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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

February empties (11 items)

Hey lovelies,

February flew by and has been the month that I did two declutters of my makeup collection (the post on the second one is coming up after this). If you haven’t read the first one, go and check it out to see what I got rid of from my eye liners and mascaras.


Empty 25: Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (99p) ~ This is the last one that I bought when they were on offer. I am not going to repurchase this because it doesn’t hydrate my skin as much as I want.

Empty 26: Bioderma moisturising make-up removing micelle solution (FREE) ~ This works really well but I see no difference to the original version. I will repurchase the original one and get the two pack as normal (which means you get one for free).

Empty 27: AVON nature apple blossom shower gel (£1.00) ~ This shower gel has been discontinued and I have one other bottle left to use up. It’s okay but I wanted it to be a bit more apple smelling and a little less floral.


Empty 28: Soap & Glory Off your face cleansing cloths (£4.50) ~ I have to get up really early for work so occasionally I just used these before my makeup.They just cleaned my skin enough to where I didn’t feel gross anymore, if that makes sense. I don’t think I will repurchase these but I thought they did an okay job.

Empty 29 & 30: AVON ANEW VITALE day cream samples (FREE) ~ I have around 3 more of these left and I have spoken about these in so many empties post that I won’t again.

Empty 31: P.S…Love this oval cosmetic pads (90p) ~ I just use these for my toner and micellar water, these are the only ones I purchase.


Empty 32: La Roche-Posay Serozinc (£8.50) ~ I love the mister on this and this form of application for toner is interesting. I only won’t repurchase because my skin is more dry than when I purchased this. If you have combination to oily skin I recommend you try this out.

Empty 33: L’Oreal Elnett Satin heat protect styling spray (£5.99) ~ I can’t tell whether this did anything or not. I will not be repurchasing this, but since I style my hair every day I do need to have a heat protection spray. Therefore, I purchased one from REDKEN on my hairdresser’s recommendation instead.

Empty 34: Clinique liquid facial soap mild 50ml (£10.00) ~ This is such a great cleanser that makes your skin feels so clean and refreshed after using it. Whilst it isn’t targeted at blackheads or oil or anything specific it is just a really great basic every day cleanser; and I will definitely be picking up a big bottle after I have used some other cleansers up.

Empty 35: Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream sample (FREE) ~ This is such a lovely cream. It’s texture is really smooth and has a nice consistency that not too thick and not too thin. It really hydrated my dry skin, the scent is quite minty which doesn’t bother me but please do consider that. This product is quite expensive at £35.00 but it comes in a tub with one of those tops that you press and it dispenses product through this hole in the middle. Which I like because its more hygienic than if it was just in a regular tub. Even though it has that price tag I will definitely consider picking it up when I need a new moisturiser.

That is it for my February empties, I hope you all enjoyed it. The totals are 35 empties with a retail value of £135.60!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Eyeliner and Mascara declutter

Hey everyone,

I have been watching lots of declutter videos on YouTube lately, my favourites are those by Jessica Braun as she is so brutal, and since my collection has overflown my storage to the point where it is anxiety provoking I thought it was time. I chose these two categories first because I don’t have an emotional attachment to eyeliners or mascaras so it is easier for me to declutter them.

Eyeliners:

Originally, I had 8 eyeliners in my collection. Which considering I only use black liquid liner regularly seems to be an extreme figure.

Before:

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Firstly, I went through my liquid liners because these are my favourite type of liner to use. I decided to keep all four of them, and this is why. The Too Faced Sketch Marker eyeliners are my favourites, hands down. The shade in ‘Deep Espresso’ is fairly new and its beautifully rich so that had to stay.

My two black liquid liners: Too Faced Sketch Marker and AVON Glimmerstick liquid eyeliner pen, are both nearly done so I need to keep them until I can replace the sketch marker.Therefore, they will both be going soon and I will only be replacing the Too Faced one. I just prefer the formula and pigmentation of it to the AVON on.

Finally, for liquid liners is the NYX Vivid Brights liner in ‘Vivid Violet’. It has a little brush rather than pen applicator and the colour is stunning. Although I don’t get to wear this often and I do notice that if you apply a thick wing with this, the wing itself can crack a little which is a shame but the regular doesn’t so it doesn’t bother me too much.

Moving on to glimmerstick and kohl kajal form eyeliners. I started with 4 in my collection and decided to only keep 1. I am really happy with the progress I made in this section because I only use these occasionally in my waterline/tightline. I decided to keep the AVON glimmerstick in ‘cosmic brown’, it is so creamy and pigmented and the shade is so rich. I love to put this in the waterline with a bronze smokey eye.

Secondly, I decluttered the AVON glimmerstick brights in ‘boldest black’ because it is really old. However, I always have to have a black liner to put in the waterline. Therefore, I replaced it with the Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal in ‘001 black’ as I love the formula and pigmentation of these.

The other one I decluttered because it is old is the Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal in ‘005 nude’. I originally purchased this because of the nude liner in the waterline trend and haven’t worn it in a long time since I don’t really like that look on me anymore.

Finally, I decluttered the AVON glimmerstick in ‘smoky grey’. This one absolutely had to go because it had no pigment at all on the waterline. When swatched on your hand it looks great but this shade is invisible on the waterline. Since that was the reason I got it, which was a long time ago, it was time for it to leave my collection.

After (Left: kept, Right: decluttered):

Mascaras:

Also in this category I am starting with 8 items. Unintentionally I swear. I have a lash primer, full size and mini products in my collection, and I really need to declutter this category because mascaras go bad fast.

Before:

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I have two of the Benefit They’re Real mascaras, one full size and one sample.I don’t like the way the sample applies. I haven’t with any of these I have used, so it was an easy choice to declutter the sample and keep the full size Benefit gave me.

The other Benefit mascara I own is the Roller Lash. There is no way this is leaving my collection as it is my holy grail mascara. It just gives such amazing length and curl to your lashes, unlike anything else I have tried.

Two of the minis that I have are by Smashbox and these are the photofinish lash primer and full exposure mascara.The mascara really did nothing for my lashes. The brush type is horrible and it can’t be used on the lower lashes unless you want it everywhere. For a high end mascara I expected better, so this is going to be decluttered. Where as the lash primer is staying put as it really separates and lengthens the lashes, you do have to add a mascara on top but the product is white but when you do your lashes look incredible.

Final high end mascara is the Too Faced Better than Sex mini in the limited edition purple shade. This came in the NikkieTutorials collaboration and I love this on my lower lashes with a smokey mauve eye makeup look.

The last two mascaras are both drugstore priced. The one that I am keeping is the Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara. This really does tint your lashes as it claims to and gives your lashes a really long yet natural look. My only comment is that it can be a little scratchy against the lash line. I am decluttering the AVON True Colour Wide Awake mascara because it was too natural looking on my lashes, the wand is quite odd as it is a loose two part spiral shape and the formula is completely non waterproof. Trust me you don’t want to cry whilst wearing this, you end up with black smudges and chunks down your face.

After (Left: kept, Right: decluttered):

These will all be included in my empties total as most of them are old products anyway. This brings the total up to 24 items at a retail price of £103.72.

That is it for this post I hope you guys enjoyed it. I feel a lot better when I look at my eyeliners and mascaras now as I know that these are all products I enjoy using and can rely on.If this post has gotten you in the decluttering mood don’t worry, another more random product declutter post will be going up after this soon.

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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

Kylie Cosmetics Review Part 3 (The Burgundy palette)

Hey everyone,

Yes, Part 3 is coming before Part 2 in the series. I know it seems like a crazy order but I had requests on Instagram for this particular review and I am so far behind with my posts that I thought I better write this one now. This post, as mentioned before in part 1, is going to be a review of the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy palette and tips on how to ensure you get the products you want before they sell out.

Top tips:

  1. Find out the time of the restock/launch for your time zone. Kylie always states her launch times as PST (Pacific standard time) so use google to translate that time to your time zone.
  2. Be on the site at least 5 mins early. Refreshing your page at the time of the launch will give you access to the products instantly and increases your chances of getting them before they sell out.
  3. Create an account before you want to make a purchase. By doing this some of your personal information will already be entered and it will speed up your check out process.
  4. Know what you are going to buy beforehand. This way you can add the items to your cart faster.
  5. Wait in line. As Kylie Cosmetics is a highly popular brand, to prevent the website from crashing there is a screen that will pop up when you click the checkout button. This will put you in a queue and if your product sells out before you can checkout you will be notified. The key here is to be ready to checkout immediately and DON’T REFRESH THE PAGE. As you will lose your place in the queue.
  6. Have your card at hand. That way you can enter your card information faster.

I know none of these tips are anything really new but I follow all of these and I have never had a launch for Kylie Cosmetics, Colourpop or Jeffree Star that I haven’t gotten all the products I wanted.

The review:

 

The packaging and the price:

This palette has the exact same packaging as the previous one, it is cardboard with a magnetic closing system but the tears are different shades to match the palettes colour scheme. This one also doesn’t have a mirror but Kylie’s holiday collection palette does.

The palette costs $42.00 (approx £34.00) not including shipping and customs. This makes the Kyshadow palette quite expensive. To compare the price to other palettes, the Too Faced Boudoir eyes palette which also has 9 shades is £29.00.

The product:

In this palette you get 9 shades, 4 of which are shimmers and 5 mattes. The shade range makes it easy to make a simple matte eye look or a glam eye. It has been compared to the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette but I disagree with that. Although the palettes both have the theme of burgundy shades, the modern renaissance palette has a lot more red and pink based shades where as the Kyshadow palette has more purple based shades.

The pigmentation of the shades is amazing for both the mattes and the shimmers. The shade Naked is the only one that I am slightly disappointed in. Not for the reason that I have heard others mention though. I know that Kylie intended it to be less intense than the other shades so it could be used for a brow bone highlight. However, I am very fair so this shade has to be used all over the lid on me because otherwise it looks like a stripe under my brow. Therefore, this palette doesn’t contain any brow bone shades for people with fair skin which is a downside for me.

Swatches:

First row: Left to Right – Naked, Beach and Penny

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Second row: Left to Right – LA, Burgundy (forgive the awful swatch) and Dubai

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Third row: Left to Right – Brick, New York and Almond

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Is it worth it?

Yes, I really like this palette. The shades are pigmented, buttery and blendable. My only issue is as mentioned earlier, there isn’t a brow bone shade in this palette for people with fair skin. However, I know that it would look amazing on people with medium skin tones.

Therefore, if you don’t like dipping into more than one palette for your eye look and are fair skinned this isn’t the palette for you, but I really recommend this palette to anyone who loves fall eye makeup like I do. My favourite shade in the palette is ‘Penny’ because it is such a unique peach with pink in it.

That is the end of this review, I hope you guys enjoyed it. I am hoping to get part 2 up in the next two weeks. Which products are you planning on getting from the holiday collection?

Until the next time,

Lauren x

September empties part 1 ( 13 items)

Hey guys it is that time again. I have been really M.I.A lately on WordPress and Instagram because I just started my new job last month and I just took my first accounting exam. Only fourteen more to go… So sorry about the lack of posts. At least now I have a little time to do what is my readers’ favourite type of post. Be prepared to see the definition of #SampleSeptember.

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AVON Nutraeffects Refreshing gel cleanser (£2.00) – This cleanser is definitely aimed around simplifying your skincare and bringing it back to basics. It is soap free, paraben and dye free, allergy tested and suitable for sensitive skin. If you are looking for a cleanser with the sole purpose of cleansing your skin, without additional aims and ingredients then you should definitely give this a go.

P.S…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads (90p) – As you all will know these are the only cotton pads that I purchase, as they are really cheap and have a wide surface area.

Benefit They’re Real mascara sample (FREE) – I have another sample of this mascara and a brand new full size that Benefit gave to me, so you can probably already guess what my opinion is going to be. This makes my lashes so long and separated that I totally understand the hype over it. However, the Rollerlash might be moving in on its territory. I really hated the Rollerlash to begin with honestly but now it is one of my most used mascaras. Which one is your favourite??

Body Shop British Rose fresh plumping mask sample (FREE) – This mask has a great floral scent, a jelly consistency and is transparent with a pink tinge. I was looking for this to hydrate my skin, since I didn’t require the plumping aspect, but it didn’t do much of anything to my skin. I really like Body shop products but this was a dud for me.

No7 Quick thinking wipes (£2.00) – These are the best wipes I have ever tried. Being as lazy as I am, makeup wipes are an essential for me and I have tried lots of brands. These remove all my makeup easily, the wipes are saturated and Boots does No7 vouchers which make the wipes really affordable. I will definitely be picking some up when I run out of this new pack I’m trying out.

AVON ANEW VITALE day cream samples (FREE) x8 – Yes you read that correctly, 8 of these samples. Shockingly I still have a lot more. I do enjoy this moisturiser as a day cream because it has SPF 25 and it is light but still moisturising enough. However, it has a scent that I cannot identify that is quite strong. I like the scent but I mention it for those of you that don’t like that in your skincare.Also, I don’t use it at night or when my skin is really dry because I required more hydration. Unfortunately, I do believe that AVON is discontinuing this product.

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Part 2 of this months empties will be up shortly. With the items included above: the total number of items is 127 and these cost a total of £511.83! I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my September empties. Look out on my Instagram for photos and swatches from my Colourpop haul coming very soon.

August empties part 2 (12 items)

Hey guys,

Part 1 of this month’s empties brought me over 1oo empties. My next project pan goal is to reach 150 empties.

Also, I start my full time apprenticeship tomorrow so I don’t know when certain posts will be coming out. I was thinking maybe doing two months worth of products at once, like a October & November empties post. Let me know in the comments whether you would like that or whether you prefer these posts monthly.

Hits:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) – This had to go because I could no longer get all the dirt out of it and the sponge’s pores became very large. Saying that I have repurchased it as I prefer to use this sponge under my eyes rather than my beauty blender because of the flat oval edge.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick sample in Red Carpet Red (FREE) – This is the final Charlotte Tilbury lipstick sample that I had. As I mentioned before in a empties post, I love this colour and formula. If I didn’t already have so many red lip products I would probably purchase the full size.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD! mascara in blackest black (£6.99) – I really enjoyed this mascara as it both lengthened and separated my lashes. What I mainly look for in a mascara is length rather than volume and this mascara gave me some of the longest lashes I have ever achieved. It is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras and I will repurchase after I have tried out some others that I have in mind.

L’oreal Recital Preference hair dye in refined brown (£6.00) – I have gone back to dying my hair for the winter and this product turns my hair such a lovely cooled toned brown. I have never had a problem with this product so I really recommend it.

AVON Anew lip plumping conditioner (£9.00) – I would apply this to my lips before bed to ensure that when I woke up my lips were nice and hydrated. It filled in the natural lines on my lips which made it great to apply before liquid lipstick since those are typically quite drying products. Next time I need a lip treatment it will be a strong contender.

AVON Care Intensive relief lip treatment (£1.10) – This lip balm was really basic everyday product in terms of being scentless and having basic packaging. However, this was more hydrating than expected. Whilst I won’t repurchase this product it is in my hits because if you like basic scentless lip balms, that are affordable I would recommend this to you to try out.

The middle ground:

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AVON Clearskin blackhead clearing daily astringent (£2.50) – I used this as a toner after cleansing (not sure if that is what you are supposed to do but oh well). This is in the middle ground because I cannot say for sure that this cleared my blackheads, but I haven’t had very many during using this product. Therefore, I probably won’t repurchase as I couldn’t see prominent results.

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume pre-wash conditioner sample x2 (FREE) and TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume shampoo sample x2 (FREE) – I got these four samples from two different magazines, ELLE and Marie Claire. It has the regular TRESemme hair product scent and my hair was in good condition after using it. I liked the concept of a reverse system but truthfully I didn’t experience an increased amount of volume in my hair. I don’t know whether it was because I have really thick hair or not but I won’t be purchasing the full sizes.

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KIKO Milano cleansing pure clean make up removing wipes (£1.70) – I have a makeup wipe obsession so I have tried many different brands. I can safely say these are the worst makeup wipes I have ever tried. These burned my eyes and dried them out. It took quite a while to actually take my eye makeup off. I highly DON’T recommend these.

That concludes the August empties making a total of 20 products used in August. Bringing the overall empties total to 114 and the total empties worth to £506.93!