Empties & Destashes

June, 2017

I’m late, I know, I know. It’s been July for a whole week and I still haven’t posted my June round up yet! Life has been hectic, but it’s so important to still keep up your own interests and hobbies or else the universe will drive you crazy.

This month I’m pretty proud of my empty:throw ratio! 12 empties and 2 throws!


  • whitening aloe vera toothpaste
    Love! Would repurchase this without any hesitation if I catch it in store.
  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel
    I thought this was pretty good and it was great at removing my makeup at the end of the day, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I think it dried my skin out a bit too much, and tarte is pretty difficult to get in Australia (but that’s another whole different story about why Sephora Australia is a totally shady company).
  • L’Occitane hand creme (rose)
    This was good! It smelled amazing and made my hands feel really soft. Also it lasted a fucking long time! I kept this on my desk at work and it was brilliant throughout the day. Although I won’t be repurchasing this because L’Occitane test on animals (and are also shitfucking expensive).
  • Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay (mini size)
    Again, I’m considering this empty because it’s getting too tricky to light it without the fear of burning my fingers off. As with my previous Glasshouse empty, I would definitely buy this again, but only in the big size.
  • Malin+Gotez travel sized products (Grapefruit face cleanser; Cilantro hair conditioner; Vitamin E face moisturiser)
    Once again, I love pretty much all of Malin+Gotez’s products and happily used all of these travel sizes. The only thing I wouldn’t repurchase in a full size is the conditioner (just because OGX conditioners are my OTP), but this is still the second travel sized one I’ve used and would 100% buy the same travel set for a third time on my next trip.
  • Hourglass Immaculate liquid powder foundation (sample)
    I’m on the fence about this! This lasted me almost a week’s worth of wear and I’m not sure. Because the shade they sent was far too dark for me, I had to mix it with my tarte shape tape to lighten it a bit. I found that it broke up so badly around my nose and chin, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the foundation or my shape tape. Before I take the plunge into buying a full size, I think I’d go for it again if it ever reappears in my “select your sample.”
  • NARS tinted moisturiser (sample)
    Nope. Nope nope nope. I put this on and immediately hated it and took it all off again. It looked awful on my skin. Also NARS have just changed their CF policy to sell in China, so it’s an automatic non-repurchase.
  • NARS Luminous Weightless foundation (sample)
    I thought this was pretty good, but again I won’t be repurchasing it regardless.
  • Mitchum Clinical Gel deodorant
    Love this stuff! I repurchased it when I ran out, but grabbed a different scent this time because that one reminds me of the hospital *eugh*
  • Malin+Gotez rum hand and body wash (full size)
    You all know my deep, never-ending love for Malin+Gotez rum scented products. I have bought this in the full sized body wash and it’s pretty much my favourite thing ever.


  • ChiChi blending sponge
    I do like these and have a 4 pack, but I have hardly used this all year since I bought my tarte double ended stippling foundation and concealer brush. The sponge was just sitting on my makeup vanity getting all dusty and gross, so it was time for it to go.
  • Essence bronzer (brunettes)
    Orange, orange, orange!!! Although it does smell amazing, like a warm summer’s day at the beach.



Sukin Super Greens Scrub

[Spotlight On]: Sukin Super Green Detoxifying Facial Scrub

AUD$12.99 from Priceline

This stuff has the best reviews online and I was so excited to try it! It’s full of good stuff like kale and parsley, and the exfoliating beads are made of jojoba and bamboo.

Unfortunately, I don’t sing it’s praises the same as these reviews. I really don’t like this at all. Admittedly, I have only used it about 3 or 4 times, but right now, the thought of trying to finish off the tube makes me upset.

First of all, it does actually smell amazing. It reminds me of strawberry flavoured bubble bath as a kid; but for me, that’s where the positives end. This cleanser is a creamy texture and I feel as though it leaves a layer of film over my skin. It doesn’t make me feel squeaky clean like a foaming cleanser does.

In terms of the exfoliation, while I do absolutely love that the beads are made out of enviro-friendly materials, I feel as though it doesn’t do that crash hot of a job. I notice that there are still dry flakes on my nose after I get out of the shower, and I feel as though my pores haven’t been cleaned out properly.

I’ve been finding that I don’t feel satisfied after I use this cleanser, and then go ahead and use my Kate Somerville Eradikate cleanser over the top to brush off the edges. Double cleansing – especially with something so strong as the Eradikate which I usually only use on my T-Zone to calm down menstrual breakouts – is making my skin freak the fuck out.

Hell, maybe this cleanser is actually as amazing as people say it is, but I’m just so used to blasting my skin with strong physical exfoliants that it’ll just take some time to get used to – who knows?! Maybe this gentle “super food” based product is exactly what my destroyed skin needs right now. I’ll give it a couple more weeks and see how it goes; it’ll end up in an end-of-the-month round up post at some point, but will it be an empty or a destash?

[Please excuse my lack of photograph; here’s a link instead, check out those amazing reviews for yourself!]

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera toothpaste

[Spotlight on]:

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera whitening toothpaste

AUD $9.95 from my local IGA

I really love this!

This was the very first organic/vegan/cruelty free toothpaste I had tried, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The consistency is odd, but I certainly got used to it – it literally looks like aloe vera straight from the plant.

It’s extremely minty and makes my mouth feel so fresh! The minty taste does fade away quite quickly, however my mouth always feels nice and fresh up until I eat something (which could be quite soon after, or a few hours depending on my day). I hardly experience plaque build up or any yucky feelings on my teeth and gums during the day after I’d brushed with this toothpaste.

In terms of whitening, I would say that it certainly did whiten my teeth, however it was not long lasting or permanent whatsoever. During the day my teeth would continue to be get stained over and over again until the next time I brushed.

I would definitely purchase this again, and I did plan on it as my current tube is almost empty; however the wholefoods I was in at the time didn’t have this same specific one, so I bought a different one to try (Red Seal herbal toothpaste). Watch this space! I’ll post up a review of that one in a few weeks time.



Empties & Destashes

May 2017


Bumble & Bumble Curl Care Conditioner AUD$50

This was alright. It took me ages to use it because I kept going back to other things in between. I feel like it made my scalp feel itchy, and felt that the product itself was so thick that I couldn’t wash it out properly. Not really the best for a product specifically targeted at curly hair, right? Other than that, it did smell amazing and made my hair feel nice and soft. I wouldn’t repurchase this again.

Malin+Gotez bergamont body wash [from the AUD$40 travel pack]

I finally finished one of my M+G travel pack items! I swear the travel pack stuff lasts so long. I love this stuff but I definitely prefer the dark rum scented items over the bergamont. I wouldn’t repurchase a full size of this scent, but I’ve bought a couple of full sizes in the dark rum scent.

Glasshouse Candle in Oahu AUD$18

I’m considering this “empty” because the wax is now so low that it’s too tricky to light anymore. I love this! It smells like laundry detergent and is just delightful. I’d definitely repurchase this scent again, only not in the mini size. The mini sizes are more difficult to light than the large sizes, and the scent is much more subtle (which might be exactly what you’re going for, depending on personal preference).

OGX Argon Oil of Morocco AUD$18

Love, love, love! This lasted me forever and makes my hair feel and smell so nice. I’d definitely repurchase if I can find a solid answer as to whether or not OGX text on animals, because there seems to be a lot of conflicting evidence out there.

Maybelline Eye and Lip Makeup Removing oil AUD$5.95

I bought a huge stockpile of this stuff a year or so ago when it was on sale. I’m now down to my last one, yay! I like this enough. For the price it does a pretty decent job of removing any mascara and eyebrow gel. Although, I obviously won’t be repurchasing this and might consider a Mecca Cosmetica micellar water next.


Maybelline Great Lash AUD$6.50

This is getting tossed because it irritates my eyes! Every time my eyes water or I lightly rub them, they burn something fierce when this stuff gets in them. Not good.

Vaseline Intensive Care Coco Glow AUD$11.50

Mate, I bought this like, 2 years ago and it’s still got at least 1/4 of it left. I originally bought it because I wanted a moisturiser that gradually self tans. This did not self tan. I ended up just throwing it out because it’s definitely started to change consistency (it’s become a lot more watery) and it’s time to retire it. Even if Vaseline didn’t test on animals, I still wouldn’t buy it again.

So, with that all done, I can count 3 products in my collection that are tested on animals. Everything is almost gone and my collection is almost entirely either cruelty free or vegan! There might be more products hiding away in the shadows, I’ll have to hunt around and make sure I’ve identified all of them and continue working to push those ones out as fast as possible.



Hey y’all, welcome back to my channel! It’s your girl Ingrid here! Today I’m filming a haul video of all the stuff I picked up in Melbourne!!!

No, but seriously, here is my Melbourne haul! The trip was kind of a disaster so I was forced to be very well behaved and only picked up a few things in the week or so I was down there.

Clear It: 

Ah, my most favourite shop in the whole world! From Clear It I picked up a pair of retro looking sunglasses, a beautiful navy and burnt orange shift dress, and a super cute black long sleeved dress that tucks in nicely at the waist and fans out.


I was playing around in the Hourglass section and absolutely fell in love with their ambient lighting blush in Incandescent Electra. It’s the most gorgeous shimmering peach! This is the second ambient lighting blush I own and the love is so real.

I also picked up another Malin+Gotez rum soap and clay mask. Very boring re-stocks, nothing overly exciting to see here.


Minotaur is the coolest shop! We could have spent hours in there looking at all of the stuff. From here I added to my extensive coffee cup collection with this awesome The Simpsons mug! Krusty is one of my favourite Simpsons characters and the colours on the cup are so vibrant. I’m too scared to wash it in case it starts to fade!

As to why the trip was a disaster, I’m currently in contact with a few companies and making some complaints, so after that’s all settled down I might do a little blog sharing my terrible experience! Watch this space!

What did I take?

Packing for a trip is always tricky, hey?

How much will I need? What products are going to best suit the weather conditions I will be entering? How can I maximise my options while taking as little as possible? What might break, leak, or shatter during transit?

Here is everything I took with me on a week long trip to the chilly mid-autumn Melbourne recently. I opted for;

  • Three large palettes that give me a tremendous amount of options
  • One liquid and one powder foundation – I opted for KvD Lock-It as I thought that was the packaging most likely to withstand rough transportation 
  • One brow pomade
  • One mascara
  • One primer – A hydrating one for the cold windchill 
  • Three concealers – one brightening, one skin-toned spot concealing, and one green
  • Two lipsticks in a dark, vampy purple and a nude
  • A Malin+Gotez travel pack – Repurchased for this trip because I enjoyed it so much the last time I went to Melbourne!

While this seems like only a small fraction of staple, must-have products, in hindsight this was way too much. For one, I only wore makeup once or twice the entire time, and I didn’t even touch the eye shadow palette, vampy lipstick, or concealers at all. I think I used the bronzer and blush once or twice each. I also took a whole army of face and eye brushes when I only used maybe three or four.

What a waste of space, time, hassle, and worry about whether or not I would open my bag to a shattered mess.

Watch this space for an update of my experiences (including our hotel being a scam!) and a haul of all the amazing goodies I picked up!


Mitchum Clinical Gel

[Spotlight On]: Mitchum Women’s Clinical Gel deodorant

AUD$13 from Woolworths

I was forced to buy this after realising that the tarte deodorant wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it would be. I stood in the personal care section of my local Woolies and pulled my phone out to google “deodorants not tested on animals.” Mitchum was a brand that came up so I went ahead and bought one of their products.

This, I love! This definitely stands up to a hard day’s work far more effectively than the tarte deodorant stick. I’ve never used a gel deodorant before and was surprised at the winding mechanism and aloe vera gel-like consistency.

This product took a little bit of learning and experimenting, such as how much to use and what makes it work the best. For me, I discovered that the perfect amount is winding it up just so far that the gel tips over onto its side (if that makes any sense at all!). I also discovered that if my pits aren’t perfectly shaven the product doesn’t work as effectively. Perhaps having hair stops the gel from spreading around evenly?

One downside is that this doesn’t last as long as I would have liked it to, seeing as it’s $13. Today I decided to remove the packaging tape from the outside just to see how much I had left and was disappointed to see that the winding mechanism is almost at the top already. This is a shame as I have only been using this for a few weeks, and not even every single day – I still like to use the tarte deodorant stick on a weekend if I’m just hanging around the house or popping out to run some errands.

Another downside for me on a personal level is that it the scent reminds me of the hospital foaming hand sanitiser (which is a huge turn off for me because I’m afraid of hospitals).

I’ll definitely repurchase this for now, however I think I may keep experimenting with some other cruelty free deodorants in the meantime to see if I can find something just as good but at a more affordable price (that also doesn’t smell like the hospital, eugh).