I recently made it a point to use up some of the products that were almost empty anyway, and so I thought I’d share my empties with you before they end up in the bin. I always find this type of video or post very informative and helpful. Although it may be similar in a way to monthly favourites, it’s not quite the same.
After all, we’re talking about products that we completely used up, hence have a pretty good idea if it worked for us or not, and if we’d repurchase… or not. I love trying out new skincare, haircare, body products and makeup, and go through some of them really quite quickly, so hopefully each one of these posts will have a good mix of all product types. So let’s have a look into my bin…so to speak…
Just so this post isn’t 100 pages long, I’ll divide it by category, starting with haircare. I cannot even tell how many cans of Batiste dry shampoo I’ve gone through so far. This is a regular repurchase and one that I know always works for me yet is very inexpensive. I try to wash my hair no more that twice per week, so this is a great product for the days in between, when I feel like my hair is getting just a bit greasy and needs a bit of an umph. Batiste dry shampoos come in various scents, I must have tried most of them by now, but neither of them is strong enough to linger in my hair for long, which I personally don’t mind. They do the job and they do it well. My hair looks fresher for longer and it gets a bit more body and lift to it. I tried some other brands before, but it didn’t quite work for my fine hair, made it look even greasier and made my scalp itch! There are some other brands I still want to try out, but for now, Batiste ticks all the boxes for me and I always have a spare one.
One and main reason why I hate washing my hair is because most of the time it gets Very tangly and is an absolute biatch to brush! Wet brush is my best friend and I honestly cannot imagine my life without it, but I always try to apply some other detangling product that will prevent additional damage and make the process a bit more bearable and less painful. I’ve gone through a few hair detanglers, some worked some didn’t. Last one I tried and just finished is ‘Fix it’ from Lee Stafford. I used it all up because I don’t like wasting product, but it was average for me. Let me put it this way. If you come across some slight tangles here and there once brushing your wet hair, then this product will help you get rid of them. If, however, your entire hair is a one big tangle and you don’t even know how to approach it, then this is not good/strong enough. It’s very lightweight, leaves no residue at all, which I liked, but it just didn’t quite do it for me. I have to say, ever since I chopped a substantial chunk off my hair, it’s not that hard to brush through, so perhaps my hair is just not ‘designed’ to be long. Shame, but it is what it is.
I’m sure we all have those make items we go through faster than others and which have significantly shorter life span. For me, clear brow gel is one of them. I have fairly thick brows and use it every single day to keep my brows in place. I usually have no preference when brow gel is concerned, but I do really like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I like the size of the brush and the fact it deposits just the right amount of product each time. Plus it holds my unruly brows in place through out the day, without making them feel ‘crunchy’ and hard. Really good, albeit pricy product, and I have already bought a new one.
This Airbrush Flawless Finish skin perfecting micro-powder from Charlotte Tilbury is hands down one of THE best setting powders I have ever used. It set my makeup for very long hours and made it look perfect and fresh for much longer. The powder is so fine, that you can pile it up on your face to you heart’s content, and it still won’t look powdery or cakey. It’ll look fantastic on all skin types. Absolutely beautiful product and worth every penny. If you’re in the market for a setting powder, give this one a go. The packaging is beautiful, rose gold and very sleek, but it’s the product inside that really makes it a ‘stand out’ item for me. I have some other powders I use at the moment but I really do miss this one and will repurchase for sure.
Still in the subject of Charlotte Tilbury, this ‘Lip Magic’ lip balm was really good. It had a ‘honey like’, sweet scent and taste to it, very pleasant and yummy. It kept my lips moisturised for reasonably long although not one of the longest lasting lip balms I’ve ever had. What I really liked about it is that it wasn’t too greasy or oily on the lips, so perfect for layering lipstick over it, which is something I very often tend to do. I would repurchase.
Diorskin Star long wear foundation is one of my all time favourites foundations I’ve used to date. I mentioned it before in my January 2016 favourites so I won’t go into too much details here, but I will keep repurchasing this one over and over again. In fact, if you follow me on instagram, you’d know that I already have a new bottle after my recent trip to Sephora.
Last but not least in makeup category is this Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer. I really liked it. It claims to absorb oil for up to 8 hours, I’d say it helped my makeup last very well for about 5 hours, which with my oily t-zone is really quite good. It really nicely covered my pores under makeup and significantly reduced shine. Less is more with this primer, so literally tiny amount is all you need to cover the entire face. I found that if too much is applied, it tends to cake up a bit, especially around my cheekbones area, which is then hard to cover or blend with makeup. I am always on a hunt for a good primer and it’s one of those products I really like to test and try new ones, so for that reason I won’t repurchase just yet, but overall, it’s a really good one.
One body care item I’ve just used up is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with vitamin E. I love this body butter and have repurchased number of times. I find that it really makes my skin feel subtle, silky soft, moisturised and toned when I use it regularly. It smells of cocoa, very gently, nothing too overpowering, yet really nice, warm scent. Id doesn’t interfere with my perfumes. The formula is somewhere between a lotion and body butter, not too thin, not too thick. It’s very affordable yet very effective. May be too heavy in a summer, but for now it’s a blessing for my dry skin, so definitely buying another one.
That’s all for now. I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any questions about any of these, or in fact any other products, just leave me a comment and I’m happy to help.
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