Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Recent empties

When I say recent, these are actually my May empties.  What can I say, I've been busy.

There's some really good stuff in here though so lets crack on.

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

Not my fave-talked about it a lot more here, but I found this quite basic for the price and I wouldn't repurchase.  It definitely sits in the 'morning' cleanse category for me and although it was nice, nice doesn't justify the price v results.

Niod Photography Fluid

Still my all time fave primer, I adore this stuff and have converted as many people as I possibly can onto it!  Already repurchased (plus a back up), I have written a full review on this magical primer/instagram filter for face here.

Niod Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex*

If you have dry skin this stuff is an absolute godsend.  The first time I used this 'as light as water' serum, my skin was suffering from the extremely drying effects of some medication I had been prescribed by my doctor.  My foundation wouldn't sit on my skin without peeling and flaking and it was just gross.  One application of this serum overnight sorted the problem totally out.  I genuinely couldn't believe the effect it had.  When I used this I genuinely didn't need to use a moisturisor before applying make up.  I've written a full review here
*PR sample

Kiehls Creme De Corps

One of my all time fave body moisturisers,  It's a cult classic and I love everything about it.  The yellow lotion absorbs almost immediately and it doesn't irritate my skin (a lot of body moisturisers make my skin break out in a rash, especially on my legs).  It's also super soothing and cooling when you apply it.  I adore it!

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder

I go through stages of hating this and then loving it.  My hair is very fine and gets greasy very easily and every single day I either use a dry shampoo or texturising spray.  This is one of those sprays that really does make your hair feel a bit matted though so if you don't like that slightly stiff, matte texture to your hair, don't buy this.  I would also not recommend this for very thick hair.  The powder also contains colour so you definitely need to wash your hands after you apply it.  I probably wouldn't repurchase-I prefer the Charles Worthington texturising spray or just good old Batiste.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Technically only sample size but I really loved this wash off cream cleanser.  It's very basic and reminds me of the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and it is great for sensitive and acne prone skins.  I usually cleanse with an oil or balm and then once I have rinsed that off go straight in with this onto wet skin for a thorough cleanse.  Good stuff.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB highlighter

This is one of those 'YSL Touche Eclat' pen style concealer/highlighters and I would rate it as just ok.  I used it all but I wouldn't repurchase, I prefer these days to use a corrector and then concealer rather than a concealer and then a highlighter.  One good thing about this range is it comes in a wide range of shades and it's very similar to the Touche Eclat in formula.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

I'm so picky about mascaras and this one is really good!  It really separates, lengthens and volumises, doesn't flake or smudge and is really black.

NARS Sheer Glow foundation

I had a real love/hate relationship with this throughout the time I used it.   Firstly I hate that it doesn't come with a pump and I have to buy one separately.  Double Wear is the same and it just drives me nuts.  I've used this before and remember really loving it but this time, initially I felt like it wasn't giving enough coverage.  So I started using it as a light base and then buffing in the Make Up Forever HD foundation (the stick version) over the top and I liked it much more.  Then one day I forgot to add the extra layer and I really liked the way this foundation wore throughout the day-it just seemed to look better the more my natural oils mixed with it.  It works really well with the Nivea aftershave balm as a primer under it but you won't get more than medium coverage.

Belif The Truth Cream

Included this little sample pot because I really loved this light, gel based moisturiser.  It was super hydrating without leaving me as an oil slick and make up sat really nicely over it.  I don't know if you can buy this in the UK-mine came from Sephora in the US.  Similar in texture to the Dr Dennis Gross in that it's gel based rather than cream based but I actually preferred the Belif-I felt like it never broke me out whereas I was never sure with the Dr Dennis Gross.

MAC Omega eyeshadow

My Holy grail powder for eyebrows-have repurchased over and over and I prefer it over anything else I own for brows!  Also works well as a contour for pale skin and a matte transition shade-a total all rounder.  If they ever discontinue it, there'll be trouble!

Nuxe Huile Prodiguise

I've had this little sample pot of the cult Nuxe oil for ages and I am sure I have used it before and not been overly wowed.  But for some reason I tried it recently and I was absolutely wowed-I just loved how soft my skin was after using it and how it absorbed so easily-I was literally slathering it on.  I've since been and bought the full size one and I just love it so much-also adore the packaging and the size I have has a spray pump so it is totally hassle free to use.

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion

I have tried really hard to like Dr Dennis Gross products but nothing has really impressed me.  I gave away the Ferulic and Retinol serum because it wasn't doing anything for me, the Alpha Beta peel pads seem really harsh on my skin and this moisturiser was just ok-as I said above I was never 100% sure this wasn't breaking me out.

The formula contains Hyaluronic Acid which keeps moisture locked into skin, Glycolic Acid to improve tone and texture, Aloe to soothe and Collagen to plump and firm.  I do think I prefer the Origins Ginzing which is very similar and I wouldn't repurchase this particular product.

So that's all my empties from May, I now need to go and start working on my June empties post!

Have you used any of these products?


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