Empties & Mini Reviews – Part One

I have loooooads of empties under my bathroom sink at home, it’s truly truly gross, but I’m about to go home from uni and really don’t fancy lugging all these scaly empty bottles home with me for the sake of a blog post. New year, new products etc etc etc. Anyway because I don’t have my ~at home~ empties, I’ll split this post up into two, so consider this part one.

Makeup:

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Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara (two tubes, one regular sized one travel sized):

This mascara is soooooo good man. My fav mascara 100%. I always use various primers under it and curl my lashes, but even when I go to all that extra effort with other mascaras it never looks the same. It’s so thickening and lengthening and yes, I’ve repurchased it, because I am a creature of habit and once you’ve found a good thing, why stray? (That’s a heavy subtweet to my boyfriend, yeah).

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder:

Yeah, it’s the thing in the Smashbox container, which pretty much sets the scene for my main gripe with this product: THE PACKAGING. The sides around the lid broke on both mine and my friends’ LM powder jar, and after googling, it appears it’s a common occurrence. This meant unless I transferred the powder to another contain (I had this old Smashbox powder container luckily) I would have had to either throw it away entirely, or use it at home really carefully, travelling with it was out the window… unless you like loose powder all over your clothes. Anyway the actual powder is pretty good, it’s the one all the YouTubers ‘bake’ their under eye with, which is what I used it for. A jar nearly lasted me a year with daily use, so it’s good value for money. However, for me, it felt so thick and heavy on my under eyes (and I don’t even have dry skin), when it was freshly applied it almost felt unbearably cement-like. I guess this is why it gives you such a flawless under eye, and if you used enough moisturiser and face sprays afterwards it was fine, but it just wasn’t perfect. Anyway since then I’ve bought three different powders (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder, Laura Mercier Oil Control pressed power and NARS setting powder in ‘snow’) trying to find one I prefer, so I’ll update you on that when I have a final verdict.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette:

I’ve gone through so many of these, it’s my HG for real. I know I have a new one for Christmas but having run out of it, I couldn’t wait that long, so I bought the commonly ‘duped’ NYX brow pencil (in Espresso). I’ve used this before and went back to Brow Wiz after, I just can’t describe it. They’re basically… so close, but so far? Brow Wiz just trumps it in every way, my brows always look great after ABH and a bit ‘meh’ after NYX, even though they’re basically identical products? Anyway, the ABH Brow Wiz *is* double the price but worth it, imo. I wouldn’t keep buying it if it wasn’t.

Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector:

This is a weird product that I LOVE. It’s like halfway between a SLIGHTLY tinted makeup primer and a skincare product? Like, it basically blurs out and perfects your skin, similarly to Benefit’s Porefessional, but it’s not as siliconey as Porefessional, so it doesn’t feel like you’re putting crap on your skin. It also has lots of skincare benefits in it, which makeup primers don’t usually. You could wear this on its own on no makeup days just to blur and mattify your skin a little, or oily skinned men could wear this as it doesn’t provide coverage like foundation, so it’s undetectable on the skin. As a primer it really helps blur and control oil so I really enjoyed applying my makeup over the top of it and will prob buy a full size when my Benefit Porefessional runs out.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:

This is a real OG eyeshadow primer and I think it’s my second or third one (holla if you remember when it came in a little dippy pot). It’s okay, but feels a lil greasy for me. Sometimes people ask what eyeshadow primer I use and I usually don’t, I just blend concealer over my lids and then set it with powder or a light shadow, and if I use loose glitter, I use a sticky primer like NYX glitter glue. I prefer the UD primer potion to Too Faced’s shadow insurance but overall I probably won’t repurchase just because using the concealer/powder method makes the shadow application easier (as the product doesn’t ‘catch’ on wet patches of primer) and doesn’t feel greasy, and it doesn’t require buying extra products.

Skincare:

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser:

I love this for my oily skin when used it conjunction with my Clarisonic. It really foams up and leaves your face squeaky clean, and gives it that ‘tightening’ effect oily skinned people love. However I think I’ll be re-purchasing the Lancôme Gel Eclat that I love to use with my Clarisonic instead, because I feel it does the same thing, but it smells nicer. The smell of the Lancôme cleanser lasts on my skin all day in a really clean feeling way. Also, I think using an anti-oil cleanser like the Kiehl’s one twice a day was actually stripping my skin and making it feel dry, rather than balanced.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream:

I do love this moisturiser though, it’s so light and sinks right into your skin. It also has no smell at all. I’ve had this for a year now too, so it’s (relatively) good value for money. However, I’ve recently tried the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser which is the same concept (gel moisturiser for intense hydration for skin types that don’t do well with heavy creams) and I prefer it. It feels more luxurious (a lot more of a gel/cream hybrid than the Kiehl’s, which is VERY gel based) and gives my face a lil more long lasting hydration. So I prob won’t be re-purchasing this, even though I liked it quite a lot.

Hair and Body Stuff:

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Aussie Mega Shampoo and Luscious Long Conditioner:

Mate I swear my life changed when I realised the PoundWorld near me sells all different Aussie products. So good, so cheap. I’ve bought, like, 1000 various Aussie products recently from there like a crazed hoarder but at £1 per product HOW CAN I PASS THAT UP? Anyway I’m yet to find one I dislike, they all smell so good and clean my grease-prone hair v deeply. One thing I would say is that I don’t really notice a difference amongst all their various conditioners, they all seem to do the same thing? The mega shampoo however is fab, A+. Would potentially buy for retail price once I’ve sucked PoundWorld dry.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Body Wash:

I reviewed this more heavily in this post but my boyfriend got me a couple more bottles of it recently (thanks boo). It’s a nice treat to have because I love the authentic coconut smell, but I can’t justify £6 body wash going forward for lil regular-degular old me. Fancy body wash is a nice treat but I don’t want to get *too* used to it that I class it as a necessity, haha. Not much more to say about it, good body wash, washed my body, made me smell nice..?

Amelia XX

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