Beauty Empties May 2018

I have this feeling I rarely finish products, but somehow I've accumulated another pile of empties. Tbh there's another pile in my closet I used up while typing this post. Rambling aside, it's time for the classic review which items I'm glad I'm done with and which are worth of repurchasing!

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Mahalo The Petal Mask

At first I wasn't sure if this mask was worth the splurge - you get a lot of product, but the price tag is high. I decided to use this mask more regularly "to get rid of it" and the more I used it the harder I fell in love. Excellent for many skin concerns, hydration, brightness and overall pampering. Beautiful scent, honey-like texture and pink color. I will definitely repurchase! Full review here.

Mahalo The Unveil Cleansing Balm

Beautiful green cleansing balm that looks like a matcha desert and smells like lime tart. This cleansing balm is 100% eco but emulsifies when you add little water, rinses clean without a washcloth. I found the Unveil much too nice to remove makeup, so I still used this for 2nd cleanse. As much as I liked it I am not rushing to repurchase as there are a ton of lovely cleansing balms to try. But if you're ever fancied the Unveil, I'd say give it a go. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation

One of my favorite foundations! I had this bottle over a year I think so the formula started to turn into more thick consistency and was hard to get from the bottle. Still I decided to scrape most of it before opening up a new bottle. The texture of the new foundation was much more liquid and obviously performed better. Still loving this to the bits, read full review here.

Dior corrector pen

Very fluid concealer in a click-pen style packaging. Excellent for adding brightness to under the eyes and correct the darkness before applying concealer. This pen is now discontinued, but I heard the new one is the same with a bigger applicator.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Just as good as everyone raves - gives you the va va voom lashes and volume without smudging all over. What I disliked about it was the very thick wand as I tend to easily poke myself on the upper eyelid. I'm intrigued to try the waterproof version if it holds the curl even better. Full review here.

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Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara (film type)

One of my favorite mascaras ever. Inexpensive, smaller and slightly curved brush. Unlike the name suggests it doesn't build very much volume, but adds some thickness while separating the lashes and holds the curl for hours. If you don't immediately fall in love with this mascara - let it dry for a week or two, then it's perfect!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Brow Expert Gel*

I very much liked the RBR brow gels (brown and un-tinted) I reviewed here, I tried to scrape every last bit of this tinted version. Perfect small brush and it gives natural separation and hold to the brow hairs, without making them feel "crunchy". I'm not rushing to repurchase this as I've felt madly in love with the SUQQU brow mascara (review here) as it has stronger hold.

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Cleanser*

It was an okay basic milky cleanser for morning or 2nd cleanse, but I got tired of this after a while. I have cleansers I prefer, such as the January Labs Gel Cleanser (review here), so I ended up using up Pur~lisse as a body cleanser and for shaving.

Rituals Shower Foams and Shower Mud

I love Rituals shower and body products, but the Hammam range wasn't my cup of tea. Eucalyptus isn't my favorite fragrance and I found the shower mud way too messy. The Sakura scented gel-to-foam body cleanser was excellent and I'm looking forward to get a bigger size!

OUAI Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

I gave in to the OUAI hype and purchased myself the Repair range shampoo and conditioner. These bottles lasted me for ages, almost a year and a half! That's why I'm so picky of my shampoo/conditioner purchases, they last forever with my short hair style. Despite my constant heat styling these did repair my hair and make it healthy looking over time. Any magical shine and smoothness didn't happen, but I'm open to try more from the range.

Illi Anti-Age Cleansing Oil

One of my favorite cheap and chic cleansing oils! Bang for your buck and removes makeup with no problem. Read full review here. Full review here.

Max and Me Enchanted Facial Oil

One of my biggest first world problems is choosing my favorite Max and Me oil.. I just can't. I enjoyed every drop of Enchanted: how it relaxed my senses, made my skin plum, moisturized and glow. Now I have a backup of the I am The Light oil. If I had advice choosing between the two: pick the one that resonates with you more. Read full review here.

Innisfree Eco Safety SPF50

My one any only Holy Grail sunscreen. I've used about 20 tubes of this during the years. The newest formulation has a slightly more white cast, but nothing that would annoy me. Excellent protection, long lasting and physical SPF. What is not to love? Read more here.

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Anything caught your eye? What's the latest product you've used up?

Dior Skin Nude Air Glow powder 025 Fresh Rose review

I enjoy my beautiful quality cosmetics, but there are certain luxury brands I've stayed away from: Channel, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Armani. I enjoy watching their collections, but trying out and falling in love with their products could be disastrous for my wallet. My strategy is to tell myself I'm not particularly interested and it has worked until this day. Then Dior released this lavender face powder in their Summer 2016 Milky Dots collection. Oh no.

DIOR SKIN NUDE AIR GLOW POWDER

Now that name is that's a mouthful! I couldn't get the beautiful lavender shade 025 Fresh Rose out of my mind after eyeing it on Instagram. After considering long and hard I decided to invest on it, but unfortunately 025 Fresh Rose was one of the two Asia exclusive shades and sold out in Japan sooner than I expected. Luckily, I managed to order one. The powder costs ¥7,020(+tax) for 10g/0.35 oz and comes with a small kabuki brush, which was decent but I passed it on to my Mom.

The powder comes in a pretty silver compact with a decent mirror. The NUDE letters are pink and lavender with very, very fine microshimmer, barely detectable. The backgrounds are matte peach yellow and light warm pink. While the shades released in Europe were tan bronzers in my eyes, the Asia exclusives work as highlighters or all over finishing powders. I expected the powder to be lightly glowing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders but there is a stronger sheen than in my Diffused Light.

Swatch and color

The powder swatches quite sheer, you won't see a stark stripe of highlight on your cheekbones. When you mix all parts together the color is a gorgeous pinky lavender in natural light, in shadow an icier lavender - almost duochrome, but more refined. I have nothing else like this, the swatch doesn't do the justice. The texture of the powder is soft and finely milled. Very pretty as a subtle, barely there highlight. I'm glad the color is light enough for my skin, but it doesn't pick up very well in yellow indoor lighting.

Overall

Dior Skin Nude Air Glow powder in 025 Fresh Rose is a subtle highlight with a beautiful texture and gorgeous, unique color. The powder is a joy to the eye both in the pan and on the skin. I'm glad there's no threat you would go overboard in application, but I wish the pigmentation was stronger.