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.

Get your glow back!

Summer has been and gone, but that doesn’t mean your skin shouldn’t continue to glow throughout the winter months. The best way that I have found to keep my skin looking radiant is by using fresh vitamin C products. These fresh products generally have a shelf life of about 1-2 weeks.

I have found two products that have made a noticeable difference to my skin. The first one being the Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser and Daily Booster. The powder comes in little sachets and are to be used in the morning. Pour the contents into your hand, add a little water and then it is ready to be applied to your face. This is then followed by the daily booster with 10% pure vitamin C. This product should be used for 7 days for full potency, after this the efficacy decreases. I mix the booster with my moisturiser, currently Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, or it can be used separately as a serum.


Another product I have also tried is the No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence. The recommended treatment time for this product is 2 weeks and similarly to the Clinique product the consistency of this product changes after it’s shelf life and it does turn a bright orange colour, but can be used if there is still product remaining for up to a month.

Both these products have improved the appearance and texture of my skin, however I do prefer the Clinique range as it is more powerful, with 5% more fresh vitamin C than the No7 product and it also combines well with any moisturiser. The No7 essence is a little too thin to combine, so I use it as a separate treatment.

These products are not designed to be used long term. I use one every month or so just to give my skin that extra boost of brightness. Clinique offers a handy 7 day system where you get one booster and 7 powder sachets to try before purchasing them individually.

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.

November Product Empties #2

It’s time to share some of the products I have used up over the past few months.

I managed to go through several bottles of micellar water. I use the Garnier products on a daily basis to remove my makeup before doing my second cleanse. I prefer the original formulation of the Garnier micellar water compared to the combination skin version. I just feel that it takes off product easier. My absolute favourite is the Bioderma Sensibio H20, however I like to use this on special treat days because it is slightly more expensive than the rest.

Over the summer, the fragrance I wore on a daily basis was Chanel Chance eau Tendre. I finished up one of the 20ml refills. I decided to buy the twist and spray travel bottle so that I could carry it around all the time and it was better value for money compared to the 50ml or 100ml bottles.

My all time favourite products from La Roche-Posay are Serozinc and Effaclar Duo, the combination of the two products have really helped with reducing the redness and blemishes on my skin.

My go to loose powder foundation is from No7. It comes in the one shade, New Ivory and it suits my skin quite well. On days where I don’t have enough time or my skin is just not behaving, I like to dust a light layer of this powder foundation on for a very natural look.

I have always struggled to keep my eyeshadows in place and the only product I have found to do that is Clinique’s Touch Base for Eyes. It has quite a creamy consistency and helps my eyeshadow last all day long without melting away.

 

Full List:

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
Boots Clean Off Nail Polish Remover
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in 26 Canvas Light
Chanel Chance eau Tendre Eau de Toilette Refill
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination & Sensitive Skin
Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Fresh Cream
Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Shower Scrub
Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water
Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
No7 Mineral Perfection Loose Powder Foundation in New Ivory
Toni&Guy Nourish Conditioner for Normal Hair
The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care
The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter

Spray-On Moisturisers

The sun is finally making an appearance over the streets of London. It makes all the difference when there are clear blue skies and it is still light in the evenings.

I’ve been pretty lazy over the winter months and throughout spring when it comes to using body butters and moisturising lotions. I noticed that I was not getting enough sleep and generally sleeping much later than usual, which made it difficult to stick to a routine. I noticed that my skin was getting very very dry. I never have the time to use them in the mornings or give them enough time to dry and not feel too greasy afterwards, so I usually only ever apply butters or lotions in the evening.

After a big tidy up of my cupboards, I found a couple of spray on moisturisers that I have never really tried before. They are all very quick and easy to apply. My favourite is the Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser in Aloe Fresh. It has a thin gel-like consistency, dries quickly and isn’t greasy at all. The Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray is an oil and to me this is more like a Sunday product, where I’m more likely to spend a little more time giving my skin that extra boost ready for the coming week. The Soap & Glory Girligo Spray-On Body Moisturising Mist is probably my least favourite and sits in between the other two. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling as soft and hydrated as the other products.

I’m loving the convenience of spray-on moisturisers at the moment. Do you have a favourite?

Spring Beauty Haul

I have far too many products that have remained untouched in my cupboard, but I did find myself picking up a few more items over the past month.

My skin is prone to redness, especially on the cheeks, and the Rosaliac range from La Roche-Posay seemed to be a solution to the problem. First impressions of the Rosaliac UV Light Anti-Redness Moisturiser are pretty good. The redness has reduced ever so slightly, so I will be continuing to use this every morning to see if it makes a big difference to my skin. The Rosaliac Make-Up Remover Gel is absolutely brilliant! This was my first gel cleanser that I’ve tried, and I think that it removes make-up much quicker and easier than any micellar water I use. It’s very soothing on the skin and a few pumps of the product on a cotton pad goes a long way. The product is safe to use on the eyes, however I still prefer to use a micellar solution on them simply because I find that it is a bit too thick.

I decided to get a Birchbox this month. I don’t normally keep this monthly subscription going because I just don’t have the space or the cash for more products. The one thing that promoted me to get the box again was that in an email I had read, it had said that if I signed up again, I would receive three complimentary Benefit samples, so I thought, why not?! (They definitely know how to draw you back in). I have tried the It’s Potent! Eye Cream before and it did well at brightening my eyes, but I have never tried the Total Moisture Facial Cream or the Instant Comeback Facial Serum before.

The box came with a Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl-Liner, Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Shower Scrub, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Catherine Malandrino EDP, Habitat Here’s the Plan Notebook and a chapter sampler of A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi. The one sample that stands out from all the rest is the Catherine Malandrino fragrance. It is definitely one of the more fruity fragrances that I own and I love it. It’s not like I need another perfume, but I am actually considering buying the full-sized version, but Birchbox seems to be the only retailer that is stocking it in the UK at the moment and the product is out of stock.

In March, Clinique had a promotion on in Boots where you would get the free Bonus Time gift with a purchase of any 2 products, one of which being skincare. I bought the Super City Block SPF40 oil-free daily face protector and Superbalanced Makeup foundation in the shade 05 Vanilla after completing the online foundation match service on the Clinique website and getting recommendations from friends. The only item I have tried so far from the gift set is the Chubby Stick shadow tint for eyes in 09 lavish lilac and I have to say that it is a very convenient way to apply eyeshadow. I’ve never really bought into the whole eyeshadow stick hype but this one is long-lasting and doesn’t crease.

The Avene Thermal Spring Water is a mist is designed to soothe the skin. I generally use the product in my daily morning and evening skincare routine just to refresh my skin.

There was also a quick stop off at Lush to pick up a few bath ballistics, bubble bars and bath bombs. I’m particularly intrigued to find out how reusable the bunch of carrots actually are.

Product Empties #1

Here are all the products I have used up in 2014, well actually probably even from 2013 as well.

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I’ve never tried a hair mask before and after watching a couple of YouTubers mention the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque,  I thought I’d give it a try. I use it once a week and it really does make a difference in retaining the moisture in my dry hair. I’ve already bought myself another one.

This Cuticura Cucumber & Garden Mint Anti Bacterial Hand Gel doesn’t have that really strong alcohol hand gel smell, but of fresh cucumber instead. I usually transfer it into smaller travel size bottles so it’s easy to carry around.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner is my absolute favourite toner. It is brilliant at removing excess oils and clearing my skin, although I would have to say, never get it in your eyes. It stings…a lot.

The Body Shop Fuzzy Peach Bath & Shower Gel smells great!

Over the winter season the Boots Cold Defence Nasal Spray was very handy at keeping colds at bay.

I’ve gone through a ridiculous amount of blister plasters this year. Wearing a lot of flat shoes to work does take its toll. The Compeed plasters stay on for a couple of days, whereas I tend to only keep the Boots plaster on for a day as they loosen much quicker and they’re not waterproof.

 

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