19 February 2011

Empties of 2011: Vol 1

Since the beginning of the year, I've been saving my empty product packaging to show you all - rather like a proud cat that's dragged in a crow (is that even possible?) - and this is the first slew of stuff I've used up so far.  I've been trying very hard to take care of my skin and be good and take my make-up off before falling into a deep sleep, so I've mainly used up skincare items so far.

L-R: Neutrogena Oil-Free Make-Up Remover, reviewed here.  Am currently using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Make-Up Remover, which I love just as much.  Review coming soon.

Tresemmé Naturals SLS-free shampoo & conditioner.  Miniatures bought for holiday and just used up.  Nice actually.  Would buy again.

Boots Skin Clear Daily Face Scrub.  Boring, but necessary.  I don't think face scrubs (or anything that washes straight off your skin, for that matter) are worth spending a lot of money on, so I always pick up face scrubs that are on offer in Boots.  This one does the trick nicely.

Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover.  Something of a hall of fame item amongst beauty bloggers.  Just a really good, effective and gentle eye make-up remover, and priced amazingly at £3.05.  Always on offer too.  Snap it up.

Lush Glogg shower gel.  Sick.  Hated it.  Smells ok - like cinnamon and mulled wine - but on the skin, develops (even during a quick shower) into an overly sweet, nutty, spicy, eggy (yes, really) nightmare.  Hated it. But don't like wasting it so used it up, whilst gagging.  Good bye for good.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple face wash.  Received as a freebie.  Very nice, but again, for something you just wash on-wash off, not something I'd buy, considering the price.  Will stick to my Boots Cucumber facial wash thanks.

Optimum Swiss Apple face serum from Superdrug.  The one everyone went crazy for a few months ago.  Very, very nice product actually.  It launched at £9.99, but greedy suits soon upped it to £14.99, although that's still an incredible price for a well-performing serum.  I apply this at night before night cream, and it really does make my skin look brighter and smoother by the morning.  Love.

Boots Botanics Pore-Perfecting toner.  This is a clay-based toner, making it ideal for really oily skins with large pores (hello, thanks skin Gods).  Really liked it, but beware if you're prone to sensitive skin.  I found it stung ever so slightly and could make my skin a little bit red, but as I only used it at night, that wasn't so much of a problem.  Currently trialling a Nude toner, but will possibly return to this once that's finished.

Only two make-up items used up so far.  One is the L'Oreal Double Extension Renewal Serum mascara.  Didn't like it very much.  I found the base (the white one you apply first) would end up being crispy and making the overall look clumpy and spidery, which I hate.  I also don't think the renewing serum does anything at all.  If you're going for a L'Oreal mascara, go for the Volume Millions or the Collagen one.

Lastly, I used up an Elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick (try saying that after some wines) in Bark.  Really nice, nude gloss, and not too sticky.  As I'm not a gloss fan in general, I wouldn't buy it again, but don't let that put you off.  It's really a lovely product.

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