Friday, 9 November 2018

September & October Beauty Empties

I had been diligently stashing my empty products for weeks. I had a bag in the corner of my room nigh on filled to the brim with empty tubs and jars of skincare and make up that I'd used up. Then I went away to Scotland. My parents, as a surprise, redecorated my room, and, when clearing it out, stumbled across my 'empties bag'. Guess what happened? 

Yep, they threw it out! With a brand new room though, I suppose I can't complain. But there is a lot more I have used up that I've forgotten about! There will be some products mentioned here that aren't photographed as well, because of this.
Skincare 
I bought this cleanser because it has pumpkin enzymes, which brighten the skin and are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. I really enjoyed using this, in the sense it felt nice on the skin and my skin did feel clean and refreshed, but can't say I saw dramatic results overall.
Will I Repurchase?
Probably not right now, it's quite price-y and I have lots of cleansers in rotation.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm
This has been my go-to make up remover for years. It's such a brilliant product, it totally dissolves make up once it's melted into a very gentle oil.
Will I Repurchase?
No, because I am currently using Dermalogica's Pre-Cleanse* to remove my make up. I still think TTDO Balm is good, but seems silly to have two!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This is a hydrating spritz and toner in one. It has a minty scent so also offers a beautifully refreshing sensation.
Will I Repurchase?
Yes - I actually took for granted the 'spritz' part of my routine; I think I'd just gotten used to it. Now it's gone I'm really noticing the missing block of hydration sandwiched in between toning and serums, so absolutely will be repurchasing.

Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Serum*  
I used this serum daily because hyaluronic acid is an ingredient I must have in my routine somewhere. It's absolutely essential to hydration, and hydrated skin is absolutely essential to me! This is a really nice light weight, fast absorbing serum that always kept dryness at bay.
Will I Repurchase?
No, I'm currently using Medik8 Hydr8 B5 serum.
Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Concentrate
Pretty much same as above! This is a cheaper formula so the actual liquid felt a bit thicker, but ultimately I can't say I noticed a huge difference between the two.
Will I Repurchase?
No, again, same as above!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
This is a brilliant, award winning, cult classic serum and with good reason. It's reliable, does it all, doesn't agitate, calms, soothes, hydrates. Etc!
Will I Repurchase?
No because of the price. It's quite steep, and I'm quite happy with my serums at the moment. 

Feather & Down Melting Shower Cream
I adored this! It's a really thick shower cream (think sudocrem consistency!) but it smells so good. Very lavender-y but not overwhelming. I honestly did find that using this in a night time shower did help me wind down, feel relaxed, and helped me fall asleep quicker.
Will I Repurchase?
Absolutely

Make Up 
This is a nice setting spray, but the packaging - or at least the bottle I got - was a bit naff. The nozzle didn't spray properly after just a handful of uses, it sort of sprayed a spurt of liquid in a straight line. From when I did use it though, I recall it having a really nice wet formula that softens make up, any harsh lines, excess powder etc. It was good.
Will I Repurchase?
No, because I had trouble with the nozzle and I have already purchased the newer (and no faults thus far) Rose Glow Mist.

MAC Brow Set
This has been part of my stash for a little while and it's finally dried up, and it's time to part ways. I really liked it, it didn't have too much colour to it, but enough to help thicken up the appearance of brows. It helped my brows stay in place all day, through windy gales and nights out (and both at the same time), but it did leave my brows feeling a bit hard in contrast to other brow gels I've used since.
Will I Repurchase?
No, I'm currently addicted to Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows.
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift
This is the second of these brow pencils I've bought - possibly even the third. It's got a really nice consistency, it's stiff so you have a lot of control, and the formula isn't too waxy but it's still soft and natural.
Will I Repurchase?
Maybe some point in the near future, but at the moment I've re-ignited my love affair with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
I really, really like this foundation, it's medium coverage but light weight and easily buildable to a sturdy full coverage. This is my go-to to use on models when I do make up for photo shoots, too, because it's so versatile and suitable for all skin types.
Will I Repurchase?
In the future - for now I'm working my way through my foundation stash!

MAC Fix+ Coconut Scent
My absolute favourite prep/setting spray of all time. It's gives you a healthy luminosity but at the same time keeps any sweaty and oily patches at bay. It's the best setting spray I've ever used for softening the effects of excess powder. In fact, using it over make up just smoothes and blurs it all together for a polished finish.
Will I Repurchase?
Repurchased a new one (although the original, unscented version) before this one had even finished!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
This is a fantastic mascara and was my favourite at one point in time. It gives you really long, fluttery lashes which I love.
Will I Repurchase?
At some point, still working my way through other mascaras in my stash

Too Faced Better Than Sex
This is my favourite mascara for thickening my lashes, I really enjoy it and it's a shame it's run out!
Will I Repurchase?
Same as above!

What products have you used up recently?

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  1. Oh my gosh, I cant even imagine your reaction as to when you came home and your stash wasnt there!! The dermalogica pre cleanse is amazing but the price puts me off purchasing it. Although I have heard good things about that clinque balm
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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