Friday, 25 March 2016

Empties #23

It is almost always a struggle on what to first start with in an empties post and this month I thought I would start with make up.

There are only two items in this category, both being primers which ran out at the same time but very different in texture.

Benefit Porefessional is a silicone based primer which fills out pores for an even look, it works and does prolong the wear of make up, but I am looking to try different primers.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer feels really watery and hydrating and even though I have combination skin, it is not overwhelming and is in fact my primer of choice both in humid and cold weather!

Next is this Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1hour Express which definitely works but I seldom have the time (I am too lazy for my own good) to use them and I do find that my teeth are more prone to staining after using these strips if I am not careful.

Now for the haircare department I have 4 empties to show you.

First is the Rituals Deep Sea Minerals & Japanese Mint Shampoo, this was a delight to use as the mint was really invigorating and like all Rituals products it smells so good. I did find that it did nothing for the itch in my scalp so I probably will not repurchase.

The Rituals Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Conditioner is quite lightweight and one which would probably suit finer hair. I have thick, coarse hair which needs something more powerful and nourishing so this is a skip from me personally.

The Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil Hair Mask is free of parabens, silicones and SLS (among other things) while retaining an affordable price. I am keen to repurchase because it works nicely as a regular hair conditioner (I do not find it potent enough as a hair mask) but I have other conditioners which I am using at the moment so the repurchase has been put on hold.

The E45 dry scalp shampoo is a really good find at Boots and given the chance I will certainly repurchase because it was calming on the scalp and does not break the bank!

Now onto bodycare, where I have clearly collected a little more items.

This Soothing Balance Silk Bath in Vanilla Botanics was given to me by my sister and she mentioned that it was a gift with purchase. It was nothing really special and I have no idea where you can purchase it. The fragrance was not overpowering but nothing to write about really.

Now this Bionsen Roll-On Deodorant is on a completely different spectrum of the scale. I am already on the next one and have seen purchased another 2 as back up from Boots! It smells really fresh, does not leave a residue and is not an anti-perspirant. Something which is important to me and what I look out for in my deodorant.

This Crabtree & Evelyn Pear And Pink Magnolia Body Lotion came in a British Beauty Blogger Beauty Box and it smells really sweet. It teeters on being too sweet but is really moisturising and I personally love the scent but can imagine it to be overpowering for some.

The PeterThomasRoth Mega-Rich Body Lotion is such a good one that I am looking at purchasing it in the full size at Sephora. I am only holding off because I have other body lotions to finish up at the moment, but this is moisturising without being greasy and smells fresh. YES.

If only the Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream did not contain mineral oil. If you are not one who is fussed, this is a really light cream which absorbs quickly to the skin and it triples up as a face, body and hand cream. Multipurpose WIN.

I have never tried Yardley as a brand until I was given this Yardley Invigorating Blue Orchid Body Lotion and trust me, if you could smell this, you would want to buy it and use it. I am currently keeping an eye out for this body lotion to purchase!

The Korres Citrus Little Body Milk is not in my favourite scent and I prefer body lotions or body creams and even body butters than more watery textures like the body milk so this is a miss from me.

Now onto the final and biggest category of empties this time.

I have finally finished this Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex and sometimes it feels quite gentle but on other days I feel like my face is on fire. I prefer the Pixi Glow Tonic which is definitely gentler on my skin personally but this is a good, stronger alternative if you are searching for one.

Another exfoliator I have been using is the Helena Rubinstein Pure Ritual which is supposed to be a peel as well as a scrub. It comes out black from the tube and is then spread across the face. I was not impressed with this whatsoever and find it very average. Considering the price of the range, I expected mini miracles to say the least!

Next are the serums! The Ysl Forever Serum was nothing to speak about and highly fragranced so I will not be purchasing that in full size.

The Oskia Super 16 Pro-Collagen Super Serum was absolute delight to use and I managed to get 3 uses out of it. On first usage I knew I liked it, everything from the gentle rose scent to the texture was delectable and if I could afford it, I would purchase it in full size.

This Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser broke me out so I ended up using it as a body lotion which was really nice. It also made me quite greasy even if I used it in the evenings. I don't like this product.

The Biore UV Aqua, on the other hand, I have already repurchased and it currently sits on the top of my sunscreen hierachy!

Caudalie is one of my favourite brands and these products do not disappoint!
The Caudalie Broad Spectrum SPF15 Perfecting Fluid is really nice although I wish the SPF was higher. It leaves the skin so slightly perfected that I would hardly count it as a tinted moisturiser but I still like wearing it for a no make up day because it smells like the Caudlia Divine Oil and just looks really good on the skin.

The Caudalie Radiance Serum is really nice in texture and seeks in really quickly into the skin. The sample was too small to notice if there was any brightening.

This L'Herboflore Watermelon Vitalising Hydromask smelt so delicious like watermelons on my face and I instantly felt refreshed. It was a really nice treat and I even managed to do 15 minutes of yoga without it sliding off my face or any serum dripping off so I am very impressed. Try it for a relaxing treat!

This Hada Labo duo cleansers are good for different reasons. Both are foaming but if you have drier or even normal skin, I recommend the white one which is moisturising. It is by no means a hydrating cleanser but it is less drying.
The Hado Labo Mild Peeling AHA + BHA Face Wash is stronger and I do not use it daily for fear of over-exfoliation. The brand as a whole delivers good quality skincare at an affordable price.

Finally is the Philosophy Purity Cleanser which I used to love. Recently I have found it very drying on my skin if I use it for more than a week at a go so I switched to solely washing my brushes and make up sponges with it. I probably will not repurchase as it is too expensive to be used solely as such.

The Biore Make Up Removing Wipes are moist and really effective at make up removal but I find that the liquid burns my eyes a little when taking off mascara so I am wary of using it around the eye area.

That is all for the empties this month, I find it so satisfying to write up on empties and hope you enjoy reading mini reviews as much as I enjoy writing them!

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