Skincare, Bodycare and Perfume Empties with Mini Reviews

Following on from my Makeup Empties post, here is the rest of the stuff I accumulated. There’s a real assortment so I’m going to do my best to keep it short and to the point.

I had this mini size of the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£40). I absolutely loved it as it was delightful to use; it felt so luxurious and nourishing. I’d love to say I would buy it again but I don’t think I could bring myself to pay the large price tag… Maybe if I ever have a very well paid job! But if you do have the money to spend on luxury skincare I totally recommend.

The Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (£16) was not to my taste at all. I didn’t hate it, but the formula is more of a (as it says in the name) ‘wash’ and is kind of foaming and I prefer balms or creams. I didn’t like how it felt and I didn’t like the smell.

I’ve written a whole post on the Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm (£20.50) so if you want more detail have a read of that but in short I think it’s a fantastic cleansing balm and I enjoyed using it and would buy it again.

A collection of makeup removers next…

I really didn’t like the Boots Time Delay Daily Cleansing Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.49). I found it really stung my eyes and wasn’t that effective at taking makeup off. It took a lot of cotton pads drenched in the stuff to get everything off. I would not buy it again.

The next product however I have already bought again – Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Make Up Remover (£2.50). I really like this eye makeup remover and I agree that it is soothing. It has a very oily, silicone-y feel on the skin which will probably not be to everyone’s taste but I love it and it’s probably what I find soothing about it.

Another Botanics product, the All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution (£2.50), was okay. It was better than the Boots Time Delay one but it still wasn’t the most gentle on my eyes. I found it slightly drying also. As I’ve spoken about in earlier empties posts, I love the other micellar water by Botanics – the Hydration Burst 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser (£4).

The Lush Eau Roma Water (£4.50 for 100g) was a bit of a meh product for me. It took me ages to use it up as I just didn’t really enjoy using it, probably partly to do with the fact I don’t really love the smell of lavender. I also found it would irritate my eyes if they were feeling a bit sore already. I wouldn’t repurchase.

A product however I love, and have given it’s own post, is the Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz (£4). I really like this product and I think it’s great value. It’s very refreshing and gives a boost of hydration. I would definitely buy it again.

The Pixi Glow Tonic (£18) is such a popular product within the beauty community and I count myself as a fan. I already have another bottle on the go! I didn’t find it performed any miracles for me personally, but that’s likely because I was no stranger to glycolic acid when I first used it so my skin was already in pretty good nick. I just find it a gentle, reliable liquid exfoliator that I can use morning and evening to upkeep my skin condition.

The Antipodes Joyous Night Replenish Serum (£39.99) took me a long time to use up. This is a pricey product and I’m afraid I don’t think it was worth it, even though when I bought it I got it for around £25. I didn’t really notice any benefits from it that I hadn’t seen from less expensive serums. I love Antipodes as a brand and how natural everything is and you can tell this serum (to me, it’s more like an oil) is beautiful quality with lovely ingredients, it just personally didn’t do much for me. Hence, I would not repurchase.

I bought the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (£22.50) when I was looking for a good hyaluronic acid serum. I read a good review on it on Paula’s Choice so I thought it’d be a good one to try. I did really like this serum but it didn’t completely wow me in terms of hydration. I also found I finished it really quickly which was annoying as it’s not cheap. Having said that, I think I probably would buy it again as I did like it and apparently it’s fantastic for anti-oxidants.

The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£22.99) seems to be a popular mask among the blogs I read and rightly so! I enjoyed using this mask and reaping the benefits of the anti bacterial manuka honey. It was great for stubborn spotty skin and I would definitely buy it again.

A rather fun to use product is the Pixi Glow Mud Mask (£18)! It’s a black colour and makes you look rather terrifying when you put it on. I loved/hated how it would dry and I could see all of my pores as black dots on my nose and cheeks! The tube surprised me with how tiny it is but actually it did last me a long time as you really don’t need to use much. However, I’m not sure I noticed any real, tangible benefits from using the mask, and it’s not exactly cheap so I’m not sure I would buy it again.

As of right now, the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF30 (£28) is my holy grail daily moisturiser. I have written its own dedicated post which you can read here if you’d like to know why. I’m onto my third tube now I think.

The unscented Salt of the Earth Spray Deodorant (£3.99) is a pleasant enough natural deodorant however I much preferred the other version shown here which is the Salt of the Earth Pure Aura Women’s Natural Deodorant (£5.99). I just prefer my deodorant to have a scent and this one smells incredible. I have written a whole post on these deodorants if you’d like to read more. I would definitely buy the Pure Aura one again!

I absolutely love this body lotion and can’t believe I hadn’t tried it before. The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£3.75) is so thick and creamy to use and I feel it really does give deep moisturisation as well as smelling amazing. I’ve already purchased another bottle of it and I love that it’s so affordable and available in so many shops.

I finally finished up one of my favourite perfumes – Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia. It had started to smell a bit funny tbh because I’d had it so long so I was making a conscious effort to use it up before it went past the point of no return. Unfortunately, Giorgio Armani is not a cruelty free brand so I’m not sure if I will repurchase in the near future. It’ll be hard not to because I love it but hopefully one day all cosmetics companies will go cruelty free.

I don’t think this Antigua fragrance by Next is available anymore but it smelt bloomin’ gorgeous! It seems to be available as a reed diffuser and candle though. I may have to buy that candle…

Lastly, I got this sample size of the this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£16) from a magazine. I rather optimistically hoped this would miraculously knock out my anxious mind every night but, alas, it did not. It smells good and like it should be calming and I believe that it does work for some people but for me, I just seem to be resistant to this sort of stuff.

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Latest Makeup Empties with Mini Reviews

I am back with another makeup empties post! I never know how popular these are but I personally find it really interesting to see what people think once they’ve finished a product. Finding out whether they would buy it again, or not, is surely one of the most indicative pieces of info to help you decide whether something is worth buying.

First up is a trio of base products.

Let’s start with the Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (£2.50). I was hoping this would be an affordable gem but I did not get on with this. In fact, I didn’t even finish it because I found it did nothing, but I did give it to my sister to try to see if she likes it; we all have different preferences so who knows, it might work for her. I used it under my eyes and I personally found it to have very poor coverage! It was quite a liquidy, watery formula and I do tend to prefer concealers that are quite creamy and thick. It was a fail for me.

Next up, the bareMinerals Illuminating Mineral Veil (£21). I bought this to use as an all-over setting powder and I actually quite liked it! However, if I were to buy it again I think I would get the non ‘illuminating’ version. I didn’t find it ridiculously ‘sparkly’ or anything, but it was just a little bit too much for me. However, the formula is great and it helped my makeup to last all day and it didn’t look cakey. I also like the packaging, which has a twist closure to keep the product locked in so it doesn’t go everywhere like many loose powder products are prone to.

Something I was very sad to find in my empties was the eye wateringly expensive Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£40) in the shade Diffused Light. These are truly gorgeous powders and I used it all over my face as a setting powder, similarly to the bareMinerals one I spoke about above. It ensured I never looked too matte or powdery but it helped my makeup to last. It did give a luminous effect, I won’t go too crazy with hyperbole because it’s not a complete miracle worker, but it does give you a pretty, natural looking glow and doesn’t look too ‘made up’. If I was feeling flush I would buy again but I would probably try a different shade, just because I love trying new stuff! If you saw my recent Space NK Haul you’ll see I bought the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette which has a new shade of the Ambient Lighting Powder, so I’m covered for the time being. 🙂

I think I discussed this NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (£7) in a previous post I did on my NYX Collection, so I’ll keep it fairly brief. I did really like this setting spray. I haven’t tried loads of others so can’t say it’s the best in the whole world but for the price it does pretty much everything I would want it to. The main thing for me is to keep my face looking as fresh as possible and not too powdery which I felt this did. It helped my makeup to all mesh together. I probably would repurchase!

Onto mascaras I’ve finished and I’ll begin with the best – the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19. I’m not one to venture frequently into high end mascaras as I don’t think it’s a product you need to spend loads of money on for results. However, I will definitely buy a full size of this in the future! It is a brilliant mascara that makes your lashes so thick and full! The brush is pretty big and it took me a while to get to grips with, but once I learned to apply it and not get it all over my eyelids I fell in love. If you love big lashes then I definitely recommend trying this.

An affordable mascara that unfortunately did not impress me and I would not repurchase was the SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara (£6.99). I like big lashes and this didn’t give me them. I feel like the brush just doesn’t pack enough product onto the lashes and the plastic bristles are quite short and insubstantial.

I bought this Kiko Unforgettable Mascara (£7.20) last year when they had a deal on their website. It was okay. I had high hopes for it as the brush looked promising however it didn’t wow me and I wouldn’t repurchase. I think the brush was maybe a little too dense so that it couldn’t quite grab and completely envelope the lashes to make them reach their full potential.

I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about this next product before on my blog. NYX Micro Brow Pencil (£7) is an excellent, fuss-free eye brow pencil. It’s twist up so no need to sharpen (perfect for the lazy among us, *guilty*) and has a brush on the other end to tame your brows. I had the shade Ash Brown which was a pretty perfect match for me and I have already bought another one.

The next product is very similar and equally as good. The Soap & Glory™ Archery™ 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush (£8) is likewise a twist up pencil with a brush on the other end. The application and formula is just as good as NYX’s. The only downside is that there is only two shades so unless one of these suits you, you’d be stuck.

Last up, I’m afraid it’s another Seventeen product that I really thoroughly disliked and didn’t actually finish because I just couldn’t bare to use it. The SEVENTEEN Make Your Mark Soft Eyeliner Pen (£3.99) is just not comfortable to use at all! The tip of the pen is just far too stiff and rigid and scrapes against your eye! Eyes are sensitive things and I don’t want to feel like I’m scratching my eye out, it was genuinely painful at times! Additionally, it was not super black either and I couldn’t bare to press any harder to see if I could get better colour pay-off. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again, but I do actually like Seventeen as a brand so despite having a bad experience with two of their products I’ve talked about in this post I will continue to keep up to date with things they release and try new things.

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Skincare Empties & Mini Reviews | Oskia, Pixi, Emma Hardie, Good Things, etc

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the latest batch of skincare I’ve used up.

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Good Things Manuka Honey Cleanser | No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser | Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser £4.99

This is a nice cleanser that I enjoyed because of the creamy, nourishing formula and the presence of antibacterial manuka honey. The only downside for me was that I prefer my cleansers to be safe for use over the eyes so that I can massage off any excess makeup that my eye makeup remover may have missed and this one is not appropriate for use around the eye area! For this reason, I’m not sure I would repurchase.

Would I buy again? I don’t think so

The next two, No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser £9.50 and Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99 were mistakenly included in the photo as I forgot I’d already included them in my previous empties post, oooops lol. If you’d like to know my thoughts on them then click here!

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel £29.50

I’ve written an entire post as a review of this product which you can find here so no need for me to go into too much detail now. But in short, I think it’s nice but too expensive for what it is.

Would I buy again? No

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Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist | Soap and Glory Drama Clean Micellar Cleansing Water | Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Micellar Cleanser | Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads

 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist £18

This product has kickstarted a new love for face mists! A ‘Princess’ product it may be but I really enjoyed using it; it feels refreshing and adds some hydration. I used it after liquid exfoliant in my routine morning and night, before going in with my serum and/or moisturiser. Not entirely necessary, but if you are skincare lover like myself I think it’s a step you’ll enjoy!

Would I buy again? Yes

Soap & Glory DRAMA CLEAN™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water £6

This is not a great makeup remover. Despite coming in a relatively large bottle I found I had to use a lot of this product to remove a full face of makeup and it could not entirely remove all my mascara and eyeliner. There are better micellar waters around like the one I will mention below.

Would I buy again? No

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid £23.50

I’m a little bit confused by this product… I really like it but I’m not entirely sure why. Any difference it did make was subtle but I am sure I would buy it again, there was just something about it! I liked the velvety way it felt on my skin and I do think it improved my skintone and relieved some redness. It’s not dramatic but I liked using it as an exfoliant after cleansing. I did notice however that it definitely wasn’t something I could use morning and night as this was far too drying for my skin! So I only used it as part of my evening routine from then on.

Would I buy again? Yes

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm £38 (100ml)

I bought this mini last Christmas to try this cult product out and I’ve been rationing it ever since until I sadly finished it up 😥 What a gorgeous cleanser! There’s something about cleansing balm that is so luxurious and nourishing! If you ever have some cash burning a hole in your pocket and want a fancy new cleanser I urge you to try it, it’s beautiful.

Would I buy again? Yes

Botanics Hydration Burst 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser £4.99

I believe this is the third or fourth bottle of this I’ve finished, so as you can guess I really like this micellar water! It’s the best one I’ve tried so far but I will definitely still try any others that catch my eye. It removes makeup well and isn’t as drying as others on the skin, however it’s still not perfect at removing my eye makeup, but in all fairness, I do wear quite a lot lol.

Would I buy again? Yes

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads £12.95

I think I’ll stop including these in my empties post from now on as I’ve talked about them so much on this blog it’s quite obvious I love them! They really changed my skin for the better however many years ago it was when I started using them. Use them day and night after cleansing with a gentle cleanser and before moisturising and I really hope you have the same great effects as I did. They’ll always be something I go back to I think.

Would I buy again? Yes

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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery SPF 30 Daily Moisturising Lotion | Odylique Avocado 24 hour Replenishing Cream | Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser | Pur Soak it Up Moisturiser

 

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF30 £25.50

I used this daily as my daytime moisturiser as it has a good SPF in it that is mineral/physical based. After reading some scary things about chemical sunscreens I decided that from now on I’d prefer to use physical sunblock (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide). Although apparently, from what I’ve seen, it is very difficult to find face moisturisers that use only physical sunblock! I’m really happy with this find and have actually already repurchased it! With such little alternative choice available I can see myself using this for the foreseeable future! The formula is thick but if applied properly it’s not an issue and I haven’t experienced a white cast. It’s hydrating whilst making a good base for makeup, although I still do generally use a primer because why not. 😉

Would I buy again? Yes, already have

Odylique Avocado 24 Hour Replenishing Cream £22

This is a gorgeous natural moisturiser that I used nightly. It is creamy and has an oily feel to it that allows for good hydration. It’s not the most hydrating I’ve ever tried, but used in conjunction with a hyaluronic serum I found it did a nice job of nourishing my skin over night. The smell is distinctly a ‘natural’ one that at first I wasn’t too fond of but over the days as I used more it didn’t bother me at all. In fact I grew to kind of like it and appreciate it’s lovely, natural ingredients!

Would I buy again? Yes

Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser £7.99

I wish I could report ‘good things’ on this lovely affordable moisturiser however I was virtually unable to use it as every time I did it would cause my eyes to stream relentlessly with water! I admittedly do have sensitive eyes but I was crazily sensitive to this. It took me a few uses to realise that it was this that was causing it. There must be some ingredient within it that set me off or possibly it was the fragrance. However, I wouldn’t want to scare you off if you don’t have sensitive eyes as the formula is beautifully creamy! I had high hopes, it’s just unfortunate I couldn’t use it on my face, instead, I used it up as a body moisturiser.

Would I buy again? No

Pür Cosmetics Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer £22

I didn’t find this moisturiser ‘intensely hydrating’ at all. It’s one of those gel-like, watery formulas that I personally don’t seem to find that effective. It is an oil-free formula so maybe it would be more appropriate for an oily complexion but for me, it was extremely disappointing.

Would I buy again? No

Have you tried any of these products? How did you find them? Or if you haven’t, anything you’ve now got your eye on? 😉

Love Nicole xxxx

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Empties & Mini Reviews #5 (Skincare, Haircare, Bodycare)

I am back again with more finished products to discuss my thoughts on with you. So let’s jump in and get started! 🙂

Skincare

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No7 Melting Gel Cleanser | Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera | Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser

No7 Melting Gel Cleanser £9.50

I got this with one of the £5 off No7 vouchers that Boots hands out every so often. This was a nice buy! It’s a gel that transforms into an oil on the skin and feels quite luxurious, accompanied by an equally luxurious smell. I think I sometimes used too much; you don’t need too much to cover your face. Too much makes it slightly harder to work it into your skin. I enjoyed this but I often wouldn’t reach for it because it wasn’t my most hydrating option.

Would I buy again? Maybe

Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera £25

I found this a gentle and nourishing cleanser that was really pleasant to use! It does feel quite basic but it did the job whilst being hydrating and softening. I found the packaging annoying when it started nearing the end as the pump couldn’t reach the product and I could see lots was left at the bottom. I’m not sure I would want to pay full price for this as it is quite basic but if it was on offer, maybe.

Would I buy again? Maybe, if there was a good deal

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99

This a brilliant little cleanser and definitely comparable in many ways to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! It’s a thick, pleasantly fresh smelling cream cleanser. A dollop is easily worked into the skin and each box comes with its own muslin cloth which is really handy! It has lots of nourishing ingredients and I definitely felt the effects of that when I used this. I bought this on “buy one, get one half price” so I already have one in stock that I will happily be using. The packaging is a bit pants but I love the colour and for the price, who am I to complain really?

Would I buy again? Yes

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La Roche-Posay Serozinc | Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads | Nip & Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Cleansing Pads | Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | Caudalie Grape Water

 La Roche-Posay Serozinc

This spray has gotten a lot of love over the internet but I’m a bit unmoved by it. As someone with blemish prone skin I unfortunately didn’t notice a difference when using this. My skin has reacted well to Zinc products in the past (mainly referring to Sudocrem) but with this any effect was minimal. It’s quite possible I didn’t use it frequently enough or that I’d have been better off spraying it onto a cotton pad then wiping it over my face, but as this isn’t even Cruelty Free I don’t think I’ll be giving it another shot.

Would I buy again? No

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads £25.95

If I’d researched properly before buying this I’d have found I shouldn’t have been buying this at all as they are also not Cruelty Free. Now I’ve finished them I don’t think I’ll miss them anyway. They contain a lot of alcohol and that is definitely noticeable in the smell. They contain a potent mix of AHA/BHA acids (Glycolic 10% and Salicylic 2%) which should make them super effective at exfoliation. They were okay at this and I used them day and night most days until they were finished. They were especially helpful when my skin was playing up, but overall I think the alcohol content was just too high for my already dehydrated skin.

Would I buy again? No

Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Pads £9.95

I really struggled to use these up as I didn’t find them effective at all. I found they kind of ‘foamed’ on my face when I was using them which I found strange. I’d hoped they’d be good as they are marketed as being hydrating and exfoliating because of Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid, however upon consulting the ingredients list it’s clear these are only present in tiny amounts (under 1%). You can tell this by checking the ingredients list which goes in descending order based on how much of each ingredient is in the formula. The commonly used preservative Phenoxyethanol is only approved for use in the EU in concentrations up to 1%, so anything after this is only present in tiny amounts (I think I picked up this tip from Cheryl at Honesty for Your Skin). Suffice to say I am not a fan of these.

Would I buy again? No

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme pads £14.95

These were much better than the Dragon’s Blood Pads; my skin seems to react so well to Glycolic. Having said that though I still think I prefer the original Glycolic Fix Pads which is slightly strange as these Extreme ones on paper have a better formula. There’s just something about the originals that gives me more hydration, but that could just be that I found the original’s pads were better soaked in the product than these Extreme ones. I will definitely be trying these out again though as they are a great affordable AHA product.

Would I buy again? Yes

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads £22

I can’t help but compare these once again to my beloved Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads and to me personally, I still prefer those ones more! These I found ineffective in comparison (I don’t know what the exact percentages of Glycolic are in each) and that coupled with a smell that reminded me of nail varnish remover pads, I didn’t thoroughly enjoy putting these on my face. The actual pads the product is soaked in are much better quality in the FAB ones, they are much sturdier and have a more textured side, but this is immaterial if the product isn’t as good.

Would I buy these again? No, I don’t think so but they’re not awful

Caudalie Grape Water £6

This product is basically just a spray of grape water! It’s supposed to soothe and moisturise and whilst it’s very refreshing I didn’t feel any true hydration benefits. For a hydrating spray, I am much more impressed by the one I am currently using (Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist) but that one is three times the price of this spray. If you just want something refreshing to use on the go or for hot weather maybe you would like this, but as a beneficial step in your skincare routine, I don’t think this is the one.

Would I buy again? No

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Botanics 80% Organic Hydrating Eye Cream | PHD Skincare UV Defense Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 | James Read Day Tan SPF 15 Face

Botanics 80% Organic Hydrating Eye Cream £9.99

As I always seem to say with eye cream, this was okay. I am yet to find an eye cream that has provided any noticeable effect but I am holding that to the fact I am only 22 and don’t really have any issues in that area yet. I still like to always use one though so I can prevent any signs of ageing; it can’t hurt to start early can it?! And I do like to keep my eye area hydrated, especially around this time of year when my eyes get all sore due to hayfever. 😦 This one was hydrating and I love that it’s largely organic.

Would I buy again? Maybe

UV Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

I bought this on the Boots website but I can no longer find this on there. I now wear SPF every day so back when I bought this I was searching for affordable facial moisturiser with SPF that I could wear under makeup (I think this came in at £8.99). It was pretty good! It has a sunscreen smell but it kept me moisturised and worked well under makeup. I was however pretty happy to use it up, I’m not really sure why… It just wasn’t perfect and I wanted to move onto the next SPF to try. After some research, I decided I’d like to find a daily moisturiser which uses mineral sunscreens so I am now using Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF30 and I love it!

Would I buy again? No

James Read Day Tan SPF 15 Face £22

I got this little sample in last years Selfridges Summer Beauty Box and only got round to using it early this year. This was actually really good! It definitely gave a glow and some colour to my face, which is always so much paler than my body. It worked well under makeup but you need to let it sink it for a bit and it does remain tacky. It also almost inevitably has that ‘fake tan smell’ which is the main downside as it’s right on your face so it’s difficult to get away from. It does die down though; that or you just get used to it when it’s on your face!

Would I buy again? Yes, if I wanted to tan my face

Bodycare

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Pitrok Crystal Roll On Deodorant for Women | The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter

PitRok Crystal Roll-on Deodorant for Women £4.99

As my first experience of natural/aluminium free deodorant, this was a pretty good one. A pleasant smell and it was relatively effective at keeping me fresh smelling. However, I was a lot more conscious and worried about sweat patches when wearing this as it doesn’t stop you sweating like my previous Mitchum deodorant did. If you’re going to be really active and likely to sweat and are wearing clothes likely to show this sweat, maybe stick to a stronger deodorant if that bothers you (it does me). I am however converted to using natural deodorant on days when I’m not doing much and/or no one will be able to see sweat patches anyway!

Would I buy again? Yes

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter

I think this was a festive special scent as I can’t find it online. I hope they bring it back each year though as it’s a really lovely scent; I love anything blueberry. As usual, Body Shop body butters are rather iconic for being reliable body moisturisers whilst smelling amazing. They have the greatest range of scents.

Would I buy again? Yes

Haircare

The ratio with which I get through conditioner to shampoo is hilarious lol; 1:5 here!

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Lavera Cornflower Anti Dandruff Shampoo | A’kin Macademia & Wheat Protein Conditioner | Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Condtioner | Charles Worthington Strength and Repair Hair Masque | Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Masque | Kind Natured Ylang Ylang & Sage Conditioner

Lavera Cornflower Anti Dandruff Shampoo £5.95

A decent anti-dandruff shampoo with no SLS and made from natural ingredients. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the smell.

Would I buy again? Maybe

A’kin Macadamia & Wheat Conditioner for Dry Hair £8.90

This is a beautiful, natural conditioner that I felt really nourished my hair. It’s a thinner consistency than standard conditioners I’ve used which actually meant a little went quite a long way; I thought this would be empty in no time but it actually lasted longer than I thought! The smell is not amazing, but that’s just due to it being natural I guess.

Would I buy again? Yes

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Conditioner £5.99

Another good conditioner for my dry hair; although not as nourishing as the A’kin one. It’s much easier to get hold of though as you can just grab it in Boots and it’s always on offer. I don’t like the packaging; as it gets used up it gets more and more difficult to get the product out.

Would I buy again? Yes, I already have

Charles Worthington Strength & Repair Longer & Stronger Hair Masque £5.99 and Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque £5.99

These are both really great hair masques that I used in the place of conditioners as my hair is that dry and damaged at the moment (I need a haircut badly). Again, Charles Worthington is always on offer and they’re paraben free and do a great job. If I had to choose, I think the Moisture Seal Masque was better.

Would I buy again? Yes, probably the Moisture Seal one out of the two

Kind Natured Nourishing Conditioner £4.99

A fantastic, 97% natural conditioner that is really affordable that you can pick up in Boots! Amazing. I really liked this conditioner, it made hair feel hydrated (not as much as A’kin or the CW Masques however) and it smells quite relaxing!

Would I buy again? Yes

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Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo | Lee Stafford Coconut Spritz | Lee Stafford Mousse | Batiste Sweetie | Fudge Texture Spray

 

Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo £5.99

I got this in a 3 for 2 as I wouldn’t normally buy fancy dry shampoo (I love my Batiste) but I thought I’d give this a go! It smells great, as all Lee Stafford products seem to, but I didn’t find it that effective. When comparing it to Batiste it’s just not as heavy duty. You’d have to use a lot of this to get the same effect as a spritz of Batiste. And whilst it’s a finer, less gritty formula with no residue, I still prefer Batiste for my greasy hair situations.

Would I buy again? No

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Spritz £5.99

I generally go 4 days between hair washes so my hair can tend to get very dry come day 3 and 4. I thought a product like this could give my hair some hydration between washes, but it did nothing. Not a fan.

Would I buy again? No

Lee Stafford Double Blow Mousse £5.99

This was a decent enough mousse. I always use mousse in my roots before I blow dry my hair upside down. My hair is terribly flat otherwise, it still is mostly flat even with mousse tbh. So yes, this was good enough – not sticky and smelt good.

Would I buy again? Maybe

Batiste Sweetie £2.99

I’m sure everyone knows of Batiste. It’s still my favourite dry shampoo, its so effective and reliable and despite having dark hair I don’t have a real problem with white residue; just calm down with the application people and its absolutely fine! I do small spritz’s to the roots and repeat until I’m satisfied. But yeah, I mainly wanted to highlight this new scent. I love it! As you can tell from the name it’s super sweet and right up my street 😉

Would I buy again? Yes, probably my new fave scent from Batiste

Fudge URBAN Texture Spray £6.99

This is one great smelling texture spray! However, I found it a bit heavy and sticky really. You can definitely use it to create volume. But as someone who only washes their hair every 4 days, using this on day 1 hair I’d feel like I needed to wash it asap.

Would I buy this again? Probably not

Phewwww another empties post rounded up! Well done if you read all of that, or even skimmed it 😉 Until next time…

Best wishes, Nicole xxxx

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Empties with Mini Reviews #4

It’s been about 5 months since my last empties post so those empty products have been building up! I finally got round to photographing them and then joyfully tipped them in the recycling bin 🙂 Oh man this is going to take so long to write…

So let’s start with makeup!

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Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray

I got this in the Selfridges Summer Beauty Box (omg that’s reminded me to get excited for this years one!) It was a travel size one and I enjoyed using it, I love the effect setting sprays have on my makeup, they mesh everything together so nicely and lessen that powdery, unnatural finish. However, I’m currently using a NYX one that does exactly the same job for me so I wouldn’t repurchase this for the price. I can’t say if it adds any wear time as my makeup generally lasts well regardless.

Would I buy again? No

Collection Sheer Loose Powder – Translucent

I’ve used this powder for years and it gives an awesome finish! It mattifies but gives a glow and really made my makeup last. However, I don’t think I’ll buy again now I have become more conscious of ingredients; there’s some pretty cheap ones in here and if possible I’d like to be avoiding parabens and talc.

Would I buy again? Probably not

NYX Micro Brown Pencil – Chocolate

Love this brow pencil! Having a brush on one end is important for me and I love the thin pencil, as well as it being a twist up so no need for sharpening. The colour range is good and there should be something for most people.

Would I buy again? Yes

No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara

I can’t remember why I picked this up, No7 isn’t usually a go-to brand for me however I am taking more notice lately as they really do have some great products at a good price point. This mascara impressed me; it was really black and volumising. It dried up a while back so I can’t remember if it ‘lifted’ my lashes as such but I know I liked it.

Would I buy again? Maybe (I’m not very loyal with mascara)

Soap & Glory™ Archery™ 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush

I’ve got through one of these before and they’re great! If you can make one of the two shades this comes in work for you then it’s a winner. Easy, quick brows. Very similar to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil except that one has the far superior colour range

Would I buy again? Yes, I already have

Sleek MakeUp Eyebrow Stylist

Since trying the NYX and Soap & Glory pencils this just doesn’t measure up. I really liked it at the time, it’s a lot thicker than the other two but after trying them I’ve found I prefer a thinner pencil as it’s more precise. The shape looks quite similar to the Anastasia Brow Definer tbh… But I can’t say for definite as I’ve not tried it.

Would I buy again? No

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I’ve repurchased this so many times and it’s still one of the best concealers I’ve used. It has parabens but until I can find a concealer that’s as good and affordable then I’ll probably always have one of these in stock for a reliable option.

Would I buy again? Yes

The Body Shop All-in-One Instablur

I didn’t get on with this, it had got so hyped up so I was excited to see my pores disappear from my nose and cheeks but this did absolutely nothing. As a primer, fine, it made a good base for makeup (however it is very silicone-y and came out of the tubes in lumps and spurted everywhere – annoying) but it didn’t demonstrate to me any ‘blurring’. A disappointment and not exactly cheap.

Would I buy again? No

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No7 Early Defence Eye Cream

Not much to say on this, miracles were not worked but I still liked this eye cream. At my age there shouldn’t exactly be much to work on anyway so it’s mainly just about hydration and keeping things young for as long as possible, which is what this range is about. It was pleasant to use and was a good base for makeup!

Would I buy again? Maybe

Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Eye Cream

The link I’ve given is not to the exact product as it seems that Superdrug have reformulated this eye cream. The main selling point of it for me was that it had SPF 15 in it and not many eye creams do, however this new formula doesn’t appear to contain any SPF. The product was okay, it was a bit hit or miss as to whether it would apply well as I think it reacted badly with some other skincare I used as it would sometimes ball up and flake off my skin which is the most annoying thing when it happens! Although when it applied well it was a very nice eye cream.

Would I buy again? No

Superdrug Simply Pure Micellar Water

Meh, this was okay. But I will refer you to the next product as in comparison that one is much better and more pleasant to use!

Would I buy again? No

Botanics Hydration Burst Micellar Water

This is my favourite micellar water I’ve ever used. It’s gentle, gets off my makeup and isn’t as drying as other formulas can sometimes feel.

Would I buy again? Yes, already got 2 more bottles

Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum

As with all the products in this range, this smells amazing! So lovely to use. It’s what I imagine a serum texture to be, a creamy, slightly gel-like consistency. Whilst I enjoyed using it I’m unsure whether I saw or felt any improvement from using it. I was hoping the Vit C would improve some marks but I didn’t really notice any difference.

Would I buy again? Maybe, if it was on offer

Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Face Cream

This is a very affordable day moisturiser with SPF 15 and has a shimmer to it which makes the skin glow. It was fine and I don’t really have many complaints other than the texture isn’t as smooth as I might ideally like. It feels a bit thick and gritty, possibly because of the shimmery element.

Would I buy again? Probably not

Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF15

I enjoyed using this, a majority natural product with some SPF. It was a runny, thin consistency though that’s probably better for summer months than winter as it wasn’t the most moisturising. It’s initially a bit sticky so you need to let it sink in a bit before makeup.

Would I buy again? Maybe

Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream for Normal to Dry Skin

Another one from Yes To. I’d argue that it’s not ‘intense hydration’, I still felt my skin was a bit dry and it didn’t quite quench it with moisture. It’s a good but basic night moisturiser and a very affordable natural product.

Would I buy again? Maybe

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Alpha H Liquid Gold

I love Liquid Gold! When I purchased it the first time it hurt because of the price tag so I was praying it actually made a difference. So I was very happy when it did. It’s smoothing and brightening and despite being quite strong I found it gentle. I love how much of a lazy product it can be, you can simply cleanse and then wipe this all over your face and it will act as your toner, serum and moisturiser. I still apply some eye cream though. You can do this as often as every other night. I’ve been without Liquid Gold for months and I’ve now got a supersize 200ml on the way and I can’t wait to have it back in my life.

Would I buy again? Yes, I’ve got one on the way to me

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme

I love the original Glycolic Pads from Nip+Fab so I was interested to see what these were like. I was a bit underwhelmed as I didn’t find they did anything extra and I hoped the addition of Salicylic Acid would be good for my skin. However I think I should’ve used these in exactly the same way as I had used the original i.e day and night, rather than taking notice of the name. This might’ve given better results. However I found these less hydrating than the originals and that the pads were less soaked with the formula. I may try these again given that in theory the ingredients are good and should be effective.

Would I buy again? Yes

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads

I’ve talked about these again and again so it should be obvious that I think they’re great. They were the first Glycolic product I ever used and I really noticed the difference to my skin. If you’ve never tried glycolic before I think these are a great one to start off with – not going to break the bank and super convenient with the pre-soaked pads.

Would I buy again? Yes, I have

Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid

As you can see I bought a mini of this before buying the full size so I obviously liked this! Salicylic acid is more effective than Glycolic for spots, redness, blocked pores etc which is what I struggle with more, so after some research I found this. I do think this slightly faded the redness of acne marks on my cheeks and helped to control spots. The results were not miraculous but I do think it made a difference and it has a good formula. Paulas Choice generally seems like a great brand, I love the philosophy of just using necessary ingredients that work; and being cruelty free of course!

Would I buy again? Yes

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Superdrug Pro V Silky Smooth Argan Oil Conditioner and Superdrug Pro V Colour Care Conditioner

If you’re on a budget but want cruelty free products, Superdrug’s own brand products are a reliable choice. The big 400ml bottles are great when you use as much conditioner as I do.  I found the UV Filters one much better than the Argan Oil one. They smelt great, like the smell of a hairdressers salon.

Would I buy again? Maybe the UV Filters one

Yes to Carrots Scalp Relief Conditioner and Yes to Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo

More from Yes To! Again, good, affordable cruelty free haircare. However the conditioner was not enough for my dry hair. The shampoo was good, lasted me a long time and the addition of tea tree was good for my scalp. Don’t think I’d buy these exact products again though, but I would check out some of their other haircare.

Would I buy again? Probably not

Inecto Naturals Coconut Conditioner

I picked this up from a Savers store as it sounded pretty good. Natural and with coconut oil in it! It made my hair smell great, so coconutty! Once again though, it just wasn’t enough to make me feel like my hair was super nourished so I wouldn’t buy it again. As you can probably tell, haircare is another thing I’m completely not loyal to!

Would I buy again? No

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Lastly, we’re rounding it off with a perfume I’ve finished up!

Britney Spears Believe Eau de Parfum

I don’t think anyone can argue that Britney Spears has a phenomenal range of amazing smelling perfumes for young women and girls. Back in the days of ‘Fantasy‘ filling the school corridors I was among those wearing and loving it. The sickly sweet, vanilla smell and beautiful pink bottle. I also had Curious and Midnight Fantasy which I loved equally. I was a big Britney fan back in the day so when she released perfume I was very excited.

A couple of years back when I wanted a new but affordable perfume I remembered I’d got a tester of Believe in a magazine years earlier and it was really nice; a more ‘grown up’ scent from Britney, not as sweet and vanilla-y but it’s fruitiness ensured I still liked it. It’s a really pretty scent and the link I’ve given details the notes if you’re interested. If you like other Britney scents I feel like you can’t dislike this one even if it is slightly different but in a good, more mature way.

Would I buy again? Maybe, but it’s one I can live without

I say it every time but I really shouldn’t let things mount up to this much, it takes flipping ages to write these posts! I hope you’ve found it interesting or helpful.

Love Nicole xxx

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