Wednesday, 4 February 2015

January’s Empties – and Favourites!



When I get to the end of a jar of moisturiser, or a bottle of serum, I throw it in the bin and move on – to a straight replacement if I liked it, or a different product altogether if I didn’t. I have never documented the rate and manner of my skincare and make-up consumption on my blog.

Well, it’s suddenly occurred to me that something is missing.  Not all the products I use on a day-to-day basis get a mention on my blog. Perhaps some of them I don’t think justify a separate review (if they’re a bit ‘humdrum’, say), or perhaps I haven’t used something for quite long enough to formulate a valid opinion yet (as can happen if the product is a small sample).

But I’m filling the gap. Starting today, I’ll be doing the odd empties post with a brief run through of all the products I’ve used up, the good and the bad (from my perspective), with a roll call of monthly favourites at the end.

January’s Empties

I finished off 12 products last month. Yikes! It’s only when you start saving your empties do you quite realise how much stuff you get through.  Or perhaps you get through more?

Nourish - Rejuvenating Peptide Serum. This was the second Nourish product that I tried. A great value for money anti-ageing serum which gives skin an instant pick-up.  A keeper. Reviewed here http://www.faceupbeauty.com/2014/12/review-nourish-radiance-rejuvenating.html.

Kevyn Aucoin - The Primed Skin Developer. I have a real problem with primers, generally. They’re either too dry or too thin and runny. This one (as Goldilocks would say) is just right. A keeper. Reviewed here.

Orico London - Full Cup. A bust and neck enhancing elixir.  In studies breast size increased 2-4cm within 6 weeks of use. Not where I’m concerned it didn’t – is that too much detail?!  It’s got a pleasant fruity smell but it didn’t work for me and I thought it expensive (£29 for 30ml).

Elemis - Lip Revive. This will be reviewed in a forthcoming lip balm round-up post. It contains gritty particles (at least my sample here did) that irritated my skin.  Not something I’ll be rushing out to buy.

Chantecaille - Vital Essence with Arbutin. It’s taken a while to get through this bottle due to pauses as I tested other products. It’s a fab skin brightening serum with a whack of arbutin - one of the best lightening ingredients around. A keeper. Reviewed here.

Skyn Iceland - Icelandic Relief Eye Pen. I can’t believe I haven’t done a full review of this yet. It’s fabulous!  It de-puffs, brightens, and tackles dark circles and wrinkles – a proper all-rounder. But for me what it really excels at is giving my eyes a hydration boost as and when needed. I take it absolutely everywhere with me and apply it over make-up - yes it sits happily on top. Result!

GoldFaden MD - Needle-Less Line Smoothing Concentrate. A free gift with purchase, so a small sample.  This lasted me about a month. I saw no difference to my lines, so won’t be purchasing a full size.

Clarins - Eye Revive Beauty Flash. Another free sample. I discovered this years ago and loved it. Second time around I feel less enamoured – it simply doesn’t ‘Wow’ me anymore. 

Elemis - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. A  freebie my husband got given on a business flight. Marine Cream is a cult product. This sample was small and didn’t last long enough for me to make a proper judgement call. I would love to try a full size, but I’ve got a stack of moisturisers in my stash to get through first! 

Beautannia - Bloomsbury Body Lotion. I paid a ridiculous amount of money for this – all of £8.50 in the Space NK sale! For a 350ml bottle that is a crazy price.  I simply love the scent. It’s rich and decadent – it contains neroli, oud, geranium and sandalwood. You can still buy this for as cheap as chips here . A keeper.

Mark Hill - Fabulous Finish Hairspray. I buy this over and over. It's lightweight and keeps hair in place. But I really buy it for the scent – it’s floral and terribly addictive! Another keeper.

EnvironMoisturising Toner. A fairly new brand to me and one I’m loving, generally, but there’s nothing particularly special about this toner that would make me want to buy it full size.


Favourites Roll Call:

Nourish Radiance, Rejuvenating Peptide Serum
 

Kevyn Aucoin, The Primed Skin Developer  
 

Chantecaille, Vital Essence with Arbutin
 

Sky Iceland, Icelandic Relief Eye Pen
 

Beautannia, Bloomsbury Body Lotion
 

Mark Hill, Fabulous Finish Hairspray
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17 comments

  1. I love the sound of the eye pen. I need something for the dark circles under my eyes

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    1. It is great. I can highly recommend it :)

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  2. I love the Elemis Marine cream and would say it is worth getting a more substantial bottle to try it properly.

    #UKBloggers

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    1. Thanks Emma. I've just acquired a full size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream :)

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  3. wow loads of empties there and I thought i was bad lol, some great products though x

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    1. I know! Here's hoping I don't have quite so many next month, lol! Tx

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  4. OH Tracey I can see your are really into skin care just like me! I tried a whole bunch of things from Skyn Iceland and each product is truly a masterpiece- if only I could afford it on a daily basis! I would get it all! I notice exactly the same thing: I am not mentioning all products I am using- it is almost impossible! I used to do empties posts as well- to kind off give some mini reviews- but I recently got rid of all the trash- I have so many ideas and so much planned- I have no time anymore for empties- lol and I was glad to have no trash laying in the house anymore as I am kind of OCD and almost sleep bad knowing I have trash in the house- lol. But it is actually good for these kind off mini reviews like you did here. Kisses my dear, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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    1. Haha Sissi. Yes, I need to have a sort out of my trash too! Skyn Iceland really do great products, yes. But as much as I love the pen, I just find it expensive and I'm getting through them at quite a rate! Tx

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  5. I am a big fan of Nourish skin care too. Empties posts are always my favourites to read x

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    1. Hi Karen, that's great to hear! I always enjoy reading your empties posts :)

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  6. Wow, that is a lot of empties. I'm really keen to try the Kevyn Aucoin, Primed Skin Developer x

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    1. I love it. Do let me know how you get on if you go ahead and try it. Tx

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  7. Oooh that Elemis lip revive sounds really good - I need to get something like that

    Laura x

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  8. Empties posts are one of my favourites to read and write. Love anything by nourish x

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    1. Hi Sandra, I did love writing this post and I really do enjoy reading your empties posts too. I'm pleased I've decided to add it as a regular feature. Tx

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  9. I wonder if they sell that hairspray in the U.S.? Sounds fab? T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooh, I have no idea! It's a big brand so possibly? Tx

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