Saturday, 31 March 2018

I hit pan (empties worth a re-purchase?) #6

2018 will forever be known as the year that I decided to use up all my minis, samples and half started beauty products. I started this year with a determined resolution not to waste things and not to buy new things until I've used up all the old things. If you're anything like me, getting to the end of a tube or pot and having to really work for the remaining dregs of product is pretty grim and so, in the past, I used to tell myself it was time to chuck it out before getting to the bottom and buy a nice fresh new product. But actually if you go to the lengths of cutting open a tube or using an ear bud to scoop out those last remaining bits of cream, the sense of satisfaction that you get from properly finishing a beauty product gives a real sense of satisfaction and guilt free swagger when you waltz in to Boots to buy new goodies.

So in this vain, here are the bits and pieces that I've scooped and scrapped the living daylights out of!
Make Up
Mac Mineralize SkinFinish (shade-Medium Golden)
This face powder is not only my most favourite product from Mac but the best powder ever invented. It de-shines, it blurs, it perfects, it smooths. I've been re-purchasing this powder for 10 years now, and won't be stopping. (Although that's a lie as I am currently using up another powder I have!).
L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara
I loved this mascara when I first applied it. I actually gasped at the length it gave my lashes. And then it dried out. Really quickly. I was then left with a very clumpy, dried out mascara to work with. and it smudged like a bitch. Such a shame because like I say the first few uses, I was blown away. I would maybe re-purchase just to see if I had a dud previously.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
So after the above experience, I ran back to my old faithful favourite. But I've moved on and actually I no longer like the curved brush. I still like the mascara itself but I wish there was a straight brush. 
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter (shade 040 soft beige)
I really like this for under eyes. It comes with a built in brush which is perfectly serviceable and saves on a brush. I would re-purchase and would also try the foundation which is supposed to be really good as well.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
My number one hero product. I always rave about this. It's the ONLY product which sorts out my dry lips and hands, especially with the beast from the east temperatures we have had of late.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
I really liked this easy to use serum so ordered another bottle when this one was used up but I have to say the new one feels a bit different, a bit sticky and takes a bit longer to sink in but it's still probably the most affordable Hyaluronic serum out there so...
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
No. I just didn't like this moisturiser - it's texture or the way it felt to apply and how it left my skin feeling quite dry, and I have very combination skin.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid
This retinoid formula is no longer made by The Ordinary and the one I have bought to replace it isn't as nice. This original one sank in quickly and I felt really made a difference. The new formula I have is quite oily, takes an age to sink in and I just don't feel it's bringing anything to the table.
Ren T Zone Control Cleansing Gel
This sample size was in my ASOS beauty advent calendar and I really enjoyed using it as my morning cleanser. Smells lovely, very spa like and left my skin feeling really cleansed.
IS Clinical Active Serum*
I'm not sure what this is supposed to do and I can't say it made a jot of difference to the texture or appearance of my skin but what I can tell you is this smells so strongly of .. umm.. like a chemical or something smell. I can't place the fragrance but I don't like it and it's offputting. 
Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore Tightening Concentrate*
I mostly used this lovely cream around my jawline and I really think there was an improvement and, dare I say it, a lessening of the slackening. I really rate Kiehl's products, although they are fairly pricey, I think they are worth it.
Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder
Summer holidays in a bottle. What more could you want. Perfumes don't excite me but this one did and I feel might become a annual pre holiday/at duty free treat.
Nude by Jasper Conran*
A combination of sweet and subtly musky scent. Really nice.
CoLab Dry Shampoos
I have tried a few different brands of dry shampoo but none of them are as good, in my opinion, as CoLab. Absolutely no white residue left behind, gorgeous scents, fun bottle designs and affordable. I won't be without this for no hair wash days.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Shampoo
and the conditioner are so good. They do ease frizz, they will leave your hair soft, smooth, smelling delicious and have really helped with my usual winter static.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Hydrating Body Lotion
It's shallow but I wish the packaging was more fun/cool/interesting because the cream inside is thick, rich and really does hydrate parched skin.
Korres shower gel
Another mini from the ASOS advent. I didn't like this, but only because the scent for me was too sweet. Imagine a bag of melted tootie fruities - like that.
Twin Lotus Active Charcoal toothpaste*
This whitening toothpaste definitely did help to remove stains and brighten teeth but my god does it cause a mess in your sink. I don't mean any staining of the black paste on your sink, it just requires a wash around before you can move on.

Right I'm off to see if I can actually put any of these bits in the recycling box!

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