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Beauty and the Ballroom by Beauty And The Ballroom - 1d ago

I can’t believe we are already half way through July … only three more weeks until my holiday and I literally cannot wait!!!! June and July have been pretty busy months especially work wise so with a quiet week this week I’m hoping to get caught up on some blog work!! Here’s the products that I used up during June … not as many as usual so a much quicker post that normal! The box for July has already started to fill up though.

This post is also on YouTube … the link can be found at the end of this post!

Clinique Moisture Surge
Clinique Moisture Surge

I’ve used this moisturiser for around 4 years now and I absolutely love it. It’s been featured in plenty of other empties posts and continues to be in my daily morning routine. It is a lightweight gel-creme formula that sinks into my skin really well and works great with all other skincare items that I use. I would and have repurchase this … in fact I’m aiming to buy the bigger version in duty free in a few weeks

Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser

This 30ml travel size version of this cleanser was part of a set that my Sister gave to me, which was lovely as I’d been wanting to try anything from Drunk Elephant given the hype that surrounds their products! I used this cleanser as a morning cleanse or a second evening cleanse and I loved it. The gel cleanser left my skin feeling clean and fresh without feeling stripped which was great. I applied it to dry skin, added water to lather it up and then removed it with a wet flannel. I would definitely repurchase this cleanser.

Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara
Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara

I had high hopes for this mascara and generally speaking it didn’t disappoint … not completely anyway! Just one coat of this mascara is really good. Good to add length and volume to lashes. When I was looking at this mascara in SpaceNK I was told by someone that any more than one coat and it goes a bit clumpy. I don’t tend to layer too much mascara so thought it would be fine. One coat is fine, two or more and it does begin to clump up. I don’t think I would buy this again, especially given the price. It’s too much hard work!!

Bionsen Mineral Protective Deoderant
Bionsen Mineral Protective Deoderant

I’m always on the lookout for deodorants that don’t contain aluminium, parabens and other nasties and actually work. This one seems to tick all of the boxes and it smells really nice too. My main issue with this however is that the nozzle seemed to block up non stop which I found annoying (and I’ve had a few tins of this that have done the same) and as much as it does work … it doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to so for me this is a no to repurchase.

Brow Pencils
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wizz & Mac Brow Pencil

Both of these pencils have been great brow pencils! The Brunette Mac Brow Pencil is a great shade for me and it’s whilst I like the fact it is a soft pencil so blends well, it’s also slightly too soft and did break a few times so I was very careful with how far I twisted it up. The Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil was also soft but didn’t break so out of the two, this was the better one however I would repurchase both of these. I also have the Mac pencil in the shade Spiked in my pro-kit and am considering getting that shade for me next time!

Perfume Sample Selection
Perfume Sample Selection

I’ve been on a mission to use up the fragrance samples that I seem to have accumulated a collection of! The ones I used up in June were: Dior J’adore, Dior Poison, Mon Guerlain, Dior Miss Dior, Tiffany & Co, Black Opium, Jimmy Choo, Chanel Gabrielle & Viktor and Rolf Spice Bomb. Fragrance is individual so I can only say that I loved all of these fragrances but for the Spice Bomb. I love sweet and summery fragrances but this really was ‘spiced’ and really not to my taste at all … a total contrast to one of my absolute favourite perfumes which is also Viktor & Rolf … Flowebomb. I would wear all of the other scents bar that one!

So that’s the list of June empties … as I say, July’s post is already looking much busier!

If you’d like to catch this post on YouTube click the link below!

June Empties - Skincare, Makeup and Bodycare - YouTube

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The Ordinary is a brand that frequently appears in my blog posts, skincare routines, Instagram stories and grid posts. The Deciem ‘affordable skincare’ line is always on the beat bringing out new products that has many people running to order!

**Post Contains gifted items**

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

The latest product to hit their shelves is this Salicylic Acid 2% Masque.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid or BHA which similarly to an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA such as Glycolic Acid, is a chemical exfoliant. I often use AHAs in my routine to help get rid of dead skin cells on the surface but BHAs help on a deeper level helping with oily skin and spots. If you are of an oily, blemish prone skin type, this is a good acid for you.

Why The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque?

This masque is said to target ‘lacklustre tone and textural irregularities’. It is formulated with charcoal and clays … the first of its kind for The Ordinary line. It is also said to help with the appearance of smoothness, clarity and leaving the skin feeling refreshed and revealing a more radiant skin.

The leave-on masque is designed to be used in a thin layer for no more than ten minutes, once or twice a week. This product does come with a warning to patch test first. This is very important, especially following burn reports with people using Salicylic Acid so checking this product is suitable for you is vital. Another vital instruction is that it MUST be used on dry skin. Moisture on the skin will encourage burns and irritation so dry skin is essential. Lastly, as with all acids, daily SPF usage is even more important as acid use can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. After all, prevention is better than a cure right?

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Why shouldn’t I use it?

If your skin is already compromised, peeling, broken then this is not for you. If on patch testing you notice any unwanted reaction, you should also not continue to use.

What do I think of it?

As clearly stated in the title, this is purely an initial thoughts or first impressions post and by no means a long standing review … that will come later but I do like to let you know my initial thoughts especially to see if this changes as I continue to use it and then re-visit my thoughts. I applied the masque as directed on completely dry skin after cleansing. The texture is smooth and easy to apply. I applied a thin layer to my nose and chin – the areas of my face that if I am going to suffer with breakouts, that’s where it will be. That is also where I tend to be more oily – having combination skin. Next time I will also try this on my forehead – I wanted to go gently to begin with!!

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

When I removed the masque, which was easy with my flannel, no scrubbing away as with some masks I’ve used … my skin felt super smooth and fresh. It felt clean and like it had a deep clean but without anything harsh if that makes sense! I had a little redness but that is usual for my skin following any exfoliation and it lead to nothing more than that. No tingling, no irritation, no nothing!

I am now looking forward to trying it some more and seeing what effects if any this has on my skin over a period of time. I will be back to review soon … and I will include ‘in action’ photos next time too!!

Have you tried this masque? I’d love to know what you think of it!

If you are on Facebook – make sure you check out the Facebook group The Ordinary and Deciem Chatroom for all things Deciem, reviews, questions, discussions and regimes. I am a Moderator within the group along with some fabulous girls who you should also check out … their Instagrams / blogs are below:

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A few weeks ago I went to London and of course had to ‘pop in‘ to certain shops … Mac, Benefit, Urban Decay and so on!

I picked up a few things for my kit … well … maybe for me too, but here’s what I bought!

Mini Makeup Haul - New Makeup Products for my kit - YouTube

Pixi Skintreats Milky Tonic | Pixi Skintreats Vitamin C Tonic | Nars Multiple ‘Maui’ | Benefit Dandelion Blush | Benefit Cheekleaders Palette | Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ‘Eden’ | Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner ‘Demolition’ | Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner ‘Zero’ | Urban Decay 24/7 Waterliner | Mac Art Library ‘Nude Model’ Palette |

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Beauty and the Ballroom by Beauty And The Ballroom - 1M ago

I’ve only recently posted my April Empties but that was super late so here’s a more ‘on-time’ post of the things I used up in May.

You may want to grab a cuppa … this is a long post!! You have been warned!

**Post contains PR Samples**

Clarins Double Serum
Clarins Double Serum

A definite #carolinehironsmademedoit product was this Clarins Double Serum. This is my second bottle of this and I love it. You can read more about this serum and my thoughts on it here but it’s safe to say this is one that I will definitely be repurchasing.

Sheer Radiance by Autograph
Sheer Radiance by Autograph

This fragrance is described as ‘a delicate blend of citrus and floral accents, themed around an interplay between mandarin, gardenia and pink pepper’. It was part of the Summer M&S Beauty Box last year and I have enjoyed using it. Fragrance is a personal thing so what suits me may not suit you etc, so I don’t tend to go on too much about fragrance! It was a nice, light scent to use however I don’t think I would rush out to repurchase, purely based on my fragrance preference being a little sweeter.

Fragrance Samples
Fragrance Samples

I am trying to make a conscious effort to start using up the mamouth amount of perfume samples that I have and these two have so far been two of my favourites. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb was going to be a hit with me as I have the full size of this and have had it before … an ongoing favourite of mine. Summery and just the right amount of sweetness for me. I love it! Chanel’s Gabrielle was another one that I would class as my type of scent. Again, sweet but not overly sickly sweet which is the end of the scale that I don’t tend to like. I would wear both of these again.

Clarins Clear-Out
Clarins Clear-Out

This was a sample size given out at the John Lewis event with Caroline Hirons. I initially thought it would be great for my teenage sons … who of course don’t use it, like any skincare! I don’t tend to suffer too much with spots but when I do, it’s usually my chin area (likely hormonal no doubt!). I thought I would try this on a couple of spots that came up and I have to say, I am super impressed. Not only did this seem to reduce the inflammation, it didn’t dry the skin out surrounding the spot and it seemed to go away quite quickly. I would certainly look at purchasing this as I think it’s super handy to have for those ‘on-the-spot’ emergencies! (I’ll get my coat haha!)

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Eyeliner
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Eyeliner

The Razor Sharp eyeliners are without doubt the best liquid eyeliners that I have ever used. I love the two shades ‘Perversion’ which is black and ‘Bump’ which is white. I’ve used them for a few years now, especially in my dance competition looks. They have fantastic staying power, once they’re on, they’re on and last all day. I would repurchase … but alas, I can’t! I found out last week that Urban Decay have discontinued this line and I’m super sad about that! I’m praying they release something similar at least! Luckily with the Perversion shade, I do have a spare one in my stash!

Mascara Selection
Mascara Selection

Having finished a selection of mascaras I’ve grouped these together: * Nars Climax Mascara – A good mascara in terms of lengthening lashes however I do find I end up with a ‘panda eyes’ look through the day. I have another sample of this so will keep trying it and decide next time if I like it! * Diego dalla Palma Ciglione – Good mascara, no complaints! I would use this again. * Kiko Volume Attraction Mascara – this is a great mascara and have repurchased numerous times. I have this in my pro kit and in my personal makeup collection. In my YouTube video below, I did make a silly mistake! This mascara is around £7 and Kiko’s most recent offer was buy 2 get 2 free. In the quickness of recording a video I said that works out at £1.70 something per mascara which isn’t true! I took the £7 between 4, forgetting you pay for 2 … either way, £3.50 per mascara is still a total bargain and it’s a really good mascara. I love it! • Clinique High Lengths Mascara – this I do love. The brush is a mini comb so you can easily get to those tiny lashes and also is great for running along the lower lashes without getting mascara everywhere like what can (and does!) happen with a bigger brush! I would definitely buy this again. * Diorshow Maximizer 3D – this isn’t a mascara but I have included it in this section because it is a lash primer to use before mascara. It adds volume and length to lashes and when worn as an undercoat give any mascara that I have used a real boost. This is the second one of these that I have had and I would buy this again.

Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus
Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus

This nighttime moisturiser was in a gift with purchase set from Estee Lauder. I’d had it in my stash for a while and have only more recently got round to using it. In terms of consistency it is more lightweight than a lot of night creams but too heavy to be a day cream if that makes sense. The scent reminds me of the fresh cucumber smell that their Daywear moisturiser has which I used to use years ago! A lovely, hydrating night cream that I would defintely use again. It didn’t leave any residue on my skin and was absorbed nicely overnight leaving my skin feeling plumped and soft.

Oskia Renaissance Mask
Oskia Renaissance Mask

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that my morning cleanser is the Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel. I got this Renaissance mask as part of a collaboration box with Caroline Hirons and Cult Beauty last year and have loved using it. I apply a layer of this after cleansing and lay in the bath and relax while the mask does what it needs to do. A NUTRI-ACTIVE RADIANCE, BRIGHTENING & RESURFACING MASK With MSM, Passion Fruit, Grape, Lemon & Grapefruit AHA’s, Papaya Enzymes, Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, Prebiotics, Ribose & Butterbur. The texture of this mask is smooth yet the effects are more like a light peel, leaving my skin feeling soft and clean and looking brighter. I would definitely repurchase this mask … oh and it smells AMAZING!

Mac Fix+
Mac Fix +

I have used Mac Fix+ for a few years now, this was just a travel size that I bought because I thought it would be handy. I use this as a hit of hydration when needed and also for dampening brushes when I want to use a pigment or get a wet-look from a powder eyeshadow. I do repurchase these and will be getting another one of these travel size ones for my holiday.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
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M&S Summer Beauty Box

This years Summer Beauty Box by Marks & Spencer is almost here! The launch for this latest edition of this box is said to be everything you’ll need for your holidays from fresh fragrance to illuminating skin care! So, what is included this time? …

**Post contains PR Samples**

REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti Fatigue Body Wash

This body wash smells amazing! Containing Sage, Cypress, Geranium and Rosemary it provides a scent that is uplifting and refreshing. It is designed to help nourish, moisturise, smooth and tone the skin.

Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit C Cream
Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit C Cream

I am a fan of Emma Hardie skincare, in particular the Moringa Cleansing Balm so I’m looking forward to trying this. This cream is enriched with Vitamin C to promote the skin’s natural radiance and fight signs of ageing. It is paraben and alcohol free, vegan-friendly and suitable for all skin types.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

I have used this dry shampoo previously as I picked it up in New York. It smells amazing and doesn’t leave any white residue in my hair. It claims to be ‘A dry shampoo that actually cleans hair, eliminating oil, sweat and odor’.

This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle

This is one product I’d never heard of before. ‘Be confident getting your legs out with this powerful, tinted serum, full of vitamins to enhance and repair skin’ … this sounds great to me as I don’t tend to have my legs on display often!!

UltraSun Face SPF30
UltraSun SPF30

I have used this SPF before and I love it. Despite being a white cream, this leaves no white cast on the skin and works really well under makeup. This SPF offers both UVA and UVB protection which is vital when looking for a decent barrier for your skin. It is paraben and fragrance free, vegan friendly and suitable for all skin types including those with sensitive skin.

Shay & Blue English Cherry Blossom
Shay & Blue English Cherry Blossom

Described as ‘The Bloom of Youth’, this Shay and Blue fragrance, English Cherry Blossom, has delicate pink blossoms underscored with bergamot, black cherries and cherry wood. Fragrance is personal choice but I think this is lovely and light, a great scent for Summer!

Rosie for Autograph Radiance Highlighter
Rosie for Autograph Radiance Highlighter

I quickly swatched this when I opened the box and this highlighter is a beautiful warm bronze tone which sheers out beautifully. It is designed to be used on the high points of the face, cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of the nose or mixed in with foundation to give the skin a luminosity. I also think highlighters like this look lovely tapped onto the collar bone and shoulder area for a nice summer bronzed look.

Rodial Vit C Energising Face Mask
Rodial Vit C Energising Face Mask

I love a face mask, and I love having Vitamin C in my skincare routine so this looks like the perfect combination! ‘Brighten and renew with this instant rejuvenating, retexturising and illuminating mask with vitamin c, vitamin b3, amino acids and hyaluronic acid. Transform dull complexions with an instant boost of luminosity, hydration and resurfacing technology to revitalise the skin.’ How good does that sound?!?!?!

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

These ten minute eye gels are to help smooth, tone and de-puff the under-eye area. A combination of Hydrolyzed elastin, Haxapeptide, Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract and Co-enzyme Q-10 help to tone and firm the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness and dark circles and protect the skin from external aggressors.

This box is available from Tuesday 18th June and costs just £15 when you spend £40 or more on Home, Beauty and Clothing at Marks & Spencers.

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*Items in this post were gifted for review – see disclaimer at the end*

Sabāo is a company that supplies luxurious bath bombs and other bath and body products that contain wonderfully exotic essential oils from around the world. I was gifted a selection of their products to try out and see what I thought of them.

Sabāo Scented Bath Blending

The box contained a selection of amazing-smelling products!!

Tea Tree & Peppermint Shampoo Bar

This particular one, I have to be honest and say I haven’t used it yet as I am planning to take it away with me! Bars like this are super convenient to take on holiday instead of risking leaking bottles in the suitcase! It is SLS free which is something I now always look for in a Shampoo (and won’t buy one that does contain SLS!). The scent is refreshing as the peppermint is more prominent than the tea tree (which for my preference is a good thing!) but tea tree is used in a lot of skincare products for oily skin for it’s antibacterial properties. This is said to last 15-20 washes and has an RRP of £3.50.

Organic Body Butter
Organic Body Butter

Containing 3 main butters, Cocoa, Mango and Shea, along with Avocado oil, Kukui Nut oil and Vitamin E, this is a thick, super rich, hydrating and nourishing body butter. I have used this on the drier parts of my skin so elbows, knees, feet and ankles … the places where for example I know when I have a spray tan it may stick to! You do only need a small amount as it melts really well and is absorbed nicely into the skin. The RRP is £3.00.

Sweet Dreams Bath Salts
Sweet Dreams Bath Salts

I do use Epsom Salts in the bath as they’re known for their relaxation properties and also their ability to help ease muscle aches and tension. Sometimes I just use them as a foot soak for the same reason! These Sweet Dreams bath salts contain Marjoram & Lavender to promote relaxation. They are also infused with Eucalyptus and Ginger oil which is known for helping circulation and lifting your mood! I do like these salts and it gives a relaxing aroma to add to the Epsom salt qualities. One thing to note is to get the best from bath salts, try to relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes. This is when you’ll start to feel the benefits. A 500g tub of these is £4.50.

Tea Tree & Lemon Organic Shower Gel
Tea Tree & Lemon Organic Shower Gel

This shower gel contains over 70% aloe vera leaf juice and is SLS and paraben free – (again being SLS and paraben free are selling points for me when looking for a shower gel). This, as with the shampoo bar is infused with Tea tree but this time it is mixed with lemon. Personally, I found the scent wasn’t quite to my liking. I think for me the tea tree scent was a little over-bearing in this as a body wash. Although I wasn’t keen, scent, as I always mention is a very individual thing so you may well love it!

Bath Bombs

There are 6 bath bombs in the Wellness collection by Sabāo and I received the Brazilian Rosewood & French Lavender (Blue pic) which promotes relaxation and grounding and the Italian Neroli & Argentinean Lemon (Orange pic) which is calming and rejuvenating. All of their bath bombs are SLS free, paraben free and vegan. They also contain Cocoa butter to keep the skin soft and moisturised plus Kaolin clay known for it’s detoxifying properties. The point of these bath bombs is to promote wellness and get something more from relaxing in the bath. Day to day life is so stressful sometimes and it’s nice to just stop and take some time out and relax! These bath bombs help to look after the skin and the mind! They retail at £4.50. I really enjoyed both of these and felt the oils really helped me to relax.

Over all I enjoyed trying these products out. Who doesn’t like to take time out and chill?!

If you’d like to learn more, head over to their Instagram @hellosabao or Facebook @sabaosouthampton

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I have no idea where May went! I have to say it’s simply disappeared … as did the time to post about my empties from April. I did contemplate not posting this as I am now ready to post my empties from May however, I know a lot of people have previously commented via Instagram that they love reading these type of posts so here goes! I’ll also add a link to my YouTube video that covers these products (well, most of them as I missed a couple when filming!!) #rookieyoutuber haha! The video is at the end of this post so feel free to scroll through and watch that instead!

So … here’s April’s Empties …

April Empties
Heaven Cleanse & Foam Wash

I won this in a Twitter giveaway … and we all know what I’m like for trying new skincare so I was excited to try it. I have seen other Bloggers rave about it and was looking forward to giving it a go. Organic Mandarin and Orange Flower give this face wash it’s amazing scent. Scent doesn’t count for everything with skincare but this does smell super refreshing. It is a lightweight foam that cleans the skin without drying it out. I avoid foam washes as they’re so drying on my skin but this really wasn’t! I would purchase this!

The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate
The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate

This tub of Hyaluronic Acid is for the body. I’ve mentioned before that I am rubbish when it comes to applying body products which is rather random given I wouldn’t neglect my face in that way!! I have been using this on wet skin straight after my shower, but as usual, not regularly enough for me to say what difference it has made to my skin. It is nice to use, lightweight almost jelly-like consistency but is absorbed nicely. My skin does feel nice and soft after use. I would repurchase this but perhaps make a conscious effort to use it every day so that I could say for sure what it was doing for my skin but overall it’s nice to use!

Pixi Lash Nourish Pads
Pixi Lash Nourish Pads

Put simply, this are great! Handy and great for travel! They remove eye makeup perfectly and don’t sting my eyes which is a HUGE plus point for me as many eye makeup removers do! I hold the pad over my eye for a moment before wiping away. They are gentle on the eyes yet effective at removing makeup without scrubbing. I would definitely repurchase and will be taking these on holiday with me.

Josh Wood Shampoo & Conditioner
Josh Wood Shampoo & Conditioner

I have reviewed these on my blog previously as I had been sent some to review. I have since purchased, emptied and repurchased because I do like using these. I did make a switch more recently to another brand, not because I wasn’t happy with these, but me being me, I do like to try different things. Currently regretting the swtich as I’m not so keen on the new products I’m using (more on that in another post … possibly even another ‘not empties’) but I would definitely repurchase these and will at some point I’m sure!

Aloe Ever-Shield Deoderant

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this previously on an empties post. This is an aluminium free, paraben free deodorant stick that I’ve been using for a while. I’ve had quite a few sticks of this but as with most deodorants that I like I eventually find they stop working for me and that’s happened with this one unfortunately as I do like it. I am also hesitant at recordering this because I find I can’t just order this one product without being messaged about trying other products! I’m not having a go at them in saying this, it’s the truth! I find it quite frustrating sometimes because instead of taking my money for a couple of these, I end up not ordering! Moan over! I would possibly repurchase but not any time soon for both of those reasons above!

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I do like sample size mascaras … in part because I hate wasting a full mascara if I decide I don’t like it part way through or sometimes they dry out too quickly because I’m not reaching for it enough. I have had the full size of this before so knew that I liked it. I do love the spikey comb style wand that this has as it’s great for separating the lashes and getting to those smaller and seemingly harder to reach lashes! I would definitely buy this again.

Clarins Hydra-essential Bi-phase serum
Clarins Hydra Essential Bi-phase serum

I was given this by someone who had been raving about it after I complemented her skin! A deluxe trial size of this product was definitely enough to convince me I love it! A super hydrating serum that layers so well with anything in my routine. It left my skin feeling so soft, smooth and hydrated. I will definitely be adding this to my skincare arsenal at some point … only because I’m trying to clear my stash first!

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm
Clinique Take The Day off Balm

There is not much more I can say about this that hasn’t already been said! If you search for this product on my blog, it appears numerous times. Literally does exactly what it says on the tin … removes all makeup easily and effectively. Also does not sting my eyes so an obvious plus point there too. It’s that simple – it’s great! Highly recommended and I’ve been using this for years! Would and have and will always (I presume!) repurchase!

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay de-slick makeup setting spray

I am terrible for not noting things like ‘Does this make my makeup stay on longer’ – kind of a pre-requisite of reviewing something I’ve used I guess but I only think about that afterwards! I really would need to pay more attention to be able to honestly say if this has helped keep my makeup on longer. I do use it, not every time I wear makeup, more for heavier makeup and I believe it helps to keep my makeup in place but at the same time, so does a setting powder and I use those all of the time. I would repurchase but at this stage more so that I can actually test it out rather than just use and not notice!

Sephora Solid Clean Brush Cleaner
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Beauty and the Ballroom by Beauty And The Ballroom - 1M ago

I decided to video my morning skincare routine one day last week and add it to my new YouTube channel … and for giggles, added in my cut ‘blooper’ moments which I always delete! Let me know what you think!!

Morning Skincare Routine ... plus Bloopers! - YouTube

Products used:

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | NIOD SDSM | The Ordinary Buffet & Copper | The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid | NIOD Survival 0 | Clarins Multi Active Eye Cream | Clinique Moisture Surge | Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream SPF50 |

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Beauty and the Ballroom by Beauty And The Ballroom - 1M ago

Not all products make it as far as an ‘Empties’ post and not necessarily because they’re not good products. I may have just decided I don’t like it for whatever reason, I may have just not reached for it and it’s gone past it’s best (I’m working on reducing that by trying to use products up before opening a new one!). So these are the items that over the last few months haven’t made it as far as ‘Empty’.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

The Full Spectrum Palette from Urban Decay is a rainbow of eyeshadows which initially appeared to have a great colour payoff. That said, the colour was more intense (as expected) when used with a wet brush. I quickly gathered that a wet brush was the only way to get any pigment from most of the shadows! Unfortunately the formula of these eyeshadows are too chalky and don’t have a good pigment to them so I wouldn’t be repurchasing this one which is a real shame as the colours are great!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are amazing! I absolutely loved this blusher/highlighter. I have had this one for literally years!! The reason it is in my ‘Not Empties’ is purely that I’ve had it for too long! The brick is starting to crumble and the colour payoff isn’t really there any more but that isn’t a sign of the quality of the product, I have just had it open for too long. I would definitely purchase one of these again … I do have another that I got as a Christmas gift and I also have a miniature one too.

Clarins Lip Oil – Tangerine
Clarins Lip Oil – Tangerine

Another product that I have simply had open for too long is this Clarins Lip Oil. I love these lip oils and do have another (the mint green one). They are not too sticky and don’t dry my lips out so I do highly recommend these and would repurchase and just make sure I used it more often as I am doing with my mint one!

Sephora Lip Gloss
Sephora Lip Gloss

As above, this lipgloss has just been open for too long and I haven’t reached for it often enough! I would however repurchase and in this shade as it’s a lovely light pink colour … it’s not too sticky and also has a plumping action to it when applied. Another recommended product and a shame it’s not been used enough.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick
Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick

There’s a common theme here … products I’ve not reached for so have gone past their best! Little did I realise that this Milk Makeup Cooling Water stick has a shelf life of 6 months once opened and I have had it open for around 18 months. I LOVE this stuff but I forgot I had it so I feel it is a total waste! Blog posts like this really open my eyes when it comes to wasting products and spur me on to get using what I have open! The Cooling Water is for all skin types but is a great refresher and hydrator! I love the way Caroline Hirons suggests that you’re meant to ‘apply this sparingly but you’ll find it hard to stop rubbing it all over your face like a baby with ice cream!’ Haha! It’s so true!

Stemm Density Stimuli
Stemm Density Stimuli

The Stemm Density Stimuli is a leave-in hair serum full of peptides, amino acids and vitamins designed to improve hair volume and shine. This little bottle kind of hid behind an array of skincare products so again was open for too long. I don’t want to risk my hair using something that has been open as long as this has! I wouldn’t mind trying this again however I have a new hair serum that I will make sure I use and review soon!!

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser
Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser (Gifted)

Unfortunately this is one product that I just didn’t get on with. I have received and reviewed Antipodes products before and have found them all to be pretty good, except for this. I do love balm type of cleansers however this was super thick and greasy. I found that it removes makeup fine but leaves a film on my skin that I don’t like. I always remove cleansers with a flannel and even with a second cleanser my skin didn’t feel free from the grease. It’s such a shame! I think from that synopsis you can tell I wouldn’t purchase this!

Pixi Sun Mist
Pixi Sun Mist

This is described as a ‘Sheer Sunscreen Mist’ … however there’s nothing sheer or mist about it when it comes to the spray! The pump doesn’t always work and when it does, it fires out huge blobs of the product which isn’t great, especially when it comes to reapplying! I won’t be repurchasing this!

La Roche Posay SPF50
La Roche Posay SPF50

I’m really wishing that these SPF sprays worked better. This is another spray where it doesn’t always work, but in contrast to the Pixi Mist above, when this does spray, you can’t tell that there is anything coming out of the can. This makes me feel that I’m not getting the protection from the SPF. I end up using so much of it that I end up with a white cast on my face, which isn’t good either! I love the concept of this as a great top-up during the day but unfortunately it doesn’t work well for me so I won’t be repurchasing!

The Ordinary AHA 30% & BHA 2% Peel
The Ordinary AHA & BHA Peel

The red peel from the ordinary is a great chemical exfoliator for a once a week peel. I have used this a handful of times, starting with a leave-on time of just a couple of minutes and built it up to 8 minutes. My skin felt clean and clear after each use of this peel but as I used it so infrequently I’ve just had it open for too long which is a shame. Some weeks I don’t use any exfoliation and focus on solely hydration so as a little goes a long way I just haven’t managed to work my way through this within it’s shelf-life. I would purchase this again but not until I have used up all other strong acids that I have open!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
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Beauty and the Ballroom by Beauty And The Ballroom - 2M ago

So, my next YouTube video is a ‘Get Ready With Me’ style of video featuring some of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products.

I’d love it if you could take a look – let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more please Subscribe to my channel xx

Get Ready with Me ... featuring some of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Makeup. - YouTube

Get Ready With Me products used: Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector ‘Light Peach’ | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ‘Vanilla’ | Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ‘2’ | Nars Translucent Setting Powder ‘Crystal’ | Mac Matte Bronzer | Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic ‘Ecstasy’ | Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise ‘Rose Gold’ | Milk Makeup Kush Mascara | Mac Automatic Brow Pencil ‘Brunette’ | Benefit ‘Browvo’ | Bobbi Brown Lipstick ‘Sandwash Pink’ Tools: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge | Crownbrush Tapered Brush | Crownbrush Chisel Brush | Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush 100 | Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush 201 | Real Techniques Blue Collection Brush B04

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