Empty Products #7

I don’t know what is happening but over the past few months I have been using up products quicker than usual. It is only two months since my last empties post and I’m back with another bunch! Doing these posts when I finish 10 or so items seems to be working well.

Haircare

1. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner

The scent is nice and the product does make my hair feel clean but I didn’t enjoy using the full size as much as I did the 88ml bottles I tried in the past. I think this works better when used once a week rather than washing my hair with it constantly. I am still finishing the matching shampoo, which I enjoy more than the conditioner. This conditioner didn’t seem to be easy to massage into the hair so I was using more than normal.

Repurchase: No. The full size is pretty pricey too.

Makeup

2. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel

This pencil featured in my project pan for 2018 and on the very last day of 2018 I finished it! It was all I used to fill in my brows for the best part of three years and it’s so easy and fuss free.

Repurchase: I have.

3. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

This product was another one that featured in 2018’s project pan. I have had a love/hate relationship over the past year with this foundation but it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first liquid foundation I ever bought. Long story short, Rimmel changed the formula and discontinued shades and last year they released new shades again. Is it my favourite foundation, no, but it is still a good everyday option for work.

Repurchase: Maybe – I’d be interested to swatch the new shades.

4. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample)

I was given this sample in 2017 and it is the loveliest raspberry colour. The formula is long lasting with the shine of a gloss but is by no means sticky like one. This little sample gave me so many uses and I wore this colour a ton throughout 2018!

Repurchase: Maybe. I am on a lip product buying ban in 2019 and I have similar colours in my collection. The applicator on the full size product also looks a little intimidating.

Skincare & Fragrance

5. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist

The spiciness of this scent is what I like about it. It’s less sweet than what I usually go for and it’s slightly more grown up.

Repurchase: Maybe.

6. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist

This is one of my mum’s favourite scents and I got into it through her. It’s floral without being too much and I do think this is nicer than the Black Musk for everyday wear. The White Musk scent is stronger so I find I applied less per use compared to Black Musk which means this is somewhat better value.

Repurchase: Maybe.

7. Britney Spears Curious – In Control

I received a lot of compliments when I wore this perfume and it’s such a good one for work, it’s quite light and sweet but does the job without being overpowering. This was the first Britney perfume I tried and it also holds a special memory as I got it the same day as we picked up Tango. I had this perfume for almost nine years and in that time it always smelt and performed the same.

Repurchase: Yes but not right now.

8. Impulse Tease

With Impulse you know exactly what you’re getting, the cans are portable and don’t take up a lot of room and the scents are pleasant. The scents aren’t as long lasting as perfume but I like them for layering underneath a perfume.

Repurchase: In the future, yes. I have a couple of other mists to work through at the moment.

Body

9. Zoella Double Creme Body Lotion

I do take note of the products Zoella releases but a lot of the bath and shower ones I stay away from because of my sensitive skin. Body lotions are safer territory for me and I picked this one up for less than $10 (NZD) in 2017. The scent is inspired by macarons and once this lotion sinks in to the skin it smells lovely. The scent is not too sweet for my liking and the lotion soaks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

Repurchase: Is this still available to buy? I would use it again but at the same time I’m not going to go out of my way to track down a tube. I bought it online as Zoella Beauty isn’t available in New Zealand.

10. The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter

I picked this up at the end of 2017 and it sat on my dresser for a while before I got to using it but I loved it! The scent is zingy and fresh and the texture of the body butter is soft and creamy. In no way is it a criticism but different body butters from The Body Shop have different textures, some are more easy to spread and scoop out of the tub than others.

Repurchase: Yes and I’d even buy a 200ml tub instead of the 50ml!

11. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear

You know the drill with this by now, it’s all I use. Maybe I’ll stop including these in my empties and only include anti-perspirant if I use a different one.

Repurchase: Yes.

Discards

1. Max Factor CC Cream – 40 Fair

There is probably one third of product left but over the past month whenever I have gone to use this it hasn’t sat right with primer and concealer, the CC Cream pills and crusty bits flake off and the product is not sitting on my skin. It is a little disappointing as this is a good colour match for me and the formula of the CC Cream is light and covers well. I think ultimately I didn’t use this product up quick enough but I picked it up cheaply so it’s not all bad.

Repurchase: No. It’s not my favourite base product ever.

I haven’t included this section in an empties before as not often do I throw products out unless they are old or they don’t work for me and they’re not worth passing along.


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Empty Products #5

Each of my empties posts seem to get bigger and this is definitely the biggest one yet! There are 20 empty products in this post and for future posts I will keep to the 10-15 product mark to make the posts easier to digest. I have been amassing these empties since the end of 2017 and I finally got around to sorting them into their categories and taking pictures.

Haircare

1. TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner

I must have had these for about 12 months now. I shampoo the top of my hair and condition the bottom so they last longer than if I applied shampoo and conditioner to both parts of my hair. My hair isn’t dry or damaged but these two keep it nice and soft and not greasy.

Repurchase: Maybe. Definitely not the worst shampoo and conditioner I’ve tried.

2. Daily Defense Argan Oil Treatment

I hadn’t tried a hair treatment before and the smell of this one is lovely! When I started using the treatment a couple of times a week and more regularly I noticed my hair seemed softer and the ends looked tidier.

Repurchase: Maybe. These kind of treatments aren’t essential to my routine but if my hair was dry and brittle I would.

Makeup

3. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige

This is my favourite foundation! The texture is lightweight, the coverage is buildable and it blends nicely into the skin. The packaging is travel friendly and easy to store in your makeup bag. The formula is in-between dewy and matte, I don’t like overly dewy foundations. Powder can be applied over the top but the foundation also looks fine on it’s own.

Repurchase: I have but in the shade, 100 Fair. I would consider Ivory Beige again too because I can make the colour work by using less product.

4. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara – 003 Extreme Black

I’ve loved and used this mascara for three years. I found out a couple of months ago the Extreme Black shade (which is better than regular black, don’t ask me why) is being discontinued so I purchased two brand new tubes online. The wand is really good for getting into the lower lashes and the wand has proper bristles as opposed to being a plastic wand.

Repurchase: Yes!

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer  – 1 Fair

Ever since I tried this concealer I have stuck with it. I really like the creaminess and pigmentation and how easily it blends into the skin. It covers redness well and makes my skin look more flawless than other concealers I’ve tried.

Repurchase: Yes.

6. Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm

I had this lip balm for about five years but started using it more regularly in the last two. In all that time it applied, smelt and worked the same. I would wear this during the day or apply it before bed and wake up with soft lips the next morning. The pearly tint is subtle and pretty.

Repurchase: If the price is right. I’ve seen this lip balm selling for $7 or more, whereas other Nivea lip balms cost around $4.

7. Sally Hansen Strengthening Nail Polish Remover

I didn’t like this. I found you had to re-soak the cotton pad for each nail as the product didn’t go very far.

Repurchase: No.

Skincare & Fragrance

8. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

I received this as one of the prizes in Stash Matters’ giveaway in 2017. The pot lasted me the best part of a year applying most nights. The formula is lightweight and fragrance free and good for a number of skin types. The cream itself is lovely and the pot is convenient for travel, the 50ml size isn’t too big.

Repurchase: Maybe. This is another product where price becomes a factor. This is a nice night moisturiser but I really like MAC’s Studio Moisture Cream.

9. Revlon Fire & Ice Rollerball

I got this rollerball in a gift set a few Christmases ago and I love the rollerball more than the bottle of fragrance that was also in the gift set. Fire & Ice has been around since 1994. It’s more mature than my other scents and lasts well throughout the day. The warm vanilla element is beautiful.

Repurchase: If I find the rollerball.

10. Impulse – Into Glamour

Into Glamour has featured in a few of these empties posts so it’s a well loved scent by me. I haven’t been using Impulse much lately as I’m trying to use up a couple of fragrance mists from The Body Shop for my project pan.

Repurchase: Yes.

11. Simple Brightening Moisturiser

The formula of this moisturiser is thicker than others by Simple which I prefer. It has mango goodness to help brighten the skin and make it look more radiant. When I use this moisturiser as a base under makeup, makeup always looks nice. The moisturiser has SPF and like other products by Simple is fragrance free. This small size is perfect for travel and when I stayed with my ex-boyfriend.

Repurchase: I have.

12. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

This has been my go to daily moisturiser for years. The amount of product for the price you pay is such a good deal.  If you have sensitive or dry skin you should try this! In my opinion the replenishing rich moisturiser is better than the hydrating light moisturiser also by Simple..

Repurchase: I am currently using a moisturiser by Olay but I’m sure I will at some point.

13. Juicy Couture – Viva la Juicy

This is my favourite perfume and the 100ml bottle lasted for around three years. I don’t wear this everyday, I tend to save it for special occasions or days I feel like wearing it. The longevity is amazing, the scent lasts on my skin all day. I feel like this scent suits my personality, it’s girly and sweet but sophisticated and fresh.

Repurchase: Already have.

Body

14. Body Fleur Sugar Petals Body Lotion

I got this body lotion a couple of years ago and would use it on and off because I thought it irritated my skin but it didn’t, the heat was irritating my skin as I’d use this in summer. The scent is a mix of fruit, flowers and shea and it would make a lovely perfume!. The lotion contains aloe vera and is very moisturising and soft.

Repurchase: Yes, but this has been discontinued.

15. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter 50ml

This body butter is one of The Body Shop’s cult classics! The texture is softer and not as firm as others from The Body Shop and I prefer the soft, malleable texture. The body butter soaks in quickly, keeps skin nourished and the strawberry scent is gorgeous.

Repurchase: Yes.

16. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter 200ml

One of these big tubs usually lasts me around six months. The scent of this is a mix between chocolate and the (discontinued) Brazil Nut range from The Body Shop. I have the Cocoa Butter body lotion and it doesn’t smell as good.

Repurchase: If the range comes back, only the body butter 😛

17. The Body Shop Mango Hand Cream

I liked the tropical, fruity scent of this hand cream and it did feel more moisturising than the strawberry hand cream but I prefer other scents more.

Repurchase: Maybe.

18. The Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cream

This hand cream had more of a gel formula and didn’t feel as moisturisng as the mango one. I prefer the strawberry scent but the mango formula.

Repurchase. Maybe.

19. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear x2

I’ve used this anti-perspirant for years and it’s featured in every empties.

Repurchase: Yes.

20. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant  – Fresh

Still a good anti-perspirant but I don’t like this scent as much as the Clear one.

Repurchase: No.


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Empty Products #4

This is my biggest empties to date! I am always in awe of bloggers who manage to get through this number of products in a month as they get to try new things and get rid of what doesn’t work. On the other hand it shows how economical I am and how long certain products do last.

Haircare

1. Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo & Condtioner

I purchased travel sized shampoo and conditioner when I flew up to stay with my brother in August 2016. These were expensive but I’d heard good things about Lee Stafford products so I was hoping the $7 (each) would be worth it. The packaging is pretty and the bottles contain 75ml of product which is decent considering some full size bottles contain 200ml and look how big they are. I feel like this did help straighten my hair but I wasn’t a huge fan of the citrus scent and my hair felt a little dry. These lasted me for a good few months (I used them at my boyfriend’s after the trip to see my brother) and they did the job.

Repurchase: No.

2. OGX Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

I purchased some OGX minis after finishing up the Lee Stafford ones as I like the convenient size. The scent is much more up my street and my hair didn’t feel dry. It felt smooth and soft and looks really nice the day after washing. A little of the shampoo certainly goes a long way, it lathers up well. (The empty shampoo bottle was at my boyfriend’s house at the time of the picture which is why it doesn’t feature).

Repurchase: I’ll definitely consider it. The products were cheaper than the Lee Stafford minis and contain 13ml more product. I would also consider splurging on the full 385ml size once I’ve finished my current shampoo and conditioner.

Makeup

3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I won this mascara in a giveaway and everyone who raves about it isn’t lying! The shape of the brush allows product to be dispersed onto nearly every lash and the formula is nice to work with. I did experience a little bit of smudging sometimes when I applied the mascara but I think that’s because I have small, hooded eyes. I had the washable mascara, it would stay put all day and was a breeze to remove. The plastic brush worked well, it wasn’t too bendy but I do think I preferred this mascara when it was wetter rather than when it began to dry out. Some mascaras perform well dried out but this one not as much.

Repurchase: I would like to try this again.

4. Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

I was disappointed with this the more I used it. It started off okay but as the formula dried out the brush would apply barely any product and it was a struggle to build up the lashes. It would give the lashes some length but nothing else, they looked flat. The bristles on the brush were poorly cut.

Repurchase: Nope.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

I was kind of forced into buying this when my old shade 091 Fair Ivory was discontinued and the product was rebranded. This used to be my favourite everyday foundation as it gave such a natural look to my skin but since buying a second bottle of Light Porcelain I feel like the formula is different to this empty bottle. It could be my skin is extra pale from winter.

Repurchase. I did buy a second bottle of Light Porcelain so I will assess through summer and as I finish up the bottle.

6. The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter

This lip butter was pricey but it did a good job of keeping my lips soft and nourished overnight. I would apply this before going to bed and my lips didn’t feel dry when I woke up the next morning. The scent was lovely and didn’t change throughout the two years I had the product. Once I started reaching the end of the pot the product did have chunks that hadn’t been mixed in properly. I don’t know if this is normal or just because of the age of my lip butter.

Repurchase: I’m not sure. It does a good job but there are lots of other lip balms/similar products out there. Maybe if it was on sale.

7. W7 Power Puff

I bought this sponge as a dupe for the Beauty Blender. I’ve never tried the original Beauty Blender so I can’t compare the two. It was an okay sponge, it didn’t eat up foundation and it washed up well. It didn’t stay soft and spongey for long and I haven’t used it in months so I’ve decided to get rid.

Repurchase: No.

Body & Skincare

8. Natio Face Mask Purifier

This face mask is really good at making the skin feel clean and refreshed. It’s particularly good if you’re feeling oily as the clay helps to combat oil. The scent is relatively neutral, it’s fresh and inoffensive. I use this mask a couple of times a week and it doesn’t dry out my skin.

Repurchase: I have.

9. The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream

I was inspired to try this night cream via another blogger and when I first used it I really enjoyed it. The 50ml pot lasted the best part of a year and I was a fan of the rose scent. The pot is travel friendly and pretty good value for money.

Repurchase: I don’t think so. Since trying other night moisturisers I realise they perform better and keep my skin more hydrated.

10. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant – Vanilla Coconut

This is another giveaway prize and it was different from the normal deodorants I use. The solid formula was actually really pleasant and the scent was lovely. I do think this is better in the cooler months as in the heat I had to reapply during the day.

Repurchase: No. I prefer longer lasting deodorants and because of the solid formula product gets left in the wind up tube and can’t be used.

11. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear x2

I have featured this product in all of my previous empties so I’m sure you can guess I like it!

Repurchase: Yes.

12. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Pure

I decided to try a different scent to what I usually use but I still prefer the Clear scent to the Pure.

Repurchase: If I had to, not the worse deodorant in the world.

13. The Body Shop Moringa Hand Cream

I was worried this scent would be strong due to the floral nature but I enjoyed it. It was up to normal Body Shop hand cream standard, non greasy yet light and hydrating. This scent would be lovely for spring/summer and I’m sure most females would love it.

Repurchase: Yes.

14. The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream

This particular hand cream felt very moisturising and the scent was nice too. It wasn’t too sweet from the honey and almond and it is a good range for those who suffer from dry or sensitive skin. The range is still available currently but I wonder if it is limited edition.

Repurchase: Yes.

15. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 50ml

A 50ml tub of Shea body butter was one of the first products I purchased from The Body Shop and the scent is mesmerising. I’m a sucker for the shea scent and how natural it is. I have always vowed this scent would be lovely on either gender and I’d really love to smell this on a man!

Repurchase: Maybe. This isn’t my favourite Shea product and I actually think there are softer, creamier body butters from The Body Shop. It has more of a solid formula compared to some of the others.

16. The Body Shop White Musk Body Lotion

The scent of this is so lovely. I am a fan of musk and the scent of this lotion lasts all day on the skin. It feels light and absorbs quickly which is perfect when you’re getting dressed in the morning. I like the screw cap as opposed to a pump as it means less product is wasted.

Repurchase: Not at the moment. I have a few other body lotions to use up but possibly in the future.

fragrance

17. Impulse Tease

I have used Impulse for years and I will continue to do so. Into Glamour is my jam but I tried Tease on a whim and I love it equally as much. I use Impulse as a body mist and spray more in the direction of my outfit rather than my skin.

Repurchase: Yes!

18. Bath + Body Collection Berries & Blooms

I received this fragrance mist as a birthday gift in 2016 and it smells incredible! The scent matches the name and the product itself lasts longer than some other mists. The bottle contains over 200ml which is more than three Impulse cans. Also, the packaging of this is beautiful.

Repurchase: I would but I can’t find it. *sob*

19. The Body Shop White Musk EDT

I was first inspired to try this scent after hearing my mum express her love for white musk. It is a feminine scent but it isn’t overly sweet and contains floral notes. I would use this as more of an everyday scent, it’s nice for work. The ombre effect of the bottle is cool.

Repurchase: I kind of did, I purchased the White Musk Fragrance Mist as it lasts roughly the same amount of time on me, was cheaper and contains 70ml more.

20. The Body Shop Black Musk EDT

After trying White Musk and loving it I tested Black Musk in store and instantly fell in love! Black Musk is spicier due to notes of pink pepper. This is more sensual and less fresh/crisp than White Musk and makes a nice winter fragrance. The black bottle is unusual which I like but the lid on my bottle was loose and wouldn’t fasten properly.

Repurchase: As with the White Musk I purchased the 100ml fragrance mist instead.

21. The Body Shop Strawberry EDT

This was the first EDT I tried from The Body Shop and I really like the compact size of the bottle. It is travel and handbag friendly and the lid can’t fall off. The scent is fresh and fruity and my boyfriend was a fan of this on me too.

Repurchase: Yes.


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Top 10 Under $10

Top 10 Under $10

Everyone loves a beauty bargain! When it comes to price, expensive isn’t always better and it’s well known that there are plenty of affordable products to rival high end competitors. Makeup in New Zealand can be overpriced but I suppose that is the price we pay (literally!) for being a small country right at the bottom of the world. I am pretty frugal when it comes to money and while I do splurge occasionally, I use a number of inexpensive makeup items from day to day. Almost all of my makeup is drugstore. I can’t justify high end prices but that doesn’t mean I can’t look nice. Today I’m sharing 10 products under $10 (NZD) that I wouldn’t be without!

Top 10 Under $10 Items#1. Makeup Revolution Iconic Palettes

If you didn’t already know, Makeup Revolution’s Iconic palettes are dupes for the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. I’ve seen so many bloggers and beauty gurus rave about the quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows and a lot of people have recommended Makeup Revolution’s offerings as an alternative. I personally haven’t tried the Naked palettes (I don’t even know if they’re sold in New Zealand) so I can’t compare the two but I purchased the Iconic 1 and Iconic 2 in May and they are worth every penny! I don’t think I could spend a huge amount of money on an eyeshadow palette unless I was going to use it every single day when I can find something similar for a fraction of the price. Call me stingy or cheap, but these do what I want them to and I love them. They may not be the longest wearing eyeshadows but the shades are gorgeous, there’s minimal fallout and they blend nicely.

#2. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter

I purchased this highlighter in May along with the Iconic palettes and oh my goodness it is one of the prettiest products I own without a doubt! The heart packaging is adorable and the amount of product you get is incredible. Goddess of Love may look plain but on closer inspection it has pinky-lilac flecks running through it and because it’s a triple baked highlighter it’s beautifully soft and doesn’t feel powdery at all. I find this shade is quite versatile and goes with a range of looks, it gives the loveliest glow which enhances your skin. Goddess of Love looks more intense when applied with a finger but my favourite way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Setting Brush to give a softer glow.

#3. BYS Fuchsia Surprise Lipstick

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now, you’ll know that this is my favourite lipstick in the world! This lipstick is also really special because it was my first proper lipstick that I bought when I started getting into makeup. I have talked about this lipstick so many times and I cannot praise it enough. The formula is so buttery and smooth and the wear time is impeccable. I even have a story to prove it: a couple of years ago I was at a friend’s party and I was the only one who hadn’t been drinking and I ended up being sick. I was staying the night and when I got up the next morning, my lipstick was still in tact.

#4. Impulse Into Glamour Body Spray

This body spray is one of those products that I always repurchase. I don’t have any at the moment as I’m using a body mist I got for my birthday but when that runs out, I’ll go back to this. Into Glamour is made up of sandalwood and vanilla – I seem to have a thing for vanilla scents. I have worn this ever since The Saturdays endorsed it back in 2009. These cans are so lightweight and easy to pop in your handbag, especially now they’re smaller.

#5. Simple Moisturiser

This is another product I have used for years and I have never experienced any problems or irritation. I’ve used both the Hydrating Light Moisturiser and the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, which I think is slightly better for my skin. The Rich moisturiser feels more nourishing and keeps my skin softer. My favourite thing about Simple moisturiser is that there’s no perfume so it’s completely scent free and it also contains vitamins and skin loving nutrients.

#6. Revlon Lip Butters

Back in April when I did The Lip Product Tag, I chose Revlon’s lip butters as my favourite drugstore lip product. I own five pretty bold shades and there are still a couple of others I’d like to swatch or pick up one day. In total, there are more than 20 shades ranging from brights to neutrals. I really like the lip butters because they are very comfortable on the lips and they can be worn lightly as a stain or built up for more colour. I also adore the quilted packaging and how easy they are to find in my makeup drawer among my other lip products.

#7. Maybelline Dr. Rescue Top Coat

I purchased this top coat a few months ago when I discovered my previous one had dried up. Rachael (Helpless Whilst Drying) loved this and I knew it had to be good if a nail polish lover like herself was a fan! I find the size of this so dinky and cute and the fact it looks pink but applies clear strangely appealing. This top coat is supposed to give your nails a gel-like effect and I’ve never had a gel manicure but this makes my nails look super pretty and shiny. It also wears really well. I’ve noticed that when I wear this, my nail polish lasts for a week or more without chips.

#8. Nivea Pearly Shine

I have had this lip balm for a while now and I’m not going to throw it away until I’ve used all of it up and it becomes an empty. It has actually been a while since I’ve worn this but when I was thinking of products for this post, this was right at the top. This lip balm is nourishing and there’s been many a day I’ve worn this on it’s own. The colour is a sheer, frosted baby pink which is very flattering and natural for everyday wear.

#9. Rimmel 60 Seconds Colour Fest Nail Polishes

I own three polishes from this range and while I’m yet to try two of them, I’m crossing my fingers they’ll be just as amazing. I’ve got a few other Rimmel polishes as well and they are so pretty. I love painting my nails and I love Rimmel; the decision to include these polishes was a no brainer! The shade that prompted this inclusion is Bestival Blue. Since picking it up in June, I have been impressed with formulation and wear time. My nails are opaque in two coats and coupled with Maybelline’s top coat above, it almost looks like a professional manicure. I even had a few comments at work last week about my nails.

#10. Real Techniques Shading Brush

This little brush was purchased at the end of 2015 and it is one of my favourite and most used Real Techniques brushes. The size is perfect for my small eyes and I can do a whole eye look with this one brush. The bristles are incredibly soft and I especially love it for blending out the crease and packing shadow all over the lid. I have purchased the Starter Set for eyes since the design of Real Techniques brushes was updated slightly and the bristles aren’t as soft. I only really use two out of the five brushes. Upon reflection, I would have been better to buy another couple of shading brushes. If you have small eyes and you’re looking at the set, that might be something to consider.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and seeing my bargain beauty picks! Leave a comment with something that’s on your list!

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Empty Products #2

Empty Products #2I see quite a lot of other empties posts and I’m always amazed at how fast bloggers go through products. I don’t know whether I’m not using a product properly or if I’m being stingy but I seem to go through products at a snail’s pace in comparison. I’ve only got 10 products here and I’ve been building up this little stash since November 2015. If anyone can tell me where I’m going wrong and how to use up things quicker, please enlighten me!

I’ve broken my empty products into two categories; daily and not daily. Starting with not daily because there’s less of those:

Empty Products May 11. TRESemmé Salon Silk Shampoo & Conditioner

I have had these big bottles of shampoo and conditioner since December 2015 and have not had to buy shampoo and conditioner for six months as a result. These aren’t empty quite yet but they are very close and I didn’t want to wait and hold onto them until ‘Empty Products #3’ because who knows when that will be! I have enjoyed using both of these, my hair does indeed feel soft and silky, the smell is pleasant and these are great value for money. The shampoo is about half the size of the conditioner but I shampoo the roots of my hair not the ends and I normally use twice the amount of conditioner just on the ends anyway. I wash my hair every second or third day so that gives you an idea of how often I use these.

Repurchase: Not straight away but yes.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter 200ml

Just thinking about finishing this body butter makes me a bit sad. I finished this around February and while I am happy with the Brazil Nut which I’m currently using, I enjoyed using the Vitamin E because of how hydrating and nourishing it was for my skin. I apply body butter on the same days I wash my hair. The skin on my arms isn’t the smoothest and I find using a body butter every few days in conjunction with a body lotion daily combats that and really helps. I personally am a huge fan of the Vitamin E scent but you might not be if you don’t like rose scents. The scent does fade though.

Repurchase: Yes, definitely! This makes a nice spring/summer scent.

3. Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover

To be honest, I was disappointed with this product. It’s not the worst nail polish remover I’ve used but I found I had to tip product out onto the cotton pad or the cotton ball for each nail. In the past I’ve been able to soak the cotton pad once and it does a whole hand. Trying to remove red nail polish was a pain, as I wiped each nail the cotton pad would come into contact with my skin and stain it. Another thing I didn’t like was the sticky residue it left on my skin, I had to wash my hands two or three times to get rid of it. I didn’t find it very nourishing either. I’m currently using another nail polish remover from Cutex and it is a lot better, my nails feel stronger and it doesn’t leave them sticky. One thing I did like was that this didn’t have a strong nail polish remover scent, it was almost vanilla-like.

Repurchase: Nope.

Empty Products May 24. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ’15 Fair’

You all know how much I loved this concealer and it was pretty much the only one I used for the past year. I really liked the doe foot applicator in particular, it grabbed the perfect amount of product and one layer of the product was all I needed. I do think since using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that it is better for my skin. Looking back now, the Maybelline did make my skin oily sometimes and the coverage of the Collection is better.

Repurchase: Yes, on the whole it is a good concealer.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 081 Fair Ivory

This foundation along with the Maybelline concealer above was my go to everyday combination. I still vow this foundation is the most perfect colour match for my skin and it saddens me that the formula was recently changed and this shade is no longer part of the range. If you like dewy skin, you’ll love this and it’s still easy enough to make matte if that’s more your thing. I’ll miss you Fair Ivory!

Repurchase: I would if I could! I purchased a bottle of 010 Light Porcelain in the new formula and thankfully, I’m liking that a lot!

6. The Body Shop Shea Body Whip

This is the second one of these I’ve used up and I’m going to say it is hands down my favourite product from The Body Shop! This is the body lotion I apply everyday before I get dressed and the scent is just glorious and the product soaks in very quickly. One of these lasts me about four months. The only negative is that once the product starts getting low it no longer pumps out. I end up removing the lid and tipping it upside down into a container to get the remaining product out.

Repurchase: Yes. I have a body lotion to use next which was a birthday present but I’ll be going back to this after that.

7. Impulse Into Glamour Body Spray

I used up one of these in my last empties post as well so I’ll keep things brief. I have purchased this particular scent for years and I love it! This is my first can of the smaller size and I do prefer the old, larger cans as you got more product.

Repurchase: Of course!

8. Nivea Invisible For Black and White Deodorant x 2

I have been using this deodorant for the past year or so now and I am a fan. This deodorant is a good all rounder: smells lovely, does it’s job and lives up to the promise of not leaving marks on your clothing. I find the formula nice too, it’s not powdery and doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the armpit. Being glass, it’s also really handy to see how much you have left.

Repurchase: Yes.

9. The Body Shop Shea Hand Cream

Hand cream is one of my favourite things to apply and I like to apply mine at night right before bed. The Shea range is my favourite from The Body Shop and one of the things I like about the scent is how subtle and gender neutral it is. This little tube will last you a couple of months and is perfect for popping in your handbag or keeping on your nightstand. This hand cream is lovely to apply and soaks in pretty fast so you won’t be sitting there not able to do anything à la a freshly painted nails situation.

Repurchase: For sure!


Empties posts are some of my favourites to read! It also feels very therapeutic knowing you’ve finished a product and the thought of being able to crack into something new/go shopping for replacements. Have you tried any of the products mentioned here?

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Empty Products #1

Empty Products #1Hi there, happy Friday! Today I’m very excited to bring you my first ever empties post! I will try and make this a regular feature on the blog but I don’t know how frequent the posts will be. I don’t find I go through products that quickly so I’ll probably end up keeping a little bin or a stash. Let’s jump straight in?!

1. Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

I have used Simple moisturiser for years and I absolutely love it. My skin can be sensitive and never has this irritated it. The moisturiser does everything it says on the bottle and is so affordable.  There is no artificial scent or colour and the light texture is perfect for the face because it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and is good to use as a base before applying foundation. I imagine this would also be good for other areas on the body with sensitive/dry skin.

Repurchase: Yes, in fact I already have.

2. Impulse Into Glamour Body Spray

I first bought this body spray after The Saturdays became brand ambassadors for Impulse and it was one of the new scents launched in conjunction. I have used this product for a number of years as well and always repurchase whenever I run out. The scent is feminine and slightly floral and features a blend of sandalwood and vanilla. They’ve recently changed the size of the cans and although there is less product, it is more handbag friendly.

Repurchase: Always.

3. The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Hand Cream

I purchased this hand cream in August and it lasted me about two months. I really do think it made my nails stronger, they weren’t weak but they seemed to look and feel more nourished. When I first started using this hand cream I found the scent rather sweet but after a few days I got used to it and grew to like it. I like to apply hand cream before I go to bed so it has plenty of time to soak in during the night.

Repurchase: I think I will go back to this scent but I have a few others I’d like to try first.

4. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

I have been saving this empty up after finishing it a few months ago, partly because I thought the tub was cute and it might come in useful for something. I really like the shea scent because it’s feminine but relatively neutral and doesn’t interfere with perfume or anything like that. Some people question The Body Shop’s prices but I think once you work it out, they’re reasonable as the products last a good few months and the quality is so good.

Repurchase: Like the hand cream, I have a list of other scents I’d also like to try.

5. Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara

I’ve certainly saved the best till last! Technically this mascara isn’t an empty yet, but it’s pretty damn near. I didn’t realise how much I loved this mascara and what it does for my lashes until I tried others and didn’t like the effect as much. I think this may just be my ‘holy grail’ mascara, the volume and length it gives my lashes is amazing. This mascara really opens up my eyes and holds a decent curl throughout the day while still making my lashes look fluttery. This must be the easiest waterproof mascara to remove which is always a bonus.

Repurchase: Definitely!

There you have it, my first empties post done and dusted. All five of these products come highly recommended and I’d love to know if you’ve tried them yourself or if you’d like to!

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