The beginning of September marks another Empties post. As usual I seem to have acquired more products than I’ve managed to use up this month – so much so that I had to tackle the issue of storage; swapping wardrobes with my husband and buying some acrylic drawers from Homebase!
So what are my August use-ups and were there any dud products?
Supergoop! CC Cream (Full Size RRP £32)
I got this 3ml sample in August’s Birchbox. Despite its teeny size I probably got 2-3 weeks use and I was really impressed with it – it will definitely be a product I repurchase at some point. Some people complained it was too dark (everyone seemed to get the shade Light To Medium) however used lightly this self-adjusting cream was fine for my fair skin. It is avaliable in a lighter or darker shade too.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Body Balm (200ml, £3.99)
This was part of a lovely Neutrogena hamper I won when I took part in a Beauty Q&A session on Twitter with Hayley Carr who blogs at London Beauty Queen. I have very dry skin that soaks up most light moisturisers so this balm was perfect. I used this nightly and really noticed my skin stayed hydrated for longer. It lasted ages too!
Champneys Skin Spa all-in-one Facial Wipes (£5)
I don’t use facial wipes very often as I’m dubious of the claims that they can sufficiently cleanse, tone and moisturise. When I haven’t got time for the full skincare routine however I do think they are the lesser of two evils; if it’s a choice between sleeping with makeup on or using a facial wipe, I definitely opt for the wipe. These were ok, removing my makeup sufficiently, but are a little too scented for my liking and feel quite rough so I wouldn’t buy these particular ones again.
Naked Bodycare Soft Touch Starflower Bodywash (250ml, £3.98)
This 97% natural body wash smelled amazing, the lather was so soft and rich and left my skin soft. The brand is purse friendly and cruelty-free to boot!
Mini Naked Cute as a Button Foam Bath (300ml, £4)
Another product from Naked Bodycare is this bath foam from their baby range. I used this in my daughter’s bath and it created a lovely lather that didn’t irritate her sensitive skin. I’m definitely sold on this range as it’s not too pricy and doesn’t dry my daughter’s (or my) skin out.
Clinique Lash Building Primer (Full Size RRP £13)
This product works and is quite good if you have thin lashes but in all honesty my lashes are quite thick so this just feels like an unnecessary step and when you’re strapped for time as I often am it’s one more step I can do without. This is not a product I’ll replace.
Clinique High Impact Mascara (Full Size RRP £17.50)
This has always been a favourite of mine and makes a regular appearence in Clinique’s Bonus Time gift, meaning I’ve always had a regular supply of minis for my travel bag. I think it’s the best mascara Clinique make and one I’ll always have space for in my makeup bag.
Clinique High Definition Lashes (Full Size RRP £17.50)
This has a duel sided, rubber wand – one side with short bristles, the other a comb which helps to seperate the lashes. I found that it was difficult to get the hang of the wand and my lashes tended to clump together. The formula is good though and doesn’t flake.
Alterna Kendi Dry Oil Mist (Full Size RRP £19)
This is a hair oil I got from the Latest In Beauty Advent Calender and I love it. I’ve really noticed a difference in the texture of my hair and despite having a tendency for my hair to get greasy as the day progresses this product never makes my hair feel oily or weighed down. It makes my hair feel incredibly silky and I just want to touch it all the time!
Roger & Gallet Gingimbre Rouge (Sample 1.5ml)
This Roger & Gallet perfume was in the very popular BBB Dream Box I bought a few months ago. It has a quite a sweet fruity smell but citrus and ginger notes stop it from smelling too cloying. This was a nice fragrance for summer evenings.
Are there any products amongst my empties that you’ve tried? I’d love to hear if you’ve had any standout products this month or if any have disappointed? Feel free to leave your comments below – I do read and appreciate them all!