Things Hannah Finished
Super honest empties post – body care, skincare, makeup, maybe some rum.
Are you concerned sometimes with how many products you have sitting around that need using up? I began to feel weighed down by clutter, so started an empties series as a fun way to really deep dive into how a product worked for me and keep my home pristine and mostly minimal.
As we age, our skin gets drier, yeah? I won’t bore you with the minute scientific details, suffice to say that it’s worth trying gentler cleansers all over the body, not just your face. Similarly, why not use body creams with active ingredients - to protect and replenish.
A body cream, rich enough to feel quenching but not so rich as to stay sticky. Smells faintly of crisp apples, contains shea butter and grape seed oil plus the following actives;
Red algae (brightening), 2 different forms of vitamin C, brown algae (firming), Retinyl Palmitate (gentle Vitamin A derivative), Vitamin E.
Results? When I made time to use this, it felt great. I think especially moving into winter months, it’s easy to neglect body care and having a beautiful, thoughtfully formulated product to remind you that all of you is worth it. I notice a greater clarity and less sensitivity after shaving while using this.
Babes. So we know that harsh surfactants and/or a too-high pH (my rule is, I don’t want it over the pH of my tap water, which I assume is 7) can strip the skin on your face, leading to that tight feeling, sensitivity, breakouts… so I thought why not treat my body with a similar level of care and get an oil cleanser.
I went into this not knowing how exactly an oil would mix with my shower water but let me tell you. It turns into a lightweight milk and cleans super gently, just like I wanted. It’s incredible. Here are the ingredients, for your reference:
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, MIPA-LAURETH SULFATE, LAURETH-4, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PARFUM (FRARANCE), OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, LINALOOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, BHT, TOCOPHEROL
Super gentle. Replenishing, even. Oh, and it smells luxurious in the best way. I’ve spoken about this many times before but I like to fill my shower with enjoyable experiences so that I’m more motivated in these aspects of basic self-care, like showering. Depression is a bitch. I’ve already bought this in a different fragrance for next time. I would not be without a shower oil.
This one lasted me exactly four months with twice daily use, and I let my partner use it some times. Not bad! I found the effect to be tightening and de-puffing, and expect with long term use to see prevention of lines, although that one’s pretty hard to test. I was looking for something quite active, for preventative reasons, and I found it. I know I can always go back to this, should I require an eye cream that looks out for my future. I wrote a more in-depth review on my Instagram, which you can read here.
Do you ever do that thing where you don’t want to finish a product so you keep it ¼ full “just in case”? Yeah, I did that. I remember the day this one came in the mail, and I freaked out about the ingredient list – galactomyces, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid. Life. It performed in the way I expected – things were brighter and more hydrated. I also found at this price point I could comfortably layer the essence if I was feeling particularly dehydrated. I would buy this again in a heartbeat, truly.
This is a granular vitamin C treatment for use every 3rd morning, containing L-Ascorbic Acid at 10%. I think it’s excellent for those of us who don’t agree with stronger or more frequent vitamin C usage. My skin has a tenuous relationship with vitamin C so I found it perfect. You apply to damp skin in the morning, leave for 1 minute, and rinse off. It’s a really refreshing start to the day, and you can tell the vitamin C is absorbed still as you can faintly smell it! It makes me wonder how many other products are staying on my skin despite a rinse, actually. I will definitely buy this again once I finish my current vitamin C serum.
I really, really enjoyed this cream. It’s your basic soothing fragrance-free moisturiser, perfect for sensitive skin, never broke me out. I found it buildable as well, if I wanted really plumped skin I could apply a LOT and know it would never pill, just moisturise. I am going to sorely miss this brand but will unfortunately not be buying again due to the animal testing status.
GURL. I used my Sephora points for this one, mainly because it said coconut on the front and I was interested in the “priming moisturiser” situation. I would not use this as a priming moisturiser during the day - I need to apply SPF afterward and so do you! However, I was amazed at how great of a day cream this is! The ingredient list is mint (mint is Australian for full of antioxidants and other good stuff) and despite smelling of delicious coconut, it’s fragrance free. How?? Witchcraft. And fruit extracts. Here’s the list:
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glucose, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Maltodextrin, Aqua (Water, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium AcryloyldimethylTaurate Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, SelaginellaLepidophylla Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, DipteryxOdorata Seed Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Camellia SinensisLeaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, DimethiconeCrosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Lactobacillus Ferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).
I bought the full size the day this ran out. Love.
Go-To are an Australian brand (so proud!) developed by ex-beauty editor and all-round legend Zoe Foster Blake. They insist that their sheet mask is not to be wasted on a PM routine and instead, intended for use before makeup during the day. I obediently tried my first one before a friend’s birthday dinner and it changed my makeup game. Let me explain: my skin can be quite dehydrated so I rarely powder anywhere but my T-Zone. After using the sheet mask, I could powder all over but still looked glowy and bright. I will be using this pre-makeup on my sister for her wedding day!
Rationale is a hi-tech Australian cosmeceutical brand, and the Beautiful Skin is a mineral SPF 50 with UV filters Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides. It comes in a few shades and can substitute for a sheer glow-y base makeup as well. It’s quite hydrating, which I love, and I have recommended this one to a few people now. This was my second tube – I buy it every summer for real extra protection and I will be buying it again next summer. Highly recommend for drier skin types who like a mineral SPF! Rationale also make a SPF 50 liquid blush and bronzer in this range so… hello! Yes please!
Not for me. I know! So sad. I think if you are young and only slightly dehydrated, this would be great, or if you only put one step of skincare between your cleanse and your makeup. I love Too Faced and respect deeply that they are cruelty free with a lot of vegan products, however, did not enjoy this product. I felt like it did nothing? No smoothing, not hydrating enough… Sorry!! I would definitely try the other hangover products, like the mist though. Yes please. I love coconut water so much!
Unfortunately this one is not cruelty free, which is such a shame because it’s great. So great. It’s just like the fabled Lip Glow with a cute pink tint and a great lip balm, but with added sugar granules to scrub off any extra dead skin. I never felt TOO scrubbed with this either, but won’t buy again. ELF make a great one though - it’s cruelty free, comes in 6 flavours, and it’s vegan! ELF Lip Exfoliator, $3.
I love eye primers for preventing my mascara smudging on my upper lids. Most do. The NARS eye primer was my first eye primer and it gave me hope that maybe mascara could be for me again, without looking messy after an hour. I found it to be somewhat drying though, and it would sometimes give my eyelids a dry, crepe-y look when paired with eyeshadow. Shame, but I’ve since found one that does the job without being overly drying.
This came as a sample for my Mecca beauty loop, and I used it every day until it ran out before buying a full size. It’s a really pretty my-lips-but-better tint, and I love the sheerness, the glow, the slight lip plumping effect (I would say the effect is from the glossy finish and the minty feel). I absolutely would buy it again, in all the colours please! My one issue was that they have sexual shade names and I just feel like we could stand to move past this? “What lipgloss are you wearing?” “Oh this? It’s Naked.” Gurl.
Growing up, I gravitated to spicy, oriental, but gourmand and vanilla based scents – Prada Candy, I wore Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille faithfully for a while, all the while unaware of the concept of “basic bitch vanilla.” Frankly, I’m offended. This concept was new to me last year when an instagram fragrance challenge had people insisting their favourites (such as Diptyque Eau Duelle) were not your “basic bitch vanilla.” My thoughts on this are, if you like it, wear it… the concept of “basic bitch” is sort of sexist, yeah? But I digress. What we have here are top notes of vetiver, lime, and citron, a heart of oak moss, jasmine, more vetiver (depth!), and a base of oak, amber, and finally vanilla. Altogether, we’re talking candy, but a sophisticated, glace kind of candy. Candy that you would put in a chic bowl if your rich relatives stopped in to visit. I have received an insane number of compliments wearing this. Every time. It’s INCREDIBLE.
I’m quite partial to a cocktail on a Friday night after work, and when the drinks menu is confusing or displeasing, I ask for a Dark and Stormy. Spiced rum with lime and ginger beer is everything I could want at the end of a long week (I mean, if gin is unavailable). The bottle looks piratey, like a real sailor would drink, and it went down beautifully. The smokey flavour is really unique too. A+ Spiced Rum.