Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recent empties

It doesn't feel like two minutes since I wrote up my last empties post but here are some of the things I have recently used up and some brief thoughts on them-I have also linked in some previous reviews of any products I have written.

Show Beauty Sheer Thermal Protect:

I reviewed some of the Show Beauty hair care products here and I called this heat protection spray the 'must have' from the range.  I felt that my hair was really protected from heat styling damage and my straighteners really did glide through my hair after I had blow dried it using this.  It is super expensive though and an absolute treat.  The packaging is beautiful but, it does get a little sticky on the outside as time goes on-I guess from the residue when the product is sprayed.

Boscia Make Up Break Up Cool Cleansing Oil:

This is one of my favourite cleansing oils without breaking the bank.  I am fussy about cleansing oils and won't touch any mineral based oil cleansers.  I apply two pumps of this cleansing oil to dry skin and use it to remove my make up-it does feeling cooling and refreshing without feeling heavy and overly oily.  It's super effective at removing all my makeup and is safe to use around the eyes without irritation.  It washes off easily with no residue but I do, as usual use a damp flannel to assist.  It doesn't leave my skin oily or stripped of oil, it's just a great make up remover.

Glamglow SuperCleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser:

I really wanted to write a full review of this cleanser but time got away from me and I didn't get chance.  I really like the Glamglow face masks-I reviewed the original mask ages ago and it was actually Jo from A Little Pop Of Coral who made me want this-check out her review here because it's so in depth.  To me this isn't a make up removing cleanser, it's more of a treatment cleanser.  I have quite oily skin and I do find this did dry out my skin quite a lot so I used it every alternate morning.  Even though it's a mud cleanser it's quite easy to remove, even without a flannel and I really do think this is something I would repurchase.

Antipodes Divine Facial Oil:

It took me a while to get through this and it wasn't something I used religiously but every time I used it my skin did look better the next day.  I have learned that oil + oily skin is not a no no, in fact the right oils can help to control the skins oil production.

This oil contains organic Avocado Oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and macadamia oil plus ylang ylang and Omega 9 to strengthen and balance skin.  I find that this is quite a heavy oil compared to some I have used but it's non greasy and absorbs well without leaving a sticky residue.  It doesn't cause me to break out and has been most effective for me in reducing old blemish scars. 

Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum:

I recently reviewed this brilliant serum from Niod and this is something I would definitely repurchase.  I found my skin was less inflamed, more hydrated and less oily from day one.  I found the pores around my nose to be less obvious and my skin to be more even toned.  The pigmentation I get at the top of my cheeks has also reduced a lot.  It's definitely a thumbs up from me.

Lancome Genifique Yeux:

A bit of a weird one, I just didn't find I loved it.  The dispenser has a peardrop shaped metal applicator that you use to massage the product into your eye contour.  The formula is a liquidy serum that absorbs and dries quickly but I don't feel like I saw any huge tangible benefits other than my undereyes being well hydrated.

Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye make up remover:

I really love this drugstore eye make up remover and will definitely be bulk buying when I go back to the UK-I wrote a full review here.

Eucerin Aquaphor soothing skin balm:

An absolute holy grail product for me and I have 3 back ups at home and one in practically every corner of my apartment.  I have tried a million lip balms from pence to £££ and I always come back to this.  It's the only thing that keeps my lips in good condition

Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Corrector:

Correctors always seemed like a right faff to me but this one is so easy to use that I am hooked.  I am the shade 'Light Bisque' which has slightly salmon undertones and the MUA told me to apply this first, patting on 5 dots around the under eye area with the applicator and then blending before adding 3 dots of concealer on top.  The corrector balances discoloration under the eye and there are shades to correct blue undertones, dark circles and sallowness.  It's so lightweight and creamy, doesn't crease and feels hydrating. I pair it with the Collection concealer over the top and I prefer to blend it using a small brush or beauty blender rather than my fingers.  I'll 100% be repurchasing.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer:

I know this is a blogging fave but I just never bought into it until I was in the UK last Xmas and I picked a couple up.  And this really is a great concealer.  I use it everywhere-under eyes and to conceal blemishes and scars.  Definitely something I will pick up in the UK in June.

MAC Studio Fix:

A brilliant product for setting foundation-I had seen Nic from Pixiwoo using this quite a lot in tutorials as a powder foundation but, in the spirit of more is always more I applied my foundation and then this on top as my setting powder.  And to apply it, my favourite brush is a flat topped buffing brush.

Studio Fix is really really finely milled which makes it perfect for buffing over the skin.  I like it because it's not chalky or powdery and it evens out my skintone.  It can also be used as a powder foundation which gives lighter coverage but that's not for me. It also lasted absolutely ages.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow pencil in 20E:

I'm a big fan of a chunky eyeshadow stick and these are actually discontinued and replaced by the Aqua Matic waterproof glide on eyeshadow sticks.  But the formula of these is great-they are budge proof, crease proof and fade proof and also work brilliantly as an eyeshadow base.  The Sephora ones I love are a very close dupe and the shade Taupe is an almost exact match for this one.

So that's everything I have used up recently and I noticed two things-a lot of these things I have already spoken about on my blog which shows I am not a total floozy with make up products and do genuinely use things up rather than jumping from one thing to another and also that a lot of these products are really really good!

Have you tried any of them?


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