My first empties round up post lockdown! Has anyone else noticed they have been using less due to not wearing making and not using as many beauty products? On the whole this bunch of products wasn’t the best for being ones I love and would gladly repurchase but there are a couple I really enjoyed.
1. Schwarzkopf Leave In Treatment
I would apply this product after a shower when my hair was 80% dry and let it soak in. The smell was pleasant, my hair did look sleeker as opposed to if I didn’t use this but it’s not a product I’ve missed since finishing it up.
Repurchase: Probably not.
2. Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Shampoo
The scent of this is very manly but not in a good way. I didn’t find this worked well on my hair and I didn’t enjoy using it.
3. Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Conditioner
Usually I can remember if I preferred a shampoo or conditioner more but I can’t with this range, I just know I wasn’t a fan of either of these.
4. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair
This CC Cream is totally worth the hype! I purchased a 12ml deluxe sample from Sephora in December and love how this looks on my skin each time I wear it. The quality day after day is consistent and it makes such a lovely everyday base. One light layer of product was enough for the finish I like and this does not cling to dry patches, it skims over the skin and gives a natural, healthy look. Product can be layered but I found I didn’t need more than one layer. I did notice Fair was a slightly better match for me in summer as opposed to autumn but I can still make the shade work.
Repurchase: Maybe. I see IT Cosmetics have come out with a new Fair Ivory shade but not in the 12ml size yet. I’d want to try the smaller size first in the new shade.
5. YSL Volume Effet Cils The Curler Mascara
I got this mascara as part of a set of YSL minis last year and started using it in February this year. The mascara has a plastic wand which I’m not usually a fan of but this formula was so good I didn’t mind the brush not having real bristles. This mascara gives length and volume and it’s super black which I love, it adds to the drama and really makes your eyeshadow pop. The formula was consistent throughout the time I used this and it was a nice medium between wet and dry. The formula wasn’t sticky and layered well without clumping.
Repurchase: No, sadly. Not because the product is bad but no full sized mascara is worth $70 – that’s ridiculous!
6. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel
This brow pencil is all I have used to fill in my brows for the past four years. This shade matches in with my auburn hair perfectly.
Repurchase: Already have.
7. Delon Regular Nail Polish Remover
This did the job and wasn’t harsh on my nails when it came to removing nail polish but I didn’t like it as much as the Cutex Strengthening nail polish remover I tried years ago and loved. The Cutex product is difficult to track down though.
Repurchase: If it was the only type available then yes but there are other nail polish removers I prefer.
Skincare & Fragrance
8. The Body Shop Mandarin Energizing Face Mist
I purchased this thinking it would be similar to The Body Shop’s Vitamin C mist as they both target tired, dull skin and aim to give it a boost. I did not enjoy the scent of this and it felt a little sticky on the face. It didn’t soak in and leave my skin hydrated, it just kind of sat on top of other products.
Repurchase: No, my least favourite face mist out of all The Body Shop ones I’ve tried.
9. The Body Shop Warm Vanilla Body Butter
When I purchased this body butter I was overwhelmed at how sweet the scent was but once I started using it the sweetness was manageable. The scent is easier to digest in smaller doses and the sweetness wasn’t too much once product had soaked into the skin. As with other body butters this feels lovely and silky to apply and keeps skin nourished and soft.
Repurchase: Possibly. This was part of a Christmas range but The Body Shop tend to release a vanilla scent nearly every Christmas.
10. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear
Holy grail! This features in every empties for a reason.
11. Dove Invisible Dry Anti-White Marks Deodorant
I strayed from my trusty Nivea anti-perspirant and this was nowhere near as good! The product was more like a cream than a liquid when applying it and it felt a little sticky. Product didn’t feel as moisturising on the underarms and I felt more sweaty. I used this during autumn/winter mainly working from home so I wasn’t getting particularly hot either.
1. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow – Perlina
I had heard so many good things about the Stila Magnificent Metals and when I purchased a set of three minis to try I was left scratching my head as to what all the fuss is about. One shade I threw out as product was non existent but I did want to make an effort to use up the other two shades in the set; Perlina and Kitten Karma. I went to apply Perlina on top of another eyeshadow recently and discovered it had dried up which I was disappointed about. I will not be picking up any of these in future as overall I haven’t had a good experience. I don’t know whether it’s because these are minis and the full sized shades perform better but I’ve been put off.
What was the last product you finished up?