You’ve been on the edge of seat. You’ve been waiting patiently for this day. Well, it’s finally here. The blog post where I show you pictures of grubby old beauty products that have been collecting dust in the corner of my room and tell you what I thought of them now they are finished. Yep, it’s time for Beauty Empties #4…
Before I cleanse, no matter what type of cleanser I’m using, I always remover my eye makeup with a good eye makeup remover or micellar water first. Whatever I have to hand. I love the Simply Pure range from Superdrug because it’s designed to be extra gentle and suitable for sensitive skin, perfect for when you are desperately trying to get heaps mascara off your lashes. It’s fragrance free so I don’t have to worry about it stinging my eyes. Also it’s, like, mega cheap. Win-win.
Salicylic acid is now my absolute go-to when I start to see spots or smaller pimples pop up on my skin (usually on my chin/cheeks these days). If in doubt, blame the hormones. I apply just a thin layer of this over areas where I can sense something brewing and it usually settles them down completely overnight. One of the best things for spots I’ve ever used, in that it that actually works. There are hundreds of spot treatments on the market but for under a fiver you really can’t go wrong here. This is an essential repurchase for my skincare stash.
You haven’t tried cleansing balms until you’ve tried the Moringa Cleansing Balm from Emma Hardie. The soft and buttery texture is divine and melts away your make up leaving skin cleansed, smooth and hydrated. It’s an award-winning product for a reason. The scent created by a blend of essentials oils really does give that ‘at home spa’ experience. You’ve just got to imagine you’re not in the bathroom standing over your toothpaste splattered sink.
Glycolic acid should be your go-to acid if you are looking for glowing, brighter and younger looking skin. It’s reduces acne scarring and pigmentation, exfoliates and resurfaces to give you a toned, more even, complexion.
Liquid Gold is the best because it brings down the ph level of your skin which makes it work even harder overnight to repair and renew skin cells. So you wake up in the morning with that glow, but see the effects long term too.
The best thing about this is that you simply just cleanse and then wipe this over your skin using a cotton pad and go straight to bed. Easiest skincare routine ever.
I spoke about this body lotion, and my love for Garnier body lotions in general, in my post about my favourite winter skin saviours. I am really in to this one as it’s very hydrating and soothes post-shower legs which are always the driest part of body when I get out of the shower, whether I’ve just shaved or not. Why is that? My body skin can be a bit temperamental and can often react badly to anything too fragranced so I do usually look for one targeted specifically as us sensitive souls.
For the best part of a year now this has been my go-to foundation. I would describe it as medium to full coverage. Not too matte but not too dewy. I recommend it to everyone.
It reminds me of Nars Sheer Glow which was my favourite for years but I think what might just edge it for me is that Bare Minerals comes in my perfect shade (06 Cashmere FYI) and it’s also a couple of pounds cheaper. It’s available at Boots and you know I love saving me up some advantage card points.
I can’t even remember when I got this. It has lasted so long despite me using it consistently pretty much every single day. Nars Laguna Bronzer is a classic that you can trust. Not too shimmery, not too muddy…don’t think I’ll ever get fed up with it. I just wish I could keep the packaging clean for more than a day.
This is one of those items that you used to hear about so much about that it just got to the stage where I was like ‘OK FINE I’ll try it already!’. And I’m glad I finally caved. This really is a great mascara that gives both length and volume without going clumpy or giving you dreaded spider lash. I personally find it is at its best after it has dried out a little, as I do with pretty much all mascaras, but once it’s gone past the overly wet stage it’s perfect.
OK sorry but I’ll never stop raving about this. I know I’ve mentioned it a few times before but it really is the perfect silver (purple) shampoo for keeping blonde hair from going too brassy. It’s the best I’ve tried anyway. I use this about once a week to keep my balayage blonde in check. Just make sure you wash it out properly otherwise you’ll end up with a lilac scalp. Speaking from experience.
So there we have it, have you tried any of the above? What did you think?