at once, because I can be sure to use them up before expiration period, same thing with mosturizers, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, all type of skin or hair care products, all sort of makeup primers, cleansers, toners, scrubs, and everything that has 3 to 6 months expiration. I sometimes write down with indelible maker the date I've opened the product and keep my open products at hand. I really hate to forget about a product I've opened and I have not used!! (this does not apply to nail polish because they last so long).

So do you think I'm completely crazy or you find some logic to what I'm saying? Do you use up everything you buy? Is there something you love specially that you keep buying every time you finish up?

If you red up to here, Loads of love to you,!LOL
Keep enjoying your weekend,
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  1. i think your logic is good. weirdly enough, i don't use make up, but i try to have a reasonable amount of other beauty products and not to buy new ones until i finish some of the old. but, when it comes to polishes, all the logic seems to disappear! :)

    1. Thanks for your reading! I agree it's hard to keep the same logic with nail polish, lol!

  2. I use up (almost) every beauty product I open. I normally open one, use it up and then open the next. This doesn't count for most decorative cosmetics, like eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, nailpolish etc. or perfume, as I like the diversion. But I do open only one mascara, one face powder, one foundation etc. as I always use the same there.

    1. Hi Aglaya! I agree with you, makeup colours (maybe except liquid foundation) last very long, and we use very little amount (eyeshadow for instance) so that does not count. I also use always the same foundation, I think once you find your perfect match is hard to change! I like different colours of mascara when I do special looks. This Fall I've been using Plum shade mascara !

  3. Fab idea for a post! Your unpacking and still productively coming up with good post ideas! I'm looking for a top coat to replace Seche Vite.. In my case mostly for the shrinkage of polish ~ But what can beat that shine?! Such a insightful post. I've not tried a lot of these but I am still killing for the body shop hand cream (with the vanilla and gingerbread scent!) xx

    1. Hi Ithi, thanks for reading my rambling post, lol! This idea was in my drafts, I took the picture last Monday, while sorting all my recyclables.
      The body shop creams are great, and smell so nice!

  4. I think this is a fab idea - I often have multiple items open (I have 6 moisturisers on the go at the moment - crazy!) and I am trying to finish one up at a time, then move to the next and not open anything else until gone and keep that pattern up! Purfume is a bit tricky though, I have six and love them and use them all. BTW Miss Cherie Dior L'eau is my all time favourite but it has been discontinued *sad*. Love your blog :) xox

    1. Hi Suey! thanks for reading and commenting, WOW 6 mosturizers is a lot, you really beat me there! I thought I had too much opened at once! lol. So sad The Dior perfum has been discontinued! I didn't know, I thought I saw it the other day, but I must have got confused ?!

  5. Yeah I have a bad habit of finding something new and thinking/hoping? it might be better than what I already have - not that I actually need anything else! It is a bad habit for sure! The perfume was discontinued during the year - I tried to find it in duty free in HK in April and they didn't have it, some department stores had some, but it was their last stocks - I got a new bottle and a back up, so I will try and ration it a bit lol. I have just got Cult Nails Wicked Fast as a quick dry top coat and loving it so far, but I don't have Seche to compare - just essie Good To Go and I prefer Wicked Fast :) xox

  6. I love and understand the philosophy that you have and I agree on that! I try to do the same and most of the times I really do follow that but some things like lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail polishes (obviously hehe)are just never ending for me ;)
    Top coats, base coats, nail oils, cuticle removers, all those I try to end up before I open new ones, or at least I try to use the whole product!

    1. Of course Ina! I do not count lipstick, eyeshadow or nailpolish! those items last very long.
      Thanks for commenting!

  7. I think you're very correct in what you're saying about products and use, and I agree about everything. I use everything till its empty..except some gift which I've got. That's one thing I don't like about Christmas and the consumption around it..often there's such a waste just because of tradition. Sure it's cute, but if you'd spend everything you spend on gifts to other, to your self, maybe there wouldn't be so much waste. I mean who hasn't got a shampoo or perfume not smelling like you want, a sweater being outrageously ugly etc?! if you'd bought those things your self you would have bought things you really liked.
    About makeup and stuff like that I use them until they're empty. Some people say that you can only have powders for x amounts of months. Sure there's limit with bacterias. I'm also that kind that I like to use food and such until it's empty, not when the date's say so. Often food products last longer than the description says.

    1. Hi Gelic, thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I agree with you, I don't use up things I dislike either.
      Ugly gifts are a classic for Christmas! A friend of my husband's organizes every year a lottery with friends it's called "Loto immonde" (filthy lottery) it's fun because everyone brings as prizes all the ugly presents received for Christmas, and it's the only lottery nobody wants to win! lol.


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