100 empties challenge part 3 – all about regret purchases 

If you are like me who like to venture out and try different beauty products, you are bound to run into things that might work great for someone else but simply become an disappointing dud for you. In today’s post I will share 7 recent empties that did not work for me and I can probably only count these as 4 empties given that I didn’t really use up all (yep that tells you how much I dislike some of these) and some ae deluxe samples. 

  • 100 empties challenge update: so far 11 are gone, 88 to go! 

About the challenge: in order to motivate myself to prioritize using up beauty products that I already have instead of purchasing new things to try out, I need to be on a low-buy/(no-buy already failed…) mode until I finish up 100 empties. 

Caveat: travel size products count as either half or 1/3 depending on the size. 

  • Hair 

Schwarzkopf dry shampoo – oh my the smell is so overwhelmingly strong and artificial that I had to simply get rid of it after 2 uses and I’m not even extremely sensitive to smell. Definitely a regret buy.

John Frieda 7 day volume treatment 

This is not a bad product. I just have issues with its too-good-to-be-true claim to give your hair volume 7 days in a row. Please can you not treat us as believe-it-all stupid consumers? Plus I am too lazy to always reach for an additional hair treatment product when showering. I can see some results from using this so for those who doesn’t mind some extra work, I think you can get some use out of it. Simply a regret purchase for myself. 

  • Skin treatment 

Liz Earle brightening treatment mask It’s a UK brand that’s on the affordable size that has great reviews in general. However this mask simply doesn’t agree with my skin type. It irritated my skin and even caused some breakouts yikes and it also smelled so artificial! Please no cheap fragrance smell in skincare products! Definitely a dud for me.


First aid beauty radiance pads

I liked this at first but then maybe because there are travel packs and are not fully sealed, the pads are drier and feel a bit harsh on the skin and I didn’t really see an obvious result from using these. Do not like them. 

  • Cleansers

Second Sunday Riley cleansing type of product I’ve tried and I am disappointed by both (the other being the blue moon cleansing balm).  The texture is a bit odd and yes I did shake it before using as instructed. I started to fall in love with gel cleansers in the summer time and had high hopes for this cleanser. But it’s not a pleasant experience using it and the smell is overwhelming (this time not fragrance just some artificial herbal smell). I also don’t feel this cleansed my face well at night as a second cleanse.

Caudalie micellar water

I think I have less of an issue with the water itself but more with the packaging. Due to the big opening, I used up half of a bottle at one use as I was used to thoughtful packaging opening from my favorite micellar water brand Bioderma. So I only used half of a bottle and it’s just okay anyways. 


Grande primer Eyelash primer 

White eyelash primers are just a hassle for me. I don’t wear too dramatic of a look and a good volumizing and lengthening mascara is usually good enough for me. This also dried out quite fast.  


Hope you enjoyed reading this post and I had helped you dodge a few duds 🙂

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August beauty empties part 2 – feat. Estée Lauder, Korres, La Prairie

iTo follow up on my previous post, I wanted to share the rest of beauty products I’ve used up recently and my mini reviews as usual. This time it’s mostly high-end skincare products.

Unlike makeup, I’m much more picky when it comes to skincare. I only repurchase things with visible results. If you’ve been using skincare products that you feel do nothing to your skin, don’t think all things are created equal and skincare products are all similar placebos.  They are NOT. If you take some time to explore and research, you will find better products out there that can help make your skin plumper, softer and brighter, if not immediately at least in a few weeks. Don’t simply dismiss the technology and R&D research investment these beauty companies have achieved over the past decades.


In the empties above, the only thing I’m going to consider repurchase is the Dr.Dennis Gross alpha beta peel pads. These are acid pads so they will sting a little bit especially if you have sensitive skin but it doesn’t make your skin red like some other acid products do. The results are almost instant as you will find your skin a little brighter and clearer after a few uses. I highly recommend it to people with acne and uneven pigmentation issues.

The Amika dry shampoo smells so much better than all the other dry shampoos I’ve tried but it doesn’t really help add volume and texture to my hair which is what I’m looking for in a dry shampoo so I will not repurchase. I will also not repurchase the Estee Lauder advanced night repair serum. I didn’t find any other results from using it diligently for a few months at night except for hydration and there are so many good serum out there if you are just looking for moisturizing results.


I might repurchase the Clarins Iris alcohol free toner as it offers decent refreshing and clearing effects I’m looking for in a toner in the summer time.

I will definitely repurchase the La Prairie eye serum despite its hefty price tag. This small bottle works wonders in reducing fine lines and dry lines under the eyes if you use it on a daily basis. Since I’ve switched to other eye serum, I noticed how the lines under my eyes become more obvious over time. So this is something worth a splurge.

I was disappointed in the Korres brightening facial mask. Although it does make your face a little bit brighter, the smell was overwhelming and skincare products in general should not use a lot of fragrance to avoid inflammation and irritation.

I was also not impressed with the Ole Henriksen overnight resurfacer. Although it claims to treat your skin hyperpigmentation and breakout  problems, it didn’t create any visible improvement to my skin texture. It also doesn’t agree with other cream I apply after it at night. I’m glad I only bought a tiny jar to try it out. The only Ole Henriksen product I like is its orange bottle of vitamin serum.

This Garnier cleansing water is only available in UK. It feels exactly the same as water and doesn’t create any oily film some people get with the Garnier micellar water in the US. I think it is a tiny bit better than the one sold in the US but it’s probably not worth the trouble to buy it from there.

These are most of my recen beauty empties and hopefully you find it helpful. Thanks for stopping by!