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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