Wednesday, 1 June 2016

SPOTLIGHT: May Empties!...

May was an exciting month for me - not for the volume of stuff I went through (very little sob), but the fact that I finished THREE bottles of fragrance. Whoopdeedoo! Getting to the bottom of a perfume bottle is a rare thing for me - I tend to rotate them to make them last, and of course I do a seasonal swap at this time of year, and put my warmer weather delights into a dark cavity until the first sign of a blossom. I was initially a wee bit sad though as two of them are no longer readily available, but my good friend Google managed to source some online stockists, so I can relax  Not that I'm short of perfumes, but as every gal knows, they are like lipsticks - all totally unique, and therefore all totally justified lol...

Skin Therapy Dragon's Blood Sculpting Serum (30ml RRP $30)
My current serum of choice - prefer it over the L'Oreal one I said I'd stick with last month (typical me ha ha!). Apart from soothing my skin and firming my jawline a tad, I'm feeling a whole lot more comfortable as it has far less chemicals in it, more naturally occurring ingredients, and they're against animal testing. I seem to be heading down the path of natural skincare - I have to admit it hasn't been a conscious decision, I'm just finding that I prefer the texture or the smell or the performance of the ones that have been coming my way, so I guess you could say my shift is somewhat "organic", and I like that. All for the better I reckon, plus this one is available at the Coles ...
Repurchase?
On my second bottle, which interestingly came to me in the Marie Claire Ageless parcel (mini review HERE). I think the Universe is trying to tell me something! I'll definitely be buying it again ...

Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes EDP (50ml RRP $72)
This is my second bottle of Violet Eyes, the only ET fragrance that I like - discovered it in Chemist Warehouse about 3 years ago. A beautiful, feminine and romantic concoction that always elicits comments from fellas (they want to know what it is). A potent and long lasting oriental floral, I lovingly reviewed it briefly HERE...
Repurchase?
Most definitely - can't find it anywhere in-store, but there are some online stockists, and the price is roughly the same as what I paid (<$30) although I'll have to fork out for shipping. It's worth it 

Imperial Leather Anti-bacterial Cleansing Hand Wash - #42 Rockpool Indian Lotus & Waterlily (250ml RRP $3.99)
For me this is the most interesting variety of the Imperial Leather hand washes - comes in a body wash too, gorgeous deep tealy blue, and smells amazingly exotic, the body wash review is HERE ...
Repurchase?
Can't find it anywhere (sob!), only the body wash, but hey, it'll work for hands too, just not anti-bacterial...

Nude by Nature Daily Cleanser (125ml RRP $17.95)
My top of the pops cleanser - has not one flaw, already posted a rave rant HERE ...
Repurchase?
No prize for guessing the answer, it's a given ...

Kylie Minogue Dazzling Darling EDT (50ml RRP $59)
Kylie my dear - why on earth did you discontinue this gem? Sorry - I don't like Darling at all, but Dazzling Darling is a treasure. Bought several bottles of this at Christmas 2012 when it was $20 a pop at Priceline - actually five to be exact, gave away three as pressies and kept two for myself. Now it's only available at perfume clearance houses - boo! Review HERE ...
Repurchase?
Yes, very soon - found an online store that has it in stock so I better get cracking 

Urban Rituelle Fragrance Diffuser Set - Romance (Amber & Musk) (190ml RRP $39.95)
My all time favourite reed diffusers are from Urban Rituelle - not only are the fragrances made in heaven, the presentation is exquisite and they last for around 6 months! There are two I absolutely adore - this is one of them (reviewed HERE), the other is Comfort (Sandalwood & Tangerine) reviewed HERE which I have in my office, and will star in my June Empties post because it's almost depleted, but hey, I opened it in October last year, so that's 7 months - well worth the price tag ...
Repurchase?
Clever clogs Kats - I already had a spare in the cupboard 

Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT (30ml RRP $80)
Rediscovered this fragrant delight just on 12 months ago, and considering I only wear it in Winter, I powered through the cute little bottle in record time. Fortunately Chemist Warehouse recently had the 90ml bottle on sale for $90, so I indulged, and am hoping this bigger size will see me through a couple of rotations. It's only an EDT but it sure packs a punch. Absolutely adore it - call me old fashioned but I don't like the Black variety at all, can't fathom what all the fuss is about. We're all different hey. Dedicated an entire post to this oriental beauty HERE ...
Repurchase?
Affirmative ...

Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara (RRP $19.95)
My number one mascara, and high on my list of can't-live-withouts. Although my lashes have quadrupled in volume (from nothing) thanks to RapidLash, I still need a mascara that has fibres in it, and this is the best I've tried. Others irritate my eyes (especially the ones where you apply a base coat and then all the fluffy bits), but not one speck of discomfort from this, and my lashes show up in my EOTD pics. Doesn't budge, flake or smudge either ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely - I always buy one when they're on special, and my most recent stocktake revealed four spares ...

Have you tried any of these goodies?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

6 comments:

  1. Hey Kat. I'm so impressed. I've never finished a perfume! Also, I have tried Maybelline Falsies but it was just a bit too clumpy for me.

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    1. Lol Mel, I even impressed myself, however I did buy another fragrance today - oops! And I had the same problem with the mascara, until I figured out that rotating the brush and not letting it dry between coats is the answer ♥♥♥

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  2. I have only tried that same mascara before. Otherwise these are all ones it sounds as though I need to get around to! :) Well done on the perfumes! I can totally relate! I recently did a major fragrance de-clutter and chucked sooo many. It was painful but had to be done! xo

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    1. I remember you mentioning your perfume cleanout in one of your videos Candy - you're far stronger than me, that's for sure!

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  3. Loving the sound of the Urban Rituelle Fragrance Diffuser! I am addicted to diffusers and their lovely scent lasts for ages. I currently have the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Diffuser on my dining table, it smells divine!

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    1. The diffusers are so lovely Bella - I used to think they were expensive, until I bought a cheap one from the supermarket and it lasted less than a month! The Jo Malone one sounds like something I need to get my hands on ♥♥♥

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