Sunday, February 19, 2017

January empties

Let's start this post with a cliché-how is it the middle of February already?  Maybe I am just getting old but time is flying by!

My January empties are an equal mix between skincare and make up and there's some great products in here I am sad to say goodbye to!

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream-longest name ever but I did enjoy using this light, non sticky eye gel.  it's quite hydrating for a gel and absorbs quickly meaning you can follow up with make up immediately.  I think I might need to start opting for heavier formulas than this going forward given I am in late thirties territory but 20-30's might love this.

MAC Prep and Prime Blemish Control Gel-This is probably my 4th tube of this, it's a brilliant spot zapper with a hefty dose of salicylic acid.  I love it.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel-Another Elemis product I love, this cream mask contains AHA's to chemically exfoliate with natural fruit acids.  It can tingle a bit but this is one of the milder AHA products and should be fine even for sensitive skin.  It doesn't dry down, you just apply to dry skin for ten minutes and rinse off with a damp flannel for glowing smooth skin.
Glamglow Powercleanse-I loved this dual cleanser and reviewed it in full here.  It's a mud and oil in one and the ultimate lazy girls double cleanse.

SKII Eye Mask-I liked these under eye saturated fiber masks but I didn't see a significant improvement considering the price.  These come in a box of either 8 or 12 and are individually packaged.  I feel like I get the same result from the Sephora eye masks from a fraction of the price.

Lancome Hydra Zen moisturisor-Although this was only a deluxe sample size I wanted to include this because this was a moisturisor I hadn't used for years but I really love.  The gel texture of the cream feels so soothing on the skin and it instantly calms redness and stressed out skin.  I can't smell it now because of my anosmia but I remember it haven't a really beautiful, soft, sweet, relaxing fragrance when I used it years ago.
Too Faced Hangover Primer-I raved about this primer because I thought it was amazing but then I started using the Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer and I utterly loved it.  The Too Faced primer is good though-it has a nice 'tack' to it to keep make up on and make up sits really nicely over it.  But the Coconut Primer from Marc Jacobs is just lush.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation-I loved this.  It has a great density and offers great coverage without settling in pores.  It really smoothes out the skin and lasts a good amount of time on me.  It applies equally well with fingers, a brush or beauty blender although I prefer to use the beauty blender or hands.  I think I would repurchase this again

Trish McEvoy 24 hour eye shadow and liner-If you haven't heard me rave about these where have you been??  I've done a detailed review here.  They're in my top 5 all time favourite beauty products.  I recently restocked on 5 more in London.  This shade was Smoky Quartz and is a beautiful taupey purple shade and it is perfection.  I highly highly recommend.
MAC Woodwinked-My all time favourite eyeshadow, I love this warm bronzey shade all over the lid.  This shadow was super creamy and easy to blend and so pigmented.  I of course repurchased, but I have to say I feel like MAC changed the formula??  My new one doesn't seem so velvety or pigmented and I am so disappointed.  I'm using it damp to get the same metallic shine from my finished pan.  Devastated.  MAC, you disappoint me.

Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation in the shade Exposed-I love these blushes for their staying power.  And Exposed is a very easy nude shade to use that just ties in with every make up look.  If I wear a red lip I would always choose a shade like Exposed because it's a 'nothing but everything' shade.  I wore this obsessively the latter half of last year-it's just an easy (read lazy) choice.

Marc Jacobs (P)outliner in Honey(bun)-I loved this liner from Marc Jacobs beauty and the shade Honey(bun) is brilliant for a nude or coral lip.  It's gel based so it doesn't drag at the lips and the twist up aspect means no sharpening.  I've reviewed this in full here and my thoughts remain the same.
MAC Fix+ No matter how I try to photograph Fix Plus it never looks clear #EpicFail  But I live for this stuff.  Here are two empty bottles-one normal Fix Plus and one Fix Plus I 'enhanced' with MAC pigments in Tan and Vanilla for extra glow.  I spritz it everywhere, before make up, during make up and after make up.  I just think everything sticks better and lasts better with it.  Love love love.

Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit-Another absolute obsession.  I've spoken about this so many times but I adore it.  It's a comforting hug in a bottle.  It's a winter-only scent for me but as December 1st rolls round, my Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit gets cracked open.  Luckily I have a back up-and it's sold exclusively to the Regent Street store in London.

Have you tried any of these products?


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