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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.

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Until the next time,

Lauren

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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.

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