Better late than never, right? The last couple of months have been very stressful for me so my schedule has been completely disorganised, not to mention my laptop deciding to not work anymore! But finally, here are my empties accumulated over September and October..including bonus holiday empties!
Bath & Body
1. The Pink Cow Vanilla Biscuit Bath & Shower Gel – I am done with cheap vanilla scented products! I’ve had this around for a few years but had to bin it because I can’t stand the awful synthetic smell. It performs fine as a bubble bath product; though I definitely won’t be picking up this flavour again. Repurchase? No.
2. Basin Body Butter in Pink Sugar – From an awful product to one of my favourites! It upsets me greatly that Basin products aren’t available in the UK. Every time I stay with my lovely aunt in Orlando, FL, we take a trip to Downtown Disney just to visit this lovely store – kind of like Lush meets Bath and Body Works. Lots of gorgeous handmade and sweet-smelling soap, along with luxurious whipped body butters and sugar scrubs you can try out in the store – we smell amazing everytime we visit! Pink Sugar is my absolute favourite scent of theirs; just a shame the products are quite heavy so I can’t ever bring back as much as I’d like. The body butter is the loveliest, lightest whipped texture which sinks straight into the skin, moisturises well and smells beautiful without any kind of synthetic scent. Repurchase? Always..whenever I can!
3. Lush bath bits!
- Butterball and Butterbear are exactly the same product, the latter just being shaped like a teddy bear for the festive season – so cute! Mine was unfortunately decapitated when I got around to using it (not that it matters that much as it’s being thrown in the bath) but Lush bath bombs and bars should always be treated delicately. The Butterball formula is a firm favourite, especially in Winter – full of rich cocoa butter chunks to thoroughly moisturise dry skin whilst soaking and no need to use body lotion afterwards. Repurchase? Always!
- The Comforter is probably my favourite Lush scent ever! The delectable blackcurrant scent wins me over every time. Repurchase? Always.
4. Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo – A bit of a difficult one to get used to, but once you get the hang of it it’s brilliant! I use this as more of a volumising spray than a dry shampoo, using a separate dry shampoo product beforehand to eliminate greasiness – I spray this into my roots a few times, wherever I want volume, and rub in for boosted-up, thick hair. Love it! Repurchase? Yes.
5. Batiste Original Dry Shampoo – An essential for anyone with coloured hair who wants to avoid washing it too much, Batiste dry shampoos always do a great job at controlling grease, as long as it is massaged in well to avoid telltale white marks. Although Batiste comes in a range of wonderful scents, I prefer the clean Original fragrance, as I don’t like anything that would interfere too much with my perfume. I use baby powder in my roots when they get especially greasy, and spray this on the lengths for a quick, easy refresh, with a touch extra volume as a bonus. Repurchase? Yes.
6. Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Conditioner – Currently using and enjoying the Resurrection shampoo and conditioner! Used together, my dry ends feel nourished and not dried as dried out. I doubt this actively works to repair hair, but I find the Bed Head formulas don’t strip colour from hair (as long as you aren’t washing every day), smell good enough to eat and leave my hair feeling soft and hydrated without weighing it down. This conditioner was ideal whilst travelling, as the thick creamy formula saved my hair from any more damage or dryness after sunshine and swimming. My hairdresser, who owns a very successful and popular salon, always recommends this for damaged coloured hair. Resurrection products are also regularly available in TK Maxx, for anyone wanting to pick up a bargain. Repurchase? Yes.
7. L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask – A wonderful product but seemingly impossible to find in stores! I go through deep conditioners like water and have been looking for a replacement for the last couple of months and it seems to be in stock in various places online, but never in my local Boots or Superdrug – quite disappointing! Anyway, this creamy vanilla-scented formula is brilliant for hydrating dry hair, leaving it soft and silky smooth without being heavy. An excellent price, if you can get hold of it! Repurchase? Yes.
8. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – Probably the most popular brand of face wipes out there, and my second favourite, after the Neutrogena ones, which are a little softer and thicker, but sadly only available in the US. The Simple ones do a great job of gently removing the bulk of my makeup without stinging, irritating or leaving residue. More expensive than other options, but these are usually on offer – great for stocking up. Repurchase? Yes.
9. Mudd Original Mask – My favourite clay-based mask – gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet effective enough to suck out all the dirt from pores! I use this twice a week to keep my skin smooth and clear; unfortunately these are quite hard to find in the shops, so I usually have to order via Amazon. Repurchase? Yes.
10. Ren Omega 3 Night Repair Serum – One of my more expensive products, but for good reason – this peach-scented serum is invaluable for chilly winter weather and the inevitably dry skin that comes with it. Perfect for keeping my skin from going dried out and flaky on me, and leaving skin looking nourished and feeling smooth the next morning. Good value too – only a tiny amount is needed, and this lasted me a whole year, as I didn’t use it at all during the humid summer months. Repurchase? Yes.
11. La Roche-Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser – My favourite daytime moisturiser; shame this gets used up so fast every time! Ideal for oily, sensitive skin – a bland, unscented formula which hydrates without being greasy in the slightest. Perfect for wearing under makeup and really does make a big difference to your skin if you’ve never used anything from the Hydreane range before. Repurchase? Yes.
12. Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets – Another product I seem to get through exceptionally fast! I bulk-bought these for 29p each (!) from Home Bargains last year – if you spot them, stock up as it’s a deal you can’t afford to miss! I keep a pack in every handbag to eliminate oiliness and shine throughout the day. Repurchase? Yes.
13. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator [Sample] – One of those products which seems to be raved about, but going from the sample I wasn’t much of a fan. It did feel hydrating, but felt sticky to the touch – not something you really want to be wearing whilst in bed! There are plenty of other all-round excellent hydrating products out there. Repurchase? No.
Makeup & Miscellaneous
14. MAC Brush Cleanser – Excuse the dirty bottle – brush cleaning gets messy! To clean my makeup brushes I use a gentle shampoo to clean the product off as much as possible, and then use this as a second ‘rinse’ to kill bacteria and remove any remaining residue. Lathers well and leaves brushes sparkly clean! And I can keep hold of this and use it for my next Back 2 Mac in exchange for a free lipstick. Repurchase? Yes.
15. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – Another brush-cleaning-related empty product – this is the aforementioned gentle shampoo I was using for a while. Honestly, most unwanted soaps or shampoos work just fine for brush cleaning, but I do like the smell of this and the small size makes it easy to store. Right now I’m trying out the all-natural Dr Bronner’s liquid soap! Repurchase? Yes (later on).
16. MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation in NW20 – I bought this MAC foundation via Depop with only a small amount remaining – ideal for trying out, since I didn’t want to spend the money on a new one. Whilst it was the right shade for my skin and initially left a lovely satin finish (as the name indicates), my face became shiny after only a couple of hours – not one for oily skin, unfortunately. I believe this has been discontinued now as well. Repurchase? No.
17. MUA Matte Perfect Primer – One of the ‘hits’ from the MUA lineup! This little tube of silicone-based flesh coloured primer is a brilliant dupe for Benefit’s PoreFessional, creating a smooth base over my usually oily skin for application, and helping my foundation stay matte for a little longer. A premium product for a fraction of the price. Repurchase? Yes.
18. Lacura Caffeine Eye Roll-On – An impulse buy from Aldi’s affordable beauty range, this is one of those roll-on eye products with a metal ball inside. It felt cooling on the skin and easy to travel with, but the product inside went a strange yellow colour and began leaking out of the lid, so I decided to get rid of it. Repurchase? No.
19. REN EverCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk – A great do-it-all cleanser to take on holiday in a miniature size – although it’s not my go-to for removing eye makeup, it’s perfect for sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate the eyes, whilst still doing a satisfactory job of removing eyeliner and mascara. I cut this open so I could use up every last bit. Repurchase? Maybe, if more affordable
20. E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder – I took this away with me, though ended up discarding it after buying a MAC Blot Powder, which I definitely prefer. The cheap plastic casing kept coming apart in my hands, and the powder gave my skin a yellow tint – not what I was after! Although I’d hit pan from using in the past and it’s a great slimline size for travel, I had to bin this – travel makeup bag real estate is valuable! Repurchase? No.
21. Elizabeth & James White Nirvana EDT [Sample] – A tiny sample size from Sephora of my new favourite fragrance. I’m not normally a floral fragrance lover, but White Nirvana had me converted. I’d recommend this to fans of Marc Jacobs Daisy – this similarly light, sweet scent of white peony, musk and lily of the valley is an ideal everyday scent to wear all year round. I’ve already had compliments on this, since I bought the full size to use at home. This sample lasted 4-5 days of use and was ideal for taking on the go with me. Repurchase? Yes.
Those are all my empties for September and October – I’ve acquired quite a bit more from being away, so hopefully I’ll use up plenty throughout the rest of 2014! Comment below if you have an empties post of your own – I’ll happily check it out.