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

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?

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