There's no way I'm hanging on to 50 empty containers for the sake of one epic photo of what amounts to a pile of rubbish. So I'm going to do my empties in lots of 5, with updates regarding how my non-purchasing (har har har) is going. Here's items one to five!
1. Schwarzkopf Essencity hair mask
Got this one from my hairdresser to deal with the chemical holocaust of going from dark red to blonde, and it did a sterling job. An odd smell, but otherwise a really solid treatment. My disappointment with it is two-fold: it's a very small pot of product for something you're supposed to use so liberally, and also it's been discontinued :( If you see it around, grab it, cos it won't be there the next time you look.
2. Dermaveen Soap Free Wash
I toyed with not counting this one since it's such a constant product for me, but I ended up including it for sheer size. Regardless of how often it's used, any product that size being used up is an achievement. Be thankful the pump on it is blurry - the bottle is ultra-gross after sitting in my shower recess for so long. It's my generic face and body wash, make up remover, shaving lotion, pretty much everything. These days I mostly use it as a precleanse for my face if I'm feeling especially crusty and gross. And it's already repurchased! I have a 1-litre slab of fury ready to go.
3. Vaseline Aloe-fresh body lotion
This is impressively masochistic of me - aloe lotions have a chemical cooling effect that's awesome in summer, and hellish in winter. But I only ever apply it straight after showering, and I have a magical heat-hoarding ability that means I stay almost uncomfortably warm for hours after showering. So despite it being freezing, I still enjoyed finishing this one off. I love aloe vera smell, it's so clean and crisp and vegetative and nice.
4. Botanics of Australia smoothing salt scrub
This one is a little star! Retails for about $4, 300g of product, and has a lovely sweet smell that's very macadamia as opposed to marshmallow. Left a slight layer of moisturiser on my skin, performs wonderfully with a razor. I raced through it too fast, of course, but considering you could buy about five of these for the cost of one normal-sized tub of body scrub, I can't stress enough that this one is Worth Trying. I found mine in Farmer Jacks (supermarket), and there's a handful of the line on Fashion Addict for higher prices (damn, that site is a monster to navigate around). Sadly the best I can offer is to keep your eyes peeled. Hopefully they'll be appearing in more places in the near future.
5. Chanel Mat Lumiere oil free powder
The powder has been on the verge of collapse for about two months, and it finally succumbed, showering everything in my handbag with an icing of soft porcelain. It's all very sad, but I recover from such things pretty damn fast when there's a new one ready to go - me Mam fetched me my replacement from Singapore, and apparently it's been renamed/reformulated!! Good god I hope it doesn't let me down, I'm so reliant on this powder. The new one's called Mat Lumiere Perfection, and the new shade is 01-Beige. By all means, if anyone knows anything about this changeover (have I made a terrible mistake??), let me know.
I done bad things.
Lets face it - I kind of expect myself to fail the no-buy portion of the challenge. But acknowledging is the first step, yes? Yes? I've not done photos because if I have to take more photos this post has a reasonable chance of never making it onto the site. If I review em, they will appear. Promise.
Models Prefer, 3 lip products for $20
Oh, Priceline, bless you and your frequent and varied sale deals. Having used a fair few MP lip products and enjoyed the crap out of them, I didn't feel responsive guilt until I'd walked out the door with them (after, you know, paying). They include a purpleish gloss, an invisible lipliner and a lipstick. Aaw, yeah, I'll totally review these.
Revlon Top Speed nail enamels, Mistletoe and Spice it Up
They were $5 each and they're an ultra metallic bronze and dark asphalt/green! They're so cool! So rarely buy nailpolish of my own volition, but these looked ultra-swag. I haven't painted my nails in donkey's years, I blame crippling laziness.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
Covered this one a little earlier, and it's still a staple. Must fetch everything in the Effaclar line, yes sirree.
You may now commence with the backpatting and congratulations regarding the first tenth (eep) of the challenge. How is everyone elses journey-of-restraint going?