December/January Empties

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I have gathered quite a stack of empties to share with you over December and January. I’ve been in the mood to use up lots of half empty things basically. As always, any products I have done full reviews of, I will only mention briefly, but the main review will be linked. I hope you enjoy!

Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – good grief, this product lasted me one entire year! Now that’s what you call value for money. If only it didn’t stink so much.

Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub – I got this travel size pot of Flake Away in my Boots advent calendar and started using it straight away. Like all Soap and Glory products, it smells really sweet (“aromas of leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody drydown” according to the Boots website) which I really like. I’d say it’s more of a luxury product than a heavy duty scrub as the particles are very fine. It won’t revolutionise your skin care, but it will make you smell great!

Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask – I was really pleased with this mask, but unfortunately it’s on the empty list by default. I always forget about the fresh face masks because they live in the fridge not in my bathroom. I think I only ended up using this once or twice. What a waste!

L’Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – I bought this product back when everyone in the beauty community started going crazy for it. It is supposed to remove makeup, unclog pores and tone the skin all at the same time. I found it irritated my eyes a little and made the skin of my eyelids quite sore. I also felt like my skin was never truly clean afterwards, so I didn’t rate it much.

Nina by Nina Ricci Perfume – This perfume has lasted me a whole year (my boyfriend bought it for me last Christmas) but I have sadly run out now. I’m sure it won’t be long till I repurchase it though. I really love Nina Ricci’s perfumes, they smell great, and their staying power isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer – This shadow primer wasn’t too bad actually. It stops the tell tale eyeshadow creasing that shows how long it was since you applied it. However, I don’t like the fact that the wand starts to look dirty after only a couple of uses (picking up the foundation around your eyes). It shows up all the more because it’s white. That makes it feel quite unhygienic and unappealing. I also found that it’s consistency changed towards the end of the tube, so it doesn’t last very long either.

Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel – This stuff smells absolutely amazing. It’s definitely my favourite Body Shop scent so far; delicious!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’ve tried a couple of cleansers since finishing this and nothing’s as good, so I’ve already re-ordered it! Enough said!

L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner – I really love the smell of these: rich and creamy like shea butter. The conditioner was absolutely fantastic, which surprised me because I am very picky when it comes to conditioner. The shampoo worked really well too but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream – This is the little hand cream that’s been in my hand bag for dry hand ’emergencies’. I really don’t like the formula and I definitely won’t be repurchasing!

What’s in my make-up bag?

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As it’s now September and the summer weather seems likely to be gone till next year, I decided it was time to refresh my make-up bag ready for autumn! I have terribly disorganised make-up storage and most of my make-up lives jumbled in a variety of make-up bags, however I do have one staple make-up bag where I keep the things I use on a regular basis. The bag is from Cath Kidson.

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I’ll start with face/complexion products. The staple products in my autumn make-up kit are No 7 Essentially Natural Foundation in Warm Ivory, No 7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser in Fair, Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Ivory, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light, Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder in Light and Bourjois Blusher in Lilas D’Or.

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I have a lot of eye products because I love to exaggerate my eyes rather than my lips in the autumn time. Firstly, I have my Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer. For eyeshadows I have my CK Calvin Klein Tempting Glimmer Sheer Creme Eyeshadow in Vintage Metal and two MUA eyeshadow palettes: Heaven and Earth and Undressed. I have three eyeliners – Collection Fast Stroke black liquid eyeliner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Zero and Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in “Birdy Song”. Finally I have two mascaras that I alternate between depending on my mood: Max Factor Clump Defy (water resistant) and Rimmel Scandal Eyes.

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Finally I like to have a few different lip products on hand to reach for depending on my mood. Lipstick wise you’ll see that my standard summer corals have been put to one side in favour of nudes and more autumnal colours. I have chosen MUA lipstick in Shade 11 and two Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks: Heather Shimmer (an oldie but a goodie) and Notting Hill Nude. I also have a nude coloured lip liner, the Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner by Model Co.

From left to right: Model Co lip liner, MUA lipstick in Shade 11, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Heather Shimmer, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Notting Hill Nude

From left to right: Model Co lip liner, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Notting Hill Nude, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Heather Shimmer, MUA lipstick in Shade 11