One of the things I still consider to be a classic, old school blog post is one such as this; an empties post. If people still write them (not many appear to do so these days) I am instantly all over them, what can I say? I like to know what people ultimately thought once they reached the end of the product, opinions can of course change from that original review they posted six months ago. They may have found something better in the meantime or in fact nothing quite as good, therefore I think it is quite telling just to see what people do think about the product at the very end.
As you can see, I have used up and saved quite a lot of products since I last posted in this series. In fact, I saved up a bunch of products a few months ago, photographed them, then realised they looked absolutely awful and decided to scrap the whole post completely. I have been on quite the mission to use up stuff once more and I am getting through it, my skincare stash is going down quite quickly, especially cleansers.
Due to the sheer number of products within this post, I will try and keep it relatively short and sweet therefore if you would like anything more in depth then please ask away in the comments below. It stands a chance that you may find a dedicated review to them on my blog, if so, I will link you to that.
Starting off with hair care, I have reached the end of what must be my third or fourth tub of the LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo. I still really do like this but find that I don't tend to shop in LUSH that much anymore. This is not for any particular reason, it is simply because I don't go by store very often and that I no longer have a bath so half of the store now feels redundant to me. When I finally move out and have a bath (this will be a priority) I have no doubt that I will be back. This is a fantastic clarifying shampoo that leaves my hair feeling really clean, all I would advise is that you need to make sure you use a conditioner afterwards otherwise your hair can feel quite dry if left untreated.
In terms of body care, I only have one product and that is the Joyful Body Wash* from Green People. This was in the scent of Tangerine and Cypress which I really liked, however I cannot seem to find it on the website. Green People on a whole have some lovely eco-friendly and organic products, therefore if this is something which interests you then I would highly recommend checking them out.
Moving onto skincare, the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is an old friend around here. I have quite a few of these little travel sizes and they are super handy for, you guessed it, travelling. In the past I have used a number of their limited editions and I still have a couple to use up now, however I will always revert back to the original. I have linked you to my original review which is a lot older than I care to admit.
The Clarins Double Serum* is one of the more recent products within my routine and I am sad to report that I am now at the end of it. This is a beautiful product and it honestly made a noticeable difference to my skin when using this regularly both morning and night. It is such a pleasant product to use and it lasted me a really long time, especially when I consider just how frequently I used it. I only needed to use two to three pumps across my whole face and neck to complete the process, therefore whilst the initial purchase is quite expensive I do think you do get your moneys worth with this one.
One other such product which has made a regular appearance within my routine is that of the Origins High Potency Night A Mins night cream. I have used this on and off for years, however I have noticed that during this last tub that I was starting to wake up with a few white heads. I am not entirely sure if it was down to this, but I do wonder if perhaps given the other products that I use in my routine that this on top just meant that things had got a bit too heavy. In the past I have loved this and I would still recommend it to people.
The Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme + Global Anti-aging Cell Power Crème* was probably one of the nicest products I have ever used, which in a way is a bad thing because the price tag is hefty. Would I purchase this for myself? Yes if I had the budget for it, without a doubt. However I have to face reality and admit that I just cannot justify a skincare purchase on this level. That being said, again this is a product which lasted me such a long, long time. A little really did go along way as the cream was really thick, therefore I only needed a pea size amount each time. I would also add that the texture of this and scent was utterly divine, you really do get a very luxurious product for your money.
I recently featured the Clinique All About Eyes in my Updated Skincare Routine, whereby I have to say that I did enjoy using this product, however I wouldn't repurchase it as I do prefer the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment over this. It just was not as hydrating as I had hoped, however if this is not a major concern for you then I would advise checking it out as it was pleasant and it did not irritate my eyes in the slightest.
The last skincare product is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo* which I brought back into my routine during a particularly bad break out last year. Unfortunately, whether my skin has changed or the product had gone off, I found that this just made the problem worse, it seemed to exacerbate the issue therefore I stopped using it. I can't say much more about it other than to say in the past it did work for me, which makes me wonder if perhaps I had just had this a bit too long.
Heading over on to the topic of make up, I am sad to say that I said goodbye to the Dior Lip Glow this year and I am gutted. I do plan on re-purchasing this later this year as I absolutely loved it, I mean who really gets to the end of a lipstick? It really is somewhat of a princess product but I haven't found anything that works as well as this or which looks as nice for that matter. It made my lips the perfect natural pink with a subtle hint of shine, it really is a beautiful product which I feel would suit everybody. I know that Dior recently expanded this range therefore I am really interested in trying a few of the other shades.
I also reached the very end of the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch* which in all honesty I know I had been holding on to, it was well past its sell by date. I really liked this and would consider repurchasing in the future, although due to the texture and having now used more liquid based primers I can't help feeling as though I do prefer those in general. That being said, that does not take anything away from this product because it worked really well at keeping my make up in place throughout the day.
The Clinique CC Cream was a product which never really featured on my blog. I think I featured it back in a favourites post when I first got it, however looking back it really wasn't an amazing product. Having tried much better products over the years I came to realise two things, first, I had the wrong shade, this was far too light for me. Furthermore, it was and still is quite a thick cc cream to spread around, whilst I can agree the finish can look quite nice, I do find that it requires a lot of extra effort and in all honesty, I just do not have the time for that in a morning.
On the other side of the spectrum, a product which I did love and now miss is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue. This was a pure dream to use and I would recommend picking up a sample of this if you can as you might just find your new summer base. It is light weight, light to medium coverage and hydrating on the skin, it also contains SPF 30 which I really appreciate as I am terrible at remembering to include SPF at times. I personally could find no fault with this at all, although the packaging did go a bit weird over time.
Two eyeliners that I enjoyed using were from Eyeko* and Soap and Glory*, they both were super fat liners which helped making a nice wing quite easy. Having said that, I do prefer my skinny eye liners over these as I just find them easier to use and they are more forgiving if I make a mistake across the top of the eyelid as opposed to the flick itself.
The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara* was a product which I had wanted to try for a very long and on a whole I liked it a lot. It gave me lots of volume and length and it lasted all day, what I did notice that towards the end of the day that this did start to smudge a fair bit which was the only downside of the product. Whilst I liked this, I probably would not repurchase as I am not loyal when it comes to mascara, I will happily buy one for £8 from Boots.
One of the products I used the most last year and into this year was the Rimmel Insta Fix and Matte Face Powder* which I knew would be good having used Rimmel powders in the past. You can't go much wrong using this product in my opinion, it is super affordable and should be relatively easy to obtain. If not then definitely check out the normal line from Rimmel as they are just as good. I have combination to normal skin; therefore I am not overly oily, however I can get a bit shiny throughout the day and I do wear glasses therefore it is important to me that I have a powder that can withstand the day and this for me does the trick.
The final product I am saying goodbye to (and that is because it is so old) is the Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon. Oh how I loved this! It really was and still is a fantastic highlighter. You don't see Topshop makeup featured that much these days, although I am pretty sure that it still exists. They also do a fantastic range of nail polishes too if you haven't checked those out, the colour range used to be amazing however I haven't checked them out since uni, ahh the good old days.
So, there we have it, the world's longest blog post award goes to me! If you made it down to the end I salute you, I'm now off to chuck all of this away.
*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer.