02/10/2014

The empties #2 | Skincare edit

A picture of empty skincare products
It's only been a few weeks since I shared The empties # 1 (read here), but my empties box has quickly filled up - so much so, it needed to be split between two posts! It feels like I've been going through skincare products really quickly recently, as I finished up enough empty skincare products for a post of their own - when in reality, I've been using some of these products for months on end! That's what I love about skincare, because you always get your money's worth. These are the skincare products I've finished over the past few weeks, some I'll repurchase in a flash - some I can live without.

HealGel Intensive (30ml, £37.50) is pretty much my favourite serum, as well as one of my top skincare products ever. If I had to recommend just one skincare product for the rest of my life - this would be it. It's scientifically-designed, working to soothe irritation and provide skin with a protective barrier, with Arnica and Madecassoside. It has a very light, fresh scent and feels instantly soothing and cooling when applied. This stuff is a dream, it makes my skin feel soft, plump and hydrated, whilst my complexion is clearer and calmer; it clears redness in a flash. Couldn't live without. It just makes my skin so happy - and yes I'd repurchase in a heartbeat (although thankfully, a have a fresh one in reserve!)

I've managed to work my way through 3 eye makeup removers recently, one I love, one I think is a great dupe and the other, not so much. The Klorane Eye Makeup Remover (100ml, £4.50) is the one I think I'll give a miss - but the one I was really hoping I'd like. A French pharmacy product, I was hoping for big things; suitable for even sensitive skin, it contains softening and anti-inflammatory French Cornflower and promises to be an effective eye makeup remover. Unfortunately I just found this didn't remove my makeup well, and I was having to use double the amount I usually would to remove my eye makeup. Despite the purse-friendly price - I wouldn't repurchase. 

Very similiar to my favourite Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover (125ml, £15.80) (aka, the best eye makeup remover ever), is the Lancome Bi-facial (125ml, £21) which I picked up in a mascara-makeup remover duo. I've heard a lot of rave reviews of Bi-facial, and it really is brilliant - but for price and overall product, I still prefer Clarins.

The Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (150ml, £10.75) has become one of my favourite Liz Earle products yet - and one I definitely plan to repurchase. A gentle, soothing herbal lotion, it's suitable for even sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers, combining naturally active ingredients to remove eye makeup effectively, as well as being the perfect eye refresher in the mornings. It uses a grassland herb - Eyesbright, alongside Witch Hazel, Organic Aloe Vera and Cornflower, to tone, cool and refresh.

It was a sad day when I finished my Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer (50ml, £23), one of my favourite moisturisers and one which always stands out from the crowd. Suitable for any skintype, it is a light-weight, oil-free gel consistency moisturiser, fortified with skin-boosting Panex, Ginseng and Coffee Bean. It works to boost hydration levels, whilst keeping skin refreshed, revitalised, healthy and radiant. For me, it just makes my skin feel constantly soothed, refreshed, hydrated and plump. I'll definitely be repurchasing, but once I've finished a few more moisturisers in my stash.

Another product I won't hesitate to repurchase (but again, when I've used up a few more products) is the very purse-friendly Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner (200ml, £7.50) which used daily, left my skin looking far more healthy and fresh. It uses Orange Flower Water, Aloe Vera and Centella Asiatica Extract, to heal and regenerate, with anti-ageing benefits. 

Have you finished up any skincare products lately?

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01/10/2014

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

A picture of Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

A picture of Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara
My eyelashes are very hard to please. One beauty feature I always envy on other girls (and sometimes even boys), would be having long, luscious lashes. Mine are the opposite with no hint of a natural curl, they always point downwards, and I have to reach for my eyelash curlers every single day. By the end of the day, most mascaras haven't held up to the job and my lashes are back to the way they were. There's only two mascaras I can rely on to hold a curl on my lifeless lashes all day long, but both are high-end and ones I can't afford to repurchase regularly. Mascaras have a 3 month life span, and spending £25+ on a mascara every 3 months isn't quite within my budget. I've tried eyelash perming before, back when I was in hairdressing college (which also did beauty), but after a couple of very successful attempts, I had a really bad experience and I've been put off ever since. I have to rely on mascaras for making my lashes pop, and I've finally found a new favourite with a budget-friendly price tag, the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99).

Featured inside The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box (£15.99) (read review here), it's my favourite product from the box and I have used it every single day since. All the products featured inside the box were picked by no other than Glamour Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, so I knew the mascara was going to be good, I just didn't think it would be this good! The box is still available by the way - so I'd snap one up quick if you don't want to miss out!

With a slightly different design to your standard high-street mascara, it's rounded with a curved top, which I actually find makes application easier as the brush is easier to hold and use. It has some pretty big claims; it promises to wrap every lash in a 360' motion for clump-free definition. The brush isn't too stand-out, it's a nice length with the perfect amount of spherical bristles to catch all your lashes, without any unwanted clumping. The formula is also pretty spot on; just the right consistency to apply to all lashes with ease, with a quick drying time and long staying power. It doesn't clump, smudge or budge, but it's also pretty easy to remove with a good bi-phase eye makeup remover. What sells this mascara the most for me is it's ability to hold a curl. I always curl my lashes before applying, popping on two coats of mascara, and each time I've used the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara, that curl has held all day. It's been a long, long time since I tried a high-street mascara that was this good - and I think I've just found my new favourite. 

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BOBBI BROWN LIMITED EDITION PRETTY PINK LIP GLOSS COLLECTION

A picture of Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink   Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of my favourite brands, Bobbi Brown, is supporting the campaign and Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a Limited Edition Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Collection (£35). Containing four gorgeous pink glosses; Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss, Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss, each would be wearable on any skin tone and I really love the shades within the set. All of the shades look absolutely beautiful, and I definitely think I'll be picking up a set for myself as Bobbi Brown is my absolute favourite for high-end glosses. Available exclusively online and at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide, these pretty pink glosses will only be available whilst stocks last, so make sure you pick up yours now!

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