Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Recent Empties

I've been collecting up my empties for the last month or so. This is partly for me to keep an eye on how quickly I finish products up. Not at any great rate it would seem and there is a very woeful amount of makeup in this batch. I've linked to previous reviews wherever I can.

Feb empties

The lone makeup item is my RMK Super Basic Liquid concealer. I was quite sad when I realised it was empty as this has been my favourite undereye concealer. It has lasted such a long time as I've swapped and changed, trying others along the way but I always returned to this one. I know I probably should have just replaced it but I couldn't resist trying something new and I've put in an order for the Ellis Faas S202 that I tried last year.

There are quite a few hair bits and pieces that I finished off recently. I've had the Pureology Hydrate shampoo* for a long time but I started using it again when my scalp took against the John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo (it smells gorgeous but caused spots on my scalp and hairline). It's SLS free and really hydrating, the only negative is that it does take a bit of effort to rinse out thoroughly.

I've gone through several rounds of the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner. I've used it to try and fight the brassiness/ginger glow that I suffer with now I'm only colouring my roots. The conditioner is ok but it's not quite rich enough to tackle my tangled locks.

Including the Bed Head Mega Whip* is cheating really but it was in amongst the other containers for the recycle bin. I received this as a PR sample and Mr. MB seems to have taken his reviewing duties here very seriously, he clearly scraped out every last drop. He's been dropping unsubtle hints about me replacing it for him so it's obviously been a hit.

The I Love My Muff wash* lastest longer than I expected for a small bottle. I'm not going to embarrass myself by explaining the line all over again (you can read about it in my original post) but I surprised myself by permanently switching to using this in preference to my regular shower gel. I mentioned in my review that the products are a bit on the expensive side, so I'm not sure yet whether I will replace this. It's somehow easier to justify splurges on.....erm, other areas!

The last few items are all skincare products. The Naked Truth AHA Cleanser* has had a name and packaging change since I originally reviewed it. The line is now called Dr. Darren McKeown and the simple packaging has been replaced by busy molecular structures. The line does seem to have struggled to find a market as I predicted in my initial review and the products are always reduced in price. In fact, you can currently buy this AHA Cleanser for £6.40 which is staggering considering the original RRP was £17.99. I do wonder what the future is for these products.

I was sad when I realised I'd pumped the last drop from my Pai Cleanser*. It has lasted really well and has become a staple of my routine. This is one item I will definitely replace. It smells beautiful and has been a joy to use at the end of the day. It's also really useful to have as I know that even if I have irritated skin, I can still use this to remove my makeup without it making any redness worse.

The last item is a mini Night Cream that came in a set I received as a gift last year. It's from The Body Shop's Nutriganics range. It started out in my soap bag for use away from home but drifted into general use. I wouldn't say it's especially fancy but I found it pleasant to use and not so rich that it caused congestion or greasy face in the morning.

What have you been using up recently? Are you good at making sure you use everything up?


*Items originally received as PR Sample.

12 comments:

  1. i'm sorry I'm still laughing about the 'I love my Muff' range. I didn't even know this existed!

    dp
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  2. I haven't used up any makeup products in a while but I do get through a bottle of Bioderma Crealine H2O on a monthly basis. And of course the regulars: shampoos, body creams etc. Oh, and I think I'm going to get the Ellis Faas concealer as well, I'm really liking it :)

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    1. It sounds like you have a good turnover Klara. I definitely need to concentrate on using rather than buying more x

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  3. Ive heard so many great things about pai skincare. Ive recently switched to la roche posay so far Im liking it,

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    1. I'm interested in trying more LRP. I also quite fancy trying Avene, have you ever tried their range?

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  4. Yay for empties! I think I've done well with empties recently, I'm down to my last two conditioners (they usually last me twice as long as the shampoos), my W3LL People foundation is almost finished, and I've used up a few makeup items (MAC np, MAC fluidline, ELF e/s primer).

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    1. You finished a nail polish? I am in awe! I really need to concentrate on using up some of my foundations. I'm so flighty with them and switch all the time so I never make any headway.

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  5. I use up non makeup items and have about 3 nights worth of my Somme Vitamin A cream left. I did finish an eyeshadow primer this week though. Other than that it's mostly things like eye makeup remover or mascara that's reached its deadline.

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  6. Definitely going to buy a Pai cleanser as I quite often suffer from sensitivity. I think you'd like the Avene range Jane it's very soothing x

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  7. I confess I am so bad at using anything up, although I do get through Caudalie Cleansing Water far quicker than I would like, for my bank balance's sake! Your post has reminded me to try out the RMK concealer, it sounds perfect, although perhaps a little on the yellow side for me. I adore the Ellis Faas Skin Veil and if their concealer is as good then it might be just the thing. Have you tried it on spots or just under the eyes? I've been buying from counters rather than online recently and it is so easy to forget smaller brands that are harder to find. That is the great thing about blogs, reminding me of the variety that is out there. After a few months sporadic reading and posting, I have so much to catch up on, and a huge shopping list to make! x

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  8. Lol @ naughty - named... bodycare products (and kudos to u for actually reviewing it), teehee)! :DDD

    I'm the worst when it comes to finishing up anything lately - to think I'm still on glossout and no empties in sight! :/ Maybe this month though will see the end of a lipgloss and a body milk *fingers crossed*. Kinda makes you toy with the idea of an overall beauty-spending ban, doesn't it? You're on an e/s ban or sth? How's that going?

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