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July Empties (15 items)

Hey everyone,

I am getting later and later with these posts as these months seem to be flying by faster each time. There are so many posts I have wanted to put up recently but I just haven’t gotten round to them yet. The next one that will be going up after this is my Project Pan update #3, as I need to show you guys the starting points for the new products that I said I was adding during the Project Pan update #2 post. I forgot to add the REVLON shadow in ‘Sand’ to my totals during that post, so the 1 item and £2.99 will be added to my final totals in this post.

Decluttered products:

All bar one of the products mentioned in this section were decluttered because they had expired quite a while ago (6 months +), therefore these had to be thrown away to avoid putting harmful bacteria on my skin.

AVON Planet Spa volcanic Iceland warming face mask (£3.99) – This product didn’t do anything for my skin at all, it just got hot. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this because it just doesn’t do anything for you.

AVON Planet Spa Indulgent spa ritual chocolate face mask (£3.99) – This expired product is marketed as a moisturising face mask. Whilst this did provide a little moisture to the skin it was a very underwhelming product. The only good thing about it was the scent, this really does smell of chocolate and not a fake chocolate scent either. Overall, I would not recommend this.

AVON Planet Spa Caribbean Escape Illuminating body butter (£5.99) – This is supposed to be good for only 12 months and this is at least 3 years old. I just don’t use body butters or lotions. I just hate moisturising my body, I always have. I know I need to but I just hate the process. If you do like body butters though, this is a good one. It gives your skin this shimmer, that’s the illuminating part, it smells really good and it comes really nicely packaged in this jar. I do think this is a good product but I just don’t like using these types of products myself.


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£16.50) – This has a 30 month expiration date which it is probably has 6 months left on. I purchased this because every exfoliator I had used prior to this was far too harsh on my skin. I do agree that it is a gentle exfoliator that does do a good job, but the jojoba beads are what I didn’t like about it. I do like the fact that these aren’t micro-beads but these beads just don’t seem to want to get off my face. I find them everywhere, on my face (even after a deep face wash), on my neck and in my hair! I will not be repurchasing this as I have found cheaper alternatives that I enjoy that are way more hassle free.

Lacoste touch of pink eau de toilette 30ml (£18.00) – When you sniff the bottle of this it smells great but when I actually apply this to my skin it is so strong. I already decluttered the body lotion of this in a previous post because it was even stronger than the perfume. To top it all off this has definitely expired and I will not be repurchasing it.

Empties:

AVON Naturals Coconut and starfruit shower gel (99p) – I loved using this as it has such a light but fresh and tropical scent to it. AVON does so many different scents in its ranges of shower products that I think once you find your favourite ones, you won’t want to purchase from other brands. This one is definitely my favourite one I have tried and I will repurchase this once my collection has diminished a bit more.

NYX Angel Veil primer (£13.00) – This is one of my all time favourite primers. It is in between drugstore and high end pricing but the quality is definitely high end. It makes your skin incredibly smooth, fills in all your pores and keeps your makeup on all day. I will definitely be picking this up again soon.

AVON Naturals winter nourishment vanilla and golden pear shampoo (99p) – This has the perfect warm, fruity, winter scent that lingers on your hair after the wash. I liked to use this every other wash to re hydrate my hair and I will be picking it up again when it re-releases this winter.


No7 Quick Thinking Wipes (£2.00) – These are my favourite makeup remover wipes as most of you know. Therefore, I will continue to repurchase these when ever I have a money off voucher.

TESCO Everyday value 80 cotton wool pads (£1.00) – I always use the ones from Primark but I ran out and didn’t have time to pick any up. I only get other brands when I don’t have those ones so I won’t repurchase these again as a first choice.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£13.00) – This was a good everyday moisturiser that hydrated the skin but soaked in quickly, making it easy to apply makeup not long afterwards. However, it has a gel like formula which I don’t particularly enjoy as I have very dry skin. Therefore I will not be repurchasing this product. However, if you have combination/oily skin I would recommend trying this product out.

L’Oreal Preference colour extender (FREE) – This stuff is so good, it really makes your colour look like you only did it a couple days ago. You apply this all over, as you would with hair dye, leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it all off. I really like that L’Oreal have added this to their hair dye kit for the Preference range, as it makes your colour look better in between treatments.

Liquid blendercleanser sample (FREE) – I got this free from BeautyBay and I am obsessed with how clean this makes my sponges look and feel. After using both the liquid and the solid cleanser from beauty blender, I can conclude that the liquid is better for sponges and the solid is better for brushes. I will definitely be purchasing the full size bottle of this.

L’Oreal Preference high shine conditioner (FREE) – This product has been in many empties posts, and my thoughts are still the same. I love this conditioner. It leaves your hair smooth and silky and it extends the life of your colour.


That concludes my July empties, I hope you guys enjoyed it. This brings the total number of empties to 141 items and a retail value of £589.10.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Decluttering by brand #2 ~ Kylie Cosmetics, AVON and Soap and Glory

Hey everyone,

This time I am going to be decluttering from my collection of the brands Kylie Cosmetics, AVON and Soap and Glory. I am going to get one of these posts out a week till I run out of brands I own. I decluttered my collection in one go so that is why some things may turn up in empties in the future before they do in these.

Kylie Cosmetics: I knew starting out that this was going to be a brand that I didn’t get rid of a lot from. I really love Kylie’s products, from the shade range to the packaging to the wear time. The only product I am decluttering is the Koko collection matte liquid lipstick in ‘Khol$’. This is a really warm medium nude shade that I just can’t pull off, so this will be going to my best friend since it has only been worn once or twice.

Collection  before decluttering

To use up and not repurchase

To declutter

AVON: This was a more complex brand for me to deal with, mainly because I owned such a wide range of products from them. I chose to declutter 8 items, 1 to use up and not repurchase category and keep 9 items.

I put the matte liquid concealer in the to use up section because it was too drying for my under eyes but I finished it this month so it will now be decluttered. It has a beautiful natural matte finish that if I had oily skin I would probably repurchase this, but unfortunately with my dry skin it doesn’t look that good for long. The Magix powder is only in the to use up category because it is just an okay product, I don’t know if it is because it is a HD powder or what but it isn’t my favourite.

I decluttered the prep + set spray because it was too alcohol smelling and left my skin feeling super tight. The shimmer brick is at least 3 and a half years old and discontinued by the brand. I had a duplicate of the concealer and the used one was getting rather old. The colourtrend lipstick in ‘adorable’ has been discontinued and had a formula I wasn’t impressed with. Finally the shine burst gloss sticks in ‘Nude shine’, ‘Dragon fruit pink’ and ‘Raspberry glaze’ were decluttered as the nude and raspberry shades had glitter in them that made them gritty and the pink shade was just unflattering on me.

The products I decided to keep were a glimmerstick in ‘cosmic brown’, a brow glimmerstick in ‘brunette’, two shine burst lip glosses in ‘Rose splash’ and ‘Berry splash’, two shine burst gloss sticks in ‘Rose’ and ‘Vivid cherry’, a lipstick in ‘Romance’ and a cream concealer. All the products are ones that I really enjoy and will continue to use regularly. My favourite Avon product that I own is probably the shine burst gloss stick in ‘Vivid Cherry’ as it is super hydrating and such as stunning colour, I own nothing else like it and its only £3.50!

 

Soap and Glory: This was probably the easiest brand for me to do, as I am decluttering both of these products.

The palette only included two shades that could be used for the crease and they were both purples which wouldn’t work for the other neutral shades. Most of the shadows were okay quality but some were gritty with fall out and little pigment. Overall I wasn’t impressed, I hung on to this palette till now for three shades out of the ten only.

The mini gloss in the shade ‘Rose and shine’ is half used up and about 2 and a half years old. I am not a fan of the tingly lip glosses either so this was a simple decision for me.

The figures:

After decluttering a total of 10 items in this post (plus 1 empty that will be included in my June empties total), this brings the total number for my empties to 122 and the retail value to £444.90.

That is it for this second decluttering by brand post, I hope you enjoyed it. Please follow me here on my blog and on Instagram, that is also ‘teenbeautylife’. June empties and declutter by brand #3 should be up around the end of next week.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Products I broke my no buy for

Hey everyone,

Most of you will know that I put myself on a no buy until I reached my target of 100 empties; with the exception of a few purchases of new releases, limited edition items or massive sales. Even though I knew it wouldn’t be a complete no buy I still feel as though I failed massively. Now that I have reached my target, for details you will have to see my May empties and lipstick sample decluttering post coming soon, I thought I would show you all the products I bought during my ‘no buy’ and tell you a little bit about why I made those purchases and whether I regret them.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Photofocus foundation in Porcelain £15.99 ~ This was the first product that I broke my no buy for. For those wondering, I do live in the UK and therefore have to purchase Wet ‘n’ Wild products off of Amazon. I haven’t owned any products from this brand before as you can’t get it easily. However, I knew I had to get my hands on this foundation after it received a holy grail status in some many peoples’ collections. I picked the shade based on Jeffree Star’s video and its a good match for me. I haven’t used it that much but I do think it lasts on the skin well and has good coverage.

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring palette in Dulce de Leche £9.48 ~ This is a real regret of mine. I thought it looked great online but it is chalky and the contour shade is difficult to blend out on my cheeks. I don’t think I will be using this much.

Colourpop order #1 – £40.29:

Pressed powder duo in Double Play ~ The ‘blush’ in this duo is a bronzer on me but that is why I bought it. I really love this duo. The pigmentation, the shades and the price point make it an incredible product. Congrats Colourpop, another amazing launch.

Ultra Blotted lip in Doozy ~ This is a new formula gives your lips a beautiful tint for summer. Out of the entire collection there were only two shades that I wanted: Doozy and Zuma. At the time I made this order Zuma was out of stock (but as you will see later I got that one too). I love this new product from Colourpop, I think they did a really great job with the colour range and formula; its very unique.

Super Shock cheek in Prenup ~ I have worn this and I like how the shade turned out on my skin. I just regret picking this up because I only did it to match the minimum for free shipping exactly, I didn’t intend to buy it.

This order in total was $30 and the rest was VAT. I made the order at that point in time because the free shipping got reduced from when you spend $50 to $30. Overall I would say that the only one I am not 100% content with having purchased during my no buy is the blush. The other two products I am obsessed with, so 2/3 were good purchases for me.

BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel original palette £18.00 ~ This finally was released on the BeautyBay website and I had been wanting it since it first released years ago. The release of the new deluxe addition palette is what spurred on this purchase. As the original palette is going to be discontinued! I prefer the size of this palette far more to the deluxe one, so I decided to pick this up before it is gone for good.

Melt Cosmetics order – £71.96:

Digital Dust Highlighter in Stargazer and Gold Ore ~ This was a very expensive order but I had never purchased anything from Melt Cosmetics before. However, this launch took over Instagram and I ended up buying it on the train the day of the launch. Stargazer is my favourite of the two as it gives such a beautiful peachy icy glow, where as gold ore is a true gold better suited to medium + skin tones. It just means I have to apply it very sheer it order to make that particular shade work for my skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero highlighter palette £39.00 ~ The photo below explains the reasoning behind this purchase. It is so stunning. As soon as I saw it was in stock on the ABH UK website and that there was free shipping, I knew it was meant to be. Every shade is pigmented, the pans are a good size and the packaging is beautiful. Nicole did an amazing job and I highly recommend this palette.

Tarte cosmetics order #1 – £63.60:

Lip facial lip scrub ~ I was so excited for this because it is a lip scrub in a lip crayon form. I have been using this…and I am obsessed. When I run out I will immediately repurchase. If like me you don’t like sticking your fingers in a pot of lip scrub, this is perfect and easy to use. Check it out and I promise you won’t regret it.

Travel size brighter days highlighting moisturiser ~ I wanted the full size of this for so long but it is constantly out of stock, so I picked up the smaller size.


Tarte mother nature’s miracles discovery set ~ This included a mini colour splash lipstick in ‘Island Life’, a 15ml Maracuja oil, a mini lights, camera, lashes mascara, a 30ml Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting mist, a 50ml Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel, 1 pack of under eye patches and a mini amazonian clay blush in ‘feisty’. These kits are a great way to try out lots of products for a great price.


Tarte cosmetics order #2 – £60.00:

Custom kit – Purple makeup bag, amazonian clay blush in celebrated, gifted mascara, tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in festival, bamboo contour brush, empowered hybrid gel foundation in fair-light neutral and lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liner in black (£50.00 + £10.00 tax) ~ This was far too good a promotion to miss. You got 7 full size products in the kit for £50.00. I love Tarte products and at the time wanted to add more to my collection. This is definitely becoming one of my favourite brands.

Colourpop order #2 – £61.05:

Gemini by Night palette ~ This was the only product that I picked up from the Sonya Esman x Colourpop collection. It has stunning shades and Colourpop’s single shadow formula is incredible with an enormous shade range. The launch of this collection was what prompted this order and I don’t regret purchasing this palette.

Ultra Blotted lip in Zuma ~ This was the shade of the Ultra blotted lip that I was going to purchase in my first Colourpop order but it was sold out then. I am super happy that this restocked because it is such a beautiful shade. Get your hands on it as soon as you can!

Pressed Shadows in Pretty Cruel, Flower boy, Bouquet Toss, Team Captain, Say I do and Too Much ~ When you purchased 3 shadows, they became $3.33 each due to a promotion that was going on. Therefore, I decided to pick up all the shades that were originally in the Valentine’s day collection duos (I didn’t buy that collection) that I wanted and one shade that I don’t own anything like. That singular shade is ‘Team Captain’, its a beautiful khaki green shade. I don’t have any shadows that colour so I bought it to experiment with that tone of shadow.

Free Liquid lip minis in Frick n Frack, Dopey and Strip ~ Yet another great promotion that Colourpop had on at the time, every time your order reached a certain amount you were able to choose a free liquid lip mini. These are all shades that I have really wanted to try out so I am super excited to see what they look like on the lips.

Wet N Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals £11.99 ~ I saw this for sale on Amazon and for the first time it was ridiculously priced (I have seen it for over £60 no joke). This is a super hyped up product, so since it was reduced I thought I would try it. This is such a beautiful highlighter, so I highly recommend you pick it up if it is in stock near you.

MAC Fruity Juicy collection limited edition lipstick in Calm Heat £16.50 ~ Babsbeauty showed this on her Snapchat and I fell in love. It is a truly beautiful nude lipstick and the packaging is gorgeous, this is a purchase I do not regret.

NYX Bright Idea illuminating stick in Pearl Pink Lace £7.50 ~ This was a completely random buy, which made it a regret. The product itself is really nice, I just wish I hadn’t purchased it during my no buy. It gives your cheeks a nice light pink glow and the colour range in the store was really good. This range also includes highlighters and bronzers as well as blushes.

Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation in 01 Natural Ivory £13.99 ~ This was the final product that I purchased during my first ‘no buy’ period and it was because I wanted to try and cushion foundation but didn’t want to pay the high end price tag during the no buy. It was difficult to choose between this and the L’Oreal one but this just had such good reviews and was £1 cheaper at the time. I have used this a few times and I really like it, the coverage is good and it lasts quite well on the skin considering the type of product.

All these products in aggregate come to a disgusting £429.35. With each small purchase, it didn’t feel like it had come to that amount. I am genuinely shocked at how little restraint I have shown. Well my no buy is over and won’t be reinstated (I don’t see the point as it didn’t work). I hope you guys enjoyed this all the same and I look forward to you reading my decluttering and empties posts coming very soon.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

January empties – 18 items!

Hey everyone,

One month into the year already, its hard to believe. January has been an action packed month with my second accounting exam, my new commitment of the gym every week and trying out lots of new products that I will be reviewing soon. Without anymore delays lets get into the post…

Unusable items:

  • Japonesque Precision Eyelash definer (£6.50) ~ This was a product designed to separate your eyelashes should mascara make them clumpy. In the photos included in this post, you can see that it has shattered into many pieces. So no surprise that it is being binned. I will not be repurchasing this because it was fiddly to use and didn’t separate my lashes as well as some other lash combs I have tried.
  • Champneys eye lash curlers (£6.50) ~ These were a mess, with the writing almost gone and the bit you curl your lashes with sticking together (no matter how well I clean it). It was clear its time was up. Before they were in this state they worked rather well, but these specific ones are no longer sold. Therefore, I estimated the price for the purpose of this post and purchased the NYX ones (£5) instead. I’m still testing these so I can’t give a review yet.
  • Real Techniques pointed foundation brush (£5.50) and buffing brush (£5.50) (both part of a set so estimated price) ~ These are the two brushes that I decluttered from my collection, as they are from the first set of makeup brushes I got (so they are old) and I never use them. I think that after you have had brushes for so long, they start to harbour bacteria no matter how much you clean them. This made it easy to declutter these, along with the fact that I don’t use flat foundation brushes and I prefer my Sigma F80 as a buffing brush. Therefore, I won’t be repurchasing.

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Products used up:

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask 99p ~ The more I use this mask, the more my opinion changes. I originally really liked this, believing it was really hydrating. However, this hydration now seems to only be shot term. After I take it off and rub the excess in, it feels very moisturising. However, a few minutes later it feels like I only applied a light moisturiser. I don’t think this is working for me anymore.
  • Toni & Guy cleanse dry shampoo 100ml £2.99 ~ This is the best dry shampoo I have tried yet. It leaves your hair smelling really fresh, adds volume, doesn’t leave a white residue and absorbs a lot of the oil in your hair. Overall, really great product.
  • No7 Quick thinking wipes £2.00 ~ These were in lots of my monthly empties last year and for good reason. They are still my favourite makeup wipes, they don’t sting your eyes and remove all my makeup easily.
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Shampoo 500ml £4.99 ~ I really enjoy this because it leaves my hair feeling so clean and removes all oil from my scalp, without drying out my hair. I will definitely repurchase.
  • AVON Superextend liquid liner in black £3.50 ~ I have used a lot of these eyeliners and it was good for the price, but I am fed up of repurchasing this so often. It drys out so quickly and now I have a new favourite I won’t be repurchasing this.
  • PS…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads 90p ~ If you don’t know this by now these are the only cotton pads I buy. I don’t know what to say about these other than they are super cheap and work very well.
  • Benefit They’re Real tinted lash primer £18.50 ~ I purchased this when it first came out about a year ago (February 2016) and I ad never tried a lash primer before. Safe to say that with an expiration date of 6 months this needs to go, but I am definitely going to repurchase this very soon. This product is incredible, it makes your lashes so long and wispy. It separates your lashes well, so it never clumps. You can wear it alone or add a mascara on top for super false effect lashes. This is holy grail status to me for sure.
  • NYX HD Finishing pressed powder in 01 translucent £8.00 ~ I preferred this to the loose version as it is more convenient. It sets your skin really nicely and lasts well. It will give you a white cast if you apply too much, so use a light hand. I’m unsure if I am going to repurchase as there are other pressed powders I want to try. However, I will probably pick it up in the future.
  • Smashbox photo-finish primer water 5ml £3.75 ~ I got this in a 4 for £15 sample offer from Boots and was quite impressed. I not only enjoy using this as a makeup setting spray and refresher but I find that it works great in combination with other primers as a base. The mister on this is good and I will definitely repurchase this.
  • Body Shop Glazed Apple shower gel 250ml £2.50 ~ This was brought out Christmas 2015 I believe and I love the scent of this. It has a warm candy apple scent that is perfect for winter. I purchased a mini and another full size during the Christmas sale this year just past because I enjoyed it so much.
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme volumizing mascara £6.41 ~ This mascara was good for both length and volume. It was a little clumpy sometimes but not too bad. The formula is very wet, so if you don’t like that in a mascara then steer clear. If you are in the UK and want this you can this cheap on Amazon.
  • EOS Lemon Drop lip balm £5.95 ~ This is the last EOS lip balm in my collection. I really liked the smell of the one because I am obsessed with lemon but it was only okay as a lip balm. I find them difficult to store and a little expensive for what they are. Therefore, I won’t be repurchasing.
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre sample FREE ~ I already have the full size of this and received this sample with a Cult Beauty order. I love this moisturiser so much because it is slightly thicker than a regular day cream but it absorbs quickly. The full size comes in a tube so you can get every bit of product out. I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
  • REN Flash Hydro- Boost sample FREE ~ I only got 2-3 uses out of this sample and at £34.00 for the full size, I don’t know if I will purchase it. To use this you apply to cleansed skin, then wet your hands and rub into the skin to add hydration. Afterwards you add your moisturiser as usual. It definitely left my skin extra hydrated and smooth and it is a product more geared towards some with my skin type (dry). However, it has a really weird scent. I don’t know how to describe other than it is very masculine. I can’t say at this moment whether I am going to purchase it or not but if I do I will let you guys know.

That is it for my empties in the month of January, totalling 18 items at £84.48. In my project pan 2017 post I mentioned that my overall empties aim meant I had to use up an average of 21 items a month; I didn’t reach that this month which is a shame but I wasn’t that far off.

As always thank you for reading this post. If you have any post requests please leave them in the comment section below and don’t forgot to follow my blog and like this post before you leave.

Until the next time,

Lauren

January empties (8)

This month I managed to finish 8 items, one of which was in my project pan lips edition. 2 down, 8 to go. I feel as though by doing these posts and project pans I make a lot smarter decisions when purchasing new products products. I have a post on this blog for anyone interested in how to project pan.

 

The first product I finished this year was the Revlon lip butter in pink lemonade. This was the item in my project pan lips edition. I really love the creamy formula and pigmentation of this product but the colour was the reason behind why I wanted to finish this. I won’t repurchase this shade but I will definitely look into others.

Another lip product I finished was the Maybelline Babylips in Peach Kiss. I love Babylips they are really hydrating and affordable. However, I won’t repurchase this specific one because I don’t like the scent. There is just something off and artificial about it.

I received a sample of the it’s potent eye cream by Benefit with a purchase. This eye cream is amazingly hydrating and I already own the full size pot. Although this product is more on the expensive side at £25.50.

No7 quick thinking wipes. You guys already know that I like these. I still haven’t decided whether they are worth the £7.00 price tag though.

Sensodyne pronamel toothpaste. I don’t know which variation of it I bought but I just know that I really dislike it. The tube makes it really difficult to get out and it just tastes bad compared to other toothpastes.

Soft cotton wool pleat by Soft & Pure and the Boots cosmetic oval pads. In comparison I would say I prefer cotton pads to cotton wool, I just found that the wool leaves pieces of fluff all over my face.

The final empty is the L’oreal Preference hair dye. I love this product. It leaves my hair in great condition and gives me the perfect cool toned shade that I want.

Sadly I don’t think there will be that many empties next month 😞 but I hope to finish some more project pan items within the next 2 months 😊