I haven't blogged about my empty products for ages now but I seemed to be starting a little collection of used products. Rather than let them build up into an overwhelming pile of stuff that ultimately just ends up being thrown out without any mention on the blog, I thought I'd let you know my thoughts on them. I'll try and make this a regular feature on the blog if you fancy it!
I'm pretty good at using cleansers up so I have several to talk about here. First up I had a sample of the Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm (£57 at SpaceNK) and I actually enjoyed using this more than I thought I would. This is like a thick cleansing balm that contains exfoliating beads. The exfoliating action is really soft on the skin and my skin felt comfortable and cleansed. It was always once I got on to the rest of my skincare that I noticed how smooth my skin was after using this. It really does improve the texture in just one use! No wonder it's so expensive...
I tried the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm (£46 at SpaceNK) for the first time and I did think it was a nice cleanser. It left my skin hydrated, just how I like but I wouldn't necessarily say it's worth £46 really. It almost feels slightly exfoliating on the skin as it's not a completely smooth balm but I didn't notice any amazing effects from this. Some people say that this smells like chocolate orange but I didn't get that at all. I don't think it's a horrible scent but it's not the best. There's no point in filling a product with unnecessary artificial scents for the sake of it though so really not bothered about the scent aspect, just thought I'd mention it! I definitely prefer the Oskia Perfect Cleanser (£32.50 at SpaceNK) to this. I've just recently purchased my third tube!
I was back on to Bioderma Micellar Water (£10.50 at Boots) after buying some in France last year and falling in love with the stuff. A while back I wasn't sure if I thought it was that great or not but this time around I definitely know it's good. I totally notice the difference when I run out of it and start using a cheaper version like the Garnier one. I will definitely repurchase this again at some point but for now I've just bought the Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser (£21 at Boots) after having it used on me yesterday as part of an amazing mini facial at Fenwick Newcastle.
Continuing on with the skincare, I was using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue (£40 at John Lewis) and can honestly say it is one of the best, if not the best eye cream I've ever used. It has a cream-gel consistency so it doesn't feel too heavy but it is super nourishing. It honestly provides the most long lasting hydration I've ever experienced with an eye cream. Makeup applies so nicely over the top of this too. I'll definitely get some more of this in the future but I'm always trying new things as that's all part of the fun for me!
I've recently been using the Clarins Eye Contour Balm (£31 at John Lewis) but also got given a sample of the Eye Contour Gel (£31 at John Lewis). I actually like the gel version so much better which I didn't expect at all. I love really hydrating products on the eye area and assumed the gel would be too light but it really does work for me. It feels cooling and refreshing on application but it still provides the hit of moisture my eye area needs. It's great under makeup too. I really recommend that you get a sample of this as it's fab.
I got the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil (£18 at Debenhams) in a gift set in the Boxing Day Sales and I really stretched this out as I didn't want it to ever run out! This product is so luxurious and smells amazing. I do love it as a shower oil but what I enjoy most, is using this as a shaving oil. It makes the whole experience so much nicer and gives a very smooth result. My legs got extremely dry over the Winter/Spring and every time I used this, they were instantly better! I really want some more of this but I've just been putting it off as it's quite expensive to use as a shaving oil. I believe it's worth it though!
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (£20.50 at Look Fantastic). Wow that's a long name! I rediscovered this sample that I'd left in my suitcase from my honeymoon last year and have loved using this product again. I've had the full size in the past and I really do rate it. It's a spray in heat protector that you use on wet hair prior to blow drying and this leaves my hair soft and I can feel confident that it's protecting my hair. It doesn't overload the hair with product or make it greasy.
When it comes to Laura Geller makeup, whilst it's now easier to get hold of in the UK, I bet most people only really know about her baked foundation or her gelato highlighters, which look amazing by the way! I bought a Today's Special Value set from QVC before Christmas last year and I found a fab mascara that I wouldn't have otherwise tried! It's the Laura Geller StyleLash Intense Lengthening Mascara (£19 at Debenhams). This stuff is incredible at lengthening the lashes and giving a separated look. I hate the clumpy look so this is ideal for me! It's perfect for daytime use and I found that it was very long lasting, didn't smudge or flake and was easily removed at the end of the day. I think I prefer something a little more volumising for nights out/special occasions but this is definitely one to try if you want super long lashes!
I hope you found these mini reviews helpful. I'm now going to feel extremely satisfied as I dispose of these empty products, knowing I put them to good use for once!
Have you used up any products recently that you just have to repurchase or maybe something that was rather disappointing?