Monday, 28 July 2014

Empties #7


Haircare

Label M moisturising conditioner*
This made my hair really soft and it did smell ok (the shampoo smelt like chlorine) but it's not the best that I've ever tried.
Repurchase: No.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfecting Creme
I've had this for about 5 years, back then I had frizzy hair that used to bug the hell out of me but since I've become obsessed with beauty, I haven't needed to use this. There's still some left but it's so old I'm just throwing it away. It did work at making my hair less frizzy though.
Repurchase: Yes if I ever needed to.

Johnson's Baby shampoo
I use this for washing my make-up brushes and this huge 500ml bottle lasted for about a year. It's perfect for brush washing. Makes them really soft, doesn't strip the brushes and cleans them really well.
Repurchase: Yes (already have)


Bath & Body

Elemis Skin Nourishing body lotion*
This took such a long to use up, I used it every time I had a shower but it never seemed to get any less. I liked how fast this dried on my skin and it did make it really soft but the smell really put me off. Wasn't that nice at all.
Repurchase: No I wouldn't buy this myself.

Lush Ponche 250g & 100g shower gel
If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I adore this stuff. It's only available at Christmas time and it reminds me of Christmas whenever I smell it. It's kinda hit and miss in the beauty world but I personally love the orange scent - with a hint of tequila! 
Repurchase: Yes.

Lush Prince Charming shower gel*
I was sent this as a "sorry" from Lush which you can read about here. This did smell really nice and left my skin feeling very soft.
Repurchase: Yes.

So...? Sinful body spray
I was given 4 different sprays in a set for a present a while ago and have only just gotten round to finishing this one. I say it every time but I'm not a body spray person, I'm definitely a perfume gal and body mists in the summer. I also wasn't too fond of the smell of this one either.
Repurchase: No.

Taylor by Taylor Swift body lotion
This came in a set when I bought the perfume but I'm never really a fan of the scented body lotion, I find the scents are always far too strong for my liking and if you use this lotion, you have no choice but to use the perfume for that day too. Don't get me wrong, I love the scent, just not in the lotion.
Repurchase: No.


Nails

Cutex Nourishing nail polish remover
Bit boring I know but I love this stuff. It removes nail polish really well, smells great (not all chemically like most) and doesn't weaken my nails. It's my favourite nail polish remover.
Repurchase: Yes.

Boots Cuticle Oil
This is another really really old product and there's still loads left but it's rubbish. It just didn't do anything except make my hands really greasy.
Repurchase: No.

Avon Nail Experts Grow Potion
This is also really old and I did use it a lot in the hope that it was doing something, but it wasn't doing anything at all. I will stick to my OPI Nail Envy forever.
Repurchase: No.


Skincare

Lancome dry skin cleanser
Back when I first started obsessing over skincare, I was all about the Lancome products. I loved this cleanser for using after I'd taken my make-up off. I stopped using it as I started testing out loads of other products. Sadly it's about 4 years old now and felt that it probably wasn't doing my skin any good. 
Repurchase: No (but possibly in the future if I wanted something I knew would work)

Lancome dry skin toner
The same as the above, both products were really good at keeping my skin fresh and smooth and didn't dry them out at all but my obsession with both have sadly passed.
Repurchase: No (but possibly in the future if I wanted something I knew would work)

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer*
If you read my recent posts on this, then you will know that I really liked this product. Applied twice a day, I found that my pores did appear less visible but didn't disappear completely. I'm sure this is the reason why my skin became more clear, it just seemed to rid my skin of anything bad lurking beneath.
Repurchase: Yes but it's so expensive.

Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye make-up remover
I bought this on a whim and ended up really liking it. It's oil based and has to be shaken up really well before every use to mix the oils together but it's great at breaking down eye make-up, including waterproof mascara. I've nearly finished my second bottle too.
Repurchase: Yes.

Bioderma H20 Micellar Water
I love this stuff, so much! I personally think it's the best micellar out there and I've used a lot. I recently traded a bottle with my sister so I could have something of hers but I still have another bottle left to use. It's just amazing at removing make-up completely and also eye make-up too.
Repurchase: Yes.


Skincare continued

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
I love using this in the shower but not the normal way it's supposed to be used. In the shower once the hot water has opened my pores a bit, I use this and it leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. It also doesn't dry it out at all. I was dissapointed that it didn't work very well for me the normal way. If I just use this over a face full of make-up I get in such a mess and it doesn't really do anything for my skin. I do have another bottle to use that Gemma (Makeup Magpie) sent me but I don't think I would buy it for myself again.
Repurchase: No.

Garnier Moisture Match moisturiser
I bought this on a whim when I was low on moisturiser but didn't have enough to splash out on my Clinique one again. I actually really liked this. Made my skin super soft and smooth and was great underneath make-up. It really helped with my dry patches too.
Repurchase: Yes.

Avené Soothing Hydrating Serum*
I love the brand Avené and adored this product so much. The packaging is super cute too. It made my skin feel really soft and supple and was great underneath the Garnier moisturiser. As soon as I can afford it, I will buy this.
Repurchase: Yes.

Avené Gently Purifying Scrub
I'm still not 100% sold on this product. I also don't like the fact that you can't get all the product out, it's really frustrating. I don't think this scrub is abrasive enough for my skin but when I do use it, it doesn't dry me out which is great. I do have another bottle that I won on Avené's Facebook page but I think I will stick to my St.Ive's in the future.
Repurchase: No.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator serum
When I first used this, I absolutely loved it but the more I used it the more I started to dislike it. I started to use the Avené serum at the same time and noticed that although the YSL one made my skin soft, it wasn't as good at the Avené one.
Repurchase: No.

Simple Face Wash
I despise this wash so much. Simple is a brand that's supposed to be for sensitive dry skin but this just made my skin bright red, itchy and more dry than it was. I stopped using it immediately and I'm so picky with Simple products now.
Repurchase: No. 


Skincare - Face Wipes

Yes to Cucumber face wipes
I've written about these and they really didn't agree with my skin. They made my face red and sting a lot. I carried on using them and it wasn't as bad as the beginning but not great. I was sent some to review (I wasn't told that they were sending them, they added them in as a surprise) but I've been using them again and my skin doesn't react as much as it did.
Repurchase: No.

Yes to Carrots face wipes
These made my skin react badly as well but nowhere near as much as the cucumber ones. I actually preferred these but don't think I would  buy them again.
Repurchase: No.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go wipes
I bought these because everyone keeps saying how amazing they are but they are right! They smell incredible and they make my skin so incredibly smooth and soft. Just a shame a big packet is so expensive as they are probably the best wipes I've ever used.
Repurchase: Yes.


Skincare - Face Masks

Montagne Jaunesse De-Clog Pores strips
I love using these as they really help clear out the blackheads. It's hard to find nose strips anywhere any more but I found these in Asda and stocked up. Shame there's only 3 in a pack but they are a bargain at £1.49.
Repurchase: Yes.

Montagne Jaunesse Manuka-Honey Peel Off mask
This mask is so lovely and refreshing for the skin. It's brilliant for my dry skin, really hydrates it and leaves it feeling really smooth and soft. It's strangely satisfying to peel off as well, it that weird?
Repurchase: Yes.

Montagne Jaunesse Nut Oil mask
This smelt really nice, it stung a bit when I applied it on my skin but once that passed it was fine. Left my skin feeling so great and smooth.
Repurchase: Yes.

Garnier Pure Self-Heating Sauna mask
I bought this because I love self-heating masks and it sounded amazing. However, it didn't self-heat at all and to be honest, it didn't even dry. I didn't like it, and I wouldn't buy it again as it didn't do anything for my skin.
Repurchase: No.


Samples

Garnier Ultra Blends conditioner
The conditioner was not great at all, it didn't do anything to my hair and I then had to use a different conditioner afterwards.
Repurchase: No.

Garnier Ultra Blends shampoo
There's never enough product in samples to get a great feel about a product, this one smelt nice but wasn't anything special. I've seen there's a coconut one (I think) so I would try that but not this.
Repurchase: Yes (the coconut one.)

John Frieda Smooth Start conditioner & shampoo
I don't really remember if these made my hair smooth or not which probably isn't the best sign. I don't really feel the need to try them properly though.
Repurchase: No.

Garnier Body Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion
I managed to get a couple of uses out of this and really did like it. The scent isn't that fab but it made my skin feel really smooth. I love the body scrub from this line and would love to try it properly, I know it's quite expensive for a drug-store lotion though.
Repurchase: Yes.

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
I got a few uses out of this tiny tube and it was really nice. Soft and hydrated skin? Yes please! I will definitely be buying this in full size as soon as I can.
Repurchase: Yes.


Make-Up

Lancome Colour Design palette
This is super old and I probably got it when I bought the Lancome cleanser and toner above as a freebie. I did use it a lot at the time but then I got bored of it. The eyeshadows aren't that great for pigmentation and now that it's so old, it smells funky.
Repurchase: No.

MAC eyelash curlers
I've had these for about 4 years and changed the spongy bit when I could but now I don't have any left and I don't know what to do with them. I don't think you can buy that bit separately and they are utterly useless now. They were okay for my lashes, didn't curl them that fantastically though.
Repurchase: No.

Carmex Cherry lipbalm
This is just a basic lipbalm and the first one that I have used up fully. It smelt amazing but did sting on sore lips. However, it was fab for using throughout the day and made my lips soft and smooth really quickly.
 Repurchase: Yes.

Eyeko Skinnu Mini liquid eyeliner
This was free in a magazine and I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it as it dried out really quickly. I used it about 3-4 times before it was useless. It was a good eyeliner though, made cat eyes/flicks really easy. Luckily Company (I think) always have it as a freebie so I never have to buy it.
Repurchase: No.

NYX Super Skinny Eye Maker
This was a great eyeliner and lasted for so long. It's the same as the Eyeko liner, a felt-tip applicator that makes lining the eyes super quick and easy.
Repurchase: Yes.

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner
If you can't tell, I love my felt-tip eyeliners, makes things so much easier. This was easy to apply but it rubbed off really easily, it didn't last long at all.
Repurchase: No.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo - Eternal Gold
I have about 8 of these in different shades and this is the only shade to completely dry up. It's un-usable and it's really frustrating because it's the newest one. I love all the other colours and formulas but not this one.
Repurchase: No.

Elizabeth Arden Double Density mascara*
I loved this mascara, it created such lovely fluttery thick lashes and kept the curl all day long. It did dry out pretty quickly though.
Repurchase: Yes.

Rituals Volume Mascara
This is another magazine freebie but I don't really remember anything special about this. It separated my lashes quite nicely but that's about it.
Repurchase: No.

Natural Collection Clear Mascara
I've bought so many of these as they are perfect for setting my eyebrows. They are really cheap at £1.99 and get the job done.
Repurchase: Yes (already have)

What products have you finished recently?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Smoothie Series | The Citrus Smoothie


Week 8 | The Citrus Smoothie -


This weeks smoothie definitely isn't for the faint hearted. I half followed a recipe and half threw my own twist on it as an experiment. This one really tickles your taste buds, in a sour, bitter, zingy kinda way. I peeled the lemon but didn't peel the lime which I wish I had as you can taste and feel the rind once it's blended which is odd. But saying that, the healthiness of this smoothie is fab, jam packed of fibre and vitamins, the goodness of it really weighs out the bitter taste. You could try and add some sugar to it to balance it out but I just drink it in swift gulps followed by water.

I enjoyed experimenting with new fruit and veggies this week and I'm still on the hunt for some more recipes. I love my new smoothie mug that I found in Matalan for £3.00. It's perfect for drinking fancy drinks from, smoothies and iced drinks, I've been obsessed with iced caramel coffees this week too!

Will you be trying this zingy smoothie?

Friday, 25 July 2014

NEW - Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balms

Pink Shock, Oh Orange, Berry Bomb, Strike a Rose.

The Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms hit the beauty world by storm roughly this time last year, and I went mad for them too. In the US they have so many different types out and I'm super jealous as I'm a sucker for trying new lip balms. I own all six of the original shades and today I bring you the four new shades from the Electro line. These are supposed to be amped up neon shades that last 8 hours -  oohh

I spotted them on the Boots website and made an order straight away. Annoyingly they went on a 3 for 2 offer a couple of days later, just my luck! The original ones are all cased in plastic cases that are all different colours. I love how these are black casing with the writing representing the shade. The four new shades are Pink Shock - a bright fuchsia pink which smells like berries, Oh Orange - a true orange shade that smells just like fresh oranges, Berry Bomb - a lovely purple shade that smells just like blackcurrants and finally, Strike a Rose - a neon coral pink shade which smells really fruity.

I will be putting these to the test, seeing if they do last 8 hours, how moisturising they are and so on. They have literally just come through my letterbox, and so far I've only tested Pink Shock but it's very pigmented on the lips. My lips do feel very moisturised! They all smell utterly amazing as well. Pink Shock is the most pigmented in the swatch, that was after a couple of swipes back and fourth but the other shades took a bit more to get some colour pay off. I can't wait to start testing these properly!

It does say these are available in store. however I went to my larger Boots store and Superdrug on three different days last week and I couldn't find them but you can find them online here for £2.99 each. 

Will you be buying the new Maybelline Baby Lips?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour | Orange Punch


I am constantly saying that Barry M gel nail colours are my favourite nail polish brand but that has certainly changed. I recently reviewed the Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in the shade Uptown Blue (review here) and it really is the most stunning blue ever. That shade has started a love affair and I went out and bought two more shades. Today I will be reviewing the gorgeous colour Orange Punch.

You can probably guess, this is a bright pumpkin orange shade that is perfect for the Summertime. I've been wearing it on my nails so much since I got it and the shade makes me appear more tanned, so odd that colours do that!

Everything about this nail polish is beautiful, the shade is bright and vivid and only takes two coats to achieve the opacity above. The brush is flatter than a normal nail polish brush which makes applying it so much easier and with less mess. The best bit is the longevity though. The shade stays glossy and vibrant for the 7 days with very minimal chipping, tried and tested! When applied to the toe nails, you really don't need to think about a pedicure for at least 2 weeks, it lasts so well! It's not streaky at all and layers up really well.

I'm going to continue buying this brand as I've hit 3 out of 3 formula wise. Sometimes with other brands, things are a bit hit and miss but so far, these are all fab and there are other pretty colours waiting to come home with me.

Have you tried any of these nail polishes? Which shade should I try next?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Yon-Ka Alpha-Complex | Review


I've reviewed some Yon-Ka products before on my blog and was pretty impressed with those products.(Review here) I was kindly sent the Yon-Ka Age Correction Alpha-Complex* to try out but don't let the age correction part put you off. After reading up about it, it sounded like a fab product that would help my dry, dull skin. 

Although it's recommended for maturer skin that wants to battle those pesky wrinkles and fine lines, it also advertises that it's intended for tired, dry, oily and dull complexions and give it a radiance boost. It works by gently eliminating the dead skin cells that are sitting on your skin and it's supposed to even out texture and help with acne scaring as well. It's recommended that it's used only once a month, 3-4 times a year which sounds insane to me! Can something really be that fabulous after only one use every month?

It's a gel texture that appears yellow in colour in the bottle but dispenses clear. The bottle is beautiful, frosted glass with the writing all over, it's beautiful and does look fab in the skincare collection but I really can't say anything else great about it.

I've used this once every month for 3 months and haven't noticed anything different at all. I apply it at night time and come morning, nothing is different. My skin doesn't feel any different and it also doesn't appear more radiant. 

Since you're only supposed to use this 3-4 times a year, I really don't see how it works. I technically only have 1 month usage left and I haven't even made a dent into the product. I noticed on the bottle that it has the sign that means it should be discarded after 6 months of opening it. I use about 2 pea size amounts when I use this and if I'm throwing it away at the recommended date, then I don't see the point. That's a huge amount of product to throw away and also, if you bought this, you might as well have thrown the £66.00 it cost straight into the bin.

I hate writing completely negative reviews but I like honest posts and wouldn't recommend this to anyone from my experience. Saying that, I am going to give this to my sister (her fashion blog is here) and see if it helps her skin at all. I'm just curious to see if it helps her.

Sorry for the moany post today but I hope it has helped you.
Have you tried any Yon-Kat products?

*PR sample

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