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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Product Empties (skip a few) #21

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It’s been a while guys! These are my favourite posts to write and I have been saving my empties since I got home in the middle of August in an old beauty box ready for the day I had enough to write this post! 

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Bodycare
One of my favourite body moisturisers, this is creamy, hydrating and smells amazing! Forever repurchased! 

Another of my favourite body care brands, I am obsessed with how fresh this scent is! Also does a great job of moisturising my skin. Forever repurchased.

Another lovely moisturiser, I prefer this scent in the body foam form more so than this moisturising cream but it was very hydrating and smoothing! Would probably repurchase if on offer!

haircare empties vo5 soap and gory klorane

Haircare
VO5 Refresh me Quick dry shampoo
One of my favourite dry shampoos THAT VO5 HAVE DISCONTINUED!!! I left this (and the next two) at home over 2 years ago when I went to Canada as they don’t have a use by date lol. I absolutely love the scent of this and it worked really well in my hair leaving no white cast, I am absolutely gutted they have discontinued it! 

Another great dry shampoo with possibly the best packaging ever haha this one also smells amazing; I love getting whiffs of it throughout the day and it works well to soak my greasy hair up too! Will repurchase!

Probably the best dry shampoo I have ever tried, it has a very fresh scent, leaves no white cast and does the best job out of the three at keeping my hair looking fresher for longer. I will certainly repurchase this but it’s also the priciest of the three so I need a cheaper replacement also because I go through A LOT of dry shampoo! Will wait to Escentual have 20% of before making a purchase! Dry shampoo recommendations around the £2 mark also welcome, I am not a fan of Batiste unfortunately! 

skincare empties nivea pixi inkey list

Skincare
If you have read my blog for a while you will be sick of hearing about this! It’s my number one first cleanse as it’s so creamy and gets the majority of my makeup off before I go in with a balm or oil! Its known as Nivea Lotion here and Canada has discontinued this but I found it in Savers at home – not a lot showing up online for it though - tell me it hasn’t been discontinued here too! Already of course repurchased! 

If you know, you know! This dual phase formula makes taking waterproof eye makeup off a breeze. Forever repurchased! 

Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser
I feel very blah about this one, its nice to use in the morning but I don't love it and it doesn't excite me  therefore I would not repurchase! 

I think this is maybe my third bottle of this, it works well on the daily for me as it’s so lightweight but it’s not quite as hydrating as I would like overnight. I absolutely hate the dropper; it never works or dispenses product and they still haven’t updated it! I will probably repurchase this in the future but maybe not to next summer, my skin needs something a little more hydrating for winter, recommendations welcome! 

As far as budget hyaluronic acids go I prefer this over the Ordinary’s offering, however, I unfortunately have expensive taste in hyaluronic acids and nothing beats NIOD or Mabel + Meg’s offerings for me. I will 100% repurchase this through as I can’t afford those back to back and this one is lovely.

I love this! Super lightweight yet very hydrating, I don’t have big dark bags (lol) but they certainly felt brighter and more even toned using this! Will repurchase in the future but I want to try their new Brighten-I eye cream first! 

Obsessed with this, it’s a must have product for me as it’s so hydrating and calming on my skin! I use this about 3 times a week - already repurchased! Also talked about it in my last blog post here!

I enjoyed using this up but didn’t find it any more mattifying that other moisturisers I have so wouldn’t repurchase a full size at this point! 

Nice physical exfoliant however every time I used this it got up my nose and I have no idea how because it doesn’t happen with other exfoliators I use – uncomfortable experience so wouldn’t repurchase! 

Got a good few uses out of this even though it's a tiny sample and I really liked it! Very hydrating and brightening but I don’t think I can get it in the UK! Would repurchase if I was back in Canada or the USA! 


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Makeup
My number one can’t live without makeup product! I love this stuff – full coverage, long lasting and looks better the longer I wear it, already repurchased two backups because I can’t live without it! 

I used to get my mum to send me this over from home as its my favourite drugstore concealer and works so well! It’s not drying and does a great job of covering blemishes - already using my back up! 

I have repurchased this numerous times and it does a great job of giving my lashes volume and length while keeping them separated and not going flaky! I refuse to spend more than £10 on a mascara so this is perfect for me and I have already repurchased and started using my back up! 

Another product I have repurchased numerous times1 This is a great alternative to the ABH Brow Wiz through the pencil is not quite as soft! This lasts ages and makes it so easy to fill my brows in! Forever repurchased! 

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Miscellaneous
Gutted I can’t get these anymore! This is my favourite scent – its eucalyptus and spearmint and smells amazing, sinks in quickly and makes my hands feel clean! Have a couple of back-ups and will probably have to get someone to send me some more over when they run out! 


Sorry for the horrible used beauty blender photo above but I am obsessed with these, they are the only thing I will put my foundation on with! Leaves an even, streak free finish and worth the price tag in my opinion! Already using my back up! 

joe fresh cotton pads

Special mention - Joe Fresh cotton face pads - these are amazing! I don't normally mention the more boring type of products like this but I have been unable to find my favourite soft and gentle ones at home as I think they have been discontinued so if you have any recommendations for a cotton face pad that has indents on it (hope that makes sense) please let me know or tell me your thoughts on reusable cotton pads - are they any good? 

Congratulations if you got through all that! if you are still here I would also love to know your dry shampoo recommendations – I am not a fan of Batiste, and any hydrating serum recommendations (I usually alternate the Pixi one with Vichy Aqualia Thermal!) Thank you! 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here. 
Danielle xx
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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Forever Repurchased #5

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Since coming home from Canada, I have been adding some of my favourites back into my routine as I was working on finishing up a lot of products before I left! It is so good to have some firm favourites back in my routine so here are my forever repurchased take 5! 

I have lost count of how many of these I have gone through now after first buying two years ago when I was in Canada. I first dabbled with the pressed version quite a while back but this loose version is 10x better! It mattifies my skin without drying it out, adds subtle extra coverage and a pot lasts ages! Well worth its price tag but I managed to snag this one at 20% off on Feel Unique so always worth shopping around! 

NIOD copper amino isolate 2:1 review

Another slightly new formulation to me, I loved the original version of this and the update is just as good! This serum is such an all-rounder, my skin is always clearer and more even when I use it consistently! It’s also good for aging skin and is just generally very good for the overall health of your skin!  

This is the product that has been out of my routine the longest and one that I am so happy to have back in it! I have dabbled with other rosehip oils but always come back to Trilogy specifically, there is literally one ingredient in rosehip oil so I’m not sure why, but I can feel a difference and this one is my favourite! My skin always feels so nourished and hydrated after every use and it’s a lot brighter and smoother in the mornings! 

One of my favourite overnight treatments, this mask is super hydrating and I always wake up to plump, moisturised skin! I use this several times a week so will definitely buy the full size next time as it’s just so good and I run out of my minis quickly. They recently updated the ingredients to include avocado and swiss glacier water and I was worried the new formulation would be different but I’m happy to say it’s still working just as well for me! 

Another firm favourite in my routine although one that’s getting harder to find! This is very moisturising and brightens my under eye giving a great base for makeup! I used to get it from Cult Beauty but they have stopped stocking them so I hope they are not leaving the UK! 

I actually have a few other products I recently repurchased but didn’t want this post to be a massive essay, maybe I will do another one soon! If you’d like to see the previous posts in this series, please see below! What is one product you can’t do without? 

See #1, #2, #3 and #4 in this series! 

Danielle xx

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Five Things I’m Loving | August 2019

Welcome back! It’s been a while but I’m home for a bit and I’ve missed talking about beauty so I’m keen to blog and Instagram again while I have more time! First up, I have some products I have been loving this summer I want to talk about! 



I got this on the recommendation of both a friend and my beautician in Canada. Coming into summer I was in the market for a good SPF and having tried a mini of the original non matte version of this the year before I knew this wouldn’t disappoint! It has done a great job this summer of protecting my face and it also works amazingly under foundation! Win win! 



I am on my third bottle of each of these as I use them together and they are brilliant at what they do! I use a drop of each of these most mornings together and they work so well to reduce my pigmentation, congestion and the look of my blemishes! They are a long time staple in my skincare routine and they also have a crazy good price point! See me wax lyrical about them in this post too: best beauty discoveries of 2016!



I went on a bit of a bronzer mission a few months ago and picked up a few different ones and while I love them all, this is the one I stuck in my makeup bag for a pretty big road trip this summer! It is the most perfect matte shade for my skin and gives a gorgeous wash of colour, the powder is soft and easily blendable and the packaging is gorgeous! 

Another repeat purchase and one I always have in my handbag! This is billed as a lip treatment but I use it as more of a gloss throughout the day. It is super long lasting, non-sticky and it keeps my lips hydrated! Its amazing! 

Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know what you've been loving this summer! 

Danielle xx

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Product Empties #20

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I’m finally back with a new empties post after putting a few mini versions up on Instagram and it feels good! Here’s what I’ve finished up recently!

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Bodycare
Nivea Smooth Body Lotion
I love this – it really does make my skin feel smooth, it smells so fresh and it comes in a massive container! I also get it when it’s on special in Shoppers as it can be expensive otherwise! Will repurchase!

Nivea Waterlily and Oil Body Wash
Another favourite and one that I’ve repurchased quite a lot since being in Canada as I love the scent and again, its affordable! Have already repurchased!

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
I got this mini in a GWP from Cult Beauty a few months ago and I’ll admit I didn’t love the scent at first though people seem to go crazy over it! I have grown to like it though and I recently got another bigger sample! It does make my skin feel super soft but I don’t love the glitter/sparkle that it gives off! Probably wouldn’t repurchase.

Soap and Glory Hand Maid
An old favourite and one that I didn’t want to finish because I can’t get it over here! It’s the best smelling hand sanitiser there is and it doesn’t dry my hands out at all! Will repurchase when I am home!

product empties haircare tressemme bumble and bumble

Haircare
Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
I can’t find my usual dry shampoos – Klorane and VO5 - in Canada so I’ve been trying a few different ones, the first being this offering form Herbal Essences. I really like the scent but it unfortunately leaves a white cast in my hair so I won’t repurchase.

TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
Fortunately I got on much better with this one! Again, I love the scent and it rubs in really well leaving my hair feeling much fresher so I have repurchased a few times! It’s also super affordable when on offer at around $4!

Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil
I got this in a build your own beauty box a few months ago and enjoyed using it over summer. It never made my hair feel oily or greasy and it always looked smoother when I used it! I would consider a repurchase in the future but at the minute I have a few other products I want to use up!

product empties skincare nivea aurelia liz earle tata harper

Skincare
Nivea Lotion
This is probably my most repurchased skin product ever! I’ve talked about it loads on the blog but most recently here. Its my absolute favourite for a first cleanse as it’s so creamy and gentle and it does a great job of removing the bulk of my makeup while not breaking me out of casing a reaction. Forever repurchased!

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
From one of my favourite first cleanses to a few of my favourite second cleansers! The Miracle Cleanser is so gentle yet effective at removing the last of my makeup and it smells so refreshing! I’ve never bought a full size as it’s so expensive but the minis last ages! Will always repurchase!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
I find this to be really similar to the Aurelia cleanser in scent and how well it cleanses. The Liz Earle one is a little thicker in consistency but it’s a lot more affordable so I will repurchase the full size again in the future!

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
I enjoyed using this for the most part except when it got into my eyes where it burnt! It looks like a clay but is very oily and effective at removing makeup however I wouldn’t repurchase as it’s not gentle over eyes!

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
I love this, its so gentle and cooling and perfect as a morning eye makeup remover. The little bottle has lasted me ages and I will repurchase in the future! 

January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic
Another mini from a GWP! I wanted to love this because the brands Restorative Tonic Mist is one of my favourite skincare products but sadly I just didn’t notice it doing much for my skin. It’s not a big enough sample to test properly and while I don’t hate it, I just don’t love it therefore wouldn’t repurchase.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
I got this in the subscription box I mentioned earlier and I enjoyed the scent and cooling sensation it gave but I have other facial mists I much prefer so I wouldn’t repurchase this one!

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Makeup
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
The Mac Daddy of foundation for me, I love this stuff! It gives amazing coverage and looks better the longer you have it on! I have already repurchased because I cannot be without it!

Revlon ColourStay foundation
My favourite budget foundation – and a great option if you don’t want to fork out for Estee Lauder! Again it gives great coverage and lasts all day and I have repurchased!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
I’ve used up a mini of the Brow Wiz before and liked it apart from the colour match but this time the colour match was perfect It’s a super soft pencil and makes filling in your eyebrows so simple! I definitely want to grab a full size at some point!

Fenty Beauty primer and foundation in 150
A little sample I wanted to include – I can’t really say much for the primer because I never really notice anything with primers but I was super impressed with the foundation! Obviously I only got one days use out of it but it lasted all day and gave me really good coverage so I’ve been weighing up whether to buy or not! I would love to hear your thoughts on the foundation if you’ve tried it!

So that’s my first empties in quite a while and it felt good! The pictures are awful quality because I’m back to using my iPhone but we’ll roll with it! Let me know your thoughts on any of the products here!

Danielle xx

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