December Makeup Empties

The third post of my empties involves makeup products. Can you believe I have finished all of these?! Technically there are a few disappointing products that I am chucking away but most of them as you can see are properly empty things.

Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara – a mascara that did nothing to my lashes. If you like no makeup makeup maybe this one is for you but even if I have very minimal makeup on I want my lashes to stand out so I want my mascara to work for me. I think I am never going to get another Eyeko mascara as I have always been disappointed with them.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – one of my favourite concealers. It’s an amazing product and very affordable. I will for sure get this again.

Eylure Brow Pencil in Dark Brown – I love this eyebrow pencil. It’s hard but not too hard, does not drag on your skin and leaves enough product. It has a spooly on another end so you always have something to brush your brows with. The pencil has lasted quite long so if you want to buy something that you don’t need to re-purchase too quickly then I recommend this brow pencil.

Essence Brow Gel – one of my faves! I will dedicate a post for this product on it’s own. It’s that good!

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner – A great eyeliner, easy to use and is jet black matte.

Gosh Lip Oil – a very interesting lip moisturiser. I’m not sure how hydrating it really was but I loved the texture of the product and kept using it up just because of that.

Bodyshop Honey Bronze Drops – I really liked using this in summer. Not sure if it did give me much of a bronzed look but then I did use it all up, so maybe it did do what it was saying it would?

L’Oreal Slim Line Eyeliner – I liked this felt tip eyeliner, it was black, stayed well on my eyes and very easy to use.

EX1 Invisiwear Foundation in F100 – this is one of my favourite foundations and I wore it on my wedding day. I already have another tube of this magic in my stash.

L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist – a good highstreet makeup fixing mist. Good choice when on a budget which I normally am on.

Vichy Dermablend Translucent Powder – I cannot believe that I have used this up. Has anyone ever used up a big tub of translucent powder? I enjoyed using this and even more happy that I have finished it (only because I want to try other things)

L’Oreal Miss Hippy Mascara – one of my most favourite mascaras. It makes your lashes voluminous and dark. This was my mascara choice for my wedding and I need another tube of this goodness. I need to dedicate a post to this mascara.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – I have gone through multiple tubs of this. I use it for spot concealing or when the foundation did not cover enough of my rosacea and I need to add some more coverage for some parts of my face.

Becca Eye Brightening Corrector – I was given this by my friend as she found it did not cover her dark circles enough. I had quite high hopes for this product but I did not like it at all. It’s sticky and thick but not in a good way, it does not correct the blue circles and it makes any concealer crease which does not happen to me normally. It’s not worth the money or the effort in my opinion.

L’Oreal Nude Cushion Foundation – I have finished this quite quickly. I think I will write a separate post on this foundation so wait for my full review.

Phew, I don’t think I have ever managed to finish that many makeup products around the same time. I wonder if I bought them all around the same time and if that’s the case then maybe I should cap in my makeup hoarding….. Emmm… Yeah, not going to happen.

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December Bodycare Empties

My second empties post is all about finished bodycare products with one slight mistake. My previous post was about haircare empties and somehow I managed to miss out one of the products so I have included it here and I will start the post with it:

Tresemme Botanique Hydrating Mist – A really nice hair detangler slash conditioner. I highly enjoyed using it, it’s light on your hair, has a great scent and works well as a detangler. I would definitely get it again especially when on an offer.

Vichy Ideal Soleil After-Sun – It’s a very interesting after sun oil which is made to be used on a dry skin or in a shower. I got it because I am not the biggest fan of spending a lot of time applying moisturisers. I liked using this more as the in shower item, it did leave my skin nicely moisturised and conditioned especially after being in the sun. I have used it all up over summer and summer holidays. As an after sun on a dry skin I found it to be too heavy for my liking. I think I would get this next time when we get towards summer.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Scrub – I had this from last year and took a long time to use it up. I’m not a big scrubs user… I liked using this purely for the scent and I think I should get something else from this range again until it is gone for a year.

Dove Maximum Protection Deodorant in Pomegranate – one of my favourite deodorants. Not much else to say really.

Sanctuary Spa Instant Moisture Spray – my favourite body oil. I love the scent of it, it’s super light and non-greasy on the skin, absorbs quickly but leaves skin feeling well moisturised. This product allows you to moisturise your skin in no time.

What bodycare products do you guys like to use?

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An Empty Affair – July Empties 2016

I know that we are just entering July and an empties post for the month is supposed to be at the end of it but I have been gathering some empty products packaging for a while and I just wanted to get rid of them now rather than waiting till the end of the month. Once one realises that you have rubbish gathering around your house there is nothing else I want to do as to get rid of it. So here is what I have reached the bottoms of:

Boots Build Up Removal Expert Shampoo – I have bought this one for when I need a super clarifying shampoo. I have never tried Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo so I cannot compare but this did do a good job. It’s cheap and works all right. I’m not sure if I will be buying again any time soon but if I’m on a super tight budget then I’ll give this a go again.

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil – the best cleansing oil on the market which is also very well priced. This is my second bottle that I have finished and I know it will not be a last one.

Tresemme Perfectly Undone Sea Foam – the first time I tried this product I quite liked it but I have not used it that much. I took this bottle with me on a holiday and on the way back it managed to open itself and spill all of itself in the suitcase. I must say because this has annoyed me so much I kind of not will be buying it. In my experience it is not travel friendly when I thought it would be.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix pads – I liked using them and I have moved on to it’s sister product the Extreme night version.

Jo Malone perfume in Peony & Suede – I got this as a present and appreciated very much for the memories but I must say that I do not understand the hype around Jo Malone whatsoever.  The scent fades on me in a minute and that is just a no no for me. I wear perfume so that I could smell the scent myself and if it does not stay with me then I do not see the point of it. I will not be buying or asking for Jo Malone perfumes whatsoever.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – one of my favourite bases that are affordable and really nice. Once I lower down the amount of other bases I have going I will get this again.

Yes To Coconut Hand Cream – I love coconut scented products so this went down very well. It’s a tiny bit too heavy for my liking but then I really like super quick absorbent creams and the lighter the better for me.

Maria Nila Pure Volume Shampoo – loved, loved, loved this shampoo. Need to get another bottle of this.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Oat Body Lotion – this lotion is a bit heavier than other lotions I have used before. It does take a minute or more to get absorbed but I love the scent of it. Also it was nice to have it in a pump form for quick and convenient use.

Johnson’s Baby Spray Conditioner – a great detangler for your hair. Not much to say about it apart from it’s good to pick it up if you need a detangler.

Taaj Micellar Water – I wanted to try some other micellar water and when I saw this big bottle in TKMaxx I thought here we go. It is not better than Bioderma so I will not be buying it again (saying that I paid half the price than Bioderma).

Phew! I am quite happy to have finished some products. I am trying to somehow downscale on everything so happy to get rid of some bottles and make more space. Have you guys tried any of these products?

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An Emptie Affair – Makeup Empties

My last (but not least) empties post consists of used up makeup products. I don’t go through makeup that very quickly so it’s quite surprising to have a small batch items sitting empty on my shelves.

L’Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara – I love L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara therefore I thought that I would love this one too but the feeling was opposite. I really disliked it, every time I used it the wand would somehow poke a corner of my eye which would hurt like a bitch. The mascara always crumbled under my eyes which no other mascara has done before. I am chucking out and quite happy to do so.

L’Oreal True Match ‘the concealer’ in 2 Vanilla – this concealer is truly great. I have mentioned it before in one of my favourites (here). I like to try different concealers but I know that one day I will have it in my possession again.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Warm Medium – my favourite concealer for spots and face discoloration. I have never been without it and I already have a replacement in same colour. (This tube has exploded on me which is quite an annoying thin but the new tube does not seem to be doing it or showing any signs of ever splashing out of the tube.)

Kiko Eye Base – one of the best affordable eyeshadow bases. I loved using it and it has featured in my favourites (like this one) quite a lot of times. If you ever go to Kiko stores and please pick this up because you really don’t need to spend much money for a good product.

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Eye Cream – ok, so technically this is not a makeup product. I kind of messed up and photographed it not with skincare stuff that I featured in last post. (Check out skincare empties from last Saturday). This eye cream is really nice and soothing, quite gentle and great for people who want to start taking care of their under eyes but don’t need any heavy duty products.

Phew, this is all of my empties for now. It took me quite a while to write up all the posts and whilst I was doing that I have already been gathering some new finished products. But I promise I will not throw more empties at you for a little while.

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An Empty Affair – August Empties 2015 Part 2

I bring you the part two of my August Empties posts. I must say that it is very nice to be writing this post because this means that I can finally clear out the shelve where I was keeping all this “rubbish” and actually through it out. Now that is a very satisfactory feeling. Here is what I am binning:

Patisserie Strawberry Cupcake Hand Cream – I always keep a hand cream on my work desk. One of my previous colleagues many years ago now said that she makes sure to moisturise her hands as they are used the most therefore the ageing process is most visible on them. Since then I make sure to take care of my hands. If I look after my face then I need to take care of my hands as much.

Burt’s Bees Honey Hand Cream – unfortunately this hand cream was not one my favourites. I don’t like honey and the smell of the hand cream puts me off.

Dove Purely Pampering Hand Cream –  another hand cream. I used this a lot after climbing as I always need cream after a climbing session.

La Roche Posay Nutritic Lip Balm – this is a very nice lip balm that feels light on the lips but does a good job of moisturising them. I have another one already and it’s a great one to keep at work.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I have a post about this mascara (here) but I must say that since I have written it up I have changed my mind a little bit. At the end of using it I started liking a bit more than I originally did. I am now thinking that I should buy another tube of this and give it a second go to see what I really feel about it.

Hydraluron Moisture Gelly – a very nice day time moisturiser. I will definitely be getting this again one day.

Zara White Perfume – I do like this perfume and I like more that it does not break the bank.

Soap & Glory Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser – It’s a nice hot cloth cleanser but I don’t know if I will be purchasing it again. It’s got a lot of essential oils and my sensitive skin does not like them too much. It also has some strong smell that I am not keen on. It’s nice but it’s just not meant for me.

La Roche Posay Serozinc – Need to get my hands on another bottle of this. I like to bathe myself in it and I miss it.

Dr Bronner in Bergamot – I used this soap for cleaning my brushes. It’s nice but it’s a little bit too pricey. I think I will stick to baby shampoos for washing make up brushes.

The Body Shop Honey Body Cream – I finaly used it up. As in my many posts I’m not the biggest fan of the Body Shop creams but I keep getting them as presents. The irony..

What should I get next to replace some of these products? Do you use any of them?

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An Empty Affair – August Empties 2015 Part 1

I have accumulated quite a few empty products, so much so that I can’t fit everything into one post. I have decided that I will split up my empties post into two parts, one for hair & bath products and the other one for everything else. Here’s what I have finished using up:

Dove Oxygen Hair Mask – I used this actually as a conditioner for my hair rather than a hair mask (though you can use it as it suggest). I just found it to be really great for conditioning your hair as it is quite lite and would never weight down my hear or leave it greasy. I definitely recommend to try this out if you want something that works well on your hair but leaves no traces afterwords.

L’Oreal Wild Stylers Beach Waves – this is a sea salt spray for your hair as you might catch from it’s name. It’s a first sea salt spray I have ever used and this is the product that began my search for the perfect beachy hair. The mist that comes out is really fine and I even like the smell of it which is a tiny bit seaweedy. What was interesting with this product was that you could not apply too much of it, it never made my hair feel like I applied too heavily and I never ended up with crispy hair. That does not happen often with hair products.

Imperial Leather Foamburst in Bergamot and Sea Minerals – I use this shower gel as a shaving cream. It’s cheap and cheerful and is much better than splashing out on real shaving gels. I will be getting another one of those but my favourite scent is Blackberry & Wild Fig so I will be getting that one instead.

OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo – I got this shampoo with the hope that it will tame my frizzy hair. Whilst I can’t say that it definitely did amazing wonders I really enjoyed using this shampoo. Not too sure how much frizziness it took care off but it did leave my hair soft, clean and bouncy.  I think I want to try other ranges from this brand so what’s this space for more proper reviews.

Carex Complete Hand Wash in Strawberry Laces – because life is too short to be grown up and serious. What can I say?

Dove Silk Glow – I got this body wash after a famous youtuber mentioning that it leaves you feeling the same as L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I love Dove products which you might have noticed and there is nothing wrong with this shower gel but it does not compare to the Almond Shower Oil. Just shows that sometimes I should go with my gut instead of listening to comments that try to compare different products incorrectly.

The Body Shop Chocolate Shower Gel – smelled like chocolate and was very nice to use after long cycles. Not much to say about this one either.

Part of my August Empties has come to the finish. I will be writing about all other used up products in my next post. If you have used these products or you have some good alternatives to offer let me know.

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An Empty Affair – June Empties 2015

Another month and another instalment of an empties post. I don’t like to collect too many empty products so I prefer to write a post about used up products as soon as I have a few empty pots on my desk.

First up, I have used up the cheapest shampoo that I haver ever tried and that is Superdrug 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo. I really liked it and it’s great for a sensitive scalp. You should not be deterred by the conditioning part as it did not leave my hear greasy or with too much product in it. I think I will definitely get this again one of these days.

Carrying on with the in shower products theme I have also finished The Body Shop Honey Scrub. This was kind of useless product. It’s supposed to be a scrub but it did not do well to actual scrub my skin. I felt like it’s just a body butter with some grainy texture but it was not good enough to really take off dead skin. I will not be purchasing this scrub but I am keen to try other scrubs that The Body Shop offer.

After I leave shower I really like to apply body lotion or some body oil. Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray is the best dry body oil I have used so far. I really love! It smells great for one, it is dry oil so you never end up feeling greasy and it absorbs super quickly. I have a second small bottle of it in my work to use it when I shower at work after cycling and I have bought a big bottle to keep it at home.

I always try to remember to moisturise my hands. Once I read that a woman’s age can be given away by looking at her hands. It is true that we put hands through a lot but not often we take care of them. I always keep some sort of hand moisturiser at work so that after every hand wash I could give some moisture back. I have finished Mandara Spa Sandalwood hand moisturiser and I am very sad that I can’t find it again. I love sandalwood smell and this hand cream smelled divine. I found it in Sainsbury’s so if anyone spots it back please let me know! I need another bottle of this in my life.

I have also used up Dove Pure deodorant. It’s simple, has no perfume but I prefer stick form deodorants so I won’t be buying it again. Well, unless I can’t get my hands on any good stick form deodorants.

I have finished L’oreal Skin Perfection primer. I liked it for smoothing out the skin and making a nice canvas for applying foundation over the top. I’m not sure if I will be buying this as I want to try other primers for now.

Can’t count how many tubes of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I have gone through. I have been using the colour 2 Medium Cool but I have realised that it’s a bit too pink toned so now I have colour 3 Warm Medium which is more of a yellow toned which is better for hiding my redness.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist is my first lip product that I have fully finished. I love it that much that I have nothing left in the tube. I want to go through the multitude of other lip products that I have but I’m pretty sure that I will be re-purchasing Nudist some time in the future.

This is what I have used up in June. I though that as these products were going to end up in the bin it was right to take the picture of them on the bin 🙂

Have you guys tried any of these products? Do you have any alternatives to suggest?

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An amazing surprise

I like to read blogs and if you would look me up on bloglovin.com you would be able to see that I follow a lot of blogs. If I find one that I like no matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’ they are I always make sure that I have them on my feed. For me, personally, numbers are not what I look for when I stumble across a blog. If the content is interesting, if I start reading post after post then I know that the blog is great and worth attention.

I don’t remember when exactly I found Julies Dreams blog but I knew straight away that it is a blog that I must follow. Julie has a perfect blog that balances beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts with an amazing European flair. Her blog has beautiful photographs and inspirational collages.

So you might be wondering why am I mentioning Julies Dreams here… This is because to my surprise I have won one of the prizes from Julies giveaway that she was hosting on her blog. I have in the past entered a few other giveaways on different blogs but I never expect to win. I always think that by entering a giveaway you show that as a reader you definitely engage with the blog and it’s content. You should have seen my face when Julie got in touch with me letting me know that I was one of the winners. I was in shock (a pleasant one). I just couldn’t believe that one – I got randomly picked out, two – that Julie did take her time to actually let me know about it. I rarely check my emails and she had to find out by herself that I’m not the best when it comes to writing back. (Sorry!)

After a few days I have totally forgotten that I have won something so when I got back home after work one day the other week I was quite confused about seeing a parcel with my name on it. I was sure I did not place an online order, I don’t shop that often that I wouldn’t know what’s arriving. When I opened it up I straight away knew that this was a beautiful present from Julie and I felt like I won a second time again.

First up, upon opening the parcel I noticed that there was a mesmerising smell. It seems that the little heart shaped Bodyshop soap has a really lovely smell that can’t be missed. I love raspberries so this will be a nice addition to my bathroom essentials. (By the way, there is no where on the packaging that tells me what the smell is so if I got it wrong then I’m sorry but I am definitely getting raspberries.)

The gift also contained some beautiful Kiko products. I have received 4 Kiko eyeshadows: gold 257, very pale brown 214, redish brown 234 and a matte brown 240. I will have to do a close up review some other time but there is one thing I can say and that is – Julie could not have picked any better shades. All 4 of the eyeshadows that she has chosen are perfect for me and I could easily call them ‘my’ type of colours. To keep these eyeshadows together Julie very thoughtfully has also included a 4 piece pallette. Perfection!

Last but not least I found two Eucerin Aquaphor balms included. I have never tried this product before so I look forward to giving it a go. It is a balm for dry/damaged skin and it is made to work even for the most sensitive skin and as I do have sensitive skin I think this might be quite good one for me.

I am over the moon that I have received such amazing gifts and I feel very chuffed that I can write about it here. Thank you Julie for such an amazing surprise!

Please show love and support and go over to Julies Dreams to check her wicked blog. I think you guys will not be disappointed.

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An Empty Affair – February Empties

Everyone who likes to blog about beauty products know that satisfying feeling when a product has been finished. It not always means that you have enjoyed using the product but it definitely means that you have a new excuse to hunt for something new. Here are some products which I have recently finished using up.

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo – I like Dove hair products and some of them I count very highly. The shampoo wasn’t a standout, it worked well but I’ve moved on to something new now. I don’t think shampoos in general ever impress me that much so I’m not saying that this was bad or good.

L’oreal Skin Perfection Serum – I could not wait to finish this serum. I don’t know why but every time I used it at night the next day I would wake up still feeling residue on my skin. I really don’t like to feel anything in the mornings and it just makes me feel uncomfortable. I will not be getting this again.

L’oreal EverRiche Hair Mask – though my hair is not that dry I really liked using this for the ends. I actually ended up using it as a conditioner rather just a hair mask. It did not weighed my hair and made the ends of the hair soft and manageable.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – my holy grail concealer. I am already onto another tube of this goodness. I use it all over my cheeks to hide any redness that the foundation was not able to cover. It’s just a great concealer and supper affordable.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer – this was my second tube that I have gone through. I use it under my eyes and anywhere where I would like to highlight. It’s a great lightweight concealer, very easy to apply onto the skin and blend out. One day I will get this one again but for now I just want to try other things.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – yup, that’s right, a baby shampoo. Used up all this bottle for washing up makeup brushes.

Bodyshop Japan Adzuki Bean and Rice Scrub – I did not like this scrub. It literally was just grains without any essential oils so I did not feel like I could easily scrub my skin. Won’t be getting this again if I have to be honest with you.

Since I have taken this picture I have finished some other products so you might see an empties post coming your way pretty soon again. Have you tried any products above? If you have then let me know what are your opinions about them. And if you have any suggestions what I could replace them with then of course let me know.

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