December empties (5 items and decluttering)

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a great Christmas/ holiday season and are looking forward to what 2017 holds. As you will see below this month has had the lowest total number of items used up all year. I’ve have an issue with my eye that is preventing me from wearing eye makeup and have been so busy that I haven’t worn makeup much at all this month. Never the less, I am looking forward to setting myself ambitious goals for my blog for during 2017, which I will unveil in a post coming soon named ‘Project pan 2017’.



Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 001 transparent (£3.99) – This is one of my favourite pressed powders from the drugstore and I already had a backup waiting in anticipation. I can’t really say anything that either myself or a million other people on the internet haven’t before about this product. Just seriously if you haven’t tried it out already, you need to.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (99p) – I don’t have any new insights to mention about this product, so for a more in-depth look please read my November empties. In short it is the only sheet mask I have ever tried so please recommend some in the comments below, and it does a good job considering it is 99p per sheet.

AVON Magix compact smoothing primer (£7.00) – This was an unusual primer for me as it was a primer in compact form rather than tube or with a pump. However, the texture and the effect it had on the skin were similar to that of many smoothing primers except the product was thicker. It blended out to be colourless and worked well against its claims. However, I really didn’t enjoy digging my finger into the pan with every use and it didn’t apply well with a brush. If you have acrylic nails be warned this is not for you. Since, the product didn’t wow me I will not repurchase as the compact form isn’t for me.

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil in shade 3 (£18.50) – I purchased this in shade 3 because I wanted a product to use when the colour was fading from my hair and I needed something more warm toned. I have loved this product so much that I went out and bought it again the day after I finished. The packaging looks amazing; it is perfect for travel as it has a spoolie (forgive me if that is spelt wrong) on the other end, making it very convenient. I can’t fault this product, so if you haven’t checked out the Benefit Cosmetics brow product line please do. There are lots of different products suited to everybody’s brow preference and shade.

L’Oreal Preference premium colour in 4.01 natural dark brown (£6.99) – This has been in my monthly empties for ages now and this is the first time it has ever let me down. I believe it is due to the fact that they changed the formula of it as it didn’t contain the little oil to mix in with it. Whatever it was I couldn’t get it all out of my hair for 3 washes, it made my hair crunchy, greasy and big clumps were stuck together (yes I washed it well past the point it ran clear). I am really disappointed that this happened and hope I just got a bad bottle, but I will keep you updated on this issue.

That is it for my 2016 empties, I know that my empties posts are the most popular on my blog and Instagram so I will definitely be stepping it up for 2017. Are you ready for the final totals?  The total empties for 2016 are 172 items, which would all retail for a total of £691.19!!!!

Decluttering my nail varnish collection:

After working for the past four months in London I have found I have much less time to write on my blog, post on my Instagram and yes paint my nails. Therefore, I deemed it a little mad to keep 16 bottles (not including base coats etc) sitting on my acrylic rack collecting dust. Therefore, I decided to declutter 1/2 of my collection (8/16). These nail varnishes will be offered to my mum and friends before I throw them away to avoid unnecessary waste.

The nail varnishes that I am decluttering are all by AVON but that isn’t strange considering all but 2 nail varnishes in my collection are from the brand. From left to right I am decluttering the AVON nail varnishes in: Crystalized pink (Stardust), Rose Flash (Colour Attract), Desire, Coral Reef, Siberia (Gel Finish), Ocean Blue, Sea Breeze and Turquoise (Mineral Crush).

I decluttered the shades crystalized pink and desire because I had a least one other shade in my collection that were exactly like them. The shades coral reef, rose flash and turquoise were colours that just didn’t suit me at all. Where as ocean blue, sea breeze and Siberia applied very streaky and opacity couldn’t even be achieved with two coats.

As my final post of 2016 I want to thank all of you for reading my posts and following me. If you have any posts that you want to see in the New Year, please do let me know in the comments.

Until the next time,

Lauren x


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