Shambolic Beauty – Empties

I first stumbled upon the concept of ’empties’ on YouTube. I thought it was silly: why would people discuss their empty bottles and stuff? Then I realised it’s kind of brilliant: if someone used all of the product they bought, they can really tell if they liked it. (If you compare it to ‘Favourites’ where the products can be very new to the user.)

So here we go.


Nivea Shower Gel – I got this for Christmas aaages ago. Not a favourite. Smells ok but a bit too artificial. Won’t be buying. (I’ve understood Nivea Beiersdorf is not cruelty-free even though they claim to not test on animals. I think they might use ingredients that are tested on animals.)


Neutrogena Face Wash & Moisturizer – I just grabbed these one time from the Pharmacy because I was fed up with my acne. I admit I have gone back to these products a few times because I like the smell of fresh pink grapefruit. (I don’t really believe they’ve made much difference on the acne part though.) I won’t be buying Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) anymore because I can’t say they’re not testing on animals. My goal is also to use more sustainable and natural products.


Yotuel toothpaste & GUM tooth picks – I’ve been using Yotuel’s toothpastes for over a decade I think. It was my late Grandfather that recommended it. The consistency is way better than what you usually get from toothpastes. It doesn’t foam excessively.

I have conflicting feelings on the tooth picks. Now I kind of hate flossing so I figured this is a great alternative. Plus they have Fluoride in them which is awesome. But I hate the fact that they’re not exactly sustainable because they’re dispensable.

DSC_0027Benefit 2 Primers & Under-eye Brightening – I actually won a competition on Twitter and got little samples of Benefit stuff! (We don’t have Benefit in Finland.) These are really small as you can see from the next pic.

I legit had to google how to use primers. I had no idea. I’m such a beauty guru. The Pore Fessional felt sort of silicon-like? I wasn’t a huge fan but it was nice in the end.

“That Gal” primer smelled a bit too artificial and sweet at first but it grew on me and I ended up quite liking it. It left a nice feeling on the skin and it’s something I could use more of.

I’d never used anything under my eyes before Ooh La Lift and it really did make a difference! I really liked it. Super easy. I definitely could keep using this.

But I’m not sure about Benefit. People usually think the company’s cruelty-free and they do strive to be. But the reason why they’re not considered cruelty-free is that they sell in countries like China which reguires animal testing.

This is how small these were.


Nivea Eye-Make-Up Remover – An ok product; gets the job done. But looking for a more sustainable and natural alternative.


LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner – Very happy with this! I’m not sure how much this has helped my acne which has gotten a bit better but I’m sure it has had an effect. Vegan and alcohol-free. Looove. ♥



Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer – This was one of the first concealers I’ve ever used and kind of just got stuck with it. Soft Honey blends nicely on my skin and I just haven’t looked for any other concealer. Laziness oh yeah. And I have two more of these in my cabinet. But I’m gonna look for more natural and cruelty-free option for this too. I’m also interested in trying a more liquid concealer.


Crafts Even I Can Do – Reusable Christmas Boxes

Reuse, recycle, remake and all that

My goal for this Christmas (yes, I think of Christmas in July, then completely ignore it and panic in the beginning of December) is to wrap (or pack) my Christmas presents in boxes that can be used again.

Just thinking about all that wrapping paper waste every year makes me cringe.

So what I’ve done is I’ve glued wrapping paper on old cardboard boxes and voilá! Reusable boxes! Very easy so yes, even I can do it.