Bottom of the Barrel 001

Empties marks the end of the old and the start of the new. It may be something that's well loved, fairly average, or just plain awful - but luckily for you guys, we have road tested these products to the very end to give you our thoughts.

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask
This is still my holy grail hair mask. Full review done here but just to recap, it leaves my hair feeling soft, nourished and silky. I use it everytime I shower, mixing it in with my conditioner. Best part is that you only need to leave it in for 3-5 minutes, none of this 20 minute business. 

     ~Repurchase?: Already have. 

Palmers Olive Body Butter 
Not going to lie, but this took me 2 years to finish #persistence. This was something I'd use post-showering and overall it wasn't too bad. It absorbed into the skin nicely, it wasn't sticky nor greasy, the scent was ok but it just wasn't anything special. I don't have any complaints nor accolades for it - it was just whatever. 
     ~Repurchase?: Maybe. I won't be rushing out to get one, but because it's so cheap and it does the job - it's a possibility!

Sana Nameraka Honpo Soy Milk Cleansing Wash
For a while, this was my shower cleanser. I liked it because it removed makeup ridiculously well, but once I took it out of the shower to use normally, I found it was quite drying! Drying to the point where I could see dry patches on my face immediately after washing. Not pretty. Apart from that it lathers really well, it doesn't sting the eyes and has no scent either. 
     ~Repurchase?: Unlikely. The drying part is quite the game-changer.

Loreal Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
I've done a more in-depth review here but just to summarise, I really like it. For a non-biphase remover, it takes off waterproof makeup nicely. It isn't oily, drying or irritating one bit.
     ~Repurchase?: Yes but sometime in the very very distant future. I just have to finish off the 7 makeup removers that I have somehow accumulated. 
Nivea Stress Protect Anti-Perspirant
Deodorant is one of those things I'm not really picky with. As long as it has a decent scent, stops the perspiration and any body odour - I'm all for it. This ticks all the boxes above and I really did like it. For the 48hour protection - I just don't trust those things and spray it on everyday just in case - better safe than sorry! Extra protection for stressful situations? Ehh not sure about this claim either but I haven't sweated profusely using this so that's a good sign right.  
     ~Repurchase?: Already have. 

Natio Brightening Eye Cream
I'm very indifferent to eye creams. Personally, I think most eye creams do the same thing (moisturise) and any other benefits, just doesn't seem to work on me and is very whatever. I got this in a pack so I just used it cos I had it and it was okay. It moisturised and absorbed nicely, the thin nozzle was good cos I could distribute product evenly and lasted me quite a long time. Brightening? - ehhh didn't really see much. 
     ~Repurchase?: No

Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango
Out of all the Baby Lips I own, this is my favourite scent! I really did like this for a while but then I started using the People for Plants Lip Balm and just realised how much the Baby Lips lacked in comparison. I feel like it only moisturises the superficial layer of my lips and once you eat or drink - your back to the beginning in terms of dryness. 
     ~Repurchase?: Unlikely. Although the Chemist Warehouse 50% off is quite tempting and   would be good to have in your bag or pocket to throw around.

Pascall Wine Gums & Pineapple Lumps
Had these lying around so thought I'd include it! It's always good to get recommendations for food so that we can all get fat together. The Wine Gums are nothing special - they just taste like normal jelly gum lollies that could be made by any brand. The Pineapple Lumps however, are surprisingly really nice. The inside is a pineapple flavoured lolly that has a chewing gum like texture and this is covered with a thin layer of chocolate. The combination sounds odd (and trust me, I was expecting it to taste awful) but the two flavours with the texture are surprisingly addictive.


  1. The Natio eye cream didn't do anything for me either! The Toni&Guy Mask sounds really good! :)

    Ty's Blog of Epiphanies

  2. The mango baby lips is my fave too! That Toni&Guy mask sounds good too and that Nivea deodorant is the best deodorant I've used so far.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. i didnt realise how good the deodorant was until i lived without it! best thing thats happened for my underarms this year haha

  3. Silly Natio eye cream, why did i spend money on you? I like the sound of the Tony & Guy mask, I like the idea that I don't have to get in and out of the shower and much effort.

    Beauty Challenged

    1. i hear ya gurl. i dont know what to do with myself in that 20mins either!

  4. Love the name of your empties series haha! I feel the exact same way about eye creams, I'm really not fussy with them at all and never really notice them doing anything drastic. The cleanser sounds quite bad - I've never had the experience where you see dry patches straight after! Haha we can all get fat together, yes indeed we shall ;) Ooh, I tagged you guys in the Lip Product addict tag I just did, in case you guys wanted to do it :)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. ooh glad you liked the name! took us a while to both figure out what to call it and then agree on it :P

  5. baby lips is so far one of my fave lipbalms too. they are so affordable :)


    1. esp on discount when chemist warehouse have their 50% off :D