This post is way overdue and I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to post another empties. This is probably one of my favourite type of posts to write, as I feel that I can definitely give my opinion based on actually finishing the entire product. For the most part, anyway. Some of these have been repurchased a number of times, but I won’t be repeating them over the next posts, as it makes no sense.
I try so many skincare and makeup products that I want to let you know about the new ones, not repeat what you many have already read before. I’m not quite sure how this happened, but as I type this, I already have enough empty containers to make probably about five or more of these posts. I’ve been very careful not to but anything I don’t need lately, and so I’ve been using my backups of backups, as you do, to make sure I don’t waste anything. Not only has it been very satisfying to finish some products, but I also found some real gems in my stash that I cannot wait to tell you about in the upcoming posts.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion with shea butter
Starting with this body lotion from Aveeno. I recently finished a few body products and have to admit, this one has been sitting in my bathroom for quite some time. No particular reason. It made my skin very smooth and silky for hours afterwards, it absorbed really well and wasn’t too greasy, so I could use it both morning and night. It had a gentle scent of oats which reminded me of morning breakfast. I put it away for a while but when I grabbed it again, I could’t stop using it. Aveeno is a very solid brand and their products are amazing. This one was no exception.
Neutrogena Visibly clear pink grapefruit daily scrub
This is one of my absolute favourite products to wash my face with in the morning. I love it and have gone through countless amount of them. The scent is very refreshing and wakes me up nicely. It is a scrub but very gentle, nothing too abrasive or harsh, I’d say it’s just right. It leaves my face soft, clean and ready to apply my skincare. I use Clarisonic in the evening, so adding a scrub would be a bit much, but for the morning it works wonders. Plus it’s very affordable. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a nice cleanser.
Clinique repairwear laser focus wrinkle correcting eye cream
There isn’t too many eye creams that actually make visible difference to my eye area. My 30+ skin really needs something that will smooth my lines and moisturise my under eye area without damaging my bank account too much. This little pot does it all. It really did make my lines look less visible with or without makeup. I found the texture to be just perfect for both morning and night time use. It’s not the cheapest but it’s still affordable compared to many brands out there and most importantly it really made a difference. I got a different one to try now, but I will repurchase this one at some point for sure. This, to me, is worth every penny.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
This has been such a hyped up products for many years now. For some reason, I never really left like I had to try it. I’ve been using my Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’ balm which is half price and does the job beautifully, so I never left like ‘overspending’ on a cleaning balm. I completely run out of my Clinique and while perusing the shelves at Space NK, I thought I’d see what it’s all about. I needed something that would remove my makeup from face and eyes and this, at the time, was the only one without any scrubbing beads, so I went for it. I absolutely adore the scent, it’s so beautiful, a bit sweet but calming at the same time, There was just something about it that made it feel like a complete luxury every time I used it. It removed makeup perfectly while being very gentle to my eyes and skin. So pretty much everything I’m looking for in a good makeup remover and then some. I won’t be repurchasing over and over, due to the price and I think there are some amazing products out there and much more affordable, but I will definitely want to use this again at some stage. Loved it!!
Estée Lauder Little Black Primer
This isn’t really empty, it’s just old so time to part with it. The idea of this product is that it can be used under mascara, on top of it, or completely on its own, so pretty versatile little thing. Except, not for me. When I used it under my mascara, as a primer, it stuck my lashes together too much for my liking once I applied mascara on top, so I ended up brushing it out anyway, which removed most of the product. When I applied it on top of my mascara, it was ok, especially when applied only at the ends, but nothing amazing. I think I liked it most when I used it on its own. It lengthens the lashes, but it’s still so subtle and so gentle that it makes them look very natural, perfect for no makeup makeup look. Except, I personally either wear makeup, in which case I use mascara, or I don’t wear it at all, in which case I don’t use anything. So I just personally found very little use out of this product and don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.
Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner
This is, by far, my absolute Holy Grail gel eyeliner and I cannot even remember how many of them I’ve already gone through. The little pot lasts for ages, don’t get me wrong, you will not run out of it too fast. I’ve just been using it for years and it’s my ‘go to’ eyeliner, so I had enough time to use quite a few pots. I did a separate post about this little guy with some application tips, so have a look Here if you fancy a bit more info. Needless to say, I have been buying it over and over again and have no intention of stopping any time soon. Absolute winner. If gel liner is something you like, seriously, give this one a try.
Origins Super Spot Remover
I really liked this product. It’s a clear gel so can be worn during the day, underneath makeup or over night, which is what I would most often do. It visibly reduces the size and redness of the blemish overnight, but it cannot be applied too often. I find that when I apply it once, my skin always dries, especially in the chin and nose area, and I’d often get little dry skin patches once I applied my foundation, so I’d say it’s quite strong and drying. Bearing in mind that I have combo oily skin, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with dry skin. It’s a really good, effective blemish remover, just depending on how prone your skin is to drying, it cannot be applied too often and it should only be applied on the actual blemish, and not too much on the healthy skin around it.
Anastasia Brow Wiz and NYX Brow Pencil
I finished both of these pretty much at the same time and, to be honest, as much as I really like ABH Brow Wiz, I think if there is a really good dupe for it, it’s definitely NYX Brow Pencil. It’s just as thin and precise, works just as well and stays on my brows all day long. The only difference is limited number of colours in NYX and Anastasia has pretty much every shade possible covered. If you can find yourself a right shade in NYX, then it’s a really good, solid brow pencil, definitely worth trying and so much more affordable.
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