Emptyland: Summer Edition

I’m calling this my Summer Edition of Emptyland because it covers all my empties from June, July, and August. To be honest, I’ve been lazy with skincare over the summer because I just moved, I had some tough times times with my chronic illnesses, and was generally short on time and sleep. And yet again, a very late Empties post; this series should be called Alice in LATE-land, haha.

I’m definitely trying to take better care of my skin now, and not skipping my skincare routine steps!

Instead of listing out every single product and rating each one, I’ll divide them into categories and highlight my favorites and point out if there’s something I’m tossing without finishing. Ratings will still be provided for samples and whether or not they will be purchased. This is in the interest of time, and also my own personal preference. I am keeping track of what I’m using up to hold myself accountable to actually using up products before opening up new items (and to halt my terrible habit of hoarding products forever).

Skincare

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During a Buy One, Get One Free sale at the Saem store, I bought a bunch of products from their Urban Eco line. I love these products so far! The only thing I disliked was the cheap packaging; my toner bottle cap broke when I was only half way through the bottle (and I never dropped it).

In addition to these Urban Eco products, a calendula product from The Face Shop and my first Boscia product made their way to my Emptyland.

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Above, you’ll see all the makeup wipes/cleansing wipes that I used up. These are all repeats since I’ve repurchased both of these products before. They don’t remove eye makeup that well, so I use both of these as daily cleansing wipes before I shower, and to remove BB cream or tinted moisturizer.

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And of course, I need to group my lip care empties together! My mom gave me those Chapsticks a year or so ago, and I finally used them. They give average moisture; it was fine during the summer, but I don’t think they would hold up well in the winter when my skin is so much drier. The Blistex lip serum was a decent product, but I don’t think I’d ever re-purchase because I didn’t notice any significant benefits.

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I didn’t use sheet masks as much as I usually do since I started trying sheet masks… I do want to use them more often, but it’s already November now and I can tell already that I’m barely using sheet masks as it is. I think part of the issue is time: I feel like I never have enough time. I’ve been using sleeping masks more often because I can apply them after my moisturizer at night, and wash my face in the morning.

And of course, you see my one empty packet of the Acne Pimple Master Patch from Cosrx. Love it!

Bodycare

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For body care, a highlight is the Dove shower foam: I love the feel of this foam, and you don’t need a pouf or sponge! Also, Aveeno is a great body lotion.

Haircare

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For haircare, I wasn’t a big fan of the Garnier Whole Blends leave-in conditioner. I used it up, but it didn’t do much for my hair pre-bleaching or post-bleaching.

For the Aprilskin Turn-Up Color Treatment: I thought it worked great for replenishing the pink in my hair color, but it was expensive (over $10 for a tube that only lasts 1.5 applications). It’s also not a dye, so it washes out. If you have longer hair, one tube may not even be enough for you to apply for your whole head. The second time I applied it, there was only enough for me to apply around my roots.

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The results of the hair treatment

Sample / Travel Size

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And the only empties from my samples are the Caudalie La Crème Yeux and the Dr. Jart Dis-a-pore BB cream. I didn’t finish the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion product because it irritated my skin. It’s so hard to find an exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin… If anyone has recommendations, let me know!

Also, that BB Cream really needed to be tossed because I’ve had it since THIS POST from 2016.  Took me forever to finish it since I was using other BB cream products too. Oops.

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Captain Miaow: Hair Accessories

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You may recognize the name “Captain Miaow.” You’re not imagining it! Previously, I did a review of this Etsy shop’s animal ears, tails, and paws. Captain Miaow not only makes adorable animal accessories… They also make elegant hair accessories and jewelry items. They sent me a hair accessory set to review, and I am pleased to say that I am impressed by the product.

The package I received was a USPS padded mailer. The product was declared as “Handmade” and I had no problems with customs.

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Inside the mailer, I discovered a neat little cardboard box. This box ensured safe shipment of the hair accessories, and when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised by cute gift-wrap! The items were wrapped in tissue paper and the presentation included an adorable ribbon.

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The packaging could not compare the accessories themselves though… Take a look:

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The accessories look identical. Each one has two fan-shaped decor pieces connected by two braided strings. The strings are embellished with dangling faux pearls, and the fan-shaped pieces are also embellished with pearls and gems (and of course, lace!). The backs of the fan-shaped pieces have alligator clips.

Check out the close-up details here:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

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This accessory was easy to clip into my hair. Due to the alligator clips’ teeth, the accessory did not slip down from where I positioned it. I highly recommend these hair accessories!

I wore one from the set of two for a photoshoot (mon premier shooting à Genève!) in a local park, Parc des Bastions. The photographer was Studio du petit oiseau, and it was a lovely experience.

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My favorite photo from the shoot!

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I love how the photographer captured this photo! The accessory truly stands out against my hair.

And of course, I should share my full coordinate:

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To see more photos from the shoot, click here! I will add more photos to this album over time.

I also did a quick video review of the Captain Miaow hair accessory set:

Be sure to check out my Facebook album dedicated to Captain Miaow for more photos!

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Real Hair?

Real Hair?

So I remember how one of my friends told me I could use my real hair for Lolita fashion. I could, but I don’t like spending time to style my hair. My hair doesn’t take well to curling (unless someone curls it for me and I spray it with a ton of hairspray), and I don’t think it looks good plain like this.

Could I get some feedback? Would my unstyled hair work for Lolita fashion?

In any case, I’m thinking of chopping my hair soon. I’ve never had short hair (except for when I was an infant), so I really want to experience the freedom of short hair. I keep hearing about how liberating it is. (So I’ll be cutting my hair really short for the spring. 🙂 Unless I chicken out. But I don’t think I will. I’d love to donate my hair as well! Especially since I have virgin hair. Never dyed!)