It was only natural after a mini hiatus I would have formed a little mountain of products that had been finished and used up, after holiday I used up a bought a few fair empties back with me – I had to savour one from the bin, family did not understand why I was bringing it home! Right – let’s jump in.
Skincare & Haircare
NARS Sheer Lip Treatment in Paloma (review)
Man this was over priced, a cheap feeling lip balm that wore away quickly an had a tint which was barely noticeable on the lips. It was put into my handbag and kept on my desk at work in a bid to get it finished and after religiously slapping it on my lips I managed to use this up quite quickly and move onto something different.
Repurchase? Hell will hath frozen over if this is purchased again.
Formula Absolute Total Lip and Eye Cream (review)
Recently reviewed but I loved this little pot, I’ve been a big praiser of the sleep cream from the same line, and this was lovely too. This I didn’t end up using as a lip cream, but solely used it on my eyes and thought it was a nice eye-cream that had noticeable effects – nothing too strongly de-aging, but a noticeably good at moisturising the eye area.
Repurchase? No immediate need to have one eye cream left in my collection, but I would rebuy in future.
Kiehl’s Calendula Oil Cleanser (review)
I’ve been a huge fan of Kiehl’s for the past few years but this has to be my least favourite thing that I’ve tried. It took me well over a year of determination to finish this up, and I was so glad when it stopped pumping and the last dregs dripped to the top when left upside down. I had a skin consultation at Kiehl’s and this is what they recomended for oily skin, it didn’t remove makeup basically at all, it smelt (and tasted – almost impossible to avoid as it foamed so much it would end up being inhaled and going down my throat) absolutely awful and I couldn’t pinpoint what it actually did. Hallelujiah, it’s finished though.
Repurchase? Take that as a big fat NOPE.
ARK Skin Essentials Hydrating Toner (review)
I’ve had this for longer than I should admit (my review was from 3 years ago), I’ve gradually over the past few months been wading my way through my collection of mists and toning mists that I never used. This one was quite effective, but I found it sometimes reacted with my skin when I used it with other products, which added a temporary red cast over my face and uncomfortable heat. I could never pinpoint what ingredient/s it was responsible for, but I wouldn’t repurchase for that reason.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo 92ml
I was sent this through influenster and I was left quite impressed by it I found it to be an effective dry shampoo that added a rare boost to the root of the hair as well as drying out oil too. However it is a pricier option when it comes to dry shampoo and for a product which I have to use really frequently as I have to wash my hair every 2-3 days it’s something I do try to save money on. I ran through this can in about a week and a half. Worth a try if you don’t mind the splurge and you don’t have to use it as frequently as it is a good performer.
Repurchase? Maybe, but unlikely due to cost.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray 45ml
I can’t quite remember where this appeared from, but it took a bloody age to finish, I think I’ve been using this once a week for about a year and I’ve only just managed to finish it up. On my recent list of products I’d like to finish up, I was glad to see if empty. Not the best salt spray, I didn’t find it added much texture to the hair and it was easy to overuse and turn my hair greasy.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Conditioner
One of my favourite hair care discoveries of the year and affordable too. A lovely conditioner which smells delightful. Currently working my way through the Gliss Range to try the different ones – but this is the one I’ve revisited most so far. Found for a pound in budget places like Savers and Poundland is one of the better low cost hair options I’ve tried. Like I said about the dry shampoo I wash my hair a lot and have dry, thick hair that requires a fair amount of conditioner to keep in manageable, low cost options are opted for when I find stuff that works!
Repurchase? Yes, definitely.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
I’ve tried the expensive, I’ve tried the cheap and the high end this is the gel liner I will always come back to. Highly pigmented, doesn’t dry out, applies nicely and affordable – HIGHLY recommend if you’ve never tried.
Repurchase? Yes, yes, yes. It’s giving me an excuse for a Boots spree which I’ve not done all year!
General Consumables & Body Care
Nutmeg Square Cotton Pads
I’ve spoken about these quite a few times this year – definitely the best cost effective cotton pads I’ve found at 60p a pack. I tend to only need one for removing my nail polish or using micellar water all over, so I’m not using 3 or 4 at once.
Repurchase? Already have
Bomb Cosmetics Coco Beach Coco Swirl
I was kindly gifted this at an event with my local shopping centre and I took it with me to wales, knowing the cottage we were in had a big roll top bath I would have an enjoyable bath experience in. This was… disappointing, it barely had a scent, it didn’t make the bath pretty in colour and nor was it a silky moisturising bath. Overall, a bit pointless.
Repurchase? NOPE, I’d be highly disappointed if I’d spent £3 on this!
Wilkinsons F.A.B Razor & Gilette Venus Non-Reusuable Razor
I don’t often talk about razors, but these two needed a mention. The Wilkinsons FAB razor is one which I was sent and is revolutionary in that it has blades that face both ways, I found it okay in smaller areas like the under arms, but on the legs for example it was very clumsy and almost counter intuitive to use. I really begrudge buying razor heads – I often am found stealing one or two from my mum’s cupboard (as is my sister, I’ll throw her under the bus to help save myself) but I found at the start of summer you could buy non reusable razors with the same Venus head in a pack of 3 for £3. Reusuable heads packs of three are normally in the £7-10 region price point, so this is a no-brainer. I hate the fact it feels more wasteful, but I could get 3 times the razors for the same price as a pack of 3. I found mine in Morrisons and felt this was worth a mini PSA.
So that’s all from this edition, I seem to have hit another empties wave and I think I’m almost at my next ten already in my basket (thanks to being a few weeks behind on posts). Any last products finished up in the next few weeks pre-move to save me packing is hugely appreciated. This set of empties took me over the £1,500 mark and my start of the year thoughts of maybe hitting the £2000 mark seem a little more feasible (whilst not necessarily desired) as I have an expensive perfume on it’s last few spritzes!