Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Goodbye beauty - September empties in full bloom

Hello my lovelies. This week started with rain and weather outside is just miserable. I finally managed to go in to my empties bag and it turned out to be a little excessive so I have to break it down in to two posts :) It's been a while since I've done this type of post but here we go.

I must have mentioned it previously but I love a good bath. I always use bubble baths from Avon as I think they smell great, give plenty bubbles and you can grab them at £2.50 per 1 litre on sale. Can't really go wrong with that. I have a sensitive skin and they haven't done anything to upset it so I highly recommend them to everyone. This time I used up two: Spring Garden which has a lovely flowery smell and Strawberry Sorbet delivering sweet strawberry cocktail smell.

I'm a huge fan of Body Shop Shower Cream/Gels and this time I used up Shea Shower Cream. It has a lovely, sweet scent and letters the skin perfectly. It also lasts forever. The only real minus are sulphates in the ingredient list but at £4 it does the job and it leaves my skin feeling nourished.

I used up Dove Purely Pampering Beauty Cream Wash with shea butter and warm vanilla scent. As with any Dove products this hand wash was really moisturising. I also used it to wash my brushes with and it left the bristles soft. It cleaned them pretty well too so it's a definite yes from me.

Few bits from my hair routine next. First up a repurchases (which doesn't happen very often): both Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture range shampoo and Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical are my bathroom staples. Shampoo is really great, it cleanses my hair well and leaves them squeky clean after just one wash and Batiste spray is something I can't imagine my life without. I have to say I like Tropical over some others as I find it works well with my hair.

From conditioning side of my hair routine I finally used up L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque. I must say it's not a great one overall. I haven't seen any improvement in how thick my hair is and it didn't nourish them at all, leaving them straw like. I also used up a sample of L'Occitane 5 Essential Oils Conditioner. It works great but the herbal smell is not the one for me.

Skincare wise I used up Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, which works great removing eye makeup and any mascara. It had a little bit of issue with Benefits's They're Real but I have yet to meet makeup remover that hasn't :)

I'm finally saying goodbye to Lancome's Hydra Zen range day and night creams. I have to say, my skin did not like them at all. I have a dry skin and these two just made it greasy. I ended up using them on my neck. It's a real shame as I had hight expectations. I'm glad I got to test them in 15ml size samples as it would be totally pointless to buy full size.

I quite liked Skin Pep Collagen Renew Peptide Repair Day Cream. It does the job of moisturising beautifully. However it takes a little more time to fully absorb which makes it not ideal for a busy mornings where you just don't have time to wait before applying your makeup. I love Skin Pep and I will most definitely purchase this full size anyway as it's a great moisturiser. Maybe I'll just opt for a night version if it.

I'm not a huge fan of makeup remover wipes and tend not to use any on my face, only using them to remove makeup of the back of my hand when I swatch for blog or when I apply my makeup in the morning. I got these Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes in one of the Glossyboxes and I must say they are not bad. Again I wouldn't use it as the only thing to remove makeup but they were very wet and for non makeup days worked perfectly to refresh my skin.

Makeup wise I have some empties too :) I rarely finish any makeup, I have so many but I managed quite a bit, especially on mascara front. I'm saying a tearful goodbye to my 3 faves this month: Maybelline Lash Sensational which is just an incredible mascara that won't break a bank but it will leave you with full volume and length lashes and it also lasts well. All from a hughstreet - well done!!

I used up two travel size versions of Benetit They're Real and Roller Lash. I adore They're Real. If you're dreaming of falsies but hate application process this is the one for you. It will stay on all day, it's a bitch to remove tho. It will give you true black full lashes. I have to admit this is one of my all time favourites. Roller Lash is a very similar mascara to Lash Sensational. If you compare the brushes they're almost identical. I actually prefer Maybelline as you get results faster and I found that with Roller Lash you may need an extra layer to do so as it's quite dry.

Lip product. Yes, I used one up. Max Factor Lipfinity is still my all time favourite when it comes to long lasting lipsticks. Mine was in colour O3 and it's a satin dusty rose nude. It looks gorgeous for everyday and it was my fave for a really long time. It's not fully used up but unfortunately out of date now.

I love Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion and I used up another sample size. I must say I prefer the Anti-Aging formula of the primer potion but they all work incredibly at prolonging your eye makeup.

Lastly I managed to use up my travel size Benefit High Beam cream highlighter. With strobing so in right now I used it up by mixing with my base and creating glow skin. It's a gorgeous highlighter but I'm not sure if I bought it again. Since discovering Mary-Lou not much ever compares to it.

That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this post. What have you used up recently? I want to know, so sound off in the comments below. Have you sed any of the products I mention? What are your thoughts? 

Thanks for reading.

Dorota x

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  1. I miss having a bathtub, I only have a shower in my tiny apartment!
    I used They're Real mascara in the past and realllly liked it. I'm currently using the Lash Sensational and on my short lashes is good but not great.

    1. I'm a huge fan of They're Real and Maybelline comes close but it's just not the same :)

  2. I love bubble baths form Avon too, although don't like soak myself very often ;)!
    I changed my mind about the MAybelline mascara, when I apply concealer from Collection lasting perfection, nothing reflect on the eyelid :D!
    Great post my dear! :)

    1. Thank you my lovely !! I really enjoy a good, long soak and try to do it at least twice a week but once a week it has to be luxury so there come bubbles and bath bombs and oils. Yes, I am a bath person lol

      Glad you come to liking the mascara, I have to say I enjoyed it very much but now trying to go through all the back up mascara's I have around and currently it's Collection one. Nothing special but it does the job ;)


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