Monday, 14 May 2018

Empties - So much stuff I used up

I have been putting off writing this post for weeks because 1, I was lazy and 2, I hated the pictures. I can't seem to take attractive photos of a bunch of empty, cut in half bottles it seems... But it's alright, I got over it and convinced myself to publish it in the end.
This will be the first 'Products I used up' post this year but I should really make them monthly (yaaay, opportunity for more meh pictures) so I don't accumulate too many empty products for the next posts.
My aim this year is using up the items I already own before I go out and buy products I actually don't need. Sort of like if I haven't used up most of my moisturisers I can't buy the newest moisturiser that comes out just because everybody says how amazing it is. I want to be more mindful about my purchases, and save a little along the way.
I think I am doing pretty well with this plan so far, judging by the amount of empty products I accumulated the recent months. Soo yeah, let's jump in and see which products made it to the bin.
Skincare
I mentioned this scrub way too many times here on the blog but I will do it again because I ran out of two Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrubs recently. I will definitely repurchase another one soon, I love everything about this scrub.

Another product I absolutely adore is the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's a great exfoliating toner, not harsh at all, my skin loves it and looks brighter and more even when I use it regularly. I have a spare bottle in Hungary for when I'm visiting but now that I ran out of it here I gave the Ordinary's Glycolic Acid a go. So far I prefer the Glow Tonic out of the two to be honest.

The Nip+Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Mask was great but it probably won't be for everyone. My skin loved it and reacted to it well but someone with sensitive skin would probably freak out by the instant effect. After I use it my skin is bright tomato red for about 30 minutes but as soon as it calms down, it's almost as if I had reborn. My skin becomes soft and smooth as a baby's bum.

I have used up a bottle of the Avene Antirougeurs Redness-Relief Moisturising Protecting Emulsion. It worked great under makeup but despite its green colour it didn't help with the redness as I hoped.

For a long time the La-Roche Posay Serozinc was a staple in my skincare routine. I found myself reaching less and less for it in recent months so now that I have used my last bottle up I will wait and won't repurchase it for a little while. I do think that it's an excellent product for oily, acne-prone skin though, but my skin changed and became dryer recently so I might not be the target audience for this product anymore.

I got this Rival De Loop Green Tee Eye Cream on a trip in Hungary because I forgot to bring an eye cream with me. It was gel with small cream balls inside, kinda weird, but also cool consistency. I probably wouldn't repurchase it, but nonetheless an alright, affordable eyecream.

The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream was part of a gift set I have received from my boyfriend. I had no experience with the brand and I was pleasantly surprised. It was hydrating but not too heavy, perfect for above my heavier serums.

Two hylauronic acid serums I want to mention together are The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid 2% + B5 and the Hylamide Low Molecular HA Multi-Depth Hydration Booster which both come from under the Deciem umbrella. In my head they should do the same so it all comes down to price for me and by that the Ordinary one wins by far. I use it in the evenings when my skin needs a hit of hydration because when used under makeup it tends to roll into little balls on the face and ruins the whole base. 

I didn't get a chance to use up the Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster because it has oxidised really fast after I purchased it. This might have been out of my own fault, but I didn't want to risk a skin reaction so I stopped using it. It is meant to be a radiance boosting serum with minor self-tanning properties. While I used it I didn't notice any difference in my skin, so I will not repurchase this.

I have used up a big bottle of the L'OrĂ©al Micellar Water which was fine, did the job of removing makeup but I don't use micellar waters on a daily basis so I am not very picky about them. Probably wouldn't repurchase it as it's not a necessary product in my collection.

My summer makeup savior product was the L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist and I kept buying bottle after bottle. It helps like nothing else keeping my makeup on my face in the heat. I have another one on the go at the moment and if I don't find something that I fall in love with more, I will use this throughout the year again.

Haircare
This part of my empties could almost be a haircare post on it's own because the products I use on my hair very rarely change.
I have been loyal to the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil range for years because it's everything I want in a shampoo and conditioner. It cleans my hair but still leaves it hydrated and shiny. The Dry Oil aspect might put some people off from buying this range but it doesn't make your hair greasy or make it heavy in any way.

After trying many dry shampoos from different brands I settled on the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Bare as my favourite. This one has a very subtle scent to it and does a great job at adding 2 extra days without the need of washing my hair.

I have used up a travel size bottle of the Batiste Hold Me Hairspray which came in an old My Little Box. I only used it on my fringe on rainy days, and it did help keeping it from frizzing and curling up from the humidity like it usually does.

Once a week usually on Sundays when I have time for a bit of pamper, I put on a hair mask while shaving my legs and such. My two absolute favourites are the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Mask and the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment Mask. Both smell heavenly, hydrate my scalp and hair and help keeping my hair healthy. I usually get them when they are on 3 for £15 offer in Boots.

My above mentioned loyalty failed a little when I tried the Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Shampoo and Conditioner. I used them up but I went back to the Dove products because these just didn't work as well.

Makeup
I gave in the hype and purchased the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and a pump to go with it around two years ago. I wanted to love it but I didn't like it at all. I used it up eventually by mixing it with other foundations but I wouldn't purchase it again. It didn't provide enough coverage and looked dry on my skin while highlighting all of my pores and texture. Not for me.

A firm favourite in my makeup collection is the MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC15. It's a great full coverage foundation that have been a staple in my collection for years. I have not repurchased it yet because I have long list of some of the newer foundation releases I want to try which are in the same price range, but I might go back to it by the end of the year.

The Catrice Re-touch Light-Reflecting Concealer was featured in my concealer edit post and I have stated that I was not a big fan of it. It was something I got on a whim browsing through a Hungarian drugstore and hoped it would be similar to the L'Oreal Touche Magique Concealer. Well, it is nothing like it so, nope, I will not buy it again.

I absolutely loved the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. It truly deserves all the hype, I could not ask for more in a concealer. The only thing is the price that I can't justify with the amount of concealer I use on a daily basis. I am sure I will repurchase it in the future once I made a bigger dent in my makeup collection.

I couldn't say how many tubes of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I went through since I discovered it but I use up a bottle roughly every two months. I love this concealer, it works amazingly under the eyes, as well as on blemishes and it's less than a fiver!

I powder heavily everyday because my makeup would melt off in a few hours without it. I tend to go through pressed powders super fast. For my face I absolutely love the Maybelline Fit Me Powder which I have repurchased many times before. I use a powder puff and press the product into my skin. It looks natural and also adds a bit of extra coverage. To set the concealer under my eyes I use the Maybelline Fit Me Translucent Powder with a buffing brush. I also swipe over the rest of my face to make sure I don't have any excess powder on.

I wanted to try this Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder for under eye baking and it was a good translucent powder. The product lasted long and it's a very affordable drugstore powder, but I probably won't repurchase it in the near future because there are too many other powders I still want to try.

My Maybelline Faux Cils Push Up Angel Mascara dried out so I am saying goodbye to it, and won't repurchase it in the future. It was not a bad product by any means, but for me it was more of a lengthening mascara and my main concern is getting volume in my lashes. 




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