Beauty Empties #3

Beauty Empties #3

 

It’s that time again. I’ve been hoarding empty bottles in a bag in the corner of my bedroom just so I can share my thoughts with my five dedicated readers. Hello, again. I’ve tried to keep it a bit shorter this time because anything over 10 and it gets a bit boring to write, in all honesty, let alone read.

Let’s get in to it…

Skin

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharge Concentrate £36.00

I’ve spoken about this before in my Hyaluronic Acids post. It has definitely become one of my favourite skincare products over the past few months and I was a bit gutted when it came to an end. If you’re new to hyaluronic acids and wondering which one you should go for then i would strongly recommend this as a starting point. It makes my skin feel instantly hydrated and would be the first thing I reach for if my skin ever feels a bit dry or tight. If, like me, you’re not a huge fan of thick and heavy creams then this is the perfect lightweight texture for either morning or evening.

Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist £16.00

Can you tell I’m a hyaluronic fan? This mist is hydrating and cooling and gives you an extra refreshing boost in the mornings. It’s 99% natural and contains chamomile water so is ideal when your skin is feeling a little red and irritable, or aggravated from product overload. My one gripe is that the pump is quite stiff meaning it’s more of an aggressive spritz than a relaxing mist but maybe that’s just me.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 £17.00

I don’t own many products from The Body Shop but this is one I’ll 100% be repurchasing at some point. I think they often get overlooked for their skincare and many still think it’s all sickly sweet body butters and those little bath pearls you used to get in the 90’s. It’s a super lightweight, non-sticky SPF without that ‘sun-tan lotion’ scent you often get in some others. If you are sometimes put off by a daily SPF because many of them leave you with pimples or breakouts (that was me once) then give this one a go. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and the online reviews speak for themselves. It has both UVA and UVB protection and, I’ve just realised, contains Vitamin C which is ideal for brightening your skin as well as protecting it.

Soap & Glory Bright & Pearly Radiance Boosting Cocktail £14.00

Well that’s a mouthful. I wasn’t sure about this when I first got it (I received it as part of my old job in consumer beauty reviews) but I really started to enjoy it once I got about half way through. At first I thought it was a bit pointless but then I did start to notice that it actually did make my skin more appear more glowy and radiant on the days I used it. It contains vitamin C which again makes skin appear brighter, pomegranate as an antioxidant and something that Soap & Glory are calling ‘Luminospheres™’ which I’m pretty sure they just made to sound fancy. I like this for days where I’m not wearing much, if any, makeup and my skin is looking a little lacklustre. Also smells v nice, and refreshing,  which is a plus.

Makeup 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray £24.00

I’ve had this for SO long. You can probably tell by the old packaging. I don’t wear a setting spray every day, mainly when I’m off ‘out out’, but I have found that this really does make a difference in terms of the longevity of my makeup. I have a oily T-zone and foundation usually just slides of my nose after an hour so I need all the help I can get. I might go for the ‘de-slick‘ version next time.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation £6.99

I’m always on the look out for good, budget foundation that I can wear day-to-day so that I don’t use up my higher-end ones on an average day in the office or on my weekend trip to Sainsbury’s. I was drawn to this one because it’s made specifically for oily skin and I found a colour which didn’t look as though it would turn orange once on. It’s a really nice foundation for the price and I love the texture but I’ll admit it doesn’t stay put on my greaseball face all day.

Body

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Dry Oil £14.99

I’ve tried a lot of fake tans in my time and Bondi Sands is consistently one of my favourite tanning brands. I enjoy a gradual tan I can use just to keep my tan topped up every other day unless there a specific occasion I want to be FULL TAN for. I must say I do prefer their Gradual Tanning Milk but this is also great and leaves a subtle golden glow. Never too orange. I generally prefer a lotion though as I feel like half of this ends up on my bathroom floor.

Hair 

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap £19.00 (but often on offer)

I don’t usually buy haircare online but a few months ago I was in desperate need of something to save my frazzled hair and restore some condition. I’d read some good reviews on this and decided to give it a chance. I think out of all the treatments for damaged hair that I’ve tried this has definitely worked the best and now I’m sad it’s all gone. I genuinely think it made a difference in helping reduce breakage and strengthen my brittle hair. So many treatments I’ve tried left me with lovely soft hair for a day or so but didn’t do much else. If your hair it over-processed, over-bleached and over-heated then this might work for you.

Have you tried any of the above? What did you think?

Disclaimer
Due to my career in the beauty industry some items on this blog I may have received through current and previous jobs. This does not alter my opinions of the products and I always give an honest review. 

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