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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Product Empties #39

product empties and reviews


It’s just over two months since my last empties post so slower progress than I would have liked but let’s get into the mini reviews! 


haircare empties and reviews


OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

I really dragged this out as it’s more expensive than I usually go for, but I loved this! Gave me an extra day out of greasy hair, no residue, added volume and smells incredible – also has my favourite Melrose Place scent! Would repurchase on a good offer.


Olaplex No.3

A staple in my haircare routine, I love this, and you can read more here! My hair feels stronger and it’s harder for me to find split ends after use/between haircuts. Already repurchased and using the supersize version!


Sol de Janeiro Hair Repair Treatment

I love SDJ’s body care offerings and I love this mask too! It smells the same as the body cream and looks the same too so be careful you don’t mix them up! This is thick and creamy but isn’t hard to wash out and makes my hair so soft and swishy and the smell lingers too! Already have a backup along with the shampoo and conditioner to try from a Christmas set!


The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

I love this! I notice much less hair fall when I use it consistently so hopefully that is contributing to my hair looking thicker! While you can definitely tell there is something on your scalp it doesn’t necessarily look greasy but at the same time, I am glad I have been working from home and can get away a few extra days not washing! 100% worth a try if you suffer hair loss or thinning hair as it’s so affordable! Will repurchase and spoke about it more here!


Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath and Pure Inspiration Conditioner

Loved the orange scent and these felt super gentle, but nothing compares to my OUAI shampoo and conditioner so not a repurchase for me!


Virtue 6-in-1 Styler

Another one I really enjoyed the scent of! This is lightweight so worked well for me on dry hair when I wanted to tame frizz without weighing my hair down! Would repurchase but I just have too much haircare right now! 


skincare empties and reviews


Huxley Secret of Sahara Sleep Mask

This is a beautiful, cooling, gel like formula that contains Pricky pear seed oil, hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica. For an overnight mask, it feels super lightweight and absorbs quickly! I initially thought this wouldn't be hydrating enough but I was wrong!  My skin feels nourished, and I wake up with calm, hydrated, smooth and plump skin! Full review here and I will repurchase in the future!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I’ve lost count how many bottles I’ve went through of this and it’s great to have by my desk throughout the day which is how I use it as opposed to a skincare step. I actually have a large bottle of this in my back up stash but to be honest I am sick of it so will use up some of my other mists before opening! Read more here!


Dermalogica Smart Response Serum*

Gutted to be finished this serum as I absolutely loved it! It hydrates, firms, brightens and soothes depending on what you skin needs. It contains glycerin and niacinamide and instantly calms skin and makes it feel soft and supported! What I don’t love is the price haha at £129 it ain’t cheap and right now I can’t justify repurchasing but in the future I definitely will! More on this serum here!  


Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster*

A quick google tells me this has been discontinued now which I was surprised by! This was a nice lightweight, calming oil with futuristic packaging (you push the bottom to dispense!) I generally prefer my oils to be fattier so this wouldn’t have been a repurchase for me!


Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum*

I first started using this serum prior to going on Roaccutane and my skin was so bad nothing was really working for me unfortunately! My skin has been clear since coming off it so I used this up on my neck and chest and overall it’s a nice gentle serum that doesn’t dry the skin out but does help with recovery time. Not a repurchase for me but you can read more here!


Sand&Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Hydration Boost Cream*

Really enjoyed this cream and surprised myself by getting through it so quickly (for me!). It’s a hydrating gel-cream that locks in moisture, smooths and targets fine lines and prevents dehydration. It felt cooling and soothing and was my go-to night cream. I woke up to plump, hydrated skin and I loved the subtle marshmallow-y scent! This formula didn’t work for me during the day as it caused pilling but for night-time it was lovely and I love the packaging too! Not a repurchase for me right now but would consider in the future! Read my full review here!


Fenty Skin Fat Water

Really enjoyed this mini, my skin looked more even, and it reduced my oiliness. I loved the texture as it’s a hybrid toner/serum and I just patted in with my palms so perfect for travelling and I plan to pick up the full size in the future!


Origins Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

I’ve been through quite a lot of minis of this too and it lasts forever! It’s a watery formula and feels calming on the skin and helps with redness while hydrating. Will repurchase in the future!


Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30

I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did but it’s amazing! It’s a creamy formula but ribs in easily leaving no white cast and a lovely glow behind! It sits so well under makeup and doesn’t pill with other products and the only thing that could make it better would be if it was SPF 50! I took this on a trip to Prague with me and my skin felt protected, and my makeup looked really good over the top if I do say so myself! Will repurchase in the future once I get through a few other SPF’s!


Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream

Another favourite and long-term staple in my skincare stash! This contains five ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and it manages to be both lightweight (so perfect under makeup) as well as rich enough for overnight! My skin drinks this up and I always go back to it! It’s hydrating, soothing and restoring and you need to try it! I also took this with me on my trip but I already have a full size back up! Read more about it here!


Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum

I’ve been through few minis of these now, but I think because it’s so small I never get the full benefit of the dark spot correction! I know so many people are a fan of this so I might need the bite the bullet and buy a full size at some point as the consistency etc is lovely! Might repurchase!


Farmacy Green Clean cleanser

Really nice cleanser, not quite as luxurious as something like the Emma Hardie Moringa balm but this works well to break down makeup! Would repurchase! 


bodycare empties and reviews


Nivea Body Moisturising Mousse

I actually thought this was a shower mousse not a moisturiser when I first got it! It’s a really fun texture, has my favourite Nivea scent and felt moisturising even though it’s not as thick as their usual creams. I felt I did get through it quite quickly though so would probably repurchase their standard creams over this again!


Cetraben Natural Oatmeal Cream*

Everyone should have a product like this in their stash! Perfect for sensitive or eczema prone skin and it works a treat on random dry patches I get on my legs! It’s soothing and lasts overnight, keeping the area moisturised and stopping me from itching! As well as on the body this can be used on your face and its really lightweight but powerful! Can’t recommend enough if you need a do it all body/face cream for any emergency skin situations! Read more here!


Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus and Spearmint Stress Relief Body Lotion

This on the other hand I loved! This is a lightweight moisturiser that really does smell so stress relieving to me though the scent isn’t the most long lasting. The packaging is lovely but it’s difficult to get out once it gets near the end I also have the body cream in this scent in the squeezy tube so I might repurchase this again but will probably stick to the cream! Read more here!


Necessaire The Body Serum

I have a full post on these Necessaire products here but overall, I was quite disappointed with them based on the hype/price. I really like the brands ethos, and this was my favourite product out of the four I had. It’s a Hyaluronic Acid treatment that’s a gel formula and it absorbs into the body quickly and it helped with extra hydration. While it feels more luxurious than the hyaluronic acid I usually use on my chest, I don’t see a massive difference in result with them, so this won’t be a repurchase!


Necessaire The Body Lotion

This is unscented so I found it a little boring/basic. It has a thick formula and takes some rubbing in before it’s fully absorbed and left my skin hydrated. Same with the serum though, I didn’t notice any massive benefit to using this than my normal more affordable lotions! Not a repurchase.


Necessaire The Body Exfoliator

I am surprised how quickly I went through this as it normally takes me a bit longer with exfoliators but again, it was a bit of a disappointment to me. Not “scrubby enough” for me personally and the scent wasn’t strong enough either. I’ll stick to my Frank Body coffee scrub/exfoliating gloves in future! Not a repurchase! 


Neutrogena Hand Cream

Really nice intensive hand cream, I used this overnight, and a tiny bit goes a long way. Sinks in quickly and made my hands soft. Would repurchase!  


daniellesbeautyblog makeup empties and review


Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in 150 Buff

My favourite drugstore foundation! Affordable, long lasting and full coverage! Already have a couple of backups as I stock up when it’s on 3 for 2! Read more about it here!


Clarins SOS Primer

Really liked this both for mixing in with foundation and as an illuminating primer. I don’t think it helps with staying power but it gives a nice lit from within look! Could be a contender for my beloved discontinued Becca Backlight Priming Filter! Might repurchase! 


vital proteins collagen review


Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen

I didn’t notice a massive difference between the two of these so won’t bother with the Marine Collagen again as it’s more expensive, but I love the Collagen Peptides. I hope it’s working on my skin/hair, but I notice it most on my joints which aren’t painful going down stairs etc anymore! I’ve been taking this for about a year now and have already repurchased!


Also not pictured because it’s so ratty is my old wet brush which I have finally binned/decluttered since repurchasing last month! It has more bristles missing that remaining but served me well over the last 5/6 years!


So that’s it for this edition! Do you see any of your favourites or anything you’d like to try?


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Danielle xx


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Sunday, 15 May 2022

Skincare | Murad Review and Favourite Products

murad skincare review and favourites

I’m back today with a little roundup of Murad, a brand I was introduced to just before Christmas as part of their influencer ambassador programme – the Skin Wellness Squad! Founded in 1989 by Dr Howard Murad, Murad believe skincare is healthcare and selfcare and their products are science backed high-performance technologies and formulas. I have quite a few products here from different ranges so let’s get into it! 


murad environmental shield brightening review


The Environmental Shield is part of their brightening range and targets dark spots and uneven tones. This, along with fine lines and aging is currently my biggest skincare concern. Since finishing up my third course of Roaccutane a year ago, my skin has thankfully *touch wood* stayed clear this time! I have noticed a huge difference in stubborn spots of pigmentation since introducing the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum RRP £74* into my routine. It really is a powerhouse antioxidant serum and after struggling with Vitamin C formulas that help brighten but don’t do much for specific areas of pigmentation this has been a welcome addition! The inclusion of glycolic acid gently exfoliates and helps ensure effective Vitamin C (in the form of L-ascorbic acid) delivery and the serum itself absorbs quickly, makes my skin look brighter and more even and over time I have noticed my attention being drawn less and less to the stubborn pigmentation I thought was never going to shift! I LOVE this serum!


Next up, the Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial RRP £67* and I know physical exfoliants can sometimes be a source of contention in the skincare world but personally, I am a big fan! As well as being a physical exfoliant, this also combines chemical (glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids) and enzymatic exfoliants to slough off dead skin cells and smooth skin. It contains Vitamin C too and on rubbing into the skin it changes colour from orange to while to let you know you can stop scrubbing! This isn’t as gentle as some scrubs I’ve tried but it’s in no way harsh either! I usually leave on my skin for 10 minutes after scrubbing before washing off and I am left with smooth, brighter skin that is primed for the rest of my routine! 


murad city skin age defense spf 50 review

Lastly, from this range at least, is the City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 RRP £60*. This is a mineral sunscreen that shields against digital blue light damage, UVA, UVB & pollution. The formula is lightweight and has a peachy tint that is easily worked into the skin leaving no white cast (I have pale skin for reference). It sits well over the rest of my skincare as well as under makeup and I love that its SPF 50, my skin feels protected and the formula is beautiful, no difficulty rubbing in or pilling either!


murad hydrating range review


murad overview and best products

The purple products are from the Hydration range and perfect for sensitive skin. The standout for me from this line is the Intense Recovery Cream RRP £69* and I already featured it a few months ago in this post! This is the ultimate comfort blanket for stressed out, dehydrated, sensitive skin and I am obsessed! It contains shea better, macadamia oil and microalgae extract to provide deep moisturisation and smooth the look of stress lines as well as reducing redness and irritation. My skin was really playing up at the start of the year, I think from a mixture of retinol products, the weather and working from home all day in central heating. It was red, inflamed, itchy and flaky and this came to the rescue thankfully! It feels instantly soothing on stressed skin and is so comforting! It reduced my redness as well as hydrating my skin and getting it back to normal and as you can see, I have been making my way through it quickly! It feels like more of a balm than a cream and it melts into skin keeping it hydrated and protected overnight. I also used this in the day under makeup and was pleasantly surprised how well it sat under makeup given it is so balmy, a must have for sensitive skin! 


murad nutrient charged water gel review

Sticking with moisturisers and the Nutrient-Charged Water Gel RRP £55* is another favourite. It’s oil-free, lightweight and instantly hydrates, plumps and locks in moisture.

It’s made up of five vitamins (B and E), five minerals (silicon, iron, zinc, copper and magnesium) and five peptides to smooth skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve tone and texture and restore the skins barrier. A little goes a long way with this one and like it promises, my skin feels and looks plump, smooth and hydrated, fine lines are less visible and it provides a lovely base for makeup, working well with the City Skin SPF!

murad revitalixir recovery serum review

The Revitalixir Recovery Serum RRP £75* contains these spheres which hopefully you can see in the photos and works for the eyes as well as the face! It’s a blend of niacinamide, caffeine, neuropeptide, paracress and cannabis sativa seed oil which helps smooth skin, calming and depuffing it and the illuminating pearls help hydrate! The scent of this is so familiar and nostalgic to me but I have no idea why as I had never tried it before, but it is very comforting! This is a nice serum but I am not blown away by it! 


murad resurgence range review

The Resurgence line is for anti-aging and targeting line and wrinkles as well as lifting and firming. Starting with the Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream RRP £73*, this is actually one of the products I have been reacting to as mentioned above - along with the Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6. I used both of those products with no issues a handful of times before Christmas but they both separately caused reactions around January/Feburary, and it took me a while to realise what was causing the reaction as I hadn’t had issues before! I have started reintroducing the Murad back into my routine over the last four weeks and have been sandwiching with the Revitalixir serum and a little intense recovery cream on top and no reactions so far so I do think it was down to my skin being extra sensitive in winter rather than the product itself!


I love the packaging of this with the pump ensuring you get the correct amount of product each time. The formula contains a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and a retinol booster as well as niacinamide to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen the skins barrier. I’ll update this more as I use it for longer but since my sensitive skin issues have subsided this has left me with plump skin in the morning! My mum also has this and really enjoys it for her more mature skin also finding it plumping and targeting her fine lines and wrinkles.

Lastly, the Targeted Wrinkle Corrector RRP £70* and this is a nifty little treatment to diminish the look of wrinkles by working like a filler flooding lines with hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth. At 31, I am more concerned with fine lines than deep set wrinkles, so the effects are not so drastic for me! This is a nice little extra though if you are concerned with deeper set lines and a nice alternative to filler. Like I said, it contains hyaluronic acid, squalane to prevent moisture loss and hexapeptide to boost elasticity. Application is pretty important too – I used this without reading the directions and put it on right before applying my makeup which resulted in my foundation sticking to the places, I had applied it very obviously lol. The best way is to apply after cleansing and toning but before serum, moisturiser and SPF. It has a lovely cooling applicator but I find the best way to apply is with my finger by tapping into the areas I am using it on such as my elevens, forehead and smile lines. Used in this way it doesn’t affect my makeup and makes my skin look smoother. While working instantly it also it a preventative product too!


murad skincare review and best products

murad skincare review

best products from murad

While the products are pricey, for me the stand outs are worth it (Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum, City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Intense Recovery Cream and Nutrient Charged Water Gel) and if you shop around you can usually find a 20% off offer or pick up a set of minis to try! As well as their own website, they are also available from Space NK, Look Fantastic and Cult Beauty among others!


Have you tried anything from Murad before? What’s your favourite product?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

See my full disclosure here.


Danielle xx


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