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Empties: November and December

Hi everyone,

This is the final post on my blog relating to 2017, that year really flew by (don’t worry not going to give the same speech everyone else does).

Differently from an earlier post I have decided, 2018 will have empties posts but not Project Pan posts. This year’s project pans demonstrated that that approach just doesn’t work for me. However, I have found counting empties extremely motivating.

Biore charcoal pore strips (£6.29): These are the only pore strips that I use and the only ones I will recommend.

Patchology Flashmasque illuminate 5 minute facial sheets (£6.00): I am honestly really torn with this one. It was good but it didn’t wow me so I think for now I won’t be purchasing the big box.

Sephora rose face mask (£4.81): This one is the better out of the two hydrating sheet masks Sephora does. It leaves the skin soft and I would say for the price I would purchase it again.

L’Oreal fine flowers normal to combination skin cleansing wipes (£1.95): These ones are better than the ones for dry skin which I wasn’t expecting. The scent is still floral and quite strong so I wouldn’t recommend for those with sensitive skin. Overall, these are okay but they aren’t my first choice.

Garnier moisture bomb (£7.99): This moisturiser is okay but it isn’t supposed to be used near the eye area, and that suggests it’s not good for sensitive skin. I will not repurchase this as it isn’t hydrating enough for my skin type.

Superdrug 50 cotton wool oval pads (£1.99) and PS…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads (90p): I purchased and used up the Superdrug ones when I couldn’t get my hands on the PS ones. Those of you that regularly read my empties posts will know that I only use cotton pads other than the PS ones when I can’t get my hands on them. Really cheap and more for your money, what more could you want.

Glossier milky jelly cleanser sample (FREE): This is a super gentle cleanser that I think is good for those that only want to cleanse their skin and use targeted products afterwards for their other needs. I have got the full size now and haven’t tried it enough to have a solid opinion but I do stand by my statement above.

The Body Shop Spiced Apple shower gel 250ml (£2.50): This has a great scent for around the Christmas season and I have a 50 ml bottle still in my collection. I am interested in trying out other scents from the Body Shop, as I enjoy the fact the formula is slightly on the thicker side. Giving it a more expensive feel.

The final totals for 2017 are 294 items at a retail value of £1669.08! I am very proud of those figures. For 2016 I achieved 172 items at £691.19, which is astronomically different to this year. I don’t think the 2018 figures will be more than 2017 but I can hope they will be similar.

Until the next time,

Lauren x


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

Project Pan 2017

Hey everyone,

Happy 2017, I hope it is going well for you. 2016 was full of amazing makeup releases, major life events and many posts on my blog that I hope inspired at least one of you. With series such as monthly empties and #Raisetheroof, which will be continued this year, my blog became very much focused on using products up and getting the most for your money. With the amount of support I have received from all of you, I intend to create some very exciting content this year.

Main targets:

Before I get into the specifics of this post, I want to lay out my main aims for 2017 in relation to not only my project pan/empties but my Instagram and blog as a whole.

Last year, I reached 100 followers on my blog and approx 660 Instagram followers. This year I want to reach 250 blog followers and 1000 Instagram followers. Also, I want to post an average of once every 3 weeks. I know this seems low but I am up to my neck in work and accounting exams, so I deem this to be realistic.

Project pan targets:

Whilst I love to collect makeup, and that isn’t going to change, I believe it is important to use items up so as you aren’t hoarding expired products.

In 2016 I managed to reach 172 items with a retail value of £691.19. This year I want to reach 250 empties, which would be an average of 21 items a month!

Project pan items:

  • MAC eyeshadow in ‘vanilla’
  • Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in ‘Sand’
  • Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in ‘Melon’
  • Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturiser in ‘Cameo’
  • LA Girl Pro.conceal in ‘porcelain’
  • Maybelline lipstick in ‘tantalizing taupe’
  • MAC Toledo collection lipglass in ‘Oxblood’
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Cricket’
  • Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’
  • Sleek Contour Kit in ‘light’

I will be posting small updates at the end of each month so as you can watch my progress.




Until the next time,

Lauren x

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

November empties (14 items)

Hey everyone,

I know this post is super late but hey at least it is all in one post this month. I am actually not too happy with my progress this month on using up products and so far December has been pretty poor as well. I have just been buried in work lately, so I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup.


Garnier Cleansing wipes Goodbye Dry… (Normal to Dry Skin) (£2.19) – From my October empties you will know I was not impressed with the previous pack of makeup wipes from Garnier. So I purchased a different type from their range and I don’t like these either. Whilst these remove makeup a lot better than the other pack that I purchased, these wipes stink. The scent is so strong that I don’t recommend these to anyone with sensitive skin. It smells really fragranced and chemically that I don’t ever want to put those on my face again. Sorry Garnier but I speak the truth.

Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (99p) – This is the first tissue mask I have ever tried and I purchased this because I saw so many pictures on Instagram of people wearing it. I have really dry skin so I thought this would be great to try out and I think for 99p this tissue mask is really good. So much so that I may or may not have purchased three more. The mask itself is drenched in product so I would put this on in the bathroom to avoid getting any on your bedroom carpet. Personally, I am glad that it has that much product on it because I was concerned that the tissue mask itself would absorb a lot of the product. Overall, I recommend this for people with dry skin. Don’t purchase this if you have combination to oily skin because you will not enjoy it at all.

PS…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads (90p) – This is in nearly every monthly favourites post I do, you guys know everything about these by now so all I will say is that I have no plans to stop purchasing these.

Tesco 50 Oval Cotton Wool Pads (£1.20) – I only got these because I completely ran out of the Primark ones and I couldn’t get to a Primark for ages to replace them. I won’t be repurchasing these because it doesn’t make sense to me to spend more on cotton pads.

AVON Pure Oasis Green Tea & Mint hydrating shower gel (£1.00) – This was a really nice shower gel with a good price point. I recommend this if you are really into that green tea scent, although it says mint on the bottle it only has an edge to it. I won’t be repurchasing purely because I have so much shower gel and I prefer other scents to this.

AVON ANEW VITALE day cream sample x2 (FREE) – Again I have reviewed this in two of my previous monthly favourite posts, so I won’t be reviewing it again.

AVON super-extend liquid eye liner in brown (£3.50) – I purchased this because I really like the black version but this one really didn’t do it for me. I like the shade of it but it isn’t very pigmented, as in you can see your skin through it its rather strange. Almost, as if it was starting to dry up the moment after you purchased it. Safe to say I won’t be repurchasing this product.

Boots Botanics micellar 3 in 1 cleansing solution (FREE) – I got this free through O2 priority ages ago and I mentioned it in a #Raisetheroof post (I really need to get back to doing that series). It was good at removing my makeup but I just prefer Bioderma to it, I haven’t found a micellar water that tops it yet. What micellar waters do you guys recommend??

Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation in 100 ivory sample (FREE) – I really like the finish that this product gave my skin, obviously this sample was a colour too dark for my skin (only by one shade). So I used the Body Shop Lightening drops to make it work. Will I purchase the full size? Not currently as I have far too many foundations and I would have to check the shade below that matches me. I would definitely go swatch it at the drugstore if you are looking for a light coverage affordable foundation.

OSKIA London Renaissance 360 Anti-Ageing & Brightening Supreme Cream sample (FREE) –  This was quite a nice moisturiser but there is no sense in me purchasing a £65.00 anti-ageing cream at age 18. Plus, £65.00 is a massive amount to pay for a moisturiser especially when it only contains 40ml of product! With skincare everyone’s opinion varies massively so please get a sample of products before you purchase them. Especially ones that are this expensive.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (£20.00) – I heard so many people rave about this eye cream, so I ran out to purchase this after I finished my Benefit one. I must admit that I don’t get the hype at all. It doesn’t hydrate my eye area as much as I wanted it to. When you try to rub in the product it creates a weird slippy texture that I cannot really explain. It is almost as if when you rub your finger over the area, your finger will slip along so far and then got caught and repeat. Therefore, I am definitely not going to repurchase this product.

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum sample (FREE) – I was so sad to finish this because I love this perfume and it is extremely expensive. When I have finished some other fragrances I will have to purchase this because I am obsessed. The scent is sweet yet seductive, I can’t fault it.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream sample (FREE) – I really didn’t like this product at all. When I originally saw that this had quite a thick consistency I was really excited because I thought I had found a great night cream for my dry skin. Firstly, I can’t describe how it smells but its bad. Not in a chemical or fragrance way but an off oat porridge way. Secondly, the texture is horrible it feels kind of waxy and it has bits and chunks in it every so often. Thirdly, it takes so long to sink it! You can’t put this on in the morning if you want to put makeup on anytime soon. It also costs £25.50 a tub so no thank you. This is on the Cult Beauty website with rave reviews and is used by big celebrities, which confuses me I must admit, but it proves that we all have very different opinions especially when it comes to skincare. Also, it says on the website that when you rub your hands together it should take the form of an oil which never happened for me so maybe I got a bad sample.

At the end of November the empties total is 167 items. Bringing the product price total to £653.72.

That is the end of this post, I hope you enjoyed it. I know I still need to do part 2 of the Kylie Cosmetics brand review but I honestly don’t know when that will be up as I will need to take lots of photos for it and I want to get it right.

Until the next time,







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.


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.


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.

July empties part 2 (9 items)

Hey everyone,

This is part 2 of my July empties, yet again I had to do two separate posts because of how many items I had to tell you guys about. I hope you enjoy reading what the hits and misses of my empties were this month and if you did please follow me to keep seeing these monthly empties posts.


Gillette Venus & Olay 3 razor heads pack (£11.55): These are my favourite razors to use at the moment. It foams up a bit so I find it reduces the amount of shaving rash I get on my sensitive skin. It removes all hair really easily and makes the whole process quicker.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick sample in Red Carpet Red (FREE): This was the other shade that I received with my hot lips purchase. It was such a beautiful classic red shade and although it was matte it was incredibly creamy and not drying at all. Safe to say I am obsessed with all the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I have tried so far. If I didn’t own so many reds currently I would go out and purchase this.

NYX HD concealer in shade 01 (£5.50): I think this is such a great drugstore concealer. For the price you get great coverage, a good range of shades, a good doe foot applicator and its cruelty free. I like the shade 02 for under my eyes but 01 is good for a natural under eye and blemish concealing. I will be sure to pick another up after I finish the other shade I own.

Benefit it’s potent! eye cream (£25.50): I left none of this product in the jar as you can tell. This was a really great eye cream as it hydrated my under eye area and ensured that my skin was smooth enough so as my concealer wouldn’t stick to dry areas. However, I won’t be repurchasing at the moment because I am trying out other products.

MAC lipstick in Japanese Maple (£15.50): This was the second MAC lipstick I ever owned so I knew it was time to use the product up. I even depotted part of it into my Z palette before inserting the intact bullet back into the tube. This shade is the perfect everyday nude shade for people with fair skin and I am sad to this go. However, when I have enough products for ‘Back to MAC’ this is a strong contender for the free lipstick.

The middle ground:


Imperial Leather Moisturising Coconut & Tiare Flower Shower Cream (£1.00): This is in this section because of its packaging. Being priced at £1 the company had to cut corners somewhere and it seems the packaging was it. The cap broke and refused to shut properly. The product itself though smelt amazing and left the scent on my skin for quite a while. If it wasn’t for the packaging I would repurchase the product.

Clinique Clarifying lotion 2 100ml (£10.00): I love this product because it leaves my skin feeling very cleansed and it just completes cleaning the skin after using a cleanser. The reason it is in this section is because of the incredible strong scent. I just cannot get passed the smell of alcohol. So if you are sensitive to scents and or alcohol this really isn’t the product for you. However, as I liked the product so much I am thinking about purchasing the number 1 version instead.



Quick Fix Facials Mega Moisture Gel Mask (£4.99): I am constantly on the look out for affordable masks at the drugstore, so when I saw this pink bottle with dry and thirsty skin written on it in big letters I immediately checked it out. For the price I wasn’t expecting much but I noticed very little change in my skin after removing the mask. Even with continued use I didn’t feel like my skin got a lot of hydration from it. The deal breaker for me though was the scent. It smells like off strawberry yogurt. I’m definitely gonna give this product a miss in the future.

AVON Care Royal Jelly Lip Treatment (£1.10): I was glad to be done with this product as it really didn’t do much for me as a lip treatment. I bought this after I discovered the Royal Jelly hand cream which I love to use in the winter. However, this has such an awful sticky jelly texture and doesn’t keep my lips very hydrated. Sad to say this was a bust.

So that is the end of my July empties 2016. Which brings the total number of items to: 93. The total money value to: £452.17!!