Saturday, 11 March 2023

Product Empties #44


daniellesbeautyblog product empties

A slightly better number of empties compared to my last post in December and I finally feel like I am back on it with finishing products! Lets see what we have this time!


daniellesbeautyblog haircare empties


Dove Go Active Dry Shampoo

I mentioned the dry shampoo recall in my last empties post and this was another one I had to check the batch code of but thankfully it wasn’t affected. Overall, while not as effective as the Living Proof dry shampoo I have been loving, this is a good budget option. It soaks up oil, leaves no white cast and gives me another day out of my hair. Have repurchased. 


Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo x2

This stuff on the other hand is incredible! It is a lot pricier than my usual budget dry shampoos, but it is the best I have tried! It leaves no white cast, absorbs easily giving me an extra day or two out of my greasy hair and actually makes it look clean. It also gives a bit of lift which is perfect as my hair can look lank when greasy and it has a really subtle fresh scent. I don’t normally go that long between washes but this makes it easy! Well worth the money and it featured in my Best Beauty Discoveries in Haircare for 2022! Have repurchased.


Sol de Janeiro Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo

This SLS free shampoo smells exactly like Bum Bum Cream and left my hair feeling clean and soft and obviously smelling amazing! I do have other shampoos I prefer but I would repurchase this if it was on a good offer.


Sol de Janeiro Strengthening + Smoothing Conditioner

Lovely hydrating conditioner that again smells beautiful! Again, I have other conditioners I prefer but I would repurchase.


Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment

Another gorgeous product from SDJ that hydrates hair and makes it smell amazing! Would repurchase. 


danielles beauty blog bodycare empties


Nivea Nourishing Body Milk

You know know how much I love Nivea and while this smells clean and fresh and moisturises well, it’s not my favourite formula! I find it smears over my skin and I need to work it in more than their other body moisturisers so this wont be a repurchase for me but I will pick up their Smooth body lotion again which I love!


Eucerin Complete Repair Moisturizing Lotion

My go to in winter! I use this mostly on my legs as they get so dry in winter and this stuff instantly calms skin and stops me scratching my eczema patches. I have been using it for years and always go back to it! Will repurchase!


First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

Really enjoyed this scrub, it’s very fine so did a good job of smoothing my KP. It contains both pumice for physical exfoliation and 10% AHA for chemical exfoliation and I would repurchase if I find it on offer! 


daniellesbeautyblog skincare empties


Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist*

A lovely, hydrating and smoothing facial mist. It’s rose scented but I am a bit sick of the scent so not a repurchase for me as there are a lot of other facial mists I prefer including the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist! See my full review here!


Sioris Time is Running Out Mist

There was a lot of hype over this one but it fell a bit flat for me. Worked well to hydrate my skin throughout the day but again there are just other mists I prefer so not a repurchase for me!


Nivea Express Eye Makeup Remover

Probably my most repurchased skincare item. It’s dual phase formula makes taking off waterproof eye makeup a breeze! Gentle, doesn't sting my eyes or dry out the skin around them! A must have on everyone’s skincare shelf and a good budget buy too!


NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

Dare I say my favourite serum and a staple in my skincare rotation since 2016. It’s a pro-repair and pro-collagen serum that maintains healthy looking skin by targeting signs of skin ageing like textural damage, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores and a lack of radiance. My skin is more even, clear and firm when I use this consistently! It’s watery and sinks in quickly and can be used in the morning and evening. My skin just looks better when I use this and I will repurchase once I use up a few more serums in my stash. See my full review here! 


NIOD Modulating Glucosides*

A really interesting serum that targets sensitive, irritated skin encouraging a calmer complexion. It supports the skin barrier, hydration and repair and helps reduce redness, itching and burning. Again, it’s lightweight and sinks in easily though the scent is quite strong. It is such a comforting serum and really helped calm and repair my barrier and if you struggle with sensitivity you need to try this! Will repurchase! Full review here!


Vichy Mineral 89 Eyes*

This is a lovely, lightweight formula and the pump dispenses the perfect amount of product every time! It contains glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, caffeine and shea butter and targets puffiness, fine lines and darkness! It cools down my under eyes making them significantly less puffy and also hydrates, reducing my fine lines. Didn’t pill with makeup either! Will repurchase! Full review here!


ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser via Cohorted*

A much thicker formulation than the Vichy so I used this one at night. It felt nicely hydrating and left my undereyes smooth and moisturised. Liked it but probably wouldn’t repurchase.


First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

Boring but nice is how I would explain this one. It has no scent but feels creamy and cleans and refreshes skin without leaving it feeling dried out perfect for sensitive skins! Would repurchase!


Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r

I used this as a second or morning cleanse and it felt nicely hydrating and didn’t dry my skin out. I have a lot of other cleansers I need to get through and ones I prefer over this so not a repurchase for me!


Fenty Beauty Hydra Vizor

I was surprised how long this little bottle lasted and honestly by how much I enjoyed it! It’s SPF 30 so perfect for me this winter and it left my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. I actually picked up a full size of this before I left for Canada as I spotted it at TK Maxx and I am glad I did! Would repurchase!


Tatcha The Rice Wash

This has a slightly grainy texture so gently exfoliates and doesn’t feel stripping. I am not a huge fan of the scent though so it’s not a repurchase for me!


Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Too small a sample to say if it did much brightening but this was a lovely lightweight formula that sank in quickly and didn’t pill with other products. The price tag is eye watering so not a repurchase for me!


Dr Lipp Miracle balm

Loved this and gutted it’s finished! This was my night time lip treatment and it kept them hydrated overnight and this little tube lasted forever. Lanolin Is one of my favourite lip care ingredients and I would repurchase this again!


Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in Berry

Another love! This felt very hydrating on my lips and I didn’t need to reapply throughout the day too often. It had a lovely subtle scent and a really subtle pink hint of colour to the lips too! Will repurchase when I finish up a few more lip products! 


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Revlon Colourstay for Combination/Oily Skin in 150 Buff

My favourite budget foundation. This has good coverage and lasting power, and I am already using my backup and have two more bottles in my stash as it’s my day to day work foundation!


Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Waterproof Mascara

Been through so many tubes of this and love it! Gives good volume and separation with no flaking. I have watery eyes so even waterproof mascara leave a small smudge under one of my eyes by the end of the day but with this it’s very minimal so I will forgive it! Will repurchase! 


daniellesbeautyblog miscellaneous empties


Purely Inspired Collagen Peptides

This is dissolving better for me now when I leave it for a few minutes in water and my joints always feel much better when I take collagen. I hope it works for my skin too but I don’t notice much difference with that! Have already repurchased.


Briogeo B. Well Vegan Omega 3, 6, 9 + Biotin supplements *

Enjoyed these but more expensive than my normal vitamins (I just take cod liver oil, Vitamin B etc) so not a repurchase for me! 


So that's it for this batch! Did you see any of your favourites or products you would like to try? Sorry about the horrendous photo quality too, my lighting was already bad then the site I use to edit has become paid :( if you have a good free editing site alternative please let me know!


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Saturday, 28 January 2023

Best Beauty Discoveries 2022 | Haircare

Last up in my best beauty discoveries of 2022 is the haircare category and I have quite a few this year! I have long brown hair with dry end and oily roots, and I really try to protect my hair as best as possible as I use heat so here are the products that have stood out to me this year! 


haircare favourites 2022

As a huge fan of the bum bum bodycare scent I had to pick up Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Milky Leave In Conditioner RRP £28 when it launched earlier this year! It smells exactly like the rest of the line but it’s not overpowering at all. I love the trigger mechanism and the formula itself is thicker than I was expecting but not heavy at all. It offers heat protection up to 232˚C, frizz control and helps prevent split ends and is a huge 210ml! It’s the best detangler I have used and makes my hair so soft and smooth! See my full review here!


I finally gave in and bought the Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo RRP £20 and let me tell you, the hype is real. This is a lot pricier than my usual budget dry shampoos, but it is the best I have tried! It leaves no white cast, absorbs easily giving me an extra day or two out of my greasy hair and actually makes it look clean. Some dry shampoos only last a few hours before my hair starts looking greasy again and I need to reapply, but this works so well and I use far less product! As well as making my hair look clean again it also gives a bit of lift which is perfect as my hair can look lank when greasy and it has a really subtle fresh scent. There is no residue and I love this so much I just bought three sets from Sephora when it was on sale!


Sticking with Living Proof, and I received their Triple Bond Complex RRP £42* at the end of summer and famous last words, but I think I prefer it as a repair treatment to Olaplex! This is a weekly treatment that you apply to damp hair after washing and leave in - it works to construct new bonds within the hair to help strengthen it as well as protect it and the look of split ends are visibly reduced. It also offers heat protection up to 232˚C to help prevent future breakage. It’s a silicone-free, serum consistency and leaves my hair feeling protected, smooth and manageable with a good shine and I have noticed my ends looking way healthier with less split ends even when my hair is overdue a trim!


I am a sucker for a scalp scrub and the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo RRP $54* has really impressed me! As I was rubbing this into my scalp the first time I used it, I was convinced my hair was still going to be greasy and that it was not going to clean it as there is no lather (it’s sulphate free) but I couldn’t have been more wrong! The exfoliant is very fine and this made my hair look and feel the cleanest it’s ever been! My scalp, while still being oily has also been flaking on me this winter and this shampoo really refreshes and balances it without drying it out while getting rid of flakes! As well as charcoal and coconut oil, this contains peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oil to help reduce itchiness and it gives it a really light minty scent! 


briogeo scalp revival review

I love a good hair mask and the Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Thick Hair Mask RRP £36.60* might be one of the best I have tried! It smells incredible and as it’s for thick hair it’s super concentrated so a little goes a long way in my fine hair! I like to leave it on 15-20 minutes before rinsing out and it leaves my hair soft, smooth, shiny and the ends well hydrated which makes them look so much healthier! Despite my hair not being thick, it rinses out well and doesn’t leave it feeling weighed down. It’s a huge 200ml too and is lasting me ages despite using it regularly! See my full Kerastase Nutritive range review here!


kerastase hair mask review

Lastly, The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum RRP $15.80 has really helped the condition of my lashes and brows! Since using this, I have noticed way less fall out in both areas and they are both looking much fuller! I’ve never tried a lash/brow serum before this aside from castor oil and I don’t see myself trying any others as this is so affordable and works! You do need to be in a good routine using it every day to see results but much like the hair density serum I included in last year’s haircare discoveries this is another win for The Ordinary!

Did I mention any of your haircare favourites? Let me know what products you have been loving this year! See my best haircare discoveries of 2021 here! See my best makeup discoveries of 2022 here and best skincare discoveries here! 


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Friday, 13 January 2023

Best Beauty Discoveries 2022 | Makeup


best makeup products 2022

After last week’s best skincare discoveries of 2022, this week it’s the turn of my favourite makeup discoveries! Some of these I bought towards the end of 2021 but as always, it takes me so long to actually use them, it was 2022 before they came into their own! It’s always risky buying without having seen or swatched the product in person but I did my research and also got lucky as everything I’m talking about today, I bought this way!


Starting with bronzers and the Victoria Beckham Matte Bronzing Brick in 02 Soleil | Honey RRP £52 has easily made its way to the top of my favourite bronzer list. This is a weighty compact with a matte duo inside and it has the perfect amount of pigmentation. I mix the two together and it blends like a dream, instantly adds a natural warmth to my face without any patchiness and it lasts all day with no fading. The only thing that annoys me about it is the packaging which has a tendency to pop open, and it can be quite difficult to close but I’ll forgive it because it has such a beautiful formula!


victoria beckham dior bronzer

Sticking with bronzers and a very close second is the Dior Forever Natural Bronze in 04 Tan Bronze RRP £41. Like the VB, this has just the right amount of pigmentation and isn’t powdery at all. The packaging is lighter than the VB so easier to travel with and I would say I prefer the shade of the VB just a touch as I can customise it but I reach for this so much too!  


Onto foundation now, and the NARS Light Reflecting Foundation in Gobi RRP £37.50 was a standout for me this year! It has a thin consistency but offers medium coverage, feels lightweight on the skin and is easily buildable, and leaves a very perfecting base. The formula is a mix of makeup and skincare and supposedly helps improve skins clarity and texture over time and I have been impressed with how long this wears on my skin! I haven’t found it to separate, and it’s been lasting a full day on my normal/combo skin! My skin looks more luminous when I use this, it covers minor imperfections well and gives me a healthy glow! Definitely my favourite NARS foundation out of the three I have tried! See my full review here!


Lip products next and I have a few to share! The first being the Dior Addict Lip Glow in 012 Rosewood RRP £30 and it was definitely a case of Instagram made me buy it but I’m glad I did! Tinted lip balms are my jam and this is definitely the fanciest one I own! Aside from beautiful packaging, the product inside is a lovely "my lips but better" sheer rosy nude shade. It's infused with colour-reviver technology that adapts to the pH level of lips to reveal a custom glow which was why I specifically didn’t go with the original pink shade as pH lip products tend to go bright pink on me! Rosewood is perfect though and the formula is beautiful, it lasts on my lips for a good few hours before I feel the need to reapply!


clarins lip oil honey review

clarins lip comfort oil honey review

The Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey RRP £21.50 has featured on the blog before in mini form, but I loved it so much I had to get a full size! It feels silky and not sticky at all while lasting a surprisingly long time on my lips keeping them comfortable and hydrated for hours. It gives a beautiful shine, contains omega 6 and 9, rose oil and jojoba oil and comes in a bunch of shades and I just got the Christmas mini 4 pack to try some more shades too! 


hourglass phantom volumizing glossy balm review slip

Lastly, in the lip category I have the Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm in Slip RRP £28. Not my favourite packaging mechanism (you can’t wind the product back down) but the product itself is beautiful! These are super glossy but not sticky and the colour is buildable. Again, they last quite a while on my lips and while I don’t find the plumping/volumizing aspect too much, they do make my lips look fuller! Would definitely consider picking up a few more shades if I saw these on offer again! 


pat mcgrath divine rose blush review

I purchased a few blushes this year but way out in front is the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Divine Blush in Divine Rose RRP £30. This is described as a cool mauve rose demi matte and I honestly think this might be my favourite blush in my collection. As well as having the most beautiful imprint, I love the shade (I tend to prefer matte products), the pigmentation is perfect, it’s easily blendable, looks so natural and it has great lasting powder. I also have the shade Nymphette which I like but I love this one! Really want to try the blush duos too!

Finally, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Blurring Under Eye Powder in Light RRP £25 has really impressed me. This is so lightweight yet it sets my under eye so it never looks powdery or dry. It’s so finely milled and blurring and barely detectable!


And that’s my 2022 best makeup discoveries! I bought everything here when it was on sale or the website had a good offer running as I hate paying full price! These are all pricey items so definitely shop around or wait until you see a good deal if you are planning a splurge and want to save some money! Do you see any of your favoruites? Let me know what makeup products stood out to you this year!


See my best makeup discoveries of 2021 here!


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Danielle xx


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