Empties #4

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ahhha another empties post. I always say these are my favourite posts to read and write because only then do you really get to talk about you feel about a product. So I've stashed away another products that I've used up and I decided it was time to get talking about and throw them out!


La Roche-Posay Seronzinc - I absolutely love this stuff. I always heard bloggers and vloggers raving about it but never thought to buy it because it wasn't widely available in the UK. That was until I heard Escentual were shipping them in January this year. I finished that one up and then bought another from Feel Unique. It seems this is now readily available in the UK. I love this because it's a soothing and refreshing toner. It also says it's suppose to have a mattifying effect on the skin, that I cannot vouch for but I can say having used this for the almost 6 months, I really do feel it has helped to control my breakouts and soothe any breakouts I did have. When I stopped using this and started using another toner I really felt it in my skin. I'm currently using another spray toner at the moment but once I finish that it's back to this - such a bargain at £10 or less!
Would I repurchase? I think it's an obvious yes.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser - For some reason I always go back to this toner when I have run out of my other ones and have no money. I don't think this works great for blackheads, it certainly has never reduces them or gotten rid of them in the time that I've used it. It's generally not that great for your skin because it contains alcohol, the only reason I like this is because it's oil free. I used it frequently in my teens and I cannot be without a toner in my skin care routine. So even when I can't afford other toners I have to use something to tone my face and this fill in the gap.
Would I repurchase? When I can't afford anything else yes!

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleaning Purifying Gel - I spoke about this product in my Skincare Shakeup post and I am still absolutely loving it. Since that post I have already repurchased it and today I ran out of it! This is such a great cleanser for oily skin, leaves your face feeling clean without stripping it. When I first started using this I was sceptical about using it as an everyday cleanser because I thought it would dry out my skin, I did then use it every day (morning and night) and I was fine. I now only use it in the evening as I find that it's at that point in the day that I want my deep clean. The gel contains Salicylic and Glycolic acid, so it's perfect for acne prone skin. It's also reasonably priced and lasts a good amount of time.
Would I repurchase? Yes

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Mask - This mask took me forever to get through, but that's only because I was super forgetful when it came to applying masks. I bought this on a whim because I was looking for a relatively cheap mask that would hydrate my skin. I'd heard about this brand in the past so I just picked this up. I didn't notice much of a change when I first started using this mask and I was super disappointed, but when I got into a routine with it I did start to notice that my skin was a little brighter and just not as dehydrated. Sadly I fell out of the routine of using it constantly. I think for the price I paid it's a good mask. It's also a clay mask which I love because it's supposed to help draw things out from your skin.
Would I repurchase? Maybe


Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye make-up remover - This product will basically show up in all my favourites because I'm always going through it. I just love it and I haven't even longed to try another eye make-up remover because this does the job for me. I'm just about to finish another bottle now and will need to pick one up before I go on holiday.
Would I repurchase? Yes yes yes

I love...strawberries & cream bath & shower creme - I picked this up whilst I was waiting to pay for some make-up bits in Superdrug. It was on offer for £1 and I simply cannot resist anything that's a £1! Although this smelled really nice, it really was anything special to me. I used it up so quickly because it didn't really foam up. It was okay on the skin, it wasn't drying but it wasn't super moisturising either. Just a meh product.
Would I repurchase? No

Naissance Almond Oil (Sweet) - I picked this up from eBay because after I get waxed my waxing lady puts almond oil in the areas that have been waxed to sooth it. I thought this would be great for when I did at home waxing on other parts of my body. I also used it for my hair, my scalp can get really really dry so this was great at soothing that. I don't get waxed anymore so after a while this just sat there until I used it up.
Would I repurchase? Maybe, I'd need to find a need for it though.


Dr Miracles Deep Conditioner - Ever since I decided to start taking care of my natural hair I've been invested in conditioners. I always used to skip this step before because I was tired and just didn't care about my hair. I'd heard a bit about Dr Miracle and whilst I was in the hair shop I saw it and decided to pick it up. It's one of those tingly conditioners, you can leave it on for like 5 minutes or like 30 minutes with heat. I have (well had, I've destroyed it now) a heated cap so I'd always put this in my hair and then put my heated cap on and go about my business. I cannot really say that this left my hair feeling the softest and that I noticed any real benefits from it, but that's because I don't know much about hair haha. I didn't see any immediate results, but it didn't cause any breakage or damage either. It didn't strip my hair either so it can't be terrible...
Would I repurchase? Maybe.

John Freida Frizz Ease Orginal 6 effects Serum - I always use to use the purple of this but it seem it is nowhere te found so I settled on this as a serum for my weave. Tbh I didn't think it did as great a job as the purple one. It was just meh, I really felt like it didn't do much and I would always use other products in its place.
Would I repurchase? No.

So that's it for my empties - I do have a couple more but this post is getting incredibly long and I wouldn't want your attention to fade. I've already started collecting the next bunch of empties so the process begins again...
What products have you used up lately and absolutely loved?



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New purchases - Revlon, NYX & Wet n Wild.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

This month I have been shopping like crazy, honestly I've ordered so much off ASOS and other sites and sent loads of it back but I've still managed to spend a ridiculous amount but it's all for my holiday.


One thing I haven't picked up too much of (but I do plan to after my next payday) is make-up. I decided I wanted some more lip colours and so I went out and got just that, and then some.


I decided to pick up two of the NYX Butter Lipglosses because everyone raves about them. I don't think I've ever owned more than two lipglosses in my life, I'm just not about that sticky life but I really wanted to try these for when I wanted colour on my lips but wasn't in the mood for lipgloss. I picked up the shades Devil's Food Cake and Raspberry Tart from Amazon and they came pretty quickly (shipped by Rude Cosmetics).

 Rasperry Tart

Devil's Food Cake

I actually really like them, they do smell as lovely as everyone says they do, I wish it had more of that fragrance if I'm honest! It's perfect for my no lipstick days, I just swipe this over my lips and I'm done. As a lipgloss it is sticky but no where as bad as what I thought it would be and really unless it's a windy day you're not going to be bothered by it. I always have Devil's Food Cake in my bag as I love how dark it is, and typically if I'm going out in the evening I always use darker lipshades so it's my emergency lip product now!

The other lip product I finally picked up was a Wet n Wild product. Ever since I saw Liz's video Wet N Wild - 12 Lip Swatch, I have been lusting after Cinnamon Spice. I also bought Mochalicious because of that video but I really couldn't make it work so I gave it away to a friend who is much lighter than me!


Cinnamon Spice

I've probably tried this out like twice, on it's own it is not flattering on me so I do need to find a lip liner for it. I have however mixed it with other lipsticks and made it work. It's a dark red/brown colour and I think would suit many skin tones when paired with a lipliner.

The next thing I purchased in my Amazon purchase was this blush from Revlon. I'm sure these are easily available in store but I always forget to check for it!




Although I love my Sleek blush palette I really wanted to try a cream blush as I always always end up over applying the powder one. I've heard cream products are good for summer and although I have oily skin, my cheeks are not oily so I didn't have to think about it rubbing off on me. I like this product, you gently build it into the skin and for someone like me who cannot find how to apply powder blush with a light hand, this is perfect. I just keep dabbing until I get my desired affect. It's very sheer so it does take some time to work it in to the skin. I do find that it does fade away during the day, but then I've found that with my powder blush as well. I'm really loving this product though, I know it's super bright but on my skin tone it brings the perfect amount of colour to my cheeks. 


The final two purchases are nail related items that I picked up in Boots. My nails are really thing for whatever reason, so I decided to pick up a bottle of this nail hardener when I was in boots. So far I've only used it once because I'm so lazy when it comes to painting my nails, and this product isn't clear. It's horrid pink colour that doesn't suit me at all so when I wear it, I always have to wear a nail varnish over the top. I can't comment on how effective it is, but hopefully I will use it some more and then notice the difference.




I also then purchased 'Hot Salsa' from the Maybelline the Super Stay range . I already have one colour from this range and I adore the colour and how long the nail varnish sticks around for. I actually thought hot salsa was a lot darker than it was when I picked it up in the store, so when I applied it I was a little surprised but it still works on me and it's a lovely summer colour. 

So that's my mini haul of some new products I'm trying out. I'm desperate to get myself to MAC from some lipliners and a face powder, so stay tuned....

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A London Adventure: The Beach - Brent Cross

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

I know, I know, it looks like I'm totally milking this London Adventure thing, but hey it would seem I'm not as much of a hermit as I make out to be - and I like to share!

A couple of weekends ago I ended up in one of London's man-made beaches out in Brent Cross. If you don't know Brent Cross is famous for it's shopping centre, for some reason they decided to change some of the empty space into a beach and funfair area. I had no idea this existed until my friend told me and we went there with her younger siblings. This is basically a pop up beach and fun fair aimed at the little ones. 









We had such lovely weather when we went and all I did was lie back and chill. We brought ourselves some snacks from Marks and Spencer, so we had ourselves a little picnic whilst my friends siblings ran around in the paddling pool and built sandcastles. They also went on a couple of rides, I can't remember how much the tokens where, but they were pretty cheap for the amount they got - they even had some left over at the end of the day! 

I'm terrible with explaining things, so do visit the website for more information here. It's there until 2nd September, so if you find yourself with a sunny day in London do go a visit it. My next stop is the beach at the roundhouse, this one is made for adults...


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August Book List

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Ahh so another month has gone by, and I this has been my most shocking month as I only managed to read one book. Although really two, I finally finished Overcoming Low Self Esteem so yaay. I’m not even sure why I only started and finished one book this month, yes The Goldfinch is a long book, but I’ve read books like that in a shorter amount of time. I have been out and about this month, so I guess I just have to put it down to that. I enjoyed The Goldfinch, it was well written and a great story that spans out across many years. I do however think, that had it not been so heavily publicised I never would have picked it up, but I am glad I did. You can see what a story like that takes time to write and it was just really refreshing for me to read.

I only just started Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock so I can’t comment about it, and I haven’t started my third book yet, so yup it's a very short and sweet summary for the month. This means for this month I’ve decided to pick up two books, I didn't read in July.  I have a holiday booked at the end of the month, so I may be able to squeeze in one more.


So my reads this month are the two books I didn’t managed to finish last month. I don’t have much to say about them as I said it all in my last month’s book list.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – I’ve started this and I’m really enjoying it. It’s also a short book that I seem to be getting through very quickly. This is by the author who wrote Silver Linings Playbook, and although I’ve never read the book I really enjoyed the film and I think I will definitely be picking up Silver Linings after this. It’s about a teenager who wakes up on his birthday and decides he’s going to kill himself and the school bully, but before he does he’s going to say bye to his five friends. I’m not that far into it, as he’s only said bye to one friend so far but I really like this book.

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan – As I said last month this was one that I read about in Stylist magazine and I liked the review so I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t read a book on my Kindle in ages so I’m kind of excited to get into reading a book on my Kindle again. Considering I’m going on holiday I think I’ll be ordering a couple more books for my Kindle anyway.

I apologise for how lucklustre this post is, I nearly didn't write it but then I realised I had not skipped one of these since I started so I wasn't about to now! Hopefully next month I should resume to the normal monthly book list.

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