Beauty Empties July 2015

July 13, 2015 Beauty Edits
cruelty-free beauty empties

The boyfriend commented on how I’ve been accumulating several empty products in the bathroom and (sort of) threatened to throw them out if I didn’t do something with them.

So here I am today, to share with you the products that I really liked, loved or didn’t care much about but still managed to go through!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Santa Fe)

nars sheer glow foundation santa fe

NARS Sheer Glow is one of the most heralded foundations among many a beauty enthusiast so I thought I’d give it a try. As my first high-end foundation, I didn’t know what to expect but was met with sheer joy when I sampled it from Mecca Cosmetica.

The dewy finish was awesome, but on warmer days my face would get oily before noon. I was also impressed with the range of shades they have because the last foundation I had (Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! – which is NOT cruelty-free) made me look like I had jaundice even though the Benebabe who served me told me the shade was the closest match.

I won’t be repurchasing though, partly because I’m on the hunt for other cruelty-free foundations and the other part is the fact that NARS is Shiseido-owned. I recently sampled Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation too and I love it, but they’re owned by L’Oreal so I’ll avoid it too unless there really isn’t anything better out there.

theBalm Cheater Mascara

thebalm cheater mascara

theBalm’s Cheater mascara gave my lashes the volume as promised, but didn’t quite uphold the promise to lengthen my lashes. Sure they looked the slightest bit longer, but it needed to lengthen a bit more to balance out the volume it gave my lashes so they didn’t look so clumpy!

It did help when I wiped off excess product from the volumising brush, but I’d rather not have to do that every time I applied mascara!

Don’t get me wrong, I loved this mascara to bits! And would consider repurchasing it, but I’m now using Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara and I haven’t found any fault in it yet.

LUSH Cosmetics No Drought Dry Shampoo

lush no drought dry shampoo

Quick Tip: Opt for the smaller sized bottle of No Drought if you generally don’t use dry shampoo!

This 115g bottle lasted me ages and I was very close to the expiry date when I was finished with it. I guess an alternative to getting the smaller sized bottle is just to keep an eye on the expiry date when you pick it up from LUSH!

No Drought worked great for my hair, and the only thing I didn’t like was how the powder product was dispensed through the same bottle caps they use for liquid products. I prefer not to use my hands to apply dry shampoo, thank you very much!

Aēsop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser

aesop parsley seed cleanser

I absolutely LOVED this Aēsop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, and enjoyed how it doubled up as a chemical exfoliant (lactic acid). It worked so well in leaving my skin feeling soft and supple, I looked straight past the hefty price tag.

I would definitely repurchase this again if my new Suki Skincare cleanser doesn’t work out for me.

But if you store your cleanser in the shower, I’d advise to keep it as far away from the shower head as possible as the pump tends to collect water. This water then seeps into the bottle and dilutes the product.

LUSH Cosmetics Rose Jam Shower Gel

lush rose jam shower gel

If you’ve read my latest update on LUSH’s Christmas in July range, you’ll know that I’ve already repurchased this shower gel to last me until December. Why? Because I love the Rose Jam scent so much that I don’t want to do without it!

What’s meritable about this particular rose scent is that it’s not overly floral, and closer to a fresh, tart, rose scent. It reminds me a lot of Turkish delights!

Last night, I showered with this and finished the job with their Pearl massage bar which shares the same lovely scent. Do go give it a sniff (if you haven’t already) next time you drop by Lush, and let me know what you think!

LUSH Cosmetics American Cream Hair Conditioner

lush american cream conditioner

I adored their Retread conditioner, but after a while of use my hair started feeling dirty quickly. I’m not really sure if the other products I was using was causing the build up, and I felt like my hair needed a change, so I sampled American Cream to see how my hair reacted.

My hair loved it, so I went on to purchase a full bottle of it. Besides how well it worked on my hair, I also loved the strawberry/vanilla milkshake scent! It always reminds me of that milkshake scene from Pulp Fiction for some reason?!

But alas, once again my hair feels like it’s getting dirty quickly again so I’m currently sampling their Veganese conditioner.

Red Seal Herbal Mineral Toothpaste


If you’re looking for a vegan toothpaste that tastes as good as your standard supermarket toothpastes, then Red Seal’s Herbal toothpaste is the one to look into. We’ve been through several tubes of these toothpastes now, including the Lemon flavoured one and we have no qualms about it.

This herbal one is just as minty fresh and just as good as the Colgate/Macleans ones we used to use, if not better.

The lemon flavoured one on the other hand? We weren’t great fans of it because the zestiness of the lemon lingered in the mouth for ages, and personally, it wasn’t very pleasant…

Can you guys recommend any cruelty-free alternatives to these products? I’d be happy to try other products!

Much love,

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kim July 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I love American cream and have used it for years! I love empties posts ^^ now I want to try No Drought. It may be kinda messy but I think it’s healthier than using a pressurised spray can. I’ve also used lemon toothpaste before and agree that it tastes weird! I think the natural one we use is called. Grants or Dr Grants.

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