‘Oh she has FABULOUS hair!’ I muttered to myself as I clicked on the YouTube video to buy this amazing looking curl activator hair product. I was convinced it was going to give me the voluminous mane I desired.
The product arrived almost a full month later (living in Australia really sucks sometimes) and I eagerly washed my hair, ready to style it with what I was sure was the miracle hair product I’d been searching for my whole life.
I blow dried my hair, flipped it upright and nearly cried. My hair looked awful. It was soft, fluffy and not even close to curly. The product cost $50 including shipping and I was definitely never going to use it again.
It wasn’t just the waste of money that annoyed me it was also the waste of the product. Normally I research everything very thoroughly before I buy it, but show me a teenage YouTuber with Diana Ross hair and I’m like ‘Shut up and take my money because THERE AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH TO KEEP ME FROM YOOOOOUUUUUU!’.
Thankfully this was a cult curly hair product and I sent it to a lady in NSW who was happy to pay for the postage. I just wanted it to not go to waste so I was more than happy to pass it on to anyone who threw me a few dollars for the shipping.
Another weird side effect of this product sucking is that I needed to replace it. So I went back to YouTube and fell down a weird rabbit hole of ’empties’ videos or ‘touching pan’ videos where beauty vloggers show all the products they emptied that month.
I thought it was such a damn good idea. I try my hardest to use everything I buy but my hair is a bit precious and sometimes my skin just randomly decides it’s allergic to something I’ve been using without issue for years so I have to stop using it. For these reasons, it’s not that often that I finished an entire bottle or package of a particular product before it expires. Which makes it a rare and quite wonderful occurrence when I DO manage to empty a product.
My empties were plentiful this month and I thought it would be helpful for some of my followers to do a post of all the products I totally used up. I’ve been researching everything very thoroughly before I buy it – reading online reviews, watching beauty vlogger tutorials – and I’m quite thrilled to say this seems to be working. A lot less waste of product and money in the Smaggle house is always a good thing!
Here are my April empties…
Out of nowhere, for the first time in my life, my skin is starting to get a bit dry. I bought this shortly before my brother’s wedding last year because the skin on my face was starting to shed a little. I scrubbed every second day leading up to the wedding and my face was smooth as a peach on the day. Mr Smaggle actually stole this and finished it off but still, it’s a good inexpensive product I’ll be buying again.
I’ve always been a fan of Laura Mercier foundations and this was no exception. I won’t be replacing this though but that’s only because foundation has a bit too much coverage for me. I’m more of a tinted moisturiser or BB cream kind of gal. That’s a massive compliment for this foundation though, as I rarely make it through a full bottle of foundation without it expiring. I used this for special occasions where I needed long-lasting coverage and for filming and it was ace for both.
This stuff is my world right now. I loosely follow the Curly Girl hair method, where you only use water-soluble products on your hair. My hair LOVES waxes and powders that give your hair grit and body but I couldn’t find a CG approved version of any of these. A woman in a curly girl group on Facebook mentioned the orange lid Garnier putty as a randomly CG approved product and I haven’t looked back. It’s so good, it gives matte definition without the crunch of gel or mousse. It’s also readily available and cheap! I just bought my second tub of it. Love it. Although a lot of hard core CG-ers claim this isn’t a CG product, they can’t seem to tell me why and it contains none of the non-approved CG ingredients and washes out of my hair easily so I’m going to keep using it.
This is actually my second tube of this lipstick, I love it so much. Even though this one is finished, I won’t be replacing it as I’m trialling a new one but this one is so good. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a full tube of lipstick so doing it twice for the same product and colour is almost unheard of.
I read in Zoe Foster-Blake’s book about chemical exfoliants (not abrasive ones) and I wanted to give it a try so I grabbed some of this from Chemist Warehouse and it’s AWESOME. I just bought it again on the weekend.
I needed a new cleanser so I grabbed this because it was small and I wanted to try it out. It’s okay… I didn’t love it and I won’t be buying it again but I love that they sell small versions of their products because now I’m not stuck with a giant tube of a product I don’t love. For the record, Sukin stuff is great, it’s just this cleanser I didn’t love.
This is another CG approved product and it’s a cheaper version of the Aveda Be Curly product. I LOVE Aveda Be Curly but it’s $45 per bottle and I use a whole bottle per month on my hair so I’ve been searching for a CG friendly and cheaper alternative. This is $17 per bottle (much better) and it’s a similar formula with wheat protein that gives my hair the best volume. I only use these two hair products now (this and the Manga head) and I’m thrilled. I also use Moogoo Shampoo and Conditioner for cleansing. Note: I think this stuff is called A’kin in Australia and Alchemy in other places.
So there you have it – a list of all the products I’ve totally finished in the last month.