I hope all is well. August is over and that means another addition to the Ultimate Empties Challenge! I can’t believe it’s been 8 months, this year is going really quick! Let’s see how many empties I got this month! As always there will be links to reviews and where to buy them
Cleansers & Toners
Garnier Micellar Gel Wash– I really like this wash- it’s a 2 in 1 makeup remover/facewash. It doesn’t dry out my normal/combo skin and it removes makeup well. Superdrug Calm Skin Mist– this is part of a new range in Superdrug for stressed skin. I got this a while back actually but started using it recently. I picked it up as it has Niacinamide & hyaluronic acid which I love for my skin. It’s an OK mist. It doesn’t add a lot of hydration and it doesn’t clog pores. It was nice to use morning & night for layering. I wish Superdrug would fix the spray nozzle though, it comes out like a jet stream and hits you in the face lol. I have to spray at arm’s length to avoid that lol. I would repurchase, but it’s something I won’t hurry back to. I fell in love with the water activated dry sheet cloths. My full review is here. Can’t wait to pick more up! – I purchased this because I wanted to try another range from Nip Fab and it was on sale for £5. It’s formulated with bee venom for a plumping effect, propolis extract which has antioxidant properties and allantoin which supports healthy skin regeneration. The pads have the same texture as their other pads and I love the fresh subtle scent of these. They are ok, whilst I didn’t notice any difference it in my skin, I feel like it does add some hydration to my skin. I used it in the mornings. I will repurchase but again it’s not something I would get straight away. Liz Earle Skin Tonic Spritzer– now this is something I need to repurchase soon! I really love this mist from Liz Earle- it hydrates and does exactly what it promises- adds instant radiance to the skin! I first fell in love with this in Geneva when I randomly got it at the airport. Need the full size. Finally Boots Cucumber Cleansing Facial Wipes.
More Sephora Sheet Masks- Pearl, Rose and Watermelon after sun mask– I discovered the later in Santorini and immediately I needed it! I used it after a 3hr hike in the heat and it felt so cooling and left my skin hydrated! It’s a two-piece mask with a part for face & neck/chest. I had to get another one to use here in the UK and after that heatwave we had, it felt so good! Another Sephora Lip Mask. You guys know how I feel about the Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Bubble Mask Extreme. Its lovely and you need one! I finally finished the 3xTony Moly Panda Eyepatches! Yes! And finally Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost Mask– I was disappointed with this it was more of an exfoliating scrub than a mask and it really didn’t add a boost to the skin.
Impulse True Love Body spray– I carry this in my bag and use throughout the day when needed. This smells great. The BodyShop Almond /milk & Honey body cream– I got about 8 of these mini body creams from BodyShop last Christmas as gwp. I have been using them as hand creams and body creams when I travel. This is one of my favourite out of the bunch. Palmers Body Scrub– oh my! This smells amazing! It’s not as gritty but it leaves your skin seriously soft and so smooth! I was gifted this by Palmers (thanks!) and I will definitely purchase again! Superdrug Fast Acting Hair Removal Cream– so where do I start?! This promises up to 7 days of smooth skin but it’s more like 3-4 days. It also doesn’t dissolve the hair properly so after removing this my skin doesn’t feel smooth, it feels like when you shave your legs but don’t get a close enough shave. I have even left it on even longer than recommended and still no difference. I won’t repurchase! Back to Nair!
Creams & Serums
Guys you know how I feel about the BodyShop Drops of Light sunscreen. This is probably my 3rd or 4th tube of this stuff! I’m never using another SPF 50 that isn’t sheer like this! Do I have backups? Yes, yes I do! Fair Squared Argan Facial Cream– I’m not sure if this product is still available. I have had this for 3 years but only started using it a month-ish ago! It’s nice, non-oily and moisturising but I do not like the scent! I used this in the morning with a few drops of The Ordinary’s Ferulic acid & resveratrol. This gives it a luminous finish. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense SPF15– I used this for my body as SPF because I didn’t like the texture of this on my face! I also didn’t enjoy the scent. The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% serum– this is a water-free oil-free serum that can be used alone or added to creams/serums. It has no scent and although its oil free it feels like an oil. I LOVE this stuff! I have used it ‘neat’ as in without mixing it and I didn’t experience any irritation. I have been very interested in antioxidants this year and I decided to try this one first. Antioxidants enhance sunscreen protection and protect your skin from external pollutants. I have been using this in the mornings since March and I can definitely tell the difference! My skin looks healthier and more radiant and my skin bounces back quickly from stuff. I’m on my second bottle and I will repurchase definitely! I have been adding a few drops to The Ordinary’s MAP at night and girl my skin has BEEN GLOWING! I have also added a few drops of this to my body oil. If you are interested in antioxidants, please take a look at this! Finally Bare Mineral Vital Power Infusion– it was ok, it really didn’t do much but I liked the texture of it.
Palmer’s Manuka Flower Honey Leave in conditioner– another 3-year-old product (smh). This is a nice leave in conditioner although I prefer the spray leave in that comes in the collection. It was ok for my 4c natural hair but there were times I wanted more from it. Ogx Extra Strength Argan oil of Morocco conditioner– I like the original Ogx Argan Oil of Morocco but the extra strength version is really nice! The conditioner smells amazing and has lots of slip for detangling! It also leaves my hair really soft. Finally 2x sachets of KeraCare conditioner & Essential Oils– lovely oils for pre-pooing!
Boots Nail Polish nail remover extra strength– this stuff is serious! It works to take off glitter nail polish like a dream but its sooo drying and the scent is so strong! Superdrug large cotton wipes– I like the size of these- I usually cut them into two for my nails and the full size for skincare stuff. Sport Fx Face mist– so this was a bit of a let-down. It sprays in a VERY fine mist- I almost I can’t feel this on my face when I spray it. It’s supposed to hydrate and fix makeup but I feel like it doesn’t really do much. I used it as a ‘first’ mist after powdering and whilst it melted the powder into the skin, I felt like I had to use a lot of it to get that result. It doesn’t add any sort of finish in my opinion. I got this in last year’s beauty advent calendar but it’s something I will not buy. Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfecting Primer– oh man this is painful! I fell in love with this primer during the heatwave we had in the UK. It really smooths the skin and keeps your makeup matte and fills in pores. When I got ready to buy the full size, it’s been discontinued! It’s too painful.
Total this month- 32
Total so far- 227
Guys, I am almost there! Only 23 to go! It’s been a long journey, my collection has definitely reduced, and I can see a huge difference! Purchasing has literally been kept to a refill only basis with the exception of this month where have treated myself to my new goodies! I’m so happy
Check back next month to see if I finally reach my target!