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Empties! (February)

Hi everyone! Aren’t you glad it’s Friday?! 🙂

I’ve been lucky this week, as I celebrate my birthday this week. I received a present from Mr R which was a massive surprise – and you’ll be glad he got it for me – because it is a new DSLR camera!!! 🙂 It’s a Canon EOS 600D and, well, I think it’s going to take me a while to learn to use it properly but I think the quality of the pictures I’ve been able to take on it is waaaay better than with my old cameras! Sometimes I’ll still use my older and smaller cameras for photos where a bulkier camera is inconvenient or impractical, but most of the time I’ll be shooting with my newbie. So far I’ve got 2 lenses for it – one capable of general + macro shots and one for more long distance shooting.


Here’s a selection of my empties from February which I thought were worth reviewing! (Whoops forgot to watermark this pic… oh well!)

My thoughts on these products, going from L to R:

Biore Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

Price: approx. $6 AUD depending on where you buy it.

Where can I get it? Most supermarkets and chemists.

Well I think these are the original and still the best when it comes to pore cleaning, congestion clearing, or however you’d like to put it! A while ago I tried using THEFACESHOP’s mask which claims to do the same thing and it did not even mildly compare (you can read more here).

These have been my go to since a teenager, so yup I always end up repurchasing these! (I wish I didn’t need to but my skin is combo – oily so I don’t think this will happen any time soon. 😦 )

Do make sure you follow the instructions carefully and you should be equally happy with this product. Steer clear of it if you have very delicate or easily irritated skin.

Beautiful rating: quality 5/5, value 5/5. They do what they say they’ll do and they’re a reasonable price.


Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black mascara

Price: can be up to $14.95 AUD depending on where you get it… Yup we get ripped off here don’t we?! 😦

Where can I get it? As per the pore strips! 🙂

Another staple of mine. Very reliable mascara. Not sure if it’s truly the “blackest black”, as how “black” can black be past, well, black?!

However, I find that this mascara does not do terribly well in terms of extending the length of your lashes or enhancing curl. I like it as a day to day mascara for work or general outings, but prefer others when going out at night and for special occasions.

Beautiful rating: quality 4/5, value 4/5.


Olay Wet Cleansing Cloths – Sensitive

Price: I got it on sale for $5 AUD.

Where can I get it? Most supermarkets and chemists.

Boy I was disappointed with these. I’ve used a range of cleansing cloths in the past and never had the problem I did with these, which ironically are meant to be for sensitive skin. As soon as I used these (I typically use them as a first step of cleansing to get most of my makeup off, particularly eye makeup) my eyes began to sting and water like mad! So they went straight in the bin after I took the Empties shot. 😦

I’m considering actually contacting Olay to give them my feedback on these as I felt the “Sensitive” tag is very misleading. I guess at least by including this in the post it will alert others to the problems with this product.

Beautiful rating: quality 1/5, value 1/5 – no good for sensitive skin!


Well folks, that wraps up the Empties for Feb. Onto my thoughts on some Etude House products!

For those of you who are into cameras – what type of camera do you have and why? (i.e. Do you have a preference for a particular brand or type of camera, such as film vs digital?)


March 2012




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