Mission Empties: Update #1

It’s been a month and a half now since I posted about some products that I wanted to use up, so it seemed about time that I show you my empties, so you can see how I’m doing! I’m actually really surprised by how many empties I have, most likely because I had quite a few products which were already low so that made it a little quicker. Anyway, on to the products…

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Makeup Products

BareMinerals Prime Time Original Primer (Boots, £24)

As you can see, I’ve got a couple of these in my empties and that’s because they’ve been sat in my stash for a while with the plan to scrape out the dregs. I recently tried to do that and found what was left was gloopy and an odd texture which, as I have another sat ready to use, just wasn’t worth the hassle. A fresh bottle of this is a much better texture, very smoothing, but I have gone off that type recently in favour of a more hydrating base.

Would I repurchase? Possibly, but not for a while.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray (Boots, £7)

This is the only setting spray I have tried and I love it. It keeps my makeup in place, helps melt it into the skin and can refresh my face if I use it later in the day. I’m sure there are other nice ones but at £7 this works really well, with a nice fine spray and I don’t feel like I need to try anything else.

Would I repurchase? I already have and 100% would do again.

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Face Products

Origins Super Spot Remover (Boots, £15.50)

I really liked this at first and it seemed to do a really good job however, I had to be careful not to over use this or it would dry my skin out. Sadly, overtime it just seemed to get less and less effective until there didn’t seem to be any point in using it which is a shame because it really was good at first and is on the pricy side.

Would I repurchase? Unlikely

Lush Grease Lightning (Lush, £6.95)

This is what I reached for when the Origins treatment became less effective. Unlike the previous, I could finish this up without a change in how it acted, and I found I could use it all over my face without a bad reaction. Since using this, my skin has cleared up quite nicely and I have been getting a lot less blemishes and my skin texture has generally been better.

Would I repurchase? Already have, thinking of getting some backups!

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence (The Body Shop, from £17)

I struggled with this a little at first as it didn’t agree with my sensitive skin however, over time this did get better and I think my skin got used to it. There were times despite this though that it did still disagree with me and I couldn’t use it when I probably needed sun protection most.

Would I repurchase? Possibly, but I want to try some more sensitive ones first.

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask (Lush, £7.50)

Another one I’ve recently written about. This is an old forgotten love that has recently made its way back into a permanent place in my skincare routine. For me, this controls my excess oil for a good 4 days and helps get rid of any blemishes. Plus, the blueberry scent is incredible, it’s just a shame that it has such a short shelf life. Although, the cold feel from keeping it in the fridge really helps close pores.

Would I repurchase? I desperately need to, and will do, soon.

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Bioderma Sensibio Makeup Removing Micelle Solution (Boots, £10.80)

I’ve tried several Micellar waters, even the much-hyped Garnier version, and my skin has disagreed with all of them except this. For that reason, I absolutely love this for my lazy days or when I’m wearing a bit more makeup than I do on a daily basis, especially around the eyes. It removes makeup quickly and effectively and doesn’t have an adverse reaction.

Would I repurchase? Always.

Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm (Boots, £8.99)

Cleansing Balms are a more recent thing for me. I tried the Emma Hardie balm and liked it but couldn’t justify the price and then tried the Balance Me Cleansing balm which was nice but a little too rough with the scrub elements. This was like a cheap alternative to the Emma Hardie. It melts nicely and takes my makeup off really well (when I’m not being lazy!) and is a great start to my evening routine. I would warn you though, this does have quite a strong herbal smell and can take some time to get used to.

Would I repurchase? Definitely, once I’ve finished up my current Balance Me Balm.

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (Lush, from £7.95)

I’ve written many posts about this as I’ve been using it now for a long, long time. It’s my last cleanse or a moisturising mask which leaves my skin hydrated post face wash and feeling so smooth and soft.

Would I repurchase? Already have and always will.

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Aveeno Cream (Boots, £15.99)

If I could only pick one, this would be my desert island skincare product. I use it all day everyday on my hands and face, so they don’t dry up like raisins. As you can see, I fully make the most of my Aveeno Cream and I like to cut open the bottles and ensure that I get every last drop of it.

Would I repurchase? Yes. Every time.

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Hair Products

Pantene Pro-V Volume & Body Shampoo (Boots, £3)

This was on my list to use up and I’m so glad it’s done with. This did nothing for my hair, it left my hair feeling stripped and a little dry. It’s just not right for my hair type so it was never going to be good for me, hopefully it might work better for someone else.

Would I repurchase? No chance.

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Body Products

Aveeno After-Shower Mist (Boots, £7.50)

This is of course the only Aveeno product I can’t open up to make sure I use it all, but I’m fairly sure I have. I love using this in the morning to keep my skin soft and moisturised, especially as it sinks in nice and quickly so it doesn’t leave me waiting to get ready.

Would I repurchase? Already have.

Lush Charity Pot (Lush, £3.75)

I will admit, I didn’t finish this up. I liked it at first but after a couple of weeks it started to flare up my eczema and I just couldn’t use it anymore so I got rid and kept the pot to return for a free face mask.

Would I repurchase? Nope.

Body on Demand Everyday Body Boost Sorbet (ASOS, £14.99)

This smelt alright and was quite soothing to use, but it also didn’t feel like anything special or luxurious and especially didn’t feel worth the price so I’m glad I got it in a beauty box. I also really wouldn’t agree with the claims that it tones and tightens the skin, but maybe I wasn’t the target audience for it.

Would I repurchase? Not likely.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion (Boots, £7.99)

Surprisingly, this is an Aveeno product that I’m not a fan of. It worked alright as a lotion but just didn’t match up to a standard Aveeno lotion and especially didn’t match up to a Body Shop Body Butter. I think what I’m really learning is that I like something a bit special to moisturise in the evening. Either way, the skin relief lotion isn’t as good for my eczema as the standard Aveeno Lotion.

Would I repurchase? Unlikely, but would if there was no other Aveeno.

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Imperial Leather Camomile and Bamboo Milk Shower Cream (The Range, £1)

I got this to use last minute when I just needed something quickly. It’s non-offensive but also rather boring. It did the job but wasn’t anything special and didn’t make me feel excited to have my shower.

Would I repurchase? If I needed something quickly.

Aveeno Daily Shower Oil (Boots, £9.89)

This works ok and does help my eczema when I use it however, it’s not a patch on the Aveeno Oil I used to get (the non-daily version) which I haven’t been able to buy for ages. This smells a little chemically and is thinner, so it doesn’t do as good of a job although, it’s better than nothing.

Would I repurchase? Probably but haven’t yet. Still in search of my long-term love Aveeno Oil.

Aveeno Apricot & Honey Yoghurt Body Wash (Boots, £7.89)

In the bottle this smells delicious, not chemically, not too overpowering, just a nice fruity scent. When dispensed however, a little bit of a chemically undertone hits and towards the end of the bottle I did get bored of the smell. It’s a great new addition for Aveeno and I’m sure it’s nice for those with very sensitive skin to be able to use something that smells a little better but it doesn’t beat my Lush Shower Gels.

Would I repurchase? Possibly, but not for a while.

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel (Lush, Christmas Exclusive)

Speaking of those Lush shower gels… Rose Jam is one of my favourites and has been for year, I was very lucky to have been treated to this for Christmas in 2016 and I certainly made it last, for over a year! I really do love it in the shower gel form, even if it’s too much in the body spray form and really recommend you grab one when it comes out next Christmas… although make sure you save me one!

Would I repurchase? Definitely! I already have one waiting by my shower.

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Now that was a mission of products! I definitely had a mish-mash of love and… less loved… products in there. Please let me know what you think of these products in the comments and whether you want me to post anymore empties!

Thanks for reading,

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