Sunday, 29 April 2018

SPOTLIGHT: March Empties 2018 + Giveaway!...

Well, I guess no-one can say that I never finish products! Not a bad effort for March and this post is late yet again because of the time it takes to put it all together, but I sure do get a wonderful sense of achievement when I hit "Publish", and my recycle bin gets a good feed haha. Oh and there's a special treat with the giveaway this time around, so off we go lovelies ...


Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover (100ml, RRP $4.99)
This was my polish remover of choice (for my toes), but as of a couple of months ago, I stopped painting my own toenails, and now I have them shellacked at a salon - holey guacemoley, what rock have I been living under?...
Not anymore, but it was the best and most effective for standard gel nail polish...

Cutex Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover (100ml, RRP $4.99)
So much kinder to my nails than regular remover, but takes a bit more soaking and rubbing...
Even though I'm now having my toenails painted at a salon, I still need this for removing sticky marks that come off my shoes and dull the shellac, and it doesn't damage the glossy finish, so yes, bought some today in fact ...

Natura Siberica Oblepikha Shower Gel (400ml, RRP $12.99)
I wasn't a fan of this shower gel when it first came out - there was a sharpness to the fragrance that didn't appeal initially, but things change, well...I changed, and now I love it! Being tall and slim it takes up minimal space in my caddy, the turquoise bottle is a standout amongst the others, it contains lots of interesting Siberian herbs, no SLS, and it doesn't dry out my skin. Hoping that one day I'll be able to pronounce it lol...
Definitely! ...

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Shower Oil (200ml, RRP $38)
This creates such a beautiful shower experience, I wish it wasn't so expensive. But just about everything from this brand eventually goes on sale, and surprise surprise, the replacement for this bottle was a freebie with my last order - score! A very interesting product - yes it's an oil, but when mixed with water it foams into a light and creamy cleanser that moisturises the skin without leaving it feeling greasy, or making the shower floor slippery. The apricot fragrance is to die for, and I don't need to apply any body lotions or potions afterwards. Very softening, very hydrating, very nice...
Undoubtedly ...

Nutrimetics Ultra Care Platinum Hand Therapy (75ml, RRP $42)
Well, it's called Hand Therapy, and that just about sums it up. Superb hand cream with a soft baby powder scent that smooths and hydrates the most withered skin. I didn't notice any reduction in my brown spots, but I'd say a few tubes would be needed for that. Love the glam silver (platinum) packaging. It's as good as the L'Occitane Shea Butter one, and absorbs COMPLETELY!...
That'll be a yes, as soon as it's on special ...

Original Source Limited Edition Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower Gel (250ml, RRP $3.99)
Fell for the scent of this bargain shower gel quite a while ago, and being a Limited Edition, I stocked up. Crisp and refreshing, this is a beaut all-year-round body wash that lathers well and the delicate fruity-floral fragrance is 100% natural. Contains SLS, but unlike numerous other products with this tricky ingredient, it doesn't dry or irritate my skin ...
Would if I could but I think it's only available on eBay now - fortunately I still have several bottles stashed away in the cupboard ...


BioEffect Day Serum (5ml sample, 30ml, RRP $195)
Crikey, from memory this sample came in an Adore Beauty order, but I nearly fainted when I looked it up and found out that a 30ml bottle costs $195!!!! It's an interesting formulation - the clear gel is amazingly smooth and a tiny amount spreads in a flash. It feels almost like silicone, but boy does it hydrate! No scent that I can detect and some of the online reviews are from gals that swear by it. Honestly, I didn't notice any change or improvement in the short period of time I was using it, but I may have been a bit more observant and frugal with the dispensing if I'd known how much it costs lol...
Umm, I doubt it - lovely serum, but for that price, I need it to work an overnight miracle!...

L'Oreal Pure Clay Detoxifying Gel Wash (150ml, RRP $14.95)
Definitely one of my favourite cleansers. My passion for anything clay or charcoal is well documented, and this contains both, so it was bound to be a winner. Love the fresh fragrance, and while it's blackish in the tube, it becomes lighter grey when mixed with water and even foams up. It's one of those rare cleansers that removes every molecule of makeup from my face, and the rinse water doesn't leave a ring around my basin, which makes it a winner...
I already have several of these stashed away (bought on special!) ...

L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Advanced Regenerating Serum (30ml, RRP $49.95)
Trialled this for beautyheaven in March and gave it 5 stars - my review is towards the bottom of the page HERE. It's even better than the original formula, and I so looked forward to my beauty routines, both for the feel of it on my skin, and the revitalising lemony scent. Perfect overnight serum hydration-wise, and a beaut base for makeup too as it absorbs very quickly, and the pearly liquid contains tiny gold particles that give a slightly shimmery radiance to the complexion...
No less than 6 serums on my bench, but as soon as they reduce to 3, I'll definitely be picking up another of these gems ...

Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub (125ml, RRP $12.95)
My rave review of this is HERE...
You betcha! ...

Face Masks

BLAQ Charcoal Hydrogel Eye Mask (pack of 5, RRP $29.99)
My latest under-eye-depuffing love (pictured below underneath the brown face mask) - these are slippery little suckers, so you can't really walk around with them on as gravity and the slightest movement makes them slide down, but they work a treat AND they contain charcoal. They work out to be $6 a pop, but who cares. LOVE!...
Affirmative ♥♥...

Purederm Black Food Recipe MG:Gel Mask (RRP $3)
Exceptionally hydrating, and even (temporarily) firmed my jawline. Contains 17 black foods - whoa! - including black rice, black bean and blackcurrant. The blurb says that if you store it in the fridge, even more moisture will be released when you slap it on, so for me that little extra tip is a hot weather only one. Anyways for $3 from Kmart, it's a bargain and well worth trying to find it in amongst the gazillion masks they have for sale these days...
Sure will - I have at least 30 sheet masks in stock to use up (gaahhhhh!), but I'll definitely be buying this one again ...

South Mane Lip Gel (Pack of 3, RRP US$9)
Also pictured above partially covered by the face mask, this pack of 3 came in a Lip Monthly box. They're huge and cover the entire lip area and surrounds, but are also very slippery so you need to lie down and not move your mouth at all. Nicely softening, but very little moisturising beyond the 10 minutes of wear...
They seem to be only available from the US website, so I'll stick with the LonVitalite ones...

Skin Republic Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask (RRP $7.99)
Already raved about this one numerous times ...
Absolutely! ...


Lanvin Eclat d’Arpège EDP (100ml, $140)
Just can't live without this beautiful fragrance in Spring & Summer - been buying it for years, and always ALWAYS receive compliments. Covered it succinctly in a previous empties post in 2016 (HERE) and nothing has changed - this stunner will forever be part of my life. BTW it is regularly on special at various outlets/websites, and I've never paid more than $65 for it...
I make sure I have a spare even before I open a new bottle ...

Glasshouse Fragrances Beverly Hills Pink Lemonade Reed Diffuser (250ml, $42.95)
A full review of this beautiful baby HERE - it's so summery and fresh and fun! ...
Affirmative, but not till next warm season ...


Schwarzkopf Live Colour Silver Toner (RRP $5.49)
I think this may work best if you have bleached blonde hair - it toned down the yellow in mine, but overall my colour was too dark for this to have anything other than a neutralising effect. Leaves the hair nicely conditioned and glossy though...
No - the one below is what works for me...

Schwarzkopf Live Colour Pastels Cool Grey (RRP $5.49)
Now, this is the go - it actually adds colour, a lovely soft grey (not purplish or bluish). It may sound odd that I wanted to put grey in my hair, but it's true - my ultimate goal is ash blonde with silver streaks. I've decided to go with the flow a bit more, and change my colour to something that blends a whole lot better with my white roots, which are killers to cover up every 2 weeks. This cheap-as-chips semi-permanent has already helped get me closer to where I want my tresses to be without any more damage, and I will continue to use it every month or so (in addition to the Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist) to keep the yellows at bay... 
It was recently on special at one of the supermarkets, so I bought 8 (yes 8!) boxes ...


Maybelline COLORdrama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil - In With Coral (RRP $9.95)
The perfect coral colour for my skin tone and I also use it as a liner for some of my other lipsticks - lovingly reviewed the range HERE...
Can't live without it ...


As usual, I've picked some faves from this month to giveaway, and the thought crossed my mind, why only have one winner? So to double the fun, there are TWO prize packs this time around!

Up for grabs are 2 packs (1 for each winner) containing...
  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Detoxifying Gel Wash
  • Skin Republic Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet
  • Original Source Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower Gel
  • Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub
  • BLAQ Charcoal Eye Mask
All products were purchased by me, and each pack is valued at around $45.

And again because of the weight, the giveaway is open to...
(To all you gals who are overseas, there'll be another International Giveaway soon - dinks!)

Here's how to enter...
  1. Leave a blog post comment on this page that answers the question inside the Rafflecopter (please note: if you don't leave a comment on this page, you won't be included in the draw!)
  2. Leave your email address inside the Rafflecopter so I can contact you if you win
  3. Follow my blog one way or another from the many choices listed
  4. Only one entry per person, please read the T's & C's inside the Rafflecopter

    This giveaway is now closed - check back later tonight to see who won!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    Woo hoo - has chosen the following 2 beauties as the winners!
    Sonia A. & Leonie C.  
    Congratulations lovelies! 
    Sonia & Leonie please respond to the emails I've sent you by
    Wednesday 9th May to claim your prize :-)
    Edit: Sonia & Leonie have claimed their prizes 

    Best of luck to all who enter!

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx


    1. My all time favorite product has to be the Olay Miracle Essence....I have lost count of the number of bottles of this that I have gone through. Its often on special for 50% off and thats when i buy and put them into stock. I never pay full price.

      1. Crikey how come I've missed trying that one? Thanks Fawn, I'll definitely be picking one of those up next time they're on special ♥

    2. My favourite product is Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream. It makes my skin feel so good and plays nice with other products like foundation.

      1. Well that's such good news Rebecca - I haven't used a Trilogy product for years, but remember how fab their moisturisers were. Thanks for the reminder! xxx

    3. My fave product from my beauty routine would have to be a nourishing facial oil like Rosehip oil. My skin loves it especially coming into the colder weather!

      1. Excellent tip Angela, thank you - my face seems to shrink and shrivel once the temperature drops. I'll be digging into my stock, I'm certain I have a Rosehip bottle in a drawer somewhere ♥x♥

    4. My favourite item is still Avene (cleansing milk) I use it everyday it's so gentle and effective!

      1. Ooh goody, another one for me to try Dara - thanks for letting me know, I actually prefer milks or cream cleansers in Winter so I don't have to get my face wet lol! xxx

    5. Apart from beautiful serums, my favourite product would have to be a face mask - sheet, clay or whatever, it really doesn't matter, I like them all.

      1. Sweet onlyoni, I couldn't agree with you more! Actually I don't think I've ever tried any kind of mask that was a dud, so count me in ♥♥♥

    6. I’m on the prowl for a new fave cleanser and moisturiser. I have been using cetaphil for years but I think it’s time for a change.

      1. The L'Oreal Clay & Charcoal one in the prize pack is one of my favourite cleansers Okatko, and I'm loving both Sukin moisturisers I'm testing at the mo' ♥

    7. I'm currently loving a new product - Eco by Sonya's (Australian) Super Citrus Cleanser - a blend of Certified Organic Aloe, Lemongrass & Caviar Lime - cleanses well, smells so refreshing and so uplifting!

      1. Ooh just found this range on sassyorganics - my mouth is watering just reading about them, thanks for mentioning them Karen, they sound so lovely and I must try! ♥

    8. I have used L’Oréal clay cleanser Its good, Love to try sukin products, hope to win and try some new products.
      Fingers crossed.
      Nice blog nice work ��

      1. Hi Sam, thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun - I'm certain you'd love what Sukin make, chock full of good things, AND not expensive ♥

    9. My favourite product in my routine is my rosehip oil from Kosmea. I mix it in my moisturiser and it's what keeps my dry skin radiant and hydrated.

      Sonia Andrews
      - sunjeanie

      1. Sonia how lovely to see your name! Blending the two together is smart - will give that a go, my face needs extra juice in the cold weather! ♥

    10. I love that Sukin Supergreens Scrub & the Hibiscus body wash too. Great reviews, Kat!

      1. Thanks doll - must pick up some more of the Sukin scrub from the Priceline sale, I believe it's around half price! xxx