August 2016 Product Empties

August Product Empties 2016

Lacura Thermal Spring Shower Gel*

Aldi certainly know how to do affordable skincare well! This Thermal Spa Range is nourishing, lightweight and purse friendly. The range includes an eye cream, moisturiser and shower gel and is infused with natural thermal water to soothe and moisturise the skin. I will be repurchasing this next time I am in Aldi & highly recommend checking out the eye cream too.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

This is one of the most gentle cleansers I have used and Its easy to see what it is such a cult favourite with almost every beauty editor & beauty blogger. It removes makeup with ease without leaving your skin feeling dry and the hot cloth helps dislodge dead skin to keep it looking radiant. Its a ritual I look forward too in the evening and the distinctive botanical scent is also calming. This creamy cleanser contains these skin loving ingredients, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract and Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract so very gentle, soothing and antioxidant rich.

CoLab Dry Shampoo in Rio

Yes, this is AS good as everyone says. Its has been developed by blogger Ruth Criley and it is the best dry shampoo I have used, I have tried so many brands. I have the Rio version which smells amazing, it has tropical notes of papaya, pineapple & a heart of cassis. It just does exactly what you need a dry shampoo to do, it absorbs oil without weighing hair down or leaving behind a powdery residue. It has helped me out of many a bad hair day situation and if you are able to get it when its on offer in Superdrug make sure you stock up! You won’t want to try any other dry shampoos after this one.

LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel 

I’m not sure how this LUSH offering evaded me for so long, this was my very first time trying this and I can say that I am now very much addicted to the scent of this, Rose Jam who knew it could smell so good?! Its quite a thick consistency and it feels incredible and luxurious on the skin, its hydrating and leaves your skin very soft. I need to stock up on this so I never ever run out.

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

I have had this pot for a couple of years and I have found myself reaching for it less and less. For me its more of a Winter product as its quite thick and feels heavy on this lips much like a lip treatment. It comes in a pot which over time does become quite grubby and with it being a couple of years old I though it was time to say goodbye to it. I wouldn’t repurchase this and if I had to recommend a good lip balm it would be the Dr Paw Paw Ointment – its is amazing if you suffer from dry lips.

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Shampoo*

I was introduced to this brand earlier in the year and have been really impressed with this range. I ran out of the shampoo before the conditioner because after a few uses I realised how hydrating this SuperFruit range was and if I used too much product it weighted my hair down. So I use the conditioner every other wash and that works really well for me. This range contains some really great ingredients including,

  • Superfruit–a blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants
  • Marula oil–contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin–nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Shea butter–deeply moisturises while conditioning hair and scalp

It leaves my hair feeling glossy, less frizzy, hydrated and more manageable. The fact that it doesn’t lather up took little getting used to but my hair feels a lot healthier for using it and SheaMoisture is a brand I highly recommend checking out. Their haircare range is available in Boots and they have an extensive selection for most hair types.

I would repurchase all of the products in this post apart from the NUXE Lip Balm. Let me know if you have tried any of them and if you would repurchase them too.


Product Empties – Black Liquid Liners

Black Liquid Eyeliners

So I have been having a makeup clear out these past few weeks in an attempt to streamline and minimise my collection so its more manageable. I am by no means finished so I would say Its a work in progress. I’m a complete beauty addict but I noticed I  wasn’t using a lot of my collection because I reach for the same products because I am lazy and get stuck in a rutt. I have a few of these de clutter style posts lined up over the next month,

I’m terrible at keeping eyeliners & mascara’s past their best, so I thought it best to start my de cluttering with those as they were easiest. This post is all liquid eyeliners & these are all either dried out or older than 5 months (at least). I am a real liquid liner addict, as some of you may know so I do have quite a few on the go at any one time.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes

This is a waterproof liner & the fine nib on this is so precise and flexible. Its very, very good at achieving that neat, close to the lash line eyeliner look. It glides on easily and you can apply the liner to look quite subtle or build up to a more bold look. Its extremely pigmented and a deep black which dries quickly to a nice glossy finish. It also stays put, without smudging all day / night long. The colour also stays intense all day.

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen

This has a more of a felt tip style nib and is a lot thicker than the others. I like it for quick application and you can achieve a bold, thick, dramatic line with ease. Again the pigment is very black and it dries quite quickly. This does bleed a little on me so I would recommend using an eye primer if you have wrinkly eyelids like me. The liner lasts a really long time which makes it a great affordable option.

L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision

The sponge style nib on this eyeliner is SO long, which makes applying the liner incredibly fuss free. One application / line looks smooth, neat and is effortless. I love the flexibility of the nib and I find it makes doing a winged / cat eye look extremely easy. You don’t have to go over the same spot again & again with this liner, the colour is intense even after just one application and it never smudges. I have repurchased both of the L’Oreal liners included in this post so many times. They never seem to dry out & the colour never looks dull on the eyes. I just LOVE these so much.

Black Liquid Eyeliner Pens

Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick*

This is a fantastic liner for doing the classic cat eye look. The nib is quite short but tappers to a very fine nib, making it easy to get up close to the lash line & also create that winged out flick that goes to a lovely precise point. This liner glides on with ease and never looks patchy or dull. This is such a great quality liquid liner and very easy to use. What I would say (and it makes me a little sad that I have too) is this did dry out quite quickly. I might have been to blame for that as you have to make sure the lid is on properly but mine didn’t ever snap shut. Its still a fab liner & even I can do a killer feline flick with this!

L’Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer

This has the same sponge nib at the previous L’Oreal liner and I love the flexibility and length of them. This Black Lacquer liner has a more rich black colour which dries with a vinyl matte finish. It looks so good on the eye and I think the finish makes the colour a lot more intense. This is one of my favourite eyeliners ever because the colour is just so intense and out of them all its the oldest and still going strong but it needs throwing out because it is old not because the colour isn’t good.

I would repurchase all of these, even the Charlotte Tilbury one, which was a really good liner, despite it not lasting as long as I hoped. If I was pushed to say which ones I would recommend the most it would have to be the L’Oreal liner, any of them because in terms of price and quality they always deliver, always!

What are your favourite liquid liners and are you like me and hang on to them longer than you should?

July 2016 Product Empties

July 2016 Product Empties

Lacura Argan Oil Shower Oil

I mentioned this quite recently in a post, I really like the products from this new Argan Oil range from Aldi, they’re affordable and great quality. This shower oil has a thick oil consistency and I like to use it to shave my legs, as its soothing and it helps my razor glide smoothly over my skin. I will repurchase this and highly recommend checking out this collection next time you’re in Aldi.

The Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner

I do like using these facial toner mists & find they work well to perk up and refresh my skin throughout the day. This one from The Organic Pharmacy was nice but I have used a few that are more affordable and just as good. This witch hazel and aloe vera-infused toner does feel lovely and hydrating but so too does the LUSH Tee Tree Toner. I know that this one contains a few more skin loving ingredients, 18 organic herbs which act to to minimise pores and keep the skin in perfect condition and smells beautifully of fresh Sicilian lemons which lifts and tones the skin which is wonderful but still comes with quite a hefty price tag. I would rather pay more for a serum, SPF or a moisturiser and have a more affordable toner. Have you tried this toner, or do you have a more affordable one you would recommend?

Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum

OMG I absolutly loved this serum. I have a few samples from this Australian skincare brand which I managed to miss place during my house move last year but thankfully rediscovered last month, so I am excitedly working my way through them all. This is the first product I have tried from them & if they are all as good I may have found my new favourite skincare brand. So this is a serum, it has a thick consistency and at first you think it may be a little too thick. Once you start massaging it in to your skin it starts to thin out and you can make a little product go a very long way. It instantly feels like you have put a hydrating, protective barrier on and my skin felt amazing. So smooth, plump and very soft to the touch.

This serum contains 11 therapeutic oils, which are beneficial for dry, dehydrated skin, balancing moisture, repairing skin, reducing redness, preventing premature aging & protecting skin from free radicals (and so many more benefits)

Apricot Kernel oil*, Jojoba oil* , Evening Primrose oil*, Vitamin E oil, Argan oil*, Rosehip oil*, Neroli essential oil , Sandalwood essential oil, Palma Rosa essential oil*, Rose Maroc Absolute essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil.

This just sinks in to the skin leaving it feeling so soft and nourished, I am blown away by the quality and how incredible my skin feels and looks. I have used this am, pm and under face masks for a little extra treat. The only thing that makes me sad is I have used up my bottle, but I get to buy the full size now though. Let me know if you have heard of Black Chicken & if you have any product recomendations.

Sanctuary Spa Body Butter

I’m never disappointed by this brand and adore the scent of their products, its such a beautiful spa scent. This body butter lasted me a very long time. I use it mainly in the evening as it can feel a little heavy on the skin, especially on a warm day. So I save it for when I have a bath in the evening & it makes my skin feel so soft. I also really like their Body Moisture Spray and layer them both if my skin is feeling really dry.

NSPA Jojoba and White Jasmine Body Polish

This was OK – I like my body scrubs to be a little more scrubby. I used this before fake tanning along with my shower mitt and that worked quite well to exfoliate my skin. I wouldn’t say I would rush out and repurchase but I would really recommend their Melting Cleansing Gel.

DHC Make Off Sheet*

I think I liked the cute box more than the actual face wipes. These were not moist enough to remove makeup, so I ended up using them to remove swatches or clean my foundation bottles. I have re used the plastic box to keep my cotton buds in because it was just too cute to throw away. I do however recommend the Deep Cleansing Oil or the very very handy Olive Oil Cotton Swabs from this brand. Just give these wipes a miss.

Clarins One Step Facial Toner

This is a cleanser and toner in one so I use this as my second cleanse in the morning just to refresh my skin and wake it up a little. It has Orange extract which refreshes, tones and revitalies skin whist Moringa Seed neutralises the effects of pollution on the skin. It is a two phase solution, so you need to give it a good shake before use & I sweep it all over my face on a cotton pad, it feels instantly refreshing and not at all drying. Oh and it has the most lovely citrus scent.

*PR Sample

May 2016 Product Empties

May 2016 Product Empties

Korres Water Lily Shower Gel £8.00

This is a has really fresh delicate scent which was lovely to use in the morning. It felt gentle on my skin and left it feeling soft and hydrated. It contains wheat proteins which form a protective layer on the skin to lock in moisture and maintain hydration levels. I bought 2 bottles of this scent & I am so glad I did.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £37.00

I have used up quite a few bottles of this over the years & its easy to see just why it is one of Kiehl’s best selling products. I use it as an over night serum, under face masks & often I use a drop or two during the day under my moisturiser. Its a great multi use product and it always leaves my skin looking its best, its nourishing and never feels heavy on my skin. This lightweight oil contains some great ingredients, including Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender. If you haven’t tried this cult product then its one to add to your Must Try List!

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser £38.00

Could this be my new favourite cleanser? I think it might well be. Its a very gentle cream cleanser which is ideal if you have sensitive skin, it contains omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, so it will hydrate your skin leaving it feeling supple and clean. I used this as my second cleanse and found it calmed and soothed my skin. I need to purchase the full size ASAP because these past few weeks I have really missed having it in my skincare routine.

TonyMoly I’m Real Lemon Brightening Sheet Mask 

I spoke about the Radiant Tomato mask in last months empties post and I really liked that one but I think this Lemon Brightening one left my skin a little more hydrated and fresh looking. I like the sizing of these sheet masks because they fit so well on my small face and this one is packed full of lemon extract to help clarify and refresh skin. It feels so hydrating and cooling on the skin & when you remove the mask there is so much serum to massage into the skin, so your skin feels incredible. I love these sheet masks and they’re available in 11 versions, each one targeting a different skin concern. Oh & the packaging is vibrant and adorable.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Hand Sanitizer

I love these kind of warm spicy scents, they smell so good and a little festive. I always have one of these in my handbag, they’re cheap and Bath & Body Works have such a big selection of scents. If you have any favourites I should try let me know.