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May empties (15 items!)

Hey everyone,

Anyone who works in the Finance industry knows that this time of year is chaos. I have been spending four hours a day on a train and the result has been a big decline in blog/ Instagram posts. As well as a zombified Lauren staggering around, looking for the nearest can of Red Bull to drain.

Now that I am based back in Belgravia and the weather has finally picked up, you can count on a lot more blog posts coming soon. Within the next two weeks there should be about 3 posts going up. Some of the ones that are currently in the works are: decluttering my makeup collection by brand, a review on the ILUVSARAHIIxColourpop collection, a project pan update, Kylie lip kit collection review (finally) and more!

Empties:

L’Oreal Preference Color Extender FREE ~ I may have a love hate relationship with the hair dye but my opinion is clear on this product. This really extends the wear of your colour and just revives it. It leaves my hair feeling amazing and it is really quick to use.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-balancing shampoo 400ml £4.49 ~ This is a great shampoo with a drugstore price tag. I will be repurchasing this for sure. It gets rid of all the oil from your scalp without stripping your hair, it doesn’t dry out the lengths of your hair and it keeps your hair looking good in between washes.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water sample FREE ~ This is aimed at normal to combination skin and I think this would be a great product for those of you with that skin types. However, if you have dry skin like me I would give it a miss as it doesn’t do anything special for our skin type. The formula is a more gel consistency that is lightweight which is typical for products aimed at those skin types. This is a recent release which is now in stores at Boots and Superdrug in the UK.

L’oreal Fine Flowers cleansing wipes (normal to combination skin) £2.65 ~ These did remove my makeup well and didn’t stingy my skin. However, as I have dry skin, these did dry me out a little. It probably has something to do with the very strong floral scent to these. If you are sensitive to that I would avoid but if you aren’t and have the skin type these are aimed at I would try them out.


PS…Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p x2 ~ It wouldn’t be an empties post without these bad boys. These are a necessity in my collection to apply skincare and remove makeup. I will never not repurchase these.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures 1 minute treatment £3.99 ~ This smells amazing which was the first thing that drew me to this line. The fact that it is only a one minute treatment for someone like me who likes to be in and out of the shower quickly. Considering how long the product is on your hair for, it really does condition your hair and the scent clings to the hair nicely. Would definitely recommend picking this up.

Caudalie VINE [ACTIV] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum sample FREE ~ This is such a beautiful glowly serum that really brightens up the appearance of your skin. Obviously I am not going to purchase the full size as I don’t need an anti-wrinkle serum but I would definitely check this one out in store if you are looking for one. It gives a nice amount of hydration to the skin and leaves it soft. However, it is an expensive brand so I recommend trying a sample for yourself.


Laura Mercier Oil free tinted moisturiser in ‘cameo’ £34.00 ~ This was one of the product in my project pan 2017, which now means that I have finished 3 of the 10 items in that project! This was in my project pan because this shade was very pink toned for me. I did really enjoy using it but I will be checking for other shades when I go to repurchase it.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done hybrid complexion perfector in ‘light’ £28.00 ~ I loved everything about this product, from the formula to the coverage and wear time. However I had to use the Body Shop lightening drops every time I wore this product because the shade range is terrible and this was so dark on me, even though it was the lightest shade. It is a real shame because I really love the product but I won’t be repurchasing. Although, as you can see I did use every drop of product in this as the pump makes it so easy to use it all up. I wish more brands would have this packaging considering the price you pay for it, you want to be able to use it all up.

Kat Von D Lock it foundation sample in ‘light 44’ FREE ~ This is an incredibly full coverage foundation that lasts all day. I really love the formula of this product but I am unsure on the shade for my skin. Some days this would be a perfect shade for me an others it would be too dark. However, because I am so into the formula I will try to find my shade again next time I go to the Kat Von D counter at Debenhams.


Benefit They’re Real mascara FREE ~ This is in my empties because it has dried out and it had started to flake when I wore it on my lashes. I got this free at a Benefit Cosmetics and Marie Claire event last year, and I do really enjoy this product. However, I prefer the Roller lash mascara so I won’t be repurchasing this mascara.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! mini FREE ~ This is an amazing brow gel, it just strikes the perfect balance between light formula and strong hold. I will be picking up a full size very soon. I prefer to use this on more natural brow days as there isn’t as much product to keep in place so I don’t need an intense hold. My only complaint with this product is the packaging. Yes it looks super cute, but sometimes it is very difficult to open because of the divots in the lid.

AVON True Colour glimmerstick liquid eyeliner pen £3.50 ~ I think that this is a really good drugstore priced eyeliner. It is pigmented, it lasts all day and there are other shades available. I have been through so many of these so I think I am going to try out some new eyeliners for a while but I do suggest looking into this if you’re on a budget.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear brow gel £16.50 ~ There is no product left in this tube for me to use. I love this brow gel. It sets your brows like concrete, they won’t move all day long. It does smell incredibly strong but that doesn’t linger after it has been applied. I personally don’t mind this but some people do so I thought I would mention that it can get a little solid on your brows. If you don’t like to feel like you’re wearing product on your brow this isn’t for you but I really love this product and will be repurchasing it soon.


That is it for my May empties, I hope you enjoyed it. This brings the total items up to 99, and the retail value to £396.67! 

‘What products did you use up in the month of May?’

Until the next time,

Lauren x

May empties (12)

Its that time again. I know everyone is saying this at the moment but I cannot believe that it is already June. I cannot wait to post my 18th Birthday haul this month (I have a feeling it is going to be a big one). If you guys have any recommendations for products you want me to haul, drugstore or highend, please let me know in the comments.

This month I finished 12 products including make up and skincare. Starting this month I am going to be telling you guys how much these empties cost and how much the total items and price for the year is. This month reached a total of £83.11! For the year so far up to the end of May, I have used up 61 products which came to a total of £294.82!

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Hits:

AVON Ideal flawless cream concealer in fair (£4.00): As you can see I scraped every last bit out of this pot. This is the fullest coverage concealer I have tried out and it stays in place all day. I have even gotten my friend to fall in love with it and she is now on her second pot. I will say that if you have dry under eyes like me, make sure you hydrate the area first before applying because it can cling to dry patches.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin tonic 200ml (FREE): I know what you are thinking, “how the hell did you get that for free?”. Well last year at the Liz Earle counter in Boots, they did an offer where if you purchased two items you received a full size skin tonic for free. Naturally I took full advantage. This feels so good when applied to the skin as it is refreshing and soothing. The scent is amazing as well as this product has cucumber and floral scents to it. If you are hunting for a new toner I seriously recommend that you check this one out.

Biore charcoal pore strips (£9.49): I will definitely be repurchasing these. This pulled everything out of my pores and whilst the strip looked disgusting afterwards there is something oddly satisfying about it. I even used one on my boyfriend to see if there was a variation in the results…I can’t unsee what I saw on that strip. Long story short you need these in your life if you are prone to blackheads on your nose.

Makeup Forever HD foundation in N110 (£29.00): Until recently I wasn’t fond of this foundation at all, it just didn’t apply the way that I wanted it to and it didn’t help that this shade was too pink toned for me. However, I recently started applying it with a sponge instead and have been patting into the skin as I found out that that is how it was designed to be applied (I found that out on YouTube). Ever since then my opinion of this foundation has changed massively. I am going to purchase the Ultra HD stick version in a more neutral/yellow toned shade to see which I prefer.

Maybelline Babylips in Hydrate (£2.99): I love the Babylips range in general because it has regular lip balms, tinted ones and very pigmented electric colours as well. This is the last Babylips in my collection and as mentioned before on my blog, I love these products and I will repurchase when I need a new lip balm. Personally, my favourite one I have discovered so far is the intense care version because it has provided the most hydration.

The Middle ground:

PS…love this 100 oval pads (90p): This is only in this section because lets be honest cotton pads aren’t very exciting. I like these ones because they are cheap and pads themselves are quite large which allows me to take off more product with each one.

Vichy Normaderm cleansing gel (£11.00): I know I have talked about this product before but this is in the middle ground section now because my skin needs have changed. Recently, my skin has been dry combination and this product just dries my skin out too much if I use it on a regular basis. If you have oily blemish prone skin I recommend you have a look at Vichy because this product absorbs my oils really well.

Real Techniques deep cleansing gel (£6.99): I purchased this because I really wanted to take care of my Real Techniques brushes that I own and I had trouble getting all of the product out of them. This did an okay job but it didn’t clean them deeply enough. Do you guys have any recommendations for good brush cleaning products??

REVLON lip butter in Juicy papaya (£7.99): I have reviewed a REVLON lip butter before on my blog and I have come to the same conclusion again. I really like the formula of this product as it has nice pigmentation and is hydrating on the lips. However, I will not be repurchasing one again purely because none of the colour range suit me.

Lancome Hydra Zen moisturising cream sample (FREE): I received this sample when I purchased the Lancome Teint Idole ultra 24H foundation. This is a really nice basic moisturiser with an amazing scent but at £39.50 I am currently conflicted as to whether purchasing the full size is a good idea or not. Thoughts??

Misses:

Simple spotless skin cleansing wipes (£4.25): I stopped purchasing Simple products because they broke me out and did nothing for my skin. However, my mum purchased these for me so I used up the packet in order to give them a fair shot. My mind is now resolved on this brand and I will never purchase another product from Simple again. This didn’t help with my blemishes, if anything it maintained them. The wipes were also pretty dry so it was quite difficult to get my make up off with them.

AVON 8-in-1 eye palette in not so neutral (£6.50): This was the product for my pan that palette tag on Instagram. The last update I did before this I mentioned that I was just going to hit pan on the brown shade and then toss it. This was a miss for me because 3 of the shades were quite strange, 3 were unpigmented and 2 I really liked. The 3 that were unpigmented were the 3 shades not panned left in the palette. The black turned out grey, strangely enough so did the purple and the bronze needed a lot of packing on the lid. The 2 I really liked were the brow bone shade and the brown I hit pan on because they were pigmented and really easy to blend. Overall, you just couldn’t make a complete look only using the shadows in the palette which is unappealing in itself.

Let me know what you guys think of the new layout of these posts in the comments. Also, feel free to let me know what kinds of posts you would like to see on my blog.