October Product Empties ’18

I’ve been in a decluttering mood recently. I think that the strangely warm weather this past month in London has really got me motivated to have a huge clear out before the cold really sets in, and all I would want to do is come home after work and wrap up in my cosy dressing gown.

This time round I seem to be very ‘cleanser heavy’, finishing 4 different cleansing products. I like to alternate between Garnier SkinActive Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover and a more premium version like Lancome Bi-Facil as a special treat. They are both very similar, with a non-oily formula and they are great at removing waterproof eye makeup. For the rest of face, I like using the La Roche-Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel. For slightly heavier makeup days I will use the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse to melt my makeup with the balm and then double cleanse with the cream.

Recently I have been battling with an increasing number of breakouts and I still haven’t worked out why. Anyway the one product that I have been using even more is Serozinc by La Roche-Posay. The zinc sulphate in the mist has really been helping to calm any redness and replace any moisture lost post breakout.

When I haven’t been trying to deal with spots, I’ve been attempting to solve my extremely dehydrated skin. For my lips I use a scrub from Lush every other day to remove any flakiness and L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is the perfect handbag friendly product that prevents any dryness on the go.

Kérastase Specifique Anti Dandruff Solution Shampoo has really helped with my sensitive scalp, as well as treating my dandruff without feeling too stripping. I then add a few drops of Tresemmé Oleo Radiance Oil Elixir to my conditioner to leave my hair smooth and silky. I can also get the same effect with Kérastase Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk when it is applied to wet hair before blow drying.

After clearing out my mascara collection and using a different mascara every day for a week, I realised that I had actually used up two of them already. The L’Oreal Double Extension Waterproof Mascara gives length to my lashes however I don’t actually use the primer end, so half of the product is wasted on me. The No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara is my preferred choice for it’s clump free formula giving separation and volume.

Hand and Body –
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Imperial Leather Cherry Blossom & Blossom
Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy
Soft and Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant

Hair –
Charles Worthington Shine Booster Conditioner
Kérastase Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk
Kérastase Specifique Anti Dandruff Solution Shampoo
Tresemmé Oleo Radiance Oil Elixir

Makeup –
L’Oreal Double Extension Waterproof Mascara
No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara

Skincare –
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster
Garnier SkinActive Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover
Lancome Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes
La Roche-Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

Hylo-Tear Eye Drops

As you can probably tell if you have read any of my empties posts before, I have a couple of products that I can’t seem to get enough of. What would you like me to try next?

March Product Empties 2018

Here we are again. It is so satisfying finishing a product. My only problem is that I’ve got so many products on the go at the same time, so it honestly takes forever to actually finish anything.

I’ve found a new favourite brand of cotton pads. It sounds so silly, but it’s true! Boots Double Faced are great, but Glossier Rounds are brilliant. I like them because they are firmer and you can use both sides without them changing shape and falling apart.

I managed to finish 3 hair products this time round. That almost never happens. This winter I felt so determined to so finish some hair products. Each side of my bath is lined with all my products, I’m running out of space. Kerastase Anti-Dandruff Purifying Shampoo and Kerastase Balancing Shampoo are both great if like me you have an oily, sensitive and a dandruff prone scalp. The Anti-Dandruff Purifying Shampoo is great because it has little exfoliating beads which helps to really clean out your scalp. This is followed by the Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Conditioner which I run through the ends of my hair.

The one bath/shower product I’ve used up is the Rituals Yogi Flower Foaming Shower Gel. I think I got it free with a code that I found online. Just had to pay for postage. I loved the sweet almond scent so much that I’ve since gone into a Rituals store and bought the bath foam in the same scent.

The one makeup product that I’ve finished is the No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara. This is my current favourite mascara. It’s clump free and separates lashes whilst giving great volume.

Deodorants. I used to be obsessed with Mitchum. The sprays and the gels as well. It was the only brand that I found that actually helped me stay fresh all day long. I still have loads in my cupboard but I’ve actually found a new favourite. It’s the Soft and Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant. It doesn’t have any alcohol, aluminium or allergens in it. It’s so gentle on my skin and does not cause any discolouration on my underarms, which occurs when I use deodorants containing aluminium.

I have been painting my nails a lot more recently and what I have found really helpful is having the Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Removing Pads to fix my nails or to remove my polish super quick.

It’s no surprise that most of my empties are skincare products. I have the usual favourites. To start my routine after cleansing, I use my Pixi Glow Tonic as my chemical exfoliator. Then this is followed by my La Roche-Posay Serozinc and Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist.  Every night without fail I will use these mists. Then I use treatments or serums like the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster followed by my The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence and then a moisturiser. In the morning I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and at night, the Lancome Energie De Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask. Both moisturisers have a water gel consistency which is great for hydrating my dry combination skin.

Hand creams have been a must over winter. Of course I’ve used a few of my favourite La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Creams and a Aveeno Hand Cream too. A few minis have been used up too. I found a few sample sizes of the Clinique Take the Day Off with I love to use to remove my waterproof makeup and also the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover.

 

Aveeno Hand Cream
Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Removing Pads
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C
Clinique Take the Day Off
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
Herbal Essences Shine N’ Shine Conditioner
Hycosan Extra Eye Drops
Kerastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo
Kerastase Specifique Anti-dandruff Purifying Shampoo
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream
Lancome Energie De Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask
No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
Pixi Glow Tonic
Rituals Yogi Flower Foaming Shower Gel
Soft and Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant in Active

May Product Empties No.3

It is very rare that I finish a make up product. I wore Chanel Les Beiges foundation pretty much every day. The healthy glow foundation gives a light to medium coverage and is very easy to build. Then I use the classic Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in translucent  to control shine across my forehead and nose.

I love micellar waters. I’m always up for trying new ones to see how they compare to my current favourites, Bioderma Sensibio H20 and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. The past couple of months I’ve been testing out the Lancome version.  I like the pump bottle for ease of use, however I still prefer Bioderma. It leaves a tacky sort of feeling behind on the skin which is a little uncomfortable if I don’t follow the product up with a second cleanse or a toner. I’ve also got through several hundred cotton pads. My favourite are the Boots Double Faced Round Pads.

Skincare empties includes some of my favourite products. Another La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist, a must in preventing those pesky blemishes, Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist, a great mist that provides an added layer of moisture before using my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo to improve the appearance of any imperfections. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub has been essential to combat my dry flaky lips.

It has honestly taken me years to finish my big bottle of Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. I’ve also found a great combination of products for my bath. A Lush bath bomb and a scoop of Zoella Scooper Dooper to create beautiful bubbles.

List of Products

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Mask
Hycosan Extra Eye Drops
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur
Lancome Energie De Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care
Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
OGX Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo
Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash
The Body Shop Pear & Lemongrass Shower Gel
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

 

Feeling Spendy in January

It was a cold and frosty Monday morning, and I made  my way into town to run some errands. I had planned to have my annual eye test and contact lens check  up, and then a physiotherapy appointment afterwards. Then I spent the rest of my time doing a spot of shopping.

I have been using my Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne from Jo Malone for a while now and it has almost run out, but I really wanted to try a new fragrance, so I picked up Blackberry and Bay. It’s a little more subtle but it still contains those fruity notes.

I also picked up two new foundations to try. The first was Chanel’s new foundation, Le Teint Ultra Tenue in 30 Beige and Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Light 1. I have been wearing my Chanel Le Beige foundation almost every day for months. I love it, however, I needed more of a medium coverage foundation that would last a whole working day without disappearing off my face.

I’ve been really into face mists recently and wanted to see if the Caudalie Beauty Elixir was worth the hype and also try the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Solid Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Cream.

I topped off the day with a quick lunch stop at GBK and went home to chill and watch Ugly Betty.