Sunday, 9 October 2016

Beauty Empties

I'm definitely one of those people who buys a beauty product and uses it for a while until the next new thing takes my fancy, resulting in me having drawers full of half used products. I'm calling time on having a cluttered room and am attempting to use up all of these (in date!) products once and for all. 

I'll link everything I mention at the end of the post regardless of whether I liked it or not, as I mentioned in my Disappointing Products post just because I didn't like something doesn't mean you won't love it! 

Here are some of the 'empties' I've acquired so far... 






---- EYES ----


NO7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER 




The first time I used this product I found it so disgusting. It's an oil based product so the oils break down the make-up allowing it all to come off really easily but it results in your eyes feeling so greasy. I used this once and threw it to the back of my drawer, vowing never to use it again but alas the day came when my current eye make-up remover ran out and I had no choice but to use this one again. 

Once I started using it again I realised how much I loved it. Sure, it makes your face feel greasy but if you use a cleanser afterwards the problem is solved. No7 have now released an oil-free version of this which fixes the issue even more! 

REPURCHASE?
-100% 


SIMPLE KIND TO EYES EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER



To be perfectly honest, I hated this product. Simple prides itself on being 'kind' and 'gentle' but in the case of this eye make-up remover, it's so gentle it takes a lot of elbow grease to remove any make-up. I often found that the next day I would wake up with panda eyes from mascara that wasn't removed the night before. 

REPURCHASE? 
- HELL NO



---- FACE ----


CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH CREAM SPF 15



For months I had been going into Clarins and getting samples of this because I loved it but couldn't bear to spend so much money on a moisturiser. After using the samples everyday and despairing when they ran out, I decided I needed to buy it for myself. 

This is one of my holy grail products as the dry, flaky skin I get in winter instantly disappears with the tiniest bit of this cream. 

When I went to get more of this the other day I noticed that Debenhams is currently running a gift set so for the same price as the moisturiser alone you also get small versions of the serum and mask from the HydraQuench range in a white quilted wash bag - bonus! 

REPURCHASE? 
Been there, done that... 


THE BODY SHOP SEAWEED PORE-CLEANSING FACIAL EXFOLIATOR



Myself and The Body Shop have a weird relationship; I love the idea of their products and their ethos, but I don't really like the products when I use them.

Don't get me wrong, I love their shower gel and body lotions but I just don't really get along with their skincare. As you'll see further down, I've tried some of the other skincare ranges and I still find the same thing - I don't hate them but I don't love them either, they just don't seem to do anything for my skin. 

REPURCHASE?
- Maybe if I don't find anything better. 


MY LITTLE BOX EAU MICELLAIRE DEMAQUILLANTE 



Holy cow I love this micellar water. I received this product when I used to subscribe to My Little Box, a French beauty box. I used this religiously and found it made such a difference to my skin, making it appear more glowy and reduced the redness and break outs I was getting. 

When I got to the end of this product I was honestly gutted as it isn't available to purchase on their website if you live in the UK. Since I've stopped using this I can definitely notice the difference and it's not good :( 

REPURCHASE?
- I wish


THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN E CREAM CLEANSER


When I went on The Body shop website to find this product I noticed two things: that the packaging of this product now looks significantly different and that out of 223 reviews, this had got an average of 5 stars. 

When I used this cleanser I didn't feel like it was particularly good or bad, just like The Body Shop exfoliator mentioned earlier. It was an OK product in my opinion, nothing groundbreaking. 

The last time I used this was a looooong time ago, I just had the empty bottle in my drawer (#clutterqueen) so these amazing reviews are making me feel like I need to give this range another chance. 

REPURCHASE?
- Quite possibly



---- BODY ----



VASELINE ALOE FRESH HYDRATING BODY LOTION



This Vaseline body lotion is perfect if you're looking for something very basic that's fuss free. The cucumber scent is really refreshing but the consistency is very watery which I guess is what they would describe as 'light'. Every time I applied this it leaked everywhere as it was so thin which as you can imagine was really annoying. 


REPURCHASE? 
- Probably not as there are nicer products out there. 


BIO OIL



As someone who has a huge scar running from neck to bum, Bio Oil is a must have in my beauty collection! I love my scar and would never want to remove it completely as it makes me who I am, but this gem has been so helpful for making sure it heals nicely. 

REPURCHASE? 
- Yes, I already have a bigger bottle. 


L'OCCATINE SHEA VANILLA BOUQUET HAND CREAM



Along with the micellar water previously mentioned, I also received this sample size L'Occatine hand cream. The scent of this is so dreamy I love using it. The product itself is really nice and feels luxurious - a Godsend during those cold UK winter months. 

REPURCHASE? 
- Yes, when I was in France last Summer I hunted down a L'Occatine shop so I could buy the full size for cheaper than the price in the UK. 


Feeling more zen now I've had a little clear out but there's still a long way to go!

Until next time, 
S x

Products Mentioned: 

---- EYES ----

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover 
http://www.boots.com/en/No7-Beautiful-Skin-Eye-Make-Up-Remover_1245018/
Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover
http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Eyes-Eye-Make-Up-Remover-125ml_8295/

---- FACE ----

Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_121870921299_-1
The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator
https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/exfoliators-masks/seaweed-pore-cleansing-exfoliator/p/p000948
My Little Box Eau Miceallaire Demaquillante
http://www.mylittlecorner.fr/beaute/my-little-beauty/eau-micellaire.html
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleaser
https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/cleansers-toners/vitamin-e-cream-cleanser/p/p000147

---- BODY ---- 

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Lotion
http://www.superdrug.com/Vaseline/Vaseline-Aloe-Soothe-Lotion-200ml/p/320400
Bio Oil
http://www.superdrug.com/Bio-Oil/Bio-Oil-200ml/p/355801
L'Occatine Shea Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream
http://uk.loccitane.com/shea-vanilla-bouquet-hand-cream,83,1,29776,626403.htm#s=39668

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