Empties | 002

I've been postponing this post since December last year. Last year! How many days (or weeks) ago was that and it's all because I'm a lazy bum. I wasn't feeling it, blogging about products I mean, but I suppose I have to do it in order to clear some space. It's actually a mini achievement of 2016 because a month after my first empties post, I have empties again and this time, it's a pretty huge list too so kudos to me for using up my stuff (and collecting trash in my room.)

Bath & Body

Shiseido Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo — I mentioned this product from Shiseido in this post before and it's still one of my favorite hair care products ever. In fact, I'm going to go as far as to say that I swear by it. There are five variants in total but I've only ever tried three of them which are the purple (volume boost and oily scalp), red (extra moist for dry, frizzy hair) and white (damage care) and I love all of them. The extra moist shampoo has a runny consistency, has a milky texture and is pale yellow in color; it does not weigh my hair down, leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and tangle-free even without conditioner. All Shiseido Tsubaki products have very nice floral scent that isn't too strong for my sensitive nose.

Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Conditioner — I actually finished the shampoo first before the conditioner which explains why I did not use a matching conditioner with the Extra Moist shampoo. So far, I've only tried the Damage Care conditioner so I can't really judge the purple or red one. This one has a thick, creamy consistency and a little goes such a long way which is why it took me quite a long time to finish. It's a nice conditioner with very nice scent and it certainly does its job but if you have very flat or dull hair, I'd say opt for the purple or red one instead because this can be a little heavy for you. It's definitely a better fit for people with very dry / damaged, color treated hair.

Original Source Mint & Walnut Shower Scrub — it's green, it's fresh and it smells like the mint chocolate chip ice cream from Baskin Robbins! It's a gentle body scrub even for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. I have to say that not everyone is going to love this because the scent can come off as a little too intense but since I love mint, I loved this just fine. I'm not sure if I'm going to repurchase this or not because as much as I love exfoliating myself, my eczema hates it when I do. Still, if you're looking for a gentle shower scrub, consider looking into Original Source.

Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash — Clean & Clear is my absolute go-to brand when it comes to face cleanser. I love how economical this is and believe me when I say a little goes such a long way. It lathers well, does not strip or dry out my skin and leaves my skin feeling fresh and just squeaky clean but not tight. I have purchased this repeatedly and still loving it until today. I also mentioned this product in a monthly favorites post. Overall, it's a great, basic classic product.

Dove Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant in Powder Soft  — alright here's the thing: we know how aluminium and antiperspirant deodorants have gotten so much hate and controversies due to their possibility of causing cancer. You see, as much as I want to use organic, natural deodorant, I cannot find anything like that here (in Indonesia) and buying one online is hella expensive. Hate me all you want but I'm staying true to Dove's deodorant since it's the only one that suits my sensitive skin. I tried Rexona's before and I hate it. Dove is also paraben-free and most importantly, it does not irritate my skin. The Powder Soft variant has a subtle smell that smells like baby's powder which I really love. As I'm typing this, I'm currently trying out the Original one and I love it just the same.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush — it's budget friendly, easy to get, smells nice and does its job in soaking up oil in my scalp. It also works great as a styling product. As much as I want to branch out and try other dry shampoos out there, I love Batiste to bits and it's a lot easier to get so I'm definitely going to buy more Batiste in the future.

Nivea Whitening Happy Shave Deodorant Spray — I hate this product. I generally dislike deodorant spray so I don't know why I bother buying this in the first place. I guess I wanted a quick "spray and go" kind of deodorant scenario but alas, I hated this product and I will not repurchase. I also hate the smell and how it leaves my armpits feeling itchy! Urgh, no.

Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil — crazy expensive but crazy worthwhile. This was my second Shu Uemura cleansing oil and I love it to bits! Suitable for all skin type, it removes my makeup and does not clog my pores, leaves my skin feeling fresh, soft and supple. If you suffer from acne-prone / oily skin, however, I suggest looking into the Porefinist Anti-Shine one which works well for blackheads and excess sebum. I personally wouldn't repurchase because it's expensive and I do have my more budget-friendly micellar water, however, if I were to poop money, I wouldn't mind trying out other variant of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil.

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter — I don't understand brands who limit amazing products and this is one of them. Why oh why must this one be a limited edition! The pinita colada body butter is great for normal to dry skin, is lightweight in texture and goes on smoothly without leaving any greasy feeling on the skin. The smell is absolutely amazing and if you're a fan of pina colada who didn't get the chance to try this body butter out, you need to! 

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter — I love to slather this body butter all over my body especially on my dry patches whenever I have eczema flare-ups. It has a very thick consistency which makes it perfect for extremely dry skin. I find that out of all the body butters I have owned, the wild argan oil one is the best when it comes to moisturizing my eczema. I have yet to repurchase this but I'm definitely going to do it!

The Body Shop Peppermint Pumice Reviving Foot Scrub — this was my first foot scrub product so I don't have anything else to compare this with. It works great in exfoliating my feet, removing dry skin and leaving them soft and smooth. I also love how it produces foam, making it easy to work with. I'm not sure if I'll repurchase because I always want to try other brands.


Hada Labo Shirojyun Ultimate Whitening Lotion — Hada Labo's lotion is my holy grail toner from the drugstore. Before I found Hada Labo, I was afraid of toner because the one I used before contains alcohol and it caused my skin to breakout like crazy. Ever since I use Hada Labo's lotion, my skin never breaks out and is always supple to the touch. Free from alcohol, fragrance and colorant, it also does not contain mineral oil and is safe for sensitive skin. For the Shirojyun line, the products contain vitamin C, arbutin and of course, hyaluronic acid. I will definitely repurchase this after I'm done with my current Gokujyun Moisturizing Light Lotion.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Eye Reviver Duo — another product that I hate because it just did nothing to me. This product has a roll-on and a cream product to be applied for under eyes. The roll-on kind of stings my skin and the cream product is barely there. I don't know what happened but every time I tried using the cream product, it's like I received a half-empty, non-brand new product! It claims to reduce puffiness and brightens but again, it didn't work at all. I prefer the Vitamin E eye cream a lot more.


Maybelline Mineral Powder Natural Concealer — this was my very first concealer ever and I had it way before I found the Revlon Colorstay and my holy grail Maybelline Fit Me concealer. It's discontinued now though and it was decent while it last. Besides, I prefer the Fit Me more than this one.

Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara (Waterproof) — one of the best mascara I have ever tried! It has does not clump, and separates, curls and lengthens my lashes very nicely. I wouldn't say it gives you a loooot of volume but it does add the right amount of volume. I don't have super short Asian lashes (despite being one) but they do grow straight down so I need mascara that keeps them curled. It's also available in non-waterproof formula.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara (Non-Waterproof) — this is another favorite of mine from Max Factor. I love to use it together with the Clump Defy to give more volume to my lashes. Unlike the former, this mascara that comes in a purple tube has chubby, stubby wand that reminds me of Maybelline's The Rocket mascara although I wouldn't call them the exact same thing. For people with super short lashes, this mascara might be tricky to apply.

I wanted to include a few sheet masks I have tried and used up but I suppose they will have to be written in a separate post. In total, I think I have used up a lot of products and that's some dedicated achievement right there.

* products in bold are those that I'm definitely going to repurchase

What product have you used up recently? Have you tried any of the products mentioned here?


  1. The only recent product I have actually emptied wasa facial scrub from Lush. The other products, I threw them away because they're old and have not been using them, and that they really do nothing for me. I used to buy a lot of these a few years ago, but with my (hopefully) minimalist apprach this year, I wish to reduce throwing stuff. I have some stuff I bought (still sealed) about 2 years ago and I am planning on emptying those...or at least put them to use.

    Ah, Shiseido, aren't they very expensive?

  2. Yes they are quite pricey since they are not drugstore products. But for 500ml and quality that i got, the price was worth it imo. It's not luxury level so it's not as expensive as, say, the shiseido fuente forte line or kerastase from l'oreal.

  3. Love these! I'd love to own more by The Body Shop. My empties consist of Lush hair products and Catrice mascara, haha!

    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  4. I feel like every time I read an empties/favorites post my wishlist grows a little more. The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil has been on there for a while now, though I actually don't hear much buzz about it nowadays. Glad to hear it's awesome, but yeah, it's ridiculously expensive for something that lasts a minute on your skin before you rinse it off >_<

  5. Congratulations on having some more empties! Hehe I should do something similar except I always throw away my empties immediately because I have a messy drawer ;~;. I remembered The Body Shop and Shiseido Shampoo/Conditioner! Ohoooo the Shiseido products are ~$13 for the 8oz bottles. It sounds like a really good product. It's intersting to see that your shampoo runs out before the conditioner. I'm more of a conditioner person.

    The Clean & Clear facial wash is definitely an economical product that does its job. My issue with deodorants are the stains that sticks to my clothes even after washing... @___@. A natural deodorant I used was super smelly. I should check out the body butter. I have two eczema spots on my hands and it became worse lately D;.

    I always use up my MAC/Clinique eyebrow pencils before anything else XS.

  6. woah you added some more products to my wishlist! i definitely want to try tsubaki conditioner. but my hair hates it when i use conditioner e___e currently i use ellips hair mask (pink one) and my hair loves it. did nothing for split ends though boo

    i'm halfway finishing the mineral concealer and going to buy fit me next! if only they are not keep out of stock in stores! T___T

  7. what do you mean your hair hates conditioner? that it becomes oily and greasy fast?

    you must get the fit me concealer, it's sooo goood! it doesn't crease and it goes on smooth. i love love it! i can see why lots of beauty bloggers rave about it being one of the best drugstore concealers

  8. i only use conditioner from mid to ends so that's probably why i run out of shampoo first before conditioner. also, the shiseido tsubaki conditioner is really thick and creamy and i don't have crazy thick bushy hair so yea ^^;;

    ah, the dove deodorant does not stain my clothes though! but of course, it's always advisable to wait for the deodorant to dry before wearing clothes. if you want a quick fix, try a spray deodorant. i personally hate it since it's like spraying pesticide blergh too much chemical too.
    if you don't like body butter, try using lotion or milk or hand cream (if the eczema is on your hand) :D i'm trying to moisturize more and use corticosteroid less :(

  9. the shu uemura cleansing oil is stupid expensive! LOL
    a drugstore micellar water can also remove makeup just fine so splurging on such an expensive makeup remover is just urgh no. it was good while it last though :P

  10. i've heard about catrice! i've also heard how catrice concealer is a good product. might try that one next :D

  11. Nothing wrong with using deodorant with aluminum as long as it works for you. It is a shame you can't find one that works for you, and ordering things online can be very expensive! I'm glad I found one that works for me and is available locally!

    I found the Tsubaki line shampoos here, but I haven't bought it because I am not too keen on the sulphate, haha! Plus, the bottles are huge, and I am not sure if I want to make a super long commitment to them XD;;; I do agree that it smells lovely -- reminds me much of salon shampoos!

  12. I have only used one of the products you mentioned, but I am always looking for new skincare items! I like to change it up so my skin doesn't get used to the products I'm using.

    I absolutely love Batiste's dry shampoo! It works wonders! With my natural hair color (dark brown), I loved using their dark brown tinted dry shampoo. It was a tad messy though, to be honest. Whenever I would run my hand through my hair, my hand would be brown LOL.

    I'm not sure if you have the Yes To brand where you live, but I just finished using up their charcoal wipes! I fell in love and am definitely purchasing them again. If you get a chance, look it up! Works amazing!

  13. hello meaghan :)

    unfortunately no, the Yes To brand isn't available here. there are a lot of brands from the US that aren't available here. we don't even have cerave and aveeno haha but thanks for the recommendation, i've been so picky about face wipes lately too :'D

  14. conditioner weighs down my hair so bad! no conditioner could make my hair go bounce so i opt for hair mask instead :)

  15. I am constantly tossing out my Bastiste dry shampoos. I can't live without this dry shampoo. I'll try others but nothing ever compares. I'm also running out of makeup wipes all the time. My favourite is the Ponds wipes. They are really saturated and take off my makeups with ease. Great post!



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