Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Empties:: Take One

Lo and behold, my first empties post!

I've been collecting things that I've finished up over the past few months (read year[s]) and have finally decided that I really should throw them out.. so as the sun was shining beautiful into my bathroom this chilly morning, I snapped away before sitting down to write this blog post.

To start off with, let me introduce the skin care regime that saved my face from all the unnecessary breakouts I experienced from sixth form up until my second year of university (when I discovered the range). 

Apologies for the seemingly stretched photos - stupidly didn't realise my camera was on widescreen setting ><

1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3-step: 
I think it took me just under a year to finish the entire regime, but it really did help my skin stop breaking out so much, and it even miraculously got rid of the gazillions of little spots on my forehead that everyone I'd met had felt the need to point out (and I mean everyone - I went to get my hair cut once, and the person washing my hair decided it would be kind to point out my forehead looked like spotty-bumps-ville.)

I have been meaning to review it for the longest time, but in brief, I found it was effective for me. The only downsides were that the toner had a very pungent smell of alcohol, and was in turn very drying. I found the moisturiser to be too light to put back in the moisture that the toner had drained out of my skin. Hardly scientific, but it definitely felt that way! I also used up the moisturiser very quickly, as I felt like my skin needed constant hydration to counter what the toner had taken away.. I even bought a new moisturiser in case the old one ran out, but never ended up using it. It's sitting brand new in its box, if anyone wants to take if off me. I think I bought it as part of a Bonus Time offer, but a few weeks later I bought the Clinique moisturising gel after a consultation with a Clinique representative who recommended it may be more effective, and that I could slowly make the switch over to their standard 3 step skin care range... so yeah :/ 

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel:
Difficult to finish as the pump has stopped pumping out the product (can't reach it), and I'm too lazy or short of time, especially in the mornings, to sit and shake the product out... I will finish this properly at some point! Good amount of hydration for my skin, non-sticky, non-fragranced. Perfect for me right now :)

Next up...

 I either really stink, or I've just been using this deodorant for a very long time...

3. Dove Go Fresh Anti-perspirant Deodorant in 'Fresh-Touch Cucumber & Green Tea':
I first came across this product when my sister's friend bought her a Dove travel kit with the tiny baby version in a cute wash bag. I grabbed it one day as I couldn't find the one I was using at the time, and never went back. The packaging calls it 'fresh-touch cucumber & green tea scent', but I personally think it smells of... really fresh stuff...

*total mind blank* 

It keeps me fresh all day, both physically *ahem* and smelllingly - I don't know, I couldn't think of the right word..

I try and stock up on this when there are offers :)

This post is getting MUCH longer than I anticipated ><

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo; A Hint of Colour in 'Dark & Deep Brown'
I actually got this dry shampoo free, when I was walking through Westfield London and there were people from the company handing them out at their promotional stands. I use this when I feel like my hair isn't too presentable for work. 

I find little difference in terms of appearance on my hair, between the non-coloured one and the above product. Both work quite well. My only complaint is that my fingers and shower water become brown-black when either massaging product into my hair or washing it out at the end of the day. It makes me worry the colour might transfer onto any light coloured clothing I might be wearing. 

5. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer:
This is the first item of make up that I have ever finished!

 *cue celebratory crazy dance*

I actually blogged about this a VERY long time ago, back when I had just started writing.. I still love this eye liner, and it still seems to be the only one I've used that is truly waterproof and doesn't budge. Even the Urban Decay Glide-On Pencils smudges on me. I will probably repurchase this at some point, after I've finished up my current ones or finished my current make up ban.

6. Veet Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream:
Shaving seems like a sensitive topic to talk about, but I felt like this gigantic, empty bottle deserved a spot in this post. It's a product that I always go back to, and is quick and easy to use. The only gripe is that you have to wait for it to work it's magic before going for a shower - otherwise it all washes off and becomes ineffective. It doesn't smell awful like the in-shower version, and is totally pain free unlike waxing. The giant 400ml pump helped me save a bit of money too, as it was several pounds cheaper than it's original 100ml/200ml squeeze tubes. The pump is easy to control, the spatula isn't scratchy, and most importantly, it works.

I am hoping I won't have to buy another bottle of this though, as I've just invested in an epilator and hope it will be the only thing I rely on for super smoothness from now on.

Sorry for such a long post! I think I got a bit too carried away... probably been away from blogging for too long...

I'd be really interested in knowing what products you've finished recently, and if you would recommend them!

Take care :)


Sunday, 17 February 2013

A Special Surprise...

As I've put myself on a make up ban for six months, Murphy's Law dictates that new collections must come out that are either beautifully packaged, limited edition, or that they should appear no matter where I go.

Or all three.

Rimmel's new Apocalips lippies, Etude House's Princess Etoinette Collection, Sleek's new True Colour Lipstick shades, Naked Basics & Flushed palettes...

Of all the new collections or products that have been released so far, the only thing that I have had real difficulty in trying to prevent myself from breaking the ban for, is the limited edition Urban Decay The Great Oz palettes.

When I saw the 10% off beauty offer at Debenhams, which came with double points and free delivery... I got really annoyed >< I think I complained to anyone who would listen! I don't think I would have been so annoyed if it wasn't limited edition and Wizard of Oz inspired (I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan), as I could just wait for my ban to be over and in the mean time, keep an eye out for products of similar quality and shades, at similar or cheaper prices. 

But look...!!

I really did not expect this, but I received this as a Valentine's Day present! :)

It was supposed to be a surprise, but as I was complaining so much, my SO couldn't take it any more, and told me that he'd already bought it.

Thank you so, so, so, so, so, so much ^-^ 

You spoil me! ><

"Better than flowers, right?"

He reads my mind.

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