January Product Empties 20′

January is upon us, and it’s time to kickstart a whole new decade. A new year usually brings upon a time of reflection, re-evaluation, and also a feeling of promise to what the new year would have in store for us.

A new year also reminds me to a bit of a clear out and bring out the big pile of empty products stacking up in the corner of my room.

Time to have a declutter

I’ve finally finished a fragrance. I think that it has actually take me years to finish my Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne. It’s definitely a very sweet spring-like scent. I probably won’t repurchase this at the moment because I have  quite a few fragrances that are similar. I like to chop and change the fragrances I wear with each occasion and different season and often I get bored of the same scent and pass them onto friends so that they can enjoy them.

Over the past couple of months, I have had really bad bouts of eczema on my hands, usually caused my stress. I could have one bad day and I would wake up the following morning with swollen, itchy and very dry hands, which would take months to shift. I would share pictures, but I think you can probably picture what I’m talking about haha! Scented products didn’t bother my hands at all so I could still use my beloved La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream, as well as L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I even finished off my Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer when I found out that it was back in stock after what felt like years of being unavailable.

 L'Occitane Kiehl's La Roche-Posay

Of course it wouldn’t be an empties post for me without mentioning my No7 Lash Extender Mascara. It provides both length and volume without breaking down and leaving pieces all down my face. I also used up two Chanel complexion products. In July I discovered the Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint. It was popping up all over YouTube and seemed like the perfect product for me. In the warmer months I try to wear less makeup and focus on having glowy skin. The product was so hard to find as it was out of stock everywhere. Eventually by pure luck I found it in Harrods. It gives the perfect ‘your skin but better’ look and was my absolute favourite for months. Then when it came to re-purchase, it was still out of stock everywhere, so I went back to a different foundation in the range, the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation Cushion. This foundation gives a a bit more coverage than the Water Tint but has a similar effect. I won’t be buying any more cushion refills unless the Water Tint goes out of stock again, because it dries up very quickly and has an incredibly high cost per wear because of this.

In terms of skincare empties, I’ve used up a lot of my favourites such as Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser, Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Sweet Orange and Mint and La Roche Posay Serozinc Mist. It took me a while to use up Vichy Mineral 89. I was using it at night but it always felt like it wasn’t as hydrating as my other serums, but later I discovered that it performed a lot better in the morning as the last step of my routine before makeup.

Bath and Shower –
Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate
Rituals Sea Treasure Shower Foam
The Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel

Fragrance –
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey

Hair –
The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Nioxin Scalp Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner

Hand and Body –
Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream x2
L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

Makeup –
Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint Water Fresh Tint
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation Refill
No7 Lash Extender Mascara

Skincare –
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Clinique Moisture Surge
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Sweet Orange and Mint
Vichy Mineral 89

Hy-Care x3
Biotrue Solution x2
Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel

2019 Favourites

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to do a big old roundup of everything that I have loved using this year. I find these posts very useful to revisit throughout the year, as a little reminder of what were my absolute favourites and what I should put back into my routine. I have definitely been trying to finish products and not to hoard/ overbuy items unnecessarily.

Every year I like to buy the Christmas limited edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Not only does it always smell amazing, but it’s my favourite second cleanse product in my routine. Its light creamy texture makes it so easy to use and remove. I definitely prefer the scent of the Christmas editions over the original Cleanse and Polish. My only wish is that the brand would continue the line throughout the year so that I wouldn’t need to stock pile at Christmas.

My skincare routine has remained pretty similar to last years round of of my favourites. My focus has still been to pack in as much moisture into my skin as possible. The most notable brands that I like to swap between are La Roche-Posay, Kiehl’s, Clinique and Clarins. I’ve also tried to scale back on the amount of products I have in my routine, because I am aware that my consumption can get a bit excessive at times, but also to allow the products to work, instead of putting layers and layers of different ingredients on.

Favourite products 2019

My sensitive scalp causes issues when it comes down to using shampoo. I don’t know whether I have an allergy or what, but it seems that I can use any shampoo however, the next day after using it I get very very itchy. I definitely don’t need to tell you that it isn’t pleasant having to constantly scratch your head at work and then to receive really strange looks from your colleagues haha! The only hair products that I found to not have this issue is The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo and the Kérastase range.

To be honest I haven’t actually worn that much makeup over this year. When I have done, I’ve tried to create the most natural look possible. My absolute favourite product being the Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint. The product is made from 75% water which makes it incredibly lightweight and hydrating on the skin. The way I apply it is by pumping two pumps onto the back of my hand and using the brush provided with the product. I then swirl the product around popping the encapsulated pigments so that it applies perfectly onto the skin. I then follow this with the Nude by Nature Loose Finishing Powder to any particularly shiny areas and voila my natural healthy glowy look is complete!

Favourite products

2019 Favourites –

Shampoo – The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Heat Protectant – Kérastase Smoothing Taming Milk
Shower – Rituals Shower Foam
Hand Cream – La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream
Body Lotion – Garnier Intensive 7 Days Lotion

Eye Makeup Remover – Garnier Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover
Makeup Remover – La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Gel
Cleanser – Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Sweet Orange and Mint)
Toner – Fresh Rose Hydration Toner
Eye Cream – Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Serum – La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum
Moisturiser – Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Mask – Clarins SOS Comfort Face Mask

Primer – NARS Smooth & Protect Primer
Eyeshadow Primer – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Foundation – Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint
Powder – Nude by Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder
Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Highlight – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Bronzer – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Mascara – No7 Lash Extender Mascara
Lip: YSL Volupté Liquid Colour Balm

My Travel Makeup Essentials

When it comes to travelling, I’m that person that would usually pay to have a checked baggage on a quick city break. Most would say that I overpack, I would rather say that it’s me wanting to be prepared for every eventuality.

I thought I would give you a quick run down of what makeup I like to take with me when I go away. I try and take miniatures of products if I already have them, however I would not go out specifically to buy them for travel because they are incredibly expensive for the amount of product you actually get. I also try to avoid taking anything too heavy like products in glass bottles, or large palettes, where I know I won’t be using all the colours throughout my stay.

Travel Makeup

Whilst I travel, I like my makeup to be very light with a little bit of coverage. In terms of base, I like to use the Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint. It gives the most wonderful glow to the skin and is incredibly lightweight. It is quite a sheer formula due to the fact that it’s 75% water. This foundation is the only thing I have been wearing all summer, I have actually almost run out of it, and surprise surprise, it is sold out everywhere! I also bring my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk for when I want a bit more coverage.

My favourite lip combo at the moment is the YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm in shade 12 and the YSL Lip Styler in 70 – Le Nu. It gives a perfect ‘your lips but better’ look, which is perfect for me because I am terrible at reapplying my lip products.I like to travel with multi-use palettes because it saves so much space in your makeup bag and often gives you a choice of colours to use.

Everything I take with me fits neatly into a Space NK travel bag. I also make sure that when I’m packing, I stuff my makeup in between clothes in my suitcase, so that none of the powders crumble in transit.

Travel Makeup

Here is everything that I usually pack:

Nars Smooth & Protect Primer // Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint Water Fresh Tint // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation // YSL Touche Éclat // bareMinerals Bare Skin Concealer // Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion // MAC Eyeshadow in Omega and Satin Taupe // No7 Lash Extender Mascara // Benefit Roller Lash Eyeliner // Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder // bareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo // Clarins Bronzing Compact in 001 sunset glow // No7 Maple Glow Palette // YSL Lip Styler in 07 – Le Nu // YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm in 12

June Product Empties ’19

I think its been far too long since I’ve posted about my empty products, over half a year in fact! I think it’s about time that I empty my big bag that’s gathering dust into the recycling bin.

When it comes to hand cream, I never stray too far from my La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream. It’s the perfect texture and is not too heavily scented. My other favourite is the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Restoring Hand Cream, which is easier to find and stocked in most drug stores and supermarkets.

As a lens wearer I go though countless bottles of eye drops and lens solution. I am definitely guilty of wearing lenses for too many hours, so I always have a bottle of Hylo-Tear to combat dryness.

Nothing new in the cleansing category for me, I will always go through micellar waters/ gels for makeup removal as well as a separate product for my eyes, followed by my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in Sweet Orange and Mint for a second cleanse. My skincare routine is all about packing in the hydration. All the products in my routine are designed to combat dryness with lots of hyaluronic acid as well as vitamin C. The La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 and the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pluming Re-Texturising Serum are my favourites to alternate between. I already had back ups of both even before I had finished them.

Product Empties

I’ve definitely had a clean up of my makeup stash recently and found new homes for products that I don’t really use anymore. My cushion foundations unfortunately had to go. I love the texture of them however both the L’Oreal and the Lancome cushions dried up very quickly within just a few months since opening. I probably won’t be repurchasing them as they are simply not great value for money. I had the same issue with my Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, it dried out very quickly and I much prefer eyeshadow primers that come in a squeezy tube or with a doe foot applicator.

Bath and shower is a category that I don’t usually spend that much money on. As long as it smells good, I’m happy. I found a mini L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil in my cupboard that I was saving for when I travel. I realised that it would probably be a bit risky to take it away just incase it leaked everywhere so I popped it in my shower to use it up. It has slowly become my favourite and probably my most indulgent shower product. It’s so hydrating, smells amazing, plus it’s great to use when shaving. I have already gone and bought the full size.

Bath and Shower –
Imperial Leather Cherry Blossom & Peony Shower Gel
L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil
Rituals Energy Bubbles
Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash

Hair –
Kerastase Specifique Anti-dandruff Shampoo
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner
Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment

Hand and Body –
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Restoring Hand Cream
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream x2
Mixa Anti-Dryness Body Lotion

Makeup –
Beautyblender Pure Solid Cleanser
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes
L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
Lancome Miracle Cushion
No7 Lash Extender Mascara

Skincare –
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover x2
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster x2
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Mini
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Sweet Orange & Mint
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel
La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum x2
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel x2
Hy-Care x3
Hylo-Tear x2

Product Empties

It’s oddly satisfying when you finish a product and get to start afresh. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well at shopping my stash at the moment and trying to avoid buying more product, but sometimes I just can’t resist getting a good deal and stocking up.

2018 Favourites

I think it’s about time that I share what I’ve enjoyed using the most over the past year. I’m not really one to do monthly favourites because my routine doesn’t generally change a great deal month to month. However I love doing an annual roundup, and almost re-discovering products in my own stash that I’ve forgotten about.

Let’s start with fragrance. Back in New York, on the last day of my trip I made my last stop at Sephora before heading to JFK. I really didn’t need to get anything. To be honest I shouldn’t have gone in because I had literally been in a different Sephora every single day of the trip. I saw a stand for a Chloe fragrance. I was almost going to walk straight past it because you can buy it at home, but there was a promotion for a fragrance I had not seen before. Chloe Nomade is very different to the other fragrances I own. It has fruity notes with an intense oak base. I was only able to get a travel spray because I had no more space in my suitcase. It came with a free scented to candle to match and also a bespoke illustration from the artist ‘Bang’. As soon as I got home I bought the full size.

Shampoos are products I constantly change. Once I finish a product, I would just pick out the next one to use. However, the one product that I will always go back to is the Kérastase Specifique Anti Dandruff Shampoo. It is the only shampoo that helps with my dry and itchy scalp. My favourite heat protectant is also from the Kérastase range. The Smoothing Taming Milk helps keep my baby hairs at bay.

The best shower product I have used is the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I first discovered this when the brand did a collaboration with The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles and released a beauty bag. The shower oil is the perfect indulgent shower product for an evening pamper.

I’m not the biggest fan of body butters, purely because of the amount of work needed for the product to be absorbed into the skin. I much prefer body lotions. My favourite was the Mixa Anti-Dryness Lotion. It leaves your skin so smooth and hydrated. My hand cream of the year was definitely the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream. It sinks into the skin quickly and isn’t greasy.

Last year I was definitely on the hunt to find products that put as much moisture back into my dry skin as possible. Some of my favourites were Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum and Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque.

The best products I’ve tried for makeup removal were Clinique Take the Day Off and Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. The next step in my routine would be the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I would use on alternate days.

Eye creams have always been a step that I used to skip. This was because I had never found one that actually did much. They were all ok but definitely not memorable. This was until I discovered Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. It does a great job at brightening and smoothing the eye contour. La Roche-Posay Effaclar H was a re-discovery for me. I had just run out of Clinique Moisture Surge and wanted to switch up my routine a bit. I found Effaclar H in my already open box and it managed to pull me out of my ‘only water-based moisturiser’ rut. Haha! It really helped with soothing my occasional hormonal breakout.

Now let’s talk about some of my makeup favourites. NARS has been my go-to brand for primers. I can’t wear any eyeshadow without applying NARS Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base first. I got into the habit of just using my concealer on my eyelids, but found that by midday my eyeshadow would crease. Then I tried Nars and have not gone back. My eye makeup lasts till the end of the day and still looks perfect.

My everyday foundation was definitely the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation followed by either the matching powder or bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo. Concealer is a step I often forget when i’m rushing out of the house in the morning. When I have more time, I love using the YSL Touche Éclat to brighten my under eyes. My trusty Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit 3 is my favourite for both my highlight, bronzer and even a light eyeshadow. On dressier days I like to use Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette or my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette.

No7 still continues to win on the mascara front. I just can’t find any other product that does not smudge under the eyes or have any fall out quite like the No7 Lash Extender Mascara. When I’m feeling fancy, I also use Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner.

I’m definitely still loving these products and have even gone back to some of my most loved from 2017. But right now I’ve stopped buying so many products and have been shopping my stash and discovering a couple of hidden gems along the way.

 

2018 –

Shampoo: Kérastase Specifique Bain Anti Pelliculaire
Heat Protectant: Kérastase Smoothing Taming Milk
Shower: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Hand Cream: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream
Body Lotion: Mixa Anti-Dryness Body Lotion

Eye Makeup Remover: Clinique Take the Day Off
Makeup Remover: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic
Essence: Kiehl’s Iris Extract
Mist: Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
Eye Cream: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Serum: La Roche-Posay HyaluB5
Moisturiser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar H
Lip Balm: Clinique Pep-Start Night Mask
Mask: Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque / Garnier Glow Shot
SPF: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50

Primer: NARS Smooth & Protect Primer
Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Powder: Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder / bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette / Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette
Highlight: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Edit 3
Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Edit 3
Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Blush
Mascara: No7 Lash Extender Mascara
Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Brow: Benefit Fool Proof Powder
Lip: YSL Volupte Tint-In Balm / Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Eye Shadow Primers – Do you use them?

Do you use them? I do! I will never go a day without an eyeshadow primer. There is absolutely no point going without. My lids get very oily throughout the day, so I always need to prime them.

For years and years since I started wearing makeup, i’ve been using Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in 10 Canvas. The colour blends in very well and my shadows would last a few hours, but I would still find a split through my shadow at the end of the day.

Annoyingly there aren’t many reviews online on the best eyeshadow primers, so I decided to look on the Boots website and pick a few to try.

A purse friendly primer is from Rimmel. The Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer comes with a doe foot applicator for ease of use. I would say that I normally avoid silicone based products because I really don’t like the texture of them, but on the eyes, it works! I brush a thin layer on each lid, pat it in and it does the job.

The YSL Couture Eye Primer reminds me of a concealer. It has quite a thick texture and needs a lot of work to blend it in. I actually prefer using it as a concealer instead of a primer. I use the colour 01 Fair.

The Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base comes in just one shade. I like the texture, its not too thick but the problem is that it’s too dark. If i had a bit of a tan, it would be perfect, but unfortunately London is currently more snowy than sunny right now. Haha!

I am so excited because I have actually found my new favourite primer. It’s the No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Primer. It’s so smooth and honestly ensures that your eyeshadow remains crease free all day long. I love it. The shadow colour and vibrancy lasts all day long, as if you have just applied your make up. I also prefer it to Clinique Touch Base because the product doesn’t dry out. I generally replace Touch Base every few months. I’m not normally able to finish one in time before it dries.

I will definitely be using No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Primer daily now. It is the only primer that truly lasts all day and remain crease free.

Christmas Shopping Haul

I’m one of those people who gets their Christmas shopping done very early. I’m talking October. That’s when I start organising myself and thinking about what I am going to buy for my family and friends. I don’t get very much time off work over the festive season so I like to get things sorted and wrapped up ready under the Christmas tree.

This has meant that I’ve also had a lot of time to also spend buying treats for myself. Haha! It’s been ages since I have bought a new fragrance, maybe a year in fact. In the Black Friday sales I bought Dior Addict Eau Fraiche and YSL Mon Paris. I’ve been eyeing up these two fruity fragrances for months and months. Addict for about 2 years and Mon Paris since it’s release last year.

I have finally got my hands on the limited edition Christmas Cleanse and Polish in Sweet Orange and Mint from Liz Earle. Every year I remember it’s back, but by the time it happens it’s already sold out. Also got myself a couple of beauty bits, two Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils in Mint and Candy, Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3. Also picked up a bottle of Amino Acid Shampoo from Kiehl’s and a Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

It’s not Christmas without making a trip to Lush and selecting loads of bath bombs to enjoy on a cold winters evening. Every year I stock up on So White, the perfect apple scented bath bomb, but this year it was no where to be seen in store. Luckily I have still have a couple saved from last year, but thank goodness I later found it online and not discontinued it altogether.

I think it’s safe to say that I have spent a fair amount over the past month or so, but it’s Christmas!

 

 

Glossier – First Impressions

The cult beauty brand that everyone in the online beauty world is currently talking about is Glossier. It initially launched in the US and is all the rage again since the brand now ships to the UK. I decided to buy a couple of products to see what the hype was all about.

Delivery was prompt and of course it came in the pink padded pouch that everyone talks about. The products are protected and you can reuse the pouch over and over again. It also comes with a sample size of the new Glossier You fragrance.

A great everyday highlight is the Glossier Haloscope in the shade quartz. Don’t apply it straight to your face like a glue stick, but apply it to your fingers and then dab the product onto your cheeks  for a subtle glow. The stretch concealer is perfect for covering both spots and dark circles. Imperfections fade away without feeling cakey or creasing.

I use the Milky Jelly Cleanser face wash as a second cleanse after makeup removal. The jelly like texture leaves your skin feeling soft, however I’m not too keen on the rose scent to the product. The Mint Balm Dotcom is your bog standard petroleum lip balm. It’s nice but nothing special. In fact I actually find it quite hard to apply because It doesn’t have a lip friendly applicator, just a tube top.

I feel like Glossier does the basics very well. I probably will try more from the range and with loads of discount codes flying around, there is no better time to get your hands on some new products to try.

November Product Empties No.4

It’s that time again where I share with you all the products that i’ve used up over the past couple of months. The bag that I have in the corner of my room has been slowly filling up with my essentials. Mainly skincare. Again I’ve probably used about 700 cotton wool pads and they definitely have to be the Boots Double Faced Round Pads. I know it’s only cotton wool, but trust me these are the best. They don’t fall apart regardless of which side you’re using.

It takes me a while to get through make up products because I chop and change what I use so often that it takes a while to even make a dent in them. But the one thing I hardly ever change are my primers. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is my current favourite. It provides the perfect base for foundation leaving a little glow and blurring effect on any imperfections. I also never wear eyeshadow without applying some Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, in Canvas. It is the only product that combats my oily lids.

I’ve been trying a few different eye makeup removers recently. I used to just use a normal micellar water, however it just wasn’t cutting it with my mascara and liner. I have been loving the Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover at the moment. It works wonders at removing waterproof products. A good dupe for this is the Garnier Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover. This takes a little longer to break down product, but for the price it is worth it. I probably wouldn’t repurchase the Lancome Bi-Facil remover because the Clinique version works quicker. At the moment my obsession with micellar water has been put on pause and micellar gel has taken over. Currently I have been using the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel.

My usual skincare favourites appear once again. I can never get enough of my mists. La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc keeps spots at bay and Pixi’s Hydrating Milky Mist adds the hydration. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo will always have a prime spot in my routine because it’s the only moisturiser I have found that helps to correct the appearance of imperfections left behind from my breakouts.

My favourite hand cream at the moment is the La Roche Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream. It has the perfect balance of being moisturising and creating a non greasy barrier to treat my very dry and irritated hands. For my face I have been using Vitamin C treatments to give my skin a bit of a perk up during the cold winter months. The Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster and the No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence have been great at getting my glow back. Click here for a full product review. The one area of my face that is constantly dry is around my nose. Foundation really doesn’t sit well and there is only so much scrubbing you can do before you make it worse. I currently use Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm. I use it at night as a intensive treatment just on any dry patches for added nourishment.

List of Products

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster
Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm
Clinique Take the Day Off Make Up Remover
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Mask
Garnier SkinActive Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover
Korres Bergamot Pear Shower Gel
Lancome Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation (Sample)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Anti-Dandruff Conditioner
Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Beauty Advent Calendars

It’s not too soon to be thinking about Christmas. The shops have been decked up since September and the clocks have gone back an hour, so we’re half way there! I’ve never really had a chocolate advent calendar. Even as a child, it wasn’t really a thing with my family. Maybe one year I may have shared one with my sister, but that was it. But beauty advent calendars are a whole other story. Last year I remember getting a Liz Earle calendar. It was only 8 days but included a full size 150ml hot cloth cleanser. I loved it and it was great value for money.

Spoiler alert! Here I will share with you some advent calendars that have been released this year. They all vary in price and length, both 12 day and 25 days.

Sleek Makeup A Gift a Day

This 25 day calendar is great value for money at £35 and comes in the classic tear off packaging. This collection of products will be perfect to create multiple looks over the festive season.

It contains:

4 Matte Me Lip Creams
3 Twist Up Eye Pencils
4 Twist Up Lip Pencis
1 Mascara
2 Eyeliners
1 Blush
3 iDivine Eyeshadow Palettes
1 Lip VIP Lipstick
4 Matte Nail Varnishes
2 Makeup Brushes

Liz Earle Twelve Days of Christmas

Priced at £66, this calendar is for the skincare enthusiasts out there. All the products are individually wrapped in little cute blue boxes. This calendar contains similar products to last years version and is also almost double in price, with only a deluxe sample size of the award winning hot cloth cleanser and the addition of products from their Superskin range.

It contains:

Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
2 Pure Cotton Cloths
Eyebright Smoothing Eye Lotion
Gentle Face Exfoliator
Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask
Deep Cleansing Mask
A Sponge
Superskin Moisturiser
Superskin Concentrate for Night
Superskin Superlip Balm
Botanical Essence No.15 EDP
A Soft White Headband

Clarins 12 days of Christmas

What I love about this calendar is that it comes with two full sized products worth £39.50. This calendar is perfect for for someone who wants to try Clarins products for the first time. It has both skincare and makeup products for £60. This calendar is also great to reuse and make your own advent calendar for next year.

It contains:

Supra Volume Mascara
Instant Light Perfectors
Beauty Flash Balm
Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate
Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
SOS Hydra Mask
One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Gentle Refiner
Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer
Eau Dynamisante Candle

Ciaté Mini Mani Month

This advent calendar will take care of your nails for more than just a month. Priced at £50 for 24 polishes. There is only one filler product, a miniature nail file.

I will be getting the M&S calendar too, which came out the 9th November. It’s £35 when you spend £35 on clothing, beauty and home.

There are some great advent calendars out this year. They make great presents for friends and family, and you don’t have so spend a fortune on them either if you just wanted to try out products for the first time.