Products I’ve Used Up – Winter 2013

Some of my favourite articles to read on beauty blogs are “empties” posts, and “monthly favourites”. I figured that if I enjoy them, you might enjoy them too, so I thought I would introduce them into the M|U editorial schedule, and you can let me know if you enjoy reading them as well!

Over the last few weeks I have been collecting the empty carcasses of my used-up products. When you finish a beauty product, I think it’s fair to say that you get a pretty good idea of how effective it is for you. With each product, I’ll share a mini review and whether or not I enjoyed it (although if I finished it, chances are, I liked it).



MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light:

This lightweight, finely milled powder is my absolute favourite face powder of all time. It has a natural luminous skinlike finish that never looks dull or flat, and I find it to have good (but not great) oil controlling properties. I have worn this as a foundation on it’s own, buffing it into my skin with a kabuki, and I have used it as a setting powder. Heck, I’ve even used it as a brow highlight in a pinch!

There’s a reason that this is one of the most widely-loved products in the MAC Cosmetics permanent range, and it’s rare to find a makeup artist without this in their kit.

Would I repurchase this? I already have! I Had to have a backup well before I even hit pan!



Klorane Dry Shampoo:

Another all-time favourite product for me, I have not found a dry shampoo that is more effective n my hair than this one by Klorane. It has no overpowering fragrance, soaks up my oily roots like nobody’s business, and gives my roots a bit of volume and va-va-voom.

Would I repurchase this? Most definitely! I’ll be swinging past Priceline this week to get a fresh can before I leave for a week in sunny Queensland.

MooGoo Cream Conditioner:

I have an extremely sensitive scalp that is very prone to flaking (dandruff? EW!). I resigned myself to using Head & Shoulders for the rest of my life, even though I didn’t enjoy the way it made my scalp feel, when even that stopped working. At that point I started to suspect that SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate – a common ingredient in soapy products – it makes the foam) was irritating my scalp. At around this time I made the change to using MooGoo shampoo and conditioner, and the change in my scalp was instantaneous. Add to that the fact that it smells delicious (almost like a vanilla milkshake) and it leaves my hair super soft, and I’ve been sold ever since.

Would I repurchase this? Sure will, I picked up a new bottle of conditioner today.

EcoStore Normal Conditioner:

This was an emergency purchase one day when I had run out of conditioner, and couldn’t get to the health food store to get my regular MooGoo. It’s available at Woolworths and Coles, so is much more accessible. It did the trick, and left my hair pleasantly soft without irritating my scalp. My one real comment about this conditioner would be the smell. It has quite a pungent herby small that I quite enjoy, but could be a little offputting if you don’t like smelling like a hippy/health food shop.

Would I repurchase this? I won’t go out of my way to repurchase this conditioner, but if I find myself unable to get MooGoo, this is a convenient back-up.


Skincare and Face

Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water:

Showing you this one empty bottle of Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water is a little misleading, because in the last few months I have gone through BOTTLES of the stuff. If you’re unfamiliar with the product, it is an extra-gentle water-like makeup remover/cleanser that I find to be incredibly effective at removing even the toughest waterproof makeup. I use this to remove my makeup at the end of the day. I use it as an emergency cleanser if I am away from home for a night. I use it to remove makeup swatches when I am blogging, and I’ll often use it to clean my face in the morning before I apply my moisturiser/sunscreen/makeup. It doesn’t irritate my very sensitive skin, and I find it just as convenient but far more effective than makeup remover wipes..

Would I repurchase this? I have done, and I’m working my way through a jumbo 500ml bottle at the moment.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

I swear by Dermalogica Skincare. It’s what pulled my skin into line after years for dealing with dry, flaky skin that made wearing foundation impossible. This Dermalogica Special Cleansng Gel is part of my regular routine, and the trick is in the application. I take a teeny, tiny drop (about a 1/4 of a pump) into the palm of my hand, cup my hand and add a generous amount of water, then use the fingertips of my opposite hand to great a lather with big, loose bubbles. I then apply this foamy concoction to my face and work it in with a muslin cloth.

It’s not cheap, but this 500ml bottle has lasted me for almost 2 years.

Would I repurchase this? I picked up a replacement bottle at the recent International Spa and Beauty Expo.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant:

This is another essential step in my regular skincare routine. If I’m being honest, it’s a bit of a pain in the bum, but the results are so worth it. It’s a water-activated powder, so it can’t really be kept in the shower. I have a small shelf just outside my shower that I keep it on. After cleansing my face, I tip about 1/3 of a teaspoonful of this powder onto my wet hands. I don’t add any extra water, I just use my already wet hands to rub the powder, turning it into a relatively thick paste. I then massage this into my face, paying particular attention to any dry patches. Then I simply rinse it off under the running water of the shower. It leaves my skin incredibly soft, and effectively gets rid of any flaky skin.

Would I repurchase this? I picked up a replacement bottle at the recent International Spa and Beauty Expo.

Oral-B Pro-Health in Fresh Mint:

I never tought I would mention a toothpaste here on Makeup Utopia, but this is a toothpaste I have feelings for. It’s supposed to be the latest innovation from Oral-B, but all I an say is, when I combine this with my super-duper electric toothbrush, it makes my teeth feel super clean and shiny.

Would I repurchase this? It would take a small miracle to get me to buy any other toothpaste!

That about sums up the products I have used up over the last few weeks. Have you tried any of these products? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments.

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