Sunday, 26 October 2014

Mia's Review: My Beauty Empties

Recently during my blog-hopping times, I've came across a number of these 'monthly empties' posts, which are something like a 'monthly favourites' tag made popular by beauty vloggers on youtube. And I thought to myself, why not do a simple and short review on all my empties instead of just showing readers what I've emptied out for the month? :) 

First up, my shampoo and conditioner!
 -picture credits to watsons-

Yes, that's Watsons' house brand, their Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I've actually gotten the entire set of  this range, including their hair mask and leave-in serum. 
Price range: Affordable 
Might come across as pricey for being a watsons' house brand but comparing to other argan oil products, this is significantly cheaper. 
Efficacy: Excellent! 
It got my DIY hair dye damaged hair smooth and soft again! Magic or what!
Will I repurchase: Yes, definitely! 
But as I have the habit of alternating my hair care products, I will only repurchase this after I'm done with a replacement.
My current replacement: Essential Deep Cleansing Care

Next up, for my make up remover! 
Orbis Cleansing Liquid Oil Cut

Price range: Affordable
Departmental store skincare/cosmetic range at drugstore pricing, need I say more?
Efficacy: Excellent! 
For my usual make up routine of bb/cc cream or liquid foundation with concealer, setting powder, and occasional mascara and blusher, I only need about 1 to 1.5 pump in the shower (wet or dry hands, doesn't matter) to get rid of all the make up and dirt on my face.  
Will I repurchase: Yes, definitely!
In fact, I'm already regretting the decision of my replacement. 
My current replacement: Kao Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

Then, I have a facial spray that I usually use to set my make up in the morning.
Bio-essence Miracle Bio Water

Price range: Pricey
I'll say that it's a little pricey (about $17 for such a small bottle) for "just a spraying water".
Efficacy: Nothing visible (Bad)
The problem is, Bio-essence boasted too much about this product. Just for a spray of refreshment or to set make up, I'll say it's a decent buy. But marketed as a miracle water, I have to say that this product didn't really deliver what it has promised.
Will I repurchase: Yes.
In fact, I've repurchased a handful of times because I like how it sets my make up in the morning and spraying some in my stubborn tweety hair did help to soften them down a bit.
My current replacement: Nuxe Refreshing Moisturizing Mist

And for my trusty facial sunscreen....
Biore UV Perfect Face Milk
Price: Affordable 
Typical pricing of a drugstore brand, even cheaper than other brands like Neutrogena and Loreal.
Efficacy: Excellent
What I absolutely love about Biore UV products is that they're more towards the mattifying range, with those milky lotion like consistency that doesn't leave your skin sticky and oily. The highly raved one is the pink bottle, which serves to brighten up your completion, but this one works just as well if you do not have horrible dull skin.
Will I repurchase: Yes, definitely!
Have been using Biore UV for years. After I found them, I never switch to any other sunscreen brands, but just switch around different products in the same line of Biore UV.
My current replacement: Biore UV Aqua Rich

And one type of make up product which I've seldom used previously, but fell in love with this particular one.
Orbis UV Cut Liquid Foundation

Price range: Affordable
As mentioned above, Orbis is actually a departmental store brand priced at drugstore brand pricing. I can't remember the exact price of this liquid foundation, but I reckon it was $20 plus minus.
Efficacy: Average to Excellent (Depends)
The reason why I love this is because it's extremely lightweight and give a light coverage to even out your skin tone, but doesn't help to conceal your spots and blemishes much. So for ladies who prefer heavy coverage, this will not be a good choice for you. However, with SPF 50 PA+++, this will be an awesome product to use if you do not require much coverage and is lazy to spend that extra minute applying a separate sunscreen before putting on base make up.
Will I repurchase: Yes, definitely
This one of the rare liquid foundations which I have no fear of clogging up my pores and messing up my heavily facial dependent skin.
My current replacement: Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid Liquid Foundation 

And the loose powder, which I've just emptied out recently....
Christian Mode BB Mineral Powder

Price range: Very affordable
I bought this in one of the drugstore while I was in Japan previously, and I got this for about SGD $15 only, for such a big tub!
Efficacy: Average
The powder isn't exactly very fine and smooth, no amazing oil control benefits either. This is just a very normal loose powder that I got in Japan with a pretty cheap price tag.
Will I repurchase: No
If I'm not wrong, this brand Christian Mode is not available in stores anywhere in Singapore. So nope, I won't be repurchasing this online either.
My current replacement: Luv Carat Loose Powder

Have you used these empties of mine or even my current replacements? Leave a comment down below and let me know what you think about them!

Till then,
Mia Foo


  1. Empties, it'a mean welcome to new babies since I'm rarely purchase same stuff.
    That Biore Cleansing Water is not available in my country :(


  2. I hardly ever set my makeup and this post just reminded me that I need some more setting spray... I smell a shopping trip coming up! haha

    GIG love :)

  3. Wow - What a killer round-up. LOVE Argan Oil - I have to try those products! <3 GIGLove

  4. I have heard so much abt this Biore products.. I wish to try them but they r not available here. :( I am currently using an argan oil based hair care products only :)

  5. i love biore eye make up remover a on fourth bottle i think!!

  6. such a beauty and brilliant idea!
    thank you for your suggestion honey..
    very useful..

  7. Love the products :) I'm using Biore eye make up remover too :)

  8. I love the Biore make up remover and sunscreen as well! :D

  9. I've tried the Bio-Essence Miracle water, and I must say, it's also not living up to its hype. I prefer Avene. That really hydrates my skin :) #giglove

  10. I've never tried the products you reviewed, because they are not available in my country.

  11. I never know Biore has cleansing water... I shall go to check it out. giglove

  12. I really wanna try the bio-essence miracle bio water!! Is it really that good??

  13. I have been sadly unsuccessful this month in emptying out anything but I am glad that you managed to. :) GIG love

  14. Oh I always see that Watsons Argan oil shampoo and conditioner around. Good to hear it works well! I should give it a try, especially since it's affordable.

  15. I personally love reading empties because it's kinda fun knowing what other people commit to.

  16. I would like to try Argan Oil hair care products range, it sounds like products for me.

  17. i really want to try cleansing oils. ill look into the orbis one

  18. None of them I can find here in my country ._.) hmmmm
    Thanks for sharing ^^


  19. Looks like you went through a few great products!

  20. Those are some great replacements you have there! I love that Powder Box

    GIG Love

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  21. not really available here but look really great - thanks for sharing

  22. Wow - Thats an amazing range of products... I'd love totry them. <3 GIGLove

  23. thats a great range of products ... I love the Biore make up remover and argan oil

    Shumaila Jaffer
    Beauty Redefined

  24. Hey that is such a great post :) great job girl !


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