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Thursday 11 February 2016

Beauty Empties & Mini Review #1

Beauty Skincare Empties Blog Post

Hi everyone!

I hope you're all having a good week. As you can see by the title, I'm bringing you today my first empties post EVER! Can you believe it? After blogging for over a year, I've never done one. But I finally gathered some products I've used up and decided to share my thoughts with you to hopefully inspire you to buy something awesome or spare you the disappointment. Let's get started then... the list is big! :)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (formerly Crealine) & Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 
I'm gonna start with the popular micellar waters. They're now part of my daily routine and I can't see myself without them anymore. I used to love Bioderma, as it's very effective at removing dirt and makeup quickly, without too much rubbing and it's also very gentle on the skin. But since last year, I've replaced Bioderma with its cheaper competitor, the Garnier Micellar Water. They're both very similar so although I still like Bioderma, I could no longer justify spending £15 on it when I can buy the Garnier one for £4.99 or even cheaper, as it's usually on offer at the drugstore. I'm now testing the green bottle (for combination skin) but I think I'll go back to the pink bottle (for sensitive skin) once it runs out.

Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash 
I love this face wash. This is actually my 2nd bottle and I currently have another one in my shower (in the new packaging). It's natural and organic, so free from horrible chemicals and all the nasty stuff that's bad for us. It removes makeup, doesn't sting my eyes and it's suitable for sensitive skin. On top of that, it's enriched with organic rose geranium essential oils, so needless to say it smells beautiful. I love especially for the morning but will also use it as a second cleanser at night. I have tried other face washes from the drugstore and I still haven't found anything I like as much as this one. I will continue to repurchase. It's quite affordable too: £6.95 for 200ml. You can buy it online or in some organic stores, such as "As Nature Intended".

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Lovely and creamy cleanser. Another one that's very gentle and removes makeup amazingly well, even mascara, without irritating my eyes or leaving my skin dry. Although I like the smell, I prefer the different scents that Liz Earle brings out in her limited editions. This product is incredible and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a high quality cream cleanser. The only reason I'm not repurchasing it for now is because I've been preferring gels and oil cleansers.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant & Glamglow Supermud
These are my all time favourite masks to this date. I've done a post on both a while back (here) and will continue to repurchase. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is a resurfacing type of mask, that removes dead skin, leaving my face looking and feeling fresh again. The Glamglow Supermud is similar, in a sense that exfoliates the skin, but it's ultimately a mud mask, so it also unclogs pores and removes impurities. It's all round great 2 in 1 mask. The downside is it's really pricey for the amount of product we get so I'll use the Dermalogica mask twice a week and the Glamglow Supermud more sparingly, as a treat only once a month, so that I don't have to repurchase too often. Love both and can't be without them! I got my hubby to try them and he's now a fan too.  

Sanctuary Spa Leave On Exfoliating Cream
I also have a more in depth review on this product (here) but it's essentially an exfoliating cream that you can leave on just as any other moisturiser. You can wear it day (accompanied by SPF) or night and it really works. My skin felt soft and more rejuvenated. I haven't repurchased this yet because I'm a skincare addict and I'm always trying new products but I think it's a great cream and I can definitely see myself buying it again in the future.

Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream
This is not a very popular moisturiser in the beauty world, as I rarely see any reviews on it but it's actually a lovely cream. Very hydrating and sinks in quickly. It seems to be more aimed at mature skin but since I'm in my early 30s I don't mind. This is just another case of skincare that I haven't repurchased simply because I enjoy trying new things. So it's not my HG moisturiser but I'd definitely recommend trying for those above 30, with dry skin.

La Roche Posay Serozinc
I remember the days when Caroline Hirons used to talk about it and everyone and their mother wanted to try it but it was only available in France. Now it's finally in the UK and readily available in Boots and some UK websites. The list of ingredients is simple: water, sodium chloride and zinc sulphate. Yet, the promise was big. I wanted to love this but I just didn't see any change to my skin. Did anyone else experience the same? I asked my husband to test it for me as his skin is combination to oily (the target of the product) and he claims it reduced the oil and appearance of spots for him. He didn't wear it long enough, though (men!) so I'm left mainly with my verdict. It did nothing so I doubt I'll purchase again.

Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream
I loooove this eye cream! It's very rich and moisturising. I'm getting to that point in life where I need to look after my under eye as it seems to be the first area of our face to show signs of ageing. It really works and I can tell because whenever I switch my eye cream to something different, I notice my under eye looking more dehydrated. It's not cheap, at £44, but it's a real treat, especially if you're over 30s like me. I'd also highly recommend the cheaper and less rich version Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (£32). They're both my favourite eye cream! <3

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish
This body scrub is AMAZING! I really love it. Smells delicious and feels so luxurious on the skin, leaving it super smooth and hydrated due to the olive and almond oils in it. I don't even feel the need to apply moisturiser after using this scrub. It's great for a lazy person like me. lol Although I also love the Soap & Glory Body Scrubs, I'll definitely repurchase this one from Ren, as it's better than anything I've tried.

Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara & Max Factor Clump Defy False Lash Effect Mascara
Both mascaras are nice and made my lashes appear longer while also looking clump free and quite natural, which is the type of mascara I like going for. The reason why I gave it a thumbs down is because they're nice but there are nicer mascaras for the same price out there, such as the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. So it's safe to say I won't repurchase these but they are nice, in case you want to try it.

So here are my first empties. Spoiler alert: I've already got a box full of more empties that I'll talk about at another time. ;) Do you guys like this type of post? Have you spotted any of your personal favourites here? Please let me know in the comments below if you've had a different experience with any of these products. X

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