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Empties #7

11 October 2016

beauty empties

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel, £6.50
You probably know by now that the Soap & Glory shower gels are a permanent feature around these parts. This one is my favourite but I’m not averse to dabbling in other scents.

Repurchase? Already have

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Shower Gel, £6.50
As mentioned above, I do dip my toe in other S&G shower gel offerings. I feel like Orangeasm SHOULD be my favourite, but I always go back to Sugar Crush – probably because it evokes happy memories.

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Day Cream, £14.99
I forgot I even got through this so I can’t imagine it set my world on fire. I do remember it being really velvety soft, almost like it contained silicone. It was pleasant enough to use but probably better suited to oilier skins.

Repurchase? No

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, £11
I’ve been on a bit of a rampage to find the perfect cleansing oil. I liked this one but I feel like I’ve tried better. Also, I found it stung a little bit if it got too close to my eyeball. I did like the pump though, a little less messy than some others.

Repurchase? Probably not

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £10
Compared to the No7 cleansing oil I mentioned above, I thought this one worked better and took my mascara off a little quicker and didn’t sting my eyes. My only issue was the leaky pump and peeling label – I’m trying to get my life together and a sad looking bottle on my bathroom shelf won’t help matters!

Repurchase? Maybe

La Roche Posay Serozinc, £8.50
I stocked up on these in Paris last year before they came to the UK after hearing all the rave reviews. I do like it but I’m afraid I just don’t get the hype. It seems to me just a normal toner, but I must say I like the cooling aerosol spray. It’s one of those things I will probably keep using because I feel like I should, you know what I mean?

Repurchase? Maybe

Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, £4.19
I’m not too sure how this made its way onto my dressing table, but as a very cheap and cheerful night cream, this one is fine. I’ve since graduated onto slightly more sophisticated night creams but my husband liked this one. It’s very thick and rich, so probably a good one for dry skin.

Repurchase? No

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Conditioner, £6.99
Frizz Ease and I have had a life long affair and thing won’t be cooling off any time soon. I never use conditioners without a mask afterwards so can’t comment on how well this performs on its own, but I really like it. It’s one of many steps I take to tame my hair but it plays its part well.

Repurchase? Already have

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque, £6.99
I really like this mask and do notice when I haven’t used it. It’s pretty rich and is probably too much for finer hair but I like to apply this very liberally to reduce frizz.

Repurchase? Already have

Boots Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, £2.50
I always have a duo-phase eye makeup remover to hand and don’t stick to one particular brand. I did like this one though and will probably pick another bottle up in the future. It didn’t require too much rubbing to remove my waterproof eyeliner and is pretty cheap, so no complaints from me.

Repurchase? Probably

Sure Antiperspirant Shower Fresh, £2.10
Not much to say about this, does the job.

Repurchase? Yes

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream x 2, £6.99
It should be pretty obvious by now how much I adore this tube of miraculous goodness – I use it pretty much every day. I use it on wet hair without fail, and also on dry hair when it needs reviving and I can’t be bothered washing it. It’s especially amazing when your hair is super frizzy, dry and dull. I pop this on the ends, whip out the curling tongs to ‘seal’ in the product and ended up with genuinely softer, shinier, sleeker hair.

Repurchase? Already have

Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer Pre-Wash Treatment, £12.99
Honestly, I was so excited for this but I noticed zero difference. Plus with hair as thick as mine, you only get one use out of it, making it pretty expensive for what it is.

Repurchase? No

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, £10.50
I have quite a few of these to get through after last year’s Paris haul and use a splash every day, either in the morning to remove any leftover makeup that is still lingering on my face, or as a pre-cleanse in the evening. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this and say, the Garnier one.

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, £3.98
A bathroom cabinet staple!

Repurchase? Already have

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, £1.65
I picked this up in Tesco of all places when my lips were dry and I didn’t have any lip balm in my bag and was surprised at how pleasant this basic little guy was.

Repurchase? Maybe

2True Mascara Clear, £3
What a find! I actually use this as a clear brow gel, and it gives amazing hold without shine or crispiness. Currently on sale on the 2True website for one English pound – one! Definitely better than the Maybelline clear brow gel.

Repurchase? Yes

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz Ebony, £15.50
I did a full review of this here, but basically I am never without this. To be honest these days I use the DipBrow a buttload more than this but the Brow Wiz is permanently in my handbag for on-the-go touch ups, or when I can’t be bothered going the whole hog with a pomade.

Repurchase? Already have

Soap & Glory Archery Brownie Points, £10
This is the one with the pencil and a felt pen, not a spoolie. The pencil was ok, if a little weak on pigment, and I didn’t really ‘get’ the pen. The colour on both sides was a bit off too. Nothing special all in all.

Repurchase? No

KIKO Volumeyes+ Active Mascara, £7.90
I reviewed this here, and really loved it, but KIKO is one of those brands I tend to forget about unless I happen to walk past a store, which is very often. Have a look – the results are incredible!

Repurchase? Yes

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Intense Black, £7.99
Another review here. I liked it at the time but wasn’t blown away, but now I look at the pictures, I really like the look of it. I think I’ve just had a spate of very average mascaras recently and didn’t appreciate it at the time.

Repurchase? Probably

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara Black, £9.99
Usually I love Max Factor mascaras, but this didn’t do it for me. I found it lacking in oomph and didn’t offer much in the way of length. Definitely pick up the False Lash Effect instead if you happen to be hovering around the Max Factor counter.

Repurchase? No

YSL Faux Cils Volume Effet Babydoll Mascara Black, £25
I was actually planning on doing a review on this, but it ran out before I had a chance. I felt like I only got a few weeks out of this it which was disappointing. I thought it was good but it didn’t blow me away, you know? Considering the price, I’d definitely go for the KIKO instead.

GOSH Boombastic Mascara Black, £8.49
I love this stuff, and for the price it is amazing. I like to try new things but this is one of the few mascaras that I have happily repurchased a few times. Read the full review here.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Black, £6.99
I reviewed this in full here, and needless to say I love it. This is proof that even cheap mascara can be amazing – another mascara that I have repurchased several times.

Repurchase? Already have.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Black, £14
I’d wanted to try this for ages and finally took the plunge. It was good but not amazing, so a little disappointing. I LOVE long and defined bottom lashes but I don’t think the Bottom Lash Mascara from Clinique is an essential purchase – you can get the same effect and faster with a regular mascara, however the level of control was nice.

Repurchase? No.

L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision Black, £6.49
I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to these felt nib L’Oreal eyeliners, which is a shame as I remember this being pretty good. It made my eyelid pretty swollen and lumpy so sadly this won’t be a repurchase.

Repurchase? No.

So that’s another Empties post done – who else loves chucking out a big bag of finished products?!

Empties #6

25 November 2015

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My hoard of empties seems to get larger and larger each time…but that’s probably less to do with using more products and more to do with not being able to muster up the energy to write up this particular post! But the longer I leave it the more the monster will grow so let’s get started – it’s a long one.

Soap & Glory Foam Call Shower & Bath Body Wash, £6.50
At any given time, there is a Soap & Glory shower gel in my bathroom. This one smelled good and was definitely foamier than some of the other S&G shower gels. I didn’t use it in the bath so I can’t comment on that regard. I might pick it up again at some point but for now I’ve gone back to Sugar Crush which is actually less foamy but smells amazing in the morning.

Repurchase? Maybe

Johnson’s Daily Essentials Gentle Eye Make-up Removal Pads, £3.19
I completely forgot I ever had these which probably implies they didn’t leave a lasting impression. I do remember them being very gentle and soft and slightly on the drier side – definitely not like the oily versions you normally get. I just don’t know if I can be bothered removing eye makeup separately to the rest of my face.

Repurchase? Maybe

Veet Face Wax Strips, £6.29
Yes, that is two packs of 20 strips you see there. My ‘tache can be an unruly beast and these wax strips sort it out in no time. They’ve got a good amount of grip and don’t irritate my skin. I won’t go as far as saying they don’t hurt (they do) but it’s not unbearable.

Repurchase? Already have

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, £13
Apparently loved by makeup artists the world over, this is a pretty rich moisturiser. I wouldn’t use this every day (I don’t think it has any SPF) but I love this under a heavy base of makeup. Because I’ve got dry skin, most primers don’t really work for me so I use this instead. It creates the perfect base but it might be a bit rich for oily skin.

Repurchase? Already have

Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, £7.99
These never stop being grossly intriguing, and they get the job done. I like to indulge in these pore strips once every few weeks to smooth out the surface of my nose. I’ve tried cheaper brands but always come back to these.

Repurchase? Yes

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Facial Serum, £24.99
I had high hopes for Hydraluron after the beauty world went a bit mad over it. I didn’t feel like it added anything to my skin, and definitely not any extra moisture. I used it daily until it ran out and couldn’t detect any improvements in my skin, which was extra disappointing considering the £25 price tag.

Repurchase? No

Korres Wild Rose Brightening & Line Smoothing Serum, £30
This was my first foray into face serums. It was fine, and I did feel like it added a bit of moisture to my skin. I’m not sure if my fine lines were reduced but I did notice a little bit more radiance. I just didn’t feel wowed by it so the search for the perfect serum continues.

Repurchase? No

L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oils Hairspray, £3.99
Not too much to say on this one, I’ve been buying Elnett in its various varieties for over a decade and don’t see myself stopping. The precious oils one adds a bit of shine, but to be honest I couldn’t tell much difference between this and the other regular versions. I have bought it again in the large size as I get through these cans pretty quickly.

Repurchase? Already have

Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant, £2.99
Does the job, smells good. Not a lot more to say on this one.

Repurchase? Already have

Sure Cotton Anti-Perispirant, £2.10
Ditto. I’m not particularly loyal to any deodorant but I do like these compressed cans.

Repurchase? Probably

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution, £10.20
I have a LOT of bottles of these to get through after picking them up in Paris earlier in the year. I’ve been using Bioderma every day and it does a nice job of removing most of my makeup without irritation. I will say that after I’ve gotten through my stash, I will probably go back to the Garnier version.

Repurchase? No

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99
I think this was one of the first micellar waters on the market after Bioderma sent everyone into a frenzy. To be honest, I think the Garnier version is just as good as Bioderma, and you can’t argue with that price.

Repurchase? Yes

Champneys Super Rich Cleansing Balm, £15.00
I really liked this but I have a feeling it’s being phased out (it’s not in Boots anymore). It feels truly luxurious and is a gorgeous second-cleanse product. It’s one of those that starts off as a solid and melts into an oil on the skin. Leaves the skin clean, soft, nourished and moisturised. Also smells more expensive than it really is. Review here.

Repurchase? Yes

Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, £4.99
This was quite a thick little cream and was a decent moisturiser, considering the price. I didn’t notice my skin looking any brighter though, and didn’t feel excited to use it in the mornings, if you know what I mean?

Repurchase? No

Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator, £10.50
My go-to facial exfoliator. Sensitive skins might not like the scrubby bits but this leaves my skin SO smooth, soft and bright. I love that Sanctuary Spa products do what they claim without the high price tags. A truly underrated brand in my opinion. Plus this comes in a tiny travel size – I take it everywhere.

Repurchase? Yes

Sanctuary Spa Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash, £9.00
This is one of the few non-exfoliating face washes that leave my skin smooth and bright. I like to use this with a hot flannel as a second cleanse. Sometimes I try out other face washes but I’ve come back to this several times.

Repurchase? Yes

Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Cleansing Oil, £10.99
Another product I forgot about! I remember loving the orange scent of this, and it took my makeup off easily. I don’t think it irritated my eyes too much (but I do think the Body Shop’s Camomile cleansing oil feels gentler on the eyes).

Repurchase? Maybe

Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes, £3.99
My skin is by no means sensitive but I found that these stung the hell out of it. I wasn’t sure whether to feel scared or impressed that something was finely able to irritate my skin! I didn’t dare use these near my eyes, and they dried out before I’d finished them, which is a shame given that there’s a proper lid.

Repurchase? No

Nivea Facial Cleansing Wipes Travel Pack, £1.39
These were how face wipes should be! Easy, quick and gentle. I like this travel pack for weekends away and because there are only seven wipes, I got through them quickly, meaning they didn’t have a chance to dry out.

Repurchase? Probably

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, £20.50
I really liked using this with a hot cloth and it was ok removing eye makeup too (it did cause a tiny bit of irritation but nothing major). It feels luxurious and leaves skin nourished and soft. Not an essential but nice to have nonetheless.

Repurchase? Probably

COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo Tokyo, £1.99
I don’t really get on too well with most dry shampoos but loved this one. The sheer formula is a godsend for brunettes and gets rid of excess oil really well. It also adds a little bit of volume at the roots which is never a bad thing.

Repurchase? Already have

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99
Still with me?! This pot has ruined me. I’ve never gone back to regular nail polish remover and don’t intend to. This is quick, easy and perfect for the lazy girl.

Repurchase? Already have

BeautyBlender Solid Brush Cleanser, £14.00
Speaking of lazy girls, the BeautyBlender solid cleanser is the only thing I use to clean my makeup brushes. It cleans them SO quickly and you don’t have to faff around with other bits and bobs. You simply wet the brush, swirl into the soap and rinse. Review here.

Repurchase? Already have

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Tint, £4.49
Great lip balm, looks more like a gloss but without the stickiness. I have brownish lips and this is one of the few tinted lip balms that shows up as the colour it’s supposed to. It’s got the standard Carmex tingly feeling so if you’re into that, this is your guy. Review here.

Repurchase? Already have

Blistex Lip Brilliance Blushing, £2.59
I didn’t find this overly moisturising and wasn’t too keen on the shimmery red colour. Very average!

Repurchase? No

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Liner Black, £5.29
Another one I’ve been going back to for years. By far the ‘wettest’ eyeliner I’ve come across, meaning it glides on extremely smoothly. It’s great for the outer half of the upper eyelid if you want a very fine, precise flick, anywhere else, you are guaranteed smudging.

Repurchase? Already have

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Black, £9.99
Call me controversial but I think Bourjois trump Maybelline mascaras by far. This mascara was one of the few hyped up mascaras that I believe lived up to expectation. Great volume, great length and great staying power.

Repurchase? Already have

Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush Hot Chocolate, £8.00
This is the closest thing to Anastasia Brow Wiz I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried more eyebrow products than is deemed healthy. The colour is slightly too chocolatey (only very, very slightly) for my eyebrows but it’s got a similar consistency to the Brow Wiz. When I’ve run out, this is usually my back up.

Repurchase? Maybe

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Nude Perfection, £4.99
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. This is one of my favourite lip products of all time. The formula is perfect, the colour is perfect and the sharpen-able design is perfect. I would happily spend £20 on this which is why I find the £4.99 price tag mind boggling. Review here.

Repurchase? Already have

Anastasia Brow Wiz Ebony, £15.50
My go-to brow product on the days I don’t use the DipBrow Pomade. A forever repurchase, and completely worth the money. Review here.

Repurchase? Already have

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black, £7.99
And last but not least…another product repurchased for years. The formula is smooth and creamy and stays in place for a decent amount of time. I like that it’s super black and super matte. Review here.

Repurchase? Already have

Phew! And there we have it. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them.

Empties #5

30 March 2015

beauty emptiesI have quite the glut of empties today – does anyone else get a fuzzy feeling inside when you throw away a mountain of rubbish?

Radox Muscle Soak, £2.00
Not sure if this eases muscle ache any more than normal bubble baths but pleasant enough although nothing to right home about. Everyone has a bottle of Radox in their bathroom right?

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray, £2.60
I’ve tried countless other hairspray brands and this is the only one that doesn’t make my hair sticky and crunchy.  Forever repurchased – I’m never without it.

Repuchase? Already have

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, £30
I have a strained relationship with my hair and don’t feel like it deserves high end products. However, for this cult product I’ll make an exception. I bought this pot after trying out a travel size, and was hooked. It genuinely makes me hate my hair a little bit less.

Repurchase? Yes

Garnier 2-in-1 Express Eye Makeup Remover, £3.49
I was neither here nor there with this. It’s one of those bi-phase solutions which you have to shake up. It did a decent enough job of removing eye makeup without too much effort but was a little greasy. Nonetheless, one of the better drugstore options.

Repurchase? Maybe

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash, £6.50
Out of all the S&G body washes, this one is my most repurchased and probably my favourite. It’s fresh and uplifting and the bottle lasts months, depending on how often you wash yourself.

Repurchase? Yes

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash, £6.50
Again, very fresh and zesty. I thought I’d like this more than Sugar Crush, and whilst it is indeed, orangeasmic, I think I just about like Sugar Crush more.

Repurchase? Probably

Avene Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion, £13.00 for 200ml
Not a lotion, just a water. I honestly can’t tell the difference between most micellar waters. Does what it says on the tin, and this tiny size was great for travelling and lasted forever (probably because I haven’t done much travelling). But there are cheaper options that do the same thing.

Repurchase? No

Murad Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, £28 for 150ml
I got this in a set, so not one I’d buy individually. Apparently foaming cleansers are to be avoided like the plague so I’ll probably steer clear. It was an ok cleanser, did the job gently but it didn’t blow me away, especially for the price. Also, I think it has been renamed to Pore Reform Daily Cleansing Foam, otherwise it has been discontinued.

Repurchase? No

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner, £4.50
This is one of those conditioners that doesn’t feel like it’s doing much in the shower but when your hair has been dried and styled, the softness and shine is incredible. I’be only ever used this in conjunction with the Lush Braziliant solid shampoo so I’m not sure which is the praise worthy party. Maybe both?

Repurchase? Yes

Boots Time Delay Daily Cleansing Micellar Water, £4.49
This has a suspiciously high rating on the Boots website but I suspect those reviewers haven’t tried other micellar waters? I said most are similar but this is one that I hated. So much so I chucked it away when there was still half the bottle left, which is unheard of for a hoarder like me. It stung my eyes and felt weirdly sticky on my skin. Bizarre.

Repurchase? No

Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator, £2.99
I’m never without this exfoliator and always stock up on the travel sizes. It’s nice and scrubby without being overly harsh but really gives my skin a good polish. Makes a visible difference.

Repurchase? Already have?

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz, £5.99
I really grew to love this and now it’s gone I miss it. It’s refreshing, hydrating and is perfect for wiping away the last traces of makeup after cleansing. I don’t even like rose that much but this was a joy to use. Apparently it visibly tightens pores but I don’t have a pore issue so can’t verify.

Repurchase? Yes

RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum, £41.00

I need to do a review of this but this stuff genuinely works. My lashes are a fair bit longer and definitely fuller, but I find you have to keep using it to hold onto the benefits.

Repurchase? Already have

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Tint, £4.49
One of the few pink tinted lip balms that actually show up on me. Lovely colour, minty and moisturising. I also like how it’s relatively quick to use up – there’s something very satisfying about finishing a product.

Repurchase? Already have.

Nair Argan Oil Facial Wax Strips, £5.69
I’m not especially loyal to one waxing brand but I liked the look of these. However, after using them, I wasn’t any less mustached than before. These literally pulled out about two hairs and lost their stickiness after the first yank. Next please.

Repurchase? No

Boots Cosmetic Cotton Buds, £1.40
Another constant repurchase. Here’s a tip (literally) – make sure you get the ‘cosmetic’ buds, not the normal cotton buds. The pointed end is perfect for cleaning up botched winged liner and too-fat eyebrow tails.

Repurchase? Already have

Superdrug Cosmetic Cotton Buds, £1.39
Exactly the same as the Boots ones, I just pick them up from wherever is easiest at the time.

Repurchase? Yes

Dove Beauty FInish Anti-Perspirant, £2.99
Does the job, smells good and doesn’t sting. I get through these pretty quickly.

Repurchase? Already have

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm, £9.50
Don’t let the name fool you – this is most definitely not a balm, it’s more like a cream. This was ok, it left my skin feeling very moisturised and clean but stung my eyes horribly so not a good one for removing the last traces of mascara.

Repurchase? No

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Shampoo, £17 for 250ml
I don’t usually spend much on shampoo but this is genuinely one of the very few shampoos that actually felt moisturising on my coarse, dry hair. I’m in two minds about this as I’m pretty happy with my cheaper Lush option at the moment and I focus on conditioners and masks more when dealing with my dryness.

Repurchase? Maybe

Empties #4

18 December 2014

beauty emptiesI hate to start yet another blog post with yet another apology but my photos have been shocking thanks to the total absence of any daylight. I’ve got an empties post today which is about as festive as Gordon Ramsay’s mood on a bad day. Is anyone else feeling a bit fed up with all this Christmas stuff? I know I am.

Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, £12.99
(Review here) I love this and wear it pretty much solidly in place of foundation. Brilliant skincare option for the lazy girl.

Repurchase? Already have

Nivea Daily Essenitals Express Hydration Primer, £4.99
(Review here) Another great product for the lazy girl. Are you sensing a pattern? A moisturiser and primer in one, and super fast drying – I always have one of these in my stash for when I’m in a rush.

Repurchase? Already have

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99
You’re probably sick of hearing about this micellar water so I won’t go on about it too much. A good, reliable staple that should be in everyone’s skincare collection. Even if it’s just to clean up blusher explosions in your makeup bag. It’s a monster size for less than a fiver (and relentlessly on offer) so no need to be shy with it.

Repurchase? Already have

Clinique All About Eyes, £42 for 30ml
This was a free sample, which despite its tiny size, lasted an absolute age – a little goes a long way. It’s got a cooling gel formula and it’s everything you’d need in an eye cream – smooth, hydrating, quick drying, reduces fine lines, makes your concealer go on better. Not sure it reduces puffiness and circles as it claims to but it’s nice to use nonetheless. However I’m not loyal to one eye cream, and I’m not keen on the finger-pot action so probably not a repurchase.

Repurchase? No

Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Makeup Remover, £3.59
(Review here) I clearly enjoyed using this when I reviewed it. However, as time went on, I found that speed at which it separates became even quicker and I ended up using unequal amounts of liquid to oil, causing disaster and reduced effectiveness, and rather a greasy finish. The search for the perfect eye makeup remover continues.

Repurchase? No

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit, £3.69
I don’t know how excited you can get about lip balms but this was nice enough. It’s not going to set the world on fire but it is moisturising, smells delicious and doesn’t leave an overly glossy appearance. Perfect for chucking in your handbag or keeping by your desk. I rarely repurchase the same stick lip balm over and over, I prefer to try different ones each time so probably not a repurchase.

Repurchase? No

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist Dark, £5.99
(Review here) I found this colour to be a bit off for my eyebrows and not quite pigmented enough. However, since writing my review, I’ve found the Sleek Eyebrow stylist is actually quite nice to use on the front parts of the eyebrows, if like me, your eyebrows don’t start close enough to the middle of your forehead (this probably makes no sense). I’m still very undecided as you can probably tell.

Repurchase? Maybe

Empties #3

1 October 2014

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There’s something very satisfying about finishing products and discarding the empty carcasses. I’ve been buying less skincare in particular, in an attempt to get through the mountain of hoarded products and I’m sure you’ll agree I’ve certainly given it a ruddy good go.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, £27.50 (full size)

I’ve raved enough about this in the past (here and here) so won’t bore you again with it. This travel size version came in a handy set along with a shampoo and conditioner, and lasted me a good three or so washes.

Repurchase? Already bought the full size

Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Conditioner 75ml, £7.45

I got so attached to the Elasticizer that I never actually used this conditioner without it so am unable to offer you a completely fair opinion. However, I LOVED this and the ‘slip’ it offered was unbelievable, something that’s hard to achieve with coarse, dry, thick hair like mine. Expensive but this combo is genuinely nothing like I’ve tried before.

Repurchase? Yes

Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99

If there is one beauty chore I hate (apart from moisturising) it’s taking off nail polish. This pot of joy makes the whole experience quick and fun. Smells great at first too, before the saturation happens then it’s potent enough to burn off your corneas.

Repurchase? Already have

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, £19 (full size)

Does anyone miss the old-fashioned fibre-y mascaras, rather than the plastic wands that seem to be everywhere these days? This wand is fat and juicy and because it’s bristles, really grips the lashes. I love it on the bottom lashes, it separates and lengthens but doesn’t clump. Not hugely volumising but I feel it would be good layered underneath something else.

Repurchase? Yes

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, £19.50 (full size)

Possibly the most talked-about mascara of recent times. This wand really get into the tiniest lashes and gives volume and length. I really like this but for some reason go through phases with it. Sometimes it works better than others, does this happen to anyone else?

Repurchase? Probably

Gosh Boombastic Mascara, £8.49

I reviewed this here so won’t go on about it too much. Quite simply, I love this and find it similar to Benefit They’re Real, but a bit better. I use this everyday and feel lost without it. I don’t like spending too much on mascaras so this one is perfect.

Repurchase? Already have

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, £7.99

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you will be fully aware of my lifelong battle with blackheads. The situation is 100% better than it used to be and these pore strips deserve credit for helping to clear things up. I’ve tried imitation brands but these are the best and don’t leave that unsavoury residue you get from cheaper brands.

Repurchase? Yes

Cherry Chapstick, £1.29

You don’t even want to know how long I’ve had this but the truth would horrify you. I started using this as a base for matte lipsticks and it did the job pretty well. It’s not super moisturising and won’t give you a slippery surface so lipstick sits nicely on top. To be frank, there’s nothing wrong with a Chapstick and I’ve got more sophisticated tastes now darling.

Repurchase? No

Dove Beauty Finish Deodorant, £3.50

My first spray deodorant in about a decade as I find roll-ons more industrial. However this works just as well and smells really good.  It does last way less than a roll-on but the it’s more refreshing and dry.

Repurchase? Already have

Sanctuary Illuminating Moisture Lotion 15ml, £2.99

I’ve been having a lusty affair with Sanctuary products for a while and this was one of the first things I succumbed to. This stuff is so brightening and is the perfect base for foundation, although I often don’t even bother, it’s that glowy. But if you’re into a matte base then this isn’t for you. And don’t let the mini size fool you, it lasts ages.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, £14

This has quite the bounty of rave reviews on the Body Shop website and I was hankering to try it for a while. I used it after cleansing to exfoliate – it’s made up of really fine gritty bits in some kind of lotion. It kind of feels like scrubbing wet sand into your face, and my face can usually stand up to harsh treatment and is by no means sensitive, however this left my face looking like a baboon’s bum. It did feel extremely cleansing and my face looked super clean afterwards but it’s the only exfoliator I’ve used that left my skin red raw…and not in a good way

Repuchase? No

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser, £16.99

Pump? Check. SPF? Check. Amazing scent? Check. This moisturiser lasted my about a year with daily use and I’ve really enjoyed it. It brightens and hydrates really well, but isn’t as glowy as the Sanctuary one mentioned above so it’s a good happy medium. I’ve got a million day creams to get through but one day will love to be reunited with this orange-y baby.

Repuchase? Yes

Empties #2

23 July 2014

beauty empties

Why is it that when you want something to finish, time seems to drag slower than a drowsy snail? But, we got there in the end and I can finally chuck out all these empty bottles and stop feeling like the Hoarder Next Door.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel, £6

Great everyday shower gel, which lasted literally 3 months between two people (one being extremely generous with the pumping). Much more foamy and thick than Sugar Crush because of the built-in moisturising lotion. To be honest, you still need to moisturise after but this has been a joy to use.

Repurchase? Yes

Clarins Multi Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream, £42

This was a gift and has taken me almost a year to get through. It’s pleasant to use and I think it was one of the many things I’ve been using which has helped banish my big forehead wrinkle. It smells how I imagine a rich, middle-aged woman smells, it’s rich but fast drying and leaves the skin really soft and velvety. I find that makeup lasts really well on top of it too. My only complaint is the glass jar, when I was nearing the end, I had to scrape it out and half of it would end up under my nails.

Repurchase? Maybe

Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water, £3.33

You’re probably as sick as I am of Micellar waters but this is a good one. This jumbo bottle has lasted me a couple of months with daily use so its value for money is quite spiffing. Does what it says on the tin, and I can see this being a forever repurchased product.

Repurchase? Already have

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover £2.33

This is a bi-phase eye makeup remover which apparently takes off even waterproof mascara. I don’t wear waterproof mascara but this seemed to struggle a little and some rubbing was required. A bit of a laborious task and nowhere near as good as the Dior one but if you’re after something purse-friendly, I’d say the L’Oreal one does a better job. But this does get a thumbs up for having a low oily factor.

Repuchase? No

Clean & Clear Morning Energy Daily Facial Wash £3.49

I’ve been trying to finish this for ages but it just doesn’t excite me. The little beads seems really pointless and didn’t exfoliate like I expected. This stings my eyes too and the last inch is impossible to get out of the bottle. As a face wash it’s not terrible but there are too many great ones out there to bother with this one.

Repurchase? No

L’Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Re-Plumper Night Cream, £8.66

Another glass jar which causes the dreaded under-nail cream entrapment. It does indeed make my skin feel quite ‘plumpy’ and when I stop using this I feel like my big wrinkle starts to rear its ugly head again. It’s thick and luxurious and feels more expensive than it is.

Repurchase? Maybe

Boots Smooth Care Facial Wax Strips, £4.42

I’ve been using these strips ever since an old passport photo revealed the horrific extent of my ‘tache, and they do the job to a satisfactory standard. A few hairs seem to linger but the bulk of my moustache is sufficiently ripped off. It does hurt but show me a waxing strip that doesn’t. These don’t make my skin red, blotchy or bumpy like other strips do, and the finishing wipes do a good job of cleaning up any sticky residue.

Repurchase? Yes

Lush Let The Good Times Roll Face & Body Cleanser, £6.40

My usual attitude to skincare is ‘more is more’ so I was a bit sceptical about this polenta-based cleanser. It smells like cookie dough (and looks like it too), and you can smell it on your face all day which is nice.  It’s a bit messy to use but it gently and effectively exfoliates. I used this on my face a few times a week and my skin looked genuinely clean and glowing, something I wasn’t expecting.

Repurchase? Yes

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash, £2.99

Although this did leave me face feeling quite clean, it stung my eyes like a MOTHERLOVER. I also found the smell a bit too chemical-y. I’ve literally been counting down the days for this to finish and even though it’s not terrible, I did release a small yelp of glee when I turfed it in the trash.

Repurchase? No

Empties #1

18 May 2014

emptiesI’m not sure how I feel about doing an Empties post as I don’t think anyone particularly wants to see my bruised and beaten empty bottles which might have seen better days. However, I realised that quite often, when I chuck something out, it’s chucked out of my memory too because something else usually takes over and I easily forget about the gems over time. Anyway let’s get started!

Dior Duo Express Instant Eye Makeup Remover, £21.50

I bought this in a moment of sales assistant pressure-induced madness. This is one of those bi-phase removers which is excellent and does what it promises. It’s slightly more effective than its cheaper alternatives, you need much less of it and it’s noticeably much less oily but do you need to spend five times more than normal for an eye makeup remover? In a nutshell, no.

Repurchase? No

L’Oreal Eye & Lip Absolute Make-Up Remover, £5.49

Another bi-phase eye makeup remover but with a price tag much less likely to give my mum a heart attack. It does what it says, although I did get through this a lot quicker than the Dior and it’s a bit oily but I can handle that. It’s usually on a ‘two for £5’ offer at Superdrug so weirdly it’s cheaper to buy two. Not that I’m complaining, I’m just heavily confused. Anyway, it’s a great staple, and although it’s not perfect, it proves that you don’t need to spend stupid amounts to get a bit of mascara off.

Repurchase? Yes

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Firming Night Cream, £14.99

Plumpy and surprisingly luxurious feeling, I really enjoyed using this. I can’t really decide if it did wonders for my skin (it MIGHT have been responsible for getting rid of my forehead wrinkle) but it was pleasant to use, the pump being a star feature. I used it almost every night for literally months on end so it ended up being a good little investment. There are far too many night creams I have on my list to try so this might be going on the back burner for a while but may well be revisited at a later date.

Repurchase? Maybe

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter, £13 for 200ml

Technically this wasn’t completely empty but it was beginning of smell a bit funky so I turfed it out along with the other empties. Satsuma is my all time favourite Body Shop scent and I’ve been through a couple more tubs of this in my time. The world and his wife had tried one of these body butters so I don’t need to tell you how good they are.

Repurchase? Yes

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash, £6.50

After the plethora of rave reviews I read about this, I succumbed to the peer pressure. The scent, I can confirm, is to die for. It really does make Monday mornings a bit less depressing and helps put me in a good mood. My only gripe was that it didn’t foam as much as I thought it would. I really do love a good lather and this just didn’t do it. But the smell alone alone is enough for a repurchase and it lasted a good a couple of months even with Mr TBL helping himself to it every day.

Repurchase? Yes

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