Winter Beauty Empties

 It's been a while since I shared my last empties, and I've accumulated a fair few empty bottles! There's some bits in here I've never spoken about before so I'm glad to be finally doing so here on the blog. 


Make Up
I have been a long time devotee to Mac Cosmetics Fix+ setting spray. I like that it contains glycerin - a humectant ingredient that gives the product moisturising properties - but I am moving towards oil-based setting sprays.  I recently shared a beauty hack for using oil-based setting sprays to create a blurring effect, but I also find the oil more hydrating and comforting on dry, Wintery skin. 
Repurchase? 
Not immediately, but I may revisit this in Summer when I'm moving away from oils. 

I really enjoy this because, like I mentioned above, it's perfect for creating an almost 'filtered skin' effect over make up. 
Repurchase?
I received an extra bottle in PR so no need! I probably won't repurchase in the future though because I much prefer the Argan oil version* (less fragrance). 

I actually really enjoyed this, it was excellent at lengthening but without imparting too much product, so a nice, subtle flutter was still achievable. 
Repurchase?
I'm set for mascaras at the moment (Nars Climax and Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash) but maybe in the future. 

Skincare
I hadn't used this in a long, long time, but I used it for years. I bought this to take on holiday with me just because I knew that the miniature version existed and it was quite cheap. I stopped using it (and other cleansing balms in general) because I didn't like the idea of piling it on and then rubbing the mixture of melted make up over my face! For heavy make up, I'd still go in with a micellar water first just so that what I'm then left to rub over my face isn't as thick! But this really does the job of removing make up effortlessly, and it's fragrance free. 
Repurchase?
I'm already about half way through a full size version and have another ready as a back up! 

I did enjoy this and found it very effective at taking off make up. It has a very thick texture that melts away very quickly, taking eeeevveerything off with it. 
Repurchase?
I would always choose Clinique TTDO balm over this. The fragrance is the deciding factor I'm afraid.

This is the second bottle of this little gem I've been through. It's a fantastic micellar water that is effective and very refreshing. It does contain fragrance but because I always rinse off a micellar pretty quickly anyway, I'm less bothered by it than I would be in leave-on products. 
Repurchase?
No, because I don't really use micellar waters much anymore because my make up is much lighter these days, so just don't have need for them. 

I enjoyed this cleanser: it contains salicylic acid, to keep pores clear and spots away, as well as mandelic acid, a very gentle exfoliant. I did notice that my freshly washed skin had a pleasant tautness to it,  a bright appearance and clear texture. However, because of the fragrance laden formula, I don't think this is a good way to incorporate acids into your skincare routine long-term. 
Repurchase?
No because despite the star active ingredients, it contains a lot of fragrance: lots of citrus oils. 

This is an excellent product and the key ingredient, azelaic acid, is - in my opinion - pretty underrated because it's often overshadowed by the relatively famous glycolic. Azelaic acid is typically accepted as a 'milder' alpha-hydroxy acid, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. I find Azelaic acid to be more effective at fading the appearance of hyper pigmentation. This product in particular had an instant 'tautening' effect on the skin and pretty instantaneously made my face look very smooth and bright. I like the pad format because it's very practical and I find applying skincare on a soaked pad makes it easier to apply in the correct 'dosage', and in general makes the product play better with others. 
Repurchase? 
Believe it or not, no! This sadly contains fragrance. I've replaced it with the sans perfume Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, although I do prefer the This Works iteration (especially in terms of texture; the PC Booster is a thick lotion). If This Works could formulate these without the fragrance (and ditch the bizarre 'Morning' marketing - this is great to use at night, too) it'd be a winning product. 

I used this up a long time ago, tucked it away to talk about at a later date and forgot about it. So it's been a long time since I've used it, so can't give reliable feedback because, to be honest, I can't remember what it was like! But I did use it all up, so that's a good sign! 
Repurchase? 
No, it contains fragrance. 

I really, really liked this. It's effective at getting rid of spots, helps to fade hyper pigmentation and in general helps to reduce the appearance of pores and uneven texture. However, this formula is very, very drying so it's important to make sure to adequately moisturise when I use this. 
Repurchase? 
I already have! 

I enjoyed this up to a point, and did notice it helped soften the appearance of hyper pigmentation and boost hydration. However, again, up to a point. I did notice a plateau in the effectiveness of this serum pretty early into the bottle. Plus, it contains fragrance. 
Repurchase? 
No. I have replaced it with the fragrance free Skinceuticals Discolouration Defence Serum*. 

I used this a long time ago (it also made its way into some nook in my vanity and forgotten about) but I remember not really being blown away by this. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't really do anything for me either. I obviously used it in it's entirety, albeit it was only a mini. 
Repurchase? 
No. It contains fragrance. 

This product is mostly fragrance. Plus, did I mention it's £60 for 15ml. FIFTEEN MILLILITRES. 
Repurchase? 
No. 


This is my favourite oil for when I just want my skin to glow. It has a lovely texture, isn't too heavy or greasy, and feels very comforting. It's very hydrating thanks to the likes of the jojoba oil. It does obviously contain fragrance because of the plant oils and natural fragrance like linalool and limonene, however they don't irritate my skin. I have a larger bottle so will happily use it.
Repurchase? 
Probably not because of the fragrance. Whilst it doesn't irritate my skin, fragrance can cause irritation at any stage, so it's something I'm trying to rid my skincare routine of full stop. Nothing personal, like I said, I still intend to use the other bottle I already have because I haven't experienced anything problematic. 
As someone with dry skin, I have been enjoying this. It's very hydrating, has a very thick, densely creamy, almost plush-like texture. It does leave an oily residue however, that almost feels like sweat; very clingy. Plus it contains a lot of fragrance. 
Repurchase? 
No. 

I enjoyed it a lot. The selling point for me is the brand Fushi: they use sustainable glass packaging and have a strong ethical stance which, when women are spoiled for choice when it comes to body care, the story behind the brand makes this product in particular more appealing than others. 
Repurchase? 
No - nothing personal, but I just don't purchase body lotions for myself. I'm always inundated with them!

Crikey, that was a lengthy blog post just talking - literally - about my rubbish! So thank you for reading! 

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