Empties #17

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, although I haven’t done one of these for a while I know another one will be coming very soon. I can go a week or so without using anything up and then all of a sudden I finish everything at once. As I have quite a few products in my basket I thought I’d ensure there is a mix of products in each post just so there is something for everyone.

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

So if you have read my blog for a while you will know that I LOVE this brow pencil, I am obsessed. I mentioned it in my Top 3 Eyebrow Products and it is still there grabbing the top spot. Up until recently though I used this mainly to finish off my brows and ensure that the shape was right, now I use it for my whole brow with the use of no other products and I have fallen in love with it even more – I didn’t know this was even possible. It creates such a natural brow and I love the finish. I did mention in my recent Sephora Haul that I will be comparing the ABH Brow Whiz as I now have both so watch out for that!

Obviously I have already purchased this and to be honest I have gone through so many I don’t see myself stopping buying anything else anytime soon. Benefit’s brow range really is great, if you are unsure on what to go for, head to your local Benefit and they are more than happy to test the products out on you and find the right one for you.

Too Faced – Better than Sex Mascara see here

So, a lot of people love this and I mean really praise that it is an amazing mascara. It took me a long time to finally accept that I needed to try it out and I was lucky enough to receive two at once for my birthday last year. Now, don’t get me wrong it’s a good mascara but was I wowed by it? No. It gives volume and my lashes look nice but I find this very flaky and it is rather annoying. I think there are better mascaras out there that are around the same price point or actually lower. If you still want to try it, I would suggest buying a mini version to make sure you like it.

I still have another one of these to get through but it’s just not something I reach for very often. I just have better mascaras in my collection which I much prefer. I’m sorry to all you fans out there of this mascara but it just isn’t my favourite. I don’t think after I have got through my next tube I will be repurchasing.

Gariner – Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub see here

At first, I didn’t think was my cup of tea. I like a scrub that is fairly thick, I just feel like it works with my skin better and also my skin can take it. However, I persevered because the scent is amazing. It is this beautiful orange citrus scent that really does make me want to use this. I’m so glad I carried on because I really enjoyed this and I think my skin did too. Although the scrub in finer it still works wonders on the skin and I feel like my skin looks a whole load brighter after using this.

By the end I was gutted that it was all gone as I would happily continue using it. I have a lot of exfoliators/scrubs in my collection so I will use some of those up first but I will keep an eye out for it when I’m shopping for a new exfoliator.

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation in 200 Soft Beige see here

I think, currently this is one of my favourite drug store foundations. I was so annoyed as I went to use this and realised it has pretty much run out. I very quickly repurchased this as I just find if my skin is not playing ball I can pop this foundation on and I feel a lot more presentable to the world. This is different to a lot of my foundations with it not being matte. I am more oily than anything else but I don’t have any problems with this at all. The longevity of this is incredible and although I have tested the whole 25 hour claim I would say a solid 14 hours and it’s still battling on.

It has been a massive saviour in the summer with SPF 20 in it, it’s just one less layer of cream on my face and it has saved me I’m sure when it comes to not burning my face. I don’t see this foundation being talked about an awful lot in the blogging community but for me I flipping love it. Whether you have dry, normal or combination skin I think you can happily makes this work.

Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel see here

You may be thinking, hun this has only just been released again. Yes I know, but I stock up around Christmas time so I can use this all year round. I love it too much to just appreciate it for only a couple months of the year. It is a little pricey for a shower gel but it is so worth it. If you are into your sweeter scents then this right up your street. If you have never tired it though, seriously where have you been!? I won’t delve into my love for this too much because I could write pages and pages, yes I am addicted.

I believe I still have another bottle in my stocks to use but I am sure I will be stocking up now I know it has been released again and of course it will be going on my Christmas list so if you want to get me something this right here makes my life complete!

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner see here

I am a big lover of Herbal Essences. I have tired a lot of their different ranges and there aren’t many I don’t like. This I would say is my favourite as dry ends is something I really struggle with. It helps that it’s cheap and cheerful but it really is good for the price point. I notice the difference when I change to a different brand, my hair just doesn’t seem the same. I recently had a hair cut – I hadn’t had once for over a year, I know it’s bad. But with the hair cut and using this my hair is in great condition!

I have a few conditioners to use in my collection before I go out and buy something new but I always go back to this especially when it’s on offer which it quite often is, I just can’t refuse.

MAC – Velvet Teddy Lipstick see here

Sorry, how in the world did did these lipsticks creep up to £17.50!? If you are going to buy a lipstick MAC is the place to go however, wow they are getting expensive. This is a proud moment for me because this is the first lipstick I have EVER finished. I knew it was going to be this because the shade is just great. This is the shade that set off my love affair with brown toned lips, I barely wear anything other than brown now. This is a great lipstick and if you are still on the fence about it I would totally put it on your wish-list. Especially with a lip liner underneath it’s just a beautiful shade.

This the one product I will be keeping hold of for my back-to-MAC I just need one more product to then be able to pick up a free eye shadow or lipstick. If I am honest I think I will just get this little baby because I really miss it in my collection but I’m not convinced I want to pay £17.50 for it!

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix see here

Again if you have read any primer related posts from me you will know that this is currently my favourite primer, and to be honest I don’t see that changing any time soon. If you prefer a more silicone based primer then this is worth giving a go. I find that for my oily skin this works wonders and I am never left disappointed by it. You only need a little bit on your face and I really notice the difference when I don’t wear this. I have actually written a full review on this here so if you want to know more than this may help.

Of course I have already repurchased this and I will continue to for the foreseeable future. TK MAXX is a good place to pick up nip + fab a little cheaper than the drug store. Having said that drug stores always have offers on with nip + fab or 3 for 2 so it’s definitely worth looking into.

Primark – PS Oval Cotton Pads

Of course these are in here, they make an appearance near enough every empties post. These cotton pads really are the only ones I will use and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Every time I pop into Primark I am always stocking up on these babies I mean for 90p you really can’t go wrong. They are a lot more durable than a lot of other cotton pads on the market. Seriously try them out for yourselves you won’t be disappointed!

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Cherry see here

Last but by no means least, another regular empties product the holy grail hair product my dry shampoo. I honestly don’t know how I coped before using dry shampoo and in particular Batiste. It’s just incredible and to be honest I don’t need to try another dry shampoo because I know that this does the job. I can’t  just have one of these in my draws I always have to have another one as a back up in case I run out. What’s your favourite scent as I feel I just use the same two!

Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post! I didn’t realise how long this will be, but you all earn yourself a gold star. Let me know if you have tired any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. I’d love to know!

-A x

Empties #16

Hello my lovelies,

Another month another Empties post. To be honest this time round I am pretty shocked at how hair care heavy it is considering I use very few products on my hair. Yes I am a little lazy when it comes to my hair, I pretty much wash it and then brush it and hope for the best. A lot of these are products I have never used before so I am sure it will be interesting to let you know my thoughts and whether I would pick them up again.

NYX – Matte Finish Setting Spray see here

I go through phases of using setting sprays and at the moment I am going through the phase of using them. Do I think they change my make up game? Nope. But in this humid weather it’s actually really nice to spritz this and just aid my powder in doing its job. I always go for a matte setting spray not that I buy them an awful lot. To be honest I find it hard to tell the difference in the actual product from others apart from how it is absorbs on my skin. I wouldn’t know whether to recommend this or not because I’m not convinced setting sprays in general do that much anyway. But I used it up and it’s another product gone in my collection. Probably won’t repurchase just because I have other setting sprays I am yet to try to see if they wow me or not.

Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

A cult classic when it comes to my empties post. I will not use another cotton pad other than these I just simply refuse. Not are they stupidly affordable at 90p for 100 pads they are the best I have ever used. I’ll happily argue this point ’till my heart is content. Annoyingly I can’t link this as Primark have still not jumped onto the online retail world however if you have never tried them then you must, honestly go to your local Primark store and pick them up you will not be disappointed.

Sephora – Supreme Cleansing Oil see here

I have fallen in love with this. This brought me into the world of cleansing oil goodness. I just love it, I am gutted that I have used it up but no fear I have another one waiting to be used. I was always worried that using an oil with oily skin that it would be a disaster but I was proven wrong. In fact I feel as though it is able to balance out my skin and I never feel oily after using this. It removes every little bit of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling amazing. If you are thinking of trying an oil cleanser then I highly recommend this one. I am next going to Sephora in September and I will be stocking up on this little baby!

Loreal – Pure Clay Detox Mask see here

I haven’t finished a pot of face mask in the longest time so I had no shame in high five-ing myself when I finished this baby. To be honest it was no surprise for me that it was this baby because I absolutely love it. In fact I love the whole range but this is by far my favourite. I really notice differences in my skin when I use this. I really do need to buy another pot of this so I am not without for to long. I have written a review on this see here  so rather than writing the same things twice go check it out.

John Freida – Frizz Ease Leave in Conditioner see here

So my hair is fine, and I have a lot of it so it’s prone to just knotting up. Conditioner alone does not fight through the tangles so I swear by de-tanglers and leave in conditioners. I have really fallen in love with this product. This is the first bottle I have used up of it and I am already missing it. I just love how my hair feels after brushing and it just makes the whole process of brushing wet hair painless and easy. Again, I have written a review on this so I will leave it here of a bit more detail. My only issue is the John Freida is a little pricey so I am waiting for this to go on offer before I pick this up again.

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Cherry see here

Another favourite product that I absolutely adore. I go through so many of these bottles and I have no intention of swapping up my dry shampoo any time soon. It works and has saved me and my hair more times than I would like to admit. It does the job and so affordable. Sometimes it’s good to stick to what you know especially when you love it, you just know where you stand no need for disappointment then. I would say even though I use the same scents I like them all, I’m not picky I just like the look of the bottle.

Benefit – They’re Real Mascara see here

I have had this in my collection than longer than I would like to admit and to be honest I knew it was time to give this up and throw it away. For me it was more for sentimental reasons as it was one of the first ever high-end purchases I ever made because everyone and their dog loved this mascara. Did I? No, and to be honest I really have never understood the hype about it. I don’t like the brush the look of my lashes were nothing special and to be honest the worst part is that it is a bugger to remove. There are a lot better mascaras on the market and are cheaper than this. I much prefer Benefit’s Roller Lash, sorry this one just isn’t my cup of tea and I am glad this is finally gone!

Natural World – Volume & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner see here

Another lot of products I am glad to see the back of. I love the brand and how they are a natural product but did it do much for my hair? Nope. I mean for me, there was no added volume or shine in my hair after using them. In fact the only thing I noticed about these were how static my hair was. I mean it was getting a little silly by how much. I have written a full review of them here but unfortunately there were just not my cup of tea.

Maybelline – Lash Sensational Mascara see here

Another mascara! This one as you can tell have been very well loved. I have gone through quite a lot of these in my time and for a long time I did believe that this was the best drug store mascara out there. However, my mind has changed slightly as I have found some amazing L’Oreal mascaras in recent months. It’s such a reliable mascara and you know exactly what you stand. It gives both volume and length and to be honest does make your lashes look sensational. I will repurchase this little baby but I have a lot of mascaras in my collection at the moment so when I use a few more up I’m sure this will be on my repurchase list.

That’s all folks! Gold star to you if you managed to get to the end of this, it was a bit of a long one! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Empties #15

Hello my lovelies,

Another month another empties post, I seem to do these way more frequently than I ever planned. I always think half way through the month oh I don’t have enough products to do an empties post this month but here we are and I have still somehow managed to get 10 products. Some of these are repeat offenders but some I’m shocked they are  in here, sometimes you forget how quickly you get through products.

Estee Lauder – Day Wear Moisturiser see here

I actually received this as a gift with purchase when I brought some other Estee Lauder products. I personally think this is a great way to discover new products especially higher end brands where you don’t want to risk money for it to not work for you. Now, this was a nice moisturiser, but I didn’t fall in love with it. There wasn’t really nothing special about it, it did the job it smelt nice but that was about it. Would I buy it again, probably not but if I had this in a set or in another gift with purchase I’d happily use it. I’m just not convinced enough to spend my money, sometimes a high end price tag doesn’t always mean it’s going to be an amazing product..

Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara see here

This is probably my favourite Benefit mascara I have tried, to be honest I wasn’t a massive fan on the They’re Real but this was pretty impressive for me. It gave me length and volume, my only issue is that it is a bit of a bugger to remove but I think this is an issue with all Benefit mascara’s. I have had this in my collection for a little while which dried up after time, but it turned into the perfect bottom lash mascara. I never have panda eyes and it doesn’t turn flaky. I think I used pretty much the whole of this product so it was time to say goodbye. I would repurchase this, just not for a little while as my mascara collection is a little excessive right now!

So…? – White Petals Body Mist see here

Body mists remind me so much of my childhood and when I got these I was like will they come into use but actually they do. I have had this in my handbag constantly and near enough on a daily basis I use it. It’s just so refreshing especially in the warmer weather and it smells define. I won’t try to explain the scent because I’m blooming awful at it but it’s definitely on the floral spectrum. I think I would get this again but I do have other scents that I am now using which have now replaced this in my handbag.

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

I think this product appears in nearly every single one of my empties, I have no shame because I am still obsessed. I have been switching up the scents recently but apart from that it’s a firm favourite. I would never go out and buy another brand of dry shampoo, my hair routine is pretty basic and this is the only product I have been loyal to for a long time!

Soap and Glory – The Righteous Butter 3-in-1 Creamy Body Wash see here

I’m not really sure what I thought about this product. I received this in a set which I was keen to try as I haven’t really heard much about this product. I wouldn’t really call this a body wash, it was difficult to lather and move around my body (as weird as that sounds) I mean it was really moisturising but in the end I had to use another body wash to feel clean which really defeats the point of this. This product is great to use on your legs to shave them but apart from that I don’t have many more uses for it. To be honest I wouldn’t go out and pay £7 just to use this as a shaving cream, unfortunately this product just wasn’t for me.

KIKO – Ultimate Pen, Long Wear Eyeliner in Black see here

I love a good liquid liner, my eye looks are never complete without it. I used to love trying different brands out but to be honest most of them are pretty much the same. This is a very affordable eyeliner which does exactly what it should. The nib is perfect especially for precision on a winged liner look, it’s proper black. I mean I know that sounds silly to say but sometimes it comes out a grey-ish black and it’s such a disappointment. I also love that it stays on all day, I never have any issues with this fading what so ever which is perfect. Highly recommend for a cheap and cheerful product.

Katy Perry – Killer Queen Perfume see here

I have been finishing quite a few perfume bottles recently and I am pretty proud of myself. This little baby has had a feature recently on my blog in my February Favourites and I still have been absolutely loving it. I didn’t realise how quickly I was going through it so when I had finished it I knew I had to replace it. It’s not very often I feel the need to replace quickly but with this one it was a must. I quickly headed down to my local perfume store and picked it up, for the price it was totally rude not to. This has shown to me not all celebrity perfumes are a write off!

Soap & Glory – Clean on Me Shower Gel see here

Another shower product from Soap and Glory but this time it is a mini. To be honest I’m not sure about this product because there wasn’t enough of it to really get a feel for it. It smelt lovely and to be honest the nicest scent from them, I’m not a fan of a lot of the scents this was actually quite tame. It lathered up nicely and did the job but it no way compares to the likes of Lush which are around the same price point. I don’t think I would repurchase this but I am sure I will receive gifts and I would use them. I mean it isn’t a bad product but it’s not the best..

Garnier – Micellar Water see here

Anyone who knows me remotely knows that I absolutely adore this stuff. I could go on and on for days about this, but I am sure it would bore the pants off of you. Seriously try it. I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t enjoy this product, it’s just a great affordable product. Like the Batiste Dry Shampoo this is in an awful lot of my Empties post but I did mention this in my Spring Evening Skincare Routine so if you want to know how I use it then go take a look!

Revolution – Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray see here

Another make up product – I know! It doesn’t happen an awful lot. Now, I don’t really use fixing sprays how they should be used. I basically use them to dampen my beauty blender. Now most people will think well that’s an expensive way to wet the blender. Well, yes it is but actually I think it works better than water. As it’s a fixing spray I feel as though my foundation stays on an awful lot longer rather than just using water. I’m a girl although I love make up I don’t have the time on a daily basis to keep topping up my foundation every couple of hours and I have found that this is the perfect way to ensure a long wearing foundation. If you haven’t tried this before then it’s worth a go – trust me!

& that’s a wrap guys. Talking about 10 products turns into a pretty long post so well done if you have got to the end! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. I’d love to know!

-A x

Empties #14

Hello my lovelies,

It has actually taken me a while to accumulate products for this post for once. Normally in less than a month the box is overflowing. Not this time, a good 6 weeks! To be honest I was just bored of looking at the box and I thought that it was time to say goodbye and write this post up. I have a mix of products that are quite frequent in these posts as well as some real gems that I am really sad to see go. I feel like I really need to cut these introductions down, I just like to babble I’m sorry!

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

My favourite ever hair care product which I would be completely lost without. I go through these fairly quickly because I use it near enough every day. Hair not feeling fresh? Dry Shampoo. Need a little volume? Dry Shampoo. Want your hair to smell nice? Dry Shampoo. It just has so many uses and I can’t be without it. I have stuck to this scent for quite a long time now and I just can’t be bothered to try and find a new scent that I like – sometimes it’s good to stick to what you know. The best dry shampoo EVER.

Maybelline – Lash Sensational Mascara see here

Now, this was a very much loved mascara a few years ago in the beauty world. Although it’s still around and still loved, for me I just think there are better ones out there now. I mean it’s a great affordable mascara don’t get me wrong and is great for volume. But, since I have tried other mascaras in recent times I just don’t reach for this anymore. I love it so much so a year or two ago that it made it into my Top 3 Mascaras (which actually I should probably update!) Although I enjoyed this, I just don’t reach for it anymore so I don’t think I will be going out in a hurry to repurchase this. But, if you haven’t tried this I would recommend these is a reason why this was so loved.

Estee Lauder – Take it Away Make Up Remover Lotion see here

So, this has seriously impressed me. I received this with a gift with purchase and thought I would give it a go with really no major high hopes. Wow, this stuff is good. It removed my makeup effortlessly. Seriously, it’s my favoruite thing to use to remove make up. It easily removes all my make up including eye makeup with no real effort. My skin feels amazing after use and very rarely do I second cleanse after using this product because I feel this has done the job. Halfway through using this I already went to go and buy the full size bottle of this, it is a little pricey but in my opinion well worth the investment.

Garnier – Micellar Cleansing Water see here

Do I really need to say much about this product. If you have read any of my previous blog posts then you know I absolutely LOVE this product. If I had to keep one skincare item it would be this one, no second thought. I have never had the ‘on the go’ size as they call it before but it’s so handy! I used to spend ages decanting an amount from my bigger bottle into smaller ones for travelling but have no fear Garnier have brought the travel size out. If you still haven’t tried this, then please do – well worth the couple of £’s it is.

Miss Sporty – Mascara, Just Clear see here

Ok, so it doesn’t look like a clear mascara but I promise it was once upon a time. I don’t use this for my eyelashes, I actually use this to set my brows. I don’t need no fancy brow gel. All I want is for them to stay in place and this is exactly what this baby does for me. Who needs to spend a lot of money on a setting brow gel when you can pop to Superdrug and pick one of these babies up for £2.99. I know, I’m right. It’s all I will ever use because it does the job and I have never had any issues. I know I’m a genius!

L’Oreal – Hydra Genius see here

I am actually gutted that this has run out. For mouisturiser, this has been a complete game changer and I’m just so impressed. I used this every morning and instantly I felt refreshed and my skin felt so soft and I’m then ready for the day. The difference my skin looks when I don’t apply this is crazy. I have actually done a full review on this here so go check it out if you haven’t read it already. I seriously need to repurchase this ASAP, I don’t think I can be without it for too long!

Boots – Essentials Cleansing Wipes for Normal Skin see here

If you know me, then you know I’m not the biggest fan of wipes. I’m a cleanser/micellar water girl through and through. I do always have a few packs of these lying around though and they is mainly for makeup errors or if I drop powder everywhere (which happens all the time!) I never really do go for expensive wipes because very rarely do they go on my face. I can’t say a lot about them, I mean they are ok for the price but I didn’t feel they had much moisture, they were quite dry but maybe because I don’t use them often they just dry up. Will I buy them again? Probably but only through ease when in a shop.

Soap & Glory – The ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser see here

Another cleanser, I know I have been busy getting to the end of some of them so I have new ones to try. I really enjoyed this product and I think this is my second or third one. For the price, it’s pretty impressive. From the drugstore it’s one of my favourites. Soap and Glory on the whole are really quite brill when it comes to skincare. I don’t think many people realise but over there body care and makeup I would choose these skincare range all day long. I have actually written a full review of this little baby here To be honest I really need to pop to Boots and pick this up again.

Garnier – Daily Exfoliating Scrub, Spots & Blackheads see here

Ok, so this is only my opinion but, this is the BEST face exfoliator I have ever used. I know, it’s a big statement but hands down no competition. It really works into the skin and removes all the unwanted dirt and I have noticed such a difference in my pores. This year I have had such a rough time with my skin due to being so unwell & this little baby just makes everything better. I use this around 3 times a week and for me that’s more than enough. I’m gutted I have run out of this, I seriously need to drugstore shop so I can pick this up again!

Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

Is it an Empties post if I don’t show you these babies. Seriously, if you haven’t tried these cotton pads then babe, you really need to. Life changing and in all honestly I refuse to use anything but these cotton pads. The rest are just such poor quality in comparison to these and blooming expensive. Why pay £4 for some cotton pads when you can pop to Primark and pick these up for 90p – yeah I know, no brainer right!?

That’s all folks, congratulations if you made it to the end! If you want to see my last Empties post then please click here

Let me know if you have used any of these products before and what your thought are on them.

-A x

Superdrug Haul

Hello my lovelies,

Yes I have a shopping addiction and I know no shame. I just can’t help it, in my defense a lot of the products in this haul are repurchases and then for good measure I brought some new bits to try out. I just get sucked in Superdrug always have offers on and I am not strong enough to say no – I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets sucked in!

Garnier Micellar Water 700ml see here

This is the ONLY micellar I will use, in my opinion it’s the best one out there. I have gone through countless bottles, more than I care to disclose. I recommend this to everyone because it does just the job. It removes make up so well and instantly refreshes my face in the morning. I could go on and on about this but I feel this would be a little much. If you haven’t try it – you need to it’s life changing stuff.

Miss Sporty – Clear Mascara see here

So you are probably thinking, babe what’s with the clear mascara. Well let me tell you, I use this to set my brows. I don’t bother with fancy eyebrow gels when this does the job. It instantly sets my brows and keeps them in place. For £3 I’m happy with it and I have repurchased this quite a few times now. It might be worth a go if your just starting out with taming your brows or after a new brow gel – you can thank me after.

Maybelline – Age Rewind Concealer in Light see here

I have wanted to buy this for the longest time and for whatever reason I never picked it up. I FINALLY picked this up as I know it is very well received in the beauty community. I wanted to pick up the brightening shade but it was all sold out so I stuck to light. I can’t wait to try this out and I’ll be sure to let you guys know what my thoughts are. My only concern is the applicator, not sure how I will get with this but we shall see!

Maybelline – Superstay Matte Ink in Visionary see here

I’m a sucker for a liquid lipstick. I hadn’t seen these before so I thought it would be rude not to pick one up and give them a go. I tried to pick a shade that is different to what I have in my collection but it’s pretty hard when you have so many. I had swatches all up my arm and I decided on this one which is a muted purple. I love a purple lip so I am hoping I will enjoy this, of course I will report back what I think.

MUA Pro Eyeshadow Palette in Fire Vixen see here

I have heard a lot about MUA and their recent launches and I haven’t brought anything from them for the longest time. I decided on this eyeshadow palette because I am still trying to come out of my comfort zone when it comes to colour. I always seem to stick to the same tones and although I never thought I would wear pink I’m hoping this will broaden my horizons and for £5 you can’t go wrong. I have owned palettes from MUA before and the quality has always been so impressive so I am hoping this won’t disappoint.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

Who doesn’t love Batiste dry shampoo? Seriously in my opinion it’s the only dry shampoo worth buying. It is affordable, its a great product and I love how many different scents there are so there is something for everyone. This is such a savior product for me and always helps me out when I am having a bad hair day.

PS Primark Oval Cotton Pads 

Ok so this isn’t from Superdrug but I thought I would just pop it in here. These cotton pads are the best out there in my opinion, they are 90p and they are such good quality. They never fall apart and are the perfect shape. I would never use another brand and whenever I am in Primark I make sure I always stock up on them. This is the sort of product that I panic when I am down to my last pack and then buy about 5. I’m sure I’m not the only panic buyer!

That’s all folks, I hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know if you have brought any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Superdrug Haul

Hello my lovelies,

I was meant to be on a no spend January, but clearly I cannot be trusted with the internet. I was running low on some products and I was just going to order them and I got sucked in – please tell me I’m not the only one that does this!? I don’t very often shop in Superdrug just because Boots for me has a bigger selection of brands that interest me more. However, I have never shopped online with Superdrug before and I thought lets give it a go!

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I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Orange Palette see here

This is a product I got sucked into buying, but come on look how pretty it looks! The shades are right up my street, I love these orange and red shades compared to a more golden look at the moment and for £9 you just can’t go wrong. I don’t have any eyeshadow palettes from I Heart Makeup but I have heard good things, obviously I will be sure to let you know how I get on!

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Collection – Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium see here

For me this is the best concealer EVER. I don’t care what people say but seriously for the price and the coverage of this baby – it’s perfect. I couldn’t tell you how many tubes of this stuff I have been through. I use this pretty much every day and I am never disappointed, it works amazingly on my skin. The coverage is medium but is both blendable and buildable. Seriously if you haven’t tried this concealer – where have you been!? You NEED to try this if you haven’t already – I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

Batiste dry shampoo is not new to me, I adore this stuff and this was another repurchase for me. However, it is a new scent. I’m not picky to the scents because to me I can’t really smell the difference this was the first one I saw on the website and it went straight in my basket. I love the smell of sweet things so I am hoping I won’t have an issue with this. I will let you know if I do.. but just know this stuff is a massive life saver!

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L’Oreal – Smooth Sugars Clear Scrub see here

I saw this on the new in section of Superdrug and it really caught my eye. I didn’t even know this was thing for L’Oreal I haven’t heard anything about this product in the beauty world. This was then cause for me to obviously buy it and try it out. They have a few different ones and this focuses on purifying and removing blackheads which I am all for! I will let you know how I get on with these after I have used it!

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Garnier – Micellar Water see here 

This is an obvious re-purchase for me, I flipping love this stuff and I cannot be without this. In my opinion this is THE best micellar water on the market and I will forever continue to buy this stuff. I normally buy the 700ml bottle but it was sold out so I have had to buy the 400ml bottle. Seriously if you haven’t tried this already you need to it’s just amazing!

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L’Oreal – Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in Vanilla see here

This is another repurchase for me, I love this foundation and I would say this is my go to drug store foundation at the moment. I much prefer matte foundations as I have oily skin and this just works so well. Annoyingly they don’t seem to do an extensive shade range for this foundation, but if you find a shade that works for you I would really recommend trying it out. I did mention this in my Top 3: Drugstore Foundations so if you are hunt for a new foundation this may help!

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I can’t wait to starting using all of these products, there is nothing better than using brand new makeup in my opinion. Let me know if you have tried out any of these products and what your thoughts are on them – I’d love to know!

-A x

Empties #12

Hello lovelies,

January is a good month for empties, I love at the start of the New Year finishing things and having a bit of a clear out! It’s a bit of a cleanse for me and I seem to be finishing an awful lot of things. I’m sad that in the post I have used some of my favourite things  BUT it means I can use new products. Anyone else have a drawer or two full of products waiting to be used?

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Fresh see here

I cannot live without dry shampoo, if you don’t use it – why!? It’s a great invention and I have no idea where I would be without it. I don’t do an awful lot with my hair but dry shampoo is something that I use near enough on a daily basis. For me, Batiste are the brand for dry shampoo. I can’t use anything else, there are lots of fragrances and they are super affordable. I ran out of this and I completely panicked because I hadn’t brought another one so I am currently using my sisters one until my Superdrug order turns up.

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The Body Shop – Drops of Youth, Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask see here

You know that product that you jump for joy that you have finally finished it? Yup that was what happened here. I have had this for the longest time and I’m so happy to finish it. It’s a good product, but I wouldn’t go as far as great.. It’s just a little average for me and I was just going insane. I wanted to use it all up because it was fairly expensive I’m not good at throwing unfinished products away – I just can’t do it. It’s a good night cream, but I’m not about having my face stuck to the pillow and night and this is what it gave me. So many people rave about this but I’m just not quite there with it. I won’t be buying this again I’m afraid..

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Simple – Kind to Skin Facial Scrub see here

This has been in many Empties posts, I just fricking love this stuff. This is my go to facial scrub, I have brought so many tubes of this and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s just works for my skin, it works for sensitive skin and does such a good job of exfoliating. My face feels and looks so much better after using this. It’s even better that it is super affordable. Simple is a great brand and if you haven’t ventured into their products yet you need to I promise you won’t regret it. Of course I already have another one of these ready to go!

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Clinique – Clarifying Lotion see here

Another product I am super happy that I finally finished. This seemed to go on forever! I mean I love it, it’s a great product and it’s made me more eager to buy more Clinique skincare, but I’m happy to see this go. I use this as a toner and it works wonders for my skin. I’m not a massive toner person but because of this I ensure in my skincare routine near enough every evening that this is included. I know I have mentioned this in favourites last year and there is a reason why! I haven’t repurchased it yet because I have a blooming tonne of toners but I would definitely consider buying this in the future!

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Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dot Perfume see here

I am very sad to have used this baby up. This has been my go to fragrance for the longest time and when it run out I was very disappointed. I’m not the sort of person to go out and buy myself perfume, I don’t know why I just feel it’s a product that you receive as a gift. I won’t describe the scent because I would do a god damn awful job at it. If you are ever near a perfume counter go and smell this – it’s beautiful. All the Daisy fragrances are pretty good though and they really win me over with their packaging. I think this will be on my birthday list because I don’t think I can be without it for too long.

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Tony Moly – I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care see here 

Firstly I do not pay £5 for the mask if you want to try these masks then head to your local TK MAXX/Home Sense because you can pick them up for £2! So I have tried a few of these now, and on the whole they are ok. I do think this is one of the better ones from the range because I actually noticed a difference. I have medium size pores and I am all up for minimizing them and this mask really helped. I would say the effects of this even lasted a couple of days. FYI it doesn’t smell of red wine so don’t let this put you off. I actually think I will repurchase this but not anytime soon because I have a crazy face mask collection!

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Pantene – 3 Minute Miracle Volume & Body Conditioner see here

Another Empties, another conditioner. This one was fairly good. I did notice that my hair did have more volume from using it and I’m all about this life. I was brought this as a gift and for whatever reason I don’t have the shampoo so it’s hard to give a true indication of how good this is. I would say for the price I like it, I also love that it’s a squeezy tube I much prefer this over the plastic bottles because I can actually get every last drop out – yep I know I’m sad I like getting my monies worth!

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BECCA – First Light Priming Filter see here

So I got a sample of this and I’m in love. This stuff is a game changer on the primer front. The purple colour of the primer did worry me a bit but I promise you, you don’t end up with a purple face! It creates such a lovely base for your make up and I did notice that my make up stayed on that little bit longer. Annoyingly I now want this but £15 for 15ml – that’s pretty pricey.. Urgh I hate loving things that are expensive. To buy it or not?

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That’s all folkes! Another lengthy post I know, a gold star to you if you have got to this point. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are – I’d love to know!

-A x

Empties #11

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back again with another Empties post, I think these are my favourite posts to write and read. Unfortunately they are always the longest posts because I can never shut up. I clearly have a lot to say. I honestly didn’t think I would be doing these as often as I do I try and leave it as long as possible but I have 10 empty products I mean seriously how do I go through it all!?

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Blush see here

In my opinion Batiste is the best brand for dry shampoo. I can’t live without it and I always have a bottle handy. Personally I don’t have a fragrance I go to, normally it’s whatever takes my fancy in the design when I’m choosing. The big bottles lasts so long and are such good value for money. I will forever be buying this goodness.

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Soap & Glory – Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk see here

This is another firm favourite of mine, it is a complete savior. When I need a reliable cleanser this is one of the ones I normally go for. I have actually written a full review about this product here if you want a little more information on the cleanser. The only annoying this is that I majorly struggle to get the last bit out of the bottle. Seriously there is still a decent amount of product in there and I can’t seem to get to it. Lucky me I have another bottle of this ready and waiting to open!

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TRESemme – Luxurious Moisture Shampoo see here

Annoyingly I can only find a link for the duo and not the shampoo separately. I did finish the conditioner a little while ago which I mentioned in a previous empties post here I was so happy when I finally finished this. The shampoo really went on for the longest time. I don’t think it worked well with my hair in the end because it became resistant to the effects. I think in future I will be sticking to getting smaller of bottles of shampoo. I like to mix it up a little.

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The Body Shop – Detangling Spray for Coloured Hair see here

Annoyingly for whatever reason this is a very hard product to get hold of. I have very knotty hair even when I condition my hair I still need a helping hand and this is a little god send. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and gives that little extra moisture that I’m not complaining about.

Sadly, I don’t have another one waiting in the wings to use because it’s so hard to get hold of. I am currently using another one. If anyone can let me know of any good detangling sprays that would be fab – I find these so hard to get hold of. Why don’t brands understand that people get knotty hair and need help!

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Revolution – Strobe Luxe Palette see here

Ok so this isn’t an empty BUT I have smashed it to pieces, accidentally may I add, on the floor. I can’t really use it far too messy and they didn’t wow me so I think rather than creating more mess it’s time to say goodbye. It’s a cute little palette and I’m in love with the packaging but I never reached for it much and the last time I did I dropped it. We just weren’t destined to be. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this as I have so many highlighters and I don’t think I will miss this much..

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Original Source – Limited Edition Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower Gel see here

I really enjoy the Original Source shower gels, they are perfect for travelling and so easy to pick up. They have so many scents now and they are always on offer. This one I really did enjoy, I love the smell of pomegranate, it’s so fresh and is the perfect shower gel especially first thing in the morning. If I see this on the shelves again I will be buying it again but with it being limited edition and I think it will be a little tricky.

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Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Pressed Powder in Totally Translucent see here

I LOVE this powder. I feel like for me powders are really hard to impress me. I mean they set your make up I always buy translucent so I never see it – it’s just a step of my makeup and normally just use the same one time and time again. However, this has really impressed me.

It’s great at oil control and does an amazing job at setting my make up. It’s one of the only powders I have repurchased in a long time because I knew I couldn’t be without it. The packaging I must say is a little flimsy my new one has already come unstuck from the backing so I can’t travel with it. £12 for a drugstore powder is a little pricey though..

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Garnier – Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash see here

I had such high hopes for this product and actually it was fairly disappointing. I am not saying it’s a bad product I guess I just expected more from it, especially as I love their original micellar water. For me that is a holy grail product, but this I used up because it was ok but I won’t be repurchasing I’m afraid. I have heard so many good reviews about this but it just didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I have written a full review on this here

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Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer in Sin see here

So I love Urban Decay Primer potion in original. I have quite a few samples of the other shades they have to offer and I have finally decided to get round to using them. For me I can’t apply eyeshadow without applying a primer to my lids. I just can’t do it. I thought I would love this as much as I love my original but sadly I didn’t.

The colour is extremely pink toned which really isn’t my cup of tea. It created a base that had colour in it which doesn’t compliment my skin tone. I mean it worked the same way but the colour really isn’t for me and resulted in me having to apply another base to even the tone out. Sorry but I will be sticking to the original primer potion!

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PS Love (Primark) – Oval Cosmetic Pads 

We all know that I’m obsessed with these. They are in nearly every single Empties post that I publish. These are the only cotton pads that I will use. They are perfect for removing make up and for 90p you really can’t go wrong. I have been stocking up and I think I have another two packets ready and waiting to go. Lets hope they aren’t discontinued anytime soon!

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Hats off to you if you made it to the end! It’s so satisfying after I have written these posts because I can finally throw all the products away! Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Empties #8

Hello my lovelies,

I know another empties post, I seem to be using up an awful lot of products recently! I would say this is going to be a long post so you may want to grab yourself a cup of tea/coffee because there is quite a lot to go through. Strangely enough I have gone through an awful lot of make up products recently which doesn’t normally happen. I suppose that means more space to buy more makeup, I’m not complaining!

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Soap & Glory – The Fab Pore Pore-Refining Sheet Mask see here

I have only recently picked this up which I mentioned in my recent Boots Haul I was so keen to try this out. 1. Because Soap and Glory have brought out masks – like I need no other reason and 2. Because weirdly I have never tried a sheet mask before – I know it’s shocking!

I was really skeptical to try this out as it isn’t something I have ever been inclined to try but generally people really like sheet masks & I thought what is the harm in trying. This mask just shouted to me everything that I have: large pores and oily skin – I was sold. I fell in love with this – well and truly. I have never tried a sheet mask before but I’m sold after trying this. It smells very clean and soothes your skin. I could really notice the difference in my skin after taking this off. My pores were extremely clean and visibly reduced in size – WINNING. It does say that you can only use this once but I used this twice on two separate days and I had no issues just obviously remember to put it back in the packet. I will definitely be buying some more of these little babies!

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Juicy Couture – Peace Love & Juicy see here

I get really happy when I finally finish a perfume – they seem to take blooming ages. I am sorry to see this one go as I really enjoyed it – first off I just love the bottle it’s fun and it always looked pretty in my collection. I can’t really put my finger on what this really smells of – when I look the notes of the perfume none of them really hit me. It is a musky scent with elements of sweetness through the apple. It really is a lovely fragrance and I used to wear this on a daily basis to work.

I don’t quite think this scent is good for a night out, I don’t feel like it is strong enough and the scent does wear off quite quickly but it is nice for a spritz especially to start the day off. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this, although I enjoyed this I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant repurchasing. I think if I received this as a gift I would be happy. Just to not worth spending my pennies on just yet!

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Liz Earle – Cleanse & Polish see here

This product is AMAZING, I urge EVERYONE to go try it out if they haven’t already. It is seriously my favourite cleanser of all time. I have spoken in more detail about this product in my Top 3 – Cleansers Liz Earle is a beautiful brand that really has aced skincare. I haven’t used this product for a couple of months and as soon as I went back to it my skin loved me again.

It was like falling in love all over again, everything about this product I adore. I can’t even think of one negative, the value of money is actually pretty impressive. I always have not one but two bottles of this stuff waiting in the wings. My other cleansers just can’t quite beat this one at the moment my skin has really enjoyed it and I won’t be changing up again anytime soon. Long may love affair with this product continue. I LOVE YOU CLEANSE & POLISH.

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Blush see here 

Dry Shampoo really is my savior in life, seriously I don’t know what I would do with out it. Batiste for me is  the best affordable dry shampoo out there. I have never had any issues with this and is a key staple in my minimal hair routine on a day to day basis. It covers a multiple of sins and instantly makes your hair look acceptable. I don’t really have a preference on the fragrance, to me they all smell the same so I just pick whatever up if I’m honest.  Don’t worry guys I have already replaced this – I always have a back up!

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Benefit – Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 4 see here

Another holy grail product that I simply cannot live without. I really think Benefit for brows are blooming incredible. I haven’t tried a brow product from them that I haven’t not liked. By far this is my favourite though. I use this to fill in the front of my brows and is able to create the perfect hairs, giving a more natural finish. I have gone through about 3 or 4 of them now and I’m not even bothered that they are £20 each I just know I have to have it in in my life. I have even mentioned this in my Top 3| Eyebrow Products I just don’t know how to live my life without it. Again I already had a backup of this waiting to use as soon as this one ran out.

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Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads 

These are in every single empties post, I just love them and they are the only cotton pads I use, I refuse to use anything else. I was worried I was going to have to use different cotton pads as I went into local Primark and they had none, I then went into the Bournemouth Primark while I was visiting and they didn’t have any either. I was getting myself into a right old panic, but thank the lord my sister who lives in Brighton saved the day and found two packs in her local store complete LIFE SAVER, thank you Kelly I am now whole again.

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KIKO – Compact Powder in Shade 100 

Hmm, I think this has been discontinued – sorry guys! I did pick this up around a year ago and unfortunately they change their packaging and products up quite often. If I’m honest it’s no massive shame it was quite an average powder and I am actually pleased I have finished this because I was getting really bored. I just doesn’t have any amazing quality and only just did the job. For me, it wasn’t brilliant for oil control I was forever having to top up which I hate to do. It is a nice little compact though and the mirror was very handy. Even if this was still available I wouldn’t be repurchasing.

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Clinique – Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer (tester) see here

When this foundation came out from Clinique I just had to try it out, however I was scared to pick up a bottle invest the money and realise it wasn’t for me. However when I went to a Clinique counter and explained my predicament they were more than happy to colour match me & provide me with a sample! I highly recommend doing this for high end foundations because everyone’s skin is different.  Although it’s a small pot it has probably given me around 10 applications which I think is quite impressive.

By my 3rd application I was sold and I ran out to buy the full size version, I fell in love. It has taken me a while to use this up because I feel this is isn’t a foundation I could wear on a daily basis due to how heavy it is but I have finally used it up & now I’m onto the full sized bottle! I will be posting a full review on this, so do keep your eyes peeled!

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Collection – Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium see here

Do I even really need to explain how much I love this concealer? I have gone through countless tubes of this, like I would say 30+ I honestly can’t find anything that really rivals this especially the price point for this. I have explained why I love this so much in my Top 3 – Concealers so head on over there if you want a little more information. Collection have really done well and I will forever buy this until there is no more (I REALLY hope this never happens!)

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Rimmel – Brow This Way Styling Gel in Mid Brown see here

Although this is not completely empty, it has gone really gloopy and horrible so I thought it was best to get rid of it! I quite like using this actually, for a tinted styling gel it’s not bad. I can’t leave the house without setting my brows, I really don’t know how people miss this step out! For me I do prefer using a clear brow gel because normally I don’t want to use any more colour and I am happy with that and it is just a case of setting them into place. However if your not into doing much with your brows this is the perfect product to run through your brows on little or no makeup days. It gives your brows that definition and colour. Weirdly I have another one of these in my collection so I will continue to use this however I’m not 100% sure if I will buy it again..

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NYX – Retractable Lip Liner is Sand Beige see here

Another lip pencil, I don’t like actually putting lipstick on without a lip liner anymore and this one has been my go to shade for the longest time. I am completely gutted this has run out because I just love it. It is the perfect shade for a lot of my brown lipsticks I own and is so creamy. I much prefer the retractable lip liners as there is no need for sharpening. I need to go and pick this up again ASAP as well as other colours, and let me tell you there are lots in this range!

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Natural Collection – Wild Strawberry Body Spray 

OH MY GOD… IT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED!! I am so unhappy about this, I blooming love this scent. I have had this for the longest time and always have a spritz and now this love affair is over. I am so sad 😦

This is a gorgeous obvious strawberry scent and was perfect when I wanted to smell fruity. I am absolutely gutted. Urgh, I have a lot of other body sprays but I’m sure I’m not the only one who loved these sprays – Boots you are going to have to bring them back!

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WOW, what a long post – gold star for you if you managed to get this far & reading my post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products, let me know what your thoughts are – I’d love to know!

-A x