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 #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

Spring Evening Skincare Routine

Hello my lovelies,

I haven’t done a skincare routine for quite some time and as it has changed quite a lot since the last time I shared my routine with you, so I thought I would share it with you. I would just mention before I get into this post that I don’t use all of these products in one evening. It depends whether I have a shower in the evening or what my skin is like on the day. Mainly my skincare is from the drugstore because actually it’s pretty blooming impressive, you don’t need to pay mega bucks to have good skin!

Cleanser: Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk see here

This has been a firm favourite for well over a year and I have brought quite a few bottles of this now. It’s such a good cleanser and near enough removes all my make up including mascara. It never irritates my skin or eyes which is a major bonus. I think for £8 you really can’t go wrong and most evenings this is my cleanser of choice. I have actually reviewed this here if you want to read a little more into it.

Second Cleanse: Estee Lauder – Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly see here

This I actually picked up on a whim around 3 months ago and I have fallen in love with it. It does wonders for my pores and they dramatically look so much better. If you have problems with having large pores and a load of rubbish in them this is the product to sort it out. I don’t use this all the time only when I can be bothered to second cleanse but it really does make the world of difference. Highly recommend this little baby, a little pricey but well worth the investment.

Micellar Water: Garnier – Micellar Water see here

So if you have read any of my previous blog posts then you know I absolutely adore this product. I wouldn’t even like to admit how many of these babies I have brought. This is my savior product and if I had to choose only one skincare product for the rest of my life it would be this one. In my eyes it is simply the best micellar water and I will never try anything else. I use this every evening without fail normally just after cleansing to clear any residue that may of been left including on my eyes. I just find it so refreshing and the perfect product to then move onto the next part of my routine. Seriously if you haven’t used this yet you need to!

Night Moisturiser: Nip + Fab Glycolic Overnight Purifying Gel see here

Now this isn’t a moisturiser as such but I use it as a replacement, it works for me. This is a little sticky when first applied but it does sink into the skin relatively quickly and my skin always feels so much better in the morning. This really works well if you have acne prone skin or suffer with breakouts. My spots always look a lot better in the morning after using this.

Spot Remedy: La Roche Posay – Effaclar Duo see here

So this is quite a new addition to my skincare collection, I think I was definitely the last person in the world to pick this up. To be honest I don’t use it as much as I should and to be honest I use it when my skin is really struggling, mainly with spots and the scars that remain after. It really works wonders and isn’t a harsh treatment on your skin at all. I love using this and I have noticed that my outbreaks never last as long as they used to. I have written a full review on this product here if you want to find out a little more.

Exfolatior: Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub see here

I use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week in the shower and to be honest that is enough for me. For years I have stuck near enough with the same exfoliator and this year I decided to mix it up a little. I much prefer an intensive exfoliant, I like to know it’s doing something to my skin and I use the products like a treatment to my face. To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of this one, the citrus smell is lovely but I don’t think it does much else for me. The person I am I don’t like to waste anything so because it’s not making my skin any worse I’ll use it up. Has anyone else tried this before?

Face Wash: Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash see here

Another product I have just started to mix up recently, again I don’t use this everyday I use it mainly in conjunction with my exfoliator. I’m actually really enjoying this, it also has little beads in so for me it’s like round two of exfoliation but not anywhere as near as harsh. This does the job, for me face washes are pretty standard products but there is something about this product that I just really like. I know you are meant to use a face wash daily but seriously I cleanse etc. I don’t have hours to complete a skincare routine!

Toner: Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic see here

Last but by no means least, my current toner. Now again I don’t use this daily and I would say I use it in conjunction on the days I exfoliate just because I want to ensure my skin is as clean as possible and has a little bit of a treatment rather than just removing makeup. I don’t believe in long skincare routine’s daily as surely your skin just gets used to it and the products just become null and void. Along with not having the time to do it every evening, this just works. I absolutely love this toner, mainly because it is so different to any toner I have used and instantly cools my skin. I have reviewed this here and would recommend you checking it out if you are on the hunt for a new toner.

& that’s my skincare routine. Although it seems like quite a few products I don’t use them all at the same time, I break it up. I’m sure some people will say I am missing out on key products like serums and eye creams but this is what works for me and my skin is happy the majority of the time. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are of them.

-A x

Boots & TK Maxx Haul

Hello my lovelies,

So this was meant to be a shopping trip where I just pick up the essentials.. I don’t think many of this is essentials but I couldn’t help myself and who doesn’t love a haul!? There is nothing better when I have an hour or two to have a browse up and down the aisles of Boots and TK Maxx they are both amazing for getting some offers and I can never turn down a bargain!

Maybelline – Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation see here (Boots) 

So although this isn’t a new launch by Maybelline there seems to be a lot of talk about it recently and I thought what the heck lets give it a go. I’m all up for anything that is mattifying and will reduce the look of my pores. At the moment I don’t have many drug store favourite foundations, I just don’t seem to enjoy them much as others in my collection. I am hoping this will change things for me. I’m sure I will report back!

L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Moisturiser see here (Boots) 

This is a repurchase for me because I love it so much, I really enjoyed this so much so when I saw it in Boots I couldn’t not pick it up. It’s unlike anything I have tried before and will be perfect for the warmer months because it is such a light moisturiser. I have actually reviewed this here for a bit more information. But trust me is blooming lovely!

Garnier – Pure Active Daily Exfoliating Scrub see here (Boots) 

Another repurchase, this is my favourite EVER exfoliator. I am in love with this and I feel like this really makes a difference to my skin when I use this. It is a little intensive and tingles on the skin so it may not work for sensitive skin but for me it works wonders. I really feel like after I use this I notice a difference. Especially when I have a breakout this baby is here for me.  Seriously if you are on the hunt for a new exfoliator I would recommend this one.

Botanics – Softening Cleanser see here

I have really been trying to get into Botanics, I have a cleanser from them and I really enjoy it so I thought why not try another cleanser. I was on the hunt for a new one because for whatever reason I seem to be sticking to the same one. I am hoping this will break the rut I am in. I’m hoping I will love it as much as the product I already have. I’m sure I will report back on what I think.

Biovene – Black Peel-Off Mask see here (TK Maxx) 

I have wanted to try these peel off masks for the longest time but never got round to buying one. When I was in TK Maxx and this was £2.99 I decided now was the time to see whether it works or actually you go through the pain for no reason. I also want to put this on my boyfriend so see his reaction – aren’t I lovely!? It just seems so satisfying seeing all the rubbish being removed and you can visually see it. Anyway I shall let you know!

Garnier – Pure Active 3 in 1 Clay Mask Scrub see here (Boots) 

Another Garnier product, I just love their skincare. This product just made me quite curious a mask and a scrub!? I thought as I fell in love with their exfoliator in the same range why not give this a go. I mean if I don’t like it it’s not the end of the world. This was actually on buy one get one half price so it would be rude not to right? I shall let you know how I get on with this when I figure out where it will fit into my skincare routine. If anyone has tried this I’d love to know how/when you use it and whether it worked for you.

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads see here (TK MAXX) 

So these actually caught my eye because I knew my sister was on the hunt to get these at a good price and when I saw them for £3.99 I was like hello I’m getting me some of them too! I have been loving the Nip and Fab products that I have tried and so many people have raved about them but I wasn’t prepared the near £14 price tag. I hope I love them as much as others do and my sister was a very happy bunny when I told them I picked them up for her.

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

-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

Review: Garnier – Pure Active Sensitive Anti Blemish Clarifying Tonic

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back with a new blog post – yay! I do apologise that it has been a while and I am sure I will explain in a separate blog post but today it’s all about a new review. I have had the pictures taken for such a long time and I am finally getting round to doing it. As I always say in my skincare reviews, I feel as though people forget about how important a good skincare routine is. No body wants bad skin and with packing a load of makeup on your face you need to be able to treat your skin and look after it. I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money and invest in high end brands because for me, the drug store offer amazing products that do just as well in my opinion.

In comes this little baby, the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic. First off, why do products have such long names!? Seriously, you are never going to remember that – but hey what do I know! For me, Garnier is a great brand. If you have read my blog for a while then you know their micellar water is a staple in my skincare. Whenever there are offers on in Boots or Superdrug I always like to try out more of their products and very rarely am I disappointed. Something I don’t use a lot of is toner. I don’t know why but it just isn’t a step in my routine I remember an awful lot. This year I am really trying to up my skincare game and this is where this little baby comes into play.

Our new tonic, with Witch Hazel extract, is formulated for sensitive skin with imperfections and spots. It combines effectiveness with a gentle, hydrating formula to tone and tighten the look of pores without drying out skin. Instantly: skin feels clean, hydrated and softer.

Doesn’t everyone want a bit of this? I mean I don’t suffer with acne but I do suffer with spots, I normally have one on my face that I’m battling and I feel that with the oily skin I have that I am more prone to spots. I do try to buy products that are formulated for oily/combination skin as well as anti-blemish properties to try and combat this. This toner just sounded right up my street! My pores are also quite big on my nose so anything that is going to decease the size of them I am all for!

As I don’t suffer with a crazy amount of blemishes at one time I don’t use this twice daily on my skin as it recommends as I worry that it may cause more damage than good. It has Witch Hazel within the product which for my skin is pretty strong so I stick to twice a week which I feel is just enough for my skin.

This is like any other toner I have tried in the sense that it’s a gel formula. I quite enjoy using gels, I’m not sure why but I think it’s mainly to do with how lovely it feels on my skin. The product smells lovely, I would say mainly cucumber based with a hint of mint. Instantly it soothes my skin and feels so hydrating. A little of this product goes a long way and I have used this so much and it still doesn’t look as though I have really used it.

What I love about this product as because it’s a gel formula it instantly sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave a residue on my face which means I don’t have to wait to do the next part of my routine. When I wake up I instantly can see a difference and I really think that this product is a massive part as to why my pores have reduced and look visibly so much better.

I’m not sure if it has done much to help with my spots but I do agree with it’s claims of hydrating my skin and the tightening of my pores. I just love how different it is to any of my other toners and has actually changed the way I perceive a toner to be. My skin feels so lovely in the morning and even if I forget to moisturise after I use this, yes I can be lazy, my skin is still really smooth.

If you haven’t tried this I would really recommend it, I am so happy that I have tried this because for me this has really made a difference. Obviously I can’t vouch for how effective it is for acne prone skin but for the average person who has oily skin and has regular blemishes this really is a life saver and is now a staple in my skincare routine.

To read more about it or pick it up for yourself see here

Let me know if you have tried this before and how you got on with it. Also any toner recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

-A x

 

Empties #13

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, I find these my most favourite posts to write and actually they are my favoruite blog posts to read. One because I’m really nosy and two I feel that you get a greater understanding of how the products performed and whether a person would buy it again. I need to keep on top of these as I don’t know if 10 products per post is a little much because I do go on a little. If you want to read my previous empties post see here

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Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Shampoo see here

Yes I know I haven’t finished the conditioner but there is still a lot left I thought well lets just get it over an done with. I really enjoy Herbal Essences as a brand their hair care is probably one of my favourites because it’s affordable and they do a good job of cleaning my hair. With the winter months I chose this one as I thought I needed to give my hair some TLC and it did just the trick. The products definitely work better as a pair, I mean they work well individually just not as well. I would definitely repurchase this again especially with the scents of all their ranges. However, currently I am trying to inject some volume into my hair through my shampoo but I’m sure I will pick this up again soon.

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Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Now I’m sorry because I can’t link this because it is seasonal for Christmas.. but I have so many bottles of this stuff to use over the course of the year and this was one of them. This is my all time favourite shower gel I have ever used. The smell is incredible, extremely sweet so it does depend on your tastes but I love it. The smell actually lingers on your body for hours too which I love. Who doesn’t want to smell of candy cane!? It’s also pink and has glitter in it – what more could you ask for. Every year I make sure I pick up multiple bottles, if you haven’t smelt this make a mental note to pop into a Lush store around Christmas time to smell this. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Rimmel – Fix & Protect Make Up Primer see here

I have made it my mission recently to start using up primers, I have so many and this one I have just used to finally get rid of it as it’s been in my collection for quite some time. I don’t believe this is the first bottle of this I would say second. I used to really love this but I think as I have delved into the primer world more and more there are better quality products on the market now.

I mean for a drugstore primer it’s OK and I mainly use this as my SPF as not all my foundations contain SPF so this is a little savior. Do I think this keeps my make up on for longer or improves the look of my skin, not really. Although I have loved this, I think I have grown out of it so I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again, you have been good to me Fix & Protect now it’s time to move on.

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Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

For me this is a holy grail eyebrow product. I absolutely adore it and I panic every time this is running low and I have to go and buy another. I have been through quite a few of these babies in recent years, it’s just perfect. I don’t do my whole brow with it, mainly to define and add a little more colour and shape to the sparse areas of my brows. I just can’t live without it, I have tried and failed.

I have been running low of this for a little while and every website I went on was sold out of this in my shade, I had no idea how popular it was but I completely know why. In my eyes Benefit really shine when it comes to brow products, I have never been disappointed. I love this so much it made it to my Top 3| Eyebrow Products Seriously if you haven’t tried this brow range, it’s a must!

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Garnier – Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water see here

Another holy grail product. I don’t actually think I could live my life without this product. It is the only micellar water I will ever use, I have been through countless bottles of this stuff and I know I will buy it until the end of time. My skin loves it and it works so well, I use it morning and night without fail. There is so much for this love in the beauty world and there is a damn good reason why, because its AMAZING. I’m sure I could write an essay about this but I won’t because it would bore everyone to tears. Honestly if you haven’t tried this before, please go down to your nearest store and pick it up!

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Benefit – Porefessional see here

Another primer, I told you I was trying to use some of mine up. This is a difficult one for me, this was one of the first ever primers I used and I love it. It reduces the look of pores and creates a soft even base to apply the rest of your make up but I have found a lot better alternatives at a fraction of the price. Seriously, in my opinion it isn’t worth the money.

I’m not saying its a bad product but I would save your pennies. This used to be such a popular product in the beauty world because primers were not so available from other brands but now they are, it’s just not very competitive now there is no wow factor. I mean if someone brought this for me I wouldn’t be disappointed I just personally wouldn’t spend my money on it.

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L’Oreal – Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation see here

This is one of my favourite foundations ever, it’s definitely my favourite from the drugstore. It’s a matte foundation which is a winner when it comes to my oily skin and just blends wonderfully. It’s such a buildable foundation and it’s so easy to apply. If I am ever unsure on what to apply I usually go for this one. It’s such a great all rounder. I actually like that it is in a squeezy tube because you can actually use all the product up. I have mentioned this in my Top 3: Drugstore Foundations which goes into further detail about this product. I have already repurchased this and using it near enough daily.

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Sephora – Green Tea Face Mask see here

I have been really bad recently at not using face masks I just always forget, but I remembered I had this in my collection and I was having a bad time with my skin and I knew this would make it a lot better. This has to be my favourite sheet mask as I actually notice a difference when using this and it really helps my skin out. It aims to mattify and combat blemishes which I would totally agree with. It’s so annoying because I can’t get hold of this in the UK, it’s definitely on my list to buy a fair few of these when I go to New York later on in the year!

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Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

Do I even need to explain any more how much I love these!? They are in near enough every single Empties post I write. They are the only cotton pads I will use and I will continue to use until they stop producing them. For 90p they are amazing and the best quality cotton pads I have used. Go to Primark and get yourself a pack, try them out and try and come back to tell me that they are rubbish because I know you won’t you’ll fall in love just like I have.

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Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Cream (Sample) see here

I have had this sample for quite some time and I have always wanted to try this because so many people love this product. I thought I was going to fall in love, but I just thought it was actually quite standard. For me there is nothing to write home about, its a moisturiser it’s nice but I have better ones in my collection that I enjoy a whole lot more. This is what I love about samples because you can try them out before you invest money especially when skincare is not cheap. I don’t think I will be buying this myself anytime soon.. I’m sorry Kiehl’s I really wanted to fall in love but I didn’t.

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We have made it to the end, gold star to you if you managed to get to the end it’s a fairly lengthy read! Let me know if you have used any of these products before and what your thoughts are.

-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

December Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

It’s the end of another month and not only a month but the end of 2017 – I cannot actually believe that another year has gone. People really aren’t lying when they say time flies and we need to make the days count. December has been a crazy month at the start of the month our family had a new addition – a puppy! It’s been a crazy month with our new family member along with Christmas. Obviously Christmas consumes the most of the month which is fine by me! I got a Harry Potter tattoo with my best friend which was part of my Christmas present – I know amazing right!

Although I have recently written my Top 10 Makeup and Skincare products of 2017 here I thought it would be nice to share with you what I have also been loving this month as opposed to the whole year. It still works right?

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Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette see here

I recently mentioned this little baby in my recent Black Friday Haul that I picked this  up. I have never had anything from Tarte before and I was so excited to get my hands on this. The colours are completely up my street and I have loved experimenting with the colours inside. The eyeshadow formula is beautiful, not as pigmented as other brands but they are buildable and if you are heavy handed like me then actually it’s a blessing in disguise!

The packaging is blooming beautiful as well – like do you need any further information!? I will be posting a full review of this product in weeks to come when I have experimented with it a little more to give you a more detailed post of my thoughts. First impressions though are a big thumbs up from me!

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Tarte – Lights Camera Lashes Mascara see here

This is another product that I picked up in my Black Friday Haul and actually this is a product I have wanted to try in FOREVER. This mascara has rave reviews and I was on the hunt for another mascara and the packaging sold it to me. I am so happy I have tried this mascara, honestly trust the reviews on this one! The effect it gives your lashes is beautiful!

Unfortunately I suffer with my lashes being quite oily in the sense that I always end up looking like a panda especially under my eyes and there are very few mascaras that don’t create this unflattering look. Fortunately, this mascara doesn’t give me the panda look and I am over the moon! It’s everything I want in a mascara! Again, I will be doing a further in depth review of this so keep your eyes peeled!

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Garnier Skin Active – Daily Exfoliating Scrub see here

Another new product I have been trying out this month. Although brands always claim you can use exfoliators daily I’m not too sure. I worry that it also scrubs away the good stuff especially with constant use so I use this 2/3 times a week and I feel that this is more than enough. This scrub focuses on combating spots and blackheads which this month I have really needed help with as with a new puppy licking my face I have completely broken out.

This stuff is pretty strong so if you have sensitive skin, I don’t think this product is for you. Luckily my skin can take most thing but it does make your skin tingle but it actually feels like it is doing something as opposed to being washed off the skin. I absolutely love it and I think my skin has got a lot better in recent weeks because of this product.

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Sephora – Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red see here

I picked this up around September this year and for whatever reason completely forgot I had it. Obviously December is all about the red lip and I thought I would give this a go. My oh my it’s AMAZING best lip cream I have EVER tried. I know that’s a bold statement but trust me on this one. The colour pay off is perfect with one layer and you are good to go. It is a matte lip which doesn’t dry your lips and actually feels pretty comfortable AND it lasts ALL day.

What more could you want!? I’m literally gutted that I don’t have more of these because the colours they have are amazing I believe there are 40 shades to choose from and if they are all the same formula as the one I have then I want them all. I need to go to Sephora ASAP, UK why do we still not have a store it’s not fair!

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Botanics – Cleansing Balm see here

I love trying new cleansers and formulas and I have never really tried balms before. I have an Estee Lauder balm but I’m not the biggest fan I thought I would try it again and try this one from Botanics which is a brand I have never tried before. I’m not too sure why because this is amazing. It does such a good job of removing my make up & cleansing my face. I can’t fault it.

The biggest test of whether a cleanser is good or not is how good it can remove mascara. I have tried this with multiple mascaras and I’m pleased to report back that it does a great job. I couldn’t be more happy with the little baby. I think next time I am in Boots I will be seeing what else is in the range!

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John Frieda – Daily Miracle Leave-In Conditioner see here

I have been on the hunt for a new de-tangler/ leave in conditioner for the longest time. The one I usually use is from The Body Shop but I find it so hard to get hold of so it was time to try something new. I was in Boots for the longest time trying to find the one that would work for me. I chose this one because I knew I had to pick something up because I was running low of my current one.

I absolutely LOVE it, it smells so fresh which is perfect when I have washed my hair and I am adding this product. It instantly de-tangles my hair and leaves my hair feeling so lovely. I do feel like the ends of my hair are a lot healthier this month and I think it is down to this little baby. It’s even better than it’s a little cheaper than my favourite The Body Shop product, move aside I think I have found my new love!

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Technic – Get Gorgeous Highlighter Powder see here

I reviewed this product earlier this year and I wasn’t completely wowed. However I always feel perseverance is key and I have been still using it throughout the year. This month it has been my go to highlighter. It just seems to create the perfect glow and I love the outcome. Highlighter is a big thing when it comes to the colder months as you still want the perfect glow and this really is amazing especially for the price. I think I am going to have to swallow my words from what I wrote earlier in the year. To see my full review on this product you can read it here

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The Balm – Fratboy Blusher see here

I feel as though The Balm has become a bit of a forgotten brand. I don’t have many products from them but everything I have I do really like including this one. I have brought this blush out this month and fell completely back in love. It’s a beautiful soft pink that creates a soft subtle flush on the cheeks. It’s perfect for this time of year especially when you want your highlight to take center stage. I actually mentioned this in my Top 3 – Blushers and I would still stand by it being one of my favourites.

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Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them, I’d love to know.

-A x