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March empties (10 items)

Hey guys,

This month I don’t have that many empties as I have been decluttering my collection quite a lot. My latest one is Declutter #2 here on my blog (the previous post), if you want to check it out. 

AVON ANEW VITALE day cream sample: FREE ~ Using up these samples has been a process. I now have only a few left to use. As mentioned in my previous empties posts, this is a okay basic moisturiser. I heard this is being discontinued and I won’t purchase it before it does because it just isn’t as good as the full size moisturisers that I already own.

No7 Quick Thinking wipes: £2 ~ These are my favourite makeup remover wipes of all time. The only time that I purchase other wipes are when I need them but don’t have a voucher for the No7 ones. I refuse to pay £7 for a pack of makeup wipes when I can just wait and get them for £2. I really hope Boots starts doing the No7 vouchers soon though because I need a new pack.

Wilkinson Sword Quattro Sparkle disposable razors: £3.86 ~ Although as you will see below I love my Venus and Olay razors, I do like to have a non foaming more traditional razor option. Just as sometimes when those razors are new the foam is a little excessive so I will go in with these. I always purchase these and I will be picking some up soon.

Gillette Venus & Olay razor heads: £11.55 ~ These are my favourite razors that I always repurchase. The fact that it foams when you are using it, removes the need for shaving cream and reduces the risk of razor burn. I love these even though they are expense, although what razors aren’t, and I have already repurchased.


AVON Senses Winter Dreamland Shower gel: £1 ~ This is a limited edition product that AVON brings out every Christmas. It has a raspberry and apple scent, which is warm and very wintery. It does have little beads in it, for what purpose I do not know because they don’t seem to do anything. It was really nice to use in the winter months and I would purchase it again.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick sample in Seismic: FREE ~ This shade has been swatched below (I did build the colour up as it is quite sheer). As I am so pale I find it really difficult to wear dark berry shades, so the fact I can build this up is really appealing to me. I really enjoy the Vice lipsticks as they have lots of different shades and formulas available to suit everyone’s preferences. At £15 each, I think they are absolutely worth the price tag so go and check them out at the Urban Decay counter.


Smashbox Pore Minimising primer sample: £3.75 ~ Pore minimising and smoothing primers are my favourite to use as it gives you a really nice, even canvas to apply your base products on. I am not sure what my thoughts are on this primer to be honest. The consistency is definitely the thickest silicone one I have tried and it can ball up on me sometimes. I think that maybe this is a little too thick for my dry skin but if you have combination/oily skin and large pores you should definitely give this a shot.

L’Oreal Preference hair colour in 5.21: £6 ~ I have a real hate relationship with this hair dye since changing the formula. L’Oreal has discontinued my shade. This is the second time that only my shade of hair dye has been discontinued. Literally only my shade. Therefore, this shade was a different one for me. It was only a little bit lighter but I can tell it isn’t going to last as long.

My biggest issue with this hair dye since the re-formulation, after you wash the product out of your hair and blow dry it, my hair is left looking caked in product. I washed it till the water ran clear and yet when I touched my hair it was all stuck together and sticky. Absolutely appalling. It isn’t just me either, my mum uses this hair as well and it does it too. Safe to say that after I use up my last box I am looking for a new hair dye.

Garnier Micellar Oil-infused cleansing wipes: £3.29 ~ I know I said before that I was done trying out the Garnier wipes as the previous ones really didn’t work for me. However, I bought these as Fleur de Force really likes them. These stink so bad, it stings my eyes and leaves a residue on my skin. These are the worst Garnier wipes I have tried yet, I am not going to try another pack from their range (this time I am serious).


PS…Love this Oval cosmetic pads: 90p ~ These are in nearly every empties and I always repurchase these, they are perfect for applying toner and removing your makeup. I can’t see myself being without these.

That is it for my March empties, I hope you enjoy it. The totals after including this months empties are 63 items at £208.25! I cannot believe how many products I have used up in the first quarter of the year. Be sure to follow my blog and my Instagram, which is also ‘teenbeautylife’, to see what the totals are next month.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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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.

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

April empties part 2 (12)

Hey everyone, if you haven’t viewed part 1 of this months empties then go ahead and it view it. This part is focused on make up, hair care and skin care.

Superdrug 100 round pads (£1.00), L’oreal Preference hair dye in natural dark brown (£6.99) and L’oreal Preference high shine conditioner (comes with hair dye): I am mentioning all three of these in one because they have all been in past blog posts a lot, so I will not be reviewing them again.

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NYC smooth skin bronzer in Sunny (£3.99). This was the final item in my project pan! In the photo you can see the small bit of pan. It had to go it was so old and orange on my fair skin so you can probably guess my opinion on repurchasing. However, this is a cult favourite for many so it really depends on your skin tone and undertone.

Makeup Revolution pressed powder in translucent (£2.00).  I had high hopes for this after I purchased their blush palette but I guess you get what you pay for. All the writing on the packaging rubbed off within weeks, it contains one of those cheap foam round sponges that I hate and the product itself made my skin look super powdery and I needed to touch up after 2 hours. The only good thing I have to say about it is that I like the concept of the mirror on the bottom.

AVON Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying face mask (£3.00). This mask did absorb all the oil on my face but it didn’t get the dirt out of my pores as I wanted it to. So I want to try a mask that gets rid of dirt in pores and blackheads, anyone got any recommendations???

YESto grapefruit facial wipes (£3.99). I love the scent of these wipes and it takes my make up off really well but I just can’t buy them again. I had the exact same problem as the cucumber ones, they burnt my eyes. So far I have only been okay with the carrot ones. I don’t know if I should bother trying the coconut ones, what do you think??

AVON Luxe lip gloss in elegant gold (£4.50). The reason that this is in my empties post is because it has very obviously expired (smells like glue) and is in my project pan lips edition. I never used this because it had big chunks of glitter in it and was a clear gloss. It is currently being discontinued by AVON and I can’t say I will miss it.

MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed (£17.50). Back when I purchased this I mentioned on Instagram that the formula of this wasn’t very sticky…scratch what I said…its super sticky. As the product has gotten older it has gotten sticker and sticker. As the product begins to fade off your lips the glitter clumps together. Since this one was made in 2013 it has long ago expired. I won’t purchase any dazzleglass ever again.

Una Brennan Super Facialist micellar water 200ml (£6.99). I saw Alessandra Steinherr talk about this on Snapchat and instantly wanted to try it out. This product is really good for removing my face make up but I have the same issues as the Yesto wipes with it. I can’t use it on my eye area as it is too sensitive for it. So unfortunately I won’t repurchase.

Smashbox photo finish oil free primer sample (£5.00). This is a nice primer I just don’t believe it is the right one for me. I am desperate to try out the pore minimising one thought.

Indeed labs Hydraluron moisture jelly (£24.99). This product is talked about so much on Instagram and YouTube. Although I really don’t know why. This did improve my skin a little whilst I was using. However, not enough for the price tag. Maybe the results would of been different with the serum version I don’t know. Do you guys prefer that one??

That is the last post on empties this month, making a total of 22 items! Please let me know what kind of posts you want to see in the future.